SPFest Virtual Workshops

  • A Beginner’s Guide to Power BI for SharePoint Users

    December 4, 2020 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    Summary

    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.

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Fri 12:30 PM – 4:30 pm
    • All
    • Power Platform
    • Introductory and overview
  • Discover SharePoint & Office 365 - The Ultimate Starter Kit

    Part One - December 7, 2020 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET
    Part Two - December 8, 2020 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    Summary

    This workshop tutorial aims to demystify SharePoint, Microsoft Teams & Office 365 overall. You often see and hear about them at a high-level overview but never in detail. It will go through these 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.

    Here are some of the things that will be covered:

    Figuring out how collaboration works now
    How to plan your information architecture in Office 365
    Differences from Classic to Modern SharePoint
    Office 365 Groups and the new membership model
    Search Experiences to drive dynamic content
    How 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.



    This is your starter kit to ramp up your knowledge of what's in your cloud platform and how they can be leveraged within your organization.

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Mon 12:30 PM – 4:30 pm
    • All
    • SharePoint
    • Office 365
    • All
  • Power Apps App Design Patterns

    Part One - December 8, 2020 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET
    Part Two - December 9, 2020 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    Summary

    This is a beginner to intermediate level class meant for makers who have built a few apps using the out-of-box forms and are now interested in improving the UI and UX design patterns to make the app more user-friendly and reduce end-user mistakes.

    We'll build an elegant canvas app to submit, edit and delete data. Our primary focus will be on the design features such as:

    • Adding headers, footers and navigation icons using components,

    • Improving the look and feel of data cards in galleries

    • Pop-up messages

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Tue 12:30 PM – 4:30 pm
    • All
    • Power Apps and Power Automate (Flow)
    • Power Platform
    • Introductory and overview
  • We've Deployed Microsoft Teams... Now What?

    Part One - December 9, 2020 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET
    Part Two - December 10, 2020 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    Summary

    Every organization that uses Teams needs an effective long term strategy. Microsoft Teams is the fastest-growing Microsoft application in history! Most organizations hear this news and immediately go into risk management mode. Who's already using Teams? Should we stop people from using Teams? Do we need to put provisioning processes in place? What do we do with all this STUFF that gets created whenever someone spins up a new Team? What about SharePoint? It's possible that more questions arise from a successful Teams deployment than an unsuccessful one! But how should you address your deployment and long term strategy of Microsoft Teams? How does Teams fit into your overall Modern Workplace vision? Attend this full-day workshop with Microsoft MVP's Stephanie Donahue and Mark Rackley of the PAIT Group and:

    Understand how Teams fits into your overall Microsoft 365 strategy
    Learn to effectively manage your Teams environment including:
    Scale
    Governance
    Retention
    Dig into options for customizing Teams to get even more out of your Teams deployment including:
    bots
    web parts
    provisioning
    Tackle how to train users on best practices and prevent secure information from being accidentally shared

    Microsoft Teams is here, it's being adopted like crazy, and proper strategy and education is key to making the most of your Microsoft 365 investment.

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Wed 12:30 PM – 4:30 pm
    • All
    • Microsoft Teams
    • Intermediate
  • Power BI for SharePoint Users Deep Dive

    December 11, 2020 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    Summary

    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

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Fri 12:30 PM – 4:30 pm
    • All
    • Power Platform
    • Intermediate
  • Power Automate 101

    December 14, 2020 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    Summary

    Microsoft support for SharePoint Designer 2010 style workflows in SharePoint online/M365 ends on November 1st. End of life for 2013 style workflows can't be far behind. Power Automate is now THE tool for SharePoint automation. In this in-depth, demo rich session, we'll explore how Power Automate can be used to automate processes you may have previously accomplished with Designer workflows. We will also walk through examples of functionality never possible with Designer workflows. Along the way, you'll learn tips and tricks to save yourself both time and frustration when developing Flows. Finally, you'll learn how to accomplish SharePoint tasks with Power Automate that may not be available "out of the box". Attend this session and learn how to re-engineer you SharePoint processes using Power Automate.

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Mon 12:30 PM – 4:30 pm
    • All
    • Power Apps and Power Automate (Flow)
    • Power Platform
    • All
  • Moving from SharePoint Designer Workflows to Power Automate

    December 15, 2020 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    Summary

    If you have been wanting to get started creating Flows with Power Automate, this is your chance! In this session, you'll learn:
    What can be done with Flows
    How are Flows different than SharePoint Designer Workflows
    How to create Flows for everyday tasks such as sending automatic reminder emails
    How to create Flows from templates
    The best resources for advancing your Flow skills
    Where to get help
    And more...


    Attend this demo-rich session and start creating Flows with Power Automate today!

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Tue 12:30 PM – 4:30 pm
    • All
    • Power Apps and Power Automate (Flow)
    • Power Platform
    • Intermediate
  • Advanced Power Apps and Power Automate: Workarounds for Common Problems

    Part One - December 16, 2020 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET
    Part Two - December 17, 2020 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    Paul Stork

    Summary

    Spend any amount of time in the Power Platform forums and you will begin to see very similar questions asked over and over again. In this workshop, we will look at some of the most common issues Citizen Developers encounter when trying to develop applications and workflows in the Power Platform. We'll examine each type of problem, analyze why they occur, and provide workarounds that you can use when you encounter them. The workshop will be divided into two parts. In the first we'll concentrate on Power Apps and in the second we'll look at Power Automate.

    Here is a general list of the overall topics we will cover:

    Part One: Power Apps

    • Managing Delegation Warnings
    • Working with Dates and Times
    • Conditional Formatting of data
    • Passing Data to and Retrieving Results from a Flow

    Part Two: Power Automate

    • Using Loops and Parallel Branches
    • Working with Large Data Sources
    • Using Conditions and Switches effectively
    • Implementing Error Checking/Correction

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Wed 12:30 PM – 4:30 pm
    • All
    • Power Apps and Power Automate (Flow)
    • Power Platform
    • Advanced
  • OneDrive from Start to Finish

    February 4, 2021 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    In this half-day workshop we will walk you through the key areas you need to know to help you and your organization to not just adopt OneDrive, but to drive usage and adoption to enable collaboration and teamwork within your organization.

