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A Tale of Two Clouds – Learn Differences between AWS and Azure
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro
Come learn the different strengths of Azure and AWS and their abilities to support various cloud demands. It could help you decide if your needs favor one over the other.

Speaker(s)

Solutions Architect
CCS
 
7 deadly sins to avoid in CRM Implementation
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Developer, End-User, Business
Looking to implement CRM solution for your organization? Get your implementation foundation and approach right before tackling the details to implement your CRM initiative. In this session, we will take a look at 7 deadly sins you need to avoid committing if you want to successfully implement CRM solution that brings value to the organization.

Speaker(s)

Jonathan Lee
VP of CRM/ERP/PMO Services
CCS Technology Group
 
A Practical Approach to Great User Adoption - User Definition and User Interface Design Workshops
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Developer, End-User, Business
Step 1 – Hands on Workshop with attendees to Define Users and Groups
•    Core UI and UX questions
•    Basic User Needs
•    Emotional Language
•    Tribal Behaviors
•    Conditioned Responses
•    Red Flags during Q and A to look for when gathering User Definition Data
•    A quick demo of Analytic and Metric Gathering Tools.
•    HotJar
•    PTEngine

Step 2 – Create Mock User Personas based on a PPT template, passed out digitally or projected with attendees
•    In this step we will be talking about User Personas and the difference between Macro and Micro scales.
Step 3 – Low Fidelity Wireframe Sketches
•    Building Upon what was learned in the previous steps in understanding our user base and their needs and motivations
•    Key take away is stakeholder engagement through visual problem solving.
•    Conversation and explanation about popular User Interface Patterns
•    Slides showing Wireframe Sketches, with possible crowd involvement in which presenter and crowd communally create a home page together.
•    Digital white board and Paper breakout sessions.
•    Level: Intermediate
•    Audience: Developer Essentials, Architecture Essentials

Speaker(s)

Damon Sanchez
Senior User Experience Engineer
Concurrency
 
Acumatica Cloud ERP for Small and Midsized Businesses
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
Learn why Acumatica is emerging as the leader in the ERP market. Built on an award-winning platform and developed with growing SMB companies in mind, Acumatica is disrupting the ERP space and provides an affordable, fully integrated, mobile system to run all business functions seamlessly.

Speaker(s)

Katie Martin
Channel Partner Manager - Midwest
Acumatica
 
Azure for Connected Xamarin Apps
Level: 200
Track: Developer
Azure allows you to develop a cloud backend that can scale with your mobile applications. In addition to hosting backend services, Azure is full of features that will give you a head start on developing an engaging mobile application. Azure makes it easy to implement features like authentication, push notifications and offline data synchronization. Norm Murrin is currently an Applications Solution Director at PSC Group. Norm supports solutions and projects for cloud applications and services, enterprise mobile and DevOps. In this talk Norm will show you how to take advantage of Azure while writing your killer Xamarin mobile application.

Speaker(s)

 
Azure Functions - Overview
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Developer
This topic provides a high-level overview of Azure Functions. Consider Functions for tasks like copy jobs, automation, order processing, file maintenance, or really any tasks that can image running via a schedule, webhook, or queue.

Speaker(s)

William Lee
Senior Consultant
SPR
 
Cloud 2.0: A new paradigm!
Level: 100
Track:
In this hands-on discussion, see how Dynamics 365 CRM cloud (with help from Office 365 and Azure) takes its intelligence and flexibility to a whole new level. You will understand how features like Machine Learning, Bots and no-code business applications are no longer just concepts but essentials tools to digital transformation. We'll close the presentation with examples and evolving trends.
 
Collaboration Confusion: Making Sense of the Digital Workplace
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
With the introduction of Teams, Microsoft has added yet another collaboration tool to an already packed toolbox. Join us as we take a close look at these tools and design a blueprint for your digital workspace.

Speaker(s)

 
Customizing SharePoint with Knockout and TypeScript
Level: 300
Track: Developer
If you’ve been building SharePoint customizations for any length of time, you probably already know that the landscape for building custom solutions is changing…again. Microsoft is pushing all customizations towards the client, and most of us need to develop new skills to keep up. In this session, we’ll look at how to customize SharePoint using KnockoutJS and TypeScript. Whether you are on premises or online, KnockoutJS and TypeScript can provide a powerful toolkit for all manner of SharePoint customizations.

