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.
Opeyemi is currently the Business Group Director for the Microsoft Cloud in Nigeria.
He is responsible for growth, profitability and Customer experience of the Microsoft Cloud. He comes with 15 years of professional experience across Telecommunications and Information Technology. He has a passion for technology and its capabilities to revolutionize our world, a committed people and business leader who is result driven.
Topic: Digital Transformation
Opeyemi Olaniran will be giving one of the keynotes at the MCT Summit Africa 2017 on Digital Transformation.
Oluyomi Alarape is an entrepreneurial technocrat – the co-founder of Loyal Bonus Nigeria limited, the first indigenous modern loyalty with ecommerce marketplace and Executive Director at Wragby Business Solutions & Technologies, Microsoft Nigeria Cloud
Platform Partner of the Year 2016 & Consumption Partner 2017. The first Nigerian Microsoft Gold Cloud Platform Certified Partner and Microsoft 2017 Finalist in Enterprise Mobility & Security Competency at the Worldwide Level.
Yomi has a Bachelor of Engineering from University of Ilorin, Nigeria, Master of Business Administration and Doctor of Business Administration respectively from University of Liverpool, UK.
Yomi is an industry thought leader with vast experience in Enterprise Architecture, Infrastructure, Technical advisory services, Systems Integration, Service-Operations management, Project Management, Information Security, Business Continuity, Cloud Business
Modelling, Strategy development, Organization Design, Hosting Business Strategy, Business leadership, Business Process Improvement and Change Management built across IT consulting, insurance, export/import, financial services, telecommunications and software industry.
Yomi is currently on the ICT advisory board of leading enterprise in the financial services and other sectors in Nigeria. He has led innovative groundbreaking technological transformational solutions implementations like the first truly local cloud hosting technology in
Nigeria and across West East & Central Africa for MainOne, and the first dedicated and secured connectivity for Nigerian businesses to Microsoft global datacenters in Dublin and Amsterdam.
Oluyomi worked for about 9 years in Microsoft, the first Business Group Director for Cloud & Enterprise in the subsidiary. He achieved his mandate as a change leader to build a solid and successful cloud and enterprise business that consistently drive new forms of value and efficiency for customers and grew the business by 230% and 190% YoY. Oluyomi has over 20 years of IT in services, sales, business development, marketing and operations.
Oluyomi is a Microsoft Certified Expert across several domains, Cisco Certified
Unity Engineer, ITIL v3, MOF v4 trainer, Certified Information System Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Information Security Professional, and a reviewer on the Microsoft Trustworthy Computing (TwC) board, a member of Nigeria Society of Engineers (MNSE), a gold-level member of the ISACA, IASA IFC Certified Architect, speaker at conferences, seminars, product launches globally. Yomi actively participate in national discuss that borders on national policy-making on ICT related matters. He recently participated in the last National Cybersecurity Summit with the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) in Nigeria, and was a panelist on the just concluded Office on the National Content Development (ONC) on the Data Classification for the country.
Yomi is passionate about education, and actively leading educational transformation mission in Nigeria and across Middle-East & Africa. He is adjunct faculty at the Maastricht School of Management, The Netherlands and his research work was recently accepted for Poster Session at the 2018 American
Marketing Association (AMA) Winter Academic Conference in New Orleans, LA on February 23-25, 2018. His area of interests as scholar practitioner is in entrepreneurship, family business leadership, innovative culture and creating “leaderful community” through direct impact and influence through the classroom, in his industry and extended community.
Session Title: Digital Transformation
Session Category: Keynote
will be presenting the second keynote speech at the MCT Summit Africa 2017.
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 (General): Using visuals and animations in PowerPoint to make technical easy
Session2 (Break-out): Negotiating Tactics for MCTs
Session Category: Soft Skills
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.
Niyi Omotoyinbo is an IT Infrastructure expert with multiple competencies. He participates as active Ask-The-Experts (ATE) and Speaker at Microsoft Conferences all over the world for almost 20 years now. He was the first African Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) with Infrastructure Competency and has earned this award every year since 2005 as an MVP in Cloud and Data Center Management. He was the first Master Certified Internet Webmaster (MCIWD) in Africa, an experienced Trainer that delivers quality learning experience to his audience. He is the Founder and CEO of 1st INTELLIT SOLUTIONS LIMITED.
Session Title: Did I just loose my job
Session Category: Keynote
Niyi Omotoyinbo will be presenting the third keynote speech on the second day of the MCT Summit Africa 2017.
Lekan is an IT Professional with over 20 years of experience. He has been using and teaching the Microsoft SQL server for over almost 17 years became MCP in 2000 and got the first certification MCDBA in 2001. He has designed database and data warehouse in different sectors which includes Banking, Retail, Healthcare and manufacturing.
He has degree in Mathematics and Computer science from FUT Minna, M.Sc Business intelligence systems and data mining from De-Montfort University UK, MBA From Aston University and currently PhD Candidate at University of Reading, UK
He has spoken in different forum which include SAS forum in London and discussed about Data Mining for fraud detection. He is a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT).
He is a trainer and Business Intelligence consultant at PCworths & Data Associate Limited both in United Kingdom and Nigeria.
