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Philadelphia Keynote Speaker – Bill Wolff
A decade of Rapid Growth
GR8 Technology Conferences is proud to announce that Bill Wolff will be the keynote speaker for the 2nd annual GR8 Philly SharePoint Conference. Bill is a SharePoint and .NET Solution Architect at Agility Systems where he works on large enterprise SharePoint 2013 solutions. Bill’s selection was based on his longstanding leadership, passion, knowledge and devotion for SharePoint, Microsoft solutions and the Philadelphia IT community. Bill is the founder and President of the philly.NET user group, which is one of the largest and most respected Microsoft user groups. As a speaker, Bill has a unique ability to make complex IT topics easy to understand and exciting for all audiences: business users, executives, IT professionals and developers.

Lunchtime Keynote Speaker – Mike Gannotti

Anytime, Anywhere with Anyone

GR8 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.
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.
Now that your company has made the investment to incorporate SharePoint into your work environment, how do you promote the platform to the business? Enterprise wide adoption is as much of a people issue as it is a process and technology concern. Dave Goldman, Senior Manager of Information Systems Architecture at AstraZeneca, will discuss how to influence your eventual champions to work differently in a large organization, who to influence, and how to build an adoption campaign to set up your company for success.
In the social media world, it’s no longer about the platform … or even about social media itself. In this session, Abby Ecker, ATI Physical Therapy – PR Coordinator will analyze the current (and future) state of social media and focus on developing and integrating a social strategy throughout your organization – for little to no cost. In addition, this session will focus on increasing your ROI through identifying the right measurement tools and evaluation methods for your strategy. From your company intranet to your email marketing to your online presence and everything in between, you’ll learn how to cultivate a social culture across all communication touch points.
This session focuses on Microsoft BI technologies and its abilities to make advanced analytics 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 analytics, dashboards, scorecards, KPIs, pivots, data exploration and discovery, collaborative report galleries, cloud data mashups, and even advanced analytics with data mining.

Project Manager / Manager Track

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 a 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.
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.
Governance Taxonomy - Planning Roadmap
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)
This session will highlight Microsoft’s significant investments in search, social capabilities and building/managing Communities of Practice within your organization. Greg Robinson, RDA Senior Consultant and search specialist, will provide attendees valuable guidance on how to build, manage and get adoption for “Communities of Practice”. This session will explore some of SP 2013’s new social features, such as quickly capturing domain knowledge and catalog content, the enhanced search model to quickly locate relevant information as well as look at other social capabilities around Communities of Practice sites.

IT Professional Track

In this session you will learn more about what's new for IT Professionals in SharePointServer 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 featuresand capabilities that simplify administration, protect communications and information,and empower users while meeting their demands for greater business mobility. Newcapabilities 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 migratingan existing SharePoint site to SharePoint 2013. We will provide you guidance forminimizing the risk, time and effort required to migrate, consolidate and restructurecontent for both on-premises and Office365. We will provide you tips for establishinga 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 Checklist
2) Test Upgrade: Performance Considerations for Hardware, Service Application Testing
3) Implement the Upgrade: Content Databases, Web Applications, Services Upgrade,Commands.
Applications are core to the SharePoint Server 2013 experience. A SharePoint application is a secure, focused solution that is easy to develop, deploy to a marketplace, monitor and retire. 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 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

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.
The process of building, branding and delivering a well-designed web site requiresboth the knowledge of the software capabilities and solid understanding of the site goals. In this session, developers will learn best practices for planning, creatingand 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.
SharePoint 2013 Cloud App Model
Cloud App ModelSharePoint 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 - A

Document Storage to Business Intelligence: SharePoint 2013 Capabilities
Today, businesses capture more information than ever before. We tell ourselves thatwe will use the data to run reports and measure trends, but are we really leveragingthe full potential of the data we collect. In this session we will explore how influencingthe corporate behavior to leverage SharePoint as a document repository is the firststep to introducing new ways to use the data we capture. We will go beyond simplecollaboration and how SharePoint facilitates access to legacy data repositories,helps drive better business insight with key performance indicators and can drivethe implementation of executive decision systems that empower everyone to turn datainto information anytime, anywhere.

