Houston – February 2015

8:30 – 8:55 AM   
Registration, Networking and Breakfast

9:00 – 9: 50 AM

Cloud Productivity Track: Accelerate your insights with Power BI
Sponsored by Project Leadership Associates

We believe that people should be able to quickly and easily find data-driven answers to their questions and business challenges. Attending this session will allow you to get a running start on understanding the extensive innovations we’re delivering around of Microsoft SQL Server, Power BI for Office 365 and the familiarity of Microsoft Office that will empower your business with the tools you need to help you organize, analyze and leverage your data to make smarter business decisions.

Cloud Platform Track: Empowering Enterprise Mobility
Sponsored by Project Leadership Associates

How people work has changed significantly. New form factors, apps, and working practices all play a role in the shift towards enterprise mobility. Enterprise Mobility from Microsoft provides a complete solution that encompasses user, device, and data management. Microsoft’s people-centric approach builds on existing investments and skills and offers a credible one-vendor solution to customers looking to rationalize their environment. They have strong capabilities to manage user identity, devices, and data protection-all to address three constant requirements: empowering users, protecting data, and controlling costs and resources.

Devices and Management Track: Next Generation Desktop
Sponsored by AppSense

End-user computing is changing forever – the number of devices or desktops, applications and amount of data that users are demanding is exploding. And with changing operating systems and device / desktop delivery, the challenge for IT to manage this change while providing a solid user experience is unparalleled.

That’s where this session comes in. You’ll learn what you need to know about optimizing and securing your desktop environment with AppSense to deliver the best experience to your end users. We’ll focus on:

  • Improving User Experience
  • Enhancing Performance
  • Simplifying Management
  • Increasing Security
  • Lowering Cost per Workspace

10:00 – 10:50 AM

Cloud Productivity Track: Office 365 – Part 1
Sponsored by Project Leadership Associates

See for yourself why Microsoft Office 365 is the right choice for your business. Office 365 provides highly-secure, anywhere access to familiar Office applications, email, calendars, web conferencing, and the most up-to-date documents across your devices, including laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Office 365 delivers the latest Office tools to help you edit and easily share up-to-date versions of documents and templates with coworkers, partners, and customers. Host and participate in multi-party HD video conferences. You can now sign into Office to easily access the latest version of the documents on the go. And with always-up-to-date spam and malware protection and business continuity features such as automatic data backup, remote data wipe, and a 99.9% uptime guarantee, you can protect your information and get more work done.

Cloud Platform Track: How To Create a Global Enterprise File Share Using Microsoft Azure
Sponsored by Nasuni

Utilizing the Power of Microsoft Azure, Nasuni is an enterprise storage company that provides globally distributed organizations with a simple, unified storage solution. Nasuni delivers a secure,all-in-one data storage solution that provides local performance for users, simplified and centralized management for IT, and an easily scalable, complete storage service for the global enterprise.

Devices & Management Track: Helpdesk Automation Service Manager & Orchestrator
Sponsored by Cireson

  • How the System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator and Service Manager components enable you to deploy, automate, update, and manage service offerings within your IT organization.
  • Microsoft’s approach to self-service delivery will be discussed, and how System Center responds to end-user service requests.
  • We will cover methods to challenging operational issues, and how using Orchestrator and Service Manager can allow the IT Pro to automate, standardize and offer self-service IT processes.

11:00 – 11:50 AM

Cloud Productivity Track: Office 365 – Part 2 Go Live!
Sponsored by Project Leadership Associates

Discuss the various options to adopt Office 365 in a timely manner with no end-user outages.  Learn the different migration options, pre-migration tasks, as well as certain business process decisions that affect the Office 365 end-user experience.  You’ll see how to capitalize on Azure infrastructure to ensure high-availability for Single Sign-on, provide Disaster Recovery regardless of your current network deployment. Finally, see how to lay the groundwork for additional cloud offering without wasted efforts or processes.

Cloud Platform Track: Effortless Migration from VMware to Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V
Sponsored by Vision Solutions

So you’ve deployed Hyper-V 2012 R2 and want to move your virtual machines over, but how do you do that without interrupting service delivery? Do you know what steps to take? And how do you safely roll back if problems occur? Don’t worry, we have you covered! Join us for this session on migration from VMware to Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V. A session no VMware admin should miss!

Devices & Management Track: Business Service Management for System Center
Sponsored by Savision

In this session we will review and demonstrate how you can transform Microsoft System Center into a plug-and-play Business Service Management solution. We will show how you can map the dependencies between your business services and their underlying IT components and monitor the health of those services on intuitive and customizable dashboards.

In addition, we will demonstrate how you can manage your Private Cloud by planning for the future and meeting your service level objectives, with the ability to predict when memory, processors and storage resources will be exhausted. This solution is the best deal guaranteed when it comes to Cloud Capacity Management for Hyper-V and VMware compared to other vendors!

