2016 Abstracts 


Converting an Email Culture into a SharePoint Culture

Rob Bogue

E-mail is pervasive. Despite the social media pundits claiming that e-mail is dead, it still overflows mailboxes and inundates everyone in the organization. In this session, we’ll illuminate a path from e-mail addiction to a healthy relationship with e-mail. Along the way, we’ll talk about what’s wrong with the obsession with e-mail, the tools that we have to move the organization down the path of recovery, and what gets in the way.

• Identify how e-mail is an addiction for your organization
• Remove barriers to SharePoint adoption
• Create a structure for change in your organization

Getting Around to Governance

Rob Bogue

Governance is always the thing that people think they need to get to someday. With the pressures of managing day-to-day operations putting together a governance committee or plan may seem out of reach. In this session, you’ll learn how to get a governance project started even if you can’t get to the end. Governance is really about asking the right questions and having answers to them – or deciding you’re not ready to answer them. We’ll provide the key questions that you want to ask about how your SharePoint will work and what you can and can’t do with it. Specifically you’ll learn:
• How to get governance started even if it’s hard
• How to get benefits from governance quickly
• How to decide which things need governed – and which things don’t

SharePoint's Hidden Gems: How to leverage uncommon list features

CA Callahan

For those of you who need to get the most out of SharePoint that you can, without spending a penny, this session may be for you. From creating your own DIY dashboard, to relational lists, nifty column tricks, leveraging views, and more. Don't resign yourself to the same old same old, come see what you might be missing.

Permissions from the trenches

CA Callahan

Come see how permissions are effecting your every, single experience in SharePoint. Where permissions come from, what they are doing, and why they are doing it. Learn how permissions work and why they can work for you. Gain valuable insight into how permissions can be configured to effect your in every list or library you can access.

Shifting the Paradigm of Requirements Gathering

Michelle Caldwell

Are you tired of attending or leading the same old boring requirements-gathering sessions? Would you like to find a way to get stakeholders excited about requirements gathering? Then this class is for you! Find out how to use collaborative play to build better solution requirements for SharePoint projects (or any other project for that matter). In this class, you will learn seriously fun ways to do work-seriously! Learn how to tap into true innovation and uncover hidden business requirements. What are you waiting for? Come to this class and learn how to put these tools into action! By attending this class, you will be able to:
- Introduce new and field-tested concepts for creating a clear and compelling vision for SharePoint
- Facilitate more effective requirements-gathering sessions
- Identify and avoid five problem patterns that plague many project teams
- Hit the ground running with new templates that you can use to facilitate your own Innovation Games

Navigation:  A Step Towards Success in SharePoint

Stacy Deere-Strole

Navigation can single handily destroy any SharePoint implementation.  How you ask?  If your users cannot easily find what they are looking for in 3 clicks or less they have lost focus and sometimes the drive to reuse the site.  However, that is not the only issue that can occur with a navigation, one of the most popular ones I have been seeing lately is navigation that takes the users to another page or site then to another and another and another.  I guess the good thing is they eventually get there but the bad news is now they are going to bookmark or make it a favorite so that they never have to click so many times to get back there.  Sounds like a great solution for the users right?  Actually, it’s the worst thing that can possibly happen to your SharePoint implementation.  The basis of implementing SharePoint within an organization is collaboration and if the users are bookmarking sites then they are missing all the information the company is trying to share with their organization.  The home page becomes obsolete, editors of the sites stop updating it and then collaboration only (hopefully) exists within the content sites and the company fails in communication. In this session we will explore navigation best practices, how to clean up your existing navigation to make it more relevant, easy to use and turn it into the wow factor of your site.  Last but not least some tips and tricks on how to get your users excited about SharePoint and your new navigation.

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

Stephanie Donahue

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

De-Mystifying ROI calculation for SharePoint

Sarah Haase

ROI is a “fancy” acronym for Return on Investment. While ROI implies success, it usually involves mysterious mathematical formulas that many people can’t see or understand. So how does an everyday SharePoint business owner tackle the ROI puzzle? Do you just “flip the switch” on your implementation and move on? Or are you so busy with post-launch support that you don’t have time to circle back and quantify your results? This session will help you demonstrate the business value for your SharePoint implementation. We’ll examine common ROI calculation methodologies while providing strategies for identifying your ROI niche and quantifying the business value of your SharePoint implementation.

Yes Virginia, you can use Content Types…

Sarah Haase

Ever wonder what practical solutions you can build using SharePoint content types? This couch-to-content type session will give you everything you need to build (and use) content type-based solutions. We'll define what content types are and how they're constructed. Then we'll walk through several use cases and build a real-life business automation solution that incorporates content types. You'll get practical advice and how-to tips that will help you become a content type hero!

Managing Projects with Project Online or Project Server

Justin Kobel

Microsoft Project server is a SharePoint integrated platform that can be used to track organization wide project information, as well as project specific tasks and resources. In this session, we will be reviewing the Project Online and Project Server platforms, and how you can leverage the platform to manage a single project as well as cross-project initiatives. We’ll be reviewing:
- Setting up new projects
- Assigning resources to projects
- Tracking project activity
- Reporting on project progress and resource availability
- Organization portfolio management

ECM for everyone - Content management and classification in SharePoint on-premises and Office 365

Chris McNulty

SharePoint is not just about content storage.    Managing and sharing content matters!  This class will teach a site owner or information architect how to use SharePoint’s native tools to publish, share, and distribute enterprise files.  We’ll start by reviewing content type templates and adding custom content types to your document libraries.  Then we’ll show you how to empower teams to review and contribute to high quality files while keeping content inside SharePoint and out of email.   We’ll also introduce how to manage documents as part of a record management system and how to automatically purge obsolete files.

