Build a Winning Microsoft Ignite Schedule

Microsoft will be hosting the fourth Ignite, Microsoft Ignite 2018, next week in Orlando Florida. Every year this is the must-attend event for many of us in the Microsoft community.   
This year, Microsoft Ignite is going to be all about Microsoft 365, Microsoft’s offering that combines Windows 10, Office 365, and Enterprise Mobility + Security. I see this event as our opportunity to learn more about transforming our thinking and truly appreciate the possibilities and strategies for digital workspace 
My experience from attending previous Microsoft Ignite’s, be it in Chicago, Atlanta, and now Orlando again, has taught me one primary lesson—Ignite is huge! I mean really huge. Walking from one end to the other, took me over 15 minutes at a fast pace, and I logged over 20,000 steps. That’s anywhere from six to ten miles of walking at a conference per day while attending sessions!  
What this means is if you intend to attend sessions, you must have a plan. You must have at least the key sessions you absolutely do not want to miss. If possible, also determine additional sessions you would like to see live and others you may use as a backup in case your primary session is full. Finally, plan sessions you will likely miss and will have to catch the recording at a later date.  
Depending on your role in your organization, I see a subset of sessions that you need to add to your list. A few pre-notes: First, remember that all sessions will be recorded and should be available online a few days later. Last year this did not include all the theater sessions though, those you will want to watch live. Second, the keynote and a few others are streamed live so you may not need to physically attend the session to watch it live. Third, everyone should attend the Monday Keynote. Fourth, I couldn’t keep my recommended list to only five per role, therefore I list the five I wouldn’t miss followed by additional sessions I recommend.  
 

Must-Attend Sessions for All 

No matter your role, the following are sessions that should be on your must-attend list no matter your role in your organization. 

  • GS006 – Modern teamwork: Transform collaboration and communications with Microsoft 365 
  • BRK2419 – The integrated modern workplace 

 

5 Sessions CIOs Shouldn’t Miss  

Besides the recommended vision sessions for everyone, you’re here to get the big picture of the tools and practices your organization needs to consider to get ahead or at the least, keep up. 

  • BRK2451 – Content Collaboration in the Modern Workplace  
  • BRK2161 – Microsoft 365, built for teamwork  
  • BRK2070 – New in Microsoft 365: Build a leadership connection with employees  
  • BRK2050 – Do the right thing: IT in the age of social responsibility 
  • BRK1126 – Letting go of fear and taking risks in an ever-changing IT landscape 

Bonus  

  • BRK2105 – Office 365 business apps (SharePoint, PowerApps, Flow, forms): What’s new and what’s coming  
  • GS008 – Microsoft security: How the cloud helps us all be more secure  
  • BRK2298 – Creating compliant industry solutions on the Microsoft 365 platform  
  • BRK2257 – Office on the web: What’s new, the future, and how it can help you jumpstart digital transformation in your organization  

 

5 Sessions SharePoint and Office 365 Admins Shouldn’t Miss  

For those of you that administer SharePoint, Office 365, Microsoft Teams, from the tenant level down to the site collection level, you are looking for ways to help you configure the tools the right way, provide governance and support, secure your environments.  

  • BRK3097 – What’s new for SharePoint administrators in Office 365  
  • BRK2137 – Embrace Office 365 Groups: What’s new and how to get started  
  • BRK3273 – From start to finish: How to create your modern SharePoint site provisioning solution  
  • BRK3100 – What’s new in external sharing and collaboration with OneDrive and SharePoint  
  • BRK3080 – New ways to create ‘no code’ solutions with SharePoint  

Bonus  

  • BRK4012 – How to manage Microsoft Teams effectively  
  • BRK3153 – Microsoft Flow: Modernizing SharePoint Designer workflows with Microsoft Flow and approvals  
  • BRK3000 – Strategies for building effective, optimal and future-proof connectivity to Office 365 that will delight your users 
  • BRK4010 – Anatomy of an attack in Microsoft 365  

 

5 sessions IT Pros Shouldn’t Miss  

The role of the IT Pro is going through a rapid rate of change at the moment with the emphasis on the cloud. Is your organization moving to the cloud or considering hybrid? Even for those staying 100% on premises, IT pros should be looking at what is happening to the overall platforms that your organization is using, and how you are you going to provide the best value to your organization.   

