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Microsoft Ignite 2017 Session details Live: 34 Session related to Skype for Business including Server vNext


We’re getting closer to Microsoft Ignite which this year is September 25 – 29, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. The provisional session details are now live. It’s always interesting to glimpse at what the Skype for Business related sessions will be and sometimes get some hints of what’s coming.

Modality Systems will be at Ignite, hope to see you there.

Currently there are 34 Skype related sessions.

Some interesting highlights include:

Plan your UC refresh correctly: Skype for Business on-premises vNext

Learn where we are making investments in Skype for Business Server vNext and how to decide where Microsoft Teams, on-premises and hybrid play roles in meeting your strategic goals for *your* business realities and for *your* users.

Is the Cloud PBX right for you?

Cloud Voice powered by Skype for Business is an integral part of Microsoft Office 365. This overview session is the session for all things related to Cloud Voice in Office 365, and will give you insight in the feature set and roadmap of Microsoft’s Cloud PBX and PSTN Calling so you can evaluate how this matches the needs of the different types of users in your company. With the help of this session you will be able to decide on if you need to stay on-premises with Skype for Business Server vNext or what is the right moment when you can move your voice workload to the Cloud.

Skype for Business Call Queues and Auto Attendant: A deep dive, including hybrid scenarios

Learn how to design, provision, and use Call Queues and Auto Attendant in a range of topologies, online and hybrid.

Transfer your number to Skype for Business: Notes from the field

Understand how number porting works behind the scene; the challenges; and learn how to set your organization up for successful outcomes in transferring phone numbers to Skype for Business Online.

Call quality management for Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams

Learn about the tools offered to manage, understand, and analyze Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams call quality and reliability. This includes tools available for Tier1 helpdesk roles as well as the voice expert and other admin roles.

ABC: How we moved our company to the Microsoft Cloud PBX

In this panel, companies of different sizes share their experiences in moving their telephony infrastructure to Skype for Business Online in Office 365. They explain why they chose the Cloud PBX and what challenges they overcame to keep the phone ringing for their users without any hiccups.


There are also some interesting Microsoft Teams sessions planned, including:

Microsoft Teams and Yammer: Velocity meets community

Tired of “what to use when”? Stop in for a refreshing dose of “HOW and WHY” and judge if it’s right for you. Simon Denton of Mott MacDonald and Melanie Hohertz of Cargill are intensely practical Microsoft MVPs with strong opinions and real-world strategies for combining Teams and Yammer. Let’s talk about getting value from velocity, community, and serendipity in a variety of governance models, and help you walk out with a plan!

Building apps for Microsoft Teams

Learn how your customers can integrate their own app or service with Microsoft Teams through bots, tabs, and connectors – whether they are developing custom apps for their enterprise or SaaS applications for teams around the world.

Create engaging workflows inside Outlook and Microsoft Teams conversations with Actionable Messages

This past year was huge for Microsoft conversations platform and we’re excited to share new capabilities as well as what’s on the roadmap. You can build mature workflows and experiences that let users seamlessly run their business in Microsoft Outlook and Teams across Windows, Web, mobile and Mac. See the latest integrations our partners have built to engage their users and how customers are leveraging them to jumpstart productivity.

Hope to see you there


About the author

Tom Arbuthnot

A Microsoft MVP and Microsoft Certified Master, Tom Arbuthnot is Principal Solutions Architect at Microsoft Collaboration specialists Modality Systems.

Tom stays up to date with industry developments and shares news and his opinions on his blog, Microsoft Teams Podcast and email list. He is a regular speaker at events around the world.


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