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Introducing the 10 Microsoft Ignite Community Reporters

Published 03/09/2017 - 3 Comments


This year at Microsoft Ignite is having 10 MVPs serving as Community Reporters. I’m pleased to say I’m one of the ten, I’ll be focusing on the news and activity around Office 365 Collaboration, Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams.

The idea is you’ll have ten people from the community giving you updates and commentary on the event, for those there, but also for those following along online. I’ve already got some great interviews lined up with key speakers and people in the product team and will be doing a daily update on the sessions and news.

We’ll also be doing a live MSUC.Chat from the event on Skype for Business, more details to follow nearer the event (sign up to the mailing list now to get an email update). Also if you want to come and see me speak and ask questions I’m doing a Cloud PBX session on Thursday.

I’m joined by some amazing community leaders, I suggest you check them all out during Ignite to catch all the news and events. There is an interview with each of them on the tech community:


Alistair Pugin@AlistairPugin Office Servers MVP | 20+ years pure IT | Livelink | Zylab | SharePoint | FileNet, etc | IT Pro dabbling in Dev | ECM Consultant suffering from Technophilia.

Cathrine Wilhelmsen@cathrinew Data Warehouse Architect / Developer, Data Platform MVP, BimlHero, speaker, blogger and chronic volunteer. Loves sci-fi, chocolate, cat gifs and smilies :)

Christian Buckley@buckleyplanet Founder & CEO of CollabTalk LLC, MBA, Consulting CMO + Researcher. 7-time Microsoft MVP. Passionate about #collaboration @MicrosoftTeams #Office365

Darrell Webster@DarrellaaS Microsoft MVP for #Office365, Father of 4, #OneNote Avenger, coffee roaster | Work’n @AdoptAndEmbrace

Dux Raymond Sy@meetdux @avepoint_inc cmo & avepointgov cto | author | #msft rd & mvp | digital transformer | #techforgoodadvocate I globetrotting foodie | let’s

Harjit Dhaliwal@Hoorge Microsoft MVP, IT Pro, technology evangelist, photographer, social media influencer, #msigniteRoundtable, #ITDevConnections Steering member,

Laura Rogers@WonderLaura SharePoint consultant, author and speaker, Microsoft MVP, complete SharePoint and Office 365 geek.

Magnus Mårtensson@noopman As the owner of Loftysoft consulting company, No-Op Man is perpetually at 150%! Microsoft Regional Director, Azure Most Valuable Professional (MVP) & Advisor

Susan Hanley@susanhanley Office Servers and Services MVP, Portal, KM, and SharePoint consultant

Tom Arbuthnot@tomarbuthnot Principal Solutions Architect ModalitySystems #Office365 Collaboration – #Skype4B#MicrosoftTeams – Author, Speaker, Blogger, MCM/MVP


If you are at Ignite I hope to see you there, please say hello!


Tom Arbuthnot

Tom Arbuthnot

Principal Solutions Architect at Modality Systems
Tom Arbuthnot is Principal Solutions Architect at Unified Communications specialist Modality Systems. He is a Microsoft Certified Master and MVP, blogger, has a regular podcast with UCToday at and is a regular speaker at events including Microsoft TechEd and Ignite. He co-runs The Microsoft UC User Group London.


Reporting the Community Perspective at #MSIgnite - buckleyPLANET - 11/09/2017 Reply

[…] to Tom for pulling together the list with both Tech community links, as well as Twitter profiles and details. And thank you […]

Michael Burrell - 14/09/2017 Reply

Microsoft Merging Teams & Skype for Business Online?

A rumor is circulating that Microsoft will combine Skype for Business Online and Teams, but Microsoft is not confirming anything yet (ZDNet, Redmond Magazine, etc.). During the Inspire partner conference session on Office 365 Cloud Voice in July, I asked Tiffany Wissner, Senior Director Marketing this question (she covered the Cloud Voice roadmap and did not mention it at all). She said Microsoft Teams will serve as their collaboration hub (same concept as Slack), and will coexist with Skype for Business. They will let the user decide which tool is best based on their need or preference.

I will interested to find out if this is the ‘big announcement’ at Ignite. What are your insights?

Ignite Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business Keynote Monday 25th - Time and Link - Tom Talks - 24/09/2017 Reply

[…] keep everyone in the community up to date with the Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams news as a Community Reporter. I’ll be posting regularly on twitter and LinkedIn and doing a daily round up of news if you […]

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