Sessions

Microsoft Teams - Tips and Tricks: What Do I Need to Know
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business

Microsoft Teams is part of the Office 365 suite of products but most organizations are barely scratching the surface. In this interactive session you'll get a complete overview of Microsoft Teams functionality, learn a number of productivity enhancers that will help your organization see value on Day 1, and walk away with an on-boarding strategy to ensure your long-term Teams success.


Microsoft Teams is part of the Office 365 suite of products but most organizations are barely scratching the surface. In this interactive session you'll get a complete overview of Microsoft Teams functionality, learn a number of productivity enhancers that will help your organization see value on Day 1, and walk away with an on-boarding strategy to ensure your long-term Teams success.

Speaker(s)

Jeff Willinger
Global Managing Director, Digital Workplace and Collaboration
Rightpoint
A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Azure Active Directory
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro
Take a peek behind the curtain into the service that runs the core part of Office 365; the identities. Learn how Office 365 interacts with Azure Active Directory, and what can be configured in the service. Demos will include configuring policies for end users (MFA, Groups, etc), enabling and customizing synchronization with a local Active Directory, and customizing organizational branding. Services such as self-service password reset and multi-factor authentication will also be shown.
Note: This session is targeted specifically to those with admin rights.

Speaker(s)

Max Fritz
Systems Architect
All you need to know about Modern Team Sites & Communication Sites
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
Learn how Modern Pages are enhance what you can do with SharePoint. See the new Pages technology in action as pre-condition for Modern Team Sites and Communication Sites. The session will address a broad spectrum of scenarios and dive deep into improvements about authoring and consumption experiences. We’ll also walk through shared navigation and theming across a set of sites as well as branding in modern pages and lists & libraries improvements.
•    Learn about Modern Pages
•    Learn about Hub Sites concept
•    Get an overview about modern Team Sites and Communication Sites

Speaker(s)

Automate your day-to-day Office 365 management
Level: 300
Track: IT Pro, Developer
Office 365 consists out of a lot of different services. All these different services have their own needs when it comes to day-to-day management. In this session, we are going to discuss the different ways to manage these services and what opens you have to automate those basic tasks. In this session, we will be discussing Office 365 and Azure Active Directory PowerShell. We will be using real-life scenarios to show how you can automate all the Office 365 and related service through PowerShell. In-depth scenario-based examples on how to manage yours and your customers' Office 365 environment.
AWS Architectures for Highly Available SharePoint Deployments
Level: 300
Track: IT Pro, Developer
AWS can help you rapidly deploy and scale your Microsoft SharePoint environment more efficiently and cost-effectively. This session reviews architectural considerations for building a SharePoint deployment on AWS, best practices to ensure optimal performance, how to leverage multiple Availability Zones for high availability and disaster recovery, and how to integrate with Active Directory and use AWS System Manager. We also look at new Quick Start guides, AWS CloudFormation templates, and other tools that dramatically reduce the time to deployment.

Speaker(s)

Become an Event Maven Using Microsoft Teams with Planner to Produce Your Next Event
Level: 100
Track: End-User
Give your next "event" - a product launch, your next big internal meeting, your next board presentation or your presence say at the next SPS Event a new way to stay organized. Learn the basics of Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Planner inside the use case of planning your company's next corporate event. Join Microsoft MVP, CMO, and longtime technology event producer, Heather Newman to learn about how to become an event maven, an expert on blending the latest in Office 365 technology and production skills to adeptly manager your next big event. This use case can be applied to any project you need to track and keep organized for your business.
Blockchain – Beyond the Hype
Level: 200
Track: Business
Blockchain is all the rage and its first killer app, cryptocurrency, is considered by many as the most hyped technology ever. Blockchain promises to usher in a new world, from creating new global currencies, to go so far as to removing the need for governments and beyond. Without a working understanding of blockchain, its history, and its fundamentals, it can be very difficult to distinguish between fact and over-exuberance.

Join us in an overview investigation of blockchain, focusing on the enterprise. Let’s quickly leave cryptocurrency behind after an introduction to blockchain’s principle pillars and move on to blockchain for organizations, including possible and real applications for SharePoint, Office 365, and Azure. In this introductory session we will stay away from the advanced mathematics and code, while focusing on blockchain as a new foundational protocol that just may deliver on some of the hype.

