Microsoft Ignite Explained: The Who, What, and Why

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Are you ready for Microsoft Ignite? You may already know the Where and When (Chicago, May 4–8) but maybe you need more—the Who, What, and Why—to help you understand what's in it for you. Who will be there (and who should be there). What products and technologies will be represented; and Why we created this unique event. Read on for the straight scoop and get fired up to plan your trip to Chicago.

Who will be there? Well, aside from yourself... Microsoft Ignite will host thousands of IT Decision Makers, IT Professionals, and Enterprise Developers from around the world. Microsoft technical and business leaders will be there, too—including Keynote Speaker Satya Nadella, and Brad Anderson, Joe Belfiore, Dave Campbell, Peggy Johnson, Chris Jones, Julie Larson Green, Gurdeep Singh Pall, and many others. With access to the best and brightest minds in the industry, you'll get practical guidance, inspiration, and insights to help launch your next successful project.

What will you learn? Microsoft Ignite will bring together the best of previously individual conferences: Microsoft Management Summit; Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, Project, and TechEd conferences. If you've attended one (or several) of these events in the past, and been hungry for more, you'll understand why we made the decision to bring these legacy events together as one and create some fireworks. Microsoft Ignite will offer hundreds of sessions and labs, training and certification opportunities, and direct access to Microsoft engineers and execs.

So there's no confusion: Microsoft Management Summit + Microsoft Exchange Conference + SharePoint Conference + Lync Conference + Project Conference + TechEd = Microsoft Ignite

The first batch of session content is live, covering Architecture; Deployment, Implementation and Migration; Development; Operations and Management; Security, Access Management and Compliance; and Usage and Adoption. Check them out at and watch for the full catalog of sessions to come in January.

Why Ignite? For the first time ever, we'll bring together the education, vision, and guidance for the full spectrum of our enterprise solutions, all under one roof. By combining individual Microsoft conferences, we can cover it all, across cloud infrastructure and management, big data and analytics, productivity, unified communications, operating systems, mobile devices, and more. Plus, you'll have access to your own community of experts and those you haven't met yet. We're rewiring what a Microsoft enterprise tech conference is and does—creating one single place to stoke the fires for your team, your company, and your career.

Microsoft Ignite is May 4–8, 2015 in Chicago at McCormick Place. Register today.



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