Thrive Conference 2019

The unmissable Thrive Conference is on the 11th – 13th November in Postojna, Slovenia, and this year it’s celebrating its 10th year as a high-level Microsoft technology conference. The renowned ‘participation event’ is an exclusive opportunity to network and learn from recognized and awarded expert speakers in the industry. There will be 39+ speakers sharing their knowledge at Thrive, all of which hold prestigious certificates such as MVPs, MCMs, MCTs, MCSEs and more.  

Whilst you’re there you can expect over 75 high-quality sessions and 70+ hours of collaboration on the latest trends. Not only does the event share a wealth of technical wisdom, but you’ll also get to experience it from the heart of Europe in Slovenia. The team there always strives to make the experience as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

Want to see what everyone else has to say? Check out some of the feedback received from last year’s event:

“It’s unlike a lot of conferences, this is a very confined conference, it takes place within a hotel so it’s a fantastic opportunity to meet all the attendees and socialize with them.”

Brett Lonsdale

“Thrive is actually small enough that you can have a conversation with your audience and they can have a conversation with you.”

Mike Fitzmaurice

“A very intimate experience, you’re very close with the attendees and you get to have a lot of useful conversations and be able to build a connection with the attendees and make new friends as well.”

Spencer Harbar

About Thrive Conference

If you haven’t heard or been to Thrive conference before, here’s everything you need to know about the event and its organizers.

Kompas Xnet is a Microsoft learning partner founded in 1995. Besides learning, they also specialize as an IT services and solutions provider for Microsoft products, their team of experts pride themselves on coping with the most demanding domestic and foreign projects. In 2010, the team of enthusiasts, passionate about the latest technologies, launched their first conference “SharePoint Days”. Since then, they have shared their knowledge and collaborated with IT Pros in the industry, their ultimate mission statement: “only the best is barely good enough!” is at the center of everything they do.

BI Sessions

Two of the most popular modern topics are data science and Power BI, which compliment each other well because you’re able to use data science analysis in Power BI.

You’ll also have a chance here to learn more about the strength of PowerApps, which makes it easier to build apps to collect data, streamline business processes and provides a multitude of benefits to help your organization.

If you’d like to find out more about PowerApps, check out MCSE Daler Sayfiddinov’s blog here on How to create an intelligent document management process using SharePoint and Flow.

Cloud Sessions

Whether you’re already in the cloud, or you’re about to embark on a journey to the cloud, these sessions are essential for learning all the tips and tricks straight from the experts.

If you’d like to find out more about migrating to the cloud, check out this guide by MVP Steve Goodman How to Migrate Exchange to Office 365: Step by Step.

They’ll be sharing their practical experience on hot topics such as how you can secure your environment utilizing Azure, or how to improve your data protection capabilities using Compliance Manager and many more.

They will also be delving deeper into the future of AI and machine learning, so don’t miss these sessions if they’re relevant to you.

Other must-see sessions include why Microsoft Teams has proven to be a powerful tool for many organizations. All of which provide opportunities for in-depth collaboration between employees and external parties.

CXO Sessions

This is a set of chosen topics intended to support decision-makers in building their internal IT strategy and find the right tools for their environment. Many of these sessions will be speaking about the important topic, the “Modern Workplace” which isn’t a tool or service you just buy off the shelf, it’s your very own concept of teamwork.

Development Sessions

C# 8 and .NET Core 3.0 are due to be released in 2019. So, what’s new? And can you already use some of the functionalities? For example, discussions at the event will be around how to build intelligent bots for your modern workplace and why Machine Learning is more present in everyday applications?

Here, the speakers will be demonstrating all the latest features related to Xamarin and the tooling for building mobile apps with .NET and Visual Studio. There will also be a session where you can learn how to build a highly scalable cloud-based tool.

End-User Sessions

This track is intended for Power users, those who aren’t massively technically skilled but keen to throw themselves into the deep end and learn more. The types of discussions you can expect here are:

  • Have you used Microsoft Forms yet?
  • Have you heard of Forms Pro?
  • How do you know when to use Forms v Forms Pro v PowerApps?
  • Learn how anyone can create a Q&A Bot and deploy it to Teams  
  • Find out what is DevOps? Is it a new methodology, a new framework or something completely new altogether?

Exchange Sessions

Having a robust and reliable mail system in the company has never been as important as it is today. Renowned experts from the industry will share the latest and greatest on Exchange Server 2016 and 2019. During these sessions, we’ll be discussing the changes in the most recent CU, how to debug Exchange Active Sync devices and about Hybrid Agent as part of the Modern Hybrid configuration.

Security Sessions

Organizations today are facing unprecedented and sophisticated attacks on their internal IT infrastructure. Some of the more common ones include crypto-jacking, spear phishing, credential hijacking, and more, which often results in data loss or theft of confidential and valuable intellectual property. Microsoft has released an array of tools that can help to secure and protect against these threats.

The cloud also brings new security challenges and raises a lot of questions. So, you can expect some deep-dives on this familiar issue. Moreover, we’ll discuss how to tackle security using Azure’s shared responsibility model that can address any challenge with the right approach.

SharePoint DEV Sessions  

Even with all the changes and transformations that SharePoint is going through, proper metadata and tagging remain a cornerstone of each and every SharePoint implementation, regardless if this occurs in the cloud or on-premises.

These sessions will mostly be covering an overview of the SharePoint landscape. We’ll show you how to extend SharePoint by adding tools and customizations that every team wants: everything from small branding tweaks to full-collaboration applications. We’ll also share real-world examples of great SharePoint design from across our global SharePoint developer community. You can also expect sessions on developing apps for Microsoft Teams.

SharePoint IT Pro Sessions

We’ll also provide a comprehensive overview of the different hybrid features, their key differentiators and how they can benefit your business. What about troubleshooting SharePoint servers and SharePoint Online? Join us to understand how Office 365 Groups work. We will also give you essential database administration skills for SharePoint professionals.

“Ask the Expert” Sessions

Got a technical question you’ve been dying to know the answer to? Save these for the Ask the Expert sessions! This can add a lot of value to your conference experience because it’ll give you an opportunity to hear professional advice straight from the experts.

Pre-Conference Workshops

Thrive Conference takes place from the 12th-13th November with pre-conference full-day tutorials on the 11th.

  • Christian Nagel: Moving to .NET Core  More >
  • Thomas Gölles and Stephan Bisser: A chatbot in a day More >
  • Spencer Harbar and Thomas Vochten: SharePoint Server 2019 and Hybrid Masterclass More >
  • Nenad Trajkovski: MS PROJECT 2019 from zero to hero More >
  • Penelope Coventry and Keith Whatling: App/Flow in a Day More >
  • Saša Kranjac: Azure Core Infrastructure PowerClass Workshop More >

How to Register

You can register for the two-day event for €550,00 + VAT here.

How to travel?

Getting to Thrive is easy because it’s in the heart of Europe. Postojna is only 50km from Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. You can also access the event via Trieste airport which is only 70km from the venue.

Why attend Thrive Conference?

  • 77 Sessions delivered in English
  • “Ask the expert” sessions
  • Perfect opportunity to get in touch with top experts
  • Build your support network
  • Delicious warm meals (2x lunch & 1 dinner), refreshments and evening event are included
  • Comfortable and affordable accommodation
  • Breath-taking venue – Postojna cave
  • A chance to explore Slovenia
  • Find out more here

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About the Author

Siegfried Jagott

Siegfried is a Microsoft MVP for Office Apps and Services. He has great expertise in Office 365 implementations with a special focus on Security, Messaging and Identity for international customers.

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