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April 2017 Meeting

Meeting Location:
3601 West 76th Street, Suite 600 (Microsoft Technology Center)
Edina, MN 55435

Food: 5:30 PM, Meeting: 6:00 PM

Register by emailing: info@sbsmn.org

Registration is required to eat and enter the drawing if there are door prizes.
Registration deadline is April 11th by Noon. Meeting fee is $5.00.

Presenter:
Crista Thielen, Partner Channel Development Manager, North Central for Microsoft. Crista currently supports the SMB Partners in the North Central region (MN, ND, SD, IA, NE, KS, MO). She would like to get to know our group through introductions and Q & A. She will talk about Microsoft related items such as: EOS Exchange Server 2007, Office 365, Windows 10, EMS, Azure, CSP, Disti offers and any other specific questions we may have.

Crista also wanted to make sure everyone was aware of the SMB Live Road Show on March 22nd and 23rd. Microsoft’s free SMB Live Roadshow is back featuring two one-day Microsoft Cloud training events for Cloud Solution Providers and Microsoft Partners. Crista notes that this is one of those “must attend” events that is free and brings a solid team in for updates and training.

Day 1: Maximize Your Cloud Opportunity with Hybrid IT
Day 2: Azure – Spec, Price, and Bid your Microsoft Cloud Solutions

https://partner.microsoft.com/en-US/marketing/smblive

December 2015 Meeting

Please join us on December 8th for our annual holiday user’s group meeting. Boston Market will be catering dinner and there will be no fee for this event. This will be an evening event.

Netgear will be presenting an overview of their product lines with the focus on storage – ReadyNAS/ReadyData and the integration of Storage Craft with their product line. This presentation will be more demo based than PowerPoint.

Desi Whelan will be the presenter. He has over 20 years of experience with storage and data management companies including Quantum, Adaptec, NetApp and Netgear. From traditional optical, tape and disk mediums to current virtualization and hybrid cloud based solutions, Desi brings a wealth of knowledge to solving data and content management challenges in today’s dynamic IT environments.

Netgear will be raffling off a Nighthawk Router.

Location: 3601 W. 76th St., Edina, MN
2nd Floor Conference Room, Suite 275

Food: 5:30 PM
Meeting: 6:00 PM

Register by emailing: info@sbsmn.org

Registration is required to eat. Registration deadline is Noon, Tuesday, December 8th. This meeting will be free if you register before the deadline.

April 2015 Meeting

Please join us for the Small Business Server User’s Group meeting on April 14th.

Topics:
User’s Group member, Bob Bruce, will be presenting practical uses for SharePoint for Small to Midsized businesses with demo examples and free form discussion.

Jeff Stoffel, from Microsoft will be talking about Windows 10. Windows 10 is the first step to an era of more personal computing. Come hear about Windows 10, where we are moving Windows from its heritage of enabling a single device – the PC – to a world that is more mobile, natural and grounded in trust.

About our presenters:
Bob Bruce has been developing desktop based solutions for small to midsized businesses since 1983. He has been working with SharePoint since 2001 when it was in beta and cloud based SharePoint since 2009. He claims SharePoint has allowed him to build simple enterprise solutions at desktop prices. Bob has developed solutions as a poweruser in marketing, sales, engineering, operations, and the executive team. He’s been both director of IT and CTO of a midsized manufacturing company. While knowledgeable of IT infrastructure his specialty has been on solving business problems with software and automated workflow. SharePoint has been an important tool for him to solve problems with little or no time or budget for packaged software.

Jeff Stoffel, is Partner Technology Strategist at Microsoft, helping partners understand the value of Microsoft solutions.

Location:
3601 W. 76th St., Edina, MN (Microsoft Building)
2nd Floor Conference Room, Suite 275

Food: 5:30 PM

Meeting: 6:00 PM

Register by emailing: info@sbsmn.org

Registration is required to eat and enter the drawing if there are door prizes. Registration deadline is 2:30 PM, Tuesday, April 14th. Meeting fee is $5.00.

December 2014 Meeting

Please join us on December 9th for our holiday user’s group meeting. We will be catering in dinner from Boston Market.

