Our top 12 Ignite 2019 sessions on Azure governance

The ShareGate team just got back from Microsoft Ignite 2019, and, as usual, there was a lot to take in. If you don't know where to start with all the sessions, we've done some of the legwork. Here are our top picks among all the available-for-streaming Ignite 2019 sessions to learn about Azure governance, adoption, cost management, and more.

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  1. Keeping costs down in Microsoft Azure
  2. How to optimize Azure infrastructure in 20 minutes and 10 steps
  3. Lessons learned in gaining visibility and lowering cost in our Azure environments
  4. Top 10 best practices in Azure governance and adoption
  5. What you need to know about governance in Azure
  6. Azure governance and management
  7. Deep dive into Azure Policy and Governance
  8. Governance: The forgotten key to managing cloud
  9. Hold my beer while I optimize your Azure
  10. Advanced monitoring: Azure Monitor best practices you should know
  11. Define the guardrails for success with Azure Blueprints
  12. Azure Lighthouse: Enabling management at scale with greater customer governance

1. Keeping costs down in Microsoft Azure

Session code: AFUN70
Host: Sarah Lean
Why we like it: This 45-minute session follows the Azure cost optimization journey of a fictional company, Trailwind Traders, which makes it easy to relate the concepts explored to real-life situations. A great introduction to the various cost management tools and solutions available in Azure.
Links: Download video (direct link) | Stream video at MyIgnite | Get the slides

Suggested read: The 5 proven tactics that reduced our Azure costs by 30%, by Stephane Lapointe


2. How to optimize Azure infrastructure in 20 minutes and 10 steps

Session code: THR3138
Host: Brad Wood
Why we like it: In just 20 minutes, host Brad Wood offers a thorough intro to the concept of service chaining and how it can be used to both improve your Azure infrastructure's performance and significantly reduce costs.
Links: Download video (direct link) | Stream video at MyIgnite | Get the slides

Suggested download: The ultimate Azure cost optimization checklist for cloud teams, by ShareGate


3. Lessons learned in gaining visibility and lowering cost in our Azure environments

Session code: THR2220
Host: Stephane Lapointe
Why we like it: This session was ShareGate's own Stephane Lapointe's first time on stage at Ignite, and while we might be a bit biased (and a lot proud!), there's no denying the huge value of learning from real-life experiences like this one. If, like us, you aren't a fan of overpaying for stuff you don't use, spend 20 minutes taking in these tips - you'll be glad you did.
Links: Download video (direct link) | Stream video at MyIgnite

Suggested read: Our journey from on-prem to Azure, from a cloud architect's perspective, by Stephane Lapointe


4. Top 10 best practices in Azure governance and adoption

Session code: BRK3148
Host: Nathan Lasnoski
Why we like it: Who doesn't love a top 10 list? And don't be fooled by the format: host Nathan Lasnoski's advice and best practices are all thoroughly valuable. If you're interested in seeing concrete examples of what you should and shouldn't be doing when it comes to governance and adoption, this one's a must-watch.
Links: Download video (direct link) | Stream video at MyIgnite | Get the slides

Suggested read: 26 Azure best practices you may not have thought of, by Leigh Ryan


5. What you need to know about governance in Azure

Session code: AFUN80
Host: Anthony Bartolo
Why we like it: This fundamentals session is the perfect primer on building a governance plan that works. See what risks, requirements and best practices you need to consider when designing your governance strategy, and learn how to take them from paper to practice via policies.
Links: Download video (direct link) | Stream video at MyIgnite | Get the slides


6. Azure governance and management

Session code: MCO20
Host: Orin Thomas
Why we like it: This session does a great job covering some of the more technical aspects of Azure governance. Discover how fictitious company Tailwind Traders was able to get its somewhat chaotic environment under control and ensure future deployments' compliance using essential governance tools such as Azure Blueprints and Azure Policy.
Links: Download video (direct link) | Stream video at MyIgnite


7. Deep dive into Azure Policy and Governance

Session code: BRK3036
Hosts: Liz Kim, Alexander Frankel
Why we like it: When it comes to governance in Azure, the Azure Policy service is arguably the most important tool of them all. Watch this session to thoroughly understand how you can (and should!) take your policy game to the next level for better visibility and control across your environment.
Links: Download video (direct link) | Stream video at MyIgnite | Get the slides

Suggested read/watch: [Webinar recording] Getting started with Azure Resource Graph, by Stephane Lapointe


8. Governance: The forgotten key to managing cloud

Session code: BRK1035
Host: Rik Hepworth
Why we like it: If you're not quite convinced that your organization needs a solid, well-documented governance plan to succeed in the cloud, this session should change your mind. Learn the risks of an ungoverned environment and why it's definitely worth taking the time to establish a strategy before you start adopting the latest exciting tech.
Links: Download video (direct link) | Stream video at MyIgnite | Get the slides

Suggested read: Modern Business Powered by Microsoft Azure: Governance, an ebook by Jussi Roine


9. Hold my beer while I optimize your Azure

Session code: THR2043
Host: Eric Berg
Why we like it: Aside from the obvious "that title", those of us with shorter attention spans are huge fans of how host Eric Berg manages to pack so much actionable advice into a 20-minute presentation. You're sure to come out of it with a slew of new ideas to make the most of your Azure infrastructure via smart governance.
Links: Download video (direct link) | Stream video at MyIgnite | Get the slides


10. Advanced monitoring: Azure Monitor best practices you should know

Session code: BRK3181
Hosts: Ketan Ghelan, Rahul Bagaria
Why we like it: Take your Azure Monitor skills to the next level with this advanced session. The hosts are extremely generous with their experience and insights, and we're willing to bet that at least a few of their tips will have you thinking "I wish I'd known this sooner!".
Links: Download video (direct link) | Stream video at MyIgnite | Get the slides


11. Define the guardrails for success with Azure Blueprints

Session code: BRK3288
Hosts: Rhett Krulla
Why we like it: This session is packed with valuable demos, so you can easily understand how to apply the concepts covered to maximize consistency and compliance in your own environment. Management groups, Log Analytics, Azure Policy, and Cost Management all make an appearance to provide a comprehensive look at the many key use cases for Azure Blueprints.
Links: Download video (direct link) | Stream video at MyIgnite | Get the slides


12. Azure Lighthouse: Enabling management at scale with greater customer governance

Session code: THR2213
Hosts: Mutlu Kurtoglu
Why we like it: Azure Lighthouse was only released earlier in 2019, so if you aren't yet familiar with this new cross-tenant management tool and its capabilities, this quick-and-dirty session should get you up to speed. It's a must-watch for anyone dealing with multiple clients and Azure tenants.
Links: Download video (direct link) | Stream video at MyIgnite | Get the slides


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