Getting on the FastTrack to Office 365 – User Group Talk

The NZ Microsoft Cloud & Infrastructure User Group met on 27 August and were treated to a walkthrough of Office 365 FastTrack hosted by MVP Brendon Ford. Microsoft will offer deployment planning and email migration service assistance to organizations who have 150 or more users and are wanting to move to Office 365. They will fund a planning…

#NZSPC Keynote getting the sketchnote treatment by Rebecca Jackson

At Australian SharePoint Conference (AUSPC), we were honoured to have Rebecca Jackson present her session "Melbourne Water Case Study: Engaging your Organisation in an Intranet Rebuild". Rebecca will be presenting this session again at New Zealand SharePoint Conference on 23 July, Day 2 of the conference. Rebecca will be sharing ANOTHER talent w…

Two Free Tickets, a Quest and a Conversation or Two

Everyone likes free stuff. Especially when it's almost worth $1000. The Australian and New Zealand SharePoint Conferences are fast approaching. Are you: Hoping to attend? Planning to attend? Still getting approval? Good news. If you can find your way through this simple quest, you may win an entry ticket to either AUSPC or NZSPC.…

I’m speaking at Australian SharePoint Conference 2014

As a late entry, I have been given the privilege of speaking at Australian SharePoint Conference 2014 | #AUSPC. "Office 365, User Adoption and What's-In-It-For-Me?" When organizations implement a new system they face two distinct challenges: How do I get this to work? How do I get my people to use it? As IT Professionals, we are more …

Best bits from TechEd NA – User Group presentation

TechEd North America ran 11 to 15 May, and there were a number of announcements, particularly for Microsoft Azure. Stu Fox lead this meeting The NZ Microsoft Cloud & Infrastructure User Group. He presented a summary of the best announcements, with a little help from Darrell Webster who covered the Office 365 announcements. 48 user group mem…

OneDrive for Business YamJam Recap

In short, read the YamJam for yourself. Join the Office 365 IT Pro Yammer External Network Search for the topic #OneDriveYJ OR Join the OneDrive YamJam group and look for the largest, most active thread there. It's probably at the top. This was my first YamJam and I found it an interesting experience. I'll blog separately about that. …

MVP Community Camp 2014 – Running more Interactive Lync meetings

MVP Community Camp in Auckland was a successful event and I had a lot of fun being a part of it. It was great to connect with other people interested in Microsoft technologies, devices and services. While I had the honour of presenting, I learned much from the other attendees, MVP's and Microsoft staff that presented. I was unable to record my …

#MaxOutLync 2 Lync Online meeting recap

Our second #MaxOutLync meeting was a great improvement on the first. I've outlined it using timestamps for the video so that you, the reader, can jump to the content you're interested in. To OneNote fans, I am presenting from OneNote and not PowerPoint. It's much more interactive. Attendees can contribute I can pinch zoom to certain po…

MVP Community Camp | 22-Mar | Live Event, Auckland, NZ

Register to attend the Microsoft MVP Community Camp Auckland event: Saturday 22 March 10am to 4.30pm | Microsoft Auckland Office, Level 5, 22 Viaduct Harbour Drive, Auckland Nobody enjoys death by PowerPoint.  I'll show you some simple tips to make your Lync Online meetings more interactive and engaging, using tools and features available i…

Max Out Lync 2

Our adventurous little #MaxOutLync experiment was a success. We learned much from our first Max Out Lync Online meeting and a number of people have asked me to run it again. When Wednesday, 12 Mar 9am PDT / UTC -7  In Your Timezone? Where Online at https://meet.lync.com/webstertech/darrell/ZQCJFVMF Interested? Register y…