Speaking at SPTechCon San Francisco in March 2013

imageI have the privilege to announce that I will be presenting again in lovely San Francisco at The SharePoint Technology Conference on March 3-6th, 2013.

Information on the event and the sessions I will be presenting is below. I hope to see you there! San Francisco is a beautiful place, and I cannot wait to get back down (and over… diagonally really) there.


Event Description

SPTechCon: The SharePoint Technology Conference – is the largest independent SharePoint conference in the world – for IT professionals, business managers, analysts, and developers. Choose from more than 90 Classes and Workshops!!! Learn from the brightest minds in the SharePoint universe – more than 40 Expert Speakers and Microsoft MVPs! There’s a shortage of SharePoint experts! Develop your skills, and improve your own professional standing! "I would recommend SPTechCon to SharePoint admins and developers. By far the best Tech Event I have attended." Venki Oruganti , Software Developer – Pitney Bowes


Planning and Configuring Extranets in SharePoint 2010

Monday, March 4 – 11:15 AM – 12:30 PM

Most companies, large or small, require contact and collaboration with external entities, whether they are vendors, clients, or contractors. SharePoint gives us the ability to open up portals for collaboration with these external entities, and this session will show you how to accomplish this using SharePoint 2010.
We will review what is required to make SharePoint “open” to the external world and discuss scenarios regarding security and privacy. We will also walk through configuring Forms-Based Authentication, Claims-Based Authentication, as well as using Business Connectivity Services in SharePoint 2010 to authenticate and manage our external users. Once completing this session, you should have a firm grasp on how to configure an extranet environment using SharePoint 2010, as well as what should be considered during the planning of your extranet scenarios.

Level: Advanced
Topic Area: IT Pro Essentials

Automating Your Enterprise Application Deployments With PowerShell

Tuesday, March 5 – 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM

In enterprise application deployments to SharePoint, there are generally farms or Web applications that host specific applications for specific groups, rather than having just an all-in-one deployment. Oftentimes, you do not have access to these other environments, and will need to pass the deployment baton off to the system administrators of those farms.
This class will walk you through how you can deploy your applications—without needing to have the administrator who will be deploying the application—have to do much more than type a few keys into the SharePoint Administration Console and press enter, and having full configuration and deployment of your custom SharePoint applications to other environments.

Level: Advanced
Topic Area: IT Pro Essentials

Registration open: Boston SharePoint Users Group July 24th Meeting

The​ Boston Area SharePoint Users Group (BASPUG) was founded to bring together like minds to network and share their experiences, triumphs, and tribulations around Microsoft SharePoint, to provide a community platform for Boston area SharePoint users, administrators, developers, architects, of all experience levels, even brand new to SharePoint, to share their knowledge with the community. We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at either the Microsoft New England Research and Development Center in Cambridge, MA, or at the Microsoft office in Waltham on Jones Road.

Meeting Information


The SharePoint Technology Conference is back in town, and we will once again be co-hosting our meeting with them and the Granite State SharePoint Users Group at the conference.

This process involves two registrations – one here through EventBrite so that we can track how many people are planning to attend, as well as registration with SPTechCon.

To be able to attend, you MUST register through the SPTechCon site here:

And you must select EXHIBIT HALL ADMISSION ONLY through that link. This will be a free registration. If you do not do this, the SPTechCon staff WILL turn you away.


We will have a panel of speakers on general SharePoint topics. We will update the list on our site as the event draws closer.

MEETING SPONSOR – The SharePoint Technology Conference (SPTechCon) www.sptechcon.com

The SharePoint Technology Conference, July 22-25 in Boston, is the world’s premier independent event for Microsoft Office SharePoint. The format includes 90+ technical classes, workshops and breakout classes with content geared to IT professionals, business managers and developers. It features top Microsoft MVPs, dozens of expert MS speakers and solutions from 50+ exhibitors (exhibits admission is FREE!). Boston SPUG members and newsletter subscribers can receive a $200 discount off either the 4-day or 3-day pass by inserting the code SPUG when prompted on the eRegistration page linked from www.sptechcon.com.


Join the conference at 5:15PM on July 24th for free food and drinks at the SPTechCon attendee exhibit reception.


The BASPUG panel will be from 7PM to 9PM in the Staffordshire room.


We will be handing out raffle tickets at the BASPUG meetings.


We will be meeting at the The Westin Copley Place Hotel, located at 10 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA. For more information on the facility, as well as directions, please visit here: http://www.sptechcon.com/Boston2012/hotelandtravel.html


Join our group on LinkedIn today to connect with the rest of the BASPUG members, and spread the word!


