Seattle, Washington

Intranet & Portals Track

Monday, May 9th 2022, 9:00 am

  • Susan Hanley

    Microsoft MVP, MBA

WRK108 - Information Architecture for Intranets in Microsoft 365

In this workshop, you will learn tips and best practices to improve “findability” and information organization and the basic concepts of information architecture. You will learn how about Microsoft Viva and how the capabilities should influence your IA planning. 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 global navigation) and on individual sites, along with tips and best practices for hubs, associated hubs, and home sites; page architectures that support both accessibility and great user experiences; and using metadata on pages and documents. 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.

Monday, May 9th 2022, 9:00 am

  • Mark Rackley

    Microsoft MVP
  • Stephanie Donahue

    Microsoft MVP, RD

WRK101 - 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 Avanade and: • Understand how Teams fits into your overall Microsoft 365 strategy • Learn to effectively manage your Teams environment including: ○ Scale ○ Governance ○ Retention • Dig into options for customizing Teams to get even more out of your Teams deployment including: ○ bots ○ web parts ○ 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.

Tuesday, May 10th 2022, 9:00 am

  • Prashant G Bhoyar

    Microsoft AI MVP, MCT

WRK407 - Building Intelligent Enterprise-Grade Virtual Agents (Bots) using MS Power Platform & Azure

Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella has said: "Human Language is the new UI layer, bots are like new application". As more and more bots are getting popular in homes and enterprises, the demand for custom bots is increasing at a rapid pace. 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 workshop are applicable to SharePoint Online as well as SharePoint On-Prem as well. You will learn: • What are Power Virtual Agents? • What is Microsoft Bot Framework? • What is Microsoft Bot Framework Composer? • What is Azure Bot Service? • How to create bots using Microsoft Bot Framework? • What are Cognitive Services? • How to leverage Bot Framework and Cognitive Services to implement enterprise-grade 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.

Wednesday, May 11th 2022, 9:50 am

  • Jill Hannemann

    Avanade | Workplace Experience Advisory

OFF101 - Introduction to Microsoft Viva

As the employee experience platform that is embedded in M365, Microsoft Viva helps organizations create a thriving culture with engagement, data, and knowledge. This session will review and unpack the four key modules from Microsoft Viva: Topics, Insights, Connections, and Learning. While together, the modules can create powerful experiences that benefit the workplace and employees, each module has different technical requirements, licensing, and business stakeholders. With each module we'll review these nuances and discuss real world use cases and pilots. Attendees will be able to take away a better understanding of each Microsoft Viva module and next steps to take with your organization for pilot and implementation.

Wednesday, May 11th 2022, 9:50 am

  • Sesha Mani

    Principal Group Product Manager (GPM)- Microsoft

ADM101 - Secure and Manage content in SharePoint and OneDrive

Come learn how to do more within the SharePoint admin center experience - across security, migration and overall site management. With the growing presence and sophistication of online threats, it’s increasingly important to have the right protection and tools to help safeguard your devices, personal information, and files. Learn about secure access and sharing, awareness and insights, information governance, improved site management experience, how SharePoint admins can now work with group-connected sites, how to work with hub sites, how to customize and control the site creation experience, how to use site-level policies for more granular security control, and more.

Wednesday, May 11th 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, May 11th 2022, 1:40 pm

  • Sarah Haase

    Microsoft MVP | Office 365 enthusiast | User adoption advocate

INT103 - Getting started with SharePoint home sites and hubs

The intelligent intranet is here! With SharePoint hubs, you can bring together families of related SharePoint sites with news and event rollups, unified branding, and a common navigation experience. Home sites bring your intranet to life with personalized and organizational news, events, conversations, and video. But how do you design an intranet strategy that effectively leverages home sites and hubs? This is your "getting started" guide. In this session, we'll define what home sites and hubs are, explain how they can be used, and give you strategies for implementing them in your organization.

