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Community Microsoft 365

Microsoft 365…

Recently I was speaking with a few individuals in the community and it was oddly interesting to hear that there seemed to be some misconceptions about Microsoft 365 and what exactly it is comprised of… is it the Operating System, or is it Office 365, or is it something else.

Literally. Eye opening. So eye opening that I feel the urge to drink coffee as I scribe this. Hold on while I go get another cuppa coffee.

Pertaining to what Microsoft 365 is and isn’t… it shouldn’t be too difficult for an individual that works in the IT field to keep up to date by reading all documentation, updates, tweets, articles, etc. in their field – right? Perhaps we need to assess how much time we’re reading as opposed to doing. Seriously though I read a lot during the day… almost as much as Ciphertxt and his trusty bot as they process feeds of information at all times of the day and night while listening to industry podcasts to stay ahead of the rest of us. Yes, even I feel somewhat overwhelmed.

If you’re feeling like there’s too much information to consume and you do want to know more about the platform that you’re working with and the new technological changes that are coming forth… I’d highly encourage you to read the Service Description for Microsoft 365 on a regular basis – perhaps once a month.

The Service Description is sitting in plain site with a URL that’s easy to remember – http://www.office365sd.com. Be advised that it this document link does redirect you to a docs.microsoft.com site.

In addition to the Office 365 Service Description, it’s not a bad idea to follow the conversations and articles being released over at https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/. This is where Microsoft works to digitally meet the community. Many new features or changes are socialized through with supporting documentation back at the Microsoft Doc’s site.

Also, if you’re looking for something that you can download, maybe the Microsoft Cloud IT Podcast is for you to able to consume information in byte size chunks – https://www.msclouditpropodcast.com/

Back to the subject at hand and dispelling misconceptions of what Microsoft 365 actually consists of? It’s the overarching brand for all Microsoft Collaboration products and in some sense security and OS. This covers home, personal, business, enterprise, education, and government product lines.

For Enterprise level users, Microsoft 365 includes Windows 10, Microsoft (Office) 365, and EMS.

For Business, Home, and Personal users, it means rebranding of the services but not necessarily inclusion of the OS or EMS – https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2020/03/30/new-microsoft-365-offerings-small-and-medium-sized-businesses/

What’s fascinating to me though is when individuals get wrapped around the axle differentiating the workloads of Enterprise Microsoft 365 and what was more commonly referred to up until recently as Office 365. Why? Mostly due to individuals referring to Office 365 as Microsoft 365 without realizing that they were now including the OS and EMS components into the discussion. Now that they’re all bundled together I foresee many individuals that previously did not work much with EMS, InTune, or the OS side of things getting involved and engaged (perhaps just the IT Pros) in developing solutions that encompass mobility in more ways than just having apps on a device to access their data (OneDrive, Office, etc.)

It’s an exciting new world – dispell the misconceptions of Microsoft 365 by picking up the Service Description and a couple of pots of coffee and get cranking on learning all of the things… and also start working to learn some new things today.

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Community Podcast

Favorite Podcasts… 2017 List

It’s interesting to look back at the past year and realize that I haven’t really been listening to all that many podcasts – whether professionally or personally. There are a few that are epic that should be on everyone’s queues to include:

There are several others out there but the above are the ones you’ll probably find me listening to. Maybe.

And maybe at some point when life slows down we’ll have Brewery.fm come back to life… http://www.brewery.fm

Happy casting!

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Community Office 365 User Groups

Reston SharePoint User Group – August 2017

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).

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Community User Groups

PowerApps Case Study

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:

PowerApps a Case Study

Monday, Jun 19, 2017, 11:30 AM

Microsoft
12012 Sunset Hills Road Reston, VA

66 SharePointeers Went

PowerApps was a hot topic at Ignite 2016 and other recent Microsoft events. Much of the buzz with PowerApps has been surrounding when it can replace InfoPath Forms. To show one use for PowerApps, Brad will utilize a case study of a project at a nonprofit. He will provide some of the user stories, design considerations and show a quick demo of how p…

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Reston SharePoint User Group – Danny Jessee

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:

https://www.meetup.com/Reston-SharePoint-User-Group/events/236140625/

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Community Conference

Microsoft Tech Summit Materials

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:

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Microsoft-Tech-Summit/ct-p/MicrosoftTechSummit

If you’re interested in attending one of the events, check out the schedule here:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/techsummit

 

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Community Office 365 User Groups

SharePoint Users Group of DC

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

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Cloud Community Office 365

SharePoint Saturday New York 2016 – 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:

SPS NYC – Getting started with Office 365 for IT Pros from Dan Usher
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Community Conference

Microsoft Ignite 2016

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.

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Community

SharePoint Saturday NYC 2015

Another year, another July trip to New York City for SharePoint Saturday NYC. It’s like clockwork the way these folks run these events – great crew of organizers. I’m really looking forward to engaging with attendees and hearing their ideas during the session I’m presenting. It’s been two years since I’ve had the pleasure of presenting with Scott Hoag, and this year we’re actually doing a new talk!!! Come join us to hear more about Worst Practices for SharePoint.

Session info:
Worst Practices of SharePoint
In a perfect world, most SharePoint systems are well planned out with defined requirements, stakeholder approval, and methodology approaches with unlimited budgets. The reality of SharePoint implementations, deployments and operations are typically not what might be seen through rosy colored lenses.
For all of the things that can go wrong with your SharePoint implementation, one of the best things we can do is learn from others. From not accepting that implementing an established information architecture and having an available infrastructure are core tenants of every SharePoint installation to managing SLAs with your end users; join us as we share not only what we’ve seen as worst practices but also worst experiences.
Attendees will learn practices on how to properly manage their SharePoint environments, how to work with other IT department leads and plan for a more properly planned SharePoint environment instead of dealing with the headaches that precipitate themselves when systems are hastily thrown together.
Where: Central Park West in the Microsoft Offices of NYC
When: 230 PM Eastern
Slides will be posted up shortly after the event. We look forward to seeing you all!