Microsoft Ignite 2015: Sweet Home Chicago

April 29, 2015 at 12:51 pm | Posted in Microsoft, Vendor news | Leave a comment
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Leonard and Phil Chess started a record company named Chess Records  in Chicago that forever changed the face of music. In the first week of May 2015, Microsoft will have their new educational megaconference, now named Ignite, in Chicago. Will something be announced at the Ignite Conference that will change the tech world?  I don’t know, but I can’t wait for the keynote address.



Instead of hosting separate events for SharePoint, Lync, Exchange, Project, and TechEd North America, this year Microsoft rolled several annual conferences into Ignite. Not surprisingly, this conference is already sold out. However, even if you can’t attend in person, you may still be able to look at Windows 10, as well as learn the latest features and changes taking place with Azure, Exchange, SharePoint, Office 365, SQL Server, System Center, Windows Server, Visual Studio, Intune, Lync, and more. Microsoft usually publishes online versions on Channel 9.

Because Ignite replaces the venerable TechEd, Microsoft will provide opportunities for you to get certified at the conference. During the week of the conference, there will be onsite testing available to all attendees for  $75, that’s 50% off the regular price. You can visit to preregister for the exam. Use the promo code ignitena at checkout to get the 50% discount.

There will be at least 15 exam prep sessions conducted by Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs). MCTs will walk you through each objective on the exam to ensure that you know what is covered on the test. Check the Microsoft Ignite schedule for the times and rooms for these sessions.

There will also be a study hall at Microsoft Ignite that will free access to practice tests before you go take an exam. The study hall will located in Certification Central. Along with free exam prep resources, there will be MCTs on hand to answer questions and offer advice on taking the exams.

This inaugural event will include a Hands-On Lab that gives you the opportunity to run through hundreds of labs on Azure, Exchange, SharePoint, Office 365, SQL Server, System Center, Windows Server, Visual Studio, Intune, Lync, and more. These labs are self-paced and are a great way to increase your knowledge about a topic or learn a new technology.


MCTs are running these labs on site to ensure that everything runs smoothly. The Hands-On Lab is open every day, and I encourage you to stop by. I will be working in the lab, so come by and say Hi.


Also do not forget about the Attendee Celebration on Thursday. The food will be great and the beer will be cold. To quote the late famous Chicago Cubs announcer, “Holy Cow”!



New conference, but still the man with the unpronounceable name,

–George Monsalvatge

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