Washington, D.C.

Intranet & Portals Track

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.

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, 1:30 pm

  • Kanwal Khipple

    Microsoft MVP

INT103 - Intranets With Office 365: What You Need To Know

There is a growing trend of organisations moving to “the cloud” to meet their intranet needs. While many organisations are running their Intranets “on premise”, many are considering entirely cloud-based solutions or running them on platforms like Office 365. What's more organizations are challenging the Intranet to be more of an interactive and engaging digital hub for their digital workplace than just a communication centric portal. The top two questions for many companies is “should our intranet be built with Office 365?” and "how should we best leverage it with Office 365?" In this session we will explore: • The benefits Office 365 brings to an intranet... • Where the issues and challenges will lie... • When and how you may integrate Office 365 with your existing intranet and digital workplace today.

Wednesday, December 15th 2021, 10:30 am

  • Susan Hanley

    Microsoft MVP

INT201 – Getting Started with Hub Sites

If you are wondering how to incorporate hub sites into your intranet, this is the session for you! We will review how to determine what your hub sites should be, how to make key decisions for hub site navigation, audience targeting, and associated hubs – along with best practices for planning and organizing hub sites. You will learn what you can do with hub sites as well as how to position for the future so that you can build and sustain your dynamic, modern intranet.

Wednesday, December 15th 2021, 1:20 pm

  • Susan Hanley

    Microsoft MVP

INT202 – Read all about it! Using SharePoint News to Take Employee Engagement to the Next Level

SharePoint News is a great way to keep your organization up to date. But do you know that you can also use SharePoint News to take engagement to the next level? And how Viva Connections can help ensure that the right news gets to the right people at the right time? This session is all about news – the latest features of SharePoint News and how to use them, tips and insights to ensure your news articles are read, and approaches you can use to make sure your colleagues stay in touch with what is going on in your organization.

Wednesday, December 15th 2021, 2:40 pm

  • Liz Sundet

    Microsoft Premier Field Engineer for SharePoint at Microsoft

INT203 - Modernizing your SharePoint Intranet

There are more and more features becoming modern in SharePoint online and corporations are taking advantage of this by building out their intranet platforms. Learn the features to use to modernize your intranet portals and what employees need and want from a modern experience. We will talk through the when and why of hub sites, building navigation that makes sense, patterns to enhance experience and using design elements for building modern experiences using SharePoint site designs.

Wednesday, December 15th 2021, 4:20 pm

  • Mike Maadarani


INT204 - Don't just deploy, transform: Build an Intelligent Digital Workplace

Re-imagining the workplace and promoting more collaborative ways of working are the new growing trends for organizations moving to the cloud to meet their intranet needs. While many organizations are running their intranets on-premises, many are considering entirely cloud-based solutions like Office 365. The question is, how can I build and enterprise grade, cloud-driven and solid intranet for my organization.  Microsoft 365 alongside SharePoint sites, Teams and other Office 365 features offer great capabilities to build an intelligent intranet. Join us for this session to learn how to get the most out of SharePoint and the whole Office 365 ecosystem to build your next intelligent workplace.

Thursday, December 16th 2021, 9:00 am

  • Susan Hanley

    Microsoft MVP

INT301 – Your Intranet Shopping List

If you are shopping for or planning a new intranet, what capabilities do you need to have? What do you need to think about to ensure that you deliver success? How does Microsoft Teams factor into your intranet? What does Viva Connections mean for your intranet? If you are wondering about the answers to these questions and more, this session is for you! We’ll review key concepts, ideas, capabilities, and planning tips to help ensure that your intranet drives value for everyone in the organization.

Thursday, December 16th 2021, 10:40 am

  • Sarah Haase

    Microsoft MVP

INT302 - Building your organizational home site & hubs strategy

It's a flat new world in SharePoint. We're supposed to move on from our classic, hierarchical site collections and start building an array of modern sites. But how do we organize our content and intranets in this new world? This session introduces home sites and hubs and provides guidance on how to build a strong content management strategy for their use. We'll define what home sites and hubs are, lay the conceptual groundwork for understanding their use, and provide a creative new way of conceptualizing the logical ties between your myriad of flat SharePoint sites.

Thursday, December 16th 2021, 1:00 pm

  • Kanwal Khipple

    Microsoft MVP

INT303 - Beyond the Intranet: Digital Workplace Apps, Solutions and Bots

Many organizations have already established a powerful Office 365 Intranet, but they haven't answered the question What's next . In this session we will respond to the ever-increasing demand for powerful and integrated solutions that support users' needs across their digital workplace and beyond. Leveraging Office 365 means that you have access to entirely new ways of building solutions faster than ever before. The best part? It's not just IT that can build these great solutions! Join Kanwal Khipple as he shares real world examples, and best practices for how organizations can deliver more value with integrated solutions built by the business, by IT, or a combination of both. In this session, we will talk about Bots, Microsoft Flow, PowerApps, Microsoft Forms, Integrations, Office 365 development, industry innovation and more!

Thursday, December 16th 2021, 2:20 pm

  • David Feldman

    Microsoft MVP

INT304 - Lost in translation - your guide to global multilingual intranets

About a year before Microsoft announced support for multilingual communication sites our team needed to deliver a new intranet in 8 languages to 60K users around the globe. Learn best practices using modern SharePoint sites and tips, techniques and pitfalls you'll want to avoid. Engage your global workforce with communication in their native language.