Past Events

01/28/2009
Computer Forensics 103 - Introduction to an Email Investigation

In this session you will learn the basics of an email investigation including Outlook, Lotus Notes, GroupWise and third party email (AOL, Yahoo, Gmail, etc.) We will examine several scenarios and illustrate the kind of information that can be extracted from common email. Examples will include SPAM and web based emails. You will find out just how much information can be gleaned from examining email including internet based email such as AOL, MSN, Yahoo, Gmail, as these 3rd party email providers often give people a false sense of anonymity.


Topic: Computer Forensics 103 - Introduction to an Email Investigation

Date: January 28, 2009

Time: 11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Project Leadership Associates, 200 W. Adams, Suite 250, Chicago, IL 60606




01/28/2009
Webcast Series: How to properly Plan, Deploy and Manage Windows Vista/Windows 7 - Topic 1: Windows Deployment Planning

Being able to effectively plan, deploy and manage Windows Vista/Windows 7 is fundamental to your IT infrastructure and directly correlates to the value Windows Vista/Windows 7 will be able to provide to your business. Simply stated, a chaotic Windows Vista/Windows 7 deployment can create havoc on your end users, IT and the overall business. To achieve a successful and well coordinated deployment of Windows Vista/Windows 7, a structured approach to planning, developing, testing, deploying and operating must be adopted.


Topic: Windows Deployment Planning

Date: January 28, 2009

Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Location: Live Meeting




01/29/2009
Connect + Share Summit

Join Project Leadership Associates and Microsoft for this special executive-level Connect + Share Summit to find out how using Microsoft solutions can help you overcome costs, optimize your organization, and respond to changing needs. This innovative executive session is designed to showcase the benefits of the full Microsoft platform.


Featured in this exclusive executive-level event:



  • Demonstration of Microsoft solutions in a sample optimized organization

  • Behind-the-scenes look at the Microsoft solution in an optimized organization

  • The business value of an optimized organization technology investment


Topic: Connect + Share Summit

Date: January 29, 2009

Time: 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Location: Hotel Sax Chicago, 333 North Dearborn, Chicago Illinois 60654




02/03/2009
Paralegal Technology Institute at LegalTech New York

How do you obtain valid, unspoiled evidence from paper vs. electronics? What are forensics applications? What are best practices in forensics including discovery strategy, investigative support and expert witnesses? This computer forensics workshop discusses the revision in the Federal Rules including Rules 26, 34 and 37. If you need to get a basic footing in computer forensics or need a refresher, this workshop is definitely for you.


Topic: Computer Forensics

Date: February 3, 2009

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location: The Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers




02/03/2009
Microsoft Desktop and SharePoint 2007 Deployment Days

Come join your local Microsoft team for a 'Deployment Day' event featuring local Desktop and SharePoint Deployment Planning Services partners. This full day event will include deployment sessions on both Office 2007 and SharePoint 2007 as well as provide a great venue to connect with deployment partners in your local area.


Topic: Microsoft Desktop and SharePoint 2007 Deployment Days

Date: February 3, 2009

Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Microsoft, 200 E Randolph Drive Suite 200 - MPR 2, AON Building, Chicago, Illinois 60601




02/04/2009
Midwest Messaging and Collaboration User Group - Winter Meeting

This half day event will include presentations, demos, great prizes and networking with your colleagues and vendors. The agenda includes:



  • Microsoft Office Communications Server and Tandberg video integration

  • MSONLINE - Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS)

  • Instant Messaging Security, Compliance and Management

  • The Importance of Training to a Successful Implementation

  • Understanding the Intricacies of the E-Cal - The Technologies and Their Impact on Licensing


Date: February 4, 2009

Time: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: Microsoft, 3025 Highland Parkway, Suite 300, Downers Grove, IL 60515




02/11/2009
Webcast Series: How to properly Plan, Deploy and Manage Windows Vista/Windows 7 - Topic 2: Image Engineering
Get an overview of image engineering using tools such as the MDT and/or the System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM); Provide details around leveraging the Task Sequencer to automate the build and capture of the image; Learn how to use these technologies to update your image to support new hardware models; Discover best practices in Image Engineering.

Topic: Image Engineering

Date: February 11, 2009

Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Location: Live Meeting




02/17/2009
Business Performance Management Executive Luncheon

Please join us to learn how Performance Management solutions can help you make the hard decisions and adjust to the new economy. As an executive, you know the importance of monitoring and managing business within and across departments throughout your organization. Gain insight into how a comprehensive performance management solution can help your organization effectively formulate strategy, drive execution, and monitor ongoing performance.


Attend this unique event and you will have the opportunity to network over lunch with performance management specialists and other business leaders to share experiences and insights around performance management.


Topic: Business Performance Management

Date: February 17, 2009

Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Ruth Chris Steakhouse, 431 N. Dearborn, Chicago, IL 60654




02/24/2009
Lake County Bar Association: Computer Forensics - Brown Bag Seminar

Topic: Computer Forensics

Date: February 24, 2009

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Location: Lake County Courthouse-C201




02/25/2009
Webcast Series: How to properly Plan, Deploy and Manage Windows Vista/Windows 7 - Topic 3: Image and Application Deployment and Management

Learn how to automate and manage the deployment of images and applications using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT), System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) and Application Virtualization (App-V). Learn the best practices for using each of these solutions and why they are important to the success of your overall deployment.


Topic: Image and Application Deployment and Management

Date: February 25, 2009

Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Location: Live Meeting




02/25/2009
Computer Forensics 101, 102 & e-Discovery Seminar

During this special session, we will discuss the basic strategies and protocol behind a computer forensic investigation. We will help you better understand how to prepare, what to look for and what questions to ask at the start of an investigation. We will also take you to the next level of a forensics investigation. We'll guide you through an IP investigation starting with the acquisition protocols, the steps of analysis and through reporting and potential court appearances. Advising your clients on ways to prevent spoliation and maintain a proper chain of custody will also be addressed. Our partner, Interwoven will also present on current e-Discovery trends and best practices.


Topic: Computer Forensics 101, 102 & e-Discovery

Date: February 25, 2009

Time: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Interwoven, 303 E. Wacker Drive, Suite 2700, Chicago, IL 60601




02/26/2009
Office Communications Server 2007 Release 2

Office Communications Server 2007 Release 2




03/05/2009
Unified Communications Business Value Series #1

How can I reduce travel costs and third party voice and web conferencing costs by implementing an integrated voice and video solution at the desktop?


Topic: Reduce travel, telephony and conferencing service costs by 50% or more

Date: March 5th, 2009

Time: 1:00 - 1:45 pm


Recording URL: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/placorp/view

Recording ID: NT2NNT

Attendee Key: Mnz/*,9tQ




03/10/2009
Accelerate Your Business - Even In A Slow Economy

Project Leadership Associates invites you to attend a web seminar to learn about the benefits of leveraging your Microsoft SharePoint environment to distribute your Business Objects reports. With a strong understanding of both Microsoft and Business Objects software, we'll show you the benefits of a single portal to publish and share reports and best practices through customer case studies to consider in planning your integration.


Topic: Leveraging SharePoint to distribute Business Objects reports

Date: March 10, 2009

Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm CST

Location: Live Meeting




03/10/2009
Disaster Recovery for Virtualized Environments

Join this interactive and informative luncheon workshop to learn how to build a simple, scalable and cost-effective disaster recovery solution for your virtual server environment!


Topic: Storage and Server Virtualization Solutions

Date: March 10, 2009

Time: 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Location: Gibson's Steakhouse, 5464 North River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018




03/11/2009
Records Management & e-Discovery Preparedness

Records management and eDiscovery preparedness is not a one-size fits all proposition. Solutions that may work for a Fortune 500 company likely will not be appropriate for a mid- to smaller-sized company which faces its own, unique challenges when addressing these issues. The development and implementation of records management programs and eDiscovery response plans must take into account these company's more limited budgets and smaller in-house legal and IT/IS departments. This presentation will focus on providing practical, proven advice to help mid- to smaller-sized companies minimize compliance and litigation risks as wel as reduce eDiscovery costs.


Date: March 11, 2009

Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Vedder Price, 222 N LaSalle Street, Suite 2600, Chicago, IL 60601




03/11/2009
Webcast Series: How to properly Plan, Deploy and Manage Windows Vista/Windows 7 - Topic 4: Configuration and Customizations
Learn how to leverage Group Policies, Advanced Group Policies, and Group Policy Preferences to restrict settings, manage group policies, and automate the customization of the desktop and post deployment tasks. Learn how you to reduce cost in your day-to-day operations.

Topic: Configuration and Customizations

Date: March 11, 2009

Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Location: Live Meeting



03/11/2009
The Best of SharePoint Conference 2009

Date: March 11, 2009

Time: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Location: Doubletree Hotel, 1909 Spring Road, Oak Brook, IL




03/18/2009
Computer Forensics 101

During this session we will discuss the basic strategies and protocol behind a computer forensic investigation. We will help you better understand how to prepare, what to look for and what questions to ask at the start of an investigation.


Topic: Computer Forensics

Date: March 18, 2009

Time: 11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Project Leadership Associates, 200 West Adams, Suite 250, Chicago, IL 60606




03/19/2009
Records Management & e-Discovery Preparedness

Records management and eDiscovery preparedness is not a one-size fits all proposition. Solutions that may work for a Fortune 500 company likely will not be appropriate for a mid- to smaller-sized company which faces its own, unique challenges when addressing these issues. The development and implementation of records management programs and eDiscovery response plans must take into account these company's more limited budgets and smaller in-house legal and IT/IS departments. This presentation will focus on providing practical, proven advice to help mid- to smaller-sized companies minimize compliance and litigation risks as wel as reduce eDiscovery costs.


Date: March 19, 2009

Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Hilton Garden Inn Schaumburg, 1191 Woodfield Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173




03/25/2009
Reduce your Desktop Lifecycle Management Costs by 40% - Desktop Virtualization Seminar

Project Leadership Associates, Microsoft, Citrix and Wyse invite you to attend our upcoming seminar at Chicago Indoor Racing. If you are interested in learning more about the next generation of desktop virtualization solutions, this is an event you won't want to miss.


Date: March 25, 2009

Time: 12:00- 6:00 pm

Location: Chicago Indoor Racing, 2381 W Army Trail Road, Addison, IL 60101




04/01/2009
The Business Value of Unified Communications

During this seminar you will learn how Microsoft Unified Communications solutions help streamline communications between people and organizations, bringing together e-mail, calendaring, voice mail, IM and presence, VoIP, audio, video, and Web conferencing. We will discuss various business scenarios using actual customer evidence, explore the solutions and demonstrate the products and solutions used to achieve the business goals.


