The ShareGate Takeaway

Your to-go recap of Microsoft Ignite 2020

During Microsoft Ignite, our team (+7 Microsoft MVPs) cooked up a mouth-watering recap—to give you a taste of the top sessions, big announcements, and for dessert, a bit of what the experts think.


The ShareGate Takeaway editors

Letter from the

It’s an unprecedented time to be in business, especially if you’re in the business of tech. In the past few months, employees around the world have transitioned to new methods of virtual collaboration and fully-remote work—and technology has played a critical role. 

“Digital resilience,” the theme of this year’s entirely virtual Microsoft Ignite conference, describes the rapid digital transformation that’s been undertaken across every sector in 2020. But it’s also about preparing for unseen challenges ahead: How can businesses leverage technology moving forward to stay agile and secure? 

For Ignite 2020, the ShareGate team had to rethink our approach. In the process, we were incredibly inspired by the learning and experimentation we saw, both in the format of the conference and the response of our friends in the Microsoft community. If you take one thing away from this year’s conference, it should be a sense of optimism and hope. 



Here are a few bite-sized items to get you started

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Introducing our master chefs:


Microsoft Ignite session recaps

Top 5 takeaways from Satya Nadella’s Microsoft
Ignite keynote address

Satya Nadella kicked off Ignite 2020 with an exciting (and the first ever virtual!) keynote address. To help you make sense of all the exciting news, company updates, and product announcements, we made a list of 5 key takeaways from the opening of this year’s event.

#1: The case for digital transformation has never been more urgent

In a year that has seen many organizations rapidly transition to new methods of collaboration and fully remote work, technology has played a critical role. “The case for digital transformation has never been more urgent,” Nadella said towards the start of this year’s keynote address.

Building off of last year’s popular theme of “tech intensity”, he emphasized the concept’s continuing importance, calling it “key” to business resilience, the focus of this year’s keynote and the conference at large.

“To succeed in a world of unprecedented constraints, [organizations] will need to empower employees, foster a new culture of hybrid work, engage their customers in new ways, intelligently and virtually transform products and services with new business models, and optimize operations to keep customers and employees safe and secure.”

According to Nadella, tech intensity comes down to three things:

  1. How you adopt the latest technology and integrate in your own organization
  2. How you build your own unique digital capability
  3. Trust—in both in technology and in business model alignment

Nadella next took the opportunity to highlight how innovations across Microsoft’s “unparalleled” tech stack are helping organizations address real-world challenges while staying agile and secure.

Read the whole recap to discover all 5 key takeaways!

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What I found interesting, and was happy to hear, was Microsoft’s focus around people’s well-being.

Jasper Oosterveld – @jasoosterveld

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Takeaways from Microsoft MVPs

Ask the experts

We asked our chefs for their Microsoft Ignite highlights, hot takes, and more! See for yourself what they had to say:

Quick Microsoft Ignite 2020 highlights: Learn what’s next for Azure
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I think [Microsoft] Ignite was much more about community now in the sense that a lot of MVPs got to be part of the table talks.

Jussi Roine – @JussiRoine


Microsoft Ignite social roundups


I personally liked the fact that the sessions seemed to be more succinct and to the point.

Laura Rogers – @WonderLaura