Thankfulness for the Microsoft Community: 3 Takeaways from #ESPC16

Guten Tag! 

We just had a fantastic time attending the 2016 European SharePoint Conference (ESPC) in Austria, which brings together the leading Microsoft SharePoint and Office 365 leaders from around the world – and more than 2,000 IT professionals from 50 countries – to network and learn best practices, tips, and tricks to continue driving business value with Microsoft technologies.  

I’ve had the pleasure of attending these industry events for the last decade on both sides of “the aisle” – both as an event producer and as a sponsor meeting with customers obtaining real-world feedback on the successes and challenges companies face transforming the way they work.  

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It’s an exciting time to be in the SharePoint and Office 365 community, and this year’s conference did not disappoint. From the 100+ sessions with the world’s leading thought leaders to compelling keynotes, it was eye-opening to see just how important driving adoption is to maximizing the potential Microsoft technologies offer.  

With Thanksgiving in the United States right around the corner, I left the conference with a great deal of thankfulness – for the community, for the camaraderie, and for the chance to continue furthering Content Panda’s mission to humanize the online user experience.  

Here are the three things for which I’m most thankful post-ESPC: 

  1. Advancing our Women in Technology global community: ESPC gave me the opportunity to present for the second consecutive year to a standing-room only room packed with amazing women from all around the world on Making Moments that Matter: The Impact of Embracing What Moves You. The Women in Technology community has never been stronger, and I was inspired by the fantastic work these women do day-in-and-day-out to continue having a lasting impact. To view my entire presentation, visit our website and also check out this great podcast I recorded with Paul Keijzers of Wortell.  
  2. Learning more about customer needs: These events are always a great way to sit face-to-face with the people who are using Microsoft technology every single day and find out how it’s really working. It was great to validate with Microsoft MVPs that they are also experiencing similar customer challenges and successes we see at Content Panda every day – particularly in terms of adopting, training, and promoting governance within SharePoint and Office 365. We also had the chance to learn more about how customers are reacting to updates in Power BI and Office 365 Groups as well as the newly introduced Microsoft Teams functionality.  
  3. Spreading our message of humanizing the SharePoint and Office 365 user experience: When ESPC attendees weren’t in training sessions or networking, they filled the exhibition hall and many visited us and our partner Powell 365 to learn more about how we can provide a holistic Office 365 solution for deployment, adoption, and training. Stay tuned as we will have more news coming out about the work our two companies are doing to accelerate Office 365 adoption, transforming the way companies collaborate and drive business value 

For those of you who didn’t have a chance to visit us in lovely Vienna, don’t miss out on how you can breathe new life into your SharePoint or Office 365 deployment with Content PandaWe’re ready and able to work with you to make your vision a reality. Book a demo with us today and let us show you how we can help.  

Written by Co-Founder and CMO Heather Newman

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