Stefan Osterkamp’s personal playlist for ESPC20 Online

Stefan Osterkamp, Business Development Manager, Microsoft Solutions d.velop AG,

Wow, over 100 exciting sessions and two days of workshops that offer the opportunity to explore new topics in depth. The whole thing is pre-rented and presented by the people who are responsible for the products themselves or who are well-known experts in their fields. But it is not so easy to decide.   

I, Stefan Osterkamp from d.velop in Germany, have compiled the highlights of my personal playlist for the ESPC week here:   

Pre & Post Conference Tutorials  

My top picks for Monday 14th are as follows:

Working with Microsoft Lists  

Lists is a new product in the Microsoft 365 platform. It offers great possibilities to organize yourself or your team quickly and easily. Prefabricated list templates for recurring tasks, a deep integration in teams or the combination with the power platform offer the suitable possibility for extremely many requirements in the professional everyday life.   

Mark Kashman is directly responsible for the product as product manager at Microsoft and can therefore give first-hand tips and tricks. That he can transport content to others well, he proves regularly with the “Intrazone Podcast”.   

Wednesday 14th are as follows:

Project Cortex: Knowledge Discovery and Content Intelligence in Microsoft 365

Project Cortex turns the information stored and processed in Microsoft 365 into usable knowledge. The first product released a few days ago was SharePoint Syntex. It enables content in files or images to be automatically recognized and categorized. This helps, for example, to identify the relevant aspects in a contract or the important key points of an invoice. Based on the recognized information, metadata can be assigned, and business processes can be started automatically. This enables many new use cases in the Microsoft 365 environment. Further products have already been announced within the framework of Project Cortex, so there will certainly be an outlook on what lies beyond.   

Chris McNulty and Naomi Moneypenny have been working for many months towards the release of the first product and are certainly the first people to talk to about this topic.   

10 Ways to Apply Office 365 Retention Labels to Meet your Retention Needs

Retention Labels offer exciting possibilities in the Microsoft 365 environment, which in my opinion, wrongly, are not yet known to many. With the help of Retention Labels, retention policies can be linked to content. This can, for example, be a basis for revision security in the Microsoft 365 environment.   

Few people are as deeply involved in this environment as Joanne Klein.

KEYNOTE: Microsoft 365 Collaboration Update
 This choice is probably no surprise. Jeff Teper is the father of SharePoint and responsible for teams, OneDrive and SharePoint at Microsoft.  He sums up where the applications stand today and will certainly be able to give an outlook on what we can expect in the coming months.

Thursday also offers some very interesting sessions:

Transforming the City of London Corporation
 The City of London has been relying on Microsoft 365 for some time now. As part of the implementation project, many previously used systems for intranet or ECM had to be replaced and migrated to M365. Zoe Wilson will report first-hand on the experiences and lessons learned

Search Where You’re Already Working with Microsoft Search: Vision, Strategy, Roadmap
 Microsoft Search enables information to be found quickly inside and outside of M365, regardless of the application from which it originally came or where it is stored. At the same time, Search integrates in many places with the applications I use every day, so that I, as a user, can easily take advantage of the possibilities. Robin Thomas and Kathrine Hammervold report first-hand what exciting things we can expect to see here in the future.

Personal Productivity Insights in Microsoft 365 – Enhancing Employee Wellbeing  
 In recent months, work has changed radically – the new “new normal”. With the high percentage of people who work remotely from home, new challenges in terms of stress reduction and well-being have also come along. Mircosoft integrates exciting possibilities in M365 that helps to make personal work more pleasant and at the same time more productive. Malavika Rewari and Sumati Ahuja report first-hand about their experiences at Microsoft and the new possibilities that M365 offers.


Expertise & Knowledge Networks: Microsoft’s Vision for a Successful Knowledge System In Your Organization
 If you didn’t get enough information about knowledge management with Project Cortex on Wednesday, you can use this session with Naomy Moneypenny to dive deep into the possibilities that Cortex will create in the future!

Workshop on Friday

Introduction to Information Architecture: How to Organize an Awesome Intranet
 Many intranets suffer from outdated content and a confusing structure. Susan Hanley gives tips and best practices on how to better structure your intranet so that it can be used successfully within the company.

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