08-26-2019 11:31 AM
08-26-2019 11:31 AM
Hi! I'm Tom Morgan. I'm an MVP for Office Apps & Services. I'm a massive Microsoft Teams fan, but I'm also a developer. I'm passionate about helping people get started writing applications on Microsoft Teams, whether they're developers or not! I live in Norwich in the UK, am married with a 18 month daughter. I work for a Microsoft Gold Partner, Modality Systems.
I'm @tomorgan on twitter, https://www.linkedin.com/in/tmorganuk/ on LinkedIn and _tomorgan on Instagram. My YouTube videos are all at thoughtstuff.co.uk/video. I blog at blog.thoughtstuff.co.uk. All other links are on the main site: thoughtstuff.co.uk.
Never stop asking questions. It's corny but it's so important - don't be afraid that you're the only person who hasn't understood, I guarantee you aren't. Also, nothing is a black box.
I learn by doing, so I'm always looking for GitHub projects and samples to help me understand new concepts. I'm a huge fan of how open Microsoft have been in the past few years because it's given me loads of new projects to look through and learn from.
When I started as a Support Consultant in 2003, cloud computing wasn't even a thing; that's been the greatest change because it's altered so many different aspects of my work. It's not just the types of application we can write and the amazing new opportunities we have now - even something as simple as releasing new updates has changed beyond recognition. I remember the stress involved in "finishing" a release of software and sending it to be burnt onto CDs. If a bug was discovered 6 hours later, too late. Now, with SaaS models and automatic updates, we can give users a much better experience by fixing bugs as soon as we find them.
Do your research and prepare. There's a LOT happening. Fill your schedule ahead of time to make sure you can hit the sessions that are important to you. Try and find time to include some wildcard sessions that are totally different, so that you learn something new. Also, leave some gaps to just wander the Expo Hall, take it all in, and relax. It can be a really intense week of learning and you need to look after yourself. Don't forget all the sessions are recorded so you can catch up on anything you missed.
Comfy shoes, the Ignite secret weapon! My favorite T-shirts so people know what I like. A camera and tripod for impromptu interviews with people I meet. But, I'm also leaving plenty of space because I always seem to pick up stickers, swag and mementos from people (which I then have to find space for at home!)
I'm going to be spending the week of Ignite working for you, the awesome community of like-minded individuals, bringing you the best bits of Ignite. I'm going to be hunting down those execs, finding out what the best sessions you've never heard of are, and exploring the Expo Hall. If you can't be at Ignite this year (or you can, but you just need to put your feet up!) then let me do the walking and give you the very best Ignite experience.