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Day 1 at Office 365 Engage

20 Jun 2017 by emma.robinson

Today is the first day of Office 365 Engage. With three speaker slots lined up, an exhibitor spot (we’re at booth #15, come see us), as well as loads of sessions that I want to attend too, it’s going to be an exciting week. Here’s why I’ve been looking forward to Office 365 Engage, as well as a brief overview of what you can expect if you make it to one of my sessions, or the one I’m presenting with Vasil Michev.
This morning, Tony Redmond presented his keynote for the event. He explored the journey Office 365 has taken since its launch six years ago, and where it’s heading in the next 12 months. I don’t know about you, but those six years feel more like six minutes. As companies migrated and adopted the technology, gradually, sometimes partially, and usually workload by workload, it’s easy to see these services as separate entities bundled together in one platform, some used, some unused. But once you begin to work across these tools, and see the intelligent interplay between them, and the way that this integration can make tasks easier, quicker, and smarter, that’s when you’re really going to see the value of this eco-system.
And that’s the theme of the event. It’s about seeing Office 365 as the cohesive eco-system that it is, and taking a holistic approach to the technology in order to improve your management and administration of Office 365, as well as your user’s productivity and experience. And that’s why I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in store, as well as talking to (and learning from) as many Office 365 enthusiasts as possible!
If you’re at the event, and you still haven’t decided which sessions you’re attending, here’s what I’ll be talking about. Drop in if you’re interested.
My first session is all about Data Governance – a topic that is always at the forefront of successful Office 365 administration and management. I’ll be exploring the Office 365 Security and Compliance Center, talking through some of the important configurations, capabilities, and advising on the best ways to ensure you and your legal teams work together to maintain compliance in Office 365. This session is today at 16:00 – 17:15 in Room B.
Tomorrow, we’ll be talking about data: something that Office 365 pushes out in huge abundance. The session is focused on data generated by Office 365 activities, and how this information can be used to understand and protect your environment. We will take a look at how auditing events are generated, collected and stored within Office 365. Then, we’ll dissect a couple of audit events to look more closely at the information that you receive within them. Finally, we will look at how audit data can be searched and exported from Office 365, including the built in Audit Log Search and ASM tools, PowerShell, the management activity API and OMS. The session runs from 14:45 – 16:00 in Room D.
Last but not least, fellow MVP Vasil Michev and I will be co-hosting a session on smart email migration. Mail items often accumulate in places that are hard to find, access, and manage, and this can make a migration project much more complex than it might initially seem. This session will shine a light on the darkest corners of email migration. We’ll demonstrate how you can use Microsoft tools and third-party services to support the discovery, classification and management of your email data, before bringing it into your Office 365 efficiently and successfully. If you’re planning an email migration, and want to know more about some of the potential challenges, make sure you join us tomorrow at 13:15 – 14:30 in Room B.
If you’re at Office 365 Engage this week, I hope you enjoy the sessions, the Dutch sunshine, and everything in between – and if you want to chat, make sure you come visit us at our stand (#15).