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New Way to Communicate
As you requested, you are FINALLY receiving an email to update you on upcoming events J. You are receiving this message because you signed up at http://ITProGuru.com/join. This is the first mailing of the ITProGuru Newsletter in a very, very long time. My sincere apologies to all that I have let down by stopping this newsletter. I am thrilled that I now have everything in place to make it active again. I am still working on getting permission to port the subscriptions from the various signups in the past into the new system. It looks like people may need to opt-in again. These reports should start coming out on a monthly cadence so please pass along to others that may be interested. You can opt-in at any time using the new online registration. If at any time you want to be removed or manage your subscriptions, there will always be a link on the bottom of the message. More importantly though, if there are others that you think would also enjoy this information, you can direct them to the join page at http://ITProGuru.com/Join. This month’s newsletter does have some of the same content from the Jan Edition of the ITProGuru Newsletter. This is because the Jan Newsletter never got mailed out. It was simply posted on http://ITProGuru.com as a test for creating the newsletter template. Future editions will all have very different content with the exception of course of the events, which if advance notice is given, may land on the newsletter for more than one month. Apologies again for this letter landing in your mailbox a good two weeks past when I originally anticipated. In the coming weeks, I will get all the kinks in the process worked out. In the coming months this message should land by the middle of the month. I may move it to the beginning of the month at some point.
What’s in this Newsletter?
As you can see from this newsletter you will get tons of information on upcoming events. Most will be focused in the US. The Microsoft Events will be the highlight but the we will also provide information for online events, community events and even third party events.
In the first few editions the non-Microsoft events will focus on the North East US. In the very near future, I hope and expect to expand to cover the entire US. In just a few seconds you can scroll through the headings to find things that are of interest. If you would like to provide feedback, please feel free to do so at https://www.toyotanews2020.com/?exampass=contact. The layout of the message should be easy to consume regardless of platform. I will work in the coming months to improve the layout for small screen sizes. Events & Online content Stories and other valuable information to the IT population will be included as well. Our goal is to give everyone in IT some reason to subscribe to and obtain value from the newsletter. Many outside the coverage area of the US will likely find the online content and stories are plenty of value and worthy of a few minutes each month to look it over. There is a Jump List at the top of the newsletter so if there is one particular area you want to get to, you can dive right in without scrolling though the things you do not care about.
2016 Brings MANY New Events
Translating Business Problem to Technology Solution is Often Really HARD!!!
Quick tips on Translating Business Objectives into Actions…
I could write an entire article on each of the following but for now, let’s just look at it from an overview perspective. What do we need to do?
- Identify Problems (especially root problems) – If you do not know what the [business] problems are try asking. Ask the business unit leaders, look around your department, what is “messed up” in your view? What frustrates employees, partners, customers?
- Determine the requirements to solve each problem
- Determine technology available to help solve the problem
- Identify strategic partners
- Determine likely barriers
- Determine additional value (if any)
- Get Started
Let’s go a bit deeper into the identifying problems and in particular identifying not only problems but also opportunities. I refer to it as Identifying What’s Possible! Ask yourself (or others in your organization):
- What challenges are you facing?
- How are we falling behind the competition?
- How can you deliver services faster?
- How can you help the company continue expansion?
- How can you increase customer satisfaction or retention?
What are current pain points for…
- Customers? Partners? Employees?
- Customers? Partners? Employees?
- What new services (cloud, mobile) might your business benefit from?
- Projects on a shelf for lack of infrastructure or money?
Your vision + some strategic thinking and new technology solution could yield you an enormous amount of respect (and other more tangible perks)
Not all opportunities are created equal. Some will be hard and low value, others will be easy and high value. Still others will be in between. Identify one that you want to work on. After you “Identify What’s Possible” there are other considerations. You then need to look in a bit more depth at the potential project/solution. Look at:
- Vision or Strategic Mission
- Benefit to the business and company
- Longevity of solution
- User Impact
- Systems & Business Impact (pro’s and con’s)
- How it is RELATED to other business challenges
- How it is RELATED to other technology solutions
- Identify stakeholders – All may not be obvious
- Security Implications
These do not have to be things that you spend weeks on. In fact, for your first few projects, you should try to do it as quickly as possible (an hour or two of serious brain power). But each one is important. Let’s take a closer look at one that looks like it may not fit. Identify Stakeholders: It may be really easy to identify one person or one department that can benefit from the solution but are there others? Could the value be greater/broader if you tweak a few things as you go? Often I have found as you get additional stakeholders involved or add value to other parts of the organization it kind-of greases the wheels and makes bringing the solution to life easier (or in some cases possible). Watch my blog http://ITProGuru.com or come to some of my events to learn more. You may also want to consider my offer below for Brainstorming Workshops. In either case, I hope you will take some of these tips and “Architect What’s Possible” for your business. If you need help with anything, Microsoft has an incredible partner ecosystem that can help you.
