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Special Topics

Monday, September 20th 2021, 1:30 pm

  • Prashant G Bhoyar

    Microsoft MVP

WRK302 - Hands-On: Building Help Desk Bots using Microsoft Bot Framework & Cognitive Services-Part 2

A bot is a web service that interacts with users in the conversational format. The Microsoft Bot framework is a comprehensive offering that we can use to build and deploy high-quality bots for our users to enjoy wherever they are talking. Microsoft Cognitive Services let you build apps with powerful algorithms to see, hear, speak, understand and interpret our needs using natural methods of communication, with just a few lines of code. Easily add intelligent features – such as emotion and sentiment detection, vision and speech recognition, language understanding, knowledge, and search – into your app, across devices and platforms such as iOS, Android, and Windows, keep improving, and are easy to set up. In this hands-on workshop, we will cover how to extend the no code help desk bots built using Q&A Maker and implement real-life help desk scenarios like password reset, booking the conference room etc. using Microsoft Bot Framework and Cognitive Services. Access to SharePoint online site, Microsoft Team and Azure will be provided to create the Bots. The target audience of this hands-on workshop is Developers and Power Users and IT Pros who want to get into the development. The contents of this session are applicable to SharePoint Online as well as SharePoint On-Prem as well. You will learn: How to extend the no code bots created using Q&A maker? What are Adaptive Cards? How to leverage Bot Framework and Cognitive Services to implement real-life business solutions? How to debug bots? Please note: Attendees will need to bring their own laptop with internet access and modern browsers like Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari. The tablets will not work.

Tuesday, September 21st 2021, 9:00 am

  • Seb Matthews

    Consultant, Entrepreneur, Father, Author, Speaker, Lyrical Gangster.

WRK408 - Lights & Clockwork - The Ultimate Azure Workshop for SharePoint Professionals

Bewildered by the possibilities in the Microsoft Cloud? You're not alone. The Microsoft Cloud brings a huge range of opportunities for how you can use services from across the suite to improve the experience of your users. In this fast-paced workshop, you will learn how Microsoft Azure fits into your Office 365 and SharePoint world. From understanding the Azure-based deployment options for SharePoint on-premises to discovering how Azure brings a range of functionality to Office 365, this workshop will walk you through the opportunities that exist to help you get the very best out of the platform. Topics covered will include: • Azure Deployment for SharePoint • Code vs No-Code Options with Azure & Office 365 • Information Management with Azure Services • Leveraging AI Services in Office 365 & SharePoint • Identity Management with Azure AD and Office 365 & SharePoint Not for the faint-hearted, this workshop covers a lot of ground so pack your brains and notepads!

Tuesday, September 21st 2021, 1:30 pm

  • Drew Madelung

    Microsoft MVP
  • Erica Toelle

    Microsoft MVP

WRK603 - Office 365 Data Governance Hackathon

We know that data governance situations are unique for your company and can be complex. Data governance covers a collection of solutions like retention, data loss prevention, classification, records management, eDiscovery and overall reporting for your data. Do you have a data governance scenario you need a plan or answer for? In this workshop, we will build out solutions live using the scenarios you bring to us. We’ll start the workshop by discussing the data governance features in Office 365. Once we set the framework, we’ll ask you to contribute your scenarios or situations and we’ll work together to build a solution or plan live, during the workshop. This will provide attendees a real-world answer to their data governance question(s). A Data Governance hackathon!

Wednesday, September 22nd 2021, 9:40 am

  • John Daniels

    Microsoft - Modern Workplace Specialist

ADM101 - Enabling your Data Privacy and Compliance Journey

Microsoft has made significant investments in their capabilities and services to assist our customers in their Privacy and Compliance journeys. For most organizations, the goal of compliance is a daunting activity with over 200 updates per day from 750 regulatory bodies, including GDPR and CCPA. In this presentation you will learn how Microsoft is approaching these regulations along with the capabilities and services you can use to enable your organizations compliance.

