Recap: SharePoint Saturday Belgium 2016

16 Oct 2016
October 16, 2016

300 attendees on a Saturday – all “SharePoint-crazy” – that’s what I said last year and it’s very true for this year, too!


Fun from the start at 9:00am until the official end of SPSBE (SharePoint Saturday Belgium) at around 19:30!
I apparently had to optimize my session on this Saturday (50 minutes slots instead of 60!), tests my demos and pimp my slides – so I could only attend one full session (Deep Dive building solutions on the SharePoint Framework by Waldek Mastykarz @waldekm), but there was enough time for me to talk to friends, community members, BIWUG board members and other speakers – good times, good fun.

SPSBE 2016: Deep Dive building solutions on the SharePoint Framework by Waldek Mastykarz @waldekm

Deep Dive building solutions on the SharePoint Framework by Waldek Mastykarz

Great venue, great speaker lineup – everything was great! I am leaving Belgium the second time – impressed!

Great venue!

Great venue!

Thanks again to all the sponsors who made the event possible!

Speakers & Sessions

300 attendees not only from Belgium. In general the conference covered all kind of different topics, but the main themes were Office 365 with topics like development, governance, adoption, best practices, workflows, search, apps and solutions. 24 sessions in 4 tracks – lots of stuff:

Get typing with TypeScript by David Opendries
Deep Dive building solutions on the SharePoint Framework by Waldek Mastykarz
Extend your Office 365 environment to cross-platform apps by Alexander Meijers
Introduction to SharePoint PnP by Bert Jansen
PowerApps for developers by Adis Jugo
Azure Active Directory for developers – from A to Z by Stéphane Eyskens

IT Pro
Long live On Premises, the reality of SharePoint in the Enterprise by Spencer Harbar
Preparing to Migrate from SharePoint (On-Prem) to Office 365 by Andy Talbot
Microsoft BI demystified : should we go for SharePoint 2016 BI or for PowerBI v2? by Serge Luca & Isabelle Van Campenhoudt
Exploring identity management options for Office 365 by Paul Hunt
The State of the SharePoint PowerShell Nation 2016 by Spencer Harbar
Hybrid Search – Everything you need to know! by Max Melcher

The Secrets of Engaging Employees Through The Digital Workplace by Symon Garfield
The key to a successful Office 365 implementation: Adoption by Jasper Oosterveld
The challenges of implementing document management in Office 365 by Peter Baddeley
Microsoft Flow and Azure Logic Apps by Penny Coventry
Power Users Guide to Office 365 by Chirag Patel
Office 365 Video – How and Why? by Maarten Eekels

The SharePoint Development Story by Karine Bosch
Leverage the power of Groups! by Albert-Jan Schot
Extending Office Add-ins with Azure Container Service by Rick Van Rousselt
Analyze Your ULS Logs in the Cloud with Azure HDInsight by Edin Kapic
Set up your release pipeline for your Office/Office 365/SharePoint developments with Azure by Vincent Biret
From Design to a modern Style Guide – Branding Strategies for SharePoint and Add-ins by Stefan Bauer

SPSBE 2016 Schedule

SPSBE 2016 Schedule

Impressive schedule packed with insights and speakers from around the world.

My Session: Hybrid Search – Everything YOU need to know!

I had a really good time presenting my content about hybrid Search – and the demo gods were with me, all planned demoes worked like a charm – I uploaded my slides, but the cool stuff is in the demos and I can’t make them available: SPSBE 2016: HybridSearch

At the very beginning of my session we had some sound issues, another microphone was connected to my room – but well, we all had some fun!

During and after the talk there were like 5 to 10 questions (Data Privacy and regulation, Encryption of the content, Bandwidth requirements, implementation strategy)- but only the first 4 got a free beer from me 🙂

Good questions gives you good beer!


For every good questions you could get a German beer! Participation was high 🙂

And I closed my session right in time for the closing SharePint and raffle!



I had a blast, once more! The SharePoint community in Belgium is really enlightening – thanks for  a great weekend!

See you latest next year Belgium!

Max Melcher
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Max Melcher

Maximilian Melcher (MCSE, MCPD) is a Principal Consultant working at Alegri International Services in Munich, Germany. Max is a specialist in SharePoint technologies focused on search, social computing, web content management and collaboration. Max has led SharePoint implementations for Dax 30 companies since 2009.
Max’s free time is spent on twitter (@maxmelcher) mostly with a good coffee in his hands.
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2 replies
  1. Elio Struyf says:

    Thanks Max, It was great having you at #SPSBE. See you next year (or a bit earlier).


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