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Have you been fortunate to have been involved in something where you felt truly honored to have been involved? For me one event stands out from all the others is the SharePoint 2013 Evolution Conference. Being a part of this event is such an honor and I'm flattered to be involved in this event. I've had the opportunity to speak at this event a few times and I'll be there again next year (April 15-17, 2013). The people at Combined Knowledge, specifically Steve Smith & Zoe Watson, do an incredible job with the show. In my opinion this conference has the best attendees, the best content, the best venue (its across the street from Westminster Abbey) and best overall conference experience.

I do want to mention one other thing that I think is very important with this conference. In no other event do I feel like I have such a high level of responsibility and ownership of my involvement. Steve & his crew put so much into this event and the bar is so high with the other speakers who present, I try to build my best demos & presentations. If a demo doesn't go well, I personally feel like I've let Steve down and just don't meet the bar with other speakers at the show. Why share this? Because I've talked to others who present at this show and feel the same way. So for those of you considering attending the show, this is what you want... people who are putting 110% into their presentations. In a nutshell: this is THE BEST SharePoint conference you'll find around the world.

The next show in April 2013 is going to be the first one where we can cover SharePoint 2013. I'm presenting a handful of presentations I can't wait to show off such as:

DEV204: World Workflows with Visual Studio 2012, Azure Workflow and Web ServicesIn this session we'll explore what's new with workflow in SharePoint 2013 from an architecture, capability & development perspective. You'll learn how the SharePoint 2013 now relies on Workflow Manager, both on-premises and in the cloud, top provide a much more reliable and scalable workflow platform. We'll explore new capabilities such as loops, web service calls and the new DynamicValue data type. In addition you'll also learn how to create, deploy and leverage custom workflow actions.

P&M309: Building a Learning Management System in SharePoint 2013, Office 2013 & Windows 8: Part 1SharePoint 2013, Office 2013 and Windows 8 have been finalized and in the public's hands for a few months now. In this series of presentations you'll see how to incorporate all these products to create a unified user experience by building a learning management system. In part 1 Andrew will show you how to create the management portion using SharePoint, Office, Windows Azure and Windows 8 to create new learning paths with actions for participants to perform & check off to earn a certificate. Ben will also show you how to create the end user experience. Users will be able to enroll in a learning path and progress through the various learning items using SharePoint or Windows 8.

P&M309: Building a Learning Management System in SharePoint 2013, Office 2013 & Windows 8: Part 2SharePoint 2013, Office 2013 and Windows 8 have been finalized and in the public's hands for a few months now. In this series of presentations you'll see how to incorporate all these products to create a unified user experience by building a learning management system. In part 3 Andrew and Ben will talk about challenges they faced throughout the discussion and explore some more advanced integration topics demonstrating how to take this learning management system to the next level!

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