Here is my current list of sessions I am proposing. This list is still a working on progress so there could be a few changes. The purpose of me posting this early view is to give you an idea as to the sessions and topics we will be covering in the ODC REAL WORLD Track. If you have any feedback please let me know.

Session Title

Speaker (s)

Abstract

"Office System 2007 – Making Smart Design Choices – Navigating the Office System Extensibility Stack" - Notes from the Field, Microsoft Consulting Services (UK)

Paul Holdaway, Paul Robinson (MCS UK)

Since the launch of the 2007 Office System, developers have never had it so good in their choice of application and tool-set.  However, with so many choices, how does a developer decide what to add to an Information Worker solution design? What informs that decision?  SharePoint sits as the collaborative hub of the Office System – but what is the best interface for the business and for the users? Is it the browser or the desktop applications? Would an Office Business Applications (OBA) implementation suit better?  If the business wants to work offline, is the choice Outlook or Groove – or Access? 
 
The MCS UK team shares their experiences in the Information Worker space, with recent projects and deployments in major UK companies.  The talk will draw ideas and discussion on the strengths and caveats of using different products in a variety of project scenarios, with details on what worked well - and what didn't...

(Warning: the phrase, "It depends..." , may appear more than once during this session.)

"From Day #1 to Launch: End-to-End Design & Architecture for a SharePoint Server 2007 Solution" - A Discussion on considerations for leading a SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 deployment for your organisation - Notes from the Field, Microsoft Consulting Serv

Paul Holdaway, Martin Kearn, Brian Wilson

Many SharePoint deployments rely on one or two key people, within an organisation, who have been asked to take ownership of the project from its earliest inception, through to user-acceptance testing and full deployment. Partners or consultants may be employed to assist with technical aspects of the deployment - but the the project-owners require a broad knowledge of what the platform they are deploying.
 
The more you know about SharePoint, the better you'll be able to decide:
What to configure
What to customise
What to Extend
What to Develop
What to Add-In
To fully develop and exploit your software-investment. This talk is aimed at such people.
 
There's much ground to cover - and much to discuss - but the MCS UK team will use the Microsoft online planning documentation as a baseline for the session and talk through the deisgn decisions to be considered, including these topics:
Portal and Site logical architecture
Farm and SSP deisgn
Physical design: avaliability and scalability
Search and Indexing
My site and personalistaion
Excel  and Forms Sevices
Customisations: features, solutions
Graphics: master pages and style sheets
Testing Strategies
Training
Phased deployment
Operational guidelines (administration, back-up, monitoring)

Warning: the phrase, "It depends..." , may appear more than once during this session

Debunking the Myth: SharePoint is a Fantastic Application Development Platform!

Andrew Connell (MVP) and SharePoint Developer champion

When embarking on the development of a custom application developers face the same things over and over: you need a navigation solution, a security model, a search offering and an easy way to add update / functionality. More advanced applications want a plug in model, a way for site owners and even users to snap in new functionality without a major overhaul to the application. Other applications need to provide auditing capabilities, even alerting mechanisms as well as ways to create scheduled tasks. Before building all of this from scratch, check out Windows SharePoint Services v3! All of this is provided out of the box! Rapidly create new applications leveraging the existing functionality included OOTB in WSS v3. Better yet, don't like how something works? This platform is incredibly extensible… come see how you can turn it on its head

The Structured and Secure Approach to Building MOSS 2007 Solutions

Andrew Connell – (MVP) and SharePoint Developer champion

"SharePoint doesn't support source control." "SharePoint doesn't follow good SDL or change control processes." "Developers have to use SharePoint Designer to create Publishing sites." Heard these before? Guess what? All these myths are completely untrue. Unlike many traditional SharePoint projects, Publishing sites frequently require following an organizations change control process, software development lifecycle processes and integration within source control. Not only is it possible to follow all of these common development guidelines in SharePoint, it is a lot easier than you may think. In this session we'll take a look at how this is possible by obtaining a better grasp of the inner workings of SharePoint, how you can make sure your development team leverages this, as well as some tips and tricks in how to achieve it. Finally, developers will understand what it takes to build secure solutions in SharePoint leveraging Code Access Security (CAS) custom policies.

Building High Performance Solutions on MOSS 2007

Andrew Connell - MVP and SharePoint Development Champion

Performance should be one of the top areas of focus on everyone's mind when embarking on a Internet facing MOSS 2007 site. In this session we'll look at the built-in caching capabilities added to the latest release of the SharePoint platform, including disk-based and page output caching. In addition we'll take a look at various hot-button issues developers should be aware of when developing components for a public site built on MOSS 2007. Topics include object model techniques, how to properly manage memory to avoid the dreaded OutOfMemory exception, key sizing numbers to keep in mind when architecting your implementation and minimizing the page payload to speed up those page load times. After this session, you'll be armed with the power to create high performance and scalable solutions in MOSS 2007.
 

