Over 4 days next February, more than 2,500 Australian Professional Developers and IT Pros converge on the Gold Coast to preview new technology, build industry skills and be inspired by innovation at Australia’s Microsoft Ignite 2017. It’s an event for the techies, and people obsessed with what they can do with technology. And it’s the chance to meet other people with a similar inquisitive nature. And at the bottom of this post, you’ll find a Microsoft Ignite 2017 promo code for education customers.
The agenda has some great speakers from Microsoft – from both our local and Seattle HQ teams – as well as experts from within our local and global community – Microsoft MVPs and our business partners, and they will spend four days diving into immense technical detail of most of our products and services. The aim is to help you to understand the newest technologies, and receive extensive training. There are tracks covering all of our key technology services for enterprises and developers:
- Open Source
- Cloud and Azure
- Data and Analytics
- Productivity and Office 365
- Datacentre and Infrastructure management
And there are two special tracks this year called “Innovation” and “Hack” – two places to go for new and unusual ideas. The Innovation track will have leading start-ups, industry disruptors and technology innovators sharing how you can be leaders of innovation and develop software solutions that can change the world. And the Hack track, back by popular demand from last year, has non-technical talks for technical people. Last year it included short talks in being more organised, delivering a kickass presentation, visual note taking and the fine art of deliberate practice!
You can search the Ignite website to find your perfect mix of sessions, but let me make two recommendations:
- I’d probably spend my days in the Power BI sessions, because unlocking data in education has got such massive potential. So I’d queue up to see the global product team delivering “Power BI for the Developer, getting your story on the web”, ”Power BI for the Enterprise, safely sharing your data” and “Power BI Architecture Best practices and Performance Tuning”. And then I’d go to learn more about options for harnessing Machine Learning with “Analytics Workflows with Microsoft R Server” and then hop into the “Deep Dive into Azure Cognitive Services”
- There’s a whole track on Open Source, with sessions on Azure services with Red Hat, Node.js on Azure, TypeScript, Elasticsearch, Docker – and finally you’ll probably need the session about how to glue your open source solutions together in Azure!
- If you want to learn how you can use the cloud to help you on your digital transformation journey, then I’d recommend some sessions that will help you with ideas for different ways to do things. Sessions like:
- Go to “Identity; What you need to know to be in the Microsoft Cloud” to see how you can exploit the different identity services, many of which are free for education customers
- Want to find alternative ways of handling the massive growth of video used in learning deliver? Then I’d suggest “Just Streaming Video? Or Building Your Own Media Broadcasting Empire? Do either in minutes!”
- Thinking about the future of certifications and micro-credentials? Then go to “Blockchain 101 & Azure Blockchain as a Service” to see why people think that blockchain could be tool for the future for this, not just for finance and travel.
- And finally, there’s a view that on-premise High Performance Computing (HPC) is going to be blended more often with cloud services, so get to “Running HPC in Azure for Simulations and Visualisation” to learn more, hear about where things are going, and also meet the local experts you can connect with afterwards.
You can find the whole agenda, plus all the other details, at the Microsoft Ignite 2017 Australia website
Now the good news on prices – there is a specific discount for our Education customers of up to $700. The standard price is $2,200, there are Early Bird prices of $1,800, and group prices (bring 19 other colleagues and the individual price plummets to $1,600!). Education customers pay only $1,500 by using the Microsoft Ignite promo code “ORANGE17”. (I honestly believe that $1,500 for four days of technical training of this quality is genuinely a bargain. So now’s the time to download the ‘Convince your boss’ emails from the Ignite website)