January 2021 Meeting

January 14th, 11:30 am

Topic: We’re moving to Microsoft 365, now what?
Location: via Microsoft Teams
Speaker
: Ben Stegink
Cost: FREE

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Topic Details

So you’re ready to move from on-premises to Microsoft 365. Maybe you’ve just moved to Exchange Online, and want to take advantage of the rest of the Microsoft 365 services. What comes next?

In this session, you’ll get an overview of the entire Microsoft 365 suite and what you want to think about before jumping in with both feet. You’ll come away with a handle of the integrations between the various Microsoft 365 services and how they all work together to provide a complete collaboration solution for your company.

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Speaker Details

Ben Stegink

Ben is the owner and chief consultant at Intelligink, where he focuses on the Microsoft Cloud, Office 365 and Azure. He has worked with SharePoint for more than 10 years and Office 365 for more than 5 years. Since starting Intelligink, he has done work for professional sports organizations, government organizations, and organizations ranging in size from as few as 25 employees up to organizations of several thousand employees spread around the globe. He is also a Microsoft Certified Trainer as well as creates and records online training and in-person training for Office 365 with Opsgility.

His passion is automating as many tasks as he can in SharePoint and Office 365 utilizing PowerShell. It may be an installation, fixing an issue, automating site provisioning, creating reports or anything he can save time doing by utilizing PowerShell.

Ben also co-hosts the MS Cloud IT Pro Podcast where he discusses the latest technologies in the Microsoft Office 365 and Azure space from an IT Pro point of view. You can find him on twitter @benstegink or online at https://www.benstegink.com.


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November 2020 Meeting

November 12th, 11:30 am

Topic: Microsoft 365 Groups are your friend
Location: via Microsoft Teams
Speaker
: Todd Klindt, Microsoft MVP
Cost: FREE

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Topic Details

Like gravity and magnets, no one really understands how Microsoft 365 Groups work, but we’d be lost without them. In this session Todd demystifies Microsoft 365 Groups. He explains what they are and how they work. Then he shows the best way to use them and administrate them. At the end of this session you’ll not only develop a respect for Groups, you might even like them. Maybe.

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Speaker Details

Todd KlindtTodd has been a professional computer nerd for over 20 years, specializing in SharePoint for more than 15. While SharePoint is first love, Todd isn’t a one-trick pony, he also works with other technologies like PowerShell, Office 365, OneDrive, and Azure AD. He spends his days consulting on various Microsoft Cloud technologies at Sympraxis Consulting.


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December 2020 Meeting

December 10th, 11:30 am

Topic: Productivity Tools in Microsoft 365: What to Use When
Location: via Microsoft Teams
Speaker
: Emily Mancini
Cost: FREE

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Topic Details

Are you struggling with tracking work across projects, cross-functional initiatives, and departmental objectives? Microsoft 365 has many options for personal and team action item tracking but which one is right for your organization?

In this session we will review out of the box, no code solutions for task management using real-world use cases as examples to explore the capabilities and limits of OneNote, Outlook Tasks, To Do, Planner, SharePoint Lists, and Project Online. Leave this session with tangible next steps for implementing personal and enterprise-level task tracking in your organization.

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Speaker Details

Emily Mancini

Emily is a lifelong learner. She is a passionate advocate for seamless user experiences- specializing in information architecture and UX design. She thrives on building accessible structures to help people find what they are looking for and better understand their surroundings.

Before joining Sympraxis, Emily fell in love with SharePoint Online while managing the Office 365 strategy at a fast-growing global biotech. There she implemented and led the Steering Committee, formed to prioritize projects by business need while maintaining close alignment with the company culture. She developed productivity training to drive user adoption during the company’s 10x growth over 5 years. Emily has a deep understanding of what business owners need to implement intuitive and scalable solutions.

Emily’s experience as a communications manager, leadership development facilitator, and teacher provide a well-rounded background for interpreting and translating user needs across industries. She infuses each project with effective change management and compassion for pain points. Emily believes a human-centered process will yield the best results.


