Sessions

Eat our own dog food: Using Planner, Teams and Flow as a Content Aggregator for Office 365 News and Updates
Level: 200
Track: Digital Workplace solutions (intranets, extranets, portals, etc.), Community Management (yammer, social, adoption, governance, change management, etc.)
Office 365 is ever changing, and as IT professionals we need to be in the know the second news drops. What better way to keep up to date than using our own tools to do it? In this walk-through session we will showcase the power of Flow, Teams and Yammer to help surface updates from The Office 365 Roadmap, SharePoint Technical Communities, User Voice and more!

Speaker(s)

Justin Snyder
Office 365 & SharePoint Consultant
SADA Systems
6 Tips to Perfecting Your SharePoint Game With Structured Content Management
Level: 200
Track: Digital Workplace solutions (intranets, extranets, portals, etc.)
Join KnowledgeLake Corporate Trainer and Systems Engineer, Aaron Cutler as he delves into six winning strategies that will help you maximize your organization’s SharePoint investment – making you the champion of transforming the way your organization conducts business.

With more than 250,000 organizations around the world utilizing SharePoint today and a staggering 85% of Fortune 500 companies using SharePoint Online as part of Office 365 – the time has never been more pertinent to ensure organizations attain the most from this robust platform.

This session will cover concepts such as:
• Creating a solid taxonomy and information architecture (including sites, libraries and lists)
• Harnessing the power of metadata – from indexing to storage
• Leveraging Office applications to encourage user adoption for capturing/uploading content
• Sharing the secrets to yielding successful document search and retrievals
• Designing automated business processes by creating custom workflows to ensure speedy invoice processing and HR onboarding
• Managing records effectively while creating an efficient archival/retention plan

Speaker(s)

Aaron Cutler
Corporate Trainer and Systems Engineer
KnowledgeLake
6 Tips to Perfecting Your SharePoint Game With Structured Content Management
Level: 200
Track:
Join KnowledgeLake Corporate Trainer and Systems Engineer, Aaron Cutler as he delves into six winning strategies that will help you maximize your organization’s SharePoint investment – making you the champion of transforming the way your organization conducts business.

With more than 250,000 organizations around the world utilizing SharePoint today and a staggering 85% of Fortune 500 companies using SharePoint Online as part of Office 365 – the time has never been more pertinent to ensure organizations attain the most from this robust platform.

This session will cover concepts such as:
• Creating a solid taxonomy and information architecture (including sites, libraries and lists)
• Harnessing the power of metadata – from indexing to storage
• Leveraging Office applications to encourage user adoption for capturing/uploading content
• Sharing the secrets to yielding successful document search and retrievals
• Designing automated business processes by creating custom workflows to ensure speedy invoice processing and HR onboarding
• Managing records effectively while creating an efficient archival/retention plan

Speaker(s)

Aaron Cutler
Corporate Trainer and Systems Engineer
KnowledgeLake
A "M"ind Bending Experience. Power Query for Excel and beyond.
Level: 200
Track: Innovative Patterns (cloud-first solutions, latest development patterns)
Power Query is quickly becoming the number one skill your employees NEED TO HAVE working in a modern workplace. It often starts with Excel and can quickly snowball into efficiencies across your entire workplace. Join Alex Powers as he demystifies the Power Query M Language, writing your own custom solutions and how to approach the language in a way that makes sense to both technical and non-technical users.
Automation Doesn’t Fix Process Problems
Level: 100
Track: Community Management (yammer, social, adoption, governance, change management, etc.)
You are the Developer in a business, so the business owner has requested that you create a workflow for (or automate) their process.
What are the steps, and what are the limitations? And most importantly, how do you tell the business owner that their process is the problem, and a workflow won't fix it?
Maybe you are the Business Owner, and the Developer keeps asking more questions and pushing back on you. The solution will be found in your dialogue.
#businessprocessmanagement #process #automation
Best Practices for a Successful Intranet
Level: 100
Track: Digital Workplace solutions (intranets, extranets, portals, etc.)
Highlighting the question "Why Intranets Fail?" this session will provide a 10 Step to Success metric to allow you measure how successful your intranet can be and what you can do to improve it.
Building the Intranet of the Future: Using SharePoint to Empower Collaboration
Level: 100
Track: Digital Workplace solutions (intranets, extranets, portals, etc.)
Automation, organization, incredible search capabilities and user interactivity; all things your organization can have in choosing to build an intranet with SharePoint. We'll discuss avoiding File Dump 2.0 by exploring best practices in internal communications and collaboration via intranets, rethinking forms and minimizing busy work by utilizing automation capabilities in SPD workflows and Microsoft Flow and designing intuitive navigation.

