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Office 365 and the Blueprint for Success

The most frequent questions asked about Office 365 include, “What are other government organizations doing?”, “Is there a blueprint for the most common steps taken?” and “After email, what next?” You will learn the different stages most commonly followed by government organizations for an Office 365 deployment.

Emphasis will be placed on what considerations go into these decisions and why there is one path that has proven successful time and time again.

Getting Started the Right Way

The most important steps are most always the first ones. Migrating data is a well documented process but it’s often the little things that are most important. Identity Management, Archiving, Security and Compliance (and don’t forget Microsoft Fast Track programs). Discover how to prioritize these elements of Office 365 that are going to make your environment a success for you. Avoid having to put the Genie back in the bottle by accounting for these steps early in the planning process.

What To Do With SharePoint Online

It has often been said that SharePoint is the Swiss Army Knife of IT.  But just like any technology, the greatest success comes from using the tool in the best way for your organization.  In this session we will be answering the most common questions we hear about SharePoint Online, including:-

  • What should be migrated?
  • What about hybrid?
  • Is OneDrive the destination for my file shares?

Will focus in on the how, why and when for each of these topic areas empowering you to make the right decisions for your organization.

How Far Can Skype Really Take Me?

We all know the backbone for a strong team is effective and reliable communications. Skype is excellent for Instant Messaging and Web Conferencing, but what about enterprise telephony on the Skype platform? Are government organizations taking the next step with Skype for Business in the cloud? What can I do today and how should I be planning for tomorrow?

We will discuss what other government organizations are doing today about these very issues and help develop a clear picture of your communications infrastructure with Skype for Business.

Infusing Business Intelligence Into Your Everyday Work

Business Intelligence tools should help you get critical business data directly into the hands of your everyday decision makers. However, there are so many things to consider.  What data should I expose, how do I get started, what value will this really bring to my organization and how can I track it.

Join us as we cut through all the noise about BI and jump into the heart of the matter.  We will discuss the tools available in Office 365, how to properly configure them and when to use them.

No Matter What, It's Still About the End User Experience

Office 365 is about change. A completely new way for your users to collaborate and a new set of powerful tools for your user community. Change can be challenging for any organization but minimizing the impact of change is the essential ingredient to a successful rollout and adoption of the Office 365 platform.

We will cover communication plans, project management, help desk integration and the most important area – User readiness. Learn how to help your users evolve to embrace change instead of fearing it. Included will be sample content for you to take back to your organization for future use.

Featured Speakers

Chris Niehaus

Senior Director, National Cloud Programs, Microsoft Corporation

Keynote Speaker - Chris is responsible for launching and growing emerging technologies and business models for Government. He will be discussing strategic Microsoft Cloud Initiatives and Insights Read More

Chris Niehaus

Senior Director, National Cloud Programs, Microsoft Corporation

Chris Niehaus is Senior Director for the National Cloud Programs at Microsoft. This includes responsibility for geo-specific and industry-specific implementations of Microsoft commercial cloud services. Prior to this role, Chris was Senior Director for U.S. Public Sector Technologies and Strategic Programs, responsible for launching and growing emerging technologies and business models in Government, Education and Healthcare markets. Previously, Chris was the Director of Technical Sales for unified communications, collaboration and cloud services in Microsoft’s Federal Government business.

Niehaus (pronounced “knee-house”) joined Microsoft in 2001, leading business development and product planning for Microsoft’s Exchange Server business. During his tenure Exchange Server grew into the worldwide market leading messaging and collaboration platform.

Prior to Microsoft, Chris received his MBA from the University of Texas after leaving the United States Army as an Engineer Captain. Chris and his family are residents of Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Corey Markovits

Office 365 Architect, Messaging Expert and Technology Leader

Fifteen years experience as Microsoft messaging expert and Office 365 architect to Civilian, Intelligence and Defense sectors. Corey has seen it all and has a knack for resolving complex situations and developing attainable action plans. Read More

Corey Markovits

Office 365 Architect, Messaging Expert and Technology Leader

Corey has been an entrepreneur, messaging lead for a cabinet level agency, and lead technologist and architect for a top Microsoft consulting firm. Corey’s knowledge for government compliance and security combined with his unmatched experience in leading deployments for Office 365, make him a true expert on how to do Office 365 right. From email, to Active Directory, storage and disaster recovery, Corey has provided expert Office 365 guidance to agency leadership, security teams, and IT staff at over 20 Federal organizations ranging from 300 to 100,000 users. Corey has been responsible for identifying and effecting change in the Office 365 platform to better enhance Office 365 for government customers.

Jennifer Mason

IT Strategist, SharePoint MVP, Trainer and Globally Recognized Microsoft Speaker

Jennifer has developed leading approaches for Office 365 training programs for organizations of all sizes in advancing user acceptance and adoption. Read More

Jennifer Mason

IT Strategist, SharePoint MVP, Trainer and Globally Recognized Microsoft Speaker

Jennifer is recognized throughout the Microsoft community for being able to simplify Microsoft concepts. A Microsoft certified trainer and Customer Immersion Experience consultant, Jennifer spearheaded the launch of a one of a kind advanced training package leveraging  On-Demand Microsoft videos, Tips and Tricks sessions, user guides, and Office 365 help desk. With a background in cloud strategy and SharePoint, Jennifer regularly collaborates with Microsoft product teams to help provide them feedback and feature requests from the people she interacts with in business and within the community.  She is often invited as a guest speaker at major Microsoft events across the United States and Internationally, most recently she was a speaker at the Microsoft Ignite Conference in Atlanta, GA.

