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Summer and Autumn Speaking Engagements

Print | posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 12:58 AM

It’s that time again folks, Conference craziness season is back with a vengeance after the summer. When is it *not* conference season I hear you chuckle! Anyways, I have the privilege of speaking at a number of events between now and the end of the year. It’s always a great deal of fun to meet folks at conferences and hear about their SharePoint experiences. I look forward to seeing you one of the following events.


TechReady 13
25-29 July - Seattle, WA

This event is for Microsoft employees only. I’ll be in Redmond for some other work and will be presenting a developer focused session.

SharePoint 2010 Site Provisioning Smack Down: Site Definitions vs. Web Templates, the What, When, How and Why.
Debate still rages around the “right way” to approach provisioning of SharePoint sites especially in relation to large scale deployments. This session will cover the various approaches to site provisioning available, looking at their pros and cons and associated considerations. Guidance around what approach to use when, and why will also be provided.



SharePoint User Group UK (SUGUK)
4th Annual Golf Day
11th August - Ullesthorpe, Leicestershire, UK

The golf day is great fun, a round of golf and some user group sessions. My partner in crime Steve Smith will also be presenting.

The rational guide to Kerberos with SharePoint 2010
In this session Spence will drill into the cloudy often ignored world that is Kerberos and will show that Kerberos is not something to be scared off, but something to embrace providing you approach it right. Full scenario walkthroughs of Farm traffic, End User sign in and Service Application delegation to external services will be demonstrated live!



Tech Ed New Zealand
24-26 August - Auckland, New Zealand

I’ve always wanted to visit New Zealand but it’s been about four years before I’ve been able to make it happen. I’ll also be staying on for a week after the event to deliver Combined Knowledge’s Advanced Admin Boot Camp.

Real World Service Application federation with SharePoint 2010
SharePoint 2010 provides architects with a compelling new model for service publishing and federation, opening up exciting new approaches to farm design. This session will cover how Service Application Federation plays out in the real world, based upon early enterprise adopters. Learn how to approach the design of a enterprise services farms, provide true scalability and discover the constraints for each service application which can be published, including global deployment considerations. Related aspects such as Security, High Availability and performance will also be covered. This session will be split 70/30 between lecture and demonstrations.

Rational Guide to SharePoint 2010 User Profile Synchronization
The incredibly popular session with new content updated for SP1 and the latest CUs. Get the real deal on configuring User Profile Synchronization in SharePoint 2010 in this demo and best practices heavy session. This session will cover the architecture of the new User Profile Synchronization capability in SharePoint Server 2010 and provide a walkthrough of the configuration requirements and setup eccentricities. This session will be split 70/30 between demonstrations and lecture.




SharePoint Conference
3-6 October - Anaheim, CA

The big daddy. It’s gonna be an awesome show. Be there!

Enterprise Deployment Considerations for the User Profile Service Application
Deploying the User Profile Service application presents unique design considerations for architects. Learn best practices from real enterprise deployments and understand the key architectural considerations in terms of high availability, scalability and geographic deployments. Also covered will be general UPA related best practices in terms of synchronization, policy and privacy and leveraging social features inside the enterprise.

Best Practices for Multi Tenancy
SharePoint 2010 delivers compelling new infrastructure features for those wishing to host multiple customers on a shared platform whilst retaining confidentiality, integrity and availability. This session will cover how multi-tenancy can benefit all sizes of deployment from a basic farm to the largest such as SharePoint Online. Learn how to approach the design of a multi-tenant deployment and to configure and operate multi-tenant infrastructure, create Member Sites, Subscriptions, Feature Packs, and Service Application Partitions. Understand the key design choices and development required. This session will be split 50/50 between lecture and demonstrations.

Capacity Planning your SharePoint 2010 deployment
One of the biggest challenges for architects is how to approach capacity planning and management for a SharePoint 2010 deployment. In this session we will cover approaches to the problem space and devise the appropriate capacity management strategy for SharePoint 2010 implementations. Learn how to manage capacity throughout the deployment lifecycle and adopt best practices from field experiences.

European SharePoint Conference
17-20 October - Berlin, Germany

I’ll be co presenting one of the keynotes with Mirjam van Olst, and generally loitering around the rest of the conference.

Keynote 3: Successful Deployment: Lessons Learned From the Field
with Mirjam van Olst
Take a whirlwind tour of lessons from the field since the release of SharePoint Server 2010 to understand the key factors of a successful roll out in the enterprise across planning, architecture, implementation, deployment and operations. Based upon some of the most common pitfalls and worst practices of early adopters and the key challenges they have faced, the keynote will detail the lessons learnt alongside best practices to help ensure a successful deployment. Ideal for all disciplines, including Information Workers, Business Decision Makers, Developers and IT Professionals.


SharePoint & Exchange Forum 2011
14-15 November 2011 - Stockholm, Sweden

My first visit to Sweden which I am very much looking forward to.
Sessions TBD but likely to include Kerberos, Sandbox for O365, UPA, Multi Tenancy. I may also co present with my buddy Steve Smith once again.




That’s my lot for the rest of the year! I look forward to seeing you at one of the above events.