All of us in SBS User’s Group of MN are small businesses. As small businesses, we rely on external business supports services for our companies just like our clients rely on us to be an I.T. support resource. We will be introducing you to the four resources for the some of the most common services you need for your own business. Lynnette Peterson is a CPA with Lethert, Skwira, Schultz and Co. LLP and will be discussing how critical proper accounting services are for your business, as well as the great value of using a CPA firm can provide. Jeff Slagle is an insurance agent with Preferred Insurance Services, Inc. and will be discussing insurance and its necessary role to insulate you as the owner from unforeseen problems. Tony Jenkins is a commercial lending officer with Lake Elmo Bank who will talk about the role of a bank to address needs for loans and financing. Brad Schmitz will discuss phones (wireless and VoIP), alarm systems and Internet connectivity. Brad Schmitz will also talk to you about the opportunity to be able to EASILY “resell” some of these common services to your clients and continue to receive residual payments for the duration of the term that your clients pay their bill, with all billing completely handled by someone else for you.

Location: 3601 W. 76th St., Edina, MN
2nd Floor Conference Room, Suite 275

Food: 5:30 PM

Meeting: 6:00 PM

Register by emailing: info@sbsmn.org

Registration is required to eat. Registration deadline is Noon, Tuesday, December 9th. Meeting fee is $5.00.

March 2014 Meeting

Meeting date:  March 11, 2014

Location:       3601 76th Street West, Edina, MN 55435 Microsoft Technology Center classrooms, Suite 600 (Parking entrance is on north side across the street from OfficeMax)

Food:             5:30 PM
Meeting:       6:00 PM

Meeting Topic:  Windows Azure and the Hybrid Cloud

Register by emailing: info@sbsmn.org

Registration is required to eat and enter the drawing for door prizes.
Registration deadline is March 11th by Noon. Meeting fee is $5.00.

Discussion Description:
You CAN have the best of both worlds!  With Windows Azure, IT organizations can extend an on-premises network to embrace the power and scale of the cloud – securely and seamlessly. These Hybrid Cloud scenarios present real solutions that you can implement today to solve pressing IT issues such as:

  • Managing more data without more hardware
  • Protecting Data with Off-site Backups
  • Business Continuance and Disaster Recovery
  • Cost-effective, on-demand access to Dev/Test Environments
  • Internet-scale Web Sites

Microsoft Sr. Technology Evangelist Kevin Remde will address how these scenarios are addressed in Windows Azure Infrastructure Services. Kevin is an engaging and highly sought-after speaker, blogger, and IT community organizer.  A prolific blogger, Kevin shares his thoughts, ideas and tips on his “Full of I.T.” blog (https://aka.ms/FullOfIT).   In his past outside of Microsoft, Kevin has held positions such as software engineer, information systems professional, and information systems manager.  He loves sharing helpful new solutions and technologies with his IT professional peers.

 

February 2014 meeting

Meeting date:  February 11th, 2014

Location:       3600 Minnesota Drive, Suite 80 (Downstairs Conference Room) Edina, MN 55435

Food:                 5:30 PM Meeting:             6:00 PM

Meeting Topic:  David Battisto from BridgeNet Technologies

Register by emailing: info@sbsmn.org

Registration is required to eat and enter the drawing for door prizes.
Registration deadline is February 11th by Noon. Meeting fee is $5.00.

Discussion Description:  David Battisto from BridgeNet Technologies, Inc. is our guest speaker
for the February 11th meeting.   David has been in the telecom industry since 1984 and
established BridgeNet Technologies in 2000. BridgeNet sells telephone systems,
provides cabling services and offers telephone and internet service as
Authorized Agents for numerous Service Providers both locally and nationally.
David is going to talk about their Referral Partner and Agent Partner programs.

January 2014 Meeting

Meeting date:  January 14, 2014

Location:         3601 76th Street West, Edina, MN 55435 Microsoft Technology Center classrooms, Suite 600 (Parking entrance is on north side across the street from OfficeMax)

Food:                 5:30 PM
Meeting:             6:00 PM

Meeting Topic:  Office 365

Register by emailing: info@sbsmn.org

Registration is required to eat and enter the drawing for door prizes. Registration deadline is January 14, 2014 by Noon. Meeting fee is $5.00.