Wednesday, May 11th 2022, 3:30 pm

  • Susan Hanley

    Microsoft MVP, MBA

INT104 - Viva Connections: Bring your intranet to the next level

The experiences offered in Microsoft Viva have raised the profile of the intranet as a key aspect of employee digital experience. This session explains how Viva Connections can help bring your intranet to the next level from an engagement, value, and outcomes perspective. Learn practical steps that you should think about to take advantage of Viva Connections to create an experience that supports every employee with personalized news, apps, and resources to do their best work, no matter where work gets done!

Wednesday, May 11th 2022, 3:30 pm

  • Cathy Dew

    Senior Program Manager, Microsoft

INT105 - SharePoint pages and news and their role in Teams

Come hear what's new for SharePoint pages and news, including integrations inside Teams. Learn how to get the full power of SharePoint right inside of Teams – without leaving Teams. Pages and news can transform your internal communication to effectively communicate with peers or the entire organization. In this session, we show you how SharePoint makes internal content more discoverable, more targeted, more accessible and, indeed, more delightful for everyone who needs it.

Wednesday, May 11th 2022, 3:30 pm

  • Nick Brattoli

    Microsoft MVP, MCT

TMS104 - Creating an expandable Teams Architecture for Mergers and Acquisitions

Does your organization acquire other locations or businesses as part of your operations, or have you gone through a merger recently? Are you expanding and opening new brick and mortar locations? If so, you know how complicated it is to onboard a new entity. In this session, join Nick Brattoli as he walks through creating a process within Teams consisting of a SharePoint Home site using Viva connections, a Teams Template for onboarding and management of your acquired location, and a process to request and provision those Teams. If you have many small locations that need to collaborate in a scalable way, this session will be very informative!

Wednesday, May 11th 2022, 4:50 pm

  • Bob German

    Cloud Developer Advocate for Microsoft
  • Cathy Dew

    Senior Program Manager, Microsoft
  • Craig Jahnke

    Office 365 Architect and Collaboration Evangelist, Microsoft
  • Erica Toelle

    Sr, Product Marketing Manager - Microsoft Compliance
  • Holly Lehman

    Product Marketing Manager, Teams at Microsoft
  • Jeff Teper

    Microsoft Corporate Vice President – Microsoft Teams, Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft OneDrive
  • Jeremy Thake

    Principal Program Manager, Microsoft
  • Liz Sundet

    Microsoft Program Manager
  • Mark Kashman

    Senior product manager - SharePoint in Microsoft 365
  • Max Fritz

    Microsoft Program Manager
  • Sesha Mani

    Principal Group Product Manager (GPM)- Microsoft
  • Stephen Rose

    Sr Product Marketing Manager
  • Tom Resing

    Content designer @ Microsoft focused on M365

AMA - Ask Microsoft Anything & SharePint

Join Microsoft's experts for an interactive Q&A about Microsoft 365, SharePoint, OneDrive, Viva, Teams and more! Bring your best questions! Stay after for the SharePint and enjoy refreshments, pizza and the opportunity to network and chat with folks from the Microsoft Product Management team.

Thursday, May 12th 2022, 8:30 am

  • Jill Hannemann

    Avanade | Workplace Experience Advisory

TMS201 - Leverage Teams as your New Digital Hub

Microsoft Teams can be more than just a hub for teamwork. Users are looking for collaboration and knowledge in one place. Bringing features together within Teams, you can include an intranet, knowledge management, and project tracking collaboration all in the expanded Digital Hub. Digital hubs bring together actionable files and tasks, integrate with other data sources, and present personalized content that connect the user back to the larger mission and goals of the organization. Leveraging SharePoint as a content service, this session will walk through the approach to designing your own digital hub in Teams.

Thursday, May 12th 2022, 8:30 am

  • John Peluso

    Microsoft Regional Director

BV201 - Microsoft Teams, 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 you? 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 organization. You'll also learn how to drive adoption and keep your chosen solution under control. Get ready to walk away with the ability to chart a productive and pragmatic collaboration approach that delivers immediate and lasting value to your hybrid workplace.

