Microsoft Ignite Conference 2015 Roundup

Here is my presentation from last weeks Victoria Office 365 User Group in Victoria, BC.

“Microsoft’s Ignite Conference in Chicago last month was a huge event- 23,000+ attendees -and a lot of genuinely interesting technology news came out of it . I’ll share with you here my take on the big items of the event, flavoured through my lens of SharePoint/Office 365.

The core concepts: Microsoft is taking a mobile-first, cloud-first approach with three top priorities: to usher in an era of more personal computing, to reshape work and productivity with enhanced products and processes, and to build trust in a reliable, extensible cloud service offering.

What’s more, for us here in Canada, a lot of these announcements take on huge new relevance as Microsoft just announced on June 2 (http://reimagine.microsoft.ca/en-ca/) that they are opening data centers located on our soil. This opens up the doors to a Government and Private industry base that previously had been not able to leverage these services.

I will talk a bit on the upcoming on premise version of SharePoint 2016, the latest in Office 365 (including Delve/Office Graph), and more. ”

Speaker:  Keith Tuomi, FCV Interactive
Duration: 30 minutes
Audience: Business Professionals (Managers, Project Managers, etc.)
Technical Level: 200

Microsoft Ignite Conference: Day 4 Round-Up

Last day of the MS Ignite conference for me. Let’s take it to the bridge:
Bridge

Another metaphor? You betcha:

– Cloud vs on-premise
– Microsoft as Service Provider vs Shrink Wrapper
– Unified experiences vs Diversified devices
– People-driven Intranets vs Intranet-driven people
– Windows OS as a true personal & biz life and productivity platform vs Windows OS as a 900 pound gorilla

My top picks for Day 4 in the SharePoint/Office 365 realm (with a little .NET 5 in there to maintain my Dev street cred):

My last-day sessions:

JEA: A PowerShell Toolkit to Secure a Post-Snowden World

When asked what to do about corporate hacking, Ex NSA Director Michael Hayden replied, “Man up and defend yourselves.” Edward Snowden then rocked the world by disclosing privileged NSA information. JitJea stands for “Just In Time, Just Enough Admin.” It’s a Windows PowerShell toolkit that admins use to perform functions without giving them admin privileges.

MVP Panel: SharePoint On-Premises, Online and Everything in Between
Imagine five great minds coming together to talk about Microsoft SharePoint across the board, be it within Microsoft Office 365, in Microsoft Azure, on-premises and certainly hybrid. Via a panel Q&A format, these MVP experts expose how online and hybrid improvements increase both deployment scenarios and value. This session is designed to help ITIs and ITDMs find the right cloud formula to deploy based on practical business and technical considerations. This is a must-not-miss session for any IT pro!

How to Decide When to Use SharePoint and Yammer and Office 365 Groups and Outlook and Skype
Your users may struggle with these questions: Should I share a message via Skype for Business instead of Yammer, Office 365 Groups, or Exchange? Should I collaborate on data using an Excel sheet or a SharePoint list? Should I share a file in Outlook, in a meeting, from OneDrive for Business, on Yammer, in a Group, or in a SharePoint site? This session is the ‘How To’ user’s guide What happens when your users can’t decide what technology or feature to use? They use what they know, or what’s easy; even if better options exist. In this session, Richard and Kanwal help you maximize the value of your Office 365 investment by providing the guidance you need to help your users make better, more effective decisions on how they get work done.

Experts Unplugged: Office 365 Security

OneNote for OneLife: From Notes to Productivity and Platform
OneNote is awesome. Really. Knowledge, learning and info on the bleeding edge benefits from structure – but not too much structure. We all need a place to inscribe understanding, without having to go overboard on the word-processing end of things.  I’m always thrilled to hang out with the OneNote crew as I sometimes wonder if they know they have the future of Education and Wikis in their hands.

Microsoft OneNote gives you one place for your notes and other content with you, anywhere now that OneNote is across all platforms and devices. Write by hand, type, record, snap a picture, clip from the web, or use a growing number of other partner apps and devices and OneNote saves it. Organized or not, you can easily find your notes in any form (text, writing, picture, or audio) with OneNote search. This session demonstrates end-user productivity scenarios at work to give you a clear understanding of how OneNote can help drive adoption of Office 365 with cross-platform, real-time collaboration, and extensibility with OneNote API. You’ll walk away wanting to use, evangelize, and build on OneNote personally or for your organization.

Microsoft Ignite Conference: Day 3 Round-Up

I’ll kick off Day 3’s post with another imprint of pure experience. Scale- On-premise, Cloud, Global, Local. The rush/distraction/tunnel vision of being one of 23,000+ people moving through the Microsoft Ignite conference, contrasted with simple but essential logistics like bio-breaks and food, are a big parallel for me to the distinct juncture we are at in technology:  empower everyone at a mass scale, but make sure the human details are taken care of, and that everyone has a voice.

The entrance hall may resemble a slightly above average shopping mall scene for most, but in context, on the ground, it was more like the entrance to a spaceship waiting to take off:
Entrance

Existential experiences aside, I waited a full 5 minutes for cell phone guy to abandon his hostile takeover of Microsoft (pleading eye contact included), and finally realized that was 5 minutes I would never get back, so I snapped my obligatory “largest Expo Hall ever” pic:
Microsoft
Really, words don’t help much with describing the scale of this event. 23,000 of the world’s finest Microsoft-oriented IT professionals in not one, but two Conference centers daisy-chained together. Being from Canada, the SCALE of business in America is always impressive-  this time it was the hammer of Thor (axe of Abe Lincoln?). There were numerous, well-attended core educational/interactive groups with all the best of the Microsoft team providing direct interaction with attendees. These were no tradeshow stunt doubles, but really the actual program leads and people who make things move at Microsoft. Super high quality interactions all over the floor.

