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Webinar: Top 5 security threats facing your business – and how to respond

June 29, 2016 – 10:00 –11:00AM PST

Connected cloud and mobile technologies present immense business opportunity, but there is potential for increased risk as organizations increase their exposure to cybersecurity threats. The digital world requires new approaches to protect against, detect, and respond to security threats.

Join speakers Julia White, General Manager in the Cloud + Enterprise, and Ann Johnson, Vice President of the Enterprise Cybersecurity Group, for our webinar: Top 5 security threats facing your business—and how to respond. You’ll discover our unique approach to security and how to benefit from the insight into the threat landscape that Microsoft derives from trillions of signals from billions of sources.

During this webinar you'll learn about:

  • Protecting against identity compromise and identify breaches before they cause damage
  • Ensuring device security while enabling mobile work for your users
  • The unique perspective Microsoft brings to cybersecurity



The Future of SharePoint Event


Come celebrate SharePoint and see Jeff Teper, CVP OneDrive and SharePoint, unveil our new vision and roadmap for SharePoint and OneDrive for Business, both on-premises and in the cloud with Office 365.

Following the live keynote from San Francisco there will be a number of on-demand sessions detailing our upcoming innovations. Whether you’re a user, IT pro, or developer, we’ll have a lot to share as part of this historic moment.

Date: May 4th, 2016

Time: 9:30AM PDT


UPDATE - There is a long Microsoft Office Blog entry reviewing the announcements made during the event, and the event is available on demand at the registration link above.  

Watch live: SQL Server 2016

March 10, 2016


Companies that transform data into intelligent action are outperforming their competitors and will be the businesses of the future. Hear Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and customers share how data insights are driving business transformation. Microsoft leaders like Scott Guthrie will also share how customers are embracing data to drive innovation and why SQL Server 2016 has become the industry leader.  The event is in New York City, but you can watch it live if you visit the Data Driven site.  Plus, get exclusive content like the Gartner reports showing SQL Server’s leadership in the industry!


Gartner Magic Quadrant

Upcoming Events

Here's a quick list of some major Microsoft events coming to a city near you:

TechNet on Tour

* Philadelphia on 2/24, San Francisco on 3/3, Edina on 3/8, New York on 3/29

Transparency and trust in the cloud

* Mountain View on 2/17, Chicago on 3/8, Denver on 3/9, New York on 3/10

Let’s Dev This

* Austin on 2/24, Chicago on 2/26, Reston on 3/2, Atlanta on 3/9, Cambridge on 3/10

Microsoft Ignite 2016: Registration is open

Microsoft Ignite gives you five days of hands-on learning, industry insights, and direct access to product experts—all in one place. Secure your spot now.  Mark your calendar for September 26–30, 2016 in Atlanta. Be there when top industry leaders talk about what’s next, get direct access to the people who built the products you use every day and surround yourself with smart people talking tech.

  • 700+ sessions
  • Interactive Digital Labs
  • Direct access to product experts
  • Deep dives and demos
  • 100+ vendors at the expo
  • Product roadmaps, vision, and strategies
  • One-on-one discussions
  • Ask the Experts

Get more info and register now at https://ignite.microsoft.com

Webinar: Start asking the right questions about cloud security

January 12, 2016 - 10:00-11:00AM PST (GMT -8)

Scalability, agility, and cost savings are certainly part of any cloud strategy, but how certain are you of the security benefits? You’re not alone if you still have concerns. Cyber attacks, privacy violations, and government surveillance are all part of the growing volume and sophistication of modern security threats and concerns. This is why it’s important to question the integrity of your current cloud solution to ensure you have the best security strategy in place.

 Join Tim Rains, Chief Security Advisor for Microsoft’s Worldwide Cybersecurity & Data Protection group, for a discussion and live Q&A about the questions you should be asking your current cloud service provider to guarantee you have a sound strategy in place. Learn how to critically assess your current cloud infrastructure and learn more about Microsoft’s efforts to deliver a cloud you can trust that addresses your needs across:

  • Security
  • Privacy and control
  • Compliance
  • Transparency

Register here


Live Webcast Series - The Modern Datacenter

Our Government CIOs keep asking us how they could get their IT departments out of the business of managing routine, manual, error-prone tasks so they could shift their energy from daily firefighting tasks and focus on new IT innovations, automation and deployment activities that delight their employees and citizens.

Microsoft Modern Datacenter solutions can help you rethink your approach to maintaining and managing Datacenters and leverage the capabilities that not only enhance IT Service Management but also Infrastructure Deployment and Application Management as well.

Please join us in November for three free Modern Datacenter webcasts recommended for CIO’s, IT Directors and IT Managers.

Watch to learn:

  • How you can rethink your approach to maintaining and managing Datacenters
  • How you can capitalize your existing investments in hardware, software, and people
  • How you can build a logical extension to your existing Datacenter and Microsoft Cloud services
  • How to plan effectively and maximize efficiency that allows you to identify issues, gain better insight and maximize performance
  • How to make more informed decisions, gain agility, and deliver services to citizens and employees more efficiently
  • How to gain a unified datacenter management experience with out-of-the-box monitoring, provisioning, configuration, automation, protection and self-service capabilities

We look forward to your attendance! Register now.

AzureCon Sessions now available on-demand

If you missed AzureCon, you missed some great keynotes, technical sessions and demonstrations.  Fortunately, most of the sessions were recorded and are now available for you to view at your leisure.  Check out the AzureCon Session Page to find the ones most interesting to you.

Philly Event: Azure Tour - October 13, 2015

Microsoft’s Azure Tour provides a free one day technical training event for IT professionals and developers to help you be more successful in using cloud.

Our top engineers from Redmond and independent experts from around the world will present 12 technical sessions and 2 unique hands-on opportunities covering the breadth of the Azure platform and the wealth of developer features including security, networking, big data, storage, identity, web, mobile, hybrid, containers, devops, open source, management, and the internet of things.

Whether you’re new to the cloud or an existing user, you’ll learn something new and walk away ready to apply your discoveries.

Space is limited so reserve your free seat today.


Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Registration at 8am, event begins at 9

Venue: Philadelphia Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Central PA Event: Charting a Course to Leverage Microsoft Office 365

I wanted to post info about a partner event where I'll be speaking about Microsoft's cloud strategy.  I hope those within driving distance of Harrisburg, PA will join us.

Charting a Course to Leverage Microsoft Office 365

Thursday October 22nd 2015

8:00am – 8:30am - Registration/Breakfast

9:00am - 11:00am - Presentations

Radisson Hotel, 1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill, PA  17011

Register Now >

For additional information please visit our event information page or contact:

John Schrock , Dir. Business Development - 717-545-9730 - jschrock@collectiveintelligence.com

We know that you face a diverse set of challenges every day. Beyond simply keeping everything up and running, technology trends are transforming the way business is done, and you need to respond strategically to these growing challenges.  Collective Intelligence has the cloud services expertise and experience to help you chart your course to effectively leverage the power of the Microsoft Cloud.  Let us help to insure your successful adoption of cloud services. Please join us for “Charting a Course to Leverage Microsoft Office 365” and learn:

  • How you can run your business more efficiently and effectively by tapping into solutions and services based on the Microsoft Cloud
  • How other companies are currently benefiting from cloud services
  • How the cloud can help you transform your datacenter, unlock insights on any data, and enable People-centric IT across your enterprise