Chicago, IL

Introductory and overview

Monday, July 26th 2021, 9:00 am

  • Daniel Glenn

    Collaboration Practice Lead @ InfoWorks, Inc., Microsoft MVP

WRK101 - Discover SharePoint & Microsoft 365 - The Ultimate Starter Kit

This one-day workshop aims to demystify SharePoint, Microsoft Teams & Microsoft/Office 365 overall. You often see and hear about them at a high-level overview but never in detail. I 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 Microsoft 365 • Differences from Classic to Modern SharePoint • Microsoft 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 just starting new, come see what you can do. This is your starter kit to ramp up your knowledge of what's in your cloud platform and how it can be leveraged within your organization.

Monday, July 26th 2021, 9:00 am

  • Treb Gatte

    Microsoft MVP, MCP, MCTS, MBA, CEO, Marquee Insights

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.

Monday, July 26th 2021, 9:00 am

  • Daniel Christian

    Microsoft Business Application MVP

WRK203 - Let's build a chat bot together

This beginner-level workshop gives you hands-on experience designing and developing your first Power Virtual Agent chatbot. We start off by first taking a closer look at all the features available and then build two bots, a static bot with all the data manually entered and then a dynamic bot which pulls the data using Power Automate flows. By the end of this workshop you'll have a thorough understanding how it all works and ready to build your own!

Monday, July 26th 2021, 1:30 pm

  • Wes Preston

    TrecStone Owner/Consultant | Microsoft MVP

WRK304 - Intro to Power Apps for Teams, Microsoft Lists, and SharePoint Users

Use Power Apps to build custom business apps, forms, and flexible connections to data. As Microsoft’s successor to InfoPath, bring modern forms capabilities to dozens of data services with M365, Teams, MS Lists, and SharePoint at the top of the list. Power Apps also address business’ demand for mobile apps by creating solutions that work on a variety of devices. Come and learn what power users need to get started with Power Apps. Walk through a variety of scenarios where PowerApps extends or integrates with SharePoint and Teams. - Replace existing SharePoint forms with embedded Power Apps forms - Connect Power Apps to MS Lists and SharePoint list data - Create Power Apps from SharePoint data - Explore Power Apps capabilities and options - Discuss business solutions and approaches using Power Apps, Teams, MS Lists, SharePoint and the Microsoft stack as well as pointers on what to use when. Note: Power Apps integrates directly with Teams, MS Lists, SharePoint Online, and other cloud-based platforms and can also be used with later versions of on-premises SharePoint using gateways.

Tuesday, July 27th 2021, 9:00 am

  • Mark Rackley

    MVP, CSO at PAIT Group and SharePoint Hillbilly
  • Stephanie Donahue

    PAIT Group, Owner - MVP, RD

WRK401 - Becoming a master Power User in SharePoint and Office 365

Join Mark Rackley and Stephanie Donahue for a day 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 full-day 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 Microsoft Power Automate workflows • Learning Dashboards with PowerBI connected to SharePoint

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

  • Paul Papanek Stork

    Don't Pa..Panic Consulting, Owner - MVP, MBA, MCSM
  • Scott Shearer

    SharePoint, Flow and Office 365 Evangelist and Microsoft MVP

WRK502 - Hands-On Power Automate Workshop - Fundamental

Power Automate/Flow is the successor to SharePoint Designer workflow and the future of process automation for SharePoint. While it 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. 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 .***

Tuesday, July 27th 2021, 9:00 am

  • Liz Sundet

    Program Manager - SharePoint/OneDrive

WRK505 - Mastering Microsoft Teams

Teams has been designed for teamwork and flexibility, powered by the Microsoft cloud to bring together the best of Office 365 into a single workspace for working with people, managing conversations, maintaining files, and integrating Office 365 applications and now even your corporate intranet with Viva Connections. As a result, everyone has instant access to everything they need for a successful collaboration. With great features come great questions and this workshop will cover how to plan, implement, and master Microsoft Teams. Be prepared for an overview of Microsoft Teams, examples of how to get started with Microsoft Teams, best practices for managing different scenarios, and how SharePoint and OneDrive for Business interact with Microsoft Teams. We’ll cover how to plan, deliver, and operate Microsoft Teams for: Groups, meetings, notes, DLP, Roles and Permissions & Monitoring Usage and Quality. If your organization is currently considering deploying or just starting your journey to Microsoft Teams, this workshop is for you as we'll consider everything from A to Z.