Session Benefits:

•    Learn the basics of Blockchain
•    Start your journey with Blockchain
•    Get insights to help you separate Blockchain hype from reality
Boosting Collaboration Inside and Outside the Organization with Office 365
Level: 100
Track: Business
The need to collaborate and communicate effectively with colleagues, customers, and partners has never been more paramount than now. In fact, the ability to adapt and evolve has become a competitive advantage. The high rate of innovation coming from Microsoft has many heads spinning as to how to enable end users to leverage these tools to their fullest potential.
In this session, we will discuss common collaboration and communication scenarios inside and outside the organization, and how Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, One Drive for Business, and Outlook Groups all fit together. Understanding that different teams work in different ways, we’ll discuss areas of flexibility and autonomy for groups to own their collaboration with ease without compromising the governance and security of the organization.
Key Takeaways:
-    Discuss the pros and cons for each workload in Office 365
-    Understand options around security and sharing content inside and outside the organization
-    Better understand how to support user groups to leverage these tools
Building a Request Management System in SharePoint and Office 365
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Business
SharePoint and Office 365 offer the promise of automating standard business processes. But how do you actually do it? Just creating a Site with lists, libraries, and a few workflows does not make an application. In this session, we will delve into what it takes to make a successful application in SharePoint and Office 365, using my Three Pillars of Application Design as a guide. We will look at a "request management" system as an example and see what components and configurations are needed for the application to work well - that is, to streamline the workflows while engaging users and providing insights to management for further improvement of business processes.
Create Your First React Application
Level: 100
Track: Developer
Do you feel overwhelmed by all the information for working in React.js? Do you wonder how to get started? We’ve all been in that position before. In this session we will create an application and go from HTML markup provided by a designer and creating our first application. This informative session will help you understand the full process so you can start doing it on your own.

Speaker(s)

Ryan Schouten
Senior Software Architect
Blizzard Entertainment
Doing it Right the SharePoint Way!
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
Through numerous years of eating, drinking and sleeping SharePoint I have come to realize that there is 1 thing that has never changed. That 1 thing is a question and the answer to that question is the most important thing in all of SharePoint. That question is "What direction should my organization be going and how do we get there?". The question or a very close form of that question is asked anytime something bad happens to the current environment or software, the current environment or software is up for renewal, new technology is introduced and last but not least, during yearly budget planning. Most companies will fall into one of the following categories:
    • Current application is no longer suitable due to company growth, lack of functionality or
    • Current application company that created & supported it no longer exists.
    • Starting from scratch and SharePoint has been chosen now deciding which way to go and where to start?
    • Currently utilizing SharePoint but not exactly the way Microsoft intended
    • Need to upgrade to continue support

Regardless of the current situation your organization is in the end goal for all is success and success is measured by the usage of the application. Yes folks user adoption IS more important than being on time or under budget. Otherwise, what was the point of the entire project that I am sure took months and sometimes years to plan and implement. In this session I will take you through where to start, keys to choosing the right path for your organization and most importantly implement SharePoint in a way user adoption meets your goals and of course come in on time and on par with the budget.

Speaker(s)

Stacy Deere-Strole
Sr. SharePoint Solutions Architect - Business Owner
Focal Point Solutions, LLC
Extending PowerApps with custom connectors
Level: 300
Track: Developer
Learn how to extend your PowerApps with custom connectors! Custom connectors allow you to build proxies between your forms and your applications. Although there are many connectors out of the box for PowerApps, there are many missing components that prevent you from building a truly amazing PowerApps experience. We will look at building OpenAPI documents, tying up PowerApp controls and explore the PowerApps function language.
Going with the Flow in SharePoint Online!
Level: 100
Track: End-User
Come and learn about Microsoft Flow, a browser-based workflow tool that makes it simple to automate tasks across your Office 365 applications and many other business/social connectors. We will walk through what Flow is, show you how to start a Flow, and look at a real-world example of how Flow can be used to manage an approval process. Come learn how Flow can revolutionize business automation and approval workflows!

