December 2022 Meeting

Get started with Adaptive Cards for Microsoft Teams with Norm Young

December 1st, 11:30 am

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Topic: Get started with Adaptive Cards for Microsoft Teams using Microsoft Lists and Power Automate
Location: via Microsoft Teams
Speaker: Norm Young
Cost: FREE

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Topic Details

Adaptive Cards are everywhere. They are an incredibly versatile way to create actionable messages in the Microsoft 365 and Power Platform ecosystem.

In this session, we will transform traditional email reminders into interactive, informative, and actionable user experiences using Adaptive Cards. We will showcase Microsoft Lists, Microsoft Teams and Power Automate using a maker approach solution development.
We hope that after this session, you’ll want to integrate Adaptive Cards into every solution you build!

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Speaker Details

Norm Young is the tyGraph Director of Collaborative Analytics at AvePoint. He is a 3-time Microsoft MVP with a focus on building collaborative solutions using SharePoint, Microsoft Teams and the Power Platform. Prior to working at tyGraph – AvePoint, Norm worked in higher-education developing analytic and collaboration solutions using SharePoint, Teams and the Power Platform.

Norm blogs and speaks about Microsoft 365, the Power Platform and how they are better together and with a little bit of help from the community we can all do awesome things with technology

 

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Microsoft Ignite 2022 After Party & Power Platform Conference Recap

Microsoft Ignite 2022 After Party & Power Platform Conference Recap

October 27th, 11:30 am

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Topic: Microsoft Ignite 2022 & Power Platform Conference After Party – Ask questions and discuss announcements with Microsoft MVPs and experts!
Location: via Microsoft Teams
Speakers: Pam DeGraffenreid, Daniel Christian (Microsoft MVP), Stephanie Donahue (Microsoft MVP), John P White (Microsoft MVP) 
Cost: FREE

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Topic Details

Join us for our first-ever Microsoft Ignite After Party! We will also cover Microsoft’s announcements at the Power Platform conference too. This will be an interactive meeting where we will review new information from the conferences and give attendees the chance to ask questions and respond!

We will have Microsoft MVPs and experts to cover questions and discussions on Power Apps / Automate, Microsoft 365 collaboration, Microsoft Viva, and Power BI – live!

Pam DeGraffenreid – Power Apps, SharePoint
Daniel Christian – Power Apps / Automate, SharePoint
Stephanie Donahue – Microsoft 365 collaboration, Microsoft Viva
John P White – Power BI

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Speaker Details

Stephanie Donahue
Stephanie is the Technical Community Lead at Avanade, with a focus on engaging Avanade’s technical leadership communities and their passion for technology. As a Microsoft Regional Director and MVP, she has been setting a strategic path from discovery to successful implementations using an innovative approach and consistent methodology. Stephanie is an active blogger and event speaker with over 10 years of experience in SharePoint projects and over 20 years in IT – from basic deployments to information architecture, content management, to business process automation. You can follow Stephanie at @stephkdonahue

Daniel Christian
Daniel is a performance driven professional with a blend of leadership and business knowledge. He is an active participant in writing blogs and videos in the Microsoft Power Platform Community regarding deep integration with Azure Cognitive Services, Dataverse, SharePoint, Teams and Yammer. As an active speaker and influencer at events and social media, Daniel demonstrates his passion of being a big proponent of sharing his knowledge which has also made him a Microsoft MVP for 5 years.

Pam DeGraffenreid 
Pam is a leading member of the Knoxville M365 User Group. She has over 20 years of IT experience, focused primarily on SharePoint/O365 solution development.

John P White
John P White is the Chief Technical Officer and Co-Founder of tyGraph. He holds a Master’s degree in Engineering from the University of Guelph and has been a Microsoft MVP since 2010 and a dual MVP since 2018. He has spent far too long (since 1990) in the Information Technology space, and possesses a skill set that spans both architecture and development. He has been instrumental in delivering projects and applications that have been recognized with both local and global awards from Microsoft and IBM.
John has accumulated a plethora of legacy technologies like Novell, Lotus Notes and Java. This experience has proven invaluable when architecting systems alongside legacy applications. Over the past decade, he has been focused on the Microsoft SharePoint and Business Intelligence platforms and is a frequent speaker on these topics.
He blogs as actively as possible at the White Pages and is the co-host of the weekly BIFocal podcast which covers the Microsoft BI space. John lives in the country just outside of Guelph, Canada. He is the father of 3 boys, is an avid scuba diver, gardener, and photographer, both under and above the water (but mostly under).

 

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August 2022 Meeting

Power Pages for Low-Code Developers with Pam DeGraffenreid

August 18th, 11:30 am

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Topic: Power Pages for Low-Code Developers
Location: via Microsoft Teams
Speaker: Pam DeGraffenreid
Cost: FREE

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Topic Details

Microsoft recently announce Power Pages, and it’s loaded with features for low-code developers to quickly create a site. In this session, we’ll cover the things you need to know to get started and build a Power Pages site.

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Speaker Details

Pam DeGraffenreid – SharePoint / O365 Developer

 

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May 2022 Meeting

Introduction to Microsoft Teams Rooms with Amit Vasu

May 19th, 11:30 am

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Topic: Introduction to Microsoft Teams Rooms
Location: via Microsoft Teams
Speaker: Amit Vasu, Microsoft MVP
Cost: FREE

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Topic Details

Microsoft Teams Rooms (MTR) system bridges the gap between people working remotely and those in the office with a meeting room solution that allows everyone to be seen, heard, and fully participate from anywhere. In this session you will learn how to use MTR with real-world scenarios.

