RECAP: System Center 2012 Release Events (Brookfield & Chicago)

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Two Concurrency consultants who are also Microsoft MVPs addressed attendees at System Center 2012 Release Events held in Brookfield, WI and Chicago, IL on May 3-4. Presenter Nathan Lasnoski is Concurrency’s Infrastructure Team Lead. His presentation highlighted themes previously presented at Microsoft Management Summit 2012 in Las Vegas, where Nate presented Top 10 Production Experiences with Service Manager and Orchestrator and Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V FAQs, Tips, and Tricks. At the Release Events, Nate shared insights about how System Center tools are integrated to meet specific needs. By a show of hands, about half the attendees in the room were already running or familiar with System Center. These Release Events, therefore, were not just a 360-degree tour of features, but a “live” look (using Concurrency’s own platform via web access) at active management. For example, Nate explained that business intelligence about IT services “used to be impossible or cost a gazillion dollars”—and then showed on-screen how Service Manager can transform an organization’s strategic approach to IT. In Chicago, a second speaker joined Nathan Lasnoski as presenter: Annur Sumar, who is a Chicago-based information architect for Concurrency. Concurrency and its clients have participated extensively in pre-release versions of System Center 2012. The presenters shared best practices from their experience planning and deploying the platform on a pre-release basis in regional multi-billion dollar companies. The presentation covered technical and business benefits of System Center components including System Center Configuration Manager 2012, Service Manager 2012, Orchestrator 2012, Operations Manager 2012, Virtual Machine Manager 2012, Data Protection Manager 2012, and Advisor 2012. About Nate Lasnoski.
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