Office 365

TechNet is my bible, which would make Joanne & KC here (Senior Content Writers for Microsoft), pretty high up in the toga-wearing department:
TechNet Rocks

Aside from the separate, colossal pool of core Microsoft and Partner & Vendor talent present in the Expo Hall, here’s the top sessions from day 3, on the SharePoint/Office 365 tip (with some guest appearances from OneNote & Visio, as I love both):

Whats New for IT Professionals in SharePoint Server 2016
What's New for IT Professionals in SharePoint Server 2016

“Engineering paths directly influenced by SP Uservoice” See: https://sharepoint.uservoice.com/forums/282887-customer-feedback-for-sharepoint-server
“Durable Links- permalinks based on resource ID. Move Docs freely, URL stays the same”
“No downtime CU patching”
“OneDrive integration big priority for Engineering team”

 

This article describes initial investments made in installation and deployment of SharePoint Server 2016: http://blogs.technet.com/b/wbaer/archive/2015/05/12/what-s-new-in-sharepoint-server-2016-installation-and-deployment.aspx

MinRole for the win!!
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Embrace the BYOD Revolution: Effectively Manage a Multi-Device, Multi-Generational Workforce


A major business transformation is brewing in the enterprise today. Mobile technologies, business velocity, geographically dispersed and multi-generational workforce are converging to deliver the promise of responsive organizations. Organizations that miss this paradigm shift will face dire consequences. How can you effectively manage this shift, ensure that it will be sustainable and reap the benefits of being a responsive organization? In this session, learn how to apply practical steps and effective techniques to manage your multi-device and multi-generational workforce.

MVP Panel: Sample Apps and Intelligent Solutions Showcasing Office Graph and Delve Extensibility

Preparing for a meeting, but not sure what documents are relevant? Writing a proposal and looking for similar documents to help you out? Interested in what your colleagues are working on to stay updated? With the new Office Graph, answers to those questions are within your reach. In this demo-packed session, we show you how the Office Graph works and how it can be used when building custom apps and enriching existing solutions and portals. All scenarios are backed up by real-life solutions that you could use in your organization.

Microsoft Ignite Conference: Day 2 Round-Up

Day 2 started off with a walk to the shuttle bus under the looming John Hancock building. Infrastructure into the Cloud, this pic worked out well as a deep ol’ metaphor 🙂 :
John Hancock

Here’s some of the most awesome SharePoint/Office 365 sessions from Day 2:

There are over 150 Day 2 sessions available for immediate viewing.

Source: Microsoft Ignite Day 2 Sessions On-Demand

Here’s my takeaways from the sessions I had scheduled:

Microsoft Office 365 Groups Overview and Roadmap

“It’s not an email, it’s a conversation.”
Dynamics CRM and Group’s integration.

Office 365 Groups helps you collaborate by easily bringing together your colleagues and the applications you need to get work done. Office 365 Groups leverages a standard definition for team membership and permissions across Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, and later Skype for Business, Yammer and the rest of Office 365, managed through Microsoft Azure Active Directory. This session provides an overview of Office 365 Groups, demonstrates its capabilities today, and provides a roadmap for future investments.

Designing and Applying Information Architecture for Microsoft SharePoint and Office 365

Provide Clear Guidance
Make it Easy
Keep it Simple, Stupid
Define > Design > Implement > Govern

This session demonstrates a proven process for defining, designing, implementing, and governing your information architecture (IA). IA is more than just columns and metadata. Learn how the different components available in SharePoint and Microsoft Office 365 can be leveraged to their fullest potential and your users’ ultimate benefit to content organization and discovery.

Managing Change in an Office 365 Rapid Release World

Selective First Release! Roll out first release changes to selected users only. ’nuff said.

Before moving to Microsoft Office 365, your team planned each and every change or update before your users saw anything new or different. Now in a services-first world, changes are introduced at a rapid pace, sometimes before you or your help desk may be prepared. Office 365 provides communications to help you manage change, stay informed, and inform your users. Learn how to best use the Office 365 Message Center, Roadmap.office.com, and Success.office.com to get ahead of updates and help your business take advantage of the latest and greatest Office 365 has to offer.

Microsoft Office 365 Groups Deep Dive
Office 365 Groups helps you collaborate by easily bringing together your colleagues and the applications you need to get work done. Office 365 Groups leverages a standard definition for team membership and permissions across Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, and later Skype for Business, Yammer, and the rest of Office 365, managed through Microsoft Azure Active Directory. This session follows the introduction session “Microsoft Office 365 Groups Overview and Roadmap,” and covers the following topics: architecture, administration, security and compliance, and extensibility.

All in all a great day- I was also lucky enough to be able to work at the Microsoft MVP Booth (in the “Microsoft on Microsoft” section of the Expo Hall). Very rewarding to answer questions about the MVP program and connect with people from around the world.

MS MVP Booth

MVPS

Microsoft Ignite Conference: Day 1 One Round-Up

Microsoft’s Ignite was a huge event- 23,000+ attendees -and a lot of news came out of it on day one. I’ll share with you here my take on the big items of the day, flavoured through my lens of SharePoint/Office 365.

Since there was so much going on, i’m going to break it out into day-by-day posts- easier to digest and gives me time to collect my thoughts after being hit on the head with a Chicago-sized Microsoft frying pan. 🙂

The core concepts: Microsoft is taking a mobile-first, cloud-first approach with three top priorities: to usher in an era of more personal computing, to reshape work and productivity with enhanced products and processes, and to build trust in a reliable, extensible cloud service offering.

