George Dobrea is the founder and CEO of XEDUCO Institute, George Dobrea is an IT security expert and a well-known technical instructor delivering around the world consultancy and training programs for military, commercial or public organizations. Awarded by Microsoft year by year since 2005 as a Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for Cloud and Datacenter Security and by EC-Council as the Instructor of The Year 2016, he’s a popular speaker at technical conferences including Microsoft Ignite, TechED and Hacker Halted USA. He’s also a MCT Regional Lead and a board member of IAMCP – International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners / EMEA Branch.
Session Title: Advanced Persistent Threats: is democratization underway?
Session Category: Cyber Security
The number of Advanced Persistent Threats keep increasing as they become more and more diverse. They are no longer perpetrated by State sponsored groups only but now also by cybercriminal organizations like Carbanak, Metel, or GCMAN. In such context what are their possible evolutions and modus operandi? Which critical information systems are more targeted in an organization?
Automation, AI, behavioral analysis. what are the solutions to block the APT style attacks, and how to implement them so as to be able to react quickly on this type of threats ?
Olabisi Aso has over 17 years experience in IT consultancy and support. A graduate of Computer and Electronics Engineering, she is a certified Support Center Analyst and Support Center Manager. She has successfully worked as General Manager at Tranter IT Infrastructure Services Limited. Tripling the turnover in three years. She has worked with various sectors, banking and finance, manufacturing, telecoms and has vast experience in customer service ensuring aligning solution delivery to customer’s need. Currently She is a Certified Help Desk Institute Trainer (HDIT) and works as the CEO and Lead Consultant at Support Link Technologies Limited.
Session Title: How to Apologize to Customers Like You Mean It
Session Category: Keynote (Soft Skills)
As IT professionals, we do our best to help customers either by training, support or delivering IT Solution. Sometimes we look like rock stars, and sometimes meeting expectation is more difficult, maybe even unattainable. In these cases, emotions run a little higher and it’s crucial that we treat the customer with respect and sincerity, avoiding trite responses like the classic “we regret any inconvenience this has caused.” That’s sounds a lot like “sorry, not sorry,” In this unique session, you’ll find out how to better empathize with your customers by avoiding passive aggressive non-apologies when providing customer support.
Fabio Franzini is an “Office Servers and Services” MVP (ex. Microsoft SharePoint MVP), Senior Consultant, Software Engineer and Trainer, specializing mainly on SharePoint, ASP.NET, web solutions and in general about everything that revolves around the Microsoft web platform.
Fabio works as a freelancer focusing both on consulting, development andtraining. Passionate about the web at 360°, constantly using the latest technologies because believes innovation is the real added value in everything we create and offer. Fabio was part of the Ignite Group Instructors for SharePoint 2010 and 2013, has delivered the first courses in Italy for Microsoft partners since the Beta 2 version of SharePoint 2010, believing strongly in this platform that now employs him full time.
Category: Developer – SharePoint
Yetunde Johnson is the Managing Director of Slingshot Technologies Limited and the Treasurer, Nigerian Internet Registration Association (NIRA).
I am passionate about using the right technology in the right place for the right purpose. I believe problems provide the stepping stones to the application of technology. I am lucky enough to use the two things I enjoy and do well to empower people, grow startups and increase the efficiency and productivity within organizations whilst helping them to keep on budget and positively impact their bottom line. I believe the way technology has evolved into various cloud offerings has lowered the entry barriers to practicing in many fields, starting a business and offering services. These are exciting and disruptive times where people, and organizations need to think out of the box to stay relevant and to grow. My main purpose is use the experience garnered across three continents and various industries to challenge you to apply the right technology in the right place at the right time to stay relevant and to grow.
Session Title: My 24/7 Everywhere Desk
Session Category: Others
I see Office 365 as a desktop of all that I need to get my work done from anywhere at anytime from any device. I would like to explore the realities of this in the Nigerian context.