    We will cover key topics like how to best plan, deploy, manage and secure OneDrive, how leveraging new features like Flow and Request for Files can help to transform business, and why designing a change management plan is key to driving adoption within your organization.

    We will also spend time within this workshop to discuss your OneDrive scenarios and help build a plan or provide an answer to keep OneDrive moving forward in your enterprise.

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Mon 12:30 PM – 4:30 pm
    • All
    • Office 365
    • All
  • Becoming a Master Power User in SharePoint and Office 365

    Part One - January 11, 2021 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET
    Part Two - January 12, 2021 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    Summary

    Join Benjamin Niaulin for this workshop to help master your role as a Power User for SharePoint and Office 365. You may have discovered what features make up SharePoint and Office 365, what they do, and what value they provide. But do you know how to best use them and the optimal way to implement them? This tutorial not only covers what features 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.

    Topics include:

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

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Mon 12:30 PM – 4:30 pm
    • All
    • SharePoint
    • Office 365
    • Microsoft Teams
    • Introductory and overview
  • Hands-On: Building Intelligent Enterprise-Grade No-Code Help Desk Bots

    Part One - January 12, 2021 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET
    Part Two - January 13, 2021 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella has said: "Human Language is the new UI layer, bots are like new application". As more and more bots are getting popular in homes and enterprises, the demand for custom bots is increasing at rapid space.

    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 using Power Virtual Agents, 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 are Power Virtual Agents?
    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 enterprise-grade bots?

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Tue 10:30 AM – 2:30 pm
    • All
    • SharePoint
    • Microsoft Teams
    • Development
    • Power Platform
    • Introductory and overview
  • Introduction to Information Architecture: How to Structure and Organize an Awesome Intranet

    Part One - January 13, 2021 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET
    Part Two - January 14, 2021 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    Summary

    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 and home sites – and page layout best practices that support accessibility and great user experiences. Take away lessons about the best place to focus your IA energy and how to leverage the new IA capabilities in Office 365 – so that you can build an intranet that is an essential part of your digital workplace today and as your organization evolves over time.

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Wed 12:30 PM – 4:30 pm
    • All
    • SharePoint
    • Office 365
    • Introductory and overview
  • Developers! Learn how to use the SharePoint Framework to Customize and Extend SharePoint

    Part One - January 19, 2021 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET
    Part Two - Januray 20, 2021 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    Abstract
    The best way you can customize and extend your SharePoint site is using the SharePoint Framework (SPFx). This model is the way you customize and extend the SharePoint modern experience in both SharePoint Online and SharePoint Server 2016 & SharePoint Server 2019. Some SPFx components can also be used in classic sites as well!

    If you are an experienced solution-based SharePoint developer or new to the SharePoint platform, this workshop is for you. You will learn how to get started installing everything you need on your workstation for developing with the SharePoint Framework before we dive in. By the end of the workshop, you will know how to build web parts, application customizers, field customizers, command sets, how to deploy your components in a performant way, integrate data from SharePoint and third-party sources, style your components and more!

    Agenda:

    Block 1 – SharePoint Framework overview & dev environment setup

    Block 2 – Web parts & extensions

    Block 3 – Deployment & incorporating external libraries

    Block 4 – Accessing external APIs from with SPFx

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Tue 12:30 PM – 4:30 pm
    • All
    • Development
    • All
  • Working with Microsoft Lists

    January 20, 2021 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    Summary

    Join in and learn all you can do with Microsoft Lists - your smart information tracking app in Microsoft 365. See how Lists evolve from SharePoint lists to empower individuals and teams to create, share and track information – including innovation in Microsoft Teams. Lists plus Teams brings it all together to work on your information side-by-side you team conversation. We will teach you how to use and create views, configure conditional formatting, adjust forms and more. Plus, we will highlight no-code and low-code apps leveraging tools from the Power Platform - Power Apps for customizing forms and Power Automate to design complex flows. You will come into this session new to Lists and will leave a list maker.

    Modules

    Introduction
    *What is Microsoft Lists?
    *How does it fit into Microsoft 365 portfolio?
    *How has it evolved from SharePoint lists?
    *Common FAQs

    Creating a list and using ready-made templates
    *Creating personal and team lists
    *Using ready-made templates
    *Starting from scratch, importing from Excel, or using the formatting/schema of an existing list
    *Sharing lists and list items

    Working with Lists in Microsoft Teams
    *Creating a list as a tab in Teams
    *Importing existing lists as tabs in Teams
    *@mentioning – content alongside conversation

    Making a list work for you
    *Using default views (grid, gallery, calendar) and creating custom views
    *Using group by, filtering
    *Adding row and column formatting

    Customizing lists
    *Adding conditional formatting
    *Adding rules for notifications and alerts
    *Working with JSON in columns and forms

    Microsoft Lists and the Power Platform
    *Customizing view and edit forms with Power Apps
    *Designing custom flows with Power Automate

    Roadmap / Resources / CTA
    *Roadmap
    *Resources
    *CTAs and Q&A

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Wed 12:30 PM – 4:30 pm
    • All
    • Microsoft 365
    • Power Apps and Power Automate (Flow)
    • Power Platform
  • Drive MS Teams Adoption: How to Make it Easy to Do the Right Thing

    Part One - January 21, 2021 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET
    Part Two - January 22, 2021 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    Summary

    So you’ve made the decision to turn on Microsoft Teams – congratulations! Teams is one of the fastest-growing business applications designed to boost collaboration and productivity. Get ready to revolutionize the way your organization is doing business!

    But before you light up Teams for your entire organization, it’s critical to ensure to you have a solid governance strategy in place to ensure you’re striking the balance between effective collaboration and control. A well-governed Office 365 instance ensures security, managed information lifecycle and also lays the groundwork for a long-term sustainable adoption strategy. You want to make it easy for people to do the right thing – good governance precedes great adoption!