Let’s get started. First, check out the official Microsoft news homepage for the event at http://news.microsoft.com/ignite2015/

Here’s a selection of  some of the hot sessions now available from Day 1:

Also available in the on-demand recordings is the Monday morning keynote, which was delivered effectively by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, and the evening keynote hosted by Harry Shum titled The Next Era of Computing: Seeing the Future Before It Happens.

spark the future
First, a little recap on the sheer scale of the event. 23,000 of some of the world’s best IT Professionals in one spot, yet the Borg-scale capacity of the McCormick + Lakeside Conference Centers seemed hardly enough:
stack overflow

The keynote began on the upswing, with a DJ pumping out music to many, many IT peeps who are perhaps used to a little more mellow entrance in Monday Morning: 🙂

A pretty unexpected kick off to the keynote: The rapper/Artist know as Common takes the stage and delivers some inspiring words:
common

Soon thereafter, the big boss Mr. Satya Nadella took the stage.

Satya Nadella

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Announcements:

Office 2016 Public Preview
Skype for Business broadcasting
Office Delve Org Analytics
Office-Delve-organizational-analytics-screenshot
SQL Server 2016 on-premise Azure (if you want the deep-dive version, check here: http://www.brentozar.com/archive/2015/05/reading-the-sql-server-2016-data-sheet/)
Windows users can try Office 2016 and its new desktop co-editing feature
Microsoft launches Operations Management Suite to deal with infrastructure across clouds

Quotes:
“Move IT from delivering services in our org, to delivering transformation and innovation.”
“Mobile first, cloud first – but it’s not about the mobility of a single device. It’s about the mobility of the experience. It’s about the cloud back end, and adding intelligence to your experiences.”
“MobileFirst is not about a device, it’s about sharing computing across all the experiences in our life.”

“Social collaboration and co-creation are at the core of what we do.”
“There are going to be more devices than people on the planet.”

“Exchange, Skype for Business and OneDrive span both your personal and work life”
“The next version of SQL Server is considered a breakthrough.”
“It is important to us to build trust into the core of the operating system…that’s not a bolt-on, you have to build that in.”

There was a brief unscripted comedy moment when Mr. Nadella was describing a scenario where Delphi software would allow one to know exactly when their partner was coming home:
Delphi

Joe Belifiore

– Joe says about 5-8% of users use Alt-Tab to switch between apps. Adding multiple desktop support. Hold down control/Windows/right-arrow and switch between desktops, or left-arrow to go back. Dragging an app from one desktop to another got the first spontaneous audience applause.
– Demos Cortana, and Cortana driving PowerBI
– Demos Continuum, a new way of changing the Windows user interface to change between tablet mode and laptop mode depending on how you hold the device
– Demos Windows Hello, a new facial recognition authentication mechanism that works through the webcam. Takes a cloth off a webcam, and it unlocks his laptop in a matter of seconds without the user doing anything.

.. at this point I had to move on to the rest of the Conference –

The Evolution of SharePoint

– OneDrive integration improvements are a big priority for the SP team
– Experiences, Extensibility & Management are the core principles
– On track in development efforts for delivering SharePoint Server 2016 next year
– Cloud-inspired features eventually will make their way back into the server product. Functionality that doesn’t make it into the server will be offered as Office 365 services that can be leveraged by premises-based systems
– Microsoft is continuing to focus on SharePoint’s Files, Content Management, Sites and Portals components going forward. It plans to make it easier to use hybrid architectures (SharePoint Server plus Office 365 services) and make it easier for organizations to perform migrations when they are ready, according to Seth Patton, global senior director for SharePoint and OneDrive product marketing
– A new About Me next-generation portal coming to SharePoint Server 2016. It uses Microsoft’s Delve content discovery tool, based on Office Graph enterprise search technology, to surface content and organizational information. Microsoft is also planning to ship an upgrade to SharePoint Server 2013 that will enable the Delve portal for those organizations that can’t wait for the release of SharePoint Server 2016.

Information Management with Office 365 in Mind

The Next Era of Computing: Seeing the Future Before It Happens

All in all, a heavy duty day full of news, connections and learnings. Day two recap coming tomorrow, subscribe to my blog to stay looped in!

My MS Ignite Conference Session picks

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Here’s my personal list of core Sessions i’ll be attending at the Microsoft Ignite Conference next week.

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09:00AM – 11:45AM

Join us to kick off Microsoft Ignite at the Keynote, where Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella takes the stage to outline Microsoft’s company strategy and how we are working hard to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Following on from Satya, engineering leaders from across Microsoft dive into our solutions and vision for enterprise technology. The Keynote not only outlines our strategy but helps make it real with demonstrations and actionable next steps for enterprise technologists to gain value from technology investments.
Satya

Satya Nadella Chief Executive Officer, Microsoft

Satya Nadella leads Microsoft’s transformation to a productivity and platform company in the cloud-first, mobile-first world. Prior to becoming CEO, he held leadership roles in both enterprise and consumer businesses across the company. Nadella joined Microsoft in 1992 and became known as a leader who could span technologies, businesses, and transform product offerings. Originally from Hyderabad, India, he currently lives in Bellevue, Washington, with his wife and three children.

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1:30pm – 2:45pm

It’s been an exciting year for SharePoint and we’re been hard at work evolving features and capabilities both online and on-premises. This session has a little something for everyone—users, IT pros and developers. We’ll cover numerous aspects of SharePoint Server 2016, SharePoint Online, hybrid and everything in between. Lots to share, lots to learn.

SESSION CODE
FND2203

TOPIC
Deployment & Implementation

AUDIENCE
IT Decision Makers

FORMAT
Foundational Keynote

LEVEL
200

ROLES
Chief or Sr. Architect, Architect/Administrator, IT Generalist, Technical or Business Consultant

PRODUCTS
SharePoint

THEMES
Productivity and Collaboration

TAGS
On-Premises

Seth

Seth Patton
SR. DIRECTOR PRODUCT MARKETING, Microsoft
Seth Patton is the Global Senior Director for SharePoint and OneDrive product marketing. Seth has been with Microsoft for 13 years working with various products and services including SharePoint, Project, Dynamics CRM and Office 365. Prior to Microsoft Seth was an IT and Strategy Consultant with Accenture, and on the founding team of a high-tech start-up in the Silicon Valley.

