TeamsFest | April 2020


Thank you for attending TeamsFest!

We would like to personally thank every attendee and speaker for helping to make TeamsFest a complete success. It was a fantastic day. All of the recordings should start to make their way onto our YouTube site sometime around mid-april–A5PklV56hg

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In the meantime, TeamsFest will return in October 2020 and plans for the event have already begun. See you soon.

Best, Chris, Adam and Vesku

2020 Schedule (All times in BST & CET)

British Summer Time (UTC+1) is -1 of Central European Time (UTC+2), +5 of Eastern Standard Time (EST|UTC- 4) and +8 of Pacific Standard Time (PDT|UTC -7). Please co-ordinate these session times to your time zone

TeamsFest Welcome & Close

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08:00 – 08:15 BST (09:00 – 09:15 CET)
Chris Hoard, Adam Deltinger & Vesa Nopanen
TeamsFest Welcome

08:15 – 08:45 BST (09:15 – 09:45 CET)
Chris Hoard, Adam Deltinger & Vesa Nopanen
The Great Test

Teams is 3 years old. It has hit 44 million Daily Active Users (DAU). The growth in its use has been fuelled by the rapid rise of remote working due to the global outbreak of COVID-19. The great test is here – for Teams, for Microsoft, for us

Room #1: Adoption & Governance 

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09:00 – 09:40 BST (10:15 – 10:40 CET)
Megan Strant and Loryan Strant
Governance & Adoption for Microsoft 365: Making the marriage work

Governance of Microsoft Teams as well as the broader Office 365 platform is more than just provisioning, migration and a few settings. It is ongoing and dynamic because the platforms are ever-changing. If done wrong, it can stifle innovation and adoption while attempting to strengthen compliance and security. There are a number of key elements involved in successfully deploying and operating Microsoft Teams and the underlying platform components; release management, service management, training, change management, communications, upskilling IT pros and end-users alike, and keeping them upskilled. From initiation, to implementation and operation, adoption must also be along for the journey – but what is the right mix and ratio? Is governance more important, or is adoption? In this session, attendees will learn from the key elements of governance across both Microsoft Teams and the broader Office 365 platform, along with how governance and adoption conflict, compliment, and coexist. You will walk away with a clearer understanding of how to make the two work for ongoing success and harmony

10:00 – 10:30 BST (11:00 – 11:30 CET)
Magnus Goksöyr
Microsoft Teams is only part of an implementation of Microsoft Teams

What is needed to create success? There are many good tips and theories about what it takes to succeed in implementing Microsoft Teams in an organization. Nevertheless, not all implementations have the desired effect. In this session you will learn more about the basic organizational and technical conditions that must be in place

11:00 – 11:30 BST (12:00 – 12:30 CET)
Alexander Eggers
Best practice to adopt Teams at SMB Customers

The introduction of Microsoft Teams can be carried out very differently, especially depending on the number of employees in the company. In smaller companies in particular, employees who put up resistance can exert a significantly greater influence on their colleagues than in a large company. In addition, teams can have a greater impact on business-critical processes much faster. Smaller companies are much more agile here and therefore have to be prepared even more for the opportunities with teams

12:00 – 12:30 BST (13:00 – 13:30 CET)
Lionel Blanc
Adoption and Change management: first steps of success for Teamwork

For organization that are eligible, the Teamwork assessment is a great workshop program that helps customer to envision in Teams. As a customer success manager, I am happy to explain why Adoption and Change Management (ACM) workshops help first adoption success for Teamwork

13:00 – 13:30 BST (14:00 – 14:30 CET)
Michael Plettner
Microsoft Teams Lifecycle Management with Office 365 only

What’s necessary to use Microsoft Teams in a large companies? – Governance, Lifecycle Management and a central Guest Handling! This session is all about the question why this thesis fits for the most companies and what’s necessary to achieve this with Microsoft 365 tools only. You will see a very easy to use workflow based on Microsoft Forms, Microsoft Flow and Microsoft Graph for different use cases

14:00 – 14:30 BST (15:00 – 15:30 CET)
Andy Hodges
Using Microsoft Teams as a platform to build business applications for internal and external users

When evaluating new software requirements why not look to use the Microsoft Teams platform. Mobile cross platform apps already exist, and internal and external user access is already built. In this session we will look at how you can configure a no code app using a combination of tabs, devices and external access rather than buying 3rd party products

15:00 – 15:30 BST (16:00 – 16:30 CET)
Ville Gullstrand & Anders Green
Adoption of Microsoft Teams

Ville works at Altitude 365 as the Onboarding and Adoption Manager, meaning he spends all his time focusing on the usage of Microsoft 365 (where, let’s face it, Microsoft Teams is kind of the center of attention). Listen to some of his golden nuggets of adopting Microsoft Teams!