Speaker(s)

Joe McShea
Senior Software Architect
IntelliPoint Solutions LLC
 
Developing your Intranet Content Strategy like a Coder
Level: 200
Track: End-User, Business
Yes’ you read that right and ‘No’ this workshop isn’t going to teach you how to code. When it comes to putting together a solid intranet content strategy, we can learn a lot from how object-oriented programmers manage their code. In this workshop, join Virgil Carroll as he walks you through building your intranet content strategy from the ground up. We will explore how to model like a coder to create more manageable content, share content across multiple locations, and treat content as ‘one source of the truth’. In this workshop, you will learn how to best leverage SharePoint’s strengths around storage and content distribution and how to turn your intranet into a scalable, manageable endeavor. You will be challenged to create the basics of your own content strategy through a series of interactive activities. These activities will both teach you and help you prepare next steps you can bring back to your organization.
If you are struggling with how to deliver high quality content without increasing your workload, THIS is the workshop for you.

Speaker(s)

Virgil Carroll
 
ERP Connects the Multi-Cloud World
Level: 100
Track:
Today we live in a multi-cloud world – and ERP software plays a critical role in connecting all those clouds. ERP systems today need to provide core business applications as well as cloud connection tools. Connected cloud environments help you:

• Improve data sharing
• Gain real-time consolidated reporting
• Utilize mobile devices
• Utilize best-in-breed applications

In this session learn about the tools used for connecting today’s business applications. Discover best-practices for connecting systems using both batch and real-time connections. You will see a demonstration of SOAP and REST based API’s and learn how these new standards can be utilized to simplify your business processes. Technical topics will be explained so non-technical people can gain a basic understanding of the toolkits.

Speaker(s)

Douglas Johnson
Director of Partner Enablement
Acumatica
 
Everything you need to know about the Microsoft Graph as a SharePoint Developer
Level: 300
Track: Developer
Since the launch of the Microsoft Graph, a ton of new possibilities are being made available to the Office 365 and SharePoint Developers. The unified API of all the Office 365 is one of the greatest Microsoft innovation of the last few years and is changing the way that solutions are built on Office 365 and SharePoint Online. The launch of the SharePoint endpoints on the Microsoft Graph will enhance our development story and lead to amazing cloud solutions.

This session is a deep-dive into the Microsoft Graph by analyzing the current /v1.0 version of the API and what is coming on the future /beta endpoint. The focus of the session will be on the SharePoint-specific features that the Graph is now offering to the SharePoint developers.

This very demo-intensive session will make sure that at the end you get those 3 key takeaways :

- Understand the role of the Microsoft Graph in the Office 365 ecosystem
- Leverage and interact with your SharePoint data from the Microsoft Graph
- Change the way you will think for your next SharePoint Online solution

Speaker(s)

Sebastien Levert
Product Evangelist & Partner Manager | Office Servers & Services MVP
Valo Intranet
 
Flow - The Future of Automation in SharePoint
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
What is Flow? Use Flow to create automated workflows between your favorite apps and services to get notifications, synchronize files, collect data, and more. Flow is tightly integrated with the new "modern" list and library experience in Office 365. One click is all it takes to begin creating your first Flow.

Learn to use the Flow web interface to start automating Office 365 SharePoint processes. See how you can start using Flow instead of SharePoint Designer 2013 workflows. Step into the future of automation with Flow.

Speaker(s)

 
Flow and PowerApps Primer
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
A discussion on the ins, outs, benefits, and limitations of Microsoft PowerApps and Microsoft Flow within your organization.
 
Getting Started with the SharePoint Framework
Level: 200
Track: Developer
We’ll start with an overview of the new SharePoint Framework and provide some guidance about when using this approach makes sense compared to more traditional options. Be sure to bring your laptop because we’ll spend the second half helping you get a development environment setup. You’ll leave this session knowing not only what the SharePoint Framework is, what it can do, and when to use it - but you’ll be ready to start experimenting immediately!

Speaker(s)

Matt Jimison
Director, Platform Solutions
Allegient
 
How to Construct a Cloud Strategy. 9 Steps to get You to The Cloud
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Developer, End-User, Business
In this session you will be presented with a 9 step method to create your own organization’s strategy to assess and move some of your IT to the cloud.

Speaker(s)

Solutions Architect
CCS
 
How To Evaluate an ERP system for your company
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
Are you in the market for a new or replacement ERP system? Have you outgrown the capabilities of your current solution? Join us in this interactive session where you will learn 7 simple steps to help you create a plan to conduct a successful ERP evaluation.
 
