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October 13, 2011

Topic 1:  Data Visualization made easier in SharePoint 2010Rob Joy
Speaker: Rob Joy, Technical Specialist, K2

The SharePoint 2010 Platform has provided Information Workers with the ability to utilize common tools found within Microsoft Office to take data out of applications and surface it to the masses within SharePoint.  In this talk we’ll explore 2 of the newest avenues for data visualization within SharePoint: Visio Services and Excel utilizing PowerPivot. Visio Services allows you to take the traditional boxes and arrows modeling of Visio and apply real-time business data against the model and making it readily accessible within SharePoint while PowerPivot harnesses the number-crunching power of Excel 2010 and allows for the easy deployment of rich reporting and dashboards into SharePoint.

Rob Joy graduated from Bucknell University with a Bachelor's in Computer Science Engineering in 1991. He has spent his 18 year career in various roles associated with workflow and process management. In the early 90's he was a part owner of a Total Quality Managment software company. The company created software to manage TQM efforts. Rob spent 13 years consulting companies with their Document Imaging, Workflow, ECM (Electronic Content Management), Records Management and BPM (Business Process Management) efforts. Rob spent the last 4 years at K2 and currently works as the Federal Architect for K2, Microsoft's leading BPM software Partner.

Suggested Audience: All

Audience Experience Level: Intermediate

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Topic 2:   SharePoint Worst Practices: Setting the Stage for Disaster
 
Speaker(s): Dan Usher & Edmond Avanesian
  
Edmond Dan
 

In a perfect world, most SharePoint systems are well planned out with defined requirements, stakeholder approval, and methodology approaches with unlimited budgets. The reality of SharePoint implementations, deployments and operations are typically not quite as pretty a picture that might be seen through the rosy colored lenses.

In this session Edmond and Dan will share what they have seen in terms of worst practices as well as approaches for getting a system implementation back on track as well as methods to fix and optimize operations that may not be addressing your systems current needs.

Dan Usher, MCITP Administrator, MOS SharePoint, MCP, MCTS, is a Lead Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he is a lead SharePoint Solutions Manager and Architect. He has extensive experience with the Microsoft Windows Networking Infrastructure and has been implementing, customizing, architecting and deploying Enterprise collaboration solutions utilizing the Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies for the past 7 years.

With over 12 years of experience, Edmond Avanesian has been involved in a diverse range of technology projects across multiple industries in both the private and public sectors. His extensive background covers areas from network infrastructure, systems architecture, development, full life-cycle implementation to systems integration solutions with industry leading technologies. He has worked with Microsoft technologies, including its SharePoint platform for over a decade and implemented solutions from small scale to worldwide enterprise collaboration.

Time:     60 minutes

Suggested audience:  All Groups

Audience:  Beginner
 
Speaker contacts
  Twitter: @usher
  Twitter: @eavanesian

May 12, 2011

Topic #1:   How to Effectively Plan, Execute and Control SharePoint Projects

Name of speaker & organization:    Dux Raymond Sy, PMP , Innovative-e, Inc.

Slides: Manage-Sharepoint-Projects
Recorded Video: Project-Video
Templates: http://www.meetdux.com/dl/pm4sp.zip

 

Microsoft SharePoint has shifted the paradigm in enterprise information management and team collaboration. By empowering knowledge workers, SharePoint can increase worker productivity, improve business process efficiency and streamline business processes.

In a recent AIIM study, http://bit.ly/cPTOJg, lack of planning is a key contributor to SharePoint deployment failure. To deliver successful SharePoint projects, effectively managing SharePoint 2007 and 2010 projects is paramount. Executive support, proper planning, and appropriately managing expectations are crucial to ensure SharePoint success. 
 
May 12 2011
Bio:  With over 15 years of experience in Information Technology and Project Management, Dux has earned a reputation as among the leading experts in leveraging technology to enhance project management. A certified Project Management Professional (PMP), he is currently a managing partner and the chief evangelist of Innovative-e, Inc., a Microsoft Certified Gold Partner focused on leading, inspiring and being the catalyst of organizational transformation that enables clients to achieve tangible business result.

As a thought leader in maximizing project team collaboration, he is the author of "SharePoint for Project Management" published by O'Reilly Media. He is focused on empowering organizations on how to leverage the benefits of SharePoint technologies with quantifiable goals such as: Increasing productivity and efficiency, decreasing collaboration redundancies and streamlining electronic communications. He has successfully managed the implementation of various SharePoint-based solutions for commercial, educational and government institutions.

A sought after speaker, Dux is a SharePoint MVP and has presented in various Microsoft and Project Management Institute (PMI) events worldwide. He regularly blogs on topics related to project management, SharePoint and globalization at MeetDux.com.

Product demo or enriching community knowledge? The presentation will include a product demo, but is intended to enrich the SharePoint community knowledge.
Time needed:   60 minutes

Suggested audience:  Management

Audience experience level:   Intermediate
 
Speaker contact:
 Email:  dux.sy@innovative-e.com
 Twitter:  @meetdux
 LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/meetdux


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Topic #2:  Business Connectivity Services – How to Architect a Safe and Secure BCS Environment

Name of speaker & organization:  Fabian G. Williams, Chief Architect ADOTOB   ADOTOB

Explore all the ingredients of a successful Business Connectivity Services (formerly named the Business Data Catalog) Solution with SharePoint 2010.  In this session we will start out with the basic requirements needed in Central Admin, discuss both Configurations and Security and options you may undertake to establish the balance between Security and Availability. We then investigate options on how both Code and No-Code solution may be architected and consumed by end users.


Bio: Fabian Williams is a Technical Lead and SharePoint Architect for CDW Advanced Technology Services SharePoint Practice. He is based out of Herndon Virginia.  Prior to CDW., Mr. Williams was the Chief Technology Officer for WING, Inc. Recently, he was the Chief Internet Developer for the Department of Defense’s Global Emerging Infections System and a Sales Engineer at Citrix Incorporated. Fabian background in SharePoint is that of a developer and he focuses most of his SharePoint time on Business Connectivity Services and Managed Metadata Services.  Fabian blogs at http://www.sharepointfabian.com/blog and tweets under the @fabianwilliams handle

Is this a product demo:   No, but could include walkthrough  

Time needed: 60 – 75 minutes

Suggested audience: Business Analyst & Architect

Audience experience level:  Intermediate
 
Speaker contact
  Fabian Williams, MCSD, MCDBA, MCSE, Chief Architect ADOTOB - Always Done On Time On Budget.™
  202.256.5367 Mobile
  fabian@adotob.com
  www.adotob.com
  Twitter @FabianWilliams
  Blog: http://www.sharepointfabian.com/blog
 

September 8, 2011

Topic 1: 

Steps to building information architecture

Name of speaker & organization:  Bill English, MindSharp

In this session, you’ll learn the basic steps to building out an information architecture for your organization.  While many of the concepts will apply to SharePoint Server 2010, the concepts will broadly applicable to your other information systems as well.  What will be presented in not technical in nature.  Instead, you’ll learn about a way of thinking about how to manage your information better and how to go from Vision to Best Practices in your SharePoint Deployment.  Applications to SharePoint 2010 will be offered and it will be argued that not moving to SharePoint 2010 will hinder your ability to implement a full IA in your environment if you plan to use SharePoint as an IA platform.
 
