February 2019 Meeting

February 14th, 11:30 am

Topic: Build reports and securely share them in SharePoint (using data from anywhere)
Location: 8 City Blvd., Suite 403, Nashville, TN 37209 – MAP or via Microsoft Teams (link sent the day of the meeting)
Speaker
: Daniel Glenn, Microsoft MVP
Cost: FREE (free food too!)

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Topic Details

How can you easily and securely create dashboards and then share them with people within your organization? What if you have SharePoint Server on-premises – how do you securely share Power BI reports?

In this session, we will discuss how to create dashboards using new functionality in SharePoint Online, as well as using Power BI. Then we will walk through the options for sharing those reports on SharePoint Server on-premises and SharePoint Online without having to worry if your company’s data is open to the entire internet. We will discuss how to connect to on-premises data sources like SQL Server and SharePoint, and how to use your data for reporting no matter where it is.

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Speaker Details

Daniel Glenn

Daniel Glenn is a Microsoft Office Apps and Services MVP with 15 years’ 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 Office 365 and SharePoint without the need of customization and costly investments.

Daniel is a sought-after trainer, providing customized Power BI and Microsoft Flow 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 SharePoint Saturday Nashville, and is a co-host for the popular REgarding 365 Message Center show on https://MessageCenter.Show. You can follow Daniel online at https://DanielGlenn.com and @DanielGlenn on Twitter.


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January 2019 Meeting

January 11th, 11:30 am

Topic: The Peter Pan complex: Determining when a SharePoint site should grow into a hub site [ slides ]
Location: 8 City Blvd., Suite 403, Nashville, TN 37209 – MAP or via Microsoft Teams (link sent the day of the meeting)
Speaker
: Sarah Haase, Microsoft MVP
Cost: FREE (free food too!)

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Topic Details

SharePoint hub sites enable us to create a shared experience for a group of related SharePoint sites, including: common navigation, unified branding, aggregated news displays, and multi-site search. But how do you determine which sites should be hubs? And how do you manage the fulfillment of hub site requests?

As SharePoint site owners are educated about the capabilities of hub sites, demand for new hubs will increase. This session outlines key business criteria you’ll want to consider as you start leveraging hub sites. You’ll learn:

  • What hub sites are and how hubs can be leveraged
  • How to determine when a hub site is needed (e.g. should every department have a hub site? What are the criteria for leveraging a hub site?)
  • How to build an organizational strategy for usage and governance of hub sites
  • Practical ideas for managing the provisioning of hub sites

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Speaker Details

Sarah Haase is an enterprise collaboration strategist, corporate librarian, and internationally-recognized speaker that helps large enterprises effectively implement SharePoint and Office 365. Using her rich experience in information architecture and enterprise content management, Sarah implements governance and user adoption strategies that drive compliance, engagement, and documented benefits/ROI.

Sarah is also an Innovation Games practitioner. She designs, organizes, and facilitates interactive Innovation Game exercises to gather rich market data and customer feedback on SharePoint and Office 365.

Sarah was awarded Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award in February 2018 for her contributions in the Office Apps and Services technical community. She’s also Pragmatic Marketing Level III certified in product management.

You can find Sarah online at https://blog.splibrarian.com and @sarahhaase.


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December 2018 Meeting

December 4th 5:30pm

Topic: Leading Practices for Planning and Implementing Anything SharePoint and Office 365
Location: 8 City Blvd., Suite 403, Nashville, TN 37209 – MAP or via Skype (link sent the day of the meeting)
Speaker: David Drever, Microsoft MVP
Sponsor: JourneyTEAM
Cost: FREE (free food too!)

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Topic Details

There are many technical best practices for completing projects within SharePoint and\or Office365; whether you are building a brand-new farm or tenant, migrating to SharePoint Online or a newer version of on-prem, or developing a large application within the environment. Something not considered often enough and just as important is how to plan that project or solution.

Whether you are an IT Pro, Dev, Business Analyst, Project Manager or even a member of your company’s management team you will benefit from this session. We will discuss a series of topics that should be considered for any significant SharePoint project. These topics will be illustrated by real-world pitfalls that occurred when they weren’t followed and why using them were beneficial. Items from whom should be involved in the project to proofs-of-concept to SharePoint Governance will be covered to demonstrate how leading practices will result in a better solution in the end.

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[UPDATE]: Slides from the session can be found here.


