Evolve Conference 2018, formally UC Day, took place on September 10th at the National Conference Centre in Birmingham. The free Microsoft 365 and Azure event - focusing on Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business - is now in its fourth year and has become a leading source of information for IT Professionals investigating new technology.
This year, session speakers came from across the globe, including Technical Program Manager for Microsoft Teams Stuart McCarthy, Author of ‘Office 365 for IT Pros’ Tony Redmond, Skype for Business MVP Johan Delimon and Principal Cloud Architect Ståle Hansen. Hot topics included governance and compliance, Skype for Business server 2019 and security in the cloud; however, the predominant subject at the event was migration to Microsoft Teams.
Opening the conference with one of the first sessions of the morning, Stuart McCarthy of Microsoft teased some upcoming features and addressed one of the key questions around Microsoft’s collaboration platform: “Can you use Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams simultaneously?” – the answer being that there is still value in having both, at least while you start to make the transition.
“…if you’ve got any questions around meetings or around voice and you’re not sure about it yet, explore Teams for collaboration anyway…it’s a great product for getting people collaborating more closely together.”
– Stuart McCarthy, Technical Program Manager for Microsoft Teams
Whilst new innovative features continue to add value to Teams, there is still a lot of uncertainty around how to deploy and control it. In his session ‘Unravelling Microsoft Teams vs Skype for Business’, MVP Johan Delimon explained that every organisation will have a different roadmap, and reiterated that the platforms can be used side by side until Teams has been tailored to meet your organisation’s requirements.
Watch the interview with Johan Delimon below.
In one of the final closing sessions of the day, ‘Will Teams take over from email?’, Author Tony Redmond discussed the value of the ubiquitous email, and why it’s not going anywhere just yet. Tony also addressed ‘the nature of chat’ and the importance of training your workforce when introducing a new way of communicating. Breaking habits that clutter the platform will be key to supporting user adoption and maintaining order within the tool; these include common ‘rookie errors’ such as not adding a subject line to a conversation, starting a new conversation instead of hitting ‘Reply’ etc.
“There’s no doubt that Microsoft is putting a great deal of engineering and investment into developing new things for Teams… most importantly to leverage the entire breadth of Office 365.”
– Tony Redmond, Principal at Redmond & Associates
Speaking about the event, organiser Adam Gent of Enghouse Interactive said “we’ve had record attendance this year…it’s been a packed event.”
Having had such great attendance and feedback, the annual conference looks set to be held again in 2019 – we look forward to seeing you there!
Watch the interview with some of the event organisers below.
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