Blog Archives

Digital Workplace Conference – Melbourne 2018

cameron-dwyer-conference-speaker-digital-workplace-melbourneAs the Digital Workplace Conference comes to a close for another year I’d like to reflect on what a great event this is for the Office 365 and SharePoint community in Australia and thank the people behind the organisation of the conference, in particular Debbie Ireland and Mark Rhodes.

This year I was fortunate enough to be included in the lineup of amazing speakers, many who had travelled internationally to be here for the event.

My session was on the topic of Office Add-in development and I’d like to thank everyone that attended the session and the passionate people who came to talk to me after the session as well. My slide deck is available here:

DWC 2018 – Getting Started with Office Addins

I have in the past pondered if conferences are still relevant in the modern era of video training, social media and plethora of information available on the internet. Two days immersed in this conference gives me no doubt that conferences are still a highly valuable medium for education, awareness, training and more importantly direct and open access to experts. It hard to imagine another environment that brings together so many experts that are happy to discuss and understand your scenarios, pains, challenges and success stories and talk through options, past experience and thoughts on the topics.

Personally I was able to meet some awesome people that I follow and have been “virtually” taking advice from for years.

I also had the opportunity to talk to a lot of attendees and love to hear the many varied stories of how organisations are using the technology and where they are looking to go in future.

Here’s some of my photos from the event.

 

 

 

SharePoint Conference NA – The photos and my takeaways

SharePoint returning to Vegas, would it work like the days of old? There is certainly something special about the SharePoint community and this conference had that tight knit community feel to it.

Vegas amazes me at the amount of people it seems to just be able to soak up without really skipping a beat, making it the perfect place for hosting a conference. There’s no transport required to venues and endless dining and entertainment options.

We had a really busy time on the OnePlace Solutions booth, a big thank you to everyone who stopped by to see what our latest products are capable of and keeping us busy. We had more quality conversations than we were expecting, and it’s great to hear peoples passion for SharePoint and Office 365 coming through in those conversations.

While there was a lot being announced at the conference, I was happiest to see metadata in SharePoint finally getting some love. I had thought that SharePoint had lost it’s way a little on the metadata front in recent years. Especially in the shift to modern UI for document libraries and lists. I believe it is the metadata that made SharePoint so valuable for building solutions on top of. So I was super excited to see the modern document library webpart receive a big overhaul in it’s support of metadata.

Lists also got a refresh and I think the ability to generate a list (and columns of the right type) by directly importing a spreadsheet is genius. I think is a fairly common work pattern for users to start playing with tabular data in Excel and at some point it becomes valuable to share – providing such a simple way of moving from Excel to SharePoint should drive adoption of SharePoint lists as the central shared location for this data and then provide a wealth options on what can be done with that data once it’s in SharePoint.

I was technically impressed (and surprised) by the augmented reality of SharePoint Spaces and the work that had been done to bring this to the masses. I think it appeals more to the content management space than the document management, file management, collaboration and business workflow process areas I typically work in.

Below is a quick video of my reaction after the keynote.

 

 

Photos from the European SharePoint Conference 2017 (Dublin)

Photos from Microsoft Ignite 2015 in Chicago

As the dust settles on the first Microsoft Ignite conference and the tech crowd disperses from Chicago I look over these photos and think I’ll remember this conference as much for the character of the city of Chicago as I will the Ignite conference itself. From the fantastic aromas wafting from restaurants, the bars that greet you with a unique craft beer menus and  soulful blues performers to the monolithic buildings representing the pinnacle of engineering feats and the fresh parks and playgrounds and rejuvenated river front; Chicago is a city that is hard to walk away from and even harder to forget.

Thanks for the memories Chicago.

Leaving Las Vegas – SharePoint Conference 2014 (SPC14) Photos

As the SharePoint community disperses from Las Vegas after another awesome conference it’s time to digest the new information and figure out what that really means for you.

The takeaways for each person are probably different as we all use SharePoint in different ways, although there was one very prominent message being pushed…

Microsoft’s forecast: Very cloudy with a chance of on-prem meatballs

Microsoft was pushing the cloud first model very heavily, Office 365 will be getting all the new bells and whistles with on-prem maybe getting some of the new features down the track. Features that integrate the different services (e.g. Yammer/SharePoint/Exchange/OneDrive) would probably only be available in Office 365 where Microsoft can guarantee the compatible versions across the services and control passing user identity between the services and may never make there way to on-prem.

Attendee’s forecast: We are not ready/can’t move/don’t want to move to the cloud yet

This was the sentiment I was hearing on the booth. The reasons for not wanting to jump to the cloud (at the moment) were varied but most had understandable reasons. Microsoft has the potential to alienate a lot of the community and customers (possibly losing them to competitive products) if they take the big stick approach and try to force people into Office 365.

On a more positive note for on-prem customers, it was announced that there will be a new release of SharePoint (on-prem) in 2015.

The Venetian was an awesome location for the conference. Maybe it’s just me or maybe Vegas has slightly refined itself since the last conference but I thought the area of the strip near the Venetian had a better buzz about it and was just a nicer end of town. The Venetian itself was excellent with plenty of great options for eating and drinking. Anyone know a place that does a gourmet burger better than Vegas?

SPC14 was the conference that saw us announce the growth and re-positioning of our brand. OnePlaceMail has become one product of the larger OnePlaceEnterprise suite. Along with OnePlaceMail, the OnePlaceEnterprise suite contains the new products OnePlaceDocs and OnePlaceLive. This growth and shift was well received at the conference and I’m really looking forward to this new phase as OnePlaceEnterprise enters the market.

Thanks to all those who came up to see us at the conference and traded SharePoint stories. I hope you all enjoyed the conference and were able to walk away more knowledgeable at the end of the day.

OnePlaceMail at the HP Autonomy Information Governance Forum 2013 (IGF2013)

The theme of IGF2013 in Melbourne Australia was “Addressing the cost, compliance and complexity of big data”.

The main news out of HP Autonomy was unveiling their new electronic document and records management solution HP Records Manager 8.0. This represents the merge of HP TRIM, Autonomy Records Manager and Meridio Records Manager into a single product.

OnePlaceMail has had a long relationship as a companion product for those using the HP Trim for SharePoint module. OnePlaceMail effectively adds drag/drop capture of email and attachments and also provides access to electronic document and records directly from Outlook and other Office desktop applications.

My favourite tweet during the conference came from @goodgord

@goodgord: OnePlaceMail seems to provide the integration between SharePoint and Outlook that Microsoft probably should have built. #hpigf

Here are some photos from James Fox presenting “Microsoft Outlook integration with SharePoint and HP TRIM – encourage end user adoption”.

Images from SharePoint Conference 2012 in Las Vegas

%d bloggers like this: