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Monday, September 26, 2016

Microsoft Ignite 2016 - Must See Sessions for Office 365 & SharePoint Security

Welcome to Microsoft Ignite 2016 in Atlanta Georgia!  
This year's conference will once again be full of great content and great speakers about the Microsoft solutions that we all work with.  Myself, I tend to be interested in more technical content about SharePoint Server, SharePoint Online and the Office 365 service.  It looks like the session line up won't disappoint!

As my work tends to focus on security, information protection, information governance and identity management, my conference session schedule tends to focus on technical sessions related to these topics.  Here are my MUST SEE session picks for this week.

Sunday, September 27

Pre-Conference All Day Session: SharePoint Server 2016 Upgrade and Operations Deep Dive
Session link:
B302 - B303, 9:00am - 5:00pm
SharePoint Server 2016 is the newest member of the SharePoint family and the first in a new generation of SharePoint.  This pre-day session provides end-to-end instruction on what’s new in SharePoint Server 2016, deployment and implementation, upgrade, and operational management of SharePoint Server 2016.

I attended this all day session yesterday.  It was absolutely exhausting, but excellent - it was full of great speakers with great technical content about how to upgrade your environment to SharePoint 2016 and how to operate it.  I especially liked seeing a live demo of zero downtime patching, and hearing from Microsoft how exactly to orchestrate a zero downtime patch deployment.

Monday, September 26

Microsoft Ignite Keynote - Gotta hear Satya speak!
Session link:
Philips Arena, 9:00am - 10:30am
Technology continues to rapidly evolve, offering us new ways of working and powering digital transformation for all organizations. Key to our ability to harness technology is our ability to evolve with it, to harness new capabilities and learn new skills. Join Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President, Microsoft; on Monday morning to start Microsoft Ignite. Scott will focus on how technology enables digital transformation and, along with guests, demonstrate new technologies. He will also discuss how IT is transforming and detail investments and programs to help enable this. You can watch the keynote in person in the Phillips Arena, (please arrive in sufficient time to pass through security at the Arena). The keynote will be streamed live on and you can also join us to watch the live feed in Hall C1 of the Georgia World Congress Center at the Microsoft Ignite Studio stage where we will host the pre and post keynote webcast.

Take control of your security and compliance with Office 365
Session link:
Microsoft Theater 4, 12:30pm - 12:50pm
Discuss how we are tackling customer challenges and needs managing security and compliance policies across their organizations. Get a deeper understanding of all the new features we have launched in our Security and Compliance Center, including a redesigned user experience that is more intuitive, informative, scalable and insightful. We also provide details on our future vision and roadmap. Learn how the Microsoft Office 365 Security and Compliance Center makes it easier to simplify security and compliance for your business.

Get the roadmap for the future of Office and SharePoint development
Session link:
A311 - A312, 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Microsoft Office is the world’s most popular set of productivity tools for getting things done, and is used by over 1.2 billion people around the world. Learn how developers can take advantage of the capabilities in Office 365 to build new, modern experiences that enable and delight customers in ways that we never could have imagined. Get insight into how you can extend Office to expose additional capabilities using add-ins, connect to the data and insights of Office 365 and more through Microsoft Graph, and engage users through conversations.

Innovation Keynote
Session link:
Philips Arena, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Satya Nadella will close the first day of Microsoft Ignite with a must-see presentation, focused on next generation innovations and investments that are fundamental to shaping IT in the foreseeable future. He will discuss emerging trends and how you can prepare to take advantage of them in your organization today.

Tuesday, September 27

Keep your OneDrive and SharePoint content safe
Session link:
B312 - B314, 9:00am - 10:15am
Security, privacy and compliance are key features of Microsoft SharePoint & Microsoft Office 365. In this session we will cover various capabilities and controls in SharePoint and OneDrive that enable you to provide the right level of security for your organization while keeping your users happy and productive. We will discuss access policies, device and application management, collaboration controls, Data Loss Prevention (DLP), retention policies, eDiscovery, auditing, reporting and many other features that make SharePoint and OneDrive the safest place for your data.

Get an introduction to the SharePoint Framework
Session link:
A411 - A412, 10:45am - 12:00pm
We are really excited about the ability to innovate in customer user interfaces. Lots of people have developed great solutions using the Microsoft SharePoint page and part model. Like most content and collaboration management systems SharePoint grew up in the server rendered era where this model was largely implemented in Microsoft ASP.NET with some AJAX support. The JavaScript language and performance has advanced dramatically where we can go back to distributed computing and build rich, fast interactive user experiences on the client. Learn more about the SharePoint Framework and how to ensure your customers' success when planning for the SharePoint Framework.

