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Special Topics

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

  • Adam Ochs

    Office 365 Advisory Services Lead Technician

ADM101 - Azure Sentinel - An Overview and Deployment Guide to the Cloud Based SIEM

Azure Sentinel is Microsoft new cloud based SIEM. Join me for this 70 min technical discussion where we take a look at how Sentinel works, walk through the setup and configuration, and look at some of the free services you can integrate today! Bring your laptop, and work along with Adam as we configure what is needed to get Sentinel up and working in your system today. Sentinel is like a wonderful tiered cake, with more to discover at each tier! We will explore from the entry level log ingestion, all the way up to automation with Log analytics, covering everything from workbooks and hunting in-between!

Wednesday, July 28th 2021, 1:10 pm

  • Bob German

    Building Solutions at Microsoft with Office 365 and Microsoft Azure
  • Cathy Dew

    Senior Program Manager, Microsoft
  • Craig Jahnke

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

    Principal Product Manager Lead for Yammer
  • Frank Migacz

    Cloud Architect at the Microsoft Technology Center
  • Liz Sundet

    Program Manager - SharePoint/OneDrive
  • Raj Krishnan

    Microsoft Corporation; Cloud Solution Architect
  • Tom Resing

    Content designer @ Microsoft focused on M365

AMA - Ask Microsoft Anything

Join us for an interactive Q&A with Microsoft speakers about SharePoint, OneDrive, Microsoft Teams, Power Platform, Azure and Yammer. Bring your best questions.

Wednesday, July 28th 2021, 2:00 pm

  • Raj Krishnan

    Microsoft Corporation; Cloud Solution Architect

OFF103 - Supply Chain automation with Power Apps and AI Builder

Tracking multiple activities or processes from end to end accurately and navigate through them at various stages is a common supply chain challenge in manufacturing. In this session we will discuss how to leverage Power Platform, AI Builder and Office 365 to track an end to process toward the completion of assembly of products. We leverage QR Code, Form Recognizer and factory floor data collection application to build the solution.

Wednesday, July 28th 2021, 2:00 pm

  • Liz Sundet

    Program Manager - SharePoint/OneDrive

SPT103 - Deploying Microsoft Viva Connections

Viva Connections is the gateway to the other Microsoft Viva products that works to engage your employees where they are doing their work, within Microsoft Teams. Come and learn about the Microsoft Viva suite of products, learn the pre-requisites to deploying Viva Connections and finally walk through demos of the product as it stands today. You will also learn about the roadmap features that are coming out over the summer of 2021 and what to expect and where to get started with card extensions to develop dashboards. This workshop will include something for everyone from IT Pros to Developers to Corporate Communications.

Wednesday, July 28th 2021, 3:20 pm

  • Brian Alderman

    Microsoft MVP, MCT, Author, Speaker

ADM104 - Configuring SQL Server for Optimal SharePoint Performance

Performing a default installation of SQL Server that will be hosting your SharePoint content can have a huge impact on your SharePoint deployment's performance. The SQL Server default installation has more than six settings that can negatively impact the performance of SharePoint if they aren't addressed either during the installation of SQL Server, or shortly after the installation of SQL Server. The SQL Server deployment options, or configuration options, that need to be addressed include: • Type of SQL Server instance • SQL Server instance settings • System database settings In this session, we are going to discuss, explore, and configure these SQL Server settings to ensure your SharePoint deployment is running efficiently and your organization is not losing productivity because of a poorly configured SQL Server instance.

