Here on day 1 at the Microsoft Cloud Roadshow there was a lot of excitement and buzz around all things cloud. In the coffee line I met a fellow Microsoft employee who has been with the company for over 21 years in Redmond! As with all modern technical events there was an event site to show my pre-selected schedule.
The Key Note:
Rachel Bondi – CMO and COO for Microsoft Australia opened the keynote.
We were lucky enough to have Julia White the General Manager of Cloud Platform from the US. Both Rachel and Julia started over 10 years ago in the Microsoft Office business. Julia spoke about digital transformation in the cloud.
Ben Walters Senior Product Manager gave a Delve demonstration. Delve uses machine learning. Everything he sees he already has access to. He can make a new board, to add docs to. He showed Delve Analytics, and how we can adjust targets to drive personal productivity. Getting access to the organisation quicker. He also demonstrated using Outlook on iPhone and Enterprise Mobility Suite EMS blocked copying between Outlook and local applications such as notes.
Julia mentioned how Xaramin (a recently acquired company) is now integrated directly into Visual Studio and can allow testing on hundreds of virtual phones at once to see where applications maybe failing.
Tom Hollander a Microsoft Cloud Solution Architect (CSA) built a web app. He deployed a demo website from Visual Studio to Azure with 3 clicks. He discussed scaling out or up. The entire demo was deployed in less than 2 minutes.
Julia then showed a short video on the Nepal recovery effort, monitoring recovery and helping them rebuild.
Julia discussed the comprehensive hybrid cloud platform. Azure Stack for on premises management. Currently in pre-release. This will also go GA towards the end of the calendar year.
Jason Wu a Microsoft principal program manager gave a great Data insights demonstration on SQL Data Warehouse and PowerBi. He discussed the importance of a scalable data store, a tool to deliver the data intelligence and an agile approach. SQL data warehouse is industry first auto scaling cloud warehouse.
Julia – Discussed a case study on Rolls Royce. Rolls Royce needed to deliver new services to their clients. They have a lot of data but lacked the ability to give them new insights. They created the data warehouse. Of importance to Jet owners was: fuel efficiency by type of plane, by pilot, by route. Rolls Royce is able to provide interesting insights to change the services they can provide to their customers.
Today I heard a new word. Perimeterless environments Julia discussed how Microsoft is able to provide secure platforms and intelligence to assess different risks. Microsoft spends $1 Billion a year and has the largest security spend of any vendor. On average hackers sit on a network for 200 days before they are discovered. 2 billion emails are scanned a month.
Lastly, Julia announced that Ignite Australia will be on 14-17 February 2017 at the Gold Coast convention center.