My initial impressions of Microsoft Ignite 2016

Check out sessions on smarter identity and access management, the Microsoft Intelligence Security Graph, and AI.

Microsoft Ignite is going on this week in Atlanta, and for three days I’ve been following the news and watching sessions (from afar).

Right now I’m still sifting through everything and putting all my thoughts together, but we’re going to record a podcast later today with Gabe, Benny Tritsch, Tim Mangan, and me. [Edit: The podcast has been recorded, and you can find it here.]

In the meantime, one of my primary thoughts is “Wow, this is cool stuff.” What’s so cool? Let me recommend two particular sessions:

The first is Brad Anderson’s super session, “Protect & Manage Your Digital Transformation.” It covers a lot of ground related to EUC, security, and identity, including:

  • The Microsoft Intelligence Security Graph
  • EMS (Enterprise Mobility Suite & Security) and Azure Active Directory
  • Conditional access policies
  • Federation, authentication, and SSO
  • Enterprise Data Protection/Windows Information Protection – work/personal data separation features
  • Mobile app management
  • AAD Identity Protection
  • Azure Information Protection – automatic DLP based on the Secure Islands acquisition
  • Cloud App Security – cloud access security broker (CASB) features from the Adallom acquisition
  • Azure Security Center
  • Operations Management Suite

Seriously, you should just go check out this session. Brad does an excellent job explaining everything and it’s full of demos. You can watch the video or read his summary of it here.

A number of these demos and concepts are similar to what I wrote about in my article last week, called “Get ready for smarter identity and access management—It’s going to be awesome!” The title of my article describes why I like Brad’s session so much.

The other session that you should go watch is Satya Nadella’s Innovation Keynote, where he talks about the ways Microsoft is developing artificial intelligence, and how customers can use it. Sure, some parts of that keynote don’t really apply to all of us today. However, by looking at the Microsoft Intelligence Security Graph that Brad talked about (as well as the smarter identity management that I wrote about) you can see how artificial intelligence and machine learning will help us in EUC IT soon.

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