Date: April 1, 2009

Time: 8:30 - 11:30 am

Location: Doubletree Guest Suites, 5353 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77056




04/09/2009
Reduce your Desktop Lifecycle Management Costs by 40% - Desktop Virtualization Seminar

Project Leadership Associates, Microsoft and Citrix invite you to attend our upcoming seminar at Track 21. If you are interested in learning more about the next generation of desktop virtualization solutions, this is an event you won't want to miss.


Date: April 9, 2009

Time: 12:00 - 6:00 pm

Location: Track 21, 4815 Hwy 6 North, Houston, TX 77084




04/15/2009
Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Showcase at Redstone

Come to our 3rd annual Executive Golf Outing and hear what the leading experts in Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity have to say. It could change the way you think about your business.


Date: April 15, 2009

Time: 7:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Redstone Golf Club, Humble, TX




04/17/2009
2009 Small Business Web Development Workshop

During this event, you will get a detailed overview of the entire web development process, participate in interactive Web planning sessions; and get one-on-one, follow-up consultations to develop a FREE, personalized Web site plan.


Date: April 17, 2009

Times: 8:00-10:00 am, 11:00am-1:00 pm; 2:00-4:00 pm

Location: Gibson's Steakhouse & Conference Center, 1028 N. Rush St.Chicago, IL 60611




04/22/2009
Computer Forensics 102 - Intellectual Property Investigations

This session goes to the next level of a forensics investigation. We'll take you through an IP investigation starting with the acquisition protocols, the steps of analysis and through reporting and potential court appearances. We will also address how to advise your clients on ways to prevent spoliation and to maintain a proper chain of custody.


Date: April 22, 2009

Time 11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Project Leadership Associates, 200 West Adams, Suite 250, Chicago, IL 60606




04/23/2009
Spotlight on Cost: How to Prioritize IT Projects to Reduce Costs

This webcast will provide step-by-step guidance on how to select and prioritize IT projects that will save money and meet your organization's unique needs. If you are seeking ways to immediately reduce costs, increase time to drive business value, and are ready to get started this webcast is a must!


Date: April 23, 2009

Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Location: Live Meeting




04/23/2009
Webcast Series: The Business Value of Unified Communications - Improve user productivity for your mobile and knowledge workers.

Experience the day in the life of a Unified Communications enabled user, how does he/she collaborate with their co-workers, how do they service their customers and stay in touch when it matters the most?




04/28/2009
Exchange 2007 Webcast Series - Topic 1: Exchange 2007 System Administration

Learn how Exchange Server 2007 allows administrators to have a complete scriptable command-line interface. See exchanges of PowerShell command options and how to complete routine tasks automatically in less time than in previous versions of Exchange.


Recording URL: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/placorp/view

Recording ID: RF6C6J

Attendee Key: C)^M5fb2P




05/06/2009
ILTA Risk Management PG: Pandemic Planning Issues

Session presented by Pam Hill, Project Leadership Associates

The current outbreak of swine flu is getting a good deal of media attention and has heightened awareness of the need to do pandemic planning. Please keep in mind it is in the media's interest to entertain as well as inform. So, while it is important not to over react, it is time to be prudent. Part of that prudence is educating yourself so you understand the appropriate actions to take at home and at work. This session will focus on actionable items you can do to prepare for a global pandemic.


Date: May 6, 2009

Location: Live Meeting




05/07/2009
Webcast Series: The Business Value of Unified Communications - Next generation voice and video at a price you can afford.

How can I add next generation voice and video solutions without replacing my existing PBX, therefore avoiding costly network and PBX upgrades?




05/21/2009
Webcast Series: The Business Value of Unified Communications - Extend the life of your existing phone system

How can I save costs and reduce complexity by consolidating and decentralizing my current voice and voicemail systems by utilizing software based Unified Communications? Do I need a PBX at my branch office?


Recording URL: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/placorp/view

Recording ID: SMB3R3

Attendee Key: S:f@67rmS




05/27/2009
Computer Forensics 103 - Introduction to an Email Investigation

In this session you will learn the basics of an email investigation including Outlook, Lotus Notes, GroupWise and third party email (AOL, Yahoo, Gmail, etc.) We will examine several scenarios and illustrate the kind of information that can be extracted from common email. Examples will include SPAM and web based emails. You will find out just how much information can be gleaned from examining email including internet based email such as AOL, MSN, Yahoo, Gmail, as these 3rd party email providers often give people a false sense of anonymity.


Date: May 27, 2009

Time: 11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Project Leadership Associates, 200 W. Adams, Suite 250, Chicago, IL 60606




05/28/2009
Exchange 2007 Webcast Series: Exchange 2007 Compliance and Security

Learn how Exchange Server 2007 helps simplify compliance with internal and regulatory controls by allowing you to easily filter, examine, change, journal and archive any message in your system, including e-mail, voice mail, and fax. Simplified, integrated, and more comprehensive information security: we can help your company achieve it. Using powerful and familiar technologies, including the Microsoft(R) Forefront(TM) family of security products, we can help you improve protection against spam, hackers, and viruses. We will help you to stay focused on supporting the business-not worrying about your security.


Recording URL: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/placorp/view

Recording ID: KW7DSQ

Attendee Key: wFS)/"#`8




06/03/2009
Midwest Messaging and Collaboration User Group - Spring Meeting

Topics include:

Deploying Office Communications Server

Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) - Exchange Online Standard

Improving data management for Microsoft SharePoint


Date: June 3, 2009

Time: 8:30 am - 11:45 am

Location: Microsoft, 200 E. Randolph, Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60601




06/16/2009
Exchange 2007 Webcast Series: High-availability and DR solutions provided by Exchange 2007 Service Pack 1

Learn how PLA has delivered built-in solutions within Microsoft Exchange 2007 SP1 to provide high-availability and DR. Learn from the notes of top PLA consultants who have provided SCC, CCR and SCR solutions to their customers.


Date: June 16, 2009

Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Location: Live Meeting




06/17/2009
ILTA SharePoint for Legal Symposium

Project Leadership Associates will be a guest speaker at this event.


Date: June 17-18, 2009

Time: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Microsoft, Downers Grove, IL 60515




06/19/2009
Building a winning combination - Microsoft SharePoint, Business Intelligence and the Chicago Cubs

Please join Microsoft and Project Leadership Associates (PLA), a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, for an afternoon Cubs game at one of Wrigley Field's magnificent rooftop clubhouses. Prior to the game, Microsoft and PLA are pleased to offer an interactive presentation demonstrating how proven implementation methodologies and Microsoft technology can help your organization and the Cubs improve the delivery of the right information to the right people at the right time. The presentation will centralize on how baseball organizations, such as the Cubs, could manage their organization by using Microsoft's SharePoint, PerformancePoint Services, and SQL Server Business Intelligence technology.


Date: June 19, 2009

Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Beyond the Ivy, 1010 W. Waveland Avenue, Chicago , IL 60613

Please contact Megan Samples at (312) 876-3769 for more information




06/23/2009
Exchange 2007 Webcast Series: MSONLINE - Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS)

Are you weighing in on the options surrounding Exchange Online in comparison to hosting your own Exchange Deployment? In this session we will discuss:



  • Standard vs. Dedicated Versions

  • Why Exchange Online vs. a Local Exchange Deployment within your organization?

  • Determining your company's ability to go to Exchange Online

  • Email Client Support

  • Email Co-existence with your existing deployment

  • Migrating your existing Exchange Environment to the Exchange online cloud


Date: June 23, 2009

Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Location: Live Meeting




06/23/2009
Windows 7 Hands-on Lunch & Learn

Come spend a few hours with us going through a fun, hands-on-lab and presentation-based seminar that will go over some the new features and benefits of Windows 7. According to many independent reviews, Windows 7 will definitely be an OS to deploy in the enterprise, so it's not a question of IF you will need to work with Windows 7, but rather WHEN. That being the case, this is a great way to get a head start on the training you need RIGHT now with this FREE seminar, so you can be prepared when users call you about Windows 7. This session will enable you to hit the road running on the latest version of Windows, or at the very least, help you find out if this is really as good as you have heard!


Date: June 23, 2009

Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Location: Directions Training 2625 Butterfield Road, Suite 209E, Oak Brook, IL 60523




06/24/2009
Computer Forensics 101

Project Leadership Associates (PLA) is one of Chicago's leading Computer Forensics Service Providers. We offer computer forensics, electronic data discovery, data collection, litigation project management and expert testimony services to legal and corporate clients across the Midwest. Back by popular demand, we are offering a FREE 1-hour Computer Forensics Training Session designed for attorneys, paralegals and litigation support personnel from both law firms and corporate legal departments.


Date: June 24, 2009

Time: 11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Project Leadership Associates, 200 W. Adams, Suite 250, Chicago, IL 60606




06/26/2009
Windows 7 Hands-on Lunch & Learn

Come spend a few hours with us going through a fun, hands-on-lab and presentation-based seminar that will go over some the new features and benefits of Windows 7. According to many independent reviews, Windows 7 will definitely be an OS to deploy in the enterprise, so it's not a question of IF you will need to work with Windows 7, but rather WHEN. That being the case, this is a great way to get a head start on the training you need RIGHT now with this FREE seminar, so you can be prepared when users call you about Windows 7. This session will enable you to hit the road running on the latest version of Windows, or at the very least, help you find out if this is really as good as you have heard!


Date: June 26, 2009

Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Location: Directions Training 2625 Butterfield Road, Suite 209E, Oak Brook, IL 60523




06/30/2009
Exchange Server 2010 Sneak Peak

On June 30, 2009 you and your colleagues are cordially invited to attend a Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Sneak Peak seminar. During this event, you'll not only learn about the new features and functionality but also get the opportunity to take Exchange Server 2010 for a test drive and have your specific questions answered by our team of Exchange experts.


Date: June 30, 2009

Time: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Microsoft, 200 E Randolph Dr, Ste 200 Chicago, IL 60069

Presentation available at http://cid-3cd22732698f63fd.skydrive.live.com/browse.aspx/Exchange%202010%20Sneak%20Peak%20June%2030%20Chicago




07/01/2009
Windows 7 Hands-on Lunch & Learn

Come spend a few hours with us going through a fun, hands-on-lab and presentation-based seminar that will go over some the new features and benefits of Windows 7. According to many independent reviews, Windows 7 will definitely be an OS to deploy in the enterprise, so it's not a question of IF you will need to work with Windows 7, but rather WHEN. That being the case, this is a great way to get a head start on the training you need RIGHT now with this FREE seminar, so you can be prepared when users call you about Windows 7. This session will enable you to hit the road running on the latest version of Windows, or at the very least, help you find out if this is really as good as you have heard!