Speaker Details

David Drever

David Drever

David is the Digital Workplace Services Lead at Solvera Solutions, and a 3 time Office Apps and Services MVP. Over the last 18 years, David has worked in a wide variety of areas in IT ranging from Desktop\Server support to developing in C++ and .NET technologies. Over 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 the past eight years, David has been working exclusively in the SharePoint and Office365 domain. He has helped stand up multiple Enterprise SharePoint environments as well as designed and built numerous SharePoint solutions. David’s extensive experience in SharePoint is complemented by a range of SharePoint training courses and Certifications. He is a knowledgeable and sought-after international speaker within IT circles and consulted regularly by companies formulating their SharePoint strategies.


Sponsor Details

JourneyTEAM is an award-winning consulting firm with proven technology and measurable results. They take Microsoft products; Dynamics 365, SharePoint intranet, Office 365, CRM, GP, NAV, SL, POS, AX, RMS and modify them to work for you. The team has expert level, Microsoft Gold certified consultants that dive deep into the dynamics of your organization and solve complex issues. They have solutions for sales, marketing, productivity, collaboration, analytics, accounting, security and more. www.journeyteam.com

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September 2018 Meeting

September 4th 5:30pm

Topic: Build a full Intranet in 60 minutes!
Location: 8 City Blvd., Suite 403, Nashville, TN 37209 – MAP
Speaker: Sébastien Levert
Sponsor: Valo Intranet
Cost: FREE (free food too!)

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Topic Details

You always wanted to see how easy it was to build a full branded intranet using Communication Sites, Modern Team Sites and Hub Sites in less than an hour? This session is for you! You will learn how easy it is to build a basic intranet with the OOTB experience Microsoft provides!

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Sponsor Details

Valo IntranetFall in love with your intranet! Valo is a ready-to-go modern intranet on Office 365 and SharePoint. Say goodbye to email chaos and old-fashioned ways of working. Valo Intranet brings together the most popular intranet features, and creates competitive edge by increasing productivity and improving work satisfaction. Valo is built on Microsoft’s recommended cloud add-in model, so Office 365 continuous updates are always safe.

Valo Intranet has more than 1,000,000 daily users and 350+ happy customers worldwide. Valo Intranet is easy-to-use, mobile-friendly, and technically strong – a flexible solution for the changing world. Valo is the last intranet you’ll need!


Sébastien Levert

Speaker Details

Sébastien Levert is an Office Development MVP, a Microsoft Certified Software Developer and works at Valo Intranet, the product that will make you fall in love with your intranet. He is a Product Evangelist & Partner Manager for North America and is helping his partners & customers reaching their business and technology goals by ensuring that quality and simplicity are always the focus in Valo Intranet deployments around the world. Seb is speaking regularly at conferences around the world like SharePoint Saturdays, European SharePoint Conference and European Collaboration Summit. Even though he loves travelling, he loves his local community where he is an organizer of the Quebec SharePoint User Group, an organizer of MSDEVMTL and an organizer of 2 SharePoint Saturdays (Quebec & Montreal). You can read Seb’s blog at www.sebastienlevert.com and you can follow his tweets at @sebastienlevert.


[UPDATE]

Here are the SUG slides from the meeting: Sept 2018 update slides

 

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August 2018 Meeting

August 14th 5:30pm

Topic: The Synergy between PowerApps and SharePoint
Location: 8 City Blvd., Suite 403, Nashville, TN 37209 – MAP
Speaker: Christina Wheeler
Cost: FREE (free food too!)

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Topic Details

PowerApps is a very powerful Software as a Service (SaaS) tool used to build powerful data-driven business applications using a WYSIWYG drag and drop designer and Excel-like formulas. Included in the O365 suite, PowerApps provides the ability to connect to hundreds of various data sources such as Salesforce, Dropbox, OneDrive, GitHub, Dynamics 365, SharePoint and more. Instead of customizing SharePoint list forms (New, Edit, Display) with InfoPath it is now recommended to use PowerApps. While PowerApps is not the InfoPath replacement, it is the successor and the PowerApps team has worked hard to incorporate a better experience so you can quickly build and deploy the right business solution without writing code.

Topics and areas to be covered:

  • Overview of PowerApps & Flow and the most recent released features
  • Using PowerApps to customize SharePoint list forms
  • Working with PowerApps and the SharePoint data connector
  • Tips on replacing InfoPath forms with PowerApps
  • Integrating Flow with PowerApps

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Christina Wheeler

Speaker Details

Christina Wheeler (MVP) is a Solution Architect and Technical Trainer specializing in Power BI, PowerApps/Flow and SharePoint. She is a highly respected SharePoint/O365 expert who focuses on development, administration, branding, and training. With over 15 years of experience in the industry, Christina has knowledge in graphic design, Web development, and custom development who also specializes in Enterprise Content Management and Business Intelligence. She has worked for various companies throughout the world architecting and implementing SharePoint and O365 solutions for educational, commercial, and government organizations. As a trainer, Christina brings her real-world experience to the classroom.

