My first blog for Cybercom was written a bit after I had started working here: it was about the "most interesting week of the year in the Microsoft world" when Ignite 2017 happened. That was almost a year ago and since time flies when you are having fun, here we are with Ignite 2018 just around the corner. Last year we could not unfortunately attend but this year we are back with a vengeance and I will also be travelling with my colleagues over the pond to see hottest news and topics in Microsoft cloud world firsthand.
The event is held in sunny Orlando, Florida so one should definitely try to spend a few days visiting the attractions available. Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure will host the conference ending party, but there is plenty of rides worth another visit. Another legend in Orlando is obviously Walt Disney World Park where you can experience everything from Cinderella's castle to world of future in Epcot.
The event itself is again sold out and over 30000 people will descend on Orange County Convention Center and attend the over 1500 sessions available. Growth of the cloud is inevitable, so over 500 of these sessions will focus around all things of Azure so there is sure to be something for everybody.
To make the most of your convention be sure to check out MyIgnite to plan all the sessions you plan to attend. Once you get started I'm quite sure your schedule will start to look the same as my with multiple interesting sessions happening simultaneously.
As some sessions with some of the more well-known speakers can be quite popular, it's always good to arrive with plenty of time to grab your seat. Also, be sure to check out the exhibition area to speak to vendor and Microsoft people about whatever is your tech problem. Luckily, if you miss something or are unable to attend, the Keynote will be broadcasted live and sessions will be available for viewing at a later day.
The event is obviously also packed with multiple announcements. Last year for Azure we got big things like Reserved Instances and Availability Zones, so this year will undoubtedly be more of the same with many services in preview finally entering General Availability. I personally look forward to hearing about OpenShift on Azure, RDP follower RDmi as a service and improvements to identity management in Azure AD. Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics technologies have also been maturing for a while and it will probably be in an even bigger spotlight this year.