Sessions

"Delve" into SharePoint Search in the Cloud
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro
Search experiences haven’t changed much in 30 years. The user issues the search and results – relevant or not – are displayed. However, with digital natives becoming a greater influence in the market, are the traditional ways of searching even relevant? We’ll look at how traditional search is changing to support a hybrid experience with search being delivered for content on premises and in the cloud. We’ll also talk about a different view of improving information access through Delve and the power of the Office Graph to learn about what is interesting to a user through signals from the organization, from the user, and from the others the user is connected to.
A Framework for Office 365 Defense in Today's Threat Landscape
Level: 300
Track: IT Pro, Developer
Office 365 is a juggernaut of a cloud platform. The numbers don't lie: over 60M commercial customers with no slow-down in sight, and crushing it on SaaS leaderboards year after year. And that means evermore entry points for would-be attackers. It has never been more important to understand how its security structure works, and how to best configure it. 
In this in-depth session, we'll examine various defense capabilities of Office 365, the MS Graph API, and Azure AD. We'll deep-dive into external sharing, using Graph, what third party apps should and shouldn't do, and even some do's and don'ts regarding Azure AD endpoints and authentication mechanisms.
You'll walk away with a solid understanding of your authentication and authorization options, as well as their cryptographic components, all to help you make your tenants immune to attack in today's global threat landscape.

Speaker(s)

Ben Menesi
Head of Products
Ytria Inc.
A Hitchhiker's Guide to SPFx and Office UI Fabric
Level: 300
Track: Developer
In this session we will explore Office UI Fabric components by building a SPFx Site Directory using Search REST API and modern development tools such as: gulp, yeoman, npm, webpack, typescript, and React.

Speaker(s)

Steve Samnadda
Practice Lead
Rightpoint
Building Intelligent Business Solutions with Azure and Office 365
Level: 200
Track: Developer
As organizations continue their digital transformation to the cloud they are faced with the challenge of having accurate and timely information for their ever increasing number of digital assets being uploaded to the cloud and Office 365. Expecting users to provide this important information can often times be ineffective and leads to missing or inaccurate information. Join this session to learn how we can use Azure and Microsoft's Cognitive Services to build truly intelligent business solutions in Office 365 and ease the burden from your users and achieve better results. In this developer session you will be introduced to Cognitive Services and the various ways to best access the Cognitive Services API including Microsoft Flow & Logic Apps, Azure Functions, and Webhooks. Full project source code will be available on Github.
Creating a knowledge community across your organization
Level: 100
Track:
Inner organization communication is the source of your company knowledge. During this session, we will talk about Knowledge Management and particularly how to capitalize on all your organizational content.


By the end of this workshop you will learn:
1. Successful approaches to improve user engagement
2. Strategies for content organization and findability
3. Top knowledge management challenges and how to overcome them

Speaker(s)

Johnny Lopez
Office 365 & SharePoint Community Leader
Demystifying Office 365 Groups, Modern Team & Communication sites
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Developer, End-User, Business
This session will do an in-depth dive into Office 365 Groups, Modern Team sites, Modern Communication sites and how they can be used for a successful SharePoint intranet implementation. Groups are spread across Office 365 and is it very important to understand what it takes to do a proper implementation. This session will also cover how Modern Team and Communication site are connected with groups, their new features, limitations, branding practices, the new webparts and proper use of these site templates.
Designing and Building a Highly Available On-Premises SharePoint 2016 Farm
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro
In this session, you will not only learn the technical software and hardware resource requirements for SharePoint 2016, but you will also learn how to scale those resource requirements to suit your organization’s specific capacity needs. We will apply those learnings and demonstrate the process of building out a new SharePoint 2016 farm.

By the end of this session, you will understand:
-- The design and purpose of the new MinRole feature and how to use it
-- What’s different with SharePoint 2016 service and content databases and how to maintain them
-- What’s new with certain service applications including the User Profile Service
-- What process to follow when planning for and building a new SharePoint 2016 farm 
Flow for SharePoint - An Introduction
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.

Speaker(s)

Gotcha! SharePoint Online Migration Mistakes to Avoid
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Business
Migrating from On-Premises to SharePoint Online can be an overwhelming endeavor. No matter the size or scope, every environment has unique challenges. This session will cover SPO “gotcha’s” that could halt your migration, planning tips, and lessons learned. Discover new ideas on how to involve site owners and end users, concepts that improve your site, and a guide on whether to use a vendor tool, Microsoft’s Fast Track, or a do-it-yourself approach. Migration projects don’t have to be derailed! Plan for success and stay on course.

Speaker(s)

Governance with Microsoft PowerApps and Flow
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Developer, End-User, Business
Are you confused on how to establish governance within Microsoft PowerApps and Flow? Are you looking for the solution in formulating your governance framework in PowerApps and Flow? You are not alone! Come and attend this session: What are the plans for providing controls for governance with Microsoft Power Apps and Flow? as we have answered all of your questions!