Miguel Wood

Chief Enterprise Solutions Architect, Microsoft Certified Solutions Master - SharePoint

Miguel is one of only a handful of Microsoft Certified Solutions Masters for SharePoint in the world. He consults with government organizations across the country on getting the most value of SharePoint in Office 365 and hybrid architectures Read More

Miguel Wood

Chief Enterprise Solutions Architect, Microsoft Certified Solutions Master - SharePoint

For almost 18 years, Miguel has been consulting and mentoring government and commercial organizations to better utilize technology to improve business processes. One of his specialties is architecting and deploying hybrid cloud deployments for large scale organizations. Miguel holds numerous Microsoft and industry certifications, including the Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM) in SharePoint (Charter) and being one of the first in the world to earn the prestigious Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) for SharePoint 2010. He has had the opportunity to train Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) and product support roles within Microsoft around the world. His areas of focus include Azure, SQL Server, Identity Management, Security, .NET programming, and, of course, all released versions of SharePoint. Because of his broad and deep understanding of enterprise technologies, Miguel co-authored the Microsoft Press book, Microsoft SharePoint 2013: Designing and Architecting Solutions.

Brendan Farrell

Office 365 User Experience and Cultural Change Agent

Brendan's focus is on People and Process and capitalizing on lessons learned through communication and marketing strategies that guarantee the smoothest transition possible Read More

Brendan Farrell

Office 365 User Experience and Cultural Change Agent

Having consulted with government customers on industry best practices for almost 20 years, Brendan’s specialization is customer service and process management. A Microsoft consultant with certifications in ITIL and PMP, Brendan’s successful approaches to Office 365 have been successfully leveraged by government clients large and small. He has developed and led group initiatives with strategic and prescriptive communication plans, Wikis, flyers, and customized marketing and communication strategies.  As a recent keynote speaker at the Energy OCIO conference, he shared his team’s success story concerning the methodology and process used over the entire migration and delivery process. Brendan has been recognized for his efforts to enhance the customer acceptance of new technologies and has been lead project manager on multiple initiatives to adopt new technologies in government.

 

Patrick Curran

Senior Microsoft Cloud Technologist and SharePoint Architect for Government

Patrick has advised government organizations, for over a decade, on best practices to integrate SharePoint and other Microsoft services effectively into business process. Patrick is regularly Read More

Patrick Curran

Senior Microsoft Cloud Technologist and SharePoint Architect for Government

Patrick has advised government organizations, for over a decade, on best practices to integrate SharePoint and other Microsoft services effectively into business process. Patrick is regularly requested by Microsoft to speak at end user and partner events around the world, for his real world experience and knowledge. His unique background and training in cloud based Microsoft integration for government provide customers with rare insight in how to approach SharePoint, Azure analytics, and Power BI the right way. Patrick has led and developed teams to support everything from strategy, security and compliance, administration, branding & development to upgrading, and troubleshooting for SharePoint. Patrick’s areas of focus include also Azure (commercial and government cloud), SQL Server, Identity Management, custom development, and, all released versions of SharePoint! Patrick is a co-author of Microsoft® SharePoint® 2013: Designing and Architecting Solutions developed for Microsoft Press. His certifications include MCT, MCTS, MCP, MCITP, MCPD, MCSA, MCSE.

Partners

Microsoft’s Leading Services Company

Planet Technologies, the leading Microsoft services and cloud solutions partner, provides integration and customization of Microsoft technologies and data center solutions for federal, state and local government and commercial clients. Planet has been awarded Microsoft Federal Partner of the Year an unprecedented six times, Microsoft State and Local Partner of the Year six times, and is the Microsoft Windows Partner of the Year award winner five consecutive years.

Directions on Microsoft (DOM) is an independent source of accurate, objective, concise and understandable intelligence for organizations that need clarity about Microsoft enterprise technologies, product roadmaps, strategies, and licensing policies. Since 1992, DOM has specialized in supplying facts and insight every IT team must have to make informed decisions about their Microsoft projects and purchases.

Cherokee Nation Businesses is the largest Indian Nation in the US, with more than 10,000 employees and some of the highest ratings for performance in Help Desk and other IT and strategic consulting for government organizations.

Our partnership with Cherokee has been a long and successful one, and now they are an intricate  part of the Evolve 365 team, providing the customer support call center to our customers. Evolve 365 offers two elite services partners working in tandem to deliver world class Microsoft customer service.

Polycom is the leader in HD video conferencing, voice conferencing & telepresence enabling open, standards-based video collaboration to over 415,000 customers globally. Come see some of their latest equipment on display at the Office 365 Conference for Government.

Microsoft’s Leading Services Company

Planet Technologies, the leading Microsoft services and cloud solutions partner, provides integration and customization of Microsoft technologies and data center solutions for federal, state and local government and commercial clients. Planet has been awarded Microsoft Federal Partner of the Year an unprecedented six times, Microsoft State and Local Partner of the Year six times, and is the Microsoft Windows Partner of the Year award winner five consecutive years.

Directions on Microsoft (DOM) is an independent source of accurate, objective, concise and understandable intelligence for organizations that need clarity about Microsoft enterprise technologies, product roadmaps, strategies, and licensing policies. Since 1992, DOM has specialized in supplying facts and insight every IT team must have to make informed decisions about their Microsoft projects and purchases.

Nation in the US, with more than 10,000 employees and some of the highest ratings for performance in Help Desk and other IT and strategic consulting for government organizations.

Our partnership with Cherokee has been a long and successful one, and now they are an intricate  part of the Evolve 365 team, providing the customer support call center to our customers. Evolve 365 offers two elite services partners working in tandem to deliver world class Microsoft customer service.

Polycom is the leader in HD video conferencing, voice conferencing & telepresence enabling open, standards-based video collaboration to over 415,000 customers globally. Come see some of their latest equipment on display at the Office 365 Conference for Government.