Sessions

A Beginner's Guide to Client Side Development with JavaScript
Level: 200
Track: Developer
By now you may have heard that JavaScript is becoming a viable solution for SharePoint Development, but where do you get started? This session will start with some of the basics and introduce how to get data from SharePoint and re-display it in a meaningful way. It will showcase SharePoint's REST API and provide some examples of how to conduct basic CRUD operations which you can re-purpose for your own custom SharePoint Solutions.
AD DC Highway to the Cloud
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro
For any successful deployment of IT infrastructure, an Active Directory Domain Controller is a must and IT pros know how to do this quite well in their On-Premise environments. Given the popularity and the importance to embrace the cloud, IT Pros are constantly having to re-learn how to do things in the cloud which they were used to doing in certain ways in their On-Premise environments.

During this session the IT Pros will learn:

What is Azure IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service)
Learn how to quickly build a Virtual Network in Azure
Learn how to create a VM (Virtual Machine) using the Azure Preview Portal
Learn how to setup an Active Directory Domain Controller using the best practices relevant to Azure

Speaker(s)

Build It and They Will Come: SharePoint 2013 User Adoption
Level: 200
Track: Business
Everyone has seen the movie Field of Dream where a farmer sacrifices part of his cash crops to builds baseball field. It just so happens after he built it numerous famous baseball players come back from the beyond to play baseball and people come from all around the world to watch and in turn the farmer became rich for charging admission, food, beverages, etc.

SharePoint 2013 and building user adoption share a lot of the same concepts and overall goals to ultimately come out with the same end result. Lots and lots of people from all around the company start utilizing SharePoint and all its features and functionality. In this session you will see first-hand information from a company that I have been working with since they had 2007, 2010 and now 2013. I will review the project and all the steps taken to increase user adoption.
• Discovery Sessions
• Governance
• Build & Implementation
• Migration
• Next Steps

To prove the success of the overall project I will show various statistics from the previous versions and SharePoint 2013. We will also take a look at some additional successes that have come from this upgrade and increase in user adoption.

Speaker(s)

Stacy Deere-Strole
Sr. SharePoint Solutions Architect - Business Owner
Focal Point Solutions, LLC
Building an effective SharePoint team. What skills do you need?
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro
You have adopted Microsoft SharePoint in your organization and have end users requesting tools and applications in SharePoint. Is SharePoint really the solution? Now you need the ‘SharePoint Person’! That is the person who is the solution architect, information architect, infrastructure architect, administrator, developer and support analyst all rolled into one. What technical skills will that person or team need to have to be successful in building and supporting SharePoint Solutions. You will learn the types of SharePoint requests that can be received from end users based on a decade of experience in building SharePoint solutions, and link them to the skillets that are required by your SharePoint team. You will also understand the skills required to support and maintain an effective Microsoft SharePoint environment.

Speaker(s)

Bruce Tuncertan
Principal, Solution Architect - SharePoint
Sierra Systems Group Inc.
Effective form design in SharePoint
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro
There are a number of approaches for building and deploying forms in a SharePoint environment. Regardless of your chosen technology, there are a number of considerations to keep in mind in order to build usable, functional forms. This session will outline effective design strategies to ensure your forms are gathering effective information from your users.

Speaker(s)

Enbridge intranet upgrade - Balancing customizations and OOTB functionality in SharePoint 2013
Level: 100
Track: Business
Habanero recently completed an upgrade of Enbridge’s employee portal from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013. The project involved the creation of a new, more personalized experience for 11,000 team members across North America and the migration of more than 7,000 pages of content.

This session will explore highlights and lessons learned during the upgrade process. These include:
- Improving homepage effectiveness
- Content targeting based on region, role, and business unit
- Enriching findability through navigation and search enhancements
- Creating an integrated internal event management tool
- Reducing custom code to ease maintenance of the intranet and boost performance

Sarah Berg, a Habanero portal success consultant, will lead the presentation and share her experience working on this project. It’s a perfect session for anyone planning to upgrade their employee portal to SharePoint 2013 as well as individuals who want to learn how to make an intranet more useful for employees.

Speaker(s)

Exchange Online integration in SharePoint apps
Level: 300
Track: Developer
The new Office 365 APIs allow for secure and comprehensive access to your mailboxes, calendars, files and tasks. With a little bit of magic, you can leverage these APIs to let your SharePoint apps automatically read and send emails, resulting in advanced, integrated business solutions.
The session discusses the various available techniques to establish fast and secure communication between your SharePoint app and your Exchange Online. Just imagine being able to monitor incoming email to create a support desk solution, send out alerts and emails in your own format or automatically generate calendar events.
Innovation at work - Solving the world's toughest intranet problems
Level: 100
Track: Business
With only one month left to launch, Habanero is close to completing the redevelopment of Goldcorp’s employee portal called Conveyor. In creating this SharePoint-based intranet the team had to rethink what the ideal intranet experience would be for Goldcorp’s 15,000 field employees, merge 15 separate portals into one, and simplify enterprise communications and personal information management making it easier for people to collaborate.

