Wednesday, June 22, 2022
9:00 a.m. PT - 12:00 p.m. PT


Featured Speakers

Why Attend

Microsoft's Azure cloud technology has so much to offer enterprises, but most IT leaders can't keep up with all the relevant changes. And Azure can be the key to your digital transformation strategy, but only if you understand how it can lead your efforts toward application modernization, reducing technical debt, and more. That's why the editors of have joined with independent experts and MVPs, plus leaders from Microsoft and SoftwareONE, to walk you through what's new in Azure and how it can truly be the linchpin for your organization's digital transformation strategy. You don't want to miss this free, half-day summit -- register now!


  • 9:00 a.m. PT:
    What’s New & What’s Hot in Azure in 50 Minutes
    Brett Hargreaves, Cloud Practice Lead
    Microsoft is constantly improving Azure, so much so that even Azure specialists have a hard time keeping up with all the new features and ways that Azure can be used to better manage, secure, and run your enterprise. In this session, the editors of along with an independent Azure cloud expert Brett Hargreaves will hit you with 50 minutes of the newest and hottest Azure features every IT pro needs to know about, plus you'll have the chance to get your burning Azure questions answered in the expert Q&A at the end of the session.
  • 10:00 a.m. PT:
    Top Ways Azure Can Transform Enterprises
    David Totten, Chief Technology Officer, US Partners, Microsoft
    Ashley Gaare, President and General Manager, North America, SoftwareONE
    Jared Cheney, Vice President of Services, North America, SoftwareONE
    Moderated by: Gladys Rama, editorial director,
    In this fireside chat, join executives from Microsoft and SoftwareONE as they share insights on the top trends in Azure and how they can transform enterprises. Topics will include:
    • Managing Hybrid & Multi-Cloud Environments
    • Container and Serverless Computing Services Are on the Rise
    • Embracing a Zero-Trust Security Model
    • Adapting Microsoft’s Modern Workplace
    • Industry-Specific Solutions that Drive Innovation
    • Hyper Automation Accelerating Digital Transformation
  • 11:00 a.m. PT:
    Technical Debt on the Journey to Cloud: You Can Run, But You Can’t Hide
    John Duque, Application Services Business Owner, North America, SoftwareONE

    Technical debt is the accumulation of all the technology work a company needs to do in the future. It’s the cost of required additional rework created by choosing an easy, limited solution now instead of using a better approach that might take longer. Technical debt is like financial debt in that if it is not repaid, it accumulates interest and compounds over time.

    Companies take on technical debt because they need something now that they do not have the technical resources to pay for in full. However, IT teams spend more time managing complexity rather than spending time on building and integrating new capabilities for the business. Companies that don’t take on technical debt free up engineers to spend more of their time building and modernizing applications, driving more business value.

All sessions will include a 5-10 minute Q&A with attendees. Bring your questions!

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