Saturday, November 2, 2013

Ignite Summit DC 2013 - November 5th 2013 9:00 AM - November 7th 2013 5:30 PM

Ignite Summit DC 2013

November 5th 2013 9:00 AM - November 7th 2013 5:30 PM
Eastern Standard Time
1330 Maryland Ave, SW, Washington, DC, United States
 
 

Details

The Ignite Summits are a series of 3 day workshops for Microsoft's most valued customers and partners providing deep-dive technical readiness on all productivity workloads from Microsoft product experts.

Tracks include Office 365, Developer, Exchange, Project, SharePoint, Visio/Visio Serivces and Yammer.  During the Summit, you will also have the opportunity to interact and learn from your industry peers and representatives from Microsoft. 

Ignite Summit DC will be held at the Mandarin Oriental.  Please note that accommodations for this summit are not included, however there are discounted rooms available at the Mandarian Oriental on a first come first serve basis.  Details are posted to the registration site.

Mandarin Oriental
1330 Maryland Ave, SW
Washington, DC 20024
United States

Office 365 Track Sessions

Office 365 delivers the capabilities that users demand while allowing IT to stay in control. However, this change requires IT Pros to adapt their traditional client-server skills for the cloud computing era. In this track, IT Pros will see how new features come to Office 365 first, learn about the new tools and processes to migrate on premises workloads to Office 365, and prepare for the new operational role of IT Pros. 

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Tuesday November 5th 2013

Timeslot Title Description
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM Keynote Keynote
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Lunch Lunch
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM Office 365 for IT Professionals This session introduces IT professionals to the core foundations of Office 365 that enable the economy of scale and completeness of capability. Get an inside look at how the Office 365 team advances the software, operational processes and team responsibilities that go towards delivering an enterprise class service. Finally, see the management tools and reporting capabilities that IT professionals can use to manage and control their Office 365 environment.
1:45 PM - 2:00 PM Break Break
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM Messaging & Communications services in Office 365 This session introduces the messaging and communications services available through Office 365. Electronic communications are the lifeblood of modern organizations, but challenges with storage, compliance and anywhere access continue to trouble IT professionals. Exchange Online provides IT Professionals the tools to remain in control, manage the increasing volumes of information, protect business communications and deliver exceptional experience across any device. Lync Online provides real-time communications through presence, IM chat, audio/video conferencing capabilities and federation with Skype. Together these technologies allow IT professionals to deliver and manage a comprehensive communications implementation.
3:15 PM - 3:30 PM Break Break
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM Collaboration services in Office 365 This session introduces the collaboration services available through Office 365. Sharing information and working together is more important than ever and Office 365 provides IT an instant implementation of the leading enterprise collaboration platforms. Learn about the capabilities of SharePoint Online and SkyDrive Pro to store, sync, and share files. Understand the capabilities and integration points with Yammer, the enterprise social network.
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Evening Event Evening Event

Wednesday November 6th 2013

Timeslot Title Description
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM Productivity tools in Office 365 This session introduces the productivity applications available through Office 365. In addition to running backend productivity services, Office 365 provides rich Office experiences whether you are deploying the full Office client, utilizing Office Web Apps through a browser, or delivering mobile experiences to your users. Understand the options IT professionals have for enabling user self-provisioning, IT managed deployments and patch management.
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM Break Break
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM Getting started with Office 365 deployment This session details Microsoft’s recommended deployment methodology for Office 365. Deploying a cloud service is unlike a traditional client-server deployment project and requires new skills and methodologies. With Office 365, IT departments can quickly get up and running with a pilot and move to production with the right set of capabilities. Learn about the deployment process, tools and actions used to simplify the start of your Office 365 experience.
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM Lunch Lunch
12:45 PM - 2:00 PM Deploying Office 365 in Production (Part 1) This session details the options and considerations when expanding a pilot Office 365 environment into a production deployment. Unlike on-premises implementations, IT professionals can scale out their Office 365 tenants with ease. However, with added scale, it is important to start to automate user provisioning, add a production domain and set up the desired workloads.
2:00 PM - 2:15 PM Break Break
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM Deploying Office 365 in Production (Part 2) This session details the steps and actions required when expanding a pilot Office 365 environment into a production deployment. Unlike on-premises implementations, IT professionals can scale out their Office 365 tenants with ease. However, with added scale, it is important to start to automate user provisioning, add a production domain and set up the desired workloads.
3:30 PM - 3:45 PM Break Break
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM Office 365 Deployment Patterns and Practices This session details common scenarios for deploying Office 365 services. Office 365 provides a breadth of capability, but often there is a key scenario that is the priority. In this session learn about deployment case studies of customers that started with Office 365 ProPlus and added additional services later, customers that have already deployed Yammer and wish to add additional Office 365 services and vice versa. Understand the implications of these deployment approaches and the steps required to expand the service offerings.

