Sessions

Do we still need metadata ?
Level: 300
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
Collaboration with SharePoint Online is very different with the arrival of Office 365 Groups, Delve and OfficeGraph. Do we still need metadata to organize and retrieve our content? When taking the leap to the cloud, you also have to think about your users. Our IT reflexes push us to set up complex documentary architectures that hinder the adoption rate. How does Office 365 revolutionize the way we collaborate? What are the pitfalls to which we should not fall victim to?

Speaker(s)

Louis-Philippe Vallée
Gestionnaire de produit / Product Manager
GSOFT
Building Office 365 Solutions with Microsoft Azure
Level: 300
Track:
Microsoft Azure is a natural fit for building enhanced solutions for Office 365. In this session we'll show how we can make use of SharePoint List Webhooks to automatically apply intelligent tags and metadata to photos being uploaded to an Image Library. We'll make use of Azure Functions to listen for new and updated photos and then process those photos against Microsoft Cognitive Services Computer Vision API on Azure to provide us our intelligent metadata. This concept of specialized processing in response to item creation and updates is a very common business scenario and with the core concepts introduced in this session you'll have the understanding necessary to apply this to your own projects. Full project source code will be available on Github.
Correlation or Bust? Admins guide to fix the toughest problems!
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro
So we all have seen a Correlation ID or some other sort of error message as a Power User, Administrator, Business Analyst so where do we go now? We will give tips, hints, tools and other information on how to resolve common issues with SharePoint 2010, 2013, 2016 and Server Side Issues. How to Resolve these common issues? IIS Settings and Configurations and much much more. Tools too help you do your job more effectively!

Speaker(s)

Toby McGrail
Senior SharePoint Architect
DXC Technology
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.

Speaker(s)

Joe McShea
Senior Software Architect
IntelliPoint Solutions LLC
Getting Started with Teams: Tips to be successful with Microsoft Teams
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
You’ve probably noticed that your teams have multiple choices about how to collaborate in Office 365! Microsoft Teams is the new kid on the collaboration block – and you may be wondering how it fits in to the tools you have been using in the past and whether it makes sense for your organization. This session will provide tips and good practices for getting the most value from Microsoft Teams – and how to understand how Teams fits in to the collaboration landscape.
Going Hybrid with SharePoint 2016
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Business
The big thing for SharePoint 2016 is going hybrid. Or using on-premise SharePoint 2016 with Office 365. While the opportunities are almost endless, there are also a few things to think about when doing so. Join Johnathan Lightfoot as he goes over the thought processes and considerations that an organization should consider before taking the plunge. This session is along the lines of the Microsoft Virtual Academy course "SharePoint 2016 Planning for Hybrid", Johnathan recorded in April 2017.

Speaker(s)

Johnathan Lightfoot
Owner / SharePoint - Azure - Office 365 Architect / Author
TechForce
How to Develop Your Office 365 Information Governance Strategy in 4 Steps
Level: 100
Track: Business
So you’ve made the decision to move to Office 365 – now, how do you ensure your critical business information is secure in the cloud without putting roadblocks in the way of your end-users?

In this session, you will learn how to reduce risk and ensure your users do the right thing by employing industry best practices for information governance, risk, and compliance. We’ll also explain how recent enhancements from Microsoft – including Office 365 Security & Compliance Center and Azure Information Protection – as well as related, complimentary technologies can help.

This session will empower you to implement proven tactics to ensure your Microsoft Cloud investment meets business needs while protecting your most sensitive data and enabling users to do the right thing with your data.
Intro to Branding Office 365
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Developer, End-User, Business
Is your Office 365 looking a little blue? Are you familiar with the branding customizations in Office 365?

In this session, we will explore the things that you can do today to customize your Office 365 branding. This session will demonstrate the capabilities already inside Office 365 without having to call in web developers. No coding necessary, all you need is the proper security permissions. Wait, need even more customizations? No worries we'll talk about some of the high-powered ways to achieve your branding as well as recommended approaches from Microsoft. By the end of this presentation, you’ll walk away with the information you need to bring your branding identity to your Office 365 tenant.
Introduction to SharePoint Webhooks
Level: 300
Track: Developer
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Speaker(s)

PowerApps and Flow – Making No Code Mobile Applications a Reality
Level: 300
Track: IT Pro, Developer, Business
Today’s mobile workforce needs business applications delivered quickly across many platforms. With corporate data located across systems both on-premises and in the Cloud, the job of building these applications has become increasingly complex. PowerApps and Flow now deliver the tools to build applications at the speed of business without needing a developer background and skills.
In this session, learn how to create mobile applications that can be deployed across devices and platforms using the data and systems in your existing enterprise. This session will involve multiple live demos that incorporate real world use cases and build real, working applications before your eyes. You will learn the following:
•    How to build a mobile application with the combination of PowerApps and Flow (and no code)

Speaker(s)

PowerShell for Office 365
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Developer
In this demo-driven session, we will cover how to use PowerShell for Office 365.

