Sessions

5 lessons about the digital workplace I learned from being a massive nerd
Level: 100
Track:
The new landscape of Office 365 and the digital workplace can be challenging and intimidating.

In this session, Rod will explore five ways that his extra-curricular activities as an uber-nerd have prepared him to be more effective in the digital workplace.

This session is relevant to consultants, business users, project managers and anyone using or looking at the tools in Office 365.

Speaker(s)

Adapt and Fly – Microsoft Teams for Agile Project management
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
In our fast-changing business world, the need to adapt and respond to rapid changing market and technology shifts has become a necessity for survival. Join me as we look at harnessing key features within Microsoft Teams, Planner and OneNote to ensure successful project delivery and satisfied customers.

Speaker(s)

Dinah Coetzer
Data Magician & Process Catalyst
The Guid Stuff
Authentic, accessible employee engagement with SharePoint, Yammer, Stream and Microsoft Teams
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
Informed employees work with greater purpose and a shared vision. Authentic leadership promotes honesty and engenders loyalty. When org-wide conversations are accessible, everyone has a chance to have their say and be heard.

Learn how the combination of SharePoint News, Yammer, Stream Live Events and Microsoft Teams can provide the conditions for an engaged workforce. See how anyone can create visually engaging stories, embedded conversation and simple all-org live events.
Beginning with a SharePoint News page, we’ll look at the web parts that give a story more appeal as they inform and engage. Then we’ll explore embedding conversation and it’s far-reaching effect through feedback, crowd-sourced ideas and accessible leadership. Lastly, we’ll see that simple live streamed video informs through a rich, authentic medium that encourages conversation.

Speaker(s)

Automate the deployment of SharePoint solutions (SPFx) with Azure DevOps
Level: 300
Track: Developer
This session covers how you would deploy SPFx code from GitHub or Visual Studio Git repositories to SharePoint or SharePoint Online using Azure DevOps pipelines.

Automating the SharePoint build and release process has always been an issue. Getting solutions from a developers virtual machine to your SharePoint farm would require manual intervention with Power-Shell commands and even physical files that need to be deployed.

It does not matter how you do it, this process becomes the bane of your life if you are a SharePoint developer and even the SharePoint administrator.

You really want the process and deployment defined in your development process along with other product releases.
Enter Azure DevOps pipelines targeting both on-prem and SharePoint online.

Attendees will learn what products are required and supported in this solution, as well as a quick walk through on the process itself.

Speaker(s)

Johan Myburgh
Architect, Business Productivity
Microsoft
Box-ing SharePoint
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Developer
This session will focus around provisioning pre-built sites, web parts, extensions, site designs and more in an Office 365 environment. It will also touch on some basics on how you can extend the out-of the-box communication sites.

Speaker(s)

Mo Essop
Solutions Architect
First Digital
Can I "Sway" You to Come to This Session?
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
Modern SharePoint has so many cool ways to build sites now. The old days of a plain old team site with a library or three are over. Stream, Sway, Forms, modern pages and modern news make for an exciting new journey. Let me show you how to build a modern site with modern web parts that you can use to evangelise the cloud in your business. Bring your laptop and build at the same time if you like.
Collaborate to Co-Author Documents, using Microsoft Teams & Microsoft Office
Level: 200
Track: End-User, Business
Learn how you can be more effective in ‘Co-authoring documents’ using a mix Office 365 apps OneDrive, Teams and Office.
This session explains how the complete reviewing process (draft - collaborate - publish) can be done smarter and with a lot more fun by using a mix of great features in Office 365 tools.

Have you ever gotten lost in all the feedback and reviews done on one of your documents? Likely there were many emails with copies of the file, and different people giving their feedback using different tools and options. It's a mess, and hard to finalise your documents.
There are many apps and possibilities in Office 365 to make co-authoring a smooth and effective process. But many employees lack the digital skills, or are stuck in old habits and using outdated tools.

This session goes beyond the realtime co-editing feature possible in Office Online or sharing a file through OneDrive. It focusses on a real-to-life work scenario, where people discover what a combination of Office 365 tools can do to improve their every day work.
Learn how teams can re-think the tools and practices they use today and how they can work together efficiently on documents with all the great new features of Office 365 to achieve a better process and result.

Speaker(s)

Crash course: What is PowerApps and what can we do with it?
Level: 200
Track: Developer
In this whirlwind session, we aim to impart what PowerApps is, what are its basic functionalities some common shortfalls.
And some examples of what can be done with it and when to use them.
We will also touch on the opportunities of tapping into PowerApps, by creating custom forms for SharePoint lists to stand alone canvas apps.
Also briefly showcase a Deliveries Management PowerApp that we did for one of our clients that features Offline capabilities within PowerApps.
This project consisted of the following:
•    Product administration app
•    Site visit planner app
•    Warehouse management app for order verification
•    Delivery app for the drivers and delivery teams
We will also talk through the technical key points that made the PowerApps platform the platform of choice.
Designers, who does what?
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
Design has never been more important to the success of product design, but when it comes to finding the right designer companies struggle.
This is a designers guide to the tech industry.

Speaker(s)

Jeanndré Spies
UI/UX Consultant - Digital Workplace
Altron Karabina
Enhance Office 365 UI with SPFx & SPFx Extensions
Level: 100
Track:
Office 365 UI looks good but can be greatly improved using SharePoint Framework (SPFx) and SPFx Extensions. These UI customizations can not only be applied to SharePoint but to other Office 365 services like Teams.

