• Microsoft Adoption User Group - London - 19th November

    The Microsoft Reactor London

    Welcome to the first regular Microsoft Adoption User Group, part of the MSCUG. If you leading a champions network, working in business change, internal comms or IT with an interest in helping employees get the most out of M365 then this is the user group for you! The purpose of the Microsoft Adoption User Group is to share real-world best practices and experience for helping people and business fully adopt and get the most out of Microsoft 365 - including Teams and Yammer. The Adoption User Group is hosted by adoption and change management specialists including Elodie Munier, Greig Valentine, Max Meiklejohn and supported by your regular MSCUG hosts, Steve, Jay and Adam. Agenda: 6:30PM - Arrival and networking 7PM - Introduction and welcome 7:15PM - Elodie Munier (Head of Client Success, Content and Code) will cover the common errors made when approaching change and adoption 7:45PM - Max Meiklejohn (Managing Partner, Change Adopt) will cover the importance of tailored training and key measures 8:15PM - Break 8:30PM - Rob Quickenden (Chief Strategy Officer, Cisilion) will talk about how change is the ‘new currency’ and key considerations to building a change and adoption practice 9PM-10PM - Networking and close

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  • Microsoft Cloud User Group - Manchester - 29th October 2019

    Welcome to the final MSCUG Manchester meetup for 2019 :) If you fancy speaking at any of our events get in touch. [masked] More info on our venue here https://bruntwood.co.uk/our-locations/manchester/neo/ Event Address - Neo, 9 Charlotte Street, M1 4ET 6:00pm – Networking 6:30pm – Azure Lighthouse: Managing environments at scale - Wesley Haakman It doesn't stop at delegated resource management. Azure Lighthouse touches the very core of ARM and is key to manage, monitor, deploy and govern environments at scale. Having that single pane of glass is something we all want to achieve. Especially if you're responsible for managing multiple tenants and subscriptions for your business or your customers. Earlier this year Azure Lighthouse was released and that give us a whole new set of possibilities for deploying and managing environments on Microsoft Azure. We will highlight the use cases for cross tenant management and show you multiple ways to implement automation, monitoring and governance using Azure Lighthouse technologies 7:00pm – Microservices Hell - how to deal with it on developer laptop - Greg Bernas Nowadays many services are broken down to “single responsibility services”, which turns out that the developer needs to start many applications to be able to test its solution. Using Kubernetes (as a micrk8s, mini-kube or even a clued provided one). Goal: break the ice between dev and ops and show how one can leverage Kubernetes to synchronize all system components. Technologies used: .Net core WebApi and middleware MSSQL server in linux container A fronted application (React.js) NGINX as a proxy Kubernetes (microx8s locally, AKS in Azure) 7:30pm – Break, networking and Pizza :) 8:00pm – Validating ARM templates with Pester and PowerShell Classes - Chris Gardner ARM templates can be quite complex and there are limited ways to validate them before deploying them. The most common approach people take is to use Pester and the Test-AzResourceGroupDeployment cmdlet to do the majority of the work but this doesn't catch everything, particularly with nested/linked templates and more complex architectures. This talk will look at these and show a solution I'm developing to solve this more advanced use case and how to integrate both it and Pester into your pipelines for ARM templates. 8.45pm - 9.00pm – Wrap up and Finish

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  • Microsoft Cloud User Group - Manchester - 23rd July 2019

    Welcome to the third MSCUG Manchester meetup for 2019 :) If you fancy speaking at any of our events get in touch. [masked] More info on our venue here https://bruntwood.co.uk/our-locations/manchester/neo/ Event Address - Neo, 9 Charlotte Street, M1 4ET 6:00pm – Networking 6:30pm – Using Azure as a Platform for good - The story behind mhasl.me Description - Ryan Yates (Microsoft MVP) In this session I will cover the technical background of a new site that I have developed for sharing stories related to many different aspects of Mental Health and how it is something that affects someone just like you or me In this session I will cover Architectural decisions and why I made the decisions I made The Technicals behind the site and the components used as part of the building, maintaining and development of the site, from Azure DevOps to Azure Resources and how I built a repeatable deployment of the Resources that made the site a possibility from the get go Security Decisions that I made along the way and why I chose them Lessons learned along the way And lastly why I think this is a topic that in tech we need to talk more about 7:00pm – What is WUfB and what can it do for me? - Peter Egerton (Microsoft MVP) Windows Update for Business (WUfB) is a modern way to patch your Windows 10 business devices from the Microsoft cloud. In this session we’ll take a look what you need to use WUfB, its current capabilities and what it can do for your organisation. 7:30pm – Break, networking and Pizza :) 8:00pm – Migrating to WebApps with Azure Migration Assistant - Matt Bradley How to use the Azure Migration Assistant to assess and migrate your websites into Microsoft Azure. This talk will go through the assessment and migration steps, explaining the available options and demonstrating a migration of a simple IIS site from an on-premises server into Azure WebApps. 8.45pm - 9.00pm – Wrap up and Finish Wrap up and head to the pub for more networking.

