Office 365 has quickly displaced SharePoint as the fastest growing platform in Microsoft’s history, and is at the forefront of the company’s innovation strategy. With the rise of the Office 365 brand, the number of Office 365 MVPs is also on the rise, with most having a mix of backgrounds in SharePoint, Exchange, Lync, and various social platforms. Just in the past year, I am amazed at how many organizations – who previously claimed they had no plans to move to the cloud – are now anxiously embracing the Office 365 platform. And so I thought it was appropriate to put together a panel of Office 365 experts on Tuesday, November 25th at 9am Pacific to talk about this rapid adoption, and share their thoughts on the future of the platform – as well as the brands contained within (SharePoint, Exchange, Lync, and Yammer).
Beyond just discussing roadmap chatter, the goal of this tweetjam is to talk about opportunities and challenges that organizations face as they begin to move from on prem environments to the cloud, and as many of them make the transition from centralized, document-centric platforms to much more dynamic and personalized solutions that will take advantage of new features such as Delve, Groups, and inline social experiences within Office 365.
For those of you new to the concept, the discussion will be held via Twitter using the #CollabTalk hashtag, or you can go to our Twitter-based site at Twubs.com/collabtalk which allows you to follow along without the rest of the Twitter noise, and which also auto appends each tweet with the #CollabTalk hashtag so that all comments stay within the stream. Why Twitter? Because its public, and anyone can jump in. Yammer is great for targeted groups within your network, or within a defined user community, but Twitter is the right tool for reaching the broader public.
Within the hour, we’ll discuss several questions in detail. Anyone can participate – you can watch, answer, retweet, ask your own follow up questions, or strongly disagree. The point is to start a dialog, share ideas, and make connections. Here are the questions we plan to tackle re: Office 365:
- Has the tide turned? Are companies moving toward Office 365 en masse?
- What are the key value propositions driving customers toward Office 365?
- What are the top 3 concerns for companies considering Office 365?
- How are customers responding to Microsoft’s vision for social in Office 365? (Delve, Office Graph, Groups)
- Is the pace of change inside Office 365 impacting you or your customers?
- How has Office 365 impacted the competitive landscape?
- What is missing from the Office 365 roadmap today? What should Microsoft add?
Within the tweetjam, we’ll ask follow up questions and, based on responses from our panel and the audience, may take the conversation in one or two different directions. That’s the point. These questions are really just themes for the discussion. So if you’re looking for specific answers, just ask.
Our panel this month includes a number of Office365 MVPs and some folks from Microsoft, but, as always, anyone can join in on the discussion!
- Martina Grom (@magrom), Office365 MVP and co-founder and CEO of atwork information technology
- Jasper Oosterveld (@SharePTjasper), Office365 MVP and SharePoint consultant at Sparked
- Sean McNeill (@S_McNeill), Office365 MVP and senior account executive at SkyKick
- Sebastien Levert (@sebastienlevert), Office365 MVP and specialist in Azure, SharePoint, and O365 at Pollen
- Kady Dundas (@kadydundas), senior product manager at Microsoft
- Brett Hill (@bretthill), Office365 MVP and manager of technical marketing at Riverbed Technology
- Naomi Moneypenny (@nmoneypenny), Office365 MVP and cto at Synxi
- Michael Holste (@SharePoint), pr and social marketing manager at Microsoft
- Rene Modery (@modery), Office365 MVP and collaboration & SharePoint applications team lead at Sulzer
- Neil Hodgkinson (@Nellymo), senior program manager at Microsoft
- Esther Lee (@MsEstherL), business program manager at Microsoft
- with me as your host (@buckleyplanet), Office365 MVP and managing director, americas at GTconsult
As a newly minted Office365 MVP (made the switch from SharePoint MVP as of October 1st) I am excited for this discussion and to share some of my thoughts on where the platform is going. We’re going to have great participation from Microsoft and the community, so please join us – and tell your friends and co-workers!