Community Feedback for Microsoft Ignite 2020

CollabTalk TweetJam for September 2020With much of the world still on some degree of lockdown due to the COVID19 pandemic, Microsoft has moved another major conference into an online format — and has made it free to anyone and everyone who would like to attend. Microsoft Ignite will be held this week from September 22nd through the 24th, with keynotes, breakout sessions, and community topics running from 8am until 11:45pm each day. As we do every year, we’re focusing this month’s #CollabTalk tweetjam on community feedback from #MSIgnite, including product and feature announcements, IT Pro topics, and community activities around the world.

Join us for this #CollabTalk TweetJam on Friday, September 25th at 9am Pacific / 12pm Eastern as we convene to discuss “Takeaways from microsoft Ignite 2020.”  Participate in the discussion with other members of the community as we share feedback, ideas, and takeaways from this month’s Microsoft premier IT Pro conference, and share how the event may/will impact your own business strategies.

You can join the community discussion using Twitter and the #CollabTalk hashtag or your favorite Twitter platform. You do not need to be an “expert” to participate in the online conversation, and can ask questions, comment on the questions posed, or just “lurk” in the background. These online discussions are open to anyone — you do not have to be on the panel to participate.

This month’s tweetjam is being sponsored once again by our good friends at tyGraph.

If you have never participated in one of these tweetjams, it’s pretty simple: anyone can jump in and share their thoughts, or just lurk in the wings and absorb the wisdom of the crowd. Either way, it’ll be a TON of content to consume in a single hour. You can follow the live session using the Twitter UI of your choice (, Hootsuite, Tweetdeck, whatever). How it works is that I’ll post a series of questions every few minutes, and people will respond to Q1, Q2, Q3 and so forth with A1, A2, A3, always including the #CollabTalk hashtag with their answers. Feel free to reply as often (or as little) as you’d like, ask your own follow up questions, share relevant links, re-tweet others, and engage with the audience.

The questions we will discuss during the session include:

  1. In your opinion, what was the biggest announcement of the week at #MSIgnite, and why?
  2. What were the primary themes of this year’s event?
  3. Was there anything missing from the product announcements that you wanted to hear?
  4. Has the shift to online events impacted how you consume product announcements and community discussions?
  5. What are 3 newly announced products or features that you plan to perform a deep-dive into?
  6. For someone who was not able to attend, what should they focus on first from the news and content out of Ignite?
  7. If you could give one piece of advice to Microsoft leadership, what would it be?

As always, there will be side-questions, side-conversations, and wise-cracking throughout. This is open to the public, so please join in the discussion! The dialog is always thought-provoking and fun.

Participating on this panel:

