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4/24/2015 3:00 PM4/24/2015 12:00 AM
VTUG Spring Ahead 2015Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

VTUG Spring Ahead 2015

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We've got a great event at Sheraton in Portsmouth NH coming up FRIDAY April 24th that will be educational and fun for everyone involved.

VTUG Spring Ahead at The Portsmouth Sheraton

250 Market Street, Portsmouth New Hampshire

Join us FRIDAY April 24th for a full day of free IT education and networking with your peers.

We have great keynotes lined up, as well as, break out sessions from many local sponsors.


VMware has just released vSphere 6

As we begin a new year, I would like to take the opportunity to thank you, VTUG's loyal supporters, for your continued commitment to supporting a local community of IT professionals.  Helping each other learn was, and is, the original goal of VTUG. 

With that said, there are over 650 new features in vSphere 6 so there is no better time than now to attend a VTUG event and learn about some of the new features that VMware has added and learn how they will affect your environment.  

Also, please let us know how we are doing and what you would like to see, or hear about for the coming year 2015.

Follow us on Twitter at @ne_vtug and let us know how we're doing or send us a note at as this is your community and it is your opinions that drive the content and topics for upcoming events.

Thank you for helping build our community and keep New England VTUG learning.

Chris Harney
President, VTUG

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4/25/2015 9:00 AM4/25/2015 5:00 PM
2015 Global Azure Bootcamp - WatertownUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).




New Meetup

2015 Global Azure Bootcamp - Watertown

Boston Azure Cloud User Group

Added by Jim O'Neil

Saturday, April 25, 2015
9:00 AM

BlueMetal Architects
9 Galen Street
Watertown, MA

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4/25/2015 9:00 AM4/25/2015 5:00 PM
Global Azure Bootcamp - Cambridge (NERD)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).




New Meetup

Global Azure Bootcamp - Cambridge (NERD)

Boston Azure Cloud User Group

Added by Bill Wilder

Saturday, April 25, 2015
9:00 AM

Microsoft NERD New England Research & Development Center
One Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02142

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4/26/2015 6:00 AM4/28/2015 12:00 AM
BigData TECHCON - Boston, MAUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).


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Enough talking about Big Data, learn how to DO IT at Big Data TechCon!

Learn more about classes, special events and networking opportunities at Big Data TechCon!

Watch The Video
Dive Deep into Spark and Hadoop with classes like these from Big Data TechCon 2014!
  • Hadoop: A One-Day, Hands-On Crash Course
  • Hands-on Intro to Apache Spark
  • Big Data Programming with Spark
  • Increase Hadoop Utilization With Your Data Warehouse
  • Copious Data, the "Killer App" for Functional Programming
  • Apache Spark for Event Stream Processing
  • Graph Analysis of Enterprise Data with Spark
  • Application Architectures with Hadoop: Putting the Pieces Together Through Example
  • Future-Proof Your Big Data Investments With Cascading
  • Optimizing Your Big Data Ecosystem, Parts I and II
  • Implementing Real-Time Analytics with Apache Storm
  • Application Development in an Eventually Consistent
  • Big Data in Regulated Industries
People are talking about Big Data TechCon!

Big Data TechCon is well-organized and has a lot more relevant technical information than other conferences.

Francis Mascarenhas
Programmer, Analyst
se2 Inc.

Get some sleep beforehand, and divide and conquer the packed schedule with colleagues during.

Paul Reed
Technology Strategy & Innovation

Worthwhile, technical, and a breath of fresh air.

Julian Gottesman
DRA Imaging

Big Data TechCon is definitely worth the investment.

Chappidi Suresh
WorldVision Technologies

Big Data TechCon offers great technology depth.

Rahul Gupte
Associate Director

You will get great insights and the speakers will put you on the fast track.

Chandrashekhar Vyas
Solution Architect

Yes. Definitely attend.

Mike Liu
Principal Application Dev. Lead

Big Data TechCon is a great learning experience and very intensive.

Huaxia Rui
Assistant Professor
University of Rochester

Great conference. I took a lot away from all of the talks I attended.

David Hollis
Raybeam Inc.

