It’s the normal blog post for the 1st July, but this year, what makes it extra special is that it is the 10th award I have recieved. Thanks to everyone who supports me in giving to the community and I hope we can work together to achieve more in the next 12 months.
It was a delight to be able to represent both BFC Networks and Pugh Computers at the recent Cynhadledd Technegol ColegauCymru Annual Technical Conference (Welsh Colleges Annual Technical Conference).
It is the only time during the year I get to speak solely to a college audience and with the conference in the valleys of Wales but it also gives me the opporunity to enjoy the drive through the beaultiful Welsh Valleys.
This year the theme was based on Security with GDPR being a hot topic so having given a few ideas of different sessions it was decided to talk more about the importance of Azure AD whether you are Office 365, Google or neither. As other organisations move to the cloud, you need to be secure and know how your users are using your domain name to access content from other Office 365 enviornments
In a month of announcements and events including Microsoft Build and The SharePoint Summit we have another event for those interested in the education space.
Looking at different reports there are guesses around announcements such as Windows Cloud, new Surface devices however I’m hoping for the announcement and general release of Microsoft Classroom, Intune for Education and a focus on Microsoft School Data Sync and how third parties can integrate with the SDS and Microsoft Classroom.
Hope to see you there. http://event.microsoft.com/MayEvent
I’m delighted to presenting at the next UK Community Day on the 23rd March. Do you want to come and join us with a great set of speakers including Steve Smith, Neil Hodgkinson, Penny Coventry, Heath Groves and Brett Lonsdale? If you do come and register now on the site and we hope to see you there as we take SharePoint to the Battle Royal – SharePoint vs SharePoint Online!
SharePoint Community Day
Come and join us at our SharePoint Community Day taking place on the 23rd March, where our range of speakers pitch SharePoint On-Premises against SharePoint Online and cover all the bits in between.
This exclusive day will de-mystify a lot of the mis-understanding between SharePoint On-Premises and SharePoint Online and what options are available depending on what direction your business is heading.
The Community Days are delivered by speakers that are renowned industry experts and MVP’s.
It was a great pleasure to present at the SharePoint User Group and pass on my findings regarding the #FutureOfSharePoint. A few points that aren’t on the slide deck.
It was great to see Microsoft themselves supporting the community and we get a message from Jeff Teper wishing us all the best for the event.
It is always good to see people tweeting and on Facebook while you are speaking and thanks to those did.
I enjoy travelling to different SharePoint User Groups in the UK and hope to one day to achieve the next thing and speak at a community event aboard but there is nothing like home!
Wednesday 11th May will see the SharePoint User Group UK host an event in Birmingham just a few miles away from where I live.
The evening session will see Penny Coventry speak about “What’s New for End Users in SharePoint 2016” but before that I will be talking about and getting your thoughts on what Microsoft unveil at their “The Future of SharePoint” event on the 4th May (May the 4th be with you).
The session will most likely not be demos but I’ll share what was talked about during the events presentations and I’ll give as much information as I can about it. I also like to use my sessions to get your feedback so we’ll ask for your opinion during this and gage each other’s thoughts.
Get signed up and look forward to seeing you there
A few weeks ago I was catching up with the leader of the north west area of the SharePoint User Group Mark Stokes and we were chatting about the up coming /Build conference in San Francisco and how much we would love to go (we can still get flights if someone can get us a ticket and buy us some aeroplane seats). Instead we got chatting about if we could get a live stream going of the event at the next SharePoint User Group in Manchester.
Well we’ve made it happen and at an earlier time of 5.30pm (rather than the usual 6.30pm) we will be streaming the conference from the Outsourcery offices in Manchester. For those of you who know the conference and time zone difference between the UK and PST, we are starting the stream an hour late but you wont miss anything.
We’ll provide food during the keynote and at the end we’ll take 30 minutes to chat about some of the announcements made. Then of course we can continue the conversation at a SharePint.
Get registered here – SharePoint User Group UK
I always enjoy presenting and having done three presentation at the recent SharePoint Evolution Conference, it has left be buzzing and look forward to speak to more people soon.
Managing Security and Permission in SharePoint: Level 100
Next Generation Portals in Office 365: Level 100
Office 365 Groups Deep Dive
It was great for me to share with you on the “Next Generation Portals” coming out of Microsoft at the moment.
Here some links regarding some of the portals and features we talked about.
BFC Networks are delighted to start working with EduGeek by sponsoring the newly created Windows 10 forum.
EduGeek is a growing community for Education Technology workers ranging from IT Coordinators, IT Managers and technical support staff in schools and colleges around the world. With BFC Networks increase the number of users across the country and world we feel it time to help support such a great community
When asking our Managing Director Alex Pearce he said
“Over the past 10 years of working in the education space both directly for Schools, BSF and now BFC Networks, EduGeek has always been a key community to me and have always tried to do my part in the for it’s members. When an opportunity to sponsor EduGeek and the Windows 10 forum I wanted us to jump at this opportunity which we did hope this becomes a long term opportunity. I hope this is a long term relationship with the leadership team and members so all get to benefit. I’m a geek at heart and a EduGeek at that.”