- Learn what TypeScript is
- What is SharePoint Framework is
- How it can be used to build and extend Office 365 UI
- Extend Microsoft Teams with SPFx

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How to secure your content with Azure Information Protection
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Business
Microsoft has rolled up its Content Security functions into the not so new name: Azure Information Protection. With Azure IP, organisations are able to not only lock down content but also restrict access. In this session we cover:
1. What is Azure Information Protection
2. How Azure IP is used to lock down content in SharePoint, Exchange, OneDrive, etc
3. What is conditional access
4. How Azure IP is extended to device management

By understanding the capabilities of Azure IP, which now includes Rights Management Services, organisations will be able to ensure that their content and access to their content is managed effectively, without risk and seamlessly to the user. v
Its not a migration without remediation
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro
Managing your data and selecting what to migrate is paramount to any successful migration. Learn the different migration approaches and how to take control of your data to migrate only what your business needs.

Speaker(s)

Damien Fourie
Solutions Engineer
AvePoint
Keynote: 10 Weapons for your Microsoft 365 Arsenal
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
In March South Africa became the proud owner of 2 Microsoft Data Centres. Whether you've already moved to Microsoft / Office 365 or planning to do so soon, there are certain concepts to be considered at the beginning of your journey. In this session Alistair & Tracy will cover 10 necessary topics / activities to help you on your way. Main areas included are:
1. User adoption / Training
2. Productivity and integration across workloads
3. Governance through Admin Centers
4. Compliance and Security
You'll leave this session with a checklist to help you prepare and make better, informed decisions.
Manage Microsoft Teams effectively while staying secure and compliant – an overview
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro
Collaboration and security seem to be presented sometimes are water and fire. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. The desire for an easy way to collaborate and the need to do it securely and compliant is not something that should be a choice in either favor. In this session we are going to demonstrate that security and efficiency shouldn’t be rivals. Work better together while being more secure is not a far-fetched idea.

In this session, we will cover how you can work together in teams and still be secure and compliant within your organization. We will provide an overview of the abilities of Microsoft Teams and its supporting services to secure your day to day collaboration without giving up the flexibility Microsoft Teams is offering you.

Speaker(s)

Jethro Seghers
Senior Customer PM for Teams and Education
Microsoft
Modern Sites vs Team Sites: When to use what...
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Developer, End-User, Business
Microsoft introduced the new Modern Sites a while back but most of us are in two minds on when to use what and what the impact will be. In this session I will take you through the questions that you need to ask yourself before you embark on your SharePoint site journey.

Speaker(s)

Carmen Nel
Senior SharePoint Specialist & Developer
CN Consult
Trouble-free Troubleshooting in Office 365
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro
"If MS Technologies worked perfectly, we (IT Pros) wouldn't have jobs, because the boss would just do it themselves"
As the O365 space grows and stretches, there are more and more moving parts, and more to know. And when something breaks, finding the issue can be a daunting and troublesome task.
In this session I will present concepts and methodologies that we can use to find the cause of our woes in a rapid, robust and repeatable way.
I will show you how to eliminate red herrings, find the primary culprits, source the solution, and generally become a Sherlock Holmes of troubleshooting.
These skills will be applicable to O365, other flavours of SharePoint, and beyond.

Speaker(s)

Ian Campbell
SharePoint Administrator
Karabina
Want #Office365 Consumption? Do these 5 things
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
Consumption of Cloud Technologies / #Microsoft #Office365 is something everyone ‘craves’. After all, it's the physical measurement of adoption. In this session Tracy will cover the following:

- Difference between Adoption and Consumption
- Common pitfalls
- Prerequisites for success
- Steps to take to ensure adoption > consumption

You will leave this session with insights into the mistakes we've made in the past and a clear vision for the road ahead.
We Bought Our O365 Licenses, Now What?
Level: 100
Track:
In this session Warren will walk you through how to move your user base into O365 by identifying how to migrate, what to migrate and selecting the workloads that would be optimal for your organization. Ensuring that things are made easy to your users is paramount to every successful cloud deployment, Warren will share his experiences on what he has seen work and fail across organizations of all sizes.

Speaker(s)

Warren Marks
Enterprise Sales Executive
AvePoint
What the Kaizala?
Level: 200
Track: Developer, Business
What is Kaizala and what is all the fuss about? In this session I will give an overview of the Kaizala platform, why you should be rolling out Kaizala in your organisation.

Speaker(s)

Paul Keys
Consulting Services Lead
Altron Karabina
Without Change, There Would Be No Butterflies or Superheroes: 8 Steps to Microsoft Teams & Planner Metamorphosis
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
We all want to be quicker, more productive and collaborate rapidly on any device at any time. The good news is that our technology continues to innovate at the speed of light. The bad news is true adoption is sorely lacking, we often stick to what we know. Join Heather Newman, Microsoft MVP and Chief Marketing Officer of Content Panda, as she uses real-world use cases to provide you the blueprint for a metamorphic change in employee productivity and simple tips and tricks for using Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Planner on the go. You’ll leave this session with a clear understanding of how your employees can leverage both Microsoft Teams and Planner together with OneNote, OneDrive and SharePoint. Shazam!
Your career journey in IT - are you on the best path?
Level: 100
Track: Business
These days, pursuing a career in IT has several options and can be very daunting for people, no matter what stage of their career they are at. In this session, we will be looking at the different roles in SharePoint & the Digital Workplace. We will also be looking to see if you are being paid what you worth. In conclusion, we will be discussing your online brand and whether you have positioned yourself to be found for that PERFECT opportunity! :)

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