Date: July 1, 2009

Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Location: Directions Training 208 S. LaSalle Suite 1655, Chicago, IL 60604




07/07/2009
Windows 7 Hands-on Lunch & Learn
Come spend a few hours with us going through a fun, hands-on-lab and presentation-based seminar that will go over some the new features and benefits of Windows 7. According to many independent reviews, Windows 7 will definitely be an OS to deploy in the enterprise, so it's not a question of IF you will need to work with Windows 7, but rather WHEN. That being the case, this is a great way to get a head start on the training you need RIGHT now with this FREE seminar, so you can be prepared when users call you about Windows 7. This session will enable you to hit the road running on the latest version of Windows, or at the very least, help you find out if this is really as good as you have heard!

Date: July 7, 2009
Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Location: Directions Training 2625 Butterfield Road, Suite 209E, Oak Brook, IL 60523
Registration for this event is now full.

07/09/2009
Windows 7 Hands-on Lunch & Learn

Come spend a few hours with us going through a fun, hands-on-lab and presentation-based seminar that will go over some the new features and benefits of Windows 7. According to many independent reviews, Windows 7 will definitely be an OS to deploy in the enterprise, so it's not a question of IF you will need to work with Windows 7, but rather WHEN. That being the case, this is a great way to get a head start on the training you need RIGHT now with this FREE seminar, so you can be prepared when users call you about Windows 7. This session will enable you to hit the road running on the latest version of Windows, or at the very least, help you find out if this is really as good as you have heard!


Date: July 9, 2009

Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Location: Directions Training 208 S. LaSalle Suite 1655, Chicago, IL 60604

Registration for this event is now full.




07/16/2009
Microsoft Windows Deployment & Application Compatibility One-Day Workshop

Learn more about the optimized desktop, Application Management, and the Microsoft Tools and Technologies to help understand Windows Application Compatibility.


Date: July 16, 2009

Time: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Microsoft, 200 E. Randolph, Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60601




07/24/2009
Microsoft Office 2007 Packaging & Deployment - Sponsored by ILTA

We will review current tools for packaging and deploying Microsoft Office 2007. Key focus will be on configuration of certain Office settings, Outlook profiles and Office Group Policy Objects.


Jay Parekh is a Partner and a Managing Consultant at Project Leadership Associates. Jay brings 15 years of IT experience and 13 of Professional Services with a focus on Desktop Solutions and Citrix


Date: July 24, 2009

Time: 11:00 am CST

Location: Webinar




07/28/2009
Windows 7 Hands-on Lunch & Learn

Come spend a few hours with us going through a fun, hands-on-lab and presentation-based seminar that will go over some the new features and benefits of Windows 7. According to many independent reviews, Windows 7 will definitely be an OS to deploy in the enterprise, so it's not a question of IF you will need to work with Windows 7, but rather WHEN. That being the case, this is a great way to get a head start on the training you need RIGHT now with this FREE seminar, so you can be prepared when users call you about Windows 7. This session will enable you to hit the road running on the latest version of Windows, or at the very least, help you find out if this is really as good as you have heard!


Date:July 28, 2009

Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Location: Directions Training, 208 S. LaSalle, Suite 1655, Chicago, IL 60604

Registration for this event is now full.




08/04/2009
Microsoft Windows Deployment & Application Compatibility One-Day Workshop

Learn more about the optimized desktop, Application Management, and the Microsoft Tools and Technologies to help understand Windows Application Compatibility.


Date: August 4, 2009

Time: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Microsoft, 200 E. Randolph, Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60601




08/06/2009
Windows 7 Hands-on Lunch & Learn

Come spend a few hours with us going through a fun, hands-on-lab and presentation-based seminar that will go over some the new features and benefits of Windows 7. According to many independent reviews, Windows 7 will definitely be an OS to deploy in the enterprise, so it's not a question of IF you will need to work with Windows 7, but rather WHEN. That being the case, this is a great way to get a head start on the training you need RIGHT now with this FREE seminar, so you can be prepared when users call you about Windows 7. This session will enable you to hit the road running on the latest version of Windows, or at the very least, help you find out if this is really as good as you have heard!


Date: August 6, 2009

Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Location: Directions Training, 208 S. LaSalle, Suite 1655, Chicago, IL 60604

Registration for this event is now full.




08/07/2009
Windows 7 Hands-on Lunch & Learn

Come spend a few hours with us going through a fun, hands-on-lab and presentation-based seminar that will go over some the new features and benefits of Windows 7. According to many independent reviews, Windows 7 will definitely be an OS to deploy in the enterprise, so it's not a question of IF you will need to work with Windows 7, but rather WHEN. That being the case, this is a great way to get a head start on the training you need RIGHT now with this FREE seminar, so you can be prepared when users call you about Windows 7. This session will enable you to hit the road running on the latest version of Windows, or at the very least, help you find out if this is really as good as you have heard!


Date: August 7, 2009

Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Location: Directions Training, 2625 Butterfield Road, Suite 209E, Oak Brook, IL 60523

Registration for this event is now full.




08/11/2009
Windows 7 Hands-on Lunch & Learn

Come spend a few hours with us going through a fun, hands-on-lab and presentation-based seminar that will go over some the new features and benefits of Windows 7. According to many independent reviews, Windows 7 will definitely be an OS to deploy in the enterprise, so it's not a question of IF you will need to work with Windows 7, but rather WHEN. That being the case, this is a great way to get a head start on the training you need RIGHT now with this FREE seminar, so you can be prepared when users call you about Windows 7. This session will enable you to hit the road running on the latest version of Windows, or at the very least, help you find out if this is really as good as you have heard!


Date: August 11, 2009

Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Location: Directions Training 208 S. LaSalle Suite 1655, Chicago, IL 60604

Registration for this event is now full.




08/14/2009
Windows 7 Hands-on Lunch & Learn

Come spend a few hours with us going through a fun, hands-on-lab and presentation-based seminar that will go over some the new features and benefits of Windows 7. According to many independent reviews, Windows 7 will definitely be an OS to deploy in the enterprise, so it's not a question of IF you will need to work with Windows 7, but rather WHEN. That being the case, this is a great way to get a head start on the training you need RIGHT now with this FREE seminar, so you can be prepared when users call you about Windows 7. This session will enable you to hit the road running on the latest version of Windows, or at the very least, help you find out if this is really as good as you have heard!


Date: August 14, 2009

Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Location: Directions Training 2625 Butterfield Road, Suite 209E, Oak Brook, IL 60523

Registration for this event is now full.




08/27/2009
Midwest Messaging and Collaboration User Group - Exchange 2010 Sneak Peek

During this Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Sneak Peek seminar, you'll not only learn about the new features and functionality but also get the opportunity to have your specific questions answered by our team of Exchange experts.


Date: August 27, 2009

Time: 12:00 - 5:00 pm

Location: Microsoft, 3025 Highland Parkway, Suite 300, Downers Grove, IL 60515




09/02/2009
ALA Bi-Annual Educational Conference and Vendor Show

The Greater Chicago Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators will host a one-day Educational Conference and Business Partner Exhibition. This conference will offer legal professionals the opportunity to gain knowledge in a variety of areas, to network with other legal professionals and to get a first hand look at new products and services offered by our vendor business partners.


Date: September 2, 2009

Time: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Location: Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers - 301 W. N. Water Street, Chicago, IL 60611




09/03/2009
Windows 7 Hands-on Lunch & Learn

Come spend a few hours with us going through a fun, hands-on-lab and presentation-based seminar that will go over some the new features and benefits of Windows 7. According to many independent reviews, Windows 7 will definitely be an OS to deploy in the enterprise, so it's not a question of IF you will need to work with Windows 7, but rather WHEN. That being the case, this is a great way to get a head start on the training you need RIGHT now with this FREE seminar, so you can be prepared when users call you about Windows 7. This session will enable you to hit the road running on the latest version of Windows, or at the very least, help you find out if this is really as good as you have heard!


Date: Thursday, September 3, 2009

Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Location: Microsoft Corporation, 200 East Randolph Drive, Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60601




09/04/2009
Windows 7 Hands-on Lunch & Learn

Come spend a few hours with us going through a fun, hands-on-lab and presentation-based seminar that will go over some the new features and benefits of Windows 7. According to many independent reviews, Windows 7 will definitely be an OS to deploy in the enterprise, so it's not a question of IF you will need to work with Windows 7, but rather WHEN. That being the case, this is a great way to get a head start on the training you need RIGHT now with this FREE seminar, so you can be prepared when users call you about Windows 7. This session will enable you to hit the road running on the latest version of Windows, or at the very least, help you find out if this is really as good as you have heard!


Date: Friday, September 4, 2009

Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Location: Directions Training, 2625 Butterfield Road, Suite 209E, Oakbrook, IL 60523




09/10/2009
Windows 7 Hands-on Lunch & Learn

Come spend a few hours with us going through a fun, hands-on-lab and presentation-based seminar that will go over some the new features and benefits of Windows 7. According to many independent reviews, Windows 7 will definitely be an OS to deploy in the enterprise, so it's not a question of IF you will need to work with Windows 7, but rather WHEN. That being the case, this is a great way to get a head start on the training you need RIGHT now with this FREE seminar, so you can be prepared when users call you about Windows 7. This session will enable you to hit the road running on the latest version of Windows, or at the very least, help you find out if this is really as good as you have heard!


Date: Thursday, September 10, 2009

Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Location: Directions Training, 2625 Butterfield Road, Suite 209E, Oakbrook, IL 60523




09/11/2009
Windows 7 Hands-on Lunch & Learn

Come spend a few hours with us going through a fun, hands-on-lab and presentation-based seminar that will go over some the new features and benefits of Windows 7. According to many independent reviews, Windows 7 will definitely be an OS to deploy in the enterprise, so it's not a question of IF you will need to work with Windows 7, but rather WHEN. That being the case, this is a great way to get a head start on the training you need RIGHT now with this FREE seminar, so you can be prepared when users call you about Windows 7. This session will enable you to hit the road running on the latest version of Windows, or at the very least, help you find out if this is really as good as you have heard!


Date: Friday, September 11, 2009

Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Location: Microsoft Corporation, 200 East Randolph Drive, Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60601




09/15/2009
Executive Golf Outing at Olympia Fields
Project Leadership Associates is hosting an exclusive, invitation only golf outing at Olympia Fields Golf Club on September 15th. The day will include a round of golf on the North Course (home of the 2003 US Open), lunch, appetizers, cocktails, great prizes and a brief presentation from our event sponsors. We hope you will be able to join us at one of Chicago's premiere courses as we walk in the footsteps of some of the games greatest players.

Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Olympia Fields Country Club, 2800 Country Club Drive, Olympia Fields, IL 60461




09/17/2009
Exchange 2010 Sneak Peek

During this Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Sneak Peek seminar, you'll not only learn about the new features and functionality but also get the opportunity to have your specific questions answered by our team of Exchange experts.


Date: Thursday, September 17, 2009

Time: 12:00 - 5:00 pm

Location: Microsoft Corporation, 500 E. 96th St., Parkwood Business Park, Building Four Suite 460, Indianapolis, IN 46240

Presentation available at http://cid-3cd22732698f63fd.skydrive.live.com/browse.aspx/Exchange%202010%20Sneak%20Peak%20June%2030%20Chicago




09/17/2009
Budgeting & Planning for the Legal Industry

Join Project Leadership Associates and Adaptive Planning for an informative webinar that will examine budgeting and forecasting solutions for the legal industry. Hear real-world perspectives from Dan Safran, Executive Vice President for Project Leadership's Legal industry vertical, who will discuss the business drivers influencing law firms in the current economy.


Date: Thursday, September 17, 2009

Recording available at https://adaptiveplanning.webex.com/adaptiveplanning/lsr.php?AT=pb&SP=EC&rID=48060512&rKey=c9716a3ba95e49dc




09/22/2009
Windows 7 Lunch & Learn Seminar

Come spend a few hours with us going through a presentation-based seminar that will go over some the new features and benefits of Windows 7. According to many independent reviews, Windows 7 will definitely be an OS to deploy in the enterprise, so it's not a question of IF you will need to work with Windows 7, but rather WHEN. That being the case, this is a great way to get a head start on the training you need RIGHT now with this FREE seminar, so you can be prepared when users call you about Windows 7. This session will enable you to hit the road running on the latest version of Windows, or at the very least, help you find out if this is really as good as you have heard!


Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Location: Microsoft Corporation, One Briar Lake Plaza, 2000 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. S. #350,

Houston, TX 77042




09/24/2009
Windows 7 Hands-on Lunch & Learn

Come spend a few hours with us going through a fun, hands-on-lab and presentation-based seminar that will go over some the new features and benefits of Windows 7. According to many independent reviews, Windows 7 will definitely be an OS to deploy in the enterprise, so it's not a question of IF you will need to work with Windows 7, but rather WHEN. That being the case, this is a great way to get a head start on the training you need RIGHT now with this FREE seminar, so you can be prepared when users call you about Windows 7. This session will enable you to hit the road running on the latest version of Windows, or at the very least, help you find out if this is really as good as you have heard!


Date: Thursday, September 24, 2009

Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Location: Microsoft Corporation, 500 E. 96th St., Parkwood Business Park, Building Four Suite 460, Indianapolis, IN 46240




10/06/2009
Microsoft Windows Deployment & Application Compatibility One-Day Workshop

Learn more about the optimized desktop, Application Management, and the Microsoft Tools and Technologies to help understand Windows Application Compatibility.


Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Time: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Westin, 70 Yorktown Center, Cypress B, Lombard, IL 60148




10/08/2009
Windows 7 Lunch & Learn Seminar

Come spend a few hours with us going through a fun presentation-based seminar that will go over some the new features and benefits of Windows 7. According to many independent reviews, Windows 7 will definitely be an OS to deploy in the enterprise, so it's not a question of IF you will need to work with Windows 7, but rather WHEN. That being the case, this is a great way to get a head start on the training you need RIGHT now with this FREE seminar, so you can be prepared when users call you about Windows 7. This session will enable you to hit the road running on the latest version of Windows, or at the very least, help you find out if this is really as good as you have heard!


Date: Thursday, October 8, 2009

Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Location: Duke Realty Corporation, 900 E. 96th Street, Parkwood Crossing Building 9, 5th Floor Conference Room, Indianapolis, IN 46240




10/13/2009
AIIM Conference - ECM Seminar (Event Sponsor with Mimosa)


What does the "E" in ECM really mean? Join us at our FREE educational seminars to learn how to move from just reacting to new content demands, to creating the ideal information management strategy for your organization.



D
ate: Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Time 8:30 am- 4:00 pm

Location: Hyatt Regency O'Hare, 9300 West Bryn Mawr Avenue, Rosemont, IL



10/14/2009
Computer Forensics 102 - Intellectual Property Investigations

This session goes to the next level of a forensics investigation. We'll take you through an IP investigation starting with the acquisition protocols, the steps of analysis and through reporting and potential court appearances. We will also address how to advise your clients on ways to prevent spoliation and to maintain a proper chain of custody.


Date: October 14, 2009

Time 11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Project Leadership Associates, 200 West Adams, Suite 250, Chicago, IL 60606




10/14/2009
Exchange 2010 Sneak Peek

During this Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Sneak Peek seminar, you'll not only learn about the new features and functionality but also get the opportunity to have your specific questions answered by our team of Exchange experts.


Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Time: 12:00 - 5:00 pm

Location: Microsoft Corporation, One Briar Lake Plaza, 2000 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. S. #350, Houston, TX 77042

Download presentation http://cid-3cd22732698f63fd.skydrive.live.com/browse.aspx/Exchange%202010%20Sneak%20Peak%20June%2030%20Chicago




10/15/2009
Windows 7 Lunch & Learn Seminar

Come spend a few hours with us going through a fun, presentation-based seminar that will go over some the new features and benefits of Windows 7. According to many independent reviews, Windows 7 will definitely be an OS to deploy in the enterprise, so it's not a question of IF you will need to work with Windows 7, but rather WHEN. That being the case, this is a great way to get a head start on the training you need RIGHT now with this FREE seminar, so you can be prepared when users call you about Windows 7. This session will enable you to hit the road running on the latest version of Windows, or at the very least, help you find out if this is really as good as you have heard!


Date: Thursday, October 15, 2009

Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Location: W Hotel City Center, 172 W. Adams, Industry II, Chicago, IL 60606




10/16/2009
Windows 7 Hands-on Lunch & Learn

Come spend a few hours with us going through a fun, hands-on-lab and presentation-based seminar that will go over some the new features and benefits of Windows 7. According to many independent reviews, Windows 7 will definitely be an OS to deploy in the enterprise, so it's not a question of IF you will need to work with Windows 7, but rather WHEN. That being the case, this is a great way to get a head start on the training you need RIGHT now with this FREE seminar, so you can be prepared when users call you about Windows 7. This session will enable you to hit the road running on the latest version of Windows, or at the very least, help you find out if this is really as good as you have heard!


Date: Friday, October 16, 2009

Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Location: Directions Training, 2625 Butterfield Road, Suite 209E, Oakbrook, IL 60523




10/21/2009
Business Performance Management and Chicago Bulls Tip-Off Luncheon

Please join Microsoft and Project Leadership Associates (PLA), for an informative seminar on Business Intelligence and Collaboration. Following the seminar our group will be attending the Chicago Bulls Tip-Off Luncheon to celebrate the start of their 2009/2010 season. Prior to the luncheon, Microsoft and PLA are pleased to offer an interactive presentation demonstrating how proven implementation methodologies and Microsoft technology can help your organization and the Bulls improve the delivery of the right information, to the right people, at the right time. The presentation will centralize how delivering quality and interactive information, via Microsoft SharePoint, Performance Point Services, and SQL Server Business Intelligence technology, will allow the business community to make better and faster decisions.


Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Time: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Drive, Gold Coast Room, Chicago, IL 60601




10/22/2009
Microsoft Windows Deployment & Application Compatibility One-Day Workshop

Learn more about the optimized desktop, Application Management, and the Microsoft Tools and Technologies to help understand Windows Application Compatibility.


Date: Thursday, October 22, 2009

Time: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Microsoft, 500 E. 96th St., Parkwood Business Park, Building Four Suite 460,

Indianapolis, IN 46240




10/27/2009
Windows 7 Lunch & Learn Seminar

Come spend a few hours with us going through a presentation-based seminar that will go over some the new features and benefits of Windows 7. According to many independent reviews, Windows 7 will definitely be an OS to deploy in the enterprise, so it's not a question of IF you will need to work with Windows 7, but rather WHEN. That being the case, this is a great way to get a head start on the training you need RIGHT now with this FREE seminar, so you can be prepared when users call you about Windows 7. This session will enable you to hit the road running on the latest version of Windows, or at the very least, help you find out if this is really as good as you have heard!


Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Location: Microsoft Corporation, One Briar Lake Plaza, 2000 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. S. #350,

Houston, TX 77042




11/03/2009
Microsoft Windows Deployment & Application Compatibility One-Day Workshop

Learn more about the optimized desktop, Application Management, and the Microsoft Tools and Technologies to help understand Windows Application Compatibility.


Date: Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Time: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Microsoft, One Briar Lake Plaza, 2000 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. S. #350, Houston, TX 77042

Register online at https://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=140243




11/07/2009
The SharePoint 2010 Road Show

Sponsored by Microsoft, International SharePoint Professionals Association ("ISPA") and other major vendors with one goal in mind: SharePoint 2010 Education! You'll see SharePoint 2010 in action and have a change to ask questions in a roundtable format. Speakers will include Microsoft staff, SharePoint MVP's and local SharePoint evangelists. The event free for everyone, seating is limited and registration is required.


Date: Saturday, November 7th, 2009

Time: 8:30am to 5:00pm

Location: Clarity Consulting - 1 North Franklin Street, 34th Floor, Chicago IL 60606

Register online at https://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=141392




11/10/2009
Windows 7 Lunch & Learn Seminar

Come spend a few hours with us going through a fun presentation-based seminar that will go over some the new features and benefits of Windows 7. According to many independent reviews, Windows 7 will definitely be an OS to deploy in the enterprise, so it's not a question of IF you will need to work with Windows 7, but rather WHEN. That being the case, this is a great way to get a head start on the training you need RIGHT now with this FREE seminar, so you can be prepared when users call you about Windows 7. This session will enable you to hit the road running on the latest version of Windows, or at the very least, help you find out if this is really as good as you have heard!


Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Lucas Oil Stadium Home of the Indianapolis Colts, 500 South Capitol Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46625

Register online at https://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=141477




11/11/2009
Computer Forensics 103 - Introduction to an Email Investigation

In this session you will learn the basics of an email investigation including Outlook, Lotus Notes, GroupWise and third party email (AOL, Yahoo, Gmail, etc.) We will examine several scenarios and illustrate the kind of information that can be extracted from common email. Examples will include SPAM and web based emails. You will find out just how much information can be gleaned from examining email including internet based email such as AOL, MSN, Yahoo, Gmail, as these 3rd party email providers often give people a false sense of anonymity.