16:00 – 16:30 BST (17:00 – 17:30 CET)
Chirag Patel
Rolling out Microsoft Teams for collaboration in a global organisation

Need to enable and improve collaboration in your organisation? In this session, we will cover real world scenario of delivering Microsoft Teams for collaboration through upgrade from Skype For Business, business scenarios, change management and adoption and hands on technical delivery of the solution. This session is designed for IT and business managers who are looking to help their organisations to succeed with Microsoft Teams collaboration

17:00 – 17:30 BST (18:00 – 18:30 CET)
Karuana Gatimu
Driving Culture Change with Microsoft Teams

Microsoft 365 offers a robust menu of services that can help you drive cultural and business change in your organization. Using Microsoft Teams, Live Events, PowerPlatform tools and more can drive deeper employee engagement, streamline your business processes and reduce your IT costs for service support. Karuana Gatimu, former IT Service Owner in Microsoft IT and leader in Microsoft Team Engineering will demonstrate how to use out of the box capabilities to deliver these projects in your company

Room #2: Rooms, Voice & Meetings

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09:00 – 09:40 BST (10:00 – 10:40 CET)
Craig Chiffers
Networking matters: How to ensure voice and video quality in Teams

Real time voice and video are highly dependent on the quality of your network. Are you confident that yours is up to the challenge? We’ll look at Microsoft recommended methods to test your network prior to deployment, tackle common mis-configuration mistakes, discover the importance of end user devices and show you how to optimise your network configuration to best support real time media in Microsoft Teams

10:00 – 10:40 BST (11:00 – 11:40 CET)
Mårten Hellebro
Get Skypexit done

There will be no second referendum, no more ifs or buts… Microsoft Teams is replacing Skype for Business. Either you let Microsoft switch your tenant automatically to Teams only mode and you crash out of Skype with a no-deal Skypexit, or you get in control and negotiate the terms of a controlled Skypexit. Find out how to keep everyone on board, sort out the different coexistence modes, and learn more about Skype and Teams interop, so that you are fully prepared, before the big change in July 2021. In this session, MVP Mårten Hellebro will help you get your Skypexit done, by sharing real-world experience, best practices, as well as tips and tricks to deliver a successful Skypexit. There will be no more delays, it’s do or die, get Skypexit done

11:00 – 11:40 BST (12:00 – 12:40 CET)
Graham Walsh
Transforming your meeting rooms to Microsoft Teams enabled rooms

So you have something in your meeting room or huddle spaces today, how do you make them Microsoft Teams enabled whilst you are on the journey to Microsoft Teams across your business. In this session, I will cover how users can use existing solutions and Cloud Video Interop and then native solutions such as Microsoft Teams Rooms and what is needed to get you up and running

12:00 – 12:40 BST (13:00 – 13:40 CET)
Randy Chapman
Microsoft Teams Voice Made Easy

A guide to Teams voice options. Choose from calling plans or direct routing. I run through the requirements and the set up choices for both. Calling plans at a high level. For direct routing I will go deep into the setup steps of connecting an SBC, creating and assigning policies. Followed by the up to date options and configuration steps for creating your first auto attendant and call queue

13:00 – 13:40 BST (14:00 – 14:40 CET)
Chris Hoard, Adam Deltinger and Vesa Nopanen
Voice and Meetings Roundtable

With the explosion in remote working due to COVID-19, how are you currently getting on with meetings and calling? What features would you like to see? What should be there tomorrow? Are people in your organisation talking about Zoom? We’d love to hear how your experience is going so we can report back to the product team

14:00 – 14:30 BST (15:00 – 15:30 CET)
Ville Gullstrand & Anders Green
The Terrible Teams Meeting

Lets dive into the most terrible teams meeting you can imagine, that you may be more aware of what to avoid. A fresh way to look at Teams meeting like you’ve never done before! Please don’t try this at home, kids

15:00 – 15:40 BST (16:00 – 16:40 CET)
Eric Marsi
Moving from Skype for Business Server to Microsoft Teams – A Quick Rundown

This session will cover everything that one needs to know before moving from Skype for Business Server to Microsoft Teams

16:00 – 16:40 BST (17:00 – 17:40 CET)
Chris Webb
Up Your Meeting and Live Events Game, Utilizing an External App (Encoder)

Do you put on meetings but you wish you could easily switch from multiple camera’s, sound sources, screen effects, video sharing and some screen transitions to enhanced your presentation? Have you wanted to put up a different background behind you and eagerly waiting for that feature to be released? What if I told you you could already do this with a small investment? Come to this session and we will discuss Teams meetings and Teams Live Events, their limitations, when and why you would use one over the other and how to set them up. We will then dive into some meeting magic and how you can utilize an open source tool (OBS) to get past many of the limitations of the usual Teams AV experience that your attendee’s are used to seeing

Room #3: Collaboration & Productivity

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09:00 – 09:30 BST (10:00 – 10:30 CET)
Paul Woods
Designing the perfect Team (or Teams) with the 10Ps

If you have deployed Microsoft Teams, you have surely heard the question “what is the best way to set up my Team?” In this session we will explore the 10Ps, a framework you can use to help you and your workforce to structure their Teams in a way that results in improve business outcomes, and less heartache for IT

10:00 – 10:40 BST (11:00 – 11:40 CET)
Chirag Patel
Deep Dive: Microsoft Teams integration with SharePoint

There is more to SharePoint than working with just files in Microsoft Teams! This demo packed session will look at all the integration experiences covering structural and functional perspectives that you will take away and apply it in your organisation’s environment to enrich your Microsoft Teams chat workspaces

11:00 – 11:40 BST (12:00 – 12:40 CET)
Juan Carlos Gonzalez
Private Channels in Microsoft Teams: An End-to-end overview

For several months, Private Channels (PC) in Microsoft Teams were the top requested feature in user voice until they were disclosed at Microsoft Ignite 2019. In this session I will show you PC fundamentals, which are the key building blocks behind the scenes such as a brand new SharePoint Online tied to each PC, how PC works in terms of membership and some of the current limitations we have in place in this first version of PC

