Washington, D.C.

Workshops

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

  • William Huneycutt

    Microsoft MVP

WRK104 - Business Process Automation with Power Apps and Power Automate (Flow)

In 2016, Microsoft introduced two new tools in Office 365: Power Apps and Flow (now Power Automate). Power Apps is designed for power users everywhere to connect, create and share business apps and forms for your team. Power Automate is designed to create automated workflows between your favorite apps and services, such as SharePoint, to get notifications, synchronize files and collect data. As these products have evolved and matured since their release, Microsoft has made clear it is time for organizations to consider moving away from SharePoint Designer and InfoPath. This workshop is a deep dive into the capabilities of Power Apps and Power Automate as organizations transition from SharePoint Designer and InfoPath. In this workshop, users will learn how to get started quickly with Power Apps to create rich forms and apps complete with an Microsoft Office-like experience. • Users will learn how to create an app or form from scratch for use in the web or on mobile platforms. • Discover how to use built-in connections to connect Power Apps to cloud services such as Office 365 and OneDrive, and on-premises systems such as SharePoint. • Detailed comparison of Power Apps and InfoPath. This workshop will also discuss how to work smarter and more efficiently by automating workflows across the most common apps and services. • Users will learn how to build, manage, and administrator Flows in your environment. •  Learn to create Flows from scratch or by using pre-built templates in the visual designer. •  Discover how to connect Power Automate to over 100 data sources. •  Detailed comparison of SharePoint Designer workflows and Power Automate.. The future of SharePoint is exciting, and the addition of Power Apps and Power Automate can help to address the complex business processes faced by today’s business teams.

Sunday, December 12th 2021, 9:00 am

  • Mark Rackley

    Microsoft MVP
  • Stephanie Donahue

    PAIT Group, Owner - MVP, RD

WRK103 - We’ve Deployed Microsoft Teams… Now What?

Every organization that uses Teams needs an effective long term strategy. Microsoft Teams is the fastest-growing Microsoft application in history! Most organizations hear this news and immediately go into risk management mode. Who’s already using Teams? Should we stop people from using Teams? Do we need to put provisioning processes in place? What do we do with all this STUFF that gets created whenever someone spins up a new Team? What about SharePoint? It’s possible that more questions arise from a successful Teams deployment than an unsuccessful one! But how should you address your deployment and long term strategy of Microsoft Teams? How does Teams fit into your overall Modern Workplace vision? Attend this full-day workshop with Microsoft MVP’s Stephanie Donahue and Mark Rackley of the PAIT Group and: • Understand how Teams fits into your overall Microsoft 365 strategy • Learn to effectively manage your Teams environment including: o Scale o Governance o Retention • Dig into options for customizing Teams to get even more out of your Teams deployment including: o bots o web parts o provisioning • Tackle how to train users on best practices and prevent secure information from being accidentally shared Microsoft Teams is here, it’s being adopted like crazy, and proper strategy and education is key to making the most of your Microsoft 365 investment.

Sunday, December 12th 2021, 9:00 am

  • Daniel Glenn

    Microsoft MVP
  • Vlad Catrinescu

    Microsoft MVP, MCT

WRK101 - The Ultimate Starter Kit for Microsoft 365

Join Microsoft MVPs Vlad and Daniel in this full day workshop that aims to demystify all the amazing products in Microsoft 365. You often hear about Teams, SharePoint, OneDrive, Planner, To-Do, Whiteboard, and more – but never in detail. In this workshop, we will go through the Microsoft 365 products in detail and understand where each one fits in today’s modern collaboration framework. This workshop is for you regardless if you are new to Microsoft 365, have just migrated from on-premises, or still evaluating the value Microsoft 365 could bring to your organization. Some of the topics that we will cover include: • Overview of Microsoft's cloud solutions & how collaboration changed • Introduction to the collaboration tools inside Microsoft 365 • How to get started creating your own Teams and SharePoint sites • Understanding permissions and Microsoft 365 Groups • & much more! This workshop will be your launching pad to getting the most out of Microsoft 365 inside your organization! The knowledge gained from this workshop will not only help you use the right tools at the right time but will also help you have a solid Microsoft 365 foundation to get the most out of all the other sessions at the conference!