Topic: Computer Forensics 103 - Introduction to an Email Investigation

Date: November 11, 2009

Time: 11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Project Leadership Associates, 200 W. Adams, Suite 250, Chicago, IL 60606

Register online at https://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=140244




11/12/2009
Windows 7 Hands-on Lunch & Learn

Come spend a few hours with us going through a fun, hands-on-lab and presentation-based seminar that will go over some the new features and benefits of Windows 7. According to many independent reviews, Windows 7 will definitely be an OS to deploy in the enterprise, so it's not a question of IF you will need to work with Windows 7, but rather WHEN. That being the case, this is a great way to get a head start on the training you need RIGHT now with this FREE seminar, so you can be prepared when users call you about Windows 7. This session will enable you to hit the road running on the latest version of Windows, or at the very least, help you find out if this is really as good as you have heard!


Date: Thursday, November 12, 2009

Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Location: Microsoft Corporation, 3025 Highland Pkwy., Suite 300, Downers Grove, IL 60515

Register online at https://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=140246




11/17/2009
Exchange 2010 Seminar at MillerCoors

During this Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 seminar, you'll not only learn about the new features and functionality but also get the opportunity to have your specific questions answered by our team of Exchange experts.


Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Time: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location: Miller Inn, 3931 West State Street, Milwaukee, WI 53208

Register online at https://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=142125




11/17/2009
Records Management and eDiscovery Preparedness for the Mid- to Smaller-Sized Business

Records management and eDiscovery preparedness is not a one-size fits all proposition. Solutions that may work for a Fortune 500 company likely will not be appropriate for a mid- to smaller-sized company which faces its own, unique challenges when addressing these issues. The development and implementation of records management programs and eDiscovery response plans must take into account these company’s more limited budgets and smaller in-house legal and IT/IS departments. This presentation will focus on providing practical, proven advice to help mid- to smaller-sized companies minimize compliance and litigation risks as wel as reduce eDiscovery costs.


Date: November 17, 2009

Time: 8:00 - 11:30 am

Location: Microsoft Corporation, 3025 Highland Pkwy., Suite 300, Downers Grove, IL 60515

Register online at https://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=140248




11/18/2009
Windows 7 Lunch & Learn Seminar

Come spend a few hours with us going through a presentation-based seminar that will go over some the new features and benefits of Windows 7. According to many independent reviews, Windows 7 will definitely be an OS to deploy in the enterprise, so it's not a question of IF you will need to work with Windows 7, but rather WHEN. That being the case, this is a great way to get a head start on the training you need RIGHT now with this FREE seminar, so you can be prepared when users call you about Windows 7. This session will enable you to hit the road running on the latest version of Windows, or at the very least, help you find out if this is really as good as you have heard!


Date: November 18, 2009

Time: 12:00 - 5:00 pm EST

Location: Reliant Stadium - Home of the Houston Texans, Two Reliant Park, Houston, TX 77054

Register online at https://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=141478




12/04/2009
The New Efficiency Model - CIO Briefing

Join Microsoft, Project Leadership Associates and the Gartner Group as we present, The New Efficiency Model, where cost savings, innovation and productivity come together through IT to deliver operational improvements while amplifying the impact of your people.


Date: Friday, December 4th

Time:11:45 am - 1:30 pm

Location: Microsoft, 200 East Randolph Dr, Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60601

Register online at https://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=143025




12/08/2009
Leveraging Sharepoint to Drive Client Retention and Matter Team Effectiveness

Please join PLA, Handshake Software, Microsoft and ILTA at this special event designed for marketing and technology decision makers and professionals in the legal industry. As a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and an industry leader in legal business and technology consulting services, Project Leadership Associates, Inc. is pleased to invite you to attend a seminar showcasing Microsoft Office SharePoint Server intranet and extranet solutions. Find out how Microsoft Office SharePoint Server provides an integrated suite of server capabilities that can help improve organizational effectiveness by providing collaboration and enterprise search enabling information sharing for better business insight.


Date: December 8, 2009

Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Willis Tower, 233 S. Wacker Drive, 33rd Floor, Chicago, IL 60606

Register online at https://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=143322




12/09/2009
Leveraging Sharepoint to Drive Client Retention and Matter Team Effectiveness

Please join PLA, Handshake Software, Microsoft and ILTA at this special event designed for marketing and technology decision makers and professionals in the legal industry. As a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and an industry leader in legal business and technology consulting services, Project Leadership Associates, Inc. is pleased to invite you to attend a seminar showcasing Microsoft Office SharePoint Server intranet and extranet solutions. Find out how Microsoft Office SharePoint Server provides an integrated suite of server capabilities that can help improve organizational effectiveness by providing collaboration and enterprise search enabling information sharing for better business insight.


Date: December 9, 2009

Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Yetter Warden, 909 Fannin Street, Suite 3600, Houston, TX 77010

Register online at https://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=143323




01/28/2010
Is Cloud Computing an Option for Your Organization?

Join Microsoft and PLA during this two hour event to better understand if cloud computing is an option for your organization. Understand the services offered and how they will integrate or how migrating to this new world of services can help your organization provide the highest level of features and functionality at a managed cost.


Date: January 28, 2010

Time: 9:00 - 11:30 am

Location: Willis Tower, 233 S. Wacker Drive, 33rd Floor - Adams Room, Chicago, IL 60606

Register online at https://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=141355




02/02/2010
Is Cloud Computing an Option for Your Organization?

Join Microsoft and PLA during this two hour event to better understand if cloud computing is an option for your organization. Understand the services offered and how they will integrate or how migrating to this new world of services can help your organization provide the highest level of features and functionality at a managed cost.


Date: February 2, 2010

Time: 8:30 - 10:30 CST / 9:30 - 11:30 am EST

Location: Live Meeting - Please email Megan Samples at msamples@placorp.com for Live Meeting details.

Register online at https://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=145137




02/04/2010
Is Cloud Computing an Option for Your Organization?

Join Microsoft and PLA during this two hour event to better understand if cloud computing is an option for your organization. Understand the services offered and how they will integrate or how migrating to this new world of services can help your organization provide the highest level of features and functionality at a managed cost.


Date: February 4, 2010

Time: 11:30 - 1:30 pm

Location: Live Meeting - Please contact Megan Samples at msamples@placorp.com for Live Meeting details.

Register online at http://www.clicktoattend.com/?id=145143




02/11/2010
Is Cloud Computing an Option for Your Organization?

Join Microsoft and PLA during this two hour event to better understand if cloud computing is an option for your organization. Understand the services offered and how they will integrate or how migrating to this new world of services can help your organization provide the highest level of features and functionality at a managed cost.


Date: February 11, 2010

Time: 9:00 - 11:30 am

Location: Microsoft Corporation, One Briar Lake Plaza, 2000 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. S. #350, Houston, TX 77042

Register online at https://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=142006




02/25/2010
Reduce costs, manage risks and improve efficiency with Windows 7

Project Leadership Associates and ILTA will be hosting a lunch seminar for IT professionals in the legal industry to learn about Windows 7, understand how it will interact with legal applications and walk away with an increased knowledge of deployment best practices and what tools and guidance are available to help you get started in planning your deployment.


Date: February 25, 2010

Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Location: Vinson & Elkins LLP, 1001 Fannin, Suite 2500, Houston, TX 77002

Register online at http://www.iltanet.org/MainMenuCategory/Meetings/RegionalEvents/REG_HOU_022510_1582.aspx




02/25/2010
Records Management & e-Discovery Preparedness Seminar

Project Leadership Associates and Vedder Price invite you to attend a half day of informational presentations covering Records Management and e-Discovery preparedness.


Records management and eDiscovery preparedness is not a one-size fits all proposition. Solutions that may work for a Fortune 500 company likely will not be appropriate for a mid- to smaller-sized company which faces its own, unique challenges when addressing these issues. The development and implementation of records management programs and eDiscovery response plans must take into account these company's more limited budgets and smaller in-house legal and IT/IS departments.This seminar will focus on providing practical, proven advice to help mid- to smaller-sized companies minimize compliance and litigation risks as well as reduce eDiscovery costs.


Date: February 25, 2010

Time: 8:00 - 11:30 am

Location: Vedder Price P.C., 222 N. Lasalle Street, Suite 2200, Chicago, IL 60610

Register online at https://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=144615




03/02/2010
Microsoft 2010 Technology Symposium - Houston

Join Microsoft and Project Leadership Associates for a full day of presentations to hear the latest information on Windows 7, Office 2010, Microsoft Business Intelligence, SharePoint 2010, Exchange 2010, Hyper-V, Windows Server 2008 R2 and more!


You are encouraged to attend for the full day, part of the day or just a few sessions. The choice is up to you. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.


Date: March 2, 2010

Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: House of Blues, 1204 Caroline Street, Bronze Peacock Room, Houston, TX 77002

Register online at https://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=145776




03/03/2010
Microsoft 2010 Technology Symposium - San Antonio

Join Microsoft and Project Leadership Associates for a full day of presentations to hear the latest information on Windows 7, Office 2010, Microsoft Business Intelligence, SharePoint 2010, Exchange 2010, Hyper-V, Windows Server 2008 R2 and more!


You are encouraged to attend for the full day, part of the day or just a few sessions. The choice is up to you. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.


Date: March 3, 2010

Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Marriott River Center, 101 Bowie Street, San Antonio, TX 78205

Register online at https://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=145778




03/04/2010
Microsoft 2010 Technology Symposium - Dallas
Join Microsoft and Project Leadership Associates for a full day of presentations to hear the latest information on Windows 7, Office 2010, Microsoft Business Intelligence, SharePoint 2010, Exchange 2010, Hyper-V, Windows Server 2008 R2 and more!

You are encouraged to attend for the full day, part of the day or just a few sessions. The choice is up to you. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.

Date: March 4, 2010
Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar Street, Special Events Room, Dallas, TX 75202
Register online at https://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=145779

03/05/2010
Managing the Desktop with Group Policy Objects

Is the complexity of your login script, desktop policies or imaging processes creating support and security issues for you and your team? Managing the ever changing and demanding requirements of your firm?s end user community, while maintaining lower costs, stability and security requirements dictates that you leverage group policy objects in your overall IT management plan.


Join us for a webinar designed to help you understand, develop and execute an effective group policy management plan for your firm using Microsoft?s Active Directory with Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7.


