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I’m excited to have to opportunity to attend the European SharePoint Conference this week (November 14-17) in Vienna. Since the amalgamation of the Microsoft SharePoint Conference into the Microsoft Ignite Conference the last 2 years, I’m really looking forward to a dedicated SharePoint conference again. The SharePoint community has always been such a bright, vocal and welcoming community and this is the first time I’ve travelled to Europe for the event.
Over the last 3 years we’ve seen Microsoft focus heavily on marketing Office 365 and the different services it offers. SharePoint had been relegated to the background and we heard little about it, even though it was the central to many of the Office 365 services. With Jeff Teper back on the team I get a sense that SharePoint is now back in the spotlight and the rate of innovation and change in SharePoint is at a level that we haven’t seen for years.
It’s an exciting new world for SharePoint and I’m keen to talk to those attending the conference to see how the cloud and Office 365 is being adopted through Europe.
Personally I have spent a lot of time recently on non-Microsoft technologies as we look to create the products of the future that will be running under non-Microsoft web technology stacks and across all devices.
While we will be showing our industry leading OnePlace Solutions product suite (OnePlaceMail, OnePlaceDocs, OnePlaceLive) at the conference we will also be demonstrating some of the cutting edge work we are doing such as the cross device OnePlaceConnect Outlook add-in that I’d imagine is the first commercial product in the Office 365 space written in Angular 2 and utilizing the ahead-of-time compiler for a blazingly fast user experience.
I’m really looking forward to having some great conversations and meeting new people as well as some of our existing customers and partners.
OnePlace Solutions is a Gold Sponsor of the event and I’ll be on the booth during the breaks throughout the conference, so if you are attending and have the opportunity then please come up to the OnePlace Solutions booth and say hi. We will also be giving away some swag and prizes so come and grab some of those as well!
OnePlace Solutions is proud to be an exhibitor and sponsor again this year at the Microsoft Ignite conference in Atlanta. Ignite is Microsoft’s premier conference this year for Office 365, SharePoint, Exchange, Azure, Windows and related technologies.
I’ll be on the OnePlace Solution booth (#563) during the conference talking about our suite of products that bring SharePoint and Office 365 to where you work such as Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat, and Windows Desktop.
I’m very excited to be unveiling our latest product OnePlaceConnect at the conference. OnePlaceConnect is focused on bringing cloud based solutions such as Office 365 and SharePoint directly into the applications you use, on whatever device you use them (yes that means on your iPad/Android tablets, phones, Mac and of course your Windows devices).
Registration is now open to participate in the OnePlaceConnect Preview and be one of the first to get your hands on the new product.
The following are some really useful resources that I often refer people to at conferences.
OnePlaceLive – Scenarios Unleashed (Project Management, Legal Matter Management)
It’s always fun meeting new people at conferences and hearing of successes, challenges and battle wounds you’ve had with technology. It’s also awesome to catch up with existing customers and partners while I’m in the US as well, so please drop by the OnePlace Solutions booth if you get a chance.
We will have some swag at the booth, and we have new and improved hacky sacks/footbags/juggling balls to give away this conference. I’m more excited than I probably should be about those!
Have a great conference and hope to see you at the booth or one of the many events.
Reach out to me @CameronDwyer on Twitter during the conference.
As the dust settles on the first Microsoft Ignite conference and the tech crowd disperses from Chicago I look over these photos and think I’ll remember this conference as much for the character of the city of Chicago as I will the Ignite conference itself. From the fantastic aromas wafting from restaurants, the bars that greet you with a unique craft beer menus and soulful blues performers to the monolithic buildings representing the pinnacle of engineering feats and the fresh parks and playgrounds and rejuvenated river front; Chicago is a city that is hard to walk away from and even harder to forget.
Thanks for the memories Chicago.
