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1G: Hybrid Dilemma: Dividing Content Between Cloud, Office 365 & SharePoint 2016
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User/Business/Strategy, Office 365
SharePoint 2016 is here and one thing we know for certain is: SharePoint 2016 is designed to take advantage of Office 365. The dilemma that IT Pros face now is, where does my content belong? In Azure, Office 365 or staying on-premises? There are many practical, technical and regulatory inputs that drive hybrid decisions.

We'll take a look at a real-life scenario where an organization divided content across Office 365/SharePoint 2013 workloads and how SharePoint 2016's search, profile, and team sites could be used. Whether a business stakeholder, power user or an IT Pro, this session will review both key considerations and technology that apply to setting up a hybrid Azure, SharePoint 2016/ Office 365 environment.

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Senior Solutions Architect
Metalogix
1K: Modern Workplace – Microsoft's Productivity Roadmap and Strategy
Level: 100
Track:
The cloud enables Microsoft to bring the experiences, management and extensibility together across not just SharePoint, but all of the Office technologies. The cloud also allows companies to rapidly innovate and deliver new experiences faster than ever before. At the same time building collaboration, mobility and machine learning capabilities right into all of the Office experiences, enabling a generational transformation in the way people work.

Microsoft is evolving SharePoint in the cloud with Office 365, investing in the same core areas of experiences, management and extensibility, in addition to making significant investments in hybrid. Microsoft is committed to making the next version of SharePoint server the most secure, stable and reliable version to date—allowing organizations to take advantage of cloud innovation on their terms.

Speaker(s)

Sheldon Mackarenko
Productivity Specialist
Microsoft
1O: Building a Hybrid SharePoint Information Governance Plan
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User/Business/Strategy, Office 365
In today’s fast paced business, multiple information stores and hybrid environments are becoming standard for IT organizations to manage. Cloud technology options are becoming more and more mainstream and IT businesses who are not defining how this new emerging technology should be used will find themselves trying to catch up with business users will have already engaged in this technology. New hybrid integration scenarios are surfacing constantly, requiring IT professionals to explore methods to rule and govern the information held in each application, and how they can be synchronized, integrated and archived.

The applications such as OneDrive for Business, SharePoint Online, SharePoint on-premise, network shares, mailboxes, CRM and Content Server all provide places to store information. Where is the right place for information while keeping in mind the content and security classification of the information?

In this session we will explore the steps and tools required to build a hybrid information governance plan. We will start with business drivers and considerations, then touch base on the architecture, functionality, identity synchronization. We will also cover hybrid integration scenarios with governing information features like business intelligence, websites, extranets, collaboration, documents and records management as well as governing the search. We will be showing a demo of how documents can be automatically moved between environments based on security classification.

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1P: Playing Outside Your Sandbox. Interacting with other systems using SharePoint BCS
Level: 200
Track:
Business Connectivity Services (BCS) is probably one of the most versatile and powerful features of SharePoint. It can also be one of the most under-utilized. Join me as I provide an overview of the BCS system and show you how easy it is to integrate with external systems without writing a single line of code. I will cover topics like External Content types, External Lists, user impersonation using the SharePoint Secure Store system and much more..
1S: How to map and migrate SharePoint intranet content to a new information architecture
Level: 100
Track:
When migrating content to a new version of SharePoint, there are several important areas to cover when planning and executing your migration. In this session, we’ll cover how to properly plan for a content migration, perform a content inventory, leverage the right tools, and other important tasks that often appear when migrating to a new information architecture. There will also be a technical deep dive into how content migrations are best handled in the context of a SharePoint platform upgrade.

What you will learn:
- How to identify customization types and how they affect migration plans
- The right way to perform a content inventory
- Tools and processes that can simplify the migration
- Mapping content to new information architectures
- Ways to deal with URL changes in content and missing links

Sal Belal, a technical architect at Habanero Consulting Group, will lead this presentation. He has more than a decade of experience developing and supporting a variety of SharePoint solutions. This presentation is based on his recent experience working on an enterprise-level SharePoint 2010 to 2013 content migration.

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2D: Office Store SharePoint Add-Ins vs Custom Development
Level: 200
Track:
Reusable SharePoint Add-Ins can be a real game changer, but instead they are heavily ignored by IT industry when making recommendations for businesses.
This presentation will cover:
    • Why it happens?
    • How to dramatically increase ROI and user satisfaction using Add-Ins instead of Custom Development.
    • Useful Add-In examples from Office Store


This presentation would be interesting for companies that use SharePoint internally and for IT consultants who want to know a better approach for solving common SharePoint customization tasks.