Date: March 5, 2010

Time: 11:00 am CST

Location: Webinar

Register online at http://www.iltanet.org/MainMenuCategory/Meetings/Webinars/WEB_MS_030510_1616.aspx




03/10/2010
Planning for 2010: Key Factors for Finance

Join us for an informative seminar which will recap the state of financial management in 2009, share up-to-date expectations for economic and corporate performance in 2010, and review best practices for ensuring that your planning and reporting support your company's success in the coming year.


Date: March 10, 2010

Time: 8:00 -11:00 am

Location: Willis Tower, 233 S. Wacker Drive, 67th Floor - Illinois Room, Chicago, IL 60606

Register online at http://www.adaptiveplanning.com/news/events-registration.php




03/10/2010
Association of Legal Administrators - Business Partner Expo

This event is co-sponsored by the Dallas Cahapter of ALA, Dallas Bar Association and business partners servicing the Dallas legal community. Project Leadership Associates will be participating in this event as an exhibiting sponsor.


Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Location: The Pavilion at the Belo Mansion, 2101 Ross Avenue, Dallas, TX

For details and registration email: nscott@hensleeschwartz.com




03/17/2010
Computer Forensics 101

During this session we will discuss the basic strategies and protocol behind a computer forensic investigation. We will help you better understand how to prepare, what to look for and what questions to ask at the start of an investigation.


Date: March 17, 2010

Time: 11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Project Leadership Associates, 200 W. Adams, Suite 250, Chicago, IL 60606

Register online at https://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=144540




03/19/2010
13th Annual Labor and Employment Law Update

PLA will be delivering a presentation on E-Mail privacy, E-Discovery, Blogs, and Texting.


Date: March 19, 2010

Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: UBS Tower & Conference Center

Register online at https://www.iicle.com/BooksandProducts/NewProductDetails.aspx?ID=3648&OID=0&APP=2




03/23/2010
Microsoft Windows Deployment & Application Compatibility One-Day Workshop

Learn more about the optimized desktop, Application Management, and the Microsoft Tools and Technologies to help understand Windows Application Compatibility.


Date: March 23, 2010

Time: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Microsoft Corporation, 200 East Randolph Drive, Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60601

Register online at https://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=144808




03/31/2010
Leveraging Sharepoint to Drive Client Retention and Matter Team Effectiveness

Please join PLA, Handshake Software, Microsoft and ILTA at this special event designed for marketing, technology decision makers and professionals in the legal industry. As a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and an industry leader in legal business and technology consulting services, Project Leadership Associates, Inc. is pleased to invite you to attend a seminar showcasing Microsoft Office SharePoint Server intranet and extranet solutions. Find out how Microsoft Office SharePoint Server provides an integrated suite of server capabilities that can help improve organizational effectiveness by providing collaboration and enterprise search enabling information sharing for better business insight.


Date: March 31, 2010

Time: 8:00 am - 11:45 am

Location: TBD

Register online at http://www.iltanet.org/Product-Pull/Meeting-Products/REG_WAS_021610_1550.aspx




03/31/2010
Microsoft Windows Deployment & Application Compatibility One-Day Workshop

Learn more about the optimized desktop, Application Management, and the Microsoft Tools and Technologies to help understand Windows Application Compatibility.


Date: March 31, 2010

Time: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm CST

Location: Microsoft Corporation, One Briar Lake Plaza, 2000 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. S. #350, Houston, TX 77042

Register online at https://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=145276




04/08/2010
Microsoft Exchange 2010: Experiences from the Field

Join Project Leadership Associates (PLA) and Microsoft to learn how Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 can help you achieve better business outcomes while controlling the costs of deployment, administration, and compliance. Exchange delivers the widest range of deployment options, integrated information leakage protection, and advanced compliance capabilities, that combine to form the best messaging and collaboration solution available.


See the new features and functionality, get your specific questions answered by our team of Exchange experts, and learn what other customers are doing with Exchange 2010.


Date: April 8, 2010

Time: 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm EST

Location: Microsoft Corporation, 500 E. 96th St., Parkwood Business Park, Building Four Suite 460, Indianapolis, IN 46240

Register online at https://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=145288




04/14/2010
PLA's 4th Annual Executive Golf Outing at Redstone Golf Club

For more information contact Megan Samples at (312) 876-3769 or email msamples@placorp.com


Date: April 14, 2010

Time: 7:30 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Redstone Golf Club, 5860 Wilson Road, Humble, TX 77396




04/15/2010
Improving Your Existing PeopleSoft Reporting with Microsoft BI

Are you currently an existing PeopleSoft customer on SQL Server who is looking for an improved BI solution over the delivered nVision and Crystal Reports? If so, then this webcast is for you! Join us on April 15th and learn why Microsoft Business Intelligence may be the right solution for your company!


Date: April 15, 2010

Time: 10:30 am 11:30 am

Location: Webinar

Register online at http://www.emergenow.com/Microsoft-BI-Webcast




04/21/2010
Computer Forensics 102 - Intellectual Property Investigations

This session goes to the next level of a forensics investigation. We'll take you through an IP investigation starting with the acquisition protocols, the steps of analysis and through reporting and potential court appearances. We will also address how to advise your clients on ways to prevent spoliation and to maintain a proper chain of custody.


Date: April 21, 2010

Time: 11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Project Leadership Associates, 200 W. Adams, Suite 250, Chicago, IL 60606

Register online at https://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=144541




04/22/2010
Protecting Your Messaging Ecosystem - Keep Your Mission-Critical Applications "Always On"

Employees rely on the constant flow of information whether it be through e-mail, BlackBerry, or SharePoint. If these critical services go down at any time, business comes to a halt. Downtime could be costing your company millions in lost productivity and information.


Date: April 22, 2010

Time: 11:15 am - 1:00 pm

Location: The Metropolitan Club, 67th Floor 233 South Wacker Dr. , Chicago, IL 60606

Register online at http://marketing.neverfailgroup.com/NeverfailPLALunchLearn042210.html




04/29/2010
Microsoft Launch 2010 - Experience the next wave in Your Productivity

Project Leadership Associates is a Gold Sponsor at this event.


Date: April 29, 2010

Time: 7:30 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Chicago Marriott Oak Brook, 1401 W. 22nd Street, Oak Brook, IL 60523

Register online at https://microsoft.crgevents.com/Register2010/TechnicalReadinessSeries_Chicago/Register/Contact/Default.aspx




05/01/2010
SharePoint Saturday Houston for 2010

About SharePoint Saturday: Whether you are a IT professional, professional, business owner, manager or enthusiast, SharePoint Saturday is an educational, informative & lively day filled with sessions from respected SharePoint professionals & MVPs, covering a wide variety of SharePoint-orientated topics. SharePoint Saturday is FREE, open to the public and is your local chance to immerse yourself in SharePoint!Project Leadership Associates is a Silver Sponsor of the SharePoint Saturday event.


Date: May 1, 2010

Time: 8:00 am - 6:30 pm

Location: Norris Conference Center, 803 Town & Country Lane, Houston, TX 77024

Register online at https://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=146744




05/06/2010
Microsoft Exchange 2010: Experiences from the Field

Join Project Leadership Associates (PLA) and Microsoft to learn how Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 can help you achieve better business outcomes while controlling the costs of deployment, administration, and compliance. Exchange delivers the widest range of deployment options, integrated information leakage protection, and advanced compliance capabilities, that combine to form the best messaging and collaboration solution available.


See the new features and functionality, get your specific questions answered by our team of Exchange experts, and learn what other customers are doing with Exchange 2010.


Date: May 6, 2010

Time: 8:30 am - 2:00 pm

Location: Microsoft Corporation, 200 East Randolph Drive, Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60601

Register online at https://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=145285




05/11/2010
Microsoft Exchange 2010: Experiences from the Field

Join Project Leadership Associates (PLA) and Microsoft to learn how Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 can help you achieve better business outcomes while controlling the costs of deployment, administration, and compliance. Exchange delivers the widest range of deployment options, integrated information leakage protection, and advanced compliance capabilities, that combine to form the best messaging and collaboration solution available.


See the new features and functionality, get your specific questions answered by our team of Exchange experts, and learn what other customers are doing with Exchange 2010.


Date: May 11, 2010

Time: 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Location: Sheraton Milwaukee/Brookfield, 375 South Moorland Road, Room - Wisconsin 1-2, Brookfield, WI 53005

Register online at https://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=145290




05/14/2010
Building a winning combination - Microsoft SharePoint, Business Intelligence and the Chicago Cubs

Spring is here and it's time for baseball! Please join Microsoft and Project Leadership Associates (PLA), for a Friday afternoon Cubs game at one of Wrigley Field's magnificent rooftop clubhouses. Prior to the game, Microsoft and PLA are pleased to offer an interactive presentation demonstrating how proven implementation methodologies and Microsoft technology can help your organization and the Cubs improve the delivery of the right information, to the right people, at the right time. The presentation will centralize on how baseball organizations, such as the Cubs, could manage their organization by using Microsoft's SharePoint 2010, PerformancePoint Services, SQL Server 2008 R2 Business Intelligence technology, and PowerPivot.


Date: May 14, 2010

Time: 11:00 am - 4:30 pm

Location: Beyond the Ivy, 1010 Waveland Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613

Registration for this event is now full. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Collins at (312) 258-5368 or ecollins@projectleadership.net




05/18/2010
Microsoft Exchange 2010: Experiences from the Field

Join Project Leadership Associates (PLA) and Microsoft to learn how Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 can help you achieve better business outcomes while controlling the costs of deployment, administration, and compliance. Exchange delivers the widest range of deployment options, integrated information leakage protection, and advanced compliance capabilities, that combine to form the best messaging and collaboration solution available.


Date: May 18, 2010

Time: 8:30 am - 1:15 pm

Location: Microsoft Corporation, One Briar Lake Plaza, 2000 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. S. #350, Houston, TX 77042

Register online at https://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=147009




05/19/2010
Computer Forensics 103 - Introduction to an email Investigation

In this session you will learn the basics of an email investigation including Outlook, Lotus Notes, GroupWise and third party email (AOL, Yahoo, Gmail, etc.) We will examine several scenarios and illustrate the kind of information that can be extracted from common email. Examples will include SPAM and web based emails. You will find out just how much information can be gleaned from examining email including internet based email such as AOL, MSN, Yahoo, Gmail, as these 3rd party email providers often give people a false sense of anonymity.


Date: May 19, 2010

Time: 11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Location: kCura Corporation, 200 West Jackson Blvd., 13th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606

Register online at https://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=144542




05/20/2010
Microsoft Launch 2010 - Experience the next wave in Your Productivity

Project Leadership Associates is a Gold Sponsor at this event.


