Registration is now open for the Microsoft Ignite technology conference to be held in Atlanta, Georgia from September 26-30. For five days (and one pre-conference training day), Ignite attendees will have access to hands-on learning, industry insights, and direct access to product experts, all in one place.
Ignite is Microsoft’s consolidated event for IT professionals, developers. By comparison, the new Envision event is aimed at enterprise decision makers. Microsoft Ignite offers:
- More than 700 sessions, over 1,000 hours of content, and many networking opportunities
- Insights and roadmaps from industry leaders
- Deep dives and live demos on the products attendees use every day
- Direct access to Microsoft product experts
- Hands-on learning in digital labs
While the conference is not Dynamics-centric, there will be classroom time devoted to Dynamics AX (see below), as well as to Microsoft’s productivity tools. Other productivity sessions explore topics like Windows 10 enterprise deployments, Office 365 network performance, and Power BI dashboards.
A full-conference pass is $2,200, while a pre-day training pass is $500. (Full details on pricing available here.)
Pre-conference training for Dynamics AX
The pre-conference trainings (called “pre-day trainings”) will take place on Sunday, September 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Georgia World Congress Center. Most pre-day trainings are set up classroom-style and offer hands-on learning, so attendees are encouraged you to bring their own devices to participate in the training.
Two of the pre-day training sessions revolved around Microsoft Dynamics AX. One session, “Microsoft Dynamics AX-Deployment Options” will present best practices on deploying Dynamics AX in a public cloud, private cloud or on-premise. This day-long training will cover best practices for each deployment option, according to Microsoft.
The “Microsoft Dynamics AX-Retail” session will offer information about the overall retail solution architecture, improvements to the e-commerce software development kit to enable additional independent software vendor (ISV) solutions, as well as enhanced extensibility and customization experiences.
Hands-on with Azure for developers
In the all-day instructor-led pre-day training sessions, “DEV Immersion: Microsoft Azure Developer Immersion,” developers will take an existing responsive website and move it to the cloud, along with its SQL Server database and other components.
Recently Microsoft announced what it calls the “next phase of its hybrid cloud strategy” with the first Technical Preview of Microsoft Azure Stack, the technology that will allow organizations to deliver Azure services from their own data centers. Azure Stack was a hot topic at Ignite 2015 and ought to remain a focus area this year.