Bill English (MCSE, MCSA, MVP, MCT) is an industry leader, author, and educator specializing in SharePoint Products and Technologies. As Chief Executive Officer of EBA Companies (Mindsharp and The Best Practices Conference), Bill draws on his experience in business management to teach and consult about mapping SharePoint features to business processes and information organization needs. As a former psychologist in Minnesota for nine years, English uses his knowledge of human behavior to help companies implement change through software platforms. Microsoft has acknowledged Bill’s professional contributions to the SharePoint community by awarding him the Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for ten consecutive years. Since 2000, Bill has authored 14 books on Exchange and SharePoint products, including the Administrator’s Companion for SharePoint Server 2010 by Microsoft Press.  Bill lives in Minnesota with his wife and two children, where summer is the six best days of the year!

Suggested Audience:  Non-technical, Managerial, Directors and Project Managers

Contact Information:

Sharepoint.mindsharpblogs.com/bill

www.mindsharp.com

www.bestpracticesconference.com


Topic 2:   Advanced SharePoint Designer 2010 Workflows

Name of speaker & organization:     Susan J Hernandez, Applied Knowledge Group


While SharePoint 2007 (MOSS) provided basic workflows with SharePoint Designer 2007, there was a lot you couldn’t do.  The Microsoft team made many enhancements in the SharePoint Designer 2010 product, and with workflows in particular.

In this session, we will cover several of the new Actions available to you in SharePoint Designer 2010 workflows.  We will take a deep-dive into the new “Approval Process” Action, which allows you to define events to a very granular level.  This presentation is targeted to power-users and advanced users; no development skills are required.
 
Susan Hernandez has been Developing for 11 years and working with SharePoint since the beginning of SharePoint Server 2003.  Susan currently creates Web Parts, custom Workflows, Dashboards, Event Receivers, Application Pages, and even remote apps for both SharePoint 2007 and SharePoint 2010.  In addition to her development responsibilities Susan also does some training on the side, including client documentation and training and webinars.

Suggested audience:Admin, Management, Developer 

Audience experience level: Intermediate and Advanced

 
Speaker contact
 Email  shernandez@akgroup.com
 Twitter  susher02
 

April 14, 2011

Topic #1: Creating AWESOME dashboards with SharePoint 2010,Infopath 2010 and SharePoint Designer

Name of speaker & organization:     Eric Harlan Microsoft PFE, Baltimore SharePoint Users Group

In this session we’re going to let the rubber meet the road!  With SharePoint 2010 and inter-connectable web parts we can do a lot with passing information from web part to web part. We’re going to show how to build a fully automated dashboard that interconnects to pull and push data to and from one another.
 
Bio: In between searching the planet high and low for the best skiing conditions, deepest powder and crazy ‘steeps’, Eric Harlan spends most of his time in the technology field.
 
Eric has been in the I.T. industry for ten years, and heavily involved with SharePoint for six years.  Starting from a developer role, Eric has moved on to a more architectural role with a focus on configuration and server implementation.
 
Never forgetting his developer roots, he still jumps in when needed to pick up the slack on custom dev needs. As a SharePoint Premier Field Engineer for Microsoft Eric is the first on the ground to troubleshoot SharePoint issues as well as kick off proactive engagements.
 
Eric is involved with many volunteer organizations from SharePoint Saturdays, Global SharePoint users group, and educational code camps to President and Co-Founder of the Baltimore SharePoint Users group.
 
Eric also does many speaking events revolving around SharePoint. Topics range from SharePoint Development, InfoPath development tricks and gotcha’s to basic SharePoint sessions for the end user.


Product demo or enriching community knowledge? community enrichment

Time needed:   60-75 mins

Suggested audience: Admin, Management, Developer

Audience experience level: All
 
Speaker contact:
   Email eric@ericharlan.com
   Twitter @ericharlan

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Topic #2:   Using SharePoint and InfoPath: Business and Technical Overview

Name of Speaker & Organization:  Hossam Behery, Digicon Corporation 

  
In this presentation, the speaker will cover different ways to utilize InfoPath with SharePoint environment to help improve the integration of the two applications. I will also cover the differences between using InfoPath forms and regular SharePoint lists pages.


Bio:  Hossam is a hands-on solution architect experienced in building enterprise SharePoint applications. He held many consulting and IT management positions since 1997 and has more than 14 years of professional industry experience working with Microsoft technologies with a focus on custom software development and business IT solutions; he has worked on various enterprise-wide SharePoint projects across several industries. Hossam holds several Microsoft certifications such as MCSD.net and MCDBA in addition to the Microsoft Certified Technology specialist In SharePoint. Hossam holds a Master Degree in IT management from the University of Virginia and a Master in Computer Science. He is currently writing his project for a Doctorate degree in Business Administration.

Product demo or enriching community knowledge? community enrichment

Time needed:   60 minutes

Suggested audience:  Admin, Management

Audience experience level: Beginner and Intermediate
 
Speaker contact:
     Email:   Hossam.behery@digiconasp.com
     Twitter: hossambehery

March 10, 2011

Topic #1:   2010 Upgrade and Migration options

Speaker & organization:     Mack A. Sigman, Senior SharePoint Architect
ActioNet, Inc. and Chairman Federal and DoD SharePoint Users Group (FEDSPUG) in DC


Selecting either an upgrade or migration strategy to move from SharePoint 2007 (or 2003) to 2010 is a critical step  and requires an understanding of what the options are, what are the pros, and the cons associated with each approach.  What are the risks.  How much downtime will there be, and so forth.  Understanding the difference between a migration and an upgrade is also important since each requires different planning and can have a cost impact.
 
Bio: Mr. Sigman has 28 years experience in the information technology arena, including considerable expertise in Portal design, information architecture and knowledge management.   He is experienced in systems and applications full system life cycle management.  Mr. Sigman’s expertise includes application development, systems integration, team building, gap analysis, knowledge management, portal and web development, project management; business requirements analysis; vendor selection; strategic and tactical planning. Mr. Sigma is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer specializing in SharePoint and Information Worker collaborative solutions based on the .NET Framework. He has expertise in Microsoft portal design, portal implementation, systems architecture, systems integration and application life-cycle management.


He is a retired Naval Officer (retired at the rank of Commander). He is currently the Senior SharePoint Architect at ActioNet

Is this a product demo or enriching community knowledge? Enriching

Time needed: 60 minutes

Suggested audience: Admin & Management

Audience experience level: All
 
Speaker contact (can this be made public?)
Cell phone 703 855 2563
Email msigman@actionet.com 
Twitter Mack_Sigman
 

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Topic #2:   SharePoint 2010 & Smart Mobility - Building Mobile Applications

Speaker & organization:    Kenneth Lo (PMP, MCSD, MCTS),   Director of Consulting , TMC

 
With the new mobile features of SharePoint 2010, the line between working from your desk and working remotely has blurred significantly and is finally reaching a point of convergence. This session will show how a developer can harness the power of SharePoint 2010 and Mobile Entree to create a seamless business application -- whether you are sitting at your desk or on the move.

