Sessions

​Note: this is only a partial list! More sessions to be approved soo​n!

Business Process Automation using Nintex
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Developer, End-User, Business
This presentation will focus on a case study of a large education school district in the State of Washington. This organization has utilized SharePoint and Nintex to automate all sorts of business processes, from employee on-boarding/off-boarding to tabulating daily lunch orders from students. Through this automation project the school district has significantly reduced hours of unnecessary administrative work and costs. Steve will describe automation considerations and provide a demo of in-place business automation examples on this platform. If you're interested in learning how SharePoint can effectively and inexpensively automate processes in your business, you won't want to miss this presentation.

Speaker(s)

Steve Dark
Lead Workflow Architect
Marquam
Create a SharePoint Site in o365 to Support 100s of Organizations Using Just 3 Pages Leveraging MMS and Search
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Developer, End-User, Business
I'll show you how to leverage managed metadata and navigation to turn a company's taxonomy in a fully functional SharePoint site with seemingly 100's of different areas that use friendly URLs. Then I will show you how to target content to one or more of these areas. Will also show how we can re-purpose the Item Catalog system to filter our search results hierarchically. Will build the new site live.

Speaker(s)

Principal Consultant
Neudesic
Document Collaboration - PGE's Power Plant Procedure Project
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
This will be a discussion of the document management system a public utility company, PGE, created to develop and maintain the operating procedures for each of company’s power plants. It will be a 100 level session targeted at a business audience that will examine key design considerations, solution options, design limitations, executive buy-in, etc.

Speaker(s)

Tom Humphrey
Document Control Specialist
Portland General Electric
Derek Nishino
Principal
Nishino Consulting
Document Management with Office 365
Level: 100
Track: Business
Microsoft has unleashed a powerful set of collaboration technologies through Office 365. More and more people have access to a whirlwind of tools including Yammer, OneDrive, and SharePoint. How should you be using these tools to increase collaboration with your team and securely store documents? How do I get my team on the same page of using these tools? Will Delve and Sway impact my teams? In this presentation Bob Hestand with Marquam Group will discuss how to use these tools concurrently across teams and through the life of a document to streamline productivity.

Speaker(s)

Bob Hestand
Senior Director
Marquam Group
Get Organized With SharePoint Search
Level: 100
Track:
SharePoint search is the key to simplifying how we locate and access business content.
With SharePoint 2013 it's now much easier to build custom search pages that help users to quickly find the information they need so users no longer have to know where the data is located!
In this presentation, Simon will review the core search concepts in 2013 search and go through the steps required to turn metadata into easy-to-use search experiences.

Speaker(s)

Simon Bosley
SharePoint Business Analyst
Marquam
Intro to SharePoint Workflow
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
This session will introduce the audience to SharePoint workflow concepts, the uses for workflow in SharePoint, and how to get started using SharePoint workflows. We'll discuss what workflows are in SharePoint, the types of SharePoint workflows and their limitations, differences between 2010 and 2013 style workflows, and how to get started with out-of-the-box and SharePoint Designer workflows. The session is targeted to a 100-200 level audience that has little to no knowledge of SharePoint workflows.

Speaker(s)

Derek Nishino
Principal
Nishino Consulting
Leading Your SharePoint Customers To Water... AND Teaching Them How To Drink
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Developer, End-User, Business
Your bright new shiny SharePoint is now in place (or it's been around for a while now). You're all excited about the cool things it can do. Unfortunately, there's a few (or a lot) of people in your organization
that just don't get it. They either have no time or no inclination to "read the manual" and figure things out. How do you teach your customers SharePoint skills and concepts in a way that makes a difference?
 
Follow Tom in a lively discussion as he takes you on a journey of their organization's use of SharePoint, and how they are managing the ongoing issue of training the customers on the use of SharePoint. They use multiple pathways to reach customers with their particular learning styles.
 
In this session, you will learn:
 
· How to create a "SharePoint University" to provide just-in-time video training
· How to conduct internal SharePoint User Group meetings to focus on SharePoint topics with interactive feedback
· How to start an "Open Office" time slot where your SharePoint team is available (physically or virtually) to answer questions that people might have
· How to start up a weekly tips publication to share small tips and tricks that can improve customer productivity
 
There's no "one size fits all" when it comes to user training and adoption, but it is possible to have a number of sizes available for them to try out.
 

