Free Webinar Series

Delivered by Microsoft MVP's and industry experts, this ‘What’s New’ Microsoft Webinar Series introduces IT Professionals to the new features and capabilities of Microsoft collaboration technology.  It's designed to provide a broad range of knowledge across a broad array of technologies focusing on increasing collaboration and adoption in the digital workforce.


What Microsoft Technologies will we discuss?

  • Microsoft Office 365 

  • SharePoint Online

  • Power BI

  • Flow & Power Apps

  • Azure

  • Microsoft Teams

  • Office 365 Groups

Target Audience

These webinars are intended for IT Professionals who are interested in learning about the new features and functionality in Microsoft Technologies. People who are early adopters,   key influencers and technology decision makers in an organisation will also be interested in attending this what’s new webinar series and will benefit from gaining early insight into some of the latest technologies.

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Webinar Sessions

Office 365 SharePoint Hybrid Update

10th May 2017 10am EDT/3pm BST

Matthew McDermott, SharePoint MVP

You have heard of Office 365 and Hybrid, but what business problems does it solve. How can you best plan and deploy the Office 365 Hybrid workloads?

Join us for a session that answers many of these questions. With discussion and demonstration of the benefits of connecting your on-premises SharePoint farm to Office 365 and SharePoint Online, Matthew will walk through implementations of the various hybrid workloads and detail “What’s in it for you” from a business perspective.

PLUS: Get early access to all webinar recordings by subscribing to the Combined Knowledge channel on YouTube >

What is Training+ for Office 365?

17th May, 11am EDT/4PM BST

Rob Pratt, Combined Knowledge

Join us for this 1 hour Webinar where we will show you how you can achieve enhanced productivity through our Training+ for Office 365 App. 

The Training+ platform has been carefully designed and developed by Combined Knowledge's team of experts that bring their knowledge of the Office 365 environment and training expertise straight to your desktop from within your own Office 365 environment. 

Training+ delivers expert Microsoft Office 365 training, on demand, available in 1080p High Definition direct to your Office 365 site. Every module is delivered by content experts and divided into convenient chunks allowing you to learn at your own pace and stop/start as your schedule permits. 

Comprehensive demonstrations and real-world examples designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge to be ultra-productive - all delivered with the friendly and down-to-earth style of an expert classroom trainer. 
Join us to see Training+ in actions and find out how you can become fluent in any Office 365 App. 

PLUS: Get early access to all webinar recordings by subscribing to the Combined Knowledge channel on YouTube >

Configuring SharePoint Hybrid Search and Taxonomy

24th May 2017 10am EDT/3pm BST

Matthew McDermott, SharePoint MVP

This demo filled session will review the latest advances in SharePoint and Office 365 Hybrid Search and Taxonomy. Matthew will demonstrate how to create powerful hybrid search experiences that include SharePoint, File Shares and BCS results both on premises and in Office 365.

You will learn what is required for hybrid search and taxonomy configuration and what you should consider when crafting your hybrid search environment so that your end users can find what they seek no matter where it is stored.

Matthew will show how, through the use of a single unified source for your taxonomy, you can create efficiently tag and find content where ever it resides.

PLUS: Get early access to all webinar recordings by subscribing to the Combined Knowledge channel on YouTube >

Microsoft Teams, Office 365 Groups, SharePoint, Yammer… What Should I Use, and When?

25th May, 10am EDT/ 3pm BST

Dux Raymond Sy, SharePoint MVP and Microsoft Regional Director and Richard Barrett, Senior Technical Solutions Professional


For today's fast-paced, mobile-driven, and globally dispersed workplace, Microsoft offers tons of great ways to effectively communicate and collaborate.But which tools are right for your organisation?

Solutions like Microsoft Teams, Office 365 Groups, Yammer, Skype for Business, SharePoint, OneDrive for Business, PowerApps, and Microsoft Flow all offer something unique to your business. In this interactive session, you will gain practical guidance on finding the right tools to facilitate efficient communications and collaboration both inside and outside the walls of your organisation. We’ll also explain how to drive adoption and keep your chosen solution under control.

Get ready to walk away with the ability to chart a productive and pragmatic collaboration approach that delivers immediate and lasting value to your modern workplace.