Discussion Description:  Barb Borrowman is our guest speaker for the January 14th meeting. Expect to hear the latest on Office 365 and the differences between purchasing through distribution and Microsoft billing customer direct.  Barb will share how the North Central Region is doing on meeting MS goals etc. She will also try to answer all of your MS licensing and product (not support) questions.

December 2013 Meeting

Meeting date:  December 10th, 2013

Location:  3600 Minnesota Drive Suite 80, Edina, MN.  (ground floor conference room)

Food: 5:30 PM Meeting: 6:00 PM

Meeting Topic:   Shawn Massey, Channel Sales Manager, StorageCraft   www.storagecraft.com (Green Bay, WI location)  shawn.massey@storagecraft.com

Register by emailing: info@sbsmn.org

Registration is required to eat and enter the drawing for door prizes (there will be prizes and special holiday food from Boston Market!!). Registration deadline is December 10th by Noon. Meeting fee is $5.00.

Discussion Description:  Presentation on latest StorageCraft backup and recovery products and services.

StorageCraft Technology Corporation is a thriving international software development company with phenomenal year-over-year revenue growth, talented and highly engaged employees, and a mature line of award-winning products. We at StorageCraft cultivate partnerships with managed service providers and software resellers throughout the world.

Our goal of helping you back up fast and recover faster drives everything we do in our corporate headquarters in Draper, Utah, USA, and in our regional offices around the globe. We develop best-in-class backup, disaster recovery, system migration, virtualization, and data protection solutions for servers, desktops, and laptops.

We are committed to maintaining the legendary reliability of our solutions. These software solutions reduce downtime, improve security and stability for systems and data, and lower the total cost of ownership for systems in a computing environment.

StorageCraft was founded in 2004.

November 2013 Meeting

Meeting date:  November 12th, 2013

Location: 3600 Minnesota Drive Suite 80, Edina, MN.  (ground floor conference room)

Food: 5:30 PM
Meeting: 6:00 PM

Meeting Topic:  AVG Technologies/Level Platforms product review
Speaker:  Vince LaPietra, Sales Manager, North America (presenting remotely)
telephone 1-855-254-6989 x288    email vince.lapietra@avg.com

Register by emailing: info@sbsmn.org

Registration is required to eat and enter the drawing for door prizes. Registration deadline is November 12th by Noon. Meeting fee is $5.00.

Discussion Description:  Being the first security company to jump into the managed services space has caught a lot of companies by surprise.  It really made the industry pay attention to what we are doing.  The buzz initially was all about Security and Managed Services.  But the story goes well beyond that.  Try Security, with RMM, and NOC/HD.  Now this took the industry by storm and is a game changer for anyone looking to make a switch or move into the MSP arena.  AVG is carving its own niche in the market place very quickly.  It’s very easy to see that RMM on its own is no longer an option.  It’s very expensive and inefficient to support different solutions.  What I have been hearing about for so many years is that customers want different products under one umbrella.  Last I looked, AVG is the only company to offer an array of products where the MSP only has to deal with one company, one support, and one bill. 

 Our AVG Cloud Care portfolio offers MSP’s with the ability to purchase AV, AntiSpam, Back-up, Content Filtering, Email archive and Encrypted Mail.  Managed Workplace is our RMM with deep level Monitoring, Management, Automation, Managed Print, Mobility, Reporting, etc etc.  Then, do you want some NOC or Helpdesk.  No need to outsource anymore because we do that as well. Yes we really do!

 These are very exciting times for AVG as we become the industry standard for services to the MSP industry and we love being in the driver’s seat.  It makes us very Unique!!!!!!

Speaker Bio:   Vince LaPietra recently joined AVG as Sales Manager, North America, and is based in the AVG Canada office in Ottawa, Ontario.  With over 20 years of experience in sales leadership, Vince brings Sales and Managed Service Provider expertise to AVG and is responsible for implementing and managing all sales processes, delivering on established company revenue targets, and growth of AVG Security and Remote Management Tools.  Vince and his team are also responsible for driving adoption,  focusing on new partner acquisition, and increasing usage of AVG CloudCare and AVG Managed Workplace amongst Managed Service Providers (MSPs) throughout North America.

