Sessions

“I’m not sure what an Intelligent Intranet is, but I know what a dumb Intranet is – that’s what I’m using!” 4 Strategic Must Dos for an Intelligent Intranet
Level: 200
Track: Business
This session defines what Intelligent Intranets are and covers 4 example projects to illustrate the key attributes involved. Search is a central capability as it provides findability, discovery, and proactive suggestions that are a big part of the “intelligence”. We’ll delve into Delve as well, covering example projects and the current capabilities and gaps around Microsoft’s support for more intelligent Intranets.

Microsoft's initiative into "the mobile and intelligent intranet", with the Microsoft Graph providing the intelligence, is compelling, but confusing. In the last 15 months, 42 new 'intranet in a box' products running on SharePoint have come to market - and at the same time there are also exciting new OOB experiences from Microsoft, with more to come. How can you take advantage of these, and how do they affect your intranet plans? Will you still want one of the intranet-in-a-box products that add on to SharePoint? How easily can you customize things yourself? We'll provide some straightforward tips you can use to guide your decisions as you navigate this changing landscape.

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10 Tips to get control of Office 365 Groups
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
Office 365 Groups have been around for a while and offer a big improvement to the classic Team Sites. However they also represent a significant governance challenge for the business and technical leadership. Further there are still something significant limitations with the disconnected nature of the Groups and the various services which make them up.

In this session Peter will share a number of tips which will help you getter better control of Groups within your organisations. These tips are based on real world experience, with a mixture of technical and business advice which can be quickly implemented. You might not agree with them all, but this session should make for lively discussion.
Beginning Your Governance Roadmap
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Business
Governance is the set of policies, roles, responsibilities, and processes that control how an organization's business divisions and IT teams work together to achieve its goals.

A good Governance plan can:
Streamline the deployment of products and technologies, such as SharePoint Server 2016 or SharePoint Online
Help keep your organization’s system secure and compliant.
Help ensure the best return on your investment in technology.

Come to this session to learn the more about the importance of having good Governance and creating your own Roadmap to Governance success!

Speaker(s)

Building Re-usable SharePoint Framework Components
Level: 200
Track: Developer
In this session we will walk through what it takes to build re-usable web parts and extensions for the Modern SharePoint UI. By leveraging open source and partner components we can extend the functionality of SharePoint for our users.

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Code Solutions to Improve SharePoint Performance and Scalability via Caching
Level: 400
Track: Developer
Caching is a critical variable in the SharePoint scalability and performance equation, but it’s one that’s oftentimes misunderstood or dismissed as being needed only in Internet-facing scenarios. In this session, we’ll discuss the reasons why developers need to be "cache aware" in order to sidestep common performance and responsiveness issues in SharePoint. We'll also investigate the array of programmatic options that are available to developers who wish to employ or extend SharePoint caching, including the ASP.NET Cache, distributed caching mechanisms, fragment caching, and post-cache substitution. By the end of this session, developers will have some new tricks to improve the performance and scalability of their SharePoint code using caching.
Designing and building a highly available on-premises SharePoint 2016 farm
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro
In this session, you will not only learn the technical software and hardware resource requirements for SharePoint 2016, but you will also learn how to scale those resource requirements to suit your organization’s specific capacity needs. We will apply those learnings and demonstrate the process of building out a new SharePoint 2016 farm.
By the end of this session, you will understand:
-- The design and purpose of the new MinRole feature and how to use it
-- What’s different with SharePoint 2016 service and content databases and how to maintain them
-- What’s new with certain service applications including the User Profile Service
-- What process to follow when planning for and building a new SharePoint 2016 farm 
Do This, Not That (and Why) for SharePoint End User Adoption
Level: 200
Track: Business
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.
Do we still need metadata ?
Level: 300
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
Collaboration with SharePoint Online is very different with the arrival of Office 365 Groups, Delve and OfficeGraph. Do we still need metadata to organize and retrieve our content? When taking the leap to the cloud, you also have to think about your users. Our IT reflexes push us to set up complex documentary architectures that hinder the adoption rate. How does Office 365 revolutionize the way we collaborate? What are the pitfalls to which we should not fall victim to?

Speaker(s)

Louis-Philippe Vallée
Gestionnaire de produit / Product Manager
GSOFT
Getting Started with the SharePoint Framework
Level: 100
Track: Developer
The SharePoint Framework is a radical shift in SharePoint development. The approach, tools, and opportunities are significantly different than anything we’ve had in the past. From Web Parts to Modern UI Extensions, this is a powerful new model that you need to understand. Bring your laptop and we’ll help you get a development environment setup. You’ll leave this session knowing not only what the SharePoint Framework is, what it can do, and when to use it - but you’ll be ready to start experimenting immediately!

