April 2024 TSPUG Meeting: Building a Rich People Search with OOTB and Open-Source Components

Microsoft Canada Headquarters

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The Toronto SharePoint Users Group (TSPUG) launched in 2006 by Peter Carson to support the SharePoint community in southern Ontario. The group meets on the third Wednesday of every month at the Microsoft Canada Headquarters in Toronto. Each meeting features a presentation followed by a question and answer period as well as snacks and refreshments. All are welcome!

April 2024 Meeting Details

In the realm of intranet/portal functionality, effective People Search consistently ranks among the top three desired features. Surprisingly, it remains a challenge for many organizations. In this dynamic session, EUM President Peter Carson will uncover the underlying reasons and provide solutions.

Session Agenda

  • Challenges of the current state
    • Where is your people data? HRIS, ERP or payroll systems, IT (Active Directory, Entra ID / Azure AD), LinkedIn, Excel?
    • How connected are your systems? Is there a system of record?
    • How well-defined are your onboarding, offboarding, and role change processes?
    • What about profile pictures, expertise, and skills?
  • What is Entra ID, and why is it important?
  • Building a trusted repository
    • Using Entra ID as a system of record
    • Defining reliable sources of truth
    • The role of people as information bearers
    • Augmenting with LinkedIn or other skill data sources
  • People Search options
    • What do I get out of the box from Microsoft?
    • Open-source and commercial solutions
  • Demos throughout

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