Microsoft’s really long Build developer keynote, condensed into 2 minutes
Welcoming Developers to Windows 10
- Windows 10 on One Billion Devices
- Universal Windows Platform Innovation
- Windows 10 Welcomes All Developers and Their Code (including Android and iOS)
- Microsoft Edge (new browser replacement for IE)
Continuum for Windows 10 for phones puts a PC in your pocket
Visual Studio Code, Visual Studio 2015 RC, Team Foundation Server 2015 RC, Visual Studio 2013 Update 5
The excitement is starting to build as the Microsoft technology conference of the year is almost upon us. I feel this year is going to be a first time experience for all attendees. We’ve got many individual conferences combined into one, even the old timers that have been attending these individual conferences year after year may be feeling some renewed excitement and feelings of trepidation of just how this conference is going to play out.
It’s certainly going to get started with a bang as Satya Nadella takes the stage for the keynote to an event that sold out weeks ago. I think the last time we saw a Microsoft CEO take the stage at a SharePoint conference was 5 years ago at SPC2010 when Steve Ballmer was at the helm.
Although Microsoft has gone (almost) all in on the cloud and been pushing cloud at us from every angle over the last few years, I think we will be hearing the word HYBRID quite a bit at this conference. We can also expect to hear a lot more about what SharePoint 2016 will look like and the feature set we can expect out of SharePoint 2016 on premises installations.
During the conference you’ll be able to find me at the OnePlace Solutions booth #537 in the Exhibition Hall. We will be running live, interactive demos of OnePlaceMail, as well as two new products that we are launching at the conference OnePlaceDocs and OnePlaceLive. Email management, Document management, and driving a solution focused, end user engagement for systems built on the SharePoint/Office 365 platform is what we’re about – if that sounds interesting then come by and meet the OnePlace Solutions Team. We will have plenty of giveaways as well so make sure you stop by to claim yours.
If you want to get the most out of mingling and networking then be sure to check out these two great resources for all those official and unofficial parties (great work guys on compiling these lists as they are quite extensive):
The Microsoft Ignite Countdown show is also well worth a watch to get a feel for how the conference will run, things to do in Chicago and it’s a bit of a laugh at the same time.
I hope to see you at the conference and above all have fun and despite what you were told as a child, talk to strangers (as long as they have an Ignite badge!)
As the SharePoint community disperses from Las Vegas after another awesome conference it’s time to digest the new information and figure out what that really means for you.
The takeaways for each person are probably different as we all use SharePoint in different ways, although there was one very prominent message being pushed…
Microsoft’s forecast: Very cloudy with a chance of on-prem meatballs
Microsoft was pushing the cloud first model very heavily, Office 365 will be getting all the new bells and whistles with on-prem maybe getting some of the new features down the track. Features that integrate the different services (e.g. Yammer/SharePoint/Exchange/OneDrive) would probably only be available in Office 365 where Microsoft can guarantee the compatible versions across the services and control passing user identity between the services and may never make there way to on-prem.
Attendee’s forecast: We are not ready/can’t move/don’t want to move to the cloud yet
This was the sentiment I was hearing on the booth. The reasons for not wanting to jump to the cloud (at the moment) were varied but most had understandable reasons. Microsoft has the potential to alienate a lot of the community and customers (possibly losing them to competitive products) if they take the big stick approach and try to force people into Office 365.
On a more positive note for on-prem customers, it was announced that there will be a new release of SharePoint (on-prem) in 2015.
The Venetian was an awesome location for the conference. Maybe it’s just me or maybe Vegas has slightly refined itself since the last conference but I thought the area of the strip near the Venetian had a better buzz about it and was just a nicer end of town. The Venetian itself was excellent with plenty of great options for eating and drinking. Anyone know a place that does a gourmet burger better than Vegas?
SPC14 was the conference that saw us announce the growth and re-positioning of our brand. OnePlaceMail has become one product of the larger OnePlaceEnterprise suite. Along with OnePlaceMail, the OnePlaceEnterprise suite contains the new products OnePlaceDocs and OnePlaceLive. This growth and shift was well received at the conference and I’m really looking forward to this new phase as OnePlaceEnterprise enters the market.
