PWR101 - The business user’s guide to PowerApps

Stephanie Donahue  MVP

Since Microsoft announced the long-term deprecation cycle for InfoPath, business users and power users have been waiting for better answers. Do we use an outdated tool or lean back on developers for help on customizing forms? Is PowerApps ready? Wait no longer! PowerApps is officially here as your InfoPath replacement, and even better – Microsoft is releasing PowerApps templates to get us started. First, we’ll talk through the basics, then we’ll cover how to use templates and finally, we’ll build a form from scratch. This session will help you get familiar with PowerApps so that you can go back to work feeling confident that you can provide great solutions, without having to wait on your development team.

Level: Introductory and overview - Platform: Cloud/Online

PWR102 - Microsoft Teams, Office 365 Groups, SharePoint, Yammer...What Should I Use, and When?

John Peluso  MVP, RD

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. 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.

Level: Intermediate - Platform: Cloud/Online

PWR104 - PowerApps: New Approaches to the Traditional SharePoint List View

Wes Preston  MVP

Yes, yes... PowerApps is an excellent tool for custom forms and facilitating business processes (with Microsoft Flow). Did you know PowerApps is also capable of building dramatically better list views? It's no coincidence that PowerApps are surfaced in the SharePoint interface via the View dropdown control. See how PowerApps can be used to display richer and more functional views of your data - now, directly in SharePoint and Teams with supported web parts and components.

Level: Intermediate - Platform: OnPrem and Cloud

PWR105 - Real World No Code Solutions Build with Office 365

William Huneycutt  MVP, MCT

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 simple, but powerful list based business solution using a SharePoint custom list with Microsoft PowerApps and Microsoft Flow for an approval process.

A document library based solution using Content Types and metadata for building reports.

A site based solution using a Communication site to build an intranet for publishing corporate policies and procedures.

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.

Level: Intermediate - Platform: Cloud/Online

PWR201 - SharePoint Modern vs. Classic: When to move and why

Mike Maadarani  MVP

The SharePoint classic UI has been the same for quite a few years now with minor improvement where the new modern UI experience is starting to be coming into its own and it's beginning to prove itself. It's now time to make a decision to drop the classic experience or start building in the new modern way. The purpose of this session is to shed light and expose to the modern experience.

This session will cover the following topics:
1. Information Architecture differences
2. Branding in the modern world
3. Mobile Experience
4. Content Management with your modern SharePoint
5. Development differences between the two worlds
6. Migration into modern

Level: Introductory and overview - Platform: Cloud/Online

PWR202 - From SharePoint to PowerApps: Evolution of the 'Intake Form’ Solution

Wes Preston  MVP

SharePoint and O365 power users solve business problems by combining out of the box SharePoint lists, libraries, and components into multi-page solutions. The introduction of PowerApps and Flow changes how power users build solutions to accommodate:

- Users need to submit a request, manage or have visibility to their requests, and access archived requests
- Folks managing requests need visibility to new requests, the ability to review or triage them, and then assign requests to the appropriate resources
- Folks responding to requests need to have visibility to what is assigned to them, need to see request details in order to respond to the request, and close requests.
- Management needs to see an overview of what’s being requested and how effective their team is at working the requests.

By replacing SharePoint forms and augmenting, or outright replacing, legacy approaches. Walk through a simple intake request list example and see how PowerApps brings new features, capabilities, and accessibility to these solutions.

Level: Intermediate - Platform: OnPrem and Cloud


John Peluso  MVP, RD

A good FAQ knowledgebase can be a powerful resource for your organization. In addition to providing a centralized repository of relevant information, you’re able to establish a robust self service support model that your organization can take advantage of. With SharePoint communication sites, you can easily create an FAQ Knowledgebase. It enables you to keep people up-to-date with news, and informed about product launches, campaigns, events, and policies. They’re the building blocks for a FAQ knowledgebase that connects the workplace, supporting communication and fostering engagement.

In this interactive session, you’ll learn the 5 steps to effectively build an FAQ knowledgebase with communication sites that is modern, fast, beautiful, and natively mobile

Level: Intermediate - Platform: Cloud/Online

PWR204 - The Peter Pan complex: Determining when a SharePoint site should grow into a hub site

Sarah Haase  MVP, MLIS

We've been waiting for it....and now SharePoint hub sites are here! Hubs enable us to create a shared experience for a group of related SharePoint sites, including: common navigation, unified branding, aggregated news displays, and multi-site search. But how do you determine which sites should be hubs? And how do you manage the fulfillment of hub site requests?

As SharePoint site owners are educated about the capabilities of hub sites, demand for new hubs will increase. This session outlines key business criteria you'll want to consider as you start leveraging hub sites. You'll learn:

- What hub sites are and how hubs can be leveraged
- How to determine when a hub site is needed (e.g. should every department have a hub site? What are the criteria for leveraging a hub site?)
- How to build an organizational strategy for usage and governance of hub sites
- Practical ideas for managing the provisioning of hub sites

Level: Intermediate - Platform: Cloud/Online

PWR301 - Top Form: Using PowerApps to Replace List Forms

Marc D Anderson  MVP

For years, we've customized standard SharePoint list forms by adding our own JavaScript or CSS to the page. When we needed more, we turned to InfoPath. But all that should be in our review mirror now. PowerApps is a natural successor to those methods and gives us the ability to create rich forms including old favorites like cascading dropdowns, improved styling, and internal logic. We can also add in great capabilities like maps, imagery, and data retrieved from calls to outside services. In this session, we'll look at:
* Basic PowerApps capabilities
* Utilizing connections to SharePoint lists and libraries and other sources
* Redesigning your existing forms in PowerApps using common examples
* Creating forms in PowerApps which go beyond what we could ever do in the past

Level: Intermediate - Platform: Cloud/Online

PWR302 - Business Process Automation with PowerApps and Flow

William Huneycutt  MVP, MCT

In 2016, Microsoft introduced two new tools for Office 365: PowerApps and Flow. PowerApps is designed for power users everywhere to connect, create and share business data with your team on any device in minutes. Flow is designed to create automated workflows between your applications and services, such as SharePoint, to get notifications, synchronize files and collect data. 

In this session, users will learn how to get started quickly with the PowerApps to create apps with an Microsoft Office-like experience. Users will discover how to use built-in connections to connect PowerApps to services such as SharePoint, Office 365, and OneDrive, and even on-premises systems such as SharePoint. Users will also learn how to share PowerApps with coworkers to take advantage of an app you created. 

This session will also discuss how to get started with Microsoft Flow. Users will learn how to take advantage of pre-built templates for creating workflows. Users will also learn how to create their own flows in an easy visual designer that works anywhere on the web. Finally, we'll discuss how to manage your Flows during and after runtime.

The future of SharePoint is exciting, and the addition of PowerApps and Flow can help to address the myriad of business processes faced by today’s business teams.

Level: Intermediate - Platform: OnPrem and Cloud

PWR303 - Client-Side Rendering (CSR) for SharePoint: from Intro to Practical Application

Wes Preston  MVP

SharePoint continues to offer core functionality through lists, libraries and views. Client-Side Rendering (CSR) allows power users to employ JavaScript and HTML to extend these capabilities beyond out of the box limitations without using managed code - specifically for 2013, 2016, and the Classic mode in SharePoint Online.

This session will walk through a primer for using CSR while showing methods to improve common SharePoint solution scenarios where PowerApps is unavailable. We'll also review paths from CSR and Classic mode into the options available with Modern lists, column formatting, and PowerApps.

Level: Intermediate - Platform: OnPrem and Cloud