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Here’s what’s happening at Microsoft’s Inspire 2019 event in Las Vegas

The time is finally here. Microsoft’s Inspire 2019 event is currently underway in Las Vegas. We have boots on the ground to keep you informed on what’s happening.

Stay tuned, as we will follow the trends and best quotes and news coming from Microsoft Inspire 2019. Here’s the gist for Day 1.

Oh, and by the way. If you want to meet Coursedot @ Inspire 2019, you can contact our CEO Theodor Panayotov. Here is at the event all week and you can get in touch with him via his LinkedIn profile.

Some numbers:

Over 13 000 partners attend the event.

Microsoft also shared this infographic:

Image credit: Microsoft

Key trends, outlined by Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President, Gavriella Schuster:

  1.  Azure Lighthouse provides partners with cross-customer management at scale so they can differentiate their managed services and benefit from greater efficiency and governance.
  2.  The Azure Migration Program (AMP) is designed to help partners accelerate their customers’ migration to Azure with proactive advice and tools.
  3.  The new Microsoft Security competency is now available, allowing partners to market their expertise and providing access to a range of benefits designed to enable business growth and profitability.
  4.  Five new specializations are available: Windows Server and SQL Server Migration to Microsoft Azure, Linux and Open Source Databases Migration to Microsoft Azure, Data Warehouse Migration to Microsoft Azure, Modernization of Web Applications in Microsoft Azure, and Kubernetes on Microsoft Azure. This is in addition to the SAP on Azure advanced specialization announced in May. A specialization for Teams is also on the way.
  5.  Microsoft is launching the AI Accelerate program, a new effort aimed at helping partners build and deploy AI offerings to customers more quickly.

What our boots on the ground say:

  • Top trends among partners are Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365. No surprises there, so keep focusing on those platforms.
  • Microsoft is increasing its focus on Azure trainings and upskilling trainers.
  • Learning and trainings are still a hot topic with big hunger for skilled trainers.
  • Lots of excitement about opportunities with the cloud, but skills still not enough.
  • AI is the inevitable future and companies are getting ready for it.

What other attendees say:

What comes next:

Day 1 is in the books. Attendees are now relaxing (or partying) and in a few hours time Day 2 of Microsoft Inspire 2019 will start.

And don’t miss out to meet with Coursedot’s CEO Theodor Panayotov. Here is at the event all week and you can get in touch with him via his LinkedIn profile.