Minnesota User Group Tour 2018

The title of this post is a little silly, but I will be speaking at the Minnesota SharePoint Users Group and the Minnesota Office 365 User Group in February!

First up on February 14th, I will be presenting an intro session on Microsoft Flow and discussing the Flow road-map. You can find more details and register here: MN SharePoint User Group February

The second session will be on February 15th at the Minnesota Office 365 user group. This session will focus on Power BI – with an extra focus on how to administer the service. Details and register here: MN O365 User Group February

I hope to see you at both meetings!

 

Talking Microsoft Teams adoption with Erica Toelle

I had a chat with Erica Toelle [Twitter] at SharePoint Saturday (SPS) St. Louis and we talked about Microsoft Teams adoption. The video and some key highlights are below:

01:10 User categories for adoption
01:33 Erica’s number 1 tip for adopting Microsoft Teams
01:56 Video in Teams can be that ‘sticky’ feature
03:24 I ask: Is Teams flexible enough for all users in an organization
04:25 Teams can work organically with your working group

Planning is key for all migrations to Office 365

I had a chat with Mike Maadarani [Twitter] at SharePoint Saturday (SPS) St. Louis about SharePoint migrations and his strategies for helping organizations moving to the cloud. The video and some key points are below:

00:48 Big challenge when migrating SharePoint
01:15 Unlocking the new features in SharePoint & adoption
02:08 For SharePoint migrations, clicking the button is the easy part
03:43 First thing to do before migrating…
04:37 What are users often confused about with Office 365

 

SharePoint Saturday St. Louis 2018

Another great SharePoint Saturday is scheduled for St. Louis on January 20th and I’m so happy to be a speaker! I am giving two sessions at #SPSSTL, one on using on-prem data with cloud tools and the second one on using Microsoft Teams!

Check out the SPS St. Louis site for registration and details!

[UPDATE]
I had a fantastic time at the event and I can’t wait to connect with the attendees on follow-ups!

Oh, and I recorded two interviews with international speaker Erica Toelle and Microsoft MVP Mike Maadarani. Be on the lookout for posts on the videos!

Nashville SQL Saturday 2018

Join me at the largest SQL event in Middle Tennessee – Nashville SQL Saturday (#SQLSatNash) on January 13th, 2018.

I’m giving a session first thing in the morning – Using Your On-prem Data in a Cloud World. We will be looking at how you can use your data, wherever it is, with Microsoft’s cloud tools. During the session, I will do a live install and take you from the concept, all the way to being able to utilize on-prem SQL data in the cloud.

Event registration and info can be found on the site: Nashville SQL Saturday 2018 (SQLSat 698)

Blockers for Moving to Office 365 with Vlad Catrinescu

There is a big push to get organizations to adopt Office 365 and many are encountering challenges with moving their existing processes “to the cloud.” I recently spoke with Vlad Catrinescu [BlogTwitter], Microsoft MVP and author, about these challenges and his experience in overcoming them.

01:01 Challenges organizations are facing
01:31 Customization in SharePoint
02:00 Rewriting code
02:19 Regulations
03:16 Release schedule
05:01 How to mitigate challenges
06:36 IT Pro job changes
08:28 Training materials need to change

Security Depends on You in Office 365 with Liam Cleary

Microsoft’s Office 365 has built-in features that provide physical, logical, and data security for organizations large and small. While in San Francisco, I sat down with Liam Cleary [BlogTwitter], Microsoft MVP and popular technology speaker to discuss implications of the impending GDPR legislation, as well as Office 365 security overall.

02:06 GDPR changes now affect any organization that works with any European organization
02:28 Office 365 requirements
02:59 Missing answers
03:01 When it comes to content, Microsoft [has] all the tools that you need
03:33 If haven’t implemented those tools….
04:38 GDPR dashboard
04:49 PNP dashboard – LINK
06:04 Security Compliance Center
07:31 The onus is still on you
08:00 It’s unbelievably simple
09:22 Common sense settings
10:42 You can grow into what you want it to be
11:18 Training is needed
12:06 Genie out of a bottle