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4/12/2017 9:00 AMMicrosoft 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.
Brian Caauwe
3/8/2017 9:00 AMBusiness 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.
Doug Splinter
2/8/2017 9:00 AMSharePoint 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. 
Brian Caauwe
1/11/2017 9:00 AMSharePoint 101
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.
Trevor Huinker
12/14/2016 9:00 AMUnderstanding 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.
Brian Caauwe
11/9/2016 9:00 AMBranding SharePoint Rebooted – Online or OnPrem
Alter the look, feel, and even functionality of _every page_ in every SharePoint Site in your entire Site Collection! ◾No Solutions ◾No Features ◾No SharePoint Add-Ins (Apps for SharePoint) ◾No Add-In Webs (App Webs) ◾No Composed Looks ◾No Custom Master Pages ◾No Design Manager ◾No Publishing Page Layouts (unless you need them) Apply your “brand” (jQuery, custom JavaScript, custom CSS) with the click of a button, remove it just as easily. Update your assets using whatever editor suits your fancy: Notepad, Notepad++, Visual Studio, SharePoint Designer, Sublime Text, Hot Dog Pro (is that really still a thing), etc. Every page? Yep… including application pages (_layouts), Web Part pages, wiki pages, dialog pages, publishing pages (if you insist); including every page in all future child Sites as well. Change virtually anything you want: ◾Change the color, size, background of virtually any element ◾Hide elements that you don’t want the user to see, provide a UX to resurface it if you wish ◾Alter the color for each calendar in SharePoint Calendar Overlays ◾Remove “Pages” from the SharePoint breadcrumb ◾Add animations and transitions, anything jQuery can do really ◾And so much more! If you have a general understanding of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and need to brand SharePoint, this session is for you.
Todd Bleeker
10/12/2016 9:00 AMMicrosoft 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
Dennis Alexander; Michelle Gilbert; Johnny Harbieh; Eileen Stanley; DJ Reardon
9/14/2016 9:00 AMSharePoint 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.
Don Donais
8/10/2016 9:00 AMSharePoint 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.
Brian Caauwe
7/13/2016 9:00 AMMicrosoft 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.
Wes Preston; Raymond Mitchell
6/8/2016 9:00 AMFuture 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
Kameron Berget; Wes Preston; Raymond Mitchell; Don Donais; Sarah Haase
5/11/2016 9:00 AMAdministering 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:
Brian Caauwe
4/13/2016 9:00 AMSharePoint 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.  
Liz Sundet
3/9/2016 9:00 AMPower BI
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.
William Weber
2/10/2016 9:00 AMMNSPUG 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
1/13/2016 9:00 AMHow SharePoint Can be Used In Your Organization

Happy 2016! As with most people and organizations, the beginning of a new year is a great time to re-establish foundations and routines. This January's meeting will be focused on SharePoint 101 and helping to establishing a solid base of information that will be built on throughout the rest of this year. Topics will include but not limited to:

 • SharePoint Terminology & Structure
 • What is Metadata and How to Use
 • SharePoint Content Types
 • Moving Away from Folders and Into Views
 • SharePoint Pages
 • Permissions!
 • Recycling Bin
 • Alerts
 • Web Parts/App Parts
 • Much, much more!!

Throughout the meeting, members will be asked to participate in smaller groups. This is an excellent way for teams to work together and apply what has been learned throughout the session. We will have SharePoint Mentor/Advisors available to work with the groups throughout the meeting. It may be helpful to forward the newsletter information onto anyone else within your organization that may benefit from information.

