Houston – November 2016

Houston – November 2016

8:30 – 9:00 AM
Registration, Breakfast and Networking

9:00 – 9:45 AM
Keynote Session: Your Digital Transformation Journey Starts Here

Technology is shaping our society and redefining the business landscape in a mobile-first, cloud-first world. Are you ready for the disruption? Get ready to re-envision your business model. Embrace a different way of bringing together people, data, processes and technology. Research shows that firms are embracing the cloud, big data, social and mobile technologies to craft new business models, develop new revenue streams, or drive other material changes that lead to an increase in the top or bottom lines. Find out how you can be part of the journey to digital transformation.

Presentation Deck: Your Digital Transformation Journey Starts Here

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Business Intelligence is simple, but not easy
Are you maximizing the value of your data to uncover business insights and make smarter business decisions? Your most valuable resource is data – and now you can get real-time insight into information from almost any source to improve collaboration, and win more clients. Take advantage of your data with interactive, self-service tools, and watch your business take off.

Presentation Deck: Business Intelligence Part 1  Business Intelligence Part 2

Security on the Cloud
Protect your Azure cloud investment by adding advanced security controls and a proactive security team to your Azure instances.

While operating in the Microsoft Azure public cloud has many cost, time and flexibility advantages, it’s important to remember that securing your environment on this platform is solely your responsibility. Armor reduces the burden of these challenges for your organization by sharing both risk and responsibility. Purpose-built to achieve a secure and compliant posture for your data, Armor Anywhere makes it easy to balance security, cost-effectiveness and cloud agility.

Presentation Deck: Security on the Cloud – Armor Anywhere on Azure

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM 
SQL 2016 – Performance, Analytics and Enhanced Availability
Come hear the latest on SQL Server 2016 and see why it’s Microsoft’s biggest leap forward in data platform history. Whether you’re running your database on-premises or in a hybrid-cloud environment, upgrading SQL Server will improve your business operations. Improve app performance, and connect seamlessly to the cloud to take advantage of Microsoft Azure and Power BI. With SQL Server 2016, you’ll gain real-time operational analytics, always-encrypted data, end-to-end mobile BI, and more.

Presentation Deck: SQL 2016 – Performance, Analytics and Enhanced Availability

Citrix XenApp on Microsoft Azure
How Citrix can help you start – or finish – your journey to the cloud.

Moving to the cloud sounds great until you start looking at the applications you use every day. Whether the issue is product version or features, sometimes the cloud version isn’t an acceptable alternative – if there is a cloud version at all. Citrix can help you seamlessly deliver Windows applications from Azure to replace on premises infrastructure, extend the capabilities of cloud based solutions or provide new ways for employees to work.

Presentation Deck: Citrix XenApp on Microsoft Azure

12:15 – 12:45 PM
Lunch and networking

12:45 – 1:45 PM
Improving Employee Productivity with Cloud Technologies
Learn about using mobile, social, and cloud technology to make your business more collaborative and effective.

Office 365 offers productivity without boundaries. Using the familiar Office apps you know and the power of the cloud, Office 365 lets you work virtually anywhere, anytime, across your devices. No matter how you access and use Office 365, you receive the same seamless experience and enterprise-grade security to protect your business and customers.

Presentation Deck: Improving Employee Productivity with Cloud Technologies

Microsoft Azure 101
During this session, you will learn the basics about Microsoft’s cloud platform. Microsoft Azure is a growing collection of integrated cloud services – analytics, computing, database, mobile, networking, storage and web. It can seem overwhelming. It’s all about utilizing the internet’s scale and flexibility to extend your capacity on demand.

Presentation Deck: Microsoft Azure 101

2:00 – 3:00 PM
Make the most of your Windows 10 Migration
Never worry about Windows migration projects again

Have you been holding off on upgrading your environment to the latest Windows operating system? Hesitate no longer! We will walk you through the finer points of migrating to Windows 10, helping you make the most of your migration and never worry about Windows migration projects again. With Microsoft’s shift to a faster OS release cadence, IT teams face the constant pressure of running multiple Windows versions in parallel and operating in a continuous state of migration. AppSense automatically moves user personalization, files, and settings between disparate Windows operating system versions. So, multiple versions of Windows, including Windows 10, aren’t a problem for IT or users.

Presentation Deck: Make the most of your Windows 10 Migration

Enabling the Adaptive Enterprise

Just as enterprises are having to adapt to the rapid pace of technology change in the industry, service providers and carriers are equally being challenged to transform their business. In the past five years alone, the transformation of network technology has fundamentally changed the way we leverage and consume it for our business, and redefined the role of both IT organizations and service providers. Hear how Level 3 Communications is adapting its business and service portfolio to respond to today’s technology revolution and using its capabilities to help support the accelerating pace of change for its customers.

Presentation Deck: Enabling an Adaptive Enterprise

3:15 – 4:15 PM
How to protect your business in a mobile world
Empower your mobile workforce with greater protection and control of access, devices, and data

Unsecured company data can cost you millions of dollars in lost research, regulatory fines, or litigation fees – but protecting your information shouldn’t make it harder for your workers to get their jobs done. Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) makes it easy to protect sensitive information and keep your employees productive. During this session, you will learn six ways to protect your business in a mobile world.

Presentation Deck: How to protect your business in a mobile world

4:15– 4:30 PM
Wrap up, evaluations and raffle drawing