My First Australian Microsoft Ignite Conference

Two weeks back thousands of Microsoft professionals, users and associated vendors descended on the Gold Coast for Microsoft’s annual Ignite conference in Australia and ran from Feb 13th-17th

Upon registration everyone was handed their Microsoft Ignite backpacks and bright orange lanyards and started to get a feel for which speaker sessions they would aim to be in attendance.

The kick-start to the conference was on the Tuesday morning with the Opening Keynote from Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President of the Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise Group. With a packed out room Scott gave great insight to how Cloud technology is enabling digital transformation and what the future holds for Artificial Intelligence (AI) platforms.


Session Topics:

With hundreds of Sessions on everyday there was something for everyone in attendance, even for someone like me, not being a technical guru. Topics included Digital Transformation, Open Source, Business Intelligence, IT & Cloud Infrastructure, Personal Computing, Productivity & the Life Hack in the main Expo Hall.



For myself being entrenched in the Microsoft Dynamics market the Dynamics 365 Sessions were on my radar and although most were quite technical I still felt I was able to gain further insight and knowledge in my specialist field. I also very much enjoyed the Hack Stage in the main expo hall which discussed a wide array of IT & Business Topics.



Dynamics 365 Sessions:

Dynamics 365 and Azure with George Doubinski https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/Australia-2017/ARC326b

Dynamics 365 Portals for Architects and Developers with George Doubinski

Long Live the Configuration Revolution with Leon Tribe & Doug Daley https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/Australia-2017/CLD336c



With this being my first conference I wasn’t really too sure what to expect but I did thoroughly enjoy the event and for me it was all about the opportunity to network with and meet like minded professionals, not just in the Dynamics market but the overall Microsoft space.

Certainly for all your techies out there if you haven’t previously attended then I would say this is an event on your calendar not to be missed!

For myself, roll on the Australian Microsoft Partner Conference later in the year.


For anyone that didn’t attend you can use the following link to watch all of the recorded sessions on Channel 9



by Craig Radford – Director, Monk and Specialist Dynamics 365 / Power Platform Recruiter

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