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A podcast about best practice, guidance, news and cutting edge Microsoft cloud technologies. Interviews with passionate people in the cloud space, hosted by MVPs Nicolas Blank (twitter.com/nicolasblank), Warren du Toit (twitter.com/warrendt) and Chris Goosen (twitter.com/chrisgoosen)
This podcast is brought to you by KEMP Technologies. We chose KEMP as a sponsor due to their amazing Cloud product line. For more information, visit KEMP on the web at https://kemptechnologies.com

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A podcast about best practice, guidance, news and cutting edge Microsoft cloud technologies. Interviews with passionate people in the cloud space, hosted by MVPs Nicolas Blank (twitter.com/nicolasblank), Warren du Toit (twitter.com/warrendt) and Chris Goosen (twitter.com/chrisgoosen)
This podcast is brought to you by KEMP Technologies. We chose KEMP as a sponsor due to their amazing Cloud product line. For more information, visit KEMP on the web at https://kemptechnologies.com

    Episode 40: "There's one docs place and one training place.."

    Episode 40: "There's one docs place and one training place.."

    docs.microsoft.com is the new home for all Microsoft documentation and Microsoft Learn is a free, online training platform that provides interactive learning for Microsoft products - There has been significant investment in these platforms in recent years. We caught up with Erin Rifkin to talk about these platforms, the success of Microsoft Learn and how they've grown from 80 to over 700 modules in one year.
    Erin Rifkin is a General Manager at Microsoft where she leads a team responsible for the architectural guidance, documentation and training for several Microsoft products and platforms. Erin has over 15 years of demonstrated experience in program and product management, leadership in technical and non-technical environments, enablement, documentation, and training. You can connect with Erin on Twitter (https://twitter.com/erinrifkin)
    Here are some links discussed during the episode:
    * Microsoft Learn - (https://microsoft.com/learn)
    * docs.microsoft.com - (https://docs.microsoft.com/)

    • 31 min
    Episode 39: "Do I really need to monitor Office 365?"

    Episode 39: "Do I really need to monitor Office 365?"

    A move to the cloud is almost always accompanied by change. Sometimes these changes are pretty obvious and easy to grasp while other times they are more of paradigm shift - one such shift is in the way we monitor out deployments. Monitoring your tenant and supporting services won't prevent a service problem, but it will help you to respond proactively when one occurs and let your users know about the problem before they start alerting you. In this episode we'll talk to Justin Harris, CTO of ENow Software about how monitoring cloud services is radically different from monitoring traditional on-premises infrastructure and why it is important to get it right. We'll also delve into the built-in tools you can use in your own Office 365 tenant and why you may way to consider augmenting those with some third-party monitoring tools.
    Justin Harris is a 20+ year technology veteran with a wide range of vertical industry exposure that has a knack for understanding how market trends introduce market needs. Justin directs functional and technical teams in working towards a common goal as Chief Technology Officer for Enow Software. Duties include working with a global partner and customer base, identifying relevant industry trends, identifying gaps in the market, pinpointing urgent problems that need to be solved, designing targeted solutions, crafting go to market messaging, educating internal and external customers and providing support for the sales and marketing teams. You can connect with Justin on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/justin-harris-40b11/) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/ntexcellence) and be sure to check out ENow Software (https://www.enowsoftware.com/)

    • 47 min
    Episode 38: Outlook for Mac - No longer a second-class citizen..

    Episode 38: Outlook for Mac - No longer a second-class citizen..

    Outlook for Mac has come a long way since it's humble beginnings as Microsoft Entourage. As avid Outlook for Mac users ourselves, Nic and I were excited to sit down with Alessio and Jessica to talk about the history, the much anticipated new version of the product and how important your feedback is to the team building it!
    Alessio Roic is a Group Program Manager and 23-year veteran at Microsoft where he leads the product management team for Outlook for Mac. Alessio is passionate about driving the adoption of agile methodologies, data driven design, growth strategies and customer focus. You can connect with Alessio [on LinkedIn](https://www.linkedin.com/in/alessioroic/) or via email (listen to show for email address).
    Jessica Wilczek is a Outlook + Exchange Product Marketing Manager at Microsoft focusing on Outlook Mobile, Outlook for Mac, and Bookings. Jessica is driven by challenges, loves to think outside the box, and has a passion for analytical problem solving with creative solutions. You can connect with Jessica [on LinkedIn](https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessicawilczek/) or via email.
    Here's a link to Outlook for Mac on UserVoice:
    * Outlook for Mac - Business (https://outlook.uservoice.com/forums/335538-outlook-for-mac-business)