Don Donais
12/9/2015 9:00 AMPanel Discussion
Tamara Bredemus; Raymond Mitchell; Brian Caauwe; Mark Gamm; Nate Hadro; Don Donais
11/11/2015 9:00 AMPerformance Troubleshooting with SharePoint Online and Office 365
In the last several years, the growth in popularity and compelling value of Office 365 have resulted in many organizations adopting SharePoint Online rather building an on-premises implementation. SharePoint Online is maintained by Microsoft and designed for scalability and growth, but that doesn’t mean that customers always have it easy. Service outages, misunderstandings about the underlying platform, and plain old bad luck can sometimes turn smooth sailing into an extremely choppy ride. In this session, we’ll take a look at how SharePoint Online is implemented and how it differs from a typical on-premises implementation. We’ll explore hands-on troubleshooting techniques that are available for diagnosing common SharePoint Online problems, and we’ll demonstrate some solutions that can be applied. We’ll also spend a little time investigating some common Office 365 issues that have an effect on SharePoint performance – and what can be done about those issues. At the conclusion of this session, participants will have a greater understanding of SharePoint Online, how to troubleshoot it, and what can be done to steer clear of trouble in their own tenants.
 1.       Build an understanding of how SharePoint Online is implemented
 2.       Demonstrate SharePoint Online troubleshooting tools, activities, and remediation steps
3.       Identify related Office 365 issues and how to address them
Sean McDonough
10/14/2015 9:00 AMIntroduction to Developing Solutions with Visual Studio and Office 365 REST APIs
The Office 365 APIs are REST services that provide access to data from Office 365 services: mail, calendars, and contacts from Exchange Online; files and folders from SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business; and users and groups from Azure AD.
In this class, we will learn the basic elements required to develop a SharePoint Online solution on Visual Studio using the Office 365 REST APIs. By the end of the class, you will an understanding of:
 • How to design and architect a basic but practical solution
 • How to setup a development environment for Office 365 development
 • How to work with data and the various REST endpoints.
Doug Hemminger
9/9/2015 9:00 AMInnovation Games: An Introduction

It’s GAMESTORMING time! This session introduces Innovation Games, an inventive method of engaging your customers, end-users and peers. You’ll learn how you can use gaming strategies to gather requirements, build consensus, drive strategic direction and recover broken work streams and projects. You’ll get an introduction to innovation games and learn how games can be facilitated and used to generate rich qualitative data sets. Move past the traditional methods for building requirements and driving consensus—it’s time to liven up your meetings!

This meeting is not available online this session because the interactive nature. We will be creating a video of the meeting and making that available afterward.

Sarah Haase
8/12/2015 9:00 AMSharePoint Usability and Design Tips for Non Designers
Are you responsible for administering a SharePoint site for your team or project, but don't know where to begin?  Wondering how you should configure it or what types of content to store there?  And how do you change the boring standard interface to something with a little more zing without involving a designer or a developer?  Wendy will walk through the basic steps that anyone constructing a website, regardless of platform, should take into consideration when planning and creating a site and how these concepts fit into the SharePoint world.  Basic usability concepts will be introduced, along with some quick and easy branding and design tips that will make a big difference in the look and feel of your site, and you don't need to have any design or coding skills to implement them. 
Wendy Neal
7/8/2015 9:00 AMSharePoint Search and Display Templates
Many organizations fail to take advantage of one of the best features within the SharePoint 2013/Online. SharePoint Search! The latest version of SharePoint Search enables organizations to display specific information no matter where that information resides. Additionally, Search results can be configured to display information how the end user needs by means of Display Templates. This session will focus on how Search works and additionally on the tools needed to create Search Display Templates. This will also focus on just how SharePoint Search works when dealing with Managed Properties.
Kameron Berget
6/10/2015 9:00 AMEnterprise Social: From "Ooh, Shiny!" to Business Success

Put a great enterprise social product - Yammer - in the hands of end users and the rest falls into place, right? Wrong! This session shares the candid, real-world experience of a global company answering the question, "What makes social really work in your organization?" We'll review sometimes painful lessons learned over time, plus the latest strategies for driving business, cultural and technical change. Join us for practical and actionable advice to support your enterprise social journey.

Melanie Hohertz is Cargill's strategic leader and change/communication expert around adoption, engagement, measure and value. She is a well-known advocate for implementing Yammer and has spoken at numerous conferences about her experiences with implementing Yammer at Cargill. We have a great opportunity of having Melanie present her Microsoft Ignite session at our June meeting. In addition, we will have Melanie join a panel of local experts around Yammer and enterprise social. This is a must-see event if you are even thinking about enterprise social in your organization.

Melanie Hohertz
5/13/2015 9:00 AMMicrosoft Ignite SharePoint Recap
Join us as we talk about the new and exciting topics that were discussed during the MS Ignite conference the first week of May.
Beth Beck; Dennis Alexander; Don Donais; Sarah Haase; Trevor Huinker
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