Sessions

A Power User’s Introduction to jQuery Awesomeness in SharePoint
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Developer, End-User, Business
: Okay, we get it. You’re not a developer, but there so many cool things you can do with jQuery and JavaScript in SharePoint!
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 Power User 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

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An Office 365 Admin’s Guide to Azure Active Directory
Level: 100
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
Office 365 Specialist
Best Practices for a Successful Intranet
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
Why do so many intranet projects fail? Why is there a perceived need for an intranet, yet such low adoption within the organization? Who is "driving" the project: IT or the business? This session will discuss characteristics and success factors that contribute to a successful, well adopted intranet.
Building a Better Archive in Office 365
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Developer
Do you have the tools and knowledge to build a meaningful and effective archive in SharePoint or SharePoint Online? During this session, we’ll discuss steps to setting up an archive, including and especially constructing a meaningful taxonomy, migrating and structuring content to build a “smart archive,” as well as tips for maintaining and managing a structured, clean archival system. Then, we’ll go beyond the archive to help you understand how to pivot to a full ECM model with search, workflow and records management.

Speaker(s)

Russ Houberg
Certified SharePoint Master & Distinguished Engineer at KnowledgeLake
KnowledgeLake
Building Search Driven Applications
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro
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.

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Brian Caauwe
Manager, Business Productivity
Avtex
Designing for Optimal Performance in SharePoint Online
Level: 100
Track: Developer
In the last several years, the growth in popularity and compelling value of Office 365 have resulted in many organizations adopting SharePoint Online rather than building an on-premises implementation. Developing for SharePoint Online shouldn’t be approached with the same mindset as developing for SharePoint on-premises, though. In this session, we’ll take a look at how SharePoint Online is implemented and how it differs from a typical on-premises implementation. We’ll examine why developing for the cloud is different, identify common development concerns, and demonstrate some good (and bad) development approaches. We’ll also look at some hands-on troubleshooting techniques that are available for diagnosing common SharePoint Online performance problems, as well as some solutions that can be applied. At the conclusion of this session, participants will have a greater understanding of SharePoint Online, how to develop for it, and how to perform basic performance troubleshooting in the cloud.
Highlights
1.    Build an understanding of how SharePoint Online is implemented
2.    Identify common SharePoint Online development concerns and challenges
3.    Demonstrate SharePoint Online troubleshooting tools, activities, and remediation steps
Disaster Recovery - SharePoint in Azure
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro
How you can take advantage of Azure to create an enterprise disaster recovery solution for your SharePoint environment.

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Do This, Not That (and Why) for SharePoint End User Adoption
Level: 200
Track: End-User
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.
Essentials for the SharePoint Power User
Level: 100
Track: End-User
Are you a newly minted site owner and you want to know how to get started? Or did your company just roll out SharePoint and you want to learn more about what it can do?

In this session, I will walk through what Power Users need to know when they become site administrators, champions, ninjas, or owners. I will be going through things at an overview level. I will go into detail on some areas in which I have seen the biggest gaps while working with different companies. This session will go through such things as:
•    Managing security
•    Managing libraries and lists
•    Managing search
•    What are the features available and what do they do?
•    Building a useful site with pages, views and web parts

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Hidden Gems in Office 365
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
Office 365 is Microsoft’s innovation laboratory and new features are rolling out all the time. When you implement Office 365 you also get exciting new features that combine features from Exchange, SharePoint and other workloads.

This session will cover some of the hidden features and show you how your organization can leverage them to become more productive. Whether it is Office 365 Groups, Flow and Power Apps, or multi-authoring in Office Online, after attending this session you will be the power user that everyone looks to for help.

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How to Architect & Build SharePoint 2016 Search to match your organization's needs?
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro
How to Architect & Build SharePoint 2016 Search to match your organization's needs?

There's a lot of information on various components in Search and best practices around them, but how do you apply that to your organization? This session covers the kind of information you need to collect from your current environment, and then apply these concepts to architect the search solution that fits your needs. Building it out is the easy part! :-)

Speaker(s)

Ajay Iyer
MTC Architect - Modern Workplace
Microsoft
How to create an interactive Knowledge Base in SharePoint
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
Many organizations have a need for a knowledge base of information that can be easily accessed and regularly updated by a group of people. In this session I will show you how to quickly and easily set up an interactive Knowledge Base using any version of SharePoint.
Intelligence throughout Office 365: Delve, MyAnalytics, and Microsoft Graph-powered experiences
Level: 200
Track: End-User, Business
Join Mark to learn how intelligence is powering new experiences throughout Office 365. Personalized, intuitive insights from the Microsoft Graph help you and your organization achieve more. From content and discovery with Delve, time and network insights with MyAnalytics, to powerful people and content experiences throughout Office 365 - we will explore how intelligence helps you and your organization discover the right, relevant people and content, and save time.

