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Webinar: Why Should You Care About Enterprise Mobility + Security in Office 365

Webinar: Why Should You Care About Enterprise Mobility + Security in Office 365

 18 December 2018, 15:00 – 15:30
This workshop is designed for all IT professionals and managers, who would like to find more about the benefits of extending your Office 365 capabilities with Enterprise Mobility + Security.

About the webinar

Office 365 is a critical step in your organization’s digital transformation. As you deploy Office 365, you can extend its robust management and security capabilities to your broader digital ecosystem for a comprehensive and holistic security strategy.

Join this webinar to understand the landscape and get the facts. Learn how Enterprise Mobility + Security builds upon Office 365 to deliver more cloud applications to a wide variety of devices while safeguarding your critical assets and protecting you against security threats.

Agenda

  • Identity and Access Management
  • Managed Mobile Productivity
  • Information Protection
  • Identity-Driven Security

Your consultant

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Tudor DAMIAN, is the Executive Manager of Avaelgo, an IT consultant and tech support specialist. With more than 10 years of experience in managing complex IT infrastructures, he is a Certified Ethical Hacker, a Microsoft Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP and a technical speaker at local and regional community events. Tudor often talks about the latest technologies and trends with themes including general networking & security, virtualization technologies, OS deployment and maintenance, social engineering and information security awareness, web application security, white-hat hacking and penetration testing techniques. He is also an organizer for the ITCamp conference in Romania. His day to day activities cover designing and implementing IT solutions, performing tech support and maintenance work, and delivering training sessions for experts and beginners alike.

Webinar: Microsoft 365 Versus Office 365 – Which of These Does My Company Need?

Webinar: Microsoft 365 Versus Office 365 – Which of These Does My Company Need?

Date: 4 December 2018, 15:00 – 15:30
This webinar is designed for anyone who wants to learn more about the difference between Microsoft 365 and Office 365.

About the webinar Microsoft 365 vs Office 365

Whether you’re new to Microsoft 365 and/or Office 365 or just want to learn how to take better advantage of them, this is a webinar for you.

Microsoft 365, Office 365… If you’re thinking Wait – aren’t those the same thing?, you’re not alone. Confusing as it is, Microsoft has created 2 different product lines with extremely similar names. Each software is good for its own scenarios, but figuring out which is best for your business can be a real challenge.

During the webinar, we’ll break down the differences between Microsoft 365 and Office 365 and explain what does each offer specifically. You’ll learn about the different plans so you can discover which plan works best for you.

Agenda

  • Office 365: Overview & Plans
  • Microsoft 365: Windows 10 and EMS (Enterprise Mobility + Security) – Overview & Plans
  • O365 vs M365 – Deciding what’s right for your business

Don’t miss the webinar! Register now to figure Microsoft 365 and Office 365 out.

About the trainer

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Tudor DAMIAN, is the Executive Manager of Avaelgo, an IT consultant and tech support specialist. With more than 10 years of experience in managing complex IT infrastructures, he is a Certified Ethical Hacker, a Microsoft Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP and a technical speaker at local and regional community events. Tudor often talks about the latest technologies and trends with themes including general networking & security, virtualization technologies, OS deployment and maintenance, social engineering and information security awareness, web application security, white-hat hacking and penetration testing techniques. He is also an organizer for the ITCamp conference in Romania. His day to day activities cover designing and implementing IT solutions, performing tech support and maintenance work, and delivering training sessions for experts and beginners alike.

Workshop gratuit: Migrarea eficientă a organizațiilor în Cloud. Prezentare de studii de caz Avaelgo

Workshop gratuit: Migrarea eficientă a organizațiilor în Cloud. Prezentare de studii de caz Avaelgo

23 Noiembrie 2018, 9:30-12:30

City Hub, Bulevardul Expoziției Nr. 2, București

Workshop-ul se adresează persoanelor tehnice de decizie.

Despre workshop

Vă invităm la un workshop gratuit pentru a afla mai multe detalii despre modul în care companii din diverse industrii și de diferite dimensiuni au migrat cu succes în Cloud și cum beneficiază acestea în urma migrării.

Modul în care migrarea în Cloud poate transforma operațiunile de zi cu zi, diferă mult de la o organizație la alta, fiind infulențate de prioritățile și nevoile fiecărei companii.

Scopul acestui eveniment este să vedeți câteva studii de caz, problemele inițiale de la care s-a plecat, suma de beneficii rezultate în urma migrării și cum au reușit alte companii să își atingă obiectivele de business.

