Post-conference Workshops, Friday June 2, 2017

The optional post-conference workshops are in two formats, full-day and half-day.

The workshop day schedule is as follows:       
8:30 am - 9:00 am Registration & Morning Coffee & Rolls
9:00 am Full-day and morning half-day workshops start
10:45 am - 11:00 am Coffee Break
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Box Lunch
1:30 pm Workshops resume (afternoon half-day workshops start)
2:45 pm - 3:00 pm Afternoon Refreshment Break
5:00 pm Workshops end

Full Day Workshop 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

WS 401 - Creating and Managing an Office 365 Tenant

Brian Alderman - MicroTechPoint

In this workshop we are going to walk through the steps necessary to spin up a new tenant in Office 365. We will begin by discussing some planning considerations, on both the client side and the Office 365 side, which will include an introduction to some tools that can be used in the planning process.

We will discuss the requirements for provisioning a new tenant, and then perform the steps necessary to provision a new tenant. We will take the Office 365 Admin Center for a test drive so you thoroughly understand what is available to you. From a security perspective, we will explore how to manage the different types of users and groups, discuss licensing, password management, and AD FS in your new Office 365 tenant.

We will walk through the steps necessary to rename the tenant, and talk about the DNS records involved with this tenant renaming process. We will also be discussing troubleshooting tools, tips, and tricks throughout the day. Throughout the workshop we will be performing tasks using both the Office 365 Admin Center and PowerShell, to help you get comfortable with managing your tenant using both methods.

When you leave this workshop you will have your own Office 365 tenant you can use back at your office to continue exploring and working with Office 365.

Please bring your laptop to this workshop

Level: Experienced (200)

Full Day Workshop 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

WS 402 - Information Architecture: The Myths, The Methods, and The Musts for an Awesome Intranet

Susan Hanley - Susan Hanley LLC

If your users can’t find what they need on your intranet, your information architecture 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. You will take away practical approaches to build a great site architecture, best practices for organizing information on pages, and how to use content types and metadata to improve both browsing and searching.

You’ll also learn the best places to focus your IA energy – so that you can build an intranet that is an essential part of your digital workplace.

Level: Experienced (200)

Morning Workshop 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

WS 501 - SharePoint 2016 Powerclass for IT Professionals

Vlad Catrinescu - vNext Solutions 
Gokan Ozcifci - Neoxy

The ultimate SharePoint Infrastructure / IT Pro workshop by two SharePoint MVPs: Vlad Catrinescu (MVP) and Gokan Ozcifci(MVP) about SharePoint planning, configuring, deploying, architecting and hybrid deployments - all in one - half day workshop.

This infrastructure workshop will cover the key architectural considerations for SharePoint Server along with operational management tips and tricks. Critical planning aspects of upgrade to SharePoint 2016, core infrastructure, security, performance optimization and high availability will also be included.

Coverage on the core infrastructure enablers and core configuration for Hybrid deployment will be covered as well.

Level: Experienced (200)

Morning Workshop 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

WS 502 - Advanced PowerShell Scripting Workshop

Sean McDonough - Bitstream Foundry

PowerShell has been around in some form since 2005, but it was only with SharePoint Server 2010 that PowerShell became an official part of the SharePoint administrative landscape. Nowadays, PowerShell is the preferred mechanism for administrative management of SharePoint farms, both on-premises and in the cloud with SharePoint Online.

During this workshop, we’ll spend most of our time looking at PowerShell scripts and scripting techniques to address a variety of common administrative concerns.

The focus will be on crafting well-written scripts that are safe, documented, and easy to use. We’ll look at crafting scripts that work both on-premises and with SharePoint online. And we’ll utilize a number of newer, more advanced PowerShell techniques such as desired state configuration (DSC), leveraging the Client Side Object Model (CSOM) from PowerShell, and calling REST (representative state transfer)-based web services.

Participants will see how these techniques work, and they will leave equipped with a variety of scripts that they can put to use immediately after the workshop.

Level: Advanced

Morning Workshop 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

WS 503 - Site Collection Administrator Boot Camp

Scott Shearer - Haystax Technology

So, you just became a Site Collection Administrator – what now? Wondering how to set up security? Are your end users asking you to help automate business processes? This workshop is designed to provide new SCAs and site owners with the skills they need to build, manage and maintain their sites and site collections.

