SharePoint Saturday Toronto – July 12th!

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Date: July 9, 2014 at 11:20 pm

Guess whose back for their 5th year?  You’ve guessed it SharePoint Saturday Toronto!!  It’s hard to believe it’s been 5 years and wow have they been some exciting and very informative years.  SharePoint Saturday Torontowill be held onSaturday, July 12th, 2014 at the Microsoft Canada HQ’s located at 1950 Meadowvale Blvd.

SharePoint Saturday is an educational, informative, and lively day filled with sessions from respected SharePoint professionals and MVPs, covering a wide variety of SharePoint-orientated topics. SharePoint Saturday is FREE, open to the public and is your local chance to immerse yourself in SharePointfor an entire day with no distractions from work or family.  It’s what we like to call a true geek kind of day and the SharePoint Saturday Toronto crew would love for you to join in the excitement this year.  Some of the speakers presenting are: Kate Wilson, Art Bellis, Peter Carson, Joseph Saad. Being that the event is totally free we to thank all the amazing sponsors who that help make this day a reality.  Some of the sponsor’s include Dimensional Strategies, iMason, Microsoft Canada, Navantis, Sierra System’s and Tekdog.  They would love to have you stop by and hear all about their amazing services and products!

Come enjoy the fun and follow us on the following social networks:


Twitter: @spstoronto


Focal Point Solutions is also proud to announce that their very own Stacy L. Deere-Strole will be one of the many amazing speakers that will be sharing her knowledge at the event this Saturday. Stacy has added many new presentations to her arsenal and two of them have been accepted by the event and we are extremely excited. She has submitted to some more local SharePoint Saturday events as well so she hopes to share these new presentations with everyone very soon! She will be sharing her experience during the at the event via twitter so feel free to follow her and stay in touch @sldeere.

The presentations she will be presenting in Toronto are:

Session – Build It and They Will Come: SharePoint 2013 User Adoption

Everyone has seen the movie Field of Dream where a farmer sacrifices part of his cash crops to builds baseball field. It just so happens after he built it numerous famous baseball players come back from the beyond to play baseball and people come from all around the world to watch and in turn the farmer became rich for charging admission, food, beverages, etc.

SharePoint 2013 and building user adoption share a lot of the same concepts and overall goals to ultimately come out with the same end result. Lots and lots of people from all around the company start utilizing SharePoint and all its features and functionality. In this session you will see first-hand information from a company that I have been working with since they had 2007, 2010 and now 2013. I will review the project and all the steps taken to increase user adoption.

•    Discovery Sessions
•    Governance
•    Build & Implementation
•    Migration
•    Next Steps

To prove the success of the overall project I will show various statistics from the previous versions and SharePoint 2013. We will also take a look at some additional successes that have come from this upgrade and increase in user adoption.

Office 365:  Is Governance Affected and Where Do We Start?

As we all know, more and more organizations are starting to question “Do we or do we not implement Office 365?”. However, as these discussions are taking place; governance is rarely addressed or considered. The main reason is that the majority believe that once they have implemented governance that they are done; unless there is an update such as a server name change or an employee change (such as a departure or addition). During the initial planning around governance it is likely that there were discussions around auditing of the governance document and potential quarterly reviews to ensure that the document is up to date and still fits the business. However, it is common to forget that after that fact; even though it is documented “within the governance document”.

Governance becomes even more important with Office 365 because it’s all cloud based.  This means all of the content, backup, recovery, etc. are all handled by Microsoft and you have virtually no control over it. In this session we will review the areas of concern and how they can be addressed within the governance document, the importance of reviewing the document frequently; and ways to make the information available to your internal SharePoint Community. In addition, we will review the features of Office 365 that will have a major impact on Exchange, SharePoint, Office Apps and Lync. We will review each of these applications and the areas of importance that should be addressed in the governance document, as well as why each of them are important.

Feel free to stay in touch with Stacy through the following social networks:

Twitter: @sldeere

Twitter: @FocalPointSolu



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