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Topic # 171916 5-May-2015 13:46
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Goodbye TechEd and thanks for all the fish! It was good while it lasted...

Welcome Microsoft Ignite NZ... Auckland, 1 - 4 September 2015, tickets on sale now.

Who is going this year?







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  Reply # 1298416 5-May-2015 14:11
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Oh I wish MS would stop renaming stuff for the sake of it!


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  Reply # 1298468 5-May-2015 15:37
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All going well I will be able to attend as a rep from Gisborne District Council, my first time to a Microsoft conference, woo.

 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 1325282 15-Jun-2015 19:24
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Microsoft New Zealand today announced an impressive line-up of speakers for its Ignite NZ 2015 Kick-Off event in September, including one of the world’s top technology designers from Microsoft, and a Business Director from Pixar Animation Studios.

Kicking off the four-day conference, the keynote event – followed by the opening party – will take place at 4.00pm on September 1 at Vector Arena, in Auckland. The full keynote line-up includes:

Joe BelfioreCorporate Vice President - PC, Tablet and Phone, Microsoft Corp.

 

  • As Corporate Vice President of PC, Tablet and Phone, Joe Belfiore's team leads Microsoft's customer experience on personal computers, including phone, tablet and desktop. Prior to his current role, Belfiore was CVP and Director of Program Management leading the team responsible for the design and software product definition of forthcoming generations of Windows. He also served as Product Unit Manager for the Windows User Experience team throughout the planning and development of Windows XP. In that role, he was responsible for the overall user experience of Windows — both as a manager of the engineering and design team that created most of the Windows XP user interface and also as a key driver of positive user experiences across all versions of the Windows operating system. After graduating from Stanford University, Belfiore began his career as an operating System Program Manager on OS/2. He drove the design of the first Windows NT & Windows 95. He was also Group Program Manager for Internet Explorer 4 and the Windows 2000 user interface before beginning his work on Windows XP.

 Chris FordRenderMan Business Director at Pixar Animation Studios (Walt Disney Co)

 

  • Chris Ford is the real deal when it comes to CGI. Making authentic, photo-realistic computer graphics has been a career long project. For more than 25 years Chris has been one of masterminds behind the film industry’s most stunning visually enhanced images. Software applications managed by Chris have been awarded two Academy Awards for technological achievement and he is credited in ten feature films. Chris has been the Product Manager for many of the best known modelling, animation, and rendering software tools used to design special effects and animation for films. He is currently Business Director for the film industry’s leading photorealistic rendering software, RenderMan, at Pixar/Disney. When Chris isn’t helping to create beautiful computer graphics he shifts his gaze to the wonder of outer space. Using advanced visualisation techniques he animates images of the cosmos for educational purposes.

 Laura ButlerDistinguished Engineer, Microsoft Corp.

 

  • Persuading Steve Ballmer to wear an apron while serving cupcakes at your monthly meeting means you’re probably pretty awesome. Laura Butler’s more than that: she’s the most ‘all in’ person you will ever meet. Since rocking up to Microsoft as an intern on Word for Windows 1.0, she’s been rocking up famous mountain peaks and rocking out a one-woman rendition of ‘Flashdance’ to increase team morale. Since interning she has worked on the user interface in Windows 95 and as the Director of Development for Windows Phone CXE. She also stashed a dangerous amount of cloud knowledge under her belt whilst on board the OneDrive and SharePoint teams before returning to Windows.  Laura’s not just clever, with no less than 10 patents to her name, but is an inspiring leader too. As she says, “If it’s not fun, you’re doing it wrong”.

 James StatenGeneral Manager, Cloud + Enterprise Division – Strategy, Microsoft Corp

 

  • Keeping up with James is tricky, not only because he is an avid marathoner and triathlete. Having spent more than 25 years in enterprise technology, delivered numerous keynotes and taught as a lecturer at leading business schools, he’s keeping a good pace. Before taking the helm at Microsoft’s intelligent cloud, James made a number of smart moves himself as an industry analyst, CMO, product market lead, journalist and reseller. He has held key executive positions at firms including Gartner, Sun Microsystems, Azul Systems and Forrester Research. During his time with Forrester James conducted pioneering work in cloud computing that allowed Fortune 500 and global enterprises to develop successful cloud strategies. From his pioneering starting point he’s now placed successfully as the forerunner of strategic planning and portfolio analysis for the Cloud + Enterprise division at Microsoft.

Ignite NZ 2015 marks the 20th year of Microsoft NZ hosting the nation’s biggest annual technology event, formerly known as TechEd. 

Some of the keynote speakers will be presenting additional sessions at the Ignite NZ conference, being held at SKYCITY convention centre from 2-4 September, where the best and brightest minds will present over 140 sessions to an anticipated audience of over 2,500 attendees on a wide range of topics including cloud infrastructure and management, productivity, big data and the Internet of Things, unified communications, mobility and more.







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  Reply # 1359586 5-Aug-2015 18:08
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So I'm going, who else?




