Sessions

6 Tips to Perfecting Your SharePoint Game With Structured Content Management
Level: 200
Track: Business
Join KnowledgeLake Corporate Trainer and Systems Engineer, Aaron Cutler as he delves into six winning strategies that will help you maximize your organization’s SharePoint investment – making you the champion of transforming the way your organization conducts business.

With more than 250,000 organizations around the world utilizing SharePoint today and a staggering 85% of Fortune 500 companies using SharePoint Online as part of Office 365 – the time has never been more pertinent to ensure organizations attain the most from this robust platform.

This session will cover concepts such as:
• Creating a solid taxonomy and information architecture (including sites, libraries and lists)
• Harnessing the power of metadata – from indexing to storage

• Leveraging Office applications to encourage user adoption for capturing/uploading content
• Sharing the secrets to yielding successful document search and retrievals
• Designing automated business processes by creating custom workflows to ensure speedy invoice processing and HR onboarding
• Managing records effectively while creating an efficient archival/retention plan

Speaker(s)

Aaron Cutler
Corporate Trainer and Systems Engineer
KnowledgeLake
A Winning Team: Real-World Demos & Tips for Success with Microsoft Teams
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
Come be a part of a winning team! Watch a live demonstration of Microsoft Team’s powerful features. Building step-by-step, I will demonstrate how an organization with many deadlines, work projects and goals can use Microsoft Teams to dramatically organize their path to success and go from near nothing to success in just one hour. Focusing on important and little-known features, you will learn how to use the many tools within Microsoft Teams to quickly and effectively create successful experiences among your users and solve important real-world issues. In this live session, Matthew J. Bailey (co-author of Mastering Microsoft Teams, Apress) shares his real-world knowledge about the best way to use Microsoft Teams, how to understand it and best use it at this time.
Advanced PowerShell for remote SharePoint administration & inspection
Level: 100
Track:
As SharePoint admins and consultants in tightly secured ecosystems, we often are not granted the access to run PowerShell connected to an onprem farm or MSO tennant. Or perhaps you have access to run the commandlets but need to shave time off of your job run with parallel processing methods. Or maybe you've been given a task to offload administrative tasks to Azure Automation & functions. This session teaches advanced tactics for remote SharePoint administration through PowerShell. Topics will cover a broad range of SharePoint connections and automation optimization as we examine gathering collections from Search, exploring object attributes with web services, then processing these objects quickly through parallel processing with script blocks, jobs, and queues.

Speaker(s)

Richard Toland
National Architect, Enterprise & Cloud Architecture Practice
Perpetual Reality
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.
Doing it Right...The SharePoint Way!
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro
Through numerous years of eating, drinking and sleeping SharePoint I have come to realize that there is 1 thing that has never changed. That 1 thing is a question and the answer to that question is the most important thing in all of SharePoint. That question is "What direction should my organization be going and how do we get there?". The question or a very close form of that question is asked anytime something bad happens to the current environment or software, the current environment or software is up for renewal, new technology is introduced and last but not least, during yearly budget planning. Most companies will fall into one of the following categories:
    • Current application is no longer suitable due to company growth, lack of functionality or
    • Current application company that created & supported it no longer exists.
    • Starting from scratch and SharePoint has been chosen now deciding which way to go and where to start?
    • Currently utilizing SharePoint but not exactly the way Microsoft intended
    • Need to upgrade to continue support

Regardless of the current situation your organization is in the end goal for all is success and success is measured by the usage of the application. Yes folks user adoption IS more important than being on time or under budget. Otherwise, what was the point of the entire project that I am sure took months and sometimes years to plan and implement. In this session I will take you through where to start, keys to choosing the right path for your organization and most importantly implement SharePoint in a way user adoption meets your goals and of course come in on time and on par with the budget.

Speaker(s)

Stacy Deere-Strole
Sr. SharePoint Solutions Architect - Business Owner
Focal Point Solutions, LLC
Getting Started with the SharePoint Framework (SPFx)
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 bringing both opportunities and frustrations. If you are currently using Office 365, SharePoint 2016, or considering moving to either, you need a practical grasp on SPFx. You’ll leave this session knowing what the SharePoint Framework is, what it can do, when to use it, and how to get there.