Speaker(s)

Leveraging the Microsoft Patterns and Practices
Level: 100
Track: Developer
The Microsoft Patterns and Practices group has developed a wide range of resources for SharePoint developers. We will review what is available and show some specific programming examples to help simplify CSOM development and how to use the new Provisioning model to create new SharePoint artifacts.

Speaker(s)

Kyle Petersen
SharePoint Architect
PDX Portals
Monitoring and Maintaining SharePoint Farms
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro
Monitoring is one of the most overlooked aspect of SharePoint farm administration. Typically, the reason for this is because SharePoint farms function quite well without regular monitoring, however when it fails it can fail hard and create major outages to your production environments. To assist with regular monitoring, this presentation discusses monitoring daily performance, services and errors for SharePoint Server farms, without the use of third party tools, through the use of PowerShell. Additionally this presentation will cover ways to ensure that SharePoint is operationally healthy through the use of operational and maintenance tasks that you can plan and schedule out for you and your team.

Speaker(s)

David Dean
SharePoint / Office 365 Architect
Schnitzer Steel Industries
Moving the Cheese: Migrations to Office 365 and Upgrades On-Prem
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Developer
Facing a SharePoint migration or upgrade and don't know where to start? Dive in and grab the project by its horns with this session. Understand what the options for upgrades or migrations are and how those options will impact their sites and users. Learn the possible upgrade paths and the capabilities of the newer versions compared to your current environment. Focus is then moved to the technical how-to of performing either upgrades to self-hosted farms or migrations to Office 365. Learn the technical steps, highlight the "gotchas", and guide you through some of the best practices used by Microsoft IT.

Speaker(s)

Jared Shockley
Sr. Site Reliability Engineer
Microsoft
SharePoint 2013 Apps and I “MEAN” it
Level: 400
Track: IT Pro, Developer
The SharePoint 2013 App model allows us to combine existing business processes directly into our SharePoint portals, even in SharePoint Online, using a provider hosted SharePoint App. A popular framework for building feature rich web applications on any platform has been the MEAN stack, a combination of MongoDB, Express, AngularJS and Node.js. Let’s see how we can combine MEAN with SharePoint 2013’s CSOM and REST API’s to build a full featured app that uses both SharePoint and our own backend business data. Time to get “MEAN”.
This quick paced, advanced level, scenario based session will introduce you to all of the layers required to build a provider hosted SharePoint App. The app will join a SharePoint Intranet portal with a MEAN stack based backend data storage and order tracking based system. All sample code will be provided to session attendees to help you leverage MEAN in your SharePoint environment.
You will learn:
• How to set up a MEAN stack environment
• Create a simple provider hosted SharePoint 2013 SPA
• Join the SPA with the backend MongoDB database using the MEAN stack
SharePoint 2013 Best Practices
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Developer, End-User
SharePoint may seem very easy to use but unless you follow certain best practices the content and structure can get pretty messy and difficult to manage, organize and troubleshoot. In this session you will learn some of the best practices and guidelines from a Microsoft SharePoint MVP who has 15 years of experience working with SharePoint technologies as a consultant, instructor, author, and courseware developer. Learn how to work smarter and save valuable time by avoiding mistakes that others often make, manage your content better following the recommended best practices and improve your ROI.

This session is intended for SharePoint Architects, Site Administrators, Site Owners, Power Users, Developers, Project Managers and End Users.
SharePoint Adoption and Governance: Delivering successful solutions by balancing empowerment and control
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
Delivering successful SharePoint implementations can be challenging and far too many suffer from a less than desired ROI.

Successful SharePoint is best thought of as a team sport requiring cooperation and partnership between the business, IT and end-user communities collaborating to balance the need for governance, process and adoption.

