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One of my favorite SharePoint related conferences of the year is easily the SPTechCon show that's held twice a year. They have a show in San Francisco, CA in the first part of the year and another in Boston in the latter part of the year. This year's San Francisco, CA show is held April 22-25, 2014 and I've been honored to ask to present as well as be one of the two keynote speakers at the show!

My keynote session, explained below, will incorporate any news that we learn at the SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas in early March as it relates to what's new or changed as it relates to the topic of on-premises deployments and Office 365... so if you're skipping the SharePoint Conference, this should get you up to speed!

KEYNOTE: Navigating the New World of SharePoint Online, Office 365 and On-Premise
Starting with the release of SharePoint 2010 and the early versions of Office 365, Microsoft began the push of moving SharePoint into the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model and away from an on-premise deployment story. This direction was solidified in the release of SharePoint 2013, but it also added quite a bit of confusion in the marketplace with customers wondering, "Is on-premises SharePoint dead?" This is certainly not the case. In this keynote, come learn what the real story is today, what scenarios and deployments make the most sense for your organization based on real-world experience, current guidance from Microsoft, independent implementors, and how to position your organization going forward without boxing yourself in!

In addition to the keynote I will be presenting a handful of breakout sessions as well at this conference, all of which are listed below:

Building SharePoint-Hosted Apps as Single-Page Apps
Unlike cloud apps, SharePoint-hosted apps cannot have a server footprint on the SharePoint host. Instead, all custom business logic is manifested and runs within the user’s browser. This can prove to be a challenge with some developers who are used to working with the server-side object model in SharePoint. In this class, you’ll learn some tricks on how to make JavaScript/client-side development easier, and at the same time how you can quickly make your SharePoint-hosted app into a single-page app that’s very responsive and user friendly.

Real-World Workflows with Visual Studio 2012, Workflow Manager and Web Services Has code image
In this class, we will explore what's new with workflow in SharePoint 2013 from an architecture, capability and development perspective. You will learn how SharePoint 2013 now relies on Workflow Manager, both on-premise and in the cloud, to provide a much more reliable and scalable workflow platform. We'll explore new capabilities such as loops and how to make Web service calls. This demo-heavy class will be for technical power users and developers alike!

Building a Content Site Using SharePoint Server 2013 Web Content Management: Start to Finish
Microsoft made significant investments in SharePoint 2013 in the area of Web Content Management (WCM). In this latest release, WCM has been re-architected to leverage taxonomies for navigation and search, and to serve content directly out of the search index. In this demo-heavy class, developers, designers and technical power users will see how to create a WCM site; how to implement a managed navigation using taxonomies and surface content from across multiple data sources; and how to implement a custom brand and leverage search to its fullest potential in creating rich and dynamic content-based sites.

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