Sessions

Building SOLID SharePoint apps in MVC
Level: 400
Track: Developer
The principles of SOLID are guidelines that can be applied to software development to improve legibility and maintainability of software applications.
This session explores best practices and design patterns for developing SharePoint apps that comply with the five SOLID principles: Single responsibility, Open/close, Liskov substitution, Interface segregation and Dependency injection. Understand why MVC is a good fit for the purpose, the advantages that writing SOLID code bring, and how software development can be really agile and adaptive to changes with minimum effort.
Targeted at software developers and architects, this session presents practical code examples of how to write and how not to write SharePoint 2016 apps that comply with the SOLID principles using the ASP.NET MVC framework.
Come to see Modern Intranet on Office 365 and SharePoint
Level: 100
Track:
Looking for an intranet that is easy to use, fast to deploy, beautiful to look, and works with any device? And all these with a cost-effective fixed price? Yep, that’s Valo! Valo Intranet brings together the most popular intranet features, promotes collaboration, and makes employees happy with a modern look & feel. Valo fits perfectly into your Office 365 ecosystem and it’s built on Microsoft’s recommended cloud add-in model.

Valo Intranet is loved by 100+ customers and over 100,000 users worldwide. We are looking for new partners - want to join? Come meet us and try our demo!
Excel Services in SharePoint 2016
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
Excel has over the years become a very powerful BI tool and so has Excel Services in SharePoint.

We start with an overview of the new features in Excel Services in SharePoint 2016 and go on with the publish options with focus on the “Items in the workbook” option which is especially handy when you will embed in SharePoint without it resembles Excel too much. Second item on the agenda is the integration in SharePoint with a demonstration of three possibilities:
(1) Full page - The lazy solution.
(2) PerformancePoint Services Dashboard - The smart solution.
(3) WebPart page - The customizable solution.

Last but not least the session will include “Tips & Tricks” including how to remove the Excel look. How to control the layout with “Named Items” and the "Name Manager" and how you can burst the limits from PivotTables with the of use "Cube Functions" and "Names Sets".

Speaker(s)

Just Blindbæk
Microsoft BI consultant and trainer
justB
Extending Office Add-ins with Azure Container Service
Level: 300
Track: Developer
The new Azure Container Service(ACS) can be a subsitute for traditional
virtual machines. This new Container As A Service can be leveraged to
increase our development productivity on the Office platform. In this
session we will see what how we can leverage the Docker platform for
Add-ins in Office 365. Because we will be using CAAS model we can
offer microservices which are scalable, secure and reliable.

Speaker(s)

Getting Ready for Modern SharePoint Development Workshop - Part I
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Developer
All proceeds will go to charity from this two-hour, hands-on interactive lab which is designed to prepare you for building SharePoint solutions in the modern world. This session is aimed at front-end SharePoint developers with knowledge of JavaScript and after giving you a brief introduction of modern development, you will be taken through a series of mini-labs which introduce you to some important frameworks and concepts such as Node.js, gulp, Office UI Fabric and TypeScript. After this session, you should have a good understanding how to begin your journey into Modern SharePoint development.

Attendees will need to register for this session, as numbers are limited. You must have a laptop with internet access and administrative rights, and have installed the prerequisites which will be shared prior to the session - this ensures we can get right to the fun stuff!

This workshop must be pre-paid via http://modernspsdev.eventbrite.co.uk and all proceeds will be donated to charity.

Speaker(s)

Tobias West
Lead SharePoint Development Architect
SCC
Getting Ready for Modern SharePoint Development Workshop - Part II
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Developer
All proceeds will go to charity from this two-hour, hands-on interactive lab which is designed to prepare you for building SharePoint solutions in the modern world. This session is aimed at front-end SharePoint developers with knowledge of JavaScript and after giving you a brief introduction of modern development, you will be taken through a series of mini-labs which introduce you to some important frameworks and concepts such as Node.js, gulp, Office UI Fabric and TypeScript. After this session, you should have a good understanding how to begin your journey into Modern SharePoint development.

Attendees will need to register for this session, as numbers are limited. You must have a laptop with internet access and administrative rights, and have installed the prerequisites which will be shared prior to the session - this ensures we can get right to the fun stuff!

This workshop must be pre-paid via http://modernspsdev.eventbrite.co.uk and all proceeds will be donated to charity.

Speaker(s)

Tobias West
Lead SharePoint Development Architect
SCC
Microsoft BI demystified : should we go for SharePoint 2016 BI or for PowerBI v2?
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Business
The Microsoft Business Intelligence roadmap is rarely well understood;
On premises we have SharePoint 2013 and improved BI functionalities in SharePoint 2016; in the cloud we have PowerBI ; PowerBI itself has been refactored by Microsoft with huge differences between PowerBI v1 and Poweb BI v2. This will be clarified in this session where Serge Luca SharePoint MVP) and Isabelle Van Campenhoudt (SQL Server MVP) will describe the Business Intelligence functionalities of SharePoint 2016 , the improvements when compared to SharePoint 2013; in the second part of the session the new version of PowerBI (V2) will also be illustrated and explained in a nutshell, including hybrid scenarios.

Speaker(s)

serge Luca
ShareQL Managing partner & SharePoint MVP
ShareQL
My users hate SharePoint historically, how can I make them like SharePoint Online ?
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
Let's be clear: since the first version of SharePoint Portal 2001, each new release that arrived on the users' desktop has not always made unanimous joy!

