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

WS 401 - 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, Wednesday

WS 402 - Becoming a Master Power User in SharePoint and Office 365

Benjamin Niaulin - Sharegate

You may have discovered what’s in SharePoint and Office 365, listed the features and what they do or how you can benefit from them. But do you know how to use them and what the best way to implement them is?

This full day workshop not only covers what you have, but helps you learn how to use SharePoint and Office 365 as well as everything around them to best benefit your 'organization and empower you as a Power User.

  • Inside Out of a Team Site (Lists, Libraries, Content Types, Site Columns, Web Parts etc...)
  • Deep Dive into Search
  • Leveraging things like PowerApps to build mobile apps and forms as well as workflows
  • Basics of SharePoint Designer Workflows
  • Learning Dashboards with PowerBI connected to SharePoint

Take a day to master your role as a Power User for SharePoint and Office 365.

Level: ALL

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

WS 403 - Getting Started with JavaScript Development in SharePoint

Julie Turner - Sympraxis
Marc Anderson - 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 full 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: Introductory

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

WS 404 - SharePoint 101

Tamara Bredemus - City of Minneapolis
If you are new to SharePoint, this is your workshop. We will start at the beginning with, “What is this thing you call SharePoint?” then go step-by-step to “Now I can build basic business solutions.” Everything we do during this session will be in the browser. No Code. No InfoPath. No SharePoint Designer. 
Here’s what we will cover: 
1. What is SharePoint
2. Getting around SharePoint
3. How to build and use a solution to your business needs
4. Discover what metadata is and how it can help
5. How to make sure the right people have the right access to the right things at the right time
6. Create a one-stop-shop with a custom page
7. Automate business processes with workflows aka eliminate copy and paste
At the end of this workshop you will have the information needed to create simple solutions using the tools provided by SharePoint without waiting for IT to build it for you. Buckle up. We’ve got a lot to cover.
There will be labs during breaks for you to try, so bring your laptop or save them for the office. All demos will be done in SharePoint Online.

Level: Introductory

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

WS 405 - 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 (IA) 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.
We will cover four critical aspects of a great IA: navigation/site architecture, best practices for organizing information on pages (page layout and content architecture), how to use content types and metadata to improve both browsing and searching, and how to think about search experiences as part of your IA. 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: All

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

WS 406 - Dashboards, in one day!

Treb Gatte - Tumble Road

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, PowerBI.com, 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

Please bring your laptop 

Level: Introductory

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

WS 407 - Power Up with PowerApps - Harness the power of rapid application development

Michelle Caldwell & Cathy Dew

Do you have basic knowledge of PowerApps and Microsoft Flow? Are you looking for a class to advance your skills in PowerApps and Microsoft Flow.

We will explore building apps that can be built and shared in minutes, allowing you to rapidly prototype and test your ideas without the time and expense of custom development. We will also take a deeper dive into building PowerApps from scratch to solve for more complex scenarios.

In this workshop we will start with your problem/idea and iteratively build on it. The goal of this session is for you to walk away with a functional app that you can start using in your organization re-imagining the way work gets done every day.

This session will be facilitated in a hackathon format and basic knowledge of Microsoft Flow and PowerApps is encouraged and it will be helpful if you have basic Excel knowledge as well. (however not required)


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: Advanced 

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

WS 501 - 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, Wednesday

WS 502 - Automate your business processes with tools from today and tomorrow

Vlad Catrinescu - vNext Solutions
One of the big advantages of implementing SharePoint in the enterprise is process automation. By using Out of the box workflows as well as easy to create custom SharePoint Designer Workflows, Power Users are able to automate processes, avoid repetitive tasks, and boost team productivity. Furthermore, new tools such as Flow which are exclusive to Office 365 at the moment allow you to easily create workflows, and integrate SharePoint Online with other systems.
In this half-day workshop, you will learn how to use SharePoint Designer and Flow to create workflows that solve real problems and to automate your business processes in SharePoint On-Premises and SharePoint Online.
Level: Introductory

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

WS 503 - SharePoint Framework Jump Start

Ryan Schouten - ZAACT
The future is here, the SharePoint Framework is the new way to create web parts in SharePoint. No longer do we need to be constantly adding content editor web parts to our pages to add our client side code. We will be discussing everything you need to know to started creating your own solutions using the SharePoint Framework.
We’ll start by discussing the supporting tools that you will need and then move on to the architecture and structure of the projects. Since the SharePoint Framework takes advantage of TypeScript we will provide information on what it is and discuss the differences between TypeScript and JavaScript.
By the end of this workshop we will create an application that you can then take and deploy to your SharePoint environment or use the Workbench to play with. We will also discuss the new SharePoint Framework extensions and how we take advantage of this new functionality in Office 365.
Level: Experienced

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

WS 504 - 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, Wednesday

WS 601 - 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 & OnPrem) environment that will make your SharePoint implementation the Rock Star of all projects ever implemented.

  • Promoted Links
  • Corporate Directory
  • Global Navigation
  • Collaboration
  • Search
  • Automation
  • Social
  • Dashboards
Level: Introductory

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

WS 602 - PowerShell Scripting Workshop for SharePoint Practitioners

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: Experienced

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

WS 603 - The 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 to make your next SharePoint project a success.
Level: Introductory

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

WS 604 - The NEW Way to Create the Digital Workplace

Jeff Willinger - Rightpoint

SPOILER ALERT:  The intranet is NOT going away, but the way we use the intranet to create the digital workplace is dramatically changing daily.  Will the digital workplace look like a blank page 'Google-esque' or will it be an experience that connects people and information through a single digital destination, gaining instant access to news, tools, knowledge, and the expertise they need to do their jobs. Anytime. Anywhere. On ANY device! 

This workshop will give you real takeaways to bring back to the office to find the influencers in your organization and figure out how to influence them and get C level buy-in to make the project more fluent.  The session will help you find the use cases needed to get budget justification and identify milestones along the way.

Level: ALL