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We’re just a few weeks away from the next installment of SPTechCon. The next show will be in San Francisco, CA the week of April 22-25, 2014 at the and if you register before April 4th you can get a $100 Amazon gift card… make sure when you register to use the coupon code CONNELL to get a discount when registering!

I love this show and will be presenting a few sessions in San Francisco on my favorite topics: WCM, workflow and apps! In fact this time around I have the distinct honor to do one of the keynote sessions!

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
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.

In addition, on Thursday from 11:30 - 12:30 there will be a set of tables setup at the show for meeting with experts. My good friend Eric Shupps will be manning the developer table so be sure to stop by and let us warp your mind!

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