Speaker(s)

Collaboration with Microsoft Teams
Level: 100
Track: Community Management (yammer, social, adoption, governance, change management, etc.)
We will overview Teams and address some common questions... What is Teams? Why does my team need another chat tool? What is a Bot? Does Teams replace SharePoint? How do we avoid creating a "wild west" of Teams? How do we get started?
Corporate Communicating: Personas, Channels, and Copywriting
Level: 200
Track: Community Management (yammer, social, adoption, governance, change management, etc.)
No one is reading your emails. They’re not looking at stories on the intranet. So what do you do? In this session, we’ll walk through best practices in communications and how they can be applied to the internal audience. We’ll explain audiences and why you need to create personas to crystallize them. We’ll walk you through communications channels, explaining the benefits and weaknesses of each one. We’ll put this all together with some copywriting tips that will help your team members to read your messages.
Creating a People-Centric Digital Workplace
Level: 100
Track: Digital Workplace solutions (intranets, extranets, portals, etc.), Community Management (yammer, social, adoption, governance, change management, etc.), Innovative Patterns (cloud-first solutions, latest development patterns)
"If profit is the pulse of a company, then people are the heart."

The innovation engine behind next generation customer experiences is engaged employees. Being people-centric isn't a new concept, but digital workplace tools that can make it a reality have advanced significantly in recent years. In this session, best-selling author Geoff Ables shares what a people-centric organization looks like, with case studies highlighting how big data, analytics, employee engagement, processes, change management, user adoption, and culture have to align, and proven organizational disciplines that result in better customer and employee engagement. You’ll leave inspired, informed and full of ideas that will drive change - even transformation - in your organization.

“The reason for employee engagement is the passionate pursuit of a better customer experience.”
Deployment and Governance for Microsoft Teams: An Introduction
Level: 100
Track: Digital Workplace solutions (intranets, extranets, portals, etc.), Community Management (yammer, social, adoption, governance, change management, etc.)
We all know what Microsoft Teams *IS* but how can we best integrate into our organizations? In this session we'll take a look a the proven methods to ensure your Teams deployment is a success. Tips and tricks for end user adoption, when to create a team and when to create a channel, and other best practices. Make sure your deployment and migration to Microsoft Teams is a success the first time around!

Speaker(s)

Neil Sly
Partner Technical Architect
Microsoft
Do This, Not That (and Why) for SharePoint End User Adoption
Level: 200
Track: Community Management (yammer, social, adoption, governance, change management, etc.)
Are you tired of hearing the same tired story of get executive support for your SharePoint adoption with no guidance on how to do that? Are you tired of talks that tell you all the things that you should be doing? Instead of looking at the things that you should be doing, we’ll look at the things that you should stop doing. We’ll talk about what doesn’t work and why. We’ll show you how you can change what you’re doing and get better results – not increase what you’re doing.
Driving Organizational Transformation Through Employee Engagements
Level: 100
Track: Digital Workplace solutions (intranets, extranets, portals, etc.), Community Management (yammer, social, adoption, governance, change management, etc.)
As organizations look to transform and innovate, one area most frequently overlooked is employee engagement. Employee engagement is one of the 4 key pillars to effective digital transformation and organizational change. Gallup estimates that actively disengaged employees cost the U.S. $450 billion to $550 billion in lost productivity per year. Companies with low engagement scores earn an operating income 32.7 percent lower than companies with more engaged employees. Join us in this fun, engaging and interactive discussion around Office 365 tools and their use to digitally transform!

Speaker(s)

Matthew Bowers
Senior Business Solutions Consultant / Solution Architect
Sense Corp
Governance in a Hybrid Office 365 environment
Level: 100
Track: Community Management (yammer, social, adoption, governance, change management, etc.)
As organizations move to the cloud and Office 365, the paradigm of how content is stored, managed and retired through its life-cycle has changed. Content is no longer just stored in SharePoint, but it is perforated across all the different workloads of Office 365, from MS teams to Overdrive for business, content is distributed across multiple types of sites even within SharePoint Online and On-Premise deployments
This is session will share with you details on how to effectively create a governance plan to effectively govern your content across all the workloads in Office 365.

