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Technical communities happen to be necessary to the development from the Microsoft ecosystem.  I’ve had the truly amazing chance to assist organize SharePoint Saturday in the past of  its’ beginning, participate like a speaker in a variety of user groups like Electricity Azure Gov meetup, and support new community groups like aOS Community. With these community participation, I’ve learned a great deal from skillfully developed, enabled me to provide to the broader community, and expanded my professional network, which frequently results in business possibilities.

What’s better still is Microsoft’s commitment and support towards the community by sponsoring occasions and conferences, supplying swags as well as delivering loudspeakers. This past year, to place icing around the cake, Microsoft Tech Community premiered. This network can serve as the central hub to facilitate engagement among Microsoft, customers and also the broader community.  Take a look at my conversation with Anna Chu this past year as she highlighted the launch.

I’d the truly amazing privilege to catchup with Anna to discover the most recent using the Microsoft Tech Community, what Microsoft holds for that community at Microsoft Ignite and just what the Microsoft Ignite community reporter program is about.

Relax, enjoy and relax another episode of “The Route to #MSIgnite”!

Dux: Hi everybody, hello. Thanks for visiting another episode of “Dux Quax Route to Ignite.” It’s an attractive sunny day within San antonio.

Anna: Yeah, and it is type of crazy warm. I do not think I’m in San antonio. Personally i think like I’m in L.A., or really Personally i think like I’m in Sydney.

Dux: Oh, Sydney?

Anna: Yeah, since this is the standard weather.

Dux: Does Sydney have this hot?

Anna: Ok last one.

Dux: Oh, wow.

Anna: Yeah, I’m still in celsius, incidentally, metric. So over 30 levels Celsius is, like, typical Sydney weather.

Dux: And I’m glad the smoke is cleaning, you realize? It’s been smoky yesteryear couple days. It’s funny after i consider the weather application it states, “Smoky” for San antonio. I’ve never witnessed that, smoky.

Anna: Blame Canada.

Dux: Exactly. Well, I am talking about..

Anna: It’s their fault. They’re getting it over.

Dux: That’s true, that’s true. Well, anyway, Anna, so happy to have you. Appreciate wishing about this commute beside me. A San antonio commute could be crazy.

Anna: It may be, yes.

Dux: Yeah, so listen. Why do you not rapidly introduce yourself? After which I wanna speak with you about lots of goodness that’s coming lower the pipe.

Anna: Yeah, so I’m Anna Chu. I lead community technique for Microsoft ‘office’, i run the MVP program for Office service and services. I’m type of doing lots of work centered on Microsoft Ignite, because that’s like, jeeze, it’s under seven days away. Are you able to accept is as true?

Dux: I am talking about, it had been just, like, this past year I had been speaking for you at Ignite.

Anna: Mm-hmm, yeah. So lots happening. So I’m type of a little bit of an expanded role considering Microsoft Ignite for the entire company, and considering community strategy, and MVP engagement particularly. Exactly how should we have more MVPs involved, provide them with the woking platform to showcase their expertise and interact with attendees?

Dux: Sure. So talking about communities, I understand whenever we spoke this past year, in those days I believe Tech Community only agreed to be launched.

Anna: Yeah.

Dux: You can as well tell everyone about Tech Community and also the exciting stuff that’s been happening this season with Microsoft Tech Community?

Anna: Yeah, therefore we had an excellent year this past year. We launched the Microsoft Tech Community at Ignite in September. So we positioned it as being a residential area for this pros and tech enthusiasts for connecting with one another, for connecting with Microsoft, to discover product news and updates, share guidelines. And it is been doing this well. We hit approximately 70,000 people a week ago, so we already hit 71,000 now. And we’ve arrived at millions of unique users in May, therefore we hit a significant milestone there, which really shows us that people made a great bet when it comes to relocating to this platform, getting people more access so that you can find results through their internet search engine or choice. So yeah, it’s been doing really awesome.

