From 24th to 28th September, Microsoft's largest and fourth Microsoft Ignite conference took place in Orlando, Florida. #MSIgnite is the largest and leading event for IT-Professionals, Developers and Decision-Makers in the Microsoft universe. With approximately 30,000 attendees and about 700 breakouts and a lot of theater-sessions , a large expo and a lot of networking, this event was huge. We were proud to be part of the conference and we have collected some of our impressions here.
From our company, atwork, a bunch of colleagues attended and Martina Grom and Toni Pohl were speakers (see our session announcements here). As last year, Florida did welcome us with hot and humid weather with a lot of sunshine and we could extend our beautiful and hot European summer time for another week. On Saturday, after a morning run (hello jet-lag), we took a day off and drove to Kennedy Space Center and Cocoa Beach, on Sunday the conference MVP pre-day started and we enjoyed to meet our colleagues from all over the world and to learn the latest news and technologies. We, and I guess all participants, had a busy week!
I enjoyed this year's conference even more than last year. Imho, the organization was optimized and the feedback from last year was heard. The OCCC South building was used only on Monday for the keynote and some side sessions. The Expo hall was in the same West building as all the sessions, this reduced the walking distances a lot. So, I didn't even reach my daily step goal as easily as in 2017… The food was ok, even pretty ok at the last conference days and even the Microsoft WiFi worked (not for the keynote and in the Expo hall, but the rest area was covered well). Just, we heard, so many interesting sessions took place more or less at the same time, but here the webcasts come in. Too much content for just a week. To be honest, I used the conference mostly for networking and did not attend many sessions, but that's what such an event is for, right? Well of course, there were parties too, to relax and for connecting with friends and the product groups. We enjoyed these very much.
Many of our colleagues published their impressions and summaries in their blogs. Just to reference our session and some blog posts and sources:
- BRK3274 - Real-world best practices for managing Office 365 groups
- THR3033 - Ask us anything about Office 365 Groups
- BRK1087 - MVP Panel and Q&A: Using Yammer for employee communications and engagement
- MUP2011 - Is enterprise social still valid?
- BRK3275 - Successful and secure management of your Yammer network in a GDPR world
- THR3072 - Tips and tricks for a successful conversion of your PowerShell scripts into Azure Functions
- BRK3392 - Modernize your apps with mail/calendar/contacts integration with the Microsoft Graph
- If you are interested in the latest Microsoft Graph resources, check out Ignite 2018 Microsoft Graph sessions on-demand
- Microsoft Ignite 2018 Vision Keynote Excerpt
- Satya Nadella Keynote Analysis | Microsoft Ignite 2018
- techcrunch.com: The 7 most important announcements from Microsoft Ignite
- regarding365.com: MS Ignite 2018: First Timer Perspectives
- Jonathon Levesque, Microsoft Ignite 2018 - Microsoft Flow Sessions to not miss!
We enjoyed being part of Ignite. We will use next weeks and months to watch Ignite-webcasts and to learn and deliver new technologies.