The new Conveyor brings exciting new approaches for solving the toughest intranet problems using the best of what SharePoint has to offer.

Come see a sneak peek of some of the solution highlights and design rationale for:
- The death of the homepage
- Engaging field workers
- A universal launch pad for content, sites, tasks, and apps
- Content targeting strategizes for balancing global versus local communication
- Faceted navigation to optimize the team site directory and policies and procedures

This is a session that anyone who creates or manages an enterprise-wide SharePoint intranet will not want to miss!

Speaker(s)

Chris Radcliffe
Consultant, Employee Portals
Habanero
Inside the mind of a SharePoint Architect
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro
On any SharePoint project, the core of the solution being built should be designed and architected first before being developed. With the flexibility of SharePoint solutions (specifically SharePoint 2013), there is never one way to design it right. The experienced SharePoint Architect however is able to figure out the best way for the project, constraints and client at hand. This session is meant to give insight to the average SharePoint Professional on what it takes to become and be a SharePoint Architect. It will help guide the aspiring SharePoint Architect on the items that really need to be thought of when architecting a SharePoint solution for your client and at the same time divulge some tricks of the trade learned from the countless enterprise SharePoint solutions I have successfully implemented over the years.

Speaker(s)

Integrate SharePoint with Cloud CRM's Without Any Code
Level: 200
Track: Developer
Does your business need greater integration agility? Come learn how easy it is to build a mobile lead capture system with Nintex Workflow and Forms. SharePoint integration with Salesforce (or Dynamics CRM) will be demonstrated. Capture lead metadata using the Nintex Mobile App, create CRM records and contracts and then sign them via DocuSign without a single line of custom code on-prem or in O365.

Speaker(s)

Brad Orluk
Technical Evangelist
Nintex
K2 Appit for SharePoint – Workflow and forms apps for SharePoint, in the cloud
Level: 100
Track: Developer
K2 Appit for SharePoint is a cloud-based service that enables you to quickly deliver workflows and forms apps for SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint Online that go beyond the standard capabilities you get with out-of-the-box SharePoint or other 3rd party tools. Use it to help your people work more efficiently in SharePoint, giving them access to their work at any time and from anywhere, with real-time information that enables smarter, faster decisions.

Speaker(s)

Senior Technical Specialist
K2
Make Graph data useful for your company
Level: 200
Track: Developer
More and more great companies are delivering Graph API’s and Services: a new way to expose data and how each information is related to each other. Microsoft reached a huge milestone with Azure Graph, Office Delve, Yammer API’s and Azure learning machine. It is your job as a developer to get the best benefit of this data for your core business users and even more: try to integrate your business data to the graph.
We will see examples on how to exploit this new data management paradigm and explain the underlying concepts.

Speaker(s)

Making SharePoint Strategic
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
The highest and most effective use of SharePoint includes business units operating at the same level with SharePoint, including your original data. SharePoint must be deployed as a shared system of data, where trusted information is surfaced up from accounting, document management, data collection and governance. Without these components in place, it is questionable whether or not your implementation will succeed.

The question is, how do you create and align a SharePoint roadmap and plan that is strategic to your organization, and not tactically based on implementing SharePoint to perform only a percentage of what it is capable of doing. Join Eric to learn how to make SharePoint the enterprise system that Microsoft intended it to be. He will discuss deployment strategies, tips for aligning your line of business (LOB) data, and help you conceptualize how your SharePoint implementation can become strategic while devising a business plan for your implementation. Attendees will learn how to see the tangible, conceptual workplace that your executives had hoped for SharePoint.
Managing Office 365 with PowerShell + Client Side Object Model (CSOM)
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro
Main objective of this session is to show you how you can leverage both PowerShell and Client Side Object Model (CSOM) to manage your SharePoint Online instance. Either you are a developer or an IT Pro who loves scripting to automate different tasks then in this session you will learn what you need to getting started with PowerShell + CSOM. This session will walk you though on what you will need to get started and how you can leverage best of CSOM and PowerShell to manage many SharePoint site specific configurations.

