Teams & SharePoint Just Married including “Full Drama Script and Recording” #MSIgnite #BetterTogether

With Bagpipe music and to much fanfare with hundreds of guests including witnesses from both product teams Teams and SharePoint were officially (unofficially) married. The better together story included united SharePoint and Baby OneDrive with Teams with acceptable connections with Flow, PowerApps. The InfoPath Zombie made an appearance and even bit Skype who realized he was next! We sent off the Infopath zombie with an a capella rendition of InfoPath the Pipes the Pipes are calling set to the traditional Danny Boy song.

Just Married!

Current best version of the live stream. Better versions coming:

We tried to do a full live stream which was captured by hundreds of devices, but was quite challenging to get the audio just right. So far the stream on my facebook live might be the best since the audio on our Teams broadcast didn’t work out so well. Maarten Visser is working on posting a quality stream from his cannon.

Here’s the full script. Thanks to those who participated and made this a reality. Thanks to the over 400 people who showed up and raised for a pint at #SharePint for the community and SharePoint and Teams.

Wedding Selfie with Bagpiper Pat

The SharePoint & Teams Wedding

The SharePoint & Teams Wedding Script written by Joel Oleson, Stacy Draper, and Joy Apple with inputs from various community friends.

Wedding party to gather Nov 3, 7:00pm at Millers Ale House (International Blvd) Wedding begins at 7:30pm sharp.  [Delayed by Seahawks overtime]

Preacher – Stacy Deere Strole InfoPath – Nick Bratotoli
Teams – Joel Oleson OneDrive – Alivia Love
SharePoint – Joy T Apple Whiteboard – Jonathan Weaver
Flow – Jon Levesque Maarten Visser – Community Reporter (and Stream)
PowerApps – April Dunham Skype –
Exchange – Ryan Love OneNote – Sharon Weaver
Sway – Shari Oswald John White – PowerBI
Other Products as Viewed

Bagpiper Pat – Plays traditional song for full wedding party then switches to “Here comes the bride”

Preacher – Walks up and take her place

Teams Entourage Walks out

OneDrive Flower Girl – Throws Stickers

SharePoint (the bride) Entourage

The bride then marches in a beautiful dress with veil holding flowers and/or stickers is followed by various Office 365 products…

The couple comes together on either side of the preacher facing each other.

PREACHER: Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, Products and Servers, Software and Services, SAAS, and PASS.  We are gathered here today at 7:30pm Eastern Standard time, to UNITE at #MSIgnite (say hastag) #SPTeamsWedding , broadcasting wide all across the world using Microsoft Teams Live Events. these two wonderful software products. #BetterTogether Would you now please take each other’s API’s…

Preacher: Wraps beads to unite the two API’s together.

FLOW & Skype: Start Crying & Moaning

Flow talking to Skype: I can’t believe this! WTF!  I’M SORRY I HAVE TO SAY SOMETHING. (In a loud voice)

Flow to Everyone:  I thought we had something!  Seriously HOW MANY TIMES have we hooked up?  What the Hell!  Marriage???!!  I’m happy for you, but I’m worried things will change with this wedding.

SharePoint: Flow, Flow, Flow, calm down…  Please let me tell you we have had a lot of good times and your still in my inner loop.  But you’re in the FRIEND ZONE.  The connections we have are meaningful and I hope we can stay good friends.  You mean a lot to me.  Besides these are modern times we still have a lot of connections to make and actions to trigger.

TEAMS: FLOW, you’re my buddy.  Nothing will change.  Let’s stay connected.

Skype to Teams:  I know we broke up on Valentine’s Day that was 8 months ago!! People love me, they love you, but nobody can resist my voice. (Sing…)

Teams:  Skype you’ve had your time, its’ my time I’ve come along a way defeating Slack and all the haters.  Just remember the good times (interrupted by Zombie sounds).

Infopath in full Zombie: (Moaning and dragging his foot. Walks around the bar staring at people and saying… I know you love me.  Don’t let me go.)  BRAINS!  I’m NOT DEAD YET!  (As InfoPath approaches the wedding party, he approaches Skype and bites his arm. (Wound is pre-prepared that becomes exposed as Infopath bites). 

Skype: Yells and screams AHHHH exposing his wound.  I’m NEXT!  I knew it!  How much time do I have? 2021!?  Don’t Stop Loving me!  Why doesn’t someone do something about the InfoPath Zombie!  WHY IS HE STILL HERE!!

PowerApps: I know what needs to be done… Anyone seen Zombieland ya’ll!??

[Puts her hand in her pocket like she’s getting a gun, pulls out finger in the shape of a gun, and puts it up to the head of InfoPath and says]

BOOM!  Yells, FLOW Help me Out here.   

