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SharePoint Saturday NYC Wrap-up + Cincy SPUG Remote Presentation — July 30, 2017

SharePoint Saturday NYC Wrap-up + Cincy SPUG Remote Presentation

These past few days have been a complete whirlwind of fun, SharePoint, and chatbots! 🙂

Thursday evening I was fortunate to deliver a remote session to the Cincinnati SharePoint Users Group on “Building Chatbots with the Microsoft Bot Framework”. Remote sessions are awesome because they expose me to a whole different crowd of people that I wouldn’t normally have the chance to meet. Then on Friday I headed down to New York for one of my favorite events – SharePoint Saturday NYC.

They put me up in Broadway which was the same room as my epic SharePoint Framework session from last year. Given that I was last slot of the day, the crowd was a lot lighter but the engagement was amazing. I had so many great questions and almost all hands were raised by the end when I asked if folks were going to build their own chatbots after checking out my session.

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For those that have asked – here are my Building Chatbots

I can’t wait for next year!

 

Accelerating your O365 Adoption with SharePoint Communications Sites & Chatbots! — July 23, 2017

Accelerating your O365 Adoption with SharePoint Communications Sites & Chatbots!

My two big passions right now are SharePoint Communications Sites & the Microsoft Bot Framework. So it made a whole lot of sense for me to try and find a way to combine those two. I recorded a quick video (see below) walking through the idea of embedding a QnA Bot within your Office 365 Adoption site to help drive the frequently asked questions your users might have. In the good ol’ days of IT we would normally just create a FAQ’s page that nobody would bother reading. These days though with the rise of chatbots in our personal lives such as Siri, Alexa, etc. I believe it is vital for IT to consider offering this technology within Enterprise services.

There’s a lot of other videos & posts that talk about how to build a simple chatbot using the Microsoft QnA Maker service along with the Bot Framework, so I didn’t go into much detail with that. So instead I give a quick video preview of what my sample O365 Adoption site looks like, and then demonstrate asking my adoption chatbot a question about Microsoft Teams.

Hope it’s worth your time to give a watch:

In case you want to try out my chatbot – you can access it here:

Enjoy!