 
Bio:  Kenneth Lo (PMP, MCSD, MCTS) is a SharePoint Evangelist and entrepreneur with over 14 years of management consulting experience in all facets of systems development. His expertise includes SharePoint, mobile applications, and social media. Being a risk-averse person at heart, Kenneth spends his leisure time mountain biking, rock climbing, and scuba diving.
 
Is this a product demo or  enriching community knowledge? Enriching

Time needed:    60 minutes

Suggested audience:    Admin, Management, Developer

Audience experience level:    All
 
Speaker contact 
Kenneth Lo, PMP | Director of Consulting | TMC
575 Market Street #2028
San Francisco, CA 94105
W: 415.856.0395

February 10, 2011

Topic #1: Case Study for a SharePoint SDLC

Name of speaker & organization: Marie-Michelle Strah, PhD

Many developers, PMs, and IT professionals find themselves faced for the first time with a project involving SharePoint 2007 or SharePoint 2010. As Mark Rackley has noted for .NET developers moving into the SharePoint space, “you have to get your head around the SharePoint beast.” The same can be said for IT professionals exposed to SharePoint implementations for the first time - project scope, requirements and execution are a “different beast” and best approached from a specific, targeted SharePoint SDLC, as opposed to adapting older mental models or methodologies to a new technology. Audience will learn best practices in systems integration and system development using a SharePoint SDLC to minimize execution and project risk.

Bio: Michelle has over 15 years experience in IT, project management, healthcare IT and R&D specializing in Health 2.0 and Government 2.0 solutions in the federal space. Currently, she is the Practice Lead and SharePoint Architect for Broadpoint Technologies in the Washington, DC area. She is a recognized Healthcare SharePoint SME and has spoken at several SharePoint events in DC over the past several years. She is also a founding member of the Women in SharePoint group launched in May 2010 and a co-leader of Women in SharePoint DC user group. Her recent work focuses on SharePoint architecture, migration, and upgrades for complex intranet and supply chain redesign for military and civilian agencies leveraging MS SharePoint, Project and Project Server and COTS applications in large scale systems integration efforts. She was both enlisted and officer in two branches of the military.

Is this a product demo: No, simply enriching the community knowledge.

Time needed: 60 minutes.

Suggested audience: IT Professional/PM

Audience level: All

Speaker contact info:
michelle@lifeincapslock.com
Blog: http://lifeincapslock.com
Twitter: @cyberslate

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Topic #2:   Leveraging Ethnographic User Research to Drive SharePoint Adoption

Name of speaker & organization:   Don Bruns, Senior Consultant, NavigationArts 
 
User adoption is the most important (if not the most important) success metric for SharePoint portals. Understanding the user’s true needs (not their perceived needs) is key to driving adoption. 

Bio: Don Bruns is a Senior Information Architect at NavigationArts, a professional Web design and Web development company providing expert consulting services. Bruns has fourteen years of experience in delivering web-based solutions with a focus on information architecture, taxonomy strategy, and user research. As a veteran of Razorfish and Aquilent, Bruns has led client engagements for such high profile clients as PCMag, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Pershing LLC, TIAA-CREF, and USA.gov the official web portal of the United States federal government.

Is this a product demo:    No

Time needed:     50 minutes
 
Suggested audience:  Technical, admin, and business drivers
 
Audience experience level:    Low

Speaker contact info:
Cell phone:  856-266-2831 
Email: dbruns@navigationarts.com


 

January 13, 2011

Topic 1: SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What you need to know

Name of speaker: Richard Harbridge

There are countless challenges when dealing with business data. A few of note are:

  •  Higher Overhead for IT to Service User Requests
  •  Multiple Places to Search Results in Reduced Applicable Contexts
  •  Multiple Places to Administer, Manage, and Maintain
  •  High Data Integration Costs (100% Custom and Often One Offs)
  •  Silos or Islands of Business Data Lead to Redundant Data or Processes
  •  Multiple Interfaces Creates User Dissatisfaction and Increased Training Costs

Microsoft SharePoint is a platform than can help significantly reduce the challenges mentioned above by using an interoperable platform of connected services. In our session we will explore SharePoint's new Interoperability underpinnings as well as the BCS to determine how they can be leveraged effectively in real world scenarios.

What we will be talking about:   SharePoint’s Important Interoperability

What is the BCS?

  • External Content Types
  • External Columns
  • External Lists
  • Extensibility and Tooling

Other Ways SharPoint Leverages the BCS

  • Demonstration of BCS
  • The Limitations of BCS

Is this a product demo: No, enriching community knowledge

Time needed: 60 minutes

Suggested audience: Technical

Audience experience level: Beginner and Intermediate

Speaker contact info: 

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Topic 2:  Dazzling SharePoint with Silverlight version 2010

Name of speaker: Becky Isserman

SharePoint 2010 now has Silverlight baked into the assemblies making it easier for SharePoint Developers and Designers to create a rich environment. In this session we will discuss how to blend together SharePoint and Silverlight. We will create some basic Silverlight Applications and discuss how to get these Silverlight applications to work in SharePoint. We will go over two possible data binding techniques using WCF Web services and the new Client Object Model.

Becky Isserman has been a SharePoint Developer, since 2005 when she attended the Portal University with Levi, Ray, and Shoup in Springfield, IL. She is an Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) and a Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD). She has been a web designer/developer since she was fifteen hand coding HTML 3.0 websites in NotePad. She enjoys working with SharePoint 2007, because she can perform the roles of administrator, developer, designer, and architect. She has presented at seven code camps, two conferences, and three user groups in the past two years. She currently lives in Olathe, Kansas working remotely for B&R Solutions. She lives with her two cats, Gambit and Rogue, plus her boyfriend, Johnny.
 
Congratulations to  Becky Isserman on her recent achievement and recognition at Microsoft as an MVP for 2011.
 
Is this a product demo:   No, enriching community knowledge   
 
Time needed: 60 – 75 minutes
Suggested audience: Designer
 
Audience experience level:  Expert
Speaker contact info:   If you would like to contact her you can e-mail her at rebecca.isserman@gmail.com or fill out the contact form at her blog http://www.mosslover.com.
December 9, 2010

Topic 1: SharePoint 2010: Service Applications

Name of speaker: Jason Gallicchio is currently a SharePoint Architect with Arcovis a Microsoft Gold Partner specializing in SharePoint and Enterprise Search Solutions.
http://www.arcovis.com/

In this session, we will explore the new SSP – The Service Application. We will go into what makes this an upgrade from the old 2007 model. We will go into understanding the new architecture, where to find it, how and why would use it and finally scenarios on when to scale out your service applications.

Jason Gallicchio is a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) and a Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist (MCTS) in both WSS and MOSS. He has been in the tech field for over 10 years providing end user support and solutions. The last 4 years have been working exclusively with SharePoint Technologies.
He is the founder of the Princeton SharePoint User Group in Princeton, NJ as well as a speaker and organizer for many SharePoint related community events.