SharePoint’s New Swiss Army Knife: The Content Search Web Part

Sean McDonough

Each release of SharePoint has delivered new tools to make SharePoint sites sparkle, but few of these tools have been as exciting as SharePoint 2013’s Content Search Web Part (CSWP). Much like a Swiss Army Knife, the CSWP can be manipulated and configured in a multitude of ways. It can be used for everything from showing basic search results to displaying personalized content that is both interactive and dynamically generated. Whether you are using SharePoint on-premises or in the cloud, and whether you are “just” an end-user or a hard-core developer, the CSWP is one built-in web part you will want to understand in order to make your SharePoint sites shine. In this demo-heavy session, you will learn what you need to know to become productive with the CSWP in no time at all.

Leveraging SharePoint as a project management tool

Shila Nagarsenker

Many organizations have implemented SharePoint but are not maximizing their investment for business solutions.  They may be using it for team sites, as a glorified file share, or haven’t yet identified a use case.  In this session, you will learn about capabilities available in SharePoint to help you establish a consistent yet flexible framework. that will help project managers and their teams work more efficiently as well as report consistent project status information to stakeholders.  You will see examples of how companies are using SharePoint to better engage project teams and improve the project management process while driving user adoption.    By attending this session, you will learn ways to utilize SharePoint sites, lists, libraries, content types, site columns, and dashboards to address different stakeholder needs in the project management process, and walk away with ideas that you can implement in your own organization.

Term Store Usage and Benefits

Craig Pilkenton

Many of our users just throw documents into SharePoint Library's to get them in, or at best use nested folder structures reminiscent of a 1950's file cabinet.  While this is easiest way for them to get stuff into the system, it can become painful to navigate to the right document later, let alone Search for it. To help organize such messes, SharePoint's Term Store or Managed Metadata Application, allows for us to create reusable terms and enterprise keywords for user data that lives in a centralized and synchronized repository.  Using this feature, you can make it findable for use later on by ensuring that everything being added from now on is organized in a consistent manner without putting your users through some tortuous processes. In this presentation we'll walk through an overview of the Term Store, how it can help your users, and see examples that utilize this metadata for unique and simple solutions.

Client-Side Rendering for SharePoint: From intro to practical application

Wes Preston

SharePoint in O365, 2013, and now 2016 continue to offer stellar 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. This session will walk through a primer for using CSR while showing methods to improve a common SharePoint solution scenario.

Introduction to PowerApps

Wes Preston

An introduction to Microsoft PowerApps. Designed for folks that push Excel functionality to the edge and secretly still use Access, PowerApps are tools to connect business data and services. They can be built by power users and supported and extended by developers. Learn what PowerApps are.  Learn where they fit in the Microsoft ‘stack’ and the world of SharePoint, O365, and Azure. And finally, walk through a build and deployment demo.

A Power User's Introduction to jQuery Awesomeness in SharePoint

Mark Rackley

Okay, we get it. You’re not a developer, but there so many cool things you can do with jQuery and JavaScript in SharePoint! Maybe you found that script on that blog that you copy and pasted and just can’t get to work. It looks so easy though. Why should developers have all the fun? In this session, learn how you, a Power User can take advantage of some of the awesomeness that is client side scripting in SharePoint. You’ll learn:
- How to use some plug and play scripts on the internet to create tabbed web parts, customize SharePoint forms and more
- Do’s and don’ts that will help you figure out why that script isn’t working on your site.

Case Study: Building a Searchable Content Archive with Custom Results Rendering in SharePoint

Frank Sikorski

SharePoint provides robust searching functionality that allows users to easily locate content they want to view.  The standard functionality is to use the global search box to locate your content and filter results using a refinement panel.  Using this method will search all content on the site and only show the basic item information (title, hit summary and url), but what if you only want to search for a specific type of content and view more relevant information in the results?  This presentation will use a real world scenario created for a client to highlight how to create / configure a search archive page to show relevant data for a subset of content on SharePoint.  In this session we will touch on custom SharePoint list input using JavaScript, configuring search components (Managed Properties, Result Types, and Promoted Search Results), and the use of display templates to change the look of search results and what data is presented.

Choosing the Best Path for Collaboration in O365

Patrick Tucker

Office 365 offers business large and small a variety of ways to collaborative, interact and manage their content. This session will focus on OneDrive, SharePoint Online, Delve and Yammer as paths that lead to the singular endpoint of successful collaboration. Who needs to see content you create? How do you want to share it? How “real time” do you need the collaboration to be? How many team members need to know about and edit your content? This session will discuss all the options, some best practices and strengths and weaknesses of each path available to you in an Office 365 tenant.

Office 365’s New Library User Interface – Things Every Site Owner Needs to Know

Mike Smith

The one constant of Office 365 is change. One of the biggest changes in the pipeline is the new library user interface. It has no ribbon, it borrows heavily from OneDrive, it is implemented differently in different lists and libraries and it’s largely not customizable. Come see the new interface and see what’s new, changed and gone.