Thursday November 7th 2013

Timeslot Title Description
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM Enhancing the Office 365 experience This session focuses on the additional capabilities that can be enabled after an Office 365 deployment. With the initial work to deploy Office 365 done, IT professionals can easily add new capabilities and scenarios to their environment. Understand the advanced federation options, unifying on-premises and online environments and adding additional capabilities like information rights management and custom apps into the environment.
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM Break Break
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM Exchange Hybrid Environments This session details the hybrid migration scenarios from Exchange Server 2010 and Exchange Server 2013. Exchange & Office 365 are designed together to provide a complete range of migration options to meet the breadth of customer environments and requirements. Learn about the setup tools, migration approaches, management capabilities and common scenarios for hybrid Exchange environments.
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM Lunch Lunch
12:45 PM - 2:00 PM Exchange Online Protection This session focuses on email protection and filtering capabilities in Office 365. Exchange Online Protection is Microsoft’s online email protection suite. Understand how to protect your users from spam and malware. Learn about the major configuration options in the service, best practices for implementation projects, migrating from other mail filtering products and services and real world tricks and tips.
2:00 PM - 2:15 PM Break Break
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM Business Intelligence capabilities of Office 365 This session focuses on the Business Intelligence services available through Office 365. The combination of Office and SharePoint Online provide an integrated analytics platform that allows your users to discover and share business insights in dynamic environments. Understand the key features available through collaboration dashboards, multidimensional reports, 3D data visualization tools and self-service analytics.
3:30 PM - 3:45 PM Break Break
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM Office 365 Service Communications This session focuses on the Office 365 Service Communications rhythm. As an always up to date service, maintaining communication channels between IT professionals and the Office 365 team is critical. Learn how Office 365 service alterations, upgrades, planned maintenance, and service health are communicated and how to engage with Microsoft.

Developer Track Sessions

The developer platform for Office, SharePoint and Office 365 offers new exciting opportunities for creating highly scalable customizations that work both in the cloud and on-premise. The developer track will help you hit the ground running by letting you know everything you need to know to leverage the cloud app model and create apps right away.

Tuesday November 5th 2013

Timeslot Title Description
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM Keynote Keynote
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Lunch Lunch
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM Introduction to Office 2013 and SharePoint 2013 Development and Cloud App Model This session will discuss the overview of the Cloud App Model for both Office and SharePoint 2013. The key development scenarios and architectural patterns in both Office and SharePoint will be covered.
1:45 PM - 2:00 PM Break Break
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM Apps for Office and SharePoint 2013 Architecture This session will discuss the key hosting and architecture options for apps for Office and SharePoint 2013 solutions. As the cloud app model provides multiple hosting endpoints for your app logic and backend processes, the various hosting benefits and tradeoffs will be covered in this session.
3:15 PM - 3:30 PM Break Break
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM Office and SharePoint 2013 Developer Tools Office and SharePoint development is streamlined with the use of Visual Studio 2012, as well as Napa for an online agile experience. This session will delve into the tools available for both Office and SharePoint 2013 app development, as well as the team development experience. This session will also cover the updates in application lifecycle management for apps for Office and SharePoint 2013.
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Evening Event Evening Event

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Wednesday November 6th 2013

Timeslot Title Description
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM Create document-based apps for Office 2013 Apps for Office 2013 creates a new integrated way to surface your custom solutions into the Office clients, both on-premise and in the cloud. This session will detail the development of document-based apps for Office 2013, and we will walk through several demos of both on-premise and cloud solutions.
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM Break Break
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM Create mail apps for Outlook 2013 Apps for Office 2013 creates a new integrated way to surface your custom solutions into Outlook, both on-premise and in the cloud. This session will detail the development of mail apps for Office 2013, and we will walk through several demos of both on-premise and cloud solutions.
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM Lunch Lunch
12:45 PM - 2:00 PM SharePoint 2013 CSOM and REST APIs With the deep SharePoint 2013 API set, coupled with the cloud app model for SharePoint, the opportunity to build innovative end-to-end solutions that span cloud services and devices is just plain breathtaking. SharePoint content and data is available via REST and CSOM and SharePoint can fire events to light up your backend services. This session will include a demo comparing and contrasting the various techniques of connecting an app for SharePoint with remote REST APIs, as well as CSOM.
2:00 PM - 2:15 PM Break Break
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM Security and OAuth in SharePoint 2013 Apps Apps for SharePoint are powered by custom code running in the browser and your server platform of choice. With the loosely coupled cloud app model, you will need to be able to authenticate the code running server side with SharePoint. This session will discuss and demonstrate just that and how OAuth and S2S authentication works with SharePoint and a custom app.
3:30 PM - 3:45 PM Break Break
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM SharePoint 2013 Remote Event Receivers and Workflow Changes In this lab, you will build an App for SharePoint that adds a list definition to the host web along with an event receiver that will call custom code. In this exercise you will create a workflow using Visual Studio. This workflow will use the new HTTP and DynamicValue activities to issue a call from a sandbox solution deployed workflow that gets a description of a specified category from a publically available OData service.