The 5th Big Data TechCon is coming back to Boston for three days - April 26th to the 28th, 2015. Last year more than 600 people attended the event, allowing for excellent networking on top of intensive classes and tutorials that were offered. Previous iterations of Big Data TechCon have allowed us to select and bring back only the finest speakers and top scoring classes to make sure that your Big Data conference is unparalleled.

Big Data TechCon features practical, how-to classes and tutorials for IT and Big Data professionals, including data and business analysts, developers, software architects, data scientists, and project managers.

Attend Big Data TechCon to get practical training on Hadoop, Spark, YARN, R, HBase, Hive, Predictive Analytics, and much more!

Take a Big Data analytics tutorial, dive deep into machine learning and NoSQL, learn how to master MongoDB and Cassandra, discover best practices for using graph databases such as Neo4j and more. You'll get the best Big Data training at Big Data TechCon!

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Big Data TechCon Speakers

Dr. Alok Aggarwal
Scry Analytics

Ben Ballard

Pavlo Baron

Daniel Boutin

Matthew Brender

Elliot Cordo
Caserta Concepts

Ben Coverston
Ben Coverston

Dr. Subrata Das
Machine Analytics

Max De Marzi
Max De Marzi
Neo Technology

Sameer Farooqui
Sameer Farooqui

Dr. Will Ford
Predixion Software

Sachin Ghai
Innovation Labs

Jordan Goldmeier
Cambia Factor

Amir Halfon

Diwakar Kasibhotla

Jeffrey Kosseff
Covington & Burling, LLP

Samir Lad
Samir Lad

Corey Lanum
Cambridge Intelligence

Carol McDonald

Paco Nathan
Paco Nathan

Tim Oates
CircleBack, Inc.

Daniel Porter

Michael Segel
Segel & Associates

Dr. Stuart W. Shulman

David Stokes

Dan Sullivan

Richard Taylor
HPCC Systems

Michael Williams

Matei Zaharia

Who Should Attend Big Data TechCon?
• Database architects
• Software developers
• Business analysts
• Data scientists
• Project managers
• Database developers
• Database analysts
• Software development managers
• Data engineers
• Database managers
• Data miners
• Database applications managers
• Software engineers
• Database administrators
• Software architects
• Business intelligence experts
• Data warehouse managers
• Business intelligence systems managers

And anyone wrestling with Big Data challenges!
Special Big Data TechCon rate at the Seaport Boston Hotel!
Just $229 per night!
Hurry! Rooms at Big Data TechCon often sell out!
Register Now for your biggest Discounts!
Conference Pass

Register By March 13
for only $1,145!

SAVE $350!
Walk-in Price:
Registration Inclusions

3-Day Passport Only Registration Includes:
•Admission to sessions and classes on April 26, 27, and 28.
•Admission to keynotes
•Admission to Exhibit Hall
•Admission to all special events, including the Networking Reception
•Coffee breaks and lunch where indicated

•Admission to Exhibit Hall on April 27 and 28.
•Admission to Networking Reception on April 27
•Admission to Keynote Sessions

Save BIG with these discounts!

Group discounts will be given automatically if you register three or more people at once. You can also contact Stacy Burris at to receive the $100/person discount if your group is unable to register at the same time. Contact her for special discounts for groups of 10 or more.

Employed by an educational institution? Save an additional $100. Enter code "EDU"

Federal, State and Local government employees save an additional $100.

Employed by a non-profit organization? Save an additional $100. Enter code "NONPROFIT"

Government Employees check out these special rates!

Special Government Employee Rates
"Big Data TechCon is great for beginners as well as advanced Big Data practitioners.  It's a great conference!"
Ryan Wood
Software Systems Analyst
Government of Canada
Conference Pass
Register by Dec 5
for only $895!

