November 2021 Meeting

From Zero to Hero: how to successfully apply Microsoft Adoption to your project

November 18th, 11:30 am

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Topic: From Zero to Hero: how to successfully apply Microsoft Adoption tools to your project
Location: via Microsoft Teams
Speaker: Antje Lamartine, Microsoft MVP
Cost: FREE

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Topic Details

It has been common knowledge for a long time, that the rollout of a technology tool or solution is more successful and drives higher ROI if it gets widely adopted by the business. Since the release of Microsoft Teams a few years ago, the topic “Adoption & Change Management” has enjoyed renewed focus. Microsoft has invested heavily in the creation of fantastic content to drive Adoption. The treasure trove of Microsoft Adoption tools can be found at https://adoption.microsoft.com/. It is free and there is plenty!

In a perfect world, we could apply all of them, but in the real world of resource, time, and awareness constraints it is important to know to pick the right tools to be successful. So where should one start?

Antje Lamartine is going to dive into the key Microsoft Adoption tools, the key aspects of Change Management, and provides examples when to use which Adoption tool based on her many years of experience accompanying technology implementations. You will walk away with her top 3 pro tips that will help you become your organization’s Adoption hero. Your manager will thank you for the increased ROI you will have helped achieve!

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Speaker Details

Antje Lamartine is Sr. Customer Success Manager at IF-Blueprint AG in Munich, Germany and Microsoft Office Apps & Services MVP. She started working on the Microsoft platform in 2010, and combines her passion for People and Technology with her focus on Adoption & Change Management around Microsoft 365. Her goal is always to engage business users as early as possible in the process of an IT project to ensure that business users are being heard, and technical decisions are based on actual needs. She accompanies local and international companies in their journey of Microsoft 365 and other change implementations. In her off-time Antje likes spending time in the mountains regardless of the season and visiting beer gardens in and around Munich with family and friends.

 

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October 2021 Meeting

You Have Sensitive Information. Now Let's Protect It. with David Drever

October 21st, 11:30 am

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Topic: You Have Sensitive Information. Now Let’s Protect It.
Location: via Microsoft Teams
Speaker: David Drever, Microsoft MVP
Cost: FREE

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Topic Details

Every organization has data that is considered sensitive to their business, employees, or even to the industry they exist within. In 2020 there were over 4000 publicly announced data breaches amounting to over 37 million records compromised. As a result, protecting its data has become a priority of many organizations worldwide. Microsoft provides several tools for identifying sensitive information within the organization and protecting it from being provided to sources that should not have it.

In this session, we’ll cover features and processes such as Microsoft Information Protection (MIP), Data Loss Prevention (DLP), and more to help you protect your organization’s sensitive information from leaving your control and falling into the hands of those that should not have it.

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Speaker Details

David is a Senior Manager with Protiviti, and a 6 time Office Apps and Services MVP. For over 20 years, David has worked in a wide variety of areas in IT, ranging from Desktop\Server support to developing in C++ and .NET technologies. During that period, David has been able to add value to a wide variety of clients in several sectors, including utilities, government, banking, and agriculture.

For over half his career, David has been working exclusively in the SharePoint and Microsoft 365 domain. He has helped stand up multiple Enterprise SharePoint environments as well as designed and built numerous solutions utilizing PowerApps, Microsoft Flow, and SharePoint. David has also assisted many organizations with protecting their data by building Information and Records Management systems within Microsoft 365. He is a knowledgeable and sought-after international speaker within IT circles and regularly consulted by companies formulating their Digital Workplace strategies.

 

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September 2021 Meeting

Managing and supporting the Power Platform at scale with Johnny Lopez

September 9th, 11:30 am

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Topic: Managing and supporting the Power Platform at scale
Location: via Microsoft Teams
Speaker: Johnny Lopez, Microsoft MVP
Cost: FREE

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Topic Details

Learn how administrators and IT-Pros can manage the enterprise adoption of PowerApps and Microsoft Power Automate. Discover the features, tools and practices to monitor, protect and support your organizations’ data and innovations at scale. We’ll share the top tips around governance, security, and monitoring requirements, as well as strategies employed by top customers to help you land low-code powered digital transformation in your organization.

