Microsoft Ignite 2019 is upon us, and the week is off to a fantastic start at the OCCC in Orlando, Florida.

For many the week started with travel this past weekend or even sooner, and for the many MVPs attending and speaking at the event had a great MVP PreDay leading into the event.  Of course I cannot disclose anything from the Pre-day, but rest assured much of what we learned with be publicly released as this week continues and during the upcoming months, so keep an eye out for all of the new news from Microsoft soon!


This year from the Community Side

For me Microsoft Ignite 2019 comes with much excitement.  This is the first year you will find MVP Community sessions with me as the speaker.  Truly an honor, and came after many years of not being selected.  Here are the details and times as it would be great to see you there!



Title:  IT burnout – the state of the industry panel

Date, Time, Location: OCCC W224 F-H 45 Min, Tuesday 10:15 – 11:00 am
Presenters: Theresa Miller, Jeff Guillet, Martina Grom and Estelle Auberix
Have you been working non-stop and never taking a break? Do you go on vacation, but still find yourself working? Does your leadership expect you to be available all the time even when you are not on-call? Do you go home, answering email in between all of the family things going on that evening? Are you truly present in all the things you do?
Recently, my team conducted a survey about IT burnout to get a real sense of how IT professionals are functioning and managing their personal well-being. We learned some interesting things that will surprise you, and have some statistics you won’t want to miss. Join me and a panel of MVPs to have a discussion on this tough topic.

Title: The MVP guide to Office 365 security, Exchange Online edition

Date,Time, Location:  Hyatt Plaza International Ballroom G-H,  45 min, Thursday 1:00 – 1:45 pm
Presenter:  Theresa Miller
Did you know that over 90% of malware that infect systems comes from email? Are you protected? Enterprises that leverage Office 365 have some robust opportunities to protect their enterprise from threats that can come in through email. Join us to learn how Microsoft Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) can add a layer of security needed to keep the bad messages out. Going a step further into advanced security, we dive into DMARC, DKIM and SPF and how implementation can heighten your security even further.
The community activities don’t end there.  There are multiple networking breakfasts in the morning, and several evening events that I likely won’t miss either.
For anyone attending also spend some time in the Expo hall, it is here that all the evening activities come to light!  Be sure to do some networking to make the most of your Microsoft Ignite 2019.

Other activities for me during the week!

As many of you are aware I work for a company called Cohesity, and will also be speaking and involved in many activities from the corporate side a well.
  • Throughout the week I will be doing presentations at the Cohesity booth.  Stop by the booth to check out the schedule!
  • You will also find me on The Cube this week!
  • Sponsored Theater session, details below:


Date, time, location: OCCC W300, 45 min, Tuesday 3:15 – 4:00 pm
Presenter:  Theresa Miller
Moving to the cloud means less things to worry about such as infrastructure and backup, right? Think again. Does your support desk get calls about fat-fingered deletions all the time? As companies adopt cloud technologies such as Microsoft Azure and Office 365, it’s important to understand corporate data responsibility, and what you can do to make sure your data is protected. Learn more about your developing data management strategy for cloud, best practices tips, and customer stories.

It doesn’t end there!

Where time allows I am looking forward to seeing and catching up with community friends, meeting new people, and finding some sessions on Office 365, Teams, Azure, and Microsoft Exchange!  Look forward to some future posts where I share some of my key event takeaways.