    This interactive workshop will cover:

    How to leverage Microsoft Teams to streamline collaboration and realize the full value from your Office 365 investment
    How to address common management and governance concerns for Office 365 and Microsoft Teams – from provisioning to information lifecycle management
    How to assess whether native Office 365 governance and backup capabilities are meeting your organizations SLAs and any external regulations
    How to achieve rapid sustainable adoption of Microsoft Teams and ensure that you’re meeting relevant business needs – from pilot to full rollout

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Thu 12:30 PM – 4:30 pm
    • All
    • Microsoft Teams
    • All
  • The Ins and Outs of Microsoft Search

    January 25, 2021 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    Since Microsoft Search was announced, we have all been trying to figure out how to integrate into our existing Office 365 deployments and take advantage of all the new features and functionality it will offer. In this workshop, we will take a walk through the what, where and how of implementing and managing the Microsoft Search experience. In the end, you will have a better understanding on how the dynamic switch to Microsoft Search will integrate into your environment and how to leverage the new functionality to better serve your users.

    We will cover:
    - Understand the features & functionality available and coming for Microsoft Search
    - Walk through the setup, management and customization of the search components
    - Create a Microsoft Search implementation plan and roadmap to ensure a smooth roll out and take advantage of the advanced feature set

    More info:
    - You are welcome to follow along in your own tenant if you'd like. Some features demoed might not be available to you. If you do, you will need a minimum of Search Admin access to your tenant admin.

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Mon 12:30 PM – 4:30 pm
    • All
    • SharePoint
    • Office 365
    • Microsoft 365
    • Microsoft Teams
    • Introductory and overview
  • Everything You Wanted to Know about Microsoft Search

    January 26, 2021 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    Microsoft Search has been available to everyone in Office 365, and like it or not, it's being used by everyone. However, too often it fails — largely due to poor understanding and implementation.

    This session provides you with deep understanding and tips and tricks to apply immediately: what to do and what not to do with your content, taxonomy, information architecture to get the best from Microsoft Search. What configuration and customization options you have, and what's on the roadmap for the near future. How to get ready and how to prepare your users. We also discuss what to do when you need custom search applications, how to deploy, configure and maintain the PnP Modern Search Library.

    Agnes shares effective techniques in the context of case studies and practical tips, as well as what pitfalls to avoid.

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Tue 12:30 PM – 4:30 pm
    • All
    • Office 365
    • Microsoft 365
    • Intermediate
  • Driving Adoption with Apps, Bots and Tools in Microsoft Teams

    January 27, 2021 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    Utilize out of the box and Microsoft provided apps, bots and templates to drive adoption of Microsoft Teams and other services across Microsoft 365. We'll do hand on demo & installation of tools including Microsoft 365 Learning Pathways, Learning Pathways "Get Started" app for Teams, our Champion template tools and more.

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Wed 12:30 PM – 4:30 pm
    • All
    • Microsoft Teams
    • Intermediate
  • Discover How To Implement Data Governance And Information Protection In Microsoft 365

    January 28, 2021 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    In this workshop, you will learn how to develop a framework for records management and information protection for enterprises and government organizations. We will begin with an in-depth look at the capabilities of Microsoft Information Protection and records management in Microsoft 365. This workshop will include planning a data classification schema, implementing sensitivity labels/policies and rolling out Microsoft Information Protection. It will also include mapping your record retention schedule to Microsoft 365 capabilities and rolling out retention labels/policies. We’ll teach you how to leverage disposition reviews, implement event based retention and how to automatically apply sensitivity and retention labels to your data. Finally, we'll review how to use Advanced eDiscovery to facilitate legal holds, litigation searches and “Freedom of Information and Privacy” (FOIP) requests. Join us to discover how to implement data governance and information protection in Microsoft 365.

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Thu 12:30 PM – 4:30 pm
    • All
    • Microsoft 365
    • Intermediate
  • Discover SharePoint & Office 365 - The Ultimate Starter Kit

    Part One - December 7, 2020 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET
    Part Two - December 8, 2020 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    Summary

    This workshop tutorial aims to demystify SharePoint, Microsoft Teams & Office 365 overall. You often see and hear about them at a high-level overview but never in detail. It will go through these 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.

    Here are some of the things that will be covered:

    Figuring out how collaboration works now
    How to plan your information architecture in Office 365
    Differences from Classic to Modern SharePoint
    Office 365 Groups and the new membership model
    Search Experiences to drive dynamic content
    How 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.



    This is your starter kit to ramp up your knowledge of what's in your cloud platform and how they can be leveraged within your organization.

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Mon 12:30 PM – 4:30 pm
    • All
    • SharePoint
    • Office 365
    • All
  • Becoming a Master Power User in SharePoint and Office 365

    Part One - January 11, 2021 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET
    Part Two - January 12, 2021 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    Summary

    Join Benjamin Niaulin for this workshop to help master your role as a Power User for SharePoint and Office 365. You may have discovered what features make up SharePoint and Office 365, what they do, and what value they provide. But do you know how to best use them and the optimal way to implement them? This tutorial not only covers what features 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.

    Topics include:

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

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Mon 12:30 PM – 4:30 pm
    • All
    • SharePoint
    • Office 365
    • Microsoft Teams
    • Introductory and overview
  • Hands-On: Building Intelligent Enterprise-Grade No-Code Help Desk Bots

    Part One - January 12, 2021 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET
    Part Two - January 13, 2021 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella has said: "Human Language is the new UI layer, bots are like new application". As more and more bots are getting popular in homes and enterprises, the demand for custom bots is increasing at rapid space.

    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 using Power Virtual Agents, 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 are Power Virtual Agents?
    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 enterprise-grade bots?

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Tue 10:30 AM – 2:30 pm
    • All
    • SharePoint
    • Microsoft Teams
    • Development
    • Power Platform
    • Introductory and overview
  • Introduction to Information Architecture: How to Structure and Organize an Awesome Intranet

    Part One - January 13, 2021 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET
    Part Two - January 14, 2021 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    Summary

    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 and home sites – and page layout best practices that support accessibility and great user experiences. Take away lessons about the best place to focus your IA energy and how to leverage the new IA capabilities in Office 365 – so that you can build an intranet that is an essential part of your digital workplace today and as your organization evolves over time.