Bill

Bill Baer
Senior Technical Product Ninja, Microsoft
Bill Baer is a Senior Technical Product Manager and Microsoft Certified Master for SharePoint in the SharePoint product group in Redmond, Washington; having previously worked at Hewlett-Packard Bill Baer has a proven background in infrastructure engineering and enterprise deployments of SharePoint Products and Technologies. While at Hewlett-Packard Bill Baer was awarded the MVP award for his contributions in the Technology Solutions Group, now known as HP Enterprise Business, which encompasses server and storage hardware, technology consulting, and software sales. Bill has deep industry experience having worked for Apple Computer Corporation, First Data Corporation, Digital Equipment Corporation, Compaq Computer Corporation, Hewlett-Packard, and Microsoft Corporation. Connect with Bill wbaer.net.

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3:15pm – 4:30pm

Effective information management is not just a technology problem – it starts with strategy that encompasses findability, governance, and information architecture, including a business vision and a pragmatic roadmap. With the cloud and hybrid driving cultural changes, new possibilities, and new challenges, having an ROI-focused strategy is even more important.

Learn how tried-and-true practices, new tools (such as Delve, Yammer, and Groups), new patterns (of collaboration, search, and discovery), and ever-faster change can all be factored into your strategy and plan. See how Office 365 and hybrid factor into information management strategy; take home a recipe, 5 key principles, examples, and a strategy template.

SESSION CODE
BRK2125

TOPIC
Governance & Compliance

AUDIENCE
IT Decision Makers

FORMAT
Strategy

LEVEL
200

ROLES
CIO, CTO, CISO, Business Systems Analyst, IT Generalist, Technical or Business Consultant

PRODUCTS
Office 365, SharePoint

THEMES
Productivity and Collaboration

TAGS
Cloud Storage, Controls and Compliance, Personalized Insights, Team Collaboration & Innovation, Cloud, Session Trailer

Jeff

Jeff Fried
CTO, BA Insight
Jeff Fried, BA Insight’s CTO, is a long-standing search and SharePoint nerd and particularly passionate about changing the way people view search by helping them use it as a strategic technology in business applications. Prior to joining BA Insight, Jeff was SVP of Products for Linguistic Search vendor LingoMotors, CTO of Empirix, and VP of Advanced Solutions for FAST Search and Transfer; with FAST’s acquisition by Microsoft, he served as product manager for Microsoft’s enterprise search products.  Jeff is a frequent speaker and writer in the industry; holds 15 patents; and has authored more than 50 technical papers.  He is a co-author of three books: Professional SharePoint 2010 Development, Professional SharePoint 2013 Development, and Professional Microsoft Search.

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05:00PM – 06:00PM

Over the next five to ten years, we will see a profound shift in computing that will reshape our world. The changes ahead will be massive in scope and in scale, requiring the deep collaboration of teams of expert scientists and engineers to develop and refine new advances in computer science. Microsoft will participate in this tectonic shift in large part through the work of its research organization. This focus of this session is on the trends that will reshape computing and drive disruption, showcased through a series of discussions and demonstrations of several of Microsoft’s world-class researchers.

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Showcase Keynote

Harry

Harry Shum Executive Vice President, Technology and Research, Microsoft

Harry Shum is executive vice president of Microsoft’s Technology and Research group. He is responsible for driving the company’s overall technical directions, including mid-term and long-term technology strategy and forward-looking research and development efforts. He oversees Microsoft Research, one of the world’s premier computer science research organizations and its integration with the engineering teams across the company. Previously, Dr. Shum served as the corporate vice president responsible for Bing search product development from 2007 to 2013.

Prior to his engineering leadership role at Bing and online services, he oversaw the research activities at Microsoft Research Asia and the lab’s collaborations with universities in the Asia Pacific region, and was responsible for the Internet Services Research Center, an applied research organization dedicated to advanced technology investment in search and advertising at Microsoft. Dr. Shum joined Microsoft Research in 1996 as a researcher based in Redmond, Wash. In 1998 he moved to Beijing as one of the founding members of Microsoft Research China (later renamed Microsoft Research Asia). There he began a nine-year tenure as a researcher, subsequently moving on to become research manager, assistant managing director, managing director of Microsoft Research Asia and a Distinguished Engineer.

Dr. Shum is an IEEE Fellow and an ACM Fellow for his contributions to computer vision and computer graphics. He received his Ph.D. in robotics from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University.
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9:00am – 10:15am

Office 365 Groups helps you collaborate by easily bringing together your colleagues and the applications you need to get work done. Office 365 Groups leverages a standard definition for team membership and permissions across Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, and later Skype for Business, Yammer and the rest of Office 365, managed through Microsoft Azure Active Directory. This session provides an overview of Office 365 Groups, demonstrates its capabilities today, and provides a roadmap for future investments.

SESSION CODE
BRK2114

TOPIC
Usage & Adoption

AUDIENCE
IT Decision Makers

FORMAT
What’s New

LEVEL
200

ROLES
IT Generalist

PRODUCTS
Dynamics, Skype for Business, Office 365, SharePoint, Yammer, OneDrive, Azure Active Directory

THEMES
Productivity and Collaboration, Social

TAGS
Team Collaboration & Innovation, Session Trailer
Amit

Amit Gupta
Group Program Manager, Outlook, Microsoft
Amit is a Group Program Manager in Outlook. He & his team works on O365 Groups and focusses on next generation collaboration experience in Office. Prior to starting the O365 Groups initiative, Amit worked on multiple version of Lync & Communicator client releases, driving the overall user experience of Lync client, people search, directory integration, presence & federation, IM, groups chat, meetings and integration of real time capabilities in Outlook & other Office applications. Amit hold over 20 patents in communications and collaboration space and is obsessed with building great user experiences for the users.

