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Introductory Sessions

Saturday, May 8th 2021, 9:00 am

  • Susan Hanley

    Microsoft MVP

WRK102 - Introduction to Information Architecture: How to Structure and Organize an Awesome Intranet

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 the critical aspects of intranet IA: navigation/site architecture, page design architecture, and metadata architecture. You will learn approaches for planning navigation across the entire intranet and on individual sites, along with tips and best practices for using mega-menus and organizing hub sites. You will also take away lessons about the best place to focus your IA energy – so that you can build an intranet that is an essential part of your digital workplace today and as your organization evolves over time.

Saturday, May 8th 2021, 9:00 am

  • Prashant G Bhoyar

    Microsoft MVP

WRK202 -Hands-On: Building No Code Help Desk Bots using Microsoft Bot Framework & Cognitive Services

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 build the no code intelligent help desk bots in using Microsoft Bot Framework and Cognitive Services. The help desk bot will be able to answer questions related to employee benefits, open healthcare enrollment etc. 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 Power Users, IT Pros and Developers. The contents of this session are applicable to SharePoint Online as well as SharePoint On-Prem as well. You will learn: • What is Microsoft Bot Framework? • What is Azure Bot Service? • How to create bots using Microsoft Bot Framework? • What are Cognitive Services? • How to leverage Bot Framework and Cognitive Services to implement real-life business solutions? 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.

Saturday, May 8th 2021, 9:00 am

  • Treb Gatte

    Microsoft MVP, MCP, MCTS, MBA

WRK201 - A Beginner’s Guide to Power BI for SharePoint Users

NOTE: YOU WILL NEED A COMPUTER WITH THE LATEST VERSION OF POWER BI DESKTOP INSTALLED PRIOR TO WORKSHOP TIME. THIS IS A HANDS ON WORKSHOP. 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? 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 If you work in these areas, you will see value: • Marketing • Information Technology • Finance • Sales • Social Media 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 In this workshop you will: • Learn how to create Production Dashboards using Power BI, from SharePoint list and document library data • How to use Power BI in a multitude of situations, including ad hoc analysis and the creation of formal dashboard. • Learn the Power BI components: Power BI Desktop, PowerBI.com, Power BI mobile applications and how they can be used with Office 365 and SharePoint • Receive an introduction into the core functions of Power BI; Data extraction, loading and transformation using Power Query Formula Language (“M”) and DAX. • Receive some guidelines on how to extract Project data in fast manner. • 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 • Learn best practices for maintaining content with your organization This workshop 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. Level: Introductory

Saturday, May 8th 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.

Saturday, May 8th 2021, 1:30 pm

  • Treb Gatte

    Microsoft MVP, MCP, MCTS, MBA

WRK301 - Power BI for SharePoint Users Deep Dive

NOTE: The workshop assumes you have a working knowledge of Power BI and Data Concepts. This is intended as a hands on class. A PC with Power BI Desktop installed is required to get the most out of it. However, you are welcome to attend if you simply want an overview of advanced Power BI techniques. Now that you’ve attended my morning workshop and understand the basics of Power BI for SharePoint Users, we’ll go deeper into what you need to deliver professional looking reports and dashboards. This half day workshop will be spent on learning tips and techniques from the pros on delivering Power BI based apps that are easy to use and are maintainable. In this workshop users will learn: • Learn how to create Production Dashboards using Power BI, from SharePoint list and document library data • How to use Power BI in a multitude of situations, including ad hoc analysis and the creation of formal dashboard. • Learn visualization best practices to ensure you can tell your digital story effectively • Learn best practices for maintaining content with your organization Who should take this course: If your company uses Office 365 or SharePoint 2013/2016 and you are either a • Manager • Business Analyst • Power User • SharePoint Administrator • Consultant If you work in these areas, you will see value • Marketing • Information Technology • Finance • Sales • Social Media