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2G: Simple, Seamless, and Transparent Enterprise Information M anagement with SharePoint
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User/Business/Strategy
While SharePoint is great at supporting collaboration and basic document management, it falls short when it comes to enterprise information and records management. In this session you will learn where the gaps in SharePoint functionality exist, and what is required to fill them in order to meet your legislative and regulatory compliance requirements. In addition, you will see a demonstration on how the gaps can be easily filled by adding Collabware CLM to your SharePoint environment in order to achieve simple, seamless, and transparent enterprise information management.
2O: How To Decide: When To Use What In Office 365
Level: 100
Track:
Your users may struggle with these questions:
•    Should I share a message via Skype for Business instead of Yammer, Office 365 Groups, or Exchange?
•    Should I collaborate on data using an Excel sheet or a SharePoint list?
•    Should I share a file in Outlook, in a meeting, from OneDrive for Business, on Yammer, in a Group, or in a SharePoint site?

What happens when your users can't decide what technology or feature to use? They use what they know, or what’s easy; even if better options exist. In this session, join Richard Harbridge as he helps you maximize the value of your Office 365 investment by providing the guidance you need to help your users make better, more effective decisions on how they get work done.

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2P: Understanding how Azure & Azure Stack can host your SharePoint 2016 farm (Session 1 of 2)
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro
Help IT Pros and Business decision makers to better understand how SharePoint 2016 RTM can be hosted and managed within Microsoft Azure & Azure Stack.
Session will cover:
o    Azure
o    Azure Stack
o    Hybrid Cloud
o    Demo

Speaker(s)

Greg Carnie
Technology Solutions Professional, Azure
Microsoft Canada Inc.
2S: Practical Strategies to Increase Adoption
Level: 100
Track: End-User/Business/Strategy, Office 365
Office 365 provides an incredible amount of value to individual employees, teams, departments and organizations. Value is not realized immediately upon purchase or even deployment of Office 365 it is realized as users understand, adopt and embrace the technology that has been implemented.

We'll then have an open discussion of how you can build campaigns, run activities, and take action to get more from Office 365 and encourage meaningful adoption. Join Kanwal as we learn a number of practical strategies to driving faster, sustainable and effective adoption.

Speaker(s)

Kanwal Khipple
Founder & CEO, Office 365 MVP
2toLead
3D: Set up your release pipeline for your Office/Office 365/SharePoint developments with Azure
Level: 100
Track: Developer
As developers we’ve all been dreaming of a fully automated QA process for our developments. Image that!!! Stressful days and good sleeping nights! Historically it always has been difficult with SharePoint developments because complicated, costly etc…
Will discover together a set of tools and solutions with Visual Studio Team Services proving you it is possible with nod headaches! After this session you won’t have anymore excuses not to automate the QA process.
Agenda:
- Branches management
- Automated build for SharePoint Apps/Solutions with build 2015
- Automated deployment with release management
- Automated tests
- Automated technical debt calculation
Lots of demos!

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3G: Office 365 with Nintex Workflow for the everyday business.
Level: 100
Track: End-User/Business/Strategy
Come join us and see how you can use Nintex Workflow to automate common business tasks. If you ever had to compile documents from multiple users and create a final version that took hours to do, this session will give you new insights on how to make this task easier. Other common tasks that we will look at are document approval, notifications to other employees, and permissions.
3O: Using Document Sets for the Classification of Metadata
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User/Business/Strategy, Office 365
One of the greatest difficulties we have in document and records management is the classification and application of Metadata; it is the holy grail, so to speak, of document management and is an area where many third party tools exist to perform auto classification. Join me as we explore Document Sets, Managed Metadata and Content Types and their ability to fulfill your needs for document classification.

Speaker(s)

David McMillan
Practice Lead, Professional and Information Services
West Canadian Digital
3P: Running an HA SharePoint Farm in Azure & Azure Stack (Session 2 of 2)
Level: 200
Track:
Help IT Pros and Business decision makers to better understand how SharePoint 2016 RTM can be hosted and managed within Microsoft Azure & Azure Stack.
Session will cover:
o    DSC
o    ARM/ARM Templates
o    Demo

Speaker(s)

Greg Carnie
Technology Solutions Professional, Azure
Microsoft Canada Inc.
3S: Document Management in Office 365
Level: 100
Track: Office 365
If you let your users run wild in your Office 365 document libraries it will not take long until the nightmare that is your Shared Drives has migrated to Office 365. This session will provide you with proven methods to rein in the madness and help you organize your documents in Office 365 effectively

Speaker(s)

Eduard Spelier
Senior SharePoint Business Analyst
4D: Make Graph data useful for your company
Level: 100
Track:
More and more great companies are delivering Graph API’s and Services: a new way to expose data and how each information is related to each other. Microsoft reached a huge milestone with Azure Graph, Office Delve, Yammer API’s and Azure learning machine. It is your job as a developer to get the best benefit of this data for your core business users and even more: try to integrate your business data to the graph.
We will see examples on how to exploit this new data management paradigm and explain the underlying concepts.

