Want to be a leader in Cloud technologies? Need training and tools you can use now? Join us for Certified Career Day on March 12 at 8:30AM PDT, for an interactive LIVE panel discussion with IT industry experts who will discuss how the Cloud is redefining IT recruitment. Then stay for in-depth discussions on Windows Server 2012 and SQL Server 2012 to learn how you need to prepare to get ahead of this inevitable shift in cloud-based technologies.
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8:30am PDT Virtual doors open 8:45am PDT Behind-the-scenes commentary
9:00–10:15 Live Industry Panel Broadcast
Mel Beckman, CEO, Beckman Software Engineering
Mel operates Beckman Software Engineering, a consultancy specializing in IT infrastructure and high-bandwidth virtualization, including private and public cloud. Mel also speaks and writes about IT topics -- including security, virtualization, and cloud computing -- throughout the world.
Michael Bender, Instructor, Madison Area Technical College, MVP, MCT
Michael is a bartender-turned-IT Professional with 14 years of experience in IT specializing in the training, development, delivery and support of IT Infrastructure. He currently teaches courses in Windows Networking at Madison Area Technical College and holds multiple Microsoft certifications.
Wes Miller, Research VP, Directions on Microsoft
Wes is a Research Analyst at Directions on Microsoft, covering Office 365, SharePoint Server, and SQL Server. He has held positions as Product Manager at Winternals Software and at Microsoft, where he was a Program Manager for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.
Zeshan Sattar, Curriculum Manager, Vision Workforce Skills, MCT
Zeshan devises the training and certification curriculum for Microsoft IT Academies in the United Kingdom, delivered by a network of MCTs to students aged between 16 and 24. He has delivered training to a range of audiences across the world via online platforms and has also worked and spoken at a number of Microsoft events.
Paul Thurrott, Technology Analyst and Editor of Supersite for Windows
Paul is a technology blogger, published author, podcaster, editor for Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows, and a technology analyst at Windows IT Pro. He regularly writes news, previews, and reviews for beta and completed Microsoft products, such as Windows, Microsoft Surface, Windows 8, Windows Phone, Microsoft Office, and more.
Moderator: Eddie Yandle, Sr. Director, Microsoft Corporation
Eddie is currently the Senior Marketing Director for Microsoft Learning. He has worked at Microsoft since 1997, in various roles with the Small & Mid-Market Solutions & Partners organization. Prior to Microsoft, Eddie worked in journalism for 15 years as a reporter and technology editor.
10:15–10:30 Special Guest Interview with Mark Russinovich
Microsoft sees Cloud computing as a path towards better business agility, economics, and user experiences. In this exclusive interview with Microsoft Technical Fellow Mark Russinovich, Wes Miller brings this discussion to the technology level as they explore the challenges organizations will encounter when migrating workloads to the cloud and the key capabilities IT professionals and organizations will need as they make this transition.
Mark Russinovich is a Technical Fellow in the Windows Azure Group at Microsoft working on Microsoft's cloud platform. He is a widely recognized expert in operating systems, distributed systems, and cybersecurity. Russinovich is as accomplished author and a featured speaker at major industry conferences, including Tech*Ed, WinHEC, and BUILD.
10:30–11:30 Windows Server 2012 Live Product Session
Windows Server provides the best foundation on which to build your IT infrastructure, redefining the server category entirely by delivering hundreds of new features spanning virtualization, networking, user experience and most importantly, cloud computing. Attend this session to better understand how to get the training you need to transform your IT operations and deliver a whole new level of business value.
Microsoft Product Specialists
Senior Technical Evangelist Developer and Platform Evangelism
11:35–12:35 SQL Server 2012 Live Product Session
Join us as we dive into this data platform and explore mission critical evidence, breakthrough insights and cloud on your terms. You will gain an understanding of the Business Intelligence scenarios SQL Server 2012 delivers to organizations and what training you need now, to help enable this capability.
Sr. Technical Product Manager SQL Server Group
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