Free Microsoft Tech Summit to help companies surmount cloud adoption hurdles

The State Information Technology Agency (SITA) and Microsoft South Africa have announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) which paves the way for government adoption of public cloud services.

Microsoft Tech Summit to help companies surmount cloud adoption hurdles
Free Microsoft Tech Summit to help companies surmount cloud adoption hurdles.

Microsoft South Africa will be hosting its Tech Summit cloud conference between 13 and 14 February in Cape Town at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

The free two-day conference will provide developers, IT professionals, and technologists with the latest insights, developments and trends in cloud computing. Attendees will also be able to obtain advice and insights from experts on subjects such as developer tools and DevOps practices, cloud applications, artificial intelligence, and big data analytics.

The goal of any modern business strategy is to create competitive differentiation and advantage, with IT being a key component of that strategy. IT drives transformative innovation, making it possible for companies to compete more effectively and deliver ongoing competitive advantage.

For instance, weather forecasts provider AccuWeather switched to Microsoft’s cloud platform in order to handle more than four billion daily data requests, and in the process gained on-demand scalability, improved access to real-time weather data, as well as reduced its IT costs by around 40%.

Furthermore, the company is able to use analytics and artificial intelligence capabilities in the cloud through Microsoft Cortana Intelligence Suite to integrate sales data with weather information. Amongst other benefits, this enabled the business to assist customers like coffee giant Starbucks in solving seasonal problems such as running out of ice and cups in hot weather.

Local business will have the opportunity to listen to Victoria Grady, General Manager – Azure Experience Marketing and Craig Dewar, Senior Director – Windows 10 for keynotes on Azure and Microsoft 365, where they will spend time sharing Microsoft vision and strategy. The conference will also allow IT professional to experience some of the most recent Azure innovations, including Microsoft 365 through hands-on labs, product demonstrations and technical instructor led workshops.

“Attendees will be able to take advantage of the event Hub, a gathering place where you can learn, network, and meet the Microsoft team, the Microsoft product group, our Partners and our MVP community. There will also be Microsoft cloud and industry experts who can help professionals get the most out of the cloud platform services, with attendees being able to ask them questions, become knowledgeable around best practices, and provide feedback on Microsoft’s Cloud offerings,” says Kethan Parbhoo, Chief Marketing and Operations Officer at Microsoft South Africa.

Through these networking opportunities, attendees will be able to discover insights and solutions to their pressing IT and business-enablement questions and problems, including which operational database management system to opt. For instance, they will learn about SQL Server 2017 that offers industry-leading performance and security on Windows, Linux, and Docker containers. Microsoft’s tools allows developer to build modern applications using the language of their choice, on-premises and in the cloud, on any platform of their choice.

This level of access will help ensure that attendees build their cloud skills. Whether you’re developing innovative apps or delivering optimised solutions, Microsoft Tech Summit Cape Town will help evolve your skills, deepen your expertise, as well as grow your career and business.

To get the best competitive advantage with the latest in Azure and Microsoft 365, register for this cutting-edge event now.

Staff Writer