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Dynamics CRM - Germany, USA


Dynamics CRM is a strong product in its own right.  In addition it is a great platform for building other software solutions.  Successful workshops for Government and Corporate clients.  Beyond the built-in modules and functionality we cover a range of related topics such as customization and software extensions, Integration with ERP solutions like SAP and Dynamics AX or Dynamics 365, Reporting and Business Intelligence.


OrbisUSA is a leading Microsoft Dynamics CRM partner.



Head in the Clouds - Live and Online


The many possibilities of the "Cloud" have made this a hot topic.  People are literally on a wait-list to attend this series. The reasons are many - beyond pure economies of scale there are several other compelling reasons to move IT workloads over to these "globs" of computing power - Notice, I did not use the word "blob". Perhaps you should come along and see why.. bring a friend, too.  Managers, Developers, Infrastructure..even the illusive DevOps - all are welcome.



SQL 2014 IT Camp - Mississauga


Companies are faced with a deadline for upgrading their databases from SQL 2005.  This seminar was aimed at customers who are looking at a direct upgrade path to SQL 2014 to take advantage of features such as In-Memory processing and Cloud/Cluster failover. Here is a link


SCCM - Live and Online


Managing 25,000 desktop computers was the task at hand for one of my online participants. In all we had students from 8 locations across the USA and Canada in attendance.  System Center Configuration Manager is part of the Microsoft System Center suite, primarily targeted at the Private Cloud 



SQL Business Intelligence - Toronto


Business Intelligence allows an organization or company to gain insight into patterns in their operation.  This can lead to significant cost savings, troubleshooting and expansion opportunities. There is a stack of compatible products for visualizing data and results but SQL Server 2012/2014 is the premium product for Data mining, Warehousing and Reporting.  The workshop also included BI features of Excel, Office 365 with Power BI and Azure services for Big Data.



Server 2012 for Manitoba Hydro - Winnepeg


Windows Server 2012 R2 is a solid foundation for business IT infrastructure.  This customer had recently upgraded their master control room with large "always on" displays, height adjustable motorized tables and new servers.  However, the software used by this mission critical facility was still going through teething problems with the upgrade to a newer operating system.  The workshop helped them to find solutions to the upgrade path.



Sharepoint Training for ICBC - Vancouver


Sharepoint 2013 is Microsoft's way to get people to work together. It is also a very powerful, yet easy to use, tool for building a presence on the web. However, it is easy to get a pre-conceived idea of what it does or how to use it. Many of my customers hear the "elephant" story.  This particular customer has 3 business units who use the product as "Broker Link", "Employee Hub" and their public facing website.  They are a very dynamic and enthusiastic group and it was fun to share ideas, cover some basics and provide some inspiration. 


Customized Training for Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission - Ottawa


Dynamics CRM is widely accepted as a customer relationship platform.  However, the product is gaining traction for xRM or "anything" relationship management.  This government organization is the regulator for anything nuclear.  With heavy requirements for security and case management here is a great example of the flexibility of this product.  Several repeat IT Boot Camps were held in the Ottawa area for Government, Consultants, Industry and Telecoms



Customized Training for Grande Cache Coal - Live and Online


GC Coal is an Alberta-based energy company with shareholders in China and Japan.  They wanted to enhance their use of SharePoint amongst several departments including Regulatory, Administration, Mapping, Engineering and Operations. We were able to provide one week of intensive training with participants from the head office in Calgary and online attendance from the Grande Cache mining site. The ultimate goal is to provide collaboration and business insight as well as improve their business processes. They make extensive use of Dynamics AX for Financials and Manufacturing Operations with integration between industry specific applications.

 

Customized Training for Metafore Technologies Inc - Canada wide


For Microsoft Partners, the way to get on Microsoft's radar is to grow in the list of competencies.  This project involved internal training for 40+ professionals across Canada using online technology over a period of 7 months. 

 

Customized Training for Canadian Forces Base - Suffield


Sharepoint 2010 is available in 2 formats; Foundation and Server.  This client was using Sharepoint for various administrative purposes including Shared Calendars and Document Management.  They required End-User training for Sharepoint Foundation for several stakeholders within the Canadian Forces.
 
 

Customized Training for Ramstein Air Base - Germany


 
This client houses the Headquarters for the USAF and NATO in Europe.  The locations acts as a trans-shipment point for supplies destined for the Middle East, Europe, Asia and Africa. The associated IT systems must be inter-connected but they use different standards and protocols.  The customer was updating their Software Development skill set and required training to build effective user interfaces.  
 

 

Customized Training for Alpac - Athabasca


This client needed to update various database applications from Access 97 and 2000 to the available technologies in 2012.  The training included Visual Studio 2010 web development and database connectivity
 
 

Customized Training for City of Calgary


The city sells geomatics data to customers who are planning large construction projects.  The data provides information on utilities and piping so that these systems are not damaged.  They hired HP to re-engineer their e-commerce website but also required some fundamental training in Commerce Server, Dynamics CRM, SQL 2008 and Server 2008. Over a period of 3 weeks we were able to deliver enough training to bring them up to speed so that HP could effectively hand over their new site.
 
 

Customized Training for UBS - UK and USA


Onsite delivery of SQL 2008 Integration, Analysis and Reporting Service at their office in London, England. This was intended to supplement the installation of SQL by Microsoft Corp. The training was also delivered in New York via online format.
 
 
Applied Research in Server Based Computing - SAIT

This project was completed over a period of one year. Sponsored by Alberta Education (Stakeholder Technology Branch), SAIT and the Calgary Board of Education.

Various available technology options were explored, tested and evaluated.

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