Get early access to all webinar recordings by subscribing to the Combined Knowledge channel on YouTube >

Flow & PowerApps

31st May, 10am EDT/3pm BST

Cathy Dew, Product Team, Microsoft

Modern application developers can create powerful solutions. But now information workers can create productivity apps without code that can deliver immediate business impact.

Join me for the roadmap of building custom solutions for enhanced collaboration, data analysis, account processing, business intelligence and mobile integration – using Microsoft Flow and PowerApps.

PLUS: Get early access to all webinar recordings by subscribing to the Combined Knowledge channel on YouTube >

Azure Web Apps for Office Developers

7th June, 10am EDT/3pm BST

Eric Shupps, SharePoint MVP

The Azure platform offers many opportunities for developers to build robust, cloud-first applications that integrate directly with Office 365. Learn how to leverage the power of the Microsoft cloud infrastructure to create solutions with fully-integrated single sign-on and authorization.

Discover tips and tricks for rapidly building, deploying and managing Azure solutions, along with techniques for leveraging the Office 365 API’s from your cloud applications.

PLUS: Get early access to all webinar recordings by subscribing to the Combined Knowledge channel on YouTube >

Go Live with Office 365 Adoption Story

15th June, 10am EDT/3pm BST

Chris Casingena, Combined Knowledge

Other businesses are going to Office 365. Should you? Are you? What are other businesses experiencing in their transition over to the new platform? In this session we will be taking a look at the timeline from the early concepts of why businesses are moving to the cloud, what are the challenges and how exactly do they go live with Office 365. A recent case study will be used to show examples of have a large multinational organisation started their migration to the cloud and what they did to aid adoption. We will learn lessons from real feedback from the users in how they were successful in their delivery.

If you’ve also gone live, don’t worry, this session is still for you. Maintaining that state of good adoption is a tricky thing in an environment that is ever evolving. We will look into making sure that whether you’re part of a small or large organisation that you have success with the adoption of Office 365, no matter what the changes will bring.

PLUS: Get early access to all webinar recordings by subscribing to the Combined Knowledge channel on YouTube >

What’s New This Month with Power BI?

21st June, 10am EDT/3pm BST

Ted Pattison, SharePoint MVP

Ted Pattison reviews and demonstrates the latest features that have been added to Power BI Desktop and the Power BI service.  

If you watch this webinar, you’re guaranteed to learn a few new tips and tricks to keep you up high above your peers on the Power BI learning curve.

PLUS: Get early access to all webinar recordings by subscribing to the Combined Knowledge channel on YouTube >

Office 365 Groups

5th July, 12pm EDT/5pm BST

Christophe Fiessenger, Office 365 Groups Sr. Program Manager Groups, Microsoft

With Office 365 Groups, working together just got easier. But how exactly do Groups work and how can your company use them effectively?
Join Christophe Fiessinger Office 365 Groups Sr. Program Manager at Microsoft on Thursday, July 5 for a live Q&A webinar where you will learn:

  • What Office 365 Groups are, how they work, and what you get when you set one up
  • Use cases and customer stories of how Office 365 Groups can power your teams and projects
  • Prescriptive advice on how IT and governance teams can manage Office 365 Groups

By the end of our webinar, you will understand what Office 365 Groups are and the impact that activating them can have on your organisation.


PLUS: Get early access to all webinar recordings by subscribing to the Combined Knowledge channel on YouTube >

Migrating your data to SharePoint Online

26th July, 10am EDT/3pm BST

Richard Barrett, Senior Technical Solutions Professional, AvePoint UK, Ltd

With all the buzz around the Microsoft Cloud and Office 365, SharePoint 2016, and hybrid innovation, you’re most likely facing a major migration decision. If you’re planning a migration you can count on AvePoint’s expertise to help.
In this session, we’ll explain a four-step process to moving to SharePoint Online:
Discover: Understand the customisations, workflows, information architecture, and amount of content your source environment contains to ensure your migration project goals are achievable.
Assess & Classify: Get a handle on unstructured data in legacy systems and file shares to make more informed decisions regarding what data to keep on premises, what is cloud-ready, and what can be easily removed or archived.
Plan & Design: Identify the people, processes, and technology required to support your hybrid cloud migration. Break the migration down into a series of phases to understand the business implications every step of the way.
Migrate: Utilise industry-leading best practices to complete a successful cloud migration while ensuring minimal business disruption

PLUS: Get early access to all webinar recordings by subscribing to the Combined Knowledge channel on YouTube >



Who's Speaking?