Wednesday, July 28th 2021, 9:50 am

  • Owen Allen

    Sr. Product Manager, Managed Security Services

CM101 - To Folder or Not to Folder. Struggle continues in Modern SharePoint.

Have you been steering people away from using folders in SharePoint? Or are you just downright tired of hearing yet another reason for using metadata? The use of folders has long been a contentious battle in the world of SharePoint collaboration. They have their benefits and their drawbacks. So, what’s the right approach? Find out which could work best for you and your organization. Explore how to fully utilize modern SharePoint in SharePoint Online & SharePoint Server 2019. In this session, we will take the modern Document Library for a spin, showcasing features for document management and collaboration.

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, 9:50 am

  • Liz Sundet

    Program Manager - SharePoint/OneDrive

BI101 - Getting started learning Power BI

You've heard people say Power BI is awesome. You've seen lots of reports and think, wow, I wish I could produce that. Or, maybe you're just curious what all the fuss is about. Come learn where to get started with PowerBI from the vocabulary to how to connect data together. We will cover the basics as well as creating dynamic reports that will be sure to impress any executive.

Wednesday, July 28th 2021, 9:50 am

  • Marky Roden

    Director @PSCGroup

PWR100 - Bring Citizen Developers back to the enterprise with Power Automate Governance

Over the last few years, the term "Citizen Developers" has come to represent those users who, when stifled by IT policies, have ventured out on their own and started to use non-sanctioned SaaS services to help get their jobs done. Often times, what they are trying to achieve isn't complex, it just isn’t possible or cost effective internally. Using a governed Power Automate environment, we are able to create an environment whereby users are empowered to self-enable and automate their processes. Users should be able to create many of those automations which they would otherwise be restricted from. In this presentation Mark will review the current state of Power Automate governance from an Enterprise perspective and present a vision for enabling users to be able to use the platform, while ensuring IT policies and good practices are followed.

Wednesday, July 28th 2021, 9:50 am

  • William Huneycutt

    ASPE Training | Upskill Tech

ONE101 - I didn't know you could do that with OneDrive!

OneDrive for Business is the Microsoft cloud storage service that comes with Office 365 or SharePoint Server. With OneDrive, you can securely store all your files in one place, share them with others, and get to them from anywhere. But did you know that OneDrive can sync SharePoint document libraries using the new and improved OneDrive sync client on both Windows and Mac OS X? Or you can move and copy files quickly and easily with metadata between OneDrive and SharePoint? Or that you can securely share content with users both internally and externally to your organization? How would you like to be able to work with a colleague on the same file, at the same time, in real time? Or perhaps you'd like to use a workflow for content in your OneDrive? Join me in this interactive, hands-on session where I demonstrate the new features that you should be aware of when working with OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online.

Wednesday, July 28th 2021, 9:50 am

  • Asif Rehmani

    CEO at VisualSP, MVP

OFF101 - Revive your SharePoint Intranet inside Teams through Microsoft Viva Connections

You've had licenses of Microsoft Teams and SharePoint, but until now they have been two different areas that users go to. Not anymore! With Viva connections, you can bring it all together. Present the goodness of everything your SharePoint intranet site has to offer directly through Microsoft Teams using Viva Connections. This session will show you what Viva Connections is, why you should care, exactly how you can implement it in your organization and best practices on how to onboard users on this new employee experience.

Wednesday, July 28th 2021, 9:50 am

  • Prashant G Bhoyar

    Microsoft AI MVP, Solution Architect at Withum

AZR101 - Introduction to AI and Cognitive Services for Microsoft 365 Devs 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 advantages of the 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, July 28th 2021, 9:50 am

  • Wes Preston

    TrecStone Owner/Consultant | Microsoft MVP

PWR101 - Intro to Power Apps for Microsoft Teams and SharePoint

If you create business solutions with SharePoint lists; If you surface information and solutions via Microsoft Teams or SharePoint; If you're concerned with the potential complexity of Power Apps: This session will show why Power Apps should be considered part of your toolset. We will cover: • Simple extensions of the SharePoint list experience with Power Apps • How to take data from SharePoint lists to Teams and mobile experiences • Power Apps examples that bring immediate value but set the stage for further enhancements

Wednesday, July 28th 2021, 9:50 am

  • Derek Cash-Peterson

    Principal Architect - Sympraxis Consulting

DEV101 - Design 101 for Developers

Do your web parts stick out on the page like a sore thumb? Are your designers asking for “a little more air” between elements? In this session we will talk about some basic design/user experience methodologies for developers to consider when building custom components for SharePoint. We will look at what makes a good user experience and how to think about responsive design. We will speak about web accessibility and why it’s important to keep this front of mind while writing your code, and we will explore how to make your web parts fit in visually to the M365 ecosystem. After this session you will leave with a better understanding of how user experience and development go hand in hand and be armed with the UX methodologies to improve the design and integration into SharePoint for your custom components and get to the heart of the issues they bring up.

