European Collaboration Summit 2017 – Zagreb

European Collaboration Summit – Zagreb – May 29th- 31st 2017.

Zagreb - St Marks Church

I’ve just returned home from what is possibly one of the greatest community conferences in the world in the wonderful city of Zagreb. Previously known as SPC Adriatics, the European Collaboration Summit brought together some of the best speakers from all over Europe and the Americas. In total 19 countries were represented with 46 MVPs, 4 Microsoft FTEs, 2 Microsoft Certified Architects and 8 Microsoft Certified Masters!

Held over 3 days, with all day pre-conference workshops on the first day, followed by 2 full days of sessions across 5 tracks, this conference provides a whole raft of content on all the latest and greatest features of Office 365 collaboration tools. As my session was right after the keynote, I was able to deliver that and then relax and enjoy the rest of the conference myself. It’s a great opportunity to catch up with old colleagues and friends as well as explore some of the sessions.

I delivered a re-vamped Office 365 identity session with additional content around the new Synchronised Identity with Pass Through Authentication. The video that I ran in the session will hopefully go up on my You Tube channel over this weekend, I just need to record a voice over as there’s no audio on it currently.

In the meantime, here’s the slides uploaded to


During the session we talked about Group based licensing in Office 365 and ran through it in the slides, but due to time constraints and the will of the audience, we switched to covering the branding of Office 365 logins and ADFS. If you’d like to see Group Based licensing in action, take a look at the video I created about it here.

The conference ended with the usual prize giving and raffle session along with the big announcement that next years European Collaboration Summit would be moving to Mainz in Germany, just outside Frankfurt. It will run from June 12th to the 14th. Whilst I’m sad to see the conference move from Zagreb which has proved to be a most excellent city to visit, the move to Germany will allow for a much larger audience and make the conference more accessible to the rest of Europe.

I can’t close this post without a big thank you to all the speakers and attendees and most importantly to the 4 key organisers of the conference, Branke, Nenad, Adis and Toni. These guys do a most excellent job and I’m pleased to call them friends. Even better, they’re being joined next year by another friend of mine, Matthias Einig (CEO of Rencore) for the new and improved ECS in 2018.

I hope to see you there as I certainly will be!


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