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Azure in the Real World

Calgary IT Pro Community Association ("CIC")

Tuesday, 21 April 2015 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (MDT)

Azure in the Real World

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Ticket Type Remaining Sales End Price Fee Quantity
New/Renewing CIC Members   more info 22 Tickets Ended $65.00 $4.51
New/Renewing CIC Student Members   more info 5 Tickets Ended $25.00 $2.11
Guests and Future CIC Members   more info 17 Tickets Ended $25.00 $2.11

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About our Topic:


Hour1 - "How Microsoft Azure is supposed to work" by Sharon Bennett

Back in the golden days of IT (i.e. the last 20 years), the needs of every company and client had to be packaged into a box. As Cloud technology has advanced over the years, we no longer have to squeeze anyone's needs into boxes; we can make the boxes fit their needs instead. During your hour with Sharon Bennett, SMB Partner Technology Advisor at Microsoft Canada, she will outline some scenarios that have become popular with the SMB segment. From backup, storage, and Azure Active Directory, to virtual machines and Remote App just to name a few. Sharon will show you new ways to move your clients from classic, on-premise infrastructure to customized solutions in the Cloud. We'll also run through a few key SMB scenarios highlighting different solutions using some of the services offered in Azure. After the hour, you'll never consider going back to the constraints of the “IT Box” again.

Hour2 - "Implementing Windows Azure Infrastructure in the Real World" by Kevin Kaminski

Windows Azure is an interesting world. Some of it can be very familiar to an IT Pro while other parts remain foreign. Microsoft MVP Kevin Kaminski will share his experiences implementing Azure illustrating what gotchas can be found when configuring it for the first time such as in the case of site to site and multi-VPNs. We'll examine best practices for deploying Active Directory on Windows Azure and explore how to best implement the latest version of Azure Backup and what gotchas to look out for. In addition, we'll explore the different management interfaces and attempt to make sense of the best approaches when setting up and managing virtual machines in Azure. By going through the envisioning process and some of the architectural concepts, you'll be better prepared to introduce Azure as a hybrid cloud into your own environment. This is a great time to see what it all looks like!

Don't miss this event!  One lucky attendee will go home with an HP Stream 7 sponsored by True North Group Inc.!!



Event Details:


Date:                            Tuesday, April 21 2015


Welcome Time:             6:00 pm (Registration and Networking)

Start Time:                    6:30 pm

Finish Time:                  8:30 pm


Venue:                          Tillyard Management Conference Room

                                    (Adjacent to Alberta Blue Cross office)

                                    715 5 Ave SW Calgary AB T2P 2X6


Cost:                             Guests and Future CIC Members - $25.00

                                     New/Renewing CIC Members      - $65.00

                                     New/Renewing Student Members - $25.00

                                     Current CIC Members                 - FREE


Payment:                       VISA/MasterCard via EventBrite (+fees)

                                      Contact us for payment via:

                                      1.  Cash (at the door)

                                      2.  Cheque (at the door)

                                      3.  Interac e-Transfer (prior to event)

                                      4.  Invoice your employer (prior to event)


Note:                             New memberships are valid through December 31 2015.


Light Food and Refreshments will be provided for attendees.



About our Presenters:




Sharon Bennett


SMB Partner Technology Advisor - Microsoft Canada

Sharon Bennett brings over 20 years of IT experience from a variety of roles, including running her own business as an Small Business IT Consultant. She is the SMB Partner Technology Advisor at Microsoft Canada working with various groups to leverage Microsoft technologies to better provide end to end solutions to customers and partners. She is a Microsoft Small Business Specialist, MVP, MCT (alumni) and holds several Microsoft certifications. Sharon is an IT Blogger (Biz-Tech’s Top 50 Must read IT Blogs 2013), Best In Biz International judge, author, teacher and active member of her local community.




Kevin Kaminski


App-V MVP, Microsoft vTSP, Consultant and Trainer

Kevin Kaminski is a seasoned consultant focusing mainly on management technologies that range from device management to workspace and application delivery. Using his experiences from different organizations, he's able to draw upon practical knowledge that he incorporates into his speaking engagements, training material and blog articles. He spends time blogging for, his own blog and speaking at various engagements such as BriForum USA. To assist his local IT community, he sits as a director on the Calgary IT Pro User Group and manages the Calgary Systems Management User Group.


About our Sponsors:

True North Group Inc - Door Prize - HP Stream 7

True North Group Inc. provides exclusively Canadian integrated cloud, managed IT and security services as well as professional IT consulting to small and mid-sized enterprises.


Inteqna - Venue

Inteqna is a division of Design Group Staffing Inc., the largest privately-owned recruiting firm in Canada. Inteqna was created to provide permanent recruiting and contract consulting services to experienced professionals in Information Technology and Finance & Accounting sectors across the country.

Microsoft - Office 365 + Operational Funding

Microsoft supplies the Calgary IT Pro Community Association with a free 25-seat Office 365 E3 subscription for the leadership team and committees.  As well, Microsoft has agreed to fund a portion of CIC's operating expenses for 2015.

Have questions about Azure in the Real World? Contact Calgary IT Pro Community Association ("CIC")

When & Where

Tillyard Conference Room (Adjacent to Alberta Blue Cross office)
715 5 Ave SW
Calgary, AB T2P 0N2

Tuesday, 21 April 2015 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (MDT)

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Calgary IT Pro Community Association ("CIC")

About us:


The Calgary IT Pro Community Association [“CIC”] is a registered not-for-profit society incorporated April 28 2008 under the Alberta Societies Act.



The purpose of the Calgary IT Professional Community Association [“CIC”] is to provide information technology professionals and consultants in Southern Alberta with opportunities for professional development, social networking and sharing knowledge with peers in a non-competitive environment.



Our vision is to become the leading IT professional user group community in Canada



Our mission is to present quality technical programs, offer unique special-interest groups for technical and business practice areas, cultivate strategic partnerships with leading vendors and encourageactive member participation through volunteer engagement and social interaction opportunities.



Our values hinge on honesty, integrity and trust in everything we do.Our members strive to honour every commitment they make to the best of their ability and to meet or exceed expectations when delivering on those commitments.


We value balance in one’s work, family and community – providing good service and expertise for fair compensation so that families are supported and nurtured and our communities are enriched through the work and volunteer efforts of our members.


Membership Information:


Membership in CIC is open to anyone interested in joining and contributing to the organization. Regular meetings are usually held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. You are encouraged to attend and participate actively.


Membership dues for 2019:

Regular Members: $120 (Jan 01 – Dec 31)

Students w/ ID: $24 (Jan 01 – Dec 31)



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