Microsoft Ignite Event Kicks Off In Chicago Today
After hosting last week’s NFL draft, the Windy City is set to become the backdrop of another major national event with Microsoft Ignite.
Ignite is Microsoft’s main enterprise technology conference that was created in place of the five separate annual events the company previously had. Microsoft Ignite will preview the company’s future technology vision and future plans, and it begins Monday at 9 am with CEO Satya Nadella’s keynote address at the McCormick Place.
You can live stream the keynote HERE on Monday morning.
Ignite is a big deal for Chicago, as it puts the city in the national spotlight for the right reasons this time and is expected to bring 20,000 visitors and $50 million in revenue to the city.
Microsoft plans to unveil key details for their upcoming products and services (Office 365, Office Delve, Office Graph, Windows 10, Azure, etc.) and how they fit with the latest trends in tech. IT professionals and developers will get to test Microsoft’s latest tech, and connect with thousands of technologists from around the globe.
Attendees of the event will hear from some of Microsoft’s senior leadership, including Dave Campbell, Microsoft’s Chief Technology Officer, Cloud & Enterprise; Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President, Enterprise Client & Mobility; Gurdeep Singh Pall, Corporate Vice President, Skype; Julia White, General Manager, Office 365; and Joe Belfiore, Corporate Vice President, PC, Tablet and Phone.
There will be hundreds of sessions, technical training, hands-on labs and opportunities for certification during Microsoft Ignite from May 4-8, including sessions on cloud infrastructure, the Internet of Things, and big data.
“Microsoft Ignite is where you’ll come up with your next great idea, based on what you learn about the upcoming wave of products and services,” Microsoft wrote in a blog post. “You’ll get the practical guidance and the insight you need to build a game plan for that big project. You’ll learn from people who have reached the pinnacle of success, overcome the impossible and learned the hard lessons.”