Day 1 in a nutshell. Having arrived early for the Patch and Switch pre-keynote episode that included bacon doughnuts (yes, that is a thing here. It was not too bad to be honest), the day brought on excitement, announcements and a lot of walking. A LOT!
First impressions last, as they say, and from a first timer's perspective: “everything is bigger in America”. Ignite is simply a hyper conference on technology like the hyper cloud that Microsoft has built. They've taken that knowledge of technology and brainstormed a rather impressive conference.
I think I've discovered the true value of the Microsoft conference. While most of the sessions are great and insightful, I find myself in some of the 300/400's not getting as much out of it as I was expecting. This could be my expectation though. I came into Ignite thinking the sessions would go over new products and for existing products: the best practices, lessons learned and pro-tips for doing complex and level 400+ architecture.
Sidebar - A great quote I heard yesterday was “it's called architecture when you love what you're doing, and it's called design when you don't” - @Jeffrey Snover
While I think out of every session so far I've come out with at least one point or note that was interesting and something I didn't think about or know; the best value comes from the Microsoft showcase. There are program managers for every technology under the Microsoft sun. Speaking to them directly and asking them the specific questions that I have gives me the most value. I think that experience is the best part of Ignite.
Looking ahead to day 2 now!