Monday, April 13th 2020, 9:00 am

  • Bobby Chang

    Office 365 Technologist at Microsoft
  • Ed Hild

    Technology Architect at Microsoft

WRK106 - Microsoft Teams - Make It Real Challenge for Government Agencies

Are you tired of attending events that overwhelm you with PowerPoint? Not a fan of mindlessly following step-by-step clicks of lab guides? Are you more interested in learning how to apply technology to real-world business challenges? Join us for a unique event where you will group together with other Microsoft government customers to configure Microsoft Teams and Office 365 to achieve specific business outcomes. The day will begin with a level-set of Microsoft Teams and other Office 365 services that our coaches recommend be the building blocks of your solutions. Afterwards, your group will be given some background of a fictitious agency facing difficulties in their ability to effectively respond to emergencies. Your group will then embark on a series of challenges where you improve the emergency response effectiveness of the agency by injecting Microsoft Teams and Office 365. Each challenge will have a series of required and optional business outcomes. The challenges are open-ended, and it is up to your group with the help of our coaches for you to decide how to meet them. At the end the event, groups will present/demo their solutions.

Monday, April 13th 2020, 9:00 am

  • Susan Hanley

    Microsoft MVP

WRK102 - Introduction to Information Architecture: How to Structure and Organize an Awesome Intranet

If your users can’t find what they need on your intranet, your information architecture (IA) probably needs some work! In this workshop, you will learn tips and best practices to improve “findability” and information organization and the basic concepts of information architecture. We will cover the critical aspects of intranet IA: navigation/site architecture, page design architecture, and metadata architecture. You will learn approaches for planning navigation across the entire intranet and on individual sites, along with tips and best practices for using mega-menus and organizing hub sites. You will also take away lessons about the best place to focus your IA energy – so that you can build an intranet that is an essential part of your digital workplace today and as your organization evolves over time.

Monday, April 13th 2020, 9:00 am

  • Karuana Gatimu

    Customer Advocacy Group, Microsoft Teams Engineering
  • Rima Reyes

    Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Teams Engineering, Microsoft

WRK109 - Best Practices for Driving Adoption of Office 365 including Microsoft Teams

Your role as an IT pro in the business landscape is rapidly evolving. Are you tasked with helping your organization achieve the desired business impact from Microsoft 365? If yes, this is the workshop for you! Learn how to meet your business needs while boosting employee productivity and organization impact, specifically with deployment planning and user adoption best practices. This includes identifying your desired business outcomes, timelines, stakeholders, and ways to achieve those outcomes and measure success. Leave armed with the tools and processes that can help drive user adoption including Advisor planning tools and M365 Learning Pathways training portal hand on training. Thousands of organizations are currently launching Microsoft 365 technologies and we want to help you amplify your success.

Monday, April 13th 2020, 9:00 am

  • William Huneycutt

    Microsoft MVP

WRK104 - Business Process Automation with Power Apps and Power Automate (Flow)

In 2016, Microsoft introduced two new tools in Office 365: Power Apps and Flow (now Power Automate). Power Apps is designed for power users everywhere to connect, create and share business apps and forms for your team. Power Automate is designed to create automated workflows between your favorite apps and services, such as SharePoint, to get notifications, synchronize files and collect data. As these products have evolved and matured since their release, Microsoft has made clear it is time for organizations to consider moving away from SharePoint Designer and InfoPath. This workshop is a deep dive into the capabilities of Power Apps and Power Automate as organizations transition from SharePoint Designer and InfoPath. In this workshop, users will learn how to get started quickly with Power Apps to create rich forms and apps complete with an Microsoft Office-like experience. • Users will learn how to create an app or form from scratch for use in the web or on mobile platforms. • Discover how to use built-in connections to connect Power Apps to cloud services such as Office 365 and OneDrive, and on-premises systems such as SharePoint. • Detailed comparison of Power Apps and InfoPath. This workshop will also discuss how to work smarter and more efficiently by automating workflows across the most common apps and services. • Users will learn how to build, manage, and administrator Flows in your environment. •  Learn to create Flows from scratch or by using pre-built templates in the visual designer. •  Discover how to connect Power Automate to over 100 data sources. •  Detailed comparison of SharePoint Designer workflows and Power Automate.. The future of SharePoint is exciting, and the addition of Power Apps and Power Automate can help to address the complex business processes faced by today’s business teams.

