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
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)
- End-to-End monitoring solutions in Azure for Apps and Infrastructure by Shiva Sivakumar
- A new Planned Maintenance experience for your virtual machines by Ziv Rafalovich
- Azure Data Box Preview by Lee Stott
- Announcing the public preview of Azure File Sync by Klaas Langhout
- Azure DDoS Protection Service preview by JR Mayberry, Anupam Jij
- Azure Compute: New Features & Roadmap by Aidan Finn
- OMS customers can now use Azure Security Center to protect their hybrid cloud workloads via Enterprise Cloud Management Team
- Built-in security and operations management for Azure and hybrid environments by Jeremy Winter
- New advancements in Azure for IT digital transformation by Jason Zander
- Your future cloud is hybrid, and so is Azure by Mark Jewett
Platform as a Service (PaaS)
Serverless and Functions as a Service (FaaS)
- My Intern Project: Microsoft Graph Bindings for Azure Functions by Chris Gillum
- Develop Azure Functions on any platform by Donna Malayeri
Command Line and ARM Templates
- Announcing the public preview of PowerShell in Azure Cloud Shell by Hemant Mahawar
Database / Big Data
- Azure #CosmosDB – database for serverless era by Rimma Nehme
- Azure Data Factory – announcing new capabilities in public preview by Mark Kromer
- Introducing SQL Vulnerability Assessment for Azure SQL Database and on-premises SQL Server! by Ronit Reger
- Yes to databases in containers – Microsoft SQL Server available on Docker Store by Yuvraj Mehta
- New in Stream Analytics: Output to Azure Functions, built-in anomaly detection, etc. by Krishna Mamidipaka
- Debug R with R Tools for Visual Studio by Lee Stott
Internet of Things (IoT)
- Provisioning for true zero-touch secure identity management for IoT by Eustace Asanghanwa
- The next generation of Azure IoT Suite accelerates IoT solutions by Cory Newton-Smith
- Protecting our water and preserving our energy with IoT by Jerry Lee
- Microsoft Ignite 2017: Leading innovation for IoT by Sam George
Machine Learning / Artificial Intelligence
- Data Transformations “By Example” in the Azure Machine Learning Workbench by Ranvijay Kumar
- Deploying Machine Learning Models using Azure Machine Learning by Raymond Laghaeian
- Ignite 2017: Announcing Tools for AI-Driven Digital Transformation by Cortana Intelligence and ML Blog Team
- How Stack Overflow Can Use Microsoft AI to Empower Every Developer by Anand Raman
- Microsoft unveils its next-generation AI developer tools via ZDNet
- Introducing Microsoft Machine Learning Server 9.2 Release by Nagesh Pabbisetty
- Using the Team Data Science Process (TDSP) in Azure Machine Learning by Wei Guo, Nai Ning, Xibin Gao, Brad Severtson, Debraj GuhaThakurta
- Diving deep into what’s new with Azure Machine Learning by Matt Winkler
- Announcing tools for the AI-driven digital transformation by Joseph Sirosh
- At Ignite, Microsoft is updating its Cognitive Services collection of intelligent APIs via Microsoft Azure
Containers and Service Fabric
- Announcing the general availability of Service Fabric on Linux by Mark Fussell
Learning and Certification
- Announcing New Azure Exams and Certification Path Recommendations for Azure Job Roles by Selina Winter
- Scott Guthrie Keynote Ignite by Aidan Finn
- Ignite 2017: Day One News Wrap Up from Orlando via SuperSite for Windows
- Microsoft Ignite 2017 Keynote Notes by Aidan Finn
- Microsoft Azure gets a new Logo and a Manifesto by Chris Pietschmann
- New Azure advancements remove cloud barriers for enterprises at Ignite 2017 by Scott Guthrie
- The Microsoft Graph is about to light up a new way for business users to search by Mary Jo Foley
- Microsoft adds new Microsoft 365 versions, plus security and management features by Mary Jo Foley
- Microsoft CEO Nadella’s ‘Hit Refresh’: Is a cultural revolution enough to refresh Microsoft? via ZDNet
Here’s a list of the Microsoft Azure Service Updates released today:
- Public Preview: application security groups, service tags, augmented security rules
- Public Preview: Global VNet Peering
- Public Preview: Load Balancer Standards
- Public Preview: HA Ports
- StorSimple 8000 series available only in the Azure portal from October 2017
- Public Preview: Virtual network service endpoints for Azure Storage and SQL Database
- Public Preview: SQL Vulnerability Assessment
Here are links to some videos that were posted today:
- Navigating the Microsoft Graph with Azure Functions via Azure Friday
- Serverless Apps with Azure Cosmos DB and Azure Functions via Azure Friday
And, of course there the Session recordings from Microsoft Ignite 2017 too! Go check out http://ignite.microsoft.com 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!
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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
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:
- SlideShare’s for 2017 Global Azure Bootcamp presentations
- Facebook Live videos from 2017 Global Azure Bootcamp
- Recap – Sweden and Global Azure Bootcamp by Eldert Grootenboer
Here’s some social media buzz from the #GlobalAzure hashtag!
I can’t wait until next year!
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!
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!!
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
The 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.
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 Ignite.Microsoft.com 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.
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.
This 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
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
There are plenty of resources available on how to implement and manage Microsoft Azure services; both for Developers and IT Pros. However, over the past few years there really haven’t been many resources to help learn how to affectively sell Microsoft Azure services. Whether you’re needing to make the case for your enterprise to adopt Microsoft Azure, or you work in Sales or Pre-Sales there is finally a resource to fit those training needs. The Microsoft Cloud Platform University Online (CPO) provides Free, Online, MOOC (massive open online course) courses targeted at Sales and Pre-Sales Technical roles. Read More
Another year means another Global Azure Bootcamp. The Global Azure Bootcamp 2016 is the fourth annual Azure Bootcamp. This is a global event that provides a single day, deep dive class helping thousands of people learn about building Cloud Computing Applications on the Microsoft Azure platform.
The 2016 Global Azure Bootcamp will be on April 16, 2016. Don’t forget to mark your calendars, so you too can get your Azure on! Read More