Washington, D.C.

Introductory Level Sessions

Sunday, December 12th 2021, 9:00 am

  • Susan Hanley

    Microsoft MVP

WRK102 - Introduction to Information Architecture for SharePoint Intranets

If your users can’t find what they need on your intranet, your information architecture (IA) probably needs some work! In this workshop, you will learn tips and best practices to improve “findability” and information organization and the basic concepts of information architecture. We will cover the critical aspects of intranet IA: navigation/site architecture, page design architecture, metadata architecture, and search experiences. You will learn approaches for planning navigation across the entire intranet (including the new global navigation for SharePoint) and on individual sites, along with tips and best practices for hubs and home sites, page architectures that support both accessibility and great user experiences, and using metadata on pages and documents. You will also learn how Microsoft Viva and Viva Connections should influence your IA planning. Take away lessons about the best place to focus your IA energy and how to leverage the latest IA capabilities in Microsoft 365 – so that you can build an intranet that is an essential part of your digital workplace today and in the future.

Sunday, December 12th 2021, 9:00 am

  • Treb Gatte

    Microsoft MVP, MCP, MCTS, MBA

WRK109 - Power BI Bootcamp for SharePoint Professionals

NOTE: YOU WILL NEED A COMPUTER WITH THE LATEST VERSION OF POWER BI DESKTOP INSTALLED PRIOR TO WORKSHOP TIME. THIS IS A HANDS ON BOOTCAMP. Need to create stunning dashboards from your SharePoint data? Yes you do! In this bootcamp, we’ll show you: • How should I approach my BI need? • What things should be considered when creating dashboards? • What are the best practices? • How much is this going to cost me to license? • What security aspects should concern me? Who should take this course: If your company uses Office 365 or SharePoint 2013/2016 and you are a: • Manager • Business Analyst • Power User • SharePoint Administrator • Consultant If you work in these areas, you will see value: • Marketing • Information Technology • Finance • Sales • Social Media The class assumes no prior knowledge of Power BI and Data Concepts. What is required for this class: Install Microsoft Power BI Desktop on your laptop (recommended but not required) We'll provide an Office 365 site for you to use for exercises In this workshop you will: • Learn how to create Production Dashboards using Power BI, from SharePoint list and document library data • How to use Power BI in a multitude of situations, including ad hoc analysis and the creation of formal dashboard. • Learn the Power BI components: Power BI Desktop, PowerBI.com, Power BI mobile applications and how they can be used with Office 365 and SharePoint • Receive an introduction into the core functions of Power BI; Data extraction, loading and transformation using Power Query Formula Language (“M”) and DAX. • Receive some guidelines on how to extract Project data in fast manner. • Discover some data modeling practices that will ensure you have maximum flexibility in analysis. You'll also learn some visualization best practices to ensure you can tell your digital story effectively • Learn best practices for maintaining content with your organization This workshop provides an end to end view of Power BI for SharePoint reporting, so that you are able to use Power BI immediately for your needs.

Sunday, December 12th 2021, 9:00 am

  • Prashant G Bhoyar

    Microsoft AI MVP, MCT, Cloud Solution Architect at AIS

WRK202 - Hands-On: Building No Code Help Desk Bots using PVA, Bot Framework & Cognitive Services

A bot is a web service that interacts with users in a conversational format. The Microsoft Bot Framework is a comprehensive offering that we can use to build and deploy high-quality bots for our users to enjoy wherever they are talking. Power Virtual Agents a SaaS offering from Microsoft empowers teams to easily create powerful bots using a guided, no-code graphical interface without the need for data scientists or developers. Microsoft Cognitive Services let you build apps with powerful algorithms to see, hear, speak, understand and interpret our needs using natural methods of communication, with just a few lines of code. Easily add intelligent features – such as emotion and sentiment detection, vision and speech recognition, language understanding, knowledge, and search – into your app, across devices and platforms such as iOS, Android, and Windows, keep improving and are easy to set up. In this hands-on workshop, we will cover how to build the no-code intelligent help desk bots using Power Virtual Agents, Microsoft Bot Framework, and Cognitive Services. The help desk bot will be able to answer questions related to employee benefits, open healthcare enrollment, etc. Access to SharePoint online site, Microsoft Team, and Azure will be provided to create the Bots. The target audience of this hands-on workshop is Power Users, IT Pros, and Developers. The contents of this session are applicable to SharePoint Online as well as SharePoint On-Prem as well. You will learn: • What are Power Virtual Agents? • Bots in Microsoft Ecosystem • What is Microsoft Bot Framework? • What is Azure Bot Service? • How to create bots using Microsoft Bot Framework? • What are Cognitive Services? • How to leverage Power Virtual Agents, Bot Framework, and Cognitive Services to implement real-life business solutions? Please note: Attendees will need to bring their own laptop with internet access and modern browsers like Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari. The tablets will not work.