12:00 – 12:40 BST (13:00 – 13:40 CET)
Al Eardley
Managing Work in Teams

We all have to-do lists, many of us work on projects, and we all work in one or more teams. Microsoft has been kind enough to provide many tools to help us manage tasks, some may say too many tools. They all have different strengths and weaknesses, which make them appropriate for different scenarios. This session explores how tools such as To-Do, Planner, Project and Azure Boards offer different capabilities for managing tasks that are personal, for teams or part of projects. As part of this session, we will explore the options for integrating each tool into Teams. This session will provide an insight into the strengths and weaknesses of the tools so that you can better assess your needs and choose the best tool for the job

13:00 – 13:40 BST (14:00 – 14:40 CET)
Karoliina Kettukari
Intranet with Teams: dos and don’ts from a real life customer case

Do you want to take your intranet to the next level? How about replacing the old SharePoint intranet with Teams? Welcome to hear about a customer wanted to do a traditional intranet project but then fell in love with Teams. What does this bold move require from the organisation mentally? What kind of common rules, channel and tabs are beneficial? How to activate employees to participate in discussion in an organisation wide team? And in the end – did they really ditch SharePoint entirely? Insights in this session are aimed for small and medium organisations with 50-500 employees, but suitable for every organisation not depending on the size. We do not go into technical implementation and governance details in this session. Session takeaways: • Basic differences between a SharePoint and a Teams intranet • Best practises for Teams intranet channels and tabs Ideas for Teams intranet user adoption

14:00 – 14:30 BST (15:00 – 15:30 CET)
Nicole Enders
Teams and Yammer: the dream team in your organisation

Are you overwhelmed by the possibilites of Yammer and Teams and by their seemingly large overlap of features? Both tools are dedicated to support the information flow and the collaboration in your company. But what if your end-users aren’t sure where to share their information or where to start a conversation? We will consider the following aspects: – Modern Workplace, Collaboration and Teamwork in an enterprise scenario – Feature comparison between Yammer and Teams – Developing an employee focused communication strategy – Live Demo of exemplary use cases We will discuss the conditions for a coexistence of Yammer and Teams and develop a checklist to develop your individual communication strategy

15:00 – 15:40 BST (16:00 – 16:40 CET)
Marijn Somers
Become a road warrior with Teams mobile

What if you can become more productive when you are on the go? Commuting can become a time to get work done! Let’s take a look at how our mobile phones can help us out doing our work in an effective and efficient way. Never lose time again looking out the window of the train, but arrive at your office with your work already done

16:00 – 16:30 BST (17:00 – 17:30 CET)
Adam Deltinger
Productivity through User Adoption in 7 Steps

Learn how to drive more successful user adoption for Microsoft Teams or other services within your organization in seven steps. This session is intended for IT managers as well as any stakeholder or user champion. Make your users productive through a great adoption experience

Room #4: Development & The Power Platform

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09:00 – 09:40 BST (10:00 – 10:40 CET)
Rene Modery
Integrating Microsoft Teams and PowerApps

As the central hub for your teamwork, Microsoft Teams allows you to leverage not only its own capabilities, but also utilise other applications. Learn in this session how you can integrate new or existing Power Apps in Teams, and help your team become even more productive

10:00 – 10:40 BST (11:00 – 11:40 CET)
Paul Keijzers
Microsoft Graph fundamentals

This session is all about the fundamentals of using Microsoft Graph. The Graph is becoming more and more popular for the management of Microsoft Teams, and this session aims to both illustrate its power and to give you a jumpstart into getting hands on!

11:00 – 11:40 BST (12:00 – 12:40 CET)
Yannick Reekmans
Microsoft Teams for Developers: an introduction

“Microsoft Teams is a platform”, what does this even mean? You keep hearing that you should integrate your application in Microsoft Teams, but you have no idea how to get started? Customers keep asking you to integrate capabilities of Microsoft Teams in their existing applications, but it’s still unknown territory? This and more is what we’ll be answering with an overview of the Microsoft Teams developer story, you’ll be itching to start and bring your own experiences to Microsoft Teams

12:00 – 12:40 BST (13:00 – 13:40 CET)
Vesa Nopanen
Teams provisioning with Power Automate and Forms

In this session you will learn how to create a quick Teams provisioning solution using Power Automate and Microsoft Forms. Join my session to learn how to collect information using Forms and use this to provision new teams based on your own templates. You will also learn how to use Power Automate for customizing the teams, including private channel provisioning

13:00 – 13:40 BST (14:00 – 14:40 CET)
Théophile CHIN-NIN
Leverage the Power Platform to rule Microsoft Teams self-service provisioning

Teams (and Office Groups) profusion might be an issue if it is not controlled. On the other hand, applying a strong and long approval and provisioning process is most of the time not very welcome by end-users. In this session I’ll demo a Power App solution, fully integrated in Teams clients, that will guide end-users through their self-service Teams creation. The solution automatically create and finely configure the Office group in order to meet all the governance requirements. From naming convention, to classification, guest access, expiration and other settings

14:00 – 14:40 BST (15:00 – 15:40 CET)
Rick Van Rousselt
Deep dive into advanced Teams development

In this session we will go deep into the Teams development model. You already know how to create a Teams app. But what’s new in the development story? In this session we will go deep into the Bot Framework V4 and Teams integration. Into audio and video calling done by your bot. Or are you thinking about integrating SPFx with Microsoft Teams or is it the other way around?