Thursday November 7th 2013

Timeslot Title Description
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM WCM and Branding in SharePoint 2013 with the Cloud App Model This session will detail the updates to the WCM features in SharePoint 2013, as well as how to enable branding of SharePoint 2013 using the cloud app model. A full demo will be included of the solution to enable this type of customization for SharePoint 2013 without full trust code.
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM Break Break
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM Developing for Yammer and the SharePoint Social Features Yammer is the premier enterprise social network, and if you’re building enterprise apps, you should check out the Yammer platform. We’ll cover Yammer’s support of Open Graph, JavaScript APIs, and Embed support for web pages. We’ll also show how to add Yammer conversations to pages, and highlight activities from your app within Yammer. You’ll take away ideas and some really easy snips of code to quickly add a conversation element into your app allowing you to reach new audiences in the Enterprise.
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM Lunch Lunch
12:45 PM - 2:00 PM Search and ECM Features in SharePoint 2013 This session will detail the updates to the ECM and Search APIs available in SharePoint 2013 in order to enable various custom scenarios and solutions for SharePoint 2013 using the cloud app model.
2:00 PM - 2:15 PM Break Break
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM Office Services for SharePoint 2013 Office Services in SharePoint 2013 include the ability to utilize the Work, PowerPoint, Excel Services, and Translation services automation frameworks to enable backend solution processes through the WAS interfaces in SharePoint 2013. This session will walk through the updated capabilities of these services, as well as demonstrations of these capabilities in the solution context.
3:30 PM - 3:45 PM Break Break
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM Developing Mobile apps for SharePoint 2013 With users accomplishing more and more business functions on their smartphones, it becomes crucial for business solutions to function both in SharePoint 2013 and on smartphones. This session will detail the updates on Windows Phone 8 and SharePoint 2013 app development, as well as demonstrate how easy it is to get started with making your SharePoint apps and content available through Windows Phone 8.

Exchange Track Sessions

Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 brings a new rich set of technologies, features, and services to the product. Exchange 2013 supports people and organizations as their work habits evolve from a communication focus to a collaboration focus while helping IT lower the total cost of ownership. The Ignite Exchange track digs deep into these capabilities and provides expert guidance to deploy Exchange Server 2013 in your own environment. Roll-up your sleeves and get deep inside information on Exchange Server 2013.

Tuesday November 5th 2013

Timeslot Title Description
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM Keynote Keynote
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Lunch Lunch
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM Exchange Architecture: Part 1 Exchange Server 2013 has been redesigned and boasts a new building block architecture that is different from all previous versions. This session covers the new server architecture in Exchange Server 2013 and the significant changes for servers roles in Exchange Server 2013.   This is part 1 of a 2 part session to allow you time to gain deep understanding of the new architecture.
1:45 PM - 2:00 PM Break Break
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM Exchange Architecture: Part 2 Exchange Server 2013 has been redesigned and boasts a new building block architecture that is different from all previous versions. This session covers the new server architecture in Exchange Server 2013 and the significant changes for servers roles in Exchange Server 2013.   This is part 2 of a 2 part session to allow you time to gain deep understanding of the new architecture.
3:15 PM - 3:30 PM Break Break
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM Exchange Deployment & Coexistence Learn about Exchange Server 2013 on-premises deployment and coexistence with Exchange 2007 and Exchange 2010 including planning best practices and feedback from real world deployments. Understand how Exchange Server 2013 architecture changes will enable more flexible network designs and what you need to know to help your customers start planning for Exchange Server 2013 deployments and upgrades.
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Evening Event Evening Event

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 Wednesday November 6th 2013

