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

WS 101 - Accelerate SharePoint Success: How to Best Plan, Manage and Control Migration Projects

Dux Raymond Sy - AvePoint

In the last 15 years, Microsoft SharePoint has greatly shifted the paradigm in enterprise collaboration and information management. Organizations today continue to invest in this business enablement platform and many are in the process of upgrading and migrating to the next generation version of SharePoint on-premises, cloud and even hybrid environment.

In an AIIM study, lack of planning is a key contributor to SharePoint deployment failure. To deliver successful SharePoint migration projects, having an effective project management strategy is paramount. Executive support, proper planning, realist project team and appropriately managing expectations are crucial to ensure SharePoint migration success.

How can you ensure that your SharePoint upgrade and migration project is a success?

Join Dux Raymond Sy, SharePoint MVP, in this interactive workshop as he shares practical guidance on how to best plan, manage and control SharePoint migration projects.

In this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Initiate executive excitement, promote organizational buy-in and foster sustainable adoption for your SharePoint migration project
  • Develop an effective and practical project management process for your SharePoint upgrade and migration project
  • Apply relevant strategies in mapping business needs to identify SharePoint features and capabilities in your new environment
  • Ensure your information architecture, infrastructure design and data governance strategy meets business needs
  • Identify necessary resources to plan, deploy, maintain and support your SharePoint implementation
  • Minimize uncertainty and risk by applying practical scope management techniques

The primary audience for this workshop are IT executives, project managers, analysts, consultants who wish to successfully plan, manage and control SharePoint upgrade and migration projects. This session applies to organizations upgrading and migrating to SharePoint 2013, Office 365 SharePoint Online and SharePoint 2016.

Participants will get presentation notes, checklists, and project templates.

Level: Experienced

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

WS 102 - Discover SharePoint and Office 365 - What do you have in there?

Benjamin Niaulin - Sharegate

This one-day workshop aims to demystify the new SharePoint 2013 as well 2016 features. You often see and hear about them at a high-level overview but never in detail. This workshop will go through these but in detail using some real-world applications context when possible. This will be very helpful regardless if you have migrated, planning to or still evaluating the value it could bring.

If you're looking at Office 365, many of the features and use cases are relatively the same. We'll cover some of the new features available there as well to see if it makes sense for you to either go there or use it in a hybrid approach with your own On-Premises.

Here are some of the things that will be covered:

  • New and notable features in SharePoint
  • Figuring out how collaboration works now
  • Focus on using the new Search to drive content to the right people
  • How to do a migration
  • Comparison of features from different versions, including Office 365
  • How these features actually work and their limitations

As well as some insights into what's coming and how it will impact you and your organization.

A very valuable workshop whether you have experience with SharePoint in the past or starting new, see what you can do.

Level: ALL

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

WS 103 - Mastering the SharePoint Framework

Andrew Connell - Voitanos

The new way Microsoft wants us to customize and extend SharePoint is to use the SharePoint Framework. This model brings client-side development as a first class development model complete with packaging, deployment and real a full deployment lifecycle. But this model is very different from what traditional SharePoint developers have been used to.

In this workshop you will learn what the SharePoint Framework is all about, what is involved in getting your environment setup to be productive and how to build custom components. We will go from using no web frameworks to leveraging React, Angular, Vue.js and even implement automated testing for robust and reliable components for your SharePoint deployment.

By the end of the day, you will be well on your way to being a SharePoint Framework Master!

Level: Experienced

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

WS 104 - Everything You Wanted to Know About Power BI (But Were Afraid To Ask)

Jason Himmelstein - Rackspace
John White - UnlimitedViz
Power BI is the gold standard for cloud based report delivery. It's very approachable - you can get up and running with it in minutes, but it's also very robust, secure and extensible. As you might expect, it has many pieces and nuances, and it's important to understand what is possible, even if you may not take immediate advantage of some features, in order to understand what to use when.
This tutorial will help to guide you in building a complete analytical solution, using all the features of Power BI. We will start from nothing, and create queries that import and integrate data from many different sources. You will also learn how to refresh data using the on-premises data gateway and the personal gateway to connect to existing on-premises data from a variety of sources. In addition, you will see an overview the many other additional features available in Power BI.
At the end of this workshop you will be ready to not only start using Power BI for your projects, but you will also understand which approach is best for different situations. Bring your questions, and we'll do our best to answer them.
Level: Experienced


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

WS 105 - SharePoint Automation Bootcamp

Scott Shearer - Haystax Technology

The tools used to automate processes in SharePoint are Flow and Designer 2013 Workflows.

