SharePoint Saturday Denver

Another SharePoint Saturday and another great event! I want to thank the SharePoint Saturday Committee for Denver, Colorado for inviting me to speak and giving me the opportunity for not only one, but two sessions. The attendees were great and had incredible questions for both sessions.

The day started with the keynote delivered by Dan Holme about many of the announcements for SharePoint both on-prem and in Office 365. Some of the announcements were from Microsoft Ignite but some also announced prior to Microsoft Ignite. The audience loved his hands-on presentations which added to his presentation.

After the keynote, my first session of the day was Migrating SharePoint to the Cloud: Lessons Learned by Microsoft IT. The attendees were very interested in this topic and understanding how they can effectively move from SharePoint on-prem to SharePoint Online. I walked through how we setup and ran the projects to move to the cloud, the mines we stepped on and how to avoid them. I appreciated the good questions and interaction we had.

Later in the day, I got my first opportunity to co-present with Rick Claus, Lead of the Cloud Ops Advocate team at Microsoft. We spoke about our Journey to the Cloud as we have changed our careers going from Server Huggers to Cloud Administrators. We spoke about the change in mindset we had to do ourselves and then help enable in others around us. This change was internal teams at Microsoft for myself and for IT Professionals around the world for Rick. While most of the presentation was our story, the end of the presentation, including the deck, talked about how you can work to get the Cloud Mindset. Check out the links and resources to help you along.

Again, I would like to thank the SharePoint Saturday Denver team, specifically Liz Sundet and Jeff Willinger, for reaching out and asking me to speak. It also gave me a great opportunity to collaborate with Rick for the first time and to introduce Rick to the SharePoint community. I also want to thank Theresa Eller for reminding me to apply for this great day of sharing and Art Hogarth for joining in after the Tech Talk we did the day before.