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MNSPUG - Connecting people, process and information
Minnesota SharePoint Users Group
1/10/2018 9:00 AM
Secrets of the Fire Swamp - SharePoint Framework Development Simplified
12/13/2017 9:00 AM
Social Collaboration: A Postcard From the Trenches
The fireworks around Ignite have quieted. Now, once more, it’s up to company champions of new, collaborative ways of working. We must pull together all the news, update the strategies, and keep pushing the front lines forward. Join us to talk about the challenges and share best practices, as we support adoption, governance and value in real world companies with resistant partners and cultures.
Leading discussion and sharing perspectives:
- Michelle Gilbert, Collaboration Solution Architect, U.S. Bank
- Darin Hawley, Enterprise Architect, SuperValu
- Melanie Hohertz, Digital Productivity Lead, Cargill
11/8/2017 9:00 AM
PowerApps: What SharePoint Users Need to Know
Have you been a user of SharePoint Designer? InfoPath? Access Services? How are you building business solutions today? Microsoft PowerApps is the successor to InfoPath and targets the business user and power user gaps left between SharePoint’s out of the box capabilities and custom development.
SharePoint users need to understand how Microsoft PowerApps adds business value by extending SharePoint: from building mobile apps, to custom forms, to powerful business solutions. While PowerApps and SharePoint integration is relatively new, it is rapidly changing and is a tool critical for SharePoint users to understand.
10/11/2017 9:00 AM
Microsoft Ignite Recap – Panel
Please join us as MNSPUG members have the opportunity to connect with local experts in the art of SharePoint. This panel discussion will focus on recapping the Microsoft Ignite conference which was recently held in Orlando. If you weren't able to attend, this is your opportunity to ask our panel questions around what they heard, what they are excited about and what you should be looking at based on the information provided out of Ignite. The panelists are sure to discuss announcements regarding Hub Sites, Microsoft Teams, PowerApps, SharePoint Framework, Office 365 Groups, Modern Team Sites, SharePoint 2019 and any other questions you may have. We currently have the following panelists available to discuss YOUR topics: Brian Danberry, Michelle Gilbert, Rhonda Mulkey, Steve Nguyen, Trevor Huinker and Wes Preston. Leading up to the meeting, we invite you to give us topics to discuss. There already is a thread started for the meeting on Yammer. If you are not part of Yammer and want to participate, please click on the link and request an invite:
9/13/2017 9:00 AM
Developing your Intranet Content Strategy like a Coder
Yes’ you read that right and ‘No’ this session isn’t going to teach you how to code. When it comes to putting together a solid intranet content strategy, we can learn a lot from how object-oriented programmers manage their code. In this session, join Virgil Carroll as he walks you through building your intranet content strategy from the ground up. We will explore how to model like a coder to create more manageable content, share content across multiple locations, and treat content as ‘one source of the truth’.
8/9/2017 9:00 AM
Build Accountability into Your SharePoint Designer Workflow Solutions
This session is a customer case study on the creation of an HR Sales Onboarding Application. The application architecture started with a weekly accountability report delivered to the president of the company with further requirements and design decisions stemming from there.
The main feature is a management dashboard and final report created using Excel 2016 BI techniques
including: connection to a task list view, Get & Transform (aka Power Query), Pivot table, and conditional formatting.
While this application is an HR Sales Onboarding solution, the architecture and techniques can be applied to any situation where multiple projects run in parallel with the same work breakdown structure (task list). The solution was designed for Office 365 SharePoint Online, but should work in an on-premises environment for SharePoint 2013/2016.
Don’t miss this session! It has something for everyone. Join us to fully understand the problem, the design decisions made, and the details of how the solution was created.
7/12/2017 9:00 AM
SharePoint’s New Swiss Army Knife: The Content Search Web Part
Each release of SharePoint has delivered new tools to make SharePoint sites sparkle, but few of these tools have been as exciting as SharePoint 2013’s Content Search Web Part (CSWP). Much like a Swiss Army Knife, the CSWP can be manipulated and configured in a multitude of ways. It can be used for everything from showing basic search results to displaying personalized content that is both interactive and dynamically generated. Whether you are using SharePoint on-premises or in the cloud, and whether you are “just” an end-user or a hard-core developer, the CSWP is one built-in web part you will want to understand in order to make your SharePoint sites shine. In this demo-heavy session, you will learn what you need to know to become productive with the CSWP in no time at all.
1. Dive into how the CSWP works and how it can be configured
2. Identify where the CSWP can be used and when there are better options
3. Demonstrate how the CSWP can be used in-place of custom code for certain scenarios
6/14/2017 9:00 AM
Identities in SharePoint
What’s at the core of SharePoint? Infrastructure, Development, Metadata? No it’s the Identities!