Adnan is an International Consultant, Microsoft MVP, MCT (Regional Lead) and a member of the Microsoft Windows Technical Experts Program (previously STEP). Implementing core solutions with focus on Cloud Infrastructure, Virtual Infrastructure solutions, System Center, Windows, Deployment & Virtualization and User Workspace. As an international speaker & trainer he often spends his time assisting, teaching and speaking at IT community events.
Session Title: Azure – Up in ARM’s
Session Category: Keynote
This is a really technical session on how you can build any Azure environment without even opening the portal. This session will do a walkthrough and demo in a step by step approach of each requirement that you need to achieve a beautiful project. Learn some Azure ARM automation and learn a few powershell as well.
It’s so difficult to nail down Jide Awe’s area of specialization as it’s often described, in the computing world. With equal expertise, he is concurrently a speaker, writer, entrepreneur and policy consultant in the Information and communication technology (ICT) arena. Jide has extensive experience in capacity building, tech advocacy, career coaching and tech for development advisory. He is the founder of the popular Jidaw.com and NigeriaComputers.com as well as other online initiatives for publicizing and promoting IT content. More significantly he is the earliest initiator of Child Online Protection (COP) forums and activities in Nigeria, and is co-Founder of the African Children Cyber Safety Initiative, (ACCSI).
Jide is a member of several professional organizations, including the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Nigeria Computer Society and the Computer Professionals Registration Council. He is an alumnus of Loughborough University in the East Midlands of England.
Session Title: Becoming an Excellent Trainer: The Process and Power
Session Category: Others
The digital era has changed our planet in so many ways. Phenomenal adoption and diffusion of IT is undoubtedly driving demand for technical education and trainers.
There are various technical training routes available – train as a job, as part of a job or as a business. Many already exploit the massive opportunities in knowing how to teach others and share specialized expertise in this sphere. Getting trainees inspired, involved, and educated can be financially rewarding as well as interesting in the ever growing tech industry. With the increased activity come constant change, environmental issues, competition as well as the desire to excel. Trainers want to get better and be truly exceptional. What does turning out outstanding training performance take? The session will share ideas and thoughts based on practical, on-the-ground experiences on making training not only exciting but truly effective.
Training tools and methods are important but can true excellence in training be limited to the classroom? It’s an unbiased view aimed at enabling the trainer to stand out in terms of performance, power and influence.
Marc is the perfect example of the “Alpine Geek” (Nerdus Alpinus), having delivered courses in two languages and multiple countries for over 15 years, but living in a three-hundred year old chalet in the Swiss Alps that only got broadband Internet in 2009. He often works with Microsoft subsidiaries, particularly around Partner Readiness, presents at various Microsoft conferences (TechED, TechDays, MCT Summits) and was the longest-serving member of the MCT Advisory Council. He currently serves the Microsoft Certified Trainer community as the MCT Regional Lead and IAMCT Country Lead for Switzerland.
Session1 (Keynote): Using visuals and animations in PowerPoint to make technical easy Session2 (Break-out): Negotaiting Tactics for MCTs
Session Category: Soft Skills (Keynote)
This presentation covers the rarely covered techniques of negotiation, although most independent MCT will be regularly called upon to negotiate rates with their customers.
This is based on my own close to 20 years of experience as an MCT, as well as sales training and experience from Xerox Sales organization but also interviews with both well-known MCTs and Learning Centers. The session will cover not-only the expectations from learning partners and objection-handling to ensure a fair rate, but also invite participants to rethink their purpose and role in the training ecosystem.
Michael Olafusi is a Financial and Business Data Analysis specialist. He is the only Nigerian to have a Microsoft Excel MVP (most valuable professional) award from Microsoft. And he is currently the only one in Africa with the award. It is the highest recognition in the Microsoft Excel expertise field. Prior to becoming a full-time consultant, he worked as the Service Delivery Manager for 21st Century Technologies, Business and MIS analyst for Comviva – Airtel Africa CRBT Operations, and as a BSS Engineer for Nokia Siemens Networks.
