SPTechCon Austin 2016

Can you believe that it’s almost time for the SharePoint Technology Conference again? It’s coming up next month, and I’ll be there!

When you register, you can use the 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.

Are you a fan of our SharePoint Power Hour? Are you going to SPTechCon?

We’ll be doing a live broadcast at the conference, and you all are invited! My WHOLE TEAM is going to be there:

Joelle Farley (@Joelle_Shmoelle) https://spmacgyver.wordpress.com/

Kevin Hughes (@sharepointkevin) http://www.sharepointkevin.com

Corey Emmons (@corey_sp)

Tanya Keyser (@TanyaKeyser)

Stephen Wilson (@StephenTech911) http://www.sharepointbitme.com/

Ryan Keller (@RyanKeller)

Tavis Lovell (@TavisLovell) http://tavislovell.com/

PLUS of course @ToddKlindt and @sharepointlhorn will also be speakers there too. 250-wlEmoticon-smile_2_7996186A.png

SharePoint Power Hour will be at the usual time, on Wednesday at 11 Central. We’ll put information about the name of the room once we get more details later.

Here is a list of my sessions, and notice that I’m co-presenting with Joelle too!


11:30am – 12:45pm

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.

Level: Intermediate

Audience: Information Worker Essentials

4:00pm – 5:15pm

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 session, learn about the different out-of-box ways to create a workflow around a form approval process. Laura Rogers will show you 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 session are applicable to SharePoint 2010, 2013, and Office 365.

Level: Overview

Audience: Architecture Essentials, Power User Essentials


8:30am – 9:45am

The Power User Cheat Sheet for Rollups & Search

Joelle Farley and Laura Rogers

Do you have a lot of content in SharePoint, and need to be able to categorize and find things? In this session, learn best practices for utilizing metadata and search capabilities to get the most out of out-of-box content management in SharePoint. During the session we will focus on the many different ways that Managed Metadata can be used with the Content Search Web Part to surface information from across the site collection. The session will also include information and demonstrations on using the Refinement Panel Web Part, getting the most out of your Search Schema, working with Term-Driven Pages, applying Faceted Navigation in the real world and fully utilizing People Search. The goal of the session will be to introduce the audience to these new features and show examples of how we have used these features for clients to create real business solutions with simple configurations.

Level: Overview

Audience: IT Pro Essentials, Information Worker Essentials

1:30pm – 2:45PM

Driving User Adoption, From a Technical Standpoint

Lori Gowin and 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. Lori and Laura both began as SharePoint Administrators 11 years ago. The real world experience of implementing these practices will be integral in this session. 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 session, attendees 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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