Radi Atanassov

SharePoint MCM, MVP, MCT and owner of OneBit Software

Slides and Video from my #SPC14 sessions, what a ripper I'm on Channel 9!

So, as you could imagine, #SPC14 was INSANE!!! So much content, amazing sessions, awesome announcements lots of great fun, lots of lost money at the casinos. I am still recovering, trying to get my calendar in order and attending to the endless list of tasks and people to follow-up. I have collected over 100 business cards, many of which are potential business opportunities, and have given out at least 400.

I got really good feedback from my sessions, I am happy, but there is always room for improvement. I was visibly (and audibly) tense in my #AccessServices session (the first one), but the amount of humor and jokes made up for it. A lot of people came up to me and told me they enjoyed it very much and that it was pure comedy. It was engaging, but definitely the amount of people in that session was mind gobbling. Definitely the first time for me speaking in front of 650 people (968 confirmed to attend, many more came, many got rejected because of no room). Overall it was a good session, but I also got some suggestions for improvements. The feedback is always the most important so I will definitely take action.

My talk on Work Management Service was significantly straight forward. It received a really high score, but overall it was not as entertaining as Access. the content was quite flat but unique. No other session at #SPC12 or #SPC14 demonstrates Task Synchronization and the Work Management Service. Many people, including in the feedback, told me they didn't even know it existed. It is very honorable to show something at #SPC14 that people don't know about.

Here are my slides and video:

Access is back! High-value, 'no code', functional & flexible business apps with the new Access services



My Rating so far:

Evaluation Count 108 
Question: Average Score:
The speaker’s presentation style helped me better understand the material. (5 excellent - 1 poor) 4.46
The speaker was knowledgeable about the subject matter. (5 = high to 1 = low) 4.72
The presentation was effective. (5 = high to 1 = low) 4.33
The demo(s) were effective. (5 excellent - 1 poor) 4.28
Overall satisfaction with this session. (5 = high to 1 = low) 4.39
Overall: 4.436

SharePoint 2013 Work Management Service Deep Dive



My rating so far:

Evaluation Count 27 
Question: Average Score:
The speaker was knowledgeable about the session’s topic. (5 excellent - 1 poor) 4.87
The speaker’s presentation style helped me better understand the material. (5 excellent - 1 poor) 4.39
The presentation was effective source of learning. (5 excellent - 1 poor) 4.61
The demo(s) were effective. (5 excellent - 1 poor) 4.35
Overall satisfaction with this session. (5 excellent - 1 poor) 4.42
Overall: 4.528

(People are evaluating continuously, so numbers may change)

Overall, it was a great pleasure and a great experience. I sincerely hope I have shown someone something new.

Please feel free to contact me and ask me about these things, I would be glad to help. Oh, yes, and if I haven't offended anyone with my jokes, please feel free to come to my next session! 

Day 1 highlights for developers at SPC14


The hype here at #SPC14 is absolutely huge. I am extremely excited about so many new things that are announced. I'm going to start keeping track of everything I find interesting and post it, so keep an eye out.

For developers:


Office Web Widgets (Preview) - http://www.nuget.org/packages/Microsoft.Office.WebWidgets.Experimental/ Nice components for provider hosted apps. The People Picker is something to check out.


Office SDK for Android - https://github.com/OfficeDev - this looks like a repository that the MS Office team will publish dev related stuff. So far the Android SDK is there, but maybe that’s it.


SharePoint Workflow Apps - I still need to find a link for this one. Keep an eye for an update.


Office 365 Device and website Apps - Same as above. Keep an eye for an update.



SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint Online solution pack for branding and site provisioning http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=42030 - Nice, putting this in my reading todo list.


Office App Model samples - http://officeams.codeplex.com/ (Blogged by Vesa here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/vesku/archive/2014/03/03/announcing-office-app-model-samples-codeplex-project.aspx) - Really nice stuff, I saw Steve Walker hit the "publish" button in front of me. That was epic…. I can't wait to find time to check these out


There's some other new stuff like O365 Discovery Services & Azure AD OAuth. I still have to get my head around that one.


I’m speaking at SPC14 and ESPC14!

It has been a quiet period on blogging, but I have been very active in presentations and conferences. Well… not as active as Joel, Michael and Paul, but still active J

Catch me next at:

The SharePoint Conference 2014 in Las Vega, yeah baby!!!!

Session 1: Access is back! High-value, 'no code', functional & flexible business apps with the new Access services

Microsoft Access 2013 and Access Services 2013 have made a huge step forward... one of the greatest advancements on top of the new SharePoint platform. Anyone can build powerful business solutions in minutes. The new Access 2013 allows you to follow agile development from your business units and remain confident the data is secured, backed up, and managed appropriately. We will look at how you can leverage the SharePoint Apps model and use SQL Azure as a backend database. We, too, will talk about how your legacy Access applications could be brought forward and migrated.

This will be a technical session focused on functionality, capability, process and architecture. There will be 'no code' and we will discuss the rationale of why this should be in your development arsenal.

Date: Tuesday, March 4

Time: 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM

Room: Murano 3201-3303

Session Type: Best Practices

Session Code: SPC301

Audience: IT Professional

Level: 300

Product: Access, Office 365, SharePoint 2013

Tag: 2013, Access, Access Services, Apps, Cloud, On-Premises, Solutions, Tools

Role: Administrator, Application Manager, Database Administrator, IT Architect, Software Architect, Systems Administrator


This session currently has 474 attendees confirmed… WOW, just wow!!!


Session 2: SharePoint 2013 Work Management Service deep dive

Where do you keep track of all your tasks? Outlook? SharePoint? Maybe Project Server? Storing them across multiple applications is a pure Information Worker challenge. SharePoint 2013 has the new Work Management Service Application to solve these issues. It aggregates tasks across SharePoint, Exchange, Project Server and there's even a story for TFS. There's not that much documentation out there on how to configure it, how to maintain and work with it. In this session I will walk through the architecture and setup, and go over how it operates and what you need to know to keep it alive. I will demonstrate the features and discuss all of the technical aspects.

Date: Wednesday, March 5

Time: 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM

Room: Murano 3201-3303

Session Type: Deep Dive

Session Code: SPC342

Audience: IT Professional

Level: 300

Product: Exchange, Project, SharePoint 2013

Tag: 2013, Architecture, Deployment, On-Premises



The European SharePoint Conference 2014 in Barcelona, 5-8th May:

SharePoint 2013 App Authentication

SharePoint 2013 introduces a new App model that is drastically changing the way developers think about and deliver new functionality. This talk is a deep dive on SharePoint 15 App authentication and how it works, how tokens get exchanged and how the communication is secured. We will look at the framework API and architecture, all the various bells and whistles of OAuth and Server-2-Server authentication. This talk is developer oriented and we will spend a lot of time covering the specifics on OAuth authentication & tokens, communication back to SharePoint, the different deployment models, various limitations and how to overcome them and apply them to the real world.

Link: SharePoint 2013 App Authentication

Soon I will also be posting the upcoming local user group sessions. Stay tuned :)

#spc14, #espc14