Speaker(s)

Managing Principal
Softnice
Governance in O365 | SharePoint Online. Yes, You Can and Yes, You Should.
Level: 100
Track: Community Management (yammer, social, adoption, governance, change management, etc.)
So you have either already moved or planning a move to...the "cloud". Congratulations!
It seems like new features are being added on a weekly basis to O365 and as we race to adopt those features we're also trying to wrangle all of this new found freedom with the tools in O365.

As your presence grows in O365 it cannot be understated how important it is to consider a Governance Plan to insure a manageable presence for your sanity and your end-users sanity. In this session we'll cover an over all guide to an O365 Governance Plan with a few more specifics around SharePoint Online.
How did you find that?! Optimizing your content for search
Level: 100
Track: Digital Workplace solutions (intranets, extranets, portals, etc.), Community Management (yammer, social, adoption, governance, change management, etc.)
This session will provide an overview of how search uses files and the metadata associated with them to create an index and why that matters to users. This session will also provide best practices for architecting and managing content so that they are more easily searchable (and findable) by users.
Intentional Migration: Analyzing and Planning the Route Through Troubled Waters
Level: 100
Track: Digital Workplace solutions (intranets, extranets, portals, etc.)
It is easy (and common) for a migration project to go off the rails without proper analysis, planning and risk management. This session will present prescriptive guidance for proper source platform analysis based on experience from over a decade of large-scale migration scar tissue. We will then look at how to use that analysis data to properly plan a migration project in such a way that the project stays on budget while minimizing risk and user impact.

Speaker(s)

Russ Houberg
Sr. Solutions Architect
SkySync
Introduction to Microsoft Flow for Non-Developers
Level: 100
Track: Digital Workplace solutions (intranets, extranets, portals, etc.), Innovative Patterns (cloud-first solutions, latest development patterns)
This session will introduce users to Microsoft Flow. We will discuss what Flow is, what it can do, and why an end user would be interested. We will walk through creating a couple of fun, easy flows that a user might use for daily life as well as a few business scenarios.
If you would like to follow along and create your own Flows, you will need the following:
Laptop
Office 365
Download Microsoft Flow (https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/)
Know your login information for Office and Twitter
Have a SharePoint site/list that you have Full Control permissions to

Speaker(s)

Is the Business Case for Cloud Valid
Level: 100
Track: Digital Workplace solutions (intranets, extranets, portals, etc.)
We have been implementing O365 and Azure solutions for the past 5 years, but have you truly reviewed if your business goals and expectations are being meet. Has this put the company's that moved to the cloud in a better position to meet company objectives? In this session I plan to review the good and the bad, after moving many companies to cloud based solutions and what we have learned.

Speaker(s)

Microsoft Groups and Teams - One Client's Journey and How Its Transforming Our Organization
Documents:
Level: 200
Track: Digital Workplace solutions (intranets, extranets, portals, etc.)
Join us for a customer real-world journey through a digital transformation from a world of emails and document libraries to a world of increased communications, collaboration and knowledge sharing. Experience how a customer planned for, piloted and achieved adoption that exceeded our goals. We'll cover facets of the user experience that provided the transformation horsepower to gain user buy-in and also share our migration planning approach as well and lessons learning from our own real world implementation.

Speaker(s)

Glenn Goldberg
Director of Collaboration
Sense Corp
Next Level PowerApps
Level: 300
Track: Digital Workplace solutions (intranets, extranets, portals, etc.)
PowerApps is a powerful tool that allows you to create no-code business applications. In this session, we will go beyond the canned demos and explore the in's and out's of the tool. You'll learn about newly released features and see real world examples of how you can use PowerApps in your business. I'll share tips and tricks that I've learned through my experience with PowerApps.

Speaker(s)

Power BI Administration
Level: 200
Track: Community Management (yammer, social, adoption, governance, change management, etc.)
Power BI was designed from the ground up to be a business driven self-service analytic platform. At best, centralized governance and administration is a secondary design goal and key functionality is often limited or missing. This session provides an overview of the available administration features and covers best practices for managing Power BI within your organization.

