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Expert Talk
Introduction to Azure DevOps
04/08/2020 | 10:00 - 12:00 CST
In this expert talk, you will learn how to plan smarter, collaborate better, and ship faster with Azure DevOps Services. You will discover some of the team and collaboration capabilities as well as learn the basics of setting up pipelines for continuous integration and deployment in this demo packed exclusive session.
Andrew Conniff
Expert Talk
Exam Cram - Azure Administrator AZ-104
04/10/2020 | 9:00 - 11:30 CST
In this live session, you will learn from our experts best practices and tips and tricks on how to prepare for and pass the AZ 104 certification exam.
Jonathan Tuliani
Expert Talk
Getting Started with Microsoft Teams
04/14/2020 | 10:00 - 12:00 CST
In this expert talk, you will learn the capabilities of Microsoft Teams and how it can be use to easily enable a collaborative workforce whether they are in the same office, distributed or all remote. This talk will introduce you to deployment and adoption strategies that will get your organization started quickly on Teams.
Ryan Romero
Expert Talk
Architecting a Modern Cloud App in Azure
04/15/2020 | 10:00 - 12:00 CST
Building cloud native is a whole new paradigm compared to on-premises capabilities. Microsoft Azure's platform as a service (PaaS) offerings allow you to quickly build scalable and highly available applications in a fraction of the time then you could before.In this expert talk, we will explore best practices for architecting or modernizing applications in Azure using a variety of technologies such as serverless technologies with Functions and Logic Apps, as well as modern data services such as SQL Database and Cosmos, and finally some of the common compute options including Web Apps and Containers.
Andrew Conniff
Expert Talk
Everything you ever wanted to know about Private Channels in Microsoft Teams
04/16/2020 | 10:00 - 11:00 CST
A private channel in Microsoft Teams is a new feature that allows confidential conversation and sharing to occur in a space that other users and even admins wont be able to see. Its great for HR, MA, and other NDA situations and private projects where others need to be excluded for legal, strategic or competitive reasons. In this Expert Talk, Amy will explain what Private Channels are, when to use them and what happens on the back end in SharePoint. Then she will move into demonstration to show you how to setup, configure and manage them.
Amy Babinchak
Expert Talk
Protecting your web applications high availability and security with Azure Traffic Manager and Azure Front Door
04/17/2020 | 10:00 - 11:00 CST
Azure allows you to run web applications in an efficient way, whether native as Azure Web Apps, or out of Azure VM-based web application workloads. While Azure provides high availability out-of-the-box, there is a lot more to take into account when architecting business-critical applications, running across different Azure regions, or even in a hybrid (on-prem, other cloud) model. Next, you shouldn't just trust the cloud-provided security, but rather integrate SSL Offloading, Path redirection and other security features. That's where Azure Traffic Manager and Azure Front Door come into the picture. In this Expert Talk, learn what the differences and similarities are between these cloud load balancers, how to deploy them, manage them and see them in action.
Peter De Tender
Expert Talk
My Favorite Pie (Chart): Simple Rules for Clear Visualizations
04/17/2020 | 11:00 - 12:00 CST
Dataviz guru, Stephen Few, once stated that we should save the pies for dessert. What he meant is that pie charts are good in some specific use cases, but they should not be used in others. The same is true for other chart types. Using the wrong type of chart will make it harder for report users to understand the story behind the data. To enable insights, information must be presented in the most intuitive way possible.You will leave this session with five easy-to-implement rules, which will guide you through the process of creating clear and attractive visualizations. Every rule will be applied through live demos in the Power BI Desktop, where you will learn how to avoid pitfalls from the defaults and turn the right knobs to build clear and helpful visualizations.
Markus Ehrenmueller-Jensen
Expert Talk
Power BI - Quick Start Guide
04/20/2020 | 10:00 - 11:00 CST
In this Expert Talk, we will cover how to parameterize Data sources, Data Modelling, and some useful DAX through quick measures. We will spend some time on Report Dashboard design tips tricks and Bookmarks Tool tips. Finally, we will spend time on optimizing layouts for both Desktop Phone and how to share collaborate Reports and Dashboard.Target Audience: Data Professionals
Hasham Niaz
Expert Talk
Secure Workforce Mobility and Collaboration
04/22/2020 | 10:00 - 12:00 CST
With the current worldwide situation taking place, organizations that traditionally operate in an office environment are forced to move to a remote workforce strategy for business continuity. This change in business creates challenges. This Expert Talk will provide guidance on planning and executing secure and collaborative capabilities to your mobile workforce.This presentation will provide insight into how to build a secure mobility strategy for your organization. We will discuss the pros and cons for the various mobile access options for your workforce; demonstrate how users can collaborate and stay connected to co-workers, partners, and customers; and how to secure and manage these environments by utilizing the proper licenses and best practices. Demos will be provided on using 365 tools and Teams for collaboration.
Dwayne Natwick
Expert Talk
Business Continuity with Azure Backup and Site Recovery
04/23/2020 | 10:00 - 12:00 CST