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Wed 12:30 PM – 4:30 pm
    • All
    • SharePoint
    • Office 365
    • Introductory and overview
  • The Ins and Outs of Microsoft Search

    January 25, 2021 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    Since Microsoft Search was announced, we have all been trying to figure out how to integrate into our existing Office 365 deployments and take advantage of all the new features and functionality it will offer. In this workshop, we will take a walk through the what, where and how of implementing and managing the Microsoft Search experience. In the end, you will have a better understanding on how the dynamic switch to Microsoft Search will integrate into your environment and how to leverage the new functionality to better serve your users.

    We will cover:
    - Understand the features & functionality available and coming for Microsoft Search
    - Walk through the setup, management and customization of the search components
    - Create a Microsoft Search implementation plan and roadmap to ensure a smooth roll out and take advantage of the advanced feature set

    More info:
    - You are welcome to follow along in your own tenant if you'd like. Some features demoed might not be available to you. If you do, you will need a minimum of Search Admin access to your tenant admin.

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Mon 12:30 PM – 4:30 pm
    • All
    • SharePoint
    • Office 365
    • Microsoft 365
    • Microsoft Teams
    • Introductory and overview
  • Discover SharePoint & Office 365 - The Ultimate Starter Kit

    Part One - December 7, 2020 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET
    Part Two - December 8, 2020 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    Summary

    This workshop tutorial aims to demystify SharePoint, Microsoft Teams & Office 365 overall. You often see and hear about them at a high-level overview but never in detail. It will go through these 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.

    Here are some of the things that will be covered:

    Figuring out how collaboration works now
    How to plan your information architecture in Office 365
    Differences from Classic to Modern SharePoint
    Office 365 Groups and the new membership model
    Search Experiences to drive dynamic content
    How 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.



    This is your starter kit to ramp up your knowledge of what's in your cloud platform and how they can be leveraged within your organization.

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Mon 12:30 PM – 4:30 pm
    • All
    • SharePoint
    • Office 365
    • All
  • OneDrive from Start to Finish

    February 4, 2021 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    In this half-day workshop we will walk you through the key areas you need to know to help you and your organization to not just adopt OneDrive, but to drive usage and adoption to enable collaboration and teamwork within your organization.

    We will cover key topics like how to best plan, deploy, manage and secure OneDrive, how leveraging new features like Flow and Request for Files can help to transform business, and why designing a change management plan is key to driving adoption within your organization.

    We will also spend time within this workshop to discuss your OneDrive scenarios and help build a plan or provide an answer to keep OneDrive moving forward in your enterprise.

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Mon 12:30 PM – 4:30 pm
    • All
    • Office 365
    • All
  • Becoming a Master Power User in SharePoint and Office 365

    Part One - January 11, 2021 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET
    Part Two - January 12, 2021 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    Summary

    Join Benjamin Niaulin for this workshop to help master your role as a Power User for SharePoint and Office 365. You may have discovered what features make up SharePoint and Office 365, what they do, and what value they provide. But do you know how to best use them and the optimal way to implement them? This tutorial not only covers what features 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.

    Topics include:

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

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Mon 12:30 PM – 4:30 pm
    • All
    • SharePoint
    • Office 365
    • Microsoft Teams
    • Introductory and overview
  • Introduction to Information Architecture: How to Structure and Organize an Awesome Intranet

    Part One - January 13, 2021 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET
    Part Two - January 14, 2021 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    Summary

    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 and home sites – and page layout best practices that support accessibility and great user experiences. Take away lessons about the best place to focus your IA energy and how to leverage the new IA capabilities in Office 365 – so that you can build an intranet that is an essential part of your digital workplace today and as your organization evolves over time.

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Wed 12:30 PM – 4:30 pm
    • All
    • SharePoint
    • Office 365
    • Introductory and overview
  • The Ins and Outs of Microsoft Search

    January 25, 2021 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    Since Microsoft Search was announced, we have all been trying to figure out how to integrate into our existing Office 365 deployments and take advantage of all the new features and functionality it will offer. In this workshop, we will take a walk through the what, where and how of implementing and managing the Microsoft Search experience. In the end, you will have a better understanding on how the dynamic switch to Microsoft Search will integrate into your environment and how to leverage the new functionality to better serve your users.

    We will cover:
    - Understand the features & functionality available and coming for Microsoft Search
    - Walk through the setup, management and customization of the search components
    - Create a Microsoft Search implementation plan and roadmap to ensure a smooth roll out and take advantage of the advanced feature set

    More info:
    - You are welcome to follow along in your own tenant if you'd like. Some features demoed might not be available to you. If you do, you will need a minimum of Search Admin access to your tenant admin.

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Mon 12:30 PM – 4:30 pm
    • All
    • SharePoint
    • Office 365
    • Microsoft 365
    • Microsoft Teams
    • Introductory and overview
  • Everything You Wanted to Know about Microsoft Search

    January 26, 2021 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    Microsoft Search has been available to everyone in Office 365, and like it or not, it's being used by everyone. However, too often it fails — largely due to poor understanding and implementation.

    This session provides you with deep understanding and tips and tricks to apply immediately: what to do and what not to do with your content, taxonomy, information architecture to get the best from Microsoft Search. What configuration and customization options you have, and what's on the roadmap for the near future. How to get ready and how to prepare your users. We also discuss what to do when you need custom search applications, how to deploy, configure and maintain the PnP Modern Search Library.

    Agnes shares effective techniques in the context of case studies and practical tips, as well as what pitfalls to avoid.

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Tue 12:30 PM – 4:30 pm
    • All
    • Office 365
    • Microsoft 365
    • Intermediate
  • Working with Microsoft Lists

    January 20, 2021 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    Summary

    Join in and learn all you can do with Microsoft Lists - your smart information tracking app in Microsoft 365. See how Lists evolve from SharePoint lists to empower individuals and teams to create, share and track information – including innovation in Microsoft Teams. Lists plus Teams brings it all together to work on your information side-by-side you team conversation. We will teach you how to use and create views, configure conditional formatting, adjust forms and more. Plus, we will highlight no-code and low-code apps leveraging tools from the Power Platform - Power Apps for customizing forms and Power Automate to design complex flows. You will come into this session new to Lists and will leave a list maker.

