SharePoint is Leading the Way – But Which Way is It? | BA Insight

With the announcement of next year’s Microsoft SharePoint Conference being combined with so many other products, it will put more pressure on events like SPTechCon to deliver the SharePoint and Office 365 information we need. I’m very excited about really reconnecting with the community, especially with all of the shuffle with Cloud.

I’m sure you are as well. I think SPTechCon has captured the essence of the dilemma of understanding the fact that SharePoint really is at a crossroads and there are decisions that need to be made. Why go it alone? The community and experts have been there and done that. This is your chance to connect!

You can use my last name OLESON as a discount code if you plan to register.

The sessions at SPTechCon have really been scrutinized to focus on information that’s relevant today for customers. The speakers are really the who’s who of the SharePoint world. David Rubenstein and his team at BZMedia do an incredible job to pull off an amazing event that really is now contending for the top spot where the SharePoint community gets together to discuss what’s happening in our industry.

I’ve always been a fan of SPTechCon, and the events they do in Boston and San Francisco have really helped create a rhythm on both coasts. Last time I was in Boston at SPTechCon I was speaking about the Mobile revolution and its impact on the enterprise. This time around I’ll be talking about Enterprise Search, one of the biggest features of SharePoint 2013 and often the customer’s biggest challenge and potential for impact.

I think one of the interesting parts of this particular SPTechCon is hearing Jeremy Thake as the Microsoft Keynote. What an interesting character. Having worked as a consultant spending most of his time at customers as a developer, in the community as MVP, and with a partner as an AvePoint exec.  He has seen the needs of customers and partners and now has a great opportunity to affect change in Microsoft’s strategy from the inside out.

If you’re focused on Search… I did some homework to track down a few of the SharePoint Search Sessions planned:

  • Sessions Focused on Search
  • Search Tips and Tricks with SharePoint 2013: Maximizing Findability
  • Creating Rich Provider-Hosted App Experiences with Enterprise Keywords and Search
  • Content Search Web Part – Get it all in one Place and Style It!
  • Making the Most of Search in SharePoint 2013
  • Best Practices for Office 365 SharePoint Search Planning – That’s Me! More details below.

In the Search Space, we have a lot of experts who will be there… Scott Jamison, Benjamin Niaulin, Chris Weldon, and Christina Wheeler.

Friday Sep 19 11:30am – 12:45pm
Best Practices for Office 365 SharePoint Search Planning

When most people think about Office 365, they imagine being locked down and low customization. What they don’t realize is that there is a lot you can do around the search experience from display templates to Web parts, and integrating responsive design into your results pages. In this class, we’ll dig into the key areas that are within your control with your data in the cloud as well as some tips for hybrid search results and federation planning.

LEVEL: Intermediate
AUDIENCE: Architecture Essentials, Business Decision Makers, IT Pro Essentials
I’m also doing a session on enterprise mobile, and plan to bring up the idea of mobile and search in this session.

Friday Sep 19 8:30am – 9:45am
SharePoint 2013 Enterprise Mobile Strategy

So much is changing every day with Microsoft’s support for mobile devices with apps for iPads, iPhones, Android phones and tablets, and new Windows Phone devices. With apps SharePoint Online and Office Online, there’s a lot to keep track of and understand. In this class, we’ll dig into the latest releases of these apps to understand both support and function. We’ll also look at Responsive Web Design as a mechanism to support SharePoint for mobile. Is Word, Excel, and PowerPoint good enough on the iPad? The answer is “yes”, and we’ll help you understand how to ensure you have the right strategy for licensing, in addition to taking advantage of the best of what Microsoft is releasing. If you think you knew SharePoint and Mobile, think again!

LEVEL: Intermediate
AUDIENCE: Business Decision Makers, Developer Essentials, IT Pro Essentials

Read more about the speakers, topics, and more at

See you there!

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