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4 takeaways from Microsoft's developer conference

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Posted by David Monk 7 months ago

Microsoft’s developer conference is an opportunity for the company to shout about its innovative new offerings. This year’s event – Build 2019 – was no different, as it showcased many of its latest services designed to make it easier for developers to deploy applications to its public cloud.

Event attendees and those watching online were treated to a deluge of upgrade announcements. But as well as the fanfare about new services, Build 2019 also signalled the direction cloud opportunity is headed. Here’s what we learned from the event…

1. Power Platform upgrades

Both Power BI and PowerApps are in line for upgrades next month. The new PowerApps component framework will mean developers can build reusable components into apps, while Power BI Embedded now offers AI through a drag and drop experience.

2. Azure Kubernetes integration

Azure is to get IoT, mapping, databases, storage, and analytics updates. Azure IoT Edge now integrates with Kubernetes, Google’s open source container orchestration framework. Microsoft also announced new Kubernetes-friendly services for developers including Kubernetes Event-Driven Autoscaling (KEDA) and Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS).

3. Seamless transition

This year’s conference was notable as the first since Microsoft acquired code-hosting repository GitHub in October. Developers will now be able to use their GitHub credentials to log into Azure, meaning a seamless transition from repositories to deployment. This is a strategic move by Microsoft, allowing it to bring Azure and its associated services to the 34 million developers using GitHub.

4. Attracting more developers to Azure

Microsoft’s Build conference generally attracts around one-fifth of the attendees of its Ignite event. However, announcements to the developer audience will have an impact on its future cloud market share. The developer audience is becoming increasingly influential in the battle for enterprise cloud market share.

According to research by Evans Data, 68% of developers are the primary decision maker in their organisation when it comes to cloud infrastructure purchases, with a further 22% being on a committee that makes those kinds of decisions.

In its Global Developer Population and Demographic Study, Evans Data revealed that at the start of last year, 29% of developers globally were using some kind of AI or ML.

It is telling that Microsoft executives spent more time talking about Azure at this year’s conference than any other Microsoft products. This suggests that cloud is at the heart of the company’s strategy.

 

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