Dallas, Texas

Intranet & Portals Track

Wednesday, August 10th 2022, 11:30 am

  • Daniel Glenn

    Microsoft MVP

INT102 - Modern is Now! Transform Your Intranet

Implementing the new modern experience is key to keeping your intranet fresh and relevant with new Microsoft 365 features. What is the best way to implement the new features, make your environment ready for the future of collaboration, and keep your users working with their data without major disruptions? How do you use the new modern SharePoint and Microsoft 365 features with your current cloud-based intranet? In this session, we will walk through all of those questions and show you how to get moving with your intranet remodel. Using demos, you will get the knowledge you need to start transforming your existing intranet. SharePoint Hub sites, Communication sites, root site swap, and modern site improvements will all be demoed to help you bring the 'wow' factor to your intranet.

Wednesday, August 10th 2022, 1:40 pm

  • Susan Hanley

    Microsoft MVP

INT103 - Your Intranet Shopping List: Must Have Capabilities for Your Modern, Intelligent Intranet

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.

Wednesday, August 10th 2022, 3:30 pm

  • Joy Apple

    Microsoft MVP

INT104 - Rethinking Intranet Navigation. Hub Sites for the Modern World

We all miss our old, trusty global navigation; modern site architecture calls for a change in how we think about organizing and connecting to our sites and information. But there’s good news: Hub sites can help us get back consistency in our intranet navigation as we flatten out our architecture. In this session we'll discover what Hub sites are, what they aren’t, and best practices for leveraging them in modern architecture.

Thursday, August 11th 2022, 9:00 am

  • Heidi Jordan

    SharePoint Solutions Specialist at High Plains Technology

INT200 - Next Level SharePoint News

Do you want to use an Intranet to share pertinent dynamic information such as announcements, milestones, system outages and upcoming events? Do you also want the content to be interactive and engaging for your users? Consider repeat content - would you benefit from using a template every month and/or scheduling your messages? Would you also like to easily push your content to MS Teams or Yammer? SharePoint News can help you achieve all of these things and so much more! Derived from the legacy Announcements List in SharePoint On-Premises, SharePoint News has evolved into an expansive feature that users must understand how to take full advantage of. In this session we will cover: • How to create, edit, delete and schedule a News Post • News Templates • Strategy and Architecture, including Hub News • Web Parts to display Posts • Where to find Posts • Real life use case: Build an Alert System to display important messages on your site

Thursday, August 11th 2022, 9:00 am

  • Nick Brattoli

    Microsoft MVP and MCT

INT201 - Creating Quick and Dirty Intranets from Scratch with Modern SharePoint and Teams

Microsoft Teams seems to have taken the world by storm, while traditional intranets have somewhat fallen by the wayside. However, there is still value in having a company intranet. With Viva Home, you can bridge the gap between collaboration in Teams and the intranet functionality of SharePoint in one convenient, easy to adopt place! In this session, join Nick Brattoli as he explains features and architecture of a Modern Teams-first intranet while creating a proof-of-concept. He’ll discuss and demonstrate topics such as: • Modern hub and associated sites architecture • New SharePoint Home Sites • Departmental communication sites • Using Teams for collaboration • Setting up Viva Home If you’ve been tasked with building your company a new intranet and don’t know where to start, or you are just interested in learning about some cool new features, don’t miss this session!

Thursday, August 11th 2022, 10:40 am

  • Richard Harbridge

    Microsoft MVP

INT202 - Intranets & Digital Hubs With Microsoft 365: What You Need To Know

There is a growing trend of organizations embracing new capabilities in “the cloud” to meet their digital workplace and Intranet needs. While some organizations are running their Intranets “on premise,” most are transitioning or have migrated to cloud-based solutions or run them on platforms like Microsoft 365. The question for many companies is not “should our intranet be built with Microsoft 365?” but “how should we integrate or build our Intranets with Microsoft 365”. This is even more true today with the emergence of new modern Intranet capabilities and continued innovation from Microsoft that must be reconciled with enterprise Intranet/Digital Workplace needs. In this session Richard Harbridge will explore: • The benefits new Microsoft 365 features bring to an intranet • Where the issues and challenges will lie • Practical guidance on when and how you may integrate Microsoft 365 with your existing intranet today

Thursday, August 11th 2022, 1:20 pm

  • Eric Overfield

    Microsoft MVP, RD

INT203 - No User Adoption Without Representation: 10 Steps to Design a SP Portal Your Users Will Use

If you want your employees to adopt and continue to engage with your SharePoint solutions, you must deliver portals that meets their unique needs AND presents the information and tools they require in the most effective way possible. Uncovering your organization’s requirements is crucial and starts by listening to your users. Join us as we walk through the 10 steps to designing a beautiful and effective portal that your team will love to use. Learn how to fine tune the strategic placement of content, hierarchy, personalization, use of out-of-the-box and 3rd party tools, and layout of your sites determines the overall success of your solutions. In this session: • Learn how to uncover your end user’s needs • Understand the role user interface and user experience play in user adoption • Learn the 10 steps for planning and designing a winning SharePoint portal

