We are a talented community of Houston area individuals that have an interest in SharePoint and associated technologies. As the cloud continues to gain momentum, the focus of H-SPUG will evolve to include technologies such as Office 365, Azure, PowerBI, ADFS, OAuth, along with Hybrid Cloud and other Microsoft solutions. In addition to monthly user group meetings, H-SPUG also hosts the
SharePoint Saturday Houston event. For our December meeting each year, we host a Holiday Party with a "Casino Night" theme.
We meet on the third Wednesday of each month, at the
Microsoft Houston offices, to network, collaborate, and socialize. After our meeting, we continue our social activities to further collaborate and have some fun! Our monthly meetings generally consists of two sessions: (1) General, and (2) Technical. Select the
Monthly Meetings image below for the format, location, and upcoming presentations.
H-SPUG March 2017 Meeting - Wednesday, March 15th
Members and loyal H-SPUG supporters:
This year we are adding an entirely new track dedicated to Azure. It is called the Azure Discovery Series. Our goal is to help educate those that are entirely new to Azure as well as good deep for those with experience.
Topic: A deep dive into Azure Security: Is Azure really secure?
Presenter: Brian Culver
The cloud isn’t really new, but it is growing and becoming more complex. It has improved significantly compared to five years ago when we only saw the cloud as a collocation site. Companies are looking to save money and become more efficient. Several arguments make the cloud more compelling than ever before. Companies are great at what they do, but not so much at IT, it’s a different business. The cloud is more secure than companies can provide themselves. Technology is changing quicker than ever before which makes IT more difficult to keep up with, and maintaining high security standards. As hacking, malware and cyber crime incident continue to escalate, there is a huge pressure for companies to protect customers, partners, employees and all their data. Businesses really need to focus on building more secure solutions that deliver value to their customers, partners, and shareholders. Microsoft claims “decades-long experience building enterprise software and running some of the largest online services in the world. We use this experience to implement and continuously improve security-aware software development, operational management, and threat-mitigation practices that are essential to the strong protection of services and data.” This sounds great and compelling. So now my questions is “How secure is the cloud?”
In this session, we will look at Azure in depth to identify what Microsoft is doing to make Azure more secure. Are they really more secure than traditional company data centers? Lets get past the marketing and really understand what makes Azure secure and how we can leverage that security in solutions. How can we collaborate and know that our data is secure. And much more.
Upcoming Sessions - Azure Discovery Series will feature:
- Deep dives into specific areas of Azure
- Guidance and best practice for creating and managing Azure resources and services
- Resource links and suggestions for expanding your knowledge and skill sets post-session
Topic: United Airlines Journey to SharePoint 2016 from SharePoint 2010
Presenter: Rick Garcia
Join Rick Garcia as he discusses the challenges of upgrading one of the largest airlines in the world to SharePoint 2016 from SharePoint 2010. He will discuss the planning involved, provide specific examples of the roadblocks they faced and how they were overcome, as well as methods for which they were able to execute the delivery.
Their challenges and long term strategies will be outlined, including how Office 365 fits into the mix and demonstrate how United is using SharePoint 2010 today. Lastly, insight into how United plans to leverage the new functionality of SharePoint 2016 to better serve their front-line customers (and internal business customers) will be provided along with the opportunities that SharePoint 2016 brings to the airline industry.