Dux Raymond Sy
CTO AvePoint Public Sector

With over 20 years of business and technology experience, Dux is the CTO of AvePoint Public Sector.

He has successfully driven digital transformation initiatives for commercial, educational, and public sector organizations worldwide.

 A sought after trusted advisor, Dux is the author of “SharePoint for Project Management”. He is a Project Management Professional (PMP), a Microsoft Regional Director (RD), and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) who has authored whitepapers, industry articles, and delivered interactive presentations to over 10,000 people in major industry events worldwide.

Learn more about Dux at and connect with him on

Eric Shupps
SharePoint MVP

Eric Shupps is the founder and President of BinaryWave, a leading provider of enterprise software solutions for SharePoint.

Eric has worked with SharePoint Products and Technologies since 2001 as a consultant, administrator, architect, developer and trainer.

He is an advisory committee member of the Dallas/Ft. Worth SharePoint Community group and participating member of user groups throughout the United Kingdom.

Eric has authored numerous articles on SharePoint, speaks at user group meetings and conferences around the world, and publishes a popular SharePoint blog at

Cathy Dew
Senior Product Marketing Manager at Microsoft

Cathy is a Senior Product Marketing Manager at Microsoft responsible for PowerApps, Microsoft Flow and Stream. Before joining Microsoft, she worked in the consulting world for 10 years and was a Microsoft MVP for 5 years.

She has been focused on working with businesses to build enterprise solutions across numerous verticals and brings this unique perspective to the PowerApps team. Ms. Dew is passionate about the community and has created and managed several community focused user groups, including several groups for Women in Technology.

She has presented numerous sessions at user groups, SharePoint Saturday events, conferences, and training sessions.


Matthew McDermott
Founder and director at Aptillon

Matthew is a founder and director at Aptillon, and an eleven-time Microsoft SharePoint Server MVP.

Matthew specialises in Office 365 and SharePoint Integration, Strategy and Implementation Consulting. He enjoys helping his clients solve business problems with SharePoint. Matthew is a speaker, content author, blogger and specialist in Microsoft technologies focused on web content management, collaboration, search and social computing.



Christophe Fiessinger
Office 365 Groups Sr. Program Manager Groups, Microsoft

As program manager on the Office 365 product marketing team, Christophe is responsible for the Office 365 Groups product strategy and roadmap.

Christophe has worked for Microsoft for over 14 years in both technical and marketing roles in the US and Europe.



Ted Pattison
Author, instructor, co-founder and owner of Critical Path Training

Ted Pattison is an author, instructor, co-founder and owner of Critical Path Training, a company dedicated to education on SharePoint technologies. He is a 10-time recipient of Microsoft’s MVP award for SharePoint Server.

For the last three SharePoint releases Ted has worked with Microsoft’s Developer Platform Evangelism group researching and authoring SharePoint training material for early adopters. Ted started working with SharePoint 2013 in March of 2011 and since that time has led a series of 5-day training classes in which he has already taught hundreds of professional developers how to get started building custom business solutions using the SharePoint 2013 platform.


Richard Barrett
Senior Technical Solutions Professional, AvePoint UK, Ltd.

Working with SharePoint for the past ten years, Richard has worked with numerous public sector organisations to help them plan, build, and launch successful SharePoint deployments.

Day to day, Richard works alongside Public Sector organisations, advising them how to successfully transition to the cloud whilst ensuring that data classification and security is respected at all times.


Rob Pratt
SharePoint and Office 365 Trainer
Combined Knowledge Ltd

Rob Pratt has over 13 years of training/consultancy experience in helping companies to make the most of their IT systems.

His training experience has included delivery of Technical sessions in products such as; Windows Server, Active Directory and Exchange, Web and Database design, VB, VBA, Dreamweaver, Photoshop and Illustrator, the Microsoft Office suite, SharePoint 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016 and Office 365.


Chris Casingena
SharePoint and Office 365 Trainer
Combined Knowledge Ltd

Chris (BSc), has been working with SharePoint for 6 years and had been training SharePoint for over 3 years.

Chris trains users with a long term goal of training administrators. Whilst training and studying SharePoint, Chris also manages the product development for our support+ solution, contributing content for the product and finding ways to improve its functionality.

He has worked on many projects with businesses involving large scale SharePoint implementation and has written courses for the new Nintex and SharePoint 2016 and Office 365 products.