Sessions

"Delve" into SharePoint Search in the Cloud
Level: 200
Track: Innovative Patterns (cloud-first solutions, latest development patterns)
Search experiences haven’t changed much in 30 years. The user issues the search and results – relevant or not – are displayed. However, with digital natives becoming a greater influence in the market, are the traditional ways of searching even relevant? We’ll look at how traditional search is changing to support a hybrid experience with search being delivered for content on premises and in the cloud. We’ll also talk about a different view of improving information access through Delve and the power of the Office Graph to learn about what is interesting to a user through signals from the organization, from the user, and from the others the user is connected to.
A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Azure Active Directory
Level: 200
Track: Digital Workplace solutions (intranets, extranets, portals, etc.)
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
A Power User’s Introduction to jQuery Awesomeness in SharePoint
Level: 100
Track: Innovative Patterns (cloud-first solutions, latest development patterns)
: Okay, we get it. You’re not a developer, but there are so many cool things you can do with jQuery and JavaScript in SharePoint! Why should you or your organization be left out?
Maybe you found that script on that blog that you copy and pasted and just can’t get to work. It looks so easy though.
Why should developers have all the fun?

In this session, learn how you, a non-developer can take advantage of some of the awesomeness that is client side scripting in SharePoint. You’ll learn:

- How to use some plug and play scripts on the internet to create tabbed web parts, customize SharePoint forms and more
- Do’s and don’ts that will help you figure out why that script isn’t working on your site
- What's possible and open the doors to creating a better user experience in SharePoint, whether you are On-Premises or in the cloud

Speaker(s)

All that Hype About Content Types
Level: 200
Track: Digital Workplace solutions (intranets, extranets, portals, etc.)
Goodbye, content management night terrors. This demo-centric session takes attendees step-by-step through creating "content type buttons" their end users can use to easily upload documents of a certain...content type. With one click, users select the appropriate category (or content type) and then upload their document which, through content types, will seek the appropriate metadata and workflows it deserves. The beauty of it is end users never need to know they dabbled in content types at all.
Beyond the Fortress Network: Security in a Cloud First World
Level: 100
Track: Digital Workplace solutions (intranets, extranets, portals, etc.), Innovative Patterns (cloud-first solutions, latest development patterns)
One of the biggest issues with moving to the cloud is the concern for security. How do we protect our information when it leaves the control of our servers and networks? The good news is that Microsoft has been working hard to provide us with tools that allow us to secure our information no matter where it travels, even outside of our network. Find out Microsoft’s approach to security and what tools we have to ensure our information is safe and secure in a cloud first, mobile first world.

Speaker(s)

BIG SYSTEM INTEGRATION: Seeing SharePoint as the Powerful Integration Technology it IS...
Level: 100
Track:
Organizations large & small understand the value of major line-of-business systems, and that integrating these often disparate systems is the key to optimal productivity.

SharePoint often gets ignored as "real" tool for integration, yet its power, flexibility, scalability and depth of features make it a veritable powerhouse for integrating major line-of-business systems.

Mark will share some insights on leveraging SharePoint (on-premises and on-cloud) for integration, and demonstrate some of SharePoint's capabilities with a demo of a seamless, intuitive, natural integration between SharePoint and Salesforce - two major LOB systems present in nearly all organizations.
Bringing the Users with You - SharePoint Adoption and Engagement
Level: 300
Track: Community Management (yammer, social, adoption, governance, change management, etc.)
User adoption has always been a challenge with SharePoint. Some users and some departments see the value and jump on board, while other groups seem to ignore the power of the platform and blindly carry on business as usual without it. In this session, you’ll learn how to get all of your users to understand the value and how to create a “home team” advantage when selling the upgrade to your organization. We’ll explain what makes users hesitant and what you can do to help move them along.
Building Search Driven Applications
Level: 100
Track: Digital Workplace solutions (intranets, extranets, portals, etc.)
The power of SharePoint Search brings new functionality and possibilities to the platform. During this session learn how to build search driven applications by manipulating the search schema on premise or in Office 365, and how to customize the user experience using Display Templates with JavaScript. After attending this session you should be able to take these practices and utilize them in your environment to build rich search driven applications.