15:00 – 15:40 BST (16:00 – 16:40 CET)
Amanda Sterner
Let’s create a no-code chat bot to use in Microsoft Teams

Have you heard about the citizen developer and the no-code way of getting things done? A dream come true to be able to create things that will ease your day to day work – right? We have Power Apps and Power Automate, and now we also have the newcomer Power Virtual Agents – a tool that makes it super easy to create chat bots without code. In this session I will show you how to create a chat bot in Power Virtual Agents, how to make the bot do smart stuff and how you add it to Microsoft Teams

16:00 – 16:40 BST (17:00 – 17:40 CET)
Lee Ford
Create an Approval Process for New Teams in 40 minutes

In this session, I will outline how you can quickly create a Teams approval process to allow users to request and seek approval for new Teams. This will allow users to not only request a Team, but also Team visibility, members, channels etc. On conclusion of this session, you will be armed to create a similar process within your organisation

17:00 – 17:30 BST (18:00 – 18:30 CET)
Vesa Juvonen
Building Microsoft Teams UX extensibility with SharePoint Framework

In this session we’ll concentrate on the guidance around building Microsoft Teams tabs using SharePoint Framework vNext. You can use the SharePoint Framework to target build extensibility across different services in Microsoft 365, Microsoft Teams being one of them. SharePoint Framework will be also renamed as it’s not only for the SharePoint extensibility. We’ll cover the different options to deliver Microsoft Teams tabs or personal apps which are build using SharePoint Framework and what are the benefits of this model

Room #5: Education & Community

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09:00 – 09:40 BST (10:00 – 10:40 CET)
Laurent Carlier
Top 12 tips to use properly Teams with colleagues or students

Are you new to Teams and only use the chat function without connecting other tools? Do you want to get the most out of Teams for a better experience in class with students? Do you want to know how you can save time working with Teams? Are you looking for governance advice? Join my session to get answers

10:00 – 10:40 BST (11:00 – 11:40 CET)
Linus Cansby
Getting started with meetings in Microsoft Teams

So, you have been told to stay at home only meet others digitally. Or are you now stuck at home trying to teach your students remote. In this session I will show you have to start using Microsoft Teams as your meeting software. How to schedule a meeting, invite internal users in the organisation and external users. This session is for you that recently started with Microsoft Teams or are going to start with Teams and wants some tips and tricks for to use the Meeting functions. Many of the functions I will show is things people been asking about at Tech community and Twitter

11:00 – 11:40 BST (12:00 – 12:40 CET)
Sharon Sumner
Learning as a Team

Demo of a simple solution based in teams using SharePoint Online, Stream, Microsoft Forms and Power Automate to – Define learning paths – Measure completion – Shout out results – Achieve a team learning goal

12:00 – 12:30 BST (13:00 – 13:30 CET)
Tommy Clarke
15 Teams Tips in 30 minutes!

Upgrade your teams skills to ninja level in just 30 minutes! I will walk through some of my best tips and trix!

13:00 – 13:30 BST (14:00 – 14:30 CET)
Magnus Sandtorv
Creating a safe learning environment: Security and Governance in Microsoft Teams for Education

Communication and collaboration is so easy and available with Microsoft Teams for Education, too available some might say, when considering GDPR compliance and protecting the privacy of some of the most vulnerable, our kids. In this session you will learn about the different technologies within Microsoft 365 we can implement to increase security, enable safeguards and control communication and collaboration between both internal and external groups. We’ll talk about Teams policies, Scoped Directory Search, Information Barriers and Sensitivity Labels, as well as cover how to control and automate teams provisioning with tools like School Data Sync, Power Automate and Graph.

14:00 – 14:40 BST (15:00 – 15:40 CET)
Laurie Pottmeyer
5 ways Microsoft Teams changed my work-life and brought me closer to my communities

Microsoft Teams is the collaboration tool of the future. As we look at this new way of working, how do we take advantage of the opportunities we have to work out loud instead of being resistant to change? Like most, I was resistant to change; even working to build a community to embrace said change. I’ll share 5 ways Microsoft Teams has improved my productivity and changed my work while bringing me closer to the community I manage, the community I work with, and the community I live in

15:00 – 16:40 BST (16:00 – 16:40 CET)
Andy Huneycutt
Chat, conversation, post – ‍I’m just trying to talk to someone

It seems simple right – a chat is a chat (1-to-1 or 1-to-many), and a post (formally a conversation) is open for the whole channel. And although a chat and a post share many common elements they’re vastly different. In this session, we’ll break down a chat and a post including a discussion of best practices

16:00 – 16:40 BST (17:00 – 17:40 CET)
Matt Wade
Everyday Etiquette in Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is still new to a lot of people. The best ways to work with it isn’t a skill you’re born with. In this session, you’ll learn the proven practices, behaviours, and etiquette to make your Teams experience the best it can be. From permissions recommendations to meme guidance, the best bots to smartly working with external guests, your colleagues need some handholding to maximize their experience with the newest and best collaboration tool in Office 365. This session will cover real use cases, suggested guidelines, and recommendations for dealing with the many nuances that come with working in Teams, plus some great resources for reference after

Confirmed Speakers


Lionel Blanc (France) | Site: here
Passionate about technology and Microsoft environment, I love to inspire organizations with innovative ideas for adoption according to their business scenarios. With 10+ years of experience in successful customer-facing roles, account management or strategic consulting, I am happy to help organization with diplomacy regarding their technological transition challenges with M365 and O365 related applications. After 2 years at Microsoft France as a consultant in the Education business unit driving a Digital Nation Plan, I am now a Customer Success Manager for a Microsoft Gold Partner consultancy. I am happy to share feedback on: Structured approach to implementing change management, Preparation, training and support of organizational teams for change and Teamwork with Microsoft 365


