SharePoint TechFest WrapUp

Dallas, May 20, 2011. On Thursday, May 19, 2011, Cogent Company served as the title sponsor for the largest SharePoint Conference in the Central Region of the United States. This was Cogent’s third year to participate in SharePoint TechFest. The event was held at the new Irving Convention Center and featured a keynote presentation and 20 break-out sessions categorized in four distinct tracks:

  • Enterprise Content Management (ECM)
  • Sites & Communities (Collaboration & Social Computing)
  • Composites (Workflows), Search, Business Intelligence (Insights)
  • Application Development

This year, SharePoint TechFest was combined with the inaugural Innotech Dallas conference, a regionally focused business to business technology conference & expo. Cogent has participated in InnoTech Oklahoma for several years, so Cogent was excited to get to be a part of Innotech Dallas through SharePoint TechFest. “Sean and his team at Prospera Events do such a great job with the Innotech conferences,” said Marc Hoppers, Founder, President, and CEO of Cogent. “We are excited that they have taken point on the SharePoint TechFest conference. They are delivering a great value to this market.”

Among the speakers on Thursday were a few of Cogent’s consultants. You can find descriptions of their presentation topics and links to each of their presentations below:

  • A Developer’s Roadmap to Building Professional Office-based Solutions, Ty Anderson, Vice President: This session provided the experienced developer with an understanding of the developer technologies provided by the Office platform.  This session included ready-to-use samples of server-side tools like SharePoint workflow, SharePoint Business Connectivity Services, and the various SharePoint data access methods, e.g. Client Object Model, REST API, and web services.  This session also provided developer samples of client-side tools like VSTO, Open XML SDK and SharePoint Designer and explained when to use SharePoint’s “document services”…Word Services, Excel Services, Visio Services, and Access Services. Ty’s was a fast-paced session intent on giving the professional developer an understanding of the tools they need to begin incorporating the Office platform into their solutions. He had delivered the same content the day before at Microsoft TechEd in Atlanta. Click here to view a copy of Ty’s presentation.
  • Leveraging SharePoint Lists as User-Driven Data Sources, Andrew Alexander, Senior Consultant: The purpose of this demo was to show how SharePoint lists can be used as a table for data input and leveraged in an ETL cycle to a database for data management and reporting needs. The problem is that sometimes user data must be captured and leveraged in back end database systems for use by other operations. The approach he used to solve this problem is a demo of how you can leverage SharePoint lists in conjunction with PowerShell, SSIS, and SQL stored procedures to extract, transform and load data from a front-end SharePoint application into a back-end table for functional use. The expected result is that you can create a dynamic list of user input to be leveraged by back-end database operations without having to create a complicated solution using forms and custom code. Click here to view a copy of Andrew’s presentation.
  • Building Composite Applications, Simon Saugier, Senior Consultant: This session introduced managers and IT professionals to the innovative new SharePoint Composite feature in SharePoint 2010. Composites were created to ease the tension between departments desiring empowerment and IT desiring control. Simon showed how non-technical users can create solutions without needing to write any code, and also how IT can manage these solutions once they are deployed. Click here to view a copy of Simon’s presentation.

In addition to the three presentations from Cogent consultants, several other Cogent team members were stationed at the Cogent booth in the Exhibit Hall and participated in a CIO Magazine Executive Roundtable on staff retention.