Microsoft Cloud Architect and Microsoft 365 MVP
Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Ben is a Microsoft MVP, MCT, and the owner and chief consultant at Intelligink, where he focuses on Microsoft 365 and Azure. He has worked with SharePoint for 15+ years and Microsoft 365 and Azure for 10+ years. Since starting his career with Microsoft cloud, he has done work for professional sports organizations, government organizations, and organizations ranging in size from as few as 25 employees up to organizations of several thousand employees spread around the globe.
Ben is also a co-host of the MS Cloud IT Pro Podcast - https://msclouditpro.com, where he discusses the latest technologies in the Microsoft Office 365 and Azure space from an IT Pro point of view. You can find him on Twitter- @benstegink, YouTue - https://youtube.com/@intelligink, and his blog - https://www.benstegink.com.
Area of Expertise
It's a work management showdown! And yes…work management, not task management. I won't be discussing products like Microsoft To-Do, Apple Reminders, or even Google Tasks in any great detail. But instead, where you would track tasks, routines, or projects for a Team. Services like Planner, JIRA, Microsoft Lists, or Asana.
There are a lot of tools in this space, so don't expect to cover them all, but rather, I'll cover a few that I have experience with, reasons I use what I do (hint, as a Microsoft 365 guy, it's not Planner), and things you may want to think about when choosing one for your company. There won't be a clear winner that comes out of this showdown or, "You need to use this one," but enough information to help you make an informed decision about what you may want to use based on how you and your organization work.
The mantra from Microsoft this year has been “Do more with less.” When I think about doing more with less, I think about automating tasks and processes. But what should I use to automate them? Naturally, Power Automate comes to mind, but what about Logic Apps? Does this decision between what to choose have you frozen? Do you stay awake at night wondering if you’ve built your automation with the wrong product? Or…have you built everything in Power Automate, and after reading the last few sentences, you’re wondering if you did something wrong?
Well, you can rest easy; this session is for you! In this session, we’ll dive into both Power Automate and Logic apps to help you better understand both. I’ll walk you through some of my thought processes when building them for my business or helping a client choose. We’ll even do some demos and build the same automation in both products so you can better understand similarities, but also differences, when it comes to Power Automate and Logic Apps. Hopefully, after this session, You’ll get a good night’s sleep knowing you made the right decisions…or maybe you’ll rush back to work to move your automation from one service to the other.
There is a lot you can do with Microsoft Teams when it comes to the Power Platform. As both platforms have continued to involve, the integration and the capabilities that are possible when bringing them together have grown with them. Over the last several years, We’ve combined the two of them to create real solutions for clients. It has ranged from guiding users through the creation process of Teams to creating apps to work with data specific to individual Teams.
In this session, I’ll walk you through tips and tricks I used when building them and how you can start building them yourself. You’ll learn all about how Power Apps and Teams can be better together. The session will include working with Power Apps, Power Automate, and maybe even a little Power BI and combining them with Teams and SharePoint to create powerful business solutions!
A new hire starts, and who has all the information about the new employee? I bet it's usually HR. What about when a user quits? Goes on leave?
The IT department isn't always the first to know. When they find out, often it's through a support ticket and that may or may not have all the information.
What if you could give HR (or, frankly, anyone else) the ability to manage users in Azure AD without giving them access to Azure AD?
You could also put specific controls around what they can update when approval is needed and even the formatting of updates.
In this session, we'll walk you through the structure and process for creating a solution using the Power Platform to do just that! It will include a SharePoint List, Power Apps, Power Automate, and more!
No matter what company you work for or what industry you’re in, you probably find yourself in a scenario where someone wants a report about something in Microsoft 365. It could be around Email, SharePoint, Licensing, User Activity, or anything else in Microsoft 365. In this session, we'll look at 2 aspects of reporting in Microsoft 365. We'll start off by looking at what's immediately available in Microsoft 365 from a reporting perspective. This doesn't require building anything or really doing much outside of maybe clicking a button to enable some functionality. These reports and the data are just there for you to grab and consume. Secondly, we'll look at extending the reporting in Microsoft 365 by building our own reporting solution. This will be a 100% cloud-based reporting solution leveraging. Azure, PowerShell, and PowerBI. The only "code" we'll use in creating this solution will be some PowerShell scripts. You'll leave this session with both the knowledge of what reports are available in Office 365 as well as how you can return to your organization and build your own custom Microsoft 365 Reporting dashboard.