Session Title:Building Data warehouse as the bedrock For Business intelligence
Session Category: SQL Server: Business Intelligence
Based on my years of experience as a BI consultant, the session covers why data warehouse is essential for business intelligence, SQL server is one of the best tools to build data warehouse. It will include Design and implementing data warehouse using Kimball methodology, steps to build data warehouse, ETL, Star Schema topology and Dimensional modelling. It will touch base in the understanding of fact tables and measure why you need to build dimensions with business and not in Isolation.
This session is aimed to get people started in building data warehouse and deliver the Business intelligence that will last for organisation and reduce the number of BI project that failed.
JOSEPH KOBE is a technical consultant and Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), he is CEO of ICES International. Working with computers since 1996, Joseph started out in the mainframe world and moved early into the networking arena. Joseph has more than 23 years of experience on optimizing and securing Microsoft platforms, and he specializes in Windows Server, Microsoft Exchange Server, and cloud and mobility solutions. As a technical consultant, Joseph has assisted small, medium, and large organizations deploy and maintain their IT infrastructure. He is also a speaker, staff member and trainer at several large industry in many countries.
Session Title: Why Implement Software Asset Management (SAM)
Session Category: IT Pro
Due to the increased integration and reliance on technology to achieve company’s business goals, it is more important than ever that technology investments are properly tracked, managed, and licensed. By putting proper management processes in place, companies can save time and money, improve workflow, and increase competitiveness as they grow in size and maturity.
Unfortunately, many organizations struggle to align business strategy with technology planning and investments.
Fortunately, resources are available to help companies assess the strengths, weaknesses, and potential risks of existing infrastructure and platform and develop a long-term strategy, with an associated short-term roadmap, to improve company’s
level of IT optimization
The Software Asset Management (SAM) Optimization Model (SOM) is aligned with the IO Model and provides a framework to evaluate SAM processes, policies, and tools.
SAM Optimization models provide a methodology for understanding company’s IT capabilities. These models provide an actionable road-map to help organization’s transition from one optimization level to the next. The models also provide customers, technology partners, and Microsoft with a common terminology to coordinate efforts to help improve company’s level of IT optimization.
Principal Technologist and Founder, The Ikons Systems Limited.
Kazeem is an IT Professional, NCTA Certified Cloud Master and a Microsoft Certified Trainer. Kazeem is a freelance trainer and a training consultant for a number of IT training firms in Nigeria.
While Kazeem’s main passion is training and learning technologies, he occasionally engages in deployment projects to further hone his skills. Kazeem is a Network Security, Cloud technologies, and Microsoft technologies enthusiast.
Kazeem brings his over 12 years of on the job and training experience and plenty of enthusiasm to the classroom. Kazeem is the event director for the MCT (Microsoft Certified Trainer) summit Africa 2017.
Session Title: Welcome Note
Session Category: Opening Remarks
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.
Oluwawumiju Oluwaseyi is a Technical consultant, Public Speaker , Author with Convenant Technologies and Also IT Manager of ILF Engineers Nigeria Limited. He is also an MCT and the MCT Regional Lead for Nigeria. Convenant Technologies is a Certified Partner with Microsoft in Lagos, Nigeria. He is also a senior consulting partner for Convenant Technologies on Microsoft infrastructure with over 17 years’ experience and also he is fellow of the institute of information Management Africa one of the highest honor for Management of data, Prior to joining Convenant Technologies, Seyi was a senior technical consultant and support manager for 1st Intellit solution, where he led outsourcing team development and new client systems. It is in view of the evolving market for IT in Africa, that he deemed it highly necessary honing his traditional product knowledge expertise to meet this current trend. Suffice it to say, that championing campaign for SharePoint, Azure , Office 365, Yammer , Microsoft Team and Microsoft Server products strictly from value point of view in medium and large organizations is the mainstay of his business interest in WECA and the response as well as prospect from the Nigerian marketplace for instance, is no doubt a boost for his business outlook in Africa.
Session Topic: Closing Remarks
Session Category: Closing Remarks
Session Title: Developing Web and Mobile Applications with .NET
Session Category: Developer
The Microsoft.NET suite offer a lot of options to developers to build solutions. In this session, we will be discussing development of Web APIs using ASP.NET Core and Cross-Platform applications using Xamarin.
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.
Lanre Marcaully is an award-winning global Cyber-Security Expert & License Penetration Tester with over a decade expertise and experience spanning IT Security Strategy, Data Protection, Cybersecurity solution architect, IT Security Operation,
Ethical Hacking, Vulnerability Assessment & Penetration testing (VAPT), Secure Network System, IT Security Audit & Governance with several successful implementations for top organization across Africa, Europe & USA.
Lanre was among the 2 African recipients of the ECCOUNCIL (USA) University’s Scholarship of Excellence for Master in Security Science in 2014.
A well-recognized MCT & Solution Architect with over 26 global certifications, who has trained, consulted and executed projects for notable organizations such as United Nation, UBA, MTN, StanBIC IBTC, Globacom, Union Bank, Wema Bank, Sterling Bank,NLNG,UAC,UNILORIN,Convenant University,Federal Government among others.
A top-class graduate of Computer Science (UNILORIN) and an MBA alumni from University of Lagos, Nigeria.
Lanre is the host of e-World on DSTV (an IT Gadget & Cybersecurity show) and major keynote speaker at major global IT/Cybersecurity conferences and workshop in Africa and beyond. He is the Founder of Bondcrew Group Inc, Cyber Alert Africa, Gas Power Inc. and Career Sense International.
Session Title: Vulnerability Assessment for Enterprise Mobility
Session Category: Security