Is this a product demo: No, enriching community knowledge

Time needed: 60 minutes

Suggested audience: Technical

Audience experience level: All

Speaker contact info: Jason Gallicchio
princetonsug@gmail.com

 
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Topic 2: Using the Managed Metadata Service in SharePoint 2010

Second Speaker: Scott Singleton

 Scott Singleton is a Senior Consultant and a Lead SharePoint Architect at i3solutions and has been working as a software architect and programmer for over 18 years. For the last three years he's been focused on leveraging his design and development skills to solve customer's business challenges in SharePoint as well as managing large implementations with user counts in excess of 100,000.

Product Demo: No, Only out-of-the-box SharePoint functionality
Time needed: 60-75 Minutes


Suggested audience: Admin


Audience experience level: Beginner to Intermediate


Contact Info: 703-652-8990 (office)  
scott.singleton@i3solutions.com 
 
 
 

November 11, 2010

November 11, 2010

Topic #1: SharePoint Designer 2010 for Business Use

Name of speaker & organization: John Stover,  SusQtech

SharePoint Designer 2010 has been completely overhauled. While still the tool for managing Master Pages and Page Layouts, this session will focus on using SPD for Business Use. Learn about Workflow, Business Connectivity, External Data sources, and Data Views. This is a live session using SPD with SharePoint and not a PowerPoint session!


Bio: John Stover is a SharePoint consultant, trainer, and speaker. A popular SharePoint presenter, John has spoken at numerous SharePoint events including SPTechCon, SharePoint Best Practices Conference, SharePointConference .ORG, ASAE Technology Conference, TheSUG, and a variety of SharePoint Saturday events around the country. As SusQtech’s Lead SharePoint Architect, John specializes as a consultant for Associations and Non-Profits but has also worked in the government and commercial sector with a variety of notable clients such as FAA, SAIC, Dow Corning, Nike, ExxonMobil, and NASA.

Is this a product demo: No. Showing SharePoint Designer 2010 only

Time:  60 min
Suggested audience: All 

Audience experience level: All

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Topic #2: Best Practices for SharePoint

Name of speaker & organization: Hemendra Patel (Idea Integration)


As SharePoint implementations and adoptions has become more popular, most organizations have begun creating a rules and processes that are absolutely needed for success. The goal for Today's topic discussion is to share such rules and processes (Best Practices).

Bio: Hemendra Patel is a Microsoft SharePoint technical architect with over 13+ years of background in software systems analysis, design, development, systems architecture, systems integration and relational databases. His professional experience focuses on the areas of software analysis, design, implementation, testing and deploying OLTP, Client/Server, web-based, service oriented and data warehousing applications. His technical expertise includes Object Oriented Architectures (OOA), design patterns, UML, effective coding practices, relational databases and Microsoft technologies.


Mr. Patel is a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer and Technology Specialist with a successful software delivery track record covering Fortune 50 clients in the telecommunications, manufacturing, commercial and government sectors.


Is this a product demo:  No Products Involved

Time:  60 mins.
Suggested audience: All 

Audience experience level: All

August 12, 2010
Topic #1:   SharePoint Governance – Key Considerations 
Name of speakers & organization:   Janis Hall and Ricardo Palhano, MetroStar
    
Planning Governance can be a key factor in the success or failure of a sustainable SharePoint implementation.  In this session, Janis and Ricardo will overview some of the key functional and organizational considerations, highlighting proper planning, as well as some of the common pitfalls.  Looking through the lens of the Business Executive, session content will provide insight on broad planning concepts that should be considered in any installation.
 
Janis Hall, SharePoint Instructor, combines more than 10 years of technical knowledge with business acumen when working with organizations on needs analysis and delivery for custom support models, system integration and upgrades, process analysis, and the design and implementation of collaborative sites. In her previous work at Mindsharp, and now as a MetroStar Systems Instructor, Janis incorporates her passion for SharePoint and its countless benefits into viable, innovative classes that provide students with both technical know-how and concepts of functional benefits. In her 10 years with a technical consulting firm, Janis has applied her expertise in various roles including that of a Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Analyst. With an admittedly quirky and outgoing personality, Janis has a particular enthusiasm for working with people. Her varied technical background provides Janis with a uniquely broad perspective on how technology is learned, adapted, and applied.

Ricardo Palhano, Senior Systems Architect at MetroStar, holds a Bachelor of Science (BS), Applied Information Technology from George Mason University with experience as a SharePoint architect and systems integrator since SharePoint 2003. His recent projects include the Marines.mil Team Lead/ SharePoint Architect for the largest Marines Corps public facing website with 600 internal users and millions of hits per day. 
 
Is this a product demo:  No, it is a lecture
Time needed: 60 min
 
Suggested audience: Management
Audience experience level: Beginner
Contact info:   MetroStar Systems, 703.481.9581   jhall@metrostarsystems.com
 
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Topic #2:  Delivering SharePoint Success: How to Effectively Plan, Execute and Control SharePoint Projects
Name of speaker & organization: Dux Raymond Sy, PMP, Managing Partner, Innovative-e, Inc.

Microsoft SharePoint has shifted the paradigm in enterprise information management and team collaboration. By empowering knowledge workers, SharePoint can increase worker productivity, improve business process efficiency and streamline business processes.
 
In a recent AIIM study,
http://bit.ly/cPTOJg, lack of planning is a key contributor to SharePoint deployment failure. To deliver successful SharePoint projects, effectively managing SharePoint 2007 and 2010 projects is paramount. Executive support, proper planning, and appropriately managing expectations are crucial to ensure SharePoint success.
In this interactive session, participants will learn to:
  •  Initiate executive excitement, promote organizational buy-in and foster user adoption
  •  Develop an effective and practical project management process in deploying SharePoint
  •  Apply relevant strategies in mapping business processes to identify SharePoint-based solutions
  •  Identify necessary resources to plan, deploy, maintain and support your SharePoint implementation
  •  Minimize uncertainty and risk by applying practical scope management techniques
 
With over 15 years of experience in Information Technology and Project Management, Dux has earned a reputation as among the leading experts in leveraging technology to enhance project management. A certified Project Management Professional (PMP), he is currently a managing partner and the chief evangelist of Innovative-e, Inc., a Microsoft-certified, business technology consulting and services company that employs a business-first approach to successfully implement SharePoint for clients.
 
As a thought leader in maximizing project team collaboration, he is the author of "SharePoint for Project Management" published by O'Reilly Media. He is focused on empowering organizations on how to leverage the benefits of SharePoint technologies with quantifiable goals such as: Increasing productivity and efficiency, decreasing collaboration redundancies and streamlining electronic communications. He has successfully managed the implementation of various SharePoint-based solutions for commercial, educational and government institutions. A sought after speaker, Dux has presented in various Microsoft and Project Management Institute (PMI) events worldwide. He regularly blogs on topics related to project management, SharePoint and globalization at MeetDux.com.
 
