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9/13/2017 9:00 AMDeveloping 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’.
Virgil Carroll
8/9/2017 9:00 AMBuild 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.
Development and implementation involved just about every aspect of SharePoint/SharePoint Designer 2013 development, and includes: content types, multiple workflows, web services to start workflows, looping parameter lists to generate tasks, date table lookups for workdays, automatic document generation, task views for contributors, a separate messaging management workflow, JavaScript tabbed form (thanks Mark Rackley) and support for authenticated external contributors. 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.
Bob Bruce; Jeremy Marshall
7/12/2017 9:00 AMSharePoint’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
Sean McDonough
6/14/2017 9:00 AMIdentities 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.
Max Fritz
5/10/2017 9:00 AMPanel Discussion
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:
Wes Preston; Max Fritz; Martin Schmidt; Don Donais; Raymond Mitchell
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
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