Sunday, December 12th 2021, 1:30 pm

  • Prashant G Bhoyar

    Microsoft AI MVP, MCT, Cloud Solution Architect at AIS

WRK302 - Hands-On: Building Help Desk Bots Using PVA, Bot Framework - Part 2

A bot is a web service that interacts with users in a conversational format. The Microsoft Bot Framework is a comprehensive offering that we can use to build and deploy high-quality bots for our users to enjoy wherever they are talking. Power Virtual Agents a SaaS offering from Microsoft empowers teams to easily create powerful bots using a guided, no-code graphical interface without the need for data scientists or developers. Microsoft Cognitive Services let you build apps with powerful algorithms to see, hear, speak, understand and interpret our needs using natural methods of communication, with just a few lines of code. Easily add intelligent features – such as emotion and sentiment detection, vision and speech recognition, language understanding, knowledge, and search – into your app, across devices and platforms such as iOS, Android, and Windows, keep improving and are easy to set up. In this hands-on workshop, we will cover how to extend the no code help desk bots built using Power Virtual Agents, and Q&A Maker and implement real-life help desk scenarios like password reset, booking the conference room, etc. using Microsoft Bot Framework and Cognitive Services. Access to SharePoint online site, Microsoft Team, and Azure will be provided to create the Bots. The target audience of this hands-on workshop is Developers and Power Users and IT Pros who want to get into the development. The contents of this session are applicable to SharePoint Online as well as SharePoint On-Prem as well. You will learn: How to extend the no code bots created using Q&A maker? How to extend the no code bots created using Power Virtual Agents? What are Adaptive Cards? How to leverage Bot Framework and Cognitive Services to implement real-life business solutions? How to debug bots? Please note: Attendees will need to bring their own laptop with internet access and modern browsers like Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari. The tablets will not work.

Monday, December 13th 2021, 9:00 am

  • Mark Rackley

    Microsoft MVP

WRK409 - Master Client Side Development in Your On-Premises and Classic SharePoint Environments

Are you tired of SharePoint only getting you part of the way there? Want to create REAL functionality in SharePoint to make your sites more usable? Dashboards, custom forms with real business logic, and visual enhancements like animations can help you take your SharePoint environments to the next level. Whether you are using On-Premises SharePoint or using Classic SharePoint in SharePoint Online, come to this workshop to learn essential skills every SharePoint customizer should know. Attendees will learn: • The pros and cons of client-side development and how to get started • How to effectively interact with SharePoint using JavaScript to build powerful applications • What is jQuery and how to use it effectively • How to create custom forms quickly and easily without the need for InfoPath or PowerApps • How to use Third Party Libraries to take the SharePoint applications to the next level • How to use REST and CSOM to interact with SharePoint list data and create business logic • How to step-by-step create a functional, usable time tracking application

Monday, December 13th 2021, 9:00 am

  • Jason Himmelstein

    Microsoft MVP
  • John White

    Microsoft MVP

WRK403 - Everything You Wanted to Know About Power BI (but were afraid to ask)

Power BI is the gold standard for cloud based report delivery. It’s very approachable – you can get up and running with it in minutes, but it’s also very robust, secure and extensible. As you might expect, it has many pieces and nuances, and it’s important to understand what is possible, even if you may not take immediate advantage of some features, in order to understand what to use when. This tutorial will help to guide you in building a complete analytical solution, using all the features of Power BI. We will start from nothing, and create queries that import and integrate data from many different sources. You will also learn how to refresh data using the on-premises data gateway and the personal gateway to connect to existing on-premises data from a variety of sources In addition, you will see an overview the many other additional features available in Power BI. In particular, we cover the Power BI Service, Power BI Desktop, Connecting to data, modelling data, hybrid options, Licensing, on-Premises options, and we pay particular attention to using Power BI with SharePoint, both as a data source and a container. At the end of this seminar you will be ready to not only start using Power BI for your projects, but you will also understand which approach is best for different situations. Bring your questions, and we’ll do our best to answer them. This is a highly dynamic tutorial, and can go in any direction that you like.