Is this a product demo: No
Time needed:  60 min
Suggested audience:  Executives, managers, analysts, consultants who wish to properly implement SharePoint and immediately reap its’ organizational benefits.
Audience experience level:    see above
Contact info: Dux Raymond Sy, E-Mail: dux.sy@innovative-e.com, Phone: 571.748.4488
Address: 11654 Plaza America Drive, Suite 232, Reston, VA, 20190

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July 8, 2010
Topic 1: SharePoint on your SmartPhone
Presenter: Lisa Ruff, Business Development Manager Mobile Entrée, H3 Solutions Inc
Mobile computing has become an integral requirement in enterprise, actually all, organizations. Knowledge workers to executives need to ensure SharePoint Business processes keep moving and they have access to data and business intelligence to make decisions anytime and anywhere. Mobile Entrée is a SharePoint Solution Framework that can make this happen, by providing access to SharePoint from iPhones, BlackBerry’s, Windows Phones, Androids, Nokia, Palm Pre and iPad devices. There is no “App” installed on any of these devices but full capability is provided through the browser.
Lisa Ruff, Business Development Manager for Mobile Entrée has  over 25 years of experience in the IT industry. She has worked for both Hardware and Software organizations, including 13 years as a Technology Specialist with Microsoft Corporation,  12 of which were in the Federal Systems Organization, providing enterprise technical sales solutions to several US Government agencies including all branches of the DoD and many civilian divisions. Lisa graduated from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore MD and holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering.
 The session will include both Presentation and demonstrations of the Mobile Entrée Solution on a variety of SmartPhone Devices
Audience: Management, Admin, Users
Level: Beginner
 
Contact info: Lisa Ruff – lisa.ruff@h3s-inc.com Office phone 571-208-1105
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Topic 2: Project Portfolio Management

Presenter: David Smiley, Application Program Manager, CorasWorks

The one common element across all organizations is projects.  Everybody has them and everybody works on them.  Even though the projects may differ widely, the goal is the same—to invest in the right projects, then ensure you complete them on time and on budget.

The CorasWorks Project Portfolio Management (PPM) solution for Microsoft SharePoint helps you do just that.  Using the PPM, you can manage the full project lifecycle—from proposal to project completion.
  • Govern the project proposal process to ensure you are investing in the right projects
  • Manage, track and report against individual projects to ensure they are on time and on budget
  • Group your projects into portfolios and manage overall portfolio performance.

PPM is a flexible, integrated solution that can be applied to almost any discipline, from managing IT projects, to marketing campaigns, to real estate properties.

David Smiley is an expert in architecting and developing custom and off the shelf applications for a wide range of customers using diverse technologies. Today, he designs, develops and manages application development using CorasWorks and SharePoint.

Presentation Type: Demo, 60 Minutes
Audience: Admin, Management, Project Managers
Level:       Beginner

Contact Info: David Smiley, dsmiley@corasworks.net 703.797.1881 x 221
 
June 10, 2010

Topic #1: Sustaining & Optimizing Enterprise SharePoint 2007 Systems

Name of speaker:  Kenneth Lo, PMP. Kattelo Media.

For every organization that has committed to upgrading SharePoint 2010, there are many more organizations that still need to sustain their existing enterprise SharePoint 2007 systems. In order to keep the existing systems healthy, you will need to learn about the arts of tuning SharePoint. In this session, we will go over hardware and software architectural designs you encounter in your daily operations, optimization and tuning techniques, as well as industry best practices. This session will also include a 20-minute demo of Microsoft SharePoint tools, such as Microsoft SharePoint Administration Toolkit v3 and SharePoint Diagnostics (SPDiag).

Bio: Kenneth Lo (PMP, MSCD, MCTS) is an experienced technical manager with extensive hands-on experience in all facets of enterprise system development. His subject matter expertise includes SharePoint, Project Server, project management, and social media. Being a risk-averse person at heart, Kenneth spends his leisure time on mountain biking, rock climbing, and scuba diving.

Suggested audience: Beginner/Intermediate, Architect, System Administrators

Audience experience level:  Beginner/Intermediate
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Topic #2: Social Computing in a BusinessEnvironment

Name of Speaker:  John Burkholder, Senior Project Manager, Digicon Corp.
Providing social computing ispossibly the hardest decision a business leader can make. How do you open creativity and innovation? How does social computing build company morale? Whatare the advantages? What are the pitfalls to watch for? How do you control the access and content? Are there government guidelines for this activity? How do you protect the company? Lastly, how does SharePoint 2010 help? This session discusses if and/or how social computing can help and/or detract from the business.
John Burkholder is a Senior Project Manager for Digicon Corporation, where he is the primary business manager for SharePoint and specializes in architecting hosted SharePoint environments.  He has extensive experience with architecting MOSS, WSS, SharePoint 2010 as well as enterprise systems environments ingeneral. John first started working with SharePoint in 2001 as an administrator, and has been working with technology for over 25 years. John most recently presented at SharePoint Saturday DC on Hosted and Multi-tenantSharePoint 2010, and will present again at SharePoint Saturday NYC on the same topic.
 

May 13, 2010


Topic #1:  Developing Customer Solutions on SharePoint 2010


Name of Speaker: Ed Hild, Microsoft Technology Architect, Reston- Microsoft Technology Center


Based on interactions with many customers at the MTC, Ed will show you how to solve common scenarios with SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010 as a development platform. These scenarios include automating document assembly, building mashups, merging SharePoint data into office documents or presentations, integrating line of business data, site provisioning workflows, and more. The focus of the session will be how the tools in Visual Studio 2010 enable combining the many services in SharePoint 2010 into compelling customer solutions.  The session will be almost entirely demo driven.


Ed Hild is the Technology Architect at the Microsoft Technology Center in Reston, VA specializing in Portal and Collaboration solutions. At the MTC, he meets daily with both commercial- and public-sector customer to discuss business requirements and map them to the Microsoft platform. He helps customers understand product features, best practices, and necessary customizations for them to realize SharePoint’s full potential. Ed is a dynamic speaker and has previously presented at Microsoft Dev Days, Tech Ed, and Microsoft SharePoint Conference events as well as many local area user groups. He published an advanced SharePoint developer book through Apress entitled: Pro SharePoint Solution Development and the 2010 version is due out this spring. Ed’s previous experiences include a high school teacher, government contractor, and lead developer at a Microsoft partner.


Suggested audience: Developer


Audience experience level: Intermediate
 

April 8, 2010

Topic #1: Capturx for SharePoint Server

Name of speaker & organization:  Rob Patrick, Adapx
 
Why is this topic important for people to hear: Capturx allows people to use an inexpensive and well-known interface, pen on paper, to create documents and data in SharePoint. Capturx instantly digitizes data as it is written and integrates it into SharePoint. Users write on existing or new forms created in Microsoft Excel. Form data is sent from the digital pen to SharePoint using Bluetooth on a BlackBerry device or by docking the pen to a PC. The original handwritten forms are instantly visible in SharePoint along with date/time/author stamps. Handwritten text is converted to data and populates an SQL database for easy integration with other applications and processes.

Rob Patrick is the Federal Director for Adapx and is responsible for Adapx activities in the DC area. Rob is a former developer and has 25 years experience in technology development, implementation and sales.
 
This a product demo.

