Mastering SharePoint 2013: Succeeding, Not Just Surviving - On Demand

Price: $499.00

Presented by Colin Spence and Ulysses Ludwig

Running Time: 497 minutes

Building on the success of the "Mastering SharePoint 2010" seminars, the presenters have updated the content to cover the latest and greatest SharePoint product: SharePoint 2013. Our presenters have been working with SharePoint 2013 more than 2 years, and have implemented it with a number of clients in production environments.

While similar to SharePoint 2010 in many respects, SharePoint 2013 introduces a number of new features and capabilities that are important to understand.

This course will help attendees understand key differences between SharePoint 2010 and 2013, and understand the advantages and challenges involved in implementing SharePoint 2013 or upgrading from a previous version. A common concern of organizations using the SharePoint product line is that they aren't effectively using the tools provided by the SharePoint platform and have ended up with an expensive "file share on steroids."

These courses will help you understand how other organizations are crafting a "right-sized" solution from the SharePoint toolset and realizing real business benefits through the use of specific tools and features.

We'll pay special attention to the development capabilities of SharePoint 2013 around workflows and forms, since many different organizations can benefit from the use of these technologies. In addition, we'll cover the Business Intelligence (BI) capabilities of SharePoint, since this is another incredibly powerful set of tools that can save organizations a great deal of money, and enhance the way they do business.


After attending this course, you’ll have the benefits of:

  • An overall understanding of SharePoint 2013's features and benefits as well as scalability of its architecture, design, and development features and capabilities.
  • Examples of best practice implementation strategies and details as well as "nightmares" to avoid based on the presenters' knowledge gained with hundreds of clients
  • Detailed and actionable knowledge on how to develop, customize, implement, administer, develop govern, and troubleshoot SharePoint 2013 with minimal risk to the environment and maximum business benefit.


Session 1: Design and Architecture Fundamentals

This first session kicks off the series by imparting wisdom and best practices on what organizations of varying sizes are implementing in terms of the foundation for the SharePoint 2010 solutions they are then building. Key topics will be covered to allow attendees to craft "roadmaps" that meet their organization's unique needs.

  • Intro to SharePoint 2013 with what's new and what can really benefit your organization
  • Defining specific and actionable goals for the project (business and technical)
  • Key insight into creating successful "roadmaps" for implementations


Session 2: Configuring the Environment Part I: Building a Solid Foundation

Session 2 builds upon the foundation created in Session 1 by covering the process of installing and customizing the SharePoint software. Best practices and pitfalls will be covered from the installation process to creating the site collections and implementing effective navigation and branding.

  • Installation best practices and pitfalls to avoid
  • Customizing and optimizing the site structure
  • Using multiple content databases, the pros and cons
  • Notable service applications and their core best practices
  • Navigation best practices
  • Branding from 10,000 feet to 1,000 feet


Session 3: Configuring the Environment Part II: Tools and Features

Session 3 delves into the main "containers" and "moving parts" of the SharePoint 2013 environment that end users will be working with every day, and are arguably the most important components of a successful SharePoint implementation.

  • Understanding Web Apps, Site Collections and Sites
  • Best practices for site configuration
  • Metadata overview
  • Content Types overview
  • Search configuration


Session 4: Workflows and Forms in SharePoint 2013

In this session Ulysses will present SharePoint and it's out of the box tools as an alternative to Visual Studio and ASP.NET applications. SharePoint's out of the box features coupled with SharePoint Designer, InfoPath, and SSRS integration makes it a contender as an application host that rivals that of custom Visual Studio applications not to mention the upgrade-ability and application host benefits provided by SharePoint itself.

  • Application design "Lite" vs. Complex
  • Workflows: how far can go out of the box, vs SharePoint Designer vs Visual Studio vs Third Party
  • SharePoint 2013's new "app" model
  • Comparing ASPX forms with InfoPath Forms
  • Mastering SharePoint workflows
  • Access Services – What can it really do and can I use it?
  • Third party tools overview: lessons learned


Session 5: Building SharePoint Business Intelligence Applications

If SharePoint's out of the box features simply do not fit the bill, there are still tremendous benefits to building an application by embedding the application logic within SharePoint itself.

  • Benefits of SharePoint hosted applications
  • Overview of BCS
  • Overview of the BI "stack"


Session 6: SharePoint Governance Best Practices

In this session Colin will present a framework for governance with respect to SharePoint 2013. Colin will discuss the importance of governance with respect to upgrade-ability, support, security, compliance, and feature delivery – without a solid governance plan in place a SharePoint environment can quickly degrade and lose user confidence in SharePoint itself.

  • Main components of an effective governance plan
  • Importance of a good mission statement and specific goals
  • Governing the farm
  • Governing Security
  • Governing the site collections
  • Understanding environmental usage
  • Controlling some of the more dangerous components of the environment
  • Leveraging PowerShell for challenging tasks



Colin Spence, MCP and MCTS SharePoint, is a Partner at Convergent Computing (CCO) and manages the SharePoint Practice there. He currently specializes on the design, implementation and support of SharePoint 2010 and 2013 business solutions with a focus on customization, business process and application design. He's been with CCO for more than 20 years and has provided a wide range of IT related services to hundreds of organizations. He is a co-author of Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Unleashed, Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Unleashed as well as numerous other books on SharePoint and Microsoft technologies, and has written white papers and presented for Microsoft and other industry leaders. He has contributed to numerous other Sams Publishing titles on Microsoft Windows Server technologies, as well as Network World, Windows IT Pro, and and has presented at TechEd. He has also written white papers and lead webcasts for companies including AvePoint, Quest, BP Logix, Cisco, OpenText, Metalogix and Penton Media which leverage his experience in the field with SharePoint and related technologies to meet specific business requirements.

Ulysses Ludwig is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer and SharePoint Architect at ExpertAssist LLC located in the heart of Silicon Valley. He has worked with SharePoint since 2003, when he started creating SharePoint Portal Server 2003, and since then he has worked with hundreds of clients. Additional areas of focus include SharePoint 2007/2010/2013 business process management, integrated reporting, training, manufacturing solutions, business applications, workflows, forms, policies, and extranet solutions for medium and large organizations. Projects completed include numerous installations, upgrades, migrations, workflow projects, forms projects, customizations, search customization projects, upsizing, downsizing, troubleshooting engagements, as well as several webcast and one-day seminars for Penton. He particularly enjoys the challenges of extending upon basic out-of-the-box functionality to meet business challenges, providing training to administrators and end users, and providing detailed "how to" documentation. He is a contributing writer to "SharePoint 2013 Unleashed" from Sams Publishing.


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