Christophe

Christophe Fiessinger
Senior Technical Product Manager, Microsoft
Christophe Fiessinger product manager on the Office 365 product marketing team. Christophe has worked for Microsoft for over 14 years in both technical and marketing roles in the US and Europe. He holds a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University Toronto.

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10:45am – 12:00pm

This session demonstrates a proven process for defining, designing, implementing, and governing your information architecture (IA). IA is more than just columns and metadata. Learn how the different components available in SharePoint and Microsoft Office 365 can be leveraged to their fullest potential and your users’ ultimate benefit to content organization and discovery.

SESSION CODE
BRK3190

TOPIC
Deployment & Implementation

AUDIENCE
IT Influencers and Implementers

FORMAT
How to

LEVEL
300

ROLES
Chief or Sr. Architect, Architect/Administrator, IT Generalist, Technical or Business Consultant

PRODUCTS
Office 365, SharePoint

THEMES
Productivity and Collaboration

TAGS
Cloud Storage, Design, On-Premises, Team Collaboration & Innovation, Cloud

Scott

Scott Jamison
CEO, BlueMetal
Scott is CEO of BlueMetal, an interactive design and technology architecture consulting firm that employs the most experienced consultants in the industry to solve the most challenging business and technical problems facing our clients. Scott is an industry expert, popular speaker, and author of several books including “Essential SharePoint 2013″. BlueMetal is a Microsoft Gold Partner specializing in Office 365, Azure, and building innovative solutions that exactly meet client needs.

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1:30pm – 2:45pm

Before moving to Microsoft Office 365, your team planned each and every change or update before your users saw anything new or different. Now in a services-first world, changes are introduced at a rapid pace, sometimes before you or your help desk may be prepared. Office 365 provides communications to help you manage change, stay informed, and inform your users. Learn how to best use the Office 365 Message Center, Roadmap.office.com, and Success.office.com to get ahead of updates and help your business take advantage of the latest and greatest Office 365 has to offer.

SESSION CODE
BRK2121

TOPIC
Operations & Management

AUDIENCE
IT Influencers and Implementers

FORMAT
Best Practices

LEVEL
200

ROLES
Architect/Administrator, Support, IT Generalist, Systems/Network/Datacntr Admin

PRODUCTS
Office 365

THEMES
Productivity and Collaboration

TAGS
Infrastructure as a Service, Internal & External Communications, Optimized and Connected Operations, Service Management

Rajmohan
Rajmohan Rajagopalan

Principal PM Manager, Microsoft
RajRaj is currently a Principal PM Manager in Office 365 Foundations and Customer Engineering team. His team is responsible for O365 Change Management and building the infrastructure for First Release, Flighting and Change Communications in O365.

Mufaddal
Mufaddal Pratapgarhwala

Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation
I am a Program Manager for Office 365 on Change Management. I have been with Microsoft for almost 4 years. Prior to change management, I worked on Office 365 experiences.

Andy O’Donald
Sr. Product Manager, Microsoft
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5:00pm – 6:15pm

Office 365 Groups helps you collaborate by easily bringing together your colleagues and the applications you need to get work done. Office 365 Groups leverages a standard definition for team membership and permissions across Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, and later Skype for Business, Yammer, and the rest of Office 365, managed through Microsoft Azure Active Directory. This session follows the introduction session “Microsoft Office 365 Groups Overview and Roadmap,” and covers the following topics: architecture, administration, security and compliance, and extensibility.

SESSION CODE
BRK3114

TOPIC
Usage & Adoption

AUDIENCE
IT Influencers and Implementers

FORMAT
Deep Dive

LEVEL
300

ROLES
IT Generalist

PRODUCTS
Exchange, Office 365, SharePoint

THEMES
Productivity and Collaboration, Security and Compliance

TAGS
Storage, Team Collaboration & Innovation, Session Trailer

Sam Koppes
Program Manager, Microsoft

Christophe

Christophe Fiessinger
Senior Technical Product Manager, Microsoft
Christophe Fiessinger product manager on the Office 365 product marketing team. Christophe has worked for Microsoft for over 14 years in both technical and marketing roles in the US and Europe. He holds a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University Toronto.

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9:00am – 10:15am

In this session, we have a lot of new information for admins, sharing what’s new and coming in the next on-premises version of SharePoint – SharePoint Server 2016 – with insights on hybrid, too. More detailed information to be posted as we get close to Ignite.

SESSION CODE
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TOPIC
Operations & Management

AUDIENCE
IT Influencers and Implementers

FORMAT
Overview

LEVEL
200

ROLES
CIO, CTO, CISO, Architect/Administrator, IT Generalist, Technical or Business Consultant

PRODUCTS
SharePoint

THEMES
Productivity and Collaboration

TAGS
On-Premises, Scalability, Team Collaboration & Innovation, Deployment

Bill

 

Bill Baer
Senior Technical Product Ninja, Microsoft
Bill Baer is a Senior Technical Product Manager and Microsoft Certified Master for SharePoint in the SharePoint product group in Redmond, Washington; having previously worked at Hewlett-Packard Bill Baer has a proven background in infrastructure engineering and enterprise deployments of SharePoint Products and Technologies. While at Hewlett-Packard Bill Baer was awarded the MVP award for his contributions in the Technology Solutions Group, now known as HP Enterprise Business, which encompasses server and storage hardware, technology consulting, and software sales. Bill has deep industry experience having worked for Apple Computer Corporation, First Data Corporation, Digital Equipment Corporation, Compaq Computer Corporation, Hewlett-Packard, and Microsoft Corporation. Connect with Bill wbaer.net.
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1:30pm – 2:45pm

A major business transformation is brewing in the enterprise today. Mobile technologies, business velocity, geographically dispersed and multi-generational workforce are converging to deliver the promise of responsive organizations. Organizations that miss this paradigm shift will face dire consequences. How can you effectively manage this shift, ensure that it will be sustainable and reap the benefits of being a responsive organization? In this session, learn how to apply practical steps and effective techniques to manage your multi-device and multi-generational workforce.

