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Level: 200
Track: Business
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Speaker(s)

10000: Delivering the Business of SharePoint
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
An incredibly powerful platform. An organization with tremendous collaboration needs. Seems like an easy formula for success but somehow it isn’t always! Naomi will cover how to make the business case for SharePoint and its place in the Office 365 stack. We’ll dive into use cases across organization as well as the specifics on the latest in the platform as well as highlighting how to keep up with change in Office 365.

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10001: 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.

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10002: 10 Things You Need to Know to Successfully Deploy Office 365 and Create the Digital Workplace
Level: 100
Track: Business
Modern intranets are no longer restricted to just corporate communications and content. They play a much stronger role in meeting staff and business needs. While intranets are evolving at a rapid pace, they remain hidden away behind the firewall. It's therefore hard for intranet and digital workplace teams to see what other leading organizations are doing. This workshop will share examples across five fundamental purposes: content, communications, culture, collaboration and social and activity.

Speaker(s)

Jeff Willinger
Global Managing Director, Digital Workplace and Collaboration
Rightpoint
10003: A Real-World Guide to Building Highly Available SharePoint 2013/2016 Farms
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro
Building SharePoint farms for development and testing is easy. But building highly available farms to meet enterprise service level agreements that are fault tolerant, scalable and connected to the cloud? Not quite so easy. In this workshop you will learn how to plan, design and implement a highly availability farm architecture based upon proven techniques and practical guidance.
10004: What you need to know about the new SPFx – From the trenches!
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Developer
Want to learn about what it takes to deploy a portal using the new SPFx framework? Want to know where the pitfalls are and what developers need to learn? This is the session for you! Having worked with the Microsoft development team for the past 6 months, I will tell you about a few ‘hidden debug features’, top 10 developer mistakes from our SP developers, and more. This session will help you decide if you want to use the new SPFx framework on your current or next project.

Speaker(s)

Suzanne George
Chief Architect - SharePoint / O365
Cognizant
10005: The SharePoint Superhero: SharePoint Business Analyst
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
If you already have a SharePoint BA role or looking to add one to your organization, this session will cover what should be expected of the Business Analyst and what falls outside the realm of the Business Analyst world. Learn some of the many tools and techniques that a business analyst uses every day to make their work valuable to the organization such as: Business Process Management, Mind Mapping, and Prototyping. Finally, learn some of the skills and behavior characteristics to look for when developing a BA on your team in order to make your next SharePoint project a success.
20001: The Dynamic Duo - Power BI and Office 365
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Developer, End-User, Business
No matter what way you use SharePoint or Office 365, you likely need reporting. You've probably heard or seen Power BI but may never had seen it in action with SharePoint. We'll take you through what is Power BI, how it can bring your SharePoint data to life and how it integrates with Office 365.
20002: Intelligent Intranets and SharePoint - Connected, Personalized, and Search-Driven
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Business
“I’m not sure what an Intelligent Intranet is, but I know what a dumb Intranet is – that’s what I’m using!”

This session defines what Intelligent Intranets are and covers 4 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 as well, covering example projects and the current capabilities and gaps around Microsoft’s support for more intelligent Intranets.

Microsoft's initiative into "the mobile and intelligent intranet", with the Microsoft Graph providing the intelligence, is compelling, but confusing. In the last 15 months, 42 new 'intranet in a box' products running on SharePoint have come to market - and at the same time there are also exciting new OOB experiences from Microsoft, with more to come. How can you take advantage of these, and how do they affect your intranet plans? Will you still want one of the intranet-in-a-box products that add on to SharePoint? How easily can you customize things yourself? We'll provide some straightforward tips you can use to guide your decisions as you navigate this changing landscape.

Speaker(s)

Brad Freels
Sales Director
BA Insight
20003: Correlation or Bust?
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 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!

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Toby McGrail
Senior SharePoint Architect
Perspecta
20004: Knockout in SharePoint: A Real-World Example of Components and Datatables
Level: 300
Track: Developer
Come see how you can incorporate Knockout into your SharePoint projects to create reusable components and data-bound grids that DON’T rely on ASP.Net Update Panels! A recent project bared the power of KnockoutJS and its Components feature to build a Single Page Application in SharePoint 2010. I used TypeScript to make JavaScript easier to write. We’ll discuss TypeScript, Knockout, and MV* frameworks. Then we'll dive into the project and some demos.

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20005: Movin’ On Up – A SharePoint Migration Case Study
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
Our SharePoint environment is a lot like many others – a SharePoint 2007 implementation that was used more as a file dump than a collaboration space. With minimal user adoption, we were never quite ready to implement 2010, with a pilot SharePoint 2010 implementation stalled out of the gate.

In the meantime, some content was put on Box and other services to address external collaboration needs. Business users needed more relevant search results, content databases had grown uncomfortably large, and access controls had become spaghetti. Fortunately, site sprawl wasn’t too bad… except that the reason for that was the low adoption.

SharePoint 2013 arrived to a perfect storm – business and technology needs to be addressed, content that needs to be brought back in-house, and user adoption that needs to be improved. Time to upgrade!

See how we approached the upgrade, the issues than needed to be addressed, and the questions that needed to be answered.