Speaker(s)

Amit Vasu
Senior Consultant - Office 365/SharePoint
Independant
Office 365 Migration Experience
Level: 100
Track: Business
We have migrated portions of our IT environment to the Office 365 environment. We have implemented Exchange, One Drive for Business, mobile access, and collaboration sites as part of our migration with excellent results. The main goal was improved access to information across devices and with people outside our Organization.
PowerShell and PowerPivot - two powers in one, on their way to PowerView in SharePoint
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro
(A) Your Excel PowerPivot model is deployed to SharePoint. (B) Your BISM data connector to this (A) Excel file is created in SharePoint as well. And on the top of all this you create (C) a PowerView report that uses this (B) BISM data connector that you've just created. It will be a trivial manual job to move all those A, B, C to a different environment and change all related settings in SharePoint for a single report afterwards. But what if you have too many PowerPivot/PowerView items that you want to deploy to UAT and then to Prod environment. Let's explore how PowerShell can help us to automate this process (we won't be talking about deployment automation to SharePoint, but rather how we can automatically prepare PowerPivot/PowerView files for SharePoint deployment).

Speaker(s)

Rayis Imayev
Senior Data Analytics Consultant
Dimensional Strategies Inc.
Running Effective Projects in Office 365
Level: 200
Track: Developer
Many organizations create project site templates to manage their projects in SharePoint, either online or on premises. However SharePoint is only part of the equation when it comes to collaborating effectively on projects. Office 365 Groups attempt to go further with that, but ends up scaling back on what you can do in SharePoint. We've blended the best of both together.

This session will cover the following:
-Review of a Projects site template we've created in Office 365 using SharePoint Online and Office 365 Groups
- How we extend the Office 365 Groups UI, and also include it in the SharePoint sites
- Build a site creation workflow process to automate the creation of sites and groups in Office 365, project groups in Extranet User Manager, and configure all the permissions
- Using Nintex Forms and Workflows to drive this process
- Inviting external users into the project site with Extranet User Manager
- How to maintain private internal content and project content shared with the external group
- Single sign-on to other project tools outside of Office 365
Secrets of successful SharePoint Intranets
Level: 100
Track: Business
​Creating an Intranet on SharePoint involves a unique combination of people, identifying business needs and leveraging the platform effectively. Organisations that fail to understand the business and how to leverage SharePoint to surface key business information and enable processes ultimately does not deliver the potential value that an intranet can provide. In this session, learn from the mistakes of other organisations as well as the practices that can deliver real results within a minimal investment. Join Michal as we delve into why SharePoint has been so successful but has yet under delivered its promises to many organizations though a combination of case studies, stories and personal experience.
This session will cover:
    - The functional areas within the SharePoint platform that can be leveraged to create an compelling Intranet
    - A framework for Intranet implementation including Strategy, Vision, Information Architecture, Change Management and Governance
    - How Office 365 can alter your Intranet strategy
    - Common Intranet capabilities that can be created such as employee directories, forms portals, news and events
    - A range of quick and easy SharePoint specific examples to help improve your Intranet
SharePoint 2016 and Office 365: A Look Ahead To What's Coming
Level: 100
Track: Business
With SharePoint 2016 around the corner and Office 365 constantly releasing new functionality it can be hard to feel ready for what will come over the next few years. Where should we invest in learning? What other technologies should we understand? Why are some things changing?

Join Richard Harbridge as he explores Technology roadmaps and industry trends and how Microsoft and many customers are planning for the challenges ahead.

Speaker(s)

SharePoint and Office 365 Hybrid configuration from A to Z
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro
Even if you use SharePoint On premices, Hybrid is more and more in the DNA of Microsoft product. In SharePoint 2016, this way to consume and integrate external services will be part of the default architecture. If you don’t look at that yet or if you want to be sure to get all the details about new configuration option, we will give you a fully detailed configuration trail from Azure Services to SharePoint On Premices and Online. During this session you will:
- Learn why Hybrid is so important
- Discover how to setup Azure AD Services and be sure to get all the details about Identity management
- Learn how to setup Office 365 Hybrid using the new Hybrid Picker option
- Learn how to connect correctly SharePoint 2013 and 2016 to get Sites and hybrid services
- Speculate with us what will be the next step in Hybrid RoadMap

Speaker(s)

Nicolas Georgeault
Founder - Enteprise Solutions Architect - SharePoint Senior Architect
MuBrain Inc.
Julien Stroheker
Cloud Specialist - Microsoft Azure & Office 365
Negotium Technologies
Staying informed about what matters in Office 365
Level: 100
Track: End-User
For many of us, communication is a key component of our daily work. We need to stay informed and inform others of what’s going on through reports, presentations, conversations, and other artefacts to name a few. A few years back this was done quite easily because there was one main medium of communication – email. Things are different today. There’s a push to reduce email clutter and increase the amount of collaboration through cloud services such as Office 365. Come to my session to find out how to keep on top of the information that matters to you.