Wednesday, July 28th 2021, 4:40 pm

  • Stephanie Donahue

    PAIT Group, Owner - MVP, RD

TMS106 - How To use Microsoft Teams for Project Management

If you’re like most organizations, you’ve tried countless project management tools. Microsoft Project? Overkill. SharePoint Task list? Not enough. Third party tools? Expensive. Now that you’ve been using Office 365 for a little while , you might be curious about using Teams to help manage your project content, but you aren’t sure where to get started or what capabilities are there. Come to this session to learn about how to: • Create and manage teams with internal and external participants • Create repeatable templates using Teams templates, site scripts and site designs • Use Hubs to manage active vs inactive project Teams • Get the most from the current task tracking tools like Planner and the ToDo app • Learn about the future of task management in Office 365

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

  • 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, 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

  • Prashant G Bhoyar

    Microsoft AI MVP, Solution Architect at Withum

ADM202 - PowerShell for Power Apps and Power Automate

In this demo-driven session, we will cover how to use PowerShell for Power Apps and Power Automate. You will learn: • How to use PowerShell for Power Apps and Power Automate? • Managing Tenant Level Settings • Creating and Managing environments • Managing Power Apps and Power Automate Owners • Managing Power Apps and Power Automate Connections • Managing Canvas Apps • Pulling Usage Statistics • Best Practices

Thursday, July 29th 2021, 12:40 pm

  • Kirsten Stoner

    Technical Analyst on the Product Strategy Team at Veeam Software

SOL01 - 8 Microsoft Teams Backup Facts You NEED to Know!

Microsoft Teams is now the center of our productivity universe — but should you back it up? Although Teams has its own basic retention, it does not fully protect against user error or security threats, nor does it enable long-term retention for compliance or regulatory purposes. In this presentation from Veeam, you will learn 8 important facts to help you understand the what, why and how of protecting Microsoft Teams data as part of your Office 365 backup strategy. You will also get an overview and demo of the #1 Office 365 backup solution in market — Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365.

Thursday, July 29th 2021, 12:40 pm

  • Matt Lavieri

    Manager in Protiviti's Cloud Practice

SOL04 - Success Story: Deploying Microsoft Teams Phone/Calling to a Global Enterprise

Microsoft Teams Phone/Calling replaces an organizations PBX and brings phone and conference calling functionality directly into the Microsoft Teams application. With phone number and calling plan assignment, along with meeting calls, advanced call queueing and auto attendant configuration, Microsoft allows organizations to bring all of their telephony needs into the Microsoft 365 umbrella. During this session, we will share a client success story of preparing and deploying Microsoft Teams Phone/Calling to an entire enterprise. We will discuss how we streamlined and modernized call queues, office receptions lines and accounted for executive assistants to ensure people are routed to the correct area and conducted training and adoption sessions and created job aids to assist in the change for the new platform.

Thursday, July 29th 2021, 1:20 pm

  • Owen Allen

    Sr. Product Manager, Managed Security Services

CM203 - Retain, Remove, Record. Office 365 Retention for Digital Hoarders & Record Managers.

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

Thursday, 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.

Thursday, July 29th 2021, 4:20 pm

  • Owen Allen

    Sr. Product Manager, Managed Security Services

SPT205 - Using Microsoft 365 Defender and Azure Sentinel to Protect your Users and Data

Microsoft 365 Defender tracks 100s of security controls. Who is watching those alerts? Learn how to use Azure Sentinel to help you track security alerts and device and machine logs to identify attackers and security threats more efficiently - without having to stay up Every Night reviewing security logs!

Thursday, July 29th 2021, 4:20 pm

  • Richard Toland

    Principal Architect, Enterprise & Cloud Architecture Practice

ADM205 - Advanced PowerShell for remote SharePoint administration & inspection

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

Friday, July 30th 2021, 10:40 am

  • Mike Maadarani

    Office 365 MVP, Cloud Solutions Architect, MCM Consulting

BV302 - Best practices to manage mergers and acquisitions in Office 365

Growth by acquisition is a common strategy in today’s business world. Mergers and acquisitions are a vital part of how companies grow, evolve, and enter new markets. Although Microsoft’s FastTrack program is available to help companies move to Office 365, no tools exist to combine or divide Office 365 tenants and all the features associated with it. There are many features and platforms that you will need to worry about moving and/or merging into a new tenant, such as identity, security and compliance, mailboxes, SharePoint, Teams, OneDrive, power platform tools, planner, etc. Some features are easy to move and others require a lot of detailed attention to do it properly. In this session, we will be talking about real life scenarios how to prepare your organization to implement this huge milestone and how to reach the end line with a peace of mind.