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GR8 Pittsburgh Keynote Speaker
David Mann
GR8 Technology Conferences is proud to announce that David Mann will be the keynote speaker for the 2nd annual GR8 Pittsburgh SharePoint Conference. Dave is uniquely qualified as he is a trainer, software architect, developer, author and a SharePoint MVP since 2007. Dave’s selection was based on his longstanding leadership, passion, knowledge and devotion for SharePoint, Microsoft solutions and the U.S. SharePoint community. Dave is the cofounder and Director at Aptillon as well as the founder and President of the Tri-State SharePoint User Group (Philadelphia), which is one of the largest and most respected SharePoint user groups. As a speaker, David has a unique ability to make complex IT topics easy to understand and fun for all audiences: business users, executives, IT professionals and developers.

Lunchtime Keynote Speaker

Mike Gannotti

 AnyTime, Anywhere with Anyone
Technology Conferences is proud to announce that Mike Gannotti, Business Productivity Technical Architect at the Philadelphia Microsoft Technology Center, will be the lunchtime keynote speaker. Mike exemplifies the theme of the conference as he is frequently mobile and terminally social. Mike is one of the most respected Microsoft SharePoint Consultants in the U.S. and he is one of the Top 10 most followed Microsoft employees. Mike will explain how companies and their partners, customers and vendors can work together with multiple devices by utilizing the modern collaborative capabilities of the Microsoft Business Productivity platform and Office 365.

Executive Track


SharePoint 2013 provides corporations an incredible value by delivering an integrated platform for document storage, collaboration, business intelligence, business process automation, enterprise search, and mobile and social technologies. See the new and enhanced features in SharePoint 2013 and how they support your business goals.
This session focuses on Microsoft’s BI technologies and its abilities to make advanced easy to use, accessible, insightful, and actionable, all while helping clients increase organizational performance. We will show you how mobile devices access data while supporting business decision-making. We’ll show you why the combination of Microsoft Office 2013, SharePoint Server 2013 and SQL Server 2012 are an excellent solution for creating self-service dashboards, scorecards, KPIs, pivots, data exploration and discovery, collaborative report galleries, cloud data mashups, and even advanced analytics with data mining.
GR8 is proud to announce this session will be led by noted project management consultant Neall Alcott. Neall will provide you the most commonly requested dashboards, reports, workflows and processes and then provide you best practices for delivering these services and gaining adoption within your organization. SharePoint is now considered by many to be the de facto industry standard platform for collaboration and Neall will show you how enterprises can efficiently utilize SharePoint’s services for organizing, managing, finding and sharing project information. He will also share with executives, how enterprises can take advantage of the integrated capabilities of SharePoint and Project, to effectively manage work assignments across multiple projects, resolve over / under allocation of resources, and respond to changes in scope, resources, and constraints.
Companies today realize that it is imperative to connect with their customers, employees and partners through social technologies like SharePoint and Yammer. With the release of SharePoint 2013 and the acquisition of Yammer, Microsoft has made significant investments in Enterprise Social. During this session, terminally social and featured speaker, Mike Gannotti, will provide a fun and informative view of Microsoft’s social platform and how to leverage these technologies to create a more adaptable organization. Featured products include SharePoint 2013, Office 2013, Lync 2013, Office 365, Windows 8, Windows Phone and Yammer.
Automating Business Processes - Workflow and Forms
Workflow and forms automation are key value propositions for the SharePoint platform. Leveraging these capabilities to increase efficiency and reduce cost is a common goal, but many organizations experience false starts and unmet expectations when tackling these initiatives originally. Much of this has to do with the number of technology choices available and knowing which option to use when. Other challenges include project identification, resource management, user interface selection, system integration, and functional expectations. This session is a primer and guide for business leaders, process stakeholders, and project managers engaged or interested in process improvement and automation initiatives utilizing the SharePoint platform.

Project Manager / Manager Track

Planning a SharePoint Migration Part I & II
SharePoint 2013 and Office365 provide significant enhancements for business solutions. In order to leverage the new platform features and to successfully migrate/upgrade existing content and processes you need to give utmost importance to eConnectionSoft’s solution methodology: Focus on your vision, Plan your strategy and Execute the plan successfully.
In this two-part session you will be provided valuable guidance for minimizing risk, preparing successful plan, smooth execution and user adoption for your new SharePoint environment. A successful approach encompasses the cultural and technical aspects as well as identifying and applying the business priorities. During this session, eConnectionSoft will cover Challenges and Best Practices with Migration, Execution Road Map- People, Process and Technology, Migrating Content to SharePoint on-premise and Office365
Building a User Centric SharePoint Environment
What content do users need to perform their tasks? How can that content be optimally organized? There are many choices that can be made when designing SharePoint environments, so given multiple ways to organize information, what is the correct option? Design can be optimized through user scenarios and use cases. In this session, featured speaker Seth Earley, CEO, Earley & Associates, will discuss methods to design SharePoint applications that provide content in the context of user tasks based on audience analysis, use cases, content alignment and iterative testing and validation. We’ll walk through key information architecture approaches and research/validation/testing techniques (heuristics, affinity modeling, bulletin board focus groups, audience/task/content mapping) to help you ensure maximum usability of SharePoint 2010.
Create a More Adaptable Organization - Microsoft's Social Technologies
Companies today realize that it is imperative to connect with their customers, employees and partners through social technologies like SharePoint and Yammer. With the release of SharePoint 2013 and the acquisition of Yammer, Microsoft has made significant investments in Enterprise Social. During this session, terminally social and featured speaker, Mike Gannotti, will provide a fun and informative view of Microsoft’s social platform and how to leverage these technologies to create a more adaptable organization. Featured products include SharePoint 2013, Office 2013, Lync 2013, Office 365, Windows 8, Windows Phone and Yammer.

