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MNSPUG - Connecting people, process and information
Minnesota SharePoint Users Group
10/9/2019 9:00 AM
Extending your Intranet with PowerApps
The Employee Experience Starter Kit was released by Microsoft to showcase how the Power Platform can be used to improve the daily experience for employees. We will walk through the included applications and how to tailor them to your company.
9/11/2019 9:00 AM
Microsoft Flow: The Glue in Office 365
Overview of Flow and how it integrates into SharePoint libraries and lists.
8/14/2019 9:00 AM
The governance of SharePoint provisioning
Over the last few surveys, the community has asked for a session on Governance, so we will take this opportunity to look at the provisioning of SharePoint sites.
In the world of on-premises administrator typically had full control over who, or what, had the ability to create sites and site collections based on the global governance. Office 365 has turned that methodology on its head by allowing sites to be created from SharePoint Home, and Office 365 Group, Microsoft Team, Microsoft Planner and more. Successful deployments AND continued adoption rely on the right methodology for the creation of these assets for YOUR organization that can change over time. Today your environment may be configured like a bank vault where only certain individuals have the proper keys or like Oprah where everyone gets a site, come to talk about your experiences and issues with site provisioning.
This session will walk through the options of provisioning strategies such as the Wild West, Admin controlled and self-service requests. Regardless of if you are still on-premises or in Office 365, understanding your options and sharing with the community the pro's and con's for these strategies can assist you in making sure you have the right amount of control of your environment based on your business requirements.
7/10/2019 9:00 AM
20 Office 365 productivity tips that you've probably never used (but should)
In this fun and informative session, Tom will share his favorite Office 365 productivity tips, with a focus on personal productivity, spanning the entire Office 365 platform (SharePoint, Teams, and the Office suite). Attendees should walk away with at least 4 or 5 gems that could have an immediate impact on your productivity.
6/12/2019 9:00 AM
SharePoint Conference Recap
Please join us as MNSPUG members have the opportunity to connect with local experts and a member of the product team in the art of SharePoint and Office 365. To kick things off Brian Caauwe will provide roadmap updates coming out of the SharePoint Conference and will open up the Q&A session where our local panel will give their reactions to the SharePoint conference which was recently held in Las Vegas. 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 SPC. The panelists are sure to discuss announcements regarding Content Services, PowerApps and Flow, SharePoint Framework, Microsoft Teams, and any other questions you may have. 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:
5/8/2019 9:00 AM
Search, search and more search
You have quite a few search options in M365 - Microsoft Search, SharePoint search, Delve, etc. This session will quickly break these options down, review admin/config capabilities for each, and then discuss common best practices around UX and available customizations.
4/10/2019 9:00 AM
Become an Excel Power User - Connecting and Analyzing Your SharePoint Data
SharePoint is the information center from many departments within your organization. As departments start implementing workflows, or are tracking projects or milestones there is a need to quickly analyze the information to help improve processes or policies. Microsoft has included a powerful set of tools within Excel 2016 that helps analyst get the most out of their SharePoint data. This session will look at how you can connect to your SharePoint data using Excel 2016, adjust the data on the fly and create the charts and graphs to help improve departments efficiencies.
3/13/2019 9:00 AM
Getting Started with PowerApps
Over the last few surveys, the community has asked for a session on PowerApps at MNSPUG, so let's get started.
After the unofficial funeral march for InfoPath occurred at the SharePoint Conference in 2014, users have been looking at the evolution of forms related to SharePoint. Now entering stage right, the modern business application tool of PowerApps. Now that SharePoint Online has deep integration to PowerApps, and it has been dubbed the heir-apparent modern forms in SharePoint we can start our journey away from InfoPath.
This session will give you the foundational knowledge on the differences between canvas and model driven applications, how you can enhance your forms connecting to multiple data sources, manipulating data with formulas, and how to setup your app for success.