    Modules

    Introduction
    *What is Microsoft Lists?
    *How does it fit into Microsoft 365 portfolio?
    *How has it evolved from SharePoint lists?
    *Common FAQs

    Creating a list and using ready-made templates
    *Creating personal and team lists
    *Using ready-made templates
    *Starting from scratch, importing from Excel, or using the formatting/schema of an existing list
    *Sharing lists and list items

    Working with Lists in Microsoft Teams
    *Creating a list as a tab in Teams
    *Importing existing lists as tabs in Teams
    *@mentioning – content alongside conversation

    Making a list work for you
    *Using default views (grid, gallery, calendar) and creating custom views
    *Using group by, filtering
    *Adding row and column formatting

    Customizing lists
    *Adding conditional formatting
    *Adding rules for notifications and alerts
    *Working with JSON in columns and forms

    Microsoft Lists and the Power Platform
    *Customizing view and edit forms with Power Apps
    *Designing custom flows with Power Automate

    Roadmap / Resources / CTA
    *Roadmap
    *Resources
    *CTAs and Q&A

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Wed 12:30 PM – 4:30 pm
    • All
    • Microsoft 365
    • Power Apps and Power Automate (Flow)
    • Power Platform
  • The Ins and Outs of Microsoft Search

    January 25, 2021 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    Since Microsoft Search was announced, we have all been trying to figure out how to integrate into our existing Office 365 deployments and take advantage of all the new features and functionality it will offer. In this workshop, we will take a walk through the what, where and how of implementing and managing the Microsoft Search experience. In the end, you will have a better understanding on how the dynamic switch to Microsoft Search will integrate into your environment and how to leverage the new functionality to better serve your users.

    We will cover:
    - Understand the features & functionality available and coming for Microsoft Search
    - Walk through the setup, management and customization of the search components
    - Create a Microsoft Search implementation plan and roadmap to ensure a smooth roll out and take advantage of the advanced feature set

    More info:
    - You are welcome to follow along in your own tenant if you'd like. Some features demoed might not be available to you. If you do, you will need a minimum of Search Admin access to your tenant admin.

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Mon 12:30 PM – 4:30 pm
    • All
    • SharePoint
    • Office 365
    • Microsoft 365
    • Microsoft Teams
    • Introductory and overview
  • Everything You Wanted to Know about Microsoft Search

    January 26, 2021 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    Microsoft Search has been available to everyone in Office 365, and like it or not, it's being used by everyone. However, too often it fails — largely due to poor understanding and implementation.

    This session provides you with deep understanding and tips and tricks to apply immediately: what to do and what not to do with your content, taxonomy, information architecture to get the best from Microsoft Search. What configuration and customization options you have, and what's on the roadmap for the near future. How to get ready and how to prepare your users. We also discuss what to do when you need custom search applications, how to deploy, configure and maintain the PnP Modern Search Library.

    Agnes shares effective techniques in the context of case studies and practical tips, as well as what pitfalls to avoid.

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Tue 12:30 PM – 4:30 pm
    • All
    • Office 365
    • Microsoft 365
    • Intermediate
  • Discover How To Implement Data Governance And Information Protection In Microsoft 365

    January 28, 2021 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    In this workshop, you will learn how to develop a framework for records management and information protection for enterprises and government organizations. We will begin with an in-depth look at the capabilities of Microsoft Information Protection and records management in Microsoft 365. This workshop will include planning a data classification schema, implementing sensitivity labels/policies and rolling out Microsoft Information Protection. It will also include mapping your record retention schedule to Microsoft 365 capabilities and rolling out retention labels/policies. We’ll teach you how to leverage disposition reviews, implement event based retention and how to automatically apply sensitivity and retention labels to your data. Finally, we'll review how to use Advanced eDiscovery to facilitate legal holds, litigation searches and “Freedom of Information and Privacy” (FOIP) requests. Join us to discover how to implement data governance and information protection in Microsoft 365.

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Thu 12:30 PM – 4:30 pm
    • All
    • Microsoft 365
    • Intermediate
  • Project Oakdale (A new low-code data platform for Microsoft Teams ) Master Class

    Part One - November 18, 2020 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET
    Part Two - November 19, 2020 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    Summary

    This workshop will walk you through Project Oakdale (A new low-code data platform for Microsoft Teams)

    Project Oakdale delivers a built-in low code data platform for Microsoft Teams, and provides relational data storage, rich data types, enterprise-grade governance, and one-click solution deployment. It enables everyone to easily build and deploy apps and intelligent chatbots in Teams with Power Apps and Power Virtual Agents.

    In this workshop, we will cover the following topics in great detail:
    • What is Project Oakdale?
    • How to use Project Oakdale to create custom Apps in Microsoft Teams using Power Apps?
    • How to use Project Oakdale to create no-code Chat Bots in Microsoft Teams using Power Virtual Agents
    • Project Oakdale Best Practices

    Pre-requisite: Familiar with SharePoint Online, Microsoft Teams.

    The target audience of this hands-on workshop is Power Users, IT Pros, and Developers.

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Wed 12:30 PM – 4:30 pm
    • Microsoft Teams
    • Development
    • Intermediate
  • We've Deployed Microsoft Teams... Now What?

    Part One - December 9, 2020 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET
    Part Two - December 10, 2020 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    Summary

    Every organization that uses Teams needs an effective long term strategy. Microsoft Teams is the fastest-growing Microsoft application in history! Most organizations hear this news and immediately go into risk management mode. Who's already using Teams? Should we stop people from using Teams? Do we need to put provisioning processes in place? What do we do with all this STUFF that gets created whenever someone spins up a new Team? What about SharePoint? It's possible that more questions arise from a successful Teams deployment than an unsuccessful one! But how should you address your deployment and long term strategy of Microsoft Teams? How does Teams fit into your overall Modern Workplace vision? Attend this full-day workshop with Microsoft MVP's Stephanie Donahue and Mark Rackley of the PAIT Group and:

    Understand how Teams fits into your overall Microsoft 365 strategy
    Learn to effectively manage your Teams environment including:
    Scale
    Governance
    Retention
    Dig into options for customizing Teams to get even more out of your Teams deployment including:
    bots
    web parts
    provisioning
    Tackle how to train users on best practices and prevent secure information from being accidentally shared

    Microsoft Teams is here, it's being adopted like crazy, and proper strategy and education is key to making the most of your Microsoft 365 investment.