You will learn:
How to use PowerShell for Office 365?
How to use REST APIS and SharePoint Client Side Object Model (CSOM) in PowerShell?
Best Practices
SharePoint Doesn't Suck, Your Search Sucks - Improving the SharePoint 2013 Search Experience
Level: 200
Track: End-User, Business
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)

The Essentials of SharePoint Disaster Recovery Planning
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
“Are my nightly SQL Server backups good enough?” “Do I need an off-site disaster recovery facility?” “How do I even start the process of disaster recovery planning?” These are just a few of the more common questions that arise when the topic of SharePoint disaster recovery comes up. As with most things SharePoint, the real answer to each question is oftentimes “it depends.” In this business and process-centric session, we will be taking a look at the topic of SharePoint disaster recovery from multiple perspectives: business continuity planner, technical architect, platform owner, and others. Critical concepts and terms will be explained and defined, and an effective process for analyzing and formulating a disaster recovery plan will be discussed. We’ll also highlight some common mistakes that take place when working to build a disaster recovery strategy and how you can avoid them. By the end of this session, you will be armed with the knowledge needed to plan or review a disaster recovery strategy for your SharePoint environment.
The SharePoint Business Analyst
Level: 100
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 them. Perhaps you have to test, assist others to figure out what they want from SharePoint or help manage a project move along and coordinate everything happening amongst all stakeholders. Requirements, use cases, improvements, what is possible, 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 and documentation that will give you a genuinely extraordinary jump start kit of making every project SharePoint project or site you work on a success. *Bonus: I will also be giving away copies of my booklet "The SharePoint Business Analyst Guide" to a few lucky winners who attend.
TypeScript for SharePoint Developers
Level: 200
Track: Developer
TypeScript is a new language and toolset designed to make JavaScript coding feel more familiar to developers used to working with statically-typed languages. TypeScript is a typed superset of JavaScript that compiles to plain JavaScript. TypeScript adds optional static types, classes, and modules to JavaScript to enable great tooling and better structuring of large JavaScript applications. This session introduces TypeScript and shows how it can be used in SharePoint Apps and Solutions.

Speaker(s)

What it was really like migrating to SharePoint Online
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
Moving to the cloud is pretty tempting and exciting for myriad reasons, but what does it actually entail at the SharePoint admin level? This session will cover the research, project planning, and lessons learned of an actual on-premises SharePoint-to-SharePoint Online migration process from the beginning—selling it to management—to planning, launch, and finally on to change management and sustaining the system. If you’re planning on going hybrid or migrating fully into the SharePoint cloud, this session will provide you proven practices, prevent headaches, and give you ideas that you can take back and implement in your SharePoint roadmap.

Speaker(s)

Why an Accurate Active Directory Profile is Critical
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
When was the last time you updated your work profile? In some cases the answer is never, as you may be thinking, “Isn’t that IT’s job and didn’t I complete several HR forms when I joined the company?” Chances are you’ve updated your LinkedIn profile more frequently than your company bio. Many of us spend a lot of time on social media sites, including Twitter and Facebook, telling the world (or a few friends) all about you. In this session we will discuss why Active Directory is critical to SharePoint and Office 365 how to keep Active Directory up to date using a new tool called Hyperfish that automates the task.

Speaker(s)

Kurt Greening
Director Productivity Solutions
Xgility
Chris Ertz
Solutions Architect
Xgility
Writing Futuristic Workflows in Office 365/ SharePoint 2013/2016 On Premise
Level: 200
Track: Developer, End-User
During ‘Future of SharePoint” event, Microsoft announced a new product/service Microsoft Flow for automating workflow across the number of apps and SaaS services including SharePoint. I think there may be a hidden message that there will not be significant enhancements to the workflow manager that got introduced with SharePoint 2013. This means to use the latest and greatest workflow offerings from Microsoft we may need to look beyond the SharePoint workflows.

In this future forward demo-driven talk, we will cover how we can write futuristic workflows (SharePoint 2013 Style workflows) that use Workflow Manager in your current SharePoint deployments, so that when the time is right and you are ready to make a switch to another product/service, you can reuse lot of your earlier investment and have smoother transition. Even though the title of the session includes SharePoint online, the contents of this session are applicable for SharePoint On Prem as well.

You will learn:
Architecture of Office365/SharePoint Online Workflows
How to create futuristic custom Office365/SharePoint Online Workflows?
Best practices of building Office365/SharePoint Online Workflows

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