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Microsoft Ignite 2019 Wrap

Another Microsoft Ignite Conference is in the books.  This year’s event, hosted in Orlando, Florida unleashed a treasure trove of announcements both big and small.  Just within the area of Azure there were 118 announcements queued up for last week in the Azure Updates listing with most (if not all) of the services in Preview this fall making their official transition to General Availability last week.


Here are the five focus areas I noticed:

  • Hybrid
  • Data
  • AI
  • Security
  • Serverless


Arguably the biggest announcement of the conference may have been the Azure Arc service which provides organizations a consistent, single interface to govern and manage resources on-premises, using Azure Stack, in Azure, or other cloud platforms.  Should be a great service for organizations that still manage multiple local or collocation centers, in addition to cloud services on one or more platforms.


There was a lot going on for data people starting with the official GA of SQL Server 2019 and the introduction of Azure Synapse, Microsoft’s new data warehousing and analytics tool that can leverage on-premises and cloud data sources in addition to ML to quickly create powerful new insights on your data.  You can find a detailed introduction by Rohan Kumar here:

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Azure Synapse Analytics – image from Microsoft

Three other Azure SQL announcements I find interesting include:


In addition to all of the great AI capabilities being leveraged by Azure services like the Azure Security Center and the Azure Synapse Analytics previously mentioned, I was introduced to a new service currently in preview within Cognitive Services called Anomaly Detector.  Anomaly Detector is a tool that makes it super easy for developers to feed it regular time-series data.  Over time the ML will determine what is normal and abnormal operations and provide rich analytics for proactively identifying and solving problems.  I already have a rich use case for this, so look for a detailed write up soon.


Security and trust continue to be a big area of focus both for Microsoft and its customers.  I see a continued focus on trying to get consistency between on-premises and cloud resources to identify issues as well as new ways to easily remediate identified threats.

Here are four announcements with impact that I noticed:


I continue to be super excited by all of the great work happening in the world of serverless computing at Microsoft.  Ignite brought three big announcements I was happy to see.

General Thoughts and Wrapup

As a cloud consultant and technology evangelist I always find conferences like Ignite valuable to help me get aligned with where Microsoft is going, where companies are, and where they are trying to go with their technology decisions.  It can be difficult to remember that consultants are often on the cutting edge solving new and challenging problems so we forget that we may be ahead of the pack.  The continued focus on hybrid operations reflects the reality of where organizations are.  It was interesting to see how many organizations are still in the early planning or adoption for their cloud journey.

If you are reading this and near the beginning of your cloud journey, I highly recommend taking a look at Microsoft’s Cloud Adoption Framework (CAF) information which can help speed up your adoption remove some of the guesswork early on.

It was a great time, I learned a lot, and had a lot of great conversations.  Any conference that leaves me energized and hungry to learn more is a great investment.  Looking forward to future events!

Nintex InspireX Conference

Nintex recently announced registration for their 2nd Annual InspreX Conference.  This year it will take place in New Orleans from February 13th-15th.

I was able to attend the 2015 version in Las Vegas earlier this year with two of my team members.  The conference was very well run and it easily exceeded all of our expectations.  With the current size and scope of the Microsoft Ignite Conference, it is a nice alternative for all things Nintex.  We especially found it easier to move around and have meaningful conversations with people since the audience was smaller and more focused.

The early bird registration rate is a real bargain at $695 (through October 31st).  With over 50 breakout sessions and dedicated areas for interactive demos there will be plenty of opportunities to network, learn, and share.  It is highly recommended for anyone working with Nintex on a regular basis!

Nintex InxpireX Info and Registration



SPSATL Presentation – Introduction to Delve

Here is my recent presentation for the SharePoint Saturday Atlanta 2016 event cover an introduction the Delve features within Office 365. I’ve found that this is a powerful feature that often goes under utilized, hopefully it can help spur some ideas on how you can leverage it in your environment!

SPSNYC / SPSATL Presentation – Unlock the Value of Your Content with Optimized Search Results

Thank you to everyone that attended the session. There were some great questions and follow on conversations so I hope that everyone learned a lot!

Below is the slide deck from the presentation.

SPSNYC Presentation – Developing Custom Display Templates

Thank you to everyone that attended my session Create Tailored Results w/ Custom Display Templates at SPS NYC 2014.

You can find the source display templates in the following zip file:

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