In this expert talk, well discuss using Azure Backup and Site Recovery to build resiliency into your virtual machine workloads.
Paul Burpo
Expert Talk
Azure Active Directory OAuth for Web App to WebAPI
04/24/2020 | 10:00 - 11:00 CST
For ASP.NET Core Developer, this session dives into the integration options for Server-Side Web Application and the OAuth Authorization Code Grant workflow. The session will also cover how to declare API Scope for custom WebAPI and assign Web App permission to invoke WebAPI Operations.
Victor Chin
Expert Talk
Building Azure Storage for SQL Server Workloads
04/27/2020 | 10:00 - 11:00 CST
Database workloads demand good storage performance in order to work well, and Azure offers you a lot of storage options. In this Expert Talk, you will learn about principals of Azure Storage and how it works in conjunction with Virtual Machines. Youll learn options for how to configure your storage for optimal performance, and options for balancing your cost versus performance. Finally, youll learn the best practices for how to layout your SQL Server files.
Joseph D'Antoni
Expert Talk
How to Do A Great Job When Working With (Data) Models
04/29/2020 | 10:00 - 11:00 CST
Power BI is a self-service Business Intelligence tool, which does a great job in hiding complexity and technology away from the user. But when it comes to performance and even correct numbers, one should spend some time in finding the right way of modelling the tables and how they are related to each other. In this Expert Talk, we will spend an hour on doing exactly that. You will get answers to questions like: Why should you care about the data model? What kind of relations are available? How do they influence performance? Why redundancy is (not) a bad thing?
Markus Ehrenmueller-Jensen
Expert Talk
Azure SQL Server Managed Instance – A 'mostly' fully featured SQL Server in the cloud
04/30/2020 | 11:00 - 12:00 CST
In this Expert Talk, we will compare the offerings of Azure SQL Databases, then dig in and show what separates SQL Managed Instances from the rest. Well take a look at challenges that previously prevented migrations to Azure, the current features available, some common architectures, and backup and restore options.
Chris Seferlis
Expert Talk
From SQL to R – Leverage Your T-SQL Knowledge to Learn R
05/04/2020 | 10:00 - 11:00 CST
You are already familiar with T-SQL and are eager to learn R but do not know where to start? Start from what you already know: T-SQL. Both languages have many things in common on some levels, but are very different on others. You will learn how to begin your first step in the new language and how to perform the most common tasks, typical for R: statistics, machine learning data visualization. In this Expert Talk, you will learn the new language by using analogies from T-SQL. You will learn how to write your first R-scripts and make use of packages. You will leave this session with a basic understanding of typical use-cases of R and how to integrate that into your existing environment with SQL Server.
Markus Ehrenmueller-Jensen
Expert Talk
Security Best Practices for the Public Cloud: Keeping Data Secure and Accessible
05/06/2020 | 10:00 - 11:00 CST
An organization is expected to provide an environment where information is available from anywhere, at any time for users. The growth of cloud technologies has provided a means and a challenge to organizations as they enrich the accessibility of information and applications. In this Expert Talk, we will provide guidance on how to enable best practices within the organization to secure data and application access through the tools provided within cloud environments. These best practices will allow an organization to excel in the ability to provide an expanded ability to enrich user experience and attract talent with the availability of information, while maintaining organizational confidentiality and integrity.
Dwayne Natwick
Expert Talk
What does Azure Synapse mean for my Modern Data Warehouse?
05/20/2020 | 11:00 - 12:00 CST
In this Expert Talk, we will explore Azure Synapse, the interface, the technology and the development studio to evaluate what impact the latest Massively Parallel Processing compute engine in Azure will have on my existing or planned Modern Data Warehouse on the Azure Platform.
Chris Seferlis
Course
AZ-104: Microsoft Azure Administrator
03/30/2020 - 04/08/2020 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CST | 3 Sessions
In this live training course, you will learn how to manage your Azure subscriptions, including configuring policy, cost management and governance. You will then learn how to configure and manage access to your Azure subscriptions using role-based access control (RBAC). You will also learn how to manage objects in Azure Active Directory, including users, groups and devices. 
Course
AZ-204: Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure
03/30/2020 - 04/08/2020 | 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM IST | 2 Sessions
In this live training class, you will learn how to create new cloud native applications using a variety of infrastructure as a service (IaaS), and platform as a service (PaaS) based offerings. The course starts with teaching you the various compute options such as virtual machines, containers (Azure Kubernetes Service and Container Instances), web apps, and serverless (Functions), and then progresses to teach you about storing data using Blob Storage and NoSQL options with Cosmos DB. From there, you will learn how to design security into your application, make it scalable by leveraging caching and CDN, and you will leverage Azure Application Insights to monitor and troubleshoot your application.
Course
MS-900 – Microsoft 365 Fundamentals
04/14/2020 - 04/16/2020 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CST | 2 Sessions