Wednesday, July 28th 2021, 11:10 am

  • Jeff Willinger

    Chief Inspiration Officer

CM102 - Microsoft Viva Playbook: (Almost) Everything You Need to Know on Viva Connections & Topics

Viva is Microsoft’s new sweetheart and on all organizations ‘to do’ list. This session will kickstart your strategy and deployment…Viva applies AI to empower people with knowledge and expertise in the apps they use every day, and to connect, manage and protect content across systems and teams. We will discuss: • Turn content into usable knowledge • Use AI to reason over your organization’s data and automatically identify, process, and organize content • Organize knowledge into topic pages • Enable your organization’s experts to share and refine knowledge through curated topic pages, automatically generated and updated by AI • Make knowledge easy to discover and use • Deliver timely, relevant topic cards in the apps people use every day

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, 11:10 am

  • Jason Himmelstein

    Microsoft MVP & Microsoft Regional Director
  • John White

    MVP, Scuba Diver and Business Intelligence guy. CTO with tyGraph

BI102 - Your guide to understanding Power BI

Struggling to understand what Power BI choices are the right ones to make? Confused by the licensing so much that trying to make heads or tails of how to get your project started is a step too far to think of taking? Join us for this introduction to the wonderful world of Power BI. We will begin with understanding the real world decisions around licensing, discuss & demo the options for doing reporting, and finish with dashboards & sharing. If you are beginning your journey into the Power BI world, this is the session for you. We will set you up for success throughout the rest of the conference and help you look to drive your business using data.

Wednesday, July 28th 2021, 11:10 am

  • Craig Jahnke

    Office 365 Architect and Collaboration Evangelist @Microsoft - Always keep learning...

TMS102 - Getting Started with Teams Live Events

Microsoft 365 live events bring live video streaming to a new level, encouraging connection throughout the entire engagement life cycle with attendees before, during, and after live events. You can create a live event wherever your audience, team, or community resides, using Microsoft Stream, Teams, or Yammer. This session helps you understand what Teams Live Events are, how to plan for them, and how to get started using them.

Wednesday, July 28th 2021, 11:10 am

  • Virgil Carroll

    Principal Human Solutions Architect, MCT

SRC102 - There's a search for that: Understanding your options to improve your search strategy

Search, search, search and more search. For every search scenario, there is a search application, whether you are on-premise or Office 365. Join Virgil Carroll as he breaks down the latest updates to the various search applications that are available and help you navigate through the opportunities and challenges of each. In the end, you should have a better understanding of your options and be able to make a more informed decision.

Wednesday, July 28th 2021, 11:10 am

  • Bob German

    Building Solutions at Microsoft with Office 365 and Microsoft Azure

TMD102 - Microsoft Teams Applications for Everybody

Everybody knows that Teams is a great collaboration tool, however many people don't realize that Teams is also a powerful development platform. By supplementing Teams' built-in features with your own, you can build powerful collaborative applications and bring existing cloud applications under Teams' "single pane of glass". In this demo-filled session, you'll learn the architecture behind Teams, and see what kinds of solutions are possible and how they bring business value. We'll explore low-code/no-code solutions as well as fully coded ones, and discuss reuse opportunities to bring everything from a SharePoint page to an Azure Bot into Teams. Don't miss this opportunity to learn what's possible using Teams as an application platform!

Wednesday, July 28th 2021, 11:10 am

  • Mark Rackley

    MVP, CSO at PAIT Group and SharePoint Hillbilly

DEV102 - Converting your CEWP Customizations to the SharePoint Framework

The SharePoint Framework is coming. Are you preparing? What are you going to do with all those customizations you created by putting script on a page using a Content Editor Web Part? Tabs, Sliders, Charts, Graphs, DataTables, Reports! Is all of that going to work in the new SharePoint Framework??? Never fear, well... fear less! Join Mark Rackley as he walks you through the step by step process for converting a legacy solution built using JavaScript and a Content Editor Web Part to a SharePoint Framework Client Web Part. In this session attendees will learn: • What is the SPFx and what does it mean? • How to create an SPFx solution without having to learn TypeScript! • How to overcome common obstacles and hurdles for creating SPFx Client Web Parts.

