Sessions

SharePoint Site Architecture: Flat, Deep or Somewhere in the middle?
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro
Should you go deep with your SharePoint site architecture using only a few site collections and many sub sites, or should you stay flat by having a lot of site collections and very few or no sub sites within? In this "he says, she says" session, Dave and Joanne will share pros and cons of different Site Architecture options in SharePoint. Whether you've been in SharePoint for awhile or in the throes of a migration project, it's never too late to re-evaluate the way you've planned out your sites. Like most things in technology, decisions you make today may cause re-work down the road. This session isn't about what is right in ALL cases, but it will arm you with the knowledge you need to make an informed decision on the site architecture that will work best for your environment.

This session applies to both SharePoint on-prem and Online.

Speaker(s)

Joanne Klein
SharePoint/Office 365 Consultant
NexNovus
Advanced Data Governance in Office 365 with Labels
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Business
Within the O365 Security & Compliance Center, Microsoft recently released a set of new advanced data governance features allowing administrators to tag and retain content across all O365 workloads (Exchange, SharePoint, Onedrive etc.). What does this mean for how you manage corporate information? In this session Riyaz will introduce the concept of labels, and review the steps used in creating a label, automated labeling and manual labeling of content, applying a retention policy, and publishing a label to a certain O365 workload. We'll also demonstrate what the experience looks like for an end-user who creates content to which a label applies, and what it looks like when a retention policy is in place.

Speaker(s)

Riyaz Lakhani
Director of Professional Services & Support
Colligo
Advanced PowerShell for Office 365
Level: 300
Track: IT Pro
Know the basics of PowerShell for Office 365 but want to take it further? In this session, we will look at some awesome real-life examples of how PowerShell can make our life as an admin easier, and at quite a few things that cannot be done from the User Interface! This session requires you to have basic knowledge of PowerShell for Office 365.
Azure Information Protection: Taking a Team Approach From Planning to Adoption
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Developer, End-User
There's a lot more to implementing Azure Information Protection(AIP) than meets the eye simply because it goes far beyond the technical implementation of labels. In this practical session, we'll walk thru some steps to help set your organization up for a successful AIP rollout.

These steps include:
- how to plan your organization's AIP labels
- how to configure them for your tenant
- how to ensure information workers in your organization have adopted their use.

Each step is critical to the overall success of your AIP program and the reason why it cannot be done by the IT-Pro alone. Joanne and Charmaine team up for this session to share some practical advice and creative tips and tricks for rolling out AIP and will cover topics for the IT Pro, Information Manager, and Adoption specialist – all required resources on an AIP rollout team! You might even see an AIP bot!

Joanne and Charmaine are partners in the Canadian MVP and MSP mentorship program.

Speaker(s)

Joanne Klein
SharePoint/Office 365 Consultant
NexNovus
Build Intelligent Business Solutions with Azure and Office 365
Level: 200
Track: Developer
As organizations continue their digital transformation we face the challenge of having accurate and timely information for an ever-increasing number of digital assets being uploaded to the cloud and in particular Office 365. Expecting users to provide this important information can often time be ineffective leading to missing or inaccurate information. In this talk, you will learn how you can utilize Azure's Cognitive Services to build truly intelligent business solutions in Office 365. We will use real-world examples with code to demonstrate various best practices in regards to the options for connecting Cognitive Services with Office 365 including Microsoft Flow, Azure Functions, and Webhooks.
Building an Office 365 Adoption Site
Level: 100
Track: Business
Based on the presentation "Build a modern intranet: Real-world planning, information architecture, governance, and adoption" by Sue Hanley and Dave Feldman at Ignite 2017 (https://youtu.be/dosFfvee6xY), I've started a journey with my current client to guide them from SharePoint 2007 to Office 365.

Many of us know that change management is critical to the success for the introduction of any new technology to an organization. Come along as I showcase my takeaways from Sue and Dave's work, what I've done so far in adapting their recommendations to the client's environment, some of the processes that I'm using, and the Office 365 govern…er, adoption site itself!

Speaker(s)

Sherman Woo
Collaboration Architect
Going Meta – How to Use Metadata in SharePoint and Office 365
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Business
This session introduces metadata and its full use in SharePoint, both on-premises and Online. It explores best practices on how meaningful metadata can save time and money, improve user experience, and determine the overall success of collaboration and document management.

