New TechNet Radio Episode: What is Microsoft’s Data Culture and why should I care?

Join me as I welcome Michael Lucas to the show as we discuss how the “Data Culture” inside Microsoft is evolving due to a shift in the industry. Tune in for this very informative discussion around the impact of enabling a Business Intelligence mindset across an entire organization, and learn how to enable this data cultural shift in your org from the way people think about, process and use new technologies to unlock new insights into your business.

  • [1:15] How is the BI Landscape changing?
  • [3:00] How can organizations create this data shift for themselves?
  • [6:53] What does this mean for IT?
  • [8:44] What are some key takeaways for our audience…

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New TechNet Radio: Open Source + Microsoft Azure – Implementing MySQL databases in the Cloud

Keith Mayer and I are back for part 2 of the series on “Open Source + Azure” and in this episode we show how to implement MySQL databases inside Linux VMs on Azure:

  • [2:06] Besides MySQL on Azure IaaS, what other options are available to me?
  • [11:55] DEMO Quick Create and Azure Virtual Network
  • [17:35] DEMO Creating a Storage account
  • [26:54] DEMO How to configure MySQL in a Linux VM on Azure
  • [38:10] DEMO How to make MySQL highly available on Azure

New TechNet Radio: Open Source + Azure: Building Linux in the Cloud

Join Keith Mayer and I as we kick off a new series on “Open Source + Azure” and in part 1 we cover the building blocks and how-to for Linux in the Cloud with Microsoft Azure.

  • [2:44] Open Source and Microsoft? How does that work?
  • [8:11] Why should someone pick Azure for their Open Source solutions?
  • [15:55] Let’s chat about Azure and Linux and how they play nicely together
  • [22:00] DEMO Provisioning and Managing Linux and Azure

New Azure IT Camp seats available 5/7 – Raleigh, NC! Grab them quick!

New Episode of TechNet Radio: How Microsoft IT uses Agile Development process for Self-Service BI

Join me as I welcome Jeff Melton to this episode of TechNet Radio as we discuss how Microsoft IT uses the Agile Development process for Self-Service BI. Tune in as we discuss the impact self-service business intelligence capabilities have on business analysts,  IT organizations as well as the overall business and learn how Microsoft utilizes Agile Development best practices to ensure a smooth ROI.

  • [2:10] What is self-service BI and what problem does it solve for organizations and businesses?
  • [3:36] How do you get started with this?
  • [5:29] What does the Agile Development process look like for implementing self-service BI?
  • [20:10] Let’s talk about the partnership between the end-user and IT…
  • [23:40] How about some key takeaways for our audience…

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Birmingham IT Pro Camp – More Seats Available – Tuesday April 21st

We have some new spots open for the upcoming Birmingham Azure IT Camp, grab ’em while they are still available!  Register here!


Extend your datacenter with Microsoft Azure 


Learn how to get your organization hybrid-ready at a FREE IT Camp near you. In just one day of hands-on training, you’ll learn how to move your IT workloads from on-premises to the cloud and back again. After all, who wants to choose between your datacenter and the public cloud? With Microsoft Azure, you get the best of all possible scenarios – plus, powerful virtualization, on-demand application scaling, complete data control and much more.


Expect lively demos and hands-on labs from IT experts who will get you fired up and ready to apply what you’ve learned. Here are just some of the topics we’ll cover:


     Migration of on-premises virtualization to Azure Virtual Machines, Apps, and Storage


     ADFS on Microsoft Azure and Office 365 Integration, including  Multi-Factor authentication Read more

How Microsoft IT uses Microsoft SharePoint and Office 365 to provide collaboration and portal services in a hybrid enterprise – Register Today!

Join our upcoming webinar: How Microsoft IT uses Microsoft SharePoint and Office 365 to provide collaboration and portal services in a hybrid enterprise

On April 22, 2015, David Johnson, a Principal Program Manager at Microsoft IT, discusses how Microsoft uses Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Office 365 to support information sharing through portals, team sites, OneDrive for Business, and discovery solutions. David also discusses the Microsoft internal hybrid footprint, moving to the cloud, enhancing security, and creating a great user experience. There will be opportunities for questions throughout the presentation.

About Microsoft IT Showcase webinars

Microsoft IT Showcase webinars provides IT professionals with insight and help answer questions around some of the industry’s hottest topics. Join each month to hear Microsoft IT subject matter experts dive deep into real-world best practices, strategies, tactics and lessons learned that can be used for deploying and operating Microsoft products and services in your organization.

April 22, 2015,
8AM–9AM Pacific Time