 

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March 2018 Meeting

March 20th 5:30pm

Topic: You forgot the custom solutions (and other migration considerations)
Location: 8 City Blvd., Suite 403, Nashville, TN 37209 – MAP
Speaker: Nick Brattoli
Sponsor: Provisions Group
Cost: FREE (free food too!)

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Topic Details

In this session, Nick Brattoli talks about SharePoint and Office 365 migrations, including things like:

  • Situations where SharePoint or Exchange migrations could be needed
  • Things to consider when planning your migration
  • Different migration methods (and when to use what)
  • How to use the new Microsoft Migration Tool

If you are going through a migration, or are considering it, you’ll want to attend this session.

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Sponsor Details

Provisions Group

Provisions Group is a Nashville leader in IT consulting and recruiting. Our talent recruitment resources in Nashville are unmatched, and our ability to combine those resources with deep strategy and consulting makes us a remarkably powerful problem-solving machine. But there’s another reason companies choose to work with Provisions: because we value, above anything, our relationships. There’s a common misconception that technology is about hardware and software. Like few others, we know that it’s about people. And that understanding is hard to duplicate. If your company has a strategy or recruiting issue, no problem is too large. No distance is too great. And no challenge is too difficult for Provisions Group to solve. Put the Provisions Group recruiting and consulting engine to work for you.


Speaker Details
Nick Brattoli

Nick Brattoli is an Ohio native, Office Servers and Services MVP, MCP, and self-employed Consultant, as well as the Collab365 Community Manager. He’s worked in the IT Field for 15 years, 9 of which have been SharePoint-focused.

Over the years, he’s worked in a variety of industries, such as Healthcare, Finance, Law, and Manufacturing. He currently lives in Birmingham, Alabama, and works in many different fields, doing a wide variety of SharePoint, Office 365, and Azure projects. In his free time, he practices Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, goes on adventures, works on nerdy projects.

 

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February 2018 Meeting

February 13th 5:30pm

Topic: Security and Compliance in SharePoint/Office 365: The Four Microsoft Products You Need in Your Arsenal
Location: 8 City Blvd., Suite 403, Nashville, TN 37209 – MAP
Speaker: Scott Edwards
Sponsor: Summit 7 Systems
Cost: FREE (free food too!)

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Topic Details
For modern organizations, the most common chasm between security plans/plans of action and an actual compliant IT ecosystem is product management and configuration. National compliance speaker and cloud pro, Scott Edwards, will provide a breakdown of where the world of compliance is heading (GDPR, FAR, ITAR, etc) and help make sense of Microsoft Office 365 security features and how they integrate with various Cloud environments (namely SharePoint). Topics and areas to be covered:

  • Security and compliance issues in 2018
  • Compliance model
  • Breakdown of Office 365 security product offerings
  • Roadmap review and Q&A

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Sponsor Details

Summit 7 Systems (S7S) is a Microsoft Gold Cloud Productivity Partner, built to help mid-size to large organizations transform the way they work through the use of cutting edge cloud technologies and intelligent governance. The S7S team – led by an 11x Microsoft MVP – supports organizations through complex security and compliance implementations (DFARS/NIST 800-171/ITAR), diverse migrations, business process transformations, and ongoing management and maintenance of on premises and cloud infrastructure. S7S is also a Tier 1 Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider and Microsoft Managed Partner.


Speaker Details
Scott Edwards
Scott Edwards is a national expert and speaker on regulatory compliance and implementation with Microsoft Office 365 and Azure. He is an accomplished computer engineer and organizational leader, and maintains communication with the Microsoft Government Cloud team to discuss latest industry hurdles and best practices.

Scott’s technical experience was honed at NASA as a Senior Computer Engineer and the Chief Engineer and Engineering Manager for the NASA Datacenter. Scott received his Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy and his Master of Science in Computer Science with an emphasis in Information Assurance at James Madison University. Scott proudly served as an Officer in the US Army Signal Corps with both the 2-227th Aviation Battalion in Bosnia-Herzegovina and the 1-6 Air Defense Artillery Battalion in Fort Bliss, Texas. Currently, Scott is the President and Managing Partner of Summit 7 Systems – a Gold Microsoft Partner Company.

 

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December 2017 Meeting

December 5th 5:30pm

Topic: Automation Using JSON in SharePoint Designer Workflows
Location: 8 City Blvd., Suite 403, Nashville, TN 37209 – MAP
Speaker: Jim Bob Howard
Sponsor: Rezult Group
Cost: FREE (free food too!)