Sunday, May 9th 2021, 9:00 am

  • Bobby Chang

    Office 365 Technologist at Microsoft
  • Scott Shearer

    Microsoft MVP, MCT

WRK502 - Hands-On Power Automate (Flow) Workshop - Fundamental

Microsoft Power Automate is the successor to SharePoint Designer workflow and the future of process automation for SharePoint. While Flow is much more than a SharePoint-only tool, this session will focus on providing you with the skills to get started right away with SharePoint automation using Microsoft Power Automate. In this demo-rich workshop, you’ll learn by doing with hands-on labs. What we'll cover during the session: • Overview and how your organization can get started • Flow concepts (e.g. triggers, actions, conditions) and how they’re applicable • Flow design using templates and blank canvas • Flow creation for common SharePoint business requirements, e.g. document approval Demo environment is provided ***ATTENDEES MUST BRING THEIR OWN DEVICE. DEVICES WITHOUT EXTERNAL KEYBOARDS ARE NOT RECOMMENDED .***

Sunday, May 9th 2021, 9:00 am

  • Jason Himmelstein

    Microsoft MVP
  • John White

    Microsoft MVP

WRK403 - Everything You Wanted to Know About Power BI (but were afraid to ask)

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. In particular, we cover the Power BI Service, Power BI Desktop, Connecting to data, modelling data, hybrid options, Licensing, on-Premises options, and we pay particular attention to using Power BI with SharePoint, both as a data source and a container. At the end of this seminar 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. This is a highly dynamic tutorial, and can go in any direction that you like.

Sunday, May 9th 2021, 9:00 am

  • Andrew Connell

    Microsoft MVP

WRK406 - Level Up Your SharePoint Framework Solutions for the Enterprise

You already know the SharePoint Framework and have created some fantastic solutions for your organization and/or customers. Now it's time to kick those skills into the next gear! In this all-day workshop, you will learn how to easily add automated testing and write tests to your SPFx projects, including testing interactions with React applications. You'll also learn how to customize the build toolchain by extending and modifying Gulp tasks and the webpack configuration. That's not all! By the end of the day, you will be able to automate the entire build-test-deploy to SharePoint Online process with Azure Pipelines and implement sophisticated debugging + telemetry tracking with Azure Application Insights!

Sunday, May 9th 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!

Sunday, May 9th 2021, 9:00 am

  • Mark Rackley

    Microsoft MVP

WRK409 - Master Client Side Development in Your On-Premises and Classic SharePoint Environments

Are you tired of SharePoint only getting you part of the way there? Want to create REAL functionality in SharePoint to make your sites more usable? Dashboards, custom forms with real business logic, and visual enhancements like animations can help you take your SharePoint environments to the next level. Whether you are using On-Premises SharePoint or using Classic SharePoint in SharePoint Online, come to this workshop to learn essential skills every SharePoint customizer should know. 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 • What is jQuery and how to use it effectively • How to create custom forms quickly and easily without the need for InfoPath or PowerApps • How to use Third Party Libraries to take the SharePoint applications to the next level • How to use REST and CSOM to interact with SharePoint list data and create business logic • How to step-by-step create a functional, usable time tracking application

Sunday, May 9th 2021, 1:30 pm

  • Bobby Chang

    Office 365 Technologist at Microsoft
  • Scott Shearer

    Microsoft MVP, MCT

WRK602 - Hands-On Power Automate (Flow) Workshop - Intermediate

In this Microsoft Power Automate workshop, you’ll learn by doing with hands-on labs. This session will provide you with the skills to get more proficient right away with SharePoint automation using Microsoft Power Automate. The workshop is geared towards participants who either have fundamental knowledge of Power Automate or have attended the SharePoint Fest morning/introductory workshop. What we'll cover during the session: • Power Automate (Flow) expressions • Advanced approval scenarios, e.g. escalation, parallel approval • OData filters for larger data sets in SharePoint • Workflow state machine using Power Automate • Must-know nuggets from real-world solutions Demo environment is provided ***ATTENDEES MUST BRING THEIR OWN DEVICE. DEVICES WITHOUT EXTERNAL KEYBOARDS ARE NOT RECOMMENDED .***

Monday, May 10th 2021, 9:40 am

  • Bobby Chang

    Office 365 Technologist at Microsoft

CM101 - To Folder or Not to Folder? Struggle Continues in Modern SharePoint

Folder vs. Metadata has been a long-standing battle of preference in the SharePoint collaboration world. Each has its benefits and its drawbacks. So, what’s the right approach to organize and deliver content in SharePoint? Find out what could work best for your organization. Explore how you could fully utilize what modern SharePoint in SharePoint Online & SharePoint Server 2019 have to offer. In this session, we will take the modern Document Library for a spin, showcasing features for document organization and discovery.