Wednesday, July 28th 2021, 11:10 am

  • Stacy Deere-Strole

    Solutions Architect, MVP

ADM102 - Governance is Not An Option

 Random things we all typically hear when it comes to Governance… · Not on top of the list right now · Not in the budget · We’ll get to it later · Not really seeing the need…   I have yet to hear 1 valid reason as to why Governance should not be completed, maintained, or approved in budgets.  Governance really is not an option in any organization if you want your processes and procedures followed by employees.  Each time I have been involved in a project where governance was put on the back burner there have been issues with not knowing what other departments processes were, building themselves into a corner, not meeting service level agreements, and the list goes on and on.  If there is no one source of truth in how all the functions of the business run, how are you ever going to build a solid foundation and keep it running at the level it needs to run so that your organization can be successful?  In this session we will review what governance is, how it can be useful, how you can get started, maintain it, and most importantly how to get it approved!

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.

Wednesday, July 28th 2021, 2:00 pm

  • Tom Resing

    Content designer @ Microsoft focused on M365

PWR103 - 10 ways modern libraries can make you more efficient

Modern lists and libraries have been around for a few years now and they are constantly getting updated. Are you taking advantage of all the productivity gains that are built in to the new experience? Microsoft Senior Content Developer Tom Resing, an MCM and former MVP, will walk you through at least 10 ways he's seen the modern experience help others like you. Includes plenty of demos and resources to take away.

Wednesday, July 28th 2021, 2:00 pm

  • Drew Madelung

    Cloud Architect, MVP

ONE103 - What’s New with OneDrive for Business

Have you seen all the new features in OneDrive for Business lately? Are you getting ready to roll-out OneDrive to your enterprise? Or are you just looking to see what you’re missing if you aren’t on OneDrive yet? OneDrive for Business in Office 365 is changing quickly and we as end-users and IT professionals need to try keep up. Join me as we walk through the newest improvements to the world of OneDrive for Business in Office 365. This session will be demo filled and by the end you will see the investment and dedication that Microsoft has to provide a solid personal file solution.

Wednesday, July 28th 2021, 2:00 pm

  • Craig Jahnke

    Office 365 Architect and Collaboration Evangelist @Microsoft - Always keep learning...
  • Jay Leask

    Strategic Lead & Principal Solutions Engineer

ADM103 - How to Ensure a Seamless Hybrid SharePoint Environment

Your agency isn't ready to go all-in with Office 365, but you know it's coming - you are NOT alone: while Office 365 use is skyrocketing, even across the government, the reality is that many agencies are are planning a hybrid SharePoint deployment, not 100% cloud. A hybrid architecture does pose challenges for creating a seamless experience for your IT admins, users and entire organization. You must balance reporting, compliance and administration between on-premise and online components. Join AvePoint Principal Solution Engineer Jay Leask and Microsoft Premier Field Engineer Craig Jahnke as they share best practices for hybrid deployments including: - Addressing administration complexity - Removing silos and connecting to legacy data - Minimizing organizational disruption - Comparison of SharePoint 2013, 2016, and 2019 hybrid capabilities

Wednesday, July 28th 2021, 3:20 pm

  • Matt Lavieri

    Manager in Protiviti's Cloud Practice

OFF104 - Driving Adoption through Microsoft 365 Learning Pathways

This session provides an introduction to the Microsoft 365 Learning Pathways training portal and how it can be used to provide always up to date training material to users inside your O365 Tenant. We will review how to provision the module using PnP Provisioning and show how to customize the portal to your organization's needs. The session will also show you how you can drive users to Learning Pathways through the creation of a custom help tile and how you can embed this training content into Teams and across SharePoint Online.

Wednesday, July 28th 2021, 3:20 pm

  • Christina Wheeler

    Principal Solution Architect & Trainer, MVP

TMD104 - Introducing new Developer App Templates for Microsoft Teams

Building an app from scratch for Teams can be a time-consuming effort which is why Microsoft launched App Templates. App Templates are fully built Teams apps that are open-sourced and housed in their Office Dev GitHub link. The benefits of these app templates is that you don't have to be a developer to deploy them and for those who are developers you can customize the code to fit your needs. In this session, we'll walk through the key concepts of what custom apps can be deployed for Teams as well as demonstrate 4 of the Microsoft pre-built apps: • Attendance app (Power App) • Book-a-room bot • Custom Stickers App Template • HR Support App Template

Thursday, July 29th 2021, 9:00 am

  • Tom Resing

    Content designer @ Microsoft focused on M365

BV201 - Microsoft Viva Topics and SharePoint Syntex in plain English

Microsoft 365 incorporates some amazing technology with Project Cortex. Sometimes, it can be hard to translate some of the technical jargon to plain English. Join Microsoft Senior Technical Writer Tom Resing as he breaks down terms like knowledge mining, form processing, document understanding and machine teaching. Learn how you can solve business problems through applying the technology with a focus on the language that helps you understand and helps you explain to others.