Speaker(s)

Ashish Gupta
Sr. SharePoint Solutions Architect
Microexcel Inc.
How to Succeed at managing the shift from on-premises to the cloud with Office 365
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Business
Life in Office 365 isn't just about SharePoint, Exchange, or any of the other individual applications - O365 applications are now interwoven and interconnected rings and as a result, changing the way people work. Users want, and need, to interact with Office 365 as an extension of their desktop. IT departments have made significant investments into the O365 platform and need to ensure users are fully adopting the platform in order to realize a return on investment and are demanding organizational change management (OCM) be a significant part of the migration process. This session will guide you through a few of the key technical highlights which help you manage the shift to O365 while focusing on increasing adoption.

Speaker(s)

Suzanne George
Chief Architect - SharePoint / O365
Cognizant
How to use Office365 Sway in the Education System and in a Corporate Learning Environment?
Level: 100
Track:
An introduction to Office 365 Sway. Sway lets you easily create reports, newsletters, how-tos, presentations, stories and more. Take any ordinary document and instantly transform it into a highly engaging, visual and interactive Sway that is web-based and that you can easily share with your organization or the world. Add suggested photos and videos from various sources and interactive elements such as embedded charts, slide shows and polls. Then just sit back and let Sway's intelligent design engine put it all together in a style that works for you and looks great on any device. Join the session to learn more about Sway, what's new and upcoming, and how users are using Sway in their organizations to increase their readers’ engagement.
Jumpstart Office 365 Modern Workplace with Teams and SharePoint
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro
We'll jump into Teams, Modern SharePoint collaboration and the value it brings. We'll discuss the critical Why's and How's of what to use when for content, conversations and collaboration. Come see how easy and fun it is to build and deploy an engaging Modern Workplace. Most importantly, we’ll discuss how you can drive user productivity and engagement with your team and across your organization.

Speaker(s)

Matt Engibous
Solution Lead and Manager - Digital Workplace and Collaboration
Concurrency
Microsoft Teams integration with SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business and Planner
Level: 200
Track: End-User, Business
Microsoft Teams is a persistant chat based workspace in Office 365. It allows team members to have access to people, conversations, files etc. This session is for users who would be interested knowing details on how MS Teams work with Office 365 Groups, SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business and Planner. In this session you will learn things to consider and plan before creating your first team with the demos on how Teams work with OneDrive for Business, SharePoint Online and Planner. This session will also cover Office 365 Groups consideration when creating new MS Teams.

Speaker(s)

Amit Vasu
Senior Consultant - Office 365/SharePoint
Independant
Office 365: Driving Adoption & Measuring Success
Level: 100
Track:
Your organization has purchased licenses for all staff. Now how do you get them to use it and how do you measure the return on that investment? In this session, I'll walk you through what user adoption entails in the era of Office 365 as an ever-evolving service, and how you can translate the results into the one language that is sure to get the attention of executive management: money.
POWERAPPS: BRING YOUR LAPTOPS - Let's Build a SharePoint/GoogleMaps/Flow/push-sending MOBILE APPLICATION !
Level: 300
Track: Developer, End-User, Business
Microsoft PowerApps just celebrated its 1st birthday! It's improved dramatically since its launch, but even from the beginning it was surprisingly easy to start with.

In this session we're going to build an actual PowerApps, so IF:
- you have an Office 365 subscription which entitles you to PowerApps AND IF
- you have a phone with a GPS (that's like saying "if you're breathing") AND IF
- you have a phone with a CAMERA (see above) AND IF
- you have also have a Google account (we'll use it to gain access to the Google MAPS API for FREE); THEN
- WE'RE GONNA BUILD A SHAREPOINT-CENTRIC, GPS-using, CAMERA-consuming, MAPS-SAVVY FLOW-capable mobile business app that even sends PUSH NOTIFICATIONS to your mobile phone :-) ...

Yeah baby. In 1 hour flat. Then you're going to take it to your company and tell them "We're going MOBILE !" ...

Plus we'll take a few minutes to add a sexy backdrop/splash screen, just to make the app look cool.

IF you're a "power user" in your organization, and you regularly build powerful solutions using Excel or whatever else you can get your hands on... then YOU can build powerful MOBILE-ready applications simply & easily !

BRING your LAPTOP (with internet connection)
HAVE an o365 Subscription (with PowerApps available)
HAVE a GOOGLE account all ready to good (needed to gain access to the Google Maps Developer API)

We'll do the rest in-class.

EXPECT 60-90 minutes.

NOT required to be a "developer", but always helpful.
:-)
Productivity Immersion Experience
Level: 200
Track: End-User, Business
Join our dynamic Immersion Experience Facilitators as they guide you through a day in the life in Office 365 and all the latest, greatest that Microsoft has to offer.

The Immersion experience (formerly known as the Customer Immersion Experience (CIE)) is a powerful sales tool where customers explore Microsoft products and platform through everyday business scenarios while guided by a skilled facilitator. Facilitators encourage discussion that benefits the organization and their goals, which changes the conversation from a product-specific discussion to a platform discussion. By letting customers experience and explore what is possible at their own pace, the Immersion experience helps customers see the value that a consolidated Microsoft platform can deliver for their business.