Monday, April 13th 2020, 9:00 am

  • Vlad Catrinescu

    Microsoft MVP, MCT

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

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

Monday, April 13th 2020, 9:00 am

  • Brian Alderman

    Microsoft MVP, MCT, MCSE, MCSA

WRK107 - Becoming a SharePoint Online Admin Expert

SharePoint Online in Office 365 has many components and in this full day workshop we are going to learn about these different components and how to manage them so SharePoint Online is properly configured, secure, and optimized. We will begin by creating a new Office 365 tenant, explore how we can customize O365 to provide us only information related to SharePoint Online, create and assign users to access SharePoint Online, discuss, explore, and roll up our sleeves and configure SharePoint Online configuration settings including; creating and configuring site collections, configuring user profile settings, creating and implementing a structured taxonomy using the term store, and configuring the search service to ensure your users are able to quickly find the information they need. When you leave, you’ll have all the skills necessary to configure and manage the different SharePoint Online components using both the SharePoint Online Admin Center, and PowerShell. In addition to these skills you will have a live Office 365 tenant that you can use when you get back to the office and you can also use it to follow along with Office 365 speakers in other SharePoint Fest conference sessions throughout the week.

Monday, April 13th 2020, 9:00 am

  • Prashant G Bhoyar

    Microsoft MVP

WRK202 -Hands-On: Building No Code Help Desk Bots using Microsoft Bot Framework & Cognitive Services

A bot is a web service that interacts with users in the conversational format. The Microsoft Bot framework is a comprehensive offering that we can use to build and deploy high-quality bots for our users to enjoy wherever they are talking. Microsoft Cognitive Services let you build apps with powerful algorithms to see, hear, speak, understand and interpret our needs using natural methods of communication, with just a few lines of code. Easily add intelligent features – such as emotion and sentiment detection, vision and speech recognition, language understanding, knowledge, and search – into your app, across devices and platforms such as iOS, Android, and Windows, keep improving, and are easy to set up. In this hands-on workshop, we will cover how to build the no code intelligent help desk bots in using Microsoft Bot Framework and Cognitive Services. The help desk bot will be able to answer questions related to employee benefits, open healthcare enrollment etc. Access to SharePoint online site, Microsoft Team and Azure will be provided to create the Bots. The target audience of this hands-on workshop is Power Users, IT Pros and Developers. The contents of this session are applicable to SharePoint Online as well as SharePoint On-Prem as well. You will learn: • What is Microsoft Bot Framework? • What is Azure Bot Service? • How to create bots using Microsoft Bot Framework? • What are Cognitive Services? • How to leverage Bot Framework and Cognitive Services to implement real-life business solutions? Please note: Attendees will need to bring their own laptop with internet access and modern browsers like Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari. The tablets will not work.

Monday, April 13th 2020, 9:00 am

  • Treb Gatte

    Microsoft MVP, MCP, MCTS, MBA

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. Level: Introductory

Monday, April 13th 2020, 9:00 am

  • Andrew Connell

    Microsoft MVP
  • Mark Rackley

    Microsoft MVP

WRK103 - Moving from CEWP Solutions to the SharePoint Framework

The most common form of customization historically in SharePoint Online has statistically been using JavaScript injection using the Content Editor Web Parts or Script Editor Web Parts. This powerful technique has enabled developers to solve business problems and create sophisticated solutions using the CEWP/SEWP and JavaScript as well as other tools like jQuery and the robust jQuery plugin ecosystem! In 2016, Microsoft took notice and introduced the SharePoint Framework that was intended to not only embrace the JavaScript injection technique for customization, but to also address the challenges assocated with these solutions. In this full day workshop, learn from two experts who will show you through an interactive discussion filled with demos showing you not only why you should consider ditching the CEWP/SEWP’s and adopt the SharePoint Framework! You don’t even have to ditch jQuery or your jQuery plugins, but we’ll touch on the popular web framework React so you can judge for yourself if you want to consider it. Come learn with jQuery expert Mark Rackley & SPFx expert Andrew Connell!