Linus Cansby (Sweden) | Blog: here
Consultant from Göteborg in Sweden, working at Uclarity. With a background from LCS, OCS, Lync and Skype for Business he is experienced with “Unified Communication” areas like Enterprise Voice (Telephony) and Meeting services. Now most of the work is around Microsoft Teams, even if some of the time is still Skype jobs. Linus writes about Teams (mainly) at his blog, hosts the Swedish podcast “Teamspodden” (only in Swedish) and organising the Teams event “Teamsdagen”, a full day conference about Teams


Laurent Carlier (France) | Site: here
Former teacher, working today as an Edtech Consultant for DIGITIM (Managed Mobility Services specialised company in France), we help schools and educational institutions building their digital strategy by providing a range of services including licensing, deployment, best practices & PD sessions for teachers and staffs on Office 365 education and tablets adoption


Randy Chapman (UK) | Blog: here Commsverse: here
Microsoft MVP Office Apps & Services. Microsoft UC Consultant, Architect, Evangelist, Blogger & Speaker. Randy is also one of the organisers of Commsverse: the largest in person Microsoft Teams event in the UK being held April 29-30 in Weybridge, Surrey


Craig Chiffers (Australia) | Blog: here
Originally from the UK, Craig moved to Australia November 2007 and fell in love with the country. Today, he spends his working life transforming the way businesses communicate and work. He’s incredibly passionate about how Microsoft Teams and Office 365 meet the demands of todays workers, and how the tools we use help transform the way we work today and into the future. When he’s not playing around with Teams handsets, or SIP trunks you’ll find him riding his motorcycle on the great open roads around NSW, or responding to calls for help from the community via his volunteer roles with the NSW Rural Fire Service and State Emergency Service


Théophile CHIN-NIN (France) | Twitter: here
As a Microsoft 365 architect, Théophile guides organizations on their way in Microsoft 365 governance and configuration. As a true believer of collective intelligence, he is a Microsoft Teams evangelist. Also fond of low-code solutions, he loves the potential of the Power Platform and the central role it now plays in Microsoft 365 configuration and governance


Tommy Clarke (Sweden) | Altitude 365: here
Tommy has been working as a consultant since early 2000. He is a subject matter expert on Microsoft 365 and Azure. Tommy’s works primarily as a Program Manager with Enterprise customers all over the world with focus on usage and consumption of Microsoft 365 workloads. His deep technical skills are mainly in Microsoft Teams, Security and Compliance. He was first awarded the MVP title in 2010 for excellence in Lync and is since 2014 an Office 365 MVP. In 2013 he successfully completed the highest level of certification, the MCSM – Microsoft Certified Solutions Master in the Communications track. Tommy is an experienced and hungry consultant with good credentials who is eager to learn all there is to know in his field


Adam Deltinger (Sweden) | Blog: here
Senior Consultant at Atea in Sweden, working to improve communication and collaboration for customers with the power of Microsoft 365! 2 x  MCSE certified and a Microsoft MVP in Office Apps and Services! Balancing work life with family life and tries to contribute to the community as much as possible! Has spoken at several events in the past year including Microsoft Ignite, Ignite the Tour Milan and Teamsdagen


Al Eardley (UK) | Blog: here
With over 20 years of experience in IT covering a variety of roles including developer, DBA, business analyst, project manager and architect, Alan brings a breadth of experience to apply to resolving business issues using Microsoft products. Currently specialising in Office 365 and the Power Platform, Alan helps clients to understand the potential of the technology and to realise the benefits of working with these technologies


Alexander Eggers (Germany) | Blog: here
As an entrepreneur and innovator, I have driven many topics and implemented them for our customers. The focus has always been on process improvements and disruptive changes. A few years ago it was clear that small and medium-sized businesses in particular could make digitization more affordable with the products around Microsoft 365. Tools and apps such as Power Automate, Power Apps and Power BI permanently change the processes and slim them down. SMEs become competitive through the use of these products in the field of digitization. Microsoft Teams joined in 2017. The peculiarity here: it is not an IT topic, because the introduction has such an enormous impact on employees, culture, communication and processes that specialists with emotional intelligence, economic know-how, process thinking and last but not least with knowledge are required all about change management. I have been involved in this since the birth of teams and can look back on many successful adoption workshops


Nicole Enders (Germany) | Blog: here
Expert for Modern Workplace at CONET Solutions GmbH in Hennef, Germany. Her main focus is consulting and the development of solutions with Office 365 and SharePoint. For more than 12 years, Nicole has combined proven standard products of this suite and adapted them with the help of various development tools. This has created customized work environments for Social Intranet, Modern Workplace and Collaboration.


Lee Ford (UK) | Twitter: here
Lee is a Microsoft Office Apps and Services MVP (Office Development) and Solution Architect for Symity based in Birmingham, UK. He predominantly works with Microsoft Teams but also works with other technologies such as Azure, Powershell, Power Platform and Microsoft 365

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Karuana Gatimu (US) | Twitter: here
I manage a team of rockstars who advocate on behalf of our customers for Microsoft Teams every day. Our group handles our technical & user readiness, voice of customer communities like UserVoice and all our community outreach through MVP’s, Microsoft Partners, User Groups and events. We also deliver our worldwide training and Teams adoption programs including Coffee in the Cloud on YouTube. In short – it’s a #DreamJob that I’m privileged to have while also supporting multiple diversity & inclusion efforts in our industry


