Microsoft Ignite Australia through the eyes of Alessandro Cardoso, Microsoft MVP Cloud and Datacentre Management



Why I loved attending Microsoft Ignite Australia this year!

By: Alessandro Cardoso
Microsoft MVP Cloud and Datacenter Management
Twitter @cloudtidings


Attending a professional development conference is an energising and exhausting experience. I plan my sessions attendance carefully to balance what I want to learn new with content that I need more insights.

Ignite Australia is not like any other conference. During 4-days of deep technical training, hands-on labs and instructor-led labs, exam crams and certifications, as an attendee you have a chance to immerse yourself in broad range content as well as making network and practicing at the hands on labs.

I have been speaking at conferences for more than 11 years, and I always enjoy it. This wasn’t different. I was a little bit anxious though, as I asked Ben Armstrong to help me with the Nested Virtualization demo and him being the Microsoft Program Manager for Hyper-V put a little pressure on myself. Nothing unusual though. As a speaker I look forward to have my presentations as engaging and interactive as possible, incorporating attendees, asking question, learning from their examples and experiences.

I liked the small group discussions that happened often in the expo, and almost at every corner of the conference and I found myself talking to Microsoft Product Managers, professionals and students from across the country in many occasions going beyond collaboration and discussion. In the Instructor Led Labs (ILL) sessions you could find yourself taking part in lab activities while being lectured by an industry expert.

At Ignite we learned about where the industry is heading, and how we can evolve and take advantage of the disruptive technologies to stand-up and be the leaders for our organisations.

Cloud, Data Analytics, DevOps, Windows 10, Hyper-V, OMS, Machine Learning, SQL, Office 365 were among the many subjects we had this year, plus we had 2075 Hands On Labs launched, with delegates spending 1779 hours doing labs.

Let’s not forget that this year we had: Hack@Ignite and I am sure you loved the “Public Speaking Excellence: How to Deliver Compelling Presentations” and the “Sketching for Fun and Profit” sessions at the Hack theater.Hack Theatre

As a speaker and working for a partner, the exposure the brand gets is immense. In my view, it has two positive sides: from a recruiting perspective, it tells possible candidates that the partner invests in team development, certifications and they attract the best and high skilled people; from a customer perspective, it tells the attendees that the partner has industry experts, well connected and that they will be able to help their business with their requirements, bringing innovation.

Ignite Australia 2015 was a spectacular show of technology innovation designed to enhance partners, delegates and speakers to new levels of personal and professional success.

If you attended and missed any sessions you can log in to My Ignite to recap or watch ones you missed out on or for Partners that didn't make it to the Gold Coast check out the full release of Ignite content from US.