Microsoft SharePoint's distributed architecture and propensity for grass-roots growth make effective governance a daunting challenge. Without proper planning and governance, an organization could face unexpected challenges. eConnection will provide guidance for setting policies, roles, responsibilities, and processes that guide, direct, and control how an organization's business divisions and IT teams corporate to achieve business goals. Topics include Information Architecture Policy, Information Taxonomy (Content Types, Site Topology), Governance Plan (People, Process, Technology, Policies)

IT Professional Track

SharePoint 2013 - What's New for IT Professionals - Part I & II
In this session you will learn more about what's new for IT Professionals in SharePoint Server 2013 and how its features and capabilities can help simplify administration, protect communications and information, and empower users. SharePoint Server 2013 can help you achieve new levels of reliability and performance, delivering features and capabilities that simplify administration, protect communications and information, and empower users while meeting their demands for greater business mobility. New capabilities include SkyDrive Pro, Shredded Storage, Request Management Service (RMS), Delegated Administration and Distributed Caching plus many more.
During this session, you will be provided best practices for upgrading and migrating an existing SharePoint site to SharePoint 2013. We will provide you guidance for minimizing the risk, time and effort required to migrate, consolidate and restructure content for both on-premises and Office365. We will provide you tips for establishing a good governance plan and help you identify the right migration tool for your environment. We will also help you avoid some of the most common and costly mistakes.The session includes:1) Preparing to Upgrade: Examination of your current 2010 environment - The Checklist2) Test Upgrade: Performance Considerations for Hardware, Service Application Testing3) Implement the Upgrade: Content Databases, Web Applications, Services Upgrade, Commands.
Maintaining SharePoint Apps for IT Professionals
This session is created for SPS architects and IT Professionals. Applications are core to the SharePoint Server 2013 experience and the new App Model for SharePoint 2013 is a major shift in how SharePoint Apps are created and deployed. Learn how SharePoint Apps are easily developed, secured, deployed to a marketplace, monitored and retired. Learn everything you need to know in order to deploy and maintain SharePoint Apps, the Apps architecture, and App operations with SharePoint Server 2013.
SharePoint Workflow for IT Professionals
SharePoint 2013 has brought a whole new workflow engine to the SharePoint world. It promises scalability, functionality and performance that was just not possible in previous releases. However, these capabilities add complexity and additional responsibility for those who have to keep it running. This session will provide an overview of the new workflow architecture and then quickly move on to recommendations for managing, monitoring and troubleshooting workflows in SharePoint 2013. Along the way, we’ll examine tools like Fiddler and Performance Monitor to see how they can help us keep our workflow farm running in tip-top shape.

Developer Track

Developer's Guide to SharePoint - Part I & II
SharePoint 2013 is a versatile development platform for building apps and solutions with varying scopes that address a wide range of needs. This session will review the many options facing new and current SharePoint developers. We will cover the new app model versus traditional solutions and features, visual studio and SharePoint Designer tooling, claims-based authentication, data access with SOM/CSOM/REST, custom service applications, declarative workflows, client side rendering with javascript and JSON, search filters and display views, Access database applications, LightSwitch forms, SQL Reporting, social with activity feeds, managed navigation, and design manager branding.
SharePoint Branding and Design for Developers
The process of building, branding and delivering a well-designed web site requires both the knowledge of the software capabilities and solid understanding of the site goals. In this session, developers will learn best practices for planning, creating and deploying appealing on-premise or online SharePoint 2013 web sites. We will also share branding process best practices and lessons learned from real world SharePoint branding projects. Enhancements discussed include HTML5 / CSS3, Branding for Intranets, Extranets, Theme Gallery, Mobile Design and Design Manager.
JavaScript and SharePoint 2013: Livin’ in a Client-Side Paradise
This session will demonstrate how to get the most out of JavaScript in SharePoint 2013 while still maintaining professional development disciplines. Along the way we’ll discuss TypeScript, Knockout, JQuery, HTML5, and the new capabilities introduced in SharePoint 2013 that facilitate JavaScript development. Demonstrations will include both what is possible as well as how to ensure the safety, stability and performance of your SharePoint environment in this brave new world.