Connecting back end iSeries, AS/400 and IBM mainframes to Office

Marcus Dee - Look Software -

Overview: This session takes a practical look at how IBM based Line of Business applications can be connected to  Office 2007.
Examples of connecting back-end  ERP applications like Oracle World  and custom RPG and COBOL applications to Outlook, Excel and Word will be demonstrated. Techniques to connect back-end monolithic applications to Office products as  UI components and web services will be discussed and demonstrated and will include. .. 
• Improving host application's User Experience with Outlook and Excel
• Streamlining workflow by integrating back-end processes with Office 2007.
• Component level access to legacy applications from Office 2007

Enabling a Better SharePoint Solution SDLC

Jack Nichols & TJ Merrill, Resolute

Today's SharePoint deployments are growing increasingly larger and more complex as solution implementers use SharePoint as a complete platform for content management, applications, business intelligence, and more.  Despite the power that SharePoint offers, deployment, migration, and change management remain huge challenges with many hours and dollars wasted performing or troubleshooting deployments.  The dynamic nature of how SharePoint solutions are built and enhanced within production environments makes it very difficult to implement good SDLC controls to alleviate these problems.  In this session, we will present a new technology that addresses these issues and enables good practices for deployment, migration, and change management.  We will explore how we can apply this technology  to a typical SharePoint solution and reduce the amount of time and complexity required to deploy and manage the solution

Case Studies: The Power of Microsoft Office Excel Services and Excel in Financial Applications

Mehul Shah, Blue Star

Real world case studies using Microsoft Office SharePoint Server and Excel Services. A real life scenario of how Excel Services can be leveraged by a financial portal. It will re-use all the complex business logic that is available in already prepared Excel sheets. The portal will have dashboards, KPI's, Stock Price forecasting, Trends Analyses for registered users. Real time feeds will be integrated with Stock Exchange. The users will be provided support in real-time using Live Communication Server. The user can participate in various surveys on the portal. All of the functionalities will be developed using Out-of-box features of SharePoint Server absence of which would require custom development or multiple third-party products.MyMoney - Retail Portfolio Manager using Excel:
This is a retail portfolio manager to manage personal finance. It provides a single interface to comunicate with various financial institutions. An Excel-addin provides the ability for general users to connect to their banks/financial institutions and download statements/bills/view stock and mutual fund status and get their net worth at a single place.
This is on the lines of Microsoft Money. This is being developed with Microsoft India and we will need to have their permission to showcase. Again, this should not be an issue. Currently, the plan is to develop a regular smart client, later followed by Excel based app. If selected, we will develop this for Excel in time for ODC 2008

MOSS Interoperability with SAP – "Connecting LOB Platforms to MOSS to Drive Business Value

Drew Naukam, VP, Microsoft Strategic Service Line, and Ryan Clay and Sean Jones, Enterprise Architects, Hitachi Consulting

This presentation and demo will show the audience how to build composite applications in MOSS that require bi-directional interaction with SAP data.  The presentation includes demos of solutions developed for Ticketmaster and Tyson Foods, and discuss the business scenarios that drove each project. 

Inside Microsoft – How Microsoft IT used Excel Services to Create an Office Business Application that Supports Microsoft's Top Executives

Sergei Gundorov and Mike Reese (Microsoft)

Learn how Microsoft IT moved MS Excel 2007 based Executive Reporting UI that supports top level corporate executives decision making process to the web leveraging Excel Services. Find out how Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 makes it easy to connect Microsoft SQL 2005 databases and Analysis Services with Excel Web Access. Learn about integration of InfoPath forms with automation and encrypted data connection to collect user inputs for commentary and collaboration. Discover how Office Open XML file format allows developers to manipulate server side workbooks to provide end users with secure scorecard viewing experience in the browser and not sacrifice MS Excel 2007 rich client functionality while meeting the requirement of no client side code install.  

Building dynamic business applications that integrate seamlessly with MOSS, InfoPath and SAP.

Technical - Anthony Petro or Business – Dave Marcus

Discuss the automation of business processes and creating composite applications collaboratively between IT and the business with Microsoft and K2. K2 blackpearl facilitates collaborative application assembly using Microsoft tools including the Internet Explorer, Visio, SharePoint, and Visual Studio.  Applications can be built that span line of business systems using visual tooling and out-of-box integration with technologies such as BizTalk, MOSS, Office and SAP. 
The platform is built and runs on .NET 3.0, demonstrating the power of WF, K2 and the Microsoft stack of technologies to deliver comprehensive platform wins. This session will include examples of how K2 has extended Microsoft products and technologies at more than 1500 companies in 45 countries by helping customers to address real-world business challenges at companies like Del Monte, Eidos (creator of Tomb Raider – Lara Croft), and Pfizer.

     

Thanks and I'm looking forward to your feedback!!! –JG