Magnus Goksöyr (Sweden) | Blog: here
Magnus lives in Sweden and works as a Solution Architect for Skill AS in Norway. He has an overall perspective on Office 365. The main area is Governance of, and collaboration in Office 365. He also works with analysis, implementation and user adoption. He tries to always stay on top of the latest updates in Office 365 and via his Blog (, Twitter and LinkedIn he shares knowledge and tips to customers, colleagues and other interested parties. His heart beats extra hard for the Microsoft Tech Community where everyone helps everyone


Juan Carlos Gonzalez (Spain) | Blog: here
Juan Carlos is a Telecommunications Engineer by the University of Valladolid and bachelor in business administration by the Universidad Oberta de Catalunya (UOC). He has more than 16 years of experience in diverse Microsoft products and technologies such as SQL Server, Visual Studio or .NET Framework; although he currently works as an Office 365 SME killed in Office 365 and SharePoint platforms. Juan Carlos is Office Apps & Services MVP since 2018 (He had previously been recognized as Office Servers & Services MVP, Office 365 MVP and SharePoint Server MVP from 2008-2018) and co-founder and coordinator of the following users groups: the SharePoint Users Group of Spain (SUGES, www., the Cloud Computing Users Group (CLOUDES) and Comunidad de Office 365. He is also co-editor and co-director of the free Spanish digital magazine regarding Microsoft Products and Technologies: CompartiMOSS.  To date, Juan Carlos has co-authored 15 books and several articles about SharePoint & Office 365 platforms in Spanish and English


Anders Green (Sweden) | Site: here
Anders has been working in the industry for 20 years. He has a long experience from Windows Server, Active Directory and Exchange. His main focuse is on Microsoft Cloud solutions (Office 365, Azure, EMS). As a certified MCT he teaches classes based on the MOC (Microsoft Official Curriculum) between his consultant assignments. He act as a speaker at various conferences. He also has a role as a Microsoft P-Seller. Anders is an experienced and curious consultant. He has a good knowledge not just about the technical side but also of the social sides and end-user needs


Ville Gullstrand (Sweden) | Site: here
Ville is an inspirational Guru of Microsoft Cloud Services on a mission to transform people into productive hero’s. Essentially assisting organizations in their onboarding and adoption of their digitalization using the Microsoft Cloud. He firmly believes that in order for change to happen, one must be inspired before instructed. Using this recipe for success, he focuses on inspiring people in regards to the endless possibilities that is Microsoft 365


Mårten Hellebro (Sweden) | Blog: here 
Mårten Hellebro is a Senior Cloud Architect at CloudWay. He is an Office Apps and Services MVP focusing on Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business. Mårten has extensive experience in the Enterprise Voice area and as a lead architect, he has done several Office 365 Cloud Voice implementations in the Nordics. In addition to speaking at Microsoft conferences and similar events, he runs the Microsoft Teams blog, hosts the Microsoft Teams podcast “Teamspodden“, organizing “Teamsdagen” the largest Teams conferencing in the Nordics, co-organizing the Swedish Unified Communication User Group, and helps customers on their intelligent communication journey from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams


Chris Hoard (UK) | Blog: here 
Microsoft Certified Trainer Regional Lead (MCT RL), Educator (MCEd) and Office Apps and Services MVP. With over 10 years of cloud computing experience, he is currently building an education practice for Vuzion (Tier 2 UK CSP). His focus areas are Microsoft Teams, Microsoft 365 and entry level Azure. In his spare time he is very active in the Microsoft Tech Community, blogging at and has spoken at several events such as Microsoft Ignite 2019 and SharePoint Saturday 2019. As the co-creator of the European Teams User Group and TeamsFest, he is also a member of the Microsoft Association of Practicing Architects (MAPA), the British Computer Society (BCS), the Microsoft 365 Partner Council


Andy Hodges (UK) | Thinkshare: here 
Andy has been working with SharePoint for the last 13 years and recently Microsoft Teams. With a background in project management Andy has worked both client side and in consultancies which has given him a broad understanding of building Intranets, document management systems and increasing collaboration for a range of companies. Recently  Andy has been in involved in helping companies with Change Management, Training and Adoption of Microsoft Teams


Andy Huneycutt (US) | Cprime: Here 
William (Andy) Huneycutt (MVP) works primarily with SharePoint, Office 365, Microsoft Teams, and the Power Platform. Since 2011, Andy has worked as a training instructor with Cprime Learning where he delivers training and coaching to assist information workers in better understanding and successfully implementing Microsoft enterprise solutions. He is also the president of Upskill Tech, Inc., a company dedicated to coaching information workers to learn, engage, and empower themselves to upskill their careers in tech. Based out of Charlotte, NC, Andy is currently a leader for the Charlotte Area SharePoint User Group ( Additionally, he organizes Charlotte SharePoint and Office 365 Saturday. He also serves as a board member for the SharePoint Institute, an organization dedicated to advancement of professionals through real-world certification


Vesa Juvonen (Finland) | Twitter: here
Principal Program Manager in SharePoint/OneDrive engineering responsible for the developer ecosystem engagement worldwide, including documentation, guidance, sample, and open-source activities. Before that in Senior Program Manager role at Office 365 CXP/CAT team and Principal Consultant at Microsoft Enterprise Services. Executing programs like SharePoint/Office 365 Patterns and Practices and Office 365 Dedicated JDP for add-in model transition


Paul Keijzers (Netherlands) | Blogs: here (English) and here (Dutch)
Paul Keijzers started working with SharePoint in 2001 and worked with the online versions since Bpos which is now Office 365. He did a lot of development in the SharePoint space. Since Microsoft Teams came out he is fully focussing on Microsoft Teams. He focusses on Strategy, Development and adoption within Microsoft Teams. And with his knowledge of collaboration he can knows what it takes to fully embrace products like Teams. Paul has his own Company KbWorks. Paul and posts a lot on Social Media but also works Blogs Dutch and English next to that he does a lot of video content. He is also available to speak at conferences or workshops