2/13/2019 9:00 AM
Collaboration 101 - Back to Basics
Throughout our work with collaboration platforms, we take for granted the core functionality with SharePoint and Office 365, so now is the time to take a step back and get back to basics. This session will help you to ground a solid base of knowledge. Topics include, but not limited to: • SharePoint Terminology and Architecture • Related Office 365 Services • Core features and functionality • Classic and Modern web parts • Permissions management During this meeting, YOUR will be asked to provide feedback on these features on how it's successfully being used throughout your organization.
1/9/2019 9:00 AM
The "disruption-vs.-value" debate: Defining the pace of your Office 365 implementation
Office 365 provides a powerful productivity toolset that can transform your digital workplace. As Office 365 practitioners, we need to consider the speed with which we roll out collaboration capabilities to our organizations. But achieving business value and driving ROI (Return On Investment) with Office 365 requires user buy-in. The delicate balance of success hinges on generating enough disruption to change user behavior and drive business productivity without alienating the very users we're trying to engage.
Yes, some of our advanced users can make use of a wide array of Office 365 apps quickly and with relatively little discomfort. But most of our users are disrupted by the rollout and onboarding process for new technologies.
This session explores the disruption-versus-value debate, outlining key criteria to consider as you shape (or re-shape) the course of your Office 365 implementation.
12/12/2018 9:00 AM
Simplifying Security & Compliance in Office 365
Security & Compliance features in Office 365 have grown exponentially over the past few years. While this is great and all, it can be overwhelming to determine what feature does what, when to use each one, and how to get simple tasks done.
Join us for the last MNSPUG of the year as we dive into Security & Compliance features, go through how they work, and simplify what should be used when. We’ll do some live demos of common scenarios. We’ll look at all of these features from admin, security & compliance officer, and end user perspectives. Lastly, we’ll take a peek at the future roadmap of Security & Compliance to see what we should expect in 2019.
11/14/2018 9:00 AM
The World is Flat: a New Normal of Modern Architecture
With the introduction of modern Communication and Team sites, administrators have had to rethink what it means to define an information architecture. How does one provide shared navigation, deliver global branding, configure consistent taxonomy and manage permissions when there is no direct inheritance?
During this session we will discuss the pros and cons of modern architecture and what tools administrators and owners can use to mimic the perception of classic architecture requirements. Concepts such as Office 365 groups, hub sites, site designs, branding and application customizers are important to understand how they can impact the end user experience. Given this information you can start, or continue, your journey to the brave new modern world in SharePoint.
10/10/2018 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, Flow, SharePoint Spaces, Modern Sites, SharePoint 2019 and any other questions you may have. 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:
9/12/2018 9:00 AM
The road from Classic to Modern
Are you wondering what you should be doing with SharePoint Online? Curious whether the new modern interface is right for you? During this session, we will talk about the classic interface and the reasons you might want to switch to modern now. You’ll hear the pros and cons of each and talk about the path to converting from classic to modern.
8/8/2018 9:00 AM
Using Innovation Games to engage your SharePoint/Office 365 users
As SharePoint/Office 365 practitioners, one of our most important jobs is driving user engagement. We need to educate and inspire our users to learn about and leverage these technologies to drive Digital Workplace improvements. But how do we drive engagement, interest, and enthusiasm?
This session introduces Innovation Games, an inventive method of engaging your end-users. You'll learn how gaming strategies can help you gather requirements, build consensus, drive strategic direction, determine business/technology priorities, and recover broken workstreams and projects. Don't miss your chance to experience Innovation Games firsthand! You'll leave with fresh ideas on how to liven up your meetings and drive interest and engagement in SharePoint/Office 365.
7/11/2018 9:00 AM
Office 365 Groups from the end user to the administrator
Let’s get started with modern collaboration! Office 365 Groups are a solution developed with people and collaboration in mind. These Groups are providing a new way for your team to work together and new challenges as an administrator. If you are in Office 365 or moving to it, you will need to learn what Office 365 Groups are and how they fit in into your enterprise. We are going to break down Groups from a technical level and see what experiences you have from an end user to strategies to govern them as an administrator.