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Intranet of Things and where Office 365 Fits
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
32% of the U.S. workforce is actively engaged at work. High employee engagement is closely associated with an organization's business success, yet unengaged workers cost the United States economy between $450 billion to $550 billion each year in lost productivity.

We will explore some best practices around where to start on creating the digital workplace and the roadmap needed for a successful Office 365 rollout and deployment.

Speaker(s)

Jeff Willinger
Global Managing Director, Digital Workplace and Collaboration
Rightpoint
Introduction to Modern Web Development with SPFx
Level: 100
Track: Developer
The SharePoint Framework, SPFx, has been released in developer preview and is being billed as "the next evolution in SharePoint development." In fact, this evolution brings SharePoint development out of the server and into the realm of the modern front-end stack. Patrick will talk about the evolution of SharePoint development and will demonstrate some of the new to SharePoint technologies used to create client-side web parts.

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Keeping up with the Joneses: Managing Change in Office 365
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
In Office 365, administrators have lost most, if not all, of the control of updates and upgrades, but are still held responsible for the impact. With Microsoft rolling out new features to Office 365 and Azure every week, the game has changed.
This session will cover not only how to adapt to these rapid changes in the Microsoft cloud, 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. There will be something for everyone at his session, admins or end users of any skill level.

Speaker(s)

Max Fritz
Office 365 Specialist
KEYNOTE - The Future of SharePoint is Now!
Level: 200
Track: Business
Microsoft is delivering on the cloud-first, mobile-first vision for SharePoint and OneDrive. Join Microsoft’s Mark Kashman for a current, comprehensive look at the features and experiences that deliver solid content collaboration capabilities to your organization, to your teams, and to you. The future of SharePoint is now, it’s here, and it’s growing.

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Leveraging AOP in SharePoint Custom Development
Level: 100
Track: Developer
Despite having been around for the better part of two decades, most developers building solutions on the .NET Framework (including full-trust SharePoint solutions) aren’t familiar with Aspect-Oriented Programming, or AOP. The goal of this session is to introduce developers to AOP, what it is, how it works, and the tools that enable the use of AOP in .NET solution development. We’ll also be working through a number of code samples that illustrate how AOP greatly simplifies the process of addressing cross-cutting development concerns like logging, security, exception handling, and more. If you’re looking for ways to streamline development and reduce boilerplate code in your solutions, you won’t want to miss this session.
Microsoft Teams - Introduction to this great new tool!
Documents:
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User
In this session i will talk about Microsoft's latest tool. What is Microsoft Teams and how you will use it in your organization. I will give a tour of Microsoft Teams and compare it to Slack.

Speaker(s)

Bill  Feldker
Cloud Architect
Valorem
Much Ado About Documents
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
There are many ways to approach Document Management in SharePoint, but some of the best features, go underutilized in most business. After working with documents for a while, many people ask, what’s the best way to archive or move documents from place to place or what is the difference between Records Management Center and in-place records management? There are many of these hidden gems within SharePoint that most people don’t even know exist. In this session, you will learn about features like: Document Sets, Archiving, Records Management and Document ID’s that will enrich your experience and use with everyday document management.
Office 365 Groups from the Group Up
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro
Office 365 Groups enable teams to work together by establishing a single identity in Office 365. Office 365 Groups are a new and modern solution for collaboration in Office 365. There is a lot of confusion on what Groups can do and should be used for. This session will be a deep dive into all things Office 365 Groups focusing on the technical aspects.

We will spend a large amount of this session demoing Office 365 Groups. This session will include demos of:

•    How to create, access, and navigate?
•    What are the core things to do?
•    How are they technically structured?
•    What administration is available and how to do it?

I will also walk through the pros and cons of using Groups vs other collaboration options in Office 365. Groups are also one of the fastest changing solutions in Office 365, so this session will bring everyone up to speed on the most recent updates that Microsoft has rolled out and what innovations are next. By the end of the session you should have a better understanding of what Groups can do and if they are right for your enterprise right now or in the future!

