Top 10 Sessions to Attend at Microsoft Ignite 2017

Top 10 Sessions to Attend at Microsoft Ignite 2017

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Microsoft Ignite 2017 is coming up fast. I’ll be there again this year with the Sharegate team, and if you’re attending too, you’ve probably already started getting your schedule together and wondering which sessions to attend. I know I have!

With over 1,500 sessions, it can be pretty hard to pick among all the great speakers and build an agenda, so I’ve curated a list of some of the ones on SharePoint and Office 365 that I think you should definitely attend. Hopefully it’ll make things a little easier for you.

See you there!

1. Accelerate your digital transformation with SharePoint and OneDrive (Keynote)

If you had to watch only one session at Microsoft Ignite, this is the one. You could say this is the keynote where all the big announcements are made around Office 365 Productivity services, such as SharePoint and OneDrive.

Accelerate your digital transformation with SharePoint and OneDrive

Speakers
Dan Holme - Director of Product Marketing (SharePoint & Yammer), Microsoft
Jeff Teper - CVP Office, OneDrive & SharePoint, Microsoft
Omar Shahine - OneDrive & SharePoint, Microsoft

Session Code
BRK2184

2. Embrace Office 365 Groups: Overview and Roadmap

Office 365 Groups are core to the future of all things in Office 365, so it’s important to keep an eye out on its roadmap.

In the past, there's been a lot of confusion on what Office 365 Groups is, and sessions like these often reveal the direction for other products like SharePoint and Microsoft Teams. Now that SharePoint Team Sites are linked to an Office 365 Group automatically, and that almost every product in the suite creates them, be sure to attend this session to learn more.

Embrace Office 365 Groups: Overview and Roadmap

Speakers
Christophe Fiessinger - Program Manager, Microsoft
Shilpa Ranganathan - Principal Program Manager, Microsoft

Session Code
BRK2047

3. OneDrive - Past, Present, and Future

OneDrive for Business had a rough start in Office 365, but it’s picked up a lot of steam since and the updates coming from that team have been both numerous and well-crafted for our end users. This session will help us understand what’s going on with both the experience and the sync engine.

Even if you don’t plan on using OneDrive for Business that much in your organization, I strongly recommend you attend, as these features often make their way to your SharePoint document libraries not too long after.

OneDrive - Past, Present, and Future

Speakers
Stephen Rose - Microsoft
Jason Moore - Partner Group Program Manager, Microsoft

Session Code
BRK2205

4. Inform and Engage Employees with SharePoint Communication Sites and News

SharePoint Communication sites were announced last year at Microsoft Ignite and have quickly gained momentum in our Office 365 tenants across the world. They provide a quick and easy way to communicate and share information on pages to the rest of your organization.

This session will tell us where they will go from here, now that they’ve made their mark in SharePoint. Will they eventually replace our Intranets? Or will they stay focused on the current business need they are fulfilling?

Inform and Engage Employees with SharePoint Communications Sites and News

Speakers
Andy Haon - Group Program Manager, Microsoft
Mark Kashman - Senior Product Manager, Microsoft

Session Code
BRK2207

5. Share and Work Together on the Intranet with SharePoint Team Sites

When someone says SharePoint, we automatically think of the famous Team Sites we’ve been using forever. But a lot has changed with our migration from Classic, to Modern SharePoint. A new page authoring model, new web parts, and an overhaul of our document libraries…

Don’t miss this session to find out more about our Team Sites and how we can integrate them in our other tools. The goal is to provide the right information to our end users, regardless of where they are.

Share and Work Together on the Intranet with SharePoint Team Sites

Speakers
Jeremy Mazner - Group Program Manager, SharePoint, Microsoft
Mark Kashman - Senior Product Manager, Microsoft

Session Code
BRK2206

6. Unleash Office 365 Groups: Deep Dive

As mentioned earlier, Office 365 Groups are what control and centralize almost all of your products in the cloud. They often represent your business units, teams or projects and how they work.

A deep dive can’t hurt if you’re in charge of managing your environment. Make sure your Office 365 Groups are providing a maximum of value to your organization, while limiting the risks.

Unleash Office 365 Groups: Deep Dive

Speaker
Mike McLean - Senior Program Manager, Microsoft
Vijay Nelson - Senior Program Manager, Microsoft

Session Code
BRK3054

7. Harness Collective Knowledge with SharePoint and OneDrive Content Services (ECM)

Sometimes, we just need to collaborate on a few files and move our work forward to the next milestone. But, in many cases, SharePoint has been used in an Enterprise Content Management scenario. This means it was heavily optimized for an organization, to provide a platform that eases some of the complex business processes within an organization. Since SharePoint has delivered the new “Modern” behaviour, it’s no surprise that we've start seeing investments towards ECM capabilities at this Microsoft Ignite.