SAVE $500!
Walk-in Price:
Government Employees from these agencies have attended Big Data TechCon!
• California Dept. Water Resources
• Canada Border Services Agency
• City of Los Angeles
• City of Malden
• City of New Bedford
• City of North Las Vegas
• City of Oakland
• Commonwealth of Mass
• Department of Homeland Security
• Ellie Mae
• Emergency Call Tracking System - CA
• Fairfax County Economic Development Authority
• Federal Demographic Council
• Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
• Federal Reserve of Bank Kansas City
• Government of Canada
• Judicial Council of California
  • Lawrence Berkely National Laboratory
• Los Alamos National Laboratory
• Mass. Bay Commuter RR
• Mass. Exec. Office of Health & Human Services
• National Library of Medicine
• Naval Postgraduate School
• Oklahoma Dept of Commerce
• Sacramento County
• Sallie Mae
• Securities & Exchange Commission
• SF Public Utilities Commission
• South Florida Water Management District
• State of CA - Dept. of Water Resources
• US Department of Justice
• US Department of Labor
• US Government
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Big Data TechCon Schedule
Sunday, April 26
7:30 am – 6:30 pm...Registration Open
7:30 am – 8:30 am...Morning Coffee
8:30 am – 10:00 am...Tutorials
10:00 am – 10:15 am...Coffee Break
10:15 am – 12:15 pm...Tutorials
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm...Lunch
1:15 pm – 3:00 pm...Tutorials
3:00 pm – 3:15 pm...Coffee Break
3:15 pm – 5:00 pm...Tutorials
5:15 pm – 6:30 pm...Lightning Talks
Monday, April 27
7:30 am – 4:00 pm...Registration Open
7:30 am – 8:30 am...Morning Coffee
8:30 am – 10:00 am...Tutorials
10:00 am – 7:15 pm...Exhibit Hall Open
10:00 am – 10:30 am...Coffee Break
10:30 am – 12:15 pm...Tutorials
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm...Lunch
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm...Women in Big Data Networking Luncheon
1:15 pm – 2:30 pm...Technical Classes
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm...Coffee, Ice Cream in Exhibit Hall
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm...Sponsored Classes
3:45 pm – 5:00 pm...Technical Classes
5:15 pm – 6:00 pm...Keynote
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm...Networking Reception in Exhibit Hall
7:45 pm – 9:00 pm...Fireside Chats
Tuesday, April 28
7:30 am – 4:30 pm...Registration Open
7:30 am – 8:45 am...Morning Coffee
8:30 am – 9:45 am...Technical Classes
10:00 am – 11:15 am...Technical Classes
11:30 am – 12:00 pm...Keynote
12:00 pm – 4:30 pm...Exhibit Hall Open
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm...Lunch
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm...Technical Classes
2:30 pm – 3:45 pm...Technical Classes
3:45 pm – 4:15 pm...Coffee Break & Prizes in Exhibit Hall
4:15 pm – 5:30 pm...Technical Classes
5:30 pm...Conference Closes
Meet With The Leading Big Data Solution Providers
Exhibitors from Big Data TechCon 2014

Want to sponsor or exhibit at Big Data TechCon Boston?

Contact Brian Scott
Contact Brian Scott!
Big Data TechCon is Supported by these Media Partners:
See a detailed Media Partner list here!
The Big Data TechCon Team
Dave Rubinstein
Ted Bahr
President, BZ Media
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Stacy Burris
Stacy Burris
Vice President of Events
631-421-4158 x108
Dave Lyman
David Lyman
Vice President of Sales
Publisher, SD Times
Katie Serignese
Katie Serignese
Conference Program Manager
631-421-4158 x128
Caroline Seiter
Caroline Seiter
Customer Service Associate
631-421-4158 x118
Polina Redlich
Polina Zabarko
Online Marketing Manager
631-421-4158 x103
Carl Berndtson
Carl Berndtson
Media Sponsor Manager
Brian Scott
Brian Scott
Sales Manager
631-421-4158 x115
Camille Barron
Camille Barron
Customer Service Associate
631-421-4158 x129
Mike Pehel
Mike Pehel
Social Media/Content Marketing Coordinator


"The event was fabulous as usual. BZ Media puts together the best and most relevant combination of topics and speakers to create an incredible learning experience. The conference is extremely well run and consistently exceeds expectations."

- Sue Hanley, President, Susan Hanley LLC

4/28/2015 8:00 AM4/28/2015 6:00 PM
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Free Microsoft Developer Events | View the online version.

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You are invited to join us for a hands-on developer event near you. Learn from experts in a low-key, interactive way and get the knowledge you need to take your skills to the next level. We'll also give away a $100 Microsoft Store gift card* to one lucky attendee at each event!

