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A few weeks ago I received an email that included a very flattering offers & request. The folks at the SharePoint Summit 2013 conference in Toronto, Canada held May 13-15, 2013 asked if I would be their keynote speaker! This is my first opportunity to be a keynote speaker for a conference am I'm very much looking forward to it. For years this is a show I wanted to attend but just couldn't get my schedule to align just right... no more!

My topic is going to be on Making Sense of the New World of Customizing SharePoint Deployments. In this I'll give you my take on how to approach this new development and customization world Microsoft would like all of us to adopt going forward with SharePoint 2013 & Office 365:

Did you hear the sky is falling and SharePoint development and customization is dead? Are wondering where Microsoft are heading with the direction forged in SharePoint 2013s new app model? For many years and SharePoint versions customers have been following Microsoft's guidance to customize their SharePoint deployments using solutions. As Microsoft started to move SharePoint to the cloud in SharePoint 2010, they tried to address some challenges associated with solutions by introducing a new type of solution: the sandboxed solution. Unfortunately this model was too restrictive and many customers dismissed it. With therelease of SharePoint 2013, Microsoft has not only introduced a new extensibility model for SharePoint and jumped on the app industry bandwagon, but they have also gone so far as to steer customers away from using solutions?

Come and hear from one of the world's leading SharePoint experts and luminaries Andrew Connell cut through the hype, douse the fire of FUD and shed light on the common misconceptions and misinformation about the new directions SharePoint is offering for SharePoint deployment and customization. Hear what Andrew thinks about the app phenomenon and what this all means. Learn about what this means for businesses, developers and IT Pros alike and leave knowing why, when and how to consider these new features whether you are new to SharePoint or an old hand. Whether you don't use SharePoint today and are looking to or if you have been using it for many years, this keynote will be one not to miss.

While I'll talk about apps, this talk is going to be for everyone regardless of your background. From developers to IT Pros to end users to power users all the way to business decision makers and managers, you'll walk away with a good understanding of where we are today, where Redmond would like is to go, how to live today (without drinking too much marketing KoolAid flowing from Redmond) and how we should factor these thoughts into our projects.

» SharePoint Summit 2013 - Toronto, Canada - May 13-15, 2013 (register)

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