Microsoft Directions Tour Reminder

So I found out that the Directions Tour still hasn’t filled up in it’s many locations. If you haven’t registered for this I recommend taking a solid look at it. This is a free series of sessions targeted to helping you utilize and discover the power/benefits of Microsoft technology for your organization. You also get the latest edition of Directions on Microsoft Enterprise Software Roadmap for free for attending! Register Now! 🙂

Here is the tour schedule to check what is available near you:

Mar 24 Winnipeg Still Available
Mar 26 Edmonton Still Available
Mar 31 Calgary Still Available
Mar 31 Montreal* Still Available
Apr 2 Vancouver Still Available
Apr 2 Ottawa No longer available
Apr 7 Mississauga Still Available
Apr 9 Toronto Still Available
Apr 15 Halifax Still Available

*Please note this event will be presented in English Only. Simultaneous translation will be made available.

I also outlined the sessions before here: but just in case I will repeat them again.

TOUR AGENDA (Toronto Agenda)



0800 – 0830 (30 min)

Arrivals, Registration, Continental Breakfast

0830 – 0900 (30 min)

Session 1: Innovating through Adversity: Optimizing IT in today’s Economy

In this session, we’ll discuss the current business environment and the role of Information Technology.  We’ll discuss a simple maturity model developed by Microsoft with Gartner that will help build a roadmap to optimized IT investments with goals of savings, productivity, or opportunity.

0900 – 1000 (60 min)

Session 2: Maximum Agility: Helping to reduce costs while maximizing efficiency with your core software foundation

We’ll discuss:

Building a roadmap towards core software foundation optimization.

The role virtualization plays in IT cost and productivity goals, along with optimal virtualization scenarios.

System management and security capabilities that can help manage, protect, and secure your environment in an optimized manner.

Products and tools for establishing an optimized desktop.

Best practices in establishing a cost-effective and highly productive core software infrastructure.

1000 – 1010 (10 min)


1010 – 1120 (70 min)

Session 3: On the Road to Peak Productivity: Driving business productivity through integrated innovation

In this session we’ll discuss:

Building a roadmap towards a software foundation that is optimized to drive business productivity.

Speeding collaboration, searching, and process flow through portals.

Minimizing costs and maximizing efficiency through online meetings and unified communications.

Cost-effective online service options for business productivity.

1120 – 1130 (10 min)


1130 – 1215 (45 min)

Session 4: Optimizing Operations: Maximizing potential through business-critical operations automation

In this session, we’ll discuss how Microsoft Dynamics® CRM and ERP solutions can help your company:

Increase operational efficiencies through automation, resulting in the ability to respond rapidly to the changing demands of your business.

Increase employee productivity with familiar tools, thereby reducing training time and increasing potential ROI.

By leveraging existing IT investments, as these solutions fit with your current systems, and will therefore help to maximize return on your current investments.

1215 – 1245 (30 min)

Wrap Up

1245 –

Light lunch (optional for attendees)

· Speakers available for additional Q&A

Hope you have the opportunity to take advantage of this,
Richard Harbridge

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