SharePoint Fest Chicago 2019

Chicago Skyline

December 9 - 13, 2019

Chicago, IL

The Extranet User Manager team is headed to SharePoint Fest in Chicago from December 9 - 13, 2019! The workshops and sessions at SharePoint Fest are all taught by Microsoft Certified Trainers, Microsoft Engineers, and Microsoft MVPs, with topics such as Enterprise Content Management, Power Users, Social SharePoint, Business Value, Implementation/Administration, Office 365, Workflow, Business Intelligence, Special Topics, and SharePoint Development. 

Extranet User Manager President Peter Carson is delivering four sessions in the conference;

WRK505 - Developing Custom Connectors and HTML Forms for the Microsoft Power Platform Workshop. Room 106A Tue 9:00 PM

Learn about custom connectors and how you can take advantage of the connector platform to extend your data sources for Microsoft Flow and PowerApps. In this session, we will share Microsoft's roadmap and vision for the connector platform, and show real examples. 

We will start with background on custom connectors, what they are, why you would build them, and how users interact with them. We'll then go through an interesting scenario, where we use a custom HTML form to submit to a SharePoint list through a Flow HTTP Post connector. This scenario opens up tremendous opportunities to create both anonymous and authenticated rich HTML forms that communicate with any of the many systems Flow integrates with, without requiring any back-end code development. We will deploy a sample project that you can use to implement your own forms with. 

Next we will hands-on create your own custom connector, using the Yelp Fusion API as an example. Full details of the walk-through are available at https://www.extranetusermanager.com/resources/articles/developing-custom-connectors-for-the-microsoft-power-platform. 

From there we will review how we built our custom connectors for our Extranet User Manager product, so that you can either repeat that process for your own systems, or leverage our connectors with our product. We will cover not only custom actions, but also triggers using web hooks. Examples will include using Flow to automate the assigning of SharePoint Online permissions on creation of EUM groups, and customization of the new user registration approval process. The last section in the workshop will be for you to create your own webhook trigger, based on a sample Visual Studio project that we will be providing.

OFF105 - Office 365 External Sharing. Room 105A Wed 4:20 PM

OneDrive and SharePoint external sharing is all about publishing or collaborating with people outside of your organization. Users will find ways to do it with or without IT support (typically through email or shadow IT), so it’s important for IT to provide an easy way for them to do it effectively and securely. 

Sharing can be done in a number of different ways. Unstructured sharing to a small set of external users works well with the OOTB SharePoint features. As the scale increases, structured sharing with a large number of external users needs alternatives such as Azure AD B2B or third party solutions. We'll discuss options available and what makes sense where.

 In this session we will cover both configuring sharing appropriately, and the user experience for both content sharers and recipients. We'll also review recent announcements from Microsoft, such as the request files feature, one-time passcode support, Google federation, reporting enhancements, and deeper integration with Azure AD B2B.

AZR202 - Developing Custom Connectors and HTML Forms for the Microsoft Power Platform. Room 103D Thu 1:20 PM

Learn about custom connectors and how you can take advantage of the connector platform to extend your data sources for Microsoft Flow and PowerApps. In this session, we will share Microsoft's roadmap and vision for the connector platform, and show real examples. We will start with background on custom connectors, what they are, why you would build them, and how users interact with them. 

We'll then go through an interesting scenario, where we use a custom HTML form to submit to a SharePoint list through a Flow HTTP Post connector. This scenario opens up tremendous opportunities to create both anonymous and authenticated rich HTML forms that communicate with any of the many systems Flow integrates with, without requiring any back-end code development. We will share a sample project that you can use to implement your own forms with.

Next we will do a walk-through of how to create your own custom connector, using the Yelp Fusion API as an example. Full details of the walk-through are available at: https://www.extranetusermanager.com/resources/articles/developing-custom-connectors-for-the-microsoft-power-platform. From there we will review how we built our custom connectors for our Extranet User Manager product, so that you can either repeat that process for your own systems, or leverage our connectors with our product. We will cover not only custom actions, but also triggers using web hooks. Examples will include using Flow to automate the assigning of SharePoint Online permissions on creation of EUM groups, and customization of the new user registration approval process.

AZR304 - Provisioning and Templating Automation for Modern Sites, Office 365 Groups, and Teams. Room 103D Fri 2:20 PM

While Microsoft’s modern experience has really come together, there are so many ways to creates sites, groups, and Teams. In this session we will discuss how to standardize both the approach and the result with a request form (SPFx), approvals (Flow), and provisioning process (PowerShell, PnP, Azure Automation).

In this session we will leverage an open source solution with SPFx, Flow, and PowerShell to create a self-service request and approval process for Teams, Office 365 Groups, and SharePoint Team and Communication sites. You can use this as a starting point, customizing your forms, templates and process. 

We're not done by just creating the Office 365 Groups and Teams. We'll show how you can combine the concept of channels across Teams, SharePoint, OneNote, Planner, and Streams to better organize how your staff collaborate. Through automation of tabs in Teams, sections in OneNote, plans in Planner, and channels in Streams, plus navigation in SharePoint to tie it all together, you'll see significant gains in your teams' productivity. 

Everything is open sourced at https://github.com/petercarson/eum-sites/tree/V2 and www.extranetusermanager.com/resources/articles/business-case-for-site-provisioning


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About Peter Carson

Peter Carson, President of Extranet User Manager and a Microsoft MVP, is a recognized expert in Office 365, SharePoint, and Extranet strategies. Read Peter's           full bio and check out some of EUM's recent articles and blogs for all things Microsoft and extranet related.