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Speaker Details

Johnny Lopez is a Microsoft MVP and a Microsoft Certified Trainer. He is a passionate evangelist who attributes his professional experiences, technical expertise and real-world Office 365 and Power Platform experience with organizations. He served 10 years in the U.S. Navy serving on 2 Aircraft Carriers (USS Eisenhower & USS Nimitz) as an Electrical Work Center Supervisor. He graduated from the University of Phoenix of Houston in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Information Systems. Johnny has been working in the SharePoint community for the last 10+ years. Johnny is the President for the Houston Office 365 Community and the co-leader in the Houston Power Platform User Group.

 

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August 2021 Meeting

Intro to Dataverse for Teams: Extending Microsoft Teams with Apps, Flows, & Bots

August 19th, 11:30 am

Download to your calendar: Intro to Dataverse for Teams: Extending Microsoft Teams with Apps, Flows, & Bots

Topic: Intro to Dataverse for Teams: Extending Microsoft Teams with Apps, Flows, & Bots
Location: via Microsoft Teams
Speaker: Paul Stork (MCSM, Microsoft MVP)
Cost: FREE

Our sponsor, InfoWorks, Inc., is giving one lucky winner a $25 gift card & making a $200 donation to an approved charity in your honor!
You must be present to win.

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Topic Details

Use of Microsoft Teams has exploded for many companies as a result of the global pandemic. For many organizations Teams has become the app that connects all their employees together. Power Platform apps, like Power Apps, Power Automate, and Power Virtual Agents, provides a low-code platform for extending that functionality. But extending Teams with new apps, flows, and bots requires a place to store content. SharePoint is a possibility, but from a data point of view SharePoint has a lot of limitations since it isn’t an actual relational database. Dataverse, formerly known as CDS, provides relational data storage, rich data types, and enterprise-grade governance. But Dataverse has always been a premium feature requiring extra licensing.

This is where Microsoft Dataverse for Teams comes in. Using the Power Apps application inside Teams we can build and deploy apps using a custom version of Dataverse that is included in the Microsoft Teams license. This provides access to a real relational database and one-click solution deployment to the Teams app. In this talk we’ll take a look at what Dataverse for Teams and how it can be used in the Power Platform to extend the Teams application. We’ll cover the following points with slides and demos.

– What does the Teams License cover
– Differences between Dataverse (CDS) and Dataverse for Teams
– Creating Dataverse Relational Tables
– Building a Power App with Dataverse for Teams
– Integrating Dataverse for Teams with a Flow
– Accessing Dataverse for Teams from a Bot

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Speaker Details

Paul is the Owner/Principal Architect at Don’t Pa..Panic Consulting. He has been working in the information technology industry for over 30 years, and has played key roles in several enterprise SharePoint architectural design review, Intranet deployment, application development, and migration projects. he has been awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for the last 12 consecutive years and earned his Microsoft Certified SharePoint Masters (MCSM) certification in 2013.

His core skills include architecting and customizing SharePoint environments both on-premises and in the cloud. He has significant experience leading SharePoint migration teams, troubleshooting infrastructure issues, and evaluating SharePoint environments for adherence to “Best Practices” and industry standards. His current focus is on Office 365 security, SharePoint online, and Microsoft Power Apps/Power Automate. He’s authored several books and is a frequent contributor to the Microsoft Power Platform forums.