FLOW: Yep.  This one NEEDS a Double Tap. [PullsFinger Gun.]  Boom!  The two of them drag InfoPath Zombie out of the wedding.

Teams: I love it Flow and PowerApps you are the best.  We need to hang out more!

SharePoint: My hero! Flow and PowerApps you are welcome over anytime!

Bagpiper:  Teams & SharePoint Sing Danny Boy 1st verse & bagpiper plays 2nd verse

Preacher says: Join me in bowing your heads for a moment of silence for our good friend who we have shared good times and bad.  However, InfoPath we hope you stay dead so we can focus on letting Skype pass more peacefully and Flow & PowerApps can have their moment.  Let us begin… (Moment of Silence). Now back to the reason we are all here to unite Teams & SharePoint.  If there is any reason for these products NOT to be united Today NOW is the time to speak up or forever hold your peace.

Yammer:  SharePoint, you and I were made for each other!  You and I were meant to be together.

SharePoint: You had your chance.  You’re Outer Loop.  Get Outer Here!  It’s TEAMS I love and want to be with. Teams knows how to treat me and make me feel special.

Preacher: ANYONE ELSE?  (Play into the crowd)

Ok.  I see no reason NOT to Unite these SASS-Y products together.  Teams do you Take SharePoint to be your Storage, your Lists, your Files —- Exchange Interrupts! 

Exchange: STOP!!!  (Holds up OneDrive baby) What about OneDrive?

Teams looking at SharePoint:  Is this your child?  Why didn’t you tell me? 

SharePoint: I didn’t think it mattered. 

Teams: Ok.  It doesn’t matter. OneDrive is a beautiful baby we can all be one big happy family.

Preacher (continues with the Vows) Where did I leave off?  Files.  That’s right.  Do you take SharePoint and baby OneDrive for your files…? In bad times… low latency, Bugs, list scalability issues, and in outages?

Teams:  I DO!

Preacher:  And SharePoint, do you take Teams to be your Partner and Front End, as a hub and an Application Platform so long as both of you shall live until EOL (END OF LIFE) through licensing issues, and Health Checks.

SharePoint: I DO!

Preacher: BY the POWER of the Underwater Microsoft Datacenter.  I Announce you Teams and SharePoint.  Better Together… Forever or at least until End of Life and Zombie Life.

You may now officially be Better Together Forever if you both shall live.  (Crowd Cheers)

The Bag Pipes Blast a fun lively song. 

Teams and SharePoint dance the first dance, and the rest of the products follow… Scottish dancing, swinging, or whatever made up dancing happens in a circle.  Products may hold hands with kicking (improvise).

 Preacher:  Everyone raise a glass to SharePoint & Teams 

Preacher Toast:  Asks everyone to raise a glass and toasts SharePoint and Teams…  [community share their thoughts.]

SharePoint and Teams thank everyone for coming. Wedding cake is shared with everyone.

–End of Program–


Why Masks?

It isn’t about the people in the masks. This is about the products and their relationships.

Why isn’t the product group doing this?

They think they already are married. This is an opportunity for the community to help cement that in their minds. The announcements around list integration and UI SharePoint Framework and API work is only getting better. These products absolutely need to be thought of together in all architecture, application, and design sessions. The invite on the part of SharePoint to invite Teams to join them at #SPC really is significant. Joining forces… Personally any see SharePoint person who isn’t ramping up super quick on Teams is going to be left behind. This is a serious wake up call for anyone working on SharePoint. This is not about UC. This is about Collaboration and Application and Platform development for Office 365. It’s BIG! Wake up! Learn Teams!! #BetterTogether

I don’t get it. Why have a wedding for products?

It’s about the community. It’s an important time in history for SharePoint and Teams. This is an opportunity to explore the relationship between Teams, SharePoint, Flow, PowerApps, Skype, and more. Personifying the products in this way provides a narrative for the interactivity of a…

Teams – at the heart of big families of products that is the center of attention with strong relationships with all of the products especially SharePoint, Flow, PowerApps, OneDrive, Whiteboard, Stream, Planner, Project and so on…

SharePoint – a product that has been the darling of Office 365 for a long time, and will be taking a slightly different role, but not going away. It’s playing the role of storage for lists, libraries, and content management.

InfoPath zombie – a product that just won’t die

Skype for Biz who gets bit – a product that sees the end of life coming

Yammer – a product that’s had it’s moment with SharePoint and will again rise with Teams

OneDrive – a darling baby of a product that has a special relationship to SharePoint and Teams

Did one person do all this?

No we had a dozen different roles and people working behind the scenes to make this work. This was a true community effort!

Wedding Cake & Sponsors: ASPE & Crush Networks #SharePint drink sponsors, Joel 365 for Bagpiper, script writing, directing & Focal Point Solutions for Cake, Stickers, and Wedding Planning Organizers. Special thanks to Suzzie for help on decorations!

