Sessions 2015

Cloud Saturday Session Agenda

Cost Justification for Moving to Azure
Jeff Averbeck and David Rodriguez (Airnet Group, Inc)

During this session Airnet’s Jeff Averbeck and Microsoft’s David Rodriguez will demonstrate the Airnet System Assessment Tool (ASAT). ASAT was co-developed by Jeff and David to help companies answer these fundamental questions:

  • How do I easily generate infrastructure costs from the server level?
  • Will the cloud save my company money or affect performance?
  • Which parts of my infrastructure could be cloud candidates?
  • Which parts of my systems would be best in private, public or hybrid cloud deployments?
  • How do I create a long-term phased approach to moving to the cloud?
  • How do I optimize performance of my existing cloud infrastructure?

By measuring system and performance data from over 45 different system metrics, ASAT is able to provide real world cost and performance comparisons down to the server level between a company’s current environment and a similar deployment in Azure. ASAT will also identify systems that are candidates for moving to Azure from a company’s current IT environment. At most companies, the ASAT identifies a 20% to 50% savings with Azure compared to the existing infrastructure.

Please join Jeff and David for an in depth review and demonstration of how the Airnet Systems Assessment Tool can give you a detailed picture of your current infrastructure cost and performance and how your system would look in the Cloud.


Salesforce & Heroku For Microsoft Developers
David Baliles (Salesforce)

This presentation will cover building applications in the Salesforce Apps Cloud by leveraging Visual Studio 2015, Force.com and Heroku PaaS. In the session we will cover mobile, web and worker apps being built to run on Heroku Paas as standalone apps, integrating those apps with Salesforce data using Heroku Connect, and how to canvas those rich apps into the Salesforce user experience using Canvas and Lightning technologies. The examples will illustrate how Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 shops can build both Microsoft and Salesforce apps using these two robust platforms together.


Buried In Unlimited OneDrive Storage? Map Your Way Out!
Tyler Bithell (B2B Technologies)

  • Microsoft has given you unlimited cloud storage! Now what?
  • How about throwing out those old network shares?
  • Have you considered ridding yourself of local storage?

If you are looking at these or other options, but are scratching your head as to the how of it all, than this is the session for you! This session will explain in detail how some School Districts have used OneDrive mapping to drastically change their storage infrastructure without changing end user experience.


Getting Started With AWS Lambda
Travis Brown (Amazon Web Services)

AWS Lambda is a compute service that runs your code in response to events and automatically manages the compute resources for you, making it easy to build applications that respond quickly to new information. This session will provide a short introduction, and dive into real-world examples and best practices.


Master Dev Testing In The Cloud – Test Now & Test Fast
Derrick Cawthon (AgileThought)

Among the many benefits that cloud computing brings to the software industry is the often overlooked one of how it can improve your team’s development processes, even if your deployments aren’t going to end up there (yet). In this session, you’ll see how to manage development and testing labs in Microsoft Azure, including setting up the virtual machines, networking them together, deploying your code, running your tests, and more. You’ll learn how Visual Studio, Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio Online can manage these cloud based virtualized environments with ease. And you’ll see how automated testing works with Microsoft Lab Center and Microsoft Azure.


Benefit From DevOps When Moving To AWS For Windows
Tom Fuller (Amazon Web Services)

DevOps can offer many benefits as you move to the AWS cloud and Amazon EC2 for Microsoft Windows Server. In this session, we will talk about how the DevOps style approach can help your enterprise scale and get value faster by increasing automation and driving consistency from the onset of your cloud journey. We will look at technologies like Chef, Cloud Formation, OpsWorks, and PowerShell to help you benefit from the DevOps delivery model.


Enterprise Grade SQL Server Deployments In AWS
Tom Fuller (Amazon Web Services)

AWS has a number of services that help enterprise customers deploy solutions that meet high performance, security, and reliability requirements. SQL Server is no exception. In this session, we will explore the different options that exist today to help enterprises meet those types of requirements. Another key capability in AWS is flexibility. Multiple options exist for how enterprises can deploy SQL Server in AWS. We will talk in detail about how to choose between a managed database model like Relational Database Service (RDS) or core compute model like Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). Finally, we’ll wrap up with an exploration of different operational aspects of SQL Server in AWS.


Case Study: Corporate Communicators And Yammer (Enterprise Social) Engage Employees With Recognition Program
Dawn Gartin (Microsoft)

We’ll walk through a real-world, customer example using Yammer for employee recognition, starting with the background work to create the program, through success. You can take this example and put it to work at your office, or use it as a launching pad for ideas.


