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1D: Introduction to Azure Functions and Flow
Level: 100
Track: Developer
Flow and Azure Functions are two new tools you now have for rapid applications development. It’s a revolution that changes the way of building and delivering modern applications. Instead of shipping a monolithic bloc, which can take up to a few months, we’ll now deliver each feature as a part of the solution.
During this session, we’ll introduce those two new services and see during demos and cases studies how to use those.

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1G: From SharePoint to Office 365 Development : The path to your new playground
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Developer, End-User/Business/Strategy, Office 365
The world around the Office Developer is changing. And for someone with a heavy SharePoint background, it can be somewhat scary to make the move to the cloud. But don't be scared, SharePoint Developer! Become an added-value Office Developer and contribute to maximize the productivity of your enterprise.

The technology space around Productivity has evolved and it has never been that exciting. Your step into the Mobile-First, Cloud-First world will be mindblowing and you will want to stick around for a very long time!

In this session, we will cover every aspect of the new Office 365 Developer paradigm and we will ensure that you can make yourself at home in such a new world. The technologies covered will span from being close to your existing stack (SharePoint Framework, JavaScript) to a set of technologies that are new and that will expand your possibilities (Office 365 Apps, Microsoft Graph, Azure, TypeScript)

This very session will make sure that at the end you get those 3 key takeaways :

- Understand your new role as an Office 365 Developer
- Have a complete overview of the technology stack you need to master in the cloud
- Change the way you will think for your next SharePoint & Office 365 project

Speaker(s)

Sebastien Levert
Product Evangelist & Partner Manager | Office Development MVP
Valo Intranet
1O: Everything you need to know about External Sharing in Office 365
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User/Business/Strategy
Did you know you can set up whitelist and blacklist domains for external sharing in SharePoint Online? Or that you can use link expiration for sharing links? And what does external sharing mean in an Office 365 Group?

I will show you how External Sharing works, what that looks like from an external user perspective, and what you can do to govern External Sharing. Also, I will cover how you can leverage Azure Active Directory B2B to invite external users in your organisation. Finally, you will learn to set up dynamic conditional access policies in Office 365 that intelligently define access based on who you are, the app or device you are using and your network location.
1P: Playing Outside Your Sandbox. Interacting with other systems using SharePoint BCS
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Developer, End-User/Business/Strategy
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 today 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: Product Management in SharePoint online and Office 365 end to end process
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro
Introduction - What is Product Management in most of the organizations?
Business Need - Where is the pain? What is not connected? Where is the data overflow?
Process Flow - How can we do it in SharePoint and other O365 tools?
Demo
IT Product Management life-cycle and SharePoint

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2D: SharePoint, DevOps and you.
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Developer
Perhaps you've been hearing this DevOps buzzword and wondering "What the heck is that", maybe the boss wants you to "do DevOps". Maybe you just need to be able to do more with less in your day to day.
Come listen to Gavin share some of his insights from running long term customer engagements and let him share some of the tools his team uses in their projects.

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2G: Office 365 Groups Boot Camp
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, End-User/Business/Strategy, Office 365
Office 365 Groups has created waves in recent months. As Groups adoption begins to grow and the offering matures, numerous individuals have begun to ask: “How do I manage groups?” “Are groups different from Teams?” “Is Yammer obsolete?” Excitement about new features comes mixed with concerns on how to incorporate Groups and its components into existing workloads.This is a 100-200 level session focusing on everything you need to know to get started with Groups and how to avoid the top pitfalls in the early stages of adoption.

Speaker(s)

Sag Baruss
Enterprise Architect - Hybrid Cloud
Softchoice
2O: How Capital Power Overcame 7 Intranet Challenges with SharePoint Online and Office 365
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Developer, End-User/Business/Strategy
Capital Power is a leading power producer with headquarters in Edmonton, Alberta and Boston, Massachusetts. The public company develops, acquires, operates and optimizes 3,200 megawatts of power generation at 18 facilities across North America. With employees spanning the US and Canada, Capital Power formally relied on a custom-built SharePoint Intranet to keep employees connected, informed and engaged.