Monday, December 13th 2021, 9:00 am

  • Scott Shearer

    Microsoft MVP, MCT
  • William Huneycutt

    Microsoft MVP

WRK502 - Hands-On Power Automate (Flow) Workshop - Fundamental

Microsoft Power Automate is the successor to SharePoint Designer workflow and the future of process automation for SharePoint. While Flow is much more than a SharePoint-only tool, this session will focus on providing you with the skills to get started right away with SharePoint automation using Microsoft Power Automate. In this demo-rich workshop, you’ll learn by doing with hands-on labs. What we'll cover during the session: • Overview and how your organization can get started • Flow concepts (e.g. triggers, actions, conditions) and how they’re applicable • Flow design using templates and blank canvas • Flow creation for common SharePoint business requirements, e.g. document approval Demo environment is provided ***ATTENDEES MUST BRING THEIR OWN DEVICE. DEVICES WITHOUT EXTERNAL KEYBOARDS ARE NOT RECOMMENDED .***

Monday, December 13th 2021, 1:30 pm

  • Scott Shearer

    Microsoft MVP, MCT
  • William Huneycutt

    Microsoft MVP

WRK602 - Hands-On Power Automate (Flow) Workshop - Intermediate

In this Microsoft Power Automate workshop, you’ll learn by doing with hands-on labs. This session will provide you with the skills to get more proficient right away with SharePoint automation using Microsoft Power Automate. The workshop is geared towards participants who either have fundamental knowledge of Power Automate or have attended the SharePoint Fest morning/introductory workshop. What we'll cover during the session: • Power Automate (Flow) expressions • Advanced approval scenarios, e.g. escalation, parallel approval • OData filters for larger data sets in SharePoint • Workflow state machine using Power Automate • Must-know nuggets from real-world solutions Demo environment is provided ***ATTENDEES MUST BRING THEIR OWN DEVICE. DEVICES WITHOUT EXTERNAL KEYBOARDS ARE NOT RECOMMENDED .***

Tuesday, December 14th 2021, 9:40 am

  • Richard Toland

    Principal Architect/Developer at Perpetual Reality

INT101 - SharePoint Sites: What to Use & When to Use Them

Microsoft has done a great job at providing numerous types of sites for organizations to get up and running quickly and productive in a very short period of time. This is being accomplished by the number of site options that they are providing right out of the box. However, as with all technology new options for sites are being introduced all the time and with the weekly updates to features and functionality it can all be a little overwhelming and confusing to say the least. Key thing to remember is, just because it exists does not mean you have to use it. Microsoft is providing a number of different options so that organizations can determine what is the best fit for them and their user base. In this session, we will explore the different site options along with some of the functionality that comes with them. We will identify which types of sites are the best fit for your organization, will help boost user adoption, and can be maintained with the staff you have available. Not to mention it will allow for refinement and the ability to adhere to your organizations established governance.

Tuesday, December 14th 2021, 11:20 am

  • Scott Money

    DocPoint Solutions, Director of Technology & Solutions

CM102 - Preparation of M-19-21 - Paper to SharePoint

Another deadline is quickly approaching. Can I scan this stuff and migrate it to my SharePoint environment? With the ever-expanding effort to move into a digital environment, Agencies are being pressured to address paper that is consuming storage space and endless documents on network drives. Appending the M-19-21 initiative to that need and many entities will be overwhelmed. This session will include a demonstration to show a methodology for managing the NARA Deadline of M-19-21 while utilizing existing SharePoint resources to manage the content.

Tuesday, December 14th 2021, 11:20 am

  • Scott Shearer

    Microsoft MVP, MCT

FLO102 - Expressions in Power Automate (Flow)

A deep knowledge of Flow expressions is critical to maximizing the power of Power Automate. In this demo rich session we'll take a deep dive into the types of expressions available and how to apply them. You'll see how to combine expressions, use expressions to format email text, how to use and apply date and string expressions, how to use expressions with collections and arrays and more... If you have a casual knowledge of Power Automate and want to "step up your game" with the use of expressions, attend this session!

Tuesday, December 14th 2021, 1:30 pm

  • David Patrick

    MCT, MCSD, MCSE, MVP

DEV103 - Developing in SharePoint - A Crash Course

A fast paced ride through the land of SharePoint development. The tour will cover everything from No-Code solutions to using JQuery and SPServices to extensions using the new SharePoint Framework and everything else in between!