Wednesday, September 22nd 2021, 11:20 am

  • Sarah Haase

    Microsoft MVP

CM102 - Reclaiming SharePoint: How to reel in an overgrown implementation

SharePoint is organic. File-based SharePoint sites grow exponentially, consuming more and more storage space and making it difficult for users to find what they need. Governance plans designed to steer SharePoint's utilization tarnish over time, discouraging users from adopting the platform. This session outlines the reasons why SharePoint environments become overgrown and under-utilized and provides practical guidance on how you can assess your implementation and create a revitalization plan. We'll also review several real-world SharePoint turnaround stories, highlighting the challenges faced and the methods taken to revive user adoption. Whether you have a "green-field" implementation with no formal governance in place or have a faded governance model that is no longer working, you'll leave this session with proven techniques for engaging your key constituents and driving change.

Wednesday, September 22nd 2021, 11:20 am

  • John Mancini

    Past President, AIIM and Current President, Content Results

SPT102 - The impact of the NARA M-19-21 guidelines to Federal Agencies

The Federal Government has provided critical new guidance from NARA regarding the preparation and delivery of records to meet M-19-21 guidelines. Agencies will no longer be able to send paper records to NARA after December 31st, 2022 and must adopt a paperless strategy. This session will provide a comprehensive look at the impact of the M-19-21 guidelines to Federal Agencies, readiness and gap best practices and maximize the investment by leveraging a robust suite of services/solution tools within your platform.

Wednesday, September 22nd 2021, 3:00 pm

  • Susan Hanley

    Microsoft MVP

INT104 - Read all about it! Using SharePoint News to Take Employee Engagement to the Next Level

SharePoint News is a great way to keep your organization up-to-date. But do you know that you can also use SharePoint News to take engagement to the next level? This session is all about news – the key features of SharePoint News and how to use them, tips and insights to ensure your news articles are read, and approaches you can use to make sure your colleagues stay in touch with what is going on in the organization.

Wednesday, September 22nd 2021, 4:20 pm

  • Scott Money

    DocPoint Solutions, Director of Technology & Solutions

CM106 - Preparation of M-19-21 - Paper to SharePoint

Another deadline is quickly approaching. Can I scan this stuff and migrate it to my SharePoint environment? With the ever-expanding effort to move into a digital environment, Agencies are being pressured to address paper that is consuming storage space and endless documents on network drives. Appending the M-19-21 initiative to that need and many entities will be overwhelmed. This session will include a demonstration to show a methodology for managing the NARA Deadline of M-19-21 while utilizing existing SharePoint resources to manage the content.

Thursday, September 23rd 2021, 10:30 am

  • Bobby Chang

    Office 365 Technologist at Microsoft

CM201 - Retain, Remove, Record. Office 365 Retention for Digital Hoarders & Record Managers.

Do you work in a place where no file ever gets deleted? Is your organization required to meet compliance regulations for digital preservation? If so, let's unpack how to manage your content life-cycle in Office 365. In this session, we will walk through the retention capabilities provided in Microsoft Information Protection (MIP). This session will uncover: • Differences between retention and records in Office 365 • When to use retention policies vs. retention labels • How to manage a review process before files get discarded from Office 365 • Administration and end user experiences using Office 365 retention

Thursday, September 23rd 2021, 10:30 am

  • Shyamal Addanki

    VP North America @ FireStart

FLO200 - Oops - are you using SharePoint workflows for process automation again?

With today's process automation technology, from SharePoint Workflows to Power Automate and other workflow solutions to RPA, DPA and so on, how do you know when to use which solution? And what if you've already built hundreds of workflows and then learn it is time to migrate - do you pull your hair out? If you step back and look at process automation as a business strategy rather than an IT shortcut to make work easier, you might have your "aha" moment, and become the process automation hero your company deserves. This is a high-level session to talk about process automation. We will discuss the different technologies, how they differ and what value each one brings, and guide you down the road of the process automation revolution.