Prior to AVG, Vince spent nine years as a top Sales Executive with N-able Technologies, Inc., working with the IT Service Provider channel selling Managed Services solutions and advising partners on strategies to grow their monthly recurring services revenue . During his time with N-able, Vince established himself as a trusted advisor to over 1500 MSP partners and made significant contributions to  N-able’s success, as well as the overall shaping of the MSP space as a whole.  A consistent performer, he was awarded the Presidents Club honor five times and led the Sales board year after year.  Vince was instrumental in developing a new strategy to assist VoIP providers adopt the managed services model and establish a new vertical market in which to sell.

Vince has held Sales and Finance Management Roles with Bell Canada, Scotiabank and Marconi PLC, and holds Commerce and Economics degrees from the University of Ottawa.

 

October, 2013 Meeting

Meeting date:  October 8th, 2013

Location: 3600 W. 76th St., Edina, MN. Tonight’s meeting will be in Suite 80 (lower level conference room next to Cornerstone)

Food: 5:30 PM
Meeting: 6:00 PM

Register by emailing: info@sbsmn.org

Speaker: Bill Larsen, Sales Engineer–North Central Region for WatchGuard Technologies

Meeting Topic: New WatchGuard wireless access points and product line refresh discussion

Registration is required to eat and enter the drawing for door prizes. Registration deadline is October 8th at 3pm. Meeting fee is $5.00.

September, 2013 Meeting

Meeting date:  September 10th 2013

Location: 3601 W. 76th St., Edina, MN
2nd Floor Conference Room, Suite 275

Food: 5:30 PM
Meeting: 6:00 PM

Register by emailing: info@sbsmn.org

Speaker: (tentative) Kerry Robinson, Symantec Corporation, MSP Specialist

Meeting Topic: (tentative) Symantec Product Update

Registration is required to eat and enter the drawing for door prizes. Registration deadline is 2pm September 10th (today). Meeting fee is $5.00.

Symantec is unconfirmed to present, while continuing discussion on HIPAA/HITECH compliance, Windows 8.1, VOIP  and other Microsoft products and services will definitely be informative.

June, 2013 Meeting

Meeting Date: June 11th

Location: 3601 W. 76th St., Edina, MN
2nd Floor Conference Room, Suite 275

Food: 5:30 PM

Meeting: 6:00 PM

Register by emailing: info@sbsmn.org

Speaker: Users Group member Eric Turnipseed

Meeting Topic: The Untangle Security solution

Join us for a Session on The Untangle Security solution. Have you been working with Watchguard, SonicWALL, Cisco or other hardware or software based firewalls and security solutions? Are you looking for an alternative for you and/or your clients? The Untangle Security solution has a couple of options… a dedicated hardware device which installs in less than 10 minutes… or you can use a x86 or x64 machine, install 2 or more NICs and load the Untangle Software solution.

Round Table Discussion: Firewall Best Practices

Unrelated to the particular brand or model, there are certain things which could or should be done when implementing a secure network. Each company probably has a few of their own Best Practices. Let’s share that information so that we can all do a better job of protecting our client’s networks.

Registration is required to eat and enter the drawing for door prizes. Registration deadline is Noon on Tuesday, June 11th. Meeting fee is $5.00.

In this session, Eric Turnipseed with The Automation Station, Inc., an Untangle Reseller, will do an install on a new machine to show the ease of installation and configuration, discuss the features and benefits of the Untangle solution, and show some clients systems to see the product in action in live and active network environments. Considering replacing your outdated firewall, gateway or UTM? Wonder how Untangle stacks up? You may be surprised to learn that Untangle is the most complete solution out of the box. Skip the multiple appliances, hidden costs and add-ons, and get everything you need for a lot less than you might expect. Compare Untangle to some of the other solutions: https://www.untangle.com/make-the-switch .

Eric Turnipseed is the President of The Automation Station, Inc…. a small computer hardware and software consulting company based in Woodbury, MN. Eric has over 20 years of computer experience with 16 of those years working as a computer consultant. Eric holds certifications from Microsoft, Apple, CompTIA and many others. The primary focus of The Automation Station is providing CRM (Customer Relationship Management) solutions to clients based on a Windows network platform. Eric has extensive experience in working with SMB and larger clients on numerous CRM deployments. The Automation Station also provides network consulting and technical support services to their clients. The Automation Station has been working with the Untangle solution for several years. The ease of use and manageability of the Untangle Solution coupled with all the powerful features, make the Untangle solution an excellent option… and as a Reseller, you can also make recurring revenue from clients’ subscriptions.