Agenda

  • 09.30 – 10.00 – Cafea & Înregistrarea la workshop
  • 10.00 – 10.30 – Migrarea eficientă în Cloud – direcții, abordări
  • 10.30 – 11.00 – Studii de caz – Companii care au migrat în Microsoft Azure
  • 11.00 – 11.15 – Pauză
  • 11.15 – 11.45 – Studii de caz – Companii care au migrat la Microsoft Office 365
  • 11.45 – 12.15 – Migrarea eficientă în Cloud cu serviciile Avaelgo
  • 12.15 – 12.30 – Q&A

Consultantul Dvs.

Daniel POPESCU, Delivery Manager și Senior Cloud Architect la Avaelgo, este responsabil de construirea strategiei de IT a clienților, acționând ca un Trusted Advisor în relația cu CIOs, CTOs, IT Manageri și Enteprise Architects.

New Free Workshop in Cluj-Napoca: Microsoft Tools & Services for GDPR Compliance

New Free Workshop in Cluj-Napoca: Microsoft Tools & Services for GDPR Compliance

14 November 2018, 16:00-19:00

The Guild Hall

This workshop is designed for technical decision makers from EPG & SMC companies, such as CTO, CIO, IT managers, IT directors, DPOs or any other technical decision makers.

Why attend this workshop

If your company is using Microsoft Azure, Office 365 or Microsoft 365, most probably you know that you are in charge of securing data from those environments. Microsoft already provides some tools that help you to secure data access. Dedicate time to understand what you need to do in order to become compliant and use the practical recommendations, services and tips shared in this workshop to help you get started. Then, create a plan of action for your journey to GDPR so you can ensure you and your business are complaint sooner, rather than later.

Join us on November 14th and let’s have a look at some of the key tools and services to consider!

Cloud Strategy for Your Organization: Migrating Workloads to PaaS

Cloud Strategy for Your Organization: Migrating Workloads to PaaS

Mihai Tataran General Manager & Partner | Microsoft Regional Director, Azure MVP

Before we begin

This is a continuation of the first article in the “Cloud Strategy for Your Organization” series and focuses on another of the steps we usually take with our customers who migrate to the Cloud.

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Some of the considerations described in the “Lift and Shift to the Cloud” article apply to PaaS migrations as well, even though they are more focused on general Lift-and-Shift scenarios.

Here we will focus more on the most important architectural decisions one has to make when either migrating an application to Azure PaaS, or creating a new application for Azure PaaS.

Why PaaS?

A very short explanation of why PaaS vs IaaS can be found in the article referenced above. But, to give more details, here is why having applications run in PaaS is better than in Infrastructure as a Service:

  • You don’t need to manage and support Virtual Machines. You simply use services provided by Azure.
  • Better Disaster Recovery mechanisms, since all these services in Azure already have DR incorporated by design.
  • Higher availability. The typical PaaS service uptime in Azure is 99.99%, reaching 99.999% in some cases.
  • Lower cost with Azure: PaaS services are usually cheaper than their equivalent in IaaS (which would be VMs running a piece of software).
  • Access to technology: access to Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Big Data.

Watch a video (in Romanian) where Mihai talks about the cloud strategy and migrating workloads in PaaS, as a follow-up to this article.

 

 

Options and more options

The great thing about the Cloud in general and Microsoft Azure, in particular, is that it provides many options for everything you want to achieve. For example, there are at least 4-5 options to host an application or run code in Azure PaaS: Cloud Services, App Service, Service Fabric, Functions, Logic Apps, etc. What is great with many options is that you have very granular features designed for very specific needs, but the penalty is that you really need to understand them very well, otherwise you might make very bad architectural decisions with costly consequences down the line.

From the architecture perspective, there are at least two major design decisions you need to make:

  1. What kind of architecture does my application have (if it is an existing application and I just need to migrate it to Azure), or what kind of architecture does my application need.
  2. What is the best Azure PaaS option for my application to run on.

Architecture style

Here are some typical architecture styles for Cloud applications:

The first thing you need to do is make sure you understand in what major category does your application fall into.

Decision time

And now you must decide upon which Azure PaaS service to primarily use for your application, depending of course on the architecture style it needs and other business criteria. Here is a great chart which describes a decision tree for this phase:

Migrating to or designing new applications for Azure PaaS has tremendous advantages, but it also means we need to think differently.

Other architectural decisions

There are many other aspects you need to decide upon and here are just a few examples.

Multi-tenant applications

Let’s say your application is multi-tenant, meaning you have more than 1 customer accessing your application. Each customer might access your solution via a specific URL (e.g.: https://customer1.application.com, https://customer2.application.com, etc.), or it might simply be the same URL for everyone.

The first question we need to ask is if it makes sense or not to have a single deployment for all customers or not, considering the simplified scenario that all customers have the exact same version of the application (the same code base). The right-hand side of the picture describes a single deployment for all customers.