SharePoint and Teams are Getting Married at Ignite!

You may have heard about the InfoPath Funeral, but weddings are so much more fun! You may have heard that SharePoint has officially invited Teams to SharePoint Conference. It’s true. SharePoint and Teams are better together in more ways than one.

SharePoint and Teams Better Together
SharePoint and Teams getting hitched!

The relationship between Teams and SharePoint is an important one to the future of Office 365 and to the future of developers. I’ve heard people say things like… “Should we use SharePoint or Teams?” There are soooo many things wrong with that question. Others may say, we are going to use “Teams, we aren’t going to use SharePoint.” That’s even worse! SharePoint and Teams are made for each other. SharePoint may take a more behind the scenes role, but it isn’t any less important. Teams is the rising star of the show, and it should take a more major role this next year as Microsoft encourages people to move off Skype, but it is so much more than Teams. It’s innovation is in building presence and creating the one place. I could go on and on, and I want to make sure you understood why it’s important for the community to celebrate the union of Teams and SharePoint more officially. This isn’t some temporary thing where Teams goes it’s own path.

To celebrate this engagement the SharePoint & Teams Community would like to invite you to celebrate their union at a wedding.

Where: Miller’s Ale House, (International Drive)
8963 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819

When: This will be during the #SharePint which is from 6:00pm-9:30pm. The wedding will begin at 7:30pm

Why: Because we want to. No, this is NOT endorsed or sponsored by Microsoft or Perficient. This is a community event hosted by @spcpartypatrol, Joel365, and Sponsored by ASPE and Crush Networks is covering the drinks, you can thank them. We will likely have other sponsors at the event, and it’s a good reason to have fun!

How: Register to get into the party. We need counts for drinks tickets and stickers.

>>Register for the SharePint at Ignite

>> Register for the Wedding at Ignite

>> Register to watch the Wedding LIVE online broadcast

Not making it to Ignite? No problem. We will be sending out a link to anyone who registers to watch the live broadcast!

Microsoft Teams Summit in Irvine California

Microsoft Teams & Adoption Change Management Summit (Irvine, CA)

FRIDAY, 10/23/2019

8:30am Arrival, Registration & Light Breakfast
9:00am Welcome and Kickoff: Microsoft & Perficient
9:30am Microsoft Teams: 7 Key Concepts to Success Joel Oleson, MVP&RD, Director, Perficient Ron Jones, Director Modern Productivity, Perficient
11:00am Microsoft’s Journey to Teams 200,000 Users Emily Kirby, Microsoft Richelle Blanchard, Microsoft
12:00am Catered Lunch
1:00pm Microsoft Teams: Adoption Change Management David Chapman, General Manager, Perficient
2:00pm Measuring Success: PowerBI and TyGraph Ed Senez, CEO, TyGraph, Perficient
2:30pm Microsoft Teams: Governance, Security and Compliance Matt Soseman, Cybersecurity Architect, Microsoft
3:30pm Wrap up. Raffle & Parking Validations
4:00pm SharePint Happy Hour – Irvine Hotel (next door)

This is the first of many Microsoft Teams Summit events by Perficient & Microsoft. Chicago and Atlanta to be announced soon. Join us October 23 at Microsoft, Irvine. Seating is limited.

>>Register Now.

Microsoft Teams: 7 Elements for Successful Strategy and Planning Infographic and Recordings

Microsoft Teams is Hot!  We had a fantastic turnout of over 630 registered and 312 who joined me online.  I’m sure even more will benefit from the deck and recording so I’m posting it here.  I’m also going to include some of the Q&A including some of the questions that I may have missed.

Online Recording “Microsoft Teams: 7 Critical Elements for Successful Strategy and Planning” (requires first name, last name and email to the sponsor)

Slides/PDF of “Microsoft Teams: 7 Critical Elements for Successful Strategy and Planning” (slideshare view online or login to download the PDF)

Download the Essential Teams Planning Infographic (right click and save as)

Elements of Successful Teams


Q&A From the Webinar:

Q. Please define RACI and DLP –

A. RACI – Responsible, Accountable, Consulted and Informed often used in a sentence like RACI charts.  Used with determining roles and responsibilities.  DLP – Data Loss Prevention – Features in Office 365 that can be leveraged to report, warn, or block content that matches patterns.  Microsoft has over 50 templates out of the box that can be used to identify credit cards, or ID cards and so on.

Q. I thought MS was sunsetting SharePoint. Is Teams taking its place?  No No A. No!  Microsoft is NOT sunsetting SharePoint by any means.  Teams is the new hotness, and it integrates very well with SharePoint as a new interface and even potentially a front end to SharePoint.  SharePoint is still a major investment both on premise and in the cloud and continues to grow in Office 365 as a pillar of the platform.

