Welcome to the Conference!
We are thrilled to invite you to the Azure A-to-Z Virtual Conference! This two-day event brings together Business Leaders, Developers, Data Specialists, and other IT Professionals to discuss the core capabilities of the Azure ecosystem and how it can drive profitability in your business!
Our cast of Microsoft Azure MVPs and Microsoft Certified Trainers will equip you with the tools and knowledge needed to design an effective cloud strategy. In addition, globally recognized experts will explain how to leverage the cloud to accelerate solution development, enhance operations, and secure data!
Why Move to the Cloud?
In this session, Dwayne will provide insights into the core capabilities of the cloud, and explain what Microsoft Azure can do for your business.
Azure Infrastructure as a Service
In this session, Kit will provide guidance to utilize Azure Infrastructure as a service. This will include policy, governance over resources, and controlling costs with hybrid benefits and reserved instances.
Security and Threat Prevention
In this session, Kit will cover the security and threat protection tools within Azure, including network protection, database, virtual machine vulnerability assessments, and Azure Defender alerts and threat protection.
Integrating Services into Azure
In this session, Brian will discuss the various integrating services that are available in Azure. These services include the utilization of Logic Apps, Azure Functions, and Power Automate tools to present data and trigger workflows within your business
Azure Web Apps
In this session, Brian will explain how to get started with Azure Web Apps. This will include choosing an app service plan, onboarding your website, and building in auto-scaling to support demand.
Data in the Cloud
In this session, Brian will discuss the evolution and growth of data in the cloud. He will discuss the increase in sources feeding raw data to cloud storage and what we need to do as businesses and consumers to protect data.
Building a Cloud Center of Excellence
In this session, Dwayne will discuss how to continue your cloud journey and build a Cloud Center of Excellence within your organization. Learn about the use cases and benefits of having a Cloud Center of Excellence, and how it can be used to expand your cloud footprint and increase cloud skills across your company.
Migrating to Azure 101
In this session, Kit will provide guidance on how to start your plan to migrate to Microsoft Azure. We'll start with an introduction to the Cloud Adoption Framework (CAF) and walk through some of the key decision points your organization will take, from building a cloud strategy to app portfolio selection and ultimately migration.
Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework
In this session, Dwayne will provide a high-level overview of the Microsoft Azure Cloud Adoption Framework (CAF) and how it can assist you in planning your journey to Azure. He will provide guidance on how to identify and plan your first workloads to Microsoft Azure and the benefits of following the CAF process.
In this session, Brian will talk about the capabilities of Microsoft Azure to modernize your applications to take advantage of the cloud. You will learn what Azure Platform as a Service (PaaS) is and how it can help accelerate solution development while providing enhanced operations for deployment, scale, and monitoring. Brian will also introduce you to continuous integration and deployment (CI/CD) to also improve your software development process.
AI and Machine Learning
In this session, Alex will discuss how artificial intelligence and machine learning can be used to increase our efficiencies in business. This will include an overview on how to responsibly utilize AI and how to train and use data modeling for machine learning.
Alex Mang, CEO KeyTicket Systems
As a passionate Azure MVP, trainer, consultant and regular presence at conferences and user groups, Alex is mostly focusing on helping fellow developers better understand the cloud-computing paradigm. Recently, I was invited as a speaker at Microsoft Ignite for the second time in a row, Microsoft’s largest and most important technical conference, gathering nearly 30,000 attendees.
For the past 10 I’ve worked as a software developer, database architect and cloud architect and always focused on making the systems we were developing more secure, robust, easily recoverable from a disaster and always available no matter what. Using the “No Time For Downtime” phrase as a motto of my work, I’ve gained lots of experience developing desktop, web and mobile applications written in C#, using .NET Framework, .NET Compact Framework, .NET Micro Framework and .NET Core, along with the experience gathered from various development projects of UWP applications. From the smallest device possible up to hundreds of virtual machines in various Azure regions throughout the world, I’ve pretty much done them all.
Dwayne Natwick, Cloud Architect Lead
Dwayne is a Microsoft Azure MVP and Cloud Training Architect Lead at Opsgility where I author content and provide live training. I am 18x certified in multiple Azure and M365 roles, including Microsoft 365 Fundamentals, Microsoft 365 Security Administrator Associate, Azure Solution Architect Expert, Azure Administrator Associate, and Azure Security Engineer Associate.
In addition to creating curriculum, training, and blog writing, I am also a Microsoft Certified Trainer and Regional Lead.
Brian Gorman, Senior Cloud Architect
Brian is a Microsoft Azure MVP, and an experienced speaker, author, trainer, and .Net developer with
Brian has a masters of science degree in computer information systems, and a bachelor of science degree in computer science.
Additionally, Brian has over ten years of experience instructing college courses online in SQL databases, C#/VB .Net programming, Java programming, and Microsoft Office.
Brian has also created many online video courses, available on various platforms. Recently, Brian published his first book: Practical Entity Framework with APress. The second edition for EFCore6 and .Net 6 is in final edit.
Brian Nielsen, Senior Cloud Architect
Brian is a Senior Cloud Training Architect at Opsgility and has spent the last 11 years as a consultant with Microsoft Partners. He has worked with cloud solutions & migrations for small businesses and Fortune 1000 companies.
Brian has 26 years of professional IT experience. He has exceptional knowledge of Microsoft Azure, Microsoft 365, and Open-Source software. As a consultant, he is used to solving highly visible and complex problems. Brian is an excellent communicator and public speaker, well-versed in current technological trends and familiar with a variety of business concepts. He can meet ever-changing technology needs with innovative and up-to-date solutions.
Kit Skinner, Senior Cloud Architect
Kit is responsible for delivering instructor-led training and creating on-demand & hands-on training. In addition, I am Infrastructure/Security SME for Microsoft Azure & Microsoft 365.
Prior to joining Opsgility, I have spent over 6 years Azure cloud consulting for various industries including manufacturing, distribution, healthcare, and government sectors and over 15 years in direct IT roles designing, running, and managing infrastructure & security.
Kit has over 20 years’ experience in the IT industry, in roles spanning networking, infrastructure, technical pre-sales and system architecture.
About OrganizerEmbracing modern technologies is essential for organizations to compete in this digital age. Enterprise cloud adoption requires knowledge developed through years of practice. As Microsoft Gold Partners, with over 30 years of IT experience, we are certified experts in Azure and Microsoft 365.
We facilitate cloud migration, governance, and operations to empower organizations to realize the full potential of the Microsoft Cloud through a unique blend of SaaS solutions. We support organizations throughout their cloud journey, from strategic planning to licensing and workforce enablement.