Tuesday, December 14th 2021, 1:30 pm

  • Wes Preston

    Microsoft MVP

PWR103 - Power Apps: New Approaches for SharePoint Data Solutions

Break free of the limitations of SharePoint lists. Power Apps integration with SharePoint introduces new options for Power Users to access, store, or extend existing data solutions beyond the boundaries of traditional lists. In this session, we’ll cover new locations for data storage, new capabilities of these containers, and the pros and cons of choosing one over the other while still surfacing solutions via SharePoint or Teams.

Tuesday, December 14th 2021, 1:30 pm

  • Treb Gatte

    Microsoft MVP, MCP, MCTS, MBA

BI103 - Data Mining Office 365 & SharePoint with Power BI

See how to use Power BI to mine the data you have in SharePoint and Office 365. We’ll pull data from lists, libraries, triggered activities using Flow and from Search and create beautiful reports and dashboards easily from it. We’ll also show you how this can be automated and saves you time from copying and pasting data into different places.

Tuesday, December 14th 2021, 1:30 pm

  • Sarah Haase

    Microsoft MVP

CM103 - Reclaiming SharePoint: How to reel in an overgrown implementation

SharePoint is organic. File-based SharePoint sites grow exponentially, consuming more and more storage space and making it difficult for users to find what they need. Governance plans designed to steer SharePoint's utilization tarnish over time, discouraging users from adopting the platform. This session outlines the reasons why SharePoint environments become overgrown and under-utilized and provides practical guidance on how you can assess your implementation and create a revitalization plan. We'll also review several real-world SharePoint turnaround stories, highlighting the challenges faced and the methods taken to revive user adoption. Whether you have a "green-field" implementation with no formal governance in place or have a faded governance model that is no longer working, you'll leave this session with proven techniques for engaging your key constituents and driving change.

Tuesday, December 14th 2021, 3:00 pm

  • John Mancini

    Past President, AIIM and Current President, Content Results

SPT104 - The impact of the NARA M-19-21 guidelines to Federal Agencies

The Federal Government has provided critical new guidance from NARA regarding the preparation and delivery of records to meet M-19-21 guidelines. Agencies will no longer be able to send paper records to NARA after December 31st, 2022 and must adopt a paperless strategy. This session will provide a comprehensive look at the impact of the M-19-21 guidelines to Federal Agencies, readiness and gap best practices and maximize the investment by leveraging a robust suite of services/solution tools within your platform.

Tuesday, December 14th 2021, 3:00 pm

  • Robert Hutter

    Founder & CEO of FireStart

PWR104 - Building Enterprise Workflows with Teams, Outlook and SharePoint

This session will show how to design and build enterprise-grade workflows from zero to production in a step by step approach. You will learn how to design your process, build forms, connect your line of business applications, define your decision rules and events and build user-centric, task optimized touchpoints for your users in Teams, Outlook and SharePoint. The session will also provide practical insights, best practices and typical pitfalls when building a lasting workflow strategy for your organization.

Tuesday, December 14th 2021, 3:00 pm

  • Jason Himmelstein

    Microsoft MVP
  • John White

    Microsoft MVP

BI104 - Power BI Premium – When Do I Need It?

Power BI Dedicated Capacity (Premium) is a way to get past many limitations of the shared Power BI service. However, with great power comes great responsibility. This session will outline exactly what Power BI Premium is, what features it unlocks and what limitations it changes. We will also call out situations where Premium may not be appropriate, and the steps that you need to take to ensure that you get the maximum value from it. If you’re considering a move to Power BI Premium, you’ll want to attend this session.

Tuesday, December 14th 2021, 3:00 pm

  • Richard Toland

    Principal Architect/Developer at Perpetual Reality

AZR104 - Gateway Drugs: Power Apps/BI & Flow for on-prem, just the beginning. Now Azure Data Factory

For some admins and developers, the demand for cloud capabilities using data accessible only on-prem has increased as many organizations continue to employ Hybrid architectures. To meet that need (and the security constraints that accompany on-prem data), the Microsoft Data Management Gateway gives us better integration to this data and in more secure ways, all while leaving it at the source. Coupled with the Azure Data Factory, your on-prem content can architecturally reach a number of connections never possible before by leveraging the unprecedented scale and compute power throughout the breadth of Azure services. This session will illustrate how to leverage on-prem SharePoint content to interface with and drive cloud services through the secure Data Management Gateway and Azure Data Factory integrations. We’ll cover the setup and configuration of the Gateway, the Factory, and our data connections, as well as some gotcha’s and pitfalls along the path to becoming a full Gateway/Hybrid addict.