Office 365 Administration Presentation
Lori Gowin

This session will introduce the Office 365 offerings and capabilities. The focus will be on the SharePoint Online administrative capabilities, specifically the SharePoint Online Admin Center and Management Shell. Attendees will gain an understanding of each method of managing the SharePoint Online environment. These tools will be used to demonstrate the configuration of the services provided, especially user profiles, apps, and search.


Migrating Email To Office 365
John Harvey (TechBridge)

Migrating to Office 365 for 1k users or less. Migration Overview, Pitfalls/Gotcha’s, Tools, Identity Management Considerations, Migration Paths and Scenarios, Post Migration Considerations, Service Features/Functionality Driving Licensing Purchases, Requirements for a smooth transition, etc…


API Plumbing With The AWS API Gateway
Kevin Hazzard (Linchpin People LLC)

Amazon’s API gateway allows you to expose the APIs from any accessible web application in a secure, reliable and scalable way. Why put all the plumbing necessary to publish, maintain, monitor and scale your APIs into every single code base? Let AWS API Gateway hide and handle all the complexities for you instead in an intuitive, web-based management console. In this highly-interactive, code and configuration-focused session, we’ll explore how the API Gateway can be used to create RESTful facades for non-compliant legacy code. We’ll also examine how to interface with AWS Lambda for completely server-less infrastructures that demand massive scalability and excellent reliability.


Introduction To Developing Solutions With Visual Studio And Office 365 REST APIs
Doug Hemminger (Protiviti)

In this class, we will learn the basic elements required to develop a SharePoint Online solution on Visual Studio using the Office 365 REST APIs. By the end of the class, you will an understanding of:

  • How to design and architect a basic but practical solution
  • How to setup a development environment for Office 365 development
  • How to handle authentication using the built-in tools in the Office 365 SDK
  • How to work with data and the various REST endpoints.

Lighting Up Office 365 SharePoint Online With ServicePoint365
David Huseonica

Setting up a user-friendly SharePoint Online environment can be a real challenge. How will content be organized? Will navigation be intuitive? Can you secure/share select data?

Many small and medium-sized business are now using Office 365 but don’t have the skills necessary to deploy a usable SharePoint Online environment. ServicePoint365 is an Office 365 SharePoint App designed with an intuitive user interface and information architecture that pre-configures content into a structure that makes sense and takes the guesswork out of where information is created and stored. The solution consists of a number of “Centers” that are pre-configured for Company Intranet, Client/Prospect Management (CRM), Project Management, Proposal Management, Resource Management, Process Management, Knowledge Management and Vendor Management.

Presentation will include a demonstration of ServicePoint365 along with client case studies of how customers in the construction, healthcare and consulting industries have leveraged the solution to get more out of their Office 365 investment.


Fast Secure File Transfers – With No more Network Delays or Packet Loss
Gene Kestler (IBM)

Companies today are struggling to manage increasing volumes of structured and unstructured data created by everything from sensors to social media. They must accelerate the velocity of sending and receiving this data to improve competitiveness in a variety of ways – including the ability to more quickly uncover valuable business insights, bring products to market faster and improve employee productivity. This becomes even more critical with the growing adoption of cloud computing, where companies need a more effective way to transport extremely large files to and from cloud platforms.

Listen to Gene Kestler from IBM talk about Aspera. A solution that moves data to, from and within the cloud faster than traditional methods while providing security, bandwidth control and predictability. Aspera’s high-speed transfer technology reduces transmission times for large files or data sets from hours to minutes regardless of size, distance or network conditions, while using your existing infrastructure. Aspera overcomes inherent bottlenecks in broadband wide area networks that slow the transfer of extremely large files over distance.

Traditional network protocols that have been in place forever aren’t cutting it anymore. Learn what Aspera and IBM are doing to solve this challenge and are redefining how the world’s biggest data can be moved quickly, securely and reliably around the world. Companies can compete and win when they can move faster and more securely. Use Aspera to accelerate your digital supply chain.


Office 365 Groups: A Whole New World Of Collaboration For Power Users
Gina Montgomery (Softmart)

End Users are looking for ways to improve their productivity around team collaboration. Challenges such as central storage around documentation, communication and schedules can prolong team projects due to disorganization. Working like a network can empower end users to collaborate quicker and more efficiently. Learn about the connected experience that Office 365 Groups offer your end-users. We will cover trends and tips & tricks around Office 365 Groups in this session.