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  • Microsoft Cloud User Group - London - Thursday 18th July

    Microsoft Reactor London

    Interested in the Microsoft Cloud? Are you learning about Microsoft 365 (Office 365, EM+S and Windows 10) or Microsoft Azure? Fancy networking with peers and learning about the latest developments? Join us in London on the 21st of March from 5:30PM for an evening of learning and sharing experience. Everyone is welcome. We subscribe to the Diversity Charter - read it at https://diversitycharterblog.wordpress.com Agenda: 5:30 pm – Arrival and networking 6:15pm – Azure Functions with Mark Gossa “So, you'd like to learn more about Serverless and don't know how to sell it to the business, InfoSec or where to start? In this session, we'll discuss just that and get you started on your Azure Serverless journey with Azure Functions or Azure Durable Functions. We'll talk through pricing plans, triggers and deployment considerations then demo how to write and deploy a .NET Core API in an Azure Function.” 7:00pm – "Leveraging Power Platform to gain immediate business value – A true story" with William Dorrington - Come and see William build applications live in this session using PowerApps, Flow, PowerBI and AI builder. An epic interactive session. 7:45 – Drinks/Food/Coffee/Break 8:15 – Managing and maintaining quality for Calls and Conferences by Jason Wynn. Microsoft provides a number of tools that can be used to help achieve and then maintain a good quality user experience for your network. This will cover how to perform "pre-flight" checks for a site before migration and then how to monitor and trend quality so you can proactively deal with any problems. 9:00 – Finish Wrap up and head for a brief drink for more networking

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  • Evolve Conference on Tour: Teams in two days (Day 2) 10th July

    Microsoft Reactor London

    Day 2 of 2: Join us at the place where developers and tech professionals continue learning alongside experts. Explore the latest developer tools and cloud technologies and learn how to put your skills to work in new areas. Connect with our community to gain practical insights and best practises on the future of cloud development, data, IT, and business intelligence. Day 2 - Going beyond "Teams out of the box" 9.00 - 10.30 - Session 1 - Calling with Teams (Ben Lee) Bringing telephony capabilities to Teams can seem a daunting task, however, it does not need to be. In this session we will look at the choices available and how to approach adding telephony into your Teams environment, including Direct Routing vs Calling Plans and how Teams media flows work. 11.00 - 12.15 - Session 2 - Managing and maintaining quality for Calls and Conferences (Jason Wynn) Microsoft provides a number of tools that can be used to help achieve and then maintain a good quality user experience for your network. Following on from Session 1 this will cover how to perform "pre-flight" checks for a site before migration and then how to monitor and trend quality so you can proactively deal with any problems. 12.15 - 13.15 - Lunch! 13.15 - 14.30 - Session 3 - Building your first Microsoft Teams Application - a guide for non-developers (Tom Morgan) The way we work is changing. Bots are the new Apps. Data is King. Technology is evolving and you need to evolve with it. Teams has a rich platform for developers with multiple ways to bring new capabilities to your users. But what if you're not a developer and don't know where to start? Then this talk is for you! Join Tom Morgan as he navigates all the ways that Microsoft have made it easy to get started building your first Teams application, tips and tricks he has picked up over the past few years, Azure hacks to make sure you're not wasting money and more. As an example, he'll share experiences from publishing his most recent Teams App, RememberThis. If you've always wanted to write a Teams application and see your name in the App Store, this talk will fill in the gaps to going from Big Idea to Published App. 14.45 - 16.00 - Session 4 - Driving Teams Usage (Jason Wynn) All of the work from the other sessions presented here will be in vain if users do not engage with the platform on a daily basis. It can seem straightforward to deploy the Teams client and then leave your users to it, however, to maximise the return and productivity benefits of this platform it is important to engage with your business and most importantly your users. This session will give you the tools and ideas that you need to excite your users and evolve your business with the best communication and collaboration platform on the market - Teams. 16.00 - End - Open Q&A session (All) Open floor to raise any questions or bring some scenarios for discussion with the speakers / Organisers and other attendees. Think of this as an open consultancy slot! To register for Day One: http://bit.ly/EvolveDay1

