This workshop takes you through a journey of adopting Microsoft Teams as your collaboration gateway in Office 365. Learn how AvePoint, Microsoft and Combined Knowledge have worked with many global customers and Microsoft partners using teams as a key user engagement tool as part of your digital transformation strategy!


09:30 – 10:00 – Introduction and set the scene for Microsoft 365

What is Microsoft 365 and why does it matter? Get the inside track on the latest announcements from Microsoft 365.

10:00 – 11:00 – The Office 365 stack – When to use what – What makes Teams so special

Office 365 brings you a wide range of different apps that collectively form the ultimate productivity toolkit for your modern workplace. Learn how to integrate all of these apps using Microsoft Teams, bringing them all together in one place.

11:00 – 11.30 – Break

11:30 – 12:30 – Balancing control and adoption: how to drive user adoption while automating governance for Microsoft Teams

With so many collaboration tools to choose from nowadays—Microsoft Teams, Office 365 Groups, SharePoint, Exchange, Yammer—what should organisations use and when?

We shall discuss how to:

  • Improve user Collaboration while ensuring good governance in your modern workplace.
  • Enable your employees and teams to go beyond using Office 365 as a document repository.
  • Leverage Office 365’s full collaboration capabilities to deliver automated day-to-day services.
  • Learn how to right-size governance for your organisation with Office 365 and how you can prevent sprawl and ensure the right permissions and privacy settings while automating life-cycle, retention and expiration for documents and workspaces.

12:30 – 13:30 – Lunch

13:30 – 14:30 – Building a Collaboration solution around Teams / Groups and SharePoint

Caroline will share real world examples of how to use Teams to collaborate, plus sharing with external people, using Planner effectively, making the most of Tabs (including using SharePoint Document Libraries in Tabs) and a couple of gotchas everyone should look out for.

14:30 – 15:00 – Break

15:00 – 16:00 – Building a sustainable adoption program for Microsoft Teams and Office 365

Steve will share many years of experience in the business engagement space to help you get started with constructing a successful framework that will align to a long term strategy for maximising your investment with Office 365. Not only how to encourage users to adapt and adopt, but to ensure the knowledge and skills gained along the way are retained and remain effective.

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Microsoft Scotland, Waverley Gate, 2-4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EG

June 5, 9:30AM–4:00PM

Meet the experts in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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Steve Smith

Instructor and Microsoft Regional Director

Steven has been working with Microsoft Technology since DOS in the mid 80's and has been a Microsoft Certified Trainer since 1998 Training Windows NT 4, IIS 3 / 4, Exchange 5 and SQL 6.5 and involved in many Beta programs including Active Directory for Windows 2000 and Exchange 2000 as well as the SharePoint betas.

Steve started working with SharePoint in 2000 with the SharePoint 2001 beta and has been delivering teaching SharePoint classes and Education solutions ever since. Steve develops his own SharePoint and Office 365 Administrator courseware and his passion has always been to share his knowledge with others whilst specialising in Infrastructure technology for on premises, cloud and hybrid scenarios.

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Caroline Lee

Microsoft Office Trainer

An experienced Solutions Designer with a proven track record of measurable success at organisations of all sizes – including multi-nationals. Driven by a desire for an exceptional customer-experience, a qualified SharePoint designer and traditional web developer with extensive experience managing major Intranet projects. Particular areas of expertise include multi-site amalgamation and streamlining, requirements and business analysis, design proposals, technical development and end-to-end management of delivery - from project inception to service transition.

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Dan Paul

Solution Architect, AvePoint

Dan Paul has been an IT professional for over 18 years and has worked in all levels of the infrastructure service environment from service desk to regional infrastructure manager for Europe, Middle East, and Africa for one of the top 5 global digital marketing and ad agencies.

He has been working with Office 365 since the days of BPOS and personally migrated one of the first WPP subsidiary businesses to the wave 14 version of Exchange Online.

He has since worked with both SME service integration and large enterprise managed services businesses to help companies move to Office 365, including global travel companies, UK government departments, British food manufacturers, and European transportation conglomerates.