Monday, May 10th 2021, 9:40 am

  • Drew Madelung

    Microsoft MVP

PWR101 - Essentials for the SharePoint Power User

Are you a newly minted site owner and you want to know how to get started? Or did your company just roll out SharePoint and you want to learn more about what it can do? In this session, I will walk through what I believe Power Users need to know when they become site administrators, champions, ninjas, or owners. I will be going through things at an overview level. I will go into detail on some areas in which I have seen the biggest gaps while working with different companies. This session will go through such things as: • How security works and how you should manage it • Intro to libraries & lists • Managing content types and columns • Get better search driven content • Building a page with search driven web parts

Monday, May 10th 2021, 9:40 am

  • Andrew Connell

    Microsoft MVP

DEV101 - Introducing the SharePoint Framework

The SharePoint Framework, Microsoft’s recommended approach to customizing and extending SharePoint has taken off like a rocket! Now it’s time for you to jump on the bandwagon and see how you can use it to enhance your SharePoint Online and on-premises environments. In this demo-heavy session, after explaining what the SharePoint Framework (SPFx) is and what you can do with it, you will see how quickly you can get your development env setup, building and deploying your first customizations.

Monday, May 10th 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.

Monday, May 10th 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.

Monday, May 10th 2021, 11:20 am

  • Scott Shearer

    Microsoft MVP, MCT

FLO102 - Expressions in Power Automate (Flow)

A deep knowledge of Flow expressions is critical to maximizing the power of Power Automate. In this demo rich session we'll take a deep dive into the types of expressions available and how to apply them. You'll see how to combine expressions, use expressions to format email text, how to use and apply date and string expressions, how to use expressions with collections and arrays and more... If you have a casual knowledge of Power Automate and want to "step up your game" with the use of expressions, attend this session!

Monday, May 10th 2021, 1:30 pm

  • Wes Preston

    Microsoft MVP

PWR103 - Power Apps: New Approaches for SharePoint Data Solutions

Break free of the limitations of SharePoint lists. Power Apps integration with SharePoint introduces new options for Power Users to access, store, or extend existing data solutions beyond the boundaries of traditional lists. In this session, we’ll cover new locations for data storage, new capabilities of these containers, and the pros and cons of choosing one over the other while still surfacing solutions via SharePoint or Teams.

Monday, May 10th 2021, 1:30 pm

  • Treb Gatte

    Microsoft MVP, MCP, MCTS, MBA

BI103 - Data Mining Office 365 & SharePoint with Power BI

See how to use Power BI to mine the data you have in SharePoint and Office 365. We’ll pull data from lists, libraries, triggered activities using Flow and from Search and create beautiful reports and dashboards easily from it. We’ll also show you how this can be automated and saves you time from copying and pasting data into different places.

Monday, May 10th 2021, 3:00 pm

  • Jeff Cate

    Founder and CEO of PremierPoint Solutions

CM104 - Making the most of SharePoint Managed Metadata

When SharePoint’s Managed Metadata feature set was introduced in 2010, it was hailed as “revolutionary” and the most important SharePoint feature to date. Fast forward to 2020 – it still provides an awesome set of features that are woven tightly throughout the SharePoint end user experience. But, with all of the emphasis over the past 5 – 7 years on “moving to the cloud,” has it become an underutilized power feature? We believe so. Attend this session to take a fresh look at the Managed Metadata feature set in SharePoint and hear some stories of its effective use.

Monday, May 10th 2021, 3:00 pm

  • Ryan Schouten

    Microsoft MVP, MCT

SRC104 - Searching non Office 365 content in Office 365

Search in Office 365 is currently limited to content that is stored natively in its tools, how can you add in your own business content to the search index? In this discussion we will discuss the options for getting your content into the search system in Office 365. We will cover hybrid scenarios and how to best leverage them in addition to some other strategies that will help get your content ready for Microsoft Search.