Robert Piddocke – with over a decade of experience in SharePoint, passionate about information management, and the author of two books on SharePoint Search – discusses business values and considerations involved when determining how to govern information in SharePoint and SharePoint Online.

Learn how going meta helps transcend typical SharePoint information architecture, and understand how to realize the potential of intelligent content in context.

Speaker(s)

Robert Piddocke
VP, Channel and Business Development
Concept Searching
High Value Scenarios for Microsoft Teams
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
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.
How to use Office365 Sway in the Education System and in a Corporate Learning Environment?
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro
An introduction to Office 365 Sway. Sway lets you easily create reports, newsletters, how-tos, presentations, stories and more. Take any ordinary document and instantly transform it into a highly engaging, visual and interactive Sway that is web-based and that you can easily share with your organization or the world. Add suggested photos and videos from various sources and interactive elements such as embedded charts, slide shows and polls. Then just sit back and let Sway's intelligent design engine put it all together in a style that works for you and looks great on any device. Join the session to learn more about Sway, what's new and upcoming, and how users are using Sway in their organizations to increase their readers’ engagement.
Hub Sites - the sub-site killer
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Business
If you are building an Intranet in Office 365, you need to decide of a proper SharePoint site architecture. Most organizations have environments with many sub-sites. Although, some people think sub-sites are evil. Is this true?
What are hub sites and how do they change the way we plan our SharePoint ecosystem? What are the pros and cons of a flat hierarchy?
In this session, we'll do an analysis of Hub-sites and how they change the rules of the game.

Speaker(s)

Louis-Philippe Vallée
Gestionnaire de produit / Product Manager
GSOFT
Intro to the Office 365 Admin Center
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Business
You got Office 365 and you need to use it. You need to let others in your organization use it because you were designated the admin but you can't spell Office 365... yet. Where do you start? In this session, you will learn about the basics of administering Office 365 through the Admin Centers.

Speaker(s)

Nikkia Carter
WW Modern Workplace Tech Lead
Microsoft
Latest on Customizing Modern Experiences in SharePoint
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Developer
Catch up on all the latest and see how typical SharePoint customizations can be implemented in SharePoint modern experiences. All the latest on provisioning, branding, and more. The focus is around what is currently supported and key practices to keep in mind as SharePoint evolves.
Lessons Learned on Designing an effective Digital Hub
Level: 300
Track: Business
Attend this session to better understand how you can build your digital hub powered by SharePoint Online. We’ll dive into how Hub Sites, Communication and broader team sites can support your digital workplace strategy.
Along-side, learning practical tips on how to build your own digital workplace, Kanwal will also share lessons learned on content strategy, migration strategy, brand strategy as well as governance strategy for your SharePoint sites.

Speaker(s)

Kanwal Khipple
Founder & CEO, Office 365 MVP
2toLead
Microsoft Teams, Office 365 Groups, SharePoint, Yammer...What Should I Use, and When?
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
For today's fast-paced, mobile-driven, and globally dispersed workplace, Microsoft offers tons of great ways to effectively communicate and collaborate. But which tools are right for your organization? Solutions like Microsoft Teams, Office 365 Groups, Yammer, Skype for Business, SharePoint, OneDrive for Business, PowerApps, and Microsoft Flow all offer something unique to your business. In this interactive session, you will gain practical guidance on finding the right tools to facilitate efficient communications and collaboration both inside and outside the walls of your organization. We’ll also explain how to drive adoption and keep your chosen solution under control. Get ready to walk away with the ability to chart a productive and pragmatic collaboration approach that delivers immediate and lasting value to your modern workplace.

Speaker(s)

Navigation and Intranets in Modern SharePoint
Level: 200
Track: Developer, End-User
In this session we will discuss how to utilize the new features of Modern SharePoint to easily establish an Intranet. We will talk about the navigation challenges posed when utilizing multiple Office 365 Groups and Sites to compose your intranet, and how to overcome them. We will share lessons from the field of developing Intranets and Portals will the modern SharePoint experiences and demonstrate how the SharePoint Framework can be used to created seamless navigation and branding across Sites and Groups. We will also look at how the SharePoint Framework can be used to extend features such as News in SharePoint to take your intranet to the next level.

