Microsoft Inspire 2019 gets ready to open its doors next week to over 10,000 partners in Las Vegas. Evros explores the key advancements across the Microsoft empire since last year’s gathering.
Since Inspire 2018, Microsoft has introduced significant changes to its technical certification paths. The core change being that certifications are now role-based. For example, Microsoft Certified Azure Administrator Associate.
While Azure was the first technology platform to have these certifications introduced, the program has expanded across all areas and the offerings continue to grow. The change in certification also introduced a focus on learning and technical knowledge. Microsoft demonstrated their commitment to this by announcing Microsoft Learn at Ignite 2018. This a free, online, self-paced portal to learn all you can about Microsoft cloud technology.
While we may consider Office 365 as a mature platform, Microsoft continues to introduce new and updated features. The past year has seen a focus on Teams, Flow and other specialised collaboration tools. This focus has promoted a greater capability for remote work and online collaboration. Continued enhancements in Azure and Office365 security, and governance have also helped many customers maintaining compliance and regulatory requirements. Especially for those who must adhere to GDPR after its introduction in May last year.
At Ignite 2018, Microsoft maintained a focus on the latest tech available for its ‘Intelligent Edge’. This has continued over the past six months with advancements in both the IoT and AI space. This has allowed these disruptive technologies to become more commonplace in everyday activities and solutions.
The proliferation of PowerApps over the past year has allowed us to develop our Power Platform specialist platform. Evros Labs delivers low-code, no-code, rapid prototyping Enterprise App solutions with the Microsoft Power Platform, to help our customers streamline operations.
What Microsoft Inspire 2019 Will Offer?
Now entering H219, many customers will focus their efforts on moving away from retiring software in advance of its end-of-life dates. Both Server 2008 and Windows 7 retire January 2020 and many have plans well under way to migrate to Azure for free extended support, or will undergo upgrade projects.
The results of these changing trends has driven us to develop Azure Spark, the new Evros consultative engagement designed to light the path towards Cloud adoption for our customers.
Spark is the latest offering established by Evros that allows organisations to confidently migrate and develop Cloud-based services with the certainty that the technical, security and governance aspects have been considered, agreed, and implemented.
Inspire 2019, while a Partner event, always has announcements directly relevant to customers. While simply speculation at this point, we could see the introduction of new product licensing offers for 365, updated Azure offers and continued progress on technical skill recognition.
Inspire 2019 promises to deliver the latest insight and inspiration to Microsoft Partners from over 130 countries with 400+ sessions. The Evros team will gather with the largest group of Microsoft executives, inspiring our Microsoft division to continue evolving for our customers.