This session is designed to help teams responsible for the success of SharePoint discusses proven methods and best practices for driving adoption while enabling and supporting governance requirements. It will highlight strategies for:

•    Establishing an effective cross organization SharePoint team,
•    Aligning SharePoint solutions to organizational goals and priorities,
•    Engaging executive sponsors, stakeholders, and SharePoint champions,
•    Planning end-user training, and communications, and
•    Managing the technology platform and governance plan on an ongoing basis.
SharePoint and the Lean Enterprise: Critical Factors for Accelerating Time to Value
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
From the lean enterprise to the lean startup, organizations are increasingly turning to lean production practices to create and preserve value with less work. SharePoint’s broad deployment, mature functional capabilities and robust extensibility make it a natural candidate for lean development scenarios, yet realizing the promise of the platform is not without risk.

This session covers the basics of lean production and explores the risks and possibilities in lean development with SharePoint. Through real-world case studies we discuss the seven most important factors for accelerating time-to-value across
-    Economic,
-    Cultural, and
-    Engineering dimensions.

This session is appropriate for business leaders exploring lean implementation strategies and experienced SharePoint technologists looking to enhance their approach to design with lean practices.
SharePoint Development models
Level: 200
Track: Developer
In this session we will discuss different development models for SharePoint 2013 and future versions. We will cover server side object model as well as client side object models and REST API.

Speaker(s)

Ivan  Bondy
Solution Architect - Modern Apps
Microsoft
SharePoint Disaster Recovery
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro
How prepared is your on premise environment for critical failures? This presentation will focus on practical SharePoint disaster recovery strategies using Microsoft tools for an on premise SharePoint implementation. Bob Hestand from Marquam Group will look at protecting a SharePoint environment through automatic replication of the virtual machines based upon Azure tools and utilities

Speaker(s)

Bob Hestand
Senior Director
Marquam Group
SharePoint Online-Sizing, Scoping, Structuring, and Succeeding
Level: 200
Track: End-User, Business
Organizations face real challenges in on-boarding or moving to Office365/SharePoint online. This session seeks to help understand how best to size, scope, and stage an approach that fits this vast and powerful cloud platform to an organization's scale, needs, and capabilities. We'll be looking at 3 core approaches to configuration and customization depth, adoption and governance planning, and reviewing fundamental business and technical to dos, risks, and rewards. This session will have a strong interactive component; we're seeking discussion in addition to presentation.

Speaker(s)

Solutions Parnter, Portals and Collaboration
Neudesic
So you want to be a SharePoint Developer, In ~60 minutes you can become a SharePoint Padawan.
Level: 100
Track: Developer
In this session we will dive into the information that you will need to be a successful developer for SharePoint. Whether you are a seasoned .Net developer or a Web developer of any sort we will cover the basics of SharePoint Development and all the options available to you. By the end of this session you will have a firm understanding of how to get started developing on SharePoint and you will be, a SharePoint Padawan.

Speaker(s)

Ryan Schouten
Senior Software Architect
Blizzard Entertainment
The Microsoft Cloud Data Platform and Business Intelligence
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Business
Organizations increasingly need analytical tools for reporting purposes in order to extract actionable insights from data. Where is Microsoft going with their Business Intelligence and analytical tools? What do you need to get started with Power BI? How challenging is it to get integrated with your data? What data sets are good candidates for jumping into Power BI or an analytics project? If you’re asking yourself these questions, you won’t want to miss this presentation. Martin Wells will discuss the Microsoft path forward with Azure and Power BI being at the forefront of business reporting as a “Data Platform” and we’ll dive specifically into what works with Power BI no matter where your data lives
To the cloud! Running SharePoint on Azure IaaS
Level: 300
Track: IT Pro, Developer
Want to have the benefits of running SharePoint in the cloud but not comfortable with moving to Office 365 yet? Want to have dev/test farms that are not your internal infrastructure but still work as good as production? This session will show you how to run your SharePoint farms up in Azure IaaS VMs where you can have full administrative control, complete customization capabilities, and all the flexibility the cloud offers. Learn how to configure VMs, networks, endpoints, cloud services, VPNs for hybrid connectivity, and more. After this session, you will be able to use Azure to enable more options for all of your farms.