Come to this month’s MNSPUG to learn from Max Fritz on how identities are at the core of SharePoint, and how we can manage them. For SharePoint Online users, we’ll go over Azure AD (the identity framework for Office 365), how synchronization works, and some features we can setup such as conditional access. For SharePoint On Premises users, we’ll talk about how SharePoint 2010-2016 connect to Active Directory, how identities are synchronized, and how to customize and troubleshoot that. We’ll even show how to use Microsoft Identity Manager with SharePoint 2013/2016 to supercharge your synchronization.
5/10/2017 9:00 AM
Please join us as MNSPUG members have the opportunity connect with local experts in the art of SharePoint. This panel discussion will provide a wide array of topics from information learned at the latest SharePoint Saturday Twin Cities, the upcoming SharePoint Virtual Summit, and updates in the world of SharePoint and Office 365. This is your opportunity to ask our panel questions around their knowledge, experiences, what they are excited about and what you should be looking at. Any topic is up for discussion surrounding the SharePoint universe such as SharePoint on premise, Office 365, Azure Active Directory, Governance, User Adoption and much more. We currently have the following experts available to discuss YOUR topics: Wes Preston, Max Fritz, Martin Schmidt, Don Donais and Raymond Mitchell. Leading up to the meeting we invite you to give us topics to discuss. There already is a thread started for the meeting on Yammer. If you are not part of Yammer and want to participate, please click on the link and request an invite: https://
4/12/2017 9:00 AM
Microsoft Teams: A new way to collaborate
Microsoft has released Teams to Office 365 to enable an additional way for collaboration with conversations and files. During this session we will walk through the dependencies with Microsoft Teams and how it taps into the resources throughout Office 365 so you can understand how you need to prepare your environment for the release of this new feature set. In addition to the features you get when creating a team, we will also discuss connectors, tabs and integrations that you can leverage to provide a launching pad for collaboration throughout your organization.
3/8/2017 9:00 AM
Business Apps and Processes with Microsoft PowerApps, Flow, and SharePoint
Not every business problem can be solved with off-the-shelf solutions, and developing custom solutions has traditionally been too costly and time consuming for many of the needs teams and departments face—especially projects that integrate across multiple data sources or require delivery across multiple devices from desktop to mobile. As a result, too many technology needs end up unsolved or under-optimized. People piece together spreadsheets, email chains, silo-based workflows and manual processes to fill in the gaps. While SharePoint workflows can help, they are often viewed as difficult to create and manage, become blockers to upgrades and migrations, and have limited access to all needed systems and information.
By combining Microsoft Flow and PowerApps with SharePoint and other services, you can automate many of these processes , eliminating manual steps and the work involved in them. IN this SPUS session we’ll review the capabilities PowerApps and Flow capabilities and show how they integrate with and extend SharePoint and other services.
2/8/2017 9:00 AM
SharePoint Governance and Best Practices
Governance and Best Practices are amongst the most commonly used buzz words around the SharePoint platform. This month we will discuss what makes Governance work or fail, how Best Practices evolve over time and are NOT always the same for each deployment or organization.
Be prepared to share your stories around Governance and Best Practices for your organization, more specifically what works and WHY it does.
1/11/2017 9:00 AM
It's the beginning of the year, so it's time to take a look at the core features of SharePoint that we tend to take for granted as we tend to get distracted with new features and functionality being available. This meeting will focus on SharePoint 101 which will help you re-establish a solid base of knowledge that will be built on throughout the rest of the year. Topics will include but not limited to: • SharePoint Terminology & Structure • Content Types, Content Types, Content Types • Why is Metadata important and How to Use it • How to move away from the SharePoint four letter word "Folders" • SharePoint Pages • Permissions • Utilizing the Recycling Bin • Alerts and Notifications • Web Parts/App Parts • Much, much more!! During the meeting, members will be asked to provide feedback on these features in how it's successfully being used throughout their organization. We may even take time to break into smaller groups, which is a great way for teams to work together and apply what has been learned throughout the session. Make this one resolution you won't break through the year and focus on the foundation that is SharePoint.
12/14/2016 9:00 AM
Understanding the Collaboration Toolkit
With an ever-growing landscape of collaboration tools available for us, we often have difficulties understanding what tool should be used for what types of collaboration. During this session, we will elaborate on all options inside our existing Microsoft collaboration toolkit to determine each tools purpose, value, guidance and warnings. From SharePoint to Yammer to Office 365 groups and Skype for Business we will talk about the usage scenarios and how to combine these tools together to solve business requirements.
11/9/2016 9:00 AM
Branding SharePoint Rebooted – Online or OnPrem
10/12/2016 9:00 AM
Microsoft Ignite Recap - Panel
Please join us as MNSPUG members have the opportunity connect with local experts in the art of SharePoint. This panel discussion will focus on recapping the Microsoft Ignite conference which was recently held in Atlanta. If you weren't able to attend, this is your opportunity to ask our panel questions around what they heard, what they are excited about and what you should be looking at based on the information provided out of Ignite. These discussions can be around any topic surrounding the SharePoint universe such as SharePoint 2016, SharePoint Online, Yammer, Office Groups, Delve, Forms, Governance, User Adoption, and much more. We currently have the following panelists available: Dennis Alexander, Michelle Gilbert, Johnny Harbieh, DJ Reardon and Eileen Stanley
9/14/2016 9:00 AM
SharePoint Tips and Tricks
This session will focus on tips and tricks for site owners and end users. During this session we will also be asking for feedback from attendees on YOUR favorite tips and tricks that you have found useful that may benefit the community.