Speaker(s)

Brian Caauwe
Manager, Business Productivity
Avtex
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.
Content Management Internals
Level: 100
Track: Digital Workplace solutions (intranets, extranets, portals, etc.)
Learn how SharePoint content management features can work for you. Understanding the role of the content type hub, managed metadata, site policies and more; throughout this session you will find out how to ensure your configuration is setup for success and walk through practical applications for the feature set.

Speaker(s)

Brian Caauwe
Manager, Business Productivity
Avtex
Conversational UI with the Microsoft Bot Framework
Level: 200
Track: Digital Workplace solutions (intranets, extranets, portals, etc.), Community Management (yammer, social, adoption, governance, change management, etc.)
Chat Bots are everywhere and are changing the way we accomplish everyday tasks. We have all interacted with bots in some form or another from Facebook and Twitter to getting automated support. This new type of UI requires a different type of designer.

We will use the Microsoft bot framework to create a ‘Metabot’ programmed to teach us more about the framework. Along the way we will talk about designing the conversations, some things to avoid when building your own bot, and some things you can automate with a bot.

Speaker(s)

Data Loss Prevention in O365: The Basics
Level: 100
Track: Community Management (yammer, social, adoption, governance, change management, etc.)
An overview of the data loss prevention offerings from Microsoft to help your business stay secure in today's challenging digital world.
Getting the Most out of SharePoint Patterns and Practices (PnP)
Level: 100
Track: Innovative Patterns (cloud-first solutions, latest development patterns)
The SharePoint Patterns and Practices (PnP) is an open source initiative coordinated by SharePoint engineering – but what does that mean and why should you care? PnP has tons of tutorials, videos, samples, documentation, and tools (as in amazing, ground-breaking tools). If you haven’t heard of it or if you thought it was just one or two things, you’re doing SharePoint development on hard mode!

In this session we’ll dive into what’s available, how to get started, how to stay up to date, and even how to contribute. You’ll leave this session knowing not only what PnP is, but you’ll be ready to start taking advantage immediately! It doesn’t matter if your using On-Premises or Online, you’re sure to learn something new and likely amazing.

Speaker(s)

Chris Kent
Office 365 Practice Lead
DMI
Matt Jimison
Director, Platform Solutions
DMI
High Value Scenarios for Microsoft Teams
Level: 100
Track: Digital Workplace solutions (intranets, extranets, portals, etc.)
Microsoft Teams is a collaboration tool that empowers teams to work together more effectively, providing persistent chat and a user interface that ties together multiple Office 365 tools.

In this session, we will discuss where Teams fits in the Microsoft collaboration toolkit, and review Teams scenarios that have been proven to provide value in real life situations.We will then discuss lessons learned from organizations that have been using Teams and have deployed it throughout their organizations.

Speaker(s)

Introduction to Communication Sites
Level: 100
Track: Digital Workplace solutions (intranets, extranets, portals, etc.)
Becky Bertram will give an overview of the new Communication Sites in SharePoint Online. Specifically, she will walk through the difference between Publishing Sites and Communication sites, then give you a demonstration of how to create a Communication Site and configure the web parts on a Communication Site. She will also talk about the new "Hub" sites and how to e-mail a news digest.
Introduction to Modern Web Development with The SharePoint Framework
Level: 100
Track: Digital Workplace solutions (intranets, extranets, portals, etc.)
SharePoint has a new development model, one that puts client-side code first. Gone are the days of full trust and server code web parts. The preferred model pushes developers into the modern web stack.

This session will talk about the history of SharePoint development, walk you through building your first Client Side web part, and introduce you to some new tools for developing applications in SharePoint and beyond.