Ins and Outs of Office 365 -- Integration strategies for your systems
Level: 100
Track: Developer
Microsoft’s collaboration technologies in Office 365 provide a great foundation for today’s information worker. But your business is not 100% in Microsoft’s cloud. Fortunately, there are integration points into the Office 365 environment for your businesses. This session will explore and demonstrate these technologies.
 
Intro to Bots: the User Interface of the future
Level: 200
Track: Developer
Satya Nadella (CEO, Microsoft) believes bots are the new apps. Is he right? Learn how the Microsoft Bot framework enables developers to write once and deploy to channels like Microsoft Teams, Slack, Nintex Workflow Cloud, Skype, Facebook, Alexa and more. Microsoft MVP Chris Johnson is joined by front-end, open-stack developer Adam Lepley to show you how to get started writing your first bot in minutes. We’ll demo sample bots that integrate with channels like Skype, Microsoft Teams and even text messages to call cloud apps like Trello, Nintex Workflow Cloud and more.

Speaker(s)

 
Intro to Data Loss Prevention (DLP) in SharePoint
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Business
Everywhere your data exists, moves or is shared, we need to protect it. With data loss prevention (DLP) policies in SharePoint Server 2016 and Office365, you can identify, monitor, and automatically protect sensitive information across your site collections. Come to this session to learn the basics of DLP and how you can start better protecting your data.
 
Introduction to Developing Solutions with Visual Studio and the Microsoft Graph
Level: 100
Track: Developer
The Office 365 APIs are REST services that provide access to data from Office 365 services: mail, calendars, and contacts from Exchange Online; files and folders from SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business; and users and groups from Azure AD.
In this course, we will learn the basic elements required to develop an Office 365 solution in Visual Studio using the Office 365 REST APIs. Specifically, we will be focusing on the new Microsoft Graph API.
By the end of the course, you will an understanding of:
•    How to design and architect a basic but practical solution
•    How to setup a development environment for Office 365 development
•    How to work with data and the various Microsoft Graph API endpoints
This session will include a few slides but will be mostly demonstration and walkthrough of code
 
Keeping up with the Joneses: Managing Change in Office 365
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
In Office 365, administrators have lost most, if not all, of the control of updates and upgrades, but are still held responsible for the impact. With Microsoft rolling out new features to Office 365 and Azure every week, the game has changed.
This session will cover not only how to adapt to these rapid changes in the Microsoft cloud, but also how to make them work to the organization's advantage. The way Microsoft manages and communicates change will be a topic, and how to properly interact with and provide feedback to Microsoft. Expect detailed examples of past cloud changes, and how other organizations successfully or unsuccessfully adapted. There will be something for everyone at his session, admins or end users of any skill level.

Speaker(s)

Max Fritz
Senior Systems Consultant
Now Micro
 
Microsoft Teams: A new way to collaborate
Level: 300
Track: IT Pro
Microsoft has released Teams to Office 365 to enable an additional way for collaboration with conversations and files. During this session we will walk through the dependencies with Microsoft Teams and how it taps into the resources throughout Office 365 so you can understand how you need to prepare your environment for the release of this new feature set. In addition to the features you get when creating a team, we will also discuss connectors, tabs and integrations that you can leverage to provide a launching pad for collaboration throughout your organization.
Comments:    This presentation will focus on both the background of what makes up Microsoft Teams, but also how it can be utilized throughout an organization to transform the way people collaborate with each other. It will also look at the upcoming feature requests that are pending to give people an idea of how this new service will effect their collaboration environment.

Speaker(s)

Brian Caauwe
Manager, Business Productivity
Avtex
 
Office 365 Groups Boot Camp
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
Office 365 Groups has created waves in recent months. As Groups adoption begins to grow and the offering matures numerous individuals have begun to ask: “How do I manage groups?” “Are groups different from Teams?” “Is Yammer obsolete?” Excitement about new features comes mixed with concerns on how to incorporate Groups and its components into existing workloads. Join Justin Walker for a session focusing on everything you need to know to get started with Groups and how to avoid the top pitfalls in the early stages.

Speaker(s)

Sr. Account Technical Specialist
AvePoint, Inc.
 