He has done several financial and data analysis projects for Telecommunications companies, FMCG companies and a few high profile startup companies in Nigeria. He has also consulted for companies outside the country like YMCA Kentucky, LinkedInLeaders UK and CEI Canada.
Michael is also a professional speaker and trainer. He is currently doing his MBA but has a B.Eng in Electrical Electronics from Federal University of Technology Akure and a Diploma in Stress Management from Stonebridge Associated Colleges, UK.
He is addicted to business/financial data analysis and enterprise solutions development. He is the developer of the Nigerian Market Data office app and Power BI stocks analysis dashboard. He enjoys swimming, reading and already published two books – a novel and a bestselling book on Microsoft Excel for busy professionals.
Session Title: Data Analysis using Azure and Power BI
Session Category: Big Data
I will be covering, with live demo, how to use Power BI and Microsoft Azure to analyse all types of data and create insightful actionable reports/dashboards with sharing and alerts capabilities.
Mattias Lind is one of the original founders and World President of IAMCT, MCT since 2001, and MVP on Microsoft Data Platform since 2011. Currently he works as a Senior Microsoft Data Platform and Business Intelligence Archtitect for Sogeti/Capgemini, an appr 200k+ employees around the world corporation. In his role he helps customers with digital transformation and transformation to the new, modern Business Intelligence & Analysis environment.
Session Title: SQL Server New Cool things with the latest version of Microsoft SQL Server
Session Category: SQL Server
a tech savvy infusion of both technical content as well as soft skills tips for the SQL Trainer. And if you’re not a SQL trainer you might learn cool ways to deliver hard topics, and some about the latest Microsoft Data Platform.
Vladimir Stefanovic is MCT and System Engineer with 10 years of experience in IT industry. During his IT career, he worked in all spheres IT administration, from IT technician to current Sys Engineer/Trainer position. Last two years he is employed as a Trainer/Sys Engineer in IT company from Belgrade, SuperAdmins (www.superadmins.com) and their educational center Admin Training Center (www.atc.rs).
Last two years was one of the speakers on EMEA MCT Summit in Germany and Greece. Also, he is Leader for IAMCT – Serbia.
Session Title: Powerful storage handled by cluster
Session Category: IT Pro
You want a cluster on Hyper-V, but don’t have dedicated storage? No problem, install Windows Server 2016 with Storage Spaces Direct feature, and you will be able to create high available software-defined storage, exclusively of servers local hard drives.
Victor is currently the CEO of TalentEquip Learning and Development Limited. He is a gifted facilitator, trainer and consultant who has delivered workshops in Africa, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. He started his career in 1996 as an IT professional in computer networking and hardware support at the United Bank for Africa. In 1998, while working with NCR Plc, the foremost Microsoft Technical Education Centre in Nigeria at the time, he became one of the first few Microsoft Certified Trainers in West Africa. In 2000, Victor joined Compaq West Africa as a Trainer and Training Manager and became the first HP Authorised Instructor in West Africa delivering technical and soft skills training programmes across the sub-region. By the time Victor was leaving HP after 8 years he was the District Country Manager in charge of the HP sales channel across Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone. He joined Microsoft Nigeria as Sales Distribution Manager for West Africa and left in 2010 to set up a private consulting and training business.
In April 2011, Victor became the first Insights Discovery Licensed Practitioner in West Africa. In 2013, he also became the first in Nigeria to be qualified and accredited on the Insights Navigating Team Effectiveness Programme. Victor introduced Insights to Nigeria and has done a good job of helping organisations improve relationships at work. He has extensive experience in onsite and online facilitation, keynote/public speaking, curriculum development, team building, HR consulting, coaching, event management and content creation. His current areas of focus and expertise in training and consulting include leadership development, team effectiveness, personal development and sales effectiveness.