Time: 45-60 min

Suggested audience:  Anyone involved with creating/capturing data for SharePoint

Audience experience level:  All Levels

Topic #2: Client Side AJAX Applications in SharePoint 2010

Name of speaker & organization: Lee Richardson, Near Infinity

Building modern looking applications in SharePoint has historically involved either using slow and buggy AJAX control toolkit controls or writing large amounts of plumbing code to expose and ultimately consume SharePoint list data with client-side JavaScript.  SharePoint 2010 solves the problem of data accessibility by exposing all SharePoint data in REST and JSON formats via WCF Data Services (aka ADO.Net Data Services, aka Astoria, aka oData).  ASP.Net AJAX 4.0 Templates simplify consuming this data for building responsive, 100% client based AJAX applications with significantly less yet more maintainable code.  This 100% demo based presentation will explore how to use these two new technologies to write modern looking and responsive applications in a SharePoint 2010 environment.
 

 Lee Richardson is a  Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD), a Project Management Professional (PMP), a Certified SCRUM master and has over nine years of experience consulting for the public and private sector.

Time needed: 60 minutes

Suggested audience: Developer

Audience experience level: Intermediate, although there will be interesting bits for all audiences

For additional information or to read up on the technologies before-hand see Lee's blog at: http://rapidapplicationdevelopment.blogspot.com/2010/03/client-side-ajax-applications-in.html.

 

March 4th, 2010

Topic: Microsoft Project 2010 Overview


Name of speaker & organization:  Christophe Fiessinger, Senior Technical Product Manager, Microsoft Corp


The speaker will provide an overview of the key investment areas and capabilities of Project Server 2010 and Project Professional 2010.  The areas to be covered include demand management, portfolio analysis, time tracking, business intelligence/reporting, and other better together capabilities being built of top of SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise features. Learn key enhancements as well as key usage scenarios of Project Server 2010.
 

Christophe Fiessinger is Senior Technical Product Manager for Microsoft. As part of the Microsoft Business Division Product Marketing Group he focuses on the enterprise project and portfolio management solution - EPM. Christophe is responsible for technical readiness.


 The presentation will include a product demo.

Suggested audience:  Administrators, Developers, Management and End Users

Audience experience level:  Beginner
 

February 18, 2010

Topic #1: SharePoint Designer Workflows - Advanced

Name of speaker & organization:  Susan Hernandez, Applied Knowledge Group

Workflows are getting more and more popular in SharPoint 2007, however people usually think that SharePoint Designer falls sort for a design tool.  In reality, there is quite a bit more that SharePoint Desinger workflows can accomplish than people imagine.  We willl take a deep dive into the more advanced concepts, actions and conditions you can use in SharePoint Designer as well as pulling information out of SharePoint Lists instead of hard-coding information.

Susan Hernandez is a SharePoint Developer currently working for Applied Knowldge Group out of Reston, VA.  Susan has been developing for 10 years and has her certifications in MOSS 2007 Configuration and MOSS 2007 Application Development. She specializes in Workflows using Designer, Custom Workflows using Visual Studio, Web Parts, Application Pages and Event Handlers, all for SharePoint.

Suggested Audience:  Power Users, Power Administrators, Developers

Audience experience level: Intermediate to Advanced.

January 14th, 2010

Topic #1: Introducing Access 2010 and Access Services
Name of speaker & organization: Benjamin Hodes, Microsoft

With Access 2010, Access is now highly manageable, performant, and accessible from inside any web browser. This enables whole hosts of new scenarios, while at the same time allowing IT to centrally manage and deploy the Access solutions we already know and love.

Ben Hodes is a Program Manager on Excel and Access Services, currently responsible for the Access Services forms rendering engine and Access 2010 templates. He joined the team a year ago after receiving his Bachelors in Computer Science from the University of Illinois, with a specialization in databases. He is very excited to bring Access to the web, and even more excited to see what our customers can do with the new platform.
 

Suggested audience: Everyone! A lot of the new features are geared towards both intermediate individual contributor users, as well as those experts and admins managing solutions on SharePoint.
Audience experience level: Intermediate and up

Topic #2: Using jQuery and jPoint in to develop composite applications in SharePoint

Name of speaker & organization: Will Lawrence, Pontis Communications, Inc. / sharejPoint

Have you ever wanted to hide certain fields in a SharePoint list form that were “For Office Use Only?” Or to create a chat/IM tool or AJAX enable a list, but did not have rights to deploy a custom solution on the server? Or to use drag and drop functionality on a SharePoint page? Many developers have turned to jQuery client-side scripts to solve these issues. Many solutions take to much time to get off the ground and they break when used in other browsers. And what about your current client-side scripts when you upgrade to SharePoint 2010? Will they work? These problems are being solved by the FREE open source community project called jPoint. It is hosted on codeplex at http://jPoint.codeplex.com. jPoint is a data access layer for SharePoint to make it easier for developers to work with form fields and communicate with the SharePoint web services. It also provides a deployment framework so developers can create jPart “plugins” that site Administrators can drop on their pages to create Web 2.0 mashups and composite applications.

Will Lawrence has nearly a decade of experience in software engineering and development and is co-founder of the telecommunication services firm, Pontis Communications, where he directs internal and external software communication and knowledge systems. He is an advocate for change management and increasing user adoption of SharePoint through resourceful and innovative solutions, particularly through the use of SharePoint Designer and JavaScript. In the summer of 2009, Will started the open source community project, jPoint, and is now the Director of the supporting non-profit organization, sharejPoint.  Will received his computer engineering degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and his master’s degree in Information Networking from Carnegie Mellon University.

Suggested audience: Developer, Site Administrators, and Power Users

Audience experience level: Medium to Advanced

December 10th, 2009

Topic #1:  Federated Identity and Single Sign-on for SharePoint

Presented by J. Steven Fritzinger, Crescent Enterprise Solutions

Identity federation makes it easy to integrate legacy LDAP users into your SharePoint infrastructure, to work with external partners across the Internet and to manage multiple AD domains.  It is more secure than shared password sites and easier to administer than centralizing identities.  Jointly developed by Microsoft and Novell, this single sign-on system makes SharePoint accessible for non-Microsoft users and lets you use SharePoint’s extensive role-based security and access capabilities in extranet applications.

Steve combines 20 years of sales and business development experience with a background in computer engineering and software development.  His focus is on helping customers get real value from the information technology they purchase, solve business problems effectively and create better ways for groups to work together.   By looking for ways technology can make existing processes more efficient and enable fundamentally new processes, Steve has helped his clients enter new lines of business, create new revenue streams and save millions of dollars a year.

This presentation will be a general discussion of Identity Federation in SharePoint and the problems it can solve.  Novell’s Access Manager is one product which can provide these capabilities.

Suggested audience: Admin, managers

Audience experience level:  Mid-level to experienced SharePoint audience.  Beginners in identity management.

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Topic #2: Data Recovery & Restoration for SharePoint Environments

Name of speaker & organization:
- Hubert King, Data Recovery Virginia Office Manager, Kroll Ontrack Inc.
- Peter Low, Sr. Business Development Representative, Kroll Ontrack Inc.

