Earlier today, Microsoft published the first look at the session line up for the upcoming Ignite conference in Chicago from May 4-8. Ignite is a combined event that is bringing together people who may have attended the Microsoft Exchange, Lync, Project, SharePoint, MMS, or TechEd conferences in the past. While many sessions are focused towards the technical community, there will definitely be sessions for business decision makers who want to learn about the changing landscape of the IT world.
I’m most excited for the IT Decision Maker sessions, and the online catalog lets you filter on a number of dimensions to look for the topics in which you might be interested. I’m especially looking forward to the sessions about NextGen Portals and those about my indispensable productivity tool, OneNote. (I wrote an article about how I used OneNote to coordinate and plan my daughter’s wedding for IT Unity.) We will also be able to learn about the evolution of SharePoint v.Next for on-premises. Microsoft promises to share the roadmap and showcase the future of on-premise and hybrid scenarios.
Microsoft will also share its own story about the road to enterprise social in a “how we did it?” session. While not everything that works at Microsoft is going to work for your organization, there will definitely be ideas that will be useful to take away.
Some of the sessions have great titles (clearly, that was a goal for the conference)! My personal favorite: “I Sync, Therefore I Am – a Deep Dive on OneDive Sync Capabilities and Roadmap.” The description includes the following: “You may say to yourself, 'I sync I can, I sync I can' make it to this session... YES! It'll be worth its weight in gold - the kind you can sync your teeth into.” :-)
The agenda is still evolving, so I’m sure there will be more to come. At the moment, there are 85 sessions about Office 365 and 44 specifically about SharePoint (though of course most of the Office 365 sessions are also about SharePoint). To learn more, mark your calendar for February 3 at 9:00 am PT when Microsoft will have the whole event team and many speakers available to chat on Twitter (you can access the chat here). For more information, take a look at today’s blog post on Channel 9. See you in Chicago!