TechNet on Tour | Cloud Infrastructure
What’s new with Microsoft cloud Infrastructure and OSS for modern IT Pros
It’s time to embrace cloud infrastructure, maximize your current resources and enhance datacenter flexibility to deploy new technologies. Ready to learn more? Attend this free, full-day training session and discover first-hand how to integrate cloud solutions with your existing, on-premises datacenter – without sacrificing security, control, reliability and scalability. You’ll see how advanced Azure infrastructure services enable you to provide reliable data access, while maximizing productivity across platforms. Training will include Microsoft, Open Source (OSS), GitHub, and more.
Join Microsoft experts and learn how to:
- Keep up with datacenter changes in a cloud-first world
- Enhance virtualization performance in the cloud for different workloads
- Enable faster and easier deployment using Azure Resource Manager templates and GIT
- Design compute and storage infrastructure to improve performance and enhance security through Azure Networking infrastructure
- Boost secure data access with identity solutions via Azure Active Directory
- Minimize errors and save time with advanced automation using PowerShell and DSC extensions in your infrastructure
- Registration (once available will be at): http://www.technetevents.com/
TechNet on Tour | Certification Jump Start 70-534 Architecting Azure Solutions
This Certification class will cover the 70-534 Architecting Azure Solutions Exam. All attendees are expected to go home with a copy of the Microsoft Press Book. The events have not been locked yet but it is looking like we will be doing an online Jump Start in April/May timeframe and roll out live events to cities all across the US in July/Aug. There is some Free Training that will be a pre-requisite for the training. You can access it at http://aka.ms/nlcert534. All you need to do to make sure you get an invite is become a subscriber to this newsletter (http://ITProGuru.com/Join). If you want to get a started now (you can’t wait J) you can get your own copy of the Microsoft Press book from Amazon at Exam Ref 70-534 architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions.
A typical agenda looks like the following:
- 8:00 Registration, Breakfast and Networking
- 8:30 Sharp: 70-534 Introduction
- Exam Tips and Tricks
- Design Microsoft Azure infrastructure and networking (15–20%)
- Secure resources (15-20%)
- Design an advanced application (15-20%)
- Lunch & Labs
- Design websites (15-20%)
- Design an application storage and data access strategy (15-20%)
- Design a management, monitoring, and business continuity strategy (15-20%)
- Field Experiences
- 5:00pm Book Signing – Authors Dan Stolts (Some Locations)
- 5:00pm Social Hour w/ speakers and Friends
At the conclusion of this course you will have homework assignments (labs) to do. Upon finishing the homework, you should be able to go take the test and become a “Certified” Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect! If we are not able to drum up enough sponsors, there is a chance there will be a nominal charge as we will be providing a $40 book, lab guides and food and beverage for all attendees.
Easter Egg: What is the value of certification? This is really hard to answer because it is different for everyone, in the class, you will get much more information. I can tell you though what is the same for everyone is that it has the capability of opening opportunities. Many employers (me included) look at certification as a minimum bar when they are evaluating prospective employees. What the heck does that mean? It means the hiring manage may NEVER see your resume if they are like me. Some HR person or secretary does pre-screening and if certification is not listed the resume lands in the rejected pile. There are many more obvious advantages such as: additional lines on a resume, self-satisfaction of completion, more salary opportunity, bragging rights, shows ability to complete what you started, shows ability to learn and apply what you have learned, experience working with technology, stature among tech circles and much, much more.
Trial | Brainstorming Team Cloud Technology Workshop
If you are in the North East US I may be able to do them in person. Otherwise, perhaps online … do you have any interest in a Team Workshop for your business or group? Contact Dan at: https://www.toyotanews2020.com/?exampass=contact
Teach your team how to “think outside the box”, “understand how to leverage technology to solve business challenges or execute on opportunities”. Now taking applications. This is a free training but I need either a large number of people from a single company (30’ish) or for smaller groups, we can do multi-company workshops where each company is a team. Workshop formats available: 60 mins, 1/4 day, 1/2 day, 1 day, multi-day.
In the next edition of ITProGuru Newsletter we will dive into Enterprise Mobility and do a quick introduction to Windows Server 2016. We will also dive into resume/CV what are they really for and what should you have in them. Please provide feedback or suggested topics for this newsletter by contacting Dan Stolts.
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