8/10/2016 9:00 AM
SharePoint Migration Patterns
Whether you are planning on upgrading to SharePoint 2016 or moving to the cloud, transitioning from one version to another has many moving parts that tend to bring out the worst in your SharePoint environment. This session will give you information on: • How to prepare yourself BEFORE you spin up your new environment or buy that Office 365 licensing • Different migration patterns and why you may want to use these different methods • How to prepare yourself for life after migration, which won't include updating your resume.
7/13/2016 9:00 AM
Microsoft PowerApps and Flow: Overview and Integration Points with SharePoint
Microsoft PowerApps and Microsoft Flow We’ll look at two new offerings for Office 365: • PowerApps for building Mobile Applications • Flow for Process Automation We’ll give an overview of each product and walk through creating example solutions. We’ll focus on SharePoint integration but also show how to work with other data sources.
6/8/2016 9:00 AM
Future of SharePoint
Please join us as MNSPUG members have the opportunity connect with local experts in the art of SharePoint. This panel discussion will focus on the Future of SharePoint after the Microsoft virtual launch event which highlighted enhancements to SharePoint Online, Groups, Flow, SharePoint 2016 and much more. This is your opportunity to ask our panel questions around what they heard, what they are excited about and what you should be looking at. These discussions can be around any topic surrounding the SharePoint universe such as SharePoint 2016, SharePoint Online, Yammer, Office Groups, Delve, Forms, Governance, User Adoption, and much more. We currently have the following experts available with more to be added: Kameron Berget, Wes Preston, Raymond Mitchell, Sarah Haase, Donald Donais and Martin Schmidt
5/11/2016 9:00 AM
Administering Your SharePoint Environment
Part of a SharePoint Farm Administrators role is to make sure the SharePoint farm is available for end users to access their information. This will typically include regular maintenance and support for the environment. This session will look at some of these activities that will help keep your environment humming along. There will also be tips and tricks, PowerShell help, as well as other useful suggestions along the way. This presentation is primarily geared for SharePoint Farm and Online Administrators, however general SharePoint users will get some great background information about the inner works of SharePoint. Help us shape the meeting. Join us on the MNSPUG Yammer group and make suggestions about what will be covered during this meeting. Join the discussion at: https://
4/13/2016 9:00 AM
SharePoint Superhero - The SharePoint Analyst
The role of a SharePoint Business Analyst has become a staple in most organizations and why not, with users needing more and more business processes in systems like SharePoint. But some organizations like to throw everything from developer, tester, network administrator, and project manager into the title of SharePoint Business Analyst.
If you already have a SharePoint BA role or looking to add one to your organization, this session will cover what should be expected of the Business Analyst. Learn some of the many tools and techniques that a business analyst uses every day to make their work valuable to the organization such as: Business Process Management, Mind Mapping, and Prototyping. Finally, learn some of the skills and behavior characteristics to look for when developing a BA on your team in order to make your next SharePoint project a success.
3/9/2016 9:00 AM
Microsoft is investing heavily in BI and Analytics with SQL Server 2016 and Power BI. Reporting Services and Analysis Services are receiving major enhancements and will deliver modern and mobile reporting as well as powerful modeling capabilities. SQL 2016 also brings new advanced analytic capabilities with R Services and enables hybrid BI scenarios to benefit from existing on-premises investments. Power BI is seeing updates weekly and the Power BI Desktop designer, which is free for anyone to use, is being updated on a monthly basis. In this session we'll go over the future of BI at Microsoft, talk about how these new features will integrate with the cloud and on-premises systems, see demos of the newest features available in the SQL 2016 technology preview and Power BI, as well as answer any questions that come up along the way.
2/10/2016 9:00 AM
MNSPUG User Case Studies
February's meeting will be focused on MNSPUG member case studies. This is one of our popular sessions that gives MNSPUG members an opportunity to "show and tell" what has been implemented within your organization. Thank you for those MNSPUG members who have volunteered to talk about what they have done in and with SharePoint in their organizations.
Joseph Satre – SharePoint form and business process automation to track infrastructure changes and track change management process.
Lucas Struck – LockBox: Secure storage solution utilizing SharePoint and additional application to come up with an encrypted storage location for content
Martin Schmidt – Self-service site creation and Site Deletion applications
Liz Sundet – SharePoint corporate directory
Dennis Alexander – SharePoint business process automation around Exchange distribution group memberships, which includes using PowerShell
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