Dallas, Texas

Business Value Track

Monday, July 26th 2021, 9:00 am

  • Eric Overfield

    PixelMill, RD, MVP

WRK105 - How to Design a Best-in-Class Microsoft 365 Driven Digital Workspace

With Microsoft 365 as the backbone of your digital workspace, you’re able to empower your organization with out-of-the-box functionality and unparalleled integrations with the digital tools and resources your users use most. The Office 365 productivity suite along with crucial digital workspace elements including collaboration via Microsoft Teams and communication and sharing via a modern SharePoint intranet, help you deliver a cohesive digital hub for your organization. Further, there are often additional external or other 3rd party vital tools that must be considered within a comprehensive digital workspace. Begin your journey to building an effective digital workspace using Microsoft 365 as your organization’s digital backbone. Join us as we walk through the necessary strategies for building and delivering a strategic and holistic design plan for a Microsoft 365 driven digital workspace, from project concept, to discovery, research, design, implementation, to rollout and adoption. In this workshop you will learn: • How Microsoft 365 is the backbone of your digital workspace • Practical steps to uncovering your digital workspace requirements and user needs • How to set KPIs and metrics to measure the success and ROI of your solution • How you can plan to integrate the entirety of your digital toolset • Successful patterns to evaluate integration points, what is possible, and when to consider custom integrations • Strategies for user adoption including campaigns, champion programs, and training

Monday, July 26th 2021, 9:00 am

  • Mark Rackley

    MVP, CSO at PAIT Group and SharePoint Hillbilly
  • Stephanie Donahue

    PAIT Group, Owner - MVP, RD

WRK107 - 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.

Monday, July 26th 2021, 9:00 am

  • Daniel Christian

    Microsoft Business Application MVP

WRK203 - Let's build a chat bot together

This beginner-level workshop gives you hands-on experience designing and developing your first Power Virtual Agent chatbot. We start off by first taking a closer look at all the features available and then build two bots, a static bot with all the data manually entered and then a dynamic bot which pulls the data using Power Automate flows. By the end of this workshop you'll have a thorough understanding how it all works and ready to build your own!

Monday, July 26th 2021, 1:30 pm

  • Daniel Christian

    Microsoft Business Application MVP

WRK303 - Step into the Mixed Reality World

With Microsoft Power Apps Mixed Reality (MR) features already in preview and soon to be in generally available, it's not a bad idea to start getting familiar with them. Besides the fact that MR is AWESOME! And fun to play with, there are some use cases as well. Join Daniel Christian, a Microsoft MVP as he walks you through a number of MR components for canvas apps that support multiple 3D and mixed reality scenarios. These scenarios include: o View and manipulate 3D content. o Overlay 3D content and 2D images onto the feed from the camera. o Measure distance, area, and volume using your device with MR. o Identify spaces in the real world through an MR overlay.

Tuesday, July 27th 2021, 1:30 pm

  • Sarah Haase

    Microsoft MVP

WRK601 - SharePoint/Office 365 User Adoption Master Class

A smooth deployment isn't enough. Driving effective utilization of SharePoint and Office 365 is more than building effective migration strategies, training users on key features or sending out marketing emails. This master class provides a deep-dive on the components of user adoption. You'll learn why user adoption programs succeed and fail, gain practical experience designing adoption strategies and learn how to leverage innovation games to build consensus. During this workshop, you will: • Learn the basic foundations of user adoption, including key intrinsic and extrinsic motivators • Understand how different types of users in your organization can make (or break) your chances of user adoption success • Understand how innovation games can help drive shared understanding, uncover user requirements and drive engagement/enthusiasm • Examine real-world user adoption programs and determine how and why they were successful

Wednesday, July 28th 2021, 9:50 am

  • Owen Allen

    Sr. Product Manager, Managed Security Services

CM101 - To Folder or Not to Folder. Struggle continues in Modern SharePoint.

Have you been steering people away from using folders in SharePoint? Or are you just downright tired of hearing yet another reason for using metadata? The use of folders has long been a contentious battle in the world of SharePoint collaboration. They have their benefits and their drawbacks. So, what’s the right approach? Find out which could work best for you and your organization. Explore how to fully utilize modern SharePoint in SharePoint Online & SharePoint Server 2019. In this session, we will take the modern Document Library for a spin, showcasing features for document management and collaboration.