Speaker(s)

Matt Jimison
Director, Platform Solutions
DMI
Chris Kent
Office 365 Practice Lead
DMI
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 co-authoring in Office Online and Desktop, after attending this session you will be the power user that everyone looks to for help.

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If I ran the SharePoint Zoo
Documents:
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
Metadata, Taxonomy and Information Architecture is about as scary as lions, tigers and bears. For those who don’t know what those terms mean, much less know its value or how it can be used. Getting end users out of the habit of using folders and start using metadata is a hard transition. In this session, we will explore some of the ways to set up, use, sort, and view metadata. Learn ways to make it easy for your end users and they finally can see the value in it over folder set up. Finally, we will test out using metadata in a simple set up side by side with folders to truly test the advantages.
Implementing SharePoint: Failure to Plan is Planning to Fail
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Business
One of the most common mistakes I’ve seen clients make when implementing SharePoint is to not spend enough time review a list of seven planning topics that are critical to the success of every SharePoint project. We’ll review what questions you should ask and why each area is critical to project.
The seven areas include:
• Governance
• Security
• Content Classification (Taxonomy/Folksonomy)
• Physical and Logical Architecture
• High Availability/Disaster Recovery
• Staffing
• Training/Communications
Information Security & Compliance in Office 365 & Azure
Level: 300
Track: IT Pro, Business
In the age of increasing cyber-attacks, all organizations need a platform that can protect their sensitive information from being exposed to the outside world. In this session, you will learn about some of the amazing & cutting edge security features that are built in to your existing O365 subscription. If you don't have one yet, come find out how O365, in conjunction with Azure services, can help you protect your information in a very intuitive manner.

Speaker(s)

Ajay Iyer
MTC Architect - Modern Workplace
Microsoft
Intro to Content Web Parts: the sweetest way to view and manage content
Level: 200
Track: End-User
The Content Query Web Part in SP 2010/2013 and the Content Search Web Part in 2013 offer fantastic ways for you to display your data in unique ways without code. When you combine these web part with content types, metadata and audience targeting, you have a great way to bring information to your users, regardless of where the data may exist in the site collection, without being a programmer. Imagine finding everything you need in one location in SharePoint!

This session will show users real world examples of solving business needs with these out of the box web parts, such as targeted communications, content owner-maintenance views, dashboards and more. You'll also learn when you should use the Content Query and when you should use the Content Search in 2013. We will wrap up with tips and tricks for end users to get the most out of these awesome web parts.

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Office 365 - It's a Journey
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
Organizations are moving to Microsoft Office 365 at a rapid pace with the vision of providing a modern communication and collaboration experience for their employees with secure access any time and from any device. For most organizations, that means migrating their e-mail to Office 365 and possibly deploying the latest version of Microsoft Office. And, while they often realize a benefit from the e-mail migration, they aren’t realizing the ultimate goal of providing the tools their employees need to communicate better, make faster decisions, and simply work better together. In this highly interactive session, we will explore the journey to a successful Office 365 deployment and how to drive continuous adoption throughout an organization while being mindful of those things every organization worries about…security, compliance, governance, support, and managing change. The session will include real-world examples of how some organizations have successfully navigated the journey to Office 365.

Speaker(s)

Joe Hartsel
Sr. Manager - Enterprise Collaboration
Centric Consulting
Planning & Implementing Applications/Solutions using Office 365
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Developer, End-User, Business
In this session, you will learn about how to plan and leverage Office 365 platform to build applications. Application planning will cover Services, Data Structures, UI, Security, and Governance (Management). This will help you understand when you will need to develop or purchase technology, when you will need to integrate external systems, and when you should consider Azure or an on-premise technology. We will also cover need to know items for going from on-premise to Office 365. With proper planning, you will be able to intercept any of the issues that normally would stop your projects in their tracks and instead build successful applications that will last years to come.

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PowerShell and SharePoint Online and On-Prem
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Developer, End-User
Do you work with Microsoft technologies like SharePoint, Exchange, Windows, or Azure? Do you want to have a job in five years? If you answered yes to both of those questions, then I will let you in on a secret. “You need to be a pro at PowerShell!” I know what you are thinking, PowerShell is for “the other” people. I hear that response from devs, admins, and especially power users. Well… Good News. You are all wrong. It is for everyone, including you.

