Speaking at SPTechCon in Austin 2015

This February is going to be exciting, as this is the first time that the SharePoint Technology conference (SPTechCon) is happening in Austin, Texas!  I’ll be presenting four sessions there, and here’s the info about them.  You can also get $200 off by using ROGERS as your registration code!

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1:30pm – 2:45pm

Making the Most of the Out-Of-Box Web Parts

There are over 50 out-of-the-box web parts in the enterprise version of SharePoint! In this class, you will learn just how flexible and useful these Web parts are. Not only will you get a detailed look at the Filter, Excel, Social, Rollup and Media Web parts, but you will learn about a few new ones in SharePoint 2013 such as the Content Search Web Part. You will then learn how to customize some of these Web parts, see examples, demonstrations, and learn about new features. All of this is done without writing any code. Push SharePoint as far as you can using out-of-box functionality! This class is a mixture of 2010 and new 2013 Web parts.

Level: Intermediate; Audience: Information Worker Essentials


3:45pm – 5:00pm

Driving User Adoption, From a Technical Standpoint

Lori Gowin & Laura Rogers

When IT professionals set up the infrastructure of SharePoint, the subsequent task of end user adoption is often left to the business unit. During this process, the business unit will often turn to “The SharePoint Person” for help and guidance. Good news, IT Pros, there are useful technical configurations in the administration console to improve and increase user adoption. Ultimately this will improve user satisfaction with SharePoint and increase productivity. The instructors both began as SharePoint Administrators 11 years ago. The real world experience of implementing these practices will be integral in this class. Among the topics covered will be defining user audiences, improving Office integration with SharePoint, and demonstrations of improving how users can quickly and easily get to the information they need. When leaving this class, you will possess a specific action list that may be used to optimize their technical experience and drive user adoption.

Level: Intermediate; Audience: IT Pro Essentials


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10:00 – 10:45

Panel Discussion


11:30am – 12:45pm

Creating an Approval Workflow, Part 1

Forms and documents are everywhere in your organization, and a lot of them must go through an approval process. SharePoint is such a flexible platform, it provides us with multiple methods that can be used to build our processes. In this class, learn about these different out-of-box ways to create a workflow around a form approval process. You will see the various alternatives when creating an approval workflow: content approval, out of box workflows, and the task process designer in a SharePoint Designer workflow. Quickly create and implement intuitive workflows for your critical IT and business systems, with no programming involved! The concepts in this class are applicable to both SharePoint 2010 and 2013. This is part one of a two-part presentation. This first part has only the simple and purely out-of-box settings and functionalities, geared toward beginners.

Level: Overview; Audience: Architecture Essentials


2:00pm – 3:15pm

Creating an Approval Workflow, Part II

Forms and documents are everywhere in your organization, and a lot of them must go through an approval process. SharePoint is such a flexible platform, it provides us with multiple methods that can be used to build our processes. Quickly create and implement intuitive workflows for your critical IT and business systems, with no programming involved! In this advanced class, learn about creating a completely custom new hire approval process. In this part two class, we will build out an HR onboarding workflow in SharePoint Designer, using a complex example that involves a process with both serial and parallel components, with multiple workflows. The concepts in this class are applicable to both SharePoint 2010 and 2013. This is part two of a two-part presentation.  This second part has only advanced concepts geared towards those who are already familiar with SharePoint Designer workflows, and does not contain any of the out-of-box workflow options taught in part one.

Level: Advanced; Audience: Architecture Essentials

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