Speaking at SPBiz, the SharePoint Business Conference

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Over 60 sessions in 2 days (June 17th & 18th 2015), SPBiz Conference is bringing insights and knowledge to help your business benefit from SharePoint, wherever you are. If you want to get the most out of your SharePoint platform, this is conference is for you. Free to attend as a delegate, bringing influential speakers and direction setters in the SharePoint community directly to your device.

I’m glad to be one of SPBiz speakers, below is more information about my session:

Title: Light Up Your Intranet with 10 Cool Apps

Description: SharePoint is the intranet platform of choice and one of the most commonly-used tools of organizations. Users uses Intranets to find the information they need to perform their day-to-day functions, from HR to Help Desk Wikis to Travel Request forms, and much more. Attend this session to discover 10 cool SharePoint / Office 365 apps (Add-ins) that can be used to boost team & personal productivity, help your workforce cut back on meetings and email chains and get the different teams within the organization to work together in flexible and collaborative workspaces to get things done wherever, whenever.

Day: Wednesday, June 17th – Time: 9 – 10pm (Dubai Time)

Location: Online

More information about my session here.

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New MVA Courses for Office 365: ProPlus Deployment & Enterprise Mobility Suite

This is a quick note to let you know that a couple of new interesting MVA Courses has just been published:

Office 365 ProPlus Deployment for IT Pros

The goal of this course is for the audience to learn about the IT Pro deployment features of Office 365 ProPlus, such as licensing and activation, Click-to-Run, Office Telemetry, and building App-V packages. Join us as we deliver demo-rich sessions that discuss these topics, first as an overview and then more in depth. Come hear how these new IT investments make upgrading Office a lot easier, faster, and economical. Take the course from here.

Expanding Office 365 with Enterprise Mobility Suite

If you want to take advantage of the Office 365 Enterprise Mobility Suite, be sure to take this course. Learn to provide access and protections to your users, and explore the enterprise management features you’d expect from any enterprise mobility management solution. Take the course from here.

New SharePoint CSOM Package for Office 365

Yesterday, Microsoft has announced the availability of a new SharePoint CSOM package version for Office 365. You can find the latest CSOM package for the cloud from the NuGet gallery with an id of ‘Microsoft.SharePointOnline.CSOM’.

Here are the key changes in the released assemblies. Main changes are related on level up with the on-premises CSOM which has been gradually updated during previous CUs.

  • Manage regional settings of a site
  • Manage language settings of a site
  • Manage auditing settings of a site
  • Control advance settings for document sets
  • Support for upcoming enhanced migration APIs
  • Control sandbox solution settings in site collection level
  • Secondary contact in site collection level
  • Sharing settings

Know-Your-Tech: SQL Server & Power BI Event – Dubai, UAE

SQL Server and power BI session on 27th April at Microsoft Office, Dubai Internet City

If you are an IT Professional and looking for a breakthrough performance to accelerate your organization’s business and enable new, transformational scenarios; or if you want to see how to create dashboards, reports and also explore new Power BI Designs. This is the session for you. REGISTER NOW!

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Office 365 MVP for another Year!

I’m super excited to announce that my MVP status has been renewed for another year making me one of the few worldwide to maintain the status for 6 years in a row (4 for SharePoint Server & 2 for Office 365).

The MVP award was a remarkable milestone in my career as well as my personal life. It gave me the opportunity to reach, influence and empower thousands of people across the globe, network with extremely genius IT professionals, engage with different product groups in Redmond, and fly to 25+ cities across 4 different continents for consulting opportunities, speaking engagements, product launches, etc…

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The amazing thing about the MVP program, is it’s an award, not a credential. It’s always great being associated with such a smart and influential community, it’s something that I appreciate a great deal.

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Last but not least, I would like to thank my family, my Office 365 community friends, the amazing MEA MVP Community,  my blog followers, all those who attended my sessions and all those who helped me progress in my career. Without you guys, I would have never been able to achieve anything.

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Azure ExpressRoute connectivity to Office 365

Yesterday, Microsoft Office Division made an announcement that starting later this year, Office 365 customers will be able to use Azure ExpressRoute to establish a private, managed connection to Office 365. This is something Microsoft customers have been asking for since ExpressRoute launched last year. Currently, ExpressRoute provides customers with dedicated network connectivity through a private connection from their network to Microsoft Azure, and Microsoft has decided to take this to the next level by extending the same option for connectivity to Office 365.

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For the full announcement, please check http://blogs.office.com/2015/03/17/announcing-azure-expressroute-connectivity-to-office-365/

Increasing opportunities for JavaScript developers on the Office 365 platform

Last Friday, Microsoft announced new capabilities to allow JavaScript developers to interact with the Office 365 APIs.

The OneDrive for Business and Sites APIs now have cross-origin resource sharing (CORS) support and Mail/Calendar/Contacts are coming soon. As more Office 365 API endpoints come online for services they will also support this including Office Graph, Yammer, Video Portal, Skype and content services.

Developers now have the choice to call the Office 365 APIs from the server-side or client-side. This means developers can write single page applications, which have a better user experience and better performance, because they don’t have to proxy all their calls through a server-side façade service.

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Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode on ALM with Office 365 Development

In episode 31 of the Office 365 Developer Podcast, Jeremy Thake (Senior Product Manager @ Microsoft) speaks to Vesa Juvonen about Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) with Office 365 Development. Vesa shares what they have been doing with the Office 365 Patterns & Practices initiative with regard to ALM as well as what his core customers that he works with are doing. He also talks about different options for dev/test/prod environments for Office 365 too.

Download podcast from here.

Also, a couple of my ALM posts that I posted last year along with other extremely helpful posts have been featured in the post. For ALM enthusiasts, I would highly recommend listening to the podcast and checking its featured posts.

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Quick-Hit Technology Thoughts from a Territory Manager @ Nintex, Microsoft Regional Director and 6x Microsoft MVP