Thursday, August 11th 2022, 2:40 pm

  • Cathy Dew

    Senior Program Manager at Microsoft

INT204 - SharePoint Beautification: The art of customizing your sites and pages

Providing a unique identity and brand to your sites is a core element in establishing trust and belonging in your users. In today's modern portal world, branding has evolved beyond themes and logos into a way of envisioning the entire site including pages, navigation, and interconnectivity. In this session we will highlight best practices for building beautiful, branded sites and pages in SharePoint. Dive into tutorials on branding, layouts, page designs, site templates, navigation and more. Explore these options, learn how to plan and design your sites and pages, and watch your sites come alive!

Thursday, August 11th 2022, 4:30 pm

  • Susan Hanley

    Microsoft MVP

BV205 - Transform Knowledge Management and Collaboration with Microsoft 365

Modern, dynamic organizations need to re-think how to enable knowledge management to drive efficiency, productivity and competitiveness. With Viva Topics, Microsoft has introduced significant innovations for knowledge management. But what does this mean for your organization? In this session, you will learn about Viva Topics as well as other experiences in Microsoft 365 that empower the people in your organization to connect to knowledge, insights, expertise, and answers – just in time, just when they need it, and in their everyday work experiences.

Thursday, August 11th 2022, 4:30 pm

  • Liz Sundet

    Program Manager at Microsoft

INT205 - Tools and Techniques to create an accessible and inclusive intranet in Office 365

Around 1 in 12 men and 1 in 200 women have some type of color deficiency in their eyesight. Don't find out the hard way when you present an "awesome looking" yet colorful spreadsheet to your CIO and he tells you "I'm colorblind". Are you creating your sites, dashboards and documents that both look good and are accessible to all of your users? Even if you're not color blind or have low vision, there are color choices that just hurt the eyes. Learn how to use the tools available in the UI Fabric Theme Designer and check for accessibility in your color selection for SharePoint Themes and Designs as well as other tools for documents, PowerBI, and other areas of Office 365 to create an inclusive intranet that works for everyone.

Friday, August 12th 2022, 9:00 am

  • Erica Toelle

    Sr. Product Marketing Manager - Microsoft Purview

INT301 - Information Architecture Tools in Modern SharePoint

The tools and building blocks for information architecture have changed in modern SharePoint. We now have hub sites, new navigation options, Office 365 groups for security, and more. In this session, we will look at the modern SharePoint information architecture building blocks. We will then review how these building blocks can affect services such as search, security, compliance, and branding. Finally, we will look at best practices for putting all of these components together into an organized information architecture.

Friday, August 12th 2022, 9:00 am

  • Jeff Willinger

    Microsoft MVP

CM301 - The Intersection of Knowledge Management and Content Management

From the growth of cloud computing, augmented intelligence, and mobile workers to the rise of new collaboration tools and intelligent search technologies, the world of global knowledge and content management continue to evolve and, along with it, come new challenges and opportunities. I will look at how the top trends in KM, content management and information discovery impact your organization. In this session, you will learn about: • On-ramping documents that automatically get dynamic, real-time contextual knowledge delivery • Leveraging speech analytics and machine learning to drive KM results and improvements • The rise of a customer-first outside-in approach • Human-inspired AI supercharging KM and enabling companies to innovate at speed • SaaS next-generation drives organizations to focus on their biggest competitive weapon: human intelligence

Friday, August 12th 2022, 10:20 am

  • Susan Hanley

    Microsoft MVP

VVA302 - Governance Planning for Viva Connections: Best Practices for Intranet and Collaboration

Viva Connections gives you the opportunity to bring your modern, intelligent intranet into the apps and devices your employees already use every day – like Microsoft Teams. But have you planned your intranet with governance in mind? What are the best ways to get started and to ensure that your intranet – delivered in Teams or in the browser – provides a sustainable, useful, and usable experience for everyone in the organization? This session will help you plan and deliver a governance and training experience for your intranet in Viva Connections as well as your collaboration experiences in Microsoft Teams – with practical advice, tips and best practices, and content to help you get started!

Friday, August 12th 2022, 1:50 pm

  • Nick Brattoli

    Microsoft MVP and MCT

INT304 - Communicating intelligently with SharePoint News

Many organizations rely heavily on email to send out newsletters, and also run into adoption issues with SharePoint. What if you could solve both of those problems at the same time? You can do exactly that with SharePoint News! In this session, we will discuss SharePoint Online's News functionality, and how your organization can use it to communicate effectively while driving users to your intranet. We will go over topics such as: 1. What is the current state of the news functionality? 2. How can you curate which news is displayed on which sites? 3. Is it possible to still mail out a newsletter? 4. How can organizations share news to multiple sites? 5. Which features are rolling out next? If you are looking for a newsletter, and/or you want to learn a new adoption trick or two, don't miss this session!