Sessions

“I’m not sure what an Intelligent Search and Intranet is, but I know what a dumb Search and Intranet is – that’s what I’m using!” 4 Strategic Must Dos for an Intelligent Search and Intranet
Level: 200
Track: Business
This session defines what Intelligent Search and Intranets are and provides example projects to illustrate the key attributes involved. Search is a central capability as it provides findability, discovery, and proactive suggestions that are a big part of the “intelligence”. We’ll delve into Delve and graph with the Graph as we will be covering example projects and the current capabilities and gaps around Microsoft’s support for more intelligent Search and Intranets. We will also spend time and share details on Microsoft’s newest darling, “Cognitive Services”. which is the artificial backbone of Machine Learning and AI for Microsoft. Lastly, we will provide a proven methodology on how to improve the search and intranet user experience for your intranet.
A Gentle Introduction to Machine Learning With Azure Machine Learning
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Developer, End-User, Business
Machine learning used to be the exclusive domain of mathematicians, statisticians and data scientists. Strange languages, crazy formulas, and an alien-like language made machine learning the realm of PhD's in Statistic or Math. Azure Machine Learning has changed all of that. Azure ML is "machine learning as a service" and with it, Azure has brought machine learning to the masses. While machine learning can be very complex, with a little bit of knowledge, you can gain some valuable results and insights using AzureML with it's web-based, drag-and-drop interface.

In this sessions we will discuss some scenarios where Machine Learning may be used in your organization and the basics concepts of machine learning. We will use Azure Machine Learning to create a simple Azure Machine Learning experiment. The goal of this topic is not to make you an expert in machine learning or AzureML, but to get you a solid, basic understanding of machine learning and the thought process to continue your own machine learning/Azure ML education. No coding required for this session. Anyone from developers to business users will get something out of this session.
Breaking down the silos - solving the sharing issue in SharePoint Online
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
The biggest complaint I constantly hear about SharePoint is the difficulty in sharing information across the organization, or sharing information outside of what we call the "silos". This presentation is designed to talk about these common pain points of how to better share information across different "departments", along with presenting a general frame work used to help with information classification and a definition of a clear scope to help drive adoption.

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Sr. Business Application Specialist
CCS Technology Group
Customizing SharePoint with Knockout and TypeScript
Level: 300
Track: Developer
If you’ve been building SharePoint customization for any length of time, you probably already know that the landscape for building custom solutions is changing…again. Microsoft is pushing all customization 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 customization.

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External user access to O365. A business case for Azure AD B2B.
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Developer
We often see the business needs for accessing applications or SharePoint Sites externally, things tend to change when these workloads are moved to O365 and the question remains, What now?.

In this session we'll take a look at this Azure Active Directory feature to enable non-Org users access to Azure/O365 workloads without the need for licensing. There is a PowerPoint lecture portion to conver not only the pieces of the puzzle, but also the business and architectural angle of the solution, an interactive demo to enable access to external users to a SharePoint Online site and some PowerShell code to keep things interesting.

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Keeping up with the Joneses: Managing Change in Office 365
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro
In Office 365, administrators have lost most of the control of updates and upgrades, but are still held responsible for the impact. With Microsoft rolling out new features to Office 365 and Azure every week, the game has changed.
This session will cover not only how to adapt to these rapid changes in the Microsoft cloud, but also how to make them work to the organization's advantage. The way Microsoft manages and communicates change will be a topic, and how to properly interact with and provide feedback to Microsoft. Expect detailed examples of past cloud changes, and how other organizations successfully or unsuccessfully adapted. There will be something for everyone at this session, admins or end users of any skill level.

Speaker(s)

Max Fritz
Office 365 Specialist
Modern Collaboration using AI in Office 365
Level: 300
Track: IT Pro, Developer, End-User, Business
An review of what is necessary to build custom Delve style heuristic search with real time results in Office 365 workloads leveraging the Microsoft Graph, Azure Cognitive Services, Azure Machine Learning, and Office 365.

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Planning a Migration to Office 365
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro
Is your organization contemplating a migration to Office 365? Whether you are planning to move SharePoint or Exchange or whether you are planning to implement OneDrive for Business, Skype for Business, or Power BI, this session will cover many aspects of how to plan for a migration to Office 365.
Specifically, you will learn how to:
•    Inventory your current environment and make key deployment decisions about what to migrate and how to migrate it.
•    Fix potential deployment blockers including how to cleanup active directory and how to get your network ready for Office 365.
•    Set up Office 365 services to work for your organization, including enabling and disabling the appropriate features and services.
•    Roll Office 365 out to your users including assigning the appropriate licenses and communicating key concepts
•    This session will be a mix of presentation and demonstration. By the end of the session, you should have a good idea of how to plan your migration to Office 365.
SharePoint 2016 Migrations And You - The 15 Things to Consider
Level: 100
Track:
Congratulations on taking your first steps on moving to SharePoint 2016 and beyond. The journey can be grueling with lots of unexpected pitfalls. Join me as I discuss things to consider when migrating to SharePoint 2016, SharePoint Online or both. Join me as I discuss 15 things to consider when planning your migration and will also give real world examples I experienced.

Speaker(s)

Rick Garcia
Project Manager
Team Up - work together by integrating LOB systems in Microsoft Teams
Level: 200
Track: Developer
Microsoft Teams is a chat-based conversation tool that contains everything your team needs to keep in touch. You can extend Teams by building Bots and Connectors, as well as extending the user interface with custom Tabs. The Teams extensibility options allow developers to bring their application to the place that users are already interacting. No need for switching between windows and multiple sign-ins. This session will introduce developers to these extensions.
Teams Work: Getting Started with Microsoft Teams
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
“Microsoft Teams” is the happiest place in the Cloud and a rapidly emerging platform for collaboration built on SharePoint and Office 365 with a heart in chat-based interactions. This rapid collaboration environment can be web-based or app-based and allows Teams to use multiple channels to share files and conversations. This session will introduce you to what Teams are and how to quickly get started using them. We will look at the anatomy of a Team, including their guts which can be found in SharePoint, Office 365 Groups and Exchange Online. We’ll also take a look at some easy ways to customize your Team, including connecting to data in the outside world.

Speaker(s)

Patrick Tucker
Principal Consultant, SharePoint
KiZAN Technologies
The Elephant in the Room: An overview of Office 365
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
Office 365 is a huge product. I'll provide a guided tour of it. It’s so much more than just Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint!

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What are these Groups? And 5 ways to keep them in line
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Business
Groups has come to mean different things to many people, but at the core they are simply the next generation of membership service. What’s more, Microsoft has tied them to a number of collaboration and productivity tools that your end users want. This presentation will dive into what Groups are, what they aren’t, and how to keep them from spiraling out of control. Learn how to make Groups work for you!

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When to Use What in Office 365
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
Many users may struggle with which Office 365 tool to use when connecting with people, learning something or just collaborating work files.

In this session, Johnny Lopez will help you understand and maximize the value of your Office 365 investment by providing best practices of when to use what, when.

Speaker(s)

Johnny Lopez
Office 365 & SharePoint Community Leader

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