SESSION CODE
BRK2179

TOPIC
Usage & Adoption

AUDIENCE
IT Decision Makers

FORMAT
Business Value

LEVEL
200

ROLES
CEO or CFO or COO, CIO, CTO, CISO, Architect/Administrator, Technical or Business Consultant, Technology Trainer or Teacher

PRODUCTS
Office 365, SharePoint

THEMES
Mobility

TAGS
Authentication, Connected Sales, Marketing & Services, Device Choice, People Centric Compliance, Team Collaboration & Innovation

Dux

Dux Raymond Sy
CTO, AvePoint
Dux is the chief technology officer of AvePoint Public Sector where is he is responsible for leading the development and delivery of global public sector solutions in the areas of citizen engagement, government modernization, mobility & productivity, transparency and Compliance & Privacy. As a thought leader in maximizing technology to facilitate business transformation, Dux is the author of SharePoint for Project Management. He is also a Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Microsoft SharePoint MVP that has authored various whitepapers, articles and has presented in industry events worldwide. A sought after speaker, Dux has delivered interactive presentations in various events worldwide. Learn more about Dux at http://meetdux.com and connect with him on http://twitter.com/meetdux

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5:00pm – 6:15pm

Preparing for a meeting, but not sure what documents are relevant? Writing a proposal and looking for similar documents to help you out? Interested in what your colleagues are working on to stay updated? With the new Office Graph, answers to those questions are within your reach. In this demo-packed session, we show you how the Office Graph works and how it can be used when building custom apps and enriching existing solutions and portals. All scenarios are backed up by real-life solutions that you could use in your organization.

SESSION CODE
BRK3154

TOPIC
Development

AUDIENCE
Enterprise Developers

FORMAT
Best Practices

LEVEL
300

ROLES
Architect/Administrator, Technical or Business Consultant, Developer

PRODUCTS
Office 365, Delve

THEMES
Productivity and Collaboration

TAGS
Apps, Authentication, Development, Personalized Insights, Session Trailer

Mikael

 

Mikael Svenson
Principal Consultant, Puzzlepart
Mikael Svenson is a principal consultant for Puzzlepart, a SharePoint consultancy and software vendor that creates shrink-wrapped productivity applications for SharePoint. He has worked in the search field for over 15 years implementing solutions for major international corporations and for several Nordic governmental institutions. Mikael is a an international speaker as well as a SharePoint Server MVP. And he is involved in a lot of SharePoint community work in Norway. Mikael has worked with media monitoring software, developed an Enterprise Search Engine, and developed for SharePoint in general. Most recently Mikael has been focusing on SharePoint intranets and search within Office 365. He has authored “SharePoint Search Queries Explained” and “Working with FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint”.

Waldek

Waldek Mastykarz
SharePoint MVP, Mavention BV
Waldek is Microsoft SharePoint Server MVP and works as SharePoint consultant at Mavention Waldek shares his enthusiasm about the SharePoint platform through his blog, articles published in online and off-line magazines and on MSDN SharePoint Forums. Waldek participates frequently as an Ask-the-expert in community events such as SharePoint Connections, Microsoft TechEd and DevDays. Recently Waldek became a Virtual Technology Solutions Professional for Microsoft Netherlands. In this role he answering customer questions around SharePoint Web Content Management (WCM). http://blog.mastykarz.nl, http://twitter.com/waldekm

Chris

Chris Givens
CEO, ACS
Chris Givens is the CEO of Architecting Connected Systems, a course ware development company focused on advanced development topics. ACS credits include the top selling worldwide development course in SharePoint 2007 and Business Intelligence in 2010. Chris was the Sr. Architect of eBay’s SharePoint 2010 upgrade project, one of the largest upgrades performed in 2011. Chris is also the president of the San Diego SharePoint User Group, SanSpug.org. Chris’s past experiences include Microsoft, Avanade, several technology startups in the Seattle area and a 5-year career at IBM. Chris grew up in Oklahoma and is a computer science graduate of the University of Tulsa in Tulsa, OK.

Alexandre

Alexandre Cipriani
Product marketing manager Office 365 Enterprise Social, Microsoft
Alexandre Cipriani is the Product Marketing Manager for Enterprise Social in France, he previously worked in a change management consulting firm expert in social and collaborative technologies for enterprises. Alexandre is passionate about social technologies, especially how new connections between people let businesses transform themselves. He actively participates in this subject by working with all the french Microsoft ecosystem and as a speaker, for one goal : helping in designing the future of work.

Bill

Bill Baer
Senior Technical Product Ninja, Microsoft
Bill Baer is a Senior Technical Product Manager and Microsoft Certified Master for SharePoint in the SharePoint product group in Redmond, Washington; having previously worked at Hewlett-Packard Bill Baer has a proven background in infrastructure engineering and enterprise deployments of SharePoint Products and Technologies. While at Hewlett-Packard Bill Baer was awarded the MVP award for his contributions in the Technology Solutions Group, now known as HP Enterprise Business, which encompasses server and storage hardware, technology consulting, and software sales. Bill has deep industry experience having worked for Apple Computer Corporation, First Data Corporation, Digital Equipment Corporation, Compaq Computer Corporation, Hewlett-Packard, and Microsoft Corporation. Connect with Bill wbaer.net.
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9:00am – 10:15am

When asked what to do about corporate hacking, Ex NSA Director Michael Hayden replied, “Man up and defend yourselves.” Edward Snowden then rocked the world by disclosing privileged NSA information. JitJea stands for “Just In Time, Just Enough Admin.” It’s a Windows PowerShell toolkit that admins use to perform functions without giving them admin privileges.