We are also on facebook! http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Boston-Area-SharePoint-User-Group/113652405354617


Follow news about the Boston Area SharePoint Users Group on twitter by following us @BASPUG, and by using the hashtag #BASPUG


Visit the Boston Area SharePoint Users Group website at http://www.bostonsharepointug.org


Event meetings are organized by Geoff Varosky of Jornata, Eugene Rosenfeld of Black Blade Associates, Talbott Crowell of Third Millenium, and Dan Diachenko of Baufest.

SPTechCon 2011 San Francisco Recap and Slides

Need I say more? I had never been out to San Francisco before, so, I had a couple of chances to get out and explore the city. Knocking off the following on my trip:
  • M5 Industries (Mythbusters!)
  • The Winchester Mystery House
  • Fisherman’s Wharf
  • The Golden Gate Bridge
  • Marin Headlands
    • WWII-era forts
  • Lombard Street
  • Alcatraz
Oh right, and also, there was this SharePoint Technology Conference going on. SPTechCon San Francisco was a great conference. Kudos to the BZ Media Team again for putting on one heck of a show!
I had a great time meeting new speakers, vendors, and attendees, as well as catching up with old friends, as well as go to a few great sessions.
A big thank you needs to go out to SPTechCon for having me there, as well as to all of the attendees of my sessions. Thank you for coming and hearing what I had to say, as well as hopefully learning a thing or two.
Below are my decks (WordPress does not incorporate these too good from slideshare, so please follow the links) from both of my sessions.


Just Freakin’ Work! Overcoming Hurdles and Avoiding Pain – Co-Presented with Mark Rackley


Creating Custom Actions in SharePoint 2010

Any questions or comments on the material from the conference – as well as any feedback from the session (please!), please leave it in the comments!

A giant lobster crawls out of Boston harbor…

Joel Oleson approached me at the SharePoint Technology Conference in Boston, and asked me to answer a few questions. This would be the result of that…


For some odd reason, I want to head down to Providence to Hemenway’s for some Lobster. I have no idea why…

SPTechCon & October 21st BASPUG re-cap and materials


I know, I know… I still need to publish my post on this past SharePoint Saturday Boston… however, since SPTechCon is slightly more fresh in my mind, and, because I promised materials to one of the lucky folks who attended my sessions by the end of the day, SPTechCon has taken the driver’s seat.

All I can say is what a great conference! Unfortunately, I was meeting people and companies, and talking to session-goers, catching up with friends, and meeting new ones, for the entire event, that the only sessions I was able to make it to, were my own!

I would first like to extend my thanks, yet again, to David Rubinstein, Stacy Burris, Kathy Bruin, and the rest of the BZ Media team, for not only taking me on as a speaker, but, for also graciously hosting the October meeting of the Boston Area SharePoint Users Group! With the conference in town, and by David’s suggestion months earlier, we managed to put together a fantastic panel of speakers from some of the SharePoint rock stars that were on hand at SPTechCon. We wanted to put together a focused panel on the new hotness, SharePoint 2010. While the conversations drifted a bit, we had a very energetic crowd, and very energetic panel. The free drinks at the attendee exhibit hall exception MAY have had something to do with that…

The panel consisted of none other than Bill English of Mindsharp, Andrew Connell of Critical Path Training, Joel Oleson of Quest, Heather Solomon of SharePoint Experts, Dux Raymond Sy of Innovative-e, and Mark Miller of EndUserSharePoint.com. (I’ll get the video posted soon enough!).

My next set of thanks is going to the BASPUG attendees and speakers – thank you all so much for making yet another highly successful meeting of the BASPUG! We had over 70 in attendance, and there was barely a seat available! To each and every one of our speakers, you are always welcome back in Boston to the users group!

Some of the comments from the BASPUG I’d like to share.. a few images below – LOTS of talk about the #BASPUG. Thank you all!





To close out the BASPUG @ SPTechCon, here is the slide deck from that night. Video, as mentioned above, still to come!

Next, I’d like to thank all of those who attended my two sessions at SPTechCon. The first session, bright and early before Steve Fox’s keynote, was “Just Freakin’ Work! Overcoming Hurdles and Avoiding Pain” with Mark Rackley. We had almost a full room, even with the change in time, as well as for being quite early at 8:15am.

Below is our slide deck from that presentation.

My next session closed off the conference at 4:00 on Friday, and I delivered to a great crowd, “Creating Custom Actions in SharePoint 2010”. Thank you again for all who attended, and let me know if you have any questions here in the comments, so I can share them with the rest of the world, or rather, the small portion of people that view my blog 🙂 Below is my deck from that session.

Thank you again everyone at the conference. I have to say, in all honesty, that this was one of the best conferences I have ever had the privilege to attend!

Looking to see these sessions again? Join me in February next year at SPTechCon San Francisco!

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