Speaker(s)

Haniel Croitoru
Senior Consultant
Succeeding with Hybrid SharePoint and Search: Strategy and Implementation
Level: 300
Track: IT Pro
For many organizations, Hybrid SharePoint is the new reality. With Microsoft's roadmap focused on cloud-first/cloud-only, and a set of new hybrid capabilities in SharePoint 2016 (announced at the recent Ignite conference), defining a strategy and an implementation plan becomes more difficult and also more critical. Hybrid SharePoint can be very effective - and unified search is central to making it work well. By learning about common hybrid scenarios, patterns, and practices, attendees will be able to more confidently create a strategy, architecture, and implementation plan for Hybrid SharePoint.

Microsoft has made a big investment in hybrid, including a major new hybrid SharePoint facility called the Cloud SSA that will be released with SharePoint 2016 and is now available as an update with SharePoint 2013. This session reviews 7 common hybrid scenarios, and lays out the strategies and configurations involved, including the new next-gen hybrid search. We walk you through the steps of planning and architecting hybrid SharePoint and cover the tradeoffs involved. We'll describe the good, the bad, and the ugly about Hybrid SharePoint, demonstrate some successful tools and techniques, and have fun in the process.
The Power of SharePoint Mobile Web Solutions
Level: 100
Track: End-User
The Power of SharePoint Mobile Web Solutions
In this session I will show how SharePoint 2013 can be used to deliver Mobile web solutions for a wide range of use case scenarios:

-Retail data collection
-Emergency/Disaster relief service
-On-Site inspection
-Time sheets
-Help Desk

I will go through how the mobile web solutions work, what considerations have been made and what value has been provided when building these mobile web solutions using SharePoint 2013. I hope every attendee walks away with an expanded horizon of what they could do with mobile web solutions in their SharePoint environment.

Speaker(s)

Anthony Pham
Product Support Manager
KWizCom
Tips and tricks in migrating to SharePoint On-Premise or O365, to avoid a migration headache.
Level: 200
Track: Business
Migrating data into any platform is a difficult task, especially if you are moving into Office 365. If you are migrating to either SharePoint 2013 On-Premise or O365, 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)

Troubleshooting SharePoint Server 2013
Level: 300
Track: IT Pro
Trying to figure out why SharePoint isn't working as expected isn't as overwhelming as it looks on the surface. SharePoint is built on top of familiar Microsoft products and technologies and comes with a lot of out of the box tools to help troubleshoot even the most difficult of issues. And when that doesn't work there are some great (free!) third party tools to aid you in your quest to fixing a farm.

In this session we'll look at how IT pros and developers can troubleshoot any SharePoint farm without having to resort to exorcisms or Microsoft Support.

Speaker(s)

Unleash the real value of your corporate data with Power BI
Level: 100
Track: End-User
This session is aimed at both end users and super users and has for objective to introduce the attendees to the new Power BI basic functionalities and features.

In this session, attendees will be exposed to different use case and dash boarding scenarios allowing to quickly publish and collaborate around corporate data in a manner that contributes to improving the business decision process. The main objective of this session is to show how Power BI can be used to enhance corporate data value and play an important part in an enterprise BI solution.

Speaker(s)

Luc Labelle
Founder and Consultant (SharePoint / Office 365)
Kabesa
Using AutoSPInstaller for on-prem SharePoint deployments
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro
Many IT pros across the world have leveraged the AutoSPInstaller scripted process over the years to set up and configure your on-premises SharePoint farms. But did you know there's a new web-based UI for tackling one of its most onerous preparation steps? AutoSPInstaller Online (https://autospinstaller.com) is a free web app that guides you through the process of generating an XML input file required for AutoSPInstaller. Join Brian Lalancette, the original author and main contributor of AutoSPInstaller for a walk-through of AutoSPInstaller Online and a demonstration of using the generated XML file to kick off a real-time SharePoint 2016 Preview farm build."

Speaker(s)

Brian Lalancette
Premier Field Engineer
Microsoft
Using Telerik Kendo UI in Office 365
Level: 100
Track: Developer
You can create custom data schema (SharePoint Lists) for SharePoint Online declaratively in Visual Studio (i.e. with tooling VS provides). Kendo UI then makes very short work of creating a powerful user interface. Even if you have never customized SharePoint before, you will be surprised how rapidly you can learn everything you need to do from a programming, packaging, and deployment perspective to start developing with SharePoint Online now! Productivity at a level you did not think possible, guaranteed! Note these techniques will equally apply to SharePoint 2013 On Premise.

Speaker(s)

Ed Musters
SharePoint Architect [MVP]
Infusion
Windows Azure for Solution Architects
Level: 100
Track: Developer
Get ready for Microsoft Azure in Canada in 2016. Get an overview of the catalog of services provided as a Platform-as-a-Service or Infrastructure-as-a-Service. This can be used as a tool for architects and developers with their solution design and development. Specifically discussing the unique value add of prototyping or proof of concepts and performance design.

Speaker(s)

Roy Kim
Solutions Architect/Developer, Microsoft MVP

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