The Orange County Convention Center in Florida where the 2018 Microsoft Ignite Conference will take place.

Microsoft Ignite 2018: Security, Digital Transformation Set to Take Center Stage

The tech giant’s conference in Orlando promises big announcements for the company’s enterprise IT products and a look at the future of IT.

Microsoft Ignite, the company’s yearly conference targeting IT professionals and enterprise developers, is set to kick off next week and continue the dialogue around the tech community’s top priorities. The conference, taking place from Sept. 24 to Sept. 28 in Orlando, Fla., has its finger on the pulse of the IT industry and will focus on solutions for some of the greatest technology challenges today: security, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things, among others.

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Kicking off the conference on Monday, Sept. 24, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will give a “Vision Keynote,” where the company is expected to unveil several new solutions and partnerships aimed at addressing emerging trends. Announcements should include changes to several of its main product offerings, such as Microsoft 365Azure, the Surface product line and its collaboration software Microsoft Teams.

But the excitement won’t end there. Sessions are packed with information on tapping emerging technology for digital transformation and how companies can best make use of cognitive tools, powered by AI, in order to improve productivity and efficiency. Featured sessions include a talk from Microsoft’s VP of Business Applications and Global Industry Alysa Taylor and Vice President of Engineering James Philips, alongside others, which will touch on how businesses can power digital transformation via intelligent business applications and the power of the cloud.

Cybersecurity is the hardest-hitting issue for any organization today, and the conference takes the time to address security from every angle. One featured session, “Getting to a World Without Passwords,” will feature Microsoft’s Director of Program Management Alex Simons and Manini Roy, product manager for the Azure Identity team, who will touch on new and upgraded solutions that can offer companies passwordless options for users.

Don’t miss a thing! Keep this page bookmarked for articles from the event. Follow us on Twitter at @BizTechMagazine or the official conference Twitter account, @MS_Ignite, and join the conversation using hashtag #MSIgnite.

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Sep 19 2018

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