The Future is NOW, according to Microsoft Australia. And that was the tag it gave its annual IT education forum, Tech.Ed 2011, on the Gold Coast.
Microsoft invited more than 2500 IT professionals and software developers to Tech.Ed; each group had its own plenary session .
The Creative Development across the Platforms plenary for developers delved into the latest technologies offered by Microsoft, such as a sneak peek at Microsoft’s next version of Visual Studio and a demonstration of the Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit (SDK).
For IT professionals, the private Cloud – from servers to services plenary looked into the ways customers and hosters are reaping the benefits from building private cloud environments that make use of existing data centre investments.
Microsoft Australia director of server and tools, Phil Goldie, also spoke about the growth in demand for Windows Server, Hyper V and System Centre, as well as the increase in demand it would generate for skilled IT professionals.
“We’re still seeing strong growth in Windows Server, but we’re now seeing deployments of our Hyper-V hypervisor grow twice as fast as the virtualisation market in Australia,” Goldie said.
As an example, Goldie highlighted how Australian supermarket chain, Coles, is deploying Hyper-V across its 750 stores to harness the power of the private cloud to deliver the results and scale their business demands.
Other keynotes at Tech.Ed 2011 focused on promoting thought, creativity and innovation, with about 160 sessions held across various topics during the course of the event.
Some of the local presenters at Tech.Ed 2011 included Cochlear senior product manager, Jane Cockburn, who demonstrated to attendees the impact that the Australian technology and IT community has had on people’s lives.
Microsoft recently launched its Office 365 cloud offering in Australia.