Tuesday, June 2, 2015

What we learned at Microsoft Ignite

I don’t normally do conference recaps because I feel that most of the quicker bloggers than I have already covered all the important stuff.  And there are a lot of great blogs out there about all the latest and greatest news.  But I was asked to give a presentation about what I learned to our SharePoint User Group a few weeks ago, and then a co-presentation with two of our brilliant developers, Stephen Gilboy and Brian Bennewitz, for our company’s “Brain Food Friday”.  I’m including our combined presentation for your review.  If you can view it in Presentation mode with our notes and animations, you’ll get much more out of it.  However, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at [email protected]

The first half of the presentation are my thoughts and takeways as a SharePoint gal.  There are lots of exciting new things in the pipeline.  One of the key takeaways for me was the “Microsoft is Listening”!  They are listening to their big corporations, their little corporations, the IT people and the end user.  And they keep asking for more feedback!  This is huge to me.  Last year when Microsoft was pushing the cloud, cloud, cloud for everyone, I was really nervous about where they were heading.  But they heard loud and clear that a lot of companies just aren’t ready!   My interpretation of Microsoft’s message is: “We understand you’re not quite ready, but in the meantime, we’re going to do everything we can to earn your trust and invest in the things like security and compliance and findability and a changing mobile workforce so that the cloud will be ready for you when you’re ready for it.  And if you only want to trust part of your information in the cloud and keep the rest on prem, that’s ok, because we’re making huge investments in that too.”  Again, just my interpretation….but it really excites me!  They also announced several ways that you can give feedback to them on the various offerings…so they want to keep listening!

The second half of the presentation was presented by Stephen and Brian, and I can’t answer many questions about those slides, but if you have any, please feel free to email me and I’ll ask them.  I do know they were both very excited about what they learned!

Link to Presentation

Enjoy, and please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.