Speaker(s)

Introduction to Office365 Forms and Flow
Level: 100
Track: Digital Workplace solutions (intranets, extranets, portals, etc.)
An introduction to the new Forms and Flow addition to Office365. In this session we'll look to shine a light on and explore what Forms and Flow is, some potential uses for Forms and Flow, and compare it to some of the other options on the market, both from Microsoft and others.

Speaker(s)

Paras Dodhia
Team Lead, SharePoint Support
KPMG Canada
Introduction to the Microsoft Bot Framework
Level: 300
Track: Innovative Patterns (cloud-first solutions, latest development patterns)
A bot is an application that does an automated task, and in general, interacts with humans in a conversational way. The new Microsoft Bot framework, available with .NET, REST, and Node.js APIs, allows developers to create bots that users can interact with via e-mail, Facebook messenger, Slack, Skype, Skype for Business, and more. Microsoft recently released Microsoft Teams, a tool within the Office 365 suite of products that allows teams to carry on chat conversations with one another. In this session, you'll get an overview of the Microsoft bot framework, and learn how to create and deploy a bot that can be accessed using Microsoft Teams.
Keeping up with the Joneses: Managing Change in Office 365
Level: 100
Track: Community Management (yammer, social, adoption, governance, change management, etc.)
This session will cover not only how to adapt to rapid changes in Office 365, but also how to make them work to the organization's advantage. The way Microsoft manages and communicates change will be a topic, and how to properly interact with and provide feedback to Microsoft. Expect detailed examples of past cloud changes, and how other organizations successfully or unsuccessfully adapted. You will learn how unique and creative ways to enable anyone in your organization to be a part of making Office 365 a success. There will be something for everyone at this session, admins or end users of any skill level.

Speaker(s)

Max Fritz
Systems Architect
KEYNOTE - Transforming Your Organization into a Digital Workplace
Level: 100
Track: Digital Workplace solutions (intranets, extranets, portals, etc.)
Transforming into a digital workplace can seem like a daunting task, with outdated legacy apps to support, skeptical stakeholders who can’t envision the benefits, and workforce that must be retrained. Where do you even start? Learn how a global manufacturing company is undergoing a digital transformation using Office 365. From simple steps like moving email to the cloud, to more complex collaboration needs with joint venture partners, you’ll learn about the challenges, quick wins, and long-term success of an organization committed to change. You will leave encouraged that no matter where your organization is starting from, that a digital transformation through Office 365 is possible!
Let Microsoft Flow and SharePoint Designer Workflows Do the Work
Level: 200
Track: Digital Workplace solutions (intranets, extranets, portals, etc.)
Your team members would appreciate getting some time back. Give it to them in ten minute increments here, thirty minutes there by using Microsoft Flow and SharePoint Designer to build them thoughtful workflows that range from simple one-steppers to more complex and conditional multi-stagers. We'll discuss when to use which platform and see demos of each.
OneDrive for Business - Modern Collaboration
Level: 100
Track: Digital Workplace solutions (intranets, extranets, portals, etc.), Community Management (yammer, social, adoption, governance, change management, etc.)
The Next Gen Sync Client for OneDrive offers a lot more features allowing you to synchronize files between your local machine and SharePoint Team Sites, Groups and OneDrive for Business within your Office 365 tenant. This session will provide real life collaboration scenarios e.g. sharing (internal/external), co-authoring, file preview, files on-demand, and many other new features to get most out of your OneDrive for Business.

Speaker(s)

Operating a Large Scale SharePoint Farm - KPMG LLP Case Study, Lessons Learned
Level: 200
Track: Digital Workplace solutions (intranets, extranets, portals, etc.)
We will explore how KPMG LLP designed and operates its largest SharePoint Server 2013 farm which has over 300k internal and external users and 16TB of data. We will cover everything from server topology design, high availability approach, 3rd party solutions utilized, and how automation keeps the farm healthy and secure.

