Getting Ready for Microsoft Ignite 2017

Check out all the great things Rackspace is doing at this year’s conference

On September 25, Microsoft users from across the country will descend on Orlando, Florida for the company’s annual flagship event — Microsoft Ignite.

These conferences are excellent places to get up to speed on company news and product updates and to connect with the larger Microsoft community. Rackspace Microsoft experts will of course be there in full force.

As has been the case in years past, some of our best and brightest Microsoft experts and specialists will be leading breakout sessions throughout the week.

CTO of the Microsoft Business at Rackspace, Jeff DeVerter, will lead a session on Monday afternoon titled “Evolving an On-Prem App to a True Hybrid, Modern and Serverless Application” (THR2140).   This informative session will outline best practice guidance on transforming legacy applications to take advantage of the features of Azure.

Our Director of Technical Strategy for Microsoft, SharePoint MVP and author, Jason Himmelstein, will lead the following three sessions:

  • Get Started with Microsoft SharePoint Server 2016 and Office 365 Hybrid Scenarios (PRE08)
  • Bridge the Cloud Divide with Hybrid Business Intelligence in SharePoint 2016 and Office 365 (BRK3250)
  • SharePoint Server 2016 Migration in the Real World (BRK3251)

Rackspace Director of IT Operations Bill Hall will join Microsoft Partner Group Program Manager Jason Moore and Microsoft OneDrive Product Marketing Lead Stephen Rose for their panel, “OneDrive — Past, Present, and Future” (BRK2205). This will be a great opportunity to learn about recently-launched OneDrive features as well as upcoming developments and product news.

I encourage everyone to take advantage of these sessions, which will be chalk-full of actionable information you can take back home with you.

Make sure you carve out some time to visit the Rackspace booth which will be staffed with Microsoft technology experts. Our interactive booth will highlight our portfolio of Microsoft offerings and Managed Services, along with real-world success stories from customers we’ve helped in their journey to the cloud.

That journey is a unique process for each business and organization, and as such, our team will be on site to help you understand your current challenges and needs. From there, we will be able to start talking about your unique journey, what it might look like and how Rackspace can help. For those of you still working to get out of your data center, the opportunity to move into a managed hosting environment will likely relieve some of the burdens you face. We’re prepared to have that discussion, and on-site at our booth is a great place to get started.

Beyond the Rackspace functions at Ignite, I highly recommend taking a long look at this year’s catalog of speaking and breakout sessions. Ignite is such a great place to soak up technical and business knowledge as it pertains to Microsoft’s ever-evolving suite of products. Take advantage of the immense resources that will be on display and I guarantee you won’t go home empty-handed.

Lastly, and I say this with a straight face — enjoy Orlando! It’s a great town, whether you love nightlife, golf or great food, there are many options for you to engage in. Networking is also an important part of Ignite conferences, and I encourage you to stretch yourself to reach out to new people in the industry, including folks who may need mentoring, or professionals who can expand your business.

Here is a list of top restaurants in Orlando, and a few entertainment options if you’re looking for spots to take friends and colleagues to:  

https://www.zagat.com/l/top-food-in-orlando

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment/restaurants/os-et-foodie-awards-best-of-best-2017-story.html

http://photos.orlandoweekly.com/20-best-cocktail-bars-orlando-right-now/?slide=1&335184_359170344168228_208154513_o

https://www.top-ten-travel-list.com/blog/exercise/17-fun-things-to-do-in-orlando-besides-theme-parks/

http://www.fodors.com/world/north-america/usa/florida/orlando/experiences/news/photos/10-things-to-do-in-orlando-besides-theme-parks

I hope to see you in Orlando. Enjoy!

John Butler is the Integrated Solutions Product Manager at Rackspace, where he's worked since January 2017. Prior to this role, John spent 10 years at Microsoft, where he worked in IT, the Azure business and on the Corporate Partner Team. He relocated to San Antonio from Kirkland, Washington. John attended school at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and has an MBA from the Owen School of Business at Vanderbilt University.

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