Pre-conference Workshops, Tuesday May 30, 2017

The optional pre-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 101 - Workshop: Beyond SharePoint Deployment: How Can IT Inspire, Motivate And Drive Sustainable Adoption?

Dux Raymond Sy - AvePoint

In most organizations today, SharePoint is nothing more than a glorified file share and while training is a critical component that can drive better adoption, it is not enough.

To make the most of your SharePoint investment, it is critical that your users take advantage of SharePoint's full capability to address their day-to-day business needs. The key to drive excitement, organizational buy-in and adoption is being able to provide relevant, business-contextual application that drives consistent, sustainable usage.

Join Dux Raymond Sy in this interactive workshop as he shares practical techniques on how you can drive sustainable SharePoint adoption in your organization.
In this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Excite and inspire users with how SharePoint can support their daily business activities
  • Align business needs and SharePoint capabilities to deliver relevant business solutions
  • Identify training needs and delivery mechanisms
  • Implement gamification techniques as a learning strategy to motivate and encourage SharePoint usage
  • Groom champions from the business that can help promote the business benefits of SharePoint
  • Establish an effective SharePoint support structure for on-demand learning, peer to peer knowledge sharing and higher level technical assistance
  • Create a 12-month phased adoption program that facilitates change, empowers users and enables knowledge sharing within the organization

Level: Experienced

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

WS 102 - SharePoint 2016: Design, Deploy, Configure and Manage a stable and performant SharePoint On-Premises or Hybrid Farm

Vlad Catrinescu - vNext Solutions 
Gokan Ozcifci - Neoxy

A hybrid SharePoint deployment isn't a marketing stuff from Microsoft. With SharePoint 2016 just released, many organizations are looking for ways to combine their existing SharePoint business productivities with the bright future of Office 365. But before going on a hybrid topology, you need to create the ultimate SharePoint farm.

In this full day workshop, IT Professionals will learn how to install and configure SharePoint Server 2016 per Microsoft's best practices, and how to adapt them to their client's budget. Microsoft SharePoint Server 2016 provides a broad array of hybrid capabilities enabling you to cloud-accelerate your on-premises deployment. Learn more about the capabilities in SharePoint Server 2016 and how to best implement hybrid scenarios.

In this workshop; presented by Vlad Catrinescu (MVP) and Gokan Ozcifci (MVP) you’ll learn about:

  • A comprehensive introduction into SharePoint 2016 architecture.
  • The whole new Concept in Server Roles (with the MinRole Concept) and with Architectural possibilities in Hybrid deployments.
  • Guidance, Best Practices and lessons learned from the field with SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint 2016 versions, covering MinRole, high availability and common topologies scenarios.
  • A clear focus on patterns, topologies, features, stacks and deployment techniques, providing useful information to understand how and when to implement hybrid scenarios with Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft SharePoint.
  • Learn how to manage your Microsoft SharePoint Online (SPO) and Microsoft SharePoint environments in the browser (the SharePoint Online Admin Center) and by using the SharePoint Online Management Shell. We will cover numerous scenarios and demos for both seasoned SharePoint admins and new SPO admins.
  • How to optimize SharePoint Server, SQL Server, Windows Server or the Application domain to successfully implement a new SharePoint 2016 farm or improve the performance of the existing SharePoint platform.

Your benefits shall be:

  • Gain a deep knowledge over the SharePoint Architecture Landscape
  • Learn about Logical and Physical Architectures and compare old and new models
  • See how to plan your Architecture including Hybrid considerations
  • Learn best practices in the new enlarged architectural concepts

Level: Advanced

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

WS 103 - SharePoint and Office 365: Introduction Basics for Rookies

Tom Robbins - Master SharePoint 

For most organizations that are new to SharePoint, the biggest obstacle is having a good understanding of What SharePoint is and what it can be used for. Organizations often spend many weeks or months just trying to understand the Value Proposition of SharePoint. This workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss exactly What SharePoint IS and what it IS NOT so that your organization can begin to see a return on investment immediately. This introductory workshop will spend time discussing SharePoint business value and the basics of SharePoint Apps and Features. We will discuss the collaboration tools and features that should not be overlooked. Knowing where Office 365 fits into the mix is also critical in building your road-map for Enterprise Social.

This workshop will also explain Office 365 and dive into many of the Apps available in Office 365.

  • What is SharePoint?
  • Basics of SharePoint Architecture
  • Sites, Lists, Libraries, Pages, Web Parts
  • Collaboration Tools - Not to be forgotten
  • Office 365 and SharePoint Explained
  • Overview of O365 Apps: One-by-One

This session is for those new to SharePoint and Office 365.

Level: Introductory

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

WS 104 - Dashboards, in one day!

Treb Gatte - Tumble Road LLC

Need to create stunning dashboards from your SharePoint data?
Yes you do! In this workshop, we’ll show you:

  • How should I approach my BI need?
  • What things should be considered when creating dashboards?
  • What are the best practices?
  • How much is this going to cost me to license?
  • What security aspects should concern me?