Unleash The Power Of Video Communication; Office 365 Video vs. Azure Media Services
Gina Montgomery (Softmart)

Is your organization considering the power of Video Communication? Microsoft provides two options that can assist your organization in Video Communication. The first, robust and fully customizable option, Azure Media Services, allows you to deliver any media, on virtually any device, with the power of the Azure cloud. Microsoft also provides an out-of-the box video portal solution in Office 365 that is built on Azure Media Services and SharePoint Online. Come learn features and benefits of each.


Easily Build Business Solutions In The Cloud Without Having To Write Any Code
Brad Orluk (Nintex)

Overwhelmed by the demands from the business when it comes to building robust solutions? Want to empower your citizen developers with a toolset that is easy to use, yet scales to support your development team? Need to integrate across cloud platforms (O365, Salesforce.com, Google, Azure, etc.)? Then Nintex Forms and Workflow for Office 365 can help you. In this session we will build a no code solution and then demonstrate how it can be leveraged by your desktop and mobile workers.


Accelerate Cloud Adoption In Azure through DevOps
Ian Philpot (Microsoft)

DevOps is allowing our customers to rapidly deploy, provision, and monitor their environments in Azure. Using tools ranging from simple PowerShell scripts, build servers, a variety of open source tools like Chef and Puppet, and continuous deployment systems we are helping customers migrate boxed software, co-located datacenters and on premise services to the cloud. Come hear about real customer use cases, the issues they face, and the best-practices discovered while going from POC to production.


Thriving in the Midst of the Perfect Storm
Louis Richardson (IBM)

Storms can be scary. Yet when we look at what causes a storm, we see the convergence of forces that result in upheaval and disruption. In today’s organizations the forces of culture and technology are converging. But unlike the past, technology is not leading this storm. Instead our culture is demanding that technology emerge to meet our behavioral shifts. For those unfamiliar with the causes, this time can one of chaos and confusion. But for those who understand what is happening this can be a time of opportunity and discovery of new ideas and markets. During this session, we’ll look at the forces in play and offer some suggestions on how to leverage this perfect storm.


Integration In The Cloud Through The Lens of Salesforce and Microsoft
Tommy Ryan (ThreeWill)

In this presentation, Tommy will cover why it is valuable to integrate across cloud platforms to create best of breed solutions.  The presentation will touch on how the cloud benefits several roles within your organization and why integrations are important for getting the most out of your cloud investments.  To illustrate the benefit of cloud integrations, Tommy will talk about the types of integrations that can be performed between Salesforce and Microsoft and finish the presentation with a real world demo of a Salesforce and Microsoft integration.


What Is Heroku?
David Scruggs (Salesforce)

Heroku is the original “container-as-a-service” cloud platform. It allows you to pick your coding language, pick your databases, add services, scale up or down, and manages billions of transactions a day.

We’ll go through the architecture, how it works, how to get started, and how to write your code for Heroku.


Intro To The Salesforce Platform
David Scruggs (Salesforce)

An overview of the Salesforce Platform, the multi-tenant infrastructure underneath it, the services and capabilities (upgrades, security, integration, deployment), the declarative and programmatic development model, and how to start building custom applications or extend existing applications on the platform.


Why DevOps matters: A.K.A How To Not Go Out Of Business
Doug Turnure (Microsoft)

IT has always moved at a fast pace, but in recent years, things have gotten more chaotic than ever. Agile development, the cloud, and device growth have put massive pressure on companies to find a more agile way to roll out updated solutions without breaking existing ones. DevOps is an overloaded term that covers many facets of this operational response to shorter dev cycles and continuous improvement. In this discussion, we’ll talk about why DevOps matters, and why ignoring it may significantly impact the future of your organization.


Empower Your Applications With Azure Machine Learning
David Walker (TechAspect)

Come see how you can add the powerful newly released Azure Machine Learning Platform as a Service offering in your applications, while abstracting out the actual logic (aka experiments) to data scientists, business analytics, etc… and even monetize your experiments.


Azure vAwesome – See the Platform’s Powerful New Features
David Walker (TechAspect)

Come see the awesome and powerful new features that are currently available in Preview on Microsoft’s Computing Platform – Azure – including Machine Learning, DocumentDb, Search and more!


Why I Stopped Caring About The OS And Learned To Love The Cloud
Shawn Wildermuth (Wilder Minds LLC)

Deploying your app is supposed to be fun. Running your own data centers or creating and managing virtual machines gets in the way of all of that. In this talk, Shawn Wildermuth will talk to you about deploying, scaling, and maintaining apps in the cloud by deploying the app, not the machine.