Timeslot Title Description
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM Storage, High Availability & Site Resilience Exchange Server 2013 offers many enhancements for redundancy, availability, and recovery. This session focuses on the improvements in the areas of storage, high availability, site resilience in Exchange Server 2013. It includes details on new storage features, enhancements to lagged database copies, the introduction and integration of managed availability, database availability group network enhancements, namespace changes, site resilience, and datacenter failovers.
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM Break Break
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM Exchange Managed Availability In this session learn about managed availability. With managed availability, internal monitoring and recovery-oriented features are tightly integrated to help prevent failures, proactively restore services, initiate server failovers automatically or alert administrators to take action. The focus is on monitoring and managing the end user experience rather than just server and component uptime to help keep the service continuously available.
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM Lunch Lunch
12:45 PM - 2:00 PM Exchange Server Sizing & Performance Exchange 2013 introduced some significant architectural changes from prior releases, and as a result, the process for sizing an on-premises deployment has changed as well. In this session, we will review the performance impact of the 2013 architectural changes and major new features and discuss the recommended methodology for sizing.
2:00 PM - 2:15 PM Break Break
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM Exchange Server 2013 Virtualization Best Practices This session covers the support policy and best practices for running Exchange Server 2013 in a hardware virtualized environment. This session covers sizing guidelines, support boundaries, use of hypervisor technology, service availability considerations and best practices.
3:30 PM - 3:45 PM Break Break
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM Exchange Online Hybrid Migration In this session learn about hybrid Exchange deployments to enable on-premises and cloud integration.  We will dive deep into the new Exchange 2013 hybrid configuration wizard – see it in action with demos and walkthroughs.   We will look at the hybrid end-to-end including setup, migration, and management. 

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Thursday November 7th 2013

Timeslot Title Description
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM Collaboration in Exchange Join the session to explore the options available in Exchange to help users collaborate together.  This will provide focus on the new Site Mailbox feature and modern Public Folders.  Each feature is reviewed and key implementation steps are reviewed.
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM Break Break
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM Securing Exchange Server This session will review the features to secure your Exchange server and provide resources to get you started deploying this features.  These include securing your on-premises Exchange server with Exchange Online Protection (EOP), using Right Management Service (RMS) to control rights, built-in scanning, and encryption features.
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM Lunch Lunch
12:45 PM - 2:00 PM Implementing Data Loss Prevention This presentation will review the Data Loss Prevention features in Exchange Server 2013.  The session will focus on the steps required to deploy DLP in Exchange 2013.
2:00 PM - 2:15 PM Break Break
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM Find the right data with eDiscovery This presentation will review the eDiscovery features in Exchange Server 2013 and SharePoint 2013.  The session will focus on the steps required to get started with eDiscovery.
3:30 PM - 3:45 PM Break Break
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM Exchange Tips and Tricks The Tips & Tricks session for Exchange 2013 includes new and never before seen tips, tricks, and other useful information related to planning, setup, deployment, the new Exchange Administration Center, and more!

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Project Track Sessions

The new Microsoft Project is delivered through Office 365 and builds on top of SharePoint Online. It enables your businesses to plan and prioritize project portfolio investments and deliver the intended business value. Great implementations are always aligned with business requirements, this track helps you understand how you can deliver, configure and extend a system that delivers the right value for your business – with choice for on-premises or online deployment.

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 Tuesday November 5th 2013

Timeslot Title Description
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM Keynote Keynote
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Lunch Lunch
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM Managing tasks and projects with SharePoint Online and Project Pro for Office 365 When it comes to tasks and projects, every individual, team, and organization has unique needs. Microsoft's vision for project management is to enable individuals and teams to choose the tool that is the best fit for their specific project while still delivering the visibility that their organization needs to ensure focus on the right priorities. This session will help you understand how SharePoint Online and Project Pro for Office 365 fit together so you can chart a realistic approach to project management for any organization that will deliver immediate value. During our session we will conduct live demonstrations of Project Pro for Office 365 as well as SharePoint Online.
1:45 PM - 2:00 PM Break Break
3:15 PM - 3:30 PM Break Break
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Evening Event Evening Event

 