The first part of this live training course, you will be provided with an overview of cloud concepts and platforms.  We will discuss benefits and processes for migrating to the cloud and we’ll look at different Microsoft Cloud Services and Microsoft 365 service offerings. 

The second part of the this live training course, will focus in on the fundamentals of Microsoft 365 including Office 365, Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility + Security. We will also provide a comparison between on-premise solutions and cloud-based solutions.

Course
AZ-900 Microsoft Azure Fundamentals
04/20/2020 - 04/24/2020 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CST | 3 Sessions
In this live training session, you will first learn basic cloud concepts. Why Cloud Services? Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Public, Private, and Hybrid cloud models.  Then you will learn the basics core services available with Microsoft Azure, including core Azure architectural components, core Azure Services and Products, Azure Solutions, and Azure management tools.
Course
AZ-204: Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure
04/20/2020 - 05/01/2020 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CST | 6 Sessions
In this live training class, you will learn how to create new cloud native applications using a variety of infrastructure as a service (IaaS), and platform as a service (PaaS) based offerings. The course starts with teaching you the various compute options such as virtual machines, containers (Azure Kubernetes Service and Container Instances), web apps, and serverless (Functions), and then progresses to teach you about storing data using Blob Storage and NoSQL options with Cosmos DB. From there, you will learn how to design security into your application, make it scalable by leveraging caching and CDN, and you will leverage Azure Application Insights to monitor and troubleshoot your application.
Course
PL-900: Microsoft Power Platform Fundamentals
04/27/2020 - 04/30/2020 | 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM CST | 4 Sessions
In this live training course, our goal is to present you with an understanding of each of the components within the Power Platform, so that when it comes to taking the exam, you’ll be able to successfully match up the fundamentals of what you should use when.
Course
Introduction to Docker Containers
05/04/2020 - 05/06/2020 | 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM CST | 2 Sessions
In this live training course, you will learn what containers are and what they are used for.  You will learn all about the Docker product and it's components including The Docker Engine, Images and Containers.  This training will walk you through containerizing your first app and you'll learn how to deploy and manage multi-container apps.  This training course will wrap up with a discussion on Docker Networking and you will learn how to persist data with Docker using volumes.
Course
MB-210: Microsoft Dynamics 365 Sales
05/05/2020 - 05/08/2020 | 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM CST | 3 Sessions

This first session serves as an introduction to Dynamics CRM for sales. We will cover out of the box configuration options and application integrations. 
Configure sales settings 
Configure processes
Create and configure sales visualizations
Configure integration with external sales applications

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Introduction to Kubernetes
05/11/2020 - 05/13/2020 | 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM CST | 2 Sessions
In this live training course, we'll start off with an introduction to Kubernetes and talk about what it's used for.  You will learn about all the components that make up Kubernetes and discuss how to be use Kubernetes in your environment.  You will learn how to install Kubernetes.  You will learn how to work with Pods and ReplicaSets.  Finally, you will learn about Kubernetes Services and Deployments.
Course
Running Containers in Azure
05/18/2020 - 05/20/2020 | 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM CST | 2 Sessions
In this live training course, you will learn all about the Azure Container Ecosystem.  You will learn about the Azure Container Registry, including some best practices to consider.  You will learn about Azure Container Instances.  You will also learn about Azure Kubernetes Service and Azure Monitor for Containers.
Hands-on Workshop
Azure Infrastructure Fundamentals Hands-on Workshop
04/21/2020 | 9:00 - 12:00 CST | Earn Acclaim Badge

As the new IT Professional for Opsgility, you are responsible for setting up infrastructure in the cloud. Opsgility has chosen Microsoft Azure as their cloud provider of choice.
To try out the service, you have been asked to setup a new highly-available web server in Opsgility’s Azure subscription.
In this Live Hands-on Workshop, you or your team will be challenged to prove your skills in Azure Infrastructure as a Service by deploying a highly available workload in a timed environment.
If you successfully complete all of the challenges you will earn the following badge: https://www.youracclaim.com/org/opsgility/badge/certified-azure-infrastructure-fundamentals 


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