SharePoint Swoop

Join three superhero Microsoft MVPs in this webisode series as they swoop into the fantastical world of Funko, a worldwide purveyor of all things pop culture.

About SharePoint Swoop

Join three superhero Microsoft MVPs as they swoop into the fantastical world of Funko, a worldwide purveyor of all things pop culture. Things are POP!ing up in Everett, WA, and the intrepid Funko IT department is fighting to keep up with the company’s rapid growth. They need to refine collaboration, enhance communication and set things in motion to automate. The MVPs have just three days to help. Can they do it?

Webisode #1

The Journey Begins

Meet Funko and the people behind the pop culture phenomenon. Facing rapid growth, the company needs to reshape its intranet. With just three days to kickstart collaboration, the Microsoft MVPs leap into action.

Webisode #2

The Plan

You must start somewhere. Funko’s product development team, known as “The Shire,” volunteers to be the guinea pig. Sue Hanley leads the team on a fact-finding mission, and plans emerge to build a hub site, team site and a PowerApp with Flow. Will their “dreaded wiki” survive the makeover?

Webisode #3

Empower the Citizens

Citizen developers, empower the citizens. PowerApps and Flow wizard, Laura Rogers, begins work on a solution to help Funko more efficiently move its products through shipping. Ben Niaulin lays the groundwork for building a team site for The Shire – with a few change management shifts in their “how.”

Webisode #4

Grow Intranet, Grow!

Time is running out as Sue and Ben builds a training site and a team site. Laura puts the finishing touches on her PowerApp and Flow. And the team discovers a secret in the basement of Funko headquarters.

Webisode #5

Make it POP!

At last, the big reveal! Funko team members from across the company gather to see what progress the MVPs and Funko IT have made using brand-new SharePoint tech, teamwork, and a whole lot of crunch time.

SharePoint Swoop + Funko

"SharePoint is our tent pole around which everything else is either funneled through or funneled from."

Kurt Dicus, senior director of IT - Funko

The Funko team, with the aid of Microsoft MVPs, decides to create a valuable help center within their intranet. And then they choose to enable repeatable, collaborative workspaces for various teams across the company. The team also builds their first no-code solution to improve Funko’s shipping process. Each of the “swooped” solutions can be used as a model for other Funko work groups to learn from, and to build their own intranet solutions. With guidance from the MVPs, Funko gets set to improve their intranet and continue their journey with Microsoft.

About Funko

Funko is a leading pop culture consumer products company. Funko designs, sources and distributes licensed pop culture products across multiple categories, including vinyl figures, action toys, plush, apparel, housewares and accessories for consumers who seek tangible ways to connect with their favorite pop culture brands and characters.

MVP superheroes

Sue Hanley

Sue Hanley

The Strategist

Hanley gets right down to business, asking the right questions to drive the right outcomes. As a business analyst/information architect she specializes in the “people side” of collaboration and knowledge management solutions.

Benjamin Niaulin

Benjamin Niaulin

Your Friend In Tech

Niaulin helps the team understand when to use what. And once the solution is in place, he shows them how to use it. He gives honest and frank insight into using SharePoint, in terms that are user-friendly.

Laura Rogers

Laura Rogers

The Citizen Developer

Rogers is great at explaining how to build business solutions that leads to customer wins. She helps work through concepts, innovation and design.

Related Funko + SharePoint Swoop resources (podcast and blogs):

Microsoft Tech Community blog The Intrazone podcast Microsoft Transform blog