Top 10 Reasons to Manage Projects on SharePoint
SharePoint is a powerful tool, but it can be easy to slip into the habit of just using it as a shared network drive – a place to store documents in folders. In addition to the document management capabilities, learn how SharePoint can be used to enhance Project team collaboration. This session will outline some important Project Management capabilities available in a SharePoint workspace some of which include- Managing project artifacts by Phase, Issue Management, Risk Management, Change request management, Tracking meeting minutes, Action item logs, version control on documents, workflow enabled processes, Status reporting and documenting visual processes for project teams to follow. And therefore establishing and reinforcing standards identified by your Program Management Office.

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 sharingand control through the use of the new Office, Office on Demand, and Office WebApps.
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.
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.

IT Professional & Developer

Migrating On-Premise Solutions to SharePoint Online
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.

SharePoint 2013 Search Architecture
OEnterprise search had a serious makeover in 2013. It combines the best of SharePoint2010 Search and FAST. Search administration is now configurable at the site collectionlevel with new result sources, query rules, and result types. Search centers nowuse JavaScript and JSON based web parts for refinement and results. Each resultitem 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 showyou how to build effective search solutions that combine all the new features.

Developing Office365 Custom Solutions
Office365 provides enterprise-class technologies and their associated benefits to customers of all sizes. Office365 makes it easy and cost-effective to deploy and maintain SharePoint. Although the new development model significantly expands the capabilities of hosted SharePoint, organizations need to understand the nuances of the different deployment models (on-premise or Office365). During this session, Neudesic will discuss branding using custom css/master pages/page layouts, SharePoint client object model on how to retrieve User Profile properties and how to manipulate items in a list. Additional examples will include technologies such as JQuery, SharePoint client dialog framework, and Managed Metadata field manipulation via client object model code. Point client dialog framework, and Managed Metadata field manipulation via client object model code.
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.

General Sessions - B

Managed Metadata and Metadata Driven Navigation
Managed Metadata was first introduced in SharePoint 2010 and has since been improved and its capabilities expanded in 2013. The most notable of the improvements is the capability to have term sets specifically designed for use as N-level global and local navigation definitions. We will discuss why and how we should use Managed Metadata in SharePoint 2013 and will conclude by demonstrating a 3-tier term set driven global navigation menu implemented only using the browser.

Going Mobile: Communicate 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 mobile 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.

Microsoft’s Social Technologies
Companies today realize that it is imperative to connect with their customers, employeesand partners through social technologies like SharePoint and Yammer. With the releaseof SharePoint 2013 and the acquisition of Yammer, Microsoft has made significantinvestments in Enterprise Social. During this session, terminally social and featuredspeaker, Mike Gannotti, will provide a fun and informative view of Microsoft’s socialplatform and how to leverage these technologies to create a more adaptable organization.Featured products include SharePoint 2013, Office 2013, Lync 2013, Office 365, Windows8, Windows Phone and Yammer.
Yammer is a best-in-class Enterprise Social Network that brings together employees, content, conversations and business data in a single location. Built for the enterprise and loved by users, Yammer empowers employees to be more productive by enabling them to collaborate in real time across departments, geographies, and business applications. Employees can create groups to collaborate on projects and share and edit documents. It is a new way of working that fosters team collaboration, empowers employees, promotes organizational connectedness and drives business transformation.
Join Bob Kuhns, Yammer Solution Specialist at Microsoft, as he provides an overview of the product and addresses how the cloud is raising the bar for innovation. Also, discover why more than 7 million users, including employees from 85 percent of Fortune 500 companies, have adopted Yammer's Software-as-a-Service solution.
In this session you will learn how end-users are enabled to create high-value, "nocode", collaborative business apps that can be shared with others as an app forSharePoint in a web browser. You will see how Office 365 and SQL Azure servicesprovide an efficient method to quickly deploy an Access app to the cloud. By usingMicrosoft SharePoint 2013 to host the front end of the app and Microsoft SQL Server2012 as its data storage technology, Access 2013 significantly improves the manageabilityand scalability of Access applications. You will also learn how legacy Access applicationscan be brought forward to the web on SharePoint.


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
Valley Forge Casino Resort
1160 First Avenue
King of Prussia, PA 19406
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"GR8 Conference"
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GR8 Philadelphia SharePoint Conferences 
GR8 Washington, DC SharePoint Conference
When: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Where: Bethesda Hyatt Regency
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GR8 Philly SharePoint Conference
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Valley Forge Casino Resort
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GR8 Pittsburgh SharePoint Conference
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Pittsburgh Marriott North
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GR8 NY SharePoint Conference
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Marriott Newark Liberty International Airport
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Registration: $199
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Dave Johnston
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