Date: May 20, 2010

Time: 7:30 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Hilton Houston North, 12400 Greenspoint Drive, Houston, TX 77060

Register online at https://microsoft.crgevents.com/Register2010/TechnicalReadinessSeries_Houston/Register/Contact/Default.aspx




06/08/2010
Microsoft Exchange 2010: Experiences from the Field

Join Project Leadership Associates (PLA) and Microsoft to learn how Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 can help you achieve better business outcomes while controlling the costs of deployment, administration, and compliance. Exchange delivers the widest range of deployment options, integrated information leakage protection, and advanced compliance capabilities, that combine to form the best messaging and collaboration solution available.


Date: June 8, 2010

Time: 8:30 am - 1:15 pm

Location: Microsoft Corporation, 7000 North Highway 161, Las Colinas Campus, Irving, TX 75039

Register online at https://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=146925




06/10/2010
Cloud Computing Summit

Join Microsoft and PLA during this event to better understand if cloud computing is an option for your organization. Understand the services offered and how they will integrate or how migrating to this new world of services can help your organization provide the highest level of features and functionality at a managed cost.


Date: June 10, 2010

Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, 6213 Richmond Avenue, Houston, TX 77057

Register online at https://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=147274




08/22/2010
ILTA Conference & Expo

This four and a half day event has a very full agenda, featuring educational content across 50 Areas of Focus in 160 educational sessions. ILTA 2010 is universally regarded as THE place to further your professional development, learn from your peers and make valuable connections. If you are only able to attend one conference this year, ILTA 2010 will provide the best value to you and to your firm. In addition to the unparalleled educational experience, we'll provide abundant opportunities for networking with your peers, and you'll be able to explore an exhibit hall featuring over 150 key vendors to the legal market.


Date: August 22, 2010

Location: Las Vegas, NV


MORE INFORMATION: HERE




09/14/2010
Annual Executive Golf Outing at Olympia Fields Country Club

Project Leadership Associates (PLA) is hosting an exclusive, invitation only golf outing at Olympia Fields Golf Club on September 14th. The day will include a round of golf on the North Course (home of the 2003 US Open), lunch, appetizers, cocktails, great prizes and a brief presentation from our event sponsors. We hope you will be able to join us at one of Chicago's premiere courses as we walk in the footsteps of some of the games greatest players. Olympia Fields is one of the nation's most prestigious country clubs. Its championship North Course ranks #41 in GolfWeek's Top 100 courses in the U.S. and was host to the 2003 U.S. Open. This is the perfect place to kick back, relax and enjoy an unforgettable golf experience.


Date: September 14, 2010

Time: 9:00 - 5:00 pm

Location: Olympia Fields Golf Course

For more information, please contact Megan Samples at (312) 876-3769




09/15/2010
PLA & NeverFail Hyper-V Seminar

When your mission-critical applications are down, your organization's revenue and reputation are at risk. Join us for a complimentary lunch seminar at Fleming's Steak House, presented by Project Leadership Associates, Neverfail and Microsoft

Learn how together we can:



  • Deliver Application Aware High Availability and Disaster Recovery in a physical, virtual or combination environment.

  • Use application monitoring to automate failover

  • Offer proactive resolution capabilities such as restarting services to ensure continuous application availability

  • Provide seamless failback


Date: September 15, 2010

Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Location: Houston, TX


EVENT REGISTRATION: HERE




09/21/2010
Connect Whenever, Wherever! - Chicago

Looking for a better way to connect people and information? Join us for a morning of real-world examples and demos!


What holds your organization back from even greater success? People in multiple locations? Inaccessible information? Discover how Microsoft business solutions can drive efficiency for you and your enterprise - across PC, phone, or in the cloud.


Date: September 21, 2010

Time: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location: Marriott Oak Brook Hills, 3500 Midwest Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523


EVENT REGISTRATION: HERE




09/22/2010
Records Management and eDiscovery Preparedness

Records management and eDiscovery preparedness is not a one-size fits all proposition. Solutions that may work for a Fortune 500 company likely will not be appropriate for a mid- to smaller-sized company which faces its own, unique challenges when addressing these issues. The development and implementation of records management programs and eDiscovery response plans must take into account these company's more limited budgets and smaller in-house legal and IT/IS departments. This presentation will focus on providing practical, proven advice to help mid- to smaller-sized companies minimize compliance and litigation risks as well as reduces eDiscovery costs.


Date: September 22, 2010

Time: 8:00 - 11:30 pm

Location: Microsoft Corporation - Waukesha, WI


EVENT REGISTRATION: HERE




09/23/2010
Project Leadership Associates accelerates investment in Microsoft solutions and services through new dedicated resources in the South Central United States


09/23/2010
Computer Forensics 101

Project Leadership Associates (PLA) is one of Chicago's leading Computer Forensics Service Providers. We offer computer forensics, electronic data discovery, data collection, litigation project management and expert testimony services to legal and corporate clients across the Midwest.

Back by popular demand, we are offering a FREE 1-hour Computer Forensics Training Session designed for attorneys, paralegals and litigation support personnel from both law firms and corporate legal departments. At the conclusion of the session, we will have a team of experts in the room to answer any questions. This team has served as both computer forensic experts and expert witnesses on a variety of cases.

During this session we will discuss the basic strategies and protocol behind a computer forensic investigation. We will help you better understand how to prepare, what to look for and what questions to ask at the start of an investigation.


Date: September 23, 2010

Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Location: Chicago, IL


EVENT REGISTRATION: HERE




09/28/2010
Data to Dashboards in Minutes Agile BI Seminar

This morning seminar is designed both for business analysts and executives that wish to learn more about how Agile BI can positively impact your business as well as for technical staff involved in building BI solutions. The latter portion of the seminar will include an extensive, step-by-step training demonstration of a BI implementation from ETL to deployed dashboards. This demonstration is strongly recommended for anyone involved in data integration and/or business intelligence projects.


Date: September 28, 2010

Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Willis Tower - Chicago, IL


EVENT REGISTRATION: HERE




09/28/2010
Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Ultimate Sneak Peek

Microsoft Lync ushers in a new connected experience transforming every communication into an interaction that is more collaborative, engaging and accessible from anywhere. A single interface unites voice, IM, audio-, video-, and web-conferencing into a richer, more contextual offering and a single identity makes it easier and more efficient for users to find contacts, check their availability and connect with them. Lync works consistently with Microsoft Office, enriching the experience of familiar applications like Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, Microsoft SharePoint, and more.


Date: September 28, 2010

Time: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Chicago, IL


EVENT REGISTRATION: HERE




09/29/2010
Data to Dashboards in Minutes Agile BI Seminar

This morning seminar is designed both for business analysts and executives that wish to learn more about how Agile BI can positively impact your business as well as for technical staff involved in building BI solutions. The latter portion of the seminar will include an extensive, step-by-step training demonstration of a BI implementation from ETL to deployed dashboards. This demonstration is strongly recommended for anyone involved in data integration and/or business intelligence projects.


Date: September 29, 2010

Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Columbus, OH


EVENT REGISTRATION: HERE




09/30/2010
CAMP IT Conferences - Project and Portfolio Management

Strategies to help IT best align, prioritize and manage projects according to business needs.


Before the PPM: Staffing Your PMO For Success

Presented by Mark E. Calabrese, PMP, Managing Consultant, Project Leadership Associates


Date: September 30, 2010

Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont (O'Hare) IL


EVENT REGISTRATION: CAMP has provided us with five free passes. After the five passes are distributed you and/or your colleagues can still attend and receive 20% off the $219.00 registration fee. For more information, contact Megan Samples at (312) 876-3769 or visit the CAMP IT website.




09/30/2010
Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Ultimate Sneak Peek

Microsoft Lync ushers in a new connected experience transforming every communication into an interaction that is more collaborative, engaging and accessible from anywhere. A single interface unites voice, IM, audio-, video-, and web-conferencing into a richer, more contextual offering and a single identity makes it easier and more efficient for users to find contacts, check their availability and connect with them. Lync works consistently with Microsoft Office, enriching the experience of familiar applications like Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, Microsoft SharePoint, and more.


Date: September 30, 2010

Time: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Houston, TX


EVENT REGISTRATION: HERE




10/05/2010
Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Ultimate Sneak Peek

Microsoft Lync ushers in a new connected experience transforming every communication into an interaction that is more collaborative, engaging and accessible from anywhere. A single interface unites voice, IM, audio-, video-, and web-conferencing into a richer, more contextual offering and a single identity makes it easier and more efficient for users to find contacts, check their availability and connect with them. Lync works consistently with Microsoft Office, enriching the experience of familiar applications like Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, Microsoft SharePoint, and more.


Date: October 5, 2010

Time: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Indianapolis, IN


EVENT REGISTRATION: HERE




10/06/2010
Adaptive Planning Workshop for Finance hosted by PLA

This hands-on session will provide you with individual access to an expert trainer who will review the Adaptive Planning application in detail and answer your specific questions as you learn how to utilize the solution to support your company's own planning and reporting needs.

As you know, today's dynamic business environment makes timely and accurate budgeting, forecasting, and "what-if" analysis absolutely essential. Fortunately, it's now easier than ever to move away from spreadsheets and automate your companywide planning, reporting, and analysis.

In this unique event, you will see for yourself how easy it can be to reduce overall planning time (from months to weeks), eliminate errors, and get everyone in the organization aligned around the appropriate goals and numbers.


Date: October 06, 2010

Time: 8:00 - 11:30 am

Location: Willis Tower - Chicago, IL


EVENT REGISTRATION: HERE




10/13/2010
Data to Dashboards in Minutes Agile BI Seminar

This morning seminar is designed both for business analysts and executives that wish to learn more about how Agile BI can positively impact your business as well as for technical staff involved in building BI solutions. The latter portion of the seminar will include an extensive, step-by-step training demonstration of a BI implementation from ETL to deployed dashboards. This demonstration is strongly recommended for anyone involved in data integration and/or business intelligence projects.


Date: October 13, 2010

Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: New York, NY


EVENT REGISTRATION: HERE




10/13/2010
Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Ultimate Sneak Peek

Microsoft Lync ushers in a new connected experience transforming every communication into an interaction that is more collaborative, engaging and accessible from anywhere. A single interface unites voice, IM, audio-, video-, and web-conferencing into a richer, more contextual offering and a single identity makes it easier and more efficient for users to find contacts, check their availability and connect with them. Lync works consistently with Microsoft Office, enriching the experience of familiar applications like Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, Microsoft SharePoint, and more.