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Wed 12:30 PM – 4:30 pm
    • All
    • Microsoft Teams
    • Intermediate
  • Becoming a Master Power User in SharePoint and Office 365

    Part One - January 11, 2021 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET
    Part Two - January 12, 2021 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    Summary

    Join Benjamin Niaulin for this workshop to help master your role as a Power User for SharePoint and Office 365. You may have discovered what features make up SharePoint and Office 365, what they do, and what value they provide. But do you know how to best use them and the optimal way to implement them? This tutorial not only covers what features 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.

    Topics include:

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

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Mon 12:30 PM – 4:30 pm
    • All
    • SharePoint
    • Office 365
    • Microsoft Teams
    • Introductory and overview
  • Hands-On: Building Intelligent Enterprise-Grade No-Code Help Desk Bots

    Part One - January 12, 2021 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET
    Part Two - January 13, 2021 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella has said: "Human Language is the new UI layer, bots are like new application". As more and more bots are getting popular in homes and enterprises, the demand for custom bots is increasing at rapid space.

    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 using Power Virtual Agents, 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 are Power Virtual Agents?
    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 enterprise-grade bots?

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Tue 10:30 AM – 2:30 pm
    • All
    • SharePoint
    • Microsoft Teams
    • Development
    • Power Platform
    • Introductory and overview
  • Drive MS Teams Adoption: How to Make it Easy to Do the Right Thing

    Part One - January 21, 2021 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET
    Part Two - January 22, 2021 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    Summary

    So you’ve made the decision to turn on Microsoft Teams – congratulations! Teams is one of the fastest-growing business applications designed to boost collaboration and productivity. Get ready to revolutionize the way your organization is doing business!

    But before you light up Teams for your entire organization, it’s critical to ensure to you have a solid governance strategy in place to ensure you’re striking the balance between effective collaboration and control. A well-governed Office 365 instance ensures security, managed information lifecycle and also lays the groundwork for a long-term sustainable adoption strategy. You want to make it easy for people to do the right thing – good governance precedes great adoption!

    This interactive workshop will cover:

    How to leverage Microsoft Teams to streamline collaboration and realize the full value from your Office 365 investment
    How to address common management and governance concerns for Office 365 and Microsoft Teams – from provisioning to information lifecycle management
    How to assess whether native Office 365 governance and backup capabilities are meeting your organizations SLAs and any external regulations
    How to achieve rapid sustainable adoption of Microsoft Teams and ensure that you’re meeting relevant business needs – from pilot to full rollout

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Thu 12:30 PM – 4:30 pm
    • All
    • Microsoft Teams
    • All
  • The Ins and Outs of Microsoft Search

    January 25, 2021 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    Since Microsoft Search was announced, we have all been trying to figure out how to integrate into our existing Office 365 deployments and take advantage of all the new features and functionality it will offer. In this workshop, we will take a walk through the what, where and how of implementing and managing the Microsoft Search experience. In the end, you will have a better understanding on how the dynamic switch to Microsoft Search will integrate into your environment and how to leverage the new functionality to better serve your users.

    We will cover:
    - Understand the features & functionality available and coming for Microsoft Search
    - Walk through the setup, management and customization of the search components
    - Create a Microsoft Search implementation plan and roadmap to ensure a smooth roll out and take advantage of the advanced feature set

    More info:
    - You are welcome to follow along in your own tenant if you'd like. Some features demoed might not be available to you. If you do, you will need a minimum of Search Admin access to your tenant admin.

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Mon 12:30 PM – 4:30 pm
    • All
    • SharePoint
    • Office 365
    • Microsoft 365
    • Microsoft Teams
    • Introductory and overview
  • Driving Adoption with Apps, Bots and Tools in Microsoft Teams

    January 27, 2021 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    Utilize out of the box and Microsoft provided apps, bots and templates to drive adoption of Microsoft Teams and other services across Microsoft 365. We'll do hand on demo & installation of tools including Microsoft 365 Learning Pathways, Learning Pathways "Get Started" app for Teams, our Champion template tools and more.

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Wed 12:30 PM – 4:30 pm
    • All
    • Microsoft Teams
    • Intermediate
  • Project Oakdale (A new low-code data platform for Microsoft Teams ) Master Class

    Part One - November 18, 2020 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET
    Part Two - November 19, 2020 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    Summary

    This workshop will walk you through Project Oakdale (A new low-code data platform for Microsoft Teams)

    Project Oakdale delivers a built-in low code data platform for Microsoft Teams, and provides relational data storage, rich data types, enterprise-grade governance, and one-click solution deployment. It enables everyone to easily build and deploy apps and intelligent chatbots in Teams with Power Apps and Power Virtual Agents.

    In this workshop, we will cover the following topics in great detail:
    • What is Project Oakdale?
    • How to use Project Oakdale to create custom Apps in Microsoft Teams using Power Apps?
    • How to use Project Oakdale to create no-code Chat Bots in Microsoft Teams using Power Virtual Agents
    • Project Oakdale Best Practices

    Pre-requisite: Familiar with SharePoint Online, Microsoft Teams.

    The target audience of this hands-on workshop is Power Users, IT Pros, and Developers.

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Wed 12:30 PM – 4:30 pm
    • Microsoft Teams
    • Development
    • Intermediate
  • Hands-On: Building Intelligent Enterprise-Grade No-Code Help Desk Bots

    Part One - January 12, 2021 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET
    Part Two - January 13, 2021 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella has said: "Human Language is the new UI layer, bots are like new application". As more and more bots are getting popular in homes and enterprises, the demand for custom bots is increasing at rapid space.

    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 using Power Virtual Agents, 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 are Power Virtual Agents?
    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 enterprise-grade bots?

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Tue 10:30 AM – 2:30 pm
    • All
    • SharePoint
    • Microsoft Teams
    • Development
    • Power Platform
    • Introductory and overview
  • Developers! Learn how to use the SharePoint Framework to Customize and Extend SharePoint

    Part One - January 19, 2021 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET
    Part Two - Januray 20, 2021 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    Abstract
    The best way you can customize and extend your SharePoint site is using the SharePoint Framework (SPFx). This model is the way you customize and extend the SharePoint modern experience in both SharePoint Online and SharePoint Server 2016 & SharePoint Server 2019. Some SPFx components can also be used in classic sites as well!