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.

Flow is the future of automation in SharePoint.  In this session, you’ll learn through practical examples how to quickly design, deploy, debug and share workflows.  You’ll see how to accomplish many of the tasks you now do with Designer Workflows with Flow.  In addition, you’ll see how to implement Flow to do tasks never possible with Designer Workflows.   


Level: Introductory


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

WS 106 - What Every SharePoint Developer Ought To Know

Eric Overfield - PixelMill

The Office Developer Patterns & Practices (http://aka.ms/OfficeDevPnP) community project provides tools, guidance, tutorials and best practices for repeatable solutions in the cloud driven world that every successful SharePoint developer must know. OfficeDev PnP is an open source project lead by Microsoft, maintained by community driven Core Team and includes sample code, libraries and tutorials for real business problems.
In this workshop, you will learn how to utilize OfficeDev PnP, including tools such as the PnP Core Library to build modern solutions for SharePoint, both on-premises and in the cloud. You will learn how to use the PnP Remote Provisioning Engine to build and maintain repeatable environments such as development, user acceptance testing and production, automating the provisioning and maintenance of environment structure and assets. Further a look at the PnP Partner Pack will enable you to provide managed self-service site creation to your organization, even in the cloud. Learn to master the best patterns and practices for modern SharePoint on-premises and cloud based solution development.

Get the most from your SharePoint investment:

  • Learn the best patterns and practices to move SharePoint development to the cloud
  • Discover PnP, what it does and most importantly how to use it
  • Get the walk-throughs, code and other assets to utilize PnP right away.


Level: Introductory

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

WS 107 - Use Microsoft PowerApps and Microsoft Flow to Jump Start Your Next Project!

Michelle Caldwell & Cathy Dew

Did you ever wish there was a way to solve business problems quickly and creatively! In this session we will review key scenarios that are great candidates to get started with PowerApps & Microsoft Flow based solution. We will walk you through and demo some use cases. We will cover the fundamentals of PowerApps and Microsoft Flow functionality as well as future roadmap capabilities.

By attending this class, you will get a chance to:

  • See real world PowerApps and Microsoft Flow solutions
  • Understand the key features and capabilities PowerApps and Microsoft Flow can bring to your next project
  • Understand how to identify key scenarios in your organization where you can use PowerApps and Flow to solve challenges within your organization
  • Get started with your own PowerApp using a starter template


Attendees must bring your own device to this course. Bring your Windows-based notebook and we will supply the rest! If a Windows device is not available then most activities will still be possible though a browser.

Please pre-install the PowerApps desktop app from the Windows Store – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/ 

Level: Beginner

Morning Workshop 9:00 am - 12:30 pm, Tuesday

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 want. 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: Introductory

Morning Workshop 9:00 am - 12:30 pm, Tuesday

WS 202 - A Beginner’s Guide to Client Side Development in SharePoint

Mark Rackley - PAIT Group
With the creation of SharePoint 2013's new SharePoint Hosted Apps and the continued momentum of companies moving to the cloud, Client Side development has quickly evolved from a once shunned technology into an essential skillset that all developers (especially SharePoint Developers) need to learn.
In this workshop, attendees will be introduced to client side development in SharePoint learn essential skills that they can begin to use immediately.
Attendees will learn:
  • The pros and cons of client side development and how to get started
  • How to effectively interact with SharePoint using JavaScript to build powerful applications without the need for Visual Studio
  • What is jQuery and how to use it effectively
  • Debugging techniques that will stop you from wanting to pull your hair out
  • How to modify SharePoint’s default forms quickly and easily
Level: Introductory

Morning Workshop 9:00 am - 12:30 pm, Tuesday

WS 203 - Office 365 Feature Explosion: What should you be using?

