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Four key takeaways from the European SharePoint, Office 365 & Azure Conference 2022

Jessica is a senior marketing professional with over 10 years in the industry.
Jessica Mckenzie
09 December 2022

After two years online, the European SharePoint, Office 365 & Azure Conference 2022 (ESPC22) was back live and in-person. Gathering SharePoint, Office 365, and Azure experts from around the world, the largest conference of its kind was held in Copenhagen, Denmark from November 28 to December 1.

OnePlace Solutions was proud to be a gold sponsor supporting the ESPC22, helping attendees discover how we provide a simplified and consistent way for people to engage with business systems built on Microsoft 365 for better information management and governance.

This year, we were inspired by keynote speakers, facilitated successful live demonstrations with exciting giveaways, and learned from Microsoft 365 presenters, leading exhibitors, and industry experts, including our very own chief technology officer (CTO), Cameron Dwyer.

Here are four of the biggest takeaways from ESPC22:

1. The value of in-person events – meeting customers face-to-face was priceless!

The ability to reconnect in person at the ESPC conference was invaluable. The team at ESPC excelled in engaging the attendees with some outstanding speaker presentations throughout the conference. It was an excellent opportunity for the OnePlace Solutions team to converse and develop new connections throughout the industry while reconnecting with customers and partners.

We found engagement was much easier in person and had the valuable experience of learning how the Microsoft community leaders push the boundaries of what is possible and deliver great outcomes for companies worldwide.

2. Increasing adoption of Microsoft 365 and SharePoint

One of the common themes recurring throughout discussions and sessions was the idea of Microsoft 365 as a platform to build applications on. While this isn’t a new capability, it is an indicator of organisations’ maturity and adoption of Microsoft 365 and SharePoint.

Core business applications such as document management systems, project management systems, and legal matter management systems are being built on top of Microsoft 365 to remove chaos and complexity, reduce costs, and maximise productivity – all areas we know firsthand from our customers how essential this is for business success

3. Making sense of data overload

One of the most asked questions at the conference was, “How do I find ways to adopt Microsoft 365 but also help my end users make sense of information overload?” This is a question we support customers with daily – delivering solutions that enable users to access content any place they have access to Outlook, even on the move! Reducing complexity and driving productivity for all of our users. As Microsoft 365 gets deployed and the more it gets used in an organisation, the harder it gets to find the right data and ensure the right people can access it at the right time. When the end user opens SharePoint, they’re often confronted with a deluge of information, making it difficult to find what’s relevant to them. Developing integrations inside existing applications, such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook, is the key to bringing the right information to the people who need it while filtering out the information they don’t require.

4. Preview of the Microsoft Graph Developer Proxy

There were many major announcements during the conference; however, the Microsoft Graph Developer Proxy preview was particularly memorable. Microsoft Graph Developer Proxy aims to help developers simulate throttling and other error conditions when developing against Microsoft Graph. Using the proxy to simulate throttling, errors, and mock responses will help developers identify and fix issues in their code before they reach production. Beforehand, developers often wouldn’t encounter these issues until they were deployed into production

A memorable experience at the ESPC22

The ESPC22 team created a fun, welcoming event and brought together an informative and inspiring group of speakers, sponsors, and delegates. We can’t wait to attend ESPC once again when the conference is held next year at the RAI in Amsterdam from November 27 to November 30.

Our team at OnePlace Solutions is ready to help organisations with personalising and streamlining business systems built on the Microsoft 365 platform via OnePlaceLive. Bringing the business user into focus from applications they use daily makes for a seamless experience to capture, classify, and access content between applications and Microsoft 365.

To learn more about how OnePlaceLive can personalise business systems built on the Microsoft 365 platform for greater employee experience, information management, and productivity, contact the team today.

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ESPC23 Unwrapped: Navigating the Future with Microsoft Innovations

Europe’s top Microsoft technologies conference, ESPC23 took place last week, and we were there, thrilled to be part of it!

This event delivers the opportunity to learn the most up-to-date practices, advice, and techniques from the finest Microsoft 365, SharePoint, Teams, Power Platform, and Azure experts globally, including Microsoft Product team members and independent community leaders, including Regional Directors (RDs), MVPs, and Microsoft Certified Masters (MCMs). Because of this, an extraordinary community of like-minded people converge!

Thank you to everyone who visited our booth during the event or the demo in the community area – it was great to meet old and new faces alike, and hear your feedback and ideas – it shapes our future, so stay tuned for what's to come! If you would like to continue the conversation, please contact us.

Here are key takeaways from ESPC23:

Microsoft 365 Co-Pilot – The Next Big Thing!

  • Co-Pilot emerged as a game-changer, but success hinges on quality data input
  • Ensure data is centrally stored and easily accessible to maximize Co-Pilot's capabilities
  • Data cleanliness is paramount – you get out what you put in! Prioritize accurate data for Co-Pilot effectiveness
  • Eliminate outdated or conflicting data to prevent confusion and enhance Co-Pilot's decision-making prowess

SharePoint Embedded Public Preview - Now Available

  • Explore a revolutionary way to build custom content apps for enterprises and ISVs with SharePoint Embedded, now available for public preview.
  • Learn more about this exciting development announced at ESPC23.

The New Microsoft Teams Client: Performance, Rollout, and Feature Parity

  • Since Microsoft announced the general availability of the new rebuilt Teams client in October, ESPC23 delved into discussions about performance enhancements, technical rollout, change management, and achieving feature parity with Teams classic.
  • Discover the ins and outs of the new Microsoft Teams client Introducing the new Microsoft Teams client – Teams | Microsoft Learn

In-Person Conferences: The Power of Connection and Networking

  • Despite the digital era, in-person conferences remain an invaluable way to connect and network.
  • A Microsoft MVP captured the sentiment: "This is the only time I see people in person; I'm now 100% remote. I feel like this is my chance to come to the office and talk with my fellow speakers."

To learn more and explore how we provide a streamlined and consistent approach way for people to engage with business systems built on Microsoft 365 for better information management and governance, contact us for a personalized demo.

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ESPC23: Visit the top European Microsoft Conference

Join us at the top European Microsoft Conference, ESPC23 - where an extraordinary community converges to explore the latest innovations and trends in the realm of Microsoft technologies

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At ESPC, you will hear the latest expertise on Copilot, Microsoft Teams, AI, Azure, Microsoft Viva, Microsoft Graph, Microsoft Power Platform, Governance, CoE, SharePoint, Migrations, PowerShell.

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