February 21st, 2017
Marc is back from Microsoft Ignite Australia with a load of information and experiences from one of the biggest Microsoft events of the year. He shares his thoughts and feedback on the experiences, the sessions, presenting as well as the social side. He also has some interesting statics to share about the conference so stay tuned. We'll also cover off the latest Office 365 and Azure news to get us back on track with our regular updates. Also don't forget to let us know what you think about the new and improved intro. Marc's done a great job so don;t hesitate to give him a shout out and let him know. He always likes to hear from listeners.
Need to Know on Facebook
Marc's Azure news
New Office 365 Roadmap
SharePoint and OneDrive for Business enhanced copying abilities
Improved searching via Delve
February 14th, 2017
We wrap up our final Microsoft Ignite Australia speaker focus with Stephane Budo whom we are talking to about his upcoming sessions including:
A deep dive into Storage Spaces
Join MVP Stephane Budo in this session to learn everything about Storage Spaces Direct, from what it is, its requirements and how to implement it, to testing its performance and tips and tricks. Using a lot of demos, we will look under the covers of the next evolution of Microsoft's Software Defined Storage.
Protecting enterprise workloads with Cloud-First Bcakup solutions
Join Aruna Somendra from Microsoft and Stephane Budo, MVP in this technical and demo packed session to learn how Azure Backup - a Cloud-First SaaS service delivers hybrid backup as a service without the need to deploy or manage any infrastructure in the cloud for protecting and managing your workloads (SQL, Exchange, SharePoint) whether they are running in Azure or on premises. Understand how Azure backup went the extra step to protect backups in the cloud using multi-factor auth for destructive operations to guard against the emerging threats of ransomware. Find out more about how hybrid backup optimizes storage consumption and extends support to VMWare environments. Discover how you can easily build a bullet proof backup and restore strategy and become the legend that saves the day when a critical restore is required!
February 13th, 2017
You can't stop the presses so we're back with a heap of Azure and Office 365 news. We round up all the Microsoft cloud happenings and then jump into our super special guest, Christophe Fiessinger, Office 365 program manager from Microsoft to talk all about his presentation at Microsoft Ignite Australia:
Get the Latest on Office 365 Groups - Overview, What's New and Roadmap
You’re invited to discover Microsoft Office 365 Groups. It’s the key component of our group collaboration solution, enabling you to move from task to task with cross application group membership (managed in Azure AD). Office 365 apps that are leveraging groups include Outlook, SharePoint, Yammer, OneNote, Skype for Business, Planner, Power BI, and Dynamics CRM. We’ll unlock the following topics: overview & demonstration, administration, and product roadmap.
Azure news from Marc
New Groups integration abilities
Power BI Reports in SharePoint
Azure backup, instant file recovery
February 12th, 2017
We once again dive straight into our focus on Microsoft Ignite Australia speakers. This time it's with Hamish Watson Operations Manager from Jade Software in Christchurch New Zealand. His topic is:
Making DevOps work in the wild..
You may have heard about DevOps and wondered whether it is just another buzzword and/or what it can do for you and your organization. In this session I will demystify the concepts of DevOps and more importantly show it in action in a real life application deployment pipeline. By using a realistic live demonstration and great technologies such as the Azure platform, Team Foundation Server, SSDT and docker on Windows Server 2016 I will show how DevOps can help you automate deploys reliably and repeatedly to your production applications. You will be able to take what you learned in this session and implement it successfully in your organization.
February 11th, 2017
Another special Microsoft Ignite Australia 2017 podcast focused on the presenters. This time we are talking with Michael Friedrick about his upcoming sessions:
Jenkins and Azure
See why Jenkins is a great pipeline tool and how you can use it increase the quality and speed of you deployments to Azure. Experience demos on multi-branch pipeline deployment from GitHub to Azure using Jenkins, and see how it integrates with tooling like Microsoft Teams for notifications.
Node.js + Azure App Service =
Explore how open and flexible the Azure App Service is and how easy it is to get going with Node. In a series of demos, you’ll see how automated deployments using Github, custom deployments showing the ability to add additional tasks using Grunt/Gulp and other automated tools, and look at multi branch deployment using a custom CI/CD pipeline. We will also explore Azure Functions, Azure App Service on Linux and deploying Node to Azure using Open tooling such as VS Code.
DevOps fundamentals video
February 10th, 2017
Our focus on Microsoft Ignite Australia speakers continues. In this episode we interview Dux Raymond Si who is the CTO of Avepoint but also a Microsoft MVP and Regional Director. Dux has three great sessions at Ignite that are:
Microsoft Teams, Office 365 Groups, SharePoint, Yammer…What Should I Use, and When?
For today's fast-paced, mobile-driven, and globally dispersed workplace, Microsoft offers tons of great ways to effectively communicate and collaborate. But which tools are right for your organisation? Solutions like Microsoft Teams, Office 365 Groups, Yammer, Skype for Business, SharePoint, OneDrive for Business, PowerApps, and Microsoft Flow all offer something unique to your business. In this interactive session, you will gain practical guidance on finding the right tools to facilitate efficient communications and collaboration both inside and outside the walls of your organisation. We’ll also explain how to drive adoption and keep your chosen solution under control. Get ready to walk away with the ability to chart a productive and pragmatic collaboration approach that delivers immediate and lasting value to your modern workplace.
