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Microsoft Ignite 2018 Top Announcements: Build Azure Weekly Special – September 25, 2018

microsoftigniteThis week in Orlando, Florida, Microsoft is hosting the 2018 Microsoft Ignite conference. Ignite is the largest Microsoft technology conference held every year. In fact, the attendee numbers are in the range of 20,000+ people in attendance. This year, there seems to have been more Microsoft Azure related announcements made at, or around, the conference than in years past. In addition, there are many other Microsoft announcements that have been made as well.

This special edition of Build Azure Weekly highlights the top Microsoft Azure related announcements made by Microsoft at, or around, the Microsoft Ignite 2018 conference. Be aware, this is a pretty long list, and doesn’t even include all the announcement made this week! Read More


Microsoft Virtual Security Summit 2018

The Microsoft Virtual Security Summit is a 3 hour long, virtual event packed with information on protecting your organization in a mobile-first, cloud-first world. Cybersecurity has become a priority IT concern due to the nearly weekly announcements of cyberattacks. Cybersecurity is extremely important for every organization. At this event you will learn about modern cyberattacks, and the tools you can use to keep your devices, platforms, and people safe. Read More

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Microsoft Connect() 2017 Highlights and Announcements – Bring AI Everywhere

Microsoft Connect() is a virtual conference that is meant to Inspire developers to build the apps of the future. Today, Day 1 of Connect(), started with a keynote from Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President, Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise Group sharing how Microsoft is empowering developers to lead the new digital revolution by creating apps that will have a profound impact on the world. There are lots of feature announcements and other great content and highlights included in Connect() in addition to the inspiration given by Scott and others. This post lists out some highlights of some of the things announced and discussed at Microsoft Connect() 2017. Read More

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#MSIgnite 2017 Day 1: Announcements Recap and Links – Build Azure Weekly Special

Today was Day 1 of the 2017 Microsoft Ignite conference. There were so many awesome feature announcements made, and TONS of great sessions to attend. Here’s a short summary of what was announced today. I present this as a sort of “mini-Azure Weekly” since there’s so many awesome things to look at today!

Announcements and Blogs

Here’s a collection of product announcements from Microsoft as well as blog posts from the overall community. There are so many great blog posts and announcements from the day that it doesn’t make sense to have a “top links” section, so I encourage you to check out all the link listed below.

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

Platform as a Service (PaaS)

Serverless and Functions as a Service (FaaS)

Command Line and ARM Templates

Database / Big Data

Internet of Things (IoT)

Machine Learning / Artificial Intelligence

Containers and Service Fabric

Learning and Certification



Service Updates

Here’s a list of the Microsoft Azure Service Updates released today:


Here are links to some videos that were posted today:

And, of course there the Session recordings from Microsoft Ignite 2017 too! Go check out to view all the awesome recordings as the get posted.

Me and Opsgility at Ignite!

Opsgility has a booth at Ignite! You can stop by to learn all about how to get trained in Microsoft Azure. I’ll be at the booth all week, so you can stop by and say “hi” to me too. I had the chance to meetup with a few followers of Build Azure at the booth today and it’s great to meet people in person!

Are you looking for a clear and outlined path to learn Microsoft Azure? No matter if you’re a Developer, IT Pro, or Architect, Opsgility has courses that will help you learn how to build and implement solutions within Microsoft Azure more affectively and efficiently. The on-demand and instructor-led courses from Opsgility offer maximum flexibility to learn how you learn best, and to help your team grow into the cloud experts you need them to be in an efficient manner.

Opsgility is the leading Microsoft cloud technology trainer for developers and IT professionals, built around an esteemed network of industry experts and technical authors that includes Microsoft MVPs and Microsoft Insiders in more than 10 countries.


Ignite 2017 Preview: Coming Azure Changes

Microsoft Ignite 2017 is less than a week away. Microsoft has already been busy making changes to Microsoft Azure ahead of time. While it’s unclear what all the announcements for Azure will be at Ignite 2017, it’s clear there are certain “smaller” changes / updates that will be announced / discussed. This article highlights a few Microsoft Azure service updates and Preview features that are publicly available today; that we will likely learn much more about at Ignite next week. Read More


2017 Global Azure Bootcamp was a HUGE Success

This past Saturday, Earth Day, April 22, 2017, was the day of the 5th annual Global Azure Bootcamp. There were over 250 event locations around the world! This was the biggest year so far by a large margin. It was amazing to see all the photos and comments shared Twitter and other social media. Here’s a short video about the Global Azure Bootcamp:

Also, here are some links about the Global Azure Bootcamp as well:

Here’s some social media buzz from the #GlobalAzure hashtag!


Congratulations to all organizers, attendees, and sponsors for such an amazing day! It’s also amazing to see people like Andres Nava who’ve given their first presentation EVER at #GlobalAzure 2017!

I can’t wait until next year!


Free Microsoft Tech Summit Events in 2017

The Microsoft Tech Summit provides Free, two-day technical training for IT professionals and developers with experts who build the cloud services across Microsoft Azure, Office 365, and Windows 10. These events are being hosted ALL over the world, and you don’t want to miss out on this amazing free training! It doesn’t matter if you already know your way around the Microsoft cloud, or are completely new and just getting started.  These events boast 70 technical training sessions and hands-on labs to help build up your cloud skills. Plus, you’ll have an opportunity to connect with Microsoft engineering experts, technology partners, and your industry peers who can all help you make the most out of the Microsoft cloud!

Find a city and Register for an event near you!