Wednesday, July 28th 2021, 9:50 am

  • Marky Roden

    Director @PSCGroup

PWR100 - Bring Citizen Developers back to the enterprise with Power Automate Governance

Over the last few years, the term "Citizen Developers" has come to represent those users who, when stifled by IT policies, have ventured out on their own and started to use non-sanctioned SaaS services to help get their jobs done. Often times, what they are trying to achieve isn't complex, it just isn’t possible or cost effective internally. Using a governed Power Automate environment, we are able to create an environment whereby users are empowered to self-enable and automate their processes. Users should be able to create many of those automations which they would otherwise be restricted from. In this presentation Mark will review the current state of Power Automate governance from an Enterprise perspective and present a vision for enabling users to be able to use the platform, while ensuring IT policies and good practices are followed.

Wednesday, July 28th 2021, 11:10 am

  • Jeff Willinger

    Chief Inspiration Officer

CM102 - 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

Wednesday, July 28th 2021, 11:10 am

  • Craig Jahnke

    Office 365 Architect and Collaboration Evangelist @Microsoft - Always keep learning...

TMS102 - Getting Started with Teams Live Events

Microsoft 365 live events bring live video streaming to a new level, encouraging connection throughout the entire engagement life cycle with attendees before, during, and after live events. You can create a live event wherever your audience, team, or community resides, using Microsoft Stream, Teams, or Yammer. This session helps you understand what Teams Live Events are, how to plan for them, and how to get started using them.

Wednesday, July 28th 2021, 11:10 am

  • Stacy Deere

    Solutions Architect, MVP

ADM102 - Governance is Not An Option

 Random things we all typically hear when it comes to Governance… · Not on top of the list right now · Not in the budget · We’ll get to it later · Not really seeing the need…   I have yet to hear 1 valid reason as to why Governance should not be completed, maintained, or approved in budgets.  Governance really is not an option in any organization if you want your processes and procedures followed by employees.  Each time I have been involved in a project where governance was put on the back burner there have been issues with not knowing what other departments processes were, building themselves into a corner, not meeting service level agreements, and the list goes on and on.  If there is no one source of truth in how all the functions of the business run, how are you ever going to build a solid foundation and keep it running at the level it needs to run so that your organization can be successful?  In this session we will review what governance is, how it can be useful, how you can get started, maintain it, and most importantly how to get it approved!

Wednesday, July 28th 2021, 2:00 pm

  • Tom Resing

    Content designer @ Microsoft focused on M365

PWR103 - 10 ways modern libraries can make you more efficient

Modern lists and libraries have been around for a few years now and they are constantly getting updated. Are you taking advantage of all the productivity gains that are built in to the new experience? Microsoft Senior Content Developer Tom Resing, an MCM and former MVP, will walk you through at least 10 ways he's seen the modern experience help others like you. Includes plenty of demos and resources to take away.

Wednesday, July 28th 2021, 2:00 pm

  • John Peluso

    Microsoft Regional Director

TMS103 - Teams AND Yammer? Yes Please! A case study.

“What to use when?” is a phrase so often used when talking about Office 365 that it may have set the record for blog posts, conference sessions and heated debates. Many thought that Microsoft had moved on from making big bets on Yammer given the significant focus and attention on Microsoft Teams in recent years, so the announcements about “the new Yammer” at last year’s Ignite conference may have come as a surprise. Almost instantly the “when should I use this versus Teams” started up again. As an organization, AvePoint is heavily reliant on Teams for it’s day to day operations, but this session will go deep into the “why” and “how” AvePoint made the decision to move it’s thriving and active knowledge communities from Teams to the new Yammer. Attendees will learn the logic that prompted the decision, the steps taken to get there, and how Yammer was configured and managed to create a broader and more effective knowledge-sharing mechanism that is relied on throughout the organization. Just as important, we’ll detail how the organization created internal clarity for users to understand the hand-offs and co-existence of these two conversational platforms within it’s everyday collaboration

Wednesday, July 28th 2021, 2:00 pm

  • Craig Jahnke

    Office 365 Architect and Collaboration Evangelist @Microsoft - Always keep learning...
  • Jay Leask

    Strategic Lead & Principal Solutions Engineer

ADM103 - How to Ensure a Seamless Hybrid SharePoint Environment

Your agency isn't ready to go all-in with Office 365, but you know it's coming - you are NOT alone: while Office 365 use is skyrocketing, even across the government, the reality is that many agencies are are planning a hybrid SharePoint deployment, not 100% cloud. A hybrid architecture does pose challenges for creating a seamless experience for your IT admins, users and entire organization. You must balance reporting, compliance and administration between on-premise and online components. Join AvePoint Principal Solution Engineer Jay Leask and Microsoft Premier Field Engineer Craig Jahnke as they share best practices for hybrid deployments including: - Addressing administration complexity - Removing silos and connecting to legacy data - Minimizing organizational disruption - Comparison of SharePoint 2013, 2016, and 2019 hybrid capabilities

