Microsoft Ignite (ignite.microsoft.com) is coming May 4-8 in Chicago, and I’ll be there along with my colleague Stephen O’Connor to represent Paragon, learn more, and bring what we hear from Microsoft back to our co-workers and clients.
As usual, Microsoft goes strong on hyperbole. From the Ignite website:
“Challenge what you know, reveal new opportunities, spark innovation, and see where technology is headed at the largest and most comprehensive Microsoft technology event”
I have been to and spoken at the previous global SharePoint Conference (now rolled into Ignite), so I have seen the flash and splash as well as the value of such conferences. I am mostly looking forward to learning more about SharePoint 2016 and the hybrid support model Microsoft announced a month or so ago. In an early blog article, “Did Microsoft Listen? New Office 365 and SharePoint 2016 Integration,” we discussed the concept that maybe Microsoft finally recognized that most businesses are just not ready for a wholesale move to the Cloud. The related sessions should be interesting.
While many sessions are technical, I’ll be attending most of the business oriented sessions, which I find more practical relative to what our collaboration and knowledge management clients are looking for. There are also a number of sessions on Microsoft Delve that I think look good, but have yet to understand the practicality relative to large organizations.
So Microsoft Ignite, May 4-8. The keynote will likely focus on some splash announcements and it will serve as a guide to understanding where Microsoft is going in the next six months. Stay tuned for updates. If you’re attending, what session(s) have piqued your interest?
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Jim Kane is the Director of Collaboration and Knowledge Management (KM) at Paragon Solutions. Jim leads the KM practice with a focus on knowledge management and SharePoint-based solutions that support day-to-day business optimization via virtual problem solving, communities of practice, knowledge repositories, role-based communication portals, partner collaboration, and information dashboards. He is co-author of a patent, “Methods of Knowledge Management,” and has over 15 years of experience teaching at the college level as an adjunct instructor. Jim has presented at numerous regional and national conferences on the topics of Knowledge Communities, Adoption Strategies for SharePoint, and Global SharePoint deployments.