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Learn: Cloud Seminars

Cloud Seminars Day is an all-day event and is an opportunity for you all to start your learning journey and attend 1 hour to 45 minutes lecture style sessions on different services built into the Microsoft Azure. The sessions will introduce and discuss various common IT professional and Developer scenarios, including setting up virtual machines and administering them to developing cloud apps and managing them. You will have the option to attend only one of the sessions or pick and choose the ones you want or attend all the sessions. We do require that you register separately for each session to reserve your place for that particular seminar session.

Refreshments and snacks will be served all day long along with an opportunity to discuss to Cloud careers and submitting your resume to Microsoft approved vendor(s).

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March 4th, 2016; Friday, 7:30 am - 6:00 pm


Bellevue College: 3000 Landerholm Circle Southeast; Building N, Room N201; Bellevue, WA 98007

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Program Schedule

7:30 am - 8:00 am:   Light continental Breakfast
8:00 am - 8:15 am:   Event Introduction: Fawad Khan
8:15 am - 8:30 am:   Ten skills you need to land a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Job: Matt Sauri
8:30 am - 9:00 am:   Keynote Address: Matt Kerner
9:00 am - 9:45 am:   Azure Introduction: Thuy Le
9:45 am - 10:00 am:  BREAK
10:00 am - 11:00 am: Azure Virtual Machines: Fawad Khan
11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Azure Cloud Services: Aaron Bosley
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm:  LUNCH (Pizza!) & mingle with Wimmer Solutions, Raffle Draw 1
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm:   Azure Web Apps: Ali Siddiqui
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm:   Azure Storage & HDInsight: Cindy Gross
3:00 pm - 3:15 pm:   BREAK (Light refreshments served)
3:15 pm - 4:15 pm:   Azure & Internet of Things(IoT): Ellen Osborne
4:15 pm - 5:00 pm:   Azure Active Directory (AD): Abdullah Zaib
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm:  Network and mingle with Wimmer Solutions and Raffle Draw 2


Matt Sauri is a business leader, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and athlete. As the CEO of Wimmer Solutions he takes great pride in having a positive impact on people's lives. From coaching fellow entrepreneurs, to serving on nonprofit boards, to practicing creative volunteerism and community advocacy, Matt enjoys putting his talents and abilities to work for the good of others.

As co-founder and chief executive officer of Seattle-based Wimmer Solutions, Matt's focus is on the overall strategic direction of the company, which provides staffing and professional services to industry leading companies across the west coast. Matt’s passion is for keeping Wimmer’s legendary culture secure as it grows: under his vision and strategic direction, Wimmer Solutions has earned a ranking on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing companies in the nation for six straight years, as one of Washington State's Top 100 Fastest-Growing Companies for eight. And one of Washington's Best Workplaces for six years. In 2007, the Puget Sound Business Journal named Matt one of its ‘40 Under 40’ business leaders. He also serves on the Boards of Directors for both the NorthWest Recruiters Association and the Boys and Girls Clubs of King County and its Board Development Committee. He is a co-founder of the philanthropic Human Doings organization, a member of EO, the Entrepreneurs Organization for fellowship, coaching, and networking, and YPO, the world’s premier peer network of chief executives and business leaders.

Matt was a standout college lacrosse player at St. Mary's College in Maryland, where he earned his B.A. in English; he continues today to play and promote the sport, and serves on the board of the Washington chapter of U.S. Lacrosse. Matt is the father of three and lives in Seattle. In his leisure time, he enjoys skiing, boating, and traveling.

Matthew Kerner studied Computer Science at Yale University and joined Microsoft in 2001 right out of college as a Program Manager in Windows. He completed a part-time MS in Computer Science & Engineering at the UW while working for Microsoft, and he spent a year working for Microsoft in Tel-Aviv, Israel, in a Hebrew-language workplace. He joined Azure in 2009 where he worked first on the Fabric Controller, the kernel of the Azure distributed operating system. Matthew then drove engineering and operational capabilities for Azure in China. He now pursues several long-term bets across Azure teams, such as the adoption of new datacenter designs, new resiliency capabilities and Azure integration with Office 365. Matthew lives in Seattle with his wife and daughter. He likes to run, play boardgames and watch movies.

Thuy Le works as a Program Manager on the Azure Customer Advisory Team (Azure CAT) with almost 10 years at Microsoft. Thuy has a singular passion of bringing best of Microsoft to our customers. She works with many of our largest enterprise customers on their transformation journeys to the cloud. She leveraged her technical background to architect impactful solutions, and just as important, she relied on her negotiation and program management skills to deliver those unpleasant conversations. Her measure of success is the solution adoption rate months and years after the engagement completion. Prior to Microsoft, Thuy founded Beyond Baseline, a consultancy specializing in Change Management and the adoption of the Microsoft productivity platform. As a Redmond transplant, she spends her weekends exploring the area with her husband and their 2 young girls.

