The SharePoint and OneDrive Guide to Microsoft Ignite 2017
Published Sep 13 2017 09:09 AM 26.8K Views

With less than two weeks until Microsoft Ignite 2017, the SharePoint and OneDrive team and MVP speakers are firing on all cylinders to finalize their sessions for this year's conference. And while the Ignite session catalog is live at, choosing from over 1,400 sessions can take some time even for the veteran attendee. But have no fear, we are here to help! If you're passionate about SharePoint and OneDrive here are the recommended sessions to get you started along with a full list of 70+ SharePoint and OneDrive sessions in the attached guides.

Pre-Day Sessions

We start by hitting the ground running with three great pre-day sessions on Sunday, September 25 to jumpstart your learning.

General Sessions

This first official days of Ignite bring several great keynote and general sessions allowing you to better understand our vision, new capabilities and roadmap as you start to deep dive into what's new.

Key Topic Breakouts

In addition to Jeff Teper's general session on Tuesday morning we encourage you to attend our key topic breakout sessions for a deeper dive into all things SharePoint and OneDrive where we will explore specific business value, usage scenarios, and provide comprehensive feature coverage.

Share and work together

  • BRK2205 - OneDrive - Past, Present, and Future Hear Stephen Rose and Jason Moore share how we celebrated 10 years of OneDrive by being named a leader by Gartner and launched over 100 new features since last Ignite. They'll talk about what's next for file share and sync as well as how Lowe's is using OneDrive to change how they engage with each other and their customers. If you are considering OneDrive or are newly deployed, this is the must attend session. Tuesday, September 26, 10:45am
  • BRK2206 - Share and work together on the intranet with SharePoint team sites Jeremy Mazner and Mark Kashman will show how Microsoft SharePoint team sites are the anchor of content-centric collaboration for Office 365 Groups. They'll highlight improvements in creating and customizing SharePoint team sites, and integrating documents, lists, pages and news across sites and with other Office 365 services like Planner and Microsoft Teams. Come learn how to make SharePoint a perfect fit for the way your organization works. Tuesday, September 26, 12:30pm

Inform and engage people

Transform business process

Harness collective knowledge

  • BRK2181 - Accelerate productivity with search and discovery in SharePoint and Office 365 Search gurus, Kathrine Hammervold and Naomi Moneypenny, show how we're using insights across Microsoft Office to create highly relevant, personalized search experiences. You'll learn how search supports multi-national corporations and how hybrid search works with the Microsoft Graph. Additionally, they share the roadmap for enterprise search in SharePoint and Office 365 and the convergence of FAST and Bing search innovations. Monday, September 25, 2:15pm
  • BRK2226 - Harness collective knowledge with SharePoint content services (ECM) Chris McNulty & Ian Story will share how we continue to push Enterprise Content Management (ECM) forward into the modern content services world. In this session, we review our investments and roadmap to help you create, coordinate, protect and reuse content in SharePoint. Wednesday, September 27, 9:00am

Protect and manage

  • BRK2229 - Secure your SharePoint and OneDrive content in a new world of work Navjot Virk and Bill Baer will share how we are making Microsoft SharePoint Online and OneDrive more secure for users, implementing and continuously improving security-aware software development, operational management, and threat-mitigation practices that are essential to the strong protection of your services and data. Tuesday, September 26, 4:00pm

Server and co-existence

Extend and develop

  • BRK2249 - Microsoft Office 365 platform overview For all the Office 365 developers out there, you won't want to miss Rob Howard and Tristan Davis sharing the latest of what Office 365 has to offer developers and power users alike. Monday, September 26, 2:15pm
  • BRK2250 - SharePoint Development in the Enterprise Learn from Daniel Kogan the entire landscape of how you can extend SharePoint to add the tools and customizations every team wants, from small branding tweaks all the way up through full collaboration applications. Tuesday, September 26, 4:00pm

Connecting the workplace with SharePoint and Yammer

The modern intranet drives digital transformation by connecting people with expertise and knowledge from across the organization. SharePoint and Yammer connect the workplace to inform and engage employees, and to let you share and work together on the intranet and extranet. There are more than 50 sessions featuring Yammer, and here are a few we strongly recommend:

AMA Style wrap to the week

After you've had a chance to attend the above sessions as well as 300-400 level breakout sessions we'll close the week with three great Ask Me Anything (AMA) sessions so you can leave Ignite fully informed and ready to implement all you've learned when you return to work. 


Hopefully this post will help you build your schedule and get the most out of your time at this year's conference. Are there other SharePoint and OneDrive sessions you'd recommend? Share them below!

Safe travels and we look forward to seeing you all in Orlando!





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