Do you work with Microsoft technologies like SharePoint, Exchange, Windows, or Azure? Do you want to have a job in five years? If you answered yes to both of those questions, then I will let you in on a secret. “You need to be a pro at PowerShell!” I know what you are thinking, PowerShell is for “the other” people. I hear that response from devs, admins, and especially power users. Well… Good News. You are all wrong. It is for everyone, including you.
Real World Use Cases for PowerApps and Flow
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User
Come to this session to learn how to leverage PowerApps and Flow in the real world to do real business processes. Get beyond the twitter demos and hello world apps and create something you can use right away in your organization! We will talk about vacation request forms in PowerApps, email-enabled libraries in SharePoint Online using Flow, and the future of business process automation in SharePoint Online.
SharePoint Governance 101
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
“Everyone” says you should have governance, but few of them can explain what that means. This session provides a beginner level overview of what governance is and how it can benefit your SharePoint organization.
SharePoint Security and Best Practices for the Site Owner
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
This session will explore SharePoint security from the point of view of the site owner. This session covers SharePoint 2010, 2013, 2016 and Office 365 / SharePoint Online. Some of the topics include:
• Access Denied is a good thing!
• Who's responsible for SharePoint security?
• SharePoint user roles: User? Site Owner? Site Collection Admin? Auditor? Super User?
• 33 flavors of permissions!
• What can be, and what should be uniquely secured?
• Granular Permissions, and the Evil Share Button!
• Issues Unique to SharePoint 2013 and 2016
• Issues Unique to Office 365 / SharePoint Online
• Researching and documenting your security
• Best Practices
The SharePoint Business Analyst
Level: 200
Track: End-User, Business
The session for the SharePoint guy or gal who doesn't quite fit in anywhere else in the world of SharePoint. You may work with end users, manage sites, help others or meet with users discussing their business needs and documenting how to build a SharePoint project that fulfills their needs. Perhaps you have to test, assist others with figuring out what they want from SharePoint or help manage a project move along and coordinate everything happening among all stakeholders. Requirements, improvements, architecting, possibilities, UAT, support, governance, security, basic administration, support and power-user development all seem to fall into this new "job title" that is one step short of a "SharePoint jack of all trades". After working with SharePoint for over 10 years, I am happy to share a remarkable accumulation of tips that will give you a jump start in making every project SharePoint project or site you work on a success.
Tips in migrating to SharePoint 2016 or O365, to avoid a migration headache
Level: 100
Track: End-User, 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 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.
Transform your companies communication through collaborative chat with Office 365 Teams
Level: 200
Track:
Office 365 Teams is Microsoft's newest application launch, and one that is still being actively developed. Come learn about how teams work, and where the development path is going forward from someone who is working with them everyday in their own organization, as well as advising Enterprises around the world on how to adopt and role out Microsoft Teams in order to achieve the best success.

Speaker(s)

When Your CISO Says No - Security & Compliance in Office 365
Level: 100
Track:
Many organizations are hesitant to use cloud resources like Office365 and SharePoint Online due to assumptions that the Cloud is not secure. This talk will address those concerns, and discuss options and scenarios that make Microsoft Cloud services suitable for even the most security-conscious.

We’ll address many technical details of the Microsoft cloud, including physical security, and the Security & Compliance Center in Office365. We’ll also associate those aspects with other compliance challenges such as deterring, preventing, detecting and resolving security intrusions.

Speaker(s)

Ricardo Wilkins
SharePoint Solutions Architect
CEI
Workflows - 7 Best Practices for Development
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Developer
In this session we will discuss seven best practices for workflow development for both on premises and Office 365. Planning, architecture, performance, and much more will be discussed with techniques and concepts that can apply to both SharePoint workflows and other 3rd-party workflow packages.
You're the Site Collection Admin
Level: 200
Track: End-User, Business
The Site Collection Admin is the top-level power user in SharePoint. Now that every Office 365 Group comes with a SharePoint Team Site, and because each Team Site is a site collection, there may be new Site Collection Admins within your organization. This session will help you learn how to be a Site Collection Admin and give you resources for training others. We’ll begin with the basics of Site Collections and their settings, paying special attention to permissions. Then we’ll examine some important features, including the recycle bin, audit log reports, and storage metrics. We’ll close the session with expert advice for successful site collection administration.

Speaker(s)

Theresa Eller
System Administrator III - SharePoint
IBERIABANK

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