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vSharePoint - September 2013 at Save-on-Foods Memorial Center

Hey folks,

Welcome back from summer holidays.  It's time to get back into the swing of things with vSharePoint for September.  Please check out the details below, as well as the meetup site at and our new (Office 365) website at

We all hope to see you there.


• 11:30 to 12:00 – Meet and Greet

• 12:00 to 12:50 – Andy Hopkins - Search as an application component

-- Lunch Break --

• 1:00 to 1:10 - Sponsor Segment. Sector/Gerry is providing an ASUS MeMO Pad ME172V which we will give out as a prize.  Gerry will preview the new website to introduce their new brand.

• 1:10 to 2:00 – Chris Stone - What's new in SharePoint 2013 Workflows 


Yes, prizes!

About the Presentations and Speakers

Andy Hopkins of Chrysalis | BTS

Title: Search as an application component

Overview: Big Data presents a number of information challenges to the business including discovery, sharing, and correlation. Today, Enterprise Search is used to drive navigation, presentation, aggregation, and to present a vision of information access. How does one utilize the full potential of search to address the issues presented by Big Data? In this session, we will examine a real world bioinformatics case study from a developer's point of view. We will use this case study to explore how one business used SharePoint Search to overcome the Big Data challenges and allowed users to discover and analyze large genomic data repositories. We will review the business problem behind the scenario and study the architectural approach and the decision points along the way. We will look at code samples to better understand how the solution was developed, discuss the integration challenges that were faced, and explore demos to see how the solution components actually perform.

Join Andy Hopkins of Chrysalis | BTS as he discusses:

• Solving Big Data challenges through search solutions

• New ways to think about search user experiences

• Exposing data relationships through search interfaces

Real world implementation insights and best practices

This session is appropriate for SharePoint developers and architects looking to understand how to address Big Data issues leveraging SharePoint Search. Additionally, technology leaders exploring search technology and implementation options that will improve the business value of the solutions for the organization.

Bio: Andy Hopkins is committed to designing and implementing solutions for customers that help them realize the full value of their information assets and improving the way they do business.  After spending 25 years in the information management industry, Andy has developed a wealth of experience across all aspects of solution development and brings this experience to every project he leads.  Augmented by his years at Microsoft helping global enterprise partners architect and develop solutions for their customers, Andy is focused on developing SharePoint solutions that address advanced workloads and complex business problems.

Chris Stone, Sector Learning Solutions

Title: What's new in SharePoint 2013 Workflows

Overview: SharePoint 2013 has introduced a second system for workflows that has added some additional features like looping and state machines. Chris will introduce the new features, and give some examples of when they might be used. 

Bio: Chris joined the Sector Learning Solutions team in October 2010 as an Applications Specialist. He moved into a Collaboration Systems Business Analyst role in November 2011. In January 2013 he accepted a promotion to Operations Manager. Chris holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from UVIC, with a specialization in International Business.

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