Conference Tracks Overview


Target AudiienceA presenter may choose to indicate the focus, or topic, or the session within a given track. The following guidelines are intended primarily to assist the presenter in preparing a description for their session. The quality and clarity of the description will be essential in ensuring that attendees have an opportunity to consider which sessions are of interest to them. In turn, this will support both the building and meeting of expectations of the session in the mind of the attendee.

Developer: Turning a SharePoint environment into a comprehensive business office application and collaboration solution often requires development. Topics will include customization, development and deployment best practices. Developer sessions will likely fall into the 200/300 tracks.

Business Application: Perhaps the biggest risk for SharePoint deployments since the platform’s inception is that IT departments have launched SharePoint into organizations with mixed success, with SharePoint often coming to be regarded as yet one more IT project. In this track, presenters will focus on sharing real-world business application solutions for SharePoint. The primary audience for the Business Application track is expected to be non-technical. Sessions will comprise both the business strategy adopted as well as a tutorial on providing a solution. At a minimum a Business Application session will contain a tutorial component aimed at non-technical users for any track.

Case Study: The case study track will provide a focus on real world solutions and successes with Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) as well as Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS). Case Study presenters will present a story of their experiences with SharePoint 2007/2010. Case study emphasis can range from an enterprise wide deployment through to a team based WSS site. The ultimate desire is that presenters in these tracks will share lessons learned, measurable successes, as well as provide a summary of the steps taken along the way for the 100/200/300 tracks.

Information Architecture: Information Architects include those professionals who are responsible for focusing SharePoint on meaningful and measured business problems. A SharePoint deployment is only as good as the Information Architecture (IA) it is built upon. Many organizations are beginning to realize that the IA is essential to ensuring a collaboration solution that has accessible data, and a governance and control plan to ensure long term relevance. Topics include metadata design, mapping content types to taxonomy, and MOSS Search, through to building and executing a comprehensive Enterprise information architecture strategy and business information model. Suggested tracks for IA sessions are 200/300.