Dux: And i believe they has been doing an extraordinary job curating and handling the community. Because clearly people will go and publish and get questions, but everyone facilitate such things as, “Ask me anything,” relevant blogs exist, content from occasions exist, too. Which, for me personally, why is me wanna return.

Anna: That’s the vision. We all know that it is super challenging that people determine what they’re searching for, right? There’s so many disparate locations that you can check out. So we kinda required to build this to ensure that we’re able to easily centralize. We wanted to construct a house for some individuals to maneuver to. So you’ll start to see the, you realize, even from your blog perspective, there exists a much more blogs beginning to write within the Tech Community which are a lot more detailed than a specific item on, say, Office blogs, that is a lot more like, “Hey, Premier tier 1 bulletins.” Sometimes, you realize, we are able to cover stuff that are a bit more finish-user focused. But we all know IT pros, they need their detail. They wanna hear the insights in the product team, engineering team directly. So we’re providing them with a platform to wax lyrical about this.

So yeah, we’re gradually adding more features. The Tech Community store in September 2016 isn’t the same Tech Community the thing is today. We didn’t have blogs whenever we first launched. We didn’t have “Ask Microsoft Anything,” that’s what we should call our AMAs. And we’re doing much more. With Ignite 2017 coming nearby, we certainly wanna make certain that many that Ignite submissions are very well ingested in the tech community. So we’re considering making not just all of the slide decks available and tracks available, but we wanna allow it to be simpler that people communicate with loudspeakers, even though you weren’t at Microsoft Ignite, right? Because…yeah.

Dux: And that’s an excellent part, right? Because beyond Ignite, I recall this past year, Tech Summit, for instance, where basically Microsoft required Ignite towards the road, and it is a totally free event. As well as if people weren’t in a position to attend Tech Summit, the content’s there, people can inquire, they are able to discuss it. And So I believe that really was, very well done.

Anna: Yeah. So we realize that, you realize, we are able to always perform a better job. Because, you realize, we simply desired to showcase that functionally the website could work to allow, you realize, on-demand accessibility slides, and tracks, and may facilitate discussion. The next phase to consider for all of us would be to make certain that everybody from Microsoft can there be, as numerous MVPs as you possibly can are engaged also to add their perspective to individuals conversations. So yeah, like, I’m always open for brand new ideas, too, and just what are going to to enhance.

Dux: So question, so seeing the development from the community, something that sticks out for you personally? Like, do you know the most typical topics? Do you know the most typical questions? Or any type of interaction that sticks out for you personally?

Anna: I am talking about, there are numerous different styles that stick out for me personally. Those that really produce lots of pleasure are the type where individuals share, “Oh my God, for somebody to possess published this really is truly amazing because it’s really altered generate income consider a specific product, or it’s completely reduced a lot of time I spend doing admin,” or such things as that. So, you realize, people thanking others is one thing that’s a real highlight for me personally.

Dux: That’s awesome. And that’s past the day-to-day work and technology, but it’s truly making connections. It’s the essence of community, right?

Anna: Yeah.

Dux: I am talking about, I’m able to speak personally, being involved with a SharePoint community, boy, I’d say over ten years now, it’s just phenomenal. And often, you realize, my buddies, or perhaps my loved ones outdoors of the business, like, “Why are you currently speaking in a SharePoint Saturday? That’s work.” I am going, “No, you do not understand. It’s such as this whole…” The example has, like, if you want Jimmy Buffet, there’s lots of Buffet-heads, right? Or David Bowie. So it’s that sort of fervor and fervour, that is awesome. Now I do not learn about other tech communities, but this is actually another thing.

Anna: Ok last one, and you will find certainly those who are really being bold. I am talking about, MVPs do an excellent job. You will find those who are literally logging in every day, a minimum of replying, or posting once, or shout to the MVPs who’ve made the city an excellent spot to be. But in addition, there’s rising individuals who, you realize, I can tell in the individual level that they’ve elevated the amount of posts which are arriving more frequently, and they’re a lot like pegged to potentially be MVPs, too. Simply because they clearly are showing value, they’re not only arriving and discussing random stuff that aren’t of great interest.