Monday, May 10th 2021, 3:00 pm

  • Daniel Glenn

    Microsoft MVP

PWR104 - Use Your On-premises Data with Power Apps, Power BI, and Power Automate (Flow)

Microsoft Power BI, Power Automate (Flow) and Power Apps are powerful cloud tools that can take your on-premises data, stored in systems like SQL and SharePoint, to new heights. Using your data where it is now gives you the ability to invest in improving processes, instead of focusing on a data migration strategy. In this session, we will discuss the benefits of using the cloud tools and how workflow, analytics, and business apps can utilize your on-premises data. We will setup a data gateway, connect to on-premises data sources, and discuss how to use that data in Office 365 to create rich business solutions. You will walk-away from this session with the knowledge you need to immediately start using your on-premises data with Office 365.

Monday, May 10th 2021, 3:00 pm

  • Prashant G Bhoyar

    Microsoft MVP

DEV104 - Azure API Apps for SharePoint Developers

Azure API Apps are one of the four types of app types offered by Azure App Service. API Apps in App Service offer features that make it easier to build, host, and consume APIs in the cloud and on-premises. While developing custom endpoints for Office 365 Sites/ SharePoint Online, often developers and architects face the dilemma over where to host these endpoints. In this demo-driven session, we will cover the basics of the Azure API apps and how we can leverage API Apps to implement the real-life business solutions in Office 365 Sites/ SharePoint Online. Even though the title of the session includes SharePoint online, the contents of this session are applicable for SharePoint On-Premise as well. You will learn: • What are Azure API APPs? • What is Azure App Service? • What is Azure Active Directory? • What are the Microsoft Graph APIs? • How to leverage Azure API Apps to implement the real-life business solutions in • Office 365 Sites/ SharePoint Online?

Monday, May 10th 2021, 3:00 pm

  • Richard Toland

    Principal Architect/Developer at Perpetual Reality

AZR104 -Gateway Drugs: Power Apps/BI & Flow for on-prem, just the beginning. Now Azure Data Factory?

For some admins and developers, the demand for cloud capabilities using data accessible only on-prem has increased as many organizations continue to employ Hybrid architectures. To meet that need (and the security constraints that accompany on-prem data), the Microsoft Data Management Gateway gives us better integration to this data and in more secure ways, all while leaving it at the source. Coupled with the Azure Data Factory, your on-prem content can architecturally reach a number of connections never possible before by leveraging the unprecedented scale and compute power throughout the breadth of Azure services. This session will illustrate how to leverage on-prem SharePoint content to interface with and drive cloud services through the secure Data Management Gateway and Azure Data Factory integrations. We’ll cover the setup and configuration of the Gateway, the Factory, and our data connections, as well as some gotcha’s and pitfalls along the path to becoming a full Gateway/Hybrid addict.

Monday, May 10th 2021, 3:00 pm

  • Jason Himmelstein

    Microsoft MVP
  • John White

    Microsoft MVP

BI104 - Hybrid Business Intelligence – Yes, You can do that

Is your organization staying on premises due to data concerns? Are you moving full speed ahead into the cloud, but longing for the maturity of your on-premises Business Intelligence platform? Hybrid Business Intelligence may be just what you are looking for. Microsoft has a rich stack of BI solutions for both on-prem and the cloud that all bring different strengths to the table. The good new is that with hybrid, you don’t need to sacrifice one for the other.   Join us for an overview of how to extend on premises BI technologies to the cloud and bring cloud solutions on-prem.  We'll be talking about a wide variety of tools including SQL Server Reporting Services, Power BI, Power BI Report Server, SharePoint (both on-premises and in the cloud), Flow and Power Apps.

Monday, May 10th 2021, 4:20 pm

  • Erica Toelle

    Microsoft MVP

CM105 - Transition from the SharePoint Records Center to Office 365 Advanced Data Governance

Have you invested in content types and metadata to drive retention in SharePoint On-Prem or Online? Don't worry! This structure can also be used to transition to Office 365 retention labels in the cloud. In this session, we will show you how and cover additional steps you should take to ensure your existing records remain intact and unaltered.

Monday, May 10th 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.

