It’s back! Next week marks one of my favorite times of the year. Yes, this coming week brings us Microsoft Ignite 2017, where IT Pros, Speakers, and MVPs from around the world converge in one location to talk about the latest innovations in the Microsoft Technology Stack, swap war stories and help one another solve technology problems. I’ve always been amazed at the sense of community, not only from attendees but from Microsoft itself during MS Ignite. There really is an immense feeling of community at this event every year, which is probably the thing I look forward to the most. Previous years have seen 10k to 15k+ in attendance at this event quite consistently and as such, there is a lot of knowledge to go around. This is often in the form of community theater sessions, in-person immersion experiences, and Microsoft-led speaking slots.

1 – Microsoft Ignite 2016 in Atlanta via Andy Syrewicze

Taking it all in and digesting that information can be difficult, but this year I aim to be of assistance to our readers and followers on social media who want to get the most they can out of this event (even if they can’t attend in person). To do this to the best of my ability, I’m ditching the booth at this event as a vendor to take up the role as a fellow attendee in the trenches. Not only do I get to experience it as you do, I’m also aiming to bring a little bit of an extra touch to your experience through live video feeds, and interviews with distinguished industry experts, Microsoft MVPs, and interesting personalities!

The growing list of confirmed interviews is below!

When is Microsoft Ignite 2017?

Officially, Microsoft Ignite runs from September 25th to the 29th. However, Sunday is full of pre-day events, and I will be filming a number of interviews that day, so you can be sure we’ll have some fresh video content for you starting aready from Sunday night and into Monday morning!

Where is Ignite this year?

Ignite is being hosted in sunny Orlando Florida this year! The venue should lend itself well for a conference of this size, and the closing celebration on Thursday night will be hosted at Universal Studios, so I’ll be sure to post some pictures and live video of the proceedings so you can join in the fun and discussion.

What Kind of Content Will You be Providing?

Well, that’s really part of the fun right? Would it be as fun if you knew exactly what’s in store? Ok, if you MUST know, we’ll be sending a number of broadcasts directly from the show to discuss some of the new reveals and some of the new features that are sure to make an impact in your day-to-day operations. Additionally, we’ll be getting some of this information directly from leaders in the industry.

Here’s a taste of the interviews coming your way:

Rick Claus – Sr. Program Manager – Azure Compute Team

Kay Williams – Principal PM Manager at Microsoft

Michael Bender – IT Instructor at Madison College and Founder of #TheKrewe

Dave Kawula – Microsoft MVP and Enterprise Consultant and co-author of the eBook 6 Hyper-V Configuration Mistakes to Avoid

Thomas Maurer – Microsoft MVP and Cloud Architect and past guest on the Altaro webinar Future-proofing your datacenter with Microsoft Azure Stack

This is just a fraction of the content we’re providing this year, but you get the idea! We’ll be sure to keep you updated via social channels as things progress throughout the week. Speaking of social channels…..

How Do I Follow Along?

We’ll be doing the bulk of the information sharing and notifications via our various social platforms (below). Keep an eye on these, and be sure to keep an eye right here on our Hyper-V Blog after the event for a summarizing post containing all the content and topic discussions from the week of Ignite!

Twitter: @AltaroSoftware and @asyrewicze

Facebook: Altaro Software

LinkedIn: Altaro Software and Andy Syrewicze

Google+: Altaro Software

Tell me what you want to know!

Let me know if the comments section or directly over the social channels above. If there is a certain type of content you’re interested in or a particular speaker you’d like to see an interview with, let me know in the comments section below and I’ll be sure to try and accommodate you.

Also, if you’re going to be at the show and you’d like to talk in person, be sure to let me know below as well. I’m looking forward to meeting as many people as possible, just send me a message – I’m always open to a discussion about technology over a cold beverage!

We hope to make it a great #MSIgnite, and we hope to see you there (in person, or virtually)!

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