SESSION CODE
BRK2470

TOPIC
Security & Access Management

AUDIENCE
IT Influencers and Implementers

FORMAT
Business Value

LEVEL
200

ROLES
IT Generalist, Security/Storage/Web Admins, Systems/Network/Datacntr Admin

PRODUCTS
Windows Server, Windows PowerShell

THEMES
Cloud

TAGS
Virtualization, Session Trailer

Jeffrey

Jeffrey Snover
Distinguished Engineer, Microsoft
Jeffrey Snover is a Distinguished Engineer Microsoft and the Lead Architect for the Windows Server and System Center Division. Snover is the inventor of Windows PowerShell, an object-based distributed automation engine, scripting language, and command line shell. Snover joined Microsoft in 1999 as divisional architect for the Management and Services Division, providing technical direction across Microsoft’s management technologies and products. Snover has over 30 years of industry experience with a focus on management technologies and solutions.

He was an architect in the office of the CTO at Tivoli and a development manager at NetView. He has worked also as a consulting engineer and development manager at DEC, where he led various network and systems management projects. Snover held 8 patents prior to joining Microsoft, and has registered over 30 patents since. He is a frequent speaker at industry and research conferences on a variety of management and language topics.

John Slack
Program Manager, Microsoft

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10:45am – 12:00pm

Imagine five great minds coming together to talk about Microsoft SharePoint across the board, be it within Microsoft Office 365, in Microsoft Azure, on-premises and certainly hybrid. Via a panel Q&A format, these MVP experts expose how online and hybrid improvements increase both deployment scenarios and value. This session is designed to help ITIs and ITDMs find the right cloud formula to deploy based on practical business and technical considerations. This is a must-not-miss session for any IT pro!

SESSION CODE
BRK2163

TOPIC
Deployment & Implementation

AUDIENCE
IT Influencers and Implementers

FORMAT
Best Practices

LEVEL
200

ROLES
Architect/Administrator, IT Generalist, Technical or Business Consultant

PRODUCTS
Azure, Office 365, SharePoint

THEMES
Productivity and Collaboration

TAGS
Cloud Storage, Controls and Compliance, Customization, Hybrid, On-Premises, Deployment, Session Trailer

Laura

 

Laura Rogers
SharePoint Manager, Rackspace
Laura is a SharePoint expert, speaker, author and educator. She is well-versed in helping organizations make the most of their SharePoint environments using out-of-box functionalities such as workflows, forms and Web parts. She is currently a Manager of SharePoint Consultants at Rackspace Hosting. Laura’s technical expertise also includes over 10 years of experience working with Microsoft’s messaging and collaboration systems. She has been named a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for the past four years. A seasoned author and speaker, Laura has presented at numerous conferences, user groups and SharePoint Saturdays, and she runs the Birmingham (AL) SharePoint User Group. She has contributed to several books on SharePoint 2007, 2010 and 2013 over the past eight years.

Christopher

 

Christopher McNulty
CTO, Cryptzone

Jennifer

 

Jennifer Ann Mason
Cloud Strategist, Rackspace Hosting
As a SharePoint Server MVP, Jennifer has spent the last several years consulting others on best practices for implementing business solutions using SharePoint technologies. She is passionate about SharePoint and loves using out-of-the-box features to bring immediate ROI to her clients. She has worked with a range of companies, leading teams responsible for design, implementation and maintenance of SharePoint environments. When she isn’t riding the slide at her new company, Rackspace Hosting, Jennifer focuses on strategy, planning, governance and sharing her knowledge with the SharePoint community. After a recent move to the Lone Star State from Ohio, where she was a founding member of the Columbus, Ohio SharePoint Users group, Jennifer is learning how to be a true Texan, cowboy boots and all.

Holme Dan

 

Dan Holme
CEO, IT Unity
Dan Holme’s 20 years of experience and his impact on hundreds of thousands of IT professionals and business decision makers have earned him a reputation as one of the world’s most respected analysts, consultants, authors, and experts on Microsoft technologies. Dan, a native of Colorado, resident of Maui, and graduate of Yale, has been recognized as an MVP for nine years across three technologies, and one of the top ten partner MVPs in the world. Dan has penned hundreds of articles for SharePointProMag.com and numerous best-selling books for Microsoft Press. Dan also serves as the Microsoft Technologies Consultant for NBC Olympics for the broadcast of the 2016 Olympics in Rio, a role he has played in Sochi, London, Vancouver, Beijing, and Torino.

Christian

 

Christian Buckley
Managing Director, Americas, GTconsult
Christian Buckley is an Office 365 MVP and Managing Director, Americas for GTconsult, a consulting and managed services provider in the US and South Africa. Christian was instrumental in the acquisitions of two SharePoint ISVs (echoTechnology in 2010, and Axceler in 2013) and helped build some of the most recognized product brands as Chief Evangelist at Axceler and Metalogix. He previously worked at Microsoft as part of the enterprise hosted SharePoint platform team (now part of Office365), and led an engineering team in advertising operations. Prior to Microsoft, Christian was managing director of a regional consulting firm in the San Francisco East Bay, started and sold two technology start-ups, and worked with some of the world’s largest hi-tech and manufacturing firms to deploy collaboration and supply chain solutions. He can be found online at www.buckleyplanet.com and www.twitter.com/buckleyplanet

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1:30pm – 2:45pm

Your users may struggle with these questions: Should I share a message via Skype for Business instead of Yammer, Office 365 Groups, or Exchange? Should I collaborate on data using an Excel sheet or a SharePoint list? Should I share a file in Outlook, in a meeting, from OneDrive for Business, on Yammer, in a Group, or in a SharePoint site?

This session is the ‘How To’ user’s guide What happens when your users can’t decide what technology or feature to use? They use what they know, or what’s easy; even if better options exist. In this session, Richard and Kanwal help you maximize the value of your Office 365 investment by providing the guidance you need to help your users make better, more effective decisions on how they get work done.

