Sessions

Build Intelligent Applications with Azure Cognitive Service API
Level: 200
Track:
Microsoft Cognitive Services provides developers with powerful set of APIs that can be used to develop intelligent apps with powerful algorithms, using just a few lines of code.The API enables developers to easily add intelligent features – such as emotion and video detection; facial, speech and vision recognition; and speech and language understanding – into their applications with minimum effort. This session will show case how to get started with the API and how it can be integrated with your application.

Speaker(s)

Bhakthi Liyanage
Sr. SharePoint Architect, Tech Lead
Bank of America Merril Lynch
Building Re-usable SharePoint Framework Components
Level: 200
Track: Developer
In this session we will walk through building a re-usable component for SharePoint online. From web part properties to making the most of what the framework gives us. This will be an information packed session with downloadable examples afterwards.

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Building Well Performing, Highly Available, and Resilient Azure Solutions for Office 365
Level: 200
Track: Developer
Microsoft Azure is a natural fit for building enhanced solutions for Office 365 but simply deploying your application to Azure does not necessarily ensure that the application will always be available and perform well. In this session we'll be making use of a very common application architecture using Azure Traffic Manager, Azure API Apps, Storage Queues, and Cosmos DB to build a highly resilient API that can both consume and provide data to Office 365 application and components. We'll cover how to monitor and ensure your application can remain available despite data center failures, regional failures, or even application deployment failures. Lastly we'll discuss the new roll of serverless in modern applications.
Business Process Automation: Advanced Workflow Solutions for SharePoint
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
SharePoint ships with several workflows designed to address common business scenarios such as document approval, document feedback, and collecting digital signatures. Although the predefined workflows can be customized to meet different organizational requirements, the need to develop workflows for unique organizational business challenges still exists. In this advanced session, you will learn about creating custom workflows using SharePoint Designer and Microsoft Flow.

Using real world examples, we will demonstrate how to design workflow solutions to meet the ever-changing business requirements faced by today’s professionals. We'll break down the out-of-the-box workflows and discuss how to customize them to meet your requirements. We'll also cover how to create dynamic workflows from scratch, such as using SharePoint data for variables in the workflow model, how to assign a task or start a task process with users, how to create and apply an Initiation Form for manually declared workflows, and how to declare local variables in a workflow instance. We'll also cover best practices for workflow management.

Finally, this session will compare and contrast custom workflows built in SharePoint Designer with workflows in Microsoft Flow.

Speaker(s)

William Huneycutt
IT Trainer, Consultant, Courseware Developer
William Huneycutt Consulting
Configuring Project Server to meet Project Management Office (PMO) Requirements
Level: 200
Track: Business
SharePoint server and Office 365 provide project management. And just like any other service, it needs to be configure to meet the PMO (Project Management Office) needs. This session looks at the various configuration options that are available with configuring project server and a deep dive of what they mean. Each PMO has a different purpose and reason for its existent. This session can provide you insight on how to configure project server to meet their requirements. If your organization is looking to implement project server or your PMO has issues about how processes are working, this session will be a good session to hammer out your issues.
Content Management Using the Power of Search
Level: 100
Track: End-User
Calling all Content Owners: SharePoint Search has been all the buzz lately, , but most people assume that if they're not an Admin or Developer they shouldn't care. Not true!

This session will show you examples of collaboration and content management solutions based on Content By Search and Search Results Web Parts. First we'll get the creative juices flowing with examples, and then Kim will show you what you need to know to get started.

Things we'll cover:
• Managed Metadata Navigation - how it works to create one page to show what you need.
• Search Settings that can improve what is displayed when and where and how people find your content
• Managed Properties - what they are, why they're important and how to work with them, even as a site owner.
• Display Templates - What they are, where to find them and what to do with them - and how to get started with your own customizations
• Refiners - How to work with them and why you should

Speaker(s)

Creating a SharePoint Permission Architecture
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
Before you begin building your environment in SharePoint, you should have a very good understanding of who will be using it, the roles and the responsibilities. Scott will show you how to craft the permission architecture that will correspond to your site and information architecture to have as light of a management burden as possible. He will also show you how to create workarounds for managing complex permissions, how to document this architecture, and what do to for existing environments that have gotten ugly. Very few people have the luxury of starting over from scratch, so that is the bigger problem to tackle.

Speaker(s)

Scott Brewster
SharePoint Solutions Consultant
DAn Solutions
Customizing SharePoint with Knockout and TypeScript
Level: 100
Track: Developer
If you’ve been building SharePoint customizations for any length of time, you probably already know that the landscape for building custom solutions is changing…again. Microsoft is pushing all customizations towards the client, and most of us need to develop new skills to keep up. In this session, we’ll look at how to customize SharePoint using KnockoutJS and TypeScript. Whether you are on premises or online, KnockoutJS and TypeScript can provide a powerful toolkit for all manner of SharePoint customizations.

