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All Rise! Ignite NZ is Now in Session.
You may have caught the headline “Windows 10 to take centre stage at Ignite”. That is absolutely true.

We’re kicking off the event at Vector Arena with our keynote featuring Joe Belfiore, Corporate Vice President of PC, Tablet, and Phone. If you’ve caught Joe at the Build 2015 conference in San Francisco, or the Ignite USA conference, then you know you won’t want to miss this opportunity to see him here in New Zealand.

Following the keynote – and the party – there will be three days of sessions where you will be able to sink your teeth into a number of topics about Windows 10.

We’ll have Katharine Holdsworth and Simon May giving you the rundown on why you should be looking at deploying Windows 10 in your organisations. If you’re that person responsible for rolling out OS upgrades in your organisation, you’ll want to drop by and let Michael Niehaus and Alan Burchill run you through the updates in deployment methods and changes in group policy. Want something hard-core? How about joining Chris Jackson on a deep dive into security with the new Microsoft Edge browser. Of course if you haven’t already caught up with all the excitement of Windows 10, or just need a refresher, then Daniel Bowbyes will give you a tour of the new consumer features.

For the developers reading this and wondering how they can take advantage of the Windows 10 momentum - we have plenty of developer focussed sessions too!

Of course Windows 10 isn’t the only star of the show at Ignite NZ, there will also be sessions on Windows Server & Hyper-V, SQL Server, Azure, Exchange, Skype for Business, Office 365, SharePoint, and more! Buy a ticket, check the session catalogue on the Ignite NZ website and start building your schedule today!

 
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Upcoming Events
SQL Server User Group Meetup
19 August (Christchurch)
Topic: Performance Considerations for SQL Server I/O Infrastructure. Now that virtual servers and SANs are more commonplace – it is more important than ever that performance is designed and considered from the onset of any SQL Server installation.

Wellington SharePoint User Group Meetup
20 August (Wellington)
Intranets: the Successes and the Failures. We will be having our first international guest speaker, Michael Doyle. Places will be limited to around 40 so ensure you RSVP now to get a seat! Nibbles and drinks will be provided.

Ignite NZ
1-4 September (Auckland)
The Ignite NZ Kick-Off event begins with the keynote lineup featuring four Titans of Tech: Joe Belfiore, Laura Butler, James Staten and Chris Ford. Attendees are then invited to a fully themed entertainment and networking event with refreshments and live music. This is just where is begins. The 140+ technical sessions which make up the meaty filling of Ignite NZ are coming next week!

AgileNZ Conference 2015
1-2 September (Wellington)
The focus for AgileNZ Conference 2015 is transformation. Lean|Agile approaches are not only continuing to transform software delivery, they're being adopted outside of software to transform entire businesses. The event will explore the latest thinking in Agile, the development of the 'Agile Enterprise' and what might be learnt from New Zealand's digital transformation.

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An immersive 3 day event in Wellington, LEAN 15 will unite attendees through powerful yet practical programming with world renowned speakers, collaborative workshops, interactive discussions, and a dynamic collective experience. Whether you are building a high-growth tech startup, a mobile app, a piece of hardware, working in a non-profit, or in a multinational organization, adopting Lean Startup methodology can help you overcome obstacles and set up effective systems.

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