As organizations expand their use of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server, IT departments are likely to face challenges.  Administrative tasks such as consolidating SharePoint sites and searching for and restoring individual items or sites can easily become time and resource intensive projects.  Data loss due to accidental deletion, database corruption or hardware failure is also a challenge for SharePoint administrators; but it is one that can be addressed through proactive planning.  With the right tools and proper planning, IT departments can save significant time and money, meet internal business requirements and limit risks of permanent data loss.         

Hubert King is Engineering Manager of Kroll Ontrack's Reston, Virginia data recovery lab and office.  Peter Low is the Senior Business Development Representative on Kroll Ontrack's Enterprise Software Team; specializing in Exchange and SharePoint restoration and search software.
Is this a product demo: (are you enriching the community knowledge or showing a product)

Early part of the presentation will detail worldwide data recovery capabilities from various media types and we will follow with a short demonstration of Ontrack PowerControls, our SharePoint restoration software tool.

Suggested audience: Anyone with an IT background who works with SharePoint.
Audience experience level: Any
 

November 12th, 2009

**** SOLD OUT **** Due to the overwhelming response to this special presentation, we cannot accomodate any more people at this meeting. If you have not sent in your RSVP before now, you are too late. Please watch our site for more exciting announcements on SP 2010 topics.

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Our leading presentation will be from Ed Hild, SharePoint Technology Architect working for Microsoft, and he will present "Whats new in SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010." This will be a 90 minute presentation that covers the exciting new features that were unveiled at the SharePoint 2009 conference. If you didnt make it to the conference, this is your big chance to get the briefing straight from a Microsoft insider.

If you went to the SharePoint 2009 conference, we would like you to come to the meeting and share what you learned. If you find a speaker or topic that you think would be good to bring to the group, please let us know and we will try to get them on the schedule.

 

October 8th, 2009

With the big SharePoint 2010 conference just around the corner, we are certain to have some discussion about what we might expect to see. Come to the meeting and find out who else is going to Las Vegas later this month.

Topic #1: Windows & SharePoint Centric Data Management to assist/accelerate upgrades of SharePoint & Exchange

Name of speaker & organization: Randy De Meno, CommVault
      Chief Technologist – Windows Products & Microsoft Partnership

Randy will discuss, showcase and demonstrate Simpana and the ability to use Windows as the heterogeneous data management platform. Accelerate upgrades of SharePoint and Exchange while providing backup, granular recovery, heterogeneous content search, DeDuplication, archiving and Records Management with one Windows centric solution. This exciting session limits PowerPoint use and dedicates time to live demonstrations of:

•    Archiving & Recall of SharePoint & Exchange
•    Storage Management featuring seamless Deduplication
•    Content Search & E-Discovery via FAST
•    “Release Independence” restores/recalls from previous versions of SharePoint & Exchange to newer

Speaker Bio: Randy De Meno joined CommVault in 1994 and initiated CommVault's direction into the heterogeneous Data Management segment of the industry.  Randy holds patents on a number of CommVault's technologies including the Granular Application Integrated Backup and Recovery capabilities.  He also spearheaded the partnership with Microsoft in 1999 and still manages the strategic relationship.  Randy leads CommVault's application efforts for their Exchange, Active Directory, SQL, SharePoint, Notes/Domino, as well as other Windows based solutions.  On a personal note, Randy is married with three children and leads the CommVault Ice Hockey team which has enabled CommVault and partners to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for various children’s charities over the years.

Suggested audience: IT_Pro, Admin, CxO

Audience experience level: Various

Speaker contact info
Randy De Meno
Office – 732-870-4038
E-Mail – RdeMeno@CommVault.com

Topic#2: Roundtable discussion: Preparing for SP 2010
The big SharePoint 2009 conference is just a couple weeks away and many of us are getting ready to pack our bags and laptops for an action packed week to see the rollout of SP 2010. How many of you have had to do an upgrade of SharePoint? It would be very beneficial if you could share some of your lessons learned with the rest of the group. We are also planning on having an extended meeting next month so that all of you that are going to the conference can share what you have learned.

Suggested Audience: All

September 10th, 2009

Presentaiton #1: Architecting a Robust Global SharePoint Infrastructure

Speaker: Tom Lin, AvePoint

When deploying SharePoint as a business-critical collaboration platform and digital-asset repository, ensuring data access, availability, and protection, is absolutely critical. Though SharePoint and SQL Server offer some scalability and data protection natively, these may prove inadequate for most competitive organizations.

In this session, we will discuss the key components of any successful SharePoint global deployment. This will include architecture configurations for efficient data access across geographies and networks, considerations for high availability of data and SharePoint sites, and robust design including backup & recovery planning. After analyzing SharePoint's native capabilities, we will identify best practices, available free tools, and other best-of-breed solutions for ensuring a fully distributed and protected SharePoint platform.

Finally, we will discuss SharePoint archiving, and review how intelligent archiving procedures, when coupled with successful replication and data protection plans, can improve platform performance and reliability, and lower storage and management costs.


Speaker Bio:

For a number of years Tom has been working exclusively with enterprise-level data protection and management software deployments for Microsoft SharePoint Technologies. Tom’s extensive experience with SharePoint custom backup and recovery applications has earned him multiple speaking opportunities within SharePoint communities and at technical events.



Suggested audience: all

Audience experience level: any

 

Presentation #2: CRM integration

Speaker: Nelson Johsnon

Nelson will discuss some of the features of Microsoft CRM and how it makes an excellent enhancement for a true database tool in the SharePoint environment. See how it works hand-in-hand with SharePoint as a tool that supports data  integrity using the relational database model. 

 

Suggested audience:Developer

Audience experiencelevel: All

 

 

 

August 2009 Meeting

Topic #1: Surfray search tools for SharePoint

Presented by Alan Anderson

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Topic #2: JQuery by Hemendra Patel of Idea Integration

JQuery offers powerful, compact and seamless Integration with MOSS 2007 and its free!! Why not use it?

 

Idea Integration is an IT consulting firm with local presence in Fairfax, VA.  Idea is a Gold Certified Partner, a National Systems Integrator Partner, and 2008 Partner of the Year – Information Worker Solutions, Data Visualization for its work with the City of Houston, Texas. For more information visit, http://www.idea.com.

 

Hemendra Patel is a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer and Technology Specialist with 13+ years of background in software systems analysis, design, development, systems architecture, systems integration and relational databases. He has achieved successful software delivery track record covering Fortune 50 clients in the telecommunications, manufacturing, commercial and government sectors and currently he is working with Idea Integration as a SharePoint Architect.

 

Suggested audience: Developer

Audience experience level: All

 

Thursday July 9th, 2009

Topic: Migrating Legacy Document Management Systems to SharePoint: How and Why you should do it

 

Name of speaker: Martin Boggess

 

Why is this topic important for people to hear:  Enterprise Content Management is an important part of many business, due to process efficiencies, regulations and compliancy.  If you have the need for ECM but are tired of the costs, you need to look at SharePoint.  SharePoint can typically provide comparable functionality at a third of the cost, but it is important to understand the Pros and Cons of migrating to this platform.   If you are already using SharePoint in one form or fashion, this is an easy next step to consolidate some of your systems.   We are going to look at how to plan  and determine if MOSS will work for as a platform to replace existing document management systems.    