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  Reply # 1359809 6-Aug-2015 09:00
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Did a talk last year so got a free ticket, nothing decent to talk about this year so I drop down the list at work! 
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  Reply # 1359846 6-Aug-2015 09:50
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I'll be there, looking forward to it.

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prob gonna give it a miss this year. Just too much cloud-vertorials for me.




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  Reply # 1359947 6-Aug-2015 12:47
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I'll be there; got a ticket a couple of days ago :)

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  Reply # 1360331 6-Aug-2015 22:52
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gjm: prob gonna give it a miss this year. Just too much cloud-vertorials for me.


so what would be the ideal/relevant content line-up for you?  feel free to PM me if you prefer..




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  Reply # 1360420 7-Aug-2015 07:10
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gjm: prob gonna give it a miss this year. Just too much cloud-vertorials for me.


so what would be the ideal/relevant content line-up for you?  feel free to PM me if you prefer..


Work is sending me regardless, but seems VERY thin on System Centre this year, and not much better on general on premise infrastructure/sys admin stuff.

Would love to see more stuff about on premise System Center, but in particular SCORCH &  SCVMM. More 300 & 400 level stuff too, seems to be a huge swathe of level 200 stuff. Only 2 Level 400 talks the entire conference.. Feels like "Ignite, where we advertise Azure" not "Ignite where we give complex technical information to engineers"

Sessions from Ignite US I'd have loved to have seen:

 

 

 

 

 

  • Building Highly Effective Dashboards In Microsoft System Center Operations Manager
  • Managing Storage With Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager: A Deep Dive
  • Managing Your Datacenter with Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager
  • Managing And Securing The Fabric With Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager
  • Modern Hardening: Lessons Learned On Hardening Applications And Services
  • Sysinternals Primer: Ignite 2105 Edition




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  Reply # 1360442 7-Aug-2015 08:27
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Any ETA on a full session list?

Edit: Just noticed that there's a grey on grey (why?!) [Edit: Changed to blue] "Load more" at the bottom of the page that I hadn't noticed earlier (and neither had my coworker yesterday)... but clicking it doesn't seem to do anything.

Edit 2: Found that "Load more" DOES do something: If you then switch to a different day then it'll show the full day. Why are there always problems with session lists/builder every year? Surely the bugs should be ironed out by now...

Edit 3 (this is turning into my personal blog or something): Actually, "Load more" does update the page "in-place" but it takes a while and gives no indication that it's doing anything.

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  Reply # 1360496 7-Aug-2015 09:16
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I went my 1st TechEd last year

Very poor value

1. NetHui 3 days, catered, same venue, same format $55
2. MS TechEd/Ignite 3 days, catered, same venue, same format $1920 [early bird]











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With just three weeks to go until New Zealand’s largest technology conference – Ignite NZ – kicks off, Microsoft NZ has announced the full schedule of sessions, and Windows 10 is high on the agenda, following the global release of the new operating system.

The full schedule of sessions for Ignite NZ – formerly known as TechEd NZ – is now available to view at http://msignite.nz, and includes a selection of training opportunities for both IT implementers and developers wanting to learn more about working with Windows 10.

Nigel Parker, Director for Developer Experience at Microsoft New Zealand, says with Windows 10 aiming to be on one billion devices within three years, it will be especially crucial for Kiwi developers to get savvy on the new operating system to help them stay on the leading edge of innovation.

“In addition to the keynote presentation by Joe Belfiore – one of the leaders of the global development of Windows 10 – there will be significant, deep-dive sessions on offer about everything from deploying, managing and integrating with Windows 10, to developing apps for the Universal Windows Platform,” says Parker.

“We are anticipating these to be some of the most popular sessions at Ignite NZ, so encourage those who haven’t got their tickets yet to do so as soon as possible so not to miss out on this unique opportunity to get wise on Windows 10.”

Parker says those who have already purchased tickets can now go to the web site to build the Windows 10 sessions into the schedule tracking tool for their time at Ignite NZ.

The keynote event that will kick off the four-day conference – followed by the opening party – will take place at 4.00pm on September 1 at Vector Arena, in Auckland. Ignite NZ marks the 20th year of Microsoft NZ hosting the nation’s biggest annual technology event, formerly known as TechEd.

Some of the keynote speakers will be presenting additional sessions at the Ignite NZ conference, being held at SKYCITY convention centre from 2-4 September, where the best and brightest minds will present over 140 sessions to an anticipated audience of 2,500 attendees on a wide range of topics including cloud infrastructure and management, productivity, big data and the Internet of Things, unified communications, mobility and more.






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  Reply # 1363131 11-Aug-2015 19:44
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xlinknz: I went my 1st TechEd last year

Very poor value

1. NetHui 3 days, catered, same venue, same format $55
2. MS TechEd/Ignite 3 days, catered, same venue, same format $1920 [early bird]


That is becaused Ignite/TechEd is more targeted at the rich suit wearing MS types. 






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