Dux: Right, and extremely helping people, the essence from the MVP program, right?

Anna: Exactly.

Dux: Yeah. Well, talking about Ignite, right? So let’s unpack Ignite. Are you able to share the goodness available? I understand that there’s lots of bulletins made already, from sessions, towards the party at Universal Studios. But something that folks ought to be keen and aware or, and they should expect to?

Anna: Yeah, there’s a lot happening. I am talking about, everybody spends considerable time prioritizing the wedding, therefore we wanna make certain it’s an incredible experience, you realize? In the sessions that people curate, towards the different networking possibilities for individuals, we have a great deal happening. So we can begin using the pre-days. People may not know we have a specific…we have about over 30 different pre-days that individuals can pick to go to.

Dux: Pre-day workshops, right?

Anna: They’re pre-day workshops. There’s electric power charge associated with that, but have a look and find out if there’s any pre-days that will appeal to you. They’re all scheduled on the Sunday, so you would need to travel into Orlando by Saturday evening simply to make certain that you’re well rested before an entire day, eight hrs of the workshop. So there’s that. So I would suggest people have a look. We have, outdoors of simply keynotes and breakouts, general sessions, there exists a large amount of community theater sessions. Which are actually should you wanna hear third-party MVPs guidelines, how-to guides. We’ve got some short 20-minute sessions that people just absorb and discover, you realize, different perspectives, whether it’s…

Dux: And individuals are bite size and extremely straight to the stage?

Anna: Yeah. So, you realize, we’ve canvassed the city for that the best submissions. Honestly, I had been completely floored by the amount of submissions this season. I needed to process, you realize, over 1,000 different submissions between our community theater sessions, meet-ups, and podcast submissions, too. So it’s likely to be an incredible event. I truly wanna make certain people prioritize visiting the community theater sessions, coming by to some meet-up. So it’s an excellent chance for somebody, particularly if you’re likely to Ignite on your own out on another know an individual. The meet-ups make the perfect chance that you should find those who are like yourself. If you are an Office365 admin, if you are an information researcher, arrived at our meet-ups and, you realize, find others which you may possess a, you realize, great future networking chance with, right?

Dux: Sure. I am talking about, for me personally, the greatest worth of Ignite, I am talking about, certainly all of the sessions are phenomenal, but there’s a lot. The good thing is, lots of it’s recorded, and also the top sessions are broadcast, and a number of them live. However for me, the greatest value is, you realize, true social media, right? It’s meeting face-to-face, understanding people, speaking by what works, what doesn’t work. With technology, with Microsoft Tech Community, it’s that lasting relationship we are able to have past the event.

Anna: Yes, absolutely. And for many people who feel a bit uncomfortable making buddies, I truly discover that Ignite, those who are there, they’re really friendly. Simply, like, striking a discussion within the meal hall, you will be amazed at the sorts of people you meet. You may meet someone who’s literally out of your home town. You may meet somebody that does the very same role while you however for another company. And, you realize, best practice discussing, experience discussing is simply phenomenal.

Dux: As well as for me, I believe the easiest method to start individuals connections, don’t wait until Ignite. I am talking about, when you register, visit Tech Community and you will see people speaking about, “Oh, I will Ignite. Here’s what I’m gonna do.” So aside from all of the day-to-day activities, prepare and make certain you take a look at all of the evening fun too. Clearly there’s the large party at Universal, but there’s a lot of things happening, and that’s where one can meet lots of wonderful people, too.

Anna: Mm-hmm, totally. Well, you have a unique role at Ignite, right?

Dux: Yeah, well, thanks. I’m so grateful. I’m so excited. Personally i think like, you realize whenever you watch the Oscars, and there’s, like, Ryan Seacrest kinda?

Anna: You’re Ryan Seacrest.