  • Evolve Conference on Tour: Teams in two days (Day 1) 9th July

    Microsoft Reactor London

    Day 1 of 2: Join us at the place where developers and tech professionals continue learning alongside experts. Explore the latest developer tools and cloud technologies and learn how to put your skills to work in new areas. Connect with our community to gain practical insights and best practises on the future of cloud development, data, IT, and business intelligence. Day 1 - Teams Groundwork Agenda: 9.00 -10.30 - Session 1 - Teams where we are today - (Jason Wynn / Steve Goodman / Ben Lee) Teams is one of the fastest evolving platforms that Microsoft have ever produced. This session will bring you up to speed with the latest developments and interesting news, as well as setting the groundwork for the other sessions during the two days. 11.00 - 12.15 - Session 2 - Managing your users for Teams (Brian Reid) On the surface it can seem easy to synchronise your users with O365, however, there are many choices and pitfalls that can be encountered, not least about how to do this securely. This session will provide guidance, based on real-world experiences, on how to best navigate your options and ensure you have everything shipshape and secured. 12.15 - 13.15 - Lunch! 13.15 - 14.30 - Session 3 - Getting the best out of Exchange with Teams (Steve Goodman) Many organizations use Exchange Server and are moving to Office 365 as part of their deployment, and use Skype for Business. In this session, you'll learn about the dependencies Teams has on Exchange and how it can be used online or with on-premises, and the basics of enabling Hybrid should you need to co-exist or migrate. If you are using Skype for Business today, you'll learn how Teams works with Skype for Business and how to configure Teams to coexist. 14.45 - 16.00 - Session 4 - Data protection and compliance for Teams (Brian Reid) Teams is built from the ground up to be a compliant platform and incorporate all of the data protection tooling available as part of O365 due to its use of OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online. These tools are changing frequently and there are overlapping feature sets between the tools. This session will look at how to best configure these options for your company needs and ensure that you can meet any industry best practices or guidance that you have. 16.00 - End Open - Q&A session (All) Open floor to raise any questions or bring some scenarios for discussion with the speakers / Organisers and other attendees. Think of this as an open consultancy slot! To register for Day Two - http://bit.ly/EvolveDay2

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  • Microsoft Cloud User Group - Manchester - 30th April 2019

    Welcome to the second MSCUG Manchester meetup for 2019 :) If you fancy speaking at any of our events get in touch. [masked] More info on our venue here https://bruntwood.co.uk/our-locations/manchester/neo/ Event Address - Neo, 9 Charlotte Street, M1 4ET 6:00pm – Networking 6:30pm – Custom Learning for Office 365 (formerly Microsoft Training Services) - Grace Picking - Microsoft This session will include an overview of the program & a live demo of the Learning Portal & BOT. 7:00pm – Using Change Management to drive Transition to Cloud SaaS - Andrea Jones - Concoxia Ltd CEO and Founder Let’s explore how to manage the transition to using SaaS and effectively managing the change while minimising the user impact. 7:30pm – Break, networking and Pizza :) 8:00pm – Real World Problem Solving with Azure Cognitive Services - Dylan Hayes - Blacklight Software This session is aimed at those who are interested in Azure Cognitive Services and how it can be applied to solve real world problems. Firstly what we mean by Azure Cognitive Services? And how does it relate to the long and sometimes legendary history of what has previously been termed "Artificial Intelligence"? Once past the Terminator and HAL 9000 quotes, we can then examine how cognitive services actually work, and how it is composed of distinct services that each solve particular problems. Then we'll discuss the many services in more detail, and take the time to do some demos of interesting services such as image recognition, sentiment analysis and content moderation and see how they cope (or not) with real world data. 8.45pm - 9.00pm – Wrap up and Finish Wrap up and head to the pub for more networking.

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  • Microsoft Cloud User Group - London - 21st March 2019

    Microsoft Reactor London

    Interested in the Microsoft Cloud? Are you learning about Microsoft 365 (Office 365, EM+S and Windows 10) or Microsoft Azure? Fancy networking with peers and learning about the latest developments? Join us in London on the 21st of March from 6PM for an evening of learning and sharing experience. Everyone is welcome. We subscribe to the Diversity Charter - read it at https://diversitycharterblog.wordpress.com Agenda: 6:00 pm – Arrival and networking 6:15 – Reducing the number of clicks with Microsoft 365 Admin Centre, Chirag Patel Your organisation has been using Office 365 and Microsoft constantly delivering new and improved apps, services and improved functionalities all the time, but your IT administration burden doesn't get easier! This demo based session will look at the latest experiences of Microsoft 365 Admin centre covering all apps on how you can tailor it to align with your IT team roles and responsibilities. 7:00 – Driving Adoption of Office 365 – Sustainable and Measurable – Greig Valentine This session is aimed at how a change management led adoption of Office 365 leads to sustainable, measurable learning & adoption of Microsoft technologies empowering the change to adoption. 7:45 – Drinks/Food/Coffee/Break 8:15 – How to get your cloud project past the IT Security Team (and save time and money) - Alex Magnay So you’ve got a plan to make/save/both the company money, and you think it would be a perfect fit for some cloud infra or software service. But the IT Security Team won't let you extend the corp network or upload data without every cyber security product they saw at IP EXPO! Your cloud project is sunk before it’s begun. Now what? Alex Magnay will help you find some common ground and common language to negotiate with the IT Security Team. Alex will walk through a risk-based approach to developing and deploying your cloud service while implementing the right amount of security controls to stay safe. 9:00 – Finish Wrap up and head for a brief drink for more networking.