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October 2020 Meeting

October 15th, 11:30 am

Topic: Make Microsoft Teams Your New Intranet
Location: via Microsoft Teams
Speaker
: Patrick Tucker
Cost: FREE

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Topic Details

Microsoft Teams is a great fit for small groups of users to collaborate in real-time on critical content. If your organization is smaller than 5000 people, it can also become a great tool to replace the traditional corporate intranet.

In this session, we will explore the use of Teams to connect to all of your employees, commune with company leadership, and create a single hub for all critical business information. We’ll take a look at how Teams gives us the structure to expose business KPIs from Power BI, just in time news releases using SharePoint and Power Automate, learning resources from Microsoft and other vendors, chat-based Q&As based in Azure, and other key employee information from Office 365 and beyond.

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Speaker Details

Patrick TuckerPatrick Tucker is a long-time trainer, speaker and consultant with a background in development and a focus on helping businesses get the most value from their technology. He works on the Collaboration Team as a Principal Consultant, mostly on information architecture, adoption, and training.

Patrick has worked in the IT industry for over 20 years and has been a Microsoft Certified Trainer since 2000, spending most of his time with SharePoint and Office 365. He has spoken at SharePoint Fest, SPTechCon, Code PaLOUsa, numerous SharePoint Saturdays and DogFoodCon. He lives just outside of Louisville, KY with his beautiful wife, brilliant son, and crazy dogs.


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September 2020 Meeting

September 17th, 11:30 am

Protecting your Teams work across Microsoft 365 Joanne Klien

Topic: Protecting your Teams work across Microsoft 365
Location: via Microsoft Teams
Speaker
: Joanne Klein, Microsoft MVP
Cost: FREE

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Topic Details

Organizations today are embracing the modern workplace to stay competitive, decrease their time to market, accelerate problem resolution, have better quality decision-making, and even to attract and retain staff. Microsoft Teams is the Hub for Teamwork in Microsoft 365 and its use is exploding across the globe as organizations embrace this modern way of getting work done, however we still need to ensure our corporate data is secured, protected and meeting our regulatory obligations while doing so.

Join me in this session to see how Microsoft 365 Security & Compliance features work together to help secure, protect, retain, and discover your Team work so you can breathe a little easier.

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Speaker Details

Joanne_KleinI’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


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August 2020 Meeting

Microsoft Teams Architecture Deep Dive with Max Fritz

August 13th, 11:30 am

Topic: Microsoft Teams Architecture Deep Dive
Location: via Microsoft Teams
Speaker
: Max Fritz, Microsoft
Cost: FREE

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Topic Details

Want to understand how Teams works under the hood? Then this is the session for you! In this session you can expect to learn all about:
– Teams interaction with other Office 365 services, such as Azure AD, Exchange, SharePoint and more
– Retention and eDiscovery
– Back-end voice and meeting technologies
– Federation and Skype Hybrid
– 3rd Party Applications

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Speaker Details

Max Fritz

Max is an Technical Specialist for Office 365 at Microsoft. He focuses on improving collaboration and simplifying implementation, and has worked with Office 365 for the past eight years. He is a self-proclaimed geek, passionate about a broad range of messaging and collaboration tools and can’t stop talking about the technology he loves.
Max is the founder and leader of the Minnesota Microsoft 365 User Group, and holds MCSA and MCSE Microsoft certifications. Max can be found speaking at Microsoft 365 conferences all over the country.


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July 2020 Meeting

July 16th, 11:30 am

Topic: Getting started with SharePoint home sites and hubs
Location: via Microsoft Teams
Speaker
: Sarah Haase, Microsoft MVP
Cost: FREE

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Topic Details

The intelligent intranet is here! With SharePoint hubs, you can bring together families of related SharePoint sites with news and event rollups, unified branding, and a common navigation experience. Home sites bring your intranet to life with personalized and organizational news, events, conversations, and video.

But how do you design an intranet strategy that effectively leverages home sites and hubs? This is your “getting started” guide. In this session, we’ll define what home sites and hubs are, explain how they can be used, and give you strategies for implementing them in your organization.

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Speaker Details

Sarah Haase

Sarah Haase is an enterprise collaboration strategist, corporate librarian and internationally-recognized speaker that helps large enterprises reclaim overgrown and ineffective collaboration implementations. Using her rich experience in knowledge management, information architecture and product management, Sarah devises and implements governance and user adoption strategies that drive compliance, engagement and documented benefits/ROI for SharePoint and Office 365.

