Agenda

Event Flow

  • 8:00 a.m.
    • Registration
  • 9:00 a.m.
    • Opening Remarks and Keynote: Steve Brown, Bald Futurist

      Preparing for a Post-Mobile World
      In the summer of 2010, an ailing Steve Jobs declared that we had entered the “post-PC” era, and era that was characterized by a mobile-first, cloud-first approach to computing. We will soon enter the post-mobile era, where smartphones remain relevant, but are not the primary way that people interact with digital information and services. In this fast-moving talk, futurist Steve Brown explores all the major technology building blocks that will make up the post-mobile era, and how you can use them to transform your business, create new value, and stay ahead of the competition.
  • 10:00 a.m.
    • Vision Sessions
      • Modern Workplace & Business Applications
      • Data & Analytics
      • Application & Infrastructure
      • Modern Security
      • Business Transformations

      Employee Experiences

      Microsoft has envisioned a future of collaboration and productivity that is unmatched to anything we’ve used before.

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      Our companies are faced with internal and external challenges and influencers that approach and attack from every direction and at any time of day or night. How do things need to change so we can provide an Employee Experience, using technology, that will empower our employees to address the challenges that face them, and to use their influence for good across the organization and with our customers. Let's talk about how we can combine our need for compliance and security with employee needs for flexibility and open collaboration. With a little bit of icing from Azure Cognitive Services and AI - powered Bots, we can provide a workplace today to help our offices drive through the fog and haze of today's environment.

      Owen Allen

      Speaker:Owen Allen

      Tapping into the Power of Modern SQL

      SQL Server 2016 offers compelling new functionality, particularly with its AlwaysOn feature set. By scaling out database servers, you can increase capacity and reliability.

      The challenge comes in having your apps able to take advantage of the new capabilities. Learn how to simplify the upgrade and benefit from Modern SQL.

      Topics we'll discuss include:

      • Challenges of database scale out
      • Leveraging the power of Modern SQL for active/active ops
      • How Azure simplifies — and complicates — the deployment
      • Microsoft reference architectures and case studies of successful customer implementations

      Accelerate Delivery and Improve Accuracy Using DevOps in Azure

      DevOps means many things to many people, that’s part of the problem in adopting and using it as a methodology.

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      Also, the plethora of tools that exist in the space requires a deep level of expertise to design, configure and then operate an effective DevOps pipeline. Couple that with the challenge of a cloud first, or platform mentality and the design becomes even more complex. Continuous delivery DevOps pipelines if not properly implemented, can cause great instability in applications, put differently, they’ll allow you to deliver unstable applications even faster.

      Attendees will learn how Atmosera enables customers with a simple and effective way to deliver applications using Azure. The solution allows customers to leverage experience, best practices, and Azure PaaS services to provide a consistent delivery vehicle for applications. All the while, it is effectively managed and monitored by Atmosera.

      Scott Harvey

      Speaker:Scott Harvey

      Stop Trying to Brute Force Security Into Your Company: How to get pocketbooks to open up for security implementations

      Discussion – Learn to talk to the business about security and how to tell a story instead of being too technical/ complicated/ security-eze/ ”the cops” in order to get support for initiatives.

      Hadas Cassorla

      Speaker:Hadas Cassorla

      Post-Acute Transformation: Using Data Analytics to Increase Market Share

      Massive change in healthcare was brought about by the Affordable Care Act.

      More than ever before, Health systems and post-acute providers are being scrutinized for their ability to achieve higher clinical outcomes with lower costs and enhanced customer satisfaction. New benchmarks in expectations have been set at a national level. Benchmarks that can and will have serious financial consequences if unachieved.

      Follow the case study journey of a chain of post-acute care facilities who took data from multiple sources, developed actionable insights, and lead their operation to market dominance. This local provider of nursing care needed to find a way to demonstrate their value to their partner hospitals and managed care payers. So, by combining live electronic health record data with Therapy, Pharmacy, and even CMS information; they were able to gain insights into meeting and exceeding expectations within each of their market spaces.