Monday, May 10th 2021, 4:20 pm

  • David Feldman

    Microsoft MVP

BI105 - PowerBI Beyond the Basics

You are familiar with PowerBI desktop, you’ve pulled in some data from SharePoint, from SQL Server, or from excel and published it to the service. It’s pretty amazing, right? Now that you have the basics down, lets dive a bit deeper into all levels of the service. We’ll explore transforming your data and mashing up multiple sources in a PowerBI Desktop, we’ll integrate some onprem data, create drill downs, and explore some powerful data filtering techniques to help you take your PowerBI to the next level.

Monday, May 10th 2021, 4:20 pm

  • Asif Rehmani

    CEO at VisualSP, Microsoft MVP

ADM105 - 5 steps to driving sustainable SharePoint and Office 365 adoption

Is SharePoint working for you or are you working for SharePoint? Why do many end users cringe when they hear the word 'SharePoint'? It's not because SharePoint is a bad platform (quite the contrary actually), it's because of their past experiences with SharePoint. In this session, we will talk about the 5 things You can do to make your users fall in Love with SharePoint and drive end user adoption of the platform as well as Office 365. Come to this session and we'll tell you about how to excite, inspire and empower your users. We'll talk about the good as well as the bad practices. Most importantly, we'll talk about some of the proven ways in which you can make SharePoint work for You!

Tuesday, May 11th 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.

Tuesday, May 11th 2021, 10:30 am

  • Wes Preston

    Microsoft MVP

PWR201 - Power Apps: New Approaches to the Traditional SharePoint List View

Yes, yes... Power Apps is an excellent tool for custom forms and facilitating business processes (with Microsoft Flow). Did you know Power Apps are also capable of building dramatically better list views? It's no coincidence that Power Apps are surfaced in the SharePoint interface via the View dropdown control. See how Power Apps can be used to display richer and more functional views of your data - now, directly in SharePoint and Teams with supported web parts and components.

Tuesday, May 11th 2021, 10:30 am

  • Ryan Schouten

    Microsoft MVP, MCT

DEV201 - React for the SharePoint Developer

For years client-side development in SharePoint was accomplished with jQuery and JavaScript. In the last year the development landscape has changed. With the introduction of the SharePoint Framework, SharePoint developers were introduced to new ways of developing. With this new paradigm we need to refresh our skills. React is a library that integrates really well with SharePoint, whether you are currently using the SharePoint Framework or you are prepping your code for the future.

Tuesday, May 11th 2021, 10:30 am

  • Treb Gatte

    Microsoft MVP, MCP, MCTS, MBA

BI201 - Unlocking SharePoint's Content Services Data with Power BI

In today's world, the ability to convert unstructured data from files like document scans and photos into actionable, structured data is key to unlocking a lot of organizational data. Office 365 Content Services provides some functionality that does this for you automatically. Most are not aware of this service's functionality nor it's long term importance. In this session, we'll take you through what SharePoint Content Services has to offer from a functionality and data perspective, what use cases are supported by this data, and how to mine the data using Power BI and Flow.

Tuesday, May 11th 2021, 12:40 pm

  • Mike Fitzmaurice

    Chief Evangelist and VP for WEBCON - North America

SOL03 - Watch WEBCON Make Process Evolution Painless and Productive

Workflows that work aren’t just designed, deployed, and discarded. Every successful business process receives regular attention and continuous improvement. Watch us take you through a real-world process that started out looking like a “simple approval”; the more people used it and thought about it, the more they realized it was anything but simple and involved far more than just an approval. WEBCON made it easy to evolve applications accordingly, repeatedly, and without disruption. We’ll show you how in under 30 minutes.

Tuesday, May 11th 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.

Tuesday, May 11th 2021, 1:20 pm

  • Stacy Deere-Strole

    Microsoft MVP

INT202 - SharePoint Sites: What to Use & When to Use Them

Microsoft has done a great job at providing numerous types of sites for organizations to get up and running quickly and productive in a very short period of time. This is being accomplished by the number of site options that they are providing right out of the box. However, as with all technology new options for sites are being introduced all the time and with the weekly updates to features and functionality it can all be a little overwhelming and confusing to say the least. Key thing to remember is, just because it exists does not mean you have to use it. Microsoft is providing a number of different options so that organizations can determine what is the best fit for them and their user base. In this session, we will explore the different site options along with some of the functionality that comes with them. We will identify which types of sites are the best fit for your organization, will help boost user adoption, and can be maintained with the staff you have available. Not to mention it will allow for refinement and the ability to adhere to your organizations established governance.