Thursday, July 29th 2021, 9:00 am

  • Christina Wheeler

    Principal Solution Architect & Trainer, MVP

BI201 - Standardizing Power BI Reports with Custom Themes & Templates

Power BI is powerful. Not only does it have an amazing set of visuals you can use out-of-the-box it also provides the ability to apply report themes and create templates. There are a set of themes already provided however most of the time organizations have corporate colors they want to use for their reports and want a standardized template. In this session, you will learn the following: • Using visual elements to enhance your Power BI report • Displaying images in a table, matrix and slicer • Creating visual appealing tooltips based on report pages in Power BI Desktop • Creating and applying custom report themes • Extracting and re-using custom themes from existing reports • Creating and using report templates

Thursday, July 29th 2021, 9:00 am

  • Stacy Deere-Strole

    Solutions Architect, MVP

PWR201 - Cool & Exciting Ways to Use Forms to Engage Users

Many believe the new Microsoft Forms is the replacement for InfoPath and other form tools. However, that could not be further from the truth and I am so glad that it is. The new Microsoft Forms can increase user engagement by creating a fun and easy way to get users to provide information and learn about their company. Forms is not only the new survey replacement but it has an additional type of form called Quiz, yes I said Quiz!!! Excited yet? I know I am, as many individuals will take a quiz or fill out a survey if there is a competition involved andor some type of reward. Forms brings all of that to the table and more! Forms has created an engaging results overview and an option to post the results of your quizzes. Who doesn’t like to see their name at the top of a scoreboard? If you’re an organization that has external consultants, partners, clients, etc. well no fear as you can set surveys & quizzes to be internal only or allow for external users to participate. Just think of ALL the possibilities! Come join this session and let’s explore the many ways Microsoft Forms can help improve user engagement throughout your entire organization and who doesn’t love easy User Adoption methods!!

Thursday, July 29th 2021, 9:00 am

  • Sarah Haase

    Microsoft MVP

FLO201 - Your mobile lifeline: Leveraging Power Automate buttons to drive productivity

It's time to work smarter. With the Power Automate mobile app, you can build and execute push-button workflows that automate everyday tasks and transform your Digital Workplace experience. Need to quickly block your calendar for an impromptu meeting? Or send an automated email to your team letting them know you'll be working from home today? With flow buttons, you can start your workflows on-the-go with a single button click. This practical how-to session introduces button flows, showing how easy it is to create push-button flows for everyday Digital Workplace needs. You'll see examples of 4 easy-to-build flows and learn how the Power Automate app can greatly improve your mobile workplace experience.

Thursday, July 29th 2021, 9:00 am

  • Bob German

    Building Solutions at Microsoft with Office 365 and Microsoft Azure

TMS201 - SharePoint and Teams, Better Together

The advent of Microsoft Teams has caused confusion for some, who wonder if SharePoint Team sites are still relevant and whether they, or Teams, will prevail as the teamwork tool of choice. The answer is that it's not either/or, but both! This session will demonstrate all of the integration points between SharePoint and Teams, and provide ideas on how to use them. You'll learn about the storage architecture, and how SharePoint and OneDrive help to make Teams secure, compliant, and also convenient. You'll also learn how SharePoint and Teams each relate to Office 365 Groups, and how to set security between a Team and its underlying files. You'll even learn how to bring SharePoint pages into Teams with no development needed! Join in and learn to use these two amazing collaboration tools together!

