Microsoft Ignite 2019 Round up and Key Takeaways

Posted on: 21/11/2019

Posted by Tom Morgan – Product Innovation Architect | Modality

Tom Morgan, Modality’s resident MVP and Product Innovation Architect, is fresh on UK soil following Microsoft Ignite in Orlando. In our latest blog, he gives us key takeaways and news on some of the biggest announcements.

Microsoft Ignite is one of the top-tier flagship events for Microsoft, with over 25,000 attendees, 1000 sessions, and 200 hands-on experiences across four days. There is a vast amount of content to consume and everyone’s encounter will be different, so here is mine.

Azure is the world’s computer

There were two big topics I picked up on from the vision keynote and onwards. The first was Microsoft Azure as “the world’s computer”, and it’s clear that Microsoft are continuing to invest in Azure and increase its capabilities. Azure Arc is a newly announced service that enables deployment of Azure services anywhere and extends Azure management to any infrastructure. Microsoft wants to make Azure the one place to go to in order to manage and control your cloud estate across on-premise, Edge, and even multiple clouds. In addition to this, Microsoft also announced Azure Synapse, a new cloud-based analytics service that combines enterprise data warehouse services with Big Data workloads into a single experience. Both new services are available in Microsoft Preview today to try out.

500 million new apps

The other big topic that took my attention was the investment in the Power Platform. Microsoft calculates that there will be 500 million new apps created by 2023 and it wants to empower Citizen Developers to create them. There have been significant and exciting investments in bot technology (Power Virtual Agents), and in automation with the introduction of robotics process automation (RPA) features to Power Automate (the new name for Microsoft Flow).

Private channels for Teams

Of course, there were also announcements in each of the main product areas, including Microsoft Teams, Yammer, and SharePoint. The biggest Teams news was Private Channels – the most requested feature on the product UserVoice page, but there were many other important announcements such as the ability to publish Power Apps to Teams as apps, and agreements with Cisco and Zoom to enable Teams Rooms Systems to join Webex and Zoom meetings.

Whatever your area of specialism there are certain to be new announcements for you, so be sure to browse the Ignite Session Catalog for the latest.

You can also find out more via my own Microsoft Blog Thoughtstuff.

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