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5/16/2015 2:00 PM5/17/2015 6:00 PM
Agile Games 2015 Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Agile Games New England

Immersive Exploration

The Agile Games Conference is an annual event hosted by Agile New England that provides an immersive exploration of some of the more interesting, playful, and fun concepts behind Agile Software Development. We all acknowledge that work is important, but shouldn’t we be able to have fun while doing it?

Agile games are activities focused on teaching, demonstrating, and improving Agile and organizational effectiveness using game theory.  Using games, we can model complex or time-consuming processes and systems, examine why they work (or don't work), look for improvements, and teach others how to benefit from them.  Games can model just the core of a process or model, leaving out unimportant factors.  They can involve collaboration, brainstorming, comparing variants, and of course retrospectives.

Read more: What is Agile Games?

Submitting a proposal for Agile Games 2015

Agile Games is an annual conference hosted in Cambridge, MA (USA) by Agile New England focusing on the use of games for improved collaboration and learning amongst teams / workgroups. As the name Agile Games suggests, many topics and discussions are related to using games within software development activities, including applications for: training and learning on software development teams, formation of effective self managing teams, improving technical practices and craftsmanship, product development, and improving customer / stakeholder engagement in software development activities.

Conference sessions include presentations on use and adoption of games within software development and other contexts, workshops on how to develop and test games, and GameJams to play new and existing games and then collaborate on ways to improve them.

We are seeking proposals for conference presentations related to the use of games within software development activities - we can accommodate several presentation options within our program:

Read more: Want to present at Agile Games? Submissions due by Feb 28th!

Agile New England's 6th annual Agile Games Conference

This Year It's All About You!

Register now to get the $229 Early Bird rate (limited number available)

Bring your team and take advantage of Group Discounts $30-$50 below individual rates

The weekend of May 16th and 17th, 2015

at Microsoft's New England Research & Development Center (the NERD)

5/29/2015 12:00 AM3/29/2015 11:55 PM
O'Reilly Velocity Conference.Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

Hi All,

You never know who you'll meet while at the O'Reilly Velocity Conference, happening May 27-29. As one Velocity alumni said,

"It's the one conference each year that I absolutely go to. I tell people that it's the conference where you go to find somebody from every company that you interact with on the Internet." - Abe Hassan, Site Reliability Manager, Google

You'll rub shoulders with people from a wide range of companies like Amazon, Tesla, Apple, Intuit, Nike, Microsoft, Athena Health, Nordstroms, Fidelity Investments, and others. Wouldn't you like to trade tips and share stories from the trenches?

PS: Got a good story about a hard-won success or worthy failure about your business? Share it at Velocity New York. The call for speakers is open.

O'Reilly Velocity Conference


Thank You to Our Sponsors:

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For information on exhibition and sponsorship opportunities at Velocity, contact Gloria Lombardo at (203) 726-0566 or


8/24/2015 6:00 AM8/27/2015 11:55 PM
SPTechCon - Boston, MA.Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).


SharePoint & Office 365
Expert Speakers

Learn More About What Goes On At SPTechCon

See the highlights of SPTechCon Austin 2015!

SPTechCon Boston 2013 was a blast! Watch an overview here!

SharePoint is at the Crossroads -
Which Way Will You Go?
SharePoint in the Cloud or on the Premises? Or Both?

Come to SPTechCon Boston 2015 and learn about the differences between Office 365, cloud-hosted SharePoint, on-premises SharePoint, and hybrid solutions and build your company's SharePoint Roadmap!

For developers, the future means a new app model and new app paradigms. For IT Pros and SharePoint Admins, it's trying to retain control over an installation that's now in the cloud. For Information Workers and their Managers, it's about learning how to work 'social'. But it's not for everyone.

Where do you need to be?

The answer is simple: SPTechCon Boston. With a collection of the top SharePoint MVPs and expert speakers, more than 80 classes and tutuorials to choose from, and panels focused on the changes in SharePoint, SPTechCon will teach you how to master the present and plan for the future!

