SharePoint Evolutions 2013

It’s nearly that time of year already! Each year the Combined Knowledge team put on a fabulous conference in London bang opposite Westminster Abbey. Each year has a different theme based on whereabouts in the SharePoint cycle we all are. When a new release of SharePoint is launched, there will be a SharePoint Evolutions conference that concentrates on what is new in the latest release as well as providing sessions on how we did things in the previous version. The following year is usually a “Best Practice” event, and then finally a general European SharePoint Conference.


Three years ago I was lucky enough to be selected along with Spence Harbar and Eric Shupps to provide part of the keynote. Steve Smith asked me to present on how we developed in SharePoint 2003 and how that had evolved to 2007 and 2010 which was presented by Spence and Eric.


This year I will be presenting two sessions. The first will be entitled “Building Business Data Dashboards in SharePoint 2010 with Business Connectivity Services”. Within the session we will be using the Out-of-the-Box Business Data web parts to build a Business Data Dashboard, along with some XSLT and SharePoint Designer to customise the look and feel of the web parts and to provide key performance information. My second session will be “What is new in Business Connectivity Services for SharePoint 2013”. Within the second session I will be presenting on the new features within the External List, How to connect to a published OData external data source, deploy an External Content Type as an app, and explain the new event listeners.

Lightning Tools has sponsored these events since they began and is proud to yet again be a gold sponsor. This year, Lightning Tools will be demonstrating its new products and launching its new Data Viewer Web Part product that overcomes the lack of Design view in SharePoint Designer 2013.

As always we will also be giving out signed copies of our Business Connectivity Services 2010 book at the booth, and giving away a cool radio controlled car.

This week, Lightning Tools will also be providing a prize to a lucky winner who registers this week.