October 2018 – Microsoft Ignite Recap

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Date: Friday October 19th, 2018

Time: 11:30a-1:00p

Topic: Microsoft Ignite Recap

Microsoft’s biggest community event of the year, Ignite, kicks off at the end of September.  The event will include over 700 deep-dive sessions, 100+ workshops, and thousands of networking opportunities.  Join us as Jeremy Miller and Matt Varney lead a panel discussion of some the biggest announcements and takeaways from the week so you can prepare your company for what’s next from the Microsoft world!

Speakers:

Jeremy Miller, Enterprise Architect KCTCS

Jeremy is an Enterprise Architect focused on designing secure and scalable solutions. He has a broad background in designing and supporting both cloud and on-premises systems. Jeremy’s past experiences include working with Microsoft technologies in complex environments ranging from SMB hospitality to EDU to multi-national manufacturing companies. In his downtime he enjoys cheering on the Kentucky Wildcats, trying new beers, eating great food, and experiencing new adventures.

Matt Varney, Intranet Administrator KCTCS

Matt Varney is a technology architect specializing in enterprise IT strategy and solutions. Matt is the Intranet Administrator for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and its 8,000 employees. His 18 years of technology experience has made him an expert in both the technical and organizational aspects of IT. He likes nuts-and-bolts work like SharePoint farm and Office 365 administration, but he also enjoys creating the business process and people conditions necessary for effective implementations. With an emphasis on the big picture, Matt is at his best when working with employee groups and teams, helping them find hidden value in the processes and digital artifacts they thought they knew. On a personal note, he’s a fan of fine bourbon, winning basketball and horse racing.

Location: 

Awesome Inc
348 East Main Street
Lexington, KY 40507

Agenda:

11:30am – Check-in, networking, and time to grab lunch (provided)
12:00pm – Welcome and feature presentation

NOTE: There is free parking beside, and behind the building.  Check out the parking map.

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June 2018 Meetup

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Date: Friday June 15th, 2018

Time: 11:30a-1:00p

Topic: Project Management: Managing Expectations and Dealing with Delusions

In June we will hear from Solarity as they discuss their project management work with LFUCG on various projects, including a migrating over 1,000 machines to Windows 10.  Whether you are a full time project manager, or an average IT worker, most of us will have some sort of project that needs to be completed.  Join us to get some tips for completing your next big technology project!

Speaker: Bert Walther

Bert Walther, Project Manager, has had the privilege of working with many highly qualified people in the Central Kentucky business community. With their help he has gained over 20 years of technology and operations experience, including 10 years of experience in higher education IT management, and over 10 years of project management expertise. In his various roles and responsibilities, he has fostered organizational development through effective program and personnel management, and worked hard to deliver project and initiatives as designed and anticipated.

Location: 

Awesome Inc
348 East Main Street
Lexington, KY 40507

Agenda:

11:30am – Check-in, networking, and time to grab lunch (provided)
12:00pm – Welcome and feature presentation

NOTE: There is free parking beside, and behind the building.  Check out the parking map.

May 2018 Meetup

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Date: Friday May 18th, 2018

Time: 11:30a-1:00p

Topic: Using PowerShell with SharePoint

May’s session is all about utilizing PowerShell with SharePoint! PowerShell is a powerful scripting language that can be utilized to automate and configure your SharePoint instance. In this talk, Russell Patrick will show the basics of PowerShell and how it relates to your SharePoint Farm.

Speaker: Russell Patrick

RussellPatrick-ComposableSystems.jpgRussell Patrick is the key SharePoint Architect at Composable Systems, a custom software firm in Louisville, Kentucky. Working in SharePoint for five years in three different capacities, Russell can answer almost everything on the topic. He is a co-organizer for the Louisville SharePoint Users Group and an active member of the Louisville Microsoft Users Group. Russell wishes to one day bring SharePoint Saturdays back to the Ville.