Thursday, July 29th 2021, 9:00 am

  • Tom Resing

    Content designer @ Microsoft focused on M365

BV201 - Microsoft Viva Topics and SharePoint Syntex in plain English

Microsoft 365 incorporates some amazing technology with Project Cortex. Sometimes, it can be hard to translate some of the technical jargon to plain English. Join Microsoft Senior Technical Writer Tom Resing as he breaks down terms like knowledge mining, form processing, document understanding and machine teaching. Learn how you can solve business problems through applying the technology with a focus on the language that helps you understand and helps you explain to others.

Thursday, July 29th 2021, 9:00 am

  • Stacy Deere

    Solutions Architect, MVP

PWR201 - Cool & Exciting Ways to Use Forms to Engage Users

Many believe the new Microsoft Forms is the replacement for InfoPath and other form tools. However, that could not be further from the truth and I am so glad that it is. The new Microsoft Forms can increase user engagement by creating a fun and easy way to get users to provide information and learn about their company. Forms is not only the new survey replacement but it has an additional type of form called Quiz, yes I said Quiz!!! Excited yet? I know I am, as many individuals will take a quiz or fill out a survey if there is a competition involved andor some type of reward. Forms brings all of that to the table and more! Forms has created an engaging results overview and an option to post the results of your quizzes. Who doesn’t like to see their name at the top of a scoreboard? If you’re an organization that has external consultants, partners, clients, etc. well no fear as you can set surveys & quizzes to be internal only or allow for external users to participate. Just think of ALL the possibilities! Come join this session and let’s explore the many ways Microsoft Forms can help improve user engagement throughout your entire organization and who doesn’t love easy User Adoption methods!!

Thursday, July 29th 2021, 12:40 pm

  • Meagan Jurewicz

    Sales Executive for Wolters Kluwer ELM Solutions

SOL05 -How a SharePoint-Based Solution Helped Westchester Medical Take Contracting Processes Digital

As little as 90 days ago, shuffling paper contracts between attorneys and chasing down wet signatures were common occurrences for the team at Westchester Medical Center Health Network. The resulting inefficiencies and headaches propelled the legal team’s search for a Contract Lifecycle Management (CLM) solution that could address: • Central, searchable contract storage • Custom contract workflows to address organization-wide needs • Complete process transparency • Scalability to grow as the organization’s processes mature, with minimal IT support Join this session to learn how they quickly solved each of these key stakeholder needs with outstanding adoption rates on a fully configurable, SharePoint-based solution.

Thursday, July 29th 2021, 1:20 pm

  • Eric Overfield

    PixelMill, RD, MVP

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, July 29th 2021, 1:20 pm

  • John Peluso

    Microsoft Regional Director

TMS203 - These Private Channels are OK! Re-thinking you Teams Information Architecture…

“Private” channels--- the name sounds a bit ominous, but the introduction of Private Channels has solved some very specific and widespread problems with how larger teams communicate across the organization. But with the introduction of this new type of channel, the underlying storage, compliance and membership concepts that we were used to have gotten more complex and potentially confusing. This session will cover all aspects of Private Channels-- from business value to deep management, compliance and technical architecture details— and you will leave with a solid understanding of when, why, and HOW to deploy Private Channels across your organization.

Thursday, July 29th 2021, 1:20 pm

  • Dan Holme

    Principal Product Manager Lead for Yammer

BV203 - Yammer and Communities: Connect and Engage People Across the Organization

To power the new world of work, people need to be able to get work done from anywhere. But productivity tools, alone, won't build culture, foster wellbeing, or drive innovative thinking. In Microsoft 365, Yammer is the tool for connecting and engaging people across the organization to build community, communicate broadly, and share knowledge, answers, and ideas. Open conversations in communities or associated with live events, topics, and questions can reach people wherever they work including Microsoft Teams and Outlook. And Yammer is fundamental to Microsoft Viva. Join product managers Steve Nguyen and Dan Holme for an insider's look at our product strategy and roadmap, and learn how you can integrate the superpowers of Yammer into your intranet, collaboration, and employee experiences.