      Follow the presenter as he gives tangible examples of how to achieve similar results through information interoperability, data security and visualization

  • 11:00 a.m.
    • Strategic Sessions
      • Modern Workplace & Business Applications
      • Data & Analytics
      • Application & Infrastructure
      • Modern Security
      • Business Transformations

      Employee Experiences (cont'd)

      In this session Owen will discuss that strategic and tactical implementation of Office 365 tools and how these puzzle pieces fit together to build stronger teams and solutions your employees want to use.

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      Owen will show the requirements that will drive your Office 365 adoption and offer insights into how other organizations have enhanced their employee experiences through productivity, collaboration, and automation.

      Owen Allen

      Speaker:Owen Allen

      Unlock the Value of Your Data Using Azure and Hybrid Clouds

      Most companies are sitting on a gold mine of information, their own data. This data can be used to gain valuable insights into their business and new opportunities.

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      There are two major issues in the way - having the right underlying infrastructure and delivering a positive user experience.

      Attendees will learn how Atmosera has helped several customers harness their data and improve data protection, reliability, response time, and overall usability of their Business Intelligence (BI) tools. This can easily be accomplished using the right combination of on-premise and cloud-based platform while ensuring the data remains protected and compliant with industry standards such as HIPAA/HITECH, HITRUST, IRS-1075, PCI-DSS, and GDPR.

      Jared Cheney

      Speaker:Jared Cheney

      DevOps – Finding The Right Recipe For You

      Since the “Phoenix Project” hit us like a tidal wave, everyone agrees that the concept of DevOps to cut the waste and angst of firefighting is compelling!

      The issue is, how do we connect the dots so that the concepts described work in the environment and unique operating constraints of your company? We’ll take a real-world company and, start to finish, build out a strategic roadmap, piece by piece.

      We’ll answer the following questions:

      • How the Microsoft ecosystem is able to support DevOps end to end (Azure, VS, Powershell/PowerBI)
      • Do we need to choose between 100% Open Source or 100% Microsoft tooling?
      • Why monitoring comes first not last
      • Using metrics to cut through chatter/fog of war – and 6 “Power Metrics” to start your day
      • The sticking point of data – what we can do to make sure the backend isn’t a bottleneck
      Dave Harrison

      Speaker:Dave Harrison

      Securing Identity in an IAM World

      In this session Jon Calalang with F5 networks will discuss federation, how to identify users, and what Multi-Factor isn’t.

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      Jon Calalang

      Speaker:Jon Calalang

      How Skype Changed Our Business

      Neil August, Vice President of Information Technology and Principal at Cardno will discuss the real costs, ROI, and organizational transformation that resulted from deploying Skype For Business enterprise wide.

      Neil August

      Speaker:Neil August

  • 12:00 p.m.
    • Boxed Lunch Served
  • 12:30 p.m.
    • Lunch Sessions Begin
      • Modern Workplace & Business Applications
      • Data & Analytics
      • Application & Infrastructure
      • Modern Security
      • Business Transformations
    • Business & Process Focus
    • Digital Transformations with Dynamics 365

      With Dynamics 365 your business applications can work together seamlessly across CRM and ERP.

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      You can now manage specific business processes on a single platform including sales, customer service, field service, operations, project service automation, financials and marketing. In this session, you’ll learn how companies like yours are leveraging Dynamics 365 to drive digital transformation, optimize operations and drive growth.

      Scott Mangelson

      Speaker:Scott Mangelson

      Power BI Governance

      In this session Trey Udy with Marquam will discuss practical deployment models, lifecycle, governance, and the features your organization needs to be aware of to successfully deploy Power BI.

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      Trey Udy

      Speaker:Trey Udy

      Windows 10 Mixed Reality & HoloLens

      We are in the early stages of a fundamental shift from 2D to 3D in computing and Microsoft has positioned itself as a leader in this category with Windows Mixed Reality and HoloLens.

      As was the case with prior technological revolutions, this will transform the ways in which we work, live, and play. In his talk, Raven Zachary provides an overview of Microsoft’s positioning of Windows Mixed Reality as the platform for this transformation and talks about ways in which HoloLens is being used today in the enterprise.

