Keynote 1: SharePoint 2010 - THE Platform for Business
Collaboration, Internet Sites and More
Microsoft Distinguished Engineer, and former CTO of FAST,
Bjørn Olstad will share his unique view of one of the most popular
products in Microsoft history. As the leader of the Information
Experiences group, Mr. Olstad will discuss the business momentum
and investment areas in the latest release including demonstrations
of functionality that makes SharePoint the premier choice for a
customer's business collaboration and Internet Sites platform.
Bjørn Olstad is a Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft,
heading up the Enterprise Search Group (ESG). Dr. Olstad previously
served as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of FAST, a Norwegian
Enterprise Search company that was acquired by Microsoft in
Before joining FAST, Dr. Olstad was Director of Research and
Development for Cardiac Ultrasound at General Electric Medical
Systems. He has also served as a professor in computer science at
the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), where he
was the youngest person ever to be awarded a professorship.
Keynote 2: Planning & Deploying Enterprise 2.0
Social Media Strategy with SharePoint 2010
SharePoint 2010 brings great enhancements to profiles
including some new social media features. In this session we look
at a real world customer deployment and strategies including
integration with social media vendors including Chatter, Yammer,
and NewsGator. We'll look at how traditional portals are forced to
change forever or become stale.
Joel was the first dedicated SharePoint Administrator
ever. He's been working with SharePoint nearly 11 years and
worked at Microsoft in both IT and the product teams including
Architecting the first rollout of Microsoft's own global search,
intranet, team sites, and my sites. He managed the IT audience in
the SharePoint 2007 rollout. Joel has travelled over 100 countries
in his quest to connect the global SharePoint community, and spoken
in hundreds of events including keynote sessions across all 6
Keynote 3: Successful Deployment: Lessons Learned From
Mirjam van Olst & Spencer Harbar Take a whirlwind tour of
lessons from the field since the release of SharePoint Server 2010
to understand the key factors of a successful roll out in the
enterprise across planning, architecture, implementation,
deployment and operations. Based upon some of the most common
pitfalls and worst practices of early adopters and the key
challenges they have faced, the keynote will detail the lessons
learnt alongside best practices to help ensure a successful
deployment. Ideal for all disciplines, including Information
Workers, Business Decision Makers, Developers and IT
Mirjam van Olst works as a SharePoint Architect for Avanade in
Netherlands. Having worked with different versions of SharePoint
since 2004 Mirjam has been helping companies in different
industries and of different sizes to implement successful
SharePoint portal, ECM and search solutions.
Mirjam is one of 50 Microsoft Certified Masters for SharePoint
2007 and one of 15 Microsoft Certified Masters for SharePoint
Being a strong community advocate Mirjam is a co-organizer of
the Dutch Information Worker User Group (DIWUG). Apart from being a
regular author and editor for the popular DIWUG eMagazine, she is
also an author for the SDN magazine, the Dutch .Net Magazine and
the Dutch TechNet magazine. Mirjam is a regular speaker at both
national and international conferences and events and can be found
blogging at http://sharepointchick.com.
Mirjam has been awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional
award in 2010 and 2011. In her spare time Mirjam likes to play
tennis and hang out with friends and family.
Spencer Harbar is an enterprise architect who helps
organizations implement and drive value from solutions based upon
Microsoft SharePoint. With over sixteen years of commercial
experience in the architecture, design, development, deployment and
operational service management of Web based applications and
hosting platforms, his broad base of fundamental skills routinely
enables Europe's largest organizations to succeed with SharePoint.
Spencer is one of fifteen people worldwide currently to hold the
Microsoft Certified Master for SharePoint 2010 certification, and
is the content author and instructor for the Platform Security,
Authentication & Authorization, Business Intelligence, User
Profile Service, Enterprise Content Management and Web Content
Management modules of the SharePoint MCM.
He is also one of 50 people worldwide currently to hold the
Microsoft Certified Master for SharePoint 2007 certification.
Spencer represents Microsoft at events worldwide and was a speaker
most recently at the SharePoint Conference 2009 and Microsoft Tech
Ed Developers EMEA, 2007. He also presents at other events such as
SharePoint Best Practices 2011, SharePoint Connections Europe 2011.
In his spare time he listens to the Jazz giants of yesteryear and
some young blood, and spends time with family and friends in the
beautiful capital city of Edinburgh, Scotland and his home town of
Manchester, England. Spencer can be found blogging at www.harbar.net.
Keynote 4: BI in the Cloud: Opportunities, Paths, and the
Join us for a rapid-paced, high-level, broad, strategic look at
the multitude of opportunities that the cloud offers to those
interested in Business Intelligence. After we discuss the state of
the technology and the readiness of the market, we will move onto
the exciting, but as-yet quite an uncertain territory of the future
applications of BI in the Cloud. In doing so, we will outline a
number of both popular and obvious, but also speculative and
lesser-known visions of productivity for enterprises of the future.
Based on the presenter's extensive, hands-on IT experience spanning
from the days of the industry dominated by mainframes, through the
PC and datacentre eras, towards the newest cloud frontiers, you
should leave inspired to think of creative ways in which you could
steer your own career towards that future potential.
In his role as Strategic Consultant at Project Botticelli Ltd
Rafal is responsible for analysing and forecasting trends in the
field of Information Technology. Rafal works closely with
consulting companies, large development teams, as well as with
investors and their boards of directors. He specialises in several
areas: business intelligence, statistics, data mining, security and
cryptography, IT architecture, and management of solution delivery.
Rafal is a frequent and popular speaker at Microsoft events having
presented at prestigious Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer conferences
for over thirteen years. His ability to explain complex concepts in
simplest terms is well known while his uniquely energetic speaking
style should keep you engaged no matter how deep the subject may