Back to London! Speaking at the SharePoint Evolution Conference 2015

Evolution Conference 2015

In a rather bold move, Steve Smith and his team at Combined Knowledge asked me to speak at the SharePoint Evolution Conference again. I’ve missed their 2014 road show but attended all five previous conferences. In 2013 I was selected to speak for what would be my first international speaking engagement. Since then I’ve done many talks in many countries but the Evolution Conference will always be near and dear to my heart.

When I first went to London in 2009 for the inaugural European SharePoint Best Practices Conference I was relatively new to SharePoint and I still remember meeting a lot of thought leaders in our space for the first time. When the ashcloud struck in 2010 my flight got cancelled but still managed to get there in a last minute roadtrip. A lot of overseas speakers had to cancel but nevertheless the team delivered an awesome conference once again. In 2011 and 2012 I participated in the live blogging initiative – it’s not easy to write all these blog posts and still get to enjoy the conference, but I still had a great time.

Although I knew that the team does their best to not only deliver the best content presented by the best speakers out there, the London conference is also known for its superb entertainment and evening activities. But it wasn’t until 2013 when I was a speaker myself that I fully realized that Combined Knowledge sets the standard for all conferences out there. A great atmosphere amongst the speakers, plenty of time to have fun and a superb speaker dinner in the Tower Bridge.

If you want to share in the excitement, head over to the conference website and register now! You won’t be dissapointed.

I’m presenting the following sessions:

SharePoint farm architecture - Using Host Named Site Collections

When it comes to your next SharePoint farm architecture, it’s essential to reduce complexity as much as possible. One of the common pitfalls is creating too many web applications and application pools. This session will discuss the reasoning behind that decision, the consequences and how we can improve. Deploying a farm solution across 20 web applications is no big fun, and fighting memory pressure isn’t either. We’ll look at some techniques and good practices that you can use when designing your next SharePoint farm. Keeping it simple is key to a predictable, supportable and performing deployment. One of the tools in your belt are host-named site collections. We’ll see how they match up to the traditional path-based approach as well as their main advantages and disadvantages both from a technical and organizational perspective. Make your next on-premises farm future-proof and cloud-ready

Publishing SharePoint with the Web Application Proxy

Now that Microsoft has discontinued its ForeFront products line, SharePoint professionals have to look for another way to publish their environments to the internet. The Web Application Proxy (WAP) - introduced with Windows Server 2012 R2 - does just that. Based upon Active Directory Federation Services it enables you to set up a reverse proxy server with advanced capabilities, even if you’re just running Windows authentication. This session will look at its feature set, how to set it up and how to enable more advanced scenario’s like using SAML claims, publishing SharePoint apps and multi-factor authentication. WAP can also be your first step towards a hybrid SharePoint deployment, so this session will also get you one step further down that road.