TechStar Events

OVERVIEW:

TechStar wants to earn your business as a strategic technology partner.  

As a benefit to our customers (and future customers), we are setting up monthly seminars, webinars, and podcasts that will be covering some of the latest topics from Microsoft, Amazon, Google, and others.

These sessions are free to join, and they provide attendees a chance to converse with a Microsoft Subject Matter Experts to learn from the best.

 

Click on a session below to find out more, and to register for the event.  

Also don’t forget to check out our blogs for the latest news and updates.

 

Microsoft Power BI Webinars

OVERVIEW:

This will be a 90-minute online session you can view from your browser that is 95% live demo.  (Your presenter Mike hates PowerPoints!)  90 Minutes may seem like a long time for a webcast, but with Mike’s engaging style, You will feel it ended too quickly. We will discuss:

·         Attaching to multiple external data sources

·         Transforming and optimizing your data

·         Creating custom DAX expressions

·         Building reports and dashboards to visualize your data

·         Using AI to discover any outliers of your data

·         And, of course, publishing your data for consumption.

Mike was not a fan of the typical Microsoft demo for Power BI so he built his own demo database that has close to 1 Million records to query against.  Hidden in the database are 20+ Easter Eggs (Data events that are statistical outliers.)  Mike will show how you can use Power BI to uncover these outliers buy building custom dashboards and then digging quickly through the data to uncover the truth that your data is trying to tell you.  It is fun, entertaining, and very engaging.  Students at the end of class will be invited to download the demo database so that they can practice on their own.

Current Webinar Dates

Webinars will be hosted on two dates:

·         Tuesday, February 18th at 2 pm – 3:30 pm CST

 

·         Thursday, February 20th at 10 am – 11:30 am CST

To register send an e-mail to events@techstargroup.com  and tell us which session date and time you prefer. We will get back to you within 24 hours confirming your reservation. If you would like to invite 1 or 2 guests to come with you, please feel free and let us know who will be joining you.

We hope to see you there.

If you have any questions about the event, feel free to contact Michael O’Neill at mike@techstargroup.com 214-799-4704

 

Microsoft Customer Immersion Events (CIEs)

OVERVIEW:

Microsoft has created a free hands-on workshop designed to show customers all that they can do with their existing Microsoft Office software.    Microsoft is delivering these events through TechStar, which is one of only a small group of national Microsoft Gold Certified Partners that is authorized to conduct Microsoft Customer Immersion Experience (CIE) workshops.

These sessions give you a chance to learn by doing.  No PowerPoints, No Slides, No sales pitches!  These three and half hour events sit you down at a computer fully loaded with Microsoft software, and let you experience all that Microsoft Office 365 has to offer.  Office Applications – Tips and Tricks, Outlook e-mail productivity tips, Microsoft Teams, Power BI, SharePoint, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, PowerApps & Flow, OneNote, Delve, and much more. 

WHAT IS A CIE?

Sometimes it is easier to define what it isn’t:

·         It is not a sales pitch.  CIEs are designed to promote knowledge transfer through interaction with live software.  The majority of customers who attend the event already own Office 365.

·         It is not a presentation.  There is no PowerPoints to watch.  It is all hands on all the time.

·         There is no set agenda. A facilitator will guide you through discussing what technical problems, if any, you may be having, and what opportunities you want to focus on for your session. (See examples below.)

·         It does not cost anything other than your time.  There is no fee, and the sessions usually run 3.5 hours, but customers often stay around for more because of the value they get from the labs.

 HOW DOES IT WORK?

TechStar orders a kit of equipment from Microsoft and takes about 5 hours to set up a lab.  The lab is comprised of 11 Microsoft Surface computers, each loaded with all the latest Microsoft technology and software.  The labs will be set up at TechStar offices in Las Colinas – Irving TX.  Customers who attend will each get to use their laptop with a fictional user account tied to it.  The fictional account allows you to play with bogus e-mail and files that you can work with, without fear of screwing things up. You are never using your real data, and at the end of the session, the laptops are wiped clean and reset.  This takes all of the fear out of trying something new.

 WHAT CAN YOU LEARN?

Topics are endless but here are a few ones that always seem to come up.  (Remember, you set the agenda, so we talk about whatever you wish to discuss.)

·         What are all these new Microsoft apps like TEAMS, Planner, Delve, Project, Groups, Flow, PowerApps, PowerBi, Sway, and Yammer?

·         How do I get out of having my life managed by e-mail?  I am a slave to my inbox.

·         How do I store files safely and securely in the cloud, but still have access to them if I lose my internet connection?

·         What if my company provides my Microsoft license, but I want to install office on my mobile phone, my Ipad, and my home computer?

·         Why do Microsoft employees overwhelmingly pick OneNote as their favorite application?  What am I missing?

·         What is a Modern Meeting?  How can I run an online meeting that my employees enjoy, get tremendous value out of, and do it in a way that takes half the time?

·         Windows 7,8,& 10 are a mystery to me?  I am sure there is lots more I could be doing to be more productive, but I don’t understand how to use it.

·         What is Machine Learning / Artificial Intelligence, and how does Microsoft implement it with Office 365?

·         How does Microsoft’s real-time collaboration differ from Google and Apple?

·         Our company uses SharePoint primarily for file storage, but I heard that there is a whole lot more that we could be using it for?

·         When should I use SharePoint vs. Groups, vs. Teams, vs. OneDrive?

·         What is the Cloud?  Why are Microsoft and others going to cloud/managed services?  How does the online portal work?

·         If my computer is lost or stolen, or my hard disk crashes, how can be back up and running safely in minutes

CURRENT OPEN DATES:

·         Tuesday, February 25th 8:30am-12 pm

·         Tuesday, February 25th from 1pm-4:30pm

·         Wednesday, February 26th from 8:30am-12 pm

·         Wednesday, February 26th from 1-4:30 pm

·         And Thursday, February 27th from 1-4:30 pm

 

 These sessions fill up fast, only 11 seats per session, so please don’t wait. 

To register send an e-mail to events@techstargroup.com  and tell us which session date and time you prefer. We will get back to you within 24 hours confirming your reservation. If you would like to invite 1 or 2 guests to come with you, please feel free and let us know who will be joining you.

We hope to see you there.

If you have any questions about the event, feel free to contact Michael O’Neill at mike@techstargroup.com 214-799-4704