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October Meeting - Practical SharePoint Information Architecture

Important Notes:

- There will be NO meeting in September. Next meeting will be the October meeting.

- The October meeting is not at the usual location

In October, we will have a presentation by one of our group's co-founders: Ruven Gotz.

This will be a special meeting, as it will again be a joint meeting of the Knowledge Workers group. It will also be special because a representative of Apress - the publisher of Ruven's book - is coming from New York with a collection of swag and a variety of Apress books to be raffled off.


6:00 - 6:30 - Pizza, Pop & Networking
6:30 - 6:40 - Introduction & Announcements
6:45 - 8:00 - Main Presentation

Main Presentation

Practical SharePoint Information Architecture

by Ruven Gotz

This high-level overview touches on the tools and techniques that have made me a successful SharePoint Information Architect and Business Analyst.

SharePoint 2010 can be dangerous to your career: Expectations are often set very high, and not enough time is invested in understanding how those expectations can be met. Many SharePoint 2010 projects fail to meet their initial goals. Practical SharePoint Information Architecture arms you with proven tools that will help you to ensure that there is an agreement on goals and scope, and how to then efficiently design your taxonomies. You will learn how to educate your users on what metadata is and why it is important so that you can build SharePoint 2010 solutions that exceed the expectations of your users.

You will see demonstrations of the tools that I use for planning and documenting the scope, navigational taxonomy, document taxonomy, metadata, page layouts and workflows for a successful SharePoint 2010 project. If you have been tasked with delivering an intranet for collaboration, document management or as a corporate portal, your chance for success depends greatly on getting all of these elements right, and then to making sure that you and your stakeholders are all on the same page.

About the presenter:

Ruven Gotz is a Director & SharePoint MVP with Avanade, the Global Microsoft Partner. With over 20 years of IT industry experience, Ruven has spent the past eight years delivering award-winning SharePoint solutions for a wide range of clients. Working as a Business Analyst and Information Architect, Ruven is able to apply his eclectic education and varied experience in Psychology, Computer Science, Economics, Software Development and Training to get to the heart of complex problems. Ruven is a great communicator who is able to discuss technology concepts in language that is relevant to his audience, whether they are from IT or business. He has become a leader in the use of visual tools to help his clients and team members achieve shared understanding of problems and goals and shared commitment towards implementing a successful solution.

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  • Sanjeev K. M.

    Great presentation and excellent tips. Well worth attending

    October 31, 2012

  • Andrei C.

    Excellent presentation on techniques and associated tools and, even though focused on SharePoint, easy to apply in any project management or business analysis related activity. Nice refresher or eye opener on dealing with stakeholders in requirements (or scope) discovery sessions. Very informative with well-chosen and relevant hands-on demos.
    As a note Apress does a good job on their books and it was nice of them to bring so many giveaways for the presentation.

    October 26, 2012

  • lili s.

    It was great event

    October 26, 2012

  • Ash

    Ruven's talk was simply amazing. I like the open manner with which he shares his knowledge. Also, a very pleasant speaker and a pleasure to hear talk useful stuff.

    October 25, 2012

  • bert t.

    Great presentation from Ruven re practical tips on SharePoint 2010 architecture and also demoing some useful resources re IBIS, process & mind mapping software.
    Also thanks to Stephanie Carino and Apress for attending and donation prize books including Ruvens book (which I won)

    1 · October 25, 2012

  • Branislav V.

    One of the best presentations I attended. If I may, Ruven surpassed himself.

    October 25, 2012

  • Mark Y.

    Excellent presentation!

    October 25, 2012

  • Jose Luis C.

    Excelent! I learned a lot and met great people! And... I got a free book!!

    October 25, 2012

  • Ruven G.

    Hi Everyone. Thanks for coming out to the event tonight. As promised, here's the link to tonight's presentation:

    October 24, 2012

  • Bruce T.

    Great presentation as always. Thanks Ruven

    October 24, 2012

  • Siamak N.

    Like always, Ruven provided excellent presentation regarding Practical SP 2010 Info's architecture and introduced good tools for create modeling... Also he kindly was on his word and gave me copy of SP Saturday July 7 pictures...:)

    October 24, 2012

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