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Wednesday November 6th 2013

Timeslot Title Description
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM Managing projects with Project Online Project Online is the *new* Office 365 service that enables teams and organizations to manage their day-to-day work, plan mission critical projects and prioritize portfolio investments to maximize business value. This session provides an overview of Project Online functionality with focus on project manager, resource manager and team member role. It provides deeper dive into areas around project management, resource management and timesheeting. We will be spending a significant amount of time demonstrating Project Online and Project Pro for Office 365!
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM Break Break
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM Managing and optimizing portfolios with Project Online Organizations today need to be able to select right projects that bring the highest ROI for the entire organization, the Portfolio Management functionality formalizes this process and helps to perform this task objectively, based on pre-negotiated KPIs and priorities. Project Online is the *new* Office 365 service that enables teams and organizations to manage their day-to-day work, plan mission critical projects and prioritize portfolio investments to maximize business value. This session provides an overview of Project Online functionality with focus on demand management, portfolio management and business intelligence. We will be spending a significant amount of time demonstrating Project Online.
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM Lunch Lunch
12:45 PM - 2:00 PM Project Lifecycle and Workflow in Project Online Organizations today need to be able to select right projects that bring the highest ROI for the entire organization, the Portfolio Management functionality formalizes this process and helps to perform this task objectively, based on pre-negotiated KPIs and priorities. Demand management is a key process for customers that drives the entire Project lifecycle – from initiation, selection to planning, managing and closure. It typically follows the customer business process or methodology. This session will discuss creation of a typical Demand Management process and showcase workflow creation in the Microsoft SharePoint Designer and Microsoft Visio and will talk more in depth about algorithms used for the Portfolio Selection!
2:00 PM - 2:15 PM Break Break
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM Business Intelligence for Microsoft Project deep dive Every organization needs to get insights into their projects and portfolios. We will explain and demo how project and portfolio managers can benefit from the Business Intelligence investments on the Project Desktop and Project Online. We will demonstrate how to use, customize and build custom reports for Project Pro for Office 365 and Project Online.
3:30 PM - 3:45 PM Break Break
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM Microsoft Project Extensibility and Office Store Opportunity Apps that are extending the product functionality could be published and acquired by customers directly from the Office Store. Join us to learn how you can benefit from publishing your Apps, Trainings or Solutions. We will also showcase some of the Apps from the Office Store. Project desktop is a popular tool for millions of Project Managers. It now incorporates the Web Extensibility Framework and allows you to build Apps for Office that displays contextual content right in the Project. The demonstration will show how to build App for Project. This session also goes deeper into Project Online extensibility that builds on top of SharePoint Online extensibility and covers Client Side Object Model (CSOM), JavaScript Object Model (JSOM), Event Receivers and other key extensibility components.

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SharePoint Track Sessions

SharePoint helps you organize information, people and projects and provides powerful management controls to IT Pros. In this track, IT Pros will gain knowledge to deploy and upgrade to the new capabilities of SharePoint Server 2013 and SharePoint Online.

Tuesday November 5th 2013

Timeslot Title Description
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM Keynote Keynote
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Lunch Lunch
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM SharePoint Server 2013 Features and Scenarios for IT Professionals & SharePoint Server 2013 System Requirements This session describes the changes to core workloads in SharePoint Server 2013 and major product investment areas and provides an introduction to all considerations as related to deploying SharePoint Server 2013 to include system requirements, setup, and changes and approaches to upgrade and migration.
1:45 PM - 2:00 PM Break Break
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM SharePoint Server 2013 Architectural Changes This session describes key architectural changes in the SharePoint Server 2013 platform to include the most relevant changes from an overall architectural perspective.
3:15 PM - 3:30 PM Break Break
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM SharePoint Server 2013 Server Farms and Site Architecture Planning This session describes the processes as related to planning for server farms and sites in SharePoint Server 2013. Learn about planning for the distributed cache, changes in alternate access mappings, self-service site creation, new features in themes, and new ways to share sites, lists, and libraries.
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Evening Event Evening Event

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Wednesday November 6th 2013

Timeslot Title Description
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM Office Web Apps 2013 Architecture and Planning This session describes the new architecture and deployment model for Office Web Apps including architectural changes, deployment options, and operational aspects.
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM Break Break
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM SharePoint Server 2013 Service Application Architecture and Service Applications - Part 1 This overview session describes changes in individual service applications in SharePoint Server 2013, including new service applications, general considerations, and changes in the service application architecture.
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM Lunch Lunch
12:45 PM - 2:00 PM SharePoint Server 2013 Service Application Architecture and Service Applications - Part 2 This overview session describes changes in individual service applications in SharePoint Server 2013, including new service applications, general considerations, and changes in the service application architecture.
2:00 PM - 2:15 PM Break Break
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM SharePoint Server 2013 Enterprise Search Overview This session will cover the redesigned Enterprise Search in SharePoint Server 2013 including architectural changes to physical and logical topologies, details about configuration options for crawling, content, and query.
3:30 PM - 3:45 PM Break Break
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM SharePoint Server 2013 Social Features Social is one of the largest investments in SharePoint Server 2013. New features and capabilities provide a better and more comprehensive story for social computing in SharePoint Server 2013. This session will provide a walkthrough of social features in SharePoint Server 2013.