Sarah is a Microsoft MVP and an organizer for SharePoint Saturday Twin Cities. You can find Sarah online at http://blog.splibrarian.com and @sarahhaase.


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June 2020 Meeting

June 11th, 11:30 am

Topic: Why Identity is the new barrier in the Cloud, and how to protect it
Location: via Microsoft Teams
Speaker
: Ajay Iyer, Microsoft
Cost: FREE

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Topic Details

In this session, we will discuss why it’s so important to protect your identity in the cloud, how it can lead to data leaks, and what needs to be done to protect it.

We will review the underlying cyber security reference architecture that Microsoft uses for Identity and Access Management and Threat Protection, and Automated Incident Response to keep your identity and data safe.

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Speaker Details

Ajay Iyer

Ajay is a Modern Workplace Technical Architect at the St. Louis Microsoft Technology Center, helping customers with strategy & architecture designs, with specialty in Cloud Security, Compliance & Governance.

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April 2020 Meeting

April 9th, 11:30 am

Topic: Build your first Microsoft Teams App without a single line of code!
Location: via Microsoft Teams (link sent the day of the meeting)
Speaker
: Seb Levert, Office Development MVP
Cost: FREE

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Topic Details

Microsoft Teams offer an amazing ecosystem for developers to build applications that deliver high value to your organization, but if you are not a developer, this could seem like a tough challenge.

In this session, join Microsoft MVP Sébastien Levert to learn how you can leverage native tools like the App Studio and use your existing investments to magically transform them into Microsoft Teams Apps! We will also look at how Microsoft Power Automate can deliver great content to your Teams channel to keep you up to date with all the signals that happen around you. By the end of this session, not only you will be able to use those apps for yourself, but you will also learn how to distribute them across your entire organization!

In this session, attendees will learn how to use the App Studio, they will get a basic knowledge of Power Automate adaptive cards action to bring content into Microsoft Teams and they will also learn the apps governance around Microsoft Teams.

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Speaker Details

Seb Levert

Seb Levert is an Office Development MVP working at Valo Intranet, the product that will make you fall in love with your intranet! He is a Product Owner & Evangelist and is helping his partners & customers reach their business and technology goals by ensuring that quality and simplicity are always the focus in Valo Intranet deployments around the world. Seb speaks regularly at conferences somewhere on the planet. When he gets his hands dirty behind a keyboard coding, he’s building solutions mainly with client-side technologies levering all aspects of the Microsoft Cloud, including the Microsoft Graph and Office 365. You can read Seb’s blog at www.sebastienlevert.com and you can follow his tweets at @sebastienlevert.


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March 2020 Meeting

March 5th, 11:30 am

Topic: List Formatting: Making Lists Awesome
Location: via Microsoft Teams (link sent the day of the meeting)
In-person meeting in Knoxville; Nashville attendees via MS Teams
Speaker
: Chris Kent, Office Development MVP
Cost: FREE

NOTE: We have moved to using Meetup for registering for our meetings. Please follow the link below, join our Meetup group, and register for this meeting. 

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Topic Details

Column and View Formatting enable you to quickly and easily provide dynamic visualizations directly in your modern list views. No hardcore development, deployment, or tenant level permissions required! Both non developers and developers can change how fields and rows look in modern list views by creating simple JSON objects.

Learn how to conditionally format fields and rows to take your lists from simple tables to meaningful views. We’ll cover the basics of list formatting, tips and tricks, and the tools and resources available to enable you to get started immediately.

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Speaker Details

Chris Kent

Chris Kent is a Microsoft Office Development MVP and the Office 365 Practice Lead for DMI. He is a frequent contributor to SharePoint Patterns and Practices (PnP) and a member of the SharePoint PnP Core Team where he is especially focused on List Formatting and the SharePoint Framework. He is passionate about mapping technology to real-world solutions.

Chris is a highly-rated speaker and has presented at user groups, SharePoint Saturdays, webinars, and conferences. Every session focuses on practical advice and takeaways. He also posts regularly to his blog, thechriskent.com


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