Thursday, July 29th 2021, 9:00 am

  • Mark Rackley

    MVP, CSO at PAIT Group and SharePoint Hillbilly

TMD201 - It’s Time to Modernize Your Company FAQ with a No-Code Bot in Microsoft Teams

The thought of creating a bot may sound like a daunting task to anyone without a technical background. I know as a developer when I was tasked with writing a Question and Answer bot I was apprehensive as to what all it would entail. It turns out the process is extremely simple and requires no technical abilities whatsoever. In fact, after creating the bot it struck me that the Question and Answer bot is the ideal bot to replace your company’s FAQ. We all have them. Frequently Asked Questions. Have you ever found a FAQ usable though? It’s a lot of search and reading and unless you search for the exact right keyword then you may not even find what you are looking for. Attend this session and learn: • How ANYONE can create a QnA Bot and deploy it to Teams • How to source FAQ information from spreadsheets, web pages, and other sources • How to take advantage of AI Cognitive Services to determine user intent when they ask questions • ALL without writing a line of code! It’s time that you modernize your company’s FAQ

Thursday, July 29th 2021, 9:00 am

  • Craig Jahnke

    Office 365 Architect and Collaboration Evangelist @Microsoft - Always keep learning...
  • Jay Leask

    Strategic Lead & Principal Solutions Engineer

ADM201 - The Fun of a Modern SharePoint Migration

Many companies are considering moving their file shares to Office 365 and the new Modern SharePoint Online, While this creates opportunities for the company to be more productive and manage their data, Modern SharePoint migrations has its unique considerations and constraints. Come to this session to learn tips, tricks, and gotchas while migrating to Modern SharePoint Online.

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, 10:30 am

  • Asif Rehmani

    CEO at VisualSP, MVP

TMS202 - Provide learning in the flow of work within Microsoft Teams through Viva Learning

Microsoft Viva Learning provides a one stop shop for your users to consume all the learning you want them to have access to, right within Microsoft Teams. Provide your learners access to your internal as well as external learning materials all in one place and within the flow of their work directly within Microsoft Teams. In this session, I will talk about all different aspects of Viva Learning including licensing, benefits, gotchas to be aware of and everything in between. I will also show you exactly how you can implement it within your organization so you can get started right away.

Thursday, July 29th 2021, 10:30 am

  • Virgil Carroll

    Principal Human Solutions Architect, 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.

Thursday, July 29th 2021, 10:30 am

  • Derek Cash-Peterson

    Principal Architect - Sympraxis Consulting

TMD202 - Creating Custom Applications in Teams Using the SharePoint Framework

Teams is a powerful collaboration tool, SharePoint Framework is a powerful development framework. Learn how to create a SharePoint Framework WebPart and have it be usable in Teams. Create a Teams aware WebPart and see a real world example of reading and writing data to SharePoint through Teams. Users will learn how to create a SharePoint framework web part that can run in a Teams Tab, learn how to access Teams data, and work with other Office 365 tools.

Thursday, July 29th 2021, 12:40 pm

  • Yarin Negri

    Marketing manager at CardioLog Analytics

SOL02 - NexGen Visualized Data for SharePoint/Office 365

This video will showcase how CardioLog Analytics helped a manufacturing organization surge its adoption rates, engagement levels, and collaborative efforts. By leveraging CardioLog Analytics, the organization, Nordson, was able to identify the most useful resources for users and help them make them more accessible for users. CardioLog Analytics's will also showcase our latest release, Augmented Analytics. Augmented Analytics uses NexGen Visualized Data to pinpoint problematic areas on the Sharepoint Page so administrators can take action based on the data to improve the platform and drive consumption.

Thursday, July 29th 2021, 1:20 pm

  • Mike Fitzmaurice

    VP - North America, WEBCON

FLO203 - Building Business Processes that Can & Will Evolve: Product-Neutral Principles

Far more than data management apps, workflow solutions need to factor in the need for frequent change. You should expect even the best-designed models and applications to be regularly modified -- and that's a good thing. This has an impact on how to design processes, how to create forms and reports, how to connect to external data, and how to maintain internal data. This session will talk about reasons why workflow solutions need to be modified so often, why you should embrace this, and strategies and tactics for addressing it. Its advice can be applied to Microsoft Power Automate (Flow), SharePoint Designer, WEBCON BPS, FireStart, Nintex, K2, or most anything else.

Thursday, July 29th 2021, 1:20 pm

  • William Huneycutt

    ASPE Training | Upskill Tech

OFF203 - Real World No-Code Solutions Built with Office 365 & SharePoint Online

SharePoint Online combined with Office 365 is a powerful platform that can empower business users to create no code solutions to effectively handle daily business processes. In this session, we'll explore three solutions built using SharePoint to showcase these awesome capabilities. A site based solution using hub sites, communication sites, and team sites to build an intranet for publishing corporate policies and procedures. A custom list in SharePoint with Power Apps and Power Automate (Flow) for a simple, but powerful solution using forms and workflows for approval and publishing processing. A document library based solution using with Microsoft Forms and Power Automate (Flow) for building reports. This session is designed to showcase the capabilities of SharePoint Online and Office 365 to inspire you to start building your own custom business solutions.