Which cities?

Here’s a list of the currently published Tech Summit events around the globe:

  • Amsterdam – March 23 – 24
  • Birmingham – March 27 – 28
  • Chicago – January 19 – 20
  • Copenhagen – March 30 – 31
  • Bangalore – March 16 – 17
  • Frankfurt – February 9 – 10
  • Johannesburg – February 6 – 7
  • Milan – March 20 – 21
  • Seoul – April 27 – 28
  • Singapore – March 13 – 14
  • Washington D.C. – March 6 – 7

The above cities and dates are just the Tech Summit events in 2017. There were already a number of  awesome events held in 2016 (last year) in Taipei, Prague, Toronto, Sao Paulo, Mexico City, and Tel Aviv!!

Daily Agenda

The daily agenda for the 2 day long Tech Summit events is packed full of Sessions and Networking opportunities! Here’s a breakout of the daily agenda both days.

Day 1 Conference Agenda

  • Breakfast – Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • Morning – Keynote & General Sessions
  • Lunch & Networking
  • Afternoon – IT Pro & Developer Breakouts
  • Reception – Ask the Experts Reception

Day 2 Conference Agenda

  • Breakfast – Continental Breakfast
  • Morning – General Sessions AND IT Pro & Developer Breakouts
  • Lunch & Networking
  • Afternoon – IT Pro & Developer Breakouts

Go Register Now!


Watch Microsoft Ignite 2016 Streaming Online – Keynotes, Sessions, and More!

microsoftigniteThe Microsoft Ignite 2016 conference is being held this week, Sept 26 – 30, in Atlanta, GA. The event has been sold out for quite some time, so if you missed out, don’t worry, you can watch the Keynotes, Sessions and More completely FREE online!

When is Ignite 2016?

The Microsoft Ignite Conference 2016 is Monday September 26 through Friday September 30, 2016.

Watch Online

To watch the Microsoft Ignite 2016 keynotes, sessions and other content, completely FREE, just navigate to the following URL to view the live stream during the event:

The online broadcast begins Monday, September 26 at 8:30 AM EDT.

Broadcast Schedule: Monday, Sept 26

8:30 AM EDT – Keynote Pre-show

The day is going to be kicked off with a look at the top IT trends with tech reporter Mary Jo Foley, MVP customer Naomi Moneypenny and analyst Andrew Snodgrass. There will also be a special engineering segment with Jeffrey Snover; the creator of PowerShell!

9:00 AM EDT – Microsoft Ignite Keynote

Technology continues to rapidly grow, offering us new ways of working and empowering digital transformation for all organizations. Key to our ability to harness technology is our ability to evolve with it, to harness new capabilities and learn new skills. Join Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President, Microsoft; on Monday morning to start Microsoft Ignite. Scott will focus on how technology enables digital transformation and, along with guests, demonstrate new technologies. He will also discuss how IT is transforming and detail investments and programs to help enable this.

You can watch the keynote in person in the Phillips Arena, (please arrive in sufficient time to pass through security at the Arena). The keynote will be streamed live on and you can also join us to watch the live feed in Hall C1 of the Georgia World Congress Center at the Microsoft Ignite Studio stage where we will host the pre and post keynote webcast.

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10:30 AM EDT – Keynote Post-show

A panel reviews and discusses key moments from the keynote and they look ahead to the General Sessions.

11:00 AM EDT – General Sessions

All 8 General Sessions will be live streamed! Choose which one you want to see live, and then catch the remaining sessions on-demand later!

12:15 PM to 3:20 PM EDT – Microsoft Ignite Studio

Watch engaging and demo-rich presentations from Microsoft experts and engineers: Jeffrey Snover, Corey Saunders, Adam Harmetz, Mark Russinovitch and a special segment with Formula One’s IT team. We also take a look at our Technical Community and what it can do for you.

3:20 PM EDT – Innovation Keynote Pre-show

Join in for a special IT Pro segment followed by Bret Arsenault talking about security adoption from an MSIT perspective. Then, IDG’s Blair Hanley Frank joins in to discuss the most exciting tech trends in the industry.

4:00 PM EDT – Innovation Keynote

Satya Nadella will close the first day of Microsoft Ignite with a must-see presentation, focused on next generation innovations and investments that are fundamental to shaping IT in the foreseeable future. He will discuss emerging trends and how you can prepare to take advantage of them in your organization today.

5:00 PM EDT – Innovation Keynote Post-show

The day is wrapped up with a review of highlights by Alex Bradley, and Microsoft Ignite host, Julia White.


2016 Milwaukee Global Azure Bootcamp Summary

MkeGlobalAzureBootcamp2016This past Saturday, April 16th 2016, was Global Azure Bootcamp day. This was the 4th year for the Global Azure Bootcamp, and the first year an event location for it had been held in Milwaukee, WI. The Global Azure Bootcamp is a full day of learning about Microsoft Azure with event locations around the world. This year I helped co-organize the Milwaukee event, and I presented as well on Azure App Service. There were a number of local and global sponsors of this completely community driven event, along with all volunteer presenters. Read More


Microsoft Virtual Security Summit: March 29, 2016

The Microsoft Virtual Security Summit is a 3 hour long, virtual event packed with information on protecting your organization in a mobile-first, cloud-first world. Cybersecurity has become a priority IT concern due to the nearly weekly announcements of cyberattacks. Cybersecurity is extremely important for every organization. At this event you will learn about modern cyberattacks, and the tools you can use to keep your devices, platforms, and people safe. Read More