Sunday, December 12th 2021, 9:00 am

  • Scott Shearer

    Microsoft MVP, MCT
  • Wes Preston

    Microsoft MVP

WRK108 - Power Apps and Power Automate (Flow) for SharePoint Bootcamp

Power Apps and Power Automate are the successors to InfoPath and Designer Workflows for SharePoint. In this demo rich workshop, you'll spend the morning learning how to customize your SharePoint list forms with Power Apps and automate processes with Power Automate. You'll see how Power Apps can be used to make many of the customizations for which you may have used InfoPath in the past. We'll also cover how Power Automate can be used to do the same tasks for which you may be currently using Designer workflows - and much more..... Live demos will be used to illustrate the topics covered. In the afternoon, you'll have the opportunity to "take the wheel" and test out Power Apps and Power Automate for yourself. Through a series of hands-on labs, you'll gain first hand experience in customizing SharePoint list forms with Power Apps and automating business processes in SharePoint using Power Automate. Your instructors will be there to assist anytime you have questions or need some help. To participate in the hands-on portion of this workshop, attendees should bring a laptop computer. Attendees who bring tablets, even with keyboards, will likely experience difficulties in successfully completing the labs. Attend this session and say goodbye to InfoPath and SharePoint Designer workflows. Gain the skills you'll need to immediately start customizing your Office 365 SharePoint sites with Power Apps and Power Automate.

Sunday, December 12th 2021, 9:00 am

  • Brian Alderman

    Microsoft MVP, MCT, MCSE, MCSA

WRK107 - Becoming a SharePoint Online Admin Expert

SharePoint Online in Office 365 has many components and in this full day workshop we are going to learn about these different components and how to manage them so SharePoint Online is properly configured, secure, and optimized. We will begin by creating a new Office 365 tenant, explore how we can customize O365 to provide us only information related to SharePoint Online, create and assign users to access SharePoint Online, discuss, explore, and roll up our sleeves and configure SharePoint Online configuration settings including; creating and configuring site collections, configuring user profile settings, creating and implementing a structured taxonomy using the term store, and configuring the search service to ensure your users are able to quickly find the information they need. When you leave, you’ll have all the skills necessary to configure and manage the different SharePoint Online components using both the SharePoint Online Admin Center, and PowerShell. In addition to these skills you will have a live Office 365 tenant that you can use when you get back to the office and you can also use it to follow along with Office 365 speakers in other SharePoint Fest conference sessions throughout the week.

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

  • Gokan Ozcifci

    Microsoft MVP, RD
  • Liz Sundet

    Microsoft Premier Field Engineer for SharePoint at Microsoft

WRK402 - Mastering Microsoft Teams

Teams is the new chat-based workspace in Office 365 and is the fastest growing at Microsoft right now. Microsoft teams relies on the Office365 groups security model and aims to be the new Collaboration HUB. Exiting times, isn’t it? Teams has been designed for teamwork and flexibility, powered by the Microsoft cloud to bring together the best of Office 365 into a single workspace for working with people, managing conversations, maintaining files, and integrating Office 365 applications, so everyone has instant access to everything they need for a successful collaboration. With great features come great questions and this workshop will cover how to plan, implement, and master Microsoft Teams. Be prepared for an overview of Microsoft Teams, examples of how to get started with Microsoft Teams, best practices for managing different scenarios, and how SharePoint and OneDrive for Business interact with Microsoft Teams. We’ll cover how to plan, deliver, and operate Microsoft Teams for: Groups, Whiteboard, meetings, notes, DLP, Roles and Permissions & Monitoring Usage and Quality. If your organization is currently considering deploying or just starting your journey to Microsoft Teams, this workshop is for you as we'll consider everything from A to Z.

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, 9:00 am

  • Paul Papanek Stork

    Microsoft MVP, MCSM, MBA

WRK407 - Office 365 Feature Explosion: What should you be using?