Here is why it seems logical to do it: you only must maintain one single application, one version of deployment, for all customers. It appears to be cheaper, easier, straightforward! Or is it?

Here is another way to look at it: what if you have different customers with different expectations regarding uptime and performance? What if, to make it simple, you have some Free / Basic customers (who don’t pay for your solution) and you have some Premium customers (who pay and expect a high quality of service – QoS)? Obviously, if you have one deployment for all customers, in order to offer the QoS needed for Premium customers you end up offering it to everyone. And maybe 80% of resources’ needs come from the Free customers.

So, a more pragmatic approach is to consider the non-functional aspects of your solution, the QoS needed by different categories of customers, and maybe it makes more sense to separate them into different deployments by category. One deployment for Free / Basic customers, one deployment for Premium customers. And then you can allocate more resources only for Premium customers, you can configure that solution to autoscale, etc.

Transient faults

If you start using PaaS functionalities – like SQL Database, Storage, Service Bus, etc. – you need to understand a basic concept: they are offered from a shared environment, and that can cause some unexpected behaviors sometimes. We call these situations “transient faults”, errors which happen because of the environment where our service resides, they have nothing to do with our code, and they will automatically disappear. A specific example of a transient fault is: when another Azure customer using SQL Database from the same physical infrastructure as our SQL Database service, is triggering a query which brings (momentarily) the CPU to 100% – in this case, for a very short time, our queries or commands to our SQL Database will result in a SQL error. The Azure Fabric, of course, resolves the problem very fast, but there is a short time window within which we can have errors which have nothing to do with our application but the environment.

What you must do is design your application code for such events, meaning the code should expect some types of errors or exceptions, which clearly identify transient faults, and act accordingly. One way to tackle this situation is a pattern called Retry Policy, and there is already a framework created for it, called Transient Fault Handling Application Block.

Conclusion

Migrating to or designing new applications for Azure PaaS has tremendous advantages, but it also means we need to think differently: we must understand the Azure services better, what they do and what are their limitations, and in the case of applications’ migration we need to rearchitect or change some small parts of the code.

If you are interested to explore more on this topic, Mihai talks about the cloud strategy and migrating workloads in PaaS in a video available here.

Mihai_Tataran

Mihai TATARAN, Microsoft Azure MVP, is the General Manager of Avaelgo, and Microsoft Regional Director, Microsoft MVP on Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Azure Insider, and Microsoft Certified Professional. Mihai has been teaching Microsoft technologies courses to software companies in Romania and abroad, being invited by Microsoft Romania to deliver many such trainings for their customers. Mihai has very good experience with large audiences at international conferences: DevReach in Bulgaria, Codecamp Macedonia; TechEd North America 2011, 2012 and 2013 – speaker and Technical Learning Center (Ask the Experts), Windows AzureConf. He is also the co-organizer for the ITCamp conference in Romania.

Webinar: Modern IT Risk Management

Webinar: Modern IT Risk Management

 30 October 2018, 15:00 – 16:00
This webinar is designed for a technical audience, such as System Administrators, IT Administrators, IT Engineers, IT Managers.

About the webinar

Almost every business decision requires executives and managers to balance risk and reward, and efficiency in that process is essential to an enterprise’s success. Too often though, IT risk (business risk related to the use of IT) is overlooked.

While other business risks such as market, credit and operational risks have long been incorporated into the decision-making processes, IT risk has usually been relegated to technical specialists outside the boardroom, despite falling under the same risk category as other business risks: failure to achieve strategic objectives. With the emergence of the Cloud, IT Risk has suffered yet another radical transformation.

Agenda

  • IT risk overview
  • COBIT & Risk IT framework
  • Risk Governance
  • Risk Appetite and Risk Tolerance
  • Risk Evaluation
  • Risk Response
  • IT risk management as a continuous process

This webinar focuses on real-world examples and specific plans on how to implement IT Risk Management on every level of your company in a Cloud-enabled world.

About the trainer

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Tudor DAMIAN, is the Executive Manager of Avaelgo, an IT consultant and tech support specialist. With more than 10 years of experience in managing complex IT infrastructures, he is a Certified Ethical Hacker, a Microsoft Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP and a technical speaker at local and regional community events. Tudor often talks about the latest technologies and trends with themes including general networking & security, virtualization technologies, OS deployment and maintenance, social engineering and information security awareness, web application security, white-hat hacking and penetration testing techniques. He is also an organizer for the ITCamp conference in Romania. His day to day activities cover designing and implementing IT solutions, performing tech support and maintenance work, and delivering training sessions for experts and beginners alike.

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