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4G: Pain Reduction: How SharePoint-based Products are quickly becoming the Aspirin of the Industry
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Developer, End-User/Business/Strategy, Office 365
"At the end of pain is success" - Eric Thomas, Motivational Speaker, Preacher

"Pain" in the SharePoint world is defined as cost, scope and time overruns, technical obstacles never completely overcome and lack of user adoption...and far too many companies are experiencing far too much pain. Now more than ever, companies are choosing to license SharePoint-based products to help address their pain.

The SharePoint industry is experiencing rapid growth in the Product sector. From workflow and form products, to pre-built Intranets and other site generation tools, both SharePoint implementers and end-user clients are faced directly with the ‘Buy vs. Build’ option for delivering SharePoint solutions.

This session will review the benefits associated with including SharePoint products in your strategy. Beyond the proven cost and time savings, the session will outline how change management is made easier, technical obstacles within SharePoint are overcome and how the project implementation approach is improved upon. Real use-case examples will be provided throughout to ensure attendees hear tangible examples of how SharePoint based products have become the aspirin of our industry.

Speaker(s)

Andrew  Woods
Director, Product Management & Managed Services
NeoStream Technologies
4O: Beginner's Tour of Office 365 Administration
Level: 100
Track:
So you have heard a lot about O365 and how it is a great opportunity to get your own environment to learn about the technology, use as a testing platform, and other benefits. BUT, where do you start? This session will walk you through the process of getting your first environment and a tour of the backend administration so even beginners can get their initial environment setup, and start learning more about this amazing technology.

Speaker(s)

SharePoint Consultant/Solution Architect
The Joneses' Solutions
4P: Integrating Office 365 and Windows Azure:
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Developer, Office 365
Join us for an in-depth, technical session that will introduce you to the new features and capabilities of integrating your Microsoft Office 365 and Windows Azure environments through the Logic App.

Hybrid environments are now the norm as IT organizations aim to leverage their cloud licensing investment to expand their internal application and infrastructure landscape beyond the four walls of the internal data centre. New integration scenarios are surfacing every month as developers look at ways to perform content synchronization between the SaaS applications like SharePoint and OneDrive in Office 365 and new back office systems housed in Windows Azure or on-premises.
We will:
•    Take an in-depth look into the features of the Azure App Service.
•    Understand how this is the most cost effective solution for building custom integration applications in the Azure platform.
•    Identify scenarios to use this service and integrate with your Office 365 or SharePoint Online instance, for rapidly developing, deploying and managing complex custom solutions in the cloud.

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4S: SharePoint 2016
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User/Business/Strategy
SharePoint 2016 is schedule to be released in the spring of 2016. Lets take a look at the new features available and the potential upgrade paths.

Speaker(s)

Morio Kumagawa
Office 365 and Azure Development Practice Lead
2toLead
5D: Save money and improve compliance by standardizing on SharePoint for ECM
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Developer, End-User/Business/Strategy
In this current economic climate, organizations need to reduce expenses and protect themselves from unnecessary and potentially costly risks. At the same time, many organizations in Calgary through previous cycles of acquisitions and divestitures have inherited multiple ECM platforms in their organizations, in some cases costing millions in ongoing software assurance and consulting fees. SharePoint and its ecosystem of increasingly sophisticated third party add-ons, more than ever before, allow organizations to leverage SharePoint for collaboration and compliance that meet even the most complex needs around records management. In this session we will review how standardizing on SharePoint for ECM can save your organization money, review trends in the 3rd party add-on ecosystem for SharePoint ECM, what to look for in third-party products and best practices around large scale SharePoint ECM projects, and discuss managing records in the cloud.

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5G: Creating Workflows in Project Online
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Office 365
An introduction to demand management workflows in Project Online.

