Microsoft preps for sold-out enterprise management summit

By , Network World |  Software, consumerization of IT, Microsoft

Microsoft will pitch its cloud computing offerings and approach to the consumerization of IT at next week's sold-out Microsoft Management Summit in Las Vegas.

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Microsoft's Brad Anderson, head of management and security, will deliver keynotes instructing IT pros on how to build a private cloud and preview Microsoft's next version of System Center. Anderson will also discuss the impact of consumer devices on IT shops.

"Employee-owned devices, consumer services, and a blurring of traditional work/life boundaries are all shaping how we conduct business," Microsoft says on the Management Summit Web site. "IT is tasked with embracing these changes and driving increased employee productivity, while still ensuring that data is protected and assets are managed in a compliant way."

Last year's Management Summit keynote was delivered by Bob Muglia, then president of the server and tools business, who was pushed out of his position and will leave Microsoft this summer (see also: "7 high-profile executives who left Microsoft"). Attendance in 2010 was 3,500 and Microsoft says this year's conference is sold out again with 4,100 attendees expected.

In addition to keynotes by Anderson on Tuesday and Wednesday, there will be hands-on and instructor-led labs covering Microsoft technology, various breakout sessions and an expo hall where about 50 vendors will showcase their goods. Microsoft partners Dell and HP are the top sponsors of the summit.

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