Q. Just out of curiosity, why is not Team Live Meeting used for this session, instead of GoToWebinar?

A. We use Teams for our User Groups meetings broadcasting.  You could do anonymous Teams webinars, but it is not currently setup to support self service registration, and is still missing a lot of key features to make it a viable webinar platform.   That would be cool and I would welcome it!

Q. Teams or Yammer for executive communication within a company?  A. Both.  Depends on the size of the company and of the type of broadcast or Q&A you’re looking to do.  I do suggest looking at both.

Q. When will Teams officially support meetings and calling in a VDI environment?

A. Here’s the latest on VDI and Teams

Q. When will Teams be able to open multiple Windows?

A. With over 10,000 votes the product team is working on it.  Keep voting up the best features.

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Q. Tips on avoiding Team sprawl (can’t set membership to channels as projects)? One headache, can’t schedule meeting to channel w/out notifying all.

A. Working on it.  Coming soon. Private channels will let you change membership on channels.


Q. When can we delete conversations?

A. Only 92 votes as of now.  You’re going to have to vote for it.


Q. Could Teams be an effective task management solution?

A. For consolidation absolutely, look at the rich integration with Trello, Planner, To Do, Jira and Outlook.  I think so!


Q. Do you think there is still a need for a corporate intranet when Teams is so robust and can connect to so many other apps?

A. I think this could be the evolution of the Intranet in the long term.  In the short term, the intranet should be integrated.  Love to explore this with you.


Q. What’s your recommendation for Yammer given how collaborative and conversational Teams is? Is it best used for enterprise-wide conversations?

A. Yes and No.  Yammer does enterprise wide outer loop really well and captures knowledge very well.  Teams scales to 5000 users, is great for quick conversations and threads, but has some challenges with stickyness.  If you come back from being gone for a week it’s difficult to see the most popular conversations in teams, but

Q. Wow ! Team Papers !! Can you please send a link where i can read more ? That was incredible but too fast for us 🙂


Q. Can you chat out the link for the infographic?


Microsoft Teams Doorway to the Microsoft Modern Workplace Infographic

Q. Where do I find out where the SharePoint Saturdays are? The one I found in Baltimore was for 2018.



Q. We’re moving to the MS PBX solution. Looks like we need to stay with S4B for a while. Any thoughts and insides on the roadmap of teams and PBX?

A. Cloud PBX is going country by country.  You could pilot and slowly rollout Teams for collaboration and use Teams where the countries are supported.  I wouldn’t let the PBX or Voice portion alone keep us from adoption Teams for the powerful chat, desktop sharing, and collaboration.


Q. Can I use Teams to asynchronously submit document(s) for review (and the reviewers may pass that on serial to more than one person) culminating in a response to the initiator?

A. Yes, with an Approval Flow.

Q. A problem we experienced with SharePoint (cloud) is Microsoft revisions/improvements broke prior working implemented sites. We had constant maintenance overhead just keeping existing stuff working as Microsoft evolved SharePoint. Is that getting better across these tools?

A. Yes, if you focus on using Teams as the interface, it’s an Azure substrate and leverages Exchange and SharePoint Online for storage of messages, files, wikis, history, voicemails and lists.  The special sauce is connectors, tabs, and bots… this keeps it fairly easy to migrate, backup, and so on as the data is in files and the focus is on the interface as it is simply an abstraction from the data.


Microsoft Teams: 7 Key Concepts for Strategy and Planning for Success

Microsoft Teams: The 7 Key Concepts for Strategy & Planning for Success

Tuesday, October 8th at 11 AM Eastern
Register Here


Started using teams and wondering how to get your executive sponsor on board? Looking to define a vision for the future of Microsoft Teams in your organization.

Maybe you’re a team leader and looking for ways to leverage the platform for engagement or realizing the vision of Modern Teamwork.

In this session, you will get a powerful collection of best practices for using and extending the Microsoft Teams platform to help your teams succeed in today’s workplace.

7 Key Concepts for Strategy and Planning for Success

  1. Clear Vision
  2. Executive Leadership Sponsorship and Engagement
  3. Governance Plan: Managed provisioning & Lifecycle offboarding, Security & Compliance DLP
  4. Communication Plan: Departmental engagement
  5. Success Critieria & Metrics Regular reporting / Department Gamification
  6. Train the Trainer & Champion program
  7. Adoption Change Management Program

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This webinar is sponsored by Pervasent.  


They provide a solution for Microsoft Teams called Team Papers lets you quickly assemble agendas and documents in Microsoft Teams and deliver them to an amazingly intuitive app on team members’ laptops and mobile devices. Participants are better prepared and meetings more effective..