Sessions

10 things I wish I would have known about Microsoft 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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Branding Evolved: New Tools to Use and How to Choose
Level: 200
Track: Developer, Business
The value of branding SharePoint is to communicate to the user, at a glance, what the site will do for them, and then to create an illuminating and positive experience as they use it.

Let’s take a look at how branding is evolving along with versions of SharePoint, along with some of the new options in the available building tools to use. When is Bootstrap the best choice to achieve responsiveness, and when is it not? How to decide which javascript libraries and frameworks to use to accomplish particular business needs? The session will demo live examples on existing SharePoint versions in ways that can be applied to emerging SharePoint versions.

Speaker(s)

Elaine Krause
SharePoint Developer
AIS
Configuring SharePoint Hybrid Search and Taxonomy
Level: 300
Track: IT Pro, Business
This demo filled session will review the latest advances in SharePoint and Office 365 Hybrid Search and Taxonomy. Matthew will demonstrate how to create powerful hybrid search experiences that include SharePoint, File Shares and BCS results both on premises and in Office 365. You will learn what is required for hybrid search and taxonomy configuration and what you should consider when crafting your hybrid search environment so that your end users can find what they seek no matter where it is stored or how it is accessed. Matthew will show how, through the use of a single unified source for your taxonomy, you can create efficiently tag and find content where ever it resides.
Content Management Using the Power of Search
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, End-User
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

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Five key trends in Business Intelligence and how they will impact your organization
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
In this session, we’ll discuss how five BI trends are leading us down the path to a data-centric organization and how that will impact you.

We’ll discuss
• BI for everyone
• Self-Serve analytics
• Real-time and machine learning augmented analytics
• Data integration
• Mobile BI

We’ll also discuss some of the key organizational change considerations that you should consider for your technology investment planning.
Make Your Intranet go from Good to Great!
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
Imagine spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars on your company intranet portal only to realize that people really don't like it, don't spend much time in it and actually avoid it as much as possible. It could be because your corporate intranet, while having lots of information, just doesn't function well for the general population. In this session, we will talk thru examples of different company intranets build using SharePoint and what makes them transform and make the leap from good to great. Use those examples and little things to make your intranet a place of interest and collaboration that help to connect people in the workplace.
Microsoft Teams Development
Level: 300
Track: Developer
Microsoft Teams is the most significant addition to Microsoft’s productivity offerings in years. It can aggregate most of your Office 365 content and LOB data into a single unified experience. Attendees of this session will learn how to extend Microsoft Teams through the development of custom tabs, bots, and connectors.

Speaker(s)

Richard diZerega
Software Development Engineer
Microsoft
Office365 data anywhere via the Microsoft Graph
Level: 200
Track:
Explore the power of the Microsoft Graph with Gavin Barron. See how you can access Office365 data from any application and understand the underlying security farmework.

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One Card at a Time - Leverage Office 365 Planner to Plan Your SharePoint End User Adoption Campaign
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
Looking for a highly visual way to organize teamwork, plans, task, files and even chat about them? Look no further than Office 365 Planner, which offers people a simple and highly visual way to organize teamwork. Planner can be used to manage a marketing event, brainstorm new product ideas, track a school project, prepare for a customer visit, or just organize your team more effectively.
Join Heather Newman, Co-Founder, Chief Evangelist and Chief Marketing Officer of Content Panda, as she uses a real-world use case to provide you the steps to create an end user adoption campaign inside Office 365 Planner leveraging her 10 step End User Adoption checklist for Office 365 and SharePoint.
You’ll leave this session with a clear understanding of how to use the tool for your teams, tips on how to best organize a large, multi-leveled campaign.
Optimizing SQL Server for SharePoint
Level: 300
Track: IT Pro
A vast majority of the content accessed via SharePoint is stored in SQL Server, and also knowing an incorrect configuration of SQL Server can have a detrimental impact on the performance of SharePoint it is important to understand the integration of these two products. Often DBA’s are familiar with how to manage SQL Server, but may not be familiar with some nuances that SQL Server has when integrated with SharePoint. In this session we will demonstrate how some default SQL Server settings negatively impact SharePoint and what changes can be made in SQL Server at both the instance and database level to improve the performance of SharePoint. This discussion will introduce the Best Practices framework that will allow your SharePoint administrator and/or your DBA to configure SharePoint and SQL Server to provide optimal performance for your SharePoint.

Speaker(s)

Brian Alderman
Microsoft MVP, MCT, MCSE, Speaker, and Author
MicroTechPoint
Running SharePoint in Azure. What you need to know.
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Business
Public Clouds such as Azure and AWS are gaining popularity daily and everyone including SharePoint Administrators are asking the question “Should I move to the cloud?”

In my session, I will break down what you need to know about running SharePoint in Azure. What benefits you can gain and what roadblocks you will face. I will be delving into topics such as automation and scaling, performance, cost, and ease of use. We will look at what is supported and what’s unsupported and the use cases where Azure is a great choice and situations where the cloud may not be the right choice.

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SharePoint Framework: There's a new Development Model in Town
Level: 200
Track: Developer
Microsoft's modern team sites also come with a new development model - SharePoint Framework. In order to produce clean, responsive user interfaces, SharePoint Framework solutions run and are built entirely using client side technologies. This is significant change from previous development models, which requires developers to use some development processes that they may not be familiar with.

