DWCNZ 2016 Review

By Debbie Ireland, Organiser


Organisers Debbie and Mark with Jordana Borensztajn, Keynote Speaker

DWCNZ (held at the Langham, Auckland in August) wraps up our conference events for 2016. A HUGE thank you to all who participated!

As our 21st event across the region, #DWCNZ had a definite party atmosphere and the organisation of sessions into four streams (Business Productivity, Technical Rockstars, Thought Leadership and Case Studies) received great feedback from attendees.

Of all the feedback, the most outstanding was the need for MORE Thought Leadership sessions: topics including change management, communication, strategy and skills development. We aim to broaden our selection in this area at the next event.

For those of you who found it difficult to decide which sessions to attend that are scheduled simultaneously, read Dorje’s blog below on some tips for next year!

Attendees enjoyed the Exhibitor area where they could see products and new developments, and speak directly to providers. Our Platinum sponsor Microsoft’s Experimental Device Stand was also kept busy.

With the 2016 Keynote we aimed to provide “something for everyone”, which included both a strategic focus by Michael Sampson, and creative content by Jordana Borensztajn – I think we achieved that!

Jordana’s keynote on “Bringing Creativity into your Digital World” brought a welcome change from product-focussed sessions, and had attendees thinking along very relevant lines of content and creativity in their own roles. Some great key takeaways, delivered in a humorous and enthusiastic style, made this a memorable part of the event.

Susan Hanley would have to take the most popular speaker award based on the survey responses and evaluations, with Patricia McMillan and Oscar Trimboli also highly rated. Thank you to all our awesome speakers!

Who attended?

Of the almost 400 delegates at #DWCNZ, most industries were represented, including a range from both large enterprise and smaller businesses now embarking on the Office 365 journey.

With our shift away from “just SharePoint”, many companies are seeing the benefits of having project team members and business champions attend the Digital Workplace event and receive the benefits of networking and learning possibilities. Technical roles were able to attend both the more deep dive sessions and everyone got to learn from the case studies.

Your feedback – what did you say

The evaluations have again provided us with useful feedback – with 100% of delegate respondents so far, reporting that they found the information presented at the conference moderately to extremely useful.

As always, we get a mix of awesome comments and things we could look to improve on, and we take all these on board when planning future events. Here’s some of what you said…

  • Great to have 2 keynotes, great to have one in the domain and the other beyond, but related to it.
  • Great content this year. Would like to see more international speakers like Susan Hanley if possible.
  • I liked the more business and thought leadership-oriented subjects and especially on how to present digital topics to non-digital natives.
  • Loving the four streams with the different focus points.
  • The point of attending a conference is to access timely information and insights not available via UTube.
  • More case studies please.

What’s next?

It doesn’t stop for us! 2017 dates for New Zealand are now confirmed! – so SAVE THE DATETues 23 & Wed 24 May – and even better… a SUPER Early Bird price where you will save $350 off the full price is available if you register now!

We expect to have an agenda up mid-January, but if you have any ideas for what you would like to hear about, please email us: events@sharethepoint.com – OR if you have a Case Study, or topic you think would work, please submit your session here  – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DWCNZ2017

Interested in next year’s events?  Subscribe or update your preferences here.

Thank you again to everyone who made these events work! The speakers for their preparation with demonstrations, and content, the sponsors for their active participation and leading the way, and everyone who attended by adding energy and passion to the ever-growing Digital Workplace Community, and to the organising team for pulling it all together! See you in 2017!

Blog posts and reviews from speakers

  1. Michael Sampson (Keynote speaker) – DWCNZ Review
  2. Lee Stevens (Intergen) DWCNZ Blog
  3. Dorje McKinnon (Vajra) – why you should go to DWC in 2017!
  4. Darrell Webster’s (BitTitan) Conference experience on Sway
  5. Steve Knutson (Stratos Technology Partners)
    SharePoint Online Provisioning PnP
    Collaborating with SharePoint Online

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ShareThePoint Ltd is a Gold Sponsor and organiser of the 2016 New Zealand Digital Workplace Conference. We are proud to present this as our 21st event (across Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia).

deb2016_120pxDebbie Ireland is the Managing Director of ShareThePoint Ltd , a New Zealand company which specialises in SharePoint training and consulting, along with organising SharePoint Conferences in New Zealand, Australia and Southeast Asia. She has been an MVP since 2009. Debbie’s focus is in helping people understand the business capability and productivity gains that SharePoint/O365 can provide.