Workshop Review: What’s New in SharePoint Designer 2013, Presented by Mai Omar Desouki

Written by Bjørn Furuknap. Posted in Editors' Thoughts

review3  Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars, Reviewed by Bjørn Furuknap at the European SharePoint Conference

Mai presented a session on what’s new in SharePoint Designer 2013. The bulk of content, however, was focused around workflows.

The problem with Mai’s presentation was that she seemed very nervous. She experienced several and major issues with her demonstrations and got caught off guard. This caused her to fall a bit apart and left long breaks in the presentation that she should have handled much better.

Workshop Review: Create an End User Adoption Strategy, Presented by Erica Toelle

Written by Bjørn Furuknap. Posted in Editors' Thoughts

review4  Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars, Reviewed by Bjørn Furuknap at the European SharePoint Conference

I’m normally not particularly fond of attending business user oriented sessions. The topic doesn’t interest me too much and it’s usually too much death-by-PowerPoint. I made an exception, though, because it’s the first chance I’ve had to watch Erica present.

Erica did have PowerPoint only, but she managed to make them interesting and informative by having a clear pattern to how she organized her slides and making it very clear what the various concepts were right from the start. Further, rather than simply reading the slides, she explained their meaning and gave practical examples of how to implement the practices taught.

Workshop Review: SharePoint 2013 Workshop for Developers, Presented by Sahil Malik

Written by Bjørn Furuknap. Posted in Editors' Thoughts

review5  Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars, Reviewed by Bjørn Furuknap at the European SharePoint Conference

Sahil is a seasoned presenter and trainer and showed what that can do for a full-day presentation on the first day of the European SharePoint Conference. Sahil’s quirky approach to presenting thaws up any room, and it didn’t take long before his characteristic humor had the room laughing.

You can’t learn SharePoint by laughing, though, but Sahil doesn’t disappoint in the knowledge department either. Don’t let him know this, but I believe Sahil is one of the most knowledgeable people on the SharePoint 2013 scene.

Workshop Review: Achieving the Application Lifecycle Management Dream in SharePoint, Presented by Jeremy Thake and Randy Williams

Written by Bjørn Furuknap. Posted in Editors' Thoughts

review3  Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars, Reviewed by Bjørn Furuknap at the European SharePoint Conference

Jeremy Thake teamed with Randy Williams to talk about a set of problems that many developers and projects face related to application lifecycle management (ALM).

Jeremy is a very charismatic presenter who can enthrall a room with his childlike charm and soothing voice. I’ve seen him present several times and I’m always impressed with his ability to present a topic in a way that makes it easy to understand.

In the part of the workshop where I attended, the attention was solely focused on Visual Studio 2012 and apparently, how Jeremy’s employer uses the ALM features of VS2012.

SharePoint Summit Toronto Full Conference Pass Giveaway - Valued at $1,795!

Written by Inna Gordin. Posted in Editors' Thoughts

We, at SharePoint Reviews, are proud to have one full conference pass for SharePoint Summit 2013 in Toronto to giveaway to our readers. With more than 70 sessions, a keynote by Andrew Connell, and a beautiful location that is perfect for Mid-May (May 13th to 15th), you will enjoy the learning, networking, and a break from work.

This is the 7th SharePoint Summit conference, and the 2013 edition promises to be the most exciting yet. It features a very special new event – SharePoint Excellence Gala – that will bring even more status to SharePoint industry, its companies and people across Canada by recognizing their expertise in the development of SharePoint solutions.

SPTechCon San Francisco Review: 4 Days of Intense Learning

Posted in Editors' Thoughts

review45  Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars, Reviewed by Behzad Kashefipour

Being a software developer since 1998, in 2006 I joined a software consulting firm in southern California which introduced me to Microsoft SharePoint. I had to learn a great deal of development technics in SharePoint 2007, all in a very short amount of time. Back in those days, the online resources were almost non-existing, and the books were offering limited step-by-step, out-of-the-box how-to technics that would be good only for extremely simple environments. Therefore, I depended on SharePoint Conferences to get in touch with other fellow developers and to attend sessions to learn new technics that can actually be applied to the bleeding-edge technology I was working on.

Free TimeOFF App for Office 365 Offers Employees' Leave Request Functionality

Written by Inna Gordin. Posted in SharePoint Product News

TimeOff app for SharePoint 2013/Office 365 streamlines the process of submitting and processing employees’ leave requests. When installed on your company's SharePoint site, the app will enable your employees to submit leave requests with ease, while allowing authorized staff to accept or reject such requests. TimeOFF is offered in the Lite version – as a free application ideal for small organizations, and in the PRO version – for bigger organizations. The developer of the app, Fild.NET, can also prepare the TimeOFF application for any other SharePoint version, customizing it to your specific needs and requirements.

New XStream Product Enhances SharePoint’s Content Type Deployment Capabilities

Written by Inna Gordin. Posted in SharePoint Product News

New SharePoint Auto Content Type Publishing product by XStream provides a “one-click” process within the Content Type Hub SharePoint 2010 site and accelerates the deployment.

Normally, the deployment of Content Types is time consuming and manually intensive. To successfully deploy or update Content Types, SharePoint users (such as SharePoint Administrators, Information Management personnel, and deployment teams) are typically required to perform the following manual steps:

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