Topic Details
Use REST services and create intelligent looping to automate processes, using the Dictionary as a JSON object to streamline processing and avoid redundancy.

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Sponsor Details

Since 2001 Rezult Group has been a full service I.T. recruiting firm specialized in placing highly sought after resources in Contract / Contract to Perm / Permanent positions throughout the greater Nashville area. Our strength lies in our ability to connect local talent with local companies by forging strong relationships with the area’s top talent and top employers. We are committed to partnering and supporting the local technology community to help drive Nashville to be one of the nation’s premiere technology hubs. To learn more of to connect with a Technology Recruiter please visit our website www.rezultgroup.com.


Speaker Details
Jim Bob Howard
Jim Bob Howard is first a husband and father. For fun, he gets to work and play with SharePoint. Jim Bob has invested almost 25 years in software development and website management for companies of all sizes. For the last 8+ years, he has applied his expertise to SharePoint UX/UI Development and Architecture, and in his current role as SharePoint Practice Director for JourneyTEAM in Nashville, TN. Jim Bob is heavily involved in the SharePoint community globally, having organized SharePoint Saturdays in Austin, TX, and Nairobi, Kenya, and serving as a Board Member of the Nashville SUG; and spoken on SharePoint at more than 20 events..

 

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October 2017 Meeting

October 10th 5:30pm

Topic: Rethinking Document Management in Office 365
Location: 8 City Blvd., Suite 403, Nashville, TN 37209 – MAP
Speaker: Peter Baddeley
Sponsor: Keller Schroeder
Cost: FREE (free food too!)

Topic Details
It is time to challenge yourself to think differently about Document Management, so that you can get the most out of the capabilities of Office 365. Scrap you network folder mindset, don’t get caught up with lots of meta data and don’t worry about building a navigation. Instead take the red pill and be welcomed to the real world of document management in Office 365. This session will explain why keeping it simple allows you to get the most out of Office 365, by demonstrating key areas like document authoring, collaboration, navigation, mobile working and security. It will advocate a simple four step approach which you can be used to guide your business into this new world of document management.

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Sponsor Details
Keller SchroederKeller Schroeder is a technology company in the performance improvement business. Our mission is to leverage technology tools and services to help our clients more successfully achieve their objectives. Founded in 1978, Keller Schroeder is an employee-owned information technology consulting services firm, a value-added reseller, and systems integrator of hardware and software products. Headquartered in Evansville, Indiana, we have a cross-industry market focus including a concentration of clients in manufacturing, finance, utilities, and healthcare. Our client base ranges from local and regional businesses to global enterprises.


Speaker Details

Peter delivers solutions on the Microsoft platform, primarily focusing on SharePoint, Dynamics CRM and Office 365. He lives in Cambridgeshire (United Kingdom) and can often be found on Twitter (@Baddaz) or his blog (www.baddaz.com). Peter is one of the organisers SharePoint Saturday London and one of the founders of ProvisionPoint (www.provisionpoint.com). He shares his project experiences at local user group meetings or at international events.

 

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September 2017 Meeting

September 12th 5:30pm

Topic: How we did it: Leveraging SharePoint search and content management out of the box
Location: 8 City Blvd., Suite 403, Nashville, TN 37209 – MAP
Speaker: Virginia Hovde
Sponsor: Rezult Group
Cost: FREE (free food too!)

Topic Details
Want to see how we used SharePoint completely out of the box to design an enterprise content management and collaboration system? All the way down to pages designed to be easily maintained by content owners? Have you struggled supporting customizations from version to version? Getting people to really own their content?

Come see what we were able to accomplish when challenged to build a simple, standard and sustainable out of the box SharePoint solution. The outcome is a broadly deployed yet connected architecture we can build on for years to come.

Slides can be downloaded here: Search and Content Management Out of The Box Virginia Hovde Sept 2017

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Sponsor Details

Since 2001 Rezult Group has been a full service I.T. recruiting firm specialized in placing highly sought after resources in Contract / Contract to Perm / Permanent positions throughout the greater Nashville area. Our strength lies in our ability to connect local talent with local companies by forging strong relationships with the area’s top talent and top employers. We are committed to partnering and supporting the local technology community to help drive Nashville to be one of the nation’s premiere technology hubs. To learn more of to connect with a Technology Recruiter please visit our website www.rezultgroup.com.


Speaker Details
Virginia Hovde
Virginia Hovde is an IT Professional with a wide variety of experience in Fortune 500 companies. She started her career in Marketing and Sales before moving into IT in roles from the service desk to application development then into the SharePoint arena 10 years ago. In that time she has moved from highly customizing SharePoint to using it primarily out of the box.

 

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