Location: Your Computer
Start: 10/2/2012 11:00 AM (UTC -05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
End: 10/18/2012 4:30 PM (UTC -05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Ever feel like the more you learn about SharePoint 2010 the more questions you have and the more work you realize you have to do? Do you have a SharePoint environment that just isn’t living up to its potential? Wouldn’t it be great if you could hear from experts out in the field who work with hundreds of different companies and help these companies implement SharePoint-based solutions of every shape and size?
The Penton Media “Mastering SharePoint 2010” online seminar series provides a range of topics to help attendees learn more about the SharePoint technologies and business applications that can deliver real business value and turn SharePoint 2010 into an invaluable tool rather than “just another file share on steroids.”
In these sessions, you will learn how to design, implement, govern, customize, brand, develop, troubleshoot, and administer SharePoint 2010. During each session we’ll get into the finer details of all parts of SharePoint and provide tips and tricks and best practices to enhance your skills in designing, implementing, and governing your SharePoint environment.
Colin Spence and Ulysses Ludwig, two of the authors of Sam’s SharePoint 2010 Unleashed bestselling technology book will provide a series of sessions designed to empower attendees to return to their day jobs with a deep understanding of how SharePoint 2010 works best to meet organizational needs and create a road map to optimize their SharePoint 2010 environments.
After attending this course, you’ll have the benefits of:
An overall understanding of SharePoint 2010’s newest features and benefits as well as scalability of its architecture, design, and branding features.
Examples of best practice implementation strategies and details as well as “nightmares” to avoid based on the presenters’ knowledge gained with hundreds of clients
Detailed and actionable knowledge on how to develop, customize, implement, administer, govern, and troubleshoot SharePoint 2010 with minimal risk to the environment and maximum business benefit.
Insight into upcoming capabilities of SharePoint 2013 and whether it makes sense to wait for it to be released
Sessions (each session runs approximately 75 minutes):
DAY 1 – OCTOBER 2: DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE FUNDAMENTALS (COLIN)
This first session kicks off the series by imparting wisdom and best practices on what organizations of varying sizes are implementing in terms of the foundation for the SharePoint 2010 solutions they are then building. Key topics will be covered to allow attendees to craft “roadmaps” that meet their organization’s unique needs.
Intro to SharePoint 2010 with what’s new and what can really benefit your organization
Defining specific and actionable goals for the project (business and technical)
Which version of SharePoint to use
Service application review
Architecture details such as number of servers, server configurations, SQL configuration and authentication
Includes SQL 2012 features including AlwaysOn Availability Groups
Review of NTLM vs Kerberos vs FBA
Review the need for Development/Staging/Production and a tiered approach when development or installation of 3rd party products is anticipated
Pros and cons of virtualization vs. physical servers
Most popular builds
Hidden challenges of virtualizing
Cloud vs. On Premise vs. Hybrid configurations
Overcoming design challenges and “right sizing” the solution
A review of Microsoft Office 365 strengths and weaknesses
Site collections and web applications review
Key insight into creating successful “roadmaps” for implementations
Examples of technical and business goals that have allowed companies to realize real business benefits from SharePoint 2010
DAY 2 – OCTOBER 4: CONFIGURING THE ENVIRONMENT, PART I: LOOK AND FEEL AND USER EXPERIENCE (ULYSSES)
This session builds upon the foundation created in Session 1 by covering the process of installing and customizing the SharePoint software. Best practices and pitfalls will be covered from the installation process to creating the site collections and implementing effective navigation and branding.
Installation best practices and pitfalls to avoid
Pros and cons of using the wizard, using PowerShell or manual methods
Typical pitfalls with My Site configuration
Starting FIM (the User Profile Service)
Customizing and optimizing the site structure
Publishing vs. Non Publishing sites
The challenges posed by multiple site collections and multiple farms
Using multiple content databases, the pros and cons
Notable service applications and their core best practices
Configuring Search for stability and security
The true “tales from the field” and lessons learned about the User Profile Service
Navigation best practices
To “megamenu” or not to “megamenu”
Branding from 10,000 feet to 1,000 feet
Branding for the cautious as well as the adventurous
A bit of CSS and jQuery
DAY 3 – OCTOBER 9: CONFIGURING THE ENVIRONMENT, PART II: TOOLS AND FEATURES (COLIN)
Session 3 delves into the main “containers” and “moving parts” of the SharePoint 2010 environment that end users will be working with every day, and are arguably the most important components of a successful SharePoint implementation.
