Ignite Guide: Top Sessions for Governance & Compliance

Eric Riz

by Eric Riz on 4/23/2015

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compliance, governance, Ignite, SharePoint

The week of May 4-8, 2015, Ignite, Microsoft’s first effort towards a multi-disciplinary conference (which concatenates TechEd, Project SharePoint and the Exchange shows) will be upon us. If there is one point I can advise for those of you who have not been to a Microsoft conference before, it is that planning in advance is required in order to maximize show value. If you have attended conferences before, you are likely used to opening the agenda on day one and deciding what sessions to sit in on. With the amalgamation of shows, you should kick this planning into a higher gear to not only ensure that you’re in the right place at the right time, but to plan out your overall experience. Here are a few tips to consider:

  1. Know your focus. This may seem intuitive given that you have a particular interest and role in the organization you’re representing, but it isn’t. Answer the following question: What information do I want to take back to my organization? Is it technical or strategic, macro or micro, long or short-term? I also suggest expanding that by identifying the pains in your company; what answers can help us get this project started, or completed? How can I be the lynchpin behind this effort? Once answered, these questions will allow you to use the online session guide to your benefit. When using the MyIgnite portal, you will see that there are multiple categories to guide you towards a session. Of course, there are also detailed session descriptions and suggested sessions based on what you are currently viewing built into the portal.
  2. Know your speakers. Many of the speakers at Ignite are Microsoft employees and MVPs who have extensive reputations as speakers, authors, bloggers and the like. Note the speaker of each of the sessions you plan to attend, and do some research in advance on their latest online posts. This will provide some insights into their current thoughts and perhaps some tips on what to expect in the session. Also, be sure to read up on articles and blogs to get a better sense of the topic area, and draft some questions you would like answered. Most speakers will be onsite for the bulk of the week, so there will be ample time to have your questions answered. If you can’t find someone you are looking to speak with, don’t hesitate to ask around or tweet at them to get some attention.
  3. Pace yourself. Attending any week-long conference is a marathon, not a sprint. Each day will be packed with keynotes, sessions, meetings, expo hall visits and after-hours events. The simple things, like having comfortable shoes and being sure to eat properly, are very important. I always make sure to have some protein bars, extra water, and fruit with me. Also, don’t underestimate the size of McCormick Place; the venue is huge and Ignite will take up most of it. You should allow lots of time to explore the venue and travel between sessions. Rest assured there will be plenty of steps taken for all you Microsoft Band and Fitbit fans.

Picking Governance & Compliance sessions

From a content perspective, the Governance & Compliance track has 19 sessions from which to choose. Note that these 19 sessions cover all product areas including 16 for Office 365, 12 for SharePoint, 10 for Exchange and a few for Skype, Azure, OneDrive and Windows Server. Within the sessions there are few not to miss. 




Why this session?

Monday, 3:15 p.m.

Information Management Strategy with Microsoft Office 365 in Mind

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Jeff Fried

As content needs have changed with Office 365, so to should your strategy around how your information is managed. I have been working with Jeff on the deck and I can tell you first-hand that you should not miss this session.

Tuesday, 5:00 p.m.

A Strategic and Pragmatic Conversation on Governance

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Eric Riz

I’ve been looking forward to the presentation and picking up where the conversation left off back in Las Vegas at SPC14. The conversation will be strategic and bring in governance concepts across the platform. If you have any thoughts on the subject, please reach out and let me know.

Thursday, 10:45 a.m.

Compliance with Standards and Regulations

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Shawn Veney, Vijay Kumar

This session will be of interest to anyone concerned with putting their data in the cloud. From my conversations at conferences of late, I know there are many of you out there. This session may be particularly relevant to those in the government or financial world who are evaluating this option.

Thursday, 5:00 p.m.

Experts Unplugged: Office 365 Compliance

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Asaf Kashi, Kamal Janardhan, Levon Esibov

Presented by members of the Office 365 product team. This is a great opportunity to learn the inside scoop behind Office 365 compliance, and your toughest questions are not only welcomed, but encouraged. Like I said above, do your homework and be sure to maximize this opportunity.

If you have any questions about Microsoft Ignite, the show, expectations, suggestions or where to eat while in Chicago, please reach out to myself or anyone on the IT Unity team.

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