We had the chance going in Atlanta this September to attend THE Microsoft technology conference also known as : Ignite. More than thousands of technology sessions in a week, 2 big keynotes in a 20k seats arena, more than 24k it guys and girls gathered to talk about the future of IT and a huge party at the end, this was in numbers the Ignite 2016.
Needless to say that it was an intense and immersive week following dozens of sessions on many different subjects. Subjects trending this year were Innovation and Openness to other platforms. Innovation at Microsoft is including lots of areas like Internet Of Things, Machine Learning, Augmented Reality, Cloud computing, Data Visualization… We had demos and sessions on those subjects and it is clear that Microsoft is investing a lot in transforming IT by automating and simplifying things for developers and ops. We now have frameworks, platforms available to start working on all of this today with Hololens, Cortana Intelligence, Microsoft IOT Vision, Azure Machine Learning… Another trend which started with Satya Nadella taking commands is Microsoft openness to other platforms and this continues to be a refreshing subject. Visual Studio Code, ASP.NET Core 1.0, Docker were significantly covered all the week.
Obviously I wasn’t able to follow all sessions and the choice was difficult but here is the selection of my favourites sessions I attended :
1 – Review the Microsoft application platform for developers
Very fun session with Scott Hanselman.
2 – Explore IOT Scenarios from the field and their reference architectures
One of the best session I attended in a week about real scenarios and real architectures used in IOT projects.
3 – Dive into end-to-end Power BI Industry solutions with real world customer scenario
This session is in my top 3 because of the energy of the presenters, subject was also interesting and Power BI is really becoming a very powerful tool for data visualization.
Bonus Track : Lead an autonomous DevOps team at Scale: a true story
You have probably already read articles on DevOps at Microsoft but this is always nice to hear from the guys who lived the transformation and explain how and why it happened.