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Supporting Innovation and Our Foundation at Microsoft Ignite 2015 and Beyond

With our biggest show of the year, Microsoft Ignite, just a little more than a month away, it’s clear that the SharePoint market is still thriving. (Yes, of course we’re doing the RED Party again this year! To find out how you can skip the lines and get VIP access, please read our blog post on the topic.)

Microsoft expects more than 15,000 business and technology decision makers, IT influencers, and administrators to take over the McCormick Convention Center in Chicago, IL, from May 4-8. Clearly, there is still a large, thriving community for SharePoint and Office 365. Microsoft is still extremely committed to the evolution of Microsoft SharePoint as well, making it clear that it is investing in its server and online versions of SharePoint to ensure customers can “take advantage of cloud innovation on their terms,” according to a blog post from Julia White, general manager for the Office Product Management team.

In kind, our DocAve Software Platform is our flagship solution for a reason: It is our heritage, and it is still a very large part of our present. Our infrastructure management platform is the foundation for how we enable enterprise collaboration. Sometimes, people and companies lose sight of where they came from in the hurried sprint to go where they believe they need to go. Yes, there is a tremendous need to innovate and push and evolve. That will never go away. However, if you don’t have a firm foundation in place to begin with and know your roots, you won’t be able to stand firm when the challenges and disruptions of change sweep through.

We’ve spent the last few years aggressively adding features and functionality in mobility, productivity, governance, and compliance to help our customers truly enable enterprise collaboration in every way possible across platforms and devices. While we’ve had our eyes on the future of connected systems, industry events like Microsoft Ignite are a great reminder – for ourselves, our customers, and our partners – of where our foundation lies.

I’m excited to hear the latest announcements about SharePoint and Office 365; excited to meet with our customers to hear their success stories and address their concerns; and I’m excited to share our very compelling, end-to-end story for the SharePoint market. The combination of the industry’s first and only Azure-based SaaS platform for Office 365, AvePoint Online Services – servicing 2 million users today – as well as robust on-premises, cloud, and hybrid SharePoint management through a single platform and interface with DocAve 6 Service Pack 5 uniquely positions AvePoint to be the long-term, trusted partner necessary to drive real change for companies using SharePoint. The fact that our average customer relationship is longer than seven years is a testament to our model of integrated long term engagement to better help and service our customers in today’s highly disruptive technology market place.

I encourage you to visit our website and check out our Spotlight on Cloud campaign. There’s a lot of buzz around cloud, but what does that really mean? After helping 2 million Office 365 users and 13,000 enterprises on their SharePoint journey – whether they move all-in, adopt a hybrid model, or decide to stay on-premises – we see it in three phases:

  • Consideration: Whether you’re an IT admin or a business owner, you have a lot of questions to consider before you decide to use cloud computing. We have a range of resources that help you navigate that journey.
  • Migration: If you decide to move to the cloud, how do you get there? What should you keep on premises and what should you move to the cloud? What is the best way to classify, tag, and orchestrate data movement, retention, and defensible data-destruction during the migration process?  We’ll share best practices for helping you get content to the cloud smoothly and securely.
  • Management: How do you get buy-in and manage your SharePoint Online deployment? How does that play with your existing on-premises SharePoint deployment if you have one? These are all questions we’ll answer and provide resources so you can be confident you’ll maximize the return on investment for SharePoint.

I hope that I see many of you at Microsoft Ignite – I look forward to catching up and sharing how we continue to help you use SharePoint in a more sustainable, secure, and productive way.

TJ
TJ
Dr. Tianyi Jiang (TJ) co-founded AvePoint in 2001 and has served as the organization's Chief Executive Officer since 2005. TJ is responsible for overall strategy and direction of AvePoint, which includes product innovation, investor relations, and business development. He is focused on delivering value to customers, partners, shareholders, and the AvePoint team, every day. A recipient of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award in New Jersey in 2010, TJ received both B.S. and master’s in electrical and computer engineering from Cornell University, and a Master of Philosophy and PhD in Data Mining from Department of Information Systems, Operations Management, and Statistics, Stern School of Business, New York University.

20 COMMENTS

  1. I am interested to see how much focus there will be on SharePoint during Ignite, and also although the cloud is thriving I am hoping there will be some sessions around on-prem and it’s future (if any).

  2. I agree with you Karin, interested to see how much focus will be on SharePoint, in the session catalogue it looks like the focus is shifting from SharePoint to only handle cloud aspects. Might be that this is the furture but many clients still have on premise and is not ready for a cloud based solution so hope there is some focus on this.

    • I think this is the path we have with MS. They are investing heavily in the cloud and the on prem stuff will take a back seat in the showcases but will still be around. IMO, their paradigm has shifted from developing for on prem and fitting it to the cloud to developing for the cloud and retrofitting it to fit the traditional on prem model. Times they are a changin.

    • Yes, Dux Raymond Sy has presentation session; we will also be running sessions at our booth. look forward to see you at Ignite!

  3. When I stop by the booth, I’ll be interested in seeing ways that we can justify cloud migrations when we have so many of the resources in-house to handle the load. It is a challenge when attempting to build a use case for the cloud to overcome those types of objections.

    • Hi Sean,
      are you referring to the need for migration solutions from on-prem to cloud; or are you referring to building a use case of the cloud? on the former, there are many solutions that can help you in the market; on the latter, it’s a journey. the market is moving towards a cloud and mobile productivity world, but in reality, every firm will need to take their take to make decisions that’s right for their business. you may start with a hybrid story today where what you have in the cloud is more external facing, or more conducive to a mobile workforce; where as what you have on-prem is your current legacy systems or product systems that’s business critical. but the trend is clear; with cloud you get scalability and pay as you go (OpEx) so in theory, if implemented properly, going cloud can fit the dynamic nature of many of today’s business much better.

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