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Sponsor Details
InfoWorks, Inc. - Award-winning total business provider

InfoWorks provides total solutions that consider and impact your entire business. We combine the right core competencies with diverse expertise and deep industry knowledge spanning across analytics, management, and technology for many of the largest companies in the Mid-South. We will tailor strategies focused on getting clients into new revenue streams, create technology solutions that help leapfrog competitors, provide role-based work to augment your existing projects, and work with company leaders to create metrics and dashboards that enable data driven decisions all to drive successful, lasting results. With our 24 years of experience, we have amassed a diverse mix of people from industry veterans to new and fresh thinkers with the agility and experience to help you navigate the unknown and maximize positive impacts on every level. 

We take pride in approaching everything we do with agility and innovation that result in superior response time, proactive ideas, and nimble, affordable solutions tailored to your needs. Our strength comes from knowing our customers best. And because we are 100% employee-owned, your success becomes the success of the entire team. We are here with you every step of the way to help your company achieve great things.

Our sponsor, InfoWorks, Inc., is giving one lucky winner a $25 gift card & making a $200 donation to an approved charity in your honor!
You must be present to win.

 


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July 2021 Meeting

Prometheus, Barbeque, and Forest Fires: how to get started with Power BI

July 15th, 11:30 am

Download to your calendar: Prometheus, Barbeque, and Forest Fires: how to get started with Power BI

Topic: Prometheus, Barbeque, and Forest Fires: how to get started with Power BI
Location: via Microsoft Teams
Speaker: Jay Eckles
Cost: FREE

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Topic Details

Just as Prometheus brought fire from Mt. Olympus and gifted it to humanity, Microsoft brought Power BI from Redmond and gifted it to O365 customers. Perhaps it isn’t difficult to imagine the combination of awe and fear of those Promethean beneficiaries, especially when we find ourselves looking at Power BI for the first time. The utility and capability are immediately obvious, but the wary among us perceive an unnerving potential suffusing the tool. So, the question is, can you have a barbeque without burning down the entire forest? This conversation will be about acknowledging and moving beyond your initial reaction to Power BI and getting to a point where you believe you can learn to control it.

We will discuss your perceptions of Power BI, discuss the capabilities and limitations of the tool, and discuss how not to burn yourself. Expect to leave the conversation with a clearer understanding of how you might take advantage of Power BI and a concrete plan on how to begin a journey to master it.

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Speaker Details

Jay Eckles, Ed.D., is a group lead in the IT division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Prior to that he served as the director of business intelligence for the University of Tennessee system where he and his team designed, implemented, and managed a BI stack built almost entirely on Microsoft products. In addition to being a Microsoft Certified: Data Analyst Associate, he has taught business intelligence and analytics at the master’s and non-credit levels at UT Knoxville, Lincoln Memorial University, and with the Tennessee Digital Jobs Factory. He holds degrees in computer science and business from Rhodes College, information science from Penn State, and higher and adult education from the University of Memphis. Jay is originally from the Memphis area and has made Knoxville his home for six years, where he has since become an avid angler and hiker.


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June 2021 Meeting

Show your SharePoint Intranet in Teams with Microsoft Viva Connections

June 24th, 11:30 am

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Topic: Show your SharePoint Intranet in Teams with Microsoft Viva Connections
Location: via Microsoft Teams
Speaker: Asif Rehmani, Microsoft MVP
Cost: FREE

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Topic Details

You’ve had licenses of Microsoft Teams and SharePoint, but until now they have been two different areas that users go to. Not anymore! With Viva connections, you can bring it all together. Present the goodness of everything your SharePoint intranet site has to offer directly through Microsoft Teams using Viva Connections.

This session will show you what Viva Connections is, why you should care, exactly how you can implement it in your organization and best practices on how to onboard users on this new employee experience.

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Speaker Details

Asif Rehmani
Asif has been training, consulting and mentoring on primarily Microsoft SharePoint technologies since 2002. He has been awarded SharePoint Server MVP for 10 consecutive years – since 2007. Asif provides online and in-person SharePoint training publicly and in private workshops. In addition to mentoring and teaching, Asif also is the CEO of VisualSP (https://www.visualsp.com) which provides a context sensitive help system for SharePoint end users.