Why you should take this course
To save time and money, immediately and in the long run. Since we've been in your shoes before, we also discuss topics related to maintenance, implementation, security and design best practices.

According to Forrester, half of a department's annual reporting needs are ad hoc, which works out to be about 50 reports a year.

  • The fully loaded cost of an individual report is $3200-$6100
  • Each report can eat up up to 32 hours of time to develop and test
  • That's hundreds of thousands of dollars spent in throwaway report investment

Learn a faster, cheaper way to explore your data. Power BI is well suited to enable quick ad hoc reporting where you spend the majority of the time developing the data set, rather than the individual report. This helps you save money and reduces the cost of developing ad hoc reports.

Who should take this course:
If your company uses Office 365 or SharePoint 2013/2016 and you are a:

  • Manager
  • Business Analyst
  • Power User
  • SharePoint Administrator
  • Consultant

Or if you work in these areas, you can definitely see value:

  • Marketing
  • Information Technology
  • Finance
  • Sales
  • Social Media

You need this class if you are expected to use data from Office 365 and SharePoint to do your job effectively. The class assumes no prior knowledge of Power BI and Data Concepts.

What is required for this class:

  • Install Microsoft Power BI Desktop on your laptop (recommended but not required)
  • We'll provide an Office 365 site for you to use for exercises

What you will learn:

  • In this training course you will learn how to create Production Dashboards using Power BI, from SharePoint list and document library data
  • You will learn how to use Power BI in a multitude of situations, including ad hoc analysis and the creation of formal dashboard.
  • You will learn about the Power BI components: Power BI Desktop,, Power BI mobile applications and how they can be used with Office 365 and SharePoint
  • You’ll also receive an introduction into the core functions of Power BI; Data extraction, loading and transformation using Power Query Formula Language (“M”) and DAX.
  • You’ll receive some guidelines on how to extract Project data in fast manner
  • You will discover some data modeling practices that will ensure you have maximum flexibility in analysis. You'll also learn some visualization best practices to ensure you can tell your digital story effectively
  • You'll learn best practices for maintaining content with your organization
  • This course provides an end to end view of Power BI for Project reporting, so that you are able to use Power BI immediately for your needs

What you will get:

You'll get the tools to immediately get started on your design. You’ll receive:

  • Design spec that prompts the asking of the right questions
  • PowerPoint-based layout templates for dashboard paper prototyping
  • Tried and true BI design approach
  • 5 critical value-adds you will take back to your company
    • You'll have a jump start on a standard BI development approach
    • You'll deliver new insights into your data
    • You'll have a great understanding of how Power BI can be used and implemented
    • You'll learn techniques to make your dashboards perform well with SharePoint data
    • You'll gain insight into how others are leveraging Power BI within their companies


  • Introduction to Power BI
  • Gettin Data from SharePoint
  • Using Power Query M for Data Retrieval and Transformation
  • Data Modeling with DAX
  • Data Visualization Techniques
  • Content Administration and Deployment
  • Licensing and Planning Considerations

 Level: Introductory

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

WS 105 - Office 365/SharePoint Admin MasterClass

Chris McNulty - Microsoft

This masterclass will explore advanced SharePoint administration for the IT Pro. We’ll assume a basic working understanding of SharePoint 2013/2016, migration, administration, site customization and security to focus more heavily on the newest cloud innovations.   This full-day workshop will give experienced IT professionals the guidance to lead and support SharePoint implementations that go beyond document storage to deliver powerful business services.  Key topics to include:

  • Establishing SharePoint 2016 and working with Azure Infrastructure
  • Managing Cloud/On Premises Identity Systems
  • Engineering and Adopting Hybrid Workloads
    • Search
    • OneDrive/Sites
    • Video
    • BI
    • Taxonomy
    • Auditing
  • Deploying IT Security and Compliance
    • Conditional Access policies by User, Location, Device and Content
    • Auditing and Reporting
    • Information Governance with DLP, Deletion/Retention, Automatic Classification
  • OneDrive Administration
  • SharePoint 2016 Management and Troubleshooting

Level - Experienced

Morning Workshop 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

WS 201 - Getting Started with SharePoint Development

Ryan Schouten - ZAACT

SharePoint and Office365 have become the go to place to get information in most organizations. Are you prepared to create solutions that consume the data that is stored in these environments.

Come to this workshop to learn the information you need to get started creating applications that your organizations wants. We will learn what tools are available to develop your applications. We will also cover how to best access the data that is stored in SharePoint and Office365.

Level: ALL

Morning Workshop 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

WS 202 - SharePoint Deployment Planning

Stephanie Donahue, MVP - PAIT Group

Upgrading from a legacy version of SharePoint? Deploying SharePoint for the first time? Want to expand the use of your current environment?