Speaker(s)

Director of Business Analytics
Covenant Technology Partners
Power BI and Dashboards 101
Level: 100
Track: Digital Workplace solutions (intranets, extranets, portals, etc.), Community Management (yammer, social, adoption, governance, change management, etc.)
Are you really curious about Power BI Dashboards, but you are scared that you won’t understand any of the words? This is the session for you! During our short time together, I will define some basic terms and best practices in Data Analysis, provide a quick demo of Power BI, and show what it takes to create a few simple reports and dashboards.
What Will You Learn?
•    How to ask the right questions
•    How to quickly get and model data
•    How to design easy reports and dashboards
Project management in SharePoint
Level: 300
Track: Digital Workplace solutions (intranets, extranets, portals, etc.)
Many companies have a need for some project management but usually don’t need most of the features in Project Server or they find it to be overkill for the projects they manage. In this session we will cover how to configure SharePoint to manage all the artifacts in your projects.
• Site and content type structure that needs to be in place to support the solution (taxonomy and information architecture).
• How a project manager maintains a project.
• Document management for a project.
• Task, issue and risk management that occur during the project life cycle.
• Using SharePoint search to rollup information to a central dashboard with refiners.
• Display templates to easily sort search results.
• Using Power BI to make REST calls to the SharePoint search API and displaying results for analysis

Steve Pucelik is a Sr. Premier Field Engineer with Microsoft. Iv'e dedicated most of my career to content management, collaboration and business automation.

Speaker(s)

Steve Pucelik
Sr Premier Field Engineer - SharePoint
Microsoft
Real-World Examples of Information Governance in Office 365
Level: 200
Track: Community Management (yammer, social, adoption, governance, change management, etc.)
In this session we will discuss models and methods of governing the information found in various workloads.

Using several use cases, we will go through governed lifecycles of:

o    A Microsoft Team for a project
o    An Office 365 Group for a department
o    A Yammer Group for a company happy hour    
o    An email inbox and its items
o    A document in OneDrive

We will discuss the use cases, create the necessary governance configurations, and discuss ways to fill gaps with automation and corporate policy; all live within the session!

Speaker(s)

Craig Shogren
Manager - Information Governance
HBR Consulting
Roadmap: Creating an Annual Office 365 Plan
Level: 100
Track: Digital Workplace solutions (intranets, extranets, portals, etc.)
Create a plan for a new or existing SharePoint/Office 365 project to guide it to long-term success

Digital is transforming our workplaces at an ever-increasing pace. But many SharePoint projects are being left behind. One of the most critical reasons: not understanding the unique planning process. This session will dive into what should be included in your SharePoint annual plan, how to build it, and what to consider leaving out.

Attendees learn about creating a roadmap, getting the team engaged, setting priorities, being realistic about what can and cannot be done, building your business case, measuring the ROI, benchmarking user satisfaction, and constantly improving. You'll take away a workbook with how-to instructions for creating your plan, and a list of ideas for either a new project launch or an annual plan for moving an existing project forward.
Securing and Protecting Your Office 365 Investments
Level: 200
Track: Innovative Patterns (cloud-first solutions, latest development patterns)
This session will present the Microsoft Secure concepts and how they can be applied to Office 365, including how to view Office 365 and Azure Active Directory as an integrated part of your cloud journey with Azure.

Speaker(s)

Technical Architect
Microsoft
The SharePoint framework: Customizing modern sites with SPFx Web Parts and Plug-Ins
Level: 200
Track: Innovative Patterns (cloud-first solutions, latest development patterns)
In this session Patrick and Bill will show you how to work with the SharePoint Framework (SPFx). Microsoft used this new framework to build the Modern list and library user experiences that you see in SharePoint Online. As you'll see in the session, developing for the SharePoint Framework is nothing like "traditional" SharePoint development. We will be using tools like Node, Yeoman, Gulp and TypeScript all in Visual Studio Code.

You will learn about:

Developer tooling used in SPFx projects
The difference between Web Parts and Extensions

Speaker(s)

Bill  Feldker
Cloud Architect
Valorem
Unlock the power of the Modern Desktop! Learn and understand the best and safest user experience happens on a Modern Desktop.
Level: 100
Track: Digital Workplace solutions (intranets, extranets, portals, etc.)
This session will outline how the Modern Desktop running Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus is the most productive and most secure experience. Learn how these experiences are the best way to protect your information and take advantage of modern desktop security for your company. Understand Modern Deployment options including Windows Autopilot and Windows as a Service. Finally leave with best practices and key resources to have value conversations with your business and deploy a Modern Desktop.

Speaker(s)

Dan Ramacciotti
TSP - Modern Desktop
Microsoft

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