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This is the time of year where people look on the previous year and decide how to proceed the with the upcoming year. This is also time for new fiscal years for many organizations and this brings fresh training budgets with it. The combination of these two situations make it an ideal time to set some training goals for the next year. There are many different options to choose from when it comes to ways to use training budgets. From individual training sessions to larger conferences. If you are looking for a conference where Microsoft is present and where the content is presented by Microsoft employees and MVPs the options are little more limited. Microsoft is heavily involved with only two conferences, Microsoft Ignite and the SharePoint Conference. Microsoft has setup a rather nice cadence with these two conferences. At one conference, Microsoft will announce what they have been working on and at the next conference we will most likely have most of the features that were announced or at least get a status update on them. Before the SharePoint Conference came back Microsoft put on an event to do the announcements. This is still part of the SharePoint Conference and is usually live streamed. In addition to this there are three days of general conference sessions and two days of workshops. These sessions and workshops will be provided by Microsoft employees with intimate knowledge about the products and by MVPs and RDs with real world knowledge and experience. This provides plenty of opportunities for specialized learning that meets your needs.
One of the things I like about these larger Microsoft backed conferences is the fact that you have access to Microsoft resources and other experts to get answers to your questions. Sometimes, this is more valuable than the content at the conference. One of the best ways to get the most value out of any conference or training session, is to come prepared with questions that you or your team need answered. Of the two Microsoft backed conferences, the SharePoint Conference is the most affordable. Since this conference is happening on the other side of the United States from Microsoft Ignite it makes it easier for many people to be able to get to. If you would like to save $50 on your registration costs you can use discount code “SCHOUTEN”. In 2019, the SharePoint Conference will be happening May 21-23 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
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After years of attending the SharePoint Conference, at the next SharePoint Conference I will be doing a session on Adopting Microsoft Stream in Your Organization. Microsoft Stream has grown a lot since it was released in June of 2017. When it was first released it was a tool for video streaming, since then it has adapted into a full-fledged video platform. Microsoft is in the process of replacing Office 365 Video with Microsoft Stream, and organizations that have already taken advantage of Office 365 Video will be migrated to Microsoft Stream. Microsoft has said they are in the process of testing the migration process and will release the option for admins to initiate the migration when it is ready. Microsoft has added many features that make it very tempting to organizations. The problem is that most people don’t know how to best approach getting adoption of this powerful tool. In this session we will talk about what you need to know to be able to get adoption of this tool that will make it a success in your organization. With the addition of live events and AI powered functionality the features rival larger paid platforms and we get all the features included with our Office 365 license. This tool has been compared with and called “YouTube for the Enterprise” and in many ways this is true. There are also some large differences that make Microsoft Stream so much more. We have AI powered transcription, people detection, and deep search. These last set of features used to be only available for those that had an Office 365 E5 license but a couple months ago Microsoft said they will be bringing them to “lower” subscription levels and these have already started appearing in different tenants that I have worked in. This allows us more of us to take advantage of these value adds that no other video platform offers, that I am aware of. We can also integrate these videos into large parts of the Office 365 suite of tools. How to best take advantage of this cross awesome tool will be the key area of discussion. We will also be discussing key usage scenarios to drive adoption. We will also talk about some easy pitfalls that need to be avoided to have success in your organizations journey to Microsoft Stream.