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Viral Patel

Microsoft Ignite 2021: 10 Sessions You Won’t Want to Miss

It is that time again (can you believe it’s been a year already?). The countdown to Microsoft Ignite 2021 has officially begun, with the exciting event taking place November 2 - 4.

With the vast amount of sessions taking place over the three days, I’ve picked out the sessions I’m most looking forward to! Here are my top highlights and topics that you won’t want to miss!

Day 1

1. Innovate Anywhere From Multicloud to Edge

Scott Guthrie will present how organisations adjust to challenges, pursue new business opportunities, and accelerate their digital capabilities in the face of the pandemic that reshaped the world. Discover how Azure latest innovations will help secure, operate and govern infrastructure, data, and applications across hybrid and multi-cloud and how to innovate at scale with end to end capabilities in Azure.

2. Protect Everything with End-to-End Security

Vasu Jakkal will talk about how organisations around the world are facing a surge of sophisticated cyber threats. The hybrid work world is creating new opportunities for bad actors and increased challenges for IT teams. Learn how Microsoft's approach to security is helping customers become more secure and resilient. Discover new products and innovations that help protect from endpoints to the cloud, including security, compliance identity, device management, and privacy. See how Microsoft Security is helping organizations of all sizes to be safe in the face of increased global cyber threats.

Day 2

3. Ask the Experts: Re-imagine the future of business transformation with an experience-first approach

Check out this Cognizant and Contino session where we discuss how with 41% of the global workforce considering leaving an employer this year and customer demands steadily increasing, it is a business imperative to keep customer, developer and workforce experiences at the heart of every transformation journey. Join us for a virtual roundtable to explore success stories from across various industries and learn how to leverage the power of the Microsoft Cloud and GitHub to fuel experience-driven transformation, delight customers and elevate employee engagement.

4. Introduction to Azure Sentinel

Setting up security information and SIEM can typically take a long time to configure and not having cloud workloads in mind. This session would be great to get more insight on Azure Sentinel and how to start getting valuable insights from the cloud and on-premises data.

5. Driving business value through Application Innovation and modernization using Azure Cloud Native services.

Find out with more and more organisations who invest in modernising their application using cloud-native services are seeing higher long-term business value creation by operating with agility, increasing flexibility and innovating at scale to meet the needs of their internal and external stakeholders.

6. How to improve the Cyber risk assessment of Cloud services to prioritize actions?

Repeated crises, IT outsourced to service providers or businesses that initiate projects you do not always have control of. It is time to take a step back and manage risk with a holistic view of the chain of attack. How to ensure the application of best practices on the uses of Cloud services? How to assess the application of security policies? This session will provide you with a pragmatic approach to internal and external risk assessment to allow you to perform a risk assessment and implement corrective actions continuously.

7. Microsoft Cloud for Financial Services: Accelerating innovation for sustainable growth

Learn how Microsoft Cloud assists financial institutions in managing data to deliver differentiated customer experiences, empower employees, and combat financial crime whilst facilitating security, compliance, and interoperability of financial data.

Day 3

8. Build Cyber Resilience with a Holistic Strategy

Cybersecurity is a top concern for organizations of all sizes across every industry. Learn how to build a strategy to combat modern threats through proactive measures and reactive actions. Dell Technologies Services has deep expertise in helping customers protect their business and detect, respond and recover after an attack. Join cybersecurity experts to learn more about protecting your organization, the Microsoft Security Stack and prioritizing your next steps.

9. How to maximize the value of Microsoft Applications with comprehensive monitoring

Microsoft Applications are constantly evolving and integrating deeply in addition to the rapid transformation in business landscapes. This makes it crucial to gain a 360* view into your organization's application performance, availability, and scalability.  Join Ananth as he takes you on a deep dive to explore how you can get the most out of modern server, cloud, and database technologies in Microsoft, using real-world scenarios.


10. Green Transformation: driving measurable sustainability every step of the way

Look out for this Cognizant and Contino led session where we will discuss how to infuse your digital transformation with sustainable practices every step of the way — from migration and application development to create more value for clients and measuring results. We’ll also explore a real-world scenario utilising IoT and edge technology to power green initiatives for a global manufacturer.

Microsoft Cloud Industry

Microsoft has expanded their industry investments with new industry clouds for:

  • Health Care
  • Retail
  • Manufacturing
  • Financial Services
  • NonProfits

Each vertical offering is designed to be modular and extensible for organisations to start what they need today and adapt as they grow.


I hope you enjoy our highlights to look out for at Microsoft Ignite. This year, the focus has four curated themes:

  1. Empower everyone for a new world of hybrid work
  2. Innovate anywhere from multi-cloud to edge
  3. Reimagine a new era of business
  4. Protect everything with end-to-end security

Contact us to find out how Contino can help your business adopt Microsoft Cloud.

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