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Deployment and provisioning best practices with Microsoft SharePoint Server 2016
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Level: 100
Track: IT Pro
Microsoft SharePoint Server 2016 provides a new suite of IT capabilities to drive improvements in both scale and resiliency. Learn the best practices to deploying and provisioning SharePoint Server 2016 with these capabilities in mind.

Speaker(s)

Hiran Salvi
Sr. Support Escalation Engineer
Microsoft Corporation
Designing & Building Chatbots with the Microsoft Bot Framework
Level: 200
Track: Developer
Bots have been around for decades but why are they so popular now? With advances in artificial intelligence software, & machine learning, bots are becoming the new trendy technology to learn. Come hear about the Microsoft Bot Framework and learn how to build your first "Hello World Bot". From there we will explore Language Understanding Intelligence Service and how it can help you with decoding a user's intent for a request. Finally, we'll kick things up a notch connect your bot to Office 365 services opening up some amazing possibilities for next generation collaboration.
Empower Your Mobile Workforce with Nintex Mobile and Nintex App Studio
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Developer
Employees today are increasingly on the move and expect to have access to the tools they need to get their work done. Nowhere is this more crucial than on the devices they carry and the mobile apps they use. Nintex provides the tools necessary to enable your mobile workforce to be more efficient and productive. This session will cover features of Nintex Mobile and Nintex App Studio that you can utilize to build dynamic mobile forms and apps with little or no code. You will learn how to leverage Nintex Mobile and Nintex App Studio to create powerful, easy-to-customize mobile forms and apps to empower your organization.

Speaker(s)

Eric Rhodes
Manager, SharePoint/Nintex Consultant
Protiviti
Flow - The Future of Automation in SharePoint
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
What is Flow? Use Flow to create automated workflows between your favorite apps and services to get notifications, synchronize files, collect data, and more. Flow is tightly integrated with the new "modern" list and library experience in Office 365. One click is all it takes to begin creating your first Flow.

Learn to use the Flow web interface to start automating Office 365 SharePoint processes. See how you can start using Flow instead of SharePoint Designer 2013 workflows. Step into the future of automation with Flow.



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GET-ting Your Office 365 Data Using the Microsoft Graph API
Level: 100
Track: Developer
In almost every project these days, 'The Cloud' is part of a client's needs or wants. Whether this is around helping to migrate their data up (Exchange, OneDrive, Planner, and/or SharePoint), or leveraging their existing usage of Office 365 better. One of the latest asks that comes up is how to help their employees access their digital work and digital life data across all of Office 365 in one place.

In this session, I'll walk through showing how we can access the rich data of a user's mail/calendar and documents in one interface to help with critical work and productivity questions.

Speaker(s)

Hidden Gems in Office 365
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
Office 365 is Microsoft’s innovation laboratory and new features are rolling out all the time. When you implement Office 365 you also get exciting new features that combine features from Exchange, SharePoint and other workloads.

This session will cover some of the hidden features and show you how your organization can leverage them to become more productive. Whether it is Office 365 Groups, Flow and Power Apps, or co-authoring in Office Online and Desktop, after attending this session you will be the power user that everyone looks to for help.

Speaker(s)

Hold my beer while I provision your SharePoint environment!
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
If you’ve tried point solutions that only solve some of your SharePoint challenges and cost you thousands of wasted dollars, you need to look at DocAuto’s fresh approach to SharePoint management. DocAuto has built SPorganizer™ to deliver the most comprehensive, yet simple SharePoint offering on the market today.
How did we do it? We began with the end in mind and we built SPorganizer based on the capabilities of the entire platform. Our team dissected every component of SharePoint and built a software solution that makes SharePoint easy to use, less expensive to manage, and allows you to make enterprise-wide changes in minutes. And the best part is, our experts can get you up and running within hours. Attend this session to find out how SPorganizer is helping organizations take control of their SharePoint environments!

Speaker(s)

Jeremy Minich
Director of Sales Engineering
DocAuto
How Office 365 has transformed Carolinas HealthCare System
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Business
Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS) is one of the largest non-profit healthcare systems in the US, with over 60,000 employees. In the last four years, CHS has upgraded Exchange and SharePoint to Office 365, which has introduced changes for both end users and the IT department. This session will cover the CHS upgrade / migration, how governance changed, and what operational changes have occurred along the way. Attendees will walk away from this session with both specific governance tactics they can implement, as well as, the reasoning behind them.
How to explain ECM and get buy-in
Level: 200
Track: Business
We know that an organization can get more from SharePoint when Enterprise Content Management (ECM) is properly set up but how do you sell a client on embracing implementation? I will discuss how to make that sale of ideas successful and make a good ECM plan that reflects the organizations needs.

