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Strategically Evolve Your Role as an IT Pro


Thursday, May 7th

09:00AM - 10:15AM



The traditional tasks of the IT professional role centered around configuration and administration. Going forward, one must evolve to meet the rapidly changing technology landscape, where public and private cloud, mobile, and hybrid options come into play. IT pros, today, require skill expansion on top of core infrastructure management capabilities, including technology advisory, business analysis, technical and business support, and evangelism functions. In a Microsoft environment, the IT pro role does not go away – it becomes even more essential. In this session, we discuss the transformation of the IT pro, outline some of the new opportunities, and provide much needed perspectives for businesses and individuals to prepare for the future.


Thursday, May 7th

09:00AM - 10:15AM




Christian Buckley Managing Director, Americas, GTconsult

Christian Buckley is an Office 365 MVP and Managing Director, Americas for GTconsult, a consulting and managed services provider in the US and South Africa. Christian was instrumental in the acquisitions of two SharePoint ISVs (echoTechnology in 2010, and Axceler in 2013) and helped build some of the most recognized product brands as Chief Evangelist at Axceler and Metalogix. He previously worked at Microsoft as part of the enterprise hosted SharePoint platform team (now part of Office365), and led an engineering team in advertising operations. Prior to Microsoft, Christian was managing director of a regional consulting firm in the San Francisco East Bay, started and sold two technology start-ups, and worked with some of the world's largest hi-tech and manufacturing firms to deploy collaboration and supply chain solutions. He can be found online at www.buckleyplanet.com and www.twitter.com/buckleyplanet

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