Speaker(s)

Andy Milsark
SharePoint Infrastructure Operations Manager
KPMG LLP
PowerShell: Through the SharePoint Looking Glass
Level: 100
Track: Innovative Patterns (cloud-first solutions, latest development patterns)
Have you been looking for ways to utilize PowerShell in your SharePoint environment, but don't have any practical scenarios? In this session learn which Cmdlets give you the best "bang for your buck" when working with administrative, provisioning and auditing duties. Get introduced to the gray space between administration and development when learning the differences between using PowerShell with an on-premise deployment or Office 365. Also, learn common tasks that should be turned into valuable scripts.

Speaker(s)

Brian Caauwe
Manager, Business Productivity
Avtex
Practical Information Architecture in SharePoint
Level: 200
Track: Community Management (yammer, social, adoption, governance, change management, etc.)
There will be no fancy words (that aren’t made fun of) and no complex mathematical models. In this session, you’ll learn to take content types, site columns, and navigation options and assemble them into an information architecture that your organization can actually use. Learn how Managed Metadata Services can help you ensure consistency while location-based default metadata can help to drive metadata “entry”. This session delivers information architecture you can do.
Sun Tzu and the Art of Digital Transformation
Level: 100
Track: Digital Workplace solutions (intranets, extranets, portals, etc.), Innovative Patterns (cloud-first solutions, latest development patterns)
Digital Transformation is a hot topic and a confusing one. It seems that everyone has a methodology, or a theory on how to accomplish it. In this session we will look at some of the great minds of military history and their strategies to win wars can be applied to winning your digital transformation. From these thinkers we can learn adoption techniques, maxims for how to run projects, and strategies to succeed in the face of withering opposition.

Speaker(s)

Tips in migrating to SharePoint 2016 or O365, to avoid a migration headache
Level: 100
Track: Digital Workplace solutions (intranets, extranets, portals, etc.), Community Management (yammer, social, adoption, governance, change management, etc.)
Migrating data into any platform is a difficult task, especially if you are moving into Office 365. If you are migrating to either SharePoint On-Premise or O365 with OneDrive for Business, you will need preparation, good planning, and detailed execution activities are keys to avoid migration nightmare.

This session will help you learn a methodology, adopted based on many previous migration, to help you deliver a successful migration project with happy users. We will learn the steps you need in your pre-migration analysis, migration checklists, post migration support, and any issues you might face during and after completing the migration efforts.

Speaker(s)

Understanding Compliance in Office 365
Level: 200
Track:
In this session, we will review the compliance features in Office 365, including Advanced Data Governance, Labels, Retention Policies, and Auditing. We will then compare these features against common records management and information management business requirements to see how they stack up. We will then look at tools that can be used to complete your records and information management solution.

Speaker(s)

Understanding SharePoint Framework Extensions
Level: 100
Track: Innovative Patterns (cloud-first solutions, latest development patterns)
SharePoint Framework Extensions are being touted as the replacement for Custom Actions, JS Link, and more - but what are they really? Whether you've started experimenting with the SharePoint Framework or not, come find out exactly what the Extensions are, when to use them, limitations, and advantages. SharePoint Framework Extensions are not only powerful and flexible tools to customize SharePoint, when it comes to modern pages, they're the only way.

Speaker(s)

Chris Kent
Office 365 Practice Lead
DMI
Matt Jimison
Director, Platform Solutions
DMI
Understanding the Collaboration Toolkit
Level: 100
Track: Community Management (yammer, social, adoption, governance, change management, etc.)
With an ever-growing landscape of collaboration tools available for us, we often have difficulties understanding what tool should be used for what types of collaboration. During this session, we will elaborate on all options inside our existing Microsoft collaboration toolkit to determine each tools purpose, value, guidance and warnings. From SharePoint to Yammer to Office 365 groups and Skype for Business we will talk about the usage scenarios and how to combine these tools together to solve business requirements.

Speaker(s)

Brian Caauwe
Manager, Business Productivity
Avtex
Use Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, and Office 2016 to Keep Your Group in Sync
Level: 100
Track: Digital Workplace solutions (intranets, extranets, portals, etc.)
It is more important than ever before to find tools you and your colleagues can use to get work done. With SharePoint, Office 2016, and the new chat-based workspace Microsoft Teams, we now have available to us tools that are naturally familiar and work together to make your life less complex.