So you're a Microsoft 365 admin, or maybe just an Office 365 admin. But do you understand Azure? Do you know about Azure AD? Intune? Azure Advanced Threat Protection? Azure Information Protection? Cloud App Security? Azure Logic Apps, Azure Automation? These are all services that live in Azure, that either come with Microsoft 365 or can be used to enhance your Office 365 experience. Microsoft 365/Office 365 Admins will learn why they need to be familiar with Azure as well.
In this fast-paced session, I'll take you through my top 10 security best practices when it comes to Microsoft 365. While Microsoft secures a portion of their cloud, there is still responsibility and configuration you need to do within your tenant. We'll take a look at everything from simply what they are to what licensing considerations might come into play to why you should implement them. You'll come away from this session with specific security improvements you can make in your organization's Microsoft 365 environment to improve the security of your tenant and the data contained within it!
Join me for this session as we dive into identity in Azure. When working with the Microsoft cloud, identity is a core service. Without it, nothing would work. So, we'll start in the center of Azure Identity by looking at Azure Active Directory (Azure AD or AAD), the functionality it contains, adding users to it, and best practices around securing that core service. As we dive into the Azure identity space, we'll also take a brief look at some other identity services when it comes to Azure. We'll look briefly at Azure Active Directory Directory Service (Azure AD DS) and Azure B2C and how those fit into the Azure Identity story as well. We hope you'll join us for this trip in, out, and around Azure Identity.
Microsoft 365 has the potential to result in sprawl, especially when it comes to things like SharePoint and Teams. Maybe you want to put a request or approval process in place for this. There also may be other aspects of your Microsoft 365 environment that you want to track and report on over time. For example, you may wish to report on the number of files in a SharePoint site, the size of user mailboxes, the number of Teams, and other details about them.
We'll walk you through how to take services within the Power Platform and services within Microsoft 365 and combine them to create your own governance platform. In this demo-heavy session, you'll come away with ideas about how to combine the Power Platform with Microsoft 365 to create your own governance solution!
In this workshop, you'll learn everything you may possibly need to know about deploying Microsoft 365 (Yes, this is Office 365, EMS, and Windows 10) to your organization - ok, or at least almost everything. It's a lot to cover in 8 hours! Maybe you're just considering the Microsoft cloud for your organization. Or maybe you're partway through your deployment and want to make sure you're on the right track. Maybe you've already rolled out Microsoft 365 and just want to learn about what's new or ask questions about something your struggling with, this session is for you.
We'll cover topics ranging from standing up a brand-new Office 365 tenant or migrating from an existing platform, including Exchange, SharePoint, and best practices around Microsoft Teams. We'll discuss deploying Office 365 ProPlus to your end-users as well as how to configure Azure AD Connect and ADFS. You'll learn how to secure your data end-to-end with Enterprise Mobility & Security and Windows 10.
As we go through these topics it won't just be slides, we'll spend time in demos that involve both the GUI, PowerShell, and even the Office 365 CLI. We'll also talk about our own experiences both deploying and maintaining Microsoft 365 within various organizations, best practices you should follow, and pitfalls to avoid. This will be a workshop with a ton of great content and you'll walk away with a solid base of knowledge about all things Microsoft 365.
Sprawl in Microsoft 365 is real. Microsoft Teams, SharePoint Online, Microsoft 365 Groups all have the ability to lead to uncontrolled growth with a Microsoft 365 environment. So what can you as an administrator do about it to facilitate growth and productivity in your environment in a logical and controlled way?
Maybe you already have sprawl you want to get under control, or maybe you're just getting going and want to defend against it happening in your environment. In this session, we'll dive headfirst into the governance of your Microsoft 365 environment and how you can defend against it. We'll showcase tools that are all a part of the Microsoft 365 environment so that with minimal work, you can go away empowered with the information you need successfully protect your environment from sprawl.
Microsoft Teams is the fastest-growing business application in Microsoft's history. Guess what? that also might mean it's the fastest growing business application in your organization! It's also predicted to be the second-biggest workplace chat app by 2020, second only to Skype for Business as it's already passed up Slack and Google Hangouts. However, Microsoft Teams is even more than just a chat app, and with this growth there is also a need for some control, especially considering the breadth of Microsoft Teams beyond just a "chat app". Join me for this session as we look at how you can encourage the use of Teams, but also not let your user run while and turn your Microsoft 365 Teams environment into the wild, wild west.
Microsoft Cloud Architect and Microsoft 365 MVP
Jacksonville, Florida, United States