Thursday, May 12th 2022, 10:20 am

  • Nick Brattoli

    Microsoft MVP, MCT

INT202 - 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, May 12th 2022, 12:10 pm

  • Sameer Mohammed

    Microsoft Practice Lead

SOL05 - Build Modern Intranet using AQL’s Intranet web parts

Make employee engagement a reality with AQL’s intranet web parts in your hybrid workplace In this era of digitization and remote working, a hybrid workplace promoting employee engagement and collaboration is the primary objective for most companies around the globe. At AQL, we understand the essence of highly efficient web parts to help your company build a dynamic & interactive intranet page with all the tools for communicating, engaging, and collaborating.  Our popular web parts like FAQs, Quick Links, Hero, Dynamic Navigation, Kudos, People Directory, Super Jobs, Display Broken Permissions, Employee Spotlight, and Employee Birthday not only give you a modern intranet experience, but also provides a platform to promote employee engagement, communication, & collaboration within your organization. Sameer Mohammed, Microsoft Practice Lead at AQL Technologies, is going to demonstrate creating a successful intranet using AQL’s award-winning web parts along with SharePoint intranet best practices. This session will show you how an intuitive and engaging intranet is possible by configuring AQL’s web parts without the need for complex codes and customizations. Check out our web parts on the Microsoft App source or AQL’s Website. https://aqltech.com/sharepoint-intranet-webparts/

Thursday, May 12th 2022, 2:00 pm

  • Susan Hanley

    Microsoft MVP, MBA

INT203 - Viva engagement! How to leverage MS 365 to improve employee communications and connection

The introduction of Microsoft Viva provides an important reminder about the importance of employee engagement and connection. New features and capabilities in Microsoft 365 have created new opportunities to ensure that your employees are both connected and engaged, no matter where they work. In this session, you will learn practical approaches to engage and communicate in Microsoft 365 – from SharePoint news to the personalized Viva Connections feed in Teams to Yammer. Take away insights into what you need to know about what’s possible, what’s coming, and how to improve communication and engagement outcomes with Microsoft 365.

Thursday, May 12th 2022, 2:00 pm

  • Brian Alderman

    Microsoft MVP, MCT, Author, Speaker

ADM203 - Exploring Microsoft 365 Migration Options and Tools

Congratulations, on your decision to move to Microsoft 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: • Before the migration • Completing the migration • 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 Microsoft 365.

Friday, May 13th 2022, 9:00 am

  • Susan Hanley

    Microsoft MVP, MBA

INT301 - Content that delivers: How to create effective and accessible pages and news

Great employee experiences need effective content, and your intranet pages and communications need to provide the right information presented in the most effective way - for all readers. Great content adds value and engages readers. It is also accessible for everyone. In this session, you will learn how to create effective online content for your intranet and communications that people want to read - along with tips to make your content more interesting by using storytelling techniques to get better outcomes. You will learn practical advice that you can use right away to make sure that each page on your intranet and all the content you create delivers your desired outcome in a meaningful and accessible way.

Friday, May 13th 2022, 10:20 am

  • Liz Sundet

    Microsoft Program Manager

INT302 - Deploying Microsoft Viva Connections

Viva Connections is the gateway to the other Microsoft Viva products that works to engage your employees where they are doing their work, within Microsoft Teams. Come and learn about the Microsoft Viva suite of products, learn the pre-requisites to deploying Viva Connections and finally walk through demos of the product as it stands today. You will also learn about the roadmap features that are coming out over the next few months and what to expect and where to get started with card extensions and adoption/change management best practices. With this session, you will be prepared to start your journey to Viva Connections.

Friday, May 13th 2022, 12:30 pm

  • Liz Sundet

    Microsoft Program Manager

INT303 - 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.