21 Nov 2019 by Mike Weaver
How to Identify Influencers and Drive Change
Mike and MJ discuss the necessity of identifying influencers to help drive change in your organization.
We’re nearing that time of year again, where 25,000 keen IT Pros, Microsoft Partners, MVPs, Office 365 enthusiasts and more congregate for the biggest technical event of the year, Microsoft Ignite.
You may be attending to accelerate your skills in AI, Teams or Exchange. Or maybe you’re there because you want to hear the monumental announcements of the year that everyone’s been waiting for, straight from the Product Owners themselves in a setting not dissimilar a live show (actual footage sometime circa 1995).
With over 1000 sessions available to attend, it’s safe to say Ignite has something for everyone. In this article, we’ll take a deep-dive into the event, our top tips and tricks, and what to keep your eyes peeled for whilst your there.
Quadrotech is no stranger to Microsoft Ignite, and many of our Office 365 experts are seasoned veterans of the collaborative event. Some have been going for too many years to count, others since the event has been held in the OCCC in Orlando, Florida – Ignite’s home for the past 2 years. With that experience, comes a lot of lessons on how to get the most out of your trip.
Greg Jones, Director of Global Presales at Quadrotech, has attended Ignite somewhere between five and ten times. Yep, he’s actually lost count of how many times he’s been.
Greg looks forward to meeting his customers because a predominant part of his role is ensuring they get the solution they need. Here, he gets to listen to their feedback, so he can continuously build upon the performance of the organization.
Another key reason Greg keeps returning to this event is the takeaways from sessions. Unsurprisingly at Ignite 2018, there was a huge focus on Microsoft Teams. So, in light of that information, he and his team implemented this into our own product strategy to ensure we’re continuously moving at the same pace as Microsoft in their rapid development.
An outcome of this is our Delegation and Policy Control functionality in our latest product Nova, which makes it easier to manage Microsoft Teams. For example, you can now: create new teams, modify settings on existing Teams, add or remove Channels, add or remove members of Teams and create logical groups of Teams and perform actions on the whole group. You can find out more in this independent technical review by MVP Dominik Hoefling.
Some of Greg’s other top tips for Microsoft Ignite 2019 include:
Doug Davis, Product Manager of Reporting & Analytics at Quadrotech, has also attended Microsoft Ignite many, many times and exclaims ‘Office 365 has been on fire’ over the past few years. The main part of Doug’s role is making Office 365 easier to use, manage and report on. So, it comes as no surprise that Doug is looking forward to attending sessions and announcements.
Doug particularly looks forward to Ignite because it’s the one time of year everyone is together. Meaning there are countless opportunities to collaborate with our customers, partners and other companies. It’s great because everyone can toss up their ideas, discuss what they want to do and ‘bring it all together’.
A top tip from our Reporting & Analytics expert Doug is:
Emma and Petra both work in our Marketing team and are the fuel behind the fire at Quadrotech’s booth 841. Emma is the Brand and Content Director at Quadrotech, and Petra is a Marketing Executive and manages the Customer Marketing division and also our brilliant videos.
Both have attended numerous Ignite events, and although they don’t work directly in the Product teams, they are just as eager to see what Microsoft has to offer each year. It’s also a great opportunity to hear the ‘general consensus’ of the event and see what topics are on the IT professionals’ horizons.
At a previous Ignite, they heard a lot of hype around ‘Office 365 adoption’ and how it can be a tricky task in larger organizations. Based on this feedback, we were able to incorporate a solution to this into our latest SaaS management platform, Nova. You can find out more about our Adoption Accelerator feature here or come and find us at the event.
So, what else are our Marketers looking forward to?
Emma is really looking forward to meeting the Practical 365 community in person. Our independent sister-site has a fleet of MVP’s who produce technical, thought-leadership blogs and videos on all things Office 365.
Petra is excited to catch up with any Quadrotech customers attending Ignite, to get product feedback and better understand their needs. She is also a videographer and an expert at capturing great content, so stay tuned for daily posts on the technical highlights from that day. Here’s a sneak peek of what to expect.
Top tips from the marketing team include:
So we’ve gained some great tips and tricks from some of the Quadrotech team attending this year, but there are still plenty more top tips for Microsoft Ignite:
Come and see us! Quadrotech will be there in usual fashion at Booth 841 with our infamous bulls and plenty of prizes to be won.