Karoliina Kettukari (Finland) |Blog: here
Karoliina is a user adoption expert guiding organisations through digital transformation. She helps companies develop modern teamwork and enhance internal communications with Teams and other Office 365 tools. She wants to enable and empower organisations to lead the change from within. She also works closely with the C-level and engage and inspire the managers to the change. As a Microsoft MVP (Office Apps & Services) she is also Prosci change management certified

Eric Marsi

Eric Marsi (US) |Blog: here
Eric is a Day 2 Cloud Engineer on the Cloud Operations team at T2M Works, LLC. Eric works directly with customers on-premises and cloud-based deployments along with T2M’s own hosted Skype for Business Server solution. Eric brings over 5 years of experience from the different IT industry areas and can communicate effectively with network engineers, systems engineers, end users, and business leaders. Eric has different personal hobbies such as skiing and electronics engineering and spends a lot of his free time working with products such as Microsoft Teams, Skype for Business, Exchange, Hyper-V, System Center, and more in his home lab! Eric strives to empower others to do more by providing guides and assistance to everyone.


Rene Modery (Singapore) |Blog: here
Rene is a Microsoft MVP since 2012, with a main focus on Office 365. Living in Singapore, he’s running the local SharePoint & Office 365 user group, and organises conferences and other events covering the Microsoft stack. In his day-to-day job, he is responsible for the APAC Office 365 initiatives and projects in a global MNC. He can be mainly found on Twitter (@modery) and LinkedIn

Vesa Nopanen MVP

Vesa Nopanen (Finland) | Blog: here 
Microsoft MVP for Office Apps & Services. Helping and coaching customers to find benefits and value when adopting new tools, methods, ways or working and practices into daily work-life equation. I am always eager to challenge current situation and dig out new possibilities and ways to think and work. In my work I am also an adviser for customers so they can discover best benefits, build roadmaps, gain best value & ROI out of chosen tools. My expertise area is Office 365, covering especially Microsoft Teams, SharePoint and tools that create a modern workplace solution and practices. Buzzwords and tags that describe what I do: #Office365, #MicrosoftTeams, #SharePoint, #ModernWork, #Adoption, #Teamwork #Flow #PowerAutomate #GraphAPI #Forms #OneNote


Chirag Patel (UK) | Blog: here
Chirag is an Independent Consultant at Patel Consulting, Chartered IT Professional, TOGAF9 Certified Architect and Microsoft Certified Solution Expert (Productivity, Data Management and Analytics) based in London, UK with more than 20 years of industry experience. He works with a wide variety of clients in many sectors, designing and implementing business collaboration, data and information management solutions and services based on SharePoint and Office 365 technologies to create business value for both themselves and their customers, including UK Microsoft Gold Partners with deployment, upgrade and migration services delivery. Chirag is an active SharePoint community participant, frequent speaker at local and international events including SharePoint Saturdays (London, Cambridge, Brussels, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, UK, EMEA, India) and Collab365. In his little spare time he enjoys cycling, cricket and every year participating in Charity bike rides and Duathlons. You can follow Chirag on twitter at @techChirag. and find him online at


Michael Plettner (Germany) | In2Success: here
During the last decade Michael was mainly focused on Microsoft Unified Communications projects within small, mid-size and global enterprise companies with up to 400,000 project affected users. More than 3 years ago Michael founded his own company to help customers within his technical expertise in Microsoft Unified Communication Projects as well as his expertise in Change and Project-management. Michael is also one of the organizers of the Microsoft Teams User Group Germany, hosting an onsite event in 3 cities simultaneously every 2 months


Laurie Pottmeyer (US) | Twitter: here
Laurie has spent 15 years at Microsoft managing user adoption and pre-release programs for Live Meeting, OCS, Lync, Skype for Business and Teams – helping to build better products and helping organizations mobilize people to use them.  Laurie’s current role as Community Lead for Microsoft Teams is unique and demonstrates the commitment from Teams engineering to understand, listen, and build a high-quality product around the needs of users. She manages the virtual Microsoft Tech Community, creating a robust network of worldwide community events and user groups, and continues to mobilize the MVP Community to share their expertise around Microsoft Teams.  Laurie’s always listening for success stories, looking to connect people, and learning through experience


Yannick Reekmans (Belgium) | Blog: here 
Yannick has 8 years of experience developing for SharePoint and Office 365, still working day to day with the code. He was also recently awarded the Microsoft MVP for Office Development title for his contributions in the broad community. Yannick loves solving problems using all tools available, and considers usability a key point when designing a solution


Magnus Sandtorv (Norway) | Blog: here 
Magnus Sandtorv is an Office Apps & Services MVP, working as a Digital Workplace Solution Architect at Atea in Norway. He is a Microsoft Teams Evangelist, Enterprise Mobility Professional, PowerShell automation enthusiast and has his head in the cloud! You will find him blogging at, evangelizing at both local and international events and sharing his thoughts & knowledge on social media.