Thursday, July 29th 2021, 2:40 pm

  • Jeff Willinger

    Chief Inspiration Officer

CM204 - Migration Strategies 101: Quick Tips To Make Your Move To Microsoft 365 EASY

If You Fail To Plan, Plan To Fail! Your organization will be moving content. It is not IF, but WHEN. Having a strategy around how and what to keep will be paramount to a successful migration as well as: Inventory source environments with detailed discovery and pre-scan, to inform your migration project planning – including required mappings, prioritization, and content or customizations requiring re-work. Easily transfer content—granularly or in bulk—from legacy repositories to SharePoint and Microsoft 365 with a simple point-and-click interface. Flexible job scheduling can maintain coexistence, and reduce time to value of your new environment. Migrate large quantities of content from file systems, Documentum, Filenet, Livelink, SharePoint Server, or other legacy ECM systems to Microsoft 365 quickly and easily, to overcome throttling limitations and accelerate your cutover to the cloud.

Friday, July 30th 2021, 9:00 am

  • Jay Leask

    Strategic Lead & Principal Solutions Engineer

BV301 - Microsoft Teams, Office 365 Groups, SharePoint, Yammer...What Should I Use, and When?

For today's fast-paced, mobile-driven, and globally dispersed workplace, Microsoft offers tons of great ways to effectively communicate and collaborate. But which tools are right for your organisation? Solutions like Microsoft Teams, Office 365 Groups, Yammer, Skype for Business, SharePoint, OneDrive for Business, PowerApps, and Microsoft Flow all offer something unique to your business. In this interactive session, you will gain practical guidance on finding the right tools to facilitate efficient communications and collaboration both inside and outside the walls of your organisation. You'll also learn how to drive adoption and keep your chosen solution under control. Learn from Arriva Sweden and get ready to walk away with the ability to chart a productive and pragmatic collaboration approach that delivers immediate and lasting value to your modern workplace.

Friday, July 30th 2021, 10:40 am

  • Mike Maadarani

    Office 365 MVP, Cloud Solutions Architect, MCM Consulting

BV302 - Best practices to manage mergers and acquisitions in Office 365

Growth by acquisition is a common strategy in today’s business world. Mergers and acquisitions are a vital part of how companies grow, evolve, and enter new markets. Although Microsoft’s FastTrack program is available to help companies move to Office 365, no tools exist to combine or divide Office 365 tenants and all the features associated with it. There are many features and platforms that you will need to worry about moving and/or merging into a new tenant, such as identity, security and compliance, mailboxes, SharePoint, Teams, OneDrive, power platform tools, planner, etc. Some features are easy to move and others require a lot of detailed attention to do it properly. In this session, we will be talking about real life scenarios how to prepare your organization to implement this huge milestone and how to reach the end line with a peace of mind.

Friday, July 30th 2021, 1:00 pm

  • Daniel Glenn

    Collaboration Practice Lead @ InfoWorks, Inc., Microsoft MVP

INT303 - 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 intranet? In this session, we will walk through all 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.

Friday, July 30th 2021, 1:00 pm

  • Daniel Christian

    Microsoft Business Application MVP

PWR303 - Power Apps with Large Data Sets

This session demonstrates how Power Apps can use large data sets and still be fully functional. Join Daniel Christian, a Microsoft MVP and an early adopter of the Power Platform as he demonstrates how data sources such as Dataverse, SharePoint & SQL with over 40,000 items or rows can be fully functional in a Power App as long as you use follow the rules to to avoid any delegation issues.

Friday, July 30th 2021, 1:00 pm

  • Asif Rehmani

    CEO at VisualSP, MVP

BV303 - 5 steps to driving sustainable SharePoint and Office 365 adoption

Why do so many people resist changing their ways? It's not because SharePoint or Office 365 is a bad platform (quite the contrary actually), it's because of their past experiences with change in technology. Change Management is hard. No doubt about it! In this session, we will talk about the 5 proven things You can do to make your users fall in Love with Office 365 and drive end user adoption of the platform.

Friday, July 30th 2021, 2:20 pm

  • Craig Jahnke

    Office 365 Architect and Collaboration Evangelist @Microsoft - Always keep learning...

BV304 - Intro to Viva Insights and Workplace Analytics

Learn how Viva Insights can help you create a culture where people and business thrive through the power of MyAnalytics and Workplace Analytics. Viva Insights can use your most powerful dataset using insights from everyday work in Microsoft 365 to help you discover opportunities to optimize business processes and identify patterns that lead to success. This session will show you how you can measure the impact on business outcomes throughout a continuous cycle of discovery and change.