Speaker(s)

Alec McCauley
Managing Consultant
itgroove
Planning the way for your business with Microsoft Planner
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
I will present some creative ways to use the most colorful tool in the O365 panel. What is good about the tool? what is missing? Best practices and how to avoid planner mistakes or throw them in the "Not in Scope" bucket.
What can be the future of planner? StaffHub will be mentioned as well to set the differentiation.
In the era of so many tools and MS project...When it's best to use planer? business case recommendations as well as a practical live example of "traveling with planner".

Speaker(s)

Playing Outside Your Sandbox Cloud Edition: Interacting with Other Systems Using SharePoint Online BCS
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Developer, Business
To this day, Business Connectivity Services (BCS) is probably one of the most versatile and powerful features of SharePoint, but also one of the most under-utilized. Many experienced SharePoint users don’t even know that It allows users to seamlessly access data not actually stored within SharePoint. This hasn’t changed as SharePoint has moved into the cloud. BCS is still a viable feature to assist in meeting your organization’s goals
Join me as I we discuss the BCS features inside of SharePoint Online and On-Prem. I will show you how easy it is to integrate with external data sources without writing a single line of code. Using aspects of BCS like External Content types, Associations, SharePoint Search integration and Account Impersonation with SharePoint Secure Store I'll show you how to make that seamless integration with your external data whether you are within SharePoint Online or SharePoint On-Prem.
Power BI for the Faint of Heart - Understanding On-Prem, Hybrid and Pure Cloud Scenarios
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Developer, End-User, Business
Power BI v1. Started off in Excel. Today Power BI v2 has Excel capabilities, a free desktop app for development, native mobile apps for consuming on all devices, and a cloud service to distribute your data visualizations at scale. Let's look at some common architectures for pieces and how they can deliver value to your business.
PowerApps and Flow: "How I Learned to Love No-code Apps"
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Developer, End-User, Business
As we move to the cloud with Azure and Office 365, the world of SharePoint development has changed. No longer are developers using server-side or Sandbox solutions on the servers. Instead, they are building cloud apps that either run on other providers like Azure or AWS or the apps run on the client-side, in your browser. What are Power Users supposed to do? Thanks to new systems like Flow and PowerApps, many systems that users relied on developers to create are now being built by power users themselves. We will actually go through some simple apps and workflows in PowerApps and Flow.

Speaker(s)

Jared Shockley
Sr. Site Reliability Engineer
Microsoft
Securing Office 365 applications
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Business
Abstract of Proposed Session or Workshop :    When companies think about Office 365, they are not only recognizing great benefits, but also risk and concerns, especially regarding security. This session is addressing these concerns and shows, how to secure not only Office 365, but also the many additional applications like Flow, PowerApps, OneDrive, Yammer ... just to name a few.
This session is providing examples and best practices for IT Managers and tenant administrators on how to best secure the Office 365 applications. At the end of this session, attendees will know how to configure the Office 365 applications to provide a maximum of security for the company and their coworkers.

Speaker(s)

SharePoint Framework & Angular : The modern SharePoint developer tool belt
Level: 300
Track: Developer
Things are moving fast. Sometimes you might even feel that you own comfort zone is getting of control. But in a Mobile-First, Cloud-First world, things are changing to a crazy pace and to stay on the top of your game, you need keep up with the latest and greatest technologies that are available out there. By staying up to date, you will give to yourself new options that will let you be more productive, write better code and push you in a more open and more collaborative world.

With the official shipment of Angular 5 and the current release of the SharePoint Framework, it is now the time to start moving towards those new technologies in your SharePoint Solutions.

In this session, we will cover the modern tool belt of the SharePoint developer by covering the SharePoint Framework as the new surface to express yourself, Angular as a Framework to enable you to build complete applications within your SharePoint modern experiences and Azure Function as the perfect server-side companion for all your Office 365 & Azure development.

