SharePoint Conference 2012: Share More, Do More….With Rackspace!

At this year’s SharePoint Conference, which runs from November 12 through November 15 in Las Vegas, the Rackspace team plans to hit the ground running to help you get the most out of the experience. There will be 20 of us onsite at the conference to make sure we are your source for all things SharePoint!  Even if you aren’t able to make it to Vegas this year, you can still count on us to bring you information from the front lines through various posts, tweets and webcasts. Here’s where you can find us this week. Be sure to take note and add the times to your calendars now!

Sessions & Post-Conference Training

What’s New with Service Applications in SharePoint Server 2013
Shane Young and Todd Klindt
Monday, November 12, 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

There are a lot of significant changes in SharePoint 2013. Fortunately the service application infrastructure hasn’t changed a lot. There are, however, a few new service applications in SharePoint 2013 that we as administrators will get to install and configure. In this session we will cover what the new service applications are and how to configure them. We will also cover the service apps that existed in SharePoint 2010 and demonstrate how they have changed. At end of this session you’ll have all the information you need get these new service apps up and going in your SharePoint 2013 farm.

Creating Your Brand in SharePoint 2013 On-Premises or In the Cloud
John Ross and Randy Drisgill
Wednesday, November 14, 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

The process of building, branding and delivering a well-designed web site is more than just skin deep. In this session we will walk you through best practices for planning, creating and deploying engaging web sites with SharePoint 2013 for both on-premises installations as well as SharePoint Online. We will also share best practices around the branding process with lessons learned from real world SharePoint branding projects. Whether you are an administrator, developer, manager or someone who just wants to make your SharePoint site look better – this session will leave you with the resources to get your branding project off to a good start and the guidance to make it all the way to completion!

Planning and Creating Well Designed Intranet Sites in SharePoint Online
John Ross and Randy Drisgill
Wednesday, November 14, 1:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Come see how SharePoint Online can be used to create intranet sites that are both usable and provide an engaging user experience. In this session you will learn how form and function are related when planning and creating your company intranet in the cloud.

Document Trafficking: Now Safer than ever with External Users in SharePoint Online
Jennifer Mason and Laura Rogers
Wednesday, November 14, 6:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
SPExpress Sessions, Microsoft Pavilion

From Zero to SharePoint Hero: 5 Easy Steps for Bringing Business Value to Collaboration Solutions
Jennifer Mason and Laura Rogers
Wednesday, November 14 7:10 p.m. to 7:25 p.m.
SPExpress Sessions, Microsoft Pavilion

SharePoint 2013 Deployment and Administration End-to-End
Shane Young and Todd Klindt
Thursday, November 15 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

You have just spent the past few days of SPC learning about all of these great new features you want to play with. One problem: when you get home you don’t have a SharePoint 2013 world to play with. Problem solved. Come to this post conference session where SharePoint MVPs Todd Klindt and Shane Young will start you down the road of everything admin you need to know. They will start with guiding you through a solid SharePoint install for testing. Once you have it up and running they will cover key administration tools and interfaces so you can keep the wheels spinning. And finally, what fun is a SharePoint farm without some data? So they will show you how to grab some of your SharePoint 2010 content databases and upgrade them to SharePoint 2013, thus filling your basket. The guys promise no death by PowerPoint but instead of some accelerated learnings on how you can go from empty machine to a shiny SharePoint 2013 bicycle.

Book Signings

Sunday at 7:30 p.m.: Tom Resing
Tuesday at 2 p.m.: Shane Young and Todd Klindt
Tuesday at 4 p.m.: Jennifer Mason and Laura Rogers
Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.: John Ross and Randy Drisgill


And finally, no conference is complete without a social aspect, so for real time updates be sure to follow our team on Twitter!

Not Attending SPC12?

Not able to attend the SharePoint Conference this year?  No worries, because we are there for YOU!  Throughout the conference we will post daily updates to the blog and communicating on Twitter.  Post conference we will have a series of webcasts that will highlight all the newest things from the conference.


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