Fawad Khan has been in the IT field for about 25 years with a diverse set of experience. With 10 years out of those in Microsoft, he has spent majority of that time in Cloud services. He has held various IT certifications including MCT and has been teaching on the side for almost 15 years. He holds Bachelor degrees in Electrical Engineering and Physics along with Master degrees in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology & Management. He enjoys teaching, coaching, mentoring and helping others succeed. He has two young kids who keep him busy and think of him as a big toy. He loves running/jogging and listening to motivation, business and communication books.

Aaron Bosley is a Principle Program Manager on the Azure Customer Advisory Team (CAT) within the Cloud and Enterprise group at Microsoft. As a CAT team member, he helps Microsoft’s customers and partners get the most out of their investment in Azure, helping to ensure that they build cloud-based solutions right the first time. Aaron’s background is in large, complex solution development and he has worked in the software industry for over 20 years. He can be found tweeting about all things cloud related on twitter as @boz. He can be contacted directly at

Ali Siddiqui is a Principal Software Engineer in Azure at Microsoft. He has been building large scale, distributed systems in public and private clouds for over 15 years now. He is passionate about solving hard engineering problems using software and mathematics. Ali is a co-inventor on 13 patents. He holds Bachelors in Computer Science from Karachi University and Masters in Software Management from Carnegie Mellon University. He is on LinkedIn.

Cindy Gross of Microsoft AzureCAT leads customers through Azure-based Big Data engagements. She helps customers solve business problems with E2E solutions that include distributed data processing, Hadoop, HDInsight, Spark, Azure Data Lake, & the Internet of Things on Azure. Cindy is a SQL Server Microsoft Certified Master who loves to share knowledge through presentations, technical articles & blogs.

Ellen Osborne is a Program Manager on the Azure IoT Team at Microsoft. She graduated from Harvard College with a BA in computer science. She began her career at Microsoft as a firmware developer working on telepresence robots. She transitioned to Skype for Business where she worked as both a developer and program manager. Recently, she joined the Azure IoT Team where she focuses on device management.

Abdullah Zaib is a Software Engineer in Azure Active Directory at Microsoft. He is passionate about computer science and providing simple and elegant solutions to hard and complex engineering problems. He graduated in Computer Science from FAST-NU, Lahore as a valedictorian and gold medalist. He is on LinkedIn


Wimmer Solutions

About Wimmer Solutions

Wimmer Solutions Founded in 2002, Wimmer Solutions is a privately held technology consulting company headquartered in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood. Over the past 13+ years, Wimmer Solutions has built a reputation for creating amazing outcomes for our clients: bringing the right technical expertise and business acumen to help them achieve their goals, and crafting solutions that address their most complex technology and business challenges with swiftness and precision. Whether a single consultant or entire project team is required, we take a partnership approach to understanding the challenges our clients face, and connecting them with the talent, tools, and systems they need to reach their potential.

We know successful outcomes for our clients are only possible when team members have the tools and support they need to thrive. That’s why maintaining a legendary culture of inclusion, innovation, and fun as we grow has always been our top priority. Wimmer employs 45 full-time staff and over 300 field employees whose expertise spans a wide range of competencies and industries; we delight in matching our consultants with opportunities that energize and inspire them, and fostering a working environment that honors the diverse talents and passions of each member of our team. Thanks to the talents, passions, and creative ideas they bring, we have expanded our service offerings, grown into new markets, and made a real and lasting impact on the communities where we work, live, and play.

Our primary market is the Pacific Northwest, with our headquarters and a concentration of work in the Puget Sound area of Washington State. In 2013, we established a satellite office in Reno, NV to support our rapidly growing presence in the region. Wimmer Solutions is a Microsoft Preferred Vendor, and we also work with many of the Seattle area’s top companies including Nordstrom, Amazon, Expedia, Wizards of the Coast, and Premera Blue Cross. Our field employees have worked across a variety of groups and divisions at Microsoft, including Office 365, Xbox, SharePoint, Azure, and Surface.

As a result of our efforts, Wimmer Solutions has earned a ranking on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing companies in the nation for six straight years, is on the Puget Sound Business Journal’s honor roll for its multiple accolades as one of Washington State's Top 100 Fastest-Growing Companies, and has been honored for 5 years as one of Washington's Best Workplaces.

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