SESSION CODE
BRK2102

TOPIC
Usage & Adoption

AUDIENCE
IT Decision Makers

FORMAT
Strategy

LEVEL
200

ROLES
Architect/Administrator, IT Generalist, Power Users, Technical or Business Consultant, Technology Trainer or Teacher

PRODUCTS
Office 365, SharePoint, Yammer, OneDrive, Delve

THEMES
Productivity and Collaboration

TAGS
Cloud Storage, Personalized Insights, Team Collaboration & Innovation, Cloud

Kanwal

Kanwal Khipple
Founder & CEO, 2toLead
Kanwal Khipple, Founder & CEO of 2toLead, is an Office 365 MVP and an award-winning User Experience expert who has extensive experience with SharePoint, Azure, Office 365 and Yammer. He’s designed and architected solutions that increase adoption and deliver measurable results for many of the Fortune 500 companies. Kanwal’s passion drives him to push for innovation in solutions and portals. He continues to preach on the importance of designing with a focus on adoption, usability and user-centered design. Kanwal works directly with startups, small business and organizations as an advisor on how to take advantage of the Microsoft Cloud platform. Kanwal’s thirst to share knowledge has made him a prominent figure within the SharePoint community. It’s taken him all around the world to speak on branding and design of SharePoint. You can connect with Kanwal on twitter (@kkhipple) or LinkedIn (http://spbuzz.it/linkedinkk) for any topic’s surrounding innovation, adoption, and building

Richard

Richard Harbridge
Chief Technology Officer, 2toLead
Richard Harbridge is an internationally recognized expert in Office 365, Microsoft SharePoint and Collaboration. He has defined, architected, developed and implemented well over two hundred Office 365, SharePoint, and Azure solutions for customers around the world. As a sought-after speaker he often shares his insights, experiences, and advice around collaboration, knowledge management, social computing, ROI, governance, user adoption, and training at many industry events around the world. When not speaking at industry events Richard works with Microsoft, Microsoft partners, and Microsoft customers as an advisor around business and technology. He has been involved in the industry since the beginning of his career and is an excellent (and friendly) contact on anything relating to Microsoft, Office 365, Enterprise Content Management, and Social Networking.

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3:15pm – 4:30pm

This is the place for few slides, heavy discussion, and workshop style activity for participants. This session is intended for attendees with advanced interest in the given topic. We expect that participants already have a working understanding of the topics covered – intro or foundational levels of related content can be found in breakout sessions.

By choosing to attend an expert session you are agreeing to be an active participant, ready to provide insight and perspective based on your current experience. Join this session to be part of a discussion among experts on everything related to security in Office 365. We cover built-in security in Office 365 from physical datacenters all the way to customer controls such as RMS, MDM, etc.

SESSION CODE
BRK2193

TOPIC
Security & Access Management

AUDIENCE
IT Influencers and Implementers

FORMAT
Strategy

LEVEL
200

ROLES
CIO, CTO, CISO, Architect/Administrator, IT Generalist, Security/Storage/Web Admins

PRODUCTS
Exchange, Office 365, SharePoint

THEMES
Productivity and Collaboration

TAGS
Controls and Compliance

Sara Manning Dawson
Group Program Manager, Microsoft

Asaf

Asaf Kashi
Group Program Manager, Microsoft
Asaf Kashi is the Group Program Manager of the Office Information Protection team responsible for Office 365 Policy, Encryption, DLP, and Exchange & EOP Mailflow. Asaf has also had Program Manager leadership roles in the Identity and Access group working on Rights Management Services (RMS), Forefront Identity Manager and shipping multiple versions of Active Directory. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2001, Asaf was a software developer working for Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies.

Kamal Janardhan
Group Program Manager, Microsoft

Levon

Levon Esibov
Group Program Manager, Microsoft
Levon Esibov is a Principal Group Program Manager in Office 365 product team focusing on Exchange Online Protection. In his seventeen years tenure at Microsoft Levon also worked on Windows, Active Directory and SQL Azure. Levon holds PhD in Physics and Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Rhode Island.

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5:00pm – 6:15pm

Microsoft OneNote gives you one place for your notes and other content with you, anywhere now that OneNote is across all platforms and devices. Write by hand, type, record, snap a picture, clip from the web, or use a growing number of other partner apps and devices and OneNote saves it.

Organized or not, you can easily find your notes in any form (text, writing, picture, or audio) with OneNote search. This session demonstrates end-user productivity scenarios at work to give you a clear understanding of how OneNote can help drive adoption of Office 365 with cross-platform, real-time collaboration, and extensibility with OneNote API. You’ll walk away wanting to use, evangelize, and build on OneNote personally or for your organization.

SESSION CODE
BRK2118

TOPIC
Usage & Adoption

AUDIENCE
IT Decision Makers

FORMAT
Business Value

LEVEL
200

ROLES
CEO or CFO or COO, CIO, CTO, CISO, Power Users

PRODUCTS
Office Client

THEMES
Productivity and Collaboration

TAGS
Apps

Ari

 

Ari Schorr
PRODUCT MKTG MGR, OneNote, Microsoft Corporation
Ari is on the Office Product Marketing team at Microsoft that works closely with engineering on prioritizing and messaging features in the new versions of Office applications. He is specifically responsible for marketing OneNote. He has been driving disclosure for OneNote for free, cross-platform, and with an API along with the OneNote Class Notebook for teachers to set up OneNote in their classrooms. He is excited to be getting the word out about OneNote, especially its power in education and corporate team environments. Ari has presented at Office 365 Summits, TechEd Europe, SharePoint Conference, and education conferences on topic ranging from Access to Excel and Business Intelligence to now OneNote.

Michael Atalla
Director, Microsoft

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This is going to be a great event, if you’re attending be sure to check out the following video for some last-minute tips and tactics for getting the most out of the event:  http://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/Microsoft-Ignite-Countdown/Countdown-To-Microsoft-Ignite-CD12