In this session, I will give real-world scenarios for using Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, and the Office 2016 suite to get more done. Learn how to connect your apps, documents, and dashboards to Microsoft Teams and how you can work together with your colleagues to be successful.
Using Your On-prem Data in a Cloud World
Level: 200
Track: Innovative Patterns (cloud-first solutions, latest development patterns)
Microsoft Power BI, Flow, and PowerApps are powerful cloud tools that can take your on-premises data to new heights. Using your data where it is now gives you the ability to invest in improving processes, instead of focusing on a data migration strategy.

In this session, we will discover the benefits of using the cloud tools and how those benefits can translate to being on-premises. We will setup a data gateway, connect to on-premises data sources, and use that data in Office 365 to create rich business solutions. You will walk-away from this session with the knowledge you need to immediately start using your on-premises data with Office 365.
What the HECK is Employee Engagement Anyway? Why Should I Care and How Do I Do it in SharePoint?
Level: 100
Track: Digital Workplace solutions (intranets, extranets, portals, etc.)
Most authors and researchers (Gartner, Forrester, McKinsey, MIT Sloan etc.) agree that true digital transformation is achieved when the four imperatives of employee empowerment, organizational process change, customer engagement and product transformation are addressed.

As one of the primary pillars of digital transformation and organizational change, employee engagement is key to success. Next to organizational change management, this area is one of the single most common challenges in any Intranet project I have ever been involved with! This is because or related to, the single biggest reason for Intranet failure: lack of end user adoption!

In this session we will explore the challenges of employee engagement and how we can achieve that through SharePoint!

Speaker(s)

Matthew Bowers
Senior Business Solutions Consultant / Solution Architect
Sense Corp
What’s Your Office 365 Security Score?
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)
So you successfully migrated to Office 365 … Have you done enough to protect your Office 365 data? Get the top 10 most effective ways to better secure your data in Office 365. In this interactive session, we demonstrate and discuss how to measure your Office 365 Security Score, and how to improve it with features such as data loss prevention (DLP), message encryption, Azure AD Connect, and many more. Attend to increase your own Office 365 security knowledge and improve your organization’s cyber security posture.

Speaker(s)

When cookie-cutter user adoption doesn't cut it
Level: 200
Track: Community Management (yammer, social, adoption, governance, change management, etc.)
Most of us learn from others. We look for leaders in a given field, learn how they do things and try to replicate their formula for success. This approach seems logical, doesn't it? Identify, learn and replicate. Unfortunately, user adoption isn't a cookie-cutter exercise. Attempts to take good Collaboration ideas (ideas that drive effective governance and successful user adoption) and re-use them often fail. In this session, we'll examine why reused ideas and solutions often fail and offer practical ideas for overcoming this re-use barrier. We'll also discuss our real-life experience integrating innovative governance and user adoption strategies across companies. You'll learn how to examine your users, your culture and your Collaboration goals so you can tailor others’ solutions to meet your needs.

Speaker(s)

Sarah Haase
Collaboration Group Product Manager
U.S. Bank
Why is defining ROI for SharePoint/Office 365 so hard?
Level: 200
Track: Community Management (yammer, social, adoption, governance, change management, etc.)
ROI is a “fancy” acronym for Return on Investment. While ROI implies success, it usually involves mysterious mathematical formulas that many people can’t see or understand. So how does an everyday SharePoint business owner tackle the ROI puzzle? Do you just “flip the switch” on your implementation and move on? Or are you so busy with post-launch support that you don’t have time to circle back and quantify your results?
This session will help you demonstrate the business value for your SharePoint implementation. We’ll examine common ROI calculation methodologies while providing strategies for identifying your ROI niche and quantifying the business value of your SharePoint implementation.

Speaker(s)

Sarah Haase
Collaboration Group Product Manager
U.S. Bank

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