No matter how much you prepare for something as big at Ignite, it still takes a lot out of you. Having organized, presented, and participated in events all over the world, you would think that my system would get used to the toils they can take – and yet at the end of every event, my mind is still going yet my body knows its’ work is done. On the final day of Microsoft’s Ignite Conference in Atlanta, I was exhausted – my body seems to know when my event responsibilities have concluded, and then shuts down. A very full week, with announcements, sessions, booth topics and panels, MVP interviews and videos, press releases, and blog posts. To say it was a big week would be a gross understatement!
In the coming weeks, I’ll expand on some of the content that was shared from the Beezy booth last week, and provide links and interviews with some of the MVPs and community experts who participated. To all of you – thank you once again for participating! Videos and content are forthcoming….once I get out from under this backlog of emails and tasks that built up during the show.
And for those of you who weren’t paying attention, Beezy had a couple major announcements this month. We kicked off the month by announcing a new case study by Microsoft on the work the Beezy team has been doing with the Microsoft Graph, which you can find in the list below. And then during the show, we formally announced the availability of the BeezyPocket messaging app in the Apple Store, and the launch of a revamped website. I was telling someone about how this past month was the slowest content from me for the past 5+ years, but the reality is that most of my content was behind the scenes – including working on our beautiful new website. You definitely need to check it out.
- new Beezy website at www.Beezy.net
- Beezy Revamps Website and Branding to Align with Intelligent Workplace Focus (PRWeb) http://bit.ly/2dW2dw3
- Beezy Launches BeezyPocket App for Modern Team Communications (PRWeb) http://bit.ly/2drLXjr
- Beezy Announces Publication of Microsoft Graph Case Study (PRWeb) http://bit.ly/2do6N43
- Beezy and Office 365, Surfacing Meaningful Content using Microsoft Graph (Microsoft) http://bit.ly/2cYInyf
- Enterprises do great things with collaboration tools that look and feel familiar (Microsoft) http://bit.ly/2dmFAC8
Throughout Ignite, I tried to maintain a steady stream of social posts, and also created a daily summary of what was happening in the booth each day and anything else relevant to the Beezy team. On the last day of the event, I hosted my monthly #CollabTalk tweetjam from the Ignite speaker room, and had people participating from the show (some were sitting in sessions while participating) as well as many who were watching the show and following the news from elsewhere in the world. The tweetjam was summarized, as always, via Storify:
- Beezy Ignite 2016 (Twitter list of Beezy booth speakers and panelists) http://bit.ly/2dFaRQi
- Ignite Day 1: Supporting the Digital Workplace (Beezy blog) http://bit.ly/2d9X0MW
- Ignite Day 2: Knowledge and Collaboration (Beezy blog) http://bit.ly/2dnOoW6
- Ignite Day 3: The Cornerstone of the Digital Workplace (Beezy blog) http://bit.ly/2dmE2YD
- Ignite Day 4: Successful Collaboration (Beezy blog) http://bit.ly/2cO32Xe
- Community Insights on Microsoft Ignite 2016 (buckleyPLANET) http://bit.ly/2drLDkK
- Takeaways from Microsoft Ignite 2016 (Storify) http://bit.ly/2cYHcPs
- My Sessions at Ignite 2016 (buckleyPLANET) http://bit.ly/2dFkvhE
Oh yeah, and I was also recognized for a 4th time as one of the Top 25 SharePoint influencers in the world. This list is tracked by Harmon.ie and Scratch Media, with voting by the community. In 2014 I was ranked at #4, in 2015 I came in at #6, and this year I was listed as #9. As I told a couple co-workers, "Great — you can bet this slide is going to show up on my annual performance review." :-)
Moving from the US to the EU: For those who may not know, the largest SharePoint and Office 365 event in Europe is happening in Vienna in November – and Beezy is a finalist for two awards. The European SharePoint Conference taking place Nov 14-17 is a great event, and this will be my 3rd time keynoting. In Barcelona a couple years back, I shared the stage with Microsoft’s Mark Kashman (@mkashman), and then in Copenhagen I shared the stage with Dan Holme (@danholme),who is also now with Microsoft. This year it will be Sharegate’s Benjamin Niaulin (@bniaulin) and I taking the stage for the Wednesday morning keynote where we’ll be talking productivity.
And if you have not yet voted as part of the Community Awards, please be sure to cast your votes for Beezy using the links below. We took home the award for Best Office 365 Solution last year, but hope to earn two awards this year. Check out the related eBooks that my team put together to showcase some of our latest innovations:
- ESPC Community Awards – Best Intranet / Extranet Solution http://bit.ly/2dW45EY
- ESPC Community Awards – Most Innovative Cloud Solution http://bit.ly/2dFkwlL
While I did manage to squeeze in a couple additional articles, rewrite a whitepaper, and participate in a video interview with Jeff Fried from BA Insight, as I stated above, it was the slowest external content month for quite a few years. Look for that to change in October.
- Surface Meaningful Content with Beezy (Beezy blog) http://bit.ly/2dFaKEF
- Acclimating to the New SharePoint Framework (RedmondMag) http://bit.ly/2cEMQDp
- Mobile is Eating the Workplace (Beezy) http://bit.ly/2d6uv6a
- How Can Your Intranet Be Intelligent? (BA Insight) http://bit.ly/2dwFxyh
There will be a huge content push in October. While I’ll be working on my keynote with Ben, and another session with Jussi Mori, I’ll also be cleaning up the videos recorded at the Beezy booth last week at Ignite and working with the many presenters and panelists to produce some great content for IT Unity, CMSWire, Redmond Magazine, and SharePoint-Community.net among other sites. Lots coming your way.
As far as events, I’m hosting a couple webinars this month, will be presenting with Melinda Morales (@trulymelinda) as part of the Collab365 online event, and then will head north-west to speak at and co-host another SharePoint Saturday Redmond event (register for this FREE event) on October 29th. From there, I’ll be camping out at my sister’s house until the MVP Summit in early November – so if you’re based in the Seattle area, ping me. We’ll do lunch.