Tuesday, December 14th 2021, 4:20 pm

  • Jeff Willinger

    Chief Inspiration Officer

SPT105 - Microsoft Viva Playbook: (Almost) Everything You Need to Know on Viva Connections & Topics

Viva is Microsoft’s new sweetheart and on all organizations ‘to do’ list. This session will kickstart your strategy and deployment…Viva applies AI to empower people with knowledge and expertise in the apps they use every day, and to connect, manage and protect content across systems and teams. We will discuss: • Turn content into usable knowledge • Use AI to reason over your organization’s data and automatically identify, process, and organize content • Organize knowledge into topic pages • Enable your organization’s experts to share and refine knowledge through curated topic pages, automatically generated and updated by AI • Make knowledge easy to discover and use • Deliver timely, relevant topic cards in the apps people use every day

Tuesday, December 14th 2021, 4:20 pm

  • Daniel Glenn

    Microsoft MVP

PWR105 - Use Your On-premises Data with Power Apps, Power BI, and Power Automate (Flow)

Microsoft Power BI, Power Automate (Flow) and Power Apps are powerful cloud tools that can take your on-premises data, stored in systems like SQL and SharePoint, to new heights. Using your data where it is now gives you the ability to invest in improving processes, instead of focusing on a data migration strategy. In this session, we will discuss the benefits of using the cloud tools and how workflow, analytics, and business apps can utilize your on-premises data. We will setup a data gateway, connect to on-premises data sources, and discuss how to use that data in Microsoft 365 to create rich business solutions. You will walk-away from this session with the knowledge you need to immediately start using your on-premises data with Microsoft 365.

Tuesday, December 14th 2021, 4:20 pm

  • David Feldman

    Microsoft MVP

BI105 - Power BI Beyond the Basics

You are familiar with PowerBI desktop, you’ve pulled in some data from SharePoint, from SQL Server, or from excel and published it to the service. It’s pretty amazing, right? Now that you have the basics down, lets dive a bit deeper into all levels of the service. We’ll explore transforming your data and mashing up multiple sources in a PowerBI Desktop, we’ll integrate some onprem data, create drill downs, and explore some powerful data filtering techniques to help you take your PowerBI to the next level.

Tuesday, December 14th 2021, 4:20 pm

  • Erica Toelle

    Sr. Product Marketing Manager – Information Governance and Records Management Microsoft

CM105 - Transition from the SharePoint Records Center to Microsoft 365 Records Management

Have you invested in using the SharePoint Records Center, content types, and metadata to drive retention in SharePoint On-Prem or Online? Don't worry! We can reuse this work in M365 Records Management. In this session, we will review an end-to-end plan for migration, including reviewing each part of the records center solution and how the functionality maps to Microsoft 365.

Wednesday, December 15th 2021, 10:30 am

  • Wes Preston

    Microsoft MVP

PWR201 - Power Apps: New Approaches to the Traditional SharePoint List View

Yes, yes... Power Apps is an excellent tool for custom forms and facilitating business processes (with Microsoft Flow). Did you know Power Apps are also capable of building dramatically better list views? It's no coincidence that Power Apps are surfaced in the SharePoint interface via the View dropdown control. See how Power Apps can be used to display richer and more functional views of your data - now, directly in SharePoint and Teams with supported web parts and components.

Wednesday, December 15th 2021, 10:30 am

  • Treb Gatte

    Microsoft MVP, MCP, MCTS, MBA

BI201 - Unlocking SharePoint's Content Services Data with Power BI

In today's world, the ability to convert unstructured data from files like document scans and photos into actionable, structured data is key to unlocking a lot of organizational data. Office 365 Content Services provides some functionality that does this for you automatically. Most are not aware of this service's functionality nor it's long term importance. In this session, we'll take you through what SharePoint Content Services has to offer from a functionality and data perspective, what use cases are supported by this data, and how to mine the data using Power BI and Flow.

Wednesday, December 15th 2021, 10:30 am

  • Daniel Glenn

    Microsoft MVP
  • Vlad Catrinescu

    Microsoft MVP, MCT

CM201- Practical Steps for Migrating Shares to Microsoft 365

If you still have shares and want to move them to Microsoft 365, you are not alone! Organizations want to take advantage of all the benefits Microsoft 365 has to offer, but where do you begin? Can you just "lift and shift" and be done with it? In this session, you will learn how you can effectively analyze and migrate your shares to Microsoft 365. We will show how to navigate the common issues with share migrations, how to discover business processes dependent on shares, and get you started on the migration journey. Join Microsoft MVPs Vlad Catrinescu and Daniel Glenn in this session inspired by real-world use cases to learn how to successfully migrate your shares to the cloud and get the most out of your Microsoft 365 deployment.