Attend this workshop for a deep dive on all the critical items you need to cover during a SharePoint deployment:

  • The big decision – SharePoint 2013 v 2016 v SharePoint Online
  • Upgrade planning – what to be aware of
  • Site Architecture, Taxonomy, and Governance– tips, tools, and best practices
  • Phased deployment – it’s not over once you upgrade!
  • User Adoption and Training – introducing a new version of SharePoint and keeping users excited

Participants will receive presentation notes as well as a sample assessment, business user questionnaire, backup options white paper, and deployment plan.

Level: Experienced

Morning Workshop 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

WS 203 - Build It and They Will Come: SharePoint 2013 User Adoption

Stacy Deere-Strole - Focal Point Solutions

Everyone has seen the movie Field of Dream where a farmer sacrifices part of his cash crops to builds baseball field. It just so happens after he built it numerous famous baseball players come back from the beyond to play baseball and people come from all around the world to watch and in turn the farmer became rich for charging admission, food, beverages, etc.

SharePoint 2013 and building user adoption share a lot of the same concepts and overall goals to ultimately come out with the same end result. Lots and lots of people from all around the company start utilizing SharePoint and all its features and functionality. In this session you will see first-hand information from a company that I have been working with since they had 2007, 2010 and now 2013. I will review the project and all the steps taken to increase user adoption.

  • Discovery Sessions
  • Governance
  • Build & Implementation
  • Migration
  • Next Steps

Level: Experienced

Afternoon Workshop 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

WS 301 - Write the Right Requirements

Eric Riz - Empty Cubicle Inc.

STOP the requirements madness! This half-day workshop is your guide to creating successful SharePoint requirements that meet the needs of stakeholders, decision-makers and end users while leading the way to a successful implementation. This is not your traditional requirements 101 workshop that focuses on the theory behind requirements gathering and heavy documentation. We will take the covers off SharePoint and learn how to effectively break down each SharePoint component into manageable, tangible deliverables.

You will learn how to effectively and efficiently gather user requirements using creative and powerful facilitation as well as best practices, including requirements models built specifically for SharePoint projects, effective communication plans, and strategies for engaging your business and technical teams.

This is a working session that will include a live requirements-gathering demonstration inclusive of all participants, so bring your questions and toughest problems!

What’s the ROI:

  • Techniques for engaging business and end users
  • Tips to drive requirements adoption
  • Templates for requirements gathering
  • Strategies to solving business problems

Level: Experienced



Afternoon Workshop 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

WS 302 - Getting Started with JavaScript Development in SharePoint

Julie Turner - Sympraxis

JavaScript, REST, CSOM, Office 365 APIs: Like it or not, client side development is the future of SharePoint development. Utilizing simple JavaScript or powerful third-party libraries like jQuery in SharePoint, developers can take their applications to the next level in less time. What's more, you can utilize JavaScript in SharePoint 2007, 2010, 2013, and in Office 365 often without making changes to your code.

In this half-day workshop, you gain a new appreciation for JavaScript and learn what's possible utilizing this type of development.

We'll discuss various methods of development and debugging, some better practices for maintenance and deployment when it comes specifically to SharePoint. And, finally we'll look at how we can do more advanced development, including single page applications (SPAs) and dashboards utilizing Client Side BI.

Level: Experienced

Afternoon Workshop 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

WS 303 - Some Quick Wins to Jump Start Your SharePoint Implementation

Stacy Deere-Strole - Focal Point Solutions

The determination of success vs failure for all projects is whether or not what you have implemented is being utilized by the users. Better well known as User Adoption!! However, many wonder what can I do to make sure I’m giving the users what they want, what they didn’t know they needed but will make their job easier and something I like to call the “Plus A Little” and\or the WOW Factor! Quick wins are identified as things that are quick to do, take very little time to implement (low cost), and have a HUGE impact within the organization.

In this workshop we are going to explore & build out different features within your SharePoint (O365 & On-premise) environment that will make your SharePoint implementation the Rock Star of all projects ever implemented.

Level: Experienced

Afternoon Workshop 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

WS 304 - Creating the Digital Workplace and the Intranet of Things: How to use SharePoint and Office 365 to Bring Every Day Value to Your Organization

Jeff Willinger - Rightpoint

My unique point of view on the Digital Workspace is focused on how to successfully combine the myriad of tools available to an organization’s workforce in a simple and compelling way – thereby bringing your users to the right tool(s) at the right time.

Deep Dive Customer Examples: ! will walk through two to three detailed examples of organizations that are running their Digital Workspaces on Hybrid platforms (at a minimum: SharePoint on-premises and Office 365).

For each example, we will cover:

  • Business Objectives met and supported
  • Technical Platform Leveraged and the roadmap behind these decisions (e.g. SharePoint Social vs. Yammer, Platform capability vs. Custom-code, O365 Video vs. existing 3rd party streaming solution, etc.)
  • Unique technical challenges and their solution

For each Customer case-study, I will share the solution from both the end-user’s point of view, as well as the technological underpinnings of each solution and the long-term roadmaps for the solution. I selected this approach as the customer case-studies will allow the group to have a deep discussion around each solution’s unique goals, constraints, and technical solution.

Level: ALL