I'm posting this while I'm in final preparations for Microsoft's Ignite conference May 4-8, 2015 at the McCormick Place in Chicago. If you can't make it, don't worry – many of the sessions including Satya Nadella's keynote, will be streaming online. I'm looking forward to hearing more about Office 365, Azure, and Windows 10.
I'm also honored to be able to present three sessions at Ignite:
Thursday 10:45am E351
MVP Panel: SharePoint On-Premises, Online and Everything in Between
This is being co-presented with my friends Dan Holme, Christian Buckley, Laura Rogers, and Jennifer Mason. Please come and help me understand why they even let me on the same panel with such noteworthy MVPs. For more details, check out my YouTube preview.
Friday 9:00AM S404
Elastic SharePoint Storage with StorSimple and Microsoft Azure
This will be a deep dive into how StorSimple and Microsoft Azure work together to assure nearly limitless storage for content. I'll be reviewing the principles of RBS and shredded storage used by SharePoint.
Friday 10:45AM E451B
Advanced enterprise content management and classification in SharePoint on-premises and Office 365
"With big data comes big responsibility, and in Microsoft SharePoint and Office 365, document metadata and ECM provide the answer. This session covers metadata best practices to establish and enforce precise classification and management of your documents. We narrow in on principal uses for managed terms and content types and apply them to documents using rules based content organizers, records management, eDiscovery and retention policy. The session also covers the latest capabilities for information classification and usage in SharePoint 2016." Lots of demos for this one.
I know my blog is ad-free – but wanted to give some guidance about what my company is going at Ignite. We've got a broad slate of activities scheduled – a full calendar is posted on our Cryptzone Insights blog. We're at booth 551, and I'll have daily office hours from 2-4pm if you need to meet up.
If I'm NOT at the booth, they're looping a giant talking head video of me talking about Office 365. Kinda spooky. Probably more fun is picking up a copy of our new mascot, #Crypto the dog. Best picture this week with the hashtag #wherescrypto wins a prize.
More than one way to win! #wherescrypto
Plus, Monday night I'll be at the Cryptzone booth giving away copies of my book, the "SharePoint 2013 Consultant's Handbook" for the first 100 folks who swing by.
Officially, the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile has been designated as the place to meetup for the entire Office team (including SharePoint and Office 365) Sunday-Wednesday. We're also sponsoring the Best of Breed Party Tuesday night at the House of Blues at 9pm (register here) plus some of the impromptu semi-official SharePints on Monday and Thursday. The best source of information on all the events is probably Vlad CATRINESCU'S POST AT http://sharepoint-community.net/profiles/blogs/the-ultimate-microsoft-ignite-party-list
Edward Hopper's Nighthawks at the Art Institute of Chicago
If you've never been to Chicago – I'm jealous. The Navy Per, the Art Institute, Giordano's, the Magnificent Mile, the Tribune, the River/Loop – so much to see and explore. Have fun!
Calder's Flamingo at the Chicago Federal Building © 2013 Cristopher F. McNulty and on Flickr