Wednesday, December 15th 2021, 12:40 pm

  • Mike Fitzmaurice

    Chief Evangelist and VP for WEBCON - North America

SOL03 - It's Hard for Low-Code to Navigate the Rocky Road to Enterprise-Worthiness

Delivering durable business applications is harder than most people think. Success with personal citizen development projects often falls victim to the adage "what got you here won't get you there." When it comes to solutions with a wide scope, construction is perhaps only 10% of what's needed; there are security, data integrity, scalability, measurement, auditing, change management, user adoption, documentation, and business continuity concerns to consider. Not every tool, platform, or practitioner is inherently equal to these tasks. This session will go over what's needed and why, then pivot to how to best address those needs without having to revert to a world of hand-coding.

Wednesday, December 15th 2021, 12:40 pm

  • Edward Watson

    Sr. Product Marketing Manager at Veeam Software
  • Karinne Bessette

    Technologist, Product Strategy at Veeam Software

SOL04 - 8 Microsoft Teams Backup Facts You NEED to Know!

Microsoft Teams is now the center of our productivity universe — but should you back it up? Although Teams has its own basic retention, it does not fully protect against user error or security threats, nor does it enable long-term retention for compliance or regulatory purposes. In this presentation from Veeam, you will learn 8 important facts to help you understand the what, why and how of protecting Microsoft Teams data as part of your Office 365 backup strategy. You will also get an overview and demo of the #1 Office 365 backup solution in market — Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365.

Wednesday, December 15th 2021, 12:40 pm

  • Yarin Negri

    Boosting Adoption of Microsoft 365

SOL07 - Driving Adoption in SharePoint/Microsoft 365

Learn how to improve Microsoft 365 adoption, and how to drive collaboration and increase consumption in platforms including Teams, SharePoint, OneDrive, Exchange & Yammer.

Wednesday, December 15th 2021, 12:40 pm

  • Robert Hutter

    Founder & CEO of FireStart

SOL08 - Ready, Steady, Go - Let your work flow

Building a lasting automation strategy for your organization can be challenging both from an organizational and technical perspective to keep the process in flow and the governance in place, especially if your are in the middle of a transition from SharePoint OnPremise to Office 365. This session will show how to approach the problem with the FireStart Process Automation Platform in a consistent and strategic approach and leverage your investments in SharePoint, Teams and Power Apps to a whole new level. The session will also cover real-life results from case studies that have successfully managed to establish a lasting automation program for their organization.

Wednesday, December 15th 2021, 12:40 pm

  • Asif Rehmani

    CEO at VisualSP, Microsoft MVP

SOL09 - Provide Context Sensitive Learning and Support to Employees

Thorough end user training is a waste of time because the forgetting curve is just too steep. People start forgetting what they learn shortly after the learning stops. We can't depend on learning that happened months ago to help employees do the job they need to do right now. Employees need the answers to their queries at the moment of their need, in the context of their environment and in the flow of their work to be able to do their job. This session will show you examples of what it means to provide learning in the flow of work to employees directly on top of Office 365 and Dynamics 365 and why it's a necessity in today's fast paced world. You will get to visualize the best ways in which employees at organizations can be trained, informed and supported at their moment of need to help them perform at their job efficiently.

Wednesday, December 15th 2021, 12:40 pm

  • Maggie Swearingen

    Associate Director at Protiviti

SOL10 - Tenant-to-Tenant Migration Frenzy: How We Lived to Tell the Tale

As organizations acquire, merge, or dissolve themselves into new companies rapidly these days, learn some tips and tricks on how migrating messaging, content, and groups from source to destination tenants can be planned, organized, and executed efficiently for high user adoption and greater success.

Wednesday, December 15th 2021, 1:20 pm

  • David Patrick

    MCT, MCSD, MCSE, MVP

DEV202 - Build Your First SharePoint Client-Side Web Part with the SharePoint Framework

Client-side web parts are client-side components that run inside the context of a SharePoint page. Client-side web parts can be deployed to SharePoint Online, SharePoint 2019, or SharePoint 2016. HTML, CSS, JavaScript and JavaScript libraries are used to build these web parts. In this talk, we'll walk through the process of building a client side web part from the ground up. We'll introduce the pieces and parts of the new SharePoint Framework and we'll also cover what you need to get started and how to set up your development environment.

