Yammer at Microsoft Ignite 2017: Top six not to miss
Published Sep 18 2017 09:00 AM 27.1K Views

As the Yammer team gears up for a fully-packed week in Orlando, we wanted to give you an early idea of what you'll hear from us, so you can make the most of your week at Ignite 2017. We hope that those of you attending Ignite are looking forward to meeting over 20 product managers, engineers, designers and researchers, who will be showcasing a wide array of product announcements and best practices.


We know that there are tons of great Microsoft sessions happening at any given time, and optimizing your schedule can become a bit unruly. Whether you're already a fan of Yammer or looking to learn more, here's a quick guide to help you prioritize our top sessions of the week.

  1. Get an overview of what's new and where we're headed. Kick off your week with BRK2103:Connecting your company with Yammer: vision and roadmap, where our head of product Pavan Tapadia and product evangelist Steve Nguyen will share our latest updates, demos and roadmap. This is a must-see session for understanding the role of Yammer in Microsoft 365 and new capabilities we're building to help you drive teamwork across your organization. Monday, September 25, 2:15pm
  2. Understand how Yammer and Microsoft 365 are better together. Last year we shared major updates around Yammer's integration with Office 365 groups. Our integration journey with Microsoft 365 continues, as we review how we're making Yammer even more productive through the strength of Microsoft's universal toolkit. We're kicking off Tuesday with BRK2162:Achieve more in Yammer through Office 365 integrations. Product managers Adrienne Trudeau, Pradeep GanapathyRaj and Ron Blandford will reveal new and improved ways to leverage the entire suite, and we'll be following up on some of the exciting announcements we made in May during the SharePoint Virtual Summit. If you want a refresher on where we've been in the past year, check out our recent blog post from Adrienne and Steve. Tuesday, September 26, 10:45am
  3. Build an all-star strategy for boosting usage and adoption. Steve Nguyen and Allison Michels are teaming up to help you strategize how to drive engagement in your Yammer network. With years of experience launching and building successful Yammer communities around the globe, they're the perfect duo for leading BRK2113:Drive Yammer usage and adoption across your organization. They'll walk you through top scenarios for when to use Yammer as a tool to connect people and information across your organization. Tuesday, September 26, 11:30 am
  4. Hungry for more reporting capabilities and insights? Look no further than BRK2087:Introducing new tools to measure and build your Yammer communities. Product manager Kaleem Rahman has spent the past year digging into how we can better help customers nurture their communities in Yammer. He'll be sharing what's available and on the roadmap for Office 365 admins and community managers around your organization. Kaleem will be joined by community management expert Allison Michels, who will teach you how to get the most out of these new tools. If you want an early view of what we've learned and how we're building these capabilities, check out our recent blog post from Kaleem and Steve.  Tuesday, September 26, 12:30pm
  5. Have questions about Yammer security and compliance? Learn from Yammer engineering leads Mohammed Rafiq, John Boyle, Kevin Hunt and Dante Avery, who will go deep into our commitments to customers as part of the Office 365 Trust Center. BRK2088:Yammer's roadmap for enhanced integration, security and compliance will help you better understand the mechanics and initiatives behind building your secure and compliant enterprise social network. Tuesday, September 26, 3:15pm
  6. Get a behind the scenes look into how we make Yammer. What do you get when you put a researcher, a product manager and a data analyst in a room? A 360-degree view of how we make Yammer! Emma Beede, Anna Marie Clifton and Supriya Shrestha will reveal everything from our feedback loops to testing every step along the way. If you want to know how and why we make our decisions the way we do, go to their session BRK2100:Building Yammer for everyone: Usage-driven development deep dive. Wednesday, September 27,12:30pm

Now, of course, that's not all we've got in store for you! The entire week is full of excellent sessions presented by Yammer MVPs and Yammer Adoption Specialists, as well as customers sharing their insights for success including GlaxoSmithKline, Mars, Diageo, EY, National Australia Bank and Bankwest. You'll also see three intranets in action from customers at different stages of their journey in this cross-product session, BRK2185:Build your personalized and social intranet with SharePoint, Yammer, Delve, OneDrive and Tea....


Don't be shy and take some time to chat with our team on the expo floor. We have lots of Yammer folks who are all looking forward to connecting with our community. We'll even have a special guest, so don't forget your camera!


We'd also like to an extend an invitation to join our team for happy hour at Lafayette's on Tuesday from 7-9 pm, just a short walk from the Orange County Convention Center. Enjoy some appetizers, beverages and a live band to celebrate our customers and fans. Learn more and sign up at https://aka.ms/yamhappyhour.

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