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SPTechCon Boston 2013 Keynote Preview

​Kicking off in the historic city of Boston, MA on Sunday, August 11, SPTechCon 2013 brings together the Microsoft SharePoint community for training, hands-on tutorials, and classes on SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013. AvePoint is the proud Diamond Sponsor of this year’s event and our experts will be on hand to share best practices throughout many sessions as well as at Booth 800, where attendees can view our latest SharePoint products and solutions that help organizations worldwide collaborate with confidence.

Members of the AvePoint team will present during the Lightning Talks from 5:15-6:45pm ET on Monday, August 12. These rapid-fire presentations are limited to 5 minutes in length and will cover our newest innovations for SharePoint productivity and governance enforcement:

· Outsmart the Chaos. Bring innovation to your meetings. by AvePoint Chief Architect and SharePoint MVP Jeremy Thake

· No Gimmicks. Just Governance. Our Products Speak for Themselves. by AvePoint Senior Product Manager Shyam Oza

Additionally, Jeremy Thake will present two technical classes during the event that will share advice and best practices around some of the most pressing topics related to SharePoint 2013:

· The App-Building Playbook for the SharePoint 2013 Marketplace from 11:30am-12:45pm ET on Tuesday, August 13

· Application Life-Cycle Management in SharePoint 2013 from 2-3:15pm ET on Wednesday, August 14

Finally, attendees who visit AvePoint at Booth 800 throughout the event can enter to win a brand new Microsoft Surface Pro. The Surface will be given away through the SPTechCon Winner’s Circle at 3:15pm on Wednesday, August 14.

We’re especially excited about this year’s keynote presentations, which, in addition to our own Jeremy Thake, feature two other highly regarded thought leaders in the SharePoint community. This year’s keynotes are:

· SharePoint 2013 and the Enterprise Mobile Explosion! from 10-11am ET on Monday, August 12 by Salient6 Managing Director Joel Oleson

· The Future of Collaboration: Modern Apps and Social Workstreams from 10-11am ET on Tuesday, August 13 by Microsoft Director of Strategy and Adoption Karuana Gatimu

· The Future of Social Collaboration in the Enterprise from 10-11am ET on Wednesday, August 14 by Jeremy Thake

In advance of the event, we asked a few questions to each of the keynote speakers to find out what to expect from their presentations, what they’re looking forward to most at this year’s event, and more.

1. What is your keynote presentation at SPTechCon Boston about this year and why did you choose it for this event?

Karuana Gatimu: My keynote is going to be about the future of SharePoint and collaboration strategy. I selected this topic because the technical minds at SPTechCon will be responsible for the implementation of this vision throughout the industry. It is essential that collaboration experts and business solution architects understand how app experiences, devices, and social are altering the future of SharePoint implementation. On the whole we have to focus on delivering business impact with these tools. Architecting enterprise services, leveraging key components like search and cross site publishing and implementing cloud solutions for multiple device experiences are key to making this transition to the new world of work.

Joel Oleson: I’m talking about the enterprise mobile revolution and SharePoint 2013. Devices, including smart phones and tablets, have exploded in the enterprise. This device explosion and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is changing the face of the enterprise and the way we do work. Mobile is a truly transformative technology.

More emphasis has been put on mobile technologies since the SharePoint 2013 launch by Microsoft than anything else though the deployment of mobile apps, including SharePoint Newsfeed, SkyDrive Pro, and Office Mobile. Industry best practices of responsive web design must be understood by customers to take advantage of some of the greatest advances of HTML 5 and CSS3.

Jeremy Thake: I’m talking about how “social” can change the way businesses work and focusing on what Microsoft provides in this arena now and in the future. This is a hot topic as companies consider introducing it and something we did at AvePoint in June of 2012 and have never looked back. I spend a lot of time with customers talking about this.

2. If SPTechCon attendees leave your keynote with one takeaway, what would you want that to be?

KG: Focus on business impact! Be thinking about apps and data migration to the cloud as a foundational components of serving up modern experiences to your user community with SharePoint as your platform. This is the central point.

JO: Plan for mobile! They should be looking at the new Office Mobile and SkyDrive Pro mobile apps and responsive web design with a focus on security.

JT: That “social” can revolutionize the way a business is run.

3. Aside from your presentation, what are you looking forward to most at this year’s event?

KG: I love Boston as a city. It’s one of my favorite in this country. I’m also looking forward to seeing all the people I’m in touch with on Twitter year round. The Women in SharePoint Luncheon and the meeting of the Community Leadership Board will also be fun portions of the event. I’ve attended and spoke at this conference for years and am always impressed by how well it is run by the folks at BZ Media.

JO: The networking and socializing. That’s always my favorite part of the events.

JT: SharePoint 2013 has been out for a while now and the speakers have really matured their presentations around the topics that they specialize in. I’m looking forward to seeing all the best practices, guidance, and hot tips around this.

4. As a frequent traveler, what is one thing you recommend SPTechCon attendees do outside of the event while they’re in Boston?

KG: Taking the walking tour of the historical sites is a must. Few cities give you such an insight into how this country was built. I love how well preserved these things are in Boston. Visiting the waterfront isn’t too bad either!

JO: The Freedom Trail – it’s a great way to see some of the top sites from America’s history while getting great exercise and the price is right… It’s free! It’s a unique double red brick line that weaves around the city with signage and tourist stops along the way allowing you to take as little or as much time as you’d like. Seeing Paul Revere’s house and the steeple where he lit the lanterns… Amazing.

JT: I love Boston and what it has to offer as a city. Fenway Park – which is featured in one of my favorite movies called Ted with Mark Wahlberg – is a really great place to go and switch off from SharePoint for a bit.

Franklin T.
Franklin T.
In his former role as Director of Communications, Franklin was responsible for increasing brand awareness across all AvePoint's digital properties.

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