      Raven Zachary

      Speaker:Raven Zachary

      Data Breaches, Data Security and Privacy: Legal Compliance in Oregon

      Eva Novick, Sr. Assistant Attorney General, will discuss Oregon’s new data breach regulation and how it impacts Oregon businesses

      Eva Novick

      Speaker:Eva Novick

      Transforming the Afghan Army: Leadership and Growth Through Adversity

      Mark Browning, Master Sergeant, US Army (Ret.), will share his stories of personal and organizational transformation he experience while training the Afghan National Army.

      Mark Browning

      Speaker:Mark Browning

  • 1:00 p.m.
    • Technical Sessions
      • Modern Workplace & Business Applications
      • Data & Analytics
      • Application & Infrastructure
      • Modern Security
      • Business Transformations

      Build Your Digital Workplace with the Modern SharePoint Experience and SPFx: Opportunities and Challenges

      In this session, Powell 365 will discuss capabilities the SharePoint Framework (SPFx).

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      Speaker:Powell 365

      Building AI into your Applications: It’s easier than you think

      Microsoft is democratizing artificial intelligence (AI) and it’s now easier than ever to get started.

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      In this demo-heavy session, we’ll take a whirlwind tour through the out-of-the-box AI capabilities provided by Microsoft, tying them directly to business outcomes, and showing how you can add intelligence to your applications in record time.

      Steve Borg

      Speaker:Steve Borg

      Containers Your Way

      Containers are the new abstraction for the datacenter, both on-site and off. They seem like VMs, but they aren't.

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      Learn a variety of ways to run containers in your organization, for both Linux and Windows and where containers fit in the world of private and public cloud offerings. Container technology allows you to achieve greater density on your hosts, reduce conflicts between dev/test/prod environments and increase deployment speed.

      You can easily get started using Docker containers on your workstation, bring those containers to your datacenter or cloud provider (either on IaaS or a container service) and then deploy them at scale using popular orchestration tools, like Docker or Kubernetes.

      Owen Allen

      Speaker:Jennelle Crothers

      Security Front and Center

      What is Border Security?

      Modular and Framework Security

      Wich, Witch, Which direction is the Security Flow

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      Jon Calalang

      Speaker:Jon Calalang

      Practical IT Transformation

      We are all hit with a never-ending stream of technology solutions that claim to instantly transform your business, cut costs, improve alignment, and make you into the IT hero your business needs – all while whitening your teeth, restoring lost hair, and dropping those unwanted pounds.

      While the right technology platforms are a critical part of the transformation process, they aren’t the whole solution. HOW you work is just as important as the work itself. In this practical, lessons-learned session, we will share examples (good and bad!) of our own IT transformation, and discuss tools, processes, methodologies (and even some technology!) that you can use on your journey from cost center to strategic business partner.

      Matt Turkington

      Speaker:Matt Turkington

  • 2:00 p.m.
    • Technical Sessions
      • Modern Workplace & Business Applications
      • Data & Analytics
      • Application & Infrastructure
      • Modern Security
      • Business Transformations
    • Technical Focus
    • Modern Forms for Automation on O365, Is PowerApps a real solution?

      Microsoft offers a suite of tools on Office 365 that can partially replace pieces of Infopath, including the recently launched Microsoft Forms and PowerApps.

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      In this presentation, James Lewiston with Marquam will discuss the options and considerations for building a contemporary Form used for automation. Where does PowerApps fit in as a real solution? Where is this product going and when is it ready for a deployment in your environment? What are the upper limits of the complexity PowerApps can handle?

      James Lewiston

      Speaker:James Lewiston

      Modern BI Tools

      Organizations increasingly need analytical tools for reporting purposes in order to extract actionable insights from data.

      With a vast toolset available on the Microsoft Data Platform, organizations are increasingly wondering how SQL Server, Azure, Analysis Services, Reporting Services, and Power BI fit together.

      What new Azure and analytics tools should your organization be utilizing? What data sets are good candidates for jumping into Power BI or an analytics project? Can your organization utilize modern tools like Natural Language Query, Machine Learning, or dashboards embedded in mobile apps? If you’re asking yourself these questions, you won’t want to miss this presentation. Martin Wells will discuss the various contemporary analytics tools offered by Microsoft and how organizations should be using these tools today.

      Martin Wells

      Speaker:Martin Wells

      Azure Service Fabric

      After this session, you will understand principles of Azure Service Fabric. You will know what is Service Fabric purpose, where you can deploy it, what operation systems you can install it on.

