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 SharePoint4Gov Symposium 


 Enhancing Information Platforms – Improving Enterprise Performance 

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 9/29/2011  to 9/29/2011 


 Marriott Gateway Crystal City 


 Tammy Kicker                          [email protected]|(703) 247-9494 



SharePoint4Govthe nation’s only educational symposium designed exclusively for government professionals that are using or evaluating SharePoint as an enterprise information platform.

AFEI is joined by FEDSPUG and Women in SharePoint D.C. in hosting this unique event.  FEDSPUG-WSPDC is a community for the Federal Government civilian agencies, military users and contractors to discuss and collaborate on SharePoint best practices and evolving technologies.

SharePoint has become a de-facto standard for Government enterprise information platforms. 

It offers enhanced capabilities for connecting communities, building collaboration and improving agency and department performance, key objectives for budget-constrained organizations.

When it comes to deploying, implementing, scaling and designing on  the SharePoint platform, government users have a unique set of requirements, challenges and opportunities.

AFEI is collaborating with its member companies to offer this SharePoint educational symposium.

SharePoint4Gov is the nation’s only educational event designed exclusively for and focused on government professionals in the nation's capitol that are using or evaluating SharePoint.

Hear government professionals, SharePoint MVP’s, and SharePoint experts share their individual successes and challenges implementing, upgrading, and extending this powerful information sharing platform.

Symposium Program


 7:30 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
 8:30 AM Opening Remarks

Lewis Shepherd




Lewis Shepherd
Director, Institute for Advanced Technology in Governments, Microsoft

The Institute's small team explores the nooks and crannies of Microsoft's research efforts and technology portfolios, looking for ways to help governments meet the diverse set of enterprise challenges they face.  It was set up by Bill Gates and Craig Mundie in 2004 to help Microsoft play a more strategic role in the eyes of government.

9:15 AM







 USDA Case Study

Paul O'Connell
Principal Architect, Procentrix, Inc.

Correspondence Management: Leveraging Microsoft SharePoint as a Platform for Automating Complex Government Processes

This case study examines how SharePoint is being used to automate workflows in USDA.  This helps USDA perform work in a consistent and repeatable manner and ensures that critical information can be easily located by others in the future when similar correspondence inquiries are received.  

10:15 AM Networking Break

10:30 AM




Terry Simpson


 Five Must Have SharePoint Add-ons

Terry Simpson
Senior Solutions Architect, SusQtech, Inc.

You can dramatically accelerate the development of applications and solutions by tapping into the large and growing set of components offered by a wide range of vendors.  Everything from basic user interface controls through fully customizable applications has already been built.

This session is a broad overview of the SharePoint ‘After Market’ and present an overview of the range of functionality available.

11:30 AM






 Networking Lunch and Speaker

SharePoint Makeover:  How SharePoint 2010 can bring life to your SP 2007 sites

Julie Muccillo
Senior Solutions Architect

We'll review the advantages, key benefits, features and differentiators SharePoint 2010 has over 2007, and the best way to your organziation up and running on 2010.

1:00 PM



Mack Sigman



 SharePoint Deployment Planning Services (SDPS): how to maximize the services you already paid for!

Mack Sigman
Senior SharePoint Solutions Architect, Technatomy and Chairman, FEDSPUG

SharePoint Deployment Planning Services (SDPS) is designed to help your organization plan an effective deployment of Microsoft SharePoint. SDPS includes a broad range of planning services – SharePoint 2010 Deployment Planning, SharePoint 2010 Upgrade Planning and SharePoint for Internet Sites Planning – that help you optimize the effectiveness of SharePoint capabilities, lower the cost of deployment, and improve the productivity of your organization.

2:00 PM




Liam Cleary




 Data Collection and 508 Compliance in SharePoint -- for Government Users

Liam Cleary
Microsoft SharePoint MVP

One of the core business requirements government SharePoint professionals have to frequently address is the use of forms for data collection.  Not only is it important to effectively collect vital information through SharePoint,  there are several key challenges – such as Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act -- that require additional  planning with regard to form design and development.