Learn about advancements in Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection
Session link:
Thomas Murphy Ballroom 1, 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Amid continuous growth of security attacks on organizations Microsoft delivered the most advanced capabilities empowering security teams of large organizations and IT generalists to defend against Advanced Threats. Join this session to learn about the latest advancements in Microsoft Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection with the latest addition of unique insights.

Learn how SharePoint safeguards your data in the cloud
Session link:
B213 - B214, 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Join us as we showcase how SharePoint Online delivers a world-class level of trust, protection, privacy, and compliance. We look at how we safeguard customer data at rest and in-transit, how we administer the service without access to customer content, and how we harden and monitor the infrastructure.

Protect your sensitive information with Office 365 Data Loss Prevention
Session link:
Bldg B Theater - Level 2, 3:35pm - 3:55pm
Microsoft Office 365 Data Loss Prevention (DLP) enables you to detect, protect and monitor sensitive information in your organization. Learn how the rich DLP functionality seamlessly integrates into different Office products and services and how you can easily start protecting your information. You also learn what we are working on to make the DLP solution even better to meet the needs of our customers.

Gain visibility and control with Office 365 Advanced Security Management
Session link:
Thomas Murphy Ballroom 1, 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Learn how Microsoft Office 365 Advanced Security Management can help you gain enhanced visibility and control into your Office 365. This session dives deep into key features like the advanced security alerts that can give you insight to anomalous and suspicious activity, cloud app discovery, which gives you the ability to understand which other cloud services that have similar functionality to Office 365 that your users are connecting to, and how you can revoke permissions for applications which have been granted access to Office 365.

Wednesday, September 28

Discover what's new and what's coming to SharePoint Modern Team sites
Session link:
Sidney Marcus Auditorium, 9:00am - 10:15am
Microsoft SharePoint team sites are evolving from the top down, bottom up and through and through. We highlight updates to more actionable, responsive home pages, evolving document libraries to be more powerful and user friendly, increasing the usability of lists and making it easier to discover what is happening within your sites, all connected with Microsoft Office 365 Groups. Learn about all the new functionality and what's next for SharePoint Team Sites.

Explore the ultimate field guide to Microsoft Office 365 Groups
Session link:
Georgia Ballroom, 10:45am - 12:00pm
Office 365 Groups is the first application to exploit the unique collaboration fabric that exists within Office 365. Drawing from Azure Active Directory, Exchange, and SharePoint and more, Groups provide a compelling way for users to share information and work collaboratively. However, like any solution, you’re not going to be successful unless you put some work in to understand how Groups work, how to implement and govern their use. This session combines the wit and wisdom of two well-known MVPs to lay out a practical and pragmatic approach to using Office 365 Groups. Topics include: planning their introduction, integration with SharePoint Team Sites, the impact on directories, planning governance, and anything else that comes to mind.

Protect your OneDrive and SharePoint files on mobile devices
Session link:
B211 - B212, 11:30am - 12:15pm
Whether you manage a BYOD environment or provide corporate devices to your people, protecting corporate data is essential. Microsoft provides many options to protect Microsoft Office 365 files on mobile devices - come to this practical session to learn about the tools and techniques available in this area. We will cover mobile device and application management solutions to give you peace of mind that your corporate files are protected on mobile devices.

Learn how classification, labeling, and protection delivers persistent data protection
Session link:
B308 - B309, 12:30pm - 1:45pm
In order to implement an information protection solution, you first need to understand what kind of information you need to protect; identifying your most critical assets is the first step in the data protection journey. This session offers a deep dive into classification, labeling and protection technologies included within Microsoft Azure Information Protection and how they solve the broader problem of identification and protection of sensitive data.

...and I'm still trying to decide which sessions to attend Wednesday afternoon and Thursday.  There are so many to choose from and I wish I could attend them all.  

One great thing about this year's schedule builder is that there is a new feature where you can add a session to a playlist.  So, if there are multiple sessions that you want to attend occurring at the same time, it lets you prioritize - the absolute most important session to you at a particular time you can put on your schedule, and the others at that time you can put on your playlist and then come back to them to listen to the session recording later.

Enjoy the conference and I hope to see you around Atlanta.


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