Thursday, July 29th 2021, 2:40 pm

  • Jeff Willinger

    Chief Inspiration Officer

CM204 - Migration Strategies 101: Quick Tips To Make Your Move To Microsoft 365 EASY

If You Fail To Plan, Plan To Fail! Your organization will be moving content. It is not IF, but WHEN. Having a strategy around how and what to keep will be paramount to a successful migration as well as: Inventory source environments with detailed discovery and pre-scan, to inform your migration project planning – including required mappings, prioritization, and content or customizations requiring re-work. Easily transfer content—granularly or in bulk—from legacy repositories to SharePoint and Microsoft 365 with a simple point-and-click interface. Flexible job scheduling can maintain coexistence, and reduce time to value of your new environment. Migrate large quantities of content from file systems, Documentum, Filenet, Livelink, SharePoint Server, or other legacy ECM systems to Microsoft 365 quickly and easily, to overcome throttling limitations and accelerate your cutover to the cloud.

Thursday, July 29th 2021, 2:40 pm

  • Treb Gatte

    Microsoft MVP, MCP, MCTS, MBA, CEO, Marquee Insights

BI204 - SharePoint, Teams and Power BI Integration Strategies

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

Friday, July 30th 2021, 9:00 am

  • John Peluso

    Microsoft Regional Director

CM301 - Protection and Retention of Office 365 Content- The MIP Primer

Microsoft has been making the case that your content is safer and better managed in the cloud—but what, specifically are they doing about it? In this session we’ll deep dive into Microsoft Information Protection (MIP), understanding what it is, how it works, and where it came from. Specifically, we’ll cover Sensitivity Labels (Azure Information Protection), and Retention Labels (Advanced Data Governance) and along the way, learn what they have in common, what the differences are, and set you on a practical course for how to use them effectively.

Friday, July 30th 2021, 9:00 am

  • Jay Leask

    Strategic Lead & Principal Solutions Engineer

BV301 - Microsoft Teams, Office 365 Groups, SharePoint, Yammer...What Should I Use, and When?

For today's fast-paced, mobile-driven, and globally dispersed workplace, Microsoft offers tons of great ways to effectively communicate and collaborate. But which tools are right for your organisation? Solutions like Microsoft Teams, Office 365 Groups, Yammer, Skype for Business, SharePoint, OneDrive for Business, PowerApps, and Microsoft Flow all offer something unique to your business. In this interactive session, you will gain practical guidance on finding the right tools to facilitate efficient communications and collaboration both inside and outside the walls of your organisation. You'll also learn how to drive adoption and keep your chosen solution under control. Learn from Arriva Sweden and get ready to walk away with the ability to chart a productive and pragmatic collaboration approach that delivers immediate and lasting value to your modern workplace.

Friday, July 30th 2021, 9:00 am

  • Jason Himmelstein

    Microsoft MVP & Microsoft Regional Director
  • John White

    MVP, Scuba Diver and Business Intelligence guy. CTO with tyGraph

BI301 - Telling data stories with Power BI

Struggling to make your data tell the story that you know is hiding in there? Sick of staring at static spreadsheets and wishing that there was a way to visualize things so that the data could speak for itself? Are you tired of doing the same analytical motions over & over again instead of being able to use a repeatable process that will give you time back to do your actual job? Welcome to the wonderful world of Power BI where all of these things are achievable. In this session you will learn powerful ways of making your data come to life using Power BI Desktop & the Power BI Service. Whether your data is stored in a Microsofty way in Excel, SQL Server, SharePoint Online lists, CSV files on some old file server, you will learn to unlock the data within & bring to life the stories hidden in the data.

Friday, July 30th 2021, 9:00 am

  • Mark Rackley

    MVP, CSO at PAIT Group and SharePoint Hillbilly

PWR301 - Better looking list views using the column formatter

Modern list views are great, but visually? They are kind of meh to be honest. No style, no color, low business impact. Users need to be able to quickly find what they are looking for and identify critical tasks, plus everyone likes visual indicators. Well, using the column formatter, users can customize modern list views. They can color code field based on date or status, create clickable actions, add simple icons, or create more complicated visualizations. Attend this fast paced 20 minute session on the column formatter to: • Understand what’s possible with the column formatter and what the different properties mean • How to get started implementing simple customizations • Where to go to get samples of more complex customizations

Friday, July 30th 2021, 9:00 am

  • Mike Fitzmaurice

    VP - North America, WEBCON

FLO301 - Which Tool is Right for Which Business Process and/or Automation Requirements

Power Automate is a great fit for many automation problems. But there's more than one kind of automation problem, and some business process solutions require more than just automation. Some automation problems 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. There's also a whole class of applications that focus on much more than automated activity, factoring in roles, assets, user interfaces, security, task logistics, strategy and tactics, and more. We'll talk about that, too. 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.