Navigating the sea of lists and libraries
Which to use, which to avoid
Hidden gems in list and library settings to leverage for your organization
Landmine features to avoid
Security best practices for controlling sprawl and abuse of content
Metadata from the ground up
Configuring core terms and content types
Syndicating content types using the content type syndication hub
Specific examples of effective taxonomy creation and term set creation
Best practices for leveraging content types
Enhancing search results with scopes
My Sites and Profiles
Configuring User Profiles and Importing Properties
Customizing the MySite host
DAY 4 – OCTOBER 11: APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT OPTIONS (ULYSSES)
In this session Ulysses will present SharePoint and it’s out of the box tools as an alternative to Visual Studio and ASP.NET applications. SharePoint’s out of the box features coupled with SharePoint Designer, InfoPath, and SSRS integration makes it a contender as an application host that rivals that of custom Visual Studio applications not to mention the upgradeability and application host benefits provided by SharePoint itself.
Application design “Lite” vs. Complex
Workflows: how far can go out of the box, vs SharePoint Designer vs Visual Studio vs Third Party
Dashboards: how far can go out of the box, vs SharePoint Designer vs Visual Studio vs Third Party
Business Process Management: What is it, do I want it?
Access Services – What can it really do and can I use it?
Lessons Learned and best practices
Third party tools overview: lessons learned
DAY 5 – OCTOBER 16: BUILDING SHAREPOINT APPLICATIONS (ULYSSES)
If SharePoint’s out of the box features simply do not fit the bill, there are still tremendous benefits to building an application by embedding the application logic within SharePoint itself.
Benefits of SharePoint hosted applications
Integrated features such as security
Built in cross-server deployment
Service application architecture
How do you define an application?
Taking advantage of out of the box workflows
Developing OOTB Forms using SharePoint Designer & InfoPath
Connecting to External Data Sources using SharePoint Designer
Understanding SharePoint security from the programming perspective
Powershell and leaving the UI behind to complete complex tasks
DAY 6 – OCTOBER 18: SHAREPOINT GOVERNANCE BEST PRACTICES (COLIN)
In this session Colin will present a framework for governance with respect to SharePoint 2010. Colin will discuss the importance of governance with respect to upgradeability, support, security, compliance, and feature delivery – without a solid governance plan in place a SharePoint environment can quickly degrade and lose user confidence in SharePoint itself.
Main components of an effective governance plan
How to “right size” the governance plan and tools
Importance of a good mission statement and specific goals
Examples of real world mission statements and goals
Governing the farm
Strengths and weaknesses of the out of the box tools
Governing the site collections
Key site settings to master
Understanding environmental usage
Site and site collection usage, search usage and optimization
Controlling some of the more dangerous components of the environment
SharePoint Solutions and Features
Custom Web parts
Looking forward to 2013
Colin Spence, MCP and MCTS SharePoint, is a Partner at Convergent Computing (CCO) and manages the SharePoint Practice there. He currently specializes on the design, implementation and support of SharePoint 2010 business solutions with a focus on customization, business process and application design. He’s been with CCO for more than 20 years and has provided a wide range of IT related services to hundreds of organizations. He is a co-author of Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Unleashed, as well as numerous other books on SharePoint and Microsoft technologies, and has written white papers and presented for Microsoft and other industry leaders. He has contributed to numerous other Sams Publishing titles on Microsoft Windows Server technologies, as well as Network World, Windows IT Pro, and Devx.com and has presented at TechEd. He has also written white papers and lead webcasts for companies including AvePoint, Quest, BP Logix, Cisco, OpenText, Metalogix and Penton Media which leverage his experience in the field with SharePoint and related technologies to meet specific business requirements.
Ulysses Ludwig is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer and SharePoint Architect at ExpertAssist LLC located in the heart of Silicon Valley. He has worked with SharePoint since 2003, when he started creating SharePoint Portal Server 2003, and since then he has worked with hundreds of clients. Additional areas of focus include SharePoint 2003/2007/2010 business process management, integrated reporting, training, manufacturing solutions, business applications, workflows, forms, policies, and extranet solutions for medium and large organizations. Projects completed include numerous installations, upgrades, migrations, workflow projects, forms projects, customizations, search customization projects, upsizing, downsizing, troubleshooting engagements, as well as several webcast and one-day seminars for Penton media. He particularly enjoys the challenges of extending upon basic out-of-the-box functionality to meet business challenges, providing training to administrators and end users, and providing detailed “how to” documentation. He is a contributor to the programming chapter of “SharePoint 2010 Unleashed” from Sams Publishing.
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Ulysses Ludwig is a SharePoint architect with over 16 years in the IT and computer industry. Ulysses' primary focus is SharePoint but he dabbles in the latest web technologies and likes to develop software in his spare time.