Seattle, Washington

Special Topics 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.

Tuesday, May 10th 2022, 9:00 am

  • Sarah Haase

    Microsoft MVP | Office 365 enthusiast | User adoption advocate

WRK502 - Microsoft 365 User Adoption Master Class

A smooth deployment isn't enough. Driving effective utilization of SharePoint and Microsoft 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, May 11th 2022, 11:30 am

  • Holly Lehman

    Product Marketing Manager, Teams at Microsoft

BV102 - Driving adoption and employee learning with Microsoft tools

Use tools like the Champion Management Platform, Microsoft 365 Learning Pathways and Microsoft Viva to help your employees learn in the flow of work. Join this session to get demonstrations of how to customize these tools for your own industry and scenarios.

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.

Thursday, May 12th 2022, 10:20 am

  • Jay Leask

    Microsoft MVP, PMP

OFF202 - Develop Your Office 365 Information Governance Strategy in 4 Steps

So you’ve made the decision to move to Office 365 – now how do you ensure your critical business information is secure in the cloud? In this interactive session, you will learn how to reduce risk and ensure your users do the right thing by employing industry best practices for information governance, risk, and compliance. We’ll also explain how recent enhancements from Microsoft – including Advance Data Governance and Azure Information Protection – as well as other related technologies can help. This session will empower you to implement proven tactics to ensure your Microsoft Cloud investment meets business needs while protecting your most sensitive data.

Thursday, May 12th 2022, 2:00 pm

  • Sarah Haase

    Microsoft MVP | Office 365 enthusiast | User adoption advocate

CM203 - Decoding SharePoint Syntex

This session introduces SharePoint Syntex and its artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning capabilities. You’ll learn how to build content understanding models that classify documents, apply retention labels, and extract key pieces of metadata. We will also explore how a strong information architecture optimizes your AI and machine learning results.

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

  • Mark Rackley

    Microsoft MVP

PWR203 - Attainable AI | Real World Artificial Intelligence for Everyone

Why has your organization not embraced AI yet? Cost? Complexity? No perceived business value? Thanks to Azure and Microsoft 365, AI is not only cost-effective (sometimes free) and easy to use, there are many real-world use-case scenarios that you can take advantage of today without having to be a developer. Attend this demo-packed session to learn how quick and easy it is to get started with AI in your organization to create bots, translate conversations, identify objects in pictures, and more!

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.

Thursday, May 12th 2022, 3:50 pm

  • Jason Himmelstein

    Microsoft Regional Director & Microsoft MVP
  • John White

    Microsoft MVP

BI204 - 5 Reasons you want Paginated Reports in your life

You're already familiar with Power BI and the Power BI Desktop PBIX files. These tools are great for analytical reporting, but when it comes to things like printing, and subscriptions, well, it falls a little short. That's where Paginated reports come in. Paginated reports draw upon the decades of experience in operational reporting from SQL Server Reporting Services, but they work in the Power BI service, enabling many new scenarios and opportunities. This demo-rich session will explain what paginated reports are all about, and demonstrate 5 reasons that you'll want to start using paginated reports immediately.

Thursday, May 12th 2022, 3:50 pm

  • Sameer Mohammed

    Microsoft Practice Lead

FLO204 - RPA to automate real word invoice processing using Power Automate

Do you know Robotic Process Automation is the most popular technology in the business world today? Automated invoice processing using RPA helps in decreasing processing time substantially from months to hours, lets your data entry staff focus on higher value-added tasks, manages invoices better, and improves supplier relationships. In this session, Sameer Mohammed will demonstrate a real-world example of vendor invoice processing using RPA with Power Automate. These invoices can be quite complex and as lengthy as 8 to 10 pages with some repetitive sections like invoice details with several line items. Also, in this session, you will see complex validations, process approvals over Microsoft Teams, and emails for notification. Sameer will demonstrate the whole process which might take days to write but Sameer will not be writing real code. Attend this session to learn how to truly automate processes at your organization. Who is this session for? This session is for both decision-makers and technical guys. https://aqltech.com/robotic-process-automation-consulting-services-ad/

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, 9:00 am

  • Sarah Haase

    Microsoft MVP | Office 365 enthusiast | User adoption advocate

PWR301 - Your mobile lifeline: Leveraging Power Automate buttons to drive productivity

It's time to work smarter. With the Power Automate mobile app, you can build and execute push-button workflows that automate everyday tasks and transform your Digital Workplace experience. Need to quickly block your calendar for an impromptu meeting? Or send an automated email to your team letting them know you'll be working from home today? With flow buttons, you can start your workflows on-the-go with a single button click. This practical how-to session introduces button flows, showing how easy it is to create push-button flows for everyday Digital Workplace needs. You'll see examples of 4 easy-to-build flows and learn how the Power Automate app can greatly improve your mobile workplace experience.

Friday, May 13th 2022, 10:20 am

  • Gokan Ozcifci

    Microsoft Regional Director & MVP.

SPT302 - Mastering Microsoft Teams: Build your first app with Dataverse

Building intelligent and integrated apps within your organization is a must for everyone that embraces a hybrid workplace. Is that even possible from an end-user or maker perspective? Well, YES! After the “Better together with Power Apps and Automate” In this session, we’ll explore and learn how to customize Microsoft Teams (workplace) with the built-in Power Platform capabilities using Microsoft Dataverse. By attending this session you’ll gain insights on the business benefits of enabling and using Dataverse and the importance of Dataverse that is central to transforming any business process, from action to automation and from interaction to analysis. Be prepared for a lot of demos, live crashes, and real-world scenarios where Dataverse provides a low code data platform that allows your data to permeate all your apps - and in this session, we'll show you how from A to Z.

Friday, May 13th 2022, 12:30 pm

  • Mike Fitzmaurice

    VP - North America, WEBCON

SPT303 - When To Use What: One Tool Does Not Fit All Use Cases

Microsoft Flow is a great fit for many automation problems. But there's more than one kind of Flow. Some business problems that need transaction support. Others need to manage content Some involve data harvesting. Or systems administration. Or data synchronization. Different use cases need different types of tools. This session is all about making sure you use a hammer to pound nails and a screwdriver to twist bolts; we'll mention some third-party offerings in addition to Microsoft-delivered tech, but we won't play favorites.