Speaker(s)

Michelle Gilbert
Collaboration Solution Architect
U.S. Bank
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.

Speaker(s)

Paras Dodhia
Team Lead, SharePoint Support
KPMG Canada
Increasing User Adoption of SharePoint
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
Experience shows that people aren’t getting information when and how they want it. One-time communication efforts don’t build engagement, and there’s often a gap between what IT is doing and why IT is doing it. Come and discuss challenges with SharePoint user adoption, best practices, and Tips & Tricks. Learn how to get started, measure success, and win the hearts and minds of users!
Leveraging Microsoft Flow and PowerApps!
Level: 200
Track: End-User, Business
Presenting the findings with demonstrations & useful typesfrom a case paper on Flow and PowerApps that was initially presented at the Special Librarians Association in June 2018.

This paper demonstrated how the Microsoft apps, Flow and PowerApps can be used in any library setting (corporate, public, hospital, school or non-profit). Each of the apps independently can be used in any setting yet combined can optimize efficiency for any process. Many of the techniques used can also be applied any setting, not just libraries.
Both Flow and PowerApps were introduced for public preview in the Spring of 2016 . Since then, the features for both apps have grown and evolved. Essentially, any process has the capability of being transformed with Microsoft Flow. Subsequently, Microsoft PowerApps can package these transformations into custom applications for better accessibility.
Some examples (yet not limited to) are:
An approval workflow (expense, time-off, etc)
Scheduling requests (requests for an appointment, meeting, etc)
Capturing results from social media and sending them to Excel for review later
Monitor news and package a daily digest with a push notification
Be alerted when a key user sends an email for immediate attention
M365 & OneDrive- The Future of Collaboration - Closing Keynote
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
How does the M365 suite and OneDrive help users to be more productive? How does it help our customers to move from Windows 7 and on-prem to the full goodness of the cloud. Hear from OneDrive's Sr PMM Stephen Rose on what Office, SharePoint, OneDrive, Teams and more can do to help you be the most productive you can be.

Speaker(s)

Microsoft Office 365 Governance & Adoption
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro
In this session, we will show you some of the key steps that organizations should take to ensure the most value is returned from an Office 365 investment and the cost of impacting productivity potential with improper governance. We also look into what you should include in your adoption strategy and how to monitor, gain insight & take action to ensure the health of your Office 365 Tenant.

Speaker(s)

Andrew Sutton
Practice Director
Netwoven
OneDrive, SharePoint, Groups and Teams...What Goes Where?
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
With so many tools in the Office 365 Toolbox, it's tough to know what goes where. Let's get real and talk about how to pick the sharpest tools for the job and how to prepare for your move to the cloud.

Speaker(s)

Shari Oswald
SharePoint Content Specialist/Consultant
PowerUp Learning
Opening Keynote: Microsoft Teams and SharePoint: Better Together
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
Microsoft Teams and SharePoint are a powerhouse combination that can further transform the collaboration and communication capabilities of any company. Understanding Microsoft's vision for teamwork and intelligent communication will help you chart a path for your career and your service strategy. In this keynote from Karuana Gatimu from Microsoft Teams Engineering you will learn about the roadmap for both products, see demonstrations of their integrations and learn how they integrate with other Office 365 services.

Speaker(s)

Karuana Gatimu
Director, Engagement & Adoption
Microsoft
Perspectives from a SharePoint BA and PM
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
A Business Analyst and a Project Manager have very different roles on a SharePoint project. Learn some of the things that are experienced in the field from the different perspectives in those roles. We will talk thru what each role means in a SharePoint or technology implementation as well as key debatable questions that are encountered on the job. Learn the answers to questions like if you think like a Project Manager or Business Analyst, does a person need to know SharePoint to be in the role, and what are the conflicts that may arise between a PM and a BA, and the project team.

Speaker(s)

Nedra Allmond
Project Manager/Business Analyst
ExecuComp Services LLC
PowerApps - No Code Applications for the Citizen Developer
Level: 200
Track: End-User
PowerApps is a no code service for building and using custom business apps that connect to your data and work across the web and mobile. In this session we explore common components used in PowerApps and leverage that foundation to build an app connected to multiple data sources, extending data in SharePoint - without writing a line of code!

