Buzz was in the air when a team of three from Profit Software’s Tampere Office started their march towards Microsoft’s annual Techdays Finland event held in Katajanokka, Helsinki. This was my first time at Techdays so I had no idea what to expect. I was truly arriving with an open mind.
Arriving at Katajanokka started with a cup of coffee and two keynotes. First one was held by Dr. James Whitaker, a Microsoft evangelist who used to work for Google, had almost a decade of history as a Computer Science professor in Florida Institute of Technology and is a pioneer in software testing domain. He held a keynote on how artificial intelligence and machine learning will make a huge difference in the future. Second one was held by Sami Laiho, who is one of the world’s leading experts in Windows operating systems and security. I found it intriguing that nowadays a hacker’s most important tool in Windows world is Powershell. After interesting keynotes I finally got to participate the actual presentations and visit some company stands around the premises.
All this was an eye opening experience about cloud technologies in general. Over half of everything was about Azure, so cloud is really in the hype at the moment. There’s so many things already engineered we could actually use in our own projects, which seems like a perfect timing since our customer base in FinTech domain is really starting to grasp the possibilities of cloud. I also took part in few interesting presentations about Microsoft’s IoT-Hub, Service Fabric and microservices as well as Microsoft Containers, Kubernetes and Docker. Day one ended with an evening party with colleagues, few drinks, general mingling and some pita kebabs.
Day two started with a keynote from Jürgen Willis, Director of Product Management for Azure Object Storage. He explained how Microsoft is currently heavily investing in Azure and data centers around the globe and all the possibilities it has to offer. Next keynote was delivered by Paula Januszkiewicz, a word class cybersecurity expert, not to mention she’s also one of the few people in the world who have access to Windows source code. She showed us a short glimpse about how the world is in the eyes of a hacker, and showed us an interesting demo regarding the vulnerability of domain admin accounts.
Some of the later presentations included Microsoft’s solutions to GDPR, a huge topic in international IT legislation at the moment as well as Azure Integration Platform which Microsoft predicts will supersede Biztalk in the future. Techdays ended for me while listening to James Whitaker’s motivational presentation about his 7 stages of creativity and developing one’s creative self.
In conclusion, Techdays was super interesting and gave me some hunch towards the direction Microsoft is heading at the moment. High recommendation for everyone with the possibility to participate!
Ville Julku, Team Leader and IT Consultant