Speaker(s)

Hybrid Taxonomy & Content Types
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Level: 100
Track: IT Pro
Session on Hybrid Taxonomy & Hybrid Content Types.
In this Session will Cover Why Hybrid Taxonomy, Benefits of Hybrid Taxonomy & Hybrid Content Types for it Admin as well as users who are creating taxonmy fields and Enterprise Content types.

Speaker(s)

Hiran Salvi
Sr. Support Escalation Engineer
Microsoft Corporation
InfoPath and SharePoint Designer Vs. PowerApps and Flow
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
SharePoint welcomes PowerApps and Flow. They are the successors to InfoPath and SharePoint Designer for many common business scenarios, especially custom forms used on SharePoint lists. This session will finally prove that an advanced InfoPath Designer form and SharePoint Designer workflow can not only be rebuilt in PowerApps and Flow but also enhanced. We will also be looking at using On-Premise Gateway and Power BI.

Speaker(s)

Daniel Christian
Sr Engineer | Speaker | Blogger | MVP
Introducing Communication Sites
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
Come learn about Microsoft's newest site template Communiction Sites.

Speaker(s)

William Huneycutt
IT Trainer, Consultant, Courseware Developer
William Huneycutt Consulting
Introduction to Serverless Computing with Azure Functional Apps
Level: 200
Track: Developer
Serverless computing came into lime light recently and along with all the excitement is a lot of questions. Of course there will always be servers, be it in the cloud or in your own datacenter. Serverless computing merely adds another layer of abstraction atop cloud infrastructure, so developers no longer need to worry about servers, including virtual ones in the cloud. Heavy code demo based session attempts to answer some of the questions using one of Microsoft's recent additions to it's cloud offering, Azure Functions, aka Functional Apps.

Speaker(s)

Bhakthi Liyanage
Sr. SharePoint Architect, Tech Lead
Bank of America Merril Lynch
Keeping SharePoint Content Secure in Office 365
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro
There are many features in the Office 365 suite that can be used to provide additional security capabilities to those that are provided by SharePoint Online. This presentation will explain how the Security and Compliance Center, Secure Score, and Advanced Security Management tools can be used to help ensure that content stored in SharePoint sites is maintained in accordance with an organizations security requirements. I will also demonstrate how the Enterprise Mobility + Security tools (Azure Active Directory, Intune and Azure Information Protection) can be used to provide extra levels of security.

Speaker(s)

Dean Gross
SharePoint Consultant
Cardinal Solutions
Making Automation Personal: The Next Step in Digital Transformation
Level: 200
Track: End-User, Business
True digital transformation requires more than incremental improvements and goes beyond individual projects or processes. To become true digital masters, organizations need to think differently and work to enable their members to rethink everything they do in order to identify opportunities for automation. By addressing the capabilities for enhancing workflow automation as a personalized technology capability, organizations can take a giant leap forward and feed and innovation cycle without any limits. This session will help reframe the primary focus from large, centralized processes to enhancing individual and team collaborators that can drive their own process automation using a variety of commonly available no-code solutions. We will dive into techniques to educate and grow the organization's capabilities and also review some of the commonly supported models for measuring the results and ROI.
Managing Projects using Project Server or Project Online
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
Project Server / Project Online is a very robust tool for managing projects within SharePoint. The session covers provides a big picture of how a PMO (project management office) using project server/online. The session cover the following
1) Building and Publishing Project
2) Managing Resource Loads
3) Managing Project Documentation and Artifacts using Project Sites
4) Reporting and Custom Reports
5) Portfolio Management for project selection
Modern UI Extensions with the SharePoint Framework – Command Sets, Application and Field Customizers
Level: 100
Track: Developer
Microsoft has extended the SharePoint Framework from the initial release of introducing client-side web parts to provide ways to extend the user experience. These new additions enable customizations available in previous development model options in SharePoint. In this session you will learn about command sets (what you knew as custom actions), field customizers (what you knew as JSLink) and application customizers (which are similar to what you knew as delegate controls). You will see how to use the SharePoint Framework to not just deploy client-side web parts, but also extend the SharePoint user experience with these new capabilities!

