There's still time for Windows IT Pro readers to sign up for Microsoft's fifth annual Architect Insight conference in London on March 31 and April 1.

The two-day event, "Architecture as a business differentiator", is hosted by the UK's MSDN Architecture Centre. The first day features sessions on SharePoint strategy, SQL Server consolidation, tools for architects in Visual Studio 2010, application modernisation and self-service BI. Day two focuses on the cloud and includes sessions from Kim Cameron, Microsoft's inventor of the seven rules of identity, and national technology officer Dave Coplin on transforming democracy with the cloud.

Architect Insight's agenda includes over 50 seminars from over 30 speakers and Microsoft has specifically invited readers of this newsletter.

Last month, conference organiser Matt Deacon, chief architectural advisor, developer and platform group, for Microsoft UK, told Windows IT Pro News EMEA: "Obviously, it’s a Microsoft-based event so it’s an opportunity for us to share what we’re doing in the architectural space, how we’re practicing architecture, how our technologies apply. But it's also an opportunity for architects in Microsoft, customers and partners to have open and frank discussions with many like-minded people, so we can mutually learn about their experiences and problems in different domains. I think it’s as much about peers talking about and sharing experiences than just somebody declaring that they know the answer to x, y and z."

Delegates to Microsoft Architect Insight 2010 can choose whether to attend one day or both. Full details including booking can be found at the event's website.