Sessions 2019-2020

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Long version

Elio Struyf is an independent Belgium-based Solutions Architect, Blogger, and Public Speaker whose tenacity, determination, and drive have all earned him the reputation as a trusted thought leader in the information technology space. Deeply passionate about what he does for a living, he is a firm believer in following your dreams no matter what. To him, one’s profession should also be their purpose. Furthermore, he believes that we only have this one life to live, so we should spend that life feeling truly fulfilled both professionally and personally.

Throughout the last decade, Elio has gained extensive experience in Office 365 and SharePoint development. Within those 10 years, he was deemed a Microsoft MVP five consecutive times and has been recognized as a SharePoint/Office 365 Top 25 Influencer three times.

Elio’s inspiration for his blog began back in 2010 when he was facing a challenge that took him several days to overcome. The moment he found that solution, he realized how much he wanted to share his findings with the world. That’s when his blog was born. Fast-forward two years, and he expanded his horizons by dabbling in the public speaking arena. After speaking at a local BIWUG community ( event and becoming their VP a year later, he knew this was yet another way he could not only connect with others but share valuable knowledge with them. What was once a fear of public speaking ultimately turned into an obsession.

When he isn’t helping fellow IT developers, you can find Elio Struyf on his bike, coding, gaming (the Final Fantasy games are his favorite), binge-watching anime, or building random structures with Legos.

Short version

Elio Struyf is an independent Solutions Architect working for Valo Intranet, Blogger, and Speaker on a mission to share his tried-and-true wisdom with as many IT developers as possible. Armed with a deep-rooted passion for all things information technology, he has always been of the belief that one’s job should go beyond something that just “pays the bills”. What you do for a living should leave you feeling inspired every day of your life. For the last 10 years, he has been immersed in Office 365 and SharePoint development, earning multiple awards along the way. He has also had the opportunity to share his know-how at various speaking engagements and create articles for his blog that help others on their professional journeys.


Azure DevOps for SharePoint Framework from A to Z

  • Audience: DEV - ITPro
  • Level: 200300

If you just started to dip your toes in the wonderful world of Azure DevOps there is a lot of things to discover. Usually, you start by automating your builds and installations, but there is more to explore. In this session, Elio shows how you can extend the basic build/release pipelines with automated unit-tests, static code analysis, environment provisioning, and automated UI tests. This ultimate pipeline gives you a good idea of what you can achieve with Azure DevOps, but more importantly, it shows how to create the optimal path from coding your solution to getting it provisioned on an environment with the validation that the solution is working.

Getting started with Azure DevOps for SharePoint Framework projects

  • Audience: DEV - ITPro
  • Level: 300

SharePoint Framework is one of the most rapidly evolving and adopted developer platforms today. To create new solutions, it requires that the developer runs a couple of commands in order to bundle/package its solutions. By implementing a good DevOps plan, this manual work can all be automated. In this session, we will create a whole continuous integration and delivery pipeline on Azure DevOps that will automatically do all the required tasks for you. By attending this session, you will learn more about the whole application lifecycle of releasing your solutions to your end-users.

Things I learned while building a product on SharePoint Modern

  • Audience: DEV
  • Level: 200

Building a product is an awesome thing to do. You can look at it as a never-ending project. Each day, you try to make the product better, implement new features and functionality, but that comes with challenges. We are building on top of another platform. Which means we have to keep up with new capabilities, changing APIs, or even breaking changes.

In this session, I will tell you more about my story of what I learned or encountered while I was building a product on top of SharePoint. It gives you some insights on how you can cope with these changes and how you can apply it to your projects. As not every one of you is building a product, this session is still in your interest. As changes to the platform will keep happening, you better be prepared for these changes. This session will help you understand the impact that it can have on your projects.

You will learn more about SharePoint Framework, Azure, and Office 365 development. All of this will be highlighted by various demos.

Behind the scenes of building a modern SharePoint product

  • Audience: DEV
  • Level: 200300

Ever wondered what’s going on behind the scenes when building a product? Want to know more about Azure DevOps CI/CD, localization management, maintaining multiple SharePoint Framework projects, and more? In this session, Elio takes you on tour through how one of the products he is working on gets built/released/managed/…

This session highlights various developer topics starting from the initial project structure to the automated provisioning of test environments. If you are a developer and looking for tips & tricks to streamline the development processes of your projects, or are interested in knowing how we built our products. Then this session is for you.