NZ TechNet Flash: 5th Annual NZ SharePoint Conference

7 March 2013   //   Subscribe to the TechNet Flash
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Debbie Ireland

Managing Director


5th Annual NZ SharePoint Conference to feature insight into Microsoft’s latest innovation and product roadmap.

The 2013 New Zealand SharePoint Conference is coming up fast and will be held at the Langham Hotel, on the 16th and 17th of April in Auckland.

After a frenetic 6 months of Microsoft product launches, the first morning of the event is dedicated to a keynote themed “The Microsoft New Wave of Innovation”. This is to be presented by Microsoft directors Richard Riley and Alexander Oddoz-Mazet who will share the future vision and promises to be a major highlight.

Local Microsoft experts Zaid Alkadhi and Paul Dolley, will also demonstrate some of the amazing new features in the Office suite and the latest technology in Microsoft’s unified communications platform, Lync.

Of course, this session is only the beginning of what is in store. An excellent array of case studies will be delivered. Speakers spanning a range of industries from Education to Utilities, from Tourism to Insurance, show how SharePoint has been used to solve a wide range of business challenges.

Are you ever tasked with managing records in your organisation? Or perhaps you are after how to make more from what you have and do more with less? The business track specialises in anything from process automation to information visualisation.

More techy? Are you the Infrastructure Expert? Or Reluctant Admin? Look out for sessions from top ranking USA speakers Michael Noel and Dan Holme on Ultimate Best Practices. For developers, deep dive into any of the subject areas from writing testable code, AGILE, TFS, Custom Branding and the new 2013 Apps model!

Looking to extend SharePoint - attend a series of demonstrations, focused around work streams. The conference is fortunate to attract world renowned speakers. It is a once in a year opportunity to get face to face with these people and talk through your own experiences and issues. Connect with us before the event using SharePoint 2013 Live! Register Now!

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