2015 Wrap-up


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Each 12 months we take wide strides forward in-step with our top notch ISV partners, students and startups. As we near the end of the year we take a look over our shoulders. This year we looked back to see the three days in September that usually mark TechEd also marked an institution in the NZ Tech industry that’s been around for 20 years. Not only did the event reach its second decade of awesomeness, but 140+ sessions, 118 speakers from 5 countries and 2,500 attendees. And a new name – Ignite. Ignite NZ will be back 25-28 October 2016. Check out the top three sessions from this year online: The secret to telling awesome stories from Microsoft’s Chief Storyteller, The Microsoft DevOps Vision and Aligning Architecture to Organization.

Ignite is our largest event each year. But good things come in small packages too. In 2015 we ran over 60 Azure events. Attendees joined us for IT Camps and User Groups across the country. There’s more IT Camps to come in February as well as weekly events from a handful of User Groups and Meetups we enjoy working closely with.

Talk about moving fast. Talk about growing fast. As partners of the Lightning Lab we’ve watched the Auckland cohort and the inaugural Christchurch cohort raise 19 promising startups since March, with the help of the BizSpark programme and the recently announced $20 million support package that marks our commitment to supporting the ecosystem.

Emerging tech stars are shooting up from our tertiary institutions as well. This year the Microsoft Student Accelerator programme delivered 15 events and are now placing 129 students into work experience with 32 of our customers and partners for the summer.

We continue to see our partners embracing our new platforms, with Xero releasing the new integrated Outlook Office app available on the Office Store. TVNZ releasing their TVNZ Ondemand services built on the Universal Windows Platform with Mobile and XBOX One coming in 2016.

Time to take a breath. We’re closing in on the finish line now. We’d like to wish you a restful break, and thank you for joining us on the journey in 2015. With next year’s starting line on the horizon I’d like to finish on one note, and that is – see you there.

 
Nigel Parker
Nigel Parker
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News
EMM 2015 Recap
Enterprise mobility continues to be one of the fastest growing categories in the industry. 2015 was a good year for mobility innovations across hardware (like Surface Pro 4 & Surface Book), great mobile OS updates, and a massive change and consolidation amongst the mobility management vendors. With all of that in mind, read more to find out what to expect in 2016.
 
Display Scaling in Windows 10
Windows 10 delivers desktop and mobile UI which looks polished and crisp across a wider range of display densities and viewing distances. Finally, Windows 10 drives support for high quality multi-monitor scaling for docking and projection into more of both our desktop and our mobile UI. Read more to find out the basics of scaling in Windows 10 on how it works, and how users will benefit from the work we have done. Here is quick overview.
 
Small enterprises and StorSimple
StorSimple is a hybrid cloud storage solution that is built on Microsoft’s vision to help enterprises move faster, save money, and integrate on-premises applications and data with the cloud. With StorSimple, customers have reduced their storage costs, eliminated infrastructure sprawl, simplified data management, and increased IT agility to help transform their businesses.
 
Windows 10 Compability
Ensure your mission critical applications and programs continue to work as your organization plans for its migration to Windows 10, while providing greater flexibility and freedom to your end users than ever before. Check out the video on application compatibility on Windows 10, iOS and Android.
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Upcoming Events
IT Camps return in 2016
From February 2016

Stayed tuned for more Infrastructure Modernization and Azure Hybrid Cloud camps coming in 2016.

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Fresh courses from Microsoft Virtual Academy
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