Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington, D.C., and I can honestly say that I was far from disappointed.
The first day alone was filled with exciting speakers who boasted this idea of a “Mobile First, Cloud First World” the new MOJO of Satya Nadella. While several incredibly well-informed and enthralling speakers were featured, one that mainly stood out was Kevin Turner, COO of Microsoft.
He, just like the former keynotes, emphatically recounted this idea of a Mobile First and Cloud First World … but he was different.
Turner spoke with a sort of delighted exuberance—to the point that he was basically yelling.
I don’t blame him. This idea that we are at the prime of cloud innovation is an exciting thing. 2014 is our year, and though times may be tough, we are reinventing with the over 600,000 worldwide partners we have at our fingertips.
And that was his main focus. This year has been and will be filled with tough choices and hurtles, but we’ve made it so far and we aren’t stopping.
With an estimated $191 billion in the cloud market by 2020, this is an incremental year for the cloud.
Turner and the other keynotes made it very apparent that although many new and exciting technologies are springing up, this is the year of Azure.Microsoft is the only cloud provider that is 4 times in the top Quadrant for Gartner.
Azure is used by 57 percent of Fortune 500 companies and enables users to build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters.
Simply, it is cutting-edge, revolutionary, and moving quickly.
Of course, 2014 is filled with countless cloud technologies with jaw-dropping capabilities, but as keynote speaker Kevin Turner pointed out, Azure just happens to be one of the more impressive aspects of them.
All this and more was discussed in day one alone. What else could the next three days possibly bring?