      We will also discuss different Service Fabric native development models and how to develop non-native apps using containers.

      Ivan Bondy

      Speaker:Ivan Bondy

      Can You Trust the Public Cloud and Is It Ready for Secure Workloads?

      There is a lot of hype and concerns about using a public cloud to power mission critical applications and especially those with higher security or compliance requirements.

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      Successfully using a public cloud such as Azure requires careful consideration and expertise to ensure it is properly setup with InfoSec in mind.

      Attendees will gain an appreciation for how a public cloud such as Microsoft Azure is fully ready for secure workloads.

      Owen Allen

      Speaker:Ray Espinoza

      Microsoft Technologies in the Real World

      How a 100 person non-profit used SharePoint and Office 365 to lower risk, provide employee flexibility, and increase organizational efficiency and collaboration.

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      Mark Roller

      Speaker:Mark Roller

  • 3:00 p.m.
    • Technical Sessions
      • Modern Workplace & Business Applications
      • Data & Analytics
      • Application & Infrastructure
      • Modern Security
      • Business Transformations
    • Technical Focus
    • Automating Business Processes

      Digital transformation is a forefront for many businesses.

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      These businesses are actively seeking ways to reduce costs and become more efficient and seek analytics of their business processes. This can be achieved through digital process automation. Utilizing SharePoint and Nintex, businesses have the opportunity to solve these challenges. David Dean, SharePoint/Office 365 Architect, will be discussing benefits utilizing forms and workflows for automating business processes and demo previews of business solutions built for various departments, highlight strategies and approaches to make your solutions flexible for your unique business requirements. This presentation is designed for a mixed audience of IT, business professionals and executives who are interested in these type of processes and capabilities.

      David Dean

      Speaker:David Dean

      Modern Reports and Dashboards

      In this presentation Trey Udy will discuss several aspects of building contemporary Power BI dashboards for local businesses, including challenges of structuring data, data gateways, building custom visualizations, and Power BI Embedded.

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      Trey Udy

      Speaker:Trey Udy

      Practical Microservices

      It’s been said, very wisely, that “DevOps is the 2nd decade of Agile”. Four years since the “Phoenix Project” hit us like a tidal wave, there is common agreement that the concept of DevOps to cut the waste and angst of firefighting is compelling.

      What we are seeing at Microsoft though is there is a good deal of confusion and misconceptions around how to implement DevOps and best practices. This in turn leads to a much higher failure rate than with Agile, where the goals and objectives were limited to development, usually a single team with common objectives and a limited size.

      If your organization is struggling with this as well, never fear! Docker is here to the rescue. With containerization, you’ll start to see very pragmatic benefits almost from the get-go. In combination with a microservices architecture, it offers the hope of gradually – safely – migrating your out-of-control, massive monolith into a form that is easy to deploy, support and extend with new features that will thrill your customers.

      We’ll answer the following questions:

      • When would we use a container over a VM or process?
      • Docker Containers 101
      • Designing the Application – Decomposing and Communications Structures
      • Deploying a Microservice with Continuous Delivery
      • Choosing a CD tool
      • Monitoring your containers
      • Service Fabric – programming model and the app lifecycle
      Dave Harrison

      Speaker:Dave Harrison

      How Blockchain is likely to impact business IT applications

      You’ve heard of Blockchain, most likely as associated with BitCoin and cryptocurrency, but there is a strong research movement occurring now to determine how to use the underlying technology in contracts, supply chain, legal, human resources, banking, medical, identity, access control and more.

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      Come join an enlightening interactive hour learning about the technology and the current research – get ahead of the curve and be informed!

      Joseph Brewer

      Speaker:Joseph Brewer

      Transformation through Skilled Volunteerism

      While building a health care support network in refugee and emergency health situations around the world, Medical Teams International saw the need for better ways to collect patient data.

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      Heidi Brown and Jason Dempsey of Cambia Health Solutions share their experiences as skilled volunteer partners with Medical Teams, to solve real-world problems and transform how data is collected in these high-need, low-tech environments.

  • 4:00 p.m.
    • Reception and drinks at the Convention Center

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