The road to Microsoft Ignite: News, networking and nighttime fun

We’re less than three weeks away from the biggest Microsoft event of the year — Microsoft Ignite. Now in its third year, Ignite is in a new location — Orlando, Florida. There are three great reasons to get excited about Ignite: News, networking and nighttime fun!

Ignite 2017: News (and learning)

Microsoft has been saving some big announcements for Ignite, so I think you can expect to see some significant “moments” for SharePoint and Office 365, as well as other products in the Microsoft family. Ignite will have more than 1,000 hours of learning opportunities for attendees. There are 176 sessions about Microsoft 365, 339 sessions about Office 365, and 129 sessions on SharePoint — just to name a few.

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What is big data? Everything you need to know

Every day human beings eat, sleep, work, play, and produce data—lots and lots of data. According to IBM, the human race generates 2.5 quintillion (25 billion billion) bytes of data every day. That’s the equivalent of a stack of DVDs reaching to the moon and back, and encompasses everything from the texts we send and photos we upload to industrial sensor metrics and machine-to-machine communications.

That’s a big reason why “big data” has become such a common catch phrase. Simply put, when people talk about big data, they mean the ability to take large portions of this data, analyze it, and turn it into something useful.

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