Well that time is upon us once again! Microsoft Ignite runs from 9/23-9/28 and this year they have a whopping 49+ sessions just dedicated to Microsoft Teams! With that said, I’ll be breaking down which relevant sessions cater to specific roles and requirements as well as discuss the “Learning Paths” recommendations and how they work.
Teams Core Fundamentals
10 sessions dedicated to current and new features within Microsoft Teams! In addition, they will have sessions covering troubleshooting, architecture, and compliance:
Intelligent Calls, Meetings & Devices
4 sessions dedicated to Microsoft Teams calls, meetings, and device experience. Looking to modernize your meeting experience? Look no further! Definitely don’t miss these breakout sessions:
Change Management, Adoption and Success Stories
One of the crucial, yet often neglected areas is change management. Luckily, Microsoft has you covered with 5 sessions including the biggest industry verticals as well as some tips for leveraging teamwork across your organization:
Upgrading from Skype for Business Online to Teams
These sessions will be relevant for your technical roles to attend, as they help them prepare to transition from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams. These 4 sessions will cover every aspect, from the planning phase to the migration itself. Watch these sessions for a smoother transition to Microsoft Teams:
IT Pro Deep Dives
One of my personal favorites, the deep dives! These sessions are dedicated to your technical roles in your company. For anyone that will be supporting Microsoft Teams, these 9 sessions are a must watch:
Extending Platform and Apps
Last but not least, API’s. Although not a requirement for most companies, these 5 sessions are dedicated to understanding the available API’s and extensive capabilities that they can provide to Microsoft Teams. Show your users the real power of the Microsoft Teams platform:
BRK2463: Introduction to programmable voice and video in Microsoft Teams
Now that you have an idea of what Microsoft Ignite has to offer, it is important to determine which learning path(s) fits you best. To do this Microsoft has a role-based recommendation plan that includes not only break-out and theater sessions resources, but also recommended labs, certifications exams, hands-on workshops, and shared experiences like Immersion Zone. If you’re reading this article it is likely that you have some role using Microsoft Teams, so assuming this I’d recommend you check out the following Learning Paths:
Unified Communications Manager
Are you a veteran UC IT Pro? Do you support your organization’s Enterprise Voice infrastructure? If you answered “Yes” to either of those questions I’d recommend you check out this learning path. This learning path covers all things cloud voice/communications and shows you what the future of Intelligent Communications looks like, including the transition from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams. More info here!
Application Administrator – Teamwork
Let’s say you don’t only manage Teams or Skype for Business, but instead the entire enterprise teamwork and collaboration platforms (Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, OneDrive, Yammer). For best practices on how to leverage O365 teamwork products and services as well as deep dives into configuration, management, and customization check it out here.
User Productivity Manager
What if you are the Productivity Manager for your organization? Microsoft has you covered with your own dedicated learning path which covers the process of transitioning to Microsoft Office 365. As the internal stakeholder for all business process requirements and recommendations, it is important to understand what productivity tools to use. Follow this learning path if you’ll be the one working with IT to get these tools implemented and adopted throughout your organization. More info here!
As you can see, there is no lack of content for Microsoft Teams at Ignite, if anything it’s the exact opposite! Check back next week, as this is the most exciting time of the year for Microsoft and they will be releasing tons of exciting news of the new few days!