Delegates at his workshops have come from many sectors including Banking, Insurance, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Education and Healthcare. He has a strong passion for and has developed expertise in Leadership, Sales, Team Effectiveness and Personal Effectiveness. He also regularly delivers workshops in Emotional Intelligence, Negotiation Skills and Neuro-Linguistic Programming.
Victor is good with people and has an exceptional ability to energise audiences with his speaking ability, personal stories and humour. Aside from training and consulting Victor is regularly featured as keynote speaker at conferences.
He has published works including audio Books on “Your Attitude, Your Life”, “Presentation Skills”, “Leadership and Influence” and “The Making of a Round Peg”.
Session Title: Audience Engagement and Influencing Techniques
Session Category: Keynote
For every professional and trainer involved in some of form of presentations, audience engagement is key. Unfortunately many people who want to engage their audiences and influence them to some action find it difficult. In his characteristic humorous and flowing style, Victor, who became an MCT in 1997, more than 2 decades ago, will share his most effective tips and tricks on how to engage any audience and get them “eating from your hand”. Victor will share techniques that influences people to take desired action.
Marie E. Akpenyi is an Educationist of over 35 years’ experience and currently the Academic Services Administrator of Ha-Shem Academy Limited. She is a retired chief lecturer, Dean School of Liberal Studies and Chairperson Committee of Deans, Yaba College of Technology.
During her time in Yaba Tech, she was known for organizing International Conferences & Seminars. She holds M.A. in English Language from the University of Lagos, M.A. Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan and B.A (Ed.) English from the University Of Lagos.
She is a Linguist, a Veteran lecturer in the Use of English Language, Business Communication and Literary Appreciation. She is also an ICAN reviewer of Accounting Technicians Scheme, West Africa (ATSWA) and Professional (PE II) Examinations in Business Communication and Research Methodology. She is an educationist par excellence and has many publications to her credit.
Session : How to know if you are effectively communicating to your audience
Session Category: Soft Skills
In our everyday life, we are opportuned to engage in communication advertently or inadvertently, having good communication skills is all about being able to convey information to people clearly and simply, in a way that means things are understood and done.
Effective communication is transmission of information that will evoke the required response. It is the glue that helps you deepen your connections to others and improve teamwork, decision making, and problem solving. It enables you to communicate even negative or difficult messages without creating conflict or destroying trust.
This topic is particularly important to all trainers and those aspiring to become one as this will encourage better performance of the audience and job satisfaction of the trainer
Olurotimi is an experienced Solutions Architect with over 17 years’ experience in information technology. As a solutions architect, Olurotimi actively designs, implements and conducts trainings on all Microsoft Infrastructure Platforms.
Some of his specialties include Microsoft Systems Center, Messaging, Identity Management, Cloud Migration, Disaster Recovery, Security, SharePoint Development and Microsoft SQL server. Olurotimi has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Ibadan and holds several Microsoft Certifications as well as being a Microsoft Certified Trainer Alumni. He has participated in various projects for Microsoft, Financial Services, Manufacturing and Education.
He was worked in various capacities as a consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers and also a system integrator at numerous Microsoft Partner firm. As the CTO at his previous job, he designed and managed a Microsoft private cloud project at a Telecommunications Firm in Nigeria and the case study of the deployment won the coveted Microsoft Country Partner of the Year award in 2012.
He is currently the Managing Director and Chief Consultant at SchemaNet Smart Solutions Ltd in Nigeria.
Session Title: Directory Synchronization: The road to the Hybrid Cloud using Azure AD Connect
Session Category: Office 365
Ngueti is an International Technical Educator, ICT in Education Policy Maker, IT Trainer, Mobility Device Architect and IT Consultant with almost 8 years of experience in IT and Education fields. He began in computer networking at the Cisco Networking Academy and the love exists since then. He has held and currently hold various jobs and roles: Teacher, Systems Engineer, IT Manager, Consultant, Mentor, Policy Designer and IT Trainer.