  • GS004 – Simplify your IT management and level up with Microsoft 365  
  • BRK2064 – SharePoint Server 2019 overview  
  • BRK2100 – Best in class Security and Compliance with SharePoint and OneDrive  
  • BRK1126 – Letting go of fear and taking risks in an ever-changing IT landscape  
  • BRK1094 – Accelerating your IT career  

Bonus  

  • GS008 – Microsoft security: How the cloud helps us all be more secure  
  • BRK1123 – How to tame your hybrid cloud  
  • BRK4010 – Anatomy of an attack in Microsoft 365  
  • BRK2034 – Migration to Azure – Why now is the best time to move all your apps, data and infra to Azure  
  • BRK2050 – Do the right thing: IT in the age of social responsibility  
  • BRK2251 – Double your security team productivity…without doubling capacity  
  • BRK2202 – Serverless real use cases and best practices  
  • BRK3100 – What’s new in external sharing and collaboration with OneDrive and SharePoint  
  • BRK2208 – Automate your cloud infrastructure with Azure Functions, Azure Automation, and more  

 

5 sessions Corporate Communication and Marketing Managers Shouldn’t Miss  

I’m finding more and more Intranets, and other internal communication and collaboration tools are being maintained on a day to day basis by corporate communications or the marketing teams. For those of you attending Ignite from the perspective of how best to support your end users by providing the right communication and collaboration tools, you will focus on material pertaining to leveraging Microsoft 365’s tools that help promote your organization’s message internally, provide the right digital tools, and help your end users accomplish their job.  

  • GS006 – Modern teamwork: Transform collaboration and communications with Microsoft 365  
  • BRK2419 – The integrated modern workplace  
  • BRK1089 – Building a modern intranet with SharePoint and Office 365  
  • BRK1059 – Enabling Firstline Workers with Microsoft Teams  
  • BRK2451 – Content Collaboration in the Modern Workplace  

 
Bonus  

  • BRK2159 – What’s new in Microsoft Teams, the hub for teamwork  
  • BRK2160 – The time for Teams: Scenarios to realize the value of Microsoft Teams  
  • BRK2102 – Better teamwork, together: SharePoint and OneDrive integration with Microsoft Teams  
  • BRK2137 – Embrace Office 365 Groups: What’s new and how to get started  
  • BRK3080 – New ways to create ‘no code’ solutions with SharePoint  
  • BRK2070 – New in Microsoft 365: Build a leadership connection with employees  
  • BRK2188 – Intelligent meetings in Microsoft Teams  
  • BRK2365 – Best practices for driving user adoption of Microsoft 365  
  • BRK2136 – SharePoint innovations for intranets and portals: Live on stage!  
  • BRK3274 – Real-world best practices for managing Office 365 groups  
  • BRK2101 – Drive employee engagement with Yammer, SharePoint & Stream  
  • BRK2104 – SharePoint content services (ECM): What’s new and what’s coming  
  • BRK3153 – Microsoft Flow: Modernizing SharePoint Designer workflows with Microsoft Flow and approvals  
  • BRK3100 – What’s new in external sharing and collaboration with OneDrive and SharePoint  
  • BRK4012 – How to manage Microsoft Teams effectively  
  • BRK3170 – Driving Teams adoption: Enabling the modern workplace with Office 365 and Microsoft Teams 

 
What do you think? What sessions are you sure to attend and why? Did we miss a session that you think others should attend? Let us know.  
Don’t forget, I’ll be at Ignite. If you’re planning to attend let me know, I’d like to connect with you.  

Extras  
  • BRK3314 – SharePoint Development for Enterprises – What’s New and what’s next 
  • BRK2024 – Launch your Internet of Things (IoT) innovation with Windows IoT  
  • BRK2266 – Streamlining your business processes using Microsoft Graph  
  • BRK3213 – Modernizing SQL Server the right way  
  • BRK2103 – Accelerate productivity with search and discovery in SharePoint, Bing for Business, and across Microsoft 365  
  • BRK3219 – Evolution of Yammer in an Office 365 world  

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