Dux: I’m the Ryan Seacrest of…

Anna: For Microsoft Ignite.

Dux: That’s an excellent compliment. But no, thanks. So I’m really excited to take part in Ignite Live. And perhaps, Anna, you wanna kinda discuss what this really is? This really is completely new, which is really exciting.

Anna: Yeah. Therefore we found a lot of excellent people, like Dux, who’ll become community reporters. There exists a couple of this option who definitely are covering specifics topics or products that you will worry about. So we’ll have people covering data science, we’ll have people covering Home windows, Azure, Office365, along with other topics that could be of great interest for you, for example women running a business technology, ease of access, you realize? Stuff that are actually essential in 2017 as well as in a long time.

Therefore we wanted to own community reporters a platform so that you can share out their experience at Ignite, but additionally participate your day one live stream. So for individuals individuals who have no idea, we’re live streaming the important thing notes. The overall sessions, many of them are running concurrently, so you’ve different channels to select from. So if you’re in a position to come along virtually, you realize, get the coffee or perhaps your popcorn ready and merely see a couple of in our sessions, build relationships us within the Tech Community, inform us that which you like, that which you don’t like. Stop us, you realize, informed on Twitter. Share out what you believe is actually great. Yeah.

Dux: Boy, I’m so excited. I am talking about, as being a community reporter, first of all I believe this can be a wonderful idea. It proves your commitment, Microsoft’s dedication to really expand the achieve. And whether or not you’re at Ignite or otherwise, you may still engage. As being a community reporter, like, the very first day I’m searching toward the important thing note, and also the interactions that people can push out. And it is not only the first day, like, every single day I’m already kinda thinking about the blogs I’m gonna publish, the Tweets, you realize, the selfies, and certainly gonna Periscope, Facebook Live, or whatever new technologies are available. And lots of the posts is going to be on Microsoft Tech Community. So certainly everyone may have real-time use of it.

And also the community, or I’d say, the audience from the reporters are lots of the truly amazing folks who are active in the community too. So you have [inaudible 00:14:39] Buckley, Alistair [inaudible 00:14:40], Laura Rodgers, Magnus in [inaudible 00:14:43]. So it’s destined to be fun, so make certain everyone stay tuned in. And when you’re there at Ignite, we’d like to talk with you. And the easiest way, I suppose, for connecting and achieve out is, you realize, on Twitter. We are on Twitter. So I’m @meetDux. Or you will see the profiles, though I know it’ll maintain the Tech Community. And yeah, this really is something really exciting.

Anna: Yeah, it’s the very first time we’re doing the work, so all the best. No, it’s destined to be great. I’m really excited. Time is actually gonna fly by, but it’s destined to be an excellent event.

Dux: Guess what happens we’re able to do? Maybe I possibly could rent a vehicle and make a move such as this, live stream in the vehicle, you realize? Pick individuals from the airport terminal, or otherwise the airport terminal, your accommodation towards the convention center. Or possibly during the night, you realize, driving to occasions. And perhaps we’re able to earn money from it. I possibly could do Uber, you realize?

Anna: I believe so. I believe Uber’s is going to be difficult to find, or perhaps a Lyft.

Dux: Yeah, maybe I ought to join Uber at this time.

Anna: Maybe, I believe that might be good. I do not determine if you’ll obtain a five-star rating, though.

Dux: No, why? This drive isn’t bad.

Anna: I do not know, that speed bump was kinda weird.

Dux: Ok last one, I understand. That’s just like a one-star list, actually.

Anna: Yeah.

Dux: Okay, so after Ignite, yeah? So it’s great, there’s lots of nutrients in Tech Community. But maybe there is Tech Summits again? Because which was really awesome.

Anna: Yeah, we’re getting the show back on the highway in 2017, 2018. So we have 14 metropolitan areas planned. We’ve planned to start in Sydney in November, late November.

Dux: Was that intentional?