July, 2013 Meeting

Meeting Date: July 9th

Location: 3601 W. 76th St., Edina, MN
2nd Floor Conference Room, Suite 275

Food: 5:30 PM
Meeting: 6:00 PM

Register by emailing: info@sbsmn.org
Speaker: Claire Christison from Renovo Data Services

Meeting Topic: Environmental responsibility of recycling business electronics and the data security element associated. A lot of money/time is spent on firewalls, anti-virus i.e. protection of the in-use systems, yet, in many cases when an item or items are no longer of use or wanted… the ‘security’ typically stops and that should not be the case. There are some very cost-effective solutions that not only mitigate your risk but help protect your business and the data of your clients. You will leave this presentation with a better understanding of environmentally responsible and risk mitigating IT Asset Disposition and a reliable, local source for an integral part of the IT Asset Management Cycle.

Round Table Discussion: Windows 8.1 & July 1st Sales Tax Changes

Registration is required to eat and enter the drawing for door prizes. Registration deadline is Noon, Tuesday, July 9th. Meeting fee is $5.00.

Renovo Data Services, LLC is an IT life-cycle & asset disposition business providing on-site mobile data shredding, responsible & environmentally secure recycling, and zero-landfill disposition programs. Located in Eden Prairie, MN and with expertise in the management and retirement of electronic assets, Renovo Data Services provides B2B electronic waste solutions to the upper Midwest region. Renovo’s secure and certified services helps customers maximize the value they receive when retiring technology assets. Renovo removes and recycles in compliance with our ISO 9001 and 14001 certified processes and in adherence to our strict zero-landfill policy. E-Waste management services include on-site data destruction and hard drive shredding to securely protect confidential information.

Claire G. Christison, CSDS is the Director of Environmental Compliance & Risk Management for Renovo Data Services, an IT Asset Disposition firm with secure data destruction services. Claire was the main author of the ISO 9001:2008 & ISO 14001:2004 Policies & Procedures manuals when the company first secured its certifications in both international standards. Claire is 1 of 5 Certified Secure Destruction Specialists in the State of Minnesota. A Certified Secure Destruction Specialist must have knowledge in various area of data protection/destruction and earns the designation by passing a 300 question exam given out by the National Association of Information Destruction. Claire has an extensive background in operations, administration & sales. Her professional career has spanned over 20+ years with 10 of them being spent as a Private Investigator focused on workplace violence detection/prevention, employee theft and personal protection. Claire has a strong interest and a proven track record in security and environmental responsibility which falls directly in line with the services that Renovo Data Services provides.

August, 2013 Meeting

SBS Users Group Meeting.

Date:         August 13, 2013
Location:   3601 W. 76th St., Edina, MN 2nd Floor Conference Room, Suite 275

Food:        5:30 PM
Meeting:   6:00 PM

Register by emailing: info@sbsmn.org
Speaker: Scott LaGrange, Dell SonicWALL Systems Engineer, Minneapolis MN
Meeting Topic: Gen 6 firewalls from Dell SonicWALL

Using a traditional firewall like a Cisco ASA? The new Dell™ SonicWALL™ NSA Series Next-Gen Firewall is a game-changer.  As the demands on small- to mid-sized business IT departments are increasing, budgets are stagnating, the number and sophistication of threats are escalating, and applications are putting pressure on productivity and bandwidth, traditional firewalls are no longer able to keep pace. Dell has set its sights on this challenge and Cisco with the game changing Dell™ SonicWALL™ Network Security Appliance (NSA) Series that renders traditional firewalls obsolete. Enable your small to mid-sized organization or distributed enterprise with the same high level of security, application control, and performance available to the enterprise, in a solution that also offers Dell SonicWALL’s acclaimed ease of use and high value.
Round Table Discussion: TBA

Registration is required to eat and enter the drawing for door prizes. Registration deadline is Noon, Tuesday, August 13th. Meeting fee is $5.00.