Speaker(s)

Jared Shockley
Sr. Site Reliability Engineer
Microsoft
Using Customer Centric design principles to go from wireframes to a live site.
Level: 100
Track: Business
This is a compressed Digital Design SharePoint Workshop. We will be doing a rapid prototyping workshop, going from card sorting - to wireframes - to prototyping a live site in SharePoint Online. We are using YOU as the customer, so we will be developing a Customer Centric model, and delivering a working solution.

Ever wonder why some people say it takes so long to build a SharePoint site, we will be pulling back the veil, and showing that when everyone is motivated and involved you can do amazing things. You will take away a better understanding of Lean SharePoint design focused on the Customer first.
Using Office PnP PowerShell with O365 and SP2013
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Developer, End-User
In this session we will discuss how to leverage remote PowerShell to maintain O365 and SharePoint 2013 environments. We will cover how to run PowerShell scripts with out being Farm\Tenant administrator and how to run these scripts from client machine. We will discuss available features and functionalities and difference between OOTB O365 PowerShell and Office PnP PowerShell cmdlets.

Speaker(s)

Ivan  Bondy
Solution Architect - Modern Apps
Microsoft
What is Office 365 and Why Should I Care?
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Developer, End-User, Business
In this session we will talk about what Office 365 is and how it can benefit your company. We will discussion the different options that are available including options for integrating your existing systems into Office 365. Come learn about Office 365 and get some new ideas that help your move to the cloud easier and more secure.

Speaker(s)

Ryan Schouten
Senior Software Architect
Blizzard Entertainment
What’s New and Improved in SharePoint 2016?
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Developer, End-User, Business
SharePoint 2016 has some very exciting new features that businesses will find appealing. Microsoft has also made several improvements to the existing features in SharePoint 2013. In this session you will learn about these new features and improvements from a Microsoft SharePoint MVP who has 15 years of experience working with SharePoint technologies as a consultant, instructor, courseware developer and author.

In addition to the new features, this presentation will also include information on what’s deprecated in SharePoint 2016 so you can better plan your SharePoint upgrades and new deployments.
Working with Lists Through the "Call HTTP Web Service" Workflow Action
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Developer
Have you been wondering what the "Call HTTP Web Service" workflow action does in 2013 workflows? Have you tried using it and been unsuccessful? Are you a SharePoint Online user and tried to follow the instructions on a blog to connect to a list but failed? Confused about what a workflow "Dictionary" is? Are there no sessions in this time slot that interest you? If you've answered "yes" to any of these questions then this session is for you!

In this session Derek Nishino will walk you through what the "Call HTTP Web Service" action does, what it's useful for, how to use it to connect to SharePoint on-prem and on-line, and how to use the list data once you have it. He'll provide a real-world example of the action's use based on an real client project.

And just in case you're still on the fence about whether or not this session is relevant to you; the "Call HTTP Web Service" action allows you to work with SharePoint's REST web services to perform actions such as reading and updating any SharePoint list in any of your SharePoint 2013 farms or tenants from a single workflow. You can even create new lists! This makes it one of the most powerful tools in your workflow arsenal and it doesn't require writing any code.

Speaker(s)

Derek Nishino
Principal
Nishino Consulting
Your Branding SharePoint Initiation
Level: 100
Track: Developer
Need to brand your first SharePoint site, looking to see how you should have tackled your last SharePoint branding project or what to know what new tools exist in SharePoint 2013 for branding? In this discussion we will look at an overview of branding SharePoint 2013 on premise and in the cloud. We will look at new tools such as composed looks and design manager as well as see and learn how SharePoint 2013 has built upon existing technologies such as Master Pages, Page Layouts and .net / SharePoint controls. We will look at no code branding solutions available with composed looks to full customization in both collaboration scenarios and publishing portals, from planning and concept through implementation and redeployment.

This introductory session is geared towards those looking to learn how to use the available tools and techniques to custom brand SharePoint 2013 on premise and in the cloud. Experienced web designers looking to brand SharePoint to seasoned SharePoint developers will walk away with what they need to start branding their SharePoint projects.

Topics discussed include:
•    Branding SharePoint overview
•    Composed Looks (our themes replacement)
•    Custom Master Pages and Page Layouts
•    The new SharePoint Design Manager

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