11 Jul 2019 by Becci Velzian
Microsoft Inspire 2019: Our Tips and Tricks
Are you going to Microsoft Inspire 2019 in just a couple days? Then check out this blog with all our tips and tricks we’ve learned after years of attendance.
Our next stop on Microsoft Ignite the Tour in 2019 is Toronto! We are looking forward to visiting the iconic city for the skyscrapers, Canadian bacon, and more tech talk. Microsoft will be hosting the event at the Metro Convention Centre on January 10-11. We will be there in the usual fashion with opportunities to win prizes, chat with our team, and to give away more of our beloved bulls. So come and find us at booth P4!
In 2018 we kicked off our worldwide tour of 17 cities with a great response from Berlin and Sao Paulo. Our speaker session “Office 365 – Your Technical Journey” filled the theatre, so we’ll be back again in Toronto for another session. Come and find Paul Robichaux, our CTO, who will be discussing “Making it rain: the challenges of cloud management” a discussion on the truth that cloud environments pose unique, and difficult, management challenges because there are so many parts of the ecosystem that you as a customer don’t control. In Paul’s session, we’ll look at some of the thorniest issues around cloud management and discuss practical ways to ensure that your Office 365 environment meets your security, performance, data integrity, and availability standards.
If you’re traveling into Toronto from another state or country, it’s worth exploring what the dynamic city has to offer, if you time to spare outside of sessions. I would start by taking in the more touristy attractions before delving deeper into local restaurants (when you need a break from exploring).
When you look at Toronto’s soaring skyscrapers, the most iconic one is undoubtedly the CN Tower. The impressive communications tower was originally built in 1975 and is the 9th tallest building in the world. If you don’t mind heights and are a sucker for a phenomenal view, then I would highly recommend going up to the SkyPod for a reasonable fee of $39 for general admission. The SkyPod is the round, spaceship-looking part of the tower which has panoramic views of the city and beyond. You can even dine in the SkyPod at the 360 restaurant, which is slightly pricey, but it would be a memorable experience for you and your work colleagues after the event. If you’re not convinced yet, this striking architectural wonder is directly opposite the Metro Convention Center so it’s very convenient to get to.
The tower isn’t for the faint-hearted, so if you’d rather keep your feet on the ground the unique building is still spectacular from other locations around the city. You can quite literally just look up wherever you are, or maybe go to the Trillium Park. The park is newly built and has an authentic Canadian trail feel to it, so grab a ‘Double-Double’ and admire the skyline and harbor views from here. Conveniently, this is only a 7-minute drive or 30-minute walk from the Metro Centre, so an easy destination to tick off your Canadian tourist list. You can also enjoy views of the harbor from here. Or if you want a spectacular sunset, head over to Humber Bay, a 12-minute drive from the Convention Centre. Here, the views truly come to life when the skyline’s reflection bounces off the water.
A busy day of sessions and networking can leave everyone feeling ravenous. The Metro Convention Center is in the center of Toronto, meaning some of the best restaurants are on your doorstep. Here are some good places to go to ensure you have happily fed and watered colleagues:
Canadians are renowned for their friendly and laidback personalities. With that comes some great little sayings you should keep your ears open for when in the big city:
As always, we have lots of treats up our sleeve, so come and find us at booth P4.
We have a brand-new game available and we will be giving out Amazon vouchers daily to our lucky winners!
We will also be giving out a free copy of the Office 365 for IT Pros eBook (2019 edition) which is normally worth around $60! In order to win this book, we want you to come and stop by our booth (P4) and answer the following questions:
Alongside the competitions and swag, our expert team will be on hand to talk about our solutions for Office 365 migration and management. If you’d like to ensure you get some time with our team, and avoid session clashes, why not schedule a meeting to discuss any challenges or upcoming projects and how we can help?
You can book a meeting here.
See you there!