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Heading across the Pond for SharePoint Evolutions

Written By: Virgil Carroll
Posted: 4/2/2013

Well it’s that time again to head across the pond to sunny (oops, I mean warmer than Minnesota) London for the 2013 SharePoint Evolutions conference.  This is my 5th year I’ve had the honor of being invited to speak and look forward to one of the most fun conferences around.  Not only is it fun, but has some of the best curriculum of any conference and a speaker line up that is the alphabet soup of the SharePoint community.

This year I am doing a two part series on Information Architecture as part of the Information Workers track.  Both my sessions are in a row on Wednesday morning (9am and 10:15), with the second session building on the first.

My first session is ‘Creating your own Information Architecture Best Practices in SharePoint 2010’.  In this session I am going to walk attendees through a solid information architecture practice (i.e. how we organize our SharePoint sites to be easy to use) and talk about to apply solid practices to your own environment.  I will be focusing on how you can use out-of-the-box functionality to meet our objectives as well as look as some of the opportunities and challenges in 2010 around good IA.  I’m going to finish this session off with a sneak peak at the results of the heuristic usability test I just performed on SharePoint 2010 (soon to be released as a webinar on April 24th).  So if you were wondering how 2010 stacks up when actual users try to complete tasks, you will not want to miss the last 5 minutes of this talk!

Moving to SharePoint 2013?  Then my second session will be a better fit for you.  My second session is ‘Taking your information architecture in a new direction with SharePoint 2013’.  In this session…you guessed it…I am going to look at how we can do what we discussed in the 2010 session but the 2013 way.  We will look at all the new bells and whistles and I will demonstrate how they can make your information architecture that much easier.  Anyone who knows me knows I don’t get excited about a lot, but this is one area of SharePoint 2013 that I see a lot of opportunity with.  And as with the other session, I will give you a sneak peak of the results from the heuristic usability test I just performed around SharePoint 2013…what?  Are you seeing a trend?  Yes, this all builds to what I call my ‘2010 vs 2013 usability showdown’, which I will be presenting on April 24th as a webinar and also releasing some great whitepapers on the results and suggested improvements.  I think it is going to be very eye opening.

So what am I doing the rest of the conference?  Well that’s easy, with the great activities Steve, Zoe and the rest of the Combined Knowledge crew plan…I know I am going to be having tons of fun.  Probably my biggest problem will be getting caught up on my rest somehow…so this year I staying an extra day to get a full day of rest before I head home.

Ok so I am off for now.  I am actually flying to Amsterdam tomorrow to do a 10 day vacation in Germany before the conference, so I am already going to be arriving very tired after seeing all the exciting sights Germany has to offer.  So bye bye for now, I look forward to seeing old friend and making new at SharePoint Evolutions on April 15th!

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More About Virgil

Virgil Carroll is the owner and president of High Monkey – based in Minneapolis Minnesota. Virgil also wears the multiple ‘hats’ of Principle Human Solutions Architect and SharePoint Architect.

Virgil is one of those rare individuals who can dive deep into technical topics while speaking clearly to the business owners of a project and never forgetting that the end user experience has the highest priority. He calls it using both sides of his brain. Virgil is passionate about leveraging technologies ‘out of the box’ as much as possible with a focus on the strategic use of content to create websites that deliver the right content to the right audience on the right device at the right time. Virgil brings high energy, an ironic wit, and a sense of grounded perspective whenever he speaks to an audience. Virgil regularly speaks at conferences and user groups throughout the United States and occasionally in Europe.

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