Tuesday, May 11th 2021, 1:20 pm

  • Virgil Carroll

    Microsoft MCT

SRC202 - Microsoft Search: Ready or not, here AI comes

Whether we are ready for it or not, artificial intelligence playing a role in our world is here to stay. Where AI is being implemented throughout the Office 365 ecosystem, it is no place more important than the new Microsoft Search technologies. Join Virgil as he explores the new AI functionality in Microsoft Search, help you understand what AI really means and talk real world practical applications inside your own search scenarios.

Tuesday, May 11th 2021, 1:20 pm

  • Asif Rehmani

    CEO at VisualSP, Microsoft MVP

BV202 - 1000s of users and only 1 of me. How do I support my users effectively?

Are you thinking: "How do I support my end users And do my real job?". You are not alone! Most Office 365 and SharePoint admins have the same dilemma. Supporting end users, motivating them and helping them do their job is extremely important for end user adoption, but it can become a full time job for you if not planned properly. Don't worry, the solution to this dilemma does exist and has been used by companies successfully throughout the world. Come to this session and learn strategies on how to mitigate end user support tasks reducing your support burden while increasing user adoption at the same time.

Tuesday, May 11th 2021, 2:40 pm

  • Andrew Connell

    Microsoft MVP

DEV203 - Robust & Reliable SharePoint Framework Components with Automated Testing using Jest

Have you wanted to set up automated testing of your code in SharePoint Framework projects, but find it's too hard of a topic to get into? Setting the tools up and writing tests is hard… until now! In this session, you will learn how to install and configure the necessary tools to start writing tests. Then, we will see how to not only create testable components but how to write tests that mock-up test data, spy on API calls, test the rendering & interaction of React components. By the end of this demo-heavy session, you won’t be hesitant to implement automated testing when building custom components for the SharePoint Framework!

Tuesday, May 11th 2021, 2:40 pm

  • Max Fritz

    Technology Solutions Professional at Microsoft

ADM203 - Configure Azure AD Connect like the Pros

Join this session to understand one of the most vital components of Azure AD and Office 365; synchronizing your local directory. We will go through step by step setting up a simple directory synchronization with Azure AD Connect all the way to setting it up in a multi-forest, multi-domain, and even multi-tenant scenario. We'll walk through the preparation steps you should perform before syncing, and then dig deep into installation and customization to make sure your directory syncs in just the way you want it. Expect deep dives into identity transformations and filtering, single sign on methods such as Seamless SSO, and password methodologies including password sync, write-back, and pass-through authentication. We will also dig deep into PowerShell and the must know commands to maintain and troubleshoot your installation. Finally, we will also show how to troubleshoot the more problematic issues, and how to setup a backup Azure AD Connect installation.

Tuesday, May 11th 2021, 4:20 pm

  • Daniel Glenn

    Microsoft MVP
  • Vlad Catrinescu

    Microsoft MVP, MCT

CM204 - Practical Steps for Migrating Shares to Office 365

If you still have shares and want to move them to Office 365, you are not alone! Organizations want to take advantage of all the benefits Office 365 has to offer, but where do you begin? Can you just "lift and shift" and be done with it? In this session, you will learn how you can effectively analyze and migrate your shares to Office 365. We will show how to navigate the common issues with share migrations, how to discover business processes dependent on shares, and get you started on the migration journey. Join Microsoft MVPs Vlad Catrinescu and Daniel Glenn in this session inspired by real-world use cases to learn how to successfully migrate your shares to the cloud and get the most out of your Office 365 deployment.

