2022 Agenda

Name Speakers Description
Aligning IT and Business Strategies to Drive Strategic Outcomes

Most today’s business leaders agree that Information Technology (IT) is an indispensable part of the products and services they provide – that IT and business strategies must be aligned, if not tightly integrated, to drive strategic outcomes. And yet, despite that sentiment, leaders in both functions often struggle (or find little value) with this essential task.

Blake and Vince will offer their perspectives, in straight talk format, on what they have found to be a straightforward, repeatable, and effective approach to aligning IT and business strategies in a way that delivers the mail.

Their talk will cover perspectives on:

  • Benefiting from a two-speed operating model – “run” versus “change”
  • Framing the role of strategic planning/plans – questions, choices, and clarity
  • Focusing on planning fundamentals – outcomes, roadmaps, and resources
  • Setting teams up for success – bridging the strategy and execution gap
  • Q&A
Building Your Brand Workshop

Be prepared to roll up your sleeves and take steps needed to identify the components of your brand and start to implement them. Learning Objectives:

  • Identify your top 2 values and how they show up at work.
  • Articulate the 3 most important things others say about you after a short interaction.
  • Assess how you are perceived?  How you show up? How do you know?
  • Harvest best practices for sharing your brand.
Connecting video in a similar M365 experience with Stream in SharePoint

The vision of Microsoft Stream is one that empowers M365 users to accomplish more with fast intelligent video. Johnny Lopez will provide a quick reminder of the New Stream vision announced at Ignite in 2020 and what is new in Stream on SharePoint. 

Critical Success Factors for Building Your Brand in a Hybrid or Remote Workplace

Key Components:

  • What are you top 2 values – how do they show up at work – in your passions?
  • When you network with someone for 30 minutes – what are the 3 most important things that they say about you after you walk out of the room/hang up?
  • What is your signature look? Does it represent the job you want?
Enabling Business with a Modernized Real-Time Data Strategy

This discussion will share a data journey to execute the right technology stack for "real-time" decisioning, machine learning and AI. A modernized real-time data architecture that is flexible and adaptable will be shared. Attendees will learn to recognize critical business friction points in data ecosystems. This presentation is recommended for technical, business and analytics leaders looking to improve the time to insight for business transformation.

Going Beyond “Lift and Shift” - Getting the Most Out of the Cloud

As companies increasingly migrate to the cloud, they are looking for more than simple cost savings. What was once the main reason for cloud migrations – moving away from heavy Capex investments in hardware and infrastructure, toward more predictable and flexible Opex, is only the beginning. To take full advantage of the cloud and benefit from all that it offers and glean competitive advantages including real innovation and enhanced speed to market, organizations need to truly go beyond just “lift and shift.” However, they may not know how to get there, and determine a roadmap, tech stack, best practices, methodologies, etc. In this presentation, we will address the different approaches of cloud migration, and describe how organizations can migrate to the cloud in a way that not only minimizes their costs but as importantly achieves new capabilities and other benefits. This presentation will address the business drivers and expectations that are now leading the way for cloud migrations, as well as how and why to formulate different cloud strategies such as rehosting, replatforming, and refactoring. Other topics will be covered such as whether to migrate or decompose monolithic applications, and how to choose from a variety of cloud tools, technologies, and platforms.

Human Security Engineering: Stop Relying on the Failed Human Firewall

While the main perception is that the “user problem” is due to a malicious party trying to trick well intentioned users, users who are unaware, apathetic, careless, etc., are more likely to be the cause of loss. Either way, the cybersecurity industry realizes this and develops tactics such as awareness, MFA, DLP, etc. to mitigate the problem. Despite all of these tactics, 90%+ of all losses result from attacks targeting users. This presentation is a comprehensive strategy to address the insider threat, whether it results from malicious or well-meaning insiders.

Managing and Motivating Teams in a Hybrid EnvironmentThe pandemic ushered in a period of constant change for all managers — pivoting to a remote or hybrid workplace, meeting by Zoom and dealing with the personal challenges employees faced working with kids and pets in the mix. Becoming an expert at managing and motivating from afar became a required skillset. For IT leaders, however, the stress has been multiplied as they addressed the raging talent war, staff raiders, candidate fraud and more. Our panel of IT Executives will share their experiences and the solutions they have found for managing hybrid teams in the post-pandemic world.
Preparing For the Next Global Event, How to Weaponize Cloud Computing Today Capitalize on a Quickly Changing World 
The Future of Security: It's Not All Doom and Gloom

This panel discussion will bring together security and technology leaders to discuss the following: What proactive, preventative measures will truly enhance an organization's security posture -- and what's over-hyped? We've all heard that ""people, process and technologies"" are the key to success, but what does that actually mean? How do you bring major awareness to a company in all three of these areas? Before an actual attacker tries to breach the company, what tactics should you use? What can you do to stay secure if you are strapped for money, talent and guidance?

