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Ep 26 – Power Platform Conference: Insights on Microsoft content with Heather Cook

August 23, 2023


Discover the highlights of the Power Platform Conference in this episode of Dynamics Hotdish, guest Heather Cook, Principal Manager at Microsoft, delve into the event’s cutting-edge content. Heather sheds light on keynotes featuring Charles and other industry leaders, emphasizing the integration of Power Platform apps within Teams and the co-pilot functionalities spanning Microsoft 365. She elaborates on the growing role of AI and generative AI in the low-code landscape, enabling users to create sophisticated applications with ease. Heather unveils the engaging interaction between attendees and product teams, with sessions, focus groups, and roundtable discussions offering deep insights and technical skill-building opportunities. The episode also hints at exciting announcements on AI advancements, encouraging listeners to watch Microsoft’s blogs for updates. With over a hundred sessions, workshops, and a plethora of expert speakers, this episode offers an immersive exploration of Power Platform’s future.

Show Notes:

Heather Cook, Principal Manager at Microsoft, https://www.linkedin.com/in/heathernewman/
My personal why is spreading joy and connecting people. I believe we are all connected, and that blending digital literacy and technology with empathy and listening is how we elevate each other in the world.

For more than 20 years I have been building communities and a champion and mentor for women’s issues and Diversity & Inclusion in Technology. Over the years, as a business owner, consultant, award-winning Chief Marketing Officer, producer, writer, podcast host, and Office Apps and Services Microsoft MVP, I’ve built thousands of programs, communities, high-value strategies, and storytelling to businesses and individuals through marketing their products and services.

I am thrilled to use my days to build community as Principal PM Manager for Microsoft’s Low Code Application and Automation Platform also called Power Platform.

And as well, by night, I write, podcast, and speak about employee engagement and healthy workplaces and mentor entrepreneurs (including women and students), helping businesses and individuals maximize their results by telling their best stories. And I try to sleep a bit too.

I also host the interview-style podcast, Mavens Do It Better – www.mavensdoitbetter.com, where I am humbled and grateful to hear and share stories from extraordinary experts who bring light to our world.

I love noodling on ideas and helping my fellow humans #Flipthescript on old narratives and negativity. I know we can do anything when we do it from a place of unity, love, hope, change, reform, and kindness. Empathy makes us human. Action makes us warriors.

Quotable moments:

  • “It’s the moments between the sessions.”
  • “When you find your community, you find your belonging.”
  • “Be a lurker, lurkers are learners.”
  • [Local User groups are] “the entry point to Community.”

Microsoft Power Platform Conference: https://powerplatformconf.com/

Sponsors (Check out the media section!): https://powerplatformconf.com/#!/showinfo

PPC sessions: https://powerplatformconf.com/#!/sessions

Microsoft Copilot: https://adoption.microsoft.com/en-us/copilot/

PPC Microsoft speakers: https://powerplatformconf.com/#!/speakers

Microsoft Build announcements: https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/industry/blog/technetuk/2023/05/24/a-look-at-the-announcements-from-microsoft-build-2023/

Community Days: https://www.communitydays.org/

Microsoft User Groups: https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/community/findgroups

Dynamics User Group Meetups: https://dynamicsusergroup.com/meetup/

In case you weren’t aware of what a sticky wicket is (Ashley didn’t know either…): https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sticky%20wicket

Power Platform Community Call: https://pnp.github.io/

Check out our first podcast on the Power Platform Conference content with Asif Rehmani: https://dynamicshotdish.com/podcast/ep-22-power-platform-conference-preview-with-asif-rehmani/

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