Advance Program

Wednesday Keynotes


Keynote - Wow, Woo, Win: KM for Customer Delight

Wednesday, November 8: 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Our popular writers, speakers, and authors of Wow, Woo, Win: Service Design, Strategy & the Art of Customer Delight look at how customer experience and service design can enhance knowledge sharing and success in organizations. They discuss the importance of designing your organization around service and offer clear, practical strategies based on the idea that the design of services is markedly different than manufacturing. Our speakers share with you how to create “Aha” moments when the customer makes a positive judgment and how to avoid “Ow” moments. They provide tips on how you and customers create a bank of trust, fueled by knowledge of each other’s skills and preferences.


, Executive Director, National Center for the Middle Market, Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University

, President, Aerten Consulting


Keynote - Relevance Maturity Model: Revolutionizing With AI-Powered Search

Wednesday, November 8: 9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Everyone who engages with your organization is in search of something, whether it’s products, services, people, or support. Too much of their time is spent sifting through useless information. New advances in machine learning and AI technology, combined with contextual search, are finally bringing relevance to every interaction and are making knowledge management a key driver of real business results. See real- world examples of the impact that increased maturity has made on innovative companies. Learn actionable steps to start positively impacting your bottom line.


Keynote - Energizing Communities of Practice

Wednesday, November 8: 9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Communities of practice are a great way to develop expertise and innovation around specific interests. By infusing intelligence into many experiences and demonstrating some recent advances in Office 365 you’ll see how to leverage tacit and explicit knowledge in different ways as well as reuse and build upon the work of others. Our speaker has extensive experience in enterprise collaboration systems and currently leads intelligent search and discovery for Microsoft 365.  Expect lots of tips & examples for improving your KM initiatives.


, Director, Product Development, Microsoft Viva, Microsoft


Track 1: SharePoint's Role in Your Enterprise


Opening Keynote: SharePoint and Your New Digital Workplace

Wednesday, November 8: 10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Join RSG founder Tony Byrne for a strategic tour of the new, employee-centric digital workplace. Where does SharePoint and Office 365 fit in this new paradigm? How should you plan your investments for 2018? A fast-paced and provocative assessment.


, Founder, Real Story Group


Track 2: O365 Options & Best Practices


Sorting Through the Options to Connect & Collaborate in Office 365

Wednesday, November 8: 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Have you noticed that you now have multiple ways to connect and collaborate in Office 365? Teams, Groups, SharePoint, Yammer, Exchange—how do you provide guidance to your users so that they can make good choices? Too much choice can lead to chaos, while not enough choice can create too much friction for effective collaboration to happen. This session provides guidance and a framework to help you make the right choices for your organization so your users can get real work done in a hyper-connected world.


, President, Susan Hanley LLC and Intranet Consultant, Microsoft MVP


Still Playing Catch-Up? Assessing the State of Collaboration in Office 365

Wednesday, November 8: 1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

During the last decade, Microsoft has virtually transformed the collaboration space through the SharePoint, Exchange, and Skype foundation. Despite name changes and a horde of new products, has collaboration materially improved? Has Office 365 provided the right suite of products to demonstrate the productivity gains we all hope to achieve? During this session, Shawn Shell briefly explores the Office 365 suite and identifies real potential gains, as well as identifies challenges that still exist.


, Executive Advisor, Avanade


Tackling Adoption as a Service With Office 365

Wednesday, November 8: 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Office 365 provides an incredible amount of value to individual employees, teams, departments, and organizations. Much of this value is not realized immediately upon purchase or deployment of Office 365. The value is realized as more and more users understand, adopt, and embrace the technology. So how do we drive faster, sustainable and effective adoption? And, perhaps more importantly, how do we ensure our adoption approach scales and can keep up with the innovation the Office 365 service provides? Join Richard Harbridge as he shares real-world experience, advice, and activities that other customers are leveraging to get more from Office 365 and drive more meaningful adoption.


, CTO, 2toLead


Stump the SharePoint Guru

Wednesday, November 8: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

For those of you unfamiliar with this format, the concept is simple: Bring your toughest, thorniest, most intractable SharePoint conundrum or challenge, and a team of experienced SharePoint gurus will compete to offer you the best advice in 2 minutes or less. But there’s a twist … We use noise-canceling headphones to make sure the gurus can’t hear the answers that the other panelists give. Come and get insightful, likely controversial, and sometimes entertaining answers to your most pressing questions. The person deemed to have stumped the consultants the most will go home with their own noise-canceling headphones!


, Executive Advisor, Avanade

, CTO, 2toLead

, Workplace Experience Advisory, Avanade


, Managing Director & Analyst, Real Story Group

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