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Thursday November 7th 2013

Timeslot Title Description
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM SharePoint Server 2013 Enterprise and Web Content Management This overview session describes key changes and improvements in enterprise content management (ECM) and web content management (WCM) in SharePoint Server 2013. Learn about new capabilities from eDiscovery improvements to major new capabilities for WCM-driven sites.
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM Break Break
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM SharePoint Server 2013 Customization and Management This session will teach you everything that you need to know in order to understand and maintain SharePoint Apps as an IT Pro. Learn about the Apps architecture, and how to monitor and maintain SharePoint Apps.
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM Lunch Lunch
12:45 PM - 2:00 PM SharePoint Server 2013 Business Continuity Management This session will teach you everything you need to know about planning SharePoint Server 2013 high availability and the various technologies that can be used to achieve it. We will pay particular attention to configuring SQL Server 2012 high availability technologies and common scenarios to help make design decisions when attempting to achieve high availability.
2:00 PM - 2:15 PM Break Break
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM SharePoint Server 2013 Authentication and Authorization This session will drilldown into the new authentication features and changes made in SharePoint Server 2013. Learn what has changed in web application authN, inter/intra farm authN, service applications and SharePoint Apps AuthN to get you up to speed quickly with SharePoint Server 2013 identity principles. We’ll explore how the changes and new features effect your current environments and we’ll learn about a few new things in Windows Server 2012 and SQL 2012 which will help you in your more complex BI scenarios.
3:30 PM - 3:45 PM Break Break
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM SharePoint Server 2013 Upgrade ​​​This session will outline and demonstrate the major changes in how upgrade works in SharePoint Server 2013. Learn about the various systems involved in the upgrade process including deferred site collection upgrades, upgrade evaluation sites, upgrade throttling, snapshot upgrades, and more. This session will also deliver guidance on the techniques for planning and testing upgrades along with supporting both legacy and new customizations throughout the upgrade process.

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Visio/Visio Services Track Sessions

Visio Pro for Office 365 is key piece within Microsoft’s Office 365 offering and has an extensive interoperability with rest of the Microsoft portfolio. The new Visio helps you create professional diagrams in a collaborative environment. With over 60 supported diagramming templates and solutions, Visio is the leading advanced diagramming solution in the market. Visio’s user base extends all the way from business administrators, business analysts and facilities planners to Software developers and Network administrators. 
 
Ability to link data from backend systems to shapes on the canvas and an ability to alter their behavior and geometry based on changing data makes Visio a very strong BI / Visualization tool for organizations. With Visio Services (A part of SharePoint and SharePoint Online), teams can publish their diagrams to SharePoint and share them with rest of their teams via any browser on practically any device.

Tuesday November 5th 2013

Timeslot Title Description
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM Keynote Keynote
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Lunch Lunch
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM IT Pros / Developers: Explore the possibilities with the New Visio Visio - The market leading advanced diagramming software provides a huge breadth of capabilities such as BI, BPM and IT for customers and partners alike. This session will cover the Visio client basics and a variety of solutions that are made possible by using Visio alongside other Microsoft Offerings such as SharePoint, System Center, Exchange etc.
1:45 PM - 2:00 PM Break Break
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM A peek into the Visio world with endless solution demos Demos Demos and more Demos. Learn how to demo Visio services using the Microsoft Office Demo environment as well as on a stand alone basis. Scenarios will include Retail, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Financial Services, IT Infrastructure Monitoring and many more. You will love it!
3:15 PM - 3:30 PM Break Break
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Evening Event Evening Event

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 Yammer Track Sessions

Yammer Enterprise Social is transforming the way companies work together, driving productivity through improved team collaboration, employee engagement and business agility. This track will help you to understand what Yammer Enterprise Social is; how to deploy and drive a successful network and well as how to become a power user of Yammer yourself.

Thursday November 7th 2013

Timeslot Title Description
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM Enterprise Social from Microsoft Enterprise Social enables new scenarios allowing companies to transform their business by becoming more innovative and agile. Microsoft has made significant investments in Enterprise Social in Office 365, SharePoint 2013 and with the acquisition of Yammer. In this session we discuss & demonstrate: our Social vision and how MSFT is uniquely positioned; the latest product roadmap with Yammer, Office 365 and SharePoint; and successful steps in a Social journey.
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM Break Break
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM How to become a Power User in 75 minutes Enterprise Social Networks are becoming more popular than ever, but how do you use them effectively to truly get work done? In this session, take a deep dive into Yammer and learn the basics to accomplish your day-to-day tasks and team projects. Led by Yammer experts, you'll learn how to engage in meaningful conversations with colleagues, create and edit Files and Notes collaboratively, and discover the business value of Enterprise Social Networking. Please bring a computer or tablet device to participate in this session.
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM Lunch Lunch
12:45 PM - 2:00 PM Under the hood of Yammer A social network is not implemented in the same way as traditional software is; not only is Yammer a pure cloud service, but the deployment approach, the iterative and fast development methodology, the user access and interfaces change the role of IT. Attend this session to understand how you can manage users, perform the admin tasks, set-up integrations and understand the technical aspects of Yammer.
2:00 PM - 2:15 PM Break Break
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM Driving Customer Success with Yammer Integrating social tools can deliver huge benefits to your customers, and provide you with great service opportunities. Come to this session to understand the value of Yammer beyond the technology, and help customers realize the impact their 'Social Journey' can have on their business. This session will be packed with examples from Yammer customers, together with practical tips for how to drive success in a network.
3:30 PM - 3:45 PM Break Break
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM How to become a Power User in 75 minutes (Repeat Session) Enterprise Social Networks are becoming more popular than ever, but how do you use them effectively to truly get work done? In this session, take a deep dive into Yammer and learn the basics to accomplish your day-to-day tasks and team projects. Led by Yammer experts, you'll learn how to engage in meaningful conversations with colleagues, create and edit Files and Notes collaboratively, and discover the business value of Enterprise Social Networking. Please bring a computer or tablet device to participate in this session.

