Microsoft today announced that its new enterprise technology conference will be held May 4 – 8, 2015 in Chicago. Called Microsoft Ignite, the event will kick off with a keynote from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.
Ignite is a big change for Microsoft, as it merges previous events the company has held, including the Management Summit, as well as the Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, Project, and TechEd conferences. The new conference is supposed to bring together the attendees of all those events under one roof.
Nadella will be joined by the company’s technical and business leaders. The full list isn’t available yet, but Microsoft has confirmed Brad Anderson, Joe Belfiore, Dave Campbell, Peggy Johnson, Chris Jones, Julie Larson Green, and Gurdeep Singh Pall will all be present.
Attendees will have direct access to hundreds of Microsoft engineers and executives. Ignite will also feature hundreds of sessions, technical training, hands-on labs, and opportunities for certification.
Here is how the company describes the event:
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. We’re going to cover it all, across cloud infrastructure and management, big data and analytics, productivity, unified communications, operating systems, mobile devices and more. 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. You’ll dive deep with our experts, share stories with other professionals, and have some laughs, too.
If that sounds right up your alley, registration is open now at ignite.microsoft.com. Registration before December 11 will cost $1,920, otherwise the standard fee is $2,220. There’s also a $1,220 option for academic faculty and staff as well as a $995 student fee.
Microsoft is hosting a Yammer discussion about the event on October 21 from 9 – 10 a.m. PST. After gaining access, you’ll be able to ask questions about the event and provide feedback on what you want to see there.
If you can’t make Ignite, don’t worry. Microsoft has three other major events in the first half of 2015 for its “professional communities”:
- March 16 – 19: Convergence 2015 in Atlanta.
- April 29 to May 1: Build 2015 in San Francisco.
- July 12 – 16: Worldwide Partner Conference in Orlando.
We still have over two months to go before the end of 2014, yet next year is already looking packed for Microsoft followers.