Wednesday, December 15th 2021, 2:40 pm

  • Jason Himmelstein

    Microsoft MVP
  • John White

    Microsoft MVP

BI203 - Deep Dive on Power BI and SharePoint

This demo rich session will explore many of the nuances involved with using a combination of Power BI and SharePoint. SharePoint data can be finicky to retrieve, and this session will show examples and suggest a few best practices for doing so. In addition, connecting Power BI to SharePoint opens up a whole new world for Excel. If it can be done with Power BI and SharePoint, this session will show you how.

Wednesday, December 15th 2021, 2:40 pm

  • Virgil Carroll

    Microsoft MCT

SRC203 - Microsoft Search: Ready or not, here AI comes

Whether we are ready for it or not, artificial intelligence playing a role in our world is here to stay. Where AI is being implemented throughout the Office 365 ecosystem, it is no place more important than the new Microsoft Search technologies. Join Virgil as he explores the new AI functionality in Microsoft Search, help you understand what AI really means and talk real world practical applications inside your own search scenarios.

Wednesday, December 15th 2021, 4:20 pm

  • Asif Rehmani

    CEO at VisualSP, Microsoft MVP

BV204 - Learning in the flow of work: providing learning just-in-time instead of just-in-case

Thorough end user training is a waste of time because the forgetting curve is just too steep. People start forgetting what they learn shortly after the learning stops. We can't depend on learning that happened months ago to help employees do the job they need to do right now. Employees need the answers to their queries at the moment of their need, in the context of their environment and in the flow of their work to be able to do their job. This session will show you examples of what it means to provide learning in the flow of work to your employees and why it's a necessity in today's fast paced world. You will get to visualize the best ways in which employees at organizations can be trained, informed and supported at their moment of need to help them perform at their job.

Wednesday, December 15th 2021, 4:20 pm

  • Brian Alderman

    Microsoft MVP, MCT, MCSE, MCSA

OFF204 - Exploring Office 365 Migration Options and Tools

Congratulations, on your decision to move to Office 365. If your mind is running rampant on how to complete the migration, this session is for you. We will begin by exploring the steps necessary during the following migration phases 1. Before the migration 2. Completing the migration 3. Managing the cloud-based content after migration As you can guess, you’re going to need to know what the best approach is to complete the migration, so we will also discuss what your migration options are, and what tools are available, including how to use the SharePoint Migration Assessment Tool with the SharePoint Migration Tool to help streamline and successfully complete your migration to Office 365.

Wednesday, December 15th 2021, 4:20 pm

  • Peter Carson

    President

CM204 - Office 365 Extranets: Unstructured and Structured

Office 365 external sharing is all about publishing or collaborating with people outside of your organization. Users will find ways to do it with or without IT support (typically through email or shadow IT), so it's important for IT to provide an easy way for them to do it effectively and securely. Sharing can be done in a number of different ways. Unstructured sharing to a small set of external users works well with the OOTB SharePoint features. As the scale increases, structured sharing with a large number of external users needs alternatives such as Azure AD B2B, custom code or third party solutions. We'll discuss options available and what makes sense where using real world examples. In this session we will cover both configuring sharing appropriately, and the user experience for both content sharers and recipients. We'll go through a number of differnet scenarios. • External sharing in OneDrive and SharePoint Online • Azure AD B2B (Business to Business) • Custom and third party options leveraging the Graph API • Microsoft's new Entitlement Management portal's Access Packages for external users

Wednesday, December 15th 2021, 4:20 pm

  • Scott Shearer

    Microsoft MVP, MCT

FLO204 - Real World Power Automate (Flow)

Looking for practical solutions to common issues encountered when writing Flows for SharePoint? Then this session is for you. Our time will be devoted to working through actual questions asked by and problems encountered by Microsoft Power Automate developers in the real world. We will explain the issues and look at each solution in detail.

Wednesday, December 15th 2021, 4:20 pm

  • Richard Toland

    Principal Architect/Developer at Perpetual Reality

FLO205 - SharePoint Designer 2013 Workflow for Cross-Site data and web services

Particularly useful to SharePoint on-prem users of versions 2013, 2016, and 2019; this session teaches how to leverage SharePoint Designer 2013 workflow to interface with web services. Here, we will examine use cases for list item creation and manipulation between site collections, as well as the constructs for integrating with non-SharePoint web services from either your on-prem or cloud platforms (such as Azure automation routines or Microsoft Power Automate). This methodology can be used to scale and seamlessly integrate between disparate SharePoint site/data on-prem, online and beyond.

