Here's a little secret: Education institutions are leaders in IT adoption. That's right. Schools of all types—k-12, higher education, public and private—tend to roll out new innovations to their administrative, academic, and research departments, and to student users, long before enterprise organizations get going. That being the case, education folks have tons to gain by attending Microsoft Ignite.
Are you an education techie or decision maker? Here's how to harness the most value from Ignite.
Choose the right sessions.
The Ignite session catalog contains more than 600 sessions, searchable by technology, theme, role, and level. Find sessions that align with your current and upcoming projects. Whether you work in multidevice/mobile productivity, backend infrastructure, or somewhere in between, you can find sessions that answer your needs.
Want to branch out? Get creative in your search, and follow predictive search results to discover sessions off the beaten path.
Some sessions of interest to education IT:
- Embrace the BYOD Revolution: Effectively Manage a Multi-Device, Multi-Generational Workplace: With device proliferation, Office 365 collaboration, and cloud storage taking schools by storm, you won't want to miss this session that can help you embrace the paradigm shift sustainably.
- Migrating to Microsoft: VMware to Hyper-V and Microsoft Azure: Learn how you can migrate your on-premises workloads from VMware to Hyper-V and/or Microsoft Azure—and lower costs.
- Tools and Tips for Administering Office 365: Get ahead on managing the Office 365 environment.
Get the most mileage out of your networking by setting some goals—such as knowing what you want to learn and who you want to learn it from. Then track down that person or community via the session catalog (for presenters) or forums (for peers and thought leaders) and make those connections.
No time to set goals? No worries. "Go organic" with peers and experts at sessions and community events including:
- Lounge meet-ups
- Community-led theaters
- Meal-time mashups
- Expo hall
- After-hours networking
Remember that your peers want in on your insights, too. Be ready to share!
Grow and validate your knowledge. Get certified!
At Ignite, Microsoft certification exams will be offered at 50% off. This is a fantastic opportunity to validate skills that elevate you, your department, and your institution. Come to Certification Central at Ignite to learn more, sign up for exams, and prepare to test.
Ignite is filling up! Register today!