Every so often, I take a few nanoseconds and reflect on the activities within the community. Like everything in life, things ebb and flow. In the case of the SharePoint and Office Server and Services community though, it continues to thrive. This past weekend the Women in SharePoint Group within the DC area hosted a terrific set of sessions. The other SharePoint and Office 365 user groups in the area continue to grow in their respective communities, supporting their members and helping to continue to encourage growth in knowledge and practice.
This week at the Reston SharePoint User Group, we had the privilege of Matt Wade of H3 Solutions presenting on Microsoft’s Groups capability and how it relates to end users and the solutions that they are looking to build on top of the Office 365 platform.
Matt brings the topic down to earth and rather than getting muddied in the provisioning that takes place behind the scenes for Groups to work appropriately, he hones in on the end user and their interactions with Groups and their benefits to the users.
All in all, a decent turnout for the presentation and great engagement with the group. Thanks to Matt for presenting and also for the attendees for engaging and continuing to thrive! I look forward to having the honor of working with Microsoft and the local Community to continue to help users find benefit from tools that they’re provided with.
If you’re not engaged with one of the local area user groups in the DC area, check out Reston SPUG, they meet the first Monday of the month typically (holidays sometimes push the group to meet the second Monday).
Microsoft’s underlying integration between Office 365 and Azure continues to allow Microsoft to develop experiences that tie in with services that we’re highly accustomed to within the SharePoint realm. One of the new capabilities recently added to the gamut of colors to paint your SharePoint environment’s feature set with is PowerApps.
If you’re interested in hearing more about PowerApps, come on out to the Reston SharePoint User Group next week. More details area available here:
Next week Monday at the Reston SharePoint Users Group Danny Jessee will be presenting on “Updating Legacy SharePoint Customizations to the Add-in Model”. If you’re not familiar with Danny, he’s a seasoned SharePoint Developer with deep experience and knowledge in Azure Active Directory as well as the Microsoft SharePoint / Office 365 Add-in / App model. With each transformation of the SharePoint app model update, Danny has been a voice of reason and maturity providing insights and guidance to other developers in the DC region.
If you’ve got time on Monday and find yourself at the Reston Town Center, walk on over the footbridge and join us for Danny’s presentation. Registration is available here:
Just in case you’re envious of those you see posting about being at a Microsoft Tech Summit, fear not, you still have the opportunity to be able to see the materials that were presented over at the Microsoft Technical Community Website.
More details are available and content from the events here:
If you’re interested in attending one of the events, check out the schedule here:
This past week I had the pleasure of presenting at the SharePoint Users Group of DC. They’re a terrific group that meets in the McLean / Tyson’s Corner area of Northern Virginia. The focus of the group meeting was to discuss the benefits and gotchas of utilizing Office 365, primarily around SharePoint Online capabilities but expanding to areas such as Exchange integration with Office 365 Groups as well as security and compliance topics. All in all a terrific time to get together and engage with the vibrant DC community. Thanks to Nikkia and crew for having me!
Slides for the presentation are posted and available to snag here:
SUG DC – Getting Started with Office 365
It’s been nearly a year since I’ve been up to the Big Apple for a conference or technology show and once more the SPSNYC team without fail has pulled off a terrific show with a solid group of speakers and sponsors. This go round I had the privilege of presenting on a topic near and dear to my heart, good ole Office 365. The attendees of the session were incredible and engaging – nothing more as a speaker that I could have asked for (except perhaps more time)…
The Office 365 adoption story is one of continued evolution as new experiences come to be through Groups and Delve. What’s more interesting is when you begin to peal back the layers and begin working with capabilities such as the Office 365 Connectors within Groups to begin fostering information sharing with colleagues and team members that you might be working with.
In addition to presenting it was great to catch up with fellow technologists, speakers, MVPs and long time friends. Thanks to the SharePoint Saturday community for continuing to thrive and to Microsoft for continuing to support the community and its events! Look forward to seeing you all next year!
Nevertheless, if you’re here and you’re looking for the slides, look no further, they’re available here:
Just in case you missed the announcement over on the Microsoft Company News Site or on the Microsoft Twitter MS Ignite account, Microsoft Ignite will be taking place in Atlanta, GA in September 2016.
Pre-Registration seems to have opened up to lock in a lower rate (woot!), available over at https://microsoft.eventcore.com/Ignite2016.
I’m pretty excited about Atlanta in September… in part because I love the Atlanta Braves and can only hope that they’ll be in the hunt for the pennant, battling out the Mets and the Nationals 🙂
All that aside though, it should be a great conference with the next wave of Microsoft technologies that are being released in 2016. While there’s not a firm release date for my bread and butter favorite in SharePoint, I’m excited to see what content will be available at Ignite – plus what better place to hang out and see friends in the community?
If you’re planning conferences for 2016, go ahead and pencil this one in… scratch that, use ink and be there.