Speaker(s)

Andrew Connell
Founder, Chief Course Artisan, Developer
Voitanos, LLC
Nintex Workflows - Best Practices for Development
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Developer
In this session we will discuss best practices for workflow development as recommended by Nintex vTE's and others for both on premises and Office 365. Planning, architecture, performance, and much more will be discussed with techniques and concepts applying to Nintex Workflows but can also apply to SharePoint workflows and other 3rd-party workflow packages.
Office 365 Governance
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
SharePoint Online has been undergoing a lot of change over the last year. Not only for the user experience but also as a supporting component for a lot of other Office 365 services. It either helps support or integrates with at least ten other services. That can affect your storage, naming conventions, needing to work with other supporting teams, and various other aspects of your environment. This session will cover at a high level, or it would take numerous days, each of those services and things to consider as an administrator and things to understand as a user interacting with these services.

Speaker(s)

Cory Williams
Busiess Productivity Practice Manager
Cardinal Solutions
Power BI, the New Cool Kid on the Block
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
Business Intelligence has come a long way and Microsoft has made it even cooler and easier with the integration of Power BI. Power BI is a collection of software services, apps, and connectors that enables the ability to connect users to a broad range of data through dashboards, interactive reports, and visualizations that bring data to life. Power BI is capable of creating quick insights from a excel spreadsheets, cloud-based data, and on-premises hybrid data. This session will cover an overview of Power BI as well as demonstrate the features of Power BI Desktop to build cool, interactive reports and dashboards for your business.

Speaker(s)

Christina Wheeler
SharePoint Trainer & Consultant
Independent
Powerful Enterprise Apps for SharePoint and Office 365 with no code Provider Hosted Applications
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
With CorasWorks, you can build and deploy solutions for SharePoint and Office 365 faster, easier, and more cost effectively. We deliver rapid value that allows you to increase the ROI of your SharePoint or Office 365 investment.

Since 2003, CorasWorks has been providing applications on Microsoft SharePoint. As SharePoint has evolved over the years—and with the advent and growth of Office 365—CorasWorks has evolved, too.

We now focus on provider-hosted apps, which is the recommended method for building and using apps for SharePoint and Office 365. Basically, you build apps “outside” of SharePoint/O365 and then “embed” them into your SharePoint/O365 interface. You already have users in SharePoint/O365 and the goal is to keep them there. Plus, you can leverage a more powerful set of tools when building the apps than if you built them in SharePoint/O365.

Join us for a webcast on Thursday, July 13, at 2pm EDT to learn more about our provider-hosted apps for SharePoint and Office 365, including:

What is a provider-hosted app
How you can integrate your SharePoint and Office 365 data and documents into the apps
Using our rapid solution delivery platform to build your own provider-hosted apps
Using our pre-built provider-hosted apps, like CorasManage for your PMO

Speaker(s)

Mack Sigman
Director of Professional Services
Coras
Real-world scenario where physical buttons are used to trigger Flow
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
On April 2017 the Microsoft Flow team announced the integration of physical buttons with Flow! This session demonstrates a real-world, deep-dive scenario of how a physical button's one-click process can help make repetitive and important tasks automated.

Speaker(s)

Daniel Christian
Sr Engineer | Speaker | Blogger | MVP
SharePoint Development - Where are We and Where are We Going?
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Developer, End-User, Business
If you have been doing SharePoint development for a few years or for many years, you know the story and guidance changes every so often. Going back to the beginning of SharePoint in early 2000's, developers have been told to do things differently roughly four different times, even as recently as last year with the SharePoint Framework! How do you make sense of this? How do you best align yourself and skillset to be as marketable, future-proof or future-ready as possible? In this keynote hear Andrew Connell, long time SharePoint developer and MVP share his thoughts with you

Speaker(s)

Andrew Connell
Founder, Chief Course Artisan, Developer
Voitanos, LLC
SharePoint Migration Case Study - The good, the bad and the what the ......
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
Are you one of the companies the keeps using the outdated technology which hinges their work despite new platforms and solutions? This Case Study will walk you through Best Practices and lessons learned when Migrating from SharePoint 2010 to Office 365 SharePoint Online, Delve and OneDrive for Business using Sharegate.

The following items will be covered below:
-Why Migrate
-Understanding your environment
-Approach and Activities
-Migration Tool Selection
-Governance
-Migration Planning Phases
-Training and Adoption

Speaker(s)

Johnny Lopez
Office 365 & SharePoint Community Leader
SharePoint Online Roadmap
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
SharePoint Online is constantly undergoing changes. Come to this session to gain insight into the features that are currently rolling out and discuss what is in development.