Friday, July 30th 2021, 9:00 am

  • Liz Sundet

    Program Manager - SharePoint/OneDrive

TMS301- Case Study: Using Microsoft Teams for Adult Learning

The State of Minnesota College and University Systems went to Office 365 and with that, the capability of using Teams for student collaboration and sharing of files for learning. Join us to find out what was done at Rochester Community and Technical College in conjunction with students from Mayo Clinic using Teams for everything from Question of the day to sharing presentations and learning from each other.

Friday, July 30th 2021, 9:00 am

  • Adam Ochs

    Office 365 Advisory Services Lead Technician

OFF301 - Empower yourself and your team with these Office Suite Tips and Tricks

Consulting Enterprise organizations around the world, I noticed that even some of the more advanced users of the Office Suite often had trouble keeping up with amazing new features and tools that can truly take users to a much more productive place. In this session, we will take a hands on look into some of the most powerful and easy to access tips and tricks for OneNote, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and the OneDrive application that can take your productivity to the next level. There will be no formal Slidedeck presentation here, role up your sleeves and follow along on your own laptop, or watch as I demo from mine. Microsoft has added so many great features, shortcuts, and tips and tricks throughout the Office Suite, many of which go unused and unnoticed by even advanced users and organizations.

Friday, July 30th 2021, 9:00 am

  • Derek Cash-Peterson

    Principal Architect - Sympraxis Consulting

DEV301 - Global Navigation using SPFX

Has your organization moved beyond hub site navigation? Do you need to have a unified navigation scheme across all your SharePoint sites regardless of hub site affiliation that works on Classic and Modern? In this developer session we will walk through leveraging the PnP Dev Extensions as a starting point for creating a global navigation component that is mobile friendly, accessible, and works on Classic and Modern. In this session, we will talk about the different options available for data storage and content updates. We will review the code needed for the navigation and review deployment options. Get a kick start on your new navigation project!

Friday, July 30th 2021, 10:40 am

  • Stephanie Donahue

    PAIT Group, Owner - MVP, RD

CM302 - Taming the Hoarders...Organizing Users who Keep Everything!

Email, file shares, documents, legacy systems, metadata…..it can be overwhelming. Whether you are planning a brand new SharePoint implementation, migrating from another system, or supporting the SharePoint site you already have, this presentation will help you get (and stay) organized. I will take you through some tips and tricks for organizing even the most challenging users in SharePoint: • Learn about locations that users typically hoard save their data • Learn methods to help difficult users adopt SharePoint • Review easy ways to plan your site architecture • Discuss training methods that will increase user engagement

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

  • Asif Rehmani

    CEO at VisualSP, MVP

BV303 - 5 steps to driving sustainable SharePoint and Office 365 adoption

Why do so many people resist changing their ways? It's not because SharePoint or Office 365 is a bad platform (quite the contrary actually), it's because of their past experiences with change in technology. Change Management is hard. No doubt about it! In this session, we will talk about the 5 proven things You can do to make your users fall in Love with Office 365 and drive end user adoption of the platform.

Friday, July 30th 2021, 2:20 pm

  • Treb Gatte

    Microsoft MVP, MCP, MCTS, MBA, CEO, Marquee Insights

BI304 - Managing Goal Status and OKRs using Power BI Goals and SharePoint

Greatly improve the speed of your decision making by using Power BI Goals and SharePoint together to get relevant information easily. This session will introduce the new Power BI Goals functionality, discuss what are Goals and Objective and Key Results(OKR) metrics, show you how to set up your metrics using data from SharePoint for automatic updating.

Friday, July 30th 2021, 2:20 pm

  • Craig Jahnke

    Office 365 Architect and Collaboration Evangelist @Microsoft - Always keep learning...

BV304 - Intro to Viva Insights and Workplace Analytics

Learn how Viva Insights can help you create a culture where people and business thrive through the power of MyAnalytics and Workplace Analytics. Viva Insights can use your most powerful dataset using insights from everyday work in Microsoft 365 to help you discover opportunities to optimize business processes and identify patterns that lead to success. This session will show you how you can measure the impact on business outcomes throughout a continuous cycle of discovery and change.