What an incredible week at the sold-out Microsoft conference, Ignite, in Orlando, Florida! Over 20,000 IT professionals joined the event, eager to explore the latest technology and listen to industry leaders discuss insights for the future. Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center covers 7 million square feet, and Microsoft used all of it!
The KnowledgeLake team spent 6 days at the Microsoft conference speaking with customers, strengthening our partnerships, attending sessions and launching our new cloud capture solution at our booth in the expo hall. We did our best to “divide and conquer” to get the most from the event. Here are a few takeaways:
1.) Microsoft is on the ECM train.
Many of the meetings we had with Microsoft and third-parties centered around the ever-increasing capabilities for document retention, records management systems (RMS), search, classification, labeling, storage and collaboration.
In the near future, Microsoft will combine Azure Information Protection (AIP) labels with Office 365 classification labels, content types and managed metadata into a cohesive concept. This is great news for companies wanting to apply content tagging as this helps them not only enforce security and retention rules, but also enhance search results. We are excited about these separate capabilities and think this unification will be a game changer.
2.) An Office 365 Group is a membership service — not a product.
There has been much confusion as to what an Office 365 Groups is. The Microsoft conference offered many sessions covering this topic. The information that helped me solidify the concept of Groups vs. Teams vs. Workspace came during the “Overview and Roadmap” session. Microsoft has established Groups as a way to centralize membership across multiple Microsoft applications, applying policies at the project or even team level.
Due to misperception, our clients sometimes find it difficult to distinguish and understand Groups vs. Microsoft Teams. With this clarification and roadmap, we now know Microsoft tools like Power BI, Planner, Yammer and Outlook use Groups as a membership service, not as a stand-alone.
3.) SharePoint 2019 is coming in 2018.
During the Microsoft conference, the company announced plans to release preview versions of Office 2019 and SharePoint Server 2019 next year. This was one of many announcements about connecting the modern workplace with SharePoint.
Microsoft’s SharePoint hub sites will also release next year. The new tool is expected to roll out to Office 365 First Release customers in the first half of 2018. SharePoint hub sites are a new intranet-building element that will bring together related sites under a unified look and shared navigation.
We think KnowledgeLake clients will find the addition of SharePoint Hub, the collaboration enhancements and the improved feature parity with SharePoint Online very compelling – especially those striving to optimize the value of their SharePoint on-premises implementations.
4.) Quantum computing coming soon. Cloud capture launched.
Quantum computing is seen as the next big frontier in computing, as it could open up doors to solving extremely complex problems involved with healthcare or energy for example. Microsoft announced its own quantum computing programming language scheduled for developers to preview in Visual Studio by the end of the year. There was even an impressive hydrogen isotope dilution refrigerator on display in the expo hall, something necessary to achieve temperatures below absolute zero which are necessary for quantum computing.
While Microsoft prepares for a quantum computing future, our team was busy releasing our own technology innovation – a cloud capture platform which allows users around the world to capture, index, process and route business content to multiple destinations, including Microsoft SharePoint Online, without the burden of on-premises software installation.
Our team demonstrated how our high-quality solution, built on an intuitive cloud-based framework, provides organizations of all sizes flexible, browser‐based document capture and processing while enhancing content quality, structure, accessibility and findability. The platform can even inherit your pre-built taxonomy and metadata structures from your existing repositories so users can work on a document and not worry as to where it should be stored. To watch this solution in action, let us know.