Paul Stork - Don't Pa..Panic Consulting

The pace of change in Office 365 continues to accelerate.  Over the last few years we've seen the introduction of a multitude of new features and offerings like Teams, Groups, PowerApps, Stream, and now Forms.  All these new icons in the Office 365 App Launcher provide both a promise and a challenge for organizations.  Some of the new offerings appear to overlap or replace existing offerings and in some cases there are so many new icons available in the Office 365 App Launcher that many users are wondering which they should be using. 

In this workshop we will demo each of the following offerings, discuss the business case for their use, and explain the administrative controls available for controlling their usage. 

Here is the list of offerings that will be explored:

  • Yammer
  • Delve
  • Sway
  • Planner
  • Groups
  • PowerApps/Flow
  • Stream
  • Teams
  • Forms
Level: ALL

Morning Workshop 9:00 am - 12:30 pm, Tuesday

WS 204 - The rise of the ninjas: A unique methodology for driving SharePoint user adoption

Sarah Haase 

This half-day workshop discusses the "chaos-to-clarity" journey many organizations take on their path to a successful SharePoint implementation. We will look at common training, governance and user adoption pitfalls, provide recommendations for framing a successful SharePoint Center of Excellence (COE) and give you practical tips for building an internal user community of SharePoint ninjas.

These strategies can change the course of your SharePoint implementation and catapult you from being “just another file repository” to being the premier workflow automation tool people want to use.

Level: Experienced

Afternoon Workshop 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm, Tuesday

WS 301 - Jump Start Your SharePoint Governance – Then Take it Home!

Stacy Deere-Strole & Liz Sundet- Focal Point Solutions

In any organization that utilizes SharePoint, governance is a must.  Some say it’s an option based on size, how much content, or even what functionality is being used. However, we say it doesn’t matter, if your company exists governance should exist. 

Traditional ways of providing governance such as writing 30 pages of documentation doesn’t show the transparency that the organization is exactly looking for. In addition, once the documentation is written the chances of it ever being reviewed, updated or even read again are very slim. 

The goal of this workshop is to provide a new “norm” for providing governance to organizations. First step is to provide it in a format that they are already using to seeing and using day to day, SharePoint. Then use terminology, wording and font usage that is appealing to users to make it inviting to encourage their return to the site. Then, combining additional features and functionality on the governance site that will draw users to the site without them really recognizing the fact they are going to a governance site. 

Essentially making the site the norm!

Level: Introductory

Afternoon Workshop 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm, Tuesday

WS 302 - A Deeper Dive into Client Side Development in SharePoint

Mark Rackley - PAIT Group
In this more in-depth workshop, we’ll review the techniques learned in the earlier workshop and add on to them taking a deeper look at what you can do with Client Side Development in SharePoint.
In this workshop users will learn:
  • How to use Third Party Libraries to take the SharePoint applications to the next level
  • How to use Custom Actions to deploy scripts across a site collection
  • How to use REST, CSOM, and SPServices to interact with SharePoint list data and create business logic
Level: ALL

Afternoon Workshop 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm, Tuesday

WS 303 - Developing Extensions for Microsoft Teams

Paul Schaeflein - Digital Management, LLC
Microsoft Teams is a chat-based conversation tool that contains everything your team needs to keep in touch. You can extend Teams by building Bots and Connectors, as well as extending the user interface with custom Tabs. The Teams extensibility options allow developers to bring their application to the place that users are already interacting. No need for switching between windows and multiple sign-ins.
This workshop will provide the opportunity to learn about each of these types of extensions as well as authentication and integration techniques.
Level: Experienced

Afternoon Workshop 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm, Tuesday

WS 304 - SharePoint Deployment Planning

Stephanie Donahue - 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

Documentation examples and templates for deployment planning are provided as part of this session!

Level: Experienced