This very demo-intensive session will make sure that at the end you get those 3 key takeaways :

- Understand the role of the SharePoint Framework, Angular and Azure Functions in this Cloud-First, Mobile-First world
- Have a complete sample where the modern tool belt is relevant and useful in a real-world scenario
- Change the way you will think for your next SharePoint project

Speaker(s)

Sebastien Levert
Product Evangelist & Partner Manager | Office Development MVP
Valo Intranet
SharePoint Framework Extensions as Future of SharePoint Development
Level: 200
Track: Developer
This presentations covers next key points:
What is SharePoint Framework
SharePoint Framework Development Overview
SharePoint Framework Extensions Overview
SharePoint Framework Extensions Demos

Speaker(s)

Alex Terentiev
SharePoint Custom Solutions Architect, Lead Developer
Sharepointalist Inc.
SharePoint vs Microsoft Teams vs Office 365 Groups: What Should I Use When?
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Developer, End-User, Business

Microsoft technology is moving at a rapid pace. New ways to work are being developed rapidly as well. A few such new tools are Office 365 Groups and Microsoft Teams. These look powerful and promising but they seem similar. Also, where do they fit with SharePoint? In this session, we will look at what each is, what their differences are, and when is the best time to use each.

Speaker(s)

Nikkia Carter
WW Modern Workplace Tech Lead
Microsoft
The Bot Framework and the Microsoft Graph : Join the revolution
Level: 200
Track: Developer
Hey Cortana! Hello Google! We're getting used to talk with those weird characters that live in our phones or on our computers nowadays. When well done, those assistants can actually help us in being more productive, more relevant and getting information very quickly without having to search for it for hours. The bot revolution is real and it's time for you to jump in the bandwagon.

But how can we make it productive, or even just useful for us, Information Workers? How can a bot help us in our daily working lives? This session is all about how we can build and bring to life a bot that will get directly to the core of our corporate data and help us in getting information, making better decisions so we can focus on what's important. We will learn the basics of the Microsoft Bot Framework and how it integrates with Microsoft and non-Microsoft technologies such as Facebook Messenger, Skype or even Microsoft Teams. Then we will have a conversation with our users and act as a concierge to their corporate data by using the Microsoft Graph. We will leverage different workloads including Emails, Events, Azure AD and SharePoint data.

Let's build the concierge we always wanted in under 60 minutes and be part of the revolution! This very demo-intensive session will make sure that at the end you get those 3 key takeaways :

- Understand the role of the Bot Framework and the Microsoft Graph to build great concierge experiences
- Have a complete sample where a bot targeting Information Workers can be relevant and useful in a real-world scenario
- Change the way you will think for your next software development project.

Speaker(s)

Sebastien Levert
Product Evangelist & Partner Manager | Office Development MVP
Valo Intranet
United Airlines Journey to SharePoint 2016 from SharePoint 2010
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
Join me as I discuss the challenges of upgrading one of the largest airlines in the world to SharePoint 2016/SharePoint Online from SharePoint 2010. I will discuss the planning involved as well as the methods for which my team has been able to execute our delivery. I will provide specific examples of the roadblocks we faced and how we overcome them. I will also demonstrate how United is using SharePoint 2010 today and also talk about the opportunities that SharePoint 2016 brings to the airline industry.

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

Speaker(s)

Rick Garcia
Project Manager
What do YOU get from SharePoint Hybrid?
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
Every time you see a blog post about SharePoint 2016, you see the word hybrid. But what exactly is a hybrid infrastructure and what features does the business user get? In this session, we will look at SharePoint Hybrid from a business user point of view to understand what features we get out of it. We will look at Hybrid OneDrive for Business, Hybrid Search, Hybrid Taxonomy and more!
What is Common Data Model and how to use it?
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Developer, End-User
The Microsoft Common Data model (CDM) is the Azure-based storage mechanism for the Microsoft business application platform. The most intuitive use case for the CDM is to provide an easy to use relational database for PowerApps. App Creators can use the CDM to model their data and easily share apps created on that data. CDM aims to provide much more than storage, it also provides definitions for common business entities as well as integration capabilities for importing data from multiple sources. With data sourced across the enterprise, businesses can drive insights and actions using PowerApps, Power BI, and Microsoft Flow based solutions.

Speaker(s)

Nicolas Georgeault
Founder - Enteprise Solutions Architect - SharePoint Senior Architect
MuBrain Inc.

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