Sep 05 2017 12:22 PM
Sep 05 2017 12:22 PM
Ignite is coming. And all sessions are currently fighting an epic battle to convince you that they are the legitimate ones that you need to attend. But how do you choose? Which sessions will you sacrifice? How will you find the dragon egg among them?
You definitely don’t want to lose your head over this question – especially not if you’re new to the realm of Ignite and if you know nothing. Unfortunately, not everybody has a Three-Eyed Raven who can show them the way.
So let me help you with some suggestions which sessions you should not miss as an Office 365 admin.
Warning: spoilers for Ignite sessions follow
Sep 05 2017 03:17 PM - last edited on Sep 06 2017 12:01 AM by Anna Chu
Sep 05 2017 04:41 PMSolution
I only wish I was as cool as @Anne Michels - epic post!
Sep 06 2017 02:31 AM
Anne has given a nice assessment of the Microsoft-led sessions that should be considered by people who attend Ignite and want to find out more about Office 365 Administration. Although I do not think I am fighting "an epic battle" to convince anyone to attend particular sessions, I do want to note that MVPs and other independent experts (well, we think we are anyway) are giving 75-minute breakouts as well as the 20-minute theatre sessions.
The 20-minute theatre sessions allow the presenters to cover a very specific point in a short period and there is great value to be mined here. However, there's nothing quite like a deep-dive into a topic delivered with an independent perspective based on hard experience. If you are at Ignite, please support the MVP breakouts and consider what you hear there alongside the view expressed by Microsoft speakers. Sometimes the two views will match; sometimes they will differ. The value is found in putting both in context with the needs and environment of your business and company structure.
I will certainly attend some of the sessions listed by Anne. Given the hectic nature of a massive conference like Ignite, I'll probably need to catch up with most later using the recordings. But I will also make sure to attend the MVP sessions...
BTW, not being a Game of Thrones person, I had to look up the reference to the three-eyed raven (http://gameofthrones.wikia.com/wiki/Three-eyed_raven). At least, I hope this is what the reference means...
We'll assume that you have hybrid connectivity sorted, your directory synchronization works, and that mailboxes move smoothly from on-premises servers into the cloud. All seems well, but what should you do next after the initial Office 365 adoption phase completes? This session examines ten critical areas for Office 365 administrators to consider and discusses why things are so different in the cloud. We talk about Exchange Online and backups, compliance and auditing, mobile clients, PowerShell, Office 365 Groups, mobile apps, and keeping up to date. There's a lot to fit into 75 minutes, but you can expect robust and practical commentary from Tony Redmond, one of the most experienced MVPs working in this area.