And it even gets better: we will also preview Savision’s newest solution: configurable HTML5 Dashboards for System Center, which will also have a FREE version! So make sure you don’t miss this session and be among the first ones to find out more.

12:00 – 1:00 PM
Lunch and Networking

1:00 – 1:50 PM         

Cloud Productivity Track: Driving SharePoint User Adoption using Nintex Workflow + Forms
Sponsored by Nintex

Workflow and Forms in SharePoint can be used to solve business and institutional challenges, particularly user and business adoption. As we attempt to implement these solutions by automating processes we are often presented with difficult decisions such as when to leverage out of the box functionality, adopt no-code solutions or develop custom applications. In this session we will discuss commonly encountered process problems and how to overcome them, the business need to support integration.

Cloud Platform Track: What’s New in Azure 2014
Sponsored by Project Leadership Associates

In this session we will review and demo some of the new Azure infrastructure features recently released. This topic is focused more for datacenter/infrastructure admins looking to leverage Azure for test/dev/prod and DR.

Devices & Management Track: Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP)
Sponsored by Project Leadership Associates

MDOP virtualization technologies help personalize the user experience, simplify application deployment, and improve application compatibility with the Windows operating system (UE-V/App-V/MED-V). Additionally, MDOP helps you manage and secure your device, enabling monitoring, and deployment of key Windows features (MBAM/AGPM). Using MDOP shifts desktop repair from reactive to proactive, saving time and removing challenges associated with troubleshooting and repairing system failures (DaRT).

2:00 – 2:50 PM

Cloud Productivity Track: The Importance of Training When Rolling Out New Technology
Sponsored by Directions Training

Directions Training believes an integral part of any technology deployment is a robust migration process and quality training. Not only does Directions provide expertise in training, project management, change management, and technical support, but they also make it easy for you! As more and more organizations migrate to the newest technologies, Directions sees greater demand for ensuring that our clients maximize the ROI from their migration.  One of the best ways to maximize your ROI is by ensuring end user adoption.  Directions Training, a Microsoft Managed Gold Learning Partner with over 20 years of training experience, has successfully provided migration training to over 500,000 end users in over 22 languages in the past 3 years alone. Join this session and hear how Directions’ industry experts can customize a training solution that will allow you to capitalize on the full benefits your technology has to offer.

Cloud Platform Track: Flash Storage and Modern Solutions Architecture
Sponsored by Violin Memory

For years CPUs, RAM and networking have continued to improve in performance while storage remained mostly the same resulting in architectural misalignments and complicated or expensive solutions.  With the introduction of flash storage, solutions architects are now able to take a fresh look at their infrastructure, solutions and datacenters.  Flash storage enables dramatic cost savings and environmental reductions while vastly accelerating applications.  But not all flash solutions are the same.  Come learn about flash storage technology, deployment options, how flash storage affects applications, modern solutions architecture and how flash storage can modernize your datacenter.

Devices & Management Track: Modernizing your App Delivery with Microsoft and Citrix
Sponsored by Citrix and Ingram Micro

With the transition from Windows Server 2003 to 2012 R2 and the increasing popularity of mobile Workstyles, corporations are faced with a set of new challenges when it comes to evaluating and updating their legacy applications.  Join Dan Faltisco as he discusses these challenges and the unique ways that Microsoft and Citrix are working together to help you modernize and mobilize your application delivery processes.

3:00 – 3:50 PM         

Cloud Productivity Track:  Windows 10 for Enterprise
Sponsored by Project Leadership Associates

Microsoft just announced Windows 10, be one of the first to take a very early look at some of the features and functionality of the next version of Windows:

  • One converged Windows platform
  • Designed for the way you live and work
  • Protection against modern security threats
  • Managed for continuous innovation
  • We’ll also discuss guidance for consideration for your deployment approach.

Cloud Platform: Reducing your storage costs with StorSimple
Sponsored by Project Leadership Associates

With the complexity and growth of storage in enterprise datacenters, the need for simplified storage infrastructure and management while reducing costs is essential. Join this session to learn how StorSimple can enable the use of Microsoft Azure Cloud Storage for enterprise workloads, delivering the benefits of cloud economics, and a simplified storage architecture by automatically tiering large amounts of data to the Azure cloud.

Devices & Management Track: Unified Device Management
Sponsored by Project Leadership Associates

System Center Configuration Manager with Windows Intune – better together, you can extend your device management to the cloud by integrating System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager and Windows Intune to manage corporate-connected Windows PCs, Macs and Unix/Linux Servers on premises along with cloud-based mobile devices running Windows, Windows Phone, Apple iOS, and Android, for a complete comprehensive management solution through a single administrative console, infrastructure, and reporting system. During this session we will also cover, patching or updating 3rd party software including Java, Adobe, Mozilla, and thousands more through System Center Configuration Manager.

4:00 – 5:00 PM
Happy Hour & Networking