  • John White (@diverdown1964), dual SharePoint and Data Platform MVP, cto at UnlimitedViz and tyGraph
  • Eric Overfield (@ericoverfield), Microsoft Regional Director, SharePoint MVP, and founder of PixelMill
  • Rene Modery (@modery), Office 365 MVP, collaboration and SharePoint applications manager
  • Phil Worrell (@worrelpa), ICT engineer and business analyst at Swisscom
  • Kevin McDonnell (@kevmcdonk), senior technical architect at Ballard Chalmers
  • Hal Hostetler (@TVWizard), Microsoft MVP and senior field engineer and social media coordinator for Roland, Schorr & Tower
  • Harjit Dhaliwal (@Hoorge), Microsoft MVP, IT Pro, technology & social media evangelist
  • Catalin Gheorghiu (@MrSmersh), dual Microsoft MVP in Azure and Windows Development, CTO at I Computer Solutions
  • Ed Senez (@edsenez), president at UnlimitedViz and TyGraph
  • Tobiasz Koprowski (@KoprowskiT), Data Platform MVP, founder and consultant at Shadowland Consulting
  • Jeff Willinger (@jwillie), Office 365 MVP and independent consultant
  • Matt Varney (@thevarnish), intranet manager at KCTCS
  • Tom Arbuthnot (@tomarbuthnot), Office Apps & Services MVP, Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) for Skype, and principal solutions architect with Modality Systems
  • Sharon Weaver (@sharoneweaver), Microsoft RD, consultant, trainer and ceo of Smarter Consulting
  • Randy Drisgill (@drisgill), SharePoint MVP and branding and design expert at Rackspace
  • Simon Denton (@buildbod), Office Apps & Services MVP, visiting professor at Birmingham City University, and business architect at Mott MacDonald
  • Matt Wade (@thatmattwade), Microsoft MVP, co-founder of
  • Erica Toelle (@ericatoelle), Office Apps & Services MVP and Microsoft Compliance consultant
  • David Patrick (@DavidEPatrick),  Office Servers & Services MVP, user group organizer, subject matter expert with DSA, Inc.
  • Anj D. Cerbolles (@anjCerbolles), #HumansOfIT advocate, application analyst
  • Ragnar Heil (@ragnarh), Office Servers & Services MVP and Microsoft alliance manager EMEA for Metalogix
  • Sue Hanley (@susanhanley), SharePoint MVP, portal, KM, and SharePoint consultant
  • Jay Leask (@jayleask), principal solution engineer for AvePoint Public Sector
  • Nick Brattoli (@Byrdttoli), Microsoft MVP, founder and lead consultant at Byrdttoli Enterprise Consulting
  • Rick Garcia (@SilentRick), SharePoint project manager at United Airlines
  • Ben Stegink (@benstegink), SharePoint, Office 365 and Azure consultant, owner of Intelligink, LLC
  • Owen Allen (@owenallen), Redmond O365 UG board member, sr. solutions architect at Zones
  • Mike Nelson (@mikenelsonIO), Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP and solution architect at Pure Storage
  • Gokan Ozcifci (@xGokan), Microsoft Regional Director, SharePoint MVP, and IT infrastructure consultant at Neoxy
  • Sean McDonough (@spmcdonough), SharePoint MVP and chief technology officer at BitStream Foundry LLC
  • Jennifer Mason (@jennifermason), SharePoint MVP and vp of workforce transformation & learning at Planet Technologies
  • Adam Ball (@AdamCBall), co-founder of COUCUG, Teams and Skype for Business MVP
  • Wes Preston (@idubbs), SharePoint MVP, evangelist,  and owner at TrecStone
  • Laura Rogers (@WonderLaura), SharePoint MVP, consultant, and owner of IW Mentor
  • Bruno Capuano (@elbruno), dual AI and Windows Development MVP, and regional innovation lead for Avanade Canada
  • Alex Terentiev (@alexaterentiev), Office Development MVP, member of the PnP team, solution architect and developer for SharePointalist
  • Toni Pohl (@atwork), founder & cto of atwork, cloud consultant, Microsoft MVP
  • Kurt Kragh Sørensen (@KurtKragh),  intranet consultant and owner of
  • Martina Grom (@magrom), co-founder of, Office 365 MVP and Microsoft Regional Director
  • and your host, Christian Buckley (@buckleyplanet), Microsoft MVP & RD, founder & ceo of CollabTalk LLC

If you would like to be included on one of these panels, please drop me a line via emailLinkedIn, or Twitter. And thank you again to tyGraph for your support of these CollabTalk tweetjams! And finally, if you are interested in being a sponsor of a future tweetjam, please contact me.

Christian Buckley

Christian is a Microsoft Regional Director and M365 Apps & Services MVP, and an award-winning product marketer and technology evangelist, based in Silicon Slopes (Lehi), Utah. He is the Director of North American Partner Management for leading ISV Rencore (, leads content strategy for TekkiGurus, and is an advisor for both revealit.TV and WellnessWits. He hosts the monthly #CollabTalk TweetJam, the weekly #CollabTalk Podcast, and the Microsoft 365 Ask-Me-Anything (#M365AMA) series.

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