SRC 101 - How to Build Search Queries Effectively to Do More with SharePoint
Benjamin Niaulin, MVP MCT - Featured Speaker

Though the Search Results in SharePoint 2013/16 and Office 365 are already a great improvement over our previous experiences, it is even better when we take advantage of what it offers to change how results are displayed.

In this session, learn the difference between Crawled and Managed Properties and how the various Search Web Parts use them in SharePoint. See how to use Result Types, Result Sources, Query Rules as well as Display Templates. But before you use all this, you need to know how to build a query to fetch what you need.

The session will be filled with demos, all the files and Display Templates used in the demos will be available for you to download and use after the session.

SRC 102 - Intro to Content Search Web Parts: the sweetest way to view and manage content
Kim Frehe - Featured Speaker

Learn how you can use out-of-the-box content web parts to display your data in unique and interesting way. By combining content web parts with content types, metadata, search and audience targeting, you have a great way to bring information to your users, regardless of where the data may exist, without being a programmer. Imagine your users finding everything they need in one location in SharePoint!

This session will show users real world examples of content displayed with SharePoint 2010, 2013 and SharePoint Online Content Query, Content Search and Search Results web parts. Examples include targeted communications, content owner-maintenance views, dashboards and more. You will learn when you should use which web part and how to make minor modifications in order to make each more effective.

We will wrap up with tips and tricks, as well as session recommendations to learn more in-depth information on each topic.

SRC 104 - Delivering a World Class Search Experience
Mark Rackley, MVP - Featured Speaker

SharePoint search is one of the most underutilized features of SharePoint. With the proper use of search you can give your users a rich, powerful experience allowing them to find the information as easily as shopping for a product on amazon.com.

In this demo packed sessions users will learn:

  • How to incorporate jQuery into display templates to take search to the next level
  • Best practices for using Content types to aggregate content across multiple sites or site collections
  • Create and use custom refiners to make search for a document as simple as finding a product on Amazon
SRC 202 - Making the Most of SharePoint Search
Christina Wheeler - Featured Speaker

Search in SharePoint 2013/2016 and SharePoint Online is very powerful and greatly improved from previous versions of SharePoint. However, just implementing search out-of-the-box without making any customized configurations really doesn't leverage search to its fullest potential.

In this session, we will take a deep dive into SharePoint on-prem/SharePoint Online search and demonstrate what configurations and customizations can be done to provide much better search results and a better user experience for your users. This session will focus on working with managed properties, custom result sources, advanced queries, as well as demonstrate using display templates to create cool jQuery sliders as well as transform calendar items and other data on a page.

SRC 204 - SharePoint Doesn't Suck, Your Search Sucks - Improving the SharePoint 2013/2016/0365 Search Experience
Kim Frehe - Featured Speaker

Has your organization rolled out SharePoint only to have tons of documents that you can no longer find when you search for it? Are you tired of hearing your users say they want their search to be like Google, even though Google has an army of people to manage their search and you don't? Are you a Site Owner and want to learn to improve how content is discovered and displayed on your site?

This session will show you how you can monitor and improve your 2013 Search (On Premises or Office 365) to help users find what they are looking for. We will cover:

  • Why you need to fine-tune your search for better content management
  • How to improve search results
  • How to improve how users interact with search results
  • How to help content owners improve their content's searchability
  • How to conduct more successful searches
SRC 205 - Modern Collaboration with AI
Mark Wroblewski & Sean Lawrence,SPR

As the Digital Transformation wave finds its way into everything we do, and artificial intelligence is no longer reserved for movie magic and mad scientists, we are faced with understanding its role within our day-to-day lives, our business, and our solutions. 1This can be overwhelming and the promise that it will make our lives easier comes with some skepticism.

Join Mark Wroblewski and Sean Lawrence as they share solutions that can be built using Azure Cognitive Service, Azure Machine Learning, LUIS, BOTS, Cortana, and Delve using data from Office 365 and the Microsoft Graph to improve collaboration within the Modern Workplace and SharePoint Online.

We will also look at what it takes to get started, how far the solutions have evolved, and where they are going.