Learn IT today, use IT tomorrow
With more than 200 events under their belt and covering topics such as Windows Server, Exchange Server, IIS, Small Business Server (SBS), Automating Windows workstation deployments, Server/Network Security, Active Directory Troubleshooting, Active Directory Disaster Recovery, Windows Server Clustering, Network Troubleshooting, Server Virtualization…it’s no wonder TechDays has become a West Coast staple in the IT Pro and Dev communities.
“The point is to educate people. Keep them current with Microsoft products and technologies and make sure they are able to solve whatever business problems they come up with,” said MVP and event organizer Doug Spindler. Following the success of TechEd, MEC and other large-scale IT events, TechDays allows attendees to continue conversations about new technologies and techniques.
“The reason that we do this is because Microsoft has so much new technology, it’s hard for an IT Pro to keep current,” said Spindler. “What solutions has Microsoft come up with that IT pros don’t know about that will actually solve a business need that they have.”
MVPs play a crucial role in the success of TechDays, here is a list of MVPs who will be presenting sessions:
Jason is a 25-year IT veteran and Senior Technologist at Concentrated Technology. He’s an avid supporter of the PowerShell community as board member and CFO of PowerShell.Org and a Windows PowerShell MVP. He is the author of “Learn Windows IIS in a Month of Lunches” and contributing author to “PowerShell Deep Dives”, along with a columnist for TechNet and TechTarget Magazine and other industry publications.
Steve Evans has been doing DevOps since before the term DevOps was invented. He is a Pluralsight Author, five time Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), and technical Speaker at various industry events. In his spare time he manages a DevOps team at a Silicon Valley Biotech focused on improving the lives of cancer patients. For over 15 years Steve has focused on making technology better for businesses by bridging the gap between IT and Development teams.
Nestled in the north Rockies, Cliff works with small businesses in western Montana. He has carved out a reputation for helping the local business community and non-profit sector take advantage of cutting-edge technology while working within the smaller budget that these local organizations have.
Stephen Foskett is an active participant in the world of enterprise information technology, currently focusing on enterprise storage, server virtualization, networking, and cloud computing. He organizes the popular Tech Field Day event series for Gestalt IT and runs Foskett Services. A long-time voice in the storage industry, Stephen has authored numerous articles for industry publications, and is a popular presenter at industry events. His contributions to the enterprise IT community have earned him recognition as both a Microsoft MVP and VMware vExpert. He can be found online at TechFieldDay.com, blog.FoskettS.net, and on Twitter at @SFoskett.
Richard Hicks is a network security specialist and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) in Forefront protection technologies. He has designed and deployed edge security and remote access solutions for small and mid-sized businesses, military, government, and Fortune 500 companies around the world. With nearly two decades of experience in the information technology field, Richard holds many certifications including MCP, MCSE, MCTS, and MCITP-Enterprise Administrator. In addition, Richard is a contributing author for popular technology web sites TechRepublic.com and ISAserver.org. You can find his blog at http://tmgblog.richardhicks.com/
Darren Mar-Elia (aka “GPOGUY”, aka “CGPO”) is President and CTO of SDM Software, Inc. (www.sdmsoftware.com)–a Windows management products company focusing on Group Policy solutions. Prior to SDM, he worked at DesktopStandard, which was acquired by Microsoft, as Sr. Director of Product Engineering. Prior to joining DesktopStandard he was CTO for Quest Software’s Windows Management products. Darren has 20+ years of experience in systems and network administration design and architecture. Before Quest, he worked as director of Windows architecture and planning for Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. In that capacity he was technical lead for the company’s Windows NT & 2000 design and migration efforts.
Darren maintains a popular Windows Group Policy resource site at www.gpoguy.com
Darren has been a contributing editor for Windows IT Pro Magazine since 1997. He has written and contributed to 11 different books on Windows including, most recently the “Windows Group Policy Guide”, published in Summer 2005 by Microsoft Press. Additional titles include, “The Definitive Guide to Windows 2000 Administration,” “The Definitive Guide to Windows 2000 Group Policy” and “The Tips & Tricks Guide to Group Policy,” all published online by Realtimepublishers.com.
Kirk Munro is a Technical Product Manager at Provance Technologies, where he is helping build the next generation of Provance’s flagship IT Asset Management product. He is also a 7-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valued Professional (MVP) award for his involvement in the PowerShell community. For the past 8 years, Kirk has focused almost all of his time on PowerShell and PowerShell solutions, including managing popular products such as PowerGUI, PowerWF and PowerSE. It is through this work he became known as the world’s first self-proclaimed Poshoholic. Outside of work these days Kirk is returning to his software developer roots, learning mobile technologies like Xamarin and Ruby on Rails, and taking courses on Coursera or edX whenever he can make the time to do so.
Aleksandar Nikolic is Microsoft MVP for Windows PowerShell. He is one of the earliest adaptors of Windows PowerShell. Aleksandar is a frequent speaker at the conferences (Microsoft Sinergija, PowerShell Deep Dive, NYC Techstravaganza, KulenDayz) and participates regularly in IT Pro/PowerShell user groups worldwide. He is also a co-founder and editor of the PowerShell Magazine (http://powershellmagazine.com). You can find him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/alexandair
Douglas R. Spindler grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley. He wrote his fist computer program was when he was 12 years old on a Teletype machine with paper tape and a 300 baud modem connected to the University of California at Berkeley. After writing a program too long for tape he began using punch cards then cassette tapes on an IBM-PC. Doug attended the University of California and received a degree in Molecular-Cellular and Developmental Biology while still maintaining an interest in computers and technology. While in college Doug became involved in technology user groups and later founded Pacific IT Professionals or Pac IT Pros. The interest in the Pac IT Pros community still continues to grow. Doug’s monthly Pac IT Pros meetings are simulcast live to 9 other IT Pro community groups on the west coast. Microsoft recognized Doug’s work in the IT Pro community and invited him to become a member of Microsoft’s IT Pro Council which lead to him supporting IT Pro communities across the US, South America, Europe and India. Doug is the creator of TechDays, technical training events “where IT Pros learn IT today, and deploy IT tomorrow”. Doug works as a Technology Consultant for the past twenty-five years. He has designed solutions for the US Department of Energy, UCSF Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente, Lawrence National Laboratory, GTE, and several financial institutions. Doug also teaches Microsoft technology classes at a Bay Area College, is an author, lecturer and on occasion can be found on the local evening TV news broadcast commenting on technology. Doug has earned several Microsoft certifications which include MCSE 2003, MCITP Server 2008, and Microsoft Certified Trainer. Doug is a four time award winner of Microsoft’s prestigious MVP award and was selected by Windows IT Pro Magazine’s as their first IT Pro Hero. Doug lives in the San Francisco Bay area with his four kids, and 12 Microsoft Servers.