David Smart, Softwerx Managing Director, attended the first day (with Clearsprings Group Managing Director – James Vyvyan-Robinson); Adriaan Bekker, Softwerx Technical Director attended the second (technology) day.

With Storm Troopers, a robotic Cocktail Waiter and HoloLens the event was certainly a step-on from your average IT Exhibition. And with over 6000 visitors on the first day, it’s clear that many are still very interested in Microsoft’s view of the world.

Outside of the hype a number of key updates where announced. Firstly, Satya Nadella committed to opening a UK-based Data Centre by the end of 2016, allowing Azure and Office 365 services and solutions to be delivered ‘locally’. Possibly not unrelated, Mike Stone, CIO of the Ministry of Defence, announced that as part of his own strategy (Defence as a Platform), the MOD would be migrating services to an ‘Autonomous Cloud’, in effect a Microsoft Azure stack.

For the best bits from each day click on the links below.

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