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NIC 20/20 Vision conference kicks off in Oslo

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Microsoft’s Jason Zander talks about the future of computing

OSLO, Norway -- Oslo Spektrum was abuzz with more than 1,400 IT professionals Thursday at the opening of the Nordic Infrastructure Conference, featuring Microsoft Executive Vice President Jason Zander as the keynote speaker.

The conference, called NIC, is in its ninth year and features several of the world’s leading technical IT speakers. This year’s theme is 20/20 Vision with an aim to provide conference-goers with clarity around complex technologies.

”Every single industry that we are in… you kind of see this (digital transformation) coming through,” Zander said in his keynote address. “Microsoft’s take on this is we need to do this in a way that we can break down some of the silos that exist today.”

Zander discussed how sometimes one part of the business will have data but it doesn’t connect to another part of the business, only keeping the data in that silo.

“It’s really important being able to breakdown the existence of those silos and have that data flow through and you will start to get insights from that,” he said.

Zander’s keynote also featured a demo of Azure Arc, presented by Christopher Frenning, director of Cloud + AI for Microsoft Norway. NIC has a reputation to focus more on demos and less on slides.

“NIC is a conference like no other,” said Crayon CEO Rune Syversen. “It covers all the major platforms and allows people to dig deep into very complicated technologies.”

Thursday’s sessions also included topics such as cloud technology, automation and management, security, client and server, collaboration as well as productivity and analytics.

Well-known cybersecurity expert and author Chris Jackson talked about Windows security internals, and how the revolutionary capabilities for application isolation with containers in Windows work.

In addition security expert Paula Januszkiewicz was back again this year showing forensic techniques against hackers who are being especially evasive.  

Among the NIC favorites to return this year was Microsoft MVP Andy Malone.

“This is our opportunity to really push ourselves to find out what’s coming in the year ahead and really make an impact here,” Malone told Crayon at the conference last year. “But also for the attendees to find out what are the latest trends, tools, tips and tricks.” 

NIC also has a special track for CxOs, where it offers insight on the reasoning behind the business decisions. This perspective is shared through customer stories and leadership insights on how technology improves business value.

“This year’s CxO program is especially interesting, covering relevant experience from implementing new technology to secure business value,” said Crayon Vice President Erling Hesselberg. “Hyperautomation, Alibaba Cloud and Microsoft Teams implementation are some of the topics I look forward to learning more from the highly experienced speakers.”