Each Year since 2003, Microsoft has held a meeting of its partners from across the globe. Formerly referred to as the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, since 2017, it is now called Microsoft Inspire. Although the name change might seem trivial, it makes total sense. If you are lucky enough to attend, you cannot help but be INSPIRED from what you see and hear at this gathering. Approximately 20,000 people from 130 countries gathered in Las Vegas last week to learn about the latest trends in technology and Microsoft’s road map to navigate them.
The event started with a demonstration by Unilever on how the Azure stack helps them make Dove Soap efficiently and ended with Satya playing a life-size game of Minecraft on stage. In between there were over 453 individual sessions over three days that touched on specific solutions, industries, partnering with Microsoft, leadership, business focus, and products (Dynamics, Azure, Microsoft 365, etc.). The Hub was the main meeting area for attendees to network, learn more about individual products or strategies, and visit with Microsoft personnel, sponsors, and vendors who work within the community.
Although this conference is not end user-specific, Microsoft customers still benefit. ERP resellers, Cloud Hosting Providers, or ISV’s like Data Masons get the latest updates directly from Microsoft, info on where their products are heading, and how we can prepare to better serve our collective end customers.
If you want to watch any of the keynote sessions from the week, especially Satya’s on Wednesday, you can go to MyInspire and view them. We definitely recommend this presentation by Julia White, CVP, Azure Marketing, as she demonstrates a life-size hologram of herself delivering the keynote in Japanese – truly impressive!
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