Invitation to Design Time sessions at the SharePoint Conference 2014

Are you going to the SharePoint Conference this year?

We are once again offering a limited number of dedicated solution-design sessions for individual customers.

These Design Time sessions are intended to help IT professionals and developers envision and plan a solution based on the SharePoint 2013 products or Office 365.

Sessions will last 60 minutes. If you are selected, you will meet with one or more product experts (Microsoft product team members, consultants, or MVPs) and one or more SharePoint documentation team members to discuss your solution goals, get advice on current challenges, and envision how to enhance your solution using SharePoint 2013 products and Office 365. Design sessions are offered for the categories listed in the table below.


Focus Area


Enterprise Social

Are you planning or already implementing the enterprise social computing features and functionality of SharePoint Server 2013 and Yammer? Come share and discuss your plans for your infrastructure and challenges to implementing and adopting enterprise social in your environment.

Hybrid environments

Are you designing a solution that integrates an on-premises SharePoint farm and Office 365? Come share your plans and get expert advice on a strategy for your hybrid SharePoint 2013 solution.

Cloud app model (Developer)

The new cloud app model allows organizations to quickly add functionality to the SharePoint sites in their environment. Come talk with us about how to create apps for SharePoint.

SharePoint and Azure

Are you designing a SharePoint solution for Windows Azure? Which design decisions are you wrestling with? Tell us about your solution and challenges and we’ll bring an expert to the discussion. These sessions focus on IT Pro aspects of design and deployment.

Public Internet sites

Are you planning or already implementing a public Internet site based on SharePoint or Office 365? Come share and discuss your plans and challenges. This session is open to any platform: SharePoint on-premises, Office 365, and Windows Azure.

If you are selected for a focus area, you will meet with product experts who specialize in your focus area and your session will focus on your design and implementation choices.

To be eligible to participate, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Your organization must be planning or maintaining a solution that fits a focus area.
  • You must bring either a draft of your intended solution or a representation of your existing SharePoint solution. For example, your draft can include the proposed physical topology, logical farm architecture, hierarchy of sites, plan for database sizing and settings, search settings, plan for security and isolation, etc.

To nominate your company or organization for a design session, send email to by January 20 30 (extended!), 2014, and include the following information:

  • Name of your company or organization
  • Contact information: name and title or role in your organization
  • One or two focus area(s) you are interested in and any specific questions you have about that area now
  • Brief description of your solution goals and the challenges you’d like to discuss in the Design Time session

Due to a limited number of available sessions for each focus area, not every nomination will be accepted. We will review nominations and select those that best fit the focus area and that look like they will lead to a meaningful discussion for both the organization and Microsoft.

Information that you share with the product experts and documentation team either in e-mail or during a design session will be treated confidentially. If you are selected, a member of the SharePoint conference team will contact you with the day and time of your session by February 14, 2014.

We look forward to seeing you in March!

- The SharePoint Content Team