Like many organizations who have implemented custom-built Intranets on SharePoint, Capital Power quickly came to recognize the inefficiencies and complexities the system created for everyday business operations. The company knew a complete Intranet overhaul was required after surveying employees and identifying 7 major Intranet challenges:

1. Highly inflexible and costly to manage
2. Overcrowded and illogical homepage
3. Poorly designed making it difficult for users to navigate
4. Intranet not mobile friendly and responsive
5. Employees did not trust search
6. Intranet required highly technical people to make changes
7. Inconsistent user experience across roles

Robin Morgan, Intranet Project Manager at Capital Power, will educate the audience on exactly how the organization cut intranet costs while simultaneously overcoming these 7 Intranet challenges for an Intranet that drives results. Specifically, the audience will learn how Capital Power's new Intranet:

Increased intranet engagement by 500%
Increased targeted communications by 35%
Provides valuable insights into usage with tracking and reporting technology
2P: When to Use What When Provisioning Business Solutions on SharePoint Online
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Developer
SharePoint Online can be provisioned in a number of ways. Depending on your specific scenario your provisioning options may be limited. I'll be covering provisioning through UI, SharePoint Designer, PowerShell server-side, and PowerShell client-side deployments as well as some variations of the last option.

Come to my session to learn about the various provisioning alternatives and when it's best to use each of them.

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2S: Leading Practices for Planning and Implementing a SharePoint Environment
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Developer, End-User/Business/Strategy
There are many best practices for creating a SharePoint farm. But something not covered often enough and just as important is how to plan the farm implementation even before you install the binaries. In this session we will see some pitfalls taken by businesses as we discuss the leading practices of planning and implementing the non-technical side of SharePoint. We will cover items from who should be involved to proof-of-concepts to SharePoint Governance.
3D: Dealing with slow performance in SharePoint Server
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro
SharePoint is slow. Pages take ages to load. The throbber spins forever. "Working on it..." becomes the SharePoint motto.

How can you tell if your SharePoint farm is under-performing? Why is it slow? What can you do to improve SharePoint's performance?

In this talk we'll look at tools available to SharePoint and IT administrators to help them assess the performance of their SharePoint farm to come up with a plan for improvement.

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3G: Transform your boring intranet to be the Digital Workplace of your dreams!
Level: 100
Track:
Have you ever asked the following question to your users : Do you love your intranet? Probably you are scared of their answer… In this session, Sebastien Levert, Product Evangelist and Partner Manager for Valo Intranet, will discuss the best strategies to transition from a boring intranet to a real Digital Workplace. Learn how Valo Intranet can be the missing piece to your collaborative environment et how it can change drastically the user experience. Because with Valo Intranet, your users will (finally!) fall in love with their intranet!

Speaker(s)

Sebastien Levert
Product Evangelist & Partner Manager | Office Development MVP
Valo Intranet
3O: Interacting with Office 365 using MS Graph API
Level: 200
Track: Developer, Office 365
MS Graph API is the easiest way to connect to mostly all Office 365 services. In this session I want to cover MS Graph API practical introduction with hands-on demo.

Agenda:
*Overview of Microsoft Graph API
*Functionalities, Features, Limitations
*Microsoft Graph API Explorer
*Demo - Connecting to Office 365 using Graph API
*Questions and Answers
3P: Microsoft Flow and PowerApps End-To-End
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, End-User/Business/Strategy
End of 2016 Microsoft made Flow and PowerApps general available, after being in public preview for more than half a year. With Microsoft Flow it is possible to connect multiple services (both cloud based and on-premises) and build automated workflows based on an information exchange between these services. PowerApps is a service that lets you create business apps in a relatively short period of time (in minutes up to just a couple of days), publish these apps instantly for web and mobile, and share them with team members or even the entire organisation.

For users, this is all wonderful. But what does this mean for administrators? How to handle security and control? How can you support hybrid scenarios? What is happening in the background? What if something doesn’t work?

In this session I will answer all these questions. We’ll talk about the Flow and PowerApps Admin Center where you can control which services are allowed to connect to business data and/or public data, and define environments that Flows and PowerApps are allowed to run in. We’ll also cover hybrid scenarios and how you can connect to on-premises SQL databases and SharePoint farms. And finally I will show you how you can assist your users in troubleshooting when something goes wrong.
3S: Top 10 Digital Workplace design patterns
Level: 100
Track: Developer, End-User/Business/Strategy
Imagine a future where silo'd departments and legacy processes don’t stand in our way. Today’s collaboration needs go from complex collaboration portals to simple innovation hubs and most importantly need to work for our devices. Designing portals to enable a new kind of collaboration and communication is an absolute necessity today.
For the past couple years, I’ve had the opportunity to study how successful teams collaborate and have helped to transform the way teams work and collaborate together. In this session, I'll share what I’ve learned about making effective cross-discipline collaboration possible, and leave you with actionable approaches you can use to unite your team's communication and collaboration needs.

