BV101 - Tips in migrating to SharePoint 2016 or O365, to avoid a migration headache

Mike Maadarani  MVP

Migrating data into any platform is a difficult task, especially if you are moving into Office 365. If you are migrating to either SharePoint On-Premise or O365, you will need preparation, good planning, and detailed execution activities are keys to avoid migration nightmare.

This session will help you learn a methodology, adopted based on many previous migration, to help you deliver a successful migration project with happy users. We will learn the steps you need in your pre-migration analysis, migration checklists, post migration support, and any issues you might face during and after completing the migration efforts.

 
Level: Introductory and overview - Platform: OnPrem and Cloud

BV102 - Governance is Not an Option

Stacy Deere-Strole  MVP

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!

 
Level: Introductory and overview - Platform: OnPrem and Cloud

BV104 - Reclaiming SharePoint: How to reel in an overgrown implementation

Sarah Haase  MVP, MLIS

SharePoint is organic. File-based SharePoint sites grow exponentially, consuming more and more storage space and making it difficult for users to find what they need. Governance plans designed to steer SharePoint's utilization tarnish over time, discouraging users from adopting the platform.
This session outlines the reasons why SharePoint environments become overgrown and under-utilized and provides practical guidance on how you can assess your implementation and create a revitalization plan. We'll also review several real-world SharePoint turnaround stories, highlighting the challenges faced and the methods taken to revive user adoption. Whether you have a "green-field" implementation with no formal governance in place or have a faded governance model that is no longer working, you'll leave this session with proven techniques for engaging your key constituents and driving change.

 
Level: Intermediate - Platform: OnPrem and Cloud

BV105 - The Future of Governance

Eric Riz  MVP, MBA

Office 365 changes the landscape in many ways, particularly with its application model and cloud capabilities. With SharePoint 2016 now common in organizations, and 2019 around the corner, there is now more to consider and plan for as your organizations moves ahead. From a business perspective, this makes the job of the governance teams more difficult and complex as these issues become key priorities (and areas of weakness) for the organization. This session is a strategic conversation around the elements of Office 365 and SharePoint that governance teams should be most concerned with, from data ownership to creating the correct policies and social rights to security. Attendees will learn tactical strategies which can be used as soon as they return to the office.

 
Level: Intermediate - Platform: OnPrem and Cloud

BV202 - 5 Things for Immediate Impact on Increasing SharePoint Adoption

Asif Rehmani  MVP

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

 
Level: Introductory and overview - Platform: OnPrem and Cloud

BV203 - Doing It Right…The SharePoint Way!

Stacy Deere-Strole  MVP

Through numerous years of eating, drinking and sleeping SharePoint I have come to realize that there is 1 thing that has never changed. That 1 thing is a question and the answer to that question is the most important thing in all of SharePoint. That question is "What direction should my organization be going and how do we get there?". The question or a very close form of that question is asked anytime something bad happens to the current environment or software, the current environment or software is up for renewal, new technology is introduced and last but not least, during yearly budget planning. Most companies will fall into one of the following categories:

• Current application is no longer suitable due to company growth, lack of functionality or
• Current application company that created & supported it no longer exists.
• Starting from scratch and SharePoint has been chosen now deciding which way to go and where to start?
• Currently utilizing SharePoint but not exactly the way Microsoft intended
• Need to upgrade to continue support

Regardless of the current situation your organization is in the end goal for all is success and success is measured by the usage of the application. Yes folks user adoption IS more important than being on time or under budget. Otherwise, what was the point of the entire project that I am sure took months and sometimes years to plan and implement. In this session I will take you through where to start, keys to choosing the right path for your organization and most importantly implement SharePoint in a way user adoption meets your goals and of course come in on time and on par with the budget.

 
Level: Intermediate - Platform: OnPrem and Cloud

BV301 - Organizational change management: migrating your users along with your systems

Asif Rehmani  MVP

So you have decided to migrate to the new version of SharePoint or Office 365. That's great! But what about your end users? Are they ready for the change? Organizations around the world have been discovering that to realize their return on investment, they must take into account how they migrate their users along with their systems - No end user left behind!

Come to this session and we'll show you strategies that have worked with organizations around the world as they deal with organizational changes and prepare their users for their new processes and systems.

 
Level: Introductory and overview - Platform: OnPrem and Cloud

BV302 - Getting Governance Right: Practical Strategies for Real World Challenges

Susan Hanley  MVP

SharePoint, Yammer, Groups, Teams and all the services in Office 365 have changed the way we work and connect with our colleagues both inside and outside the organization. These tools have also created new and complex challenges for governance teams. This session provides practical and detailed recommendations about how you can create and align your governance strategy with the rapidly changing world of work. And, more importantly, how you can put your governance plan into action in a sustainable and “consumable” approach that drives business results. You will take away practical strategies that you will be able to use as soon as you get back to the office!

 
Level: Intermediate - Platform: OnPrem and Cloud

BV303 - Taming the Hoarders...Organizing Users who Keep Everything!

Stephanie Donahue  MVP

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

 
Level: Introductory and overview - Platform: OnPrem and Cloud

BV304 - Next-gen user adoption: Leveraging hack-a-thons to drive creative Office 365 engagement

Sarah Haase  MVP, MLIS

We want our users to leverage Office 365 to drive productivity and collaboration. But how do we engage our users, spark their creativity, and inspire them to build Office 365 solutions that re-imagine work? Hack-a-thons are an immersive and inexpensive way to build enthusiasm and foster learning. Hack-a-thon participants take part in the entire design and build process, from envisioning new business solutions to learning how to build capabilities in Office 365.

This session explores the use of hack-a-thons to drive user interest, enthusiasm, and innovation. You'll leave with practical tips on how to design and facilitate a hack-a-thon event for your organization or user group.

 
Level: Intermediate - Platform: OnPrem and Cloud