July 2021 Meeting

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

July 15th, 11:30 am

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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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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

Microsoft 365 Groups are your friend Todd Klindt

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

Productivity Tools in Microsoft 365: What to Use When

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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