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Lync Network Assessment

Microsoft Lync relies on an optimized, reliable data network infrastructure to deliver high-quality connection between end points. Without a good network infrastructure, it will result in poor A/V call connections and Lync user experience. This track will focus on how to conduct a network readiness and assessment prior to deploying Lync across the enterprise, and emphasizes on a methodology to measure the network load to ensure that end users get the best user experience with Lync.

Tuesday November 5th 2013

Timeslot Title Description
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM Keynote Keynote
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Lunch Lunch
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM Network Assessment Overview In this overview session we will discuss the goals for network assessment, the need for a network assessment before deployment, and the network assessment engagement flow.
1:45 PM - 2:00 PM Break Break
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM Network Assessment Scoping The scoping session will address how to define potential variations in scope and how to describe them and what is not in scope. Effort estimates and templates are also discussed.
3:15 PM - 3:30 PM Break Break
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM Network Assessment Discovery Phase In this session we will discuss the need for discovery, teach what questions to ask to identify gaps in network, and present real world scenarios to educate the customer to assist in meaningful discovery.
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Evening Event Evening Event

Wednesday November 6th 2013

Timeslot Title Description
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM Network Assessment Usage Modeling Phase (Part 1) This session will explain the why and how you do usage modeling. The Bandwidth Calculator will be demonstrated and alterative scenarios not covered by the tool will be addressed.
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM Break Break
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM Network Assessment Usage Modeling Phase (Part 2) This session will explain the why and how you do usage modeling. The Bandwidth Calculator will be demonstrated and alterative scenarios not covered by the tool will be addressed.
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM Lunch Lunch
12:45 PM - 2:00 PM Lab: Experiencing Usage Modeling In this lab, the students will be introduced to a fictitious organization that will be executing a Network Assessment. Based on given requirements, students will utilize the Bandwidth Calculator to perform usage modeling, and interpret the modeling results.
2:00 PM - 2:15 PM Break Break
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM Traffic Simulation Concepts This session will explain the need for traffic simulation and the basic concepts around it. We will also take the outcome from the modeling (Lync Bandwidth Calculator) and use it as input for traffic simulation.
3:30 PM - 3:45 PM Break Break
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM Lab: Experiencing Traffic Simulation Concepts In this lab, students will use the outcome of the Lync Bandwidth Calculator to do the traffic distribution for the fictitious organizations where we are executing the network assessment. Students will identify the pattern distribution traffic as a part of this lab.

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Thursday November 7th 2013

Timeslot Title Description
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM Break Break
11:15 AM - 12:30 PM Network Assessment Tools and Processes This session will describe the tools used for proactive network assessment, the common customer concerns in deployment of these tools, and obtaining reactive network-related metrics from an existing Lync deployment.
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM Lunch Lunch
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM IXIA WAN Assessment Tool Demo This session will provide an overview of the Ixia WAN Assessment Tool and how it is applied in the profiling of the performance and experience of the customer’s network to transport Lync traffic. The goal of the session will be to discuss Ixia's terminology, methodology, and overall workflow used in a Wan Assessment. Ixia will also provide a live demonstration of how active tests are run, data collected, and presented for analysis.
2:00 PM - 2:15 PM Break Break
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM Network Assessment Results Analysis This session will discuss the analysis methodology, how to create a summary of the network assessment results, and how to identify points of improvement in a network. Also, we will address information that should be included in a final report, create a summary of network assessment results, and how to identify potential risks.
3:30 PM - 3:45 PM Break Break
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM Wi-Fi in a Lync Environment As more user devices adopt Wi-Fi as the primary access, it is critical to consider the impact of Wi-Fi on an enterprise-wide Lync deployment. This session will explain the unique challenges that Wi-Fi presents and highlight the key elements that must exist in good order to deliver Lync with a Wi-Fi component.

