FULL DAY WORKSHOPS

Mastering the SharePoint Framework – andrew connell, MVP

 The new way Microsoft wants us to customize and extend SharePoint is to use the SharePoint Framework. This model brings client-side development as a first class development model complete with packaging, deployment and real a full deployment lifecycle. But this model is very different from from what traditional SharePoint developers have been used to. In this workshop you will learn what the SharePoint Framework is all about, what is involved in getting your environment setup to be productive and how to build custom components including client-side web parts and extensions. We will go from using no web frameworks to leveraging React, Angular, Vue.js, leveraging external services, performance tricks… you name it! This workshop is based on AC’s popular Mastering the SharePoint Framework online course… hey, if you register you’ll get a special deal on the course. By the end of the day, you will be well on your way to being a SharePoint Framework Master!

Power BI: Everything You Wanted To Know – jason himmelstein, mvp & john white, mvp

(But Were Afraid to Ask)

Power BI is the gold standard for cloud based report delivery. It’s very approachable – you can get up and running with it in minutes, but it’s also very robust, secure and extensible. As you might expect, it has many pieces and nuances, and it’s important to understand what is possible, even if you may not take immediate advantage of some features, in order to understand what to use when.

This tutorial will help to guide you in building a complete analytical solution, using all the features of Power BI. We will start from nothing, and create queries that import and integrate data from many different sources. You will also learn how to refresh data using the on-premises data gateway and the personal gateway to connect to existing on-premises data from a variety of sources In addition, you will see an overview the many other additional features available in Power BI. In particular, we cover the Power BI Service,  Power BI Desktop, Connecting to data, modelling data, hybrid options, Licensing, on-Premises options, and we pay particular attention to using Power BI with SharePoint, both as a data source and a container.

At the end of this seminar you will be ready to not only start using Power BI for your projects, but you will also understand which approach is best for different situations. Bring your questions, and we’ll do our best to answer them. This is a highly dynamic tutorial, and can go in any direction that you like. 

Improving Organizational Productivity and Engagement with Microsoft Teams – christian buckley, MVp

In the modern enterprise, it’s not a question of “which tool to use when” but rather “how do we better support our people and the tools they need to get their work done?” For many organizations, Microsoft Teams is becoming the primary interface into the Office 365 universal toolkit. What this means for End Users: get the features you want and need to meet your specific project requirements. What this means for IT Managers: support all of the different tools and collaboration styles in a more manageable, scalable, and compliant way. 

 In this all-day workshop, led by 7-time Office Servers & Services MVP Christian Buckley, you’ll get a complete overview of Microsoft Teams functionality, learn a number of productivity enhancers that will help your organization see value on Day 1 – and walk away with an on boarding strategy to ensure your long-term Teams success.  

 Topics included within this interactive workshop include:  

  • Mapping collaboration styles and technologies to your organizational culture 
  • Identifying pilot opportunities and success criteria 
  • How best to leverage your existing infrastructure (namely SharePoint) 
  • Initial deployment and, administration and governance best practices 
  • Developing a customer success management (CSM) strategy 

maximizing office 365 utlization – stephanie donahue, mvp & mark rackley, mvp

Are you completely overwhelmed with the thought of diving into Office 365? Are you concerned you aren’t using it effectively? Do you need help wrapping your head around all the difference pieces?  The landscape of Office 365 is immense and ever changing. There are just so many pieces and parts. What do they all mean and when should I use them? In this full day workshop, Office 365 MVP’s Stephanie Donahue and Mark Rackley will give you an understanding of all the different pieces of Office 365 and how you can maximize their usage to get the greatest benefit for your investment.  Just some of the topics to be covered in this demo-filled and interactive workshop are:Are you completely overwhelmed with the thought of diving into Office 365? Are you concerned you aren’t using it effectively? Do you need help wrapping your head around all the difference pieces?  The landscape of Office 365 is immense and ever changing. There are just so many pieces and parts. What do they all mean and when should I use them? In this full day workshop, Office 365 MVP’s Stephanie Donahue and Mark Rackley will give you an understanding of all the different pieces of Office 365 and how you can maximize their usage to get the greatest benefit for your investment.  Just some of the topics to be covered in this demo-filled and interactive workshop are:

– What are all these apps and what do they do and how do I administer them?

– An introduction to deployment planning to make sure you start off on the right foot

– Advice and real world stories to help you avoid common mistakes and pitfalls

DevOps for SharePoint: Azure and on-prem – nik CharLebois, microsoft pfe

DevOPS is a buzzword that is on everyone’s lips lately. But what does it really mean in practice for us SharePoint people?

How can we truly make sure that developers test their code against an exact replica of our production systems so that we don’t get any surprises when comes deployment time?

With this workshop, you will gain the skillset require for you and your organization to build truly automated Continuous Integration pipeline for your SharePoint farms using PowerShell. PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) allows organization to automate their deployments and make sure that servers stay in that desired state, preventing people from accidentally making a modification that can cause hours of downtime to your users. In this workshop attendees will get to experience the power of DSC first-hand.

Through various labs and demos, the following topics will be covered:

– How to use PowerShell DSC Push & Pull modes;

– How to build your own DSC Pull Server; 

– How to create your own DSC modules;

– How to use Azure Automation DSC;

– How to use ReverseDSC to replicate an environment;

The morning will be focused on on-premises deployment while the afternoon will focus on cloud deployments in Azure.