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Global Power Platform Bootcamp 2021 Preview: Indian user groups come together

by Linda Rosencrance
Contributing Writer, MSDW

On February 19 and 20, the Global Power Platform Bootcamp will hold its second annual event, coordinating meetings in local communities around the world. The free event is driven by user groups and communities and is geared toward anyone who wants to learn more about Microsoft’s Power Platform.

In addition to local meetings, held virtually due to the pandemic, this year's bootcamp adds parallel track of general presentations focused on Microsoft’s Power Platform stack  including hands-on sessions and labs, delivered by Microsoft representatives, MVPs, and other experts. 

MSDW, a media sponsor of the event, spoke with Vignesh Ganesan, a technology solutions professional for the modern workplace at Microsoft and one of the organizers of the events in India.

Ganesan, who has been involved in the community events for over five years, worked on the first Global Power Platform Bootcamp in Bengaluru, which was a huge success. And he's looking forward to the success of this event as well.

This time, we thought we wanted to do the same once again. But then we felt since we are living in a virtual world now where any event that you do is mostly running virtual, we spoke to all the user groups in India and decided that it would make more sense for all of us to do it as a combined event as opposed to doing it as a distant event for each and every single city. So that's how the plan started. So we started working with all the user groups, and then I was leading things, and a lot of good people started joining me. And that's how things all started and it fell into place.

Currently, there are four Microsoft 365 user groups in India, which also encompass Power Platform users. There are no user groups specifically devoted to the Power Platform, according to Ganesan. There are about 3,500 people in all the communities. The one Ganesan is running in Bengaluru,  the Microsoft 365 and Power Platform India User Group, has close to 2,000 members, he says.

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About Linda Rosencrance

Linda Rosencrance is a freelance writer/editor in the Boston area. Rosencrance has over 25 years experience as an reporter/investigative reporter, writing for many newspapers in the metropolitan Boston area. Rosencrance has been writing about information technology for the past 16 years.

She has covered a variety of IT subjects, including Microsoft Dynamics, mobile security issues such as data loss prevention, network management, secure mobile app development, privacy, cloud computing, BI, big data, analytics, HR, CRM, ERP, and enterprise IT.

Rosencrance is the author of six true crime books for Kensington Publishing Corp.