Takeaways From Microsoft Ignite
Microsoft started their Ignite 2015 conference with an understanding that IT doesn’t just stand for Information Technology, it also stands for Innovation and Transformation – an apropos acronym considering Microsoft’s plans for itself this year.
Here’s what we learned at Microsoft Ignite 2015:
- Create more personal computing. Windows 10 is coming, and Microsoft confirmed a Windows Update for Business which would allow enterprises to always keep Windows 10 up to date via cloud-based upgrades that could be centrally managed. In addition, they placed great emphasis on the upcoming release of System Center Configuration Manager, built for Windows 10 and designed with a new array of tools that will make the integration of System Center even more critical when deploying both the desktop and server-side version of Windows.
- Reinvent productivity and business processes – Completely redesigned versions of Office (Office 2016), Skype for Business (replacing Lync), SharePoint (SharePoint Server 2016), and Exchange (Exchange 2016) were announced. Each new release has an array of features – and Carolina Career College will be ready to train your team.
- Build the intelligent cloud – The big announcement in this key area was the “next-generation hybrid cloud”, headlined by the release of the Azure Stack product. Azure Stack brings the Azure user experience and both infrastructure and platform-as-a-service capabilities into customers’ datacenters. With Azure Stack, IT teams can easily blend enterprise applications with modern, distributed applications and services while maintaining centralized oversight. This will be a huge part of the Windows Server 2016 release. Look for training on this release, as well as the new SQL Server 2016 release coming later in the yearMicrosoft is going through its first real transformation in years. Spearheaded by the Windows 10 release, all indications are that this will be as big a shift as Microsoft is hoping for.