Oh! The Places You will Go in SharePoint
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User
Have you ever had that dreaded moment when you learn something new and wish you would have learned it just a week before? Let’s face it, SharePoint is big! It can be daunting at first and there’s lot of places to make mistakes. In this session, we will hit some of the hottest tips, tricks, gotchas and ah ha’s for getting started with SharePoint.

From what browsers work best to where to find content types this fast paced session will give you a great start on your journey into SharePoint. You will succeed, yes indeed!

Speaker(s)

Liz  Sundet
Director of Business Relationship Management
Focal Point Solutions
 
Overview of Office 365
Level: 100
Track: Business
Think that Office 365 is just the latest Office desktop applications for personal productivity? You are SO wrong! Come learn the true breadth of the suite and how it drives business productivity in the modern collaborative digital workplace.
 
Pilot to Production to Productive
Level: 200
Track: Business
Our end goal is to have productive users using SharePoint to get work done but how do we get there? Whether you’ve already implemented SharePoint or are just considering it, come join us on the journey from piloting a new solution – whether that’s a single business solution or an entire SharePoint implementation – to productive users. Along the way we’ll talk about how to get into production and what to do after. The framework presented here helps you get through a successful pilot, a calm production go-live, and ultimately to having users productive on the platform.
 
Power behind Microsoft Power App & Flow
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Developer, End-User, Business
Microsoft PowerApps & Flow are Office 365's latest offerings for building & using custom business apps that connect to your data & work on different platforms like the web and mobile saving time and money involved in developing custom software development. This session will demonstrates the power & vision of PowerApps & Flow for build custom business applications.
 
Power BI and integration with SharePoint Online
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Developer, End-User
Introduction to Power BI

Speaker(s)

Ashish Talati
Practice Lead - Data Integration
SPR Consulting
 
SharePoint 2016 Search
Level: 300
Track: IT Pro
Search in SharePoint 2016 has improved to offer hybrid topology.

In this session, we will review what's new in SharePoint 2016 Search, and how does a hybrid search work. Together, we will create a Hybrid Search Environment and explain some tips to avoid any implementation headaches.

Speaker(s)

 
Some Quick Wins to Jump Start Your SharePoint Implementation
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro
The determination of success vs failure for all projects is whether or not what you have implemented is being utilized by the users. Better well known as User Adoption!! However, many wonder what can I do to make sure I’m giving the users what they want, what they didn’t know they needed but will make their job easier and something I like to call the “Plus A Little” and\or the WOW Factor! Quick wins are identified as things that are quick to do, take very little time to implement (low cost), and have a HUGE impact within the organization. In this session we are going to explore & build out different features within your SharePoint (O365 & OnPrem) environment that will make your SharePoint implementation the Rock Star of all projects ever implemented.
•    Promoted Links
•    Corporate Directory
•    Global Navigation
•    Collaboration
•    Search
•    Automation
•    Social
•    Dashboards

Speaker(s)

Stacy Deere-Strole
Sr. SharePoint Solutions Architect - Business Owner
Focal Point Solutions, LLC
 
Top 10 Digital Workplace design patterns
Level: 100
Track: Business
Imagine a future where silo'd departments and legacy processes don’t stand in our way. Today’s collaboration needs go from complex collaboration portals to simple innovation hubs and most importantly need to work for our devices. Designing portals to enable a new kind of collaboration and communication is an absolute necessity today.
For the past couple years, I’ve had the opportunity to study how successful teams collaborate and have helped to transform the way teams work and collaborate together. In this session, I'll share what I’ve learned about making effective cross-discipline collaboration possible, and leave you with actionable approaches you can use to unite your team's communication and collaboration needs.

Speaker(s)

Kanwal Khipple
Founder & CEO, Office 365 MVP
2toLead
 
Why Cloud ERP?
Level: 100
Track: Business
Cloud ERP growth is accelerating rapidly - just like CRM and HR systems did a few years ago. Analyst firms including Garnter, IDC, and Forrester Research are predicting exponential growth in the adoption cloud systems. In this session we learn why by exploring the many benefits of Cloud ERP:
• Lower cost of ownership
• Faster deployment
• Better scalability and performance
• Automated data backup
• Anywhere, any device access

To completely understand these benefits we explore private clouds, multi-tenancy, and different deployment options. Finally, we discuss/debunk some potential pitfalls such as security, lack of control, and reduced customization.

Speaker(s)

Douglas Johnson
Director of Partner Enablement
Acumatica