Speaker(s)

Robert Strickland
Director SharePoint Services
5O: Setting up your Office 365 Team Site
Level: 100
Track: End-User/Business/Strategy, Office 365
In this session we'll explore the different techniques you can use to setup your O365 team site in a such way that it encourages collaboration and that it is easy for your team members to use. Topics that will be covered include:
- Site components and how to use them
- The different ways to setup navigation on your site
- How to decide where to put what components

Speaker(s)

Eduard Spelier
Senior SharePoint Business Analyst
5P: SharePoint and Office 365 - Configuring a Hybrid Farm
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro
Many organizations are starting to dabble into Office 365, yet are reluctant to give up their on premise infrastructure just yet. Join DevFacto's Portal & Collaboration Practice Lead, Chris Buchanan, as he presents step by step how to configure the hybrid workloads in SharePoint and Office 365.

Speaker(s)

Chris Buchanan
Portals & Collaboration Practice Lead
DevFacto
5S: Delivering SharePoint Business Services
Level: 100
Track: End-User/Business/Strategy
The ongoing proliferation of SharePoint technologies means that there is a need to continuously improve the delivery of service requests to better support individual needs within each business vertical. This presentation focuses on providing IT Stakeholders with an end user services framework that follows best practices for managing an organic set of business requests.

This knowledge is closely aligned with CIO surveys published in a Harvard Business Report titled driving digital leadership and will be presented by a SharePoint client engagement lead.

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SharePoint Business Analyst
Core-laborate
6D: Building an effective SharePoint team in a Down Economy
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User/Business/Strategy, Office 365
You have adopted Microsoft SharePoint in your organization and have end users requesting tools and applications in SharePoint, but due to the economy you have very few resources available. Is SharePoint really the solution? Now you need the ‘SharePoint Person’! That is the person who is the solution architect, information architect, infrastructure architect, administrator, developer and support analyst all rolled into one. What technical skills will that person or team need to have to be successful in building and supporting SharePoint Solutions. You will learn the types of SharePoint requests that can be received from end users based on a decade of experience in building SharePoint solutions, and link them to the skillets that are required by your SharePoint team. You will also understand the skills required to support and maintain an effective Microsoft SharePoint environment.

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6G: Fast Hybrid Workflows with Nintex
Level: 100
Track: End-User/Business/Strategy
Build Workflows in SharePoint, Extend Them to Office 365, and Integrate Content Externally. Hybrid workflows help you take a gradual path to the cloud by using the power of your on-premises investments with the ease and elasticity of the cloud. Create hybrid processes by connecting distributed SharePoint deployments, including Office 365. Provide access to content via mobile and forms-driven workflows. Build governance-friendly content workflows that utilize popular Web storage providers like Box, Dropbox and OneDrive.

Speaker(s)

Technical Evangelist
Nintex
6O: SharePoint & The Road Ahead: SharePoint 2016 & Office 365
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Office 365
With SharePoint 2016 around the corner and Office 365 constantly releasing new functionality it can be hard to feel ready for what will come over the next few years. Where should we invest in learning? What other technologies should we understand? Why are some things changing?

Join Richard Harbridge as he explores Technology roadmaps and industry trends and how Microsoft and many customers are planning for the challenges ahead.

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6P: 10 ways to improve adoption for large scale SharePoint ECM projects.
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Developer, End-User/Business/Strategy
Having worked on a dozen large scale SharePoint ECM projects over the past four years, I've collected a lot feedback from end users on what they thought worked well. In this session I'll share the top 10 things that end users say worked well for them and that I've seen have a positive impact on adoption and compliance for SharePoint ECM projects.

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6S: Lessons Learned from Designing Award Winning Portals
Level: 200
Track:
No one has been using your employee portal and now you've been tasked with rebuilding it for success. Looking at this project you realize that you don't have sufficient time, budget or resources to deliver the portal successful. Are you wondering what you can do to convince more executives for more budget? Or perhaps, you'd like to be creative with what you have and still exceed expectations? If you've answered yes to both questions, this session is for you.

In this session, we'll go together on this journey on delivering a successful project. I'll be sharing some of my best practices from the field.
Features Covered
    We'll be going through the following:
    1. how to effectively build a business case on getting more budget, time and resources
    2. how to effectively trace requirements from discovery, documenting functionality, development to QA / UAT
Session Objectives
    In this session, you will learn...
    1. Change Management Best Practices
    2. Social Collaboration
    3. Training and Adoption Strategies
    4. Requirement Gathering

Speaker(s)

Kanwal Khipple
Founder & CEO, Office 365 MVP
2toLead

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