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Getting to the Cloud…via Ottawa, Ontario

Our MVP’s from Ottawa are having a MVP Event on April 11th in beautiful Ottawa, Ontario.  Yes, it’s a Saturday, but I can’t think of a better way to spend a day.

You’ll get to hang out with:

Garth Jones – Enterprise mobility Suite – Intune

Todd Lamothe – Enterprise mobility suite – Hybrid Identity

Islam Gomaa – Hybrid Storage

Sean Kearney – Azure Automation

Colin Smith – Enterprise mobility Suite – Rights Management

Stéphane Fréchette  – SQL Business Intelligence

Garth Gorling – Building a Lab in Azure

These can rock a room…and Sean can rock the stage with Highway to PowerShell!

And the icing on the cake, all the proceeds to go the Make a Wish Foundation.

To register click here

I wish I could go!

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Upcoming ModernBiz Classes

Hi,

Thanks to all who joined me during the last ModernBiz sessions. It was whirlwind trip, from Vancouver to Edmonton, Montreal and Mississauga. I loved meeting all of you. In April, we do it again but instead of focusing on Azure as Infrastructure as a Service, we will be looking at allowing your clients to connect from anywhere, anytime securely. This includes Intune (great solution), Rights Management and Azure Active Directory Premium, all bundled together under EMS.  We’ll also be showing you the new Azure Remote App! I was playing with the new template last week, Coffee Cup video is coming, and it’s awesome.

Here are the dates and registration links for upcoming sessions:

Vancouver

Calgary + Bonus…details upcoming

Montreal

Mississauga

By popular demand we are running ModernBiz: Cloud for SMB monthly at the Mississauga office.

Hope to see you there.

Sharon

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Working on Vacation…Yet Again

A couple weeks ago, the kids and I went to Universal Studios in Florida (painful with the current exchange rate) for the week. Before we left I decided I wasn’t going to actively work for the whole week, but with todays technology it was too easy to keep up.

I pro-actively decided to leave my work laptop at home, and only took my 8 inch Dell Venue Pro (runs full Office) and a Bluetooth keyboard. I also had my Nokia 920, which is my personal/work phone and has an awesome camera. My daughter took her tablet and Galaxy S3 and my son took his tablet. I really did set out to have a work-free vacation, but I knew I would have Wi-Fi at the hotel and I added a “roaming” plan to my phone. I did let people at the office know that I would be checking email in the evenings and would respond to important email. Best intentions.

Family Vacation

Ahhh!

At Universal Studios, Wi-Fi was available – and faster than the hotels. I could stand in the long lines waiting for an awesome ride (and the rides were freaking awesome), and review some of the 200+ emails that came in during the week. Thursday, our last full day in Florida, we hung out at the hotel, and my daughter grabbed the Bluetooth keyboard and worked on her 1000 word essay on her phone, and was in contact with her teachers and classmates. Watching her made me think about all the emails I could take off the agenda efficiently, and I started sorting through the emails and responding to them on my tablet. Because I have full Office and OneDrive, I easily accessed required files to edit, send, or reference during a conference call.

I know some of you are thinking “you were on vacation, why were you working?” This was my choice; I love my job and what I do, and honestly by Thursday, I was bored. This isn’t the first time I have worked on vacation, and I blogged about a similar vacation experience a couple of years ago, but what struck me this time was just how much easier despite being in another country. Back in the day, when I vacationed locally, I would tether to my phone or use my data plan. If I travelled out of the country, I would not use my phone plan this time, as Wi-Fi was abundant and fast everywhere.

Does this mean I think everyone should work on vacation? Absolutely not!  Vacation is time for family and re-charging, but if you feel you have to work or opt to (as I did), todays technology has everything you need to work efficiently and effectively.

If you are like me and find it really hard not to work, there are now resorts that take your devices away from you for the duration of your stay. Here’s a list for the USA. Personally, I think it’s all about balance and that balance will  be different for each of us.

Are you able to disconnect for a weekend, let alone a full week? Let me know what you think in the comments.

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