Chicago, IL

Intranet & Portals

Tuesday, July 27th 2021, 9:00 am

  • Susan Hanley

    Information Architect, MVP

WRK402 - Introduction to Information Architecture for SharePoint Intranets

If your users can’t find what they need on your intranet, your information architecture (IA) probably needs some work! Modern, intelligent intranets need an effective and intuitive information architecture. In this session, we will introduce the key aspects of intranet IA to help you get started on your IA journey. You will take away practical tips and best practices for planning navigation across the entire intranet and on individual sites and hubs, determining your site structure, creating accessible and readable pages, and using metadata and search to create effective user experiences. We will also cover how Microsoft Viva and Viva Connections should influence your IA planning. Join this session for an overview of the resources you’ll need to architect your modern, intelligent intranet.

Tuesday, July 27th 2021, 9:00 am

  • Sarah Haase

    Microsoft MVP

WRK501 - Plan your SharePoint home sites & hubs with mind-mapping

It's a flat new world in SharePoint. We're supposed to move on from our classic, hierarchical site collections and start building an array of modern sites. But how do we organize our content and intranets in this new world? This half-day workshop takes a deep-dive look at SharePoint home sites and hubs. We'll define what home sites and hubs are, lay the conceptual groundwork for understanding their use, and provide a creative new way of conceptualizing the logical ties between your myriad of flat SharePoint sites. If you have no idea how your organization will start using home sites and hubs, need help understanding how to relate your SharePoint sites together, or want to learn how you can start making sense of your SharePoint sites and content, this is a must-attend workshop. You'll leave with a clear understanding of the new information architecture capabilities being released and learn how to leverage mind-mapping to organize your SharePoint world.

Tuesday, July 27th 2021, 9:00 am

  • Daniel Glenn

    Collaboration Practice Lead @ InfoWorks, Inc., Microsoft MVP

WRK503 - Transform Your Intranet in Less than 4 hours!

To fully utilize the new features in Microsoft 365, you need an intranet that employs the new modern tools. Most organizations do not have the budget for another intranet implementation that may take months or years, and ultimately not be up to date. So how do you implement the new modern features faster, while also having little downtime and gaining the best of what Microsoft has to offer? During this workshop, we will walk through how to take your current intranet to the modern version your users need. Using live demos and plans, you will learn: • How to modernize your classic sites • Hub site planning and management • How to make use of Microsoft 365 Groups for your existing sites • The tricks to using 'site swap' and how to get your new modern intranet at the root of your tenant • How to make the SharePoint Home site a seamless part of your intranet Come ready with your laptop to follow along!

Wednesday, July 28th 2021, 9:50 am

  • Mike Maadarani

    Office 365 MVP, Cloud Solutions Architect, MCM Consulting

INT101 - Build an Intranet with modern SharePoint

Learn how to build a world class Modern Intranet by leveraging Office 365. Intranet should no longer be a single portal with multiple site, but it should span across multiple features and capabilities to deliver the platform you are looking for. Explore how to use Microsoft Teams, Modern SharePoint Team Sites and Communication sites, as well as Hub sites to create this unique modern site that can be glued all together to provide the future of the intranets.

Wednesday, July 28th 2021, 11:10 am

  • Sarah Haase

    Microsoft MVP

INT102 - Getting started with SharePoint home sites and hubs

The intelligent intranet is here! With SharePoint hubs, you can bring together families of related SharePoint sites with news and event rollups, unified branding, and a common navigation experience. Home sites bring your intranet to life with personalized and organizational news, events, conversations, and video. But how do you design an intranet strategy that effectively leverages home sites and hubs? This is your "getting started" guide. In this session, we'll define what home sites and hubs are, explain how they can be used, and give you strategies for implementing them in your organization.

Wednesday, July 28th 2021, 2:00 pm

  • Susan Hanley

    Information Architect, MVP

INT103 - Your Intranet Shopping List: Must Have Capabilities for Your Modern, Intelligent Intranet

If you are shopping for or planning a new intranet, what capabilities do you need to have? What do you need to think about to ensure that you deliver success? How does Microsoft Teams factor into your intranet? What does Viva Connections mean for your intranet? If you are wondering about the answers to these questions and more, this session is for you! We’ll review key concepts, ideas, capabilities, and planning tips to help ensure that your intranet drives value for everyone in the organization.

Thursday, July 29th 2021, 10:30 am

  • Susan Hanley

    Information Architect, MVP

INT202 - Read all about it! Using SharePoint News to Take Employee Engagement to the Next Level

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

Thursday, July 29th 2021, 1:20 pm

  • Eric Overfield

    PixelMill, RD, MVP

INT203 - No User Adoption Without Representation: 10 Steps to Design a SP Portal Your Users Will Use

If you want your employees to adopt and continue to engage with your SharePoint solutions, you must deliver portals that meets their unique needs AND presents the information and tools they require in the most effective way possible. Uncovering your organization’s requirements is crucial and starts by listening to your users. Join us as we walk through the 10 steps to designing a beautiful and effective portal that your team will love to use. Learn how to fine tune the strategic placement of content, hierarchy, personalization, use of out-of-the-box and 3rd party tools, and layout of your sites determines the overall success of your solutions. In this session: • Learn how to uncover your end user’s needs • Understand the role user interface and user experience play in user adoption • Learn the 10 steps for planning and designing a winning SharePoint portal

Thursday, July 29th 2021, 4:20 pm

  • Liz Sundet

    Program Manager - SharePoint/OneDrive

INT205 - Tools and Techniques to create an accessible and inclusive intranet in Office 365

Around 1 in 12 men and 1 in 200 women have some type of color deficiency in their eyesight. Don't find out the hard way when you present an "awesome looking" yet colorful spreadsheet to your CIO and he tells you "I'm colorblind". Are you creating your sites, dashboards and documents that both look good and are accessible to all of your users? Even if you're not color blind or have low vision, there are color choices that just hurt the eyes. Learn how to use the tools available in the UI Fabric Theme Designer and check for accessibility in your color selection for SharePoint Themes and Designs as well as other tools for documents, PowerBI, and other areas of Office 365 to create an inclusive intranet that works for everyone.

Friday, July 30th 2021, 10:40 am

  • Susan Hanley

    Information Architect, MVP

INT302 - Governance Planning for Viva Connections: Best Practices for Intranet and Collaboration

Viva Connections gives you the opportunity to bring your modern, intelligent intranet into the apps and devices your employees already use every day – like Microsoft Teams. But have you planned your intranet with governance in mind? What are the best ways to get started and to ensure that your intranet – delivered in Teams or in the browser – provides a sustainable, useful, and usable experience for everyone in the organization? This session will help you plan and deliver a governance and training experience for your intranet in Viva Connections as well as your collaboration experiences in Microsoft Teams – with practical advice, tips and best practices, and content to help you get started!

Friday, July 30th 2021, 1:00 pm

  • Daniel Glenn

    Collaboration Practice Lead @ InfoWorks, Inc., Microsoft MVP

INT303 - Modern is Now! Transform Your Intranet

Implementing the new modern experience is key to keeping your intranet fresh and relevant with new Microsoft 365 features. What is the best way to implement the new features, make your environment ready for the future of collaboration, and keep your users working with their data without major disruptions? How do you use the new modern SharePoint and Microsoft 365 features with your current intranet? In this session, we will walk through all those questions and show you how to get moving with your intranet remodel. Using demos, you will get the knowledge you need to start transforming your existing intranet. SharePoint Hub sites, Communication sites, root site swap, and modern site improvements will all be demoed to help you bring the 'wow' factor to your intranet.