 

Martin Boggess managed a top  Microsoft SI that implemented SharePoint starting with 2001 version.  managed customers migrating from Stellent, hummingbird, livelink, fileshares, Documentum, FileNet to MOSS.  Worked with multiple ISV software solutions built on MOSS (K2, Captaris, Nintex, Wisdom, KnowledgeLake, Bentley, Next Docs etc).  Worked in development of integration to MOSS products for Captaris (Workflow, RightFax, Dokustar)


Suggested audience: all

Audience experience level: any

 

Topic #2: Docs with Attitude: How to Give Your Content Meaning by Kenneth Lo
Content types are one of the most important new features of WSS 3.0 and MOSS 2007. Content types enable organizations to organize, manage, and handle content in a consistent way across a site collection. By defining content types for specific kinds of documents or information products, an organization can ensure that each of these groups of content is managed in a consistent way.
Kenneth Lo (PMP, MCSD, MCTS) is an experienced solutions architect with over 12 years of client delivery experience in all facets of systems development. His subject matter expertise includes K2 blackpearl/blackpoint, SharePoint (MOSS), Project Server 2007, and content management systems. Being a risk-averse person at heart, Kenneth spends his leisure time in mountain biking, rock climbing, and scuba diving.
 
Suggested audience: Administrators

Thursday May 14th, 2009

Topic #1: Extending SharePoint’s Business Intelligence with PerformancePoint Services, presented by Andy Isley.

 
Business Intelligence is a necessity in today’s challenging economic environment.  Businesses are being told to do more with less.  Costs are rising and profits are falling.  Business Intelligence tools from Microsoft enable organizations to monitor, analyze, and plan according to changing market climates.
 
Andy Isley has worked for Analytic Vision for nearly 5 years where he is currently serving as the Microsoft Practice Manager.  Andy is a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) and holds certifications for PerformancePoint Server and Windows SharePoint Services.  Andy has worked in Information Technology since graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from Western Carolina University in 1992.  Recent clients include Hanesbrands Inc., Sunbelt Rentals, and Gables Residential

 

Topic #2: A Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) for SharePoint by Gary Vaughan

As SharePoint deployments mature, project management and governance are becoming increasingly important.  All stakeholders in the enterprise need a practical methodology to help guide deployment from initial requirements and design to later adoption and business impact.  This presentation will outline a time-phased SharePoint implementation approach and discuss how it may differ from a traditional SDLC.  It will also touch on skill sets needed in and outside a client organization to help ensure SharePoint success, as well as deployment management metrics.

 

Gary is a SharePoint Governance Advisor to the State Department and a consultant with Worldwide Information Network Services (WINS).  He is active in SUGNOVA, and authored a white paper for our last conference on Maximizing Business Value from SharePoint:  A Management and Govenance Perspective. Prior to his work on SharePoint, he was a career Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development, with a focus on project, program and knowledge management.  He has completed graduate work in international relations, business administration and computer systems management.   

 

Audience:  general - i.e. developers, administrators, managers and users at all levels, assuming at least a basic understanding of SharePoint.

 

Thursday April 9th, 2009
Topic #1: Extending SharePoint’s Business Intelligence with PerformancePoint Services, presented by Andy Isley.
 
Business Intelligence is a necessity in today’s challenging economic environment.  Businesses are being told to do more with less.  Costs are rising and profits are falling.  Business Intelligence tools from Microsoft enable organizations to monitor, analyze, and plan according to changing market climates.
 
Andy Isley has worked for Analytic Vision for nearly 5 years where he is currently serving as the Microsoft Practice Manager.  Andy is a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) and holds certifications for PerformancePoint Server and Windows SharePoint Services.  Andy has worked in Information Technology since graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from Western Carolina University in 1992.  Recent clients include Hanesbrands Inc., Sunbelt Rentals, and Gables Residential
 

Topic #2: Working with Custom Fields in SharePoint 2007, presented by Hemendra Patel

One of our own members, Hemendra Patel,  is going to share with us his experience in working with custom fields. He is a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer and Technology Specialist with over 13 years of background in software systems analysis, design, development, systems architecture, systems integration and relational databases. He has a successful software delivery track record covering Fortune 50 clients in the telecommunications, manufacturing, commercial and government sectors and currently working with Idea Integration as a SharePoint Architect.


Idea Integration is an IT consulting firm with local presence in Fairfax, VA.  Idea is a Gold Certified Partner, a National Systems Integrator Partner, and 2008 Partner of the Year – Information Worker Solutions, Data Visualization for its work with the City of Houston, Texas.

Suggested audience: Architects, Developers
Audience experience level: Intermediate, Expert
Email: Hemendra.patel@idea.com , hemsoft@gmail.com
Phone: 703 797 1033 (work)  703 585 5080 (cell)
 

Thursday March 12th 2009
  • David Moya of ATSC Corporation has agreed to present RAVEN software for requirements elicitation and definition. David Moya has been in IT for nine years consulting in various roles including, but not limited to requirements analysis, QA, project coordination, and project leadership.  Some clients that David has consulted with include National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bank of America, and most recently the US Air Force.  On a personal note, David will be running his first marathon this March!
  • Dale Clarke - After having completed a project that involved numerous changes to the look of the site, Dale will share with us his experience in making SharePoint look the way you want. There will be a carry-away with step by step instructions and code. Sample branded page images from the presentation include: Mossdc , CGLLC 

 

June Meeting Rescheduled

In June, we will be meeting at the conference on the 26th.


Women In SharePoint - April 28

Women in SharePoint DC April Networking/Social Event

When: Thursday, April 28th - 6pm

Where: One Lounge (1606 20th Street Northwest Washington, DC)

Event Details/RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/womeninspdc/events/17125979/

Description: Please join us for our Spring Fling in support of women in technology in both the commercial and federal space. This is a great networking event for all interested in Enterprise 2.0, Government 2.0, and Microsoft SharePoint Technologies – whether you are an experienced professional or looking to learn something new.

Right on the heels of Women’s History Month, we’ll be meeting new folks, looking at future events we’ve planned, and supporting women in technology by networking, socializing and meeting new faces.

In the great tradition of #SharePints, this is an informal event to allow current and new members the chance to exchange ideas, contacts and get involved in our community. We have reserved the space for 3 hours to allow as many people as possible to stop in after work.

All who come are entered into our raffle for O’Reilly Media books – you must be there at 8:00 p.m. to win your prize!

Please RSVP by April 25th!

Sponsors: BroadPoint Technologies http://www.broadpoint.net and O’Reilly Media http://oreilly.com

Agenda for Event:
6pm – 7pm: Happy Hour (Drink specials at One Lounge)

7pm: Networking and Brief Presentations on Women in SharePoint DC and Sponsors (Hors d’Oeuvres)

8pm: Raffle (10 SharePoint 2010 Books from O’Reilly Media)

Venue Info: www.oneloungedc.com
Transportation: Dupont Circle Metro/Street Parking


 

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