Microsoft Ignite is coming up fast — the flagship event kicks off Sept. 25 in Orlando, Florida and I’m looking forward to joining the more than 25,000 Microsoft users, partners, experts and fans expected to attend this year.
This will be the third time Ignite is a combination of TechEd, Microsoft Exchange Conference, SharePoint Conference, Convergence and Project Conference (as well as some others). Given that span of technology, you can imagine how much content will be covered, spread out across two Orange County Convention Center buildings.
(A quick weather update: In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Microsoft has worked closely with the Orange County Convention Center, hotel venues, the City of Orlando and other local entities to ensure attendees’ safety during the event.)
Since the conference will likely be the largest Ignite to date, I’ve listed some of my top session picks below to help you navigate the more than 1,500 options in this year’s catalog. My focus is mainly on Azure, Identity, Office365/SharePoint/OneDrive and Business Intelligence, but there are certainly other sessions for a wide array of Microsoft products that will all prove valuable. Here’s my list:
Office 365, SharePoint and OneDrive:
Dan Holme, Jeff Teper, Omar Shahine; session code BRK2184
Microsoft Corporate Vice President Jeff Teper, Office, SharePoint and OneDrive, shares the latest innovations and roadmap for content management and collaboration as well as how customers are creating more connected workplaces leveraging Office 365, Windows and Microsoft Azure.
Sesha Mani, Bill Baer; session code BRK3236
One of the key strengths of SharePoint and Microsoft OneDrive it that they can ensure your data resides in multiple locations, providing resilience and the ability to serve data to partners, customers, and employees wherever they happen to be. This session will introduce new multi-geo capabilities that allow users to meet their data sovereignty needs and ensure compliance with residency requirements.
Alistair Pugin, Spencer Harbar, Laura Rogers, Wictor Wilen; session code BRK2247
SharePoint MVPs talk about Microsoft SharePoint and OneDrive across the board, be it within Office 365, Microsoft Azure, on-premises or in a hybrid deployment. This session is designed to help technology decision-makers find the right cloud formula to deploy based on practical business and technical considerations.
Jeffrey Snover; session code BRK3378
To effectively manage cloud-born assets, it’s key to understand how application architectures are evolving through innovations in the cloud. Learn about ways IT practitioners can stay ahead of a rapidly changing ecosystem. Join Jeffrey Snover, Technical Fellow, to understand how you can innovate and drive business results faster using Microsoft Azure.
Corey Sanders; session code BRK3085
This will be a demo-heavy session for everyone working with or considering their strategy for the cloud. Learn about some of the newest features and upcoming capabilities in the Azure Compute platform. The session will also feature some new sizes experiences new integration technology available during Microsoft Ignite or coming soon across VMs, Azure Service Fabric, Azure Container Service, Azure Functions and more.
Jeremy Winter; session code BRK2405
This session will look at how Azure security and management services can help you address the challenges of securing and managing resources across hybrid environments without any secondary tools. Jeremy Winter, Partner Director in Azure Security and Operations Management will share the new and upcoming technologies to secure and manage your workloads wherever they are.
Mahesh Unnikrishnan; session code BRK3295
See what’s new in Azure AD Domain Services and explore how you can leverage this service to secure your Azure virtual machines.
Saeed Akhter; session code BRK2276
This session will provide information about Azure AD B2C, an enterprise-grade customer identity and access management service, and the ways it can allow you to easily secure your consumer-facing (or citizen-facing) web and mobile applications.
Shriram Natarajan; session code BRK4011
A discussion on hybrid identity and ways applications can authenticate consistently with Microsoft Azure and Azure Stack. This session will cover APIs and methods to connect to an Azure instance regardless of the data center it’s running in.
Chris Finlan; session code BRK2156
This session will cover Microsoft Power BI Report Server, which offers self-service analytics and enterprise reporting as an on-premises solution. The talk will include an overview of this powerful tool, as well as demos of its features in action.
Miguel Llopis, Robert Bruckner; session code BRK3118
This session covers the on-premises gateways and ways you can keep your data fresh by connecting to your on-premises data sources without the need to move the data. Query large datasets and benefit from your existing investments. The gateways provide the flexibility you need to meet individual needs and the needs of your organization.
Sirui Sun, Nikhil Gaekwad; session code BRK3112
Learn about tools for developing, publishing, and managing your BI assets. This session will cover the data gateway, managing report lifecycle, publishing options, administration and governance controls, and end-user capabilities across devices and platforms.
Jeffrey Snover, Don Jones; session code BRK3128
Join Jeffrey Snover, the inventor of PowerShell, and Don Jones for their annual PowerShell update. Their discussion covers the latest and greatest PowerShell features which can help you automate and manage the hybrid cloud. The focus of this year’s talk will be the PowerShell community, and how it’s embracing open-source and transformative change.
That covers my top picks. Don’t forget the list of sessions being led by Rackspace Microsoft experts Jeff DeVerter, Bill Hall and myself. Looking forward to a great Ignite – I hope to see you there!