Goodbye Ignite

 Last day at Microsoft Ignite. It was so much fun even though I can no longer feel my feet. I probably talked to a thousand people at Certification Central helping them on what exams or certification to take. It was great to meet with friends old and new and I even had a few of my students stop by and visit. While there is always a lot to learn at these events, the greatest take away is always the networking. You never know where the next opportunity will be coming from and who will be the person that provides it. They have announced that Ignite will be returning to Orlando next year, during the last week of September. I have already registered and have my hotel room booked. Goodbye Ignite and I will see everyone next year.

Universal Studios

Closing party for Ignite and Microsoft rented out Universal Studios just for me and 25,000 of my closest friends. Just remember that to get to the Marvel comics you need to take a left turn at Daigon Alley and a right turn at Jurrasic Park. Watch out for the dinosaurs though.

Howling at Ignite

 Checked in for Microsoft Ignite. Going to some MVP day sessions on Data & AI, but might sneak over to the Azure group in the afternoon. Later tonigh8-11t, I will be at Howl at the Moon for the MVP Party from 5-7. Then from 8-11, The Krewe will take over at the same place for the annual Meet-n-Greet. Two awesome parties, one great location.

Ignite Attendee Celebration

ctj2sfywcaa2zry Now that was a great party at Centennial Park. I had a nice view from atop the Ferris Wheel looking down on 23,000 of my closest techie friends. Not going to lie, I did eat two turkey legs. I mostly sat back and listened to the live band and enjoyed the great fall evening in the host city of Atlanta. I have heard rumors that next year Microsoft Ignite will be held in Orlando. I know I will definitely be back.

The 2016 Krewe Photo

ctm1bluxyaamahi Every year, The Krewe gets together at noon on Tuesday in front of the New Horizons booth for our annual picture. And I have no idea why I am looking in a different direction than everyone else. New this year at the Ignite conference were the BeamBots, for people who could not make the trip to Atlanta. Of course, The Krewe hijacked them all for the photo to get a truly international picture. In case you are wondering, The Krewe is a loosely based group of international techies who attend a lot of conferences. You can find them on Twitter @TheKrewe or on Facebook somewhere.

First day of Ignite 2016

14463077_1266149963403257_7021987707697021234_nFirst day of Microsoft Ignite. First lesson, with 23, 000 attendees you need more than ONE working escalator. Second lesson, I really loved the hangout area. I could not decide on which session to take so I took them all. This is one large screen where you can switch back and forth between sessions or just watch CNN. Lesson Three, CNN headquarters is right across the street and they have a great food court, which after today is where I will be eating lunch.14468263_1266643663353887_5364675333849623436_o

LOD Ignite Badges

14358719_1782951765260045_6779394591045956477_n Learn on Demand Systems is rolling out with a fun new achievement system. The team will be at  Microsoft Ignite  in Atlanta, GA from September 26-30, 2016, where they will be showcasing this great new program. Just some of the badges you can earn include Head in the Cloud, Day Tripper, Houston We Have a Problem, and The Exterminator. For example to earn the Head in the Cloud badge, you have to take 5 different Azure labs. Do you think you have what it takes to earn all the #IgniteAchievements? For a full list of achievements and their requirements, check out 

Subject Expert at Ignite

Capture  Very excited and honored to be once again working at the Microsoft Ignite conference. It is always a fun time and an incredible learning opportunity. Be sure to stop by and see me as Microsoft Ignite is again bringing certification and training resources to “Certification Central”. You’ll find exam prep sessions, a study hall full of learning resources, and an onsite testing center managed by the Microsoft Learning team. During the conference week, all Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) exams will be offered at a 50% discount exclusively for Microsoft Ignite attendees, and all practice tests will be free to attendees who activate them in the study hall. Exam appointments will be available Monday through Friday and pre-registration will open in July 2016.

Data Science Summit

13606998_1200631483288439_8477340474913116672_n Hear from Microsoft Engineers and customer experts on how you can build data driven intelligent solutions, on-premises and in the cloud, with R, Python, Hadoop,and Spark that will drive new and exciting services at the two days at the Data Science Summit that coincides with Microsoft Ignite in September. I am definitely going to try and catch a few of these sessions.

Microsoft Ignite 2016

igniteRegistration opens on February 2, 2016 at 11:00am Eastern Standard Time for Microsoft Ignite. Who is Ignite for… It’s for big thinkers looking for an edge. It’s for anyone who attended the Microsoft Exchange, Lync, Project, SharePoint, MMS, or TechEd conferences—and then some. It’s for senior decision makers seeking what’s next, and who want insights on key technology trends in the industry. It’s for IT professionals who need hands-on experience to enhance their tech skills. It’s for enterprise developers and architects looking for innovative ways to maximize application development. It’s for those who want to feel inspired and enlightened. It’s for you.