6/13/2018 9:00 AM
SharePoint Conference Recap
Please join us as MNSPUG members have the opportunity to connect with local experts and a member of the product team in the art of SharePoint and Office 365. To kick things off Mark Kashman, Senior Product Manager at Microsoft, will provide updates from the product team coming out of the SharePoint Conference and will open up the Q&A session. After Mark's Q&A, our local panel will give their reactions to the SharePoint conference which was recently held in Las Vegas. If you weren't able to attend, this is your opportunity to ask a SharePoint product team member and 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 SPC. The panelists are sure to discuss announcements regarding Content Services, PowerApps and Flow, SharePoint Framework, SharePoint 2019, Microsoft Teams, and any other questions you may have. 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://
5/9/2018 9:00 AM
Member Case Studies
It’s your turn to shine!!! We always have a great response to real world case studies and this month will feature members of the MNSPUG community sharing their stories on specific use cases. All of those who submitted were asked to talk about the following during their presentation:
• What was the business need?
• What options did you have (if any)?
• Why did you choose this option?
• How did you implement?
• Was there any ROI after implementation?
Here are the members and what they will be presenting:
Joseph Satre – Carver County
Modernizing the invoicing and payment tracking system used by Jail Services
Noah Spannbauer – Minnesota Twins
Using the SharePoint Framework to develop a central event based visual solution
Important event information critical to the operation of the business is kept in multiple locations: SharePoint, SQL Server, Excel, Publisher, and Outlook public folders. Executives and Managers have to go to multiple places to locate event information so they can make informed decisions that impact the business, in which they aren’t able to quickly make business critical decision regarding events. By developing a SharePoint Framework client-side web part that leverages PnP JS we were able to retrieve event information using SharePoint Search and displaying the results in a single calendar view using an open-source Full Calendar project.
Don Donais – Ameriprise Financial
Using SharePoint to manage SharePoint
Moving from SharePoint on-premise to SharePoint Online can be a daunting task, even with a small farm. Moving all of the content into a new site architecture needs to have high visibility and tracking throughout the long process. See how we used SharePoint to manage our process of moving to the cloud to ensure no site was left behind, unless we wanted it to.
4/11/2018 9:00 AM
What you get with Office 365 Hybrid
Hybrid functionality has been created as the bridge to Office 365 for those that are hesitant with a full deployment in the cloud or that have regulatory requirements to keep certain data on-premise. Different services throughout Office 365 offer diverse types of functions when it comes to a hybrid architecture, with some allowing native migrations to others providing cloud services to on-premise data. During this session, we will identify the ways in which hybrid architectures can be utilized throughout Office 365 and clear up what functionality is available based on the hybrid service. Whether your organization has on-premise deployments or are already migrated to the cloud, this session will help you understand how hybrid architectures affects what is available for you based on your deployment.
3/14/2018 9:00 AM
SharePoint 101 - Back to Basics
Throughout our work with collaboration platforms, we take for granted the core functionality with SharePoint, so now is the time to take a step back and get back to basics. This session will help you to ground a solid base of knowledge. Topics include, but not limited to:
• SharePoint Terminology and Architecture
• Core features and functionality
• Permissions management
• Content management
During this meeting, YOUR will be asked to provide feedback on these features on how it's successfully being used throughout your organization.
2/14/2018 9:00 AM
Microsoft Flow: the successor to SharePoint Designer Workflows
Microsoft Flow is a new Office 365 service that can help you manage your data and workloads. Microsoft Flow enables you to synchronize files, collect information from users and systems, get notifications when specific actions have taken place, and much more.
During this session you’ll get an introduction to the Microsoft Flow service, see several use cases, and learn how you can get started building flows. We’ll also discuss the future of SharePoint Designer and the road-map for Microsoft Flow.
Daniel is a Microsoft Office Servers and Services MVP with 14 years’ experience building technology solutions, intranets and extranets. As a Practice Lead for InfoWorks, Daniel helps organizations of all sizes solve complex data challenges by implementing Office 365 and SharePoint without the need of customization and costly investments.
Daniel is a sought-after trainer, providing customized Power BI and Microsoft Flow 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 SharePoint Saturday Nashville, and is a co-host for the popular REgarding 365 “The Week That Was” show on REgarding365.com. You can follow Daniel online at
and @DanielGlenn on Twitter.
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.
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