I’m speaking at IT/DEV Connections 2017

Having presented at IT/DEV Connections in Las Vegas in 2015, I was delighted to be selected as a speaker for IT/DEV Connections 2017 in San Francisco.

For the fourth time, Penton Technology, who you probably know for its myITforum.com, WinSuperSite.com and WindowsITPro.com communities, organizes the US-based IT/Dev Connections event.

About this event

ITnDevConnections_logoWidely recognized for the depth and objectivity of its content, IT/Dev Connections training sessions teach developers and IT professionals the skills they need to do their jobs better.

Its speakers include the most knowledgeable and accomplished developers, technology experts, and strategists in the industry. Covering everything from Microsoft’s roadmap and strategy to detailed best practices, these hands-on experts take attendees through the entire planning and implementation process, providing specific guidance across all perspectives.

Its five tracks this year are Cloud and Datacenter, Data Platform and Business Intelligence, Enterprise Collaboration, Enterprise Management, Mobility and Security and, last but certainly not least, Development and DevOps.

IT/Dev Connections 2017 will be hosted at the Hilton Union Square in San Francisco, California, from Monday October 23rd 2017 to Thursday October 26th 2017. The agenda includes a full-day, hands-on pre-conference workshop on Monday, September 14th, and three days jam-packed with keynotes and breakout sessions. New this year is a Hackathon that runs throughout the event (starting Monday 8:30 PM) and hopes to provide solutions that answer the question ‘Can Alexa help keep your network secure?’.

About my sessions

I will be hosting one 75-minute session:

Achieving Productivity without an On-Premises Infrastructure: Mission Impossible?

Wednesday, October 25th 2017 11AM – 12:15PM, Room Continental 8

The daily announcements from Microsoft on cloud-based opportunities for organizations, might give you the idea that your organization might be able to achieve productivity without an on-premises infrastructure, too.

How do you, as a system administrator for a large organization, embrace these new possibilities and get rid of the square footage, cooling needs, firewalls and even your Domain Controllers? Can you go 100% cloud?

Dive into the full stack of Microsoft cloud possibilities and impossibilities. With my ‘Trust, but verify’ view on these items, I’ll share my real-life experiences with bringing organizations to the cloud, embracing a dual cloud provider strategy and the often-overlooked exit strategies you’ll need to have.

Find out why Group Policies, VPNs and typical file servers are rapidly becoming remnants of a long gone era in systems management and productivity. In the process, gain an end-to-end overview, featuring the latest and greatest Windows and Azure technologies to achieve the goals on your organizations horizon.


Additionally, I’ll be one of eight panellists on

Ask the Experts – Cloud & Data Center Track

Tuesday, October 24th 2017 4:30PM – 5:30PM, Room Continental 5

This is your chance to get all your questions answered before heading back to work from IT/Dev Connections 2017. Join this session to hammer our expert panel with your burning questions and solve your biggest issues.

It’ll be an interesting hour with Bert Wolters, Darren Mar-Elia, John Savill, Cameron Fuller, David O’Brien, Dieter Wijckmans and Martyn Coupland. I’m looking forward to it!


Join us!

Registration can be found here.

When you register, use the code HACK250 at checkout and save $250.

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