This session looks at using SharePoint Designer, InfoPath Form Services, Custom Code and several 3rd Party components that are available and discusses the pros and cons of each approach compared against real world requirements. We will also discuss critical factors such as security, data storage, data access, and accessibility.

3:00 PM Networking Break

3:30 PM







 Lessons in Building Federal SharePoint Center of Excellence

Chris Hornbecker
President, XGility

Building out a Center of Excellence for SharePoint at a large federal agency requires special considerations.  This topic will provide an overview of some issues federal agencies face and how SharePoint can be utilized as a part of the solution.  In addition we will discuss lessons learned in building a center of excellence to support 100,000+ users.  We will cover topics such as procurement, staffing, mapping to federal SDLC’s, governance, and the future of the platform.

4:30 PM





 Law & Order: Content Governance in SharePoint

Maggie Swearingen
, Information Strategist

Bonnie Strong, Senior Content Specialist

SharePoint best practice requires a proper governance model as well a user adoption plan. If you build your SharePoint site without either of these in place, you run the risk of building multiple sites with sprawling content, no standard metadata, a dearth of content management policies, and inadequate security regulations in place. Content experts Maggie Swearingen and Bonnie Strong discuss the importance of content governance and user adoption within the SharePoint context.



Crystal Gateway Marriott
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, Virginia 22202 USA


This Crystal City hotel is near the Crystal City Metro stop on the Blue and Yellow lines, and offers a complimentary shuttle to and from Reagan National Airport.

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Crystal Gateway Marriott
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, Virginia 22202 USA
Phone: 703-920-3230

While a room block has not been specified for this event, the hotel will offer for a limited time the following room rates below. Please make mention of the event name when making reservation.

Government Rate*: $211.00 or prevailing per diem (single/double)
Industry Rate: $299.00 (Single/Double)

*The government per diem rate is available only to active duty or civilian government employees.  ID will be required upon check-in.  Retired military ID's do not qualify.



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Regular from Sep 1 thru Sep 26

Onsite after Sep 26

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*Only available for active-duty military and civilian employees of the Government.  Does not apply to contractors working for the government in any capacity.

Registration Policy
Please do not fax or mail any registrations after Monday, September 26, 2011.  After this date, bring your registration form with you to the conference for onsite registration.  Registrations will not be taken over the phone; payment must be made at the time of registration.  

Cancellation Policy
Cancellation requests received before September 14 will receive a full refund.  Cancellation requests received between September 14 and September 21 will receive a refund less a $75.00 transaction fee.   No refunds will be given for cancellations received after September 21, 2011.  Substitutions are welcome in lieu of cancellations. All substitutions and cancellations must be made in writing to Betsy Lauer at [email protected].


Sponsorships: A Step beyond Networking


Sponsorships provide maximum visibility and brand recognition. You can strengthen your market position, make key contacts, showcase your products and services, and develop relationships with new customers, while reinforcing your existing customer relations. Sponsorships add a critical tool to your current marketing strategy.

To become a partner and for further information contact Betsy Lauer at [email protected] or 703-247-9473.

Hear government professionals, SharePoint MVP’s, and SharePoint experts share their individual successes and challenges implementing, upgrading, and extending this powerful information sharing platform.

Who Should Attend

This symposium is focused on the Government implementer, developer, administrator and user of SharePoint.  Attendees will be

  • Executives of User Agencies
  • Program/Project Managers
  • SharePoint Administrators/Developers
  • End Users
  • UX Professionals (IA, Design, Content)
  • Information and  Knowledge Management Professionals from across the Federal Government.

The symposium features practical approaches to common SharePoint challenges that you will be able to utilize immediately upon your return to the office. 

Benefits of Attending

Attendees will receive

  • extensive understanding of how others in the Government sector are leveraging the SharePoint platform
  • how-to tips from case studies and lessons learned
  • expert instruction from MVP's on specific implementation issues
  • the Top 5 must-have add-ons that offer the best utility for Government implementations
  • Strategies and highlights of SharePoint 2010 migration
  • tips on compliance with Section 508 effectively and efficiently