Marijn Somers (Belgium) | Office 365 Distilled: here 
Marijn Somers (MVP) has over 12 years experience in the SharePoint world, starting out with SP2007. Over the years the focus has grown to Office 365, with a focus on collaboration and document management. He is a business consultant at Balestra and Principal Content Provider for “Mijn 365 Coach” that offers Dutch employees video training. His main work tracks are around user adoption, training and coaching and governance. He is also not afraid to dig deeper in the technicalities with PowerShell, adaptive cards or custom formatting in lists and libraries. You can listen to him on the biweekly “Office 365 Distilled” podcast


Amanda Sterner (Sweden) | Blog: here 
Microsoft Office Apps and Services MVP. My favourite feeling in my job is when I can see that a person has actually understood how a new way of working can benefit them. For the last couple of years I have been working with the modern workplace and more recently I have been focusing on Microsoft Teams and how it can make the daily work life easier. I want to help you start loving Microsoft Teams the same way I do!


Loryan Strant (Australia) | Blog: here 
Loryan Strant is a twenty year veteran of web and network technologies. He has spent the last decade and a half building digital relationships for businesses and organisations. Loryan blogs and writes articles about the cloud and co-authored two books on Office 365. He is also known by his previous social persona of “The Cloud Mouth”. Loryan was also the founder of Paradyne (which was acquired late 2015), helping to deliver innovative solutions through the cloud and enabling businesses to reduce IT costs. He is passionate about enabling people and organisations using technology the right way, enabling them to become more productive. Loryan is a Microsoft Office 365 MVP (Most Valuable Professional) 8 years running, an award created by Microsoft to recognise the best and brightest from technological communities around the world


Megan Strant (Australia) | Blog: here 
My passion is Microsoft Office 365. It’s been my focus for 8+ years helping organisations plan for, implement, adjust and adopt the technology. I have been in the project space for over 14 years with strengths in both Project Management and Change Management using Prince2 and Agile methods, along with the deeper change methodology. I spent time building and leading the Change Management Practice and delivering projects for 3 Microsoft partners, including establishing Paradyne as the first partner in Australia to have a Change Management offering as part of their implementations. Currently I am excited to be leading the Adoption and Change Management offering for Insync Technology, along with some independent consulting under the banner of Strant Consulting, with my husband Loryan Strant. Outside all of this work I enjoy speaking, and writing about all things Office 365 and also neurodiversity which is a personal passion and big part of my life. To kick off 2020 I received the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for Office Apps and Services

Sharon Sumner

Sharon Sumner (UK) | Blog: here 
Leader of the PowerApps and Flow User Group in Cambridge UK. Devoted to community events and collaboration. Speaker for SharePoint Business Applications, Content Services and Power Platform tools (PowerApps, Flow, PowerBI, Teams, SharePoint). Charter partner with Microsoft’s SharePoint Business Applications programme. Microsoft Gold partner specialising in cloud content and collaboration


Rick Van Rousselt (Belgium) | Blog: here 
Rick is a managing partner @ Advantive and is an Office Apps and Services MVP. He has been working with SharePoint since 2007 and has now made the transition to Office 365. With a strong focus on development this job pushed him to become a versatile expert in both Office 365, Azure and all related technologies. His inquisitive disposition encourages him to continuously gain knowledge and share insights with everyone that shares the same interests


Matt Wade (US) | Blog: here 
Matt is an engineer-turned-IT nerd and Microsoft MVP. His career began in the nuclear power design field and ended up in SharePoint adoption, pretty much by mistake. He’s best known for his SharePoint and Office 365 infographics—especially the Periodic Table of Office 365—and advocating AI and chatbots to automate business workloads


Graham Walsh (UK) | Blog: here 
Graham has been in the IT & Telecoms industry for nearly 25 years working with unified communications, video conferencing/telepresence, TDM & IP telephony as well as the whole Microsoft suite of servers and applications. From engineering to technical support to IT management to pre-sales and then onto sales, I have vast experience of working with all types of customers, including SMB, multinational enterprises, and the public sector. He currently works at Crestron Electronics as the Enterprise UC Technical Director covering EMEA working with the Crestron Flex range of products for Microsoft Teams, Skype for Business and Zoom. Prior to joining Crestron, he was at Pexip as the Director for Solutions Architecture in the UKI and MEA as well as maintaining a deep competitive knowledge and the Microsoft alliance, where Pexip integrates so well into other UC environments, bringing everything together on a scalable and distributed architecture. He also spent seven years at Polycom covering a variety of roles from pre-sales to Microsoft alliance and channel management


Chris Webb (US) | Blog: here 
Chris is an experienced and true ‘jack of all trades’ technology junkie. He has over 20 years experience working with all types of Microsoft Technology working for a global executive membership organization. While working on Office 365 migration and implementation he discovered the Microsoft Tech community, and how valuable it was for learning many of the ins and outs of Office 365. Over the past year Chris has been a leader in the communities contributions area’s such as SharePoint , OneDrive and Microsoft Teams. Chris speaks and contributes regularly for the Dallas / Fort Worth Office 365 user group held every 3rd Tuesday of each month. Other community contributions include his own tech blog and Twitter presence. Chris is currently working on expanding his interests onto an Office 365 focused Youtube channel, working on now contributing to the PowerApps and Flow communities and eventually speaking at other usergroups and conferences

Paul Woods

Paul Woods (Aus) | Adopt and Embrace: here 
Paul Woods is the Founder of Adopt & Embrace, Microsoft’s 2018 Global Partner of the year for Teamwork; and co-author of “Adopt & Embrace Microsoft Teams: A Managers guide to communication, collaboration, and coordination with Microsoft Teams ( Awarded Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award 10 times, Paul is a regular speaker at community-based events, and at regional and global Microsoft Conferences like Microsoft TechEd, Microsoft Ignite: The Tour, and Microsoft Inspire. Find him on Twitter (Here) or LinkedIn (Here)