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From 24th to 28th September, Microsoft's largest and fourth Microsoft Ignite conference took place in Orlando, Florida. #MSIgnite is the largest and leading event for IT-Professionals, Developers and Decision-Makers in the Microsoft universe. With approximately 30,000 attendees and about 700 breakouts and a lot of theater-sessions , a large expo and a lot of networking, this event was huge. We were proud to be part of the conference and we have collected some of our impressions here.
This session gives you insights from Microsoft IT about how they use their internal Teams Champion program to drive collaboration and communication using Microsoft Teams. The session was delivered by Sara Bush, Sr. Program Manager Microsoft Teams, Microsoft. Sara is a member of the Teams & Voice team in End User Services Engineering, Sara is driving Microsoft Teams adoption internally through the Art of Teamwork Tour training program, the Teamwork Champions program and the EUSE change management effort to bring all Microsoft users into a deep understanding of how Microsoft Teams supports day to day work, increasing collaboration and productivity. Pouneh Kaufman, Principal Program Manager, Microsoft. Pouneh is responsible for the global rollout of Microsoft Teams within Microsoft.Every time I have the chance to listen to a session from Microsoft IT I try to attend. It is valuable and gives you good insights, how a worldwide company with more than 220k employees adopt and implement IT. During my projects I see that there is not a lot of difference in IT planning among large enterprises. Microsoft IT shares insights which can be extremely valuable when you use that in your own enterprise. First Sara and Pouneh talked about why Microsoft moved form Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams. Microsoft Teams helps the organization to get all communication channels together in one place. To drive adoption Microsoft IT runs an internal adoption program around awareness, engagement, measurement, management.Success factors were defined in measurements, like collecting usage data, feedback to gain trust and awareness. The project scope was very clear:Get more than >200k users to use Microsoft Teams and move away from Skype for Business. Success factors showed that it worked:over 55% of all chats happen in Teams, Teams meetings are widely used.Champions feedback measurements: 98% Program satisfaction, 88% Satisfaction Training support. 83% Satisfaction with monthly calls.To drive adoption and usage Microsoft IT used a champions program. First champs came from passionate users which were found within their most active Teams Yammer participants. People wants to be in the know. Microsoft IT developed a training: Art of teamwork. It is a level 100 training for end users, which is available to customers as well. More showcases are available here. The best thing about a Champions program: Champions are bringing in other champions.So what are the Champions give and gets:Gives: Teamwork Training. Teams Yammer Group support. Champions List for organization. promote readiness. Gets : Digital Profile Badge, Digital & Physical Swag. Engage with SME's and the Microsoft Product Group. "I see you, I recognize you, I need you". access to monthly call with product group. Champions need to be visible to end users. The results are impressive:more than 650 Champions, 45 Countries, 90 BuildingsTo find champions use the channels which are available - like Microsoft IT used the Yammer group. They make their Champions recognizable. Further ways to drive adoption worked through Gamification: A little friendly competition. Earn points by hosting internal training. Point system for users development. new badges for new levels. Impacts the performance reviews.What did not work: too much products, different generations, resistance about taking Skype away. Give users a place to talk about that: UserVoice. Yammer community.If you look into bringing a new communication tool into life, look at this usecases!Resources:Slides VideostreamThe Art of Teamwork resource Kit
If you created new Azure subscriptions with a Microsoft Account (MSA), the subscription is managed with an own Azure Active Directory (AAD). This article shows how to integrate such an "external" Azure subscription into your organization's AAD.
In a good week, Microsoft Ignite 2018 will start! Ignite is Microsoft's largest yearly IT conference that will take place from September 24 - 28, 2018 in Orlando, Florida. Ignite will offer about 700+ sessions, insights and roadmaps from industry leaders, and deep dives and live demos on the products you use every day. We are looking forward to a full week to meet customers, partners and friends from all over the world. And we have prepared a bunch of great content we will deliver in our sessions!
Modern SharePoint Sites come with two Microsoft buttons on the bottom of each SharePoint page: "Get the mobile app" and "Feedback". Want to remove them from your SharePoint sites? Well, then we have an easy to use solution ready for you.
I like Azure LogicApps, they are really useful and easy to "develop". To use Visual Studio as designer environment, you can integrate the Azure Logic Apps Tools for Visual Studio easily. See how to work with that extension here.
With Delegate365 version 8.0, besides many other features, a brand new feature has been added to Delegate365: Group OU’s. In short, a Group OU can be used by Scope Admins for using members of another OU they do not manage themselves. See how this works here.
Good to see that Microsoft is committed to sustainability in their data centers as seen in the session "Inside Azure Datacenter Architecture with Mark Russinovich" from the last BUILD conference.
On July 1st, the Microsoft MVP Award Program announced new and renewed MVPs. We at atwork are happy that our MVP’s have been renewed for their community contributions for 2018-2019!
Workflows really help to standardize and to solve business processes. This can be done with Microsoft Flow in Office 365 or with Logic Apps in Azure (which is the same engine). Often, I see questions, if it is possible to call an Azure Logic App from another Logic App. Does his work? Well, see this quick sample.
Yesterday, on June 20th, the Insider Dev Tour (see insiderdevtour.com) took place in our home town Vienna. It’s a roadshow for software developers in the Microsoft universe delivering the latest news about Windows, Azure, Office, Graph, AI technology and more. I enjoyed being part of the event along with my fellow MVP colleagues and the Windows Development community.
When creating a new Azure subscription, the Azure Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) permissions must be defined for users to be able to work with the subscription. But, Office 365 Admins can get permissions automatically – if you define it as here!