Speaker(s)

Chris Kent
Office 365 Practice Lead
DMI
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.
Intentional Migration: Analyzing and Planning the Route Through Troubled Waters
Level: 100
Track:
It is easy (and common) for a migration project to go off the rails without proper analysis, planning and risk management. This session will present prescriptive guidance for proper source platform analysis based on experience from over a decade of large-scale migration scar tissue. We will then look at how to use that analysis data to properly plan a migration project in such a way that the project stays on budget while minimizing business impact.

Speaker(s)

Russ Houberg
Sr. Solutions Architect
SkySync
Keynote: The New and Improved Way of Modernizing Your Workforce
Level: 100
Track:
For the last many years, the transition into the Cloud has been a hot topic within the industry. Initially with BPOS, later with Office 365 Microsoft has been very successful in convincing people and organizations to make that mind shift from an on-premises situation to a full adoption of the Cloud. However, almost 10 years later we still see that a lot of organization haven’t fully embraced the different aspects and possibilities of the Cloud. One of the biggest reasons is that organizations have one or multiple legacy systems or line of business applications that are difficult to transform in a fully cloud based model. Organizations worry about end-user disruption, data loss, efficiency loss, etc. This fear is mainly fueled by a very archaic way of Cloud onboarding and adoption. The majority of the ‘workforce modernization’ projects consist out of a lift and shift approach and that is exactly where the root of the problem lays.

In this session, we will identify and address why organizations choose to deal with an old system vs moving into the Cloud, how we can overcome these roadblocks and most importantly how a total new way of Cloud onboarding and migration can help you modernize your workforce without any disruptions to your end-users in their day-to-day life.

Speaker(s)

Russ Houberg
Sr. Solutions Architect
SkySync
Learn how to replace InfoPath forms with PowerApps and Flows
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Developer, Business
Microsoft PowerApps and Flows are the modern way to create forms and automate business processes with workflows. In this session I’ll demonstrate how to use PowerApps and Flows to implement help desk and expense reporting solutions.

Speaker(s)

Learn the New Tools of the Trade
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Developer
Are you a developer or IT pro and feel overwhelmed by the changes with tooling? In this session we’ll talk about the new tools and to best use them in your processes. We’ll talk about Git, Node.js, npm, and gulp and how we can use these to make our lives easier. This information will be helpful for creating applications or just automating deployments. We’ll even throw some guidance on how to add these to continuous integration and deployments with Visual Studio Team Services.

Speaker(s)

Ryan Schouten
Senior Software Architect
Blizzard Entertainment
Mastering SharePoint Calculated Columns and Validation Formulas
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Developer, End-User
SharePoint Calculated columns offer one of the easiest ways of enhancing SharePoint lists and to move simple lists into solutions. In this session we will start with the basics, and quickly move you to some of the more advanced tips and tricks, and even a few workarounds for missing features. You will be surprised with what you can do with a column!

* What you can do with SharePoint Formulas.
* What you can’t do, at least without a workaround… 😉
* SharePoint formulas are Excel-like… almost.
* Create views that group on Year, Quarter, Month or week.
* Dealing with empty columns and errors.
* Writing complex nested IF and Boolean logic formulas the easy way.
* Working around the nested IF limit!
* A better Task status column from a formula.
* Writing column and list item validation formulas.
* Putting HTML in Calculated Columns (Yes, you still can!)
OneDrive for Business - Modern Collaboration
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
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.
Secrets of the Fire Swamp - SharePoint Framework Development Simplified
Level: 100
Track: Developer
TypeScript, NodeJS, Gulp, Yoeman....Inconceivable!!! In this session we will reveal how you can develop Modern Experience SharePoint Framework Web Parts and Extensions with a simplified approach using only JavaScript, HTML and CSS. Additionally, use the same methodology for development of Content Query and Content Search and future proof your Web Parts. No TypeScript or any other Framework experience required. Before you know it, you'll have SharePoint saying, 'As You Wish.....'
Session - How to Survive THIS (And Every!) Conference Using OneNote
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
Do you head home with your head spinning with all you've learned, professional opportunities or things you need to research more? Us too!!! Let us show you how to use OneNote to keep it all straight (and you might just get a pre-built OneNote notebook as a parting gift to get started!)