Harness Collective Knowledge with SharePoint and OneDrive Content Services (ECM)

Speakers
Chris McNulty - Sr. Product Manager, Microsoft
Ian Story - OneDrive & SharePoint, Microsoft

Session Code
BRK2226

8. Manage SharePoint using the new Sharepoint Admin Center

With Office 365 providing more for organizations than our traditional two server Exchange and SharePoint; managing an environment is becoming a little more challenging. Now, we have to worry about Microsoft Teams, the channels within them, while still maintaining a good directory populated with Office 365 Groups, and of course, the many capabilities SharePoint provides.

The new SharePoint Admin Center was announced and showcased at the SharePoint event last May, this session is likely to show us how it works and when it’ll be in your tenant.

Manage SharePoint using the new Sharepoint Admin Center

Speaker
Zohar Raz - OneDrive & SharePoint, Microsoft

Session Code
BRK3239

9. What’s New and What's Coming for Branding and Organizing your SharePoint Sites

Branding a SharePoint environment has often been the subject of much controversy. Whether you should or shouldn’t, Microsoft has clearly made the decision to allow the branding of your sites, and has given a way to do it “the right away”.

This session was long awaited and requested. What peaked my interest however, is a short word in their session description: “shared navigation”. Can’t wait to find out more.

What’s New and What's Coming for Branding and Organizing your SharePoint Sites

Speakers
Melissa Torres - OneDrive & SharePoint, Microsoft
Denise Trabona - Principal Design Manager, Microsoft

Session Code
BRK2393

10. Transform Business Process with SharePoint, PowerApps, and Flow for Biz Apps, Forms, and Automation

No more SharePoint Designer. That was a call made at the very first Microsoft Ignite two years ago and since then, we’ve been looking at new solutions. There isn’t any investments in SharePoint Workflows or InfoPath for our forms, and we can see Microsoft Flow and PowerApps positioned to take over this very important role in our SharePoint sites.

Look to this session to see how this part is moving forward in the future to better plan your information architecture and deployment of Office 365 SharePoint.

Transform Business Process with SharePoint, PowerApps, and Flow for Biz Apps, Forms, and Automation

Speakers
Chris McNulty - Sr. Product Manager, Microsoft
Robert Burg - Director, Technology Development & Software Integration, NASCAR
Kerem Yuceturk - OneDrive & SharePoint Program Manager, Microsoft

Session Code
BRK2224

Migrate to Office 365: Download the Ultimate Migration Checklist to better execute your move to the Cloud.

Bonus

There are so many awesome sessions this year I wasn’t able to only pick 10. Here are two more you can’t miss:

SharePoint Unplugged (Panel)

This is my favorite part of Microsoft Ignite- the SharePoint product team sits in front of their customers and answer any questions thrown at them. It’s not scripted, not prepared, and sometimes it provides us with immense insight into the future of Office 365.

My favorite thing to do in this session is sit back, listen to the questions and especially how the answers are explained. Carefully analyzing the sentence structure… Maybe too much sometimes.

SharePoint Unplugged (Panel)

Speakers
Adam Harmetz - Group Program Manager, SharePoint, Microsoft
Daniel Kogan - Principal GPM (SharePoint), Microsoft
Hani Loza - Principal PM Manager, Microsoft
Zach Rosenfield - OneDrive & SharePoint, Microsoft
Kavita Kamani - Principal PM Manager, Microsoft
Aneetha Jayaraman - Senior Program Manager, Microsoft
Navjot Virk - Group Program Manager, Microsoft

Session Code
BRK3258

Nestlé’s Office 365 Cultural Transformation - From Silos to Collaboration

It’s always interesting to see how others are doing it. If you get a chance, join this session, as it represents the future for most of us. Regardless of what you plan to use technologically, it’s good to hear how others did it before us. If it’s just to spark off some ideas, or simply to learn from their mistakes. I’m looking forward to this case study.

Nestlé’s Office 365 Cultural Transformation - From Silos to Collaboration

Speakers
Thomas Wicker - Principal PM Manager, Microsoft
Juha Ikonen - FastTrack Architect, Microsoft
Clifford Kennedy - Technology Architect, Nestlé

Session Code
BRK2221

My Sessions

Benjamin Niaulin's 2017 Microsoft Ignite Sesisons

Time for a bit of shameless self promotion! You can also attend my sessions, where I’ll talk about Office 365 external sharing, SharePoint and Microsoft Teams, among other things.

Other Sessions

If ever you want to see what other sessions on SharePoint and Office 365 are available, I’ve listed them here.

Hopefully this has helped you build your conference agenda for Microsoft Ignite 2017. Don't forget to stop by and say hi at the Sharegate booth (#1719)!

Benjamin Niaulin
Benjamin Niaulin @bniaulin

Well known as the SharePoint Geek, Benjamin has been helping people all around the globe reach their goals by simplifying SharePoint solutions. You haven't met Benjamin yet? Look for him at SharePoint conferences and events!