Anna: I would have provided away a scoop, but yeah, you will see more details to be released in August. So yeah. Therefore we certainly are intending to meet everybody during these metropolitan areas. We’re likely to some metropolitan areas that we’ve never visited before, so that’ll be fun. I am not gonna share that. Everyone can hold back until August to discover all of the different metropolitan areas. But there are several metropolitan areas that we’re revisiting, too. And also the focus will change, like, for instance, this past year I believe you had been in D.C., right?

Dux: Yes.

Anna: Yeah, therefore we do wanna return to D.C. again and talk a bit more about public sector. And you will see some, you realize, occasions that we’re concentrating on developers. Because within the metropolitan areas where they’re located, there’s lots of developers. Therefore we wanna achieve to them. But typically, a lot of the metropolitan areas are extremely centered on IT pros, IT pro content. The Tech Summit is a bit different this season. So this past year we’d 2 days of content. We’re shifting things where we’re getting an initial day’s content and also the second day is going to be workshops.

Dux: That’s awesome, yeah.

Anna: Yeah, so a minimum of there’s additional time that people dive much deeper into learning and getting together with our facilitators there. We all know that, you realize, people aren’t in a position to prioritize here we are at a few of these things, therefore if we provide you with a dedicated day-to mark in your calendar you prioritized that, that’s good. And yet another great factor relating to this is that this is free of charge.

Dux: It’s free, it’s awesome. And it is virtually taking, literally, Ignite towards the road, the very best of Ignite, right?

Anna: Yes.

Dux: And That I assume, much like Tech Summit this past year, it’ll have Microsoft folks presenting, MVP is presenting, [inaudible 00:17:59] folks presenting.

Anna: Yes. And actually, we’ve more MVPs presenting in Tech Summits this season, within this coming number of Tech Summits. So we’ll have community theater too. You will see them in the “Ask the Experts” panel, which we all do around the conclusion on the very first day. We type of have a add there. So certainly more MVP participation. We actually wanna see, you realize, assist the locals there understand who the MVPs are, the things they focus on, and kinda discover their whereabouts for action once they provide the content. Yeah.

Dux: Awesome, that’s great. Well, lots of goodness, Anna. And I know these next couple of several weeks is going to be crazy in love with you, but I know it’s destined to be good.

Anna: Yeah, I do not have lots of breathing space between Ignite and Tech Summits. So yeah, I’ll certainly be consuming lots of energy drinks, I believe.

Dux: So on the top of this fun, but crazy, but hectic agenda, would you take a moment on your own, or any guilty pleasure that you simply wanna share that individuals have no idea?

Anna: Yeah, well, I actually do watch lots of Netflix, I have to admit. Sometimes, like, all I wanna do is watch “Parks and Recreation” for, like, the tenth some time and you need to be a vegetable for some time. Because, you realize, all these things are really exhausting. But man, I’m, like, really into “Games of Thrones” at this time, obviously.

Dux: I still haven’t began that.

Anna: Are you currently kidding me?

Dux: Well, just like you using the time I’ve, I only watch this on the flight, since i download to my phone. However I just finished “House of Cards,” it had been really awesome.

Anna: Yes, “House of Cards” is amazing. I can’t wait for a year of this, too. But I’m kinda jealous, because which means you’re able to binge watch six seasons straight, or seven seasons, rather. Yeah, so, you realize, which will remove a whole two several weeks for you personally.

Dux: That’s true.

Anna: But it’s an incredible show. You’ve gotta see it.

Dux: Okay, okay. Well, Anna, we’re here.

Anna: Many thanks for that lift, it had been awesome.

Dux: Thanks a lot.

Anna: Let’s do that again.

Dux: Without a doubt. Make certain y’all arrived at Ignite. And Anna’s Twitter handle is about this video. Interact with her. Take a look at Microsoft Tech Community. Apart from that, possess a great day, and we’ll help you within the next episode of “Dux Quax Route to Ignite.” Ciao.

Anna: Many thanks, bye!

Dux: Bye.