Speaker(s)

Jim Adcock
The SharePoint Therapist
30001: Careers in SharePoint, Office 365, Azure & Power BI
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
As with any career that you may choose, seeing someone perform the job and experiencing it for yourself before you decide to invest in learning it is sensible and wise. We will engage in a "round the world" review of how the Microsoft job market is changing, the new skills you will need now and in the next few years for both on-premises or cloud hosted versions of SharePoint, Office 365, Power BI and Azure. We will review actual job roles including the business analyst, administrator, developer and power user. Finally, we will look at some quick samples of what each job position might be like day-to-day, salary ranges, numbers of job postings, and how to formulate a plan to enter or move around in this job market.
30002: Microsoft Teams is on Fire!
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
Microsoft Teams is the latest innovation in the Office 365 stack. In this session we'll dive in and take it for a spin. From video chat to chat workspaces to bots and connections we'll help you understand the basics and then dive deeper into how to be productive with the hottest product of the year.

Groups, Teams, SharePoint, Yammer, Oh My!!!

We'll look at the horse race of enterprise collaboration at Microsoft and make sense of it. We'll showcase the innovation happening in Microsoft Teams and help you navigate what's happening in next generation collaboration in Office 365.

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30003: Does your enterprise have a hybrid cloud strategy or a cloud strategy?
Level: 300
Track: IT Pro
– 88% of organizations are using the cloud, while 74% of enterprises believe a hybrid cloud model will enable business growth. Are you one of the enterprises with a hybrid cloud strategy?
– A recent study by Gartner found that 8.5 percent of public companies in the sample use cloud email from Microsoft’s Office 365 service, while 4.7 percent use Google Apps for Work. The remaining 87 percent of companies surveyed have on-premises, hybrid, hosted or private cloud email managed by smaller vendors. Let’s explore why remaining 87% of the companies are reluctant to Office 365, are these just configuration issues or something like compliance, security, records management, data governance etc?
Does it reduce the cost over time adopting it and how does is impact on the jobs you are doing today to manage the on-prem environment.

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30004: Building a Client Side Web Part on the SharePoint Framework using React and the Office UI Fabric
Level: 100
Track: Developer
In this developer focused session, we will introduce you to the basics of building client side web parts on the new SharePoint Framework. We will briefly cover the tooling that you will need to get started and then dive right in. You will see how to create a great experience utilizing Office UI Fabric components and get a basic understanding of using the React library as a basis for your client side web parts. This presentation is full of useful tips & tricks for the modern SharePoint (web) developer and can be used as a reference in guiding you through your own efforts.
30005: Azure Cloud Services Overview
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Business
This is a 100-level session that begins with exploring general aspects of the Azure cloud platform and service collections. Then we'll proceed with a thorough overview of management approaches & tools as well as numerous valuable guidance tips and resources for preparing your organization to effectively leverage the Azure cloud platform.
40001: The 10 things I wish I had known about Office 365 Groups
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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40004: 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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40005: Integrating Office 365 & Salesforce.com using Microsoft Flow & PowerApps
Level: 200
Track: Developer, Business
What do Salesforce.com & Office 365 have in common? A lot! And now leveraging technologies such as Microsoft PowerApps & Flow, you can build some very interesting business solutions. Learn how to extend your sales operations beyond CRM and empower Information Workers both at their desks and in the field!
50001: Forms, forms everywhere…but which one should I pick?
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
The demand for building custom solutions in SharePoint is growing equally as fast as SharePoint itself. Sometimes it gets a little overwhelming to pick and choose the correct tool which is going to impact your organization. During this session we will review some live demos of several tools available. These tools include anywhere from PowerApps, Access, Excel and also review 3rd party products. As an engineer my perspective of these tools are a lot more stringent and hence this session will give you a better understanding of what all to consider or look for.

Speaker(s)

Daniel Christian
Enterprise Architect | Speaker | Blogger | MVP
50002: Creating a knowledge community across your organization.
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Business
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
50003: Upgrading and Migrating to SharePoint 2016 Successfully
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Developer
SharePoint 2016 is finally out and it brings tons of new features that continue to make SharePoint an amazing collaboration tool for companies. Many companies are still on SharePoint 2010, maybe even earlier versions. In this session, I discuss and show you the approach for upgrading and migrating to SharePoint 2016. Its time to get with the times and upgrade your farm. I will shares best practices and lots of tips as we upgrade our sample farm. I will include some troubleshooting and custom solutions based on real world scenarios to make sure this isn’t another “simple” upgrade. Best of all, we will have fun doing this.
Attendee Takeaways:
1. Learn how to upgrade to SharePoint 2016 from various SharePoint versions.
2. Learn best practices for upgrading smoothly and properly.
3. Learn some tips and tricks to making the upgrade faster, less error prone and efficient to reduce downtime.
4. Learn how to troubleshooting and deal with upgrade issues.
50004: Branding Office 365 - using front end tooling
Level: 300
Track: Developer
No more WSPs, No more deployments! Looking for a fast and reliable way to build your branding on Office 365? You can use front end development tooling to create an automated build process on your desktop to deploy your assets instantaneous or on demand to Office 365. In this session we will create a bunch of Gulp tasks to build and process our branding assets [Page Layouts, Master Pages, SASS/CSS, JavaScript and Images]. For those familiar with the SharePoint framework build process there will be some similarities. It's recommended that you have a good grasp JavaScript to attend this session.
50005: Microsoft Teams: A New Way to Manage Projects, Connect and Collaborate With Your Peers
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
Every so often a new product comes to market that disrupts that way we used to do things. Say hello to “Microsoft Teams”. It’s the new kid on the block that will make you rethink how you manage projects today and collaborate with your teams’ members.

In this session, I will provide a detailed overview of Microsoft Teams and show some best practices for leveraging its functionality to better unite your teams. This session will have a large demo component to it, so arrive with questions and be prepared to improve the way you work today!

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