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May 2021 Meeting

Using O365 to Manage and Distribute over 15k Documents Monthly

May 20th, 11:30 am

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Topic: Using O365 to Manage and Distribute over 15k Documents Monthly
Location: via Microsoft Teams
Speakers: Art Kennedy
Cost: FREE

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Topic Details

Using Exchange, Power Automate, and the SharePoint Content Organizer, this organization distributes over fifteen thousand documents during a 48-hour window using out-of-the-box O365 functionality. In this presentation, we’ll look at use case scenarios, demo how it is set up, and talk about the pros and cons of this solution.

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April 2021 Meeting

April 15th, 11:30 am

Download to your calendar: AMA Panel – Ask Me Anything

Topic: AMA Panel – Ask Me Anything
Location: via Microsoft Teams
Speakers: Daniel Glenn, Shafina Hassam, Joanne Klein, Drew Madelung, Sébastien Levert, Laura Rogers
Cost: FREE

Have a question? Send them before the meeting here: https://forms.office.com/r/fHfS1gDAQ2

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Topic Details

Bring your questions, even the tough ones! For this meeting we are hosting our very own ‘Ask Me Anything’ with six experts! If they don’t have the answer to your Microsoft 365 & SharePoint questions, they will know who to ask! 

Products / Topics covered: Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, Power Automate, Power Apps, OneDrive, Microsoft Lists, Data Protection, Microsoft 365 Migration, Microsoft Graph, Development in Microsoft 365, Compliance, Data Governance, Intranets & portals, Microsoft 365 adoption, No-code solutions

Check out the experts’ below!

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Speaker Details (alphabetical order)

Daniel Glenn

  • SharePoint and migrations
  • Microsoft Teams collaboration
  • Microsoft Lists

Daniel GlennDaniel Glenn is a Microsoft MVP with more than a decade of experience building technology solutions, intranets and extranets. As a Practice Lead for InfoWorks, Inc., Daniel helps organizations of all sizes solve complex data challenges by implementing Microsoft 365 and SharePoint without the need of customization and costly investments.

Daniel is a sought-after trainer, providing customized Power BI and Power Automate training for companies around the world. He’s also passionate about giving back and building the Microsoft technical community. Daniel holds leadership roles in various local user groups, serves as an organizer for Microsoft 365 Nashville, and is a co-host for the popular 365 Message Center show on MessageCenter.Show. You can follow Daniel online at https://DanielGlenn.com and @DanielGlenn on Twitter.


Shafina Hassam

  • Intranets, portals, & the modern workplace
  • Microsoft 365 Adoption
  • Microsoft Teams collaboration

Shafina Hassam

Shafina is a Modern Workplace leader at BDO Canada, speaker and trainer with a specific focus on rolling out beautiful employee experiences for organizations across a variety of industries.
With over 12 years of business and technology experience, Shafina has been driving organizations and users to be more collaborative and productive with the Microsoft suite of applications. Her goal is to excite, build confidence and encourage users to challenge their uncertainty in this ever evolving digital world.


Joanne Klein

  • Compliance
  • Data Protection
  • Data Governance

Joanne Klein

I’m Joanne Klein, founder of NexNovus, an Office 365 Consulting company, and a 3-time Microsoft MVP in Office Apps & Services. What that really means is I spend my time working with customers on Office 365 collaboration tools and services, specifically SharePoint, and sharing my knowledge with the larger technical community.

One of my SharePoint specialties is site and information architecture since I believe it to be the critical underpinning to any great SharePoint environment.

Another area I focus on is the Office 365 suite of tools built to help organizations protect and retain their unstructured content now being produced at an exponential rate. This is an important shift for organizations and information workers to make in a modern workplace. I have substantial practical experience in Office 365 working with customers to help them make this shift.

