Speaking at SPTechCon in Boston

Hi everyone, I’m really looking forward to speaking at the SharePoint Technology Conference (SPTechCon) August 24-27, 2015!

I’ve been speaking at this conference for about six years now, and I absolutely love it.  It’s a nice size, so that you get a chance to network with others, but aren’t too overwhelmed.  It’s also SharePoint/SharePoint Online specific, compared to other conferences that combine many different technologies.

When you register for the conference, use my code ROGERS to get a $200 discount off of a full conference pass!

Click here to see my speaker profile.

Click here to see all sessions on the site, with various filters to find sessions you’re interested in.

While you’re there, come visit us in Rackspace booth 400, meet us and get some cool swag!  My co-workers who will also be speaking there are @ToddKlindt and @SharePointlhorn (Jason Himmelstein).

Here is a list of my sessions:


11:00 – 12:15

Creating an Approval Workflow

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 SharePoint 2010, 2013 and Office 365. This session consists of simple and purely out-of-box settings and functionalities, geared toward beginners.

4:00 – 5:15

Simplifying File Organization with Enterprise Keywords

When working with documents in SharePoint and Office 365, there are various challenges around categorizing and organizing documents. Most of the challenges are around end user understanding and training. Metadata, folders, and combinations of the two are used in order to keep documents where they belong and find them when needed.

In this class, you will learn about the flexibility of using Enterprise Keywords, and the many integration points with Office and Windows. With the end goal of being to remove complexity for end users, you will learn about tagging from within Office and OneDrive, automatic tagging, organizing metadata, and then how to make it easy to find what has been tagged.


11:45 – 1:00

Driving User Adoption, From a Technical Standpoint

Presented by: 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.

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