Cloud App Model in SharePoint 2013
SharePoint 2013 introduces the new Cloud App Model, which enables developers to create self-contained pieces of functionality that can extend the functions and capabilities of a SharePoint website. Cloud App Model has made it possible to build new dimensional apps that combine web technologies and cloud services. We will discuss why you want to build an app for SharePoint, what they actually are, and how they relate to your SharePoint website. After all this, we’ll finish up by building a simple app. We will even explore the SharePoint App Store, what it is and how to get started.

General Sessions

Despite the ever changing world of technology, there are certain standards that remain the same. The concept of a reliable infrastructure lends itself to facilitating the necessary “roads” for transporting voice, video, and data. Please join us as we discuss the importance of network diversity, cloud vs hosted technologies, load balancing, and the exponential growth of bandwidth utilization. Comcast has solutions for any and every business from a 2 person office to corporate centers hosting thousands of employees. Take a walk with us through these hot topics and learn how to employ them to create success within your organizations.      

Project Online and Project Server 2013 provide significant enhancements for business process management, workflow authoring and managing work requests. This session will provide the powerful new project collaboration capabilities and the key scenarios and features that enable you to effectively plan, track and share your plans so everybody is on the same page and the project is delivered on time and within budget.

Access and Share from Anywhere with Office
A challenge faced by all organizations is seamless sharing of information. Email has long been the bastion of document sharing; helping to keep everyone up-to-date with process and project documentation. But in a world of mobile employees leveraginga variety of devices with the increased demands of security and being productive anywhere, many organizations find email as a document collaboration tool falls flat. Join us as we demonstrate how SharePoint 2013 can facilitate better document sharing and control through the use of the new Office, Office on Demand, and Office Web Apps.
One of the much improved features of SharePoint 2013 is the workflow engine. SharePoint 2013 now uses “Windows Azure Workflows” and it runs workflows as a separate service to SharePoint itself, making it easy to host workflows on-premise or externally (much the same way as the new “Apps” model works). Attend this session and learn how the new workflow engine can easily and quickly be built to support business needs that span from basic out-of-the-box document (OOTB) routing for approvals or signatures to complex business scenarios that involve policies, rules, escalations and exception handling. During this session, you will learn why these changes provide an innovative platform for managing team processes, or how it can be built to span the largest enterprises and process volumes.

Going Mobile Communcate and Collaborate While on the Go!
Microsoft has developed a very powerful, easy-to-use mobile platform that will allow you to communicate and collaborate with anyone, anytime, anywhere on any device. In this session, real world examples show how the mobility enhancements in SharePoint 2013 make it easier than ever before to provide robust, mobile-enabled views of SharePoint websites to any mobile device. During the demos in this session, multiple devices including phones, tablets and laptops will be used to show the website rendering specifically for each device. Whether on-premise or "in the cloud", Exchange, SharePoint, Lync and Office increase your smartphone and tablet users' productivity without compromise. Windows Phone, IOS and Android device integration also will be covered.

IT Professional / Developer

As organizations move to externally hosted solutions, developers will increasingly be called upon to make legacy applications compatible with cloud-based services. In this session, we will explore the various options available for creating SharePoint applications in the cloud, discuss the pros and cons of each approach, delve into the technical aspects of cloud development, and provide real-world guidance for creating an on-premise-to-cloud migration strategy.

In this session you will learn how end-users are enabled to create high-value, "no code", collaborative business apps that can be shared with others as an app for SharePoint in a web browser. You will see how Office 365 and SQL Azure services provide an efficient method to quickly deploy an Access app to the cloud. By using Microsoft SharePoint 2013 to host the front end of the app and Microsoft SQL Server 2012 as its data storage technology, Access 2013 significantly improves the manageability and scalability of Access applications. You will also learn how legacy Access applications can be brought forward to the web on SharePoint.
Enterprise search had a serious makeover in 2013. It combines the best of SharePoint 2010 Search and FAST. Search administration is now configurable at the site collection level with new result sources, query rules, and result types. Search centers now use JavaScript and JSON based web parts for refinement and results. Each result item displays based on rule syntax including the new document preview hover panels. Developers can access search results with SOM, CSOM, and REST. This talk will show you how to build effective search solutions that combine all the new features.

Developing SharePoint Applications Using JQuery and SharePoint 2013
In this session we’ll deep dive on how to use jQuery to build dynamic, search-drivenweb sites. We’ll show you how to create interactive experiences for your onlineusers and provide attendees with best practices for using JQuery with SharePoint.
The session will cover the following:
1) Basic understanding of JQuery
2) How to setup JQuery
3) Development you can do with JQuery in SharePoint
4) Controlling CSS with JQuery.


Registration Fee  $199

Event Agenda At-a-Glance

8:00 - 9:00AM

Registration and
Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 10:00AM









Closing Comments - Door Prizes
Conference Details and Venue
Pittsburgh Marriot North
100 Cranberry Woods Drive
Cranberry Township, PA 16066
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Thursday, May 2, 2013
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Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Pittsburgh Marriott North
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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Marriott Newark Liberty International Airport
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Dave Johnston
610.624.4213 x300
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