Speaker(s)

Kanwal Khipple
Founder & CEO, Office 365 MVP
2toLead
4G: Navigating the Era of Digital Transformation with Nintex Workflow Cloud
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User/Business/Strategy
As consultants, designers and developers, we are poised to begin a massive transformation in the way that all industries perform their activities.
-    Cloud adoption is occurring on a mass scale
-    Digital transformation is accelerating development, scope, dimension and scale and it is increasing the effects of digitalization
-    The Internet of Things offers an astounding opportunity for automation and convenience

With all of the opportunities these technologies provide, integration continues to remain a challenge for organizations looking to leverage these capabilities.

Join DevFacto consultant Julian Charles as he facilitates a discussion on digital transformation, disruption opportunities and what process intelligence means for clients. You’ll learn how the Nintex platform suite provides the toolkit needed to enable businesses to integrate disparate line of business applications with true digital transformation capabilities.

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4O: The New World of Branding: Creating Beautiful UI in SharePoint Online without MasterPages
Level: 200
Track: Developer
Gone are the days of creating MasterPages to transform SharePoint Sites with beautiful branding. In this session we'll explore Microsoft's best practices of using client side development to manipulate your site. Go beyond basic colours and logos and look at how we can ensure SharePoint reflects the organizations brand and stands out with a glossy look that will satisfy any Communications team.

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4P: Finding a Needle in a Haystack SharePoint Style: Let's Talk About Search Features
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, End-User/Business/Strategy
So you have this shiny new SharePoint environment built inside your enterprise. You have added tons of content and have lots of users adding, modifying and deleting content all the time. You’ve got your system purring like a kitten and everyone loves it except for one minor detail. Your users can’t find any of the content they are looking for. Search is just not working for them. If they don’t know exactly where to find a file they need to reference or work on, they are spending their precious time looking for it. Join us in this session where we will show you the great search tools SharePoint gives you OOTB.

Along the way we’ll show you some tips, tricks and techniques to make a user’s experience better. From search refiners to display templates, from managed properties to OOTB Web Parts we will show you how to customize your search to make it easier to use and to truly make your search so powerful your users won’t have any trouble finding their “needles in the haystack” – their content.

Speaker(s)

Joanne Klein
SharePoint/Office 365 Consultant
NexNovus
4S: Governance in a Hybrid SharePoint Environment
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, End-User/Business/Strategy, Office 365
This session will consider the challenges faced by organizations as they migrate to Office 365, in particular how to develop and implement effective governance in a hybrid SharePoint environment. This is a 200-level session and is intended for anyone planning for Office 365 or struggling with their governance program.

Speaker(s)

Sag Baruss
Enterprise Architect - Hybrid Cloud
Softchoice
5D: TransAlta SharePoint Evolution
Level: 200
Track: Developer, End-User/Business/Strategy
Over the past two years, TransAlta has evolved from an entirely on-premise SharePoint organization to what will be an entirely online ecosystem by year’s end. This transition is successfully bypassing hybrid SharePoint in its entirety. By offering small groups of stakeholders effective, dependable Cloud solutions, large-scale buy-in for SharePoint Online has spread across the organization. Buy-in has been driven by quick and inexpensive client-side development and very low solution maintenance.

Going into 2017, TransAlta has:
• Well over ten SharePoint Online projects in 2016, all with positive same-year ROI
• A three-year SharePoint life cycle, with application cost savings continuing to accrue beyond year one
• Client-side application development time reduced by two thirds
• A base of reusable code that minimizes ongoing support and maintenance risk
• Achieved out-of-the-box dependability with powerful, custom SharePoint functionality

And, of course, a demo. We are going to configure and run a prototype SP Online large-list search tool. The list will be many thousands of items in size and weave results from multiple lists into a single set of search results.

(This demo is audience friendly: there will be no coding required)

TransAlta is Canada’s leading clean power company operating in Canada, the United States and Australia. Being a responsible operator of wind, hydro, solar, natural gas and coal throughout these communities means a focus on sustainability and innovation to maintain our competitive advantage. Innovating through the use of cutting-edge technology, including the use of SharePoint and Microsoft technologies, is a large part of our strategy to provide employees with solutions to keep them connected and to help magnify the impact of their work in the community.

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5G: SharePoint Team Sites - Step by Step Design
Level: 100
Track: End-User/Business/Strategy
Mark will deliver a step by step guide into what it takes to design a team site in SharePoint. From learning who the users are straight through to wireframe mockups and content strategies. This talk will take a look from the Business Analyst stand point and touch on many different disciplines including UX, IA, Content Managment, and others.

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5O: The Portals of Office 365
Level: 200
Track: End-User/Business/Strategy
The SharePoint Page (formerly Sites), Delve, Team Sites, Teams App, Intranet. So many different portals. What are they all for? How do I use them? Should I use any of them? Should I use all of them? Join me as we dive into these questions. Explore the many different portals of Office 365 and talk about how they may work for you.