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Lync Updates and Programs

As Microsoft transitions from a software company to a company that's building software, devices and services, product releases will adopt a shorter cycle and a rapid release cadence. Lync Server and Lync Online will be at the forefront of this, and will have more frequent product updates and new programs be released as part of the rapid release cadence. This track will help you stay up-to-date with the latest features/scenarios enabled through product updates and new programs/innovations that Lync will be bringing to market in the near future.

Tuesday November 5th 2013

Timeslot Title Description
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM Keynote Keynote
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Lunch Lunch
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM What's new with Lync As Microsoft transitions to a company that's building software, devices and services, product releases will adopt a shorter cycle and a rapid release cadence. In this session, we will cover our vision for the future of communication, how Lync and Skype organization are coming together and how you can to stay-up-to-date with the frequent release cadence.
1:45 PM - 2:00 PM Break Break
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM Lync Enterprise Voice Core Infrastructure Updates Ever had the requirement for your traveling workers to maintain the benefits of Lync Enterprise Voice whilst still complying with local regulatory requirements? The new location based routing functionality in the latest Lync update will help facilitate this requirement in your Lync Enterprise voice environment. The following session will acquaint students with the evolving Lync Voice architecture and provide recommendations and guidance on planning and implementing these advanced voice components.
3:15 PM - 3:30 PM Break Break
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM Lync Enterprise Voice Applications and Features Updates As the Lync Enterprise Voice modality matures with it comes developments in advanced voice applications and feature components. In this session we not only review the updates to current Lync voice applications such as the Response Group Service and Conferencing Announcement Service but also take a look into some of the new feature releases in the latest update such as Group Call Pickup.
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Evening Event Evening Event

Wednesday November 6th 2013

Timeslot Title Description
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM Lync Network Assessment Methodologies The purpose of this module is to introduce a methodology for assessing the impact of Lync on the network. We will overview how Microsoft performs a network assessment through the use of Discovery, Modeling, Simulation, and Analysis.
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM Break Break
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM What's new in Meetings and Collaboration This session will explore latest additions in Lync 2013 that are related to meetings and collaboration. Improvements introduced in Lync updates released since Lync 2013 RTM, such as video cropping control, Meetings View, Q&A manager and others will be explored. Also, forthcoming approaches related to collaborations/meetings, such as expansion of meeting scenarios to include eLearning or conference rooms will be discussed. Finally, the topic of video collaboration and video interoperability in Lync 2013 will be touched upon.
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM Lunch Lunch
12:45 PM - 2:00 PM Configuring Lync Room System Lync Room System is a new member of the Lync family and offers a native Lync solution for meeting rooms that makes meetings easy to start, easy to manage and easy to collaborate with remote attendees. During this session we will introduce Lync Room System, and provide you background on how to deploy, configure and manage them.
2:00 PM - 2:15 PM Break Break
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM Lync Devices Strategy In this session, you will learn about IP Phones, USB peripherals, conference room systems, PCs, gateways and video conferencing systems that are key components that can be incorporated into full scale communications solutions
3:30 PM - 3:45 PM Break Break
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM What's new in Lync Mobile Mobility is a key feature customers want from Lync Server 2013. In this session, we will update you what’s new in Lync Mobile since its first release, how these new features enable your business scenarios. And we will show you what the Lync Mobile architecture look like as well as troubleshooting tips.

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Thursday November 7th 2013

Timeslot Title Description
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM Securing Lync Deployments This session will explore common security questions and explain how to IIS ARR (Application Request Routing) and the addition of Two-Factor Authentication in the latest updates can be used to meet customers’ needs for stronger authentication.
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM Break Break
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM Identifying Critical Support Dependencies for Lync Server With customers deploying Lync Server into business critical scenarios the success of a Lync solution depends ever more on a series of robust operations and support procedures and practices. In this session we will discuss the often overlooked dependencies that underpin a Lync server solution with an emphasis on people and process and introduce the concept of Support Structure Mapping as a means of identifying gaps in a customer’s capability to run a Lync solution that meets their business requirements.
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM Lunch Lunch
12:45 PM - 2:00 PM Lync Top Support Topics and Troubleshooting Tools Avoiding the most common, costly, and time consuming support engagements: During and after a Lync deployment, updates, infrastructure changes, and expanding capacity/modalities often create scenarios that are hard to identify and difficult to troubleshoot. This session will discuss the most frequent topics for support engagements, how to quickly troubleshoot and identify the root cause, implement fixes, and how to avoid them altogether.
2:00 PM - 2:15 PM Break Break
3:30 PM - 3:45 PM Break Break