This session will go beyond an introduction and demonstrate techniques you can apply right away; such as cascading dropdowns, minimizing screens to improve performance and auto populating forms.

Speaker(s)

Galen Keene
Owner
HKITC
PowerApps: The Untold Story
Level: 100
Track: End-User
Come along on the journey of one power user as we relive their experience of building a functional PowerApp. Learn what PowerApps is, how Microsoft is positioning it, and some of the key things you should know before you dive in. You’ll leave with a list of common pitfalls and ways to resolve them so you can get started with PowerApps.

Speaker(s)

Matthew Ruderman
Collaboration Product Manager
U.S. Bank
PowerShell for SharePoint Online - Making SharePoint Admins feel loved again
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro
Office 365 PowerShell is an incredible tool for SharePoint admins to use in their daily administration of SharePoint Online.
Come to this session to learn:
What's new with PoSh for SPO
How to manage sites, users, groups with O365 PowerShell
The Top Ten cmdlets SP Admins will use
Walk away with ready to use scripts!

Speaker(s)

Rick Taylor
DevOps Engineer
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 Online Developer's Toolset
Level: 100
Track: Developer
Status: Pending
Level: 100
Track: Developer
The sessions describes a place of SharePoint in Modern Office 365 and Microsoft ecosystem.
It provides high-level overview of the building blocks that are available for a developer in SharePoint Online.

The session could be a great start of the day for developers as it doesn't dig into some specific topic but prepares the basement for future deep dives.

Speaker(s)

Alex Terentiev
SharePoint Custom Solutions Architect, Lead Developer
Sharepointalist Inc.
SharePoint Server 2016 hybrid configuration roadmaps
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Developer, End-User, Business
I would focus not just on explaining the items below, but also to show the benefits of a hybrid environment.
- Configure hybrid OneDrive
- Configure hybrid sites features
- Configure hybrid search
- Configure hybrid federated search
- Configure hybrid business connectivity services
Showcase your best story: Tips and Best Practices for Modern Communication Sites
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
Communication Sites provide a great tool to create beautiful, mobile-friendly, dynamic intranet sites. But just easy to create doesn’t always mean that easy to “consume.” It’s just as easy to create an ineffective beautiful site as it is to create an ineffective ugly site! In this session, we’ll review how to create sites that are both beautiful and effective using the modern Communication Site framework. You will learn how to leverage the “hero web part,” the best way to enhance your content with images, and how to create great content on your pages using the new section layouts, including what type of content works best in each layout. You will take away ideas that will help your sites go from boring to soaring!
TimeSheet App - Demo: A collaborative use of SharePoint Online, Exchange Online, PowerApps and Microsoft Flow.
Level: 300
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
This session will demo the Timesheet application. This is a classic example of using SharePoint Online, Exchange Online, PowerApps and Microsoft Flow together and making an internal approval application for any organization.
This session will show Office 365 is just not a place to use messaging and SharePoint services rather we can do more and create some applications like Golden Five Time Sheet App.
Understanding Compliance and Records Management in Office 365
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Business
The world of SharePoint compliance and records management became more complicated as we moved to Office 365. Instead of records centers, we have labels, and it can be difficult to understand how exactly to stay in compliance. In this session, we will review the compliance features in Office 365, including Advanced Data Governance, Labels, Retention Policies, and Azure Information Protection. We will then compare these features against common records management and compliance business requirements to see how they stack up.
What to Expect with SharePoint 2019
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro
Microsoft has announced SharePoint 2019 and IT Pros need to recognize the potential changes and how it aligns with Office 365.  During this session we will discuss the investment areas for SharePoint 2019 and how understanding these investments can assist IT Pros making decisions on their existing deployments today.​​

Speaker(s)

Brian Caauwe
Manager, Business Productivity
Avtex
Yammer, SharePoint & Teams - Oh My! Why and how to use these tools
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
These tools compliment and overlap, so how do you pick 'what to use when' and how can you help your users figure this out. This is a fun and engaging session with some real detail on the issues, advantages and trade-offs involved in implementing a Digital Workplace using these components of Office 365.

Speaker(s)

Ruven Gotz
Director, Digital Workplace Advisory
Avanade

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