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Office Hands-on Fun
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
Often overlooked, Office Sway, Office Mix, and Docs.com can be used to create and post creative and publicly-accessible presentations that look good and provide great tracking mechanisms for measuring viewership. If a picture is worth a 1,000 words, let your presentation take on new life in a mobile-friendly and accessible way. In this presentation, you'll get a brief overview of Sway, Office Mix, and Docs.com. Next, bring your own laptop and start creating your own Sway. At the end we'll post the Sway to Docs.com and let others in the class see your masterpiece.
Oh! The Places You will Go In SharePoint
Level: 100
Track: End-User
Have you ever had that dreaded moment when you learn something new and wish you would have learned it just a week before? Let’s face it, SharePoint is big! It can be daunting at first and there’s lot of places to make mistakes. In this session, we will hit some of the hottest tips, tricks, gotchas and ah ha’s for getting started with SharePoint. From what browsers work best to where to find content types this fast paced session will give you a great start on your journey into SharePoint. You will succeed, yes indeed!
Planning for Office 365 Mobile Access
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
The mobile landscape for Office 365 is vast and quickly changing. A year ago our focus was on simply getting to the cloud. Today many of us have already deployed Exchange, Skype, and SharePoint in Office 365 and are beginning to wonder what’s next as we begin to look at mobile access to Office 365. Join this session to learn about:

•    Overview of available Office 365 Applications and real world use scenarios
•    Discussing SharePoint Responsive Design vs using an App
•    Learn about the latest offerings for Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility & Security Suite
•    The future of mobile forms and workflow with PowerApps and Flow
PowerApps and Flow
Level: 100
Track: Developer
PowerApps and Flow are the next generation tools replacing InfoPath and SharePoint Designer workflows. These tools provide a mobile-first way to collect and disseminate information from various sources, including Office 365. In this session, you'll get an overview of PowerApps and Flow, and watch a basic demo of how to create a PowerApp that connects to SharePoint Online, using Microsoft Flow to send out an e-mail notification when item is added to a list. We'll talk about the new Dynamics 365 portal and how it can be used to store and publish your PowerApps.
Requirements Gathering for SharePoint Developers
Level: 200
Track: Developer
Getting good requirements may be the key to good development but that’s hard to do in a SharePoint environment where sometimes the platform will meet a requirement, sometimes you can configure out of the box components to meet the requirement, and sometimes you need to crack open Visual Studio and do your magic. In this session you’ll get SharePoint specific requirements gathering tips as well as tools that you can use for any requirements project. We’ll help you ask the questions to know whether out of the box will do it – or whether you’ll be developing something new.
SharePoint Business Value - Connecting IT to the Business of Doing Business
Level: 100
Track: Business
A business related session designed to help IT team members better understand, identify, and more importantly communicate the BUSINESS value of their proposed SharePoint solution to business stakeholders. Will discuss concepts of business driver, business value, business benefit, and ROI. Key concepts are connecting IT to business! Bridging the gaps between IT and the business!

Speaker(s)

Matthew Bowers
Senior Business Solutions Consultant / Solution Architect
Sense Corp
SharePoint Collaborative Communication Strategies and Tools for FUN, Engaging, and Successful Projects
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
Ashley Agler specializes in business process optimization and collaboration. Ashley is passionate about tribal business solutions, she loves thinking about how to utilize the stack in new and exciting experiences. Prior to working with the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, Ashley attended Western Michigan University for her Master’s in Public Administration focusing on the government sector. Ashley utilizes her skills in collaborative requirements gathering and project management to provide fresh solutions to everyday business issues. Ashley’s enthusiasm adds life to any meeting and build out completed by utilizing collaboration games. In her off time she enjoys travel, scuba diving, and fishing alongside her husband Pawel and their pets. Ashley writes about various business issues she comes across, and her travels in her blog: www.ashleyagler.com
SharePoint Designer Custom Workflows: Making the Approval Process Dynamic
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Developer, Business
So you need to build a workflow that includes an approval process, but how do you make the approval process do what you need it to do?

"I added an approval process to my custom workflow, but I need to have multiple approvals."
"Why does my approval process return Approved or Completed when the user Rejects it?"
"How do I run an approval process for multiple users to approve but require all of them to approve/reject it?"
"What is the difference between serial and parallel approvals?"
"How do groups work with the approval process?"

During this session, we'll talk through some of these scenarios and questions and demo how to interact with the actual SharePoint workflow steps to make it do what you want it to do. This session will be high level enough for business users who are already familiar with using SharePoint Designer to create custom workflows, but will also include enough logic and "code" to interest the SharePoint developer who is asked to create workflows for the business.

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SharePoint Designer Workflows – Nuts, Bolts & Examples
Level: 100
Track: End-User
This session will touch on all different aspects of SharePoint Designer workflows. Whether you are just getting started with your first workflow or want to see some cool complex examples, this session is for you!

The key areas this session will cover are:
•    Differences between SharePoint 2010 and 2013 workflows
•    Getting started with SharePoint Designer workflows
•    Great workflow features you might not be using
•    My handy tips and tricks
•    Real world examples of when you can use workflows

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SPEasyForms: the Free Forms Designer Solution for SharePoint
Documents:
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User
SPEasyForms is a free, open source forms designer solution for SharePoint 2010, SharePoint 2013, and Office 365. Once installed, administrators and power users can customize new, edit, and display forms through a drag and drop editor available on the list settings page; no code required. Organize your forms by placing fields in multiple columns, tabs, or accordions. Customize input controls by applying cascading drop downs, type ahead, and more. Configure conditional visibility based on things like membership in a SharePoint group or the current value of another field. Everything is done in the browser. In this session, I'll take you through getting it, installing it, and using it to significantly customize a SharePoint form from scratch.