    If you are an experienced solution-based SharePoint developer or new to the SharePoint platform, this workshop is for you. You will learn how to get started installing everything you need on your workstation for developing with the SharePoint Framework before we dive in. By the end of the workshop, you will know how to build web parts, application customizers, field customizers, command sets, how to deploy your components in a performant way, integrate data from SharePoint and third-party sources, style your components and more!

    Agenda:

    Block 1 – SharePoint Framework overview & dev environment setup

    Block 2 – Web parts & extensions

    Block 3 – Deployment & incorporating external libraries

    Block 4 – Accessing external APIs from with SPFx

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Tue 12:30 PM – 4:30 pm
    • All
    • Development
    • All
  • Power Apps App Design Patterns

    Part One - December 8, 2020 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET
    Part Two - December 9, 2020 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    Summary

    This is a beginner to intermediate level class meant for makers who have built a few apps using the out-of-box forms and are now interested in improving the UI and UX design patterns to make the app more user-friendly and reduce end-user mistakes.

    We'll build an elegant canvas app to submit, edit and delete data. Our primary focus will be on the design features such as:

    • Adding headers, footers and navigation icons using components,

    • Improving the look and feel of data cards in galleries

    • Pop-up messages

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Tue 12:30 PM – 4:30 pm
    • All
    • Power Apps and Power Automate (Flow)
    • Power Platform
    • Introductory and overview
  • Power Automate 101

    December 14, 2020 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    Summary

    Microsoft support for SharePoint Designer 2010 style workflows in SharePoint online/M365 ends on November 1st. End of life for 2013 style workflows can't be far behind. Power Automate is now THE tool for SharePoint automation. In this in-depth, demo rich session, we'll explore how Power Automate can be used to automate processes you may have previously accomplished with Designer workflows. We will also walk through examples of functionality never possible with Designer workflows. Along the way, you'll learn tips and tricks to save yourself both time and frustration when developing Flows. Finally, you'll learn how to accomplish SharePoint tasks with Power Automate that may not be available "out of the box". Attend this session and learn how to re-engineer you SharePoint processes using Power Automate.

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Mon 12:30 PM – 4:30 pm
    • All
    • Power Apps and Power Automate (Flow)
    • Power Platform
    • All
  • Moving from SharePoint Designer Workflows to Power Automate

    December 15, 2020 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    Summary

    If you have been wanting to get started creating Flows with Power Automate, this is your chance! In this session, you'll learn:
    What can be done with Flows
    How are Flows different than SharePoint Designer Workflows
    How to create Flows for everyday tasks such as sending automatic reminder emails
    How to create Flows from templates
    The best resources for advancing your Flow skills
    Where to get help
    And more...


    Attend this demo-rich session and start creating Flows with Power Automate today!

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Tue 12:30 PM – 4:30 pm
    • All
    • Power Apps and Power Automate (Flow)
    • Power Platform
    • Intermediate
  • Advanced Power Apps and Power Automate: Workarounds for Common Problems

    Part One - December 16, 2020 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET
    Part Two - December 17, 2020 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    Paul Stork

    Summary

    Spend any amount of time in the Power Platform forums and you will begin to see very similar questions asked over and over again. In this workshop, we will look at some of the most common issues Citizen Developers encounter when trying to develop applications and workflows in the Power Platform. We'll examine each type of problem, analyze why they occur, and provide workarounds that you can use when you encounter them. The workshop will be divided into two parts. In the first we'll concentrate on Power Apps and in the second we'll look at Power Automate.

    Here is a general list of the overall topics we will cover:

    Part One: Power Apps

    • Managing Delegation Warnings
    • Working with Dates and Times
    • Conditional Formatting of data
    • Passing Data to and Retrieving Results from a Flow

    Part Two: Power Automate

    • Using Loops and Parallel Branches
    • Working with Large Data Sources
    • Using Conditions and Switches effectively
    • Implementing Error Checking/Correction

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Wed 12:30 PM – 4:30 pm
    • All
    • Power Apps and Power Automate (Flow)
    • Power Platform
    • Advanced
  • Working with Microsoft Lists

    January 20, 2021 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    Summary

    Join in and learn all you can do with Microsoft Lists - your smart information tracking app in Microsoft 365. See how Lists evolve from SharePoint lists to empower individuals and teams to create, share and track information – including innovation in Microsoft Teams. Lists plus Teams brings it all together to work on your information side-by-side you team conversation. We will teach you how to use and create views, configure conditional formatting, adjust forms and more. Plus, we will highlight no-code and low-code apps leveraging tools from the Power Platform - Power Apps for customizing forms and Power Automate to design complex flows. You will come into this session new to Lists and will leave a list maker.

    Modules

    Introduction
    *What is Microsoft Lists?
    *How does it fit into Microsoft 365 portfolio?
    *How has it evolved from SharePoint lists?
    *Common FAQs

    Creating a list and using ready-made templates
    *Creating personal and team lists
    *Using ready-made templates
    *Starting from scratch, importing from Excel, or using the formatting/schema of an existing list
    *Sharing lists and list items

    Working with Lists in Microsoft Teams
    *Creating a list as a tab in Teams
    *Importing existing lists as tabs in Teams
    *@mentioning – content alongside conversation

    Making a list work for you
    *Using default views (grid, gallery, calendar) and creating custom views
    *Using group by, filtering
    *Adding row and column formatting

    Customizing lists
    *Adding conditional formatting
    *Adding rules for notifications and alerts
    *Working with JSON in columns and forms

    Microsoft Lists and the Power Platform
    *Customizing view and edit forms with Power Apps
    *Designing custom flows with Power Automate

    Roadmap / Resources / CTA
    *Roadmap
    *Resources
    *CTAs and Q&A

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Wed 12:30 PM – 4:30 pm
    • All
    • Microsoft 365
    • Power Apps and Power Automate (Flow)
    • Power Platform
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Power BI for SharePoint Users

    December 4, 2020 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    Summary

    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.

