You have numerous SharePoint and Office 365 conferences around the whole globe, from meetups to SharePoint Saturdays to paid national and international events. I submitted sessions for the previous SharePoint Adriatic’s but couldn’t make it. But this time “de kogel is door het kerk” (Flemish saying J): I’m proud, humbled and excited to announce you that I’ll be speaking at the European Collaboration Summit. If I must resume ECS to people whom never heard about the conference, that would be:
ECS is the biggest community-driven & non-profit conference focusing on Microsoft’s products Office365, Azure, SharePoint, Exchange, Skype and Project from Europe that brings an incredible speakers line-up from the whole globe for a very affordable price in the heart of Europe.
The conference venue is Rheingold Halle, a congress center located in Mainz downtown, within walking distance to all major places in Mainz and the price is 180€ for a full conference pass. If the location and price still did not convince you here is why you should attend ECS:
Learn industry trends and how they’re implemented
Conferences such as ECS2018 specializes in finding subject matter experts and top-notch speakers for their sessions, because the speaker comity is from the ecosystem itself. So, you by default know that the quality is spectacular. Attending the event and learning about the latest trends and how they’re being implemented gives you something valuable to bring back, and possible apply, to your own work.
Learn latest trends, techniques and strategies from the leading industry experts
Up-to-date products and services, current and emerging trends in the Microsoft 365 stack, new technology and tools are exclusively discussed at the European Collaboration Summit. The creativity at these events is unreal(!), so don’t let outdated information hold you back in your projects and day-to-day operations. Find out how they have implemented those big changes to support the strategic goals of their organization
Knowledge that benefit all in your organization – and not only for collaboration
One of the major reasons why people attend ECS is because it offers multiple tracks. It is designated to make our self, more valuable to our companies by acquiring knowledge of other tools that valuable to our projects or customers. If you want to move into Project, from an Exchange Ecosystem (as an example) ECS2018 offers the information, the know-how, the examples and the business network of people who can help you make it happen.
Meet the community leaders, ambassadors, potential customers and join the big family
Think about SharePoint Saturdays, Live Experts, Microsoft TechSummit… While not any of those conferences offer you the opportunity to meet your idols. Sometimes it’s about taking a selfie (Christian Buckley is the master in it 😊) with someone who’s influenced you or sharing a business idea with someone you admire, or making a connection that can lead to finding your next mentor has no price. At a breakout session, you may find yourself sitting next to your next customer or mentor.
If you have your own products and services, attending this conference is a fantastic way to find prospective clients. The speakers (MVPs, Microsoftees, RD, MCTs, Masters…) and attendees are highly skilled and experienced professionals, inspirational in their passion to make a long-term positive impact.
Practical evidences and advices that you can apply immediately
As technology freaks, we are often tasked with the job of developing collaboration solutions for our businesses and clients. In addition to providing educational value, conference sessions can spark innovative ideas for content. How can you combine PowerApps with Azure Functions? What are the benefits of moving to Exchange Online if you are still on lotus notes? What should you expect from SharePoint Server 2019? Any question you have shall be answered and could be directly applied into your organization.
Get ideas from vendors and collect Feedback
Any conference in the globe has vendors. Connect with them and educate yourself on their latest and greatest products and services. You will find new tools that you never heard before. Tools that could provide multiple solutions to you, your company or your customers. Btw, if you are a member of the aOS community, you will have a special discount 😊 #JustSaying! If still not, join the aOS Community today: http://aos.community/index.php/language/en/home/
Hope to see y’all there!