You can find me blogging about these areas of focus and more at JoanneCKlein.com


Sébastien Levert

  • Microsoft Graph
  • Intranets
  • Teams Development

Seb Levert

Seb is a Senior CPx Program Manager on the Microsoft Graph team where he is focusing on delivering an amazing Customer and Partner experience. Before joining Microsoft, Seb was an Office Development MVP for 6 years where he was focusing on building solutions mainly with client-side technologies levering all aspects of the Microsoft Cloud, including the Microsoft Graph and Microsoft 365. You can read Seb’s blog at https://www.sebastienlevert.com and you can follow his tweets at @sebastienlevert.


Drew Madelung

  • Migrating from on-premises SharePoint to M365
  • Deploying and administering OneDrive
  • Securing your data with Microsoft Information Protection
  • Managing records and retention within M365

Drew Madelung is an Associate Director with Protiviti and a Microsoft MVP for Office Apps and Services. He is experienced in a range of technologies but specializes in content management and Microsoft security & compliance. He has worked across all aspects of projects from architecture and design to roll-out, adoption and governance planning. Drew works with clients to develop and deploy comprehensive solutions on Teams, SharePoint, and other Microsoft 365 technologies. Drew can be found across the community whether it’s online or at local user groups and conferences.


Laura Rogers

  • Power Apps
  • Power Automate
  • Building no-code business solutions in SharePoint

Laura Rogers

Laura is a SharePoint expert, speaker, author and educator. She is well-versed in helping organizations make the most of their Microsoft 365 environments using out-of-box functionalities such as flows, Power Apps and Microsoft lists. She is currently the owner of IW Mentor, a SharePoint, Power Apps & Power Automate Training Company. Laura’s technical expertise also includes over 15 years of experience working with Microsoft’s messaging and collaboration systems. She has been named a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for the past eleven years. You can read more about Laura”s experiences on her blog, www.wonderlaura.com


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March 2021 Meeting

Designing for better metadata collection using AI Services with Project Cortex

March 11th, 11:30 am

Download to your calendar: Designing for better metadata collection using AI Services with Project Cortex

Topic: Designing for better Metadata collection through AI Services with Project Cortex Location: via Microsoft Teams
Speaker: Sam Mashburn
Cost: FREE

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Topic Details

We will review the new features enabled thru usage of Project Syntex. A demonstration of how to build better Document Understanding Models to improve search as well of Forms Recognition models to enable unstructured content to be used in a business workflow.

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Speaker Details

Sam Mashburn is a SharePoint Architect with 33 Years of IT Experience in all aspects of the IT lifecycle (18 years in the SharePoint Bubble) starting as a Developer and now a Practice Leader leading a national team of SharePoint/Teams Architects, Engineers, Developers, and Adoption Consultants. Mr. Mashburn has led multiple teams and large project efforts with many customers doing advanced SharePoint and Teams projects throughout the world. Today Mr. Mashburn is focused on enabling customers to build better collaboration teams internally and providing those key Best Practices that enable the transform into more agile organizations.


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February 2021 Meeting

Small Teams in a Low Code World

February 11th, 11:30 am

Topic: Small Teams in a Low Code World
Location: via Microsoft Teams
Speaker
: Pam DeGraffenreid
Cost: FREE

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Topic Details

Are you a small team, or a team of one? Low code developers face unique challenges as they develop more solutions, faster, while wearing many hats. Learn to adapt traditional project management principles and the software development lifecycle to your low-code environments. Manage scope. Define deliverables. Avoid pitfalls. Capture the important things. And streamline the process so it’s as lightweight and efficient as your solutions!

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Speaker Details

Pam DeGraffenreid

Pam DeGraffenreid is the author of The Low-code Series (http://bluecollab.com), taking on the challenge of adapting traditional development practices to the low-code world. She has been in the IT industry for twenty years, focused primarily on SharePoint/O365 solution development for the last ten years.


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