Joel Oleson

Information & Communications Technology

Travel & Tourism

Microsoft 365 Microsoft Teams Travel and Technology Digital Transformation Microsoft Viva Enterprise Collaboration Governance Adoption

Oceanside, California, United States

Joel Oleson

Microsoft Cloud Architect, MVP & RD @ Sony Interactive Entertainment (Yoh)

Joel is all about Travel, Technology and Philanthropy. A seasoned IT professional with over 25 years in the Microsoft ecosystem, Joel was the first Full Time Microsoft SharePoint Admin. He was a key Architect for the first release of Microsoft 365 (BPOSD). He has been recognized an Microsoft MVP and Regional Director, and a legacy at Microsoft with 10 years across IT, Technical Marketing, and Slate.com. He one of the world's most top traveled people visiting around 185+ UN countries. During the pandemic he has helped organize some of the largest online community events including Teams Day Online and Microsoft 365 Virtual Marathon. He is currently working with Sony PlayStation. He recently launched a joint philanthropic foundation Yamba World Foundation in Africa to help feed families and kids get off the streets and into school.

Current sessions

Evolution of Employee Experience Microsoft 365

Employee engagement isn’t just intranets and links and email. The employee experience platform has evolved. In this session we’ll walk through the journey from SharePoint and Exchange to Teams and Viva.


Introducing Microsoft Viva Connections

Viva Connections is your gateway to a modern employee experience - are you ready to inform, engage and empower your organization? Join us as we show you how Viva Connections provides a curated, personalized and company-branded experience that centralizes relevant news and conversations. Deploy easily as it's fully integrated in the apps and devices your teams already use every day, like Microsoft Teams. Discover how you can shape culture and foster communication to help your teams thrive.


Intro to Administration of Viva Topics

New to Viva Topics? We’ll help you understand the admin experience from Setup to Topics Center, Topic Pages to Search and ontologies. We’ll cover as much as we can in an hour.


Microsoft Teams as an Application Platform

Teams is the Hub for Modern Teamwork. Communication, Collaboration and the Application Platform come together in a single interface. In this session we'll explore how teams has changed the way we work as well as look at enterprise and personal productivity in Microsoft Teams with a number of applications.


Teams First Approach to Microsoft 365

Teams is the Hub for Modern Teamwork. Rather than sending users into Outlook, SharePoint, OneDrive, Planner, etc... you should consider the Teams First approach to both deployment and consumption of Office 365 and Microsoft 365.

In this session we'll explore the integration of SharePoint, Email, OneDrive, Planner, Tasks, the Power Platform and how Teams is THE BEST WAY to use Office 365.


Microsoft Teams Governance & Compliance

Teams has been known as being tricky when concerning compliance. The data is stored in so many places! In this session we’ll drill into DLP, labels, classification, auto labeling and automation options in the various places your Teams data is stored across SharePoint, Exchange, OneDrive, and things like wikis and OneNote. We’ll analyze the conversations and understand the key differences between 1:1 and 1:Many chats and channel conversations.


Microsoft Teams Architecture Under the Hood

Ever wonder about the mechanics of Microsoft Teams? Teams is the doorway to Office 365 with files in SharePoint, but what about the wiki and conversations and OneNote and the chat history? In this session we’ll drill into what gets stored where and drill into the limits of compliance in Microsoft Teams as we roll our sleeves up and get our hands dirty.


Past and future events

M365 Below in Chicago!

14 Jan 2022

Microsoft Teams Day Online 4

17 Nov 2021 - 18 Nov 2021

Microsoft 365 Friday Cabo San Lucas

12 Nov 2021
Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Minnesota Microsoft 365 User Group - Virtual Admin Workshop Day Spring, 2021

30 Apr 2021

Microsoft 365 Virtual Marathon

26 Apr 2021 - 28 Apr 2021

Teams Day Online 3

7 Apr 2021 - 8 Apr 2021

Microsoft 365 Friday California 2021

22 Jan 2021

Minnesota Microsoft 365 User Group - Virtual Admin Workshop Day Fall, 2020

20 Nov 2020
Edina, Minnesota, United States

M365 Chicago - Virtual Event

13 Nov 2020
Chicago, Illinois, United States

Virtual HOU365 Friday 2020

30 Oct 2020

TeamsFest | October 2020

7 Oct 2020

SharePoint Saturday Saskatchewan 2020

3 Oct 2020
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Teams Day Online 2

30 Sep 2020 - 1 Oct 2020

M365 Saturday Gurgaon 2020

19 Sep 2020 - 20 Sep 2020

Microsoft 365 Virtual Marathon

27 May 2020 - 28 May 2020

Modern WorkPlace Summit

8 Apr 2020
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

aOS Abidjan - 30 Mars 2020

30 Mar 2020

Office 365 Saturday Redmond 2020

7 Mar 2020
Redmond, Washington, United States

Our 8th M365\Power Platform Chicago Suburbs

29 Feb 2020
Addison, Illinois, United States

Office 365 Saturday San Diego 2020

25 Jan 2020

SharePoint Saturday Ensenada 2019

12 Oct 2019
Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

Modern Teamwork & Collaboration Conference

4 Oct 2019
Washington, D.C., United States

SharePoint/Office 365 Saturday San Diego 2019

19 Jan 2019
San Diego, California, United States

Office 365 Saturday Redmond

27 Oct 2018
Redmond, Washington, United States

SharePoint Saturday Twin Cities

14 Apr 2018

SharePoint/Office365 Saturday Utah 2018

3 Feb 2018