Topics covered include:

  • SharePoint Security
  • Managing Users and Groups
  • List and Library features and maintenance
  • Out of the Box and Custom Content Types
  • Out of the Box SharePoint Workflows
  • SharePoint Designer Workflows
  • Site Structure
  • Site Templates
  • Governance Concepts

And more…

This demo-rich workshop is designed to provide you with ideas, tips and “how-to” knowledge that you can immediately implement.


Level: Introductory

Morning Workshop 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

WS 504 - SharePoint Superhero! The SharePoint Business Analyst

Liz Sundet - Focal Point Solutions

If you already have a SharePoint BA role or looking to add one to your organization, this session will cover what should be expected of the Business Analyst and what falls outside the realm of the Business Analyst world. Learn some of the many tools and techniques that a business analyst uses every day to make their work valuable to the organization such as: Business Process Management, Mind Mapping, and Prototyping.

Finally, learn some of the skills and behavior characteristics to look for when developing a BA on your team in order to make your next SharePoint project a success.

Level: Experienced

Afternoon Workshop 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

WS 601 - SharePoint Designer 2013 Workflow Bootcamp

Scott Shearer - Haystax Technology

This demo-rich session will prepare you to immediately begin creating powerful SharePoint 2013 Designer workflows - no experience required. We'll start out by exploring core workflow concepts and quickly progress by creating simple but very useful workflows along the way. The session will conclude by creating workflows that retrieve data from SharePoint web services.

If you are new to creating SharePoint Designer 2013 workflows and want to ramp-up quickly, this workshop is for you.

Level: Introductory

Afternoon Workshop 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

WS 602 - Performance Troubleshooting with SharePoint Online and Office 365

Sean McDonough - Bitstream Foundry

In the last several years, the growth in popularity and compelling value of Office 365 have resulted in many organizations adopting SharePoint Online rather than building an on-premises implementation. SharePoint Online is maintained by Microsoft and designed for scalability and growth, but that doesn’t mean that customers always have it easy. Service outages, misunderstandings about the underlying platform, and plain old bad luck can sometimes turn smooth sailing into an extremely choppy ride.

In this workshop, we’ll take a look at how SharePoint Online is implemented and how it differs from a typical on-premises implementation. We’ll explore hands-on troubleshooting techniques that are available for diagnosing common SharePoint Online problems, and we’ll demonstrate some solutions that can be applied. We’ll also spend time investigating some common Office 365 issues that have an effect on SharePoint performance – and what can be done about those issues.

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will have a greater understanding of SharePoint Online, how to troubleshoot it, and what can be done to steer clear of trouble in their own tenants.


Level: Experienced

Afternoon Workshop 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

WS 603 - Workshop: Get started with PowerApps and Flow

Knut Relbe-Moe - Valo Intranet

During this workshop I will show how to build some of the most used HR Forms with Powerapps to bring the applications to your mobile, and flow to for instance automatically send the applications to your manager for approval.

We will look into:
HR Forms:

  • Holiday application
  • Expense claim

IT Forms:

  • IT service request

In this workshop bring your laptop, create a Office 365 Trial account, to get you started, and we will create this applications together.

So if you plan to start to use Flow or Powerapps this session will guide you on the way.

Level: ALL


Afternoon Workshop 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

WS 604 - Enterprise Content Services and Managed Metadata in SharePoint 2016 & Office 365

Chris McNulty - Microsoft

As SharePoint explodes in enterprise capacity, big data often results in a lot of big noise, too.   Content Services extends the patterns and systems used to shape long term document storage to shape the first year, or even the first day of the content lifecycle.  Managed Metadata and Enterprise Content Management provide tools and analysis to help you separate valuable signals from all the useless background static.  This workshop is intended for enterprise architects and content managers looking to optimize the user experience for document-centric collaboration in SharePoint and Office 365.  We’ll cover:

  • Principles of SharePoint information Architecture
  • Harvest – the best ways to analyze, discover and reuse preexisting content including Delve Boards
  • Create – deploying Office Lens and Content Types to ensure content is “born” managed
  • Coordinate – Using document libraries, MMS, Flow and search to systematize and improve content collaboration and publishing
  • Protect – establishing information governance policies for content retention/deletion, data loss prevention, records management, and automatic classification


Level: Experienced