I just came back from San Francisco where I enjoyed the 2017 edition of Penton’s IT/DEV Connections conference.
On Saturday October 22nd, I flew out from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, to catch a nice Air France-operated flight to San Francisco in one of their flagship Airbus A380s. My first flight in one of these planes.
All throughout my stay in San Francisco, the weather was really nice. The only clouds I saw during the week were icons in people’s presentations. I was out and about in the city with my Serbian friend Aleksandar Nikolic for two afternoons before IT/DEV Connections started and enjoyed it very much.
On Monday, IT/DEV Connections started.
On Tuesday, I participated in the Cloud & Datacenter Ask the Experts panel. It’s fun to be seated between true experts as Cameron Fuller, Bert Wolters, Dieter Wijckmans, Martyn Coupland, David o’Brien, Darren Mar’elia and John Savill. We engaged the audience with open minds and had some interesting discussions on DevOps, Azure Active Directory and Azure Site Recovery.
On Wednesday, I presented a 75-minute session on Azure Active Directory, Azure Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Azure File Sync, Azure Cloud Print, Windows Autopilot and Office 365. In my opinion, this constellation of Microsoft products enables the vast majority of organizations today to move from on-premises infrastructure to cloud with everything except end-user devices, printers and basic networking. On the other side, some organizations may already be part of the cloud, even though they’d claim to be 100% on-premises organizations…
I enjoyed the session. Luckily, the attendees allowed for an interactive, introspective and interesting session. I’m sure we addressed all of there dreams and nightmares.
After my session I prepared to go home. A couple of us had dinner at Punjab, which is an extremely nice Indian restaurant. My journey back home started on Thursday. but only after a visit to the pool at the Hilton…
A big ‘Thank You!’ to all the IT/DEV Connections attendees, sponsors, speakers and staff for making the past week such an enjoyable experience!
I hope to see you all next year for IT/DEV Connections 2018 in Dallas, TX.