Speaker(s)

Morio Kumagawa
Office 365 and Azure Development Practice Lead
2toLead
5P: Mobile Email Records Management is Here Now!
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User/Business/Strategy
Statistics show that over 85% of emails are opened on mobile devices. 1 in 4 email contains an attachment. Documents are captured as images and distributed across open file sharing platforms. In today’s highly mobile world, emails are received, viewed and deleted on smart phones. The enterprise needs to govern email records … not simply across the organization, but also on the smart devices of its mobile workforce. This session will explain the challenges, strategies and solutions for implementing records management policies for your mobile enterprise.

Speaker(s)

Riyaz Lakhani
Director of Professional Services & Support
Colligo
5S: Power BI & API: Give more power to the users!
Level: 100
Track: End-User/Business/Strategy
Power BI provides analytics solutions for your whole organization. Power BI can be used as a user's friendly development platform too. Using Power BI makes our life much easier by accessing some of the data using Power Queries without code. After getting the data from sites such as Meetup and creating data visualizations, we can see how easy it is to pin the results to our sites. We can use different data sources such as Excel or other DB's and get the data synchronized live into our SharePoint team/ Project site.
6D: Power BI for the Faint of Heart - Building an Interactive Report Step-by-Step!
Level: 100
Track:
You've heard about Power BI, and you've seen it, but you haven't yet rolled up your sleeves and got your hands dirty. It looks like it is really easy, but sometimes it helps to have someone step you through it the first time to help you hit the ground running. We will grab various public data sources, join them together in a model and build an interactive pièce de ré·sis·tance on the visual design surface!
6G: How to drive competitive advantage with a modern digital workplace
Level: 100
Track:
Although most businesses are sold on the “why” of digital transformation, many are still stuck on the “how.” Driving workplace innovation means delivering a digital workplace solutions that can evolve and grow, and that users will love rather than a solution focused on underlying technologies. Join New Signature to learn how you can empower your employees with a more personal, social, and data-rich digital workspace that transforms the way work gets done.
Presented by Duncan Smith, VP Business Development at New Signature

Speaker(s)

Morio Kumagawa
Office 365 and Azure Development Practice Lead
2toLead
6O: O365: Learn to Fly
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, End-User/Business/Strategy, Office 365
Learn to Fly. Although one of my favourite Foo Fighters songs, it's also a sentiment I really like when talking about end-user adoption. O365 is being rolled out worldwide to organizations of all sizes. Although each is unique and has different needs, they all have one thing in common: the need for end-user adoption. One of the key aspects of O365 is collaboration and the numerous services that are deployed to support it. Ironically, although many of the features are built with ease of use in mind, if you’ve ever watched a first-time user of O365 you’ll soon realize it’s not always intuitive for end-users to know how it all works together. To realize the benefits of O365, we need to ensure it is fully adopted across the organization and second-nature in users’ day-to-day collaborative work processes. Although you can take the “wing it/organic” approach, you may not get the results you are hoping for. What are some strategies and tactics you can use to stack the odds in your favour for a high degree of adoption in your organization? I’ll share my 3-step strategy and some specific tactics for each so your end-users can fly with O365!

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Joanne Klein
SharePoint/Office 365 Consultant
NexNovus
6P: Power Apps, Flow and Dynamics 365
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Developer, End-User/Business/Strategy
The powerful extensibility of Dynamics CRM and Dynamics AX has evolved and been re-branded as Dynamics 365. It has removed the traditional barrier between CRM and ERP providing a more seamless user experience across enterprise wide processes in addition to enhanced capabilities for rapidly creating Line of Business applications.
Machine learning, sophisticated business intelligence using PowerBI, advanced data integration through Common Data Service (CDS) combined with the new PowerApps and Dynamics Flow provide companies with an impressive toolset to enhance and extend functionality and processes. Join us for an introduction to Dynamics 365 and this new toolset.

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CRM Lead Technical Architect
Sierra Systems Inc
6S: Focus on the important: Mapping O365 tools to your most important business opportunities
Level: 100
Track: End-User/Business/Strategy
With so many options in Office 365, determining which tool to use when can be challenging. Join Habanero consultants James Sloane and Jay where they will introduce you to a strategic planning approach that turns the “what tool when” question on its head. You’ll learn:
• How to build an Office 365 roadmap that is prioritized by business outcomes
• How to look for patterns that expose which tools will have the most impact and why
• How to ensure you consider the proper conditions for success
• Methods and techniques you can use to run an organizational planning process

Speaker(s)

Jay O'Hara
Business Analyst
Independent Consultant

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