Tuesday, May 11th 2021, 4:20 pm

  • Brian Alderman

    Microsoft MVP, MCT, MCSE, MCSA

OFF204 - Exploring Office 365 Migration Options and Tools

Congratulations, on your decision to move to Office 365. If your mind is running rampant on how to complete the migration, this session is for you. We will begin by exploring the steps necessary during the following migration phases 1. Before the migration 2. Completing the migration 3. Managing the cloud-based content after migration As you can guess, you’re going to need to know what the best approach is to complete the migration, so we will also discuss what your migration options are, and what tools are available, including how to use the SharePoint Migration Assessment Tool with the SharePoint Migration Tool to help streamline and successfully complete your migration to Office 365.

Tuesday, May 11th 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.

Tuesday, May 11th 2021, 4:20 pm

  • Scott Shearer

    Microsoft MVP, MCT

FLO204 - Real World Power Automate (Flow)

Looking for practical solutions to common issues encountered when writing Flows for SharePoint? Then this session is for you. Our time will be devoted to working through actual questions asked by and problems encountered by Microsoft Power Automate developers in the real world. We will explain the issues and look at each solution in detail.

Wednesday, May 12th 2021, 9:00 am

  • Ryan Schouten

    Microsoft MVP, MCT

DEV301 - Get Your Hands Dirty with React.

Maybe you have started with React and what to learn how to apply it in your projects. In this session we will continue your progression with React. We will create reusable components and create an application that users will want to use. This session will have very few slides but we will take an HTML page that was generated and create a simple application out of it.

Wednesday, May 12th 2021, 9:00 am

  • Daniel Glenn

    Microsoft MVP
  • Joanne Klein

    Microsoft MVP

ADM301 - A Migration Roadmap for Moving to a Modern SharePoint Architecture

Whether an organization has been using SharePoint for a while or just starting down that road, many still have large shared network drives and legacy SharePoint environments holding content that could rightfully belong in a new, modern SharePoint architecture. Migrating this content is a challenging task and one that many of us are being asked to do. Come to this session and we'll talk about reasons why migrating this content is a good thing, a framework and practical strategies for making it happen, common pitfalls (and ways to avoid them), and how to help end-users make the all-important shift from "classic legacy" locations to "new and modern" in SharePoint. As it turns out, not quite as easy as you would think. You'll walk away from this session with my do's and don'ts to keep you on the right path!

Wednesday, May 12th 2021, 9:00 am

  • Jason Himmelstein

    Microsoft MVP

BV301 - Business Transformation in the Digital Age

Digital transformation is one of the most popular buzz words thrown around today. It is catchy, buzzword friendly & all too often missing the mark. Today's business doesn't need digital transformation, what it needs is business transformation. The most dangerous thing that happens to companies these days is that a CIO gets on an airplane & opens up their magazine or clicks on that sexy looking marketing email about the shiny new digital trend and your entire strategy for improving your business goes right out the window. In this session you will learn key ways to realign your efforts from only the glitz & glow of the latest buzz and instead focus on true business needs and desired outcomes to drive your transformation. Following a "Process First, Technology Second"™ methodology you will learn creative ways to ensure success in your business transformation.

Wednesday, May 12th 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

Wednesday, May 12th 2021, 10:40 am

  • Mike Fitzmaurice

    Chief Evangelist and VP for WEBCON - North America

FLO302 - When To Use What: Using The Automation Tool for The Right Task

Microsoft Power Automate (Flow) is a great fit for many automation problems. But there's more than one kind of Flow which can be built with Microsoft Power Automate. Some business problems that need transaction support. Others need to manage content Some involve data harvesting. Or systems administration. Or data synchronization. Different use cases need different types of tools. This session is all about making sure you use a hammer to pound nails and a screwdriver to twist bolts; we'll mention some third-party offerings in addition to Microsoft-delivered tech, but we won't play favorites.

Wednesday, May 12th 2021, 1:00 pm

  • Brian Alderman

    Microsoft MVP, MCT, MCSE, MCSA

PWR303 - Cross-site Publishing, the most powerful underutilized SharePoint feature

Sharing information across sites, site collections, even Web Apps has never been easier than it is with the use of Cross-site publishing. It’s easily configured, and provides current information to the user whenever they view the dynamically updated list. In this session, we are going to explore the configuration needed to use cross-site publishing. We will then configure the sites needed to quickly configure and implement cross-site publishing, by creating a content portal that author’s will use to manage content, and a separate publishing site collection that displays the content in the Search Query Web Part.