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Speaker Details

Amit Vasu, Solutions Architect – MS 365, working on MS 365 technologies since 2014. For the past 8 years Amit has been focusing on creating solutions using MS 365. Amit also has several years of experience helping customers with digital transformation. Amit was awarded Microsoft MVP award in 2014. Amit also frequently participates in the SharePoint community events.

 

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April 2022 Meeting

Power Automate Techniques that "Saved Our Bacon" with Sandra Mahan & Tom Duff

April 14th, 11:30 am

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Topic: Power Automate Techniques that “Saved Our Bacon”
Location: via Microsoft Teams
Speaker: Sandra Mahan & Tom Duff
Cost: FREE

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Topic Details

You’re ready to start building workflows in Power Automate… how hard can it be? You’ve been building SharePoint Designer workflows for years. Well, we hate to break it to you… some things that should be hard are easy, and some things that should be easy… aren’t. Join Chefs Sandra and Tom as they “dish up” some techniques they found while learning to think in Power Automate terms instead of SharePoint Designer. While some dishes are definitely not as easy as they were in “the good old days”, you can get similar results in Power Automate if you learn to view things in different ways. Keep in mind that we are *not* experts by any stretch… we’ve spent a lot of time searching and experimenting to find answers that work. You should come away from this session with two or three “recipes” that can help you serve up Power Automate flows that will deliver real value to your business and make your customers happy.

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Speaker Details

Sandra Mahan is a Microsoft 365 Administrator for a large health insurance company in the pacific northwest. She has been working with SharePoint since 2012 and thoroughly enjoys it. Prior to working in IT, she spent 20 years in Human Resources. She’s spoken at several conferences and SharePoint Saturdays and enjoys sharing what she’s learned and helping others get the most out of the technology.

Thomas Duff (aka “Duffbert”) works for a large health insurance company in the Pacific Northwest, and has over 25 years of experience working with and developing applications with collaborative technologies such as Microsoft SharePoint and IBM Lotus Notes. He works closely with the business customers, translating their needs and ideas into technology solutions, filtering them from the “techno-speak” that often creates barriers between business and IT areas. He is a two-time published author on instant messaging technologies, and has written a large number of articles for various technology publications. He’s spoken at local and international user group gatherings and large conferences, and he also maintains a blog for Office productivity tips at http://OneMinuteOfficeMagic.com.

 

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March 2022 Meeting

What’s new in Microsoft Loop? with Darrell Webster

March 24th, 11:30 am

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Topic: What’s new in Microsoft Loop?
Location: via Microsoft Teams
Speaker: Darrell Webster, Microsoft MVP
Cost: FREE

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Topic Details

Microsoft Loop is a new flexible collaboration platform arriving in Microsoft 365. Integrated into existing applications like Microsoft Teams and Outlook, Loop will provide a simple place to get started on ideas, projects and collect resources for teamwork. Later in 2022, Microsoft Loop is expected to be released as its own application.
Learn what Microsoft Loop is, what it does, how it works and when you would use it.
I’ll share some early lessons learned and tips for using Microsoft Loop in personal and team productivity.
Find out how to get started and get others on board with a simple plan to work Loop into everyday team activities.

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Speaker Details

Hi, I’m Darrell as a Service, at your service. I help organizations make the most of Microsoft 365, aligning it’s productivity and teamwork with real needs. I am a Senior Adoption and Change Management Consultant at WM Reply, running programs with global organisations. I blog and create videos and courses at Modern Workplace Change. I’m also the co-founder of REgarding365.com, a publication and live show discussing Microsoft 365. I like to help people tell their stories about work, life and the balance in between. I have a keen interest in mobile videography and live streaming. In recognition of my contributions to the Microsoft 365 community, I have received a Microsoft MVP award since 2013.

 

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February 2022 Meeting

Labeling in Microsoft 365: Retention & Sensitivity

February 17th, 11:30 am

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Topic: Labeling in Microsoft 365: Retention & Sensitivity
Location: via Microsoft Teams
Speaker: Drew Madelung, Microsoft MVP
Cost: FREE

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Topic Details

Are you classifying your data in Microsoft 365? You can add data classifications using sensitivity and retention labels but they do two very different things. In this session, I will break down what the label options are, how you can use them, and why you should deploy them in your organization to keep your content compliant and secure.

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Speaker Details

Drew Madelung is a Cloud Solutions Architect and a Microsoft MVP for Office Apps and Services. He helps organizations realize what is possible with Microsoft 365 & Azure, onboard them in a secure and compliant way, and drive sustained adoption for those solutions. He is experienced in a range of technologies but specializes in the collaboration and teamwork workspaces such as Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, and OneDrive. He has helped deploy Microsoft 365 to multiple global companies while rolling out modern information protection and information governance technologies. He has been doing Microsoft consulting for 10+ years with a strength in security & compliance solutions.

 

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January 2022 Meeting

A short history of the Collaboration Clinic

January 20th, 11:30 am

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Topic: A short history of the Collaboration Clinic
Location: via Microsoft Teams
Speaker: Caroline Hackney
Cost: FREE

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Topic Details

The Collaboration Clinic is two years old. In 2021, 90% of departments had at least one person attend. Come and find out how this initiative has helped reach employees across our organization; what topics and themes we cover; and how we make a big deal out of having a safe place to ask questions.

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Speaker Details

As Port Houston’s Enterprise Collaboration Manager, Caroline uses a variety of technologies – including the corporate intranet, which she oversees – to connect employees across and beyond their diverse environments, driving collaboration, and organizational excellence.

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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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