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.

SharePoint Site Notebook feature dependent on WOPI?

After integrating Office Web Apps Server 2013 with SharePoint Server 2013, a OneNote shared notebook will automatically be created upon creation of a Team Site. What if you don’t have OWA installed? Well, I got tasked to find this out today and here’s the results.

When you attempt to activate it, it simply will not activate – push the button and screen spins and goes back to deactivated state.

7-9-2013 3-25-00 PM

Reason being is, there is a FeatureActivated event which tries to create the Quick Links menu entry (doable), but also tries to spin up a new One Note Notebook- not doable without WOPI- how do I know this: well, SharePoint is not going to be able to create OneNote documents spontaneously in any other way. How do I know this- I cracked open a little binary called Microsoft.SharePoint.dll in Reflector and went to SPSiteNotebookFeatureReceiver, and it has the following code:

sharepoint-onenote-wopi

Here’s a Technet reference! You know you want it.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-ca/library/microsoft.sharepoint.spsitenotebookfeaturereceiver_members.aspx

..and here is the Feature definition as it lives in the SP2013 Hive:
sharepoint-site-notebook-feature-definition

I don’t know how useful it would be to anyone, as the instructions on the feature do warn you that you’re going to need that WOPR, er.. WOPI

wopr-vs-wopi

 

Organizing and Sharing with OneNote JumpStart

You may not know it yet, OneNote is a powerful tool for IT Pros to gather, manage, and use information essential for themselves and their team members. While this is an end user-friendly course, it is tailored to technologists looking for better ways to organize the information essential to both their professional and personal lives. Office.com’s Help & How-to trainers, Doug Thomas and Dave Ludwig lead a fast paced course full of samples and demos that shows how OneNote is used in common IT Pro scenarios like importing and commenting on requirements documents and easily capturing and sharing meeting notes. Learn how to streamline key projects, research, and task lists right alongside next year’s vacation plans and tonight’s grocery list.

6-28-2013 10-50-35 AM
http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/Content/ViewContent.aspx?et=2942&m=2941&ct=16922  (sign in with your Microsoft Account)