Wednesday, May 12th 2021, 1:00 pm

  • Bob German

    Partner Technology Architect at Microsoft

DEV303 - Building Instant Web Services with Power Automate (Flow) and Logic Apps

Sometimes you need to go beyond the available API's and build your own web services to support your SharePoint Framework solutions. Azure Functions are a good start, but there are other options that can be even easier! In this session, you'll learn how to rapidly build services to support your SharePoint Framework solutions with very little code. We'll start with Azure Function Proxies, which allow you to securely call API key backed services like Bing Maps and Cognitive Services. Next, you'll learn how to build web services using Power Automate or Logic Apps, opening the vast suite of connectors to your solution, still with no code. Finally, you'll learn how to leverage SharePoint lists to track long-running operations in SPFx.

Wednesday, May 12th 2021, 1:00 pm

  • John White

    Microsoft MVP

BI303 - Deep Dive on Power BI and SharePoint

This demo rich session will explore many of the nuances involved with using a combination of Power BI and SharePoint. SharePoint data can be finicky to retrieve, and this session will show examples and suggest a few best practices for doing so. In addition, connecting Power BI to SharePoint opens up a whole new world for Excel. If it can be done with Power BI and SharePoint, this session will show you how.

Wednesday, May 12th 2021, 1:00 pm

  • Richard Toland

    Principal Architect/Developer at Perpetual Reality

ADM303 - Advanced PowerShell for remote SharePoint administration & inspection

As SharePoint admins and consultants in tightly secured ecosystems, we often are not granted the access to run PowerShell connected to an onprem farm or MSO tennant. Or perhaps you have access to run the commandlets but need to shave time off of your job run with parallel processing methods. Or maybe you've been given a task to offload administrative tasks to Azure Automation & functions. This session teaches advanced tactics for remote SharePoint administration PowerShell. Topics will cover a broad range of SharePoint connections and automation optimization as we examine gathering collections from Search, exploring object attributes with web services, processing these objects quickly through parallel processing with script blocks, jobs, and queues.

Wednesday, May 12th 2021, 1:00 pm

  • Scott Shearer

    Microsoft MVP, MCT

FLO303 - Take Your Power Automate (Flow) Skills to the Next Level!

This session will take your Power Automate skills to the next level. This demo intensive session will cover such topics as approval escalation, parallel branches, expressions, using variables and more. Flow is improving all the time and you'll see the latest enhancements. Finally, you'll see how to accomplish automation tasks that you now do in Designer workflows through Power Automate.

Wednesday, May 12th 2021, 2:20 pm

  • Asif Rehmani

    CEO at VisualSP, Microsoft MVP

BV304 - Organizational change management: migrating your users along with your systems

So you have decided to migrate to the new version of SharePoint or Office 365. That's great! But what about your end users? Are they ready for the change? Organizations around the world have been discovering that to realize their return on investment, they must take into account how they migrate their users along with their systems - No end user left behind! Come to this session and we'll show you strategies that have worked with organizations around the world as they deal with organizational changes and prepare their users for their new processes and systems.

Wednesday, May 12th 2021, 2:20 pm

  • Andrew Connell

    Microsoft MVP

DEV304 - Automate Build, Test & Deploy of SharePoint Framework Projects with Azure DevOps Pipelines

Azure DevOps Pipelines allow you to automate the process of building, testing and deploying your custom solutions. Did you know you can leverage this as a SharePoint Framework developer? In this session, we will create a pipeline from scratch for an existing project that will build, test and deploy your SharePoint Framework component to multiple environments such as development, staging, and production. You will also see how to enable manual checks so a user must approve deployments to master.

Wednesday, May 12th 2021, 2:20 pm

  • Fabian Williams

    Microsoft MVP

AZR304 - Build an Azure Machine Learning Model: Test, Deploy and Consume

In this session we will use both local and cloud development techniques using Pyhon 3, Jupyter notebooks locally to prepare data, set up a Workplace in Azure and connect locally, set up compute and conduct experiments. At the end you will have an endpoint that has been trained on your own data and consumable as a web service to anyone. 


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