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Spice Up Your Forms and Views with Client Side Rendering (CSR)
Documents:
Level: 100
Track: Developer
In this demo-heavy session we'll work our way through a series of progressively more complex samples for modifying the look and feel of SharePoint fields, for instance applying type ahead or cascading drop downs to fields using CSR. We'll also cover how to use CSR to modify the structure of a form to create things like tabbed forms. We’ll cover various techniques for attaching event handlers to CSR rendered DOM elements, how to bring in third party libraries like jQuery, and how to deploy through the browser, declaratively, or programmatically. We’ll also talk about some advanced topics like how Minimal Download Strategy (MDS) can mess up your whole day, and how to work around it. All of the techniques discussed work equally well in SharePoint 2013/2016 on-premises or SharePoint Online.

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Tapping the Power in PowerShell
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Developer
PowerShell has been around in some form since 2005, but it was only with SharePoint Server 2010 that PowerShell became an official part of the SharePoint administrative landscape. Nowadays, PowerShell is the preferred mechanism for administrative management of SharePoint farms, both on-premises and in the cloud with SharePoint Online. In this session, we’ll be taking a more advanced look at PowerShell and how it can be used to execute and script administrative actions for SharePoint. We’ll look at some common SharePoint activities that are carried-out through PowerShell, as well as some of the newer PowerShell capabilities like desired state configuration (DSC). We’ll also look at some PowerShell watch-outs, including some (like memory leaks) that can cause trouble with SharePoint. Administrators and developers alike will leave this session with a variety of concepts and script samples that can be used to immediately improve operations within their own SharePoint environments.
Highlights
1.    A review of baseline PowerShell operations, concepts, and SharePoint cmdlets
2.    A look at advanced PowerShell capabilities (like DSC) and how they can be leveraged
3.    Numerous script samples that can be adapted for use in most SharePoint environments
The Path Through SharePoint Migrations
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro
Whether you are planning on upgrading to SharePoint 2016 or moving to the cloud, transitioning from one version to another has many moving parts that tend to bring out the worst in your SharePoint environment. This session will give you information on:
• How to prepare yourself BEFORE you spin up your new environment or buy that Office 365 licensing
• Different migration patterns and why you may want to use these different methods
• How to prepare yourself for life after migration, which won't include updating your resume.

Speaker(s)

Brian Caauwe
Manager, Business Productivity
Avtex
Understanding the SharePoint Framework and how it affects your Customizations
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Developer, End-User, Business
Whether with SharePoint 2016 On-Premises or Online with Office 365, the landscape has changed. We’ve seen a whole new SharePoint Team Site arrive, and with it, a lot of questions for us regarding customizations.

In this webinar, we'll go over some of the new possibilities available through the SharePoint Framework (SPFx), as well as take a look at our existing custom solutions to see if they will carry forward easily.

•    What is the SharePoint Framework (SPFx), and how does it work?
•    Can you migrate existing customizations?
•    What new skills do developers need, and how should your organization prepare?

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Using Microsoft Identity Manager with SharePoint 2016 to fill the UPS Gap
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro
Using Microsoft Identity Manager with SharePoint 2016 to fill the UPS Gap
In SharePoint 2016, the anger-inducing User Profile Service was fixed, and there was much rejoicing. Instead of relying on a built in version of FIM, the UPS service uses Active Directory Import, which works better but lacks many of the old features.
In this session, learn how to install and configure Microsoft Identity Manager from the ground up for use with SharePoint 2016, and how to configure SharePoint 2016 to use it. Discover what features MIM has versus Active Directory Import, and why you would choose one over the other. Learn how to use MIM to allow users to edit their AD information from within SharePoint, and allow automatic import of user profile photos.

Speaker(s)

Max Fritz
Office 365 Specialist
What is Office Delve and How Can I Make it Work for Me?
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User
How Delve helps you discover the information that's likely to be most interesting to you right now across Office 365 within SharePoint and OneDrive for Business. Answer questions such as; what about security around my documents in Delve, how can I find people and information, and how does Delve really even know what's relevant to me?
What to Expect with SharePoint 2016
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro
Microsoft has released SharePoint 2016 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 2016 and how understanding these investments can assist IT Pros making decisions on their existing deployments today.​​

Speaker(s)

Brian Caauwe
Manager, Business Productivity
Avtex

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