Speaker(s)

Cory Williams
Busiess Productivity Practice Manager
Cardinal Solutions
SharePoint Workflow Basics in Plain English for Business Users
Level: 100
Track: End-User
This session is an introduction for Business Users to SharePoint 2013 Workflow using SharePoint Designer (SPD). We’ll review terminology, what is new in 2013, what has been removed that was available in 2010, and how you can still run your SPD 2010 workflows in 2013.
 
We won’t talk about the how the backend works, but will focus on all the cool stuff you can do once workflow is up and running in your 2013 or Office 365 environment. We'll also review some examples of workflows and when you should choose between 2010 or 2013 workflows. Whether you are a power user looking to solve a problem by creating a workflow, or an end user that is working with someone who is creating your workflow on your behalf, this session will give you the knowledge and terminology to know where to begin.

Speaker(s)

So you've been asked to perform a mail migration. What a SharePoint admin needs to know to pull it off.
Level: 300
Track: IT Pro
In today's increasing integrated world of productivity software, IT professionals are asked to wear many hats. We will explore what the options and process is to move mail data from your existing solution into Office 365, and do so in a way that can be understood by a professional without a large Exchange background. In the talk we will discuss all options from the most simplistic of a mail migration, designed for small simple solutions, all the way to the most robust hybrid configurations.

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The 10 things I wish I had known about Office 365 Groups
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Level: 200
Track: IT Pro
Office 365 Groups are becoming an increasingly major component of the Office 365 stack. Come learn from someone who has been working with them since preview. If I could go back and time and teach my past self 10 things about Groups, this would be it! Save yourself time and heartache by learning from my mistakes and best practices. This session is great for someone just starting out in Groups, or even someone who has been using them actively in their own organization, there is something for everyone.

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The Definitive Guide for When to Use What In Office 365
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
Microsoft has been full pedal to the metal with introducing new features & services in Office 365, making the decision for when to use what quite difficult for organizations. Come explore different business use cases and how they align with core services such as Teams, Groups, and Yammer. We will talk about concepts such as audience, tone, and impact to help make informed decisions when recommending Office 365 solutions to solve business problems. Finally, we will talk about ways to help enable your business customers to adopt these services and ultimately realize the benefit of your organization's Office 365 investment.
The SharePoint Business Analyst
Level: 200
Track: End-User, Business
The session for the SharePoint guy or gal who doesn't quite fit in anywhere else in the world of SharePoint. You may work with end users, manage sites, help others or meet with users discussing their business needs and documenting how to build a SharePoint project that fulfills their needs. Perhaps you have to test, assist others with figuring out what they want from SharePoint or help manage a project move along and coordinate everything happening among all stakeholders. Requirements, improvements, architecting, possibilities, UAT, support, governance, security, basic administration, support and power-user development all seem to fall into this new "job title" that is one step short of a "SharePoint jack of all trades". After working with SharePoint for over 10 years, I am happy to share a remarkable accumulation of tips that will give you a jump start in making every project SharePoint project or site you work on a success.
Transform your companies communication through collaborative chat with Office 365 Teams
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro
Office 365 Teams is Microsoft's newest application launch, and one that is still being actively developed. Come learn about how teams work, and where the development path is going forward from someone who is working with them everyday in their own organization, as well as advising Enterprises around the world on how to adopt and role out Microsoft Teams in order to achieve the best success.

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Understanding SharePoint Framework Extensions
Level: 200
Track: Developer
SharePoint Framework Extensions are being touted as the replacement for Custom Actions, JS Link, and more - but what are they really? Whether you've started experimenting with the SharePoint Framework or not, come find out exactly what the Extensions are, when to use them, limitations, and advantages. SharePoint Framework Extensions are not only powerful and flexible tools to customize SharePoint, when it comes to modern pages, they're the only way.

Speaker(s)

Chris Kent
SharePoint Practice Lead
DMI
Matt Jimison
Director, Platform Solutions
DMI
Using Your On-prem Data in a Cloud World
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Developer
Microsoft Power BI, Flow, and PowerApps are powerful cloud tools that can take your on-premises data to new heights. Using your data where it is now gives you the ability to invest in improving processes, instead of focusing on a data migration strategy.

In this session, we will discover the benefits of using the cloud tools, how those benefits translate to being on-premises, and how we can use the data in Office 365 as well. We will setup a data gateway, connect to on-premises data sources, and use that data in Office 365 and SharePoint Server 2016.
Workflows - 7 Best Practices for Development
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Developer
In this session we will discuss seven best practices for workflow development for both on premises and Office 365. Planning, architecture, performance, and much more will be discussed with techniques and concepts that can apply to both SharePoint workflows and other 3rd-party workflow packages.

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