Thursday, September 23rd 2021, 12:40 pm

  • MinhThao Dang

    BPM Architect at FireStart

SOL06 - Go Beyond Workflows and Ignite Your Potential with SharePoint and BPM

Stop creating workflows to automate parts of a process, with no governance or compliance built-in. Business Process Automation with FireStart allows you to document and manage your processes as well as automate them with system integrations and forms, all while remaining so easy, even a business user could do it.

Thursday, September 23rd 2021, 4:20 pm

  • Adam Ochs


SPT204 - The Ultimate OneNote Guide

SPTOneNote is an extremely Powerful, and often overlooked tool in the utility belt that is the Office Suite. Whether you are new to OneNote, or a seasoned user, this session will cover many great features, tips, and tricks of OneNote. There will be no formal Slidedeck presentation here, role up your sleeves and follow along on your own laptop, or watch as I demo from mine. Covering both the OneNote App and the Online version, we will be demoing the product together in live time showing off some of the most dynamic features that can change how you and your users work. From great tips and tricks in the applications itself, to wonderful connections between Outlook, Teams, and PowerPoint, come spend a session on a topic that will have real meaningful return on your productivity today.

Thursday, September 23rd 2021, 4:20 pm

  • Eric Overfield

    Microsoft MVP, RD

BV204 - Getting Connected: 9 Takeaways from a Global Organization's Migration to SharePoint Online

Join and discover the journey of a multi-national enterprise software company's migration to SharePoint Online. Learn from the experience of a global organization's path to digital teamwork victory. Walk away with 9 practical and applicable tips to make your intranet migration a success, from project planning must haves, to timeline management, on to portal launch and solution adoption. • See how other organizations are successfully migrating to new technologies • Learn common pitfalls and paths to success • Walk away with practical tips to use in your organization A project case study on how a global organization successfully migrated to SharePoint Online after two reboots and multiple missteps.

Thursday, September 23rd 2021, 4:20 pm

  • Richard Toland

    Principal Architect/Developer at Perpetual Reality

FLO205 - SharePoint Designer 2013 Workflow for Cross-Site data and web services

Particularly useful to SharePoint on-prem users of versions 2013, 2016, and 2019; this session teaches how to leverage SharePoint Designer 2013 workflow to interface with web services. Here, we will examine use cases for list item creation and manipulation between site collections, as well as the constructs for integrating with non-SharePoint web services from either your on-prem or cloud platforms (such as Azure automation routines or Microsoft Power Automate). This methodology can be used to scale and seamlessly integrate between disparate SharePoint site/data on-prem, online and beyond.

Friday, September 24th 2021, 9:00 am

  • Treb Gatte

    Microsoft MVP, MCP, MCTS, MBA

BI301 - SharePoint, Teams and Power BI Integration Strategies

This session will highlight the rich functionality that you can bring to your business needs with the integration that is available between Power BI and Office 365 functionality. We'll discuss why you may want to integrate functionality and how to license for it. Demos will be: • Integrating Yammer, Forms, and Word into Power BI • Integrating Power BI into Office 365 Communications site, Sway, and into a Teams channel.

Friday, September 24th 2021, 10:40 am

  • Prashant G Bhoyar

    Microsoft MVP

AZR302 - Intro to AI and Cognitive Services for Microsoft 365 Developers and Information Workers

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are the new buzzwords in the industry. Microsoft's vision is to make AI accessible to every enterprise, data scientist, developer, information worker, consumer and device everywhere in the world. AI has a big role to play in the enterprise space. The field of AI is progressing at a rapid pace. Without understanding the concepts behind these advanced technologies, developers and administrators will struggle to evaluate the potential impact of new tools and solutions. In this session, we will break down the concepts behind existing technologies, outline various tools available today, and discuss the direction of AI and ML for Microsoft 365 Developers. We will cover how developers, Power Users, and Information workers can take advantage of Microsoft's AI and Cognitive Services offerings to build real-life enterprise solutions. You will learn: 1) Overview of Microsoft AI Platform 2) What are the cognitive services? 3) What tools are available today? 4) How to use Cognitive Services to implement real-life business solutions in Microsoft 365