It’s time to choose your General Session!

It's time to choose your General Session!

Picture this: It's Monday, September 26—the first day of Microsoft Ignite. Maybe you're in Atlanta. Maybe you're watching the live stream online and vowing to attend in person next year. Either way, you just saw Scott Guthrie's keynote and you're still reeling from the demos.

But 11:00 AM is approaching, which means you have a decision to make: Which of the eight General Sessions will you attend? You can't choose wrong—and you can always watch the others later on demand. But... which one will you watch live? Here are some details that might help you decide where you want to put your focus on Day 1.

Microsoft Ignite General Sessions—11:00 AM ET, September 26

Secure and manage your digital transformation

Brad Anderson

Security in a cloud-first, mobile-first world calls for a new approach. Data is accessed, used, and shared on-prem and in the cloud—erasing the traditional security boundaries. You need technology that protects you against evolving threats. Microsoft technology secures your digital transformation with a comprehensive platform, unique intelligence, and partnerships. We will cover how your organization can achieve the balance of security and end-user empowerment, with effective security controls across identity, device, data & apps, and infrastructure. We'll show how we can protect your organization's data against unauthorized access, detect attacks and breaches, and help you respond and adapt to prevent it from happening again.

Reinvent IT infrastructure for business agility

Jason Zander, John Meza

Microsoft strategy centers on empowering you—the IT professionals—to generate business value within your organizations. With Microsoft Azure and Azure Stack, you can leverage the power of cloud to drive business agility and developer productivity. With the launch of Windows Server 2016 and Microsoft System Center 2016, you can accomplish more than ever before in your existing datacenters. And with Operations Management Suite, you can securely manage all of your on-premises and cloud infrastructure from one place. Microsoft Corporate VP Jason Zander discusses in-depth the latest technology innovations across all of these areas that help you reinvent your IT infrastructure, and be a hero within your organization.

Power IT transformation with Office 365

Kirk Koenigsbauer

Your end users want great experiences, you want security and manageability. Office 365 is the most complete, secure cloud productivity service. Hear about new features of Office 365, listen to real-world customers and their IT transformation, and see demos that bring together experiences across mobility, collaboration, intelligence, and trust. Hear Office marketing and engineering leadership build a path for reinventing productivity within your organization.

Deploy Windows 10 for business—the future is closer than you think

Rob Lefferts

Digital transformation has changed the face of enterprise computing, and the time for Windows 10 is now. Rob Lefferts from the Windows Devices Group dives into what Windows 10 is delivering for businesses and how it makes deployment easier than ever. Rob will also discuss the latest Windows enhancements in management, security, and productivity and how they are changing what is possible today, and are continuously improving for tomorrow. Along the way Rob shares stories of real-world Windows 10 deployments. Plus demos!

Review the Microsoft application platform for developers

Scott Hanselman

Join Scott Hanselman as he takes us on a whirlwind tour of what Microsoft has to offer developers to create and modernize applications and embrace software industry trends such as cross-platform mobile experiences, open source, web and cloud services, and DevOps. We introduce the key technologies provided across Microsoft development tools including Visual Studio and Visual Studio Team Services, Microsoft Azure and Office 365 services, and mobile, web, and desktop platforms to create and modernize applications. Learn what options you have available and see them in action with fast-paced and fun demos that introduce you to the possibilities that the Microsoft platform provides for developers.

The unreasonable effectiveness of A.C.I.D.

Joseph Sirosh

The unreasonable effectiveness of A.C.I.D.: Algorithms, Cloud, IoT, and Data are driving the revolution of ambient intelligence. Microsoft is at the forefront of this revolution by combining the power of Big Data, Advanced Analytics, Machine Learning with global geographic footprint, and cloud elasticity. Join Microsoft CVP of Data Group Joseph Sirosh to learn how the unreasonable effectiveness of A.C.I.D. is enabling digital transformation and optimizing the operations of modern businesses.

Move all your communications to Skype for Business Online

Gurdeep Singh Pall

You can use Skype for Business Online around the world for all your business communication needs, starting now. From online meetings to telephone calls, Skype for Business Online can increase IT agility and reduce overhead with our meeting and voice services in Microsoft Office 365. Join Gurdeep Singh Pall, Corporate Vice President of Skype, as he shares our latest innovation in Skype for Business and unveils "Project Rigel."

Transform with cloud-first business applications from Microsoft

Mike Ehrenberg

Your business demands intelligent solutions that are available on whatever device a user prefers and whenever and wherever those users need to do their work. Learn about the latest advances in Microsoft's Dynamics cloud-first, mobile first business applications, see how business process and productivity come together to empower users to achieve more, and get informed about Microsoft's new cloud solutions for rapid business application development.

So, which one will you choose?

Planning now—and knowing what's available—can help you get the most out of your time at Microsoft Ignite. Especially as you dive in and get connected on the first day. And of course, anything you miss live, you can always catch later on demand.

Even if you're not going to be in Atlanta in person, you can still be a part of it in real time. Join us on the live stream on Monday, September 26. Everything will be available.

Microsoft Ignite is almost here! Get ready...

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