Monday, April 13th 2020, 9:00 am

  • Scott Shearer

    Microsoft MVP, MCT
  • Wes Preston

    Microsoft MVP

WRK108 - Power Apps and Power Automate (Flow) for SharePoint Bootcamp

Power Apps and Power Automate are the successors to InfoPath and Designer Workflows for SharePoint. In this demo rich workshop, you'll spend the morning learning how to customize your SharePoint list forms with Power Apps and automate processes with Power Automate. You'll see how Power Apps can be used to make many of the customizations for which you may have used InfoPath in the past. We'll also cover how Power Automate can be used to do the same tasks for which you may be currently using Designer workflows - and much more..... Live demos will be used to illustrate the topics covered. In the afternoon, you'll have the opportunity to "take the wheel" and test out Power Apps and Power Automate for yourself. Through a series of hands-on labs, you'll gain first hand experience in customizing SharePoint list forms with Power Apps and automating business processes in SharePoint using Power Automate. Your instructors will be there to assist anytime you have questions or need some help. To participate in the hands-on portion of this workshop, attendees should bring a laptop computer. Attendees who bring tablets, even with keyboards, will likely experience difficulties in successfully completing the labs. Attend this session and say goodbye to InfoPath and SharePoint Designer workflows. Gain the skills you'll need to immediately start customizing your Office 365 SharePoint sites with Power Apps and Power Automate.

Monday, April 13th 2020, 9:00 am

  • Dux Raymond Sy

    Microsoft MVP, RD

WRK105 - Tailor Microsoft Teams to Accelerate Your Line of Business Collaboration & Communications

 Are you experiencing the following challenges?    • Our colleagues go around IT and take advantage of random productivity tools on their own, but these tools don’t work together, they aren’t secure and they’re expensive to support.     • We have been using Office 365 for a while and want to get the maximum benefit for our organization, but the reality is that we are only utilizing e-mail with Exchange. How can we best take advantage of other Office 365 services?   • We are finding it challenging to roll out Microsoft Teams organization-wide without having controls in place to manage information lifecycle, control guest access and avoid sprawl.   Join this interactive workshop to learn actionable tips on how you can give your colleagues superpowers and help them get back to securely working smarter – not harder.     Maximize the full capabilities of Microsoft Teams, offering something for all your colleagues regardless if they are in marketing, HR, or sales.

Monday, April 13th 2020, 1:30 pm

  • Prashant G Bhoyar

    Microsoft MVP

WRK302 - Hands-On: Building Help Desk Bots using Microsoft Bot Framework & Cognitive Services-Part 2

A bot is a web service that interacts with users in the conversational format. The Microsoft Bot framework is a comprehensive offering that we can use to build and deploy high-quality bots for our users to enjoy wherever they are talking. Microsoft Cognitive Services let you build apps with powerful algorithms to see, hear, speak, understand and interpret our needs using natural methods of communication, with just a few lines of code. Easily add intelligent features – such as emotion and sentiment detection, vision and speech recognition, language understanding, knowledge, and search – into your app, across devices and platforms such as iOS, Android, and Windows, keep improving, and are easy to set up. In this hands-on workshop, we will cover how to extend the no code help desk bots built using Q&A Maker and implement real-life help desk scenarios like password reset, booking the conference room etc. using Microsoft Bot Framework and Cognitive Services. Access to SharePoint online site, Microsoft Team and Azure will be provided to create the Bots. The target audience of this hands-on workshop is Developers and Power Users and IT Pros who want to get into the development. The contents of this session are applicable to SharePoint Online as well as SharePoint On-Prem as well. You will learn: How to extend the no code bots created using Q&A maker? What are Adaptive Cards? How to leverage Bot Framework and Cognitive Services to implement real-life business solutions? How to debug bots? Please note: Attendees will need to bring their own laptop with internet access and modern browsers like Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari. The tablets will not work.

Monday, April 13th 2020, 1:30 pm

  • Treb Gatte

    Microsoft MVP, MCP, MCTS, MBA

WRK301 - Power BI for SharePoint Users Deep Dive

NOTE: The workshop assumes you have a working knowledge of Power BI and Data Concepts. This is intended as a hands on class. A PC with Power BI Desktop installed is required to get the most out of it. However, you are welcome to attend if you simply want an overview of advanced Power BI techniques. Now that you’ve attended my morning workshop and understand the basics of Power BI for SharePoint Users, we’ll go deeper into what you need to deliver professional looking reports and dashboards. This half day workshop will be spent on learning tips and techniques from the pros on delivering Power BI based apps that are easy to use and are maintainable. In this workshop users will learn: • 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 visualization best practices to ensure you can tell your digital story effectively • Learn best practices for maintaining content with your organization Who should take this course: If your company uses Office 365 or SharePoint 2013/2016 and you are either 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