Learn Tips and Tricks for:
• Planning your Days at the Conference
• Taking Notes and capturing slides
• Following up with Speakers
• Tracking Professional Opportunities
Session - OneDrive, SharePoint, Groups and Teams...What Goes Where?
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
With so many tools in the Office 365 Toolbox, it's tough to know what goes where. Let's get real and talk about how to pick the sharpest tools for the job and how to prepare for your move to the cloud.
SharePoint and Office 365 Search Secrets, Tricks, Bugs and Weirdness
Level: 100
Track: End-User
Search may be one of SharePoint 2013’s most important features while also being one of the most neglected. In this session, you will learn a number of the most important and least documented features of search, along with a few “why did they ever do that” search “features”. We will also take a look at how search can be enhanced to improve the user search experience.

You will leave this session with a lot of new ways to not only find things in SharePoint, but to perform more accurate searches.
SharePoint Designer Custom Workflows: Making the Approval Process Dynamic
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Developer
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?"
"How do I change the text and links at the bottom of the task email?"

"If I'm in SharePoint Online, can I use Flow to do this?"

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.

Speaker(s)

SharePoint Online - Migration Mistakes to Avoid
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Business
Migrating from On-Premises to SharePoint Online can be an overwhelming endeavor. No matter the size or scope, every environment has unique challenges. This session will cover SPO “gotcha’s” that could halt your migration, planning tips, and real world lessons learned. Discover ideas on how to involve site owners and end users, concepts that improve your sites, and a guide on whether to use a vendor tool, Microsoft’s Fast Track, or a do-it-yourself approach. Migration projects don’t have to be derailed! Plan for success and stay on course.

Speaker(s)

SharePoint, PowerApps, and Flow... Oh my!
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Developer, End-User, Business
You have heard about all of them separately so now it is time to tell you the stories of how they work together to make Citizen Developer into Citizen Rockstar! We will look at the plumbing between the platforms, talk about some common use cases, and talk about how I decide which platform to use when they all do a similar function. The session should be fun and interesting on what path it takes as we have a big group discussion.

Speaker(s)

SharePoint/Outlook Integration - Tips &Tricks
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
Do you use Outlook every day, but have all of your "stuff" stored in SharePoint? This session will show you a few tips & tricks to make your life easier by using them together. By connecting SharePoint content directly to Outlook, users will be able to manage and update content they use and have access to on a regular basis all in one place.

Topics include:
Connecting lists, libraries, calendars, and even contacts from SharePoint to Outlook
Extra Outlook features that can be used to manage SharePoint content within Outlook
How to grow user adoption using Outlook and SharePoint integration
Teams Work: Getting Started with Microsoft Teams
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
“Microsoft Teams” is the happiest place in the Cloud and a rapidly emerging platform for collaboration built on SharePoint and Office 365 with a heart in chat-based interactions. This rapid collaboration environment can be web-based or app-based and allows Teams to use multiple channels to share files and conversations. This session will introduce you to what Teams are and how to quickly get started using them. We will look at the anatomy of a Team, including their guts which can be found in SharePoint, Office 365 Groups and Exchange Online. We’ll also take a look at some easy ways to customize your Team, including connecting to data in the outside world.

Speaker(s)

Patrick Tucker
Principal Consultant, SharePoint
KiZAN Technologies
Using SharePoint Online as a Single Sign On Hub for the Digital Workplace
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Business
At KCTCS, college students and employees must connect to more than a dozen enterprise systems on a daily basis. That number will continue to rise as more content and services become more natively online. Navigating and securely accessing these systems in an efficient and effective way is a strategic imperative. With MyPath, our Single-Sign-On hub built in SharePoint Online, we have constructed an experience that achieves the goal of simplified connections to our most crucial enterprise systems. The power of Azure also enables us to securely manage the connection applications at scale. This presentation will describe our solution’s benefits to our students and employees, as well as to our efforts in establishing a premier digital workplace. We will also describe and demonstrate some of the technologies used to achieve these goals.

Speaker(s)

Matt Varney
Intranet Administrator
KCTCS
Jeremy Miller
Director of Enterprise Architecture
KCTCS
What’s New in SharePoint Server 2019
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Developer, End-User
In this session, we will learn about what’s new in the latest release of our beloved SharePoint Server platform. We will also learn about what it takes to run it once it’s in RTW.

Speaker(s)

Ajay Iyer
MTC Architect - Modern Workplace
Microsoft

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