Looking for SharePoint 2013 training? Check out these targeted classes!
  • Custom SharePoint 2013 Workflows that Use the SharePoint 2013 REST API
  • SharePoint 2013 Farm Architecture and Visual Studio for Admin
  • Creating a Branded Site in SharePoint 2013
  • SharePoint's New Swiss Army Knife: The Content Search Web Part
Moving to Office 365? Here are some targeted classes for YOU!
  • Baby-Stepping Into the Cloud with Hybrid Workloads
  • Demystifying Office 365 Administration
  • Document Management and Records Management for Office 365
  • Office 365 Search in the Cloud

SPTechCon Speakers

Marc D. Anderson

Christian Buckley

Michelle Caldwell

Liam Cleary

Andrew Connell

Ben Curry

Randy Drisgill

Ruven Gotz

Susan Hanley

Todd Klindt

Jennifer Mason

Benjamin Niaulin

Mark Rackley

Asif Rehmani

Eric Riz

Laura Rogers

John Ross

Heather Solomon

Rob Windsor

Shane Young

Topics Covered at SPTechCon
Content Types
Farm Management
Migration to SharePoint 2013
Web Content Management
Document Management
Forms and Workflows
The New App Model
Lists and Libraries
Web Parts
Office 365
SharePoint Mobile
Business Intelligence
SharePoint for Power Users
Governance Responsive / Adaptive Web
No-code Solutions for SharePoint
Site Collaborations / Site Owners
SharePoint Administration
SharePoint User Adoption
Permissions and Security
SharePoint Planning

Get Your Discounts!
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SPTechCon will be held at the
Sheraton Boston Hotel
Sheraton Boston Hotel
39 Dalton Street
Boston, MA
(617) 236-2000
Special Discounted Rates!
Special Discounted Rates:

Take advantage of special discounted room rates at the Sheraton Boston -- only US$219 per night for single/double occupancy.

Rooms for the reduced rate are limited! Click here to make your hotel reservation or use the "Make Hotel Reservation" link on the confirmation page of your registration

Reservations at the reduced rate can be made through 5:00 PM Eastern time on July 10th, 2015 -- assuming they don't sell out. The number of rooms in the discounted block is LIMITED and historically rooms sell out well before the deadline. Don't wait until the last minute to reserve your hotel rooms!

Sheraton Boston, 39 Dalton Street, Boston MA

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SPTechCon Boston Will Feature Tons of Special Events!
Women in SharePoint Luncheon
I particularily loved the Women in SharePoint lunch - great networking.

Heather Lewis
Information Architect

What a great conference. Tons of great speakers, opportunities to learn, and network with other SharePoint users. The facilities were also wonderful.

Kim Opalenik
Knowledge Management Specialist
Travelers Insurance
Critical Panel Discussions
Lightning Talks
Ice Cream Social
Winner's Circle
Meet With Over 50 SharePoint Vendors
Over 50 SharePoint Vendors
Want to Sponsor or Exhibit at SPTechCon Boston?
Contact Brian Scott! • 631-615-8952
Contact Brian Scott to Sponsor or Exhibit at SPTechCon Boston 2015!
SPTechCon is supported by the following Media Partners:
SPTechCon is supported by these Media Partners
The SPTechCon Team
Dave Rubinstein
Ted Bahr
President, BZ Media
631-421-4158 x101
Dave Rubinstein
Dave Rubinstein
Conference Chairman
631-421-4158 x105
Stacy Burris
Stacy Burris
Vice President of Events
631-421-4158 x108
Dave Lyman
David Lyman
Vice President of Sales
Publisher, SD Times
Katie Serignese
Katie Serignese
Conference Program Manager
631-421-4158 x128
Caroline Seiter
Caroline Seiter
Customer Service Associate
631-421-4158 x118
Polina Redlich
Polina Zabarko
Online Marketing Manager
631-421-4158 x103
Carl Berndtson
Carl Berndtson
Media Sponsor Manager
Brian Scott
Brian Scott
Sales Manager
631-421-4158 x115
Camille Barron
Camille Barron
Customer Service Associate
631-421-4158 x129
Mike Pehel
Mike Pehel
Social Media/Content Marketing Coordinator


"The event was fabulous as usual. BZ Media puts together the best and most relevant combination of topics and speakers to create an incredible learning experience. The conference is extremely well run and consistently exceeds expectations."

- Sue Hanley, President, Susan Hanley LLC