In the past few years Microsoft always offered TechDays in the Netherlands as their Premier local knowledge event. In 2016 the event was relocated from the spring to the fall; one of the busiest event periods of the year. Since TechDays moved to a time later in the year, Microsoft was able to organize their Global Cloud Road Show in The Hague last year, but this event was received with quite a lot of mixed feelings, because of the low level of detail in the sessions.

This year, Microsoft will try to tip the scale with another global initiative, The Microsoft Tech Summit, this time in the RAI in Amsterdam on March 23rd and 24th 2017. You can choose from the following activities:

Attend the Keynote
Hear how Microsoft’s enterprise solutions can help you be more successful, more productive and add value to your IT organization in today’s digital transformation landscape.

  • Learn during break-out sessions
    Over 50 technical training sessions covering a range of topics across Microsoft Azure and the hybrid platform including security, networking, data, storage, identity, mobile, cloud infrastructure, management, DevOps, app platform, productivity, collaboration and more.
  • Ask experts for help
    Access hundreds of Microsoft engineers and tech leaders ready to help you tackle your toughest dilemmas—they’re up for the challenge.Take a guided test-drive
    Go beyond the sessions, take a test drive of the latest technology with cloud services across Microsoft Azure, Office 365, and Windows 10.You can take Instructor Led Labs, where you’ll receive a lot of context about the exercises you are conducting, or take the “Labs on demand” where you can test-drive all kinds of technology, from SQL to System Center and from EM+S to Azure PaaS services. Find your appropriate labs on the website, for your convenience, I queried the “Azure” labs below.

Azure Labs on-demand…

The great thing about this conference, for us Dutchies, that it’s free of charge! I do have some concern about the technical depth of the content during the sessions, alhough there seem to be a couple of level 300 sessions, but I guess for a lot of organizations and people managing traditional datacenters it will be quite good stuff…

The generic build-up of the event will be somewhat like the image below.

Especially for Azure fans, I’ve created a mini schedule with just the content for us, Azure IT Pro’s… You can find more information about the event on this website, and I might talk to you there, when you decide to register for this free event.

March 23rd 2017

10:00 – 11:15

Tech Summit Keynote

11:30 – 12:45

Reinventing IT infrastructure for business agility

13:45 – 15:00

Deliver high-scale and low cost solutions with Azure Tiered Cloud Storage.

Protect your data with a modern backup, archive and disaster recovery solution.

15:15 – 16:30

Use Azure Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) as a starting point on your cloud journey

16:45 – 18:00

Explore Windows Server 2016 Security and Software Defined Datacenter

18:00 – 19:00

Ask the Experts

Friday, March 24th 2017

10:00 – 11:15

Powering IT Transformation with Office 365 

11:30 – 12:45

Port your AWS knowledge to Azure

Take advantage of new capabilities in System Center 2016

Take your management and security strategy to the cloud

13:45 – 15:00

Microsoft Azure Networking: Getting things connected

15:15 – 16:30

Configuring your heterogeneous environment with PowerShell and DSC

Get the most out of the Office 365 security solutions


Want to know more, or did any questions come up when you were reading this? Do you have some feedback for me? Leave a comment or drop me an email.

Until the next time, keep it cloudy!

Bert Wolters

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