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About the RedBus

The AvePoint RedBus came to life with the purpose of bringing Microsoft MVPs to the Microsoft community, reaching those who otherwise wouldn’t have access to the knowledge, expertise, and networking of events like SharePoint Saturdays. The RedBus’ maiden voyage was October 2016, and we are giving back to the community again this year in South Africa. From Johannesburg to Cape Town, the RedBus full of MVPs and cloud experts will make 3 stops along the way to present the latest and greatest around Office 365, SharePoint, and Azure.

The Microsoft community is important to AvePoint, and we want to give all community members the opportunity to attend a SharePoint Saturday. So, we bring the Microsoft MVPs and international speakers to you.

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GET TO KNOW Our Experts Onboard

Christian Buckley

Christian Buckley

Founder & CEO, CollabTalk

@buckleyplanet

About Me:

  • 7-time Office Servers and Services MVP
  • Internationally-recognized technology evangelist and collaboration expert
  • Co-author of books on both SharePoint and software configuration management (SCM), and can be found online at www.buckleyplanet.com
Warren Marks

Warren Marks

Enterprise Sales Executive, South Africa, AvePoint

@MarksWazza

About Me:

  • 17 years of experience in IT across multiple industries
  • Delivered multiple complex Microsoft projects for large clients, both public sector and commercial
  • Responsible for sales and project delivery of services across the Microsoft stack as well as specialised software packages
Johan Myburgh

Johan Myburgh

Strategic Consultant, AvePoint

@SayediMac

About Me:

  • 20 years experience in IT sector
  • Passionate trainer for Microsoft SharePoint within the Microsoft Community
  • Specialises on enterprise content management (ECM) and business process management (BPM) in and around SharePoint and Office 365
Alistair Pugin

Alistair Pugin

Productivity Evangelist, Britehouse

@AlistairPugin

About Me:

  • Office Servers MVP
  • Assist companies with designing their SharePoint environment using “best of breed”, proven methodologies
  • Strives to provide customers with a platform for Business Productivity
Tracy van der Schyff

Tracy van der Schyff

Office 365 Coach & Catalyst, The Guid Stuff (Pty) Ltd

@tracyvds

About Me:

  • Passionate about empowering people
  • Training and change management lie close to my heart
  • My mission is to positively impact WHAT and HOW people create, as I believe that what we design / create, designs / creates us back (Ontological Design)
Jonty Collins

Jonty Collins

Channel Director, AvePoint Australia

@JontyCollins

About Me:

  • 20 Years of IT experience in various fields ranging from End User Training, Development, Presales, Sales and Channel Management
  • Always been interested in End User Productivity and Collaboration
  • Live by the mantra of “there has got to be a better way” and love being able to help identify what that might be
Jody Roberts

Jody Roberts

Principal Consultant, Northern Data

@Jody_WP

About Me:

  • SQL Server MVP specialising in SQL Server Architecture, DR and server optimisation
  • Serves as a PASS Regional Mentor responsible for the Middle East & Africa.
  • Chapter lead of the SQLCape user group and Co-lead of the PASS Cloud Virtual Chapter.

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Increasing Engagement through Microsoft Teams

While Office 365 adoption continues to grow, some organizations struggle to get employees past the email and OneDrive basics. Microsoft Teams is a new way to focus on collaboration, giving project teams and individuals the flexible features they need to get work done, while providing administrators with the security and governance controls required by the business. This presentation introduces Microsoft Teams, demonstrating a number of productivity features that will have an immediate effect on employee adoption and engagement.

40 Ways that Microsoft 365 Can Deliver Productivity Wins

Most people understand the core capabilities of Windows and Office: they can log in, access email, upload documents to OneDrive, join in discussions via Skype or Yammer. But are there features that can help you unlock personal or team productivity? This presentation walks through 40 features within the Microsoft 365 offering (Office 365, Windows 10, mobility + security features) that can help end users and their teams unlock untapped productivity and get the most out of Microsoft 365.

Christian Buckley

Speaker: Christian Buckley

Founder & CEO, CollabTalk

Technology Adoption while achieving Compliance in a Digital Workplace

We know that driving user adoption is key to information management success, but achieving this while balancing organisational requirements and IT tasks is an ever-mounting challenge. How can you achieve compliance by stealth? Warren will showcase how to achieve compliance while meeting your organisation’s requirements with little to no impact to the end user.

Warren Marks

Speaker: Warren Marks

Enterprise Sales Executive – South Africa, AvePoint

Taxonomy in a hybrid SharePoint and Office 365 world

With many organisations still using on-premises SharePoint environments, most companies are at least testing the water with cloud and/or hybrid solutions with Office 365. Traditional taxonomy on premises relates to file-plan and organisational structures and hierarchies. Office 365 brings a different approach to collaboration with flat structures brought to the fore by Office 365 Groups and most recently traction around Microsoft Teams. Widespread often reckless adoption of these Office 365 components follows more of a Folksonomy approach than that of a taxonomy and often the mapping between the two get blurred. In this session Johan will cover the more traditional taxonomy structures in SharePoint for on Premise and online implementations along with guidance around hybrid deployments and cloud only requirements.

Blockchain - Why the hype?

Everyone know about Bitcoin, but few people know about its underpinning technology – blockchain. What is it? Is it safe? Is everything visible to everyone? This session will cover blockchain as a bleeding edge technology, what we could do with it and what Microsoft is doing in this space in Azure. We will look at use cases and high level architecture along with ways Microsoft is making developing blockchain solutions easier.

Johan Myburgh

Speaker: Johan Myburgh

Strategic Consultant, AvePoint

Getting to Grips with Office 365 Groups

Office 365 Groups is a service that connects Microsoft’s function specific applications to each other so that organisations are able to connect people across the collection of resources. Groups form the proverbial glue behind the scenes that provide information created for the group, across the applications that site on top of the group. In this session we cover:

Understanding Groups is critical to the success of using the application resources provided within Office 365 effectively as everything starts with a group. Both Office 365 users and administrator will be able to successfully deploy, manage and protect solutions built on top of Office 365 groups.

Alistair Pugin

Speaker: Alistair Pugin

Productivity Evangelist, Britehouse

The impact of digital literacy on Office 365 user adoption

In this age of digital disruption we should take a step back and have the digital literacy discussion. The elephant in the room, so to speak. We might have to change our thought process around training and empowering people. This session covers:

Equipped with the insights listed above, consultants, change management professionals, and managers will have the necessary information to ensure that the move to the cloud fosters productivity enrichment, growth and that acceptable user adoption is achievable.

Tracy van der Schyff

Speaker: Tracy van der Schyff

Office 365 Coach & Catalyst, The Guid Stuff (Pty) Ltd

Optimising SQL for SharePoint

Even though companies are moving to the cloud, certain applications will still remain on premise.

In this SQL Performance, Availability and tuning optimisations for SharePoint Server session we explore what needs to be done in order to ensure that your SharePoint performance matches that of the cloud and how to provide the uptime required for users to stay connected 24/7.

Tracy van der Schyff

Speaker: Jody Roberts

Principal Consultant, Northern Data