Speaker(s)

Shari Oswald
SharePoint Content Specialist/Consultant
PowerUp Learning
Secrets of the Fire Swamp - SharePoint Framework Development Simplified
Level: 100
Track: Developer
TypeScript, NodeJS, Gulp, Yoeman....Inconceivable!!! In this session we will reveal how you can develop Modern Experience SharePoint Framework Web Parts and Extensions with a simplified approach using only JavaScript, HTML and CSS. Additionally, use the same methodology for development of Content Query and Content Search and future proof your Web Parts. No TypeScript or any other Framework experience required. Before you know it, you'll have SharePoint saying, 'As You Wish.....'

Speaker(s)

SharePoint Framework Extensions as Future of SharePoint Development
Level: 200
Track: Developer
This presentations covers next key points:
What is SharePoint Framework
SharePoint Framework Development Overview
SharePoint Framework Extensions Overview
SharePoint Framework Extensions Demos

Speaker(s)

Alex Terentiev
SharePoint Custom Solutions Architect, Lead Developer
Sharepointalist Inc.
Straightening the Modern Sharepoint Intranet Maze
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Business
If you have a bit of gung-ho; an eagerness to think out of the box and break new ground; and you’re willing to approach your Intranet with a fresh perspective, then this session is for you. Let’s kick to the curb the dumb notion that changing the dynamic isn’t possible.

THE STATE OF INTRANETS TODAY - We’ll review today’s blueprints for an intranet, and why these implementation projects are vampires that suck time, money, and other organizational resources.
REFRAMING THE BUSINESS OF INTRANETS – I’ll reveal why I think today’s model is BS, and share the framework for a new approach that will save you time, money, and deliver a ridiculously good Intranet.
A MORE AGILE METHOD BASED ON STANDARD PRACTICES AND GUIDELINES – Let’s dive into the nitty-gritty details of this new and alternative BS-free approach.

My goal is for you to walk away with strategic perspective so you can decide if this approach may be for you.
The office of the future with Cortana, Invoke and Office 365
Level: 200
Track: End-User, Business
Talking to your computer used to be science fiction. It is rapidly becoming reality and will soon be mainstream. In this session, you will get a glimpse into the future of work. Need to pull up reports and data for your work? Just ask. Looking for files in your company portal? Just ask the computer. How about a daily morning briefing of your events, meetings and important tasks? In this session, we will show how to use Cortana and the Invoke speaker to perform both built in and Custom developed Cortana skills with various Office 365 applications using voice commands for everyday work. While not a dev session, we will cover what it takes to set this up for your office.

Speaker(s)

Bill Crider
Director, SharePoint products and services
Ascendum
Tooling Up for Modern SharePoint Web Development
Level: 100
Track: Developer
Generally, you want to avoid writing custom code in SharePoint; however, there may be times when business requirements dictate it. In years past, writing custom code would involve deploying server-side code. In the age of the “cloud”, server-side code is not possible. Attendees of this session will hear an overview of developing SharePoint customization using web technologies. The session will start with an overview of web technologies including HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, responsive design, and asynchronous data access. Finally, the session will dive deep into SharePoint development topics including branding, components, data access, deployment, tools, and best practices.

Speaker(s)

Steve Pietrek
Practice Manager/SharePoint Application Architect
Cardinal Solutions
What are SharePoint Hub Sites and how should they be implemented?
Level: 100
Track: Business
Are you already on SharePoint Online or getting ready to migrate? SharePoint Hub Sites are a new solution within SharePoint Online and could change your information and technical architecture decisions going forward. During this session I will go under the covers of Hub Sites to show you how they work and why they were built. By the end of this session, you will have a better understanding of what they are, how to administer them, and if they are the right solution for your company.

Speaker(s)

Why Isn’t the Cloud Cheaper?
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Business
Factoring in the cost of shared infrastructure, the cloud is cheaper than legacy infrastructure. But the frictionless nature of cloud purchases and demand for feature velocity (aka multiple environments) promotes resource usage. What are best practices for those controlling costs? For most organizations, virtual machine charges make up the majority of cloud costs. What are the pricing and consumption factors that drive these costs? How can we use that information to reduce those costs or at least better understand the tradeoffs?

Speaker(s)

You're not a developer? Me Neither. Build your first PowerApps in 30 minutes.
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
A20 minutes to introduce PowerApps and 30 minutes to achieve your first application that lets you keep in SharePoint the results of a meeting with a client for a business needs analysis.
Simple! And without a line of code.
Login and register on powerapps.com order to realize yourself this application during the session.
As a bonus, we will use Microsoft Flow to flow automate the recording and processing to Dynamics CRM activities.
No more need of developers ?! Of course not, finally, we will also discuss the possibilities of supplementing our application with advanced code.

Speaker(s)

Nicolas Georgeault
Founder - Enteprise Solutions Architect - SharePoint Senior Architect
MuBrain Inc.

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