How to Accelerate Office 365 Success: Develop Your Information Governance Strategy in 4 Steps
So you’ve made the decision to move to Office 365 – now how do you ensure your critical business information is secure in the cloud? In this interactive session, you will learn how to reduce risk and ensure your users do the right thing by employing industry best practices for information governance, risk, and compliance. We’ll also explain how recent enhancements from Microsoft – including Office 365 Security & Compliance Center and Azure Information Protection – as well as other related technologies can help. This session will empower you to implement proven tactics to ensure your Microsoft Cloud investment meets business needs while protecting your most sensitive data.
3 Steps to Innovate and #HackTheStatusQuo
Innovation comes from those who hack – those who refuse to accept the way things are and pursue changes based on an idea, hunch, or instinct. Innovation doesn’t come from those who adapt themselves to fit the status quo. Believe it or not, but your organisation’s success now depends on how well you hack. You are the source of innovation and hold the keys to unlock the possibilities cloud, Internet of Things, machine learning, virtual reality, and augmented reality can create by fully understanding how to harness these technologies. Join Dux and learn his three steps to start you on your hacking journey. Learn how he helped a non-profit organisation do more good through hacking. Don’t miss what will be one of the most upbeat and stimulating sessions at Ignite Australia.
If there is ever a reason to attend Ignite then these sessions are it!
Microsoft Ignite Australia: Innovation Track - with Dux Raymond Si
AvePoint Ignite 2017 Activities
AvePoint Office 365 Groups Playbook
February 9th, 2017
More interviews with speakers at the upcoming Microoft Ignite Australia. This time we feature Gino Barletta and speak about his two sessions:
What you need to know about Windows Server 2016 Security
Windows Server 2016 introduces more security features than any previously released Microsoft server operating system. Making your organization more secure is one of the big benefits of Windows Server. In this demo heavy session you’ll learn about new features included Credential Guard, Device Guard, Privileged Access Management (Just in Time Administration), Just Enough Administration, DNS policies, Guarded Fabrics, Shielded VMs as well as the security benefits of Nano Server, Windows Server and Hyper-V Containers. You’ll also learn how you can integrate Advanced Threat Analytics into your on-premises Windows Server deployment.
Azure Financial Management, Reporting and Subscription Hygiene through Power BI
This session, helps you understand your current Azure subscription, resources, billing and spend. Controlling spend through analytics and leveraging Microsoft Power BI to visually see your spend / consumption via powerful GUI dashboards.
February 8th, 2017
We have skipped our usual news and cloud updates to roll out our remaining episodes before Microsoft Ignite Australia. In this episode however we take a bit of a detour and speak to Microsoft Community Manager - Lana Montgomery about the Microsoft MVP program. What it is? How do you become an MVP? What is required? What are the benefits? Are all questions we cover in this episode.
Microsoft MVP award
Microsoft Channel 9
February 7th, 2017
A quick news day and then we jump in to interview Greg Low on his upcoming Microsoft Ignite Australia event.
Why your Next Application Should use Azure SQL DB as a Datastore
Developers who are creating new applications need a reliable and capable datastore. Azure SQL DB is an awesome platform for creating new applications on. Come and find out why.
What's new in SQL Server 2016 for Developers
SQL Server 2016 introduced significant enhancements for database development. In this session Greg will describe the features that are of interest to developers.
Power BI and Azure Analysis services
Outlook mobile turns 2
New Azure market place
SQL Down Under
February 6th, 2017
Jeff Alexander from Microsoft joins Marc and I after our usual cloud updates to talk about his two sessions at the upcoming Microsoft Ignite Australia conference. These are:
Get ahead of Cyber attacks with Enterprise Mobility + Security
We are in the middle of as mobility and cloud transition which has made employee interactions with other users, devices, apps and data more and more complex. This has created blind spots for IT. At the same time attack vectors continue to get more sophisticated. Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security takes a holistic approach that is identity driven with a collection of innovative technologies to address these sophisticated challenges in the new attack landscape. In this session we will show you how our technologies help to protect at the "front door", protect your data from user mistakes and detect attacks before they cause damage.
Discover & Control SaaS Application Usage with Microsoft Cloud App Security
In this increasingly cloud and mobile world, users are using more and more SaaS applications to remain productive at work. This has created a gap for IT in not having visibility and control over the use of these 3rd party applications. In this session we will cover how Microsoft Cloud App Security can give IT departments visibility and control of these applications while empowering their users to remain productive. We will cover an overview of what Cloud App Security is, the architecture, deployment recommendations and common blockers.
About Jeff Alexander
New SharePoint management shell
New Azure B2B options
Recent Office 365 updates
4K monitors and Surface PC's
Microsoft Identity management