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  • Microsoft Cloud User Group - Manchester - 26th February 2019

    Welcome to the first MSCUG Manchester meetup for 2019 :) If you fancy speaking at any of our events get in touch. [masked] More info on our venue here https://bruntwood.co.uk/our-locations/manchester/neo/ Event Address - Neo, 9 Charlotte Street, M1 4ET 6:00 pm – Networking 6:30 pm – Teams Coexistence with Skype for Business - Mark Vale - Microsoft MVP Office Apps and Services Talking about how to configure your Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams to work together harmoniously, understanding Teams upgrade modes and Migrations to Teams. 7:00 pm – Windows Autopilot - Delivering Windows via the Cloud - Andrew Bettany - Microsoft MVP Andrew Bettany, Windows MVP showcases how Windows Autopilot allows IT to move away from traditional imaging. Removing IT provisioning complexity and reducing costs, Windows Autopilot offers a simpler process, that automatically enrols devices into Azure Active Directory, allowing them to be managed by Mobile Device Management via the cloud. 7:45 pm – Break, networking and Pizza :) 8:15 pm – Migrating to Cloud: Where to start and common mistakes - Paul Latham - Cloud Solution Architect - Microsoft Paul Latham, Cloud Solution Architect at Microsoft talks about how he sees our customers approaching their cloud migration journey, what works well and what doesn't work so well. Paul will talk about what needs to be in place, how to discover and assess your applications and where to start with migration, including a demonstration of Azure Migrate our free first party discovery and assessment tool. 8.55 pm - 9.00 pm – Wrap up and finish Join us down to the pub for more networking after the event if you like.

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  • Microsoft Cloud User Group - Manchester - 6th November

    Welcome to the final MSCUG Manchester meetup for 2018 :) If you fancy speaking at any of our events get in touch. [masked] More info on our venue here https://bruntwood.co.uk/our-locations/manchester/neo/ Event Address - Neo, 9 Charlotte Street, M1 4ET 6:00pm – Networking 6:30pm – All that is new with Win32 app delivery from Microsoft Intune - Peter Egerton - Enterprise Mobility MVP “In this session Peter will take us through the recently announced Win32 application delivery capabilities from Microsoft Intune and you will learn what you need to use this, how to use it and how it works. This is a significant step in the evolution of the product and the part it plays in the Microsoft Modern Management story” 7:15pm – Break, networking and Pizza :) 7:45pm – Zero to Mobile Hero - Intro to Xamarin and Azure DevOps - Luce Carter - Developer Technologies MVP "You can be faced with a nightmare of Xcode, Android Studio, Objective C, Swift and other options. This means not only learning multiple languages and frameworks but also having to support two different codebases for the same application. But Xamarin Native and Xamarin.Forms offer a powerful, cross-platform development solution for .NET developers looking to target smartphones, tablets, TV’s, computers and IoT devices. In this talk, Luce shares what Xamarin is including Native and Xamarin.Forms for both C# and F#, how to get started creating a simple HelloWorld app from scratch and a more complex example (will involve at least one Azure service including Cognitive Services for facial recognition). Also how to use Azure DevOps for Continuous Integration and some awesome examples of apps written using Xamarin including ones used to save lives! Luce will take examples from (link: http://xamarin.com/customers) xamarin.com/customers as well as show this demo about how Xamarin was used alongside other technologies to aid with Skin Cancer prediction. This talk will include slides, demos, code samples, live coding and the audience will walk away feeling like they too can create a mobile app in just a few minutes and carry their work around with them in their pocket or backpack!" 8:15pm – Automating Windows Servicing using Microsoft solutions & Community tools - Simon Binder - Enterprise Mobility MVP Have you looked at the servicing model of Windows 10 and thought: "Is Microsoft mad, my organization will never cope with this?!" If so, this session is for you! (and no, they are not!) I'll walk your through how to create an automated solution for WaaS using Intune & ConfigMgr. To spice it up, OMS, Azure Automation and community tools are added to the mix. With this you'll have tools, knowledge and inspiration to start building a solution that suit both your need environment. 8.45pm - 9.00pm – Wrap up and Finish Wrap up and head to the pub for more networking.

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