    • 42 min
    Episode 37: "Rumors of the death of email have been greatly exaggerated"

    Episode 37: "Rumors of the death of email have been greatly exaggerated"

    Message transport in Office 365 "Just works" and is often considered to be the plumbing of the service. Despite the rise in popularity of social messaging apps, 62% of business professionals prefer email for business communications and the number of emails delivered daily worldwide is forecast to grow 18% by 2023. In this episode we chat to Kevin Shaughnessy about some of the message transport enhancements and innovation announced at Microsoft Ignite recently.
    Kevin Shaughnessy is a Senior Program Manager at Microsoft and leads the M365 Exchange Transport team's efforts to address customer mail flow challenges and requests. A 23-year Microsoft veteran, Kevin's breadth and depth of experience across multiple disciplines (Technical Support, Technical Marketing, Analyst Relations, and Engineering) makes him uniquely qualified to transform existing customer experiences into new email innovations and solutions that target the needs of the modern mail flow admin. You can connect with Kevin on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevin-shaughnessy-a9b0a31/) or via email.
    Here are some additional links discussed in the episode:
    * Me Too! - The story of “Bedlam DL3” on Tech Community (https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/exchange-team-blog/me-too/ba-p/610643)
    * Exchange Team Blog You Had Me at EHLO.. (https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/exchange-team-blog/bg-p/Exchange)
    * Ignite Session: BRK3312 (https://myignite.techcommunity.microsoft.com/sessions/79364?source=speakerdetail)

    • 44 min
    Episode 36: All about Microsoft FastTrack

    Episode 36: All about Microsoft FastTrack

    Ever heard of Microsoft FastTrack? FastTrack helps customers deploy Microsoft cloud solutions - customers with eligible subscriptions can use FastTrack at no additional cost for the life of their subscription. We sat down with Jennifer Burdett from the FastTrack Team to talk about what FastTrack is, how you can make the most of this benefit and how partners can compliment this offering.
    Jennifer Burdett is a Senior Program Manager on the FastTrack Team at Microsoft, her area of focus is on email and endpoint security. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering her time to many causes such as hosting a Microsoft DigiGirlz event each year, being part of the Women@Microsoft group, and improving diversity in the industry. Feel free to connect with Jennifer on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferb...) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/jburdett7)
    Check out Jennifer's community work here:
    * DigiGirlz Winnipeg on Twitter (https://twitter.com/digigirlzwpg)
    * Women in Communications & Technology Manitoba on Twitter (https://twitter.com/wctmanitoba)

    • 22 min
    Episode 35: Calendar - Outlook's unsung hero!

    Episode 35: Calendar - Outlook's unsung hero!

    If you're like me, your Outlook Calendar is the first thing you look at every morning and the last thing you look at before heading off to bed - days seem to get more and more busy and we need some way to organize and schedule our daily lives. For many of us though, the calendar functionality built into Outlook is something we all take for granted. In this episode, we'll talk to Julia Foran who is a Program Manager on Outlook Calendar and works on the server-side features that are consumed by the Outlook clients. We talk about Ignite announcements and some of the improvements coming to Outlook Calendar.
    Julia Foran is a Principal Program Manager on the Office 365 calendar platform and is responsible for maintaining service quality and innovating new calendar scenarios. A core objective of her team is to identify existing features that can be improved, and do the necessary backend work to improve the experience. Feel free to connect with Julia on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliaforan/

    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

Samir Dautović ,

Valuable insights, audio needs improvement

Very informative!

Audio, especially when hosts are speaking is at a significantly lower level.

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