We heard qualificatives terms such as "clunky, not intuitive, needs training..." and more that cannot be written for decency.
With SharePoint Online in Office 365 you can finally change what your users think about SharePoint.

I will be discussing the experience and case study of my customers who deployed Office 365 mainly for using SharePoint and what worked in accelerating users' adoption, what didn't.
Sharing tips for getting the old SharePoint perception a thing from the past and making users be the defenders of the "new environment".

Come to my session if you want :
- to learn how to turn users "not keen" into users lovers
- to find more than one reason to persevere deploying SharePoint Online when there is opposition
- to grab some ideas on how to get more buy-in from management and departments to defend SharePoint
Office 365 Groups and Planner - the new collaboration way
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
If you have been around the SharePoint world for a while, you already know how to use SharePoint for collaboration. Now that the Groups and Planner are out, you might be wondering how these tools are going to help collaboration in your organization. In this session you will learn how to configure and use Office 365 and Planner in order to help users in your organization to take full advantage of these collaboration tools offered with Office 365.
SharePoint Databases - What you need to know
Level: 300
Track: IT Pro, Developer
An introduction to the functionality of SharePoint and the different databases that SharePoint uses, with recommendations for High Availability, Disaster Recovery and configuration settings for SQL Server, including the constraints imposed in a single farm, a stretched farm between data centres and a separate DR farm.

Speaker(s)

Alan Eardley
Head of Solution Design
CPS
So, you've decided to run SharePoint - Now what?
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Business
Planning for SharePoint doesn't sound like the most interesting thing to have to do, but it's probably the most important thing you can do to ensure successful adoption of SharePoint within your organisation.
This session will provide information on planning your SharePoint farms including vision, engineering planning, information architecture, user experience, governance, compliance and training.
In addition, a number of gotchas and useful nuggets of information, including farm sizing, high availability options and search configuration will be explored to help you make sure your farm hums!
Test-driven Development for SharePoint and Office 365
Level: 200
Track: Developer
Let's talk about test-driven development (TDD) with practical examples. In particular we’ll take a deep dive into building unit and integration tests and see how these can be used as part of the TDD cycle. SharePoint 2016 continues to support the “traditional” SharePoint development model and we will take an in-depth look at ways of using TDD practices, which can be a challenge. But in addition we now have the “SharePoint Add-in” development model with the emphasis on client-side development. Now we have a new set of technologies and development patterns. Prepare for a headlong dive into the brave new world (for us) of client-side JavaScript testing and development best-practices.

Improve your SharePoint and Office 365 development using TDD.

Learn about TDD techniques and what to test and how to avoid some of the pitfalls like trivial tests and misleading code coverage metrics.

Get the balance right so that you get the benefits - better code quality, less stress and happy stakeholders.

The future of collaboration. Choosing the right tool for the job.
Level: 100
Track: Business
With Microsoft making rapid developments in Office 365 we now have a whole raft of competing technologies to collaborate with each other. This introduced its own problems about where we should go to do our work. In this session we will look at what the different technologies are, their strengths and weaknesses and when we might choose one over the other (or a combination of more than one). It's not just about team sites any more and you need to manage how your people work.
The state of SharePoint Hybrid deployments
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro
A hybrid SharePoint deployment is not just marketing bingo. With SharePoint 2016, many organisations are looking for ways to combine their existing SharePoint investments with the bright future of the cloud. Even Microsoft realised you don't have to put all your eggs in the cloud basket anymore: a hybrid deployment is the way to go for many companies for at least a couple of years. The cloud future is bright, but you don't have to throw all your existing hard work out of the window to take advantage of the lastest and greatest. This session will explore the ins and outs of hybrid SharePoint deployments, how to set it up and how to integrate with your current environment.

Speaker(s)

Using Azure and SharePoint Online to build fast, responsive and beautiful intranet, extranet and internet sites
Level: 200
Track: Developer
SharePoint Publishing Sites are over a decade old and we all know that it doesn’t generate the most optimal HTML possible, they can be expensive to host in SharePoint and we have no longer have an Office 365 public website option.  With this new design pattern we will show you how to build a AAA compliant, responsive, scalable and blindingly fast publishing site using best of breed technologies.  We will be creating an Azure Website a SharePoint Team Site and then connecting the two together with an AppOnly connection (no usernames and passwords in sight!).  Welcome to the future of beautiful SharePoint-powered sites.
What's in SharePoint land 2016 for the end user
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
SharePoint Server 2016 was released on 14th March 2016, with general availability 4th May 2016. What are new the capabilities that End-Users will find interesting and what the future holds for them. In this session, Penny will describe these new capabilities and demonstrate how you might use them
What's New for IT Pros in SharePoint 2016?
Level: 300
Track:
Are you an IT Pro that wants to know more about SharePoint 2016? Well this is the session for you!

This session will provide a demo heavy overview of the new and improved capabilities available in SharePoint 2016 that should make your life as an IT Pro easier.

Speaker(s)

Windows PowerShell for Office 365
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User
In this session, Penny will give a brief introduction of how to use Windows PowerShell to manage Office 365 and is targeted to the Office 365 Global Administrator and/or SharePoint Administrator. This session assumes no previous of experience of Windows PowerShell, however the use of some logic notation such as used in process diagrams or when creating macros in Microsoft Excel is advantageous.

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