Actually he holds a couple of certifications CCNA, MCSAx2, CCNP, MCSEx2, MS, MCP, MLSS, MCITP, MCTS, MCT,MCE, Microsoft AER…
He actually have completed all the modules of the UNESCO ICT Framework for Teachers and also possess the Microsoft Certified Educator credential.
He’s the Chairman for International Association of Microsoft Certified Trainers IAMCT for Africa.
His focus and interest is on everything related to Education with ICT, IT infrastructure, Virtualization, Messaging Solutions, ICT Mobility Devices and Complex Network Environment.
He loves tearing apart operating systems of any kind and developing 21st century education with technology policies.
Session Title: Deep dive into Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite for modernBusinesses
Session Category: IT Pro – Others
My session will showcase how to use the Enterprise Mobility Suite to manage devices, users, and data, and how to use other technologies, such as Group Policy. Participants will learn how to design and implement cloud-based and on-premises solutions for managing Windows, Apple iOS, and Android devices and providing secure and efficient access to data and applications.
Session Category: Others
In this session, we will be discussing how to build cross-platform mobileapplications using Xamarin. Xamarin enables developers to build applications for Android, iOS and Windows withC#. In our session, we will be focusing on Xamarin.Forms which enables us to targetcross-platform with one code-base.
Angela is a MCT veteran with a special focus on data base management. Since her first MCT qualification in 1998 she has trainer and consulted thousands of students on database design, implementation and optimization across a wide range of industries. Angela’s background in engineering, accounting and project management have enabled her to successfully help clients through data management crisis or simply take their reporting to the next level. Her qualifications include MCSE for Data Platform, Business Intelligence and SharePoint Server and she has been active as a proctor and speaker at various TechEd and Ignite conferences in Europe and USA over the past 10 years. She activated in the MVP community for five years.
Session Topic: Make your clients happy by implementing a smart Business Intelligence solution
Session Category: Business Intelligence
Business Intelligence (“BI”) offers mission critical support in generating complex reports on large volumes of bespoke data. BI offers a wide range of solutions such as Multidimensional vs Tabular Model, Data Quality and Master Data Services to analysts and power users alike. Professionals can customize BI according to a number of factors such as experience, data volume, resources and IT Pro support amongst other. This session will give you an overview of how you can deploy these tools, make your clients happy and your life easier.
Co-Organizer Lagos .Net usergroup, a community of developers who develop using Microsoft Technologies and products. Also with an interest in IoT and helped in pushing for the adoption of Intel boards (Galileo 1 & 2, Edison) in Nigeria within the maker community.He has strong passion for the developers community. He is the CTO of TalentBase, an HR automation company for the growing Enterprise.He enjoys programming using C# and loves Visual Studio 2015 (+). He loves to show-off the capabilities of Microsoft Azure anytime anyday. Session Title: Migrating from AWS Solution to Azure
Session Category: Microsoft Azure
I would be speaking on how we moved our entire solution from AWS to Azure. The do’s and don’t. It’s going to be about our journey so far.
Dr. Rosalba Fiore is a long-time .Net MCT, an Italian regional lead and founder of FioreRosalba.com an online Training Centre & Publisher.
Session Title: What Makes a Good Trainer?
Session Category: Soft Skills
In this session we will examine what makes a good trainer and therefore why they need a good train the trainers course. I’ll start by identifying the key behaviors for a good trainer for: online course, onsite course and blended course.
John Morah began fixing computers in January 2001.I plan, deploy, support, and provide training on Microsoft Server Technologies (Such as Windows, SQL, Business Intelligence, SharePoint, Exchange, Skype For Business, Office 365, Azure, System Center, etc) on engagement/freelance basis.Certifications: MCT, MCSE, MCSA, MCITP, MCSE+Sec, CCNP, A+, …
Session Title: Windows Server 2016 New Features
Session Category: IT Pro – Windows Server
This session is focused on the new features and capabilities of Windows Server 2016 across its broad technology categories of Compute, storage, and networking.