What Happened on the Way to the C-Suite and What’s Next

This panel of trailblazers provides fascinating insight into the dynamic world of women succeeding in the world of technology, the paths they followed, the obstacles they overcame, the advice they wish they’d had as they followed to bring their dreams to reality.

Your Digital Journey – How to Bring Value to the External Customer

As a technology leader, you are now responsible for both internal and external customers. As business process has drastically transformed over the past two years, what do your external customers expect now? What level of digital needs are expected compared to your internal customer base how do you get there?

Wednesday, November 2, 2022
Automate content processing using AI & SharePoint Syntex

We'll learn how to use SharePoint Syntex that uses advanced AI and machine teaching to amplify human expertise, automate content processing, and transform content into knowledge.

Digital Transformation and Change Management

It is amazing how the job description of IT leaders is updating to include "Change Management" as additional responsibility as successful adoption of Technology platforms is a key success factor when measuring result of a Technology Product/solution.

As we are digitally transforming businesses,  at the backdrop of operating in a world of constant uncertainty and change, mastering the inner game/culture becomes more important. Instead of simply implementing tools and hoping for the best, companies must focus on creating highly agile teams that respond to demands fast, adapt to change and move on. 

Change Management and User adoption is not an after thought, it needs to be a part of the Strategy and technology roadmap. Will walk the audience through multiple proven techniques and how to measure success of your project roll outs, as we discuss multiple factors related to Change Management

Governance in a Hybrid Office 365 environment

As organizations move to the cloud and Office 365, the paradigm of how content is stored, managed and retired through its life-cycle has changed. Content is no longer just stored in SharePoint, but it is perforated across all the different workloads of Office 365, from MS teams to OneDrive for business, content is distributed across multiple types of sites even within SharePoint Online and On-Premise. This is session is the first in a real world case study on how to effectively leverage Office 365 capabilities to govern your content across all the workloads in Office 365.

Introduction to Enterprise Content Management in Microsoft 365

Enterprise content management continues to be a vital area of focus in many organizations and is one of the fastest growing cloud segments. Microsoft, already a leader in this space, continues to invest in new ECM capabilities across the entire 365 suite. Take a guided tour through a wealth of ECM features for document management, records, retention, discovery, labeling and disposition in Microsoft 365 and learn how to leverage them in your organization.

M365 Group Lifecycle Management

The fundamental building block of M365 is the M365 Group and controlling how they are created, managed, archived, and deleted is a critical governance issue for organizations. This session will explore the questions that your organization will need to ask itself to properly create a governance structure for M365 Groups and how and when to automate the process.

Navigation: A Step Towards Success in SharePoint & O365

Navigation can single handily destroy any SharePoint implementation. How you ask? If your users cannot easily find what they are looking for in 3 clicks or less they lose focus, and decide to use something else which means user adoption declines. However, that is not the only issue that can occur with navigation, one of the most popular ones I see is navigation that takes the users to another page or site then to another and another and another. I guess the good thing is they eventually get there but the bad news is now they are going to bookmark or make it a favorite so that they never have to repeat those steps. Sounds like a great solution for the users right? Actually, it’s the worst thing that can possibly happen to your SharePoint implementation. The basis of implementing SharePoint within an organization is collaboration and if the users are bookmarking sites then they are missing all the information the company is trying to share with their organization. The home page becomes obsolete, editors of the sites stop updating it and then collaboration only (hopefully) exists within the content sites and the company fails in communication.In this session we will review the “classic” navigation within the classic team sites as well as the new Cascading and Mega Menu within the new modern sites. Once we understand our options for navigation we will review navigation best practices, how to clean up your existing navigation to make it more relevant, easy to use and turn it into the wow factor of your site. Last but not least some tips and tricks on how to get your users excited about SharePoint, the content being shared and your new navigation!

Optimize your Power Platform governance using the Power Platform Center of Excellence

For many business and technology users, the word ""governance"" often instills fear of excessive processes, documentation, and meetings. Let me remove this anxiety by introducing the Microsoft Power Platform Center of Excellence. Join my session to learn how this accelerator can give you a head start on:

  • Gaining insights into your Microsoft Power Platform adoption
  • Establishing audit and compliance processes
  • Accelerating your adoption by thriving with a community of makers
  • and more
teams, Teams, TEAMS: Let's create some Teams

Many of us in our daily roles are asked to provision, secure and configure Microsoft Teams in rapid fashion for our organization. In some organizations this can be quite time consuming depending on the various layers of complexity in the configuration requirements we were given. This session examines many different interfaces and methods to automate the process of creating a Team (capital 'T'), securing it, configuring it from settings right down to creating a Plan within it. To do so, we will examine the request process and data collection using PowerApps, then provisioning & configuration using several methods of automation including from Flow/Azure Logic Apps, Azure Runbooks/Functions, Powershell, and GraphAPI.

Your Intelligent Workplace with Microsoft Teams and AI Builder

The digital transformation is still ongoing. There are many isolated processes which can be optimized and integrated into your daily business. We will build a forms processing solution with AI Builder to support the employees of an exemplary company. I will also show you how to integrate such a business application into your teamwork hub.