The pace of change in Office 365 continues to accelerate. Over the last few years we've seen the introduction of a multitude of new features and offerings like Teams, Groups, PowerApps, Stream, and now Forms. All these new icons in the Office 365 App Launcher provide both a promise and a challenge for organizations. Some of the new offerings appear to overlap or replace existing offerings and in some cases there are so many new icons available in the Office 365 App Launcher that many users are wondering which they should be using. In this workshop we will review each of the icons presented in the average App Launcher. We'll demo the all but the most common apps, discuss the business case for their use, and explain the administrative controls available for controlling their usage. Here is the list of offerings that will be explored: • Yammer • Groups • Teams • Delve • Sway • Planner • PowerApps/Flow • Stream • Video • Forms • ToDo

Monday, December 13th 2021, 9:00 am

  • Daniel Glenn

    Microsoft MVP
  • Vlad Catrinescu

    Microsoft MVP, MCT

WRK401 - Becoming an Expert Power User in Microsoft 365

Join Microsoft MVPs Vlad and Daniel in this full day workshop to help you take your skills to the next level. Go beyond the basics and experience tools within Microsoft 365 in a new, exciting way. If you want to gain deeper knowledge in Microsoft 365 and understand the optimal way to implement the tools, this workshop is for you. In this full day workshop, we will cover many topics, including: • Managing your Microsoft Teams • Configuring a SharePoint Online site the modern way – including dynamic content • Document management features such as Content Types and Site Columns • Creating workflows using Power Automate • Customizing Microsoft Lists • & more! After this workshop, you will have the knowledge and skills necessary to become the Microsoft 365 Champion inside the organization. Instead of simply using the Microsoft 365 products, you will be able to configure and personalize them to make your whole organization more productive.

Monday, December 13th 2021, 1:30 pm

  • Prashant G Bhoyar

    Microsoft AI MVP, MCT, Cloud Solution Architect at AIS

WRK604 - Getting Started with SharePoint 2013/2016/2019 Workflows

This half-day workshop will walk you through and get you up to the speed in developing SharePoint 2013 Workflows. We will also cover Power Automate. Developing SharePoint 2013 Workflows is a broad topic and between OOTB, SharePoint Designer, Visual Studio, Power Automate, Logic Apps and 3rd party products, the choices can be overwhelming. By the end of this workshop, you will gain the necessary knowledge to determine which method should be used for your next workflow. In this demo-driven workshop, we will cover the following topics in great detail: • The architecture of SharePoint 2013 Workflows • Important Features of SharePoint 2013 Workflows • Introduction to Workflow Manager • How to create custom workflows using Out of the Box Workflows? • How to customize out of the Box Workflows? • How to create SharePoint 2013 Designer Workflows? • How to create SharePoint 2013 Workflows using Visual Studio • How to create SharePoint 2013 Workflows as an App? • How to Debug SharePoint 2013 Workflows? • Getting Started with Power Automate • Getting Started with Logic Apps Pre-requisites: Familiar with SharePoint, SharePoint Designer You will learn: • Basics of SharePoint 2013 Workflows • Basics of Power Automate • Basics of Logic Apps • The architecture of SharePoint 2013 Workflows • Architecture Decisions for Building SharePoint 2013 Workflows • How to develop/test/debug SharePoint 2013 Designer and Visual Studio Workflows? The contents of this workshop are applicable to SharePoint Server 2013/2016/2019 and Subscription edition

Monday, December 13th 2021, 1:30 pm

  • Erica Toelle

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

    Microsoft MVP

WRK603 - Office 365 Data Governance Hackathon

We know that data governance situations are unique for your company and can be complex. Data governance covers a collection of solutions like retention, data loss prevention, classification, records management, eDiscovery and overall reporting for your data. Do you have a data governance scenario you need a plan or answer for? In this workshop, we will build out solutions live using the scenarios you bring to us. We’ll start the workshop by discussing the data governance features in Office 365. Once we set the framework, we’ll ask you to contribute your scenarios or situations and we’ll work together to build a solution or plan live, during the workshop. This will provide attendees a real-world answer to their data governance question(s). A Data Governance hackathon!

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 .***