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My notes: SharePoint Saturday Munich 2017 #SPSMUC

04 Mar 2017
March 4, 2017

So this was my inaugural SharePoint Saturday in my hometown Munich – the last time I couldn’t attend – and now I am fully thrilled to be part of the greatest and latest SharePoint community event in Munich – and maybe even in Germany.

Hosted directly in the Microsoft headquarter in Munich (awesome office!) – with more than 400 attendees this will be fun!

1/4 of the agenda – right next to each session room.

My agenda and some brief notes are below – the full agenda and the list of awesome speakers is here.

#SPSMUC00: Keynote: SharePoint Futures – Field and Engineering Perspective – Aligned or Different?

with Eric Shupps(@eshupps) and Veza Juvonen (@vesajuvonen)

I was not in the same room as the two speakers because of room capacities – and I watched (better listened) to the keynote that has been broadcasted to two other rooms. It was a different experience for me because it was hard to follow some of the jokes without seeing what is going on the stage – but it was still fun 🙂

It almost felt like Veza and Eric did a good cop, bad cop theme what is good and bad about SharePoint and Office 365 as of now – there is lot to come, many internal changes of how things will be

#SPSMUC01: The key to a successful Office 365 implementation is adoption

by Jasper Osterveld(@jasoosterveld)

Adoption is key! Jasper gave some really great tips that will definitely be considered in my company for my customers! The room was quite packed, more than 75 people in the room – awesome!

Launch card, launch video and launch party: Well, that’s a cool starting point to promote the new technology, the options and possibilities – what sounds easy for all of us, might not be for some others. So be honest about what the new tech can do for you and be integrative.

Well, what could be worse of a great portal and nobody uses it, right? So I will keep lots of those tips and tricks in mind!

Office 365 adoption session – very fun to watch!

#SPSMUC03: Pushing the Boundaries – A Deep-Dive into Real-World SharePoint Add-In

by Eric Shupps(@eshupps)

Eric shared a lot of his experiences with apps – from expiring tokens, to expiring apps – and where can host your apps. All those options come with different possibilities (!!!) , but great overview to get started.

Apps on Azure

Provider Hosted Apps

You don’t control the costs

Well, that quote is perfectly describing the situation of many devs – I had a customer project that was stuck for months because nobody was able to create a Azure SQL database (4€/month!) because nobody was defined to provision and in the end pay for the database…

Eric showed a nice demo from Office PnP about throttling and REST – cool stuff, need to check it.

Another one: Think and play through the removal of your app – there are some missing pieces.

If you don’t wanna sleep at night – build your own provisioning engine!

Apparently there was no applause for that brilliant quote – but he is sooooooo right!

Cool stuff – great session – Eric can definitely talk faster than I can take notes 🙂

#SPSMUC22: SharePoint Patching demystified

by Stefan Goßner (@stefan_gossner)

Whops, I missed that one because I talk too much – hopefully I find his slides online to get demystified, too!

#SPSMUC13: Level up with PowerApps and Microsoft Flow

by Mikael Svenson (@mikaelsvenson)

PowerApps – I absolutely love what I am seeing. Responsive, fast, slick design – the future of business forms is bright. For Power Users it could be tricky tho build everything that Mikael showed us. Even tho Mikael made building cascading drop down look easy!

Autocomplete for the control bindings, every InfoPath dev or PowerUser would love that – but lets focus on the future, right?


PowerApps and Flow – Mikael in action!

Full house!

Rename all the controls!

I see a lot of interesting projects that will use that in the future – SharePoint as business platform sounds familiar, right? Mikael’s slides are already available here.

Good session, I had good fun!

#SPSMUC17: Implementing SharePoint hybrid search, start to finish

by Thomas Vochten (@ThomasVochten)

Search Search Search – I just cant get enough of it. I gave a similar talk in Brussels last year, but its of course totally interesting how Thomas presents that topic, whats important for him and then of course “steal” all the good parts 🙂

Thomas gave a very concise overview of the search architecture and the options – and then compared the functionality of the past with all we get by using hybrid search: unified index, ranking, refiners and unify everything from remote repositories to one index. Awesome! If you want to check all the tiny details, check this post.


Legacy outbound hybrid

eDiscovery and Compliance benefit of the hybrid search (cool) – and a big chapter about security especially security trimming.

And a neat display template to visualize that the search result sits onPrem – awesome!

And then there was a nice live demo of configuring hybrid search on stage – I crossed my fingers – and everything worked! Cool stuff.

Good session by Thomas – thanks!


Top session, top speakers, super professional and awesome organization, free community event and full house – how could you top that? Even the weather was perfect! I enjoyed all the sessions, learned a bit here and there – and had many good chats with old friends, new friends and vendors!

Kudos to Matthias Einig (@mattein) , the team of Rencore and all the awesome sponsors for making this happening!

And now, let’s SharePint!

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!

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