Thanks to all those who came up to see us at the conference and traded SharePoint stories. I hope you all enjoyed the conference and were able to walk away more knowledgeable at the end of the day.
SPC is THE largest SharePoint Conference on earth, nowhere else will you find so many subject matter experts and people willing to talk SharePoint.
I encourage you to be brave and speak to the myriad of Exhibitors and Microsoft people at conference. The Exhibition Hall is a lot quieter outside of the peak lunch/break periods so if you’re in a session that’s not delivering what you hoped, head out and get an expert to yourself.
Why talk to me?
There’s only so many conversations you can squeeze in, my areas of interest include:
- Overcoming user adoption issues with SharePoint deployments
- Techniques for making SharePoint quicker and easier to work with from your desktop
- Extending solutions you build on SharePoint to make them accessible from existing desktop applications without writing code!
- Anything SharePoint and Mail related
- SharePoint Site Mailboxes
Where to find me?
I’ll be presenting OnePlaceMail alongside 2 new products (OnePlaceEnterprise and OnePlaceLive) being launched at the conference. I’ll be spending most of the conference at the OnePlaceMail booth #2131 so please come up and say ‘Hi’.
Have a great conference and I hope to see you there.
These are the essential resources I’ll be keeping my eye on as the SharePoint Conference 2014 in Las Vegas draws nearer.
Goes without saying, this site IS the official conference site. Announcements, news and details released here are the real deal and your getting the information first hand.
Joel Oleson is keeping track of SharePints, parties, and events both official and unofficial. Joel’s party guidance in previous years has proven spot on so I hope he comes through with the good again this year!
This looks like it will be one of the largest unofficial parties. There’s limited tickets so keep your eyes and ears open on how to get your hands on a ticket for this one.
How often do you get to see an (ex) American President in the flesh? I won’t be missing the keynote, even if I’m more than a little lost of the connection between Bill and SharePoint!
My (obvious) tip is that the most significant announcements coming from Microsoft at the conference will be in relation to the 2014 product roadmap. Why wait for the conference? Take a look at this reference to see new updates and release expected soon or around conference time. Some details of what they include is already available. This may influence which sessions you decide to go to…
The Collabshow website has a page dedicated to all things SPC14. The website is run by Joel Oleson and is well worth keeping an eye on for news as the conference gets closer.
Why start from scratch and try to think of everything yourself? People have already started putting together checklists and info packs on how to get the most out of the conference (even old guides from SPC12 are still quite relevant). This is one of the better one to emerge.
The SharePoint roadshow is about to roll into town. This year ShareThePoint has organised 2 conferences in Australia (Sydney and Melbourne) in addition to the conference in New Zealand. It seems each year the SharePoint community is growing stronger. OnePlaceMail is again a sponsor of these fantastic events and I’m looking forward to the Sydney conference starting next week.
While Microsoft unveiled most of their surprises at the SharePoint conference in Las Vegas late last year, that does not mean this conference is just a rehash of the sessions from Vegas. Expect to see sessions delivering content with a bit more knowledge and ‘best practice’ than those delivered in Vegas. I like to think of it more as Vegas was ‘hype’ and these conferences will be more of the ‘reality’.
If you are interested in email integration with SharePoint and generally integrating SharePoint better with the desktop then please stop by the OnePlaceMail stand for a chat and live demo of how we can help you.
The OnePlaceMail team have put in a huge effort delivering features on top of the new SharePoint 2013 Site Mailbox architecture and have also published whitepapers and procedures to get you up and running with Site Mailboxes with the minimum of fuss. Come and pick our brains if you are looking at the new Site Mailbox features of SharePoint 2013.
Have a great conference and don’t forget to come by and say hello.