Watch the Microsoft 2015 Virtual CIO Summit, streaming LIVE from the Microsoft Campus in Redmond, WA!

Date: Tuesday, October 6th Time: 8:00am – 2:45pm PDT

Hear from industry thought leaders, key Microsoft experts and your peers at this year’s CIO Summit. The Summit will cover key topics ranging from how the digital age is changing the way IT leaders do business to understanding the threats of cybercrime and how changing customer expectations are making strategic IT investments and partnerships all the more important. Save the date and join us online for the 2015 Virtual CIO Summit to learn more about these key trends and new technologies that can empower you and your business.  Check out the agenda here!


Ed Wilson’s PowerShell5 videos now on Channel9!

New on Channel9 – Building a Windows Server in the Azure Portal and Getting Started with Automation

Hi everyone! Are you working on a new project with the cloud and want to know where to start? Check out the new videos below. The first one is centered around building out a Windows server in the Microsoft Cloud via the Azure portal. The second one gets us started with Azure Automation, the ability to create workflows with scripting to bring your projects to life faster than ever before. Dive on in and get started today!

Building a Windows Server in the Microsoft Cloud

Getting Started with Azure Automation

New TechNet Radio Episode – (Part 4) Open Source + Microsoft Azure – Implementing Big Data Solutions with Hadoop on Microsoft Azure

Join Keith Mayer and I in  part 4 of our series on “Open Source + Azure“. In today’s show we walk through how to implement Big Data Solutions using Hadoop on Azure.

  • [2:30] Let’s talk about Big Data solutions on Azure. What industry trends are we seeing and how does Azure play a role in this discussion?
  • [11:15] DEMO Getting started with Hadoop and HDInsights on Azure

Deploying Azure Resource Manager Virtual Machines with Visual Studio for IT Pros

While PowerShell alone is great for deploying Azure Virtual Machines, the newest innovations in Visual Studio make PowerShell plus Azure even easier! Join Ian Philpot and I as we walk through the process of setting up Visual Studio with an Azure subscription, editing the scripts in the traditional PowerShell ISE then moving over to showing how this can be done much easier with the latest Visual Studio enhancements! The latest innovation with Azure Resource Templates plus Visual Studio make multi-machine deployments so much easier. Visual Studio is not just for developers anymore!

New TechNet Radio Episode: Top 5 things to avoid when rolling out Business Intelligence

Join me as I welcome Sr. Program Manager Jeff Jones from Microsoft IT to the show as we discuss the most important things to avoid when rolling out business intelligence (BI) solutions in your company.


  • [1:47] Does BI start from the top and then trickle down in an organization?
  • [3:20] Where does change start? Technology or people?
  • [4:22] Should BI be restricted to a “needs to know” only basis?
  • [7:26] Who should be allowed to see and use business intelligence data?
  • [9:02] Fail quickly? What do you mean by that and how does it apply to business intelligence?

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New TechNet Radio Episode: Top Reasons to Federate Your Company’s Data

Data is typically managed by an organization in three ways: centralized, distributed or federated. What does it mean for your business to have your data managed under each scenario and why would you want to pick one over the other? Join me as I welcome Rajesh Nagpal from Microsoft IT to the show, and in this episode we try to answer this very question and explain why federated data helps organizations be successful in today’s hyper-competitive, data-driven market.

  • [1:24] Let’s discuss how data is managed in an organization.
  • [2:24] What are the benefits / challenges to a centralized model?
  • [3:45] How about distributed model?
  • [5:36] Why is a federated model the best and most adopted by organizations?
  • [10:50] Are organizations able to achieve more, faster using a federated model?

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