What we're about

Welcome to the Microsoft Cloud (South Coast) User Group!
This user group is for anyone interested in Microsoft 365 and Azure; we focus on all three clouds of the Microsoft platform: Business Applications, Modern Workplace and Azure.

The User Group is a free to attend event, hosted at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton on the first Tuesday of each month, kicking off at 7pm.

Unlike other User Groups (who typically focus on a single area); the South Coast User Group rotates its focus quarterly, covering - Biz Apps, Azure and Modern Workplace.

We typically have 2-3 sessions per meetup, with each session lasting between 20-40 minutes. Anyone is welcome to submit a session - all sessions will be scheduled (no approval or review process).

The South Coast User Group is proudly supported by Microsoft, Mexa Recruitment CPS. These sponsors help support the cost of venue hire and providing food and drink for all attendees (beer and pizza!). There's usually some SWAG being handed out too!

Registration, event dates, and the agenda are published via our Meetup page. Alternatively, if you follow our LinkedIn or Twitter channels – you’ll see regular updates and announcements.

The group is hosted by the community, for the community.

Useful Links:
Meetup:      https://www.meetup.com/MCSCUG/
Submit a session: https://sessionize.com/south-coast-user-group/
LinkedIn:      https://www.linkedin.com/company/microsoft-cloud-south-coast-user-group/
Twitter:      https://twitter.com/mcscug

# Code of Conduct

This code of conduct outlines our expectations for participants within the South Coast User Group.

This user group is to be a fun, safe place for all to learn and grow within the area of Microsoft cloud security.

We actively encourage an inclusive and diverse community regardless of:

  • Age
  • Colour
  • Ethnicity
  • Religion or Beliefs
  • Disability
  • Gender
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Race
  • Ability or lack of ability
  • Nationality or accent

We are a diverse tech community where we are all individuals with differences, but we are all members, and we can all learn from each other.

We expect every member of this group to respect each other whether they are attending or presenting at our group.

Any unacceptable behaviour at our groups will result in you being unable to attend our events in the future. If anybody has any concerns to raise, please contact the team on Twitter or via the contact form on this site.

Upcoming events (4+)

February 2023 - South Coast User Group Meetup

Hilton at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton

South Coast User Group - monthly (in-person) Meet-up.
Time: Arrive for 18:45, 19:00 start.
Location: The Ageas Bowl, Southampton.
Meeting Room: Lakeview Bar, Upper Ground Floor, Hilton Hotel.
Food and Drink for all attendees will be served at 20:00.

If you would like to speak at a future User Group, please let us know!
South Coast User Group: Call for Speakers/Papers @ Sessionize.com

19:00 - Why "what to use when" is the wrong question - Terence Rabe
Adoption and Change Manager at Transparity

The Office 365 is an amazing toolkit full of great apps, but some of them seem to overlap. This creates confusion which can frustrate users, negatively impacts productivity, and gives users an excuse to revert back to legacy or shadow IT solutions. This session will help IT leaders to identify when the question of "what to use when" is the symptom instead of the problem and how to create a plan to lead their organisations to greater clarity in using Office 365.

19:30 - Accelerating Azure Landing Zone Delivery - Aaron Cross, Azure Solution Architect at KPMG UK

The story of KPMG's award-winning landing zone accelerator. A look at how we approach accelerating landing zone delivery and automate the process end-to-end. We'll explore our approach to industry alignment, how we leverage Enterprise Scale and some of the challenges we've seen across the industry over the past 12 months.

20:00 - Food/Drink
Usually Curry, Chilli or Pizza, washed down with Tea, Coffee, Beer or a soft drink!

20:30 - Managing Azure Storage & Data using NetApp's BlueXP - Anthony Mashford
BlueXP gives you visibility into your entire data estate through its unified control plane, along with data services and consistent operational policies and processes across environments.

If you would like to speak at a future User Group, please let us know!
South Coast User Group: Call for Speakers/Papers @ Sessionize.com

March 2023 - South Coast User Group Meetup

Hilton at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton

South Coast User Group - monthly (in-person) Meet-up.
Time: Arrive for 18:45, 19:00 start.
Location: The Ageas Bowl, Southampton.
Meeting Room: Lakeview Bar, Upper Ground Floor, Hilton Hotel.
Food and Drink for all attendees will be served at 20:00.

19:00 - 19:30 - Dox42 - Let's (Power) Automate all your D365 & M365 Documents – Johannes Linder, Lead Technical Evangelist at dox42

Real life business processes require document automation for quotes, reports, contracts, emails, PowerPoints, etc. dox42 ignites the potential of the entire Microsoft ecosystem by automatically generating these documents with data from all your sources.

What you will see in the session:

  • Overview & live demo of the technical options and challenges when it comes to document automation.
  • Document generation where it is needed: from a Power App, a Power Automate Flow, directly in your Dynamics 365 applications, SharePoint, Teams & many more.
  • Easy document design in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint with tables, conditions, text modules, barcodes, charts, images, etc.
  • Combination of data sources: SharePoint, M365, D365 FinOps, CE & BC, Web Services, SQL & many more.

19:30 - 20:00 - My journey with the Power Platform - Jon Russell

I want to take you on a journey from client side application support where I learnt about the best practices of customer service and listening to the client and what they truly want to becoming a Power Platform consultant and the challenges that I faced transitioning from reactive to proactive working environments and the difference between customer and client.

This is my story about my mental health; my love of Power Automate; trying to overcome blog writers block; and the path I took into consultancy.

20:00 - 20:30 - Curry + Drink

20:30 - 21:00 - TBC
If you would like to speak at a future User Group, please let us know!
South Coast User Group: Call for Speakers/Papers @ Sessionize.com

April 2023 - South Coast User Group Meetup

Hilton at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton

South Coast User Group - monthly (in-person) Meet-up.
Time: Arrive for 18:45, 19:00 start.
Location: The Ageas Bowl, Southampton.
Meeting Room: Lakeview Bar, Upper Ground Floor, Hilton Hotel.
Food and Drink for all attendees will be served at 20:00.

If you would like to speak at a future User Group, please let us know!
South Coast User Group: Call for Speakers/Papers @ Sessionize.com

19:00 - Approaches to Managing data exfiltration in a work from anywhere world - Graham Hosking, Lighthouse Global - Director, Advisory Sales

This session will be based around common exfiltration tactics when using M365, endpoint and on premises. We'll not only demo technical abilities but walk through the detection, people and process to triage these type of events.

19:30 - TBC

20:00 - Food!

20:30 - TBC

May 2023 - South Coast User Group Meetup

Hilton at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton

South Coast User Group - monthly (in-person) Meet-up.
Time: Arrive for 18:45, 19:00 start.
Location: The Ageas Bowl, Southampton.
Meeting Room: Lakeview Bar, Upper Ground Floor, Hilton Hotel.
Food and Drink for all attendees will be served at 20:00.

If you would like to speak at a future User Group, please let us know!
South Coast User Group: Call for Speakers/Papers @ Sessionize.com

Past events (15)