Location: 

Awesome Inc
348 East Main Street
Lexington, KY 40507

Agenda:

11:30am – Check-in, networking, and time to grab lunch (provided)
12:00pm – Welcome and feature presentation

NOTE: There is plenty of free parking beside, and behind the building.

April 2018 Meetup

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Date: Friday April 20th, 2018

Time: 11:30a-1:00p

Topic: Keeping Windows 10 up-to-date in a distributed business

Work for a business that has different locations and you have started deploying Windows 10 and have questions? Join David Baldwin from 1E for a tour of your options for getting Win10 deployed and keeping it current. We’ll talk through Modern Management, Co-Management and Traditional management techniques as well as a deeper dive into OSD with SCCM and how to get the most from OSD with a data-driven task sequence. We’ll finish with a walk-through of 1E’s Windows Servicing Suite (WSS) and what it can do for your organization.

Speaker: David Baldwin

DavidBaldwinDavid Baldwin is a Senior Solutions Engineer with 1E and been with the company for the past three years. He started managing 400 desktops and laptops with the predecessor to SCCM (ConfigMgr), SMS in 1998. He’s worked for small and large companies over the years always managing desktops and/or the ConfigMgr infrastructure itself. He has also worked for several Midwest consulting companies doing both CM architectures as well as running Windows XP, 7, 8.1 and 10 migrations for companies small and medium. He hails from Central Ohio where he and his wife operate a small farm. David can be reached at David.baldwin@1e.com or @davidwbaldwin on Twitter.

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March 2018 Meetup

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Date: Friday March 16th, 2018

Time: 11:30a-1:00p

Topic: Microsoft’s BI Platform

Good Business starts with Good Data.  John Ecken of Tandem Solution will discuss and demonstrate how businesses can use the Microsoft BI stack to get insight into their data. He will look at how products such as SQL Server, Power BI, R Services and Azure Machine Learning can be used together to build powerful data models, analytics and reports at a price point even small businesses can afford.

Speaker: John Ecken

As VP of Finance and Technology and one of three business owners of Tandem Solution John Ecken has spent the last 20 years as an instructor and consultant in the IT and Professional Development training industry. With a passion for technology, security, application design, and development John has constructed customized classes and spent countless hours delivering curriculum in the classroom. In addition to holding various industry certifications, he brings to the table a wealth of programming knowledge and software implementation experience. In addition to his classroom duties, Ecken ensures that the technical operations of Tandem Solution run smoothly and that a high level of satisfaction for all Tandem customers is maintained.

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February 2018 Meetup

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Date: Friday February 16th, 2018

Topic:

Topic: What’s New in Windows Server 2016

Come have lunch and hear from Brent Earls as he discusses new functionality and key gotchas with Windows Server 2016.

Speaker: Brent Earls

BrentEarls-Mirazon.jpgBrent Earls is a Chief Technology Architect with Mirazon, an IT solutions provider in Louisville, KY. Brent manages the research and development team at Mirazon as well as architecture and design, including large-scale client implementations or escalations. Brent has his VCAP, and MCTIP and has been supporting and implementing Windows since 2000.

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January 2018 Meetup

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Topic: Microsoft Teams  – The Future of Intelligent Communication

SpeakerAdam Curry

adamAdam is a Solutions architect with Unify Square and an expert in Microsoft Unified Communications technologies. Adam has accumulated over 10 years worth of experience in various systems and networking systems. His experience ranges from higher education and manufacturing industries to consulting. Adam has utilized numerous Microsoft technologies including messaging and Unified Communications, and has a breadth of experience that falls within many IT organizations. Adam possesses experience in all stages of development, architecture, and deployment of Microsoft Lync deployments. He is especially knowledgeable in Enterprise Voice for SMB companies in the Midwest to larger national organizations. Adam writes a Lync blog www.mostlyuc.com and can be reached on Twitter via @mostlyuc

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