Gov Cloud Migration Strategies & Creating a Culture of Change

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While cloud is becoming the new normal for government, agencies are still challenged with the daunting task of IT modernization and developing a cohesive cloud migration strategy. Oftentimes, what’s holding back progress is that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all cloud playbook. That, combined with agency culture, hinders many agencies from making their move to cloud.

Please RSVP ( and join the Azure Government DC user community for a Meetup on Government Cloud Migration Strategies & Creating a Culture of Change ( featuring government and industry experts who will share best practices on critical components for cloud success including stakeholder engagement, evaluation, planning, implementation, outcomes, and cultural change needed to help ensure a smooth transition.

As always, our Meetups are free and open to the public; and there will be great networking and refreshments. Check out this month’s agenda below and join us!

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Agenda & Directions

6:00 - 6:30 p.m. – Networking

6:35 – 6:45 p.m. – Welcome & Introductory Remarks

• Meetup Organizers: Vishwas Lele, CTO, AIS, & Microsoft Azure MVP; and Karina Homme, Azure Government Product Market Lead, Microsoft

6:45 – 7:00 p.m. – Year-End Azure Gov Roundup

• Zach Kramer, Principal Program Manager, Azure Government Engineering, Microsoft

7:00 –7:40 p.m. – Fireside Chat: Defining a Culture of Change

• Moderator: Karina Homme, Azure Government Product Market Lead, Microsoft

• Syed Azeem, IT Program Manager, US Department of Labor; and Advocacy and Outreach Lead, Federal Cloud Center of Excellence (CCOE)

• Darryl Peek, Director of Digital Innovation & Solutions, OCIO/OCTO, Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

7:40 – 8:00 p.m. – Cloud Migration Strategies: Top 5 Plays

• Jamie Peebles, Cloud Solution Architect, Microsoft

Demo: VDI in Azure Gov

• Steve Downs, Sr. Program Manager / VDI Lead, Microsoft Azure Government

8:00 – 8:30 p.m. – Wrap-up & Post-Event Networking


Directions to 1776 ( --[masked]th St. NW, Washington, DC

(Check in on 1st floor / Meetup on 12th floor)

1776 is located only a few blocks from both Logan Circle and the White House. The building is across the street from the Washington Post and is home to Strayer University on the first floor. A sign is visible on the exterior of the building.

Parking: There’s a parking garage to the building. Rate is $6 after 5 p.m.

Metro: Closest metro stops are McPherson Square (blue and orange lines) and Farragut North (red line). 1776 is about a 5- to 7-minute walk from each station.