Thursday, December 16th 2021, 9:00 am

  • Karinne Bessette

    Technologist, Product Strategy at Veeam Software

OFF300 - Microsoft 365 common user to guru

Microsoft 365 is a powerful collaborative platform with a web of interconnecting components for everyday work life. To some, the interconnections might be obvious and a part of our daily practice to get the most out of the application suite. But to some of us, the "intuitive" nature of the platform is more allusive. This session will look at the top applications used every day, such as Outlook, Teams, OneDrive for Business, and Kiosk Access, and how to go from just using the applications to using the platform.

Thursday, December 16th 2021, 10:40 am

  • Asif Rehmani

    CEO at VisualSP, Microsoft MVP

BV302 - Create a single destination for your learner's needs with Viva Learning

Microsoft Viva Learning provides a one stop shop for your users to consume all the learning you want them to have access to right within Microsoft Teams. Provide your learners access to your internal as well as external learning materials all in one place and within the flow of their work directly within Microsoft Teams. In this session, I will talk about all different aspects of Viva Learning including licensing, benefits, gotchas to be aware of and everything in between. I will also show you exactly how you can implement it within your organization so you can get started right away.

Thursday, December 16th 2021, 10:40 am

  • David Patrick

    MCT, MCSD, MCSE, MVP

DEV302 - All about the CRUD - Data Operations in SharePoint

This session will deep dive into working with SharePoint content in SharePoint Framework projects. You'll learn about the SharePoint REST API, be able to do all the CRUD (Create Read Update and Delete) operations with a SharePoint list, use the local workbench, and learn about creating mock data with the SharePoint Framework.

Thursday, December 16th 2021, 10:40 am

  • Mike Fitzmaurice

    Chief Evangelist and VP for WEBCON - North America

FLO302 - When To Use What: Using The Automation Tool for The Right Task

Microsoft Power Automate (Flow) is a great fit for many automation problems. But there's more than one kind of Flow which can be built with Microsoft Power Automate. Some business problems that need transaction support. Others need to manage content Some involve data harvesting. Or systems administration. Or data synchronization. Different use cases need different types of tools. This session is all about making sure you use a hammer to pound nails and a screwdriver to twist bolts; we'll mention some third-party offerings in addition to Microsoft-delivered tech, but we won't play favorites.

Thursday, December 16th 2021, 1:00 pm

  • Brian Alderman

    Microsoft MVP, MCT, MCSE, MCSA

PWR303 - Cross-site Publishing, the most powerful underutilized SharePoint feature

Sharing information across sites, site collections, even Web Apps has never been easier than it is with the use of Cross-site publishing. It’s easily configured, and provides current information to the user whenever they view the dynamically updated list. In this session, we are going to explore the configuration needed to use cross-site publishing. We will then configure the sites needed to quickly configure and implement cross-site publishing, by creating a content portal that author’s will use to manage content, and a separate publishing site collection that displays the content in the Search Query Web Part.

Thursday, December 16th 2021, 1:00 pm

  • Richard Toland

    Principal Architect/Developer at Perpetual Reality

ADM303 - Advanced PowerShell for remote SharePoint administration & inspection

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 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, processing these objects quickly through parallel processing with script blocks, jobs, and queues.

Thursday, December 16th 2021, 1:00 pm

  • Scott Shearer

    Microsoft MVP, MCT

FLO303 - Take Your Power Automate (Flow) Skills to the Next Level!

This session will take your Power Automate skills to the next level. This demo intensive session will cover such topics as approval escalation, parallel branches, expressions, using variables and more. Flow is improving all the time and you'll see the latest enhancements. Finally, you'll see how to accomplish automation tasks that you now do in Designer workflows through Power Automate.

Thursday, December 16th 2021, 2:20 pm

  • Asif Rehmani

    CEO at VisualSP, Microsoft MVP

ADM305 - 5 steps to driving sustainable Microsoft 365 and SharePoint user adoption

Is SharePoint working for you or are you working for SharePoint? Why do many end users cringe when they hear the word 'SharePoint'? It's not because SharePoint is a bad platform (quite the contrary actually), it's because of their past experiences with SharePoint. In this session, we will talk about the 5 things You can do to make your users fall in Love with SharePoint and drive end user adoption of the platform as well as Office 365. Come to this session and we'll tell you about how to excite, inspire and empower your users. We'll talk about the good as well as the bad practices. Most importantly, we'll talk about some of the proven ways in which you can make SharePoint work for You!

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