Overview of Microsoft Ignite Conference Sessions

    Microsoft Ignite will be held for the first time in Chicago from May 4 to 8, 2015, a new conference dedicated to enterprise technologies. This conference promises to present maximum material for a maximum audience. Sessions of the conference (and judging by the list, 618 are expected) have already been published on the official website . Let's see together what awaits us at Microsoft Ignite.




    About the conference


    “Spark the Future” - the organizers of the Microsoft Ignite conference call for this and invite to join them from May 4 to 8, 2015, in order to have the opportunity to discuss the most modern topics in the IT world in one place.
    Although Microsoft Ignite is being held for the first time, it will bring together the best of such conferences as Management Summit, Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, Project, and TechEd (“One Conference to Rule Them All”). The list of declared topics does not give rise to doubt. The conference will talk about cloud technology and management, productivity, Big Data and Internet of Things, unified communications, mobility, interaction and much more. The conference program will include hundreds of sessions, trainings, laboratory work, and will also be given the opportunity to pass certification exams. And, of course, Microsoft Ignite is another chance to chat live with leading Microsoft engineers and experts.
    The audience of the conference is also diverse. Most of the sessions are focused on the technical community - IT pro and developers for enterprises, nevertheless, materials for a business audience, which may be interested in learning about the constantly changing conditions of the IT world, will be presented.

    A brief overview of 618 sessions allows you to highlight those products that will be focused on. The undisputed leaders are Office 365 and Azure, followed by SharePoint, Windows, Exchange, Windows Server, System Center and Skype for Business.

    Windows 10


    Windows 10 is undoubtedly one of the main topics of the conference. From Ignite, we expect even more information about the new operating system. And the description of the sessions of the conference only fuels these expectations. In addition to the overview of Windows 10 Enterprise, it will talk about how to implement and manage Windows 10 in your organization. Experts will explain how to prepare your infrastructure for the transition to Windows 10, how Azure AD, Intune and System Center Configuration Manager will help in managing the new infrastructure. In turn, Microsoft IT will share their experience of switching to Windows 10.
    It will also talk about Windows 10 for mobile devices - how to successfully deploy a new operating system, about possible use cases.
    We will learn about new features to protect information and combat threats in Windows 10; What Windows 10 offers for IoT about the introduction of universal applications for Windows 10 in enterprises and about the development of these applications in Visual Studio 2015.
    We are waiting for information on individual products within Windows 10 and Windows Server Technical Preview - for example, about Project Spartan and new Hyper-V features.

    Cloud technologies


    Traditionally, cloud technologies and solutions occupy an important place in the conference theme. Here there will be reports that will be devoted to the very concept of the Microsoft cloud platform, as well as to its individual elements. They will talk about containers and RemoteApp, about Azure Pack and about building a hybrid infrastructure, virtual networks, cloud storage.
    Separately, you need to highlight topics such as working with third-party products. The conference will give reports on the work of Linux-based virtual machines in Azure, as well as how to protect virtual machines running on VMware vCenter using Azure Site Recovery.
    In laboratory work, participants will be able to build a private cloud using Windows Server and System Center, manage IaaS using Azure Pack and Linux servers, as well as Exchange Server 2013, SharePoint 2013, SQL Server 2014 using Microsoft System Center 2012 R2.

    Big data


    One cannot but mention Big Data. Ignite will have sessions on Big Azure architecture planning, real-time analytics with Apache Storm and HBase in HDInsight, analytics with Azure Machine Learning, SQL and R.
    Reports will be presented on SQL Server 2014, its interactions with Azure and System Center.
    Participants will also be able to participate in preparatory sessions for certification exams 70-461 (Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012) and 70-462 (Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Database).

    Skype for Business


    One of the main topics of Microsoft Ignite announced unified communications. As part of this topic will be discussed in detail about Skype for Business. We are waiting, first of all, for a large number of review sessions, at which they will talk about the product itself and its capabilities, interaction with other products (for example, Office). It will also talk about the implementation of Skype for Business in the organization.
    It will be interesting for developers to become familiar with the topic of creating web applications using the Skype Web SDK. In addition, the theory is not limited to, but will demonstrate ready-made applications and extensions for Skype for Business from Microsoft partners.

    Developer Themes


    I mentioned above that Microsoft Ignite is designed for a wide variety of audiences. A proof of this is the large number of topics devoted to development. It will focus on the development of business applications, applications for mobile devices, universal applications, etc. Experts will talk about Visual Studio 2015 and ASP.NET 5, AngularJS, NodeJS, and Xamarin. There will also be blocks dedicated to developing applications for Office 365 and SharePoint. In addition, we will talk about various options for setting up your local environment for the effective development of cloud applications and solutions.
    Laboratory work is also of interest. Attendees can dive in and learn more about the features of the application for Office and SharePoint. You will be able to get acquainted with the Office 365 development platform, with SharePoint Hosted Apps. During the lab, participants will be able to create applications for Windows 10 or write cross-platform mobile applications using Apache Cordova, and all this in Visual Studio 2015. They will also talk about the possibility of improving applications, identifying and solving potential problems using Application Insights.

    With this, I want to conclude with a brief overview of Microsoft Ignite sessions. More details on all sessions can be found on the conference website . Microsoft Ignite registration is also available .

    The list of conference sessions promises interesting content that will be useful to IT professionals, implementation specialists, business representatives and developers. Two months are left before the conference, and we will be able to make sure whether Microsoft Ignite was able to combine the best of the largest technology conferences.

    In the meantime, share your opinion on which Microsoft Ignite sessions on which topics it would be interesting for you to attend?

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    Which Microsoft Ignite topics are you most interested in?

    • 35.7% Productivity and Interaction 10
    • 67.8% Cloud computing 19
    • 32.1% Mobility 9
    • 32.1% Security 9
    • 35.7% United Communications 10
    • 32.1% Big Data 9
    • 10.7% Social networks 3
    • 32.1% Internet of Things 9

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