In this session, we'll explore where and why we need to use this new model. We'll look at the development tooling needed to produce SharePoint Framework solutions, as well as the development process. (Hint: it's different!) After this session, you should feel comfortable creating your first SharePoint Framework solution and ready to use your client side skills to take SharePoint to the next level.

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Don Kirkham
Lead Collaboration Architect
GM Financial, Inc.
SharePoint Group Therapy
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User
Do your users complain about the usability of your SharePoint? Do you suffer from site proliferation? Rights management issues? Content inaccuracy and staleness? Can you easily tell who owns the content of a particular site or list? Is your SharePoint out of control?
Then you might benefit from SharePoint Group Therapy.
At the very least, this session will give you a free hour of group therapy, as you will have a chance to vent about your (SharePoint) problems in a roomful of sympathetic listeners.
I’ll play therapist and help move participants past their trauma and regain a sense of control through Governance.
This session is structured as a workshop. Since the goal of therapy is to actually make things better, you should bring your questions and be prepared to share personal experiences regarding SharePoint governance (and its absence) and aligning your business objectives with SharePoint. I’ll try to help you get answers.
    • What problems are you having in your current environment?
    • What fears do you have about implementing governance?
    • What fears do you have about implementing SharePoint?
We’ll talk about roles and responsibilities, stakeholder involvement, and when to fit your organizational culture, and when to change it using both carrots and sticks – training, enforcement and business alignment.
Business alignment can be seen as the marriage of IT and business objectives. Every marriage has its rocky moments, and sometimes a therapist is needed to resolve those issues. Perhaps your marriage could benefit from a little SharePoint Group Therapy?

Speaker(s)

Jim Adcock
The SharePoint Therapist
SharePoint Migration Case Study - The good, the bad and the what the ......
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Business
SharePoint 2010 Migration to Office 365 case study. WILL PROVIDE MORE SOON.

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Johnny Lopez
Office 365 & SharePoint Community Leader
SharePoint, DevOps and you
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Developer
Perhaps you've been hearing this DevOps buzzword and wondering "What the heck is that", maybe the boss wants you to "do DevOps". Maybe you just need to be able to do more with less in your day to day.
Come listen to Gavin share some of his insights from running long term customer engagements and let him share some of the tools his team uses in their projects.

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United Airlines Journey to SharePoint 2016 from SharePoint 2010
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
Join me as I discuss the challenges of upgrading one of the largest airlines in the world to SharePoint 2016 from SharePoint 2010. I will discuss the planning involved as well as the methods for which we were able to execute our delivery. I will provide specific examples of the roadblocks we face and how did we overcome them. I will also demonstrate how United is using SharePoint 2010 today and also talk about the opportunities that SharePoint 2016 brings to the airline industry.

I will outline some of our challenges as well as our long term strategies, including how Office 365 fits into the mix. Lastly, I will provide insight into how United plans to leverage the new functionality of SharePoint 2016 to better serve our front-line customers (and internal business customers).

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Rick Garcia
Project Manager
Upgrading and Migrating to SharePoint 2016 Successfully
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Business
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.
Why Search Sucks (and understanding what it takes to fix it)
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
In all the projects I have completed in my 18+ years of web and intranets, search ALWAYS seems to be an afterthought. Organizations not only fail to understand its importance, but also the effort and planning it takes to create awesome and relevant search results for your visitors. In this session we will delve into the dark side of cleaning up your SharePoint search results, practicing some strong planning and query magic to help to pull out better results and happier visitors! This talk will help walk you through the opportunities of solid search strategy, reveal many of the challenges you will face both technologically and content-wise, and provide some quick tips you could implement tomorrow to improve your results significantly.

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Working with and troubleshooting Distributed Cache, let the madness end!
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro
Let’s take a dive into the murky waters of the Distribute Cache and the App Fabric 1.1 for Windows Server service. What is Distributed Cache used for? How do you patch this little monster? How do you determine what version is installed on your servers?
What is the best way to change the identity of the distributed cache so that it’s least privileged? What if my info about my cache host is gone from registry, how do I get it back, where is it? What are the boundaries for sizes of the distributed cache and why should I consider changing them and how?
Working with the SharePoint Framework
Level: 100
Track: Developer
Client-side development for SharePoint Online, 2013, and 2016 is an ever-expanding skillset and it can be difficult to stay up to date on the latest practices. Come to this session to learn how to get started with the SharePoint Framework. We'll focus on using Visual Studio Code as the cross-platform development environment and cover such topics and technologies as Yeoman, Git, TypeScript, NodeJS and more.

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You're the Site Collection Admin
Level: 200
Track: End-User, Business

The Site Collection Admin is the top-level power user in SharePoint. Now that every Office 365 Group comes with a SharePoint Team Site, and because each Team Site is a site collection, there may be new Site Collection Admins within your organization. This session will help you learn how to be a Site Collection Admin and give you resources for training others. We’ll begin with the basics of Site Collections and their settings, paying special attention to permissions. Then we’ll examine some important features, including the recycle bin, audit log reports, and storage metrics. We’ll close the session with expert advice for successful site collection administration.

Speaker(s)

Theresa Eller
System Administrator III - SharePoint
iBERIABANK

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