My name is Mark Kashman, Senior Product Marketing Manager (PMM) on the SharePoint Team - working on cloudy things for our customers from our data centers (i.e. SharePoint Online & Delve). It's a fun, busy job that spans interactions with customers, partners, my engineering colleagues and the Microsoft sales field. The last few weeks brought variety across internal and external events, blog posts and announcements, sprinkled with prep of things to come and the routine churn and burn of the daily staple work items. Busy. Fun. Indeed. And I wanted to share a few choses à faire across the last three weeks, highlighting scenarios to better understand the Office 365 portfolio and to give insight to some of those lingering "when to use what" questions. AKA, here is what I've used - sprinkled with a clarity or two of why.
A few weeks ago, Microsoft wrapped up a large, biannual internal event called TechReady (TR) - this one was TR23. 1/2 our technical field (across sales and services) was airlifted into Seattle to learn of all new, coming tech and address the open questions and concerns they hear from their customers and partners. And I work with people from the SharePoint, OneDrive and Delve teams to coordinate on ~ 15 presentations and chalk talks covering the landscape of our tech and scenarios; about five of us supporting 20 or so people, each of whom deliver a PowerPoint presentation (deck), messaging talk track and associated set of demos. We start with the basics: title, abstract, level, and key objectives - submitted to a centrally-managed, event-wide Excel spreadsheet. And in the weeks leading up to TR23, and during, we collaborated using a lot of our tech to support prep and delivery:
From a second event perspective, we now turn focus and energy on Ignite 2016 - where as a team we will drive ~ 55 sessions, have a few kiosks in the Office booth within the Expo Hall, and take part in the value of community and evening events - including the traditional SharePint - three cheers for SharePint :). In prep for Ignite, I've been working with my peers and our speakers to finalize titles and abstracts, lock in speakers (internal and external), and begin to set up various workback schedules and reviews so Ignite ignites with pizzazz, no fizzle. Here's a quick hit of the how and what for Ignite:
I've been working on my next SharePoint blog post for blogs.office.com. I'm nearing the final mile and have benefitted from both OneDrive for Business (ODB) and SharePoint. I chose to start this one pretty early as it's complex with a moving parts and pieces - so I started my early outline and screenshot gathering draft within my OneDrive for Business. From here I shared it with just a few peers so they could add their snippets of text and images, and to give early guidance on flow per the topic. Once we progress, I then moved the file from my ODB to a pre-submissions folder on the managed team site owned by the Office Blog team. This triggered awareness, sending a notification to the editorial team. This is also where I opened it up to the broader teams in marketing and engineering, to review/add/comment, and as I iterated the draft, I kept everyone informed via simple email updates - always linking to the same document (cloud attachments) so we always were working on the same document. And in this final mile, I've now moved into the next step of the blog team's workflow, which mainly triggers a notificiation to the editorial team for a grammar check and the PR team for their market/message perspective. Their process is clean, managed and easy to follow as a content author - knowing everyone who needs to and wants to weigh in can, with hopefully the least amount of surprises when the post goes live and into the world.
Lastly, I've gotten to play with some of the new, not-yet-released, tech and wanted to share a few scenarios and tasks that are becoming a part of how I regularly now get work done:
Cheers, and thanks for your eyeballs. If you have any questions or comments on the above, please don't hesitate to ask below. I'm here for clarity and openness. We've a lot to share and show at Ignite 2016, with a primary focus to share news, train on how to use and benefit -- with a huge goal not to confuse, but to delight and continue our ear on feedback, to refine and refine and refine - to make you as productive as you can be.
Above is a glimpse at my productivity over the last few weeks, what's yours?
See you at Ignite,
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