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Fri 12:30 PM – 4:30 pm
    • All
    • Power Platform
    • Introductory and overview
  • Power Apps App Design Patterns

    Part One - December 8, 2020 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET
    Part Two - December 9, 2020 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    Summary

    This is a beginner to intermediate level class meant for makers who have built a few apps using the out-of-box forms and are now interested in improving the UI and UX design patterns to make the app more user-friendly and reduce end-user mistakes.

    We'll build an elegant canvas app to submit, edit and delete data. Our primary focus will be on the design features such as:

    • Adding headers, footers and navigation icons using components,

    • Improving the look and feel of data cards in galleries

    • Pop-up messages

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Tue 12:30 PM – 4:30 pm
    • All
    • Power Apps and Power Automate (Flow)
    • Power Platform
    • Introductory and overview
  • Power BI for SharePoint Users Deep Dive

    December 11, 2020 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    Summary

    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

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Fri 12:30 PM – 4:30 pm
    • All
    • Power Platform
    • Intermediate
  • Power Automate 101

    December 14, 2020 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    Summary

    Microsoft support for SharePoint Designer 2010 style workflows in SharePoint online/M365 ends on November 1st. End of life for 2013 style workflows can't be far behind. Power Automate is now THE tool for SharePoint automation. In this in-depth, demo rich session, we'll explore how Power Automate can be used to automate processes you may have previously accomplished with Designer workflows. We will also walk through examples of functionality never possible with Designer workflows. Along the way, you'll learn tips and tricks to save yourself both time and frustration when developing Flows. Finally, you'll learn how to accomplish SharePoint tasks with Power Automate that may not be available "out of the box". Attend this session and learn how to re-engineer you SharePoint processes using Power Automate.

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Mon 12:30 PM – 4:30 pm
    • All
    • Power Apps and Power Automate (Flow)
    • Power Platform
    • All
  • Moving from SharePoint Designer Workflows to Power Automate

    December 15, 2020 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    Summary

    If you have been wanting to get started creating Flows with Power Automate, this is your chance! In this session, you'll learn:
    What can be done with Flows
    How are Flows different than SharePoint Designer Workflows
    How to create Flows for everyday tasks such as sending automatic reminder emails
    How to create Flows from templates
    The best resources for advancing your Flow skills
    Where to get help
    And more...


    Attend this demo-rich session and start creating Flows with Power Automate today!

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Tue 12:30 PM – 4:30 pm
    • All
    • Power Apps and Power Automate (Flow)
    • Power Platform
    • Intermediate
  • Advanced Power Apps and Power Automate: Workarounds for Common Problems

    Part One - December 16, 2020 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET
    Part Two - December 17, 2020 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    Paul Stork

    Summary

    Spend any amount of time in the Power Platform forums and you will begin to see very similar questions asked over and over again. In this workshop, we will look at some of the most common issues Citizen Developers encounter when trying to develop applications and workflows in the Power Platform. We'll examine each type of problem, analyze why they occur, and provide workarounds that you can use when you encounter them. The workshop will be divided into two parts. In the first we'll concentrate on Power Apps and in the second we'll look at Power Automate.

    Here is a general list of the overall topics we will cover:

    Part One: Power Apps

    • Managing Delegation Warnings
    • Working with Dates and Times
    • Conditional Formatting of data
    • Passing Data to and Retrieving Results from a Flow

    Part Two: Power Automate

    • Using Loops and Parallel Branches
    • Working with Large Data Sources
    • Using Conditions and Switches effectively
    • Implementing Error Checking/Correction

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Wed 12:30 PM – 4:30 pm
    • All
    • Power Apps and Power Automate (Flow)
    • Power Platform
    • Advanced
  • Hands-On: Building Intelligent Enterprise-Grade No-Code Help Desk Bots

    Part One - January 12, 2021 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET
    Part Two - January 13, 2021 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella has said: "Human Language is the new UI layer, bots are like new application". As more and more bots are getting popular in homes and enterprises, the demand for custom bots is increasing at rapid space.

    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 using Power Virtual Agents, 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 are Power Virtual Agents?
    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 enterprise-grade bots?

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Tue 10:30 AM – 2:30 pm
    • All
    • SharePoint
    • Microsoft Teams
    • Development
    • Power Platform
    • Introductory and overview
  • Working with Microsoft Lists

    January 20, 2021 - 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

    Summary

    Join in and learn all you can do with Microsoft Lists - your smart information tracking app in Microsoft 365. See how Lists evolve from SharePoint lists to empower individuals and teams to create, share and track information – including innovation in Microsoft Teams. Lists plus Teams brings it all together to work on your information side-by-side you team conversation. We will teach you how to use and create views, configure conditional formatting, adjust forms and more. Plus, we will highlight no-code and low-code apps leveraging tools from the Power Platform - Power Apps for customizing forms and Power Automate to design complex flows. You will come into this session new to Lists and will leave a list maker.

    Modules

    Introduction
    *What is Microsoft Lists?
    *How does it fit into Microsoft 365 portfolio?
    *How has it evolved from SharePoint lists?
    *Common FAQs

    Creating a list and using ready-made templates
    *Creating personal and team lists
    *Using ready-made templates
    *Starting from scratch, importing from Excel, or using the formatting/schema of an existing list
    *Sharing lists and list items

    Working with Lists in Microsoft Teams
    *Creating a list as a tab in Teams
    *Importing existing lists as tabs in Teams
    *@mentioning – content alongside conversation

    Making a list work for you
    *Using default views (grid, gallery, calendar) and creating custom views
    *Using group by, filtering
    *Adding row and column formatting

    Customizing lists
    *Adding conditional formatting
    *Adding rules for notifications and alerts
    *Working with JSON in columns and forms

    Microsoft Lists and the Power Platform
    *Customizing view and edit forms with Power Apps
    *Designing custom flows with Power Automate

    Roadmap / Resources / CTA
    *Roadmap
    *Resources
    *CTAs and Q&A

    SPFest Virtual Workshops via Teams
    Wed 12:30 PM – 4:30 pm
    • All
    • Microsoft 365
    • Power Apps and Power Automate (Flow)
    • Power Platform
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