Date: October 13, 2010

Time: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Irving, TX


EVENT REGISTRATION: HERE




10/16/2010
SharePoint Saturday Chicago

PLA is sponsoring the SharePoint Saturday conference in Chicago.


Date: October 16, 2010

Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Chicago, IL


EVENT REGISTRATION: HERE




10/19/2010
Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Ultimate Sneak Peek

Microsoft Lync ushers in a new connected experience transforming every communication into an interaction that is more collaborative, engaging and accessible from anywhere. A single interface unites voice, IM, audio-, video-, and web-conferencing into a richer, more contextual offering and a single identity makes it easier and more efficient for users to find contacts, check their availability and connect with them. Lync works consistently with Microsoft Office, enriching the experience of familiar applications like Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, Microsoft SharePoint, and more.


Date: October 19, 2010

Time: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Waukesha, WI


EVENT REGISTRATION: HERE




10/20/2010
Computer Forensics 102 - Intellectual Property Investigations

Project Leadership Associates (PLA) is one of Chicago's leading Computer Forensics Service Providers. We offer computer forensics, electronic data discovery, data collection, litigation project management and expert testimony services to legal and corporate clients across the Midwest.

Back by popular demand, we are offering a FREE 1-hour Computer Forensics Training Session designed for attorneys, paralegals and litigation support personnel from both law firms and corporate legal departments. At the conclusion of the session, we will have a team of experts in the room to answer any questions. This team has served as both computer forensic experts and expert witnesses on a variety of cases.

This session goes to the next level of a forensics investigation. We'll take you through an IP investigation starting with the acquisition protocols, the steps of analysis and through reporting and potential court appearances. We will also address how to advise your clients on ways to prevent spoliation and to maintain a proper chain of custody.


Date: October 20, 2010

Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Location: Chicago, IL


EVENT REGISTRATION: HERE




10/21/2010
Data to Dashboards in Minutes Agile BI Seminar

This morning seminar is designed both for business analysts and executives that wish to learn more about how Agile BI can positively impact your business as well as for technical staff involved in building BI solutions. The latter portion of the seminar will include an extensive, step-by-step training demonstration of a BI implementation from ETL to deployed dashboards. This demonstration is strongly recommended for anyone involved in data integration and/or business intelligence projects.


Date: October 21, 2010

Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: San Mateo, CA


EVENT REGISTRATION: HERE




10/27/2010
Data to Dashboards in Minutes Agile BI Seminar

This morning seminar is designed both for business analysts and executives that wish to learn more about how Agile BI can positively impact your business as well as for technical staff involved in building BI solutions. The latter portion of the seminar will include an extensive, step-by-step training demonstration of a BI implementation from ETL to deployed dashboards. This demonstration is strongly recommended for anyone involved in data integration and/or business intelligence projects.


Date: October 27, 2010

Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Houston, TX


EVENT REGISTRATION: HERE




10/28/2010
Connect Whenever, Wherever Solutions Event

Join us for a morning of real-world examples and demos! Discover how Microsoft business solutions can drive efficiency for you and your enterprise — across PC, phone, or in the cloud.


Date: October 28, 2010

Time: 8:30 am - 2:00 pm

Location: Marriott Oakbrook Hills Resort, 3500 Midwest Road, Oak Brook, IL 600523

EVENT REGISTRATION: HERE




11/09/2010
Windows Phone 7

Join Microsoft for an insider's look at Windows Phone 7 and the Microsoft experience it brings to life. Microsoft Executives and Mobile Operators will also be in attendance to address the growing demands of our Small and Midsize Business customers like you.


Date: November 9, 2010

Time: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Location: Microsoft, One Briar Lake Plaza, 2000 W. Sam Houston Pkwy S. #350, Houston, TX 77042


EVENT REGISTRATION: HERE




11/11/2010
Clearing the Fog Around Cloud Computing and Online Services

Date: November 11, 2010

Time: 11:30 am - 12:15 pm

Location: Online Webinar


EVENT REGISTRATION: HERE




11/17/2010
Data to Dashboards in Minutes Agile BI Seminar
This morning seminar is designed both for business analysts and executives that wish to learn more about how Agile BI can positively impact your business as well as for technical staff involved in building BI solutions. The latter portion of the seminar will include an extensive, step-by-step training demonstration of a BI implementation from ETL to deployed dashboards. This demonstration is strongly recommended for anyone involved in data integration and/or business intelligence projects.

Date: November 17, 2010
Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Marriott Austin Downtown, Convention Center, 300 E. 4th Street, Austin TX 78701

EVENT REGISTRATION: HERE

11/17/2010
Computer Forensics 103 - Introduction to an Email Investigation
Project Leadership Associates (PLA) is one of Chicago's leading Computer Forensics Service Providers. We offer computer forensics, electronic data discovery, data collection, litigation project management and expert testimony services to legal and corporate clients across the Midwest.
Back by popular demand, we are offering a FREE 1-hour Computer Forensics Training Session designed for attorneys, paralegals and litigation support personnel from both law firms and corporate legal departments. At the conclusion of each session, we will have a team of experts in the room to answer any questions. This team has served as both computer forensic experts and expert witnesses on a variety of cases.
In this session you will learn the basics of an email investigation including Outlook, Lotus Notes, GroupWise and third party email (AOL, Yahoo, Gmail, etc.) We will examine several scenarios and illustrate the kind of information that can be extracted from common email. Examples will include SPAM and web based emails. You will find out just how much information can be gleaned from examining email including internet based email such as AOL, MSN, Yahoo, Gmail, as these 3rd party email providers often give people a false sense of anonymity.

Date: November 17, 2010
Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Location: Chicago, IL

EVENT REGISTRATION: HERE

11/29/2010
Microsoft Lync Architecture Deep Dive Webcast
During this session we will discuss new architectural changes in Lync and their advantages over OCS 2007 and OCS 2007 R2. This will include IM/Presence, Conferencing, Audio/Video, and Enterprise Voice. Enterprise Voice topics will include E911, Survivable Branch Appliances, Media Flow, Signaling Flow, Media Bypass, and Analog Device Management, Caller ID Presentation, Call Admission Control, etc…

Date: November 29, 2010
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Location: Live Meeting

EVENT REGISTRATION: HERE

12/01/2010
Data to Dashboards in Minutes Agile BI Seminar

This morning seminar is designed both for business analysts and executives that wish to learn more about how Agile BI can positively impact your business as well as for technical staff involved in building BI solutions. The latter portion of the seminar will include an extensive, step-by-step training demonstration of a BI implementation from ETL to deployed dashboards. This demonstration is strongly recommended for anyone involved in data integration and/or business intelligence projects.


Date: December 1, 2010

Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Minneapolis Marriott City Center, 30 South 7th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402


EVENT REGISTRATION: HERE




12/01/2010
Can Legal and IT Agree? Figuring Out A Retention and Deletion Policy That Fits Your Organization

Join Project Leadership Associates and Iron Mountain for an informative Lunch n' Learn and hear real-world examples on which archive/retention policy works and the pitfalls to avoid.


Date: December 1, 2010

Time: 8:30 - 11:30 am

Location: Hunton & Williams LLP, 1445 Ross Avenue, Suite 3700, Dallas, TX 75202


EVENT REGISTRATION: HERE




12/02/2010
Corporate Performance Management Executive Roundtable

Join PLA and Microsoft for an Executive Roundtable on Corporate Performance Management. CPM is one of the more strategic projects that IT departments can undertake. This session will include a case study, thought leadership presentation and open discussion among peers. Tom Cesario, the IT Director at Radio Flyer, will walk through a case study showing how a Business Intelligence solution is a key piece of the CPM puzzle.


Date: December 2, 2010

Time: 7:45 am - 10:00 am

Location: Ruth's Chris Steak House, 431 N. Dearborn, Hubbard Room, Chicago, IL 60654


EVENT REGISTRATION: HERE




12/02/2010
Can Legal and IT Agree? Figuring Out A Retention and Deletion Policy That Fits Your Organization

Join Project Leadership Associates and Iron Mountain for an informative Lunch n' Learn and hear real-world examples on which archive/retention policy works and the pitfalls to avoid.


Date: December 2, 2010

Time: 8:30 - 11:30 am

Location: Vinson & Elkins LLP, 1001 Fannin Street, Suite 2500, Houston, TX 77002


EVENT REGISTRATION: HERE




12/06/2010
Microsoft Lync Setup and Deployment Deep Dive Webcast

Durring this session we will discuss new changes around the Setup and Deployment. This will include the Central Management Store, Active Directory, Hardware Requirements, and Software Requirements.


Date: December 6, 2010

Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Location: Live Meeting


EVENT REGISTRATION: HERE




12/09/2010
Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Ultimate Sneak Peek

Microsoft Lync ushers in a new connected experience transforming every communication into an interaction that is more collaborative, engaging and accessible from anywhere. A single interface unites voice, IM, audio-, video-, and web-conferencing into a richer, more contextual offering and a single identity makes it easier and more efficient for users to find contacts, check their availability and connect with them. Lync works consistently with Microsoft Office, enriching the experience of familiar applications like Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, Microsoft SharePoint, and more.


Date: December 9, 2010

Time: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, 500 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130


EVENT REGISTRATION: HERE




12/13/2010
Microsoft Lync - What's New with Devices Deep Dive Webcast

During this session we will discuss new changes around the Devices for Lync. This will include new Polycom Devices, Lync Firmware, Common Area Phones, Hotdesking, IP Phone Licensing, PIN Authentincation, Phone Modes, etc.


Date: December 13, 2010

Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Location: Live Meeting


EVENT REGISTRATION: HERE




12/15/2010
PLA and Adaptive Planning Help Access Community Health to Optimize The Health of Their Budget Process


02/03/2011
Microsoft Lync Architecture Deep Dive
During this session, we will discuss new architectural changes in Lync and their advantages over OCS 2007 and OCS 2007 R2. This will include IM/Presence, Conferencing, Audio/Video, and Enterprise Voice. Enterprise Voice topics will include E911, Survivable Branch Appliances, Media Flow, Signaling Flow, Media Bypass, and Analog Device Management, Caller ID Presentation, Call Admission Control, etc…

Topic: Microsoft Lync Architectecture Deep Dive

Date: February 3, 2011

Time: 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Location: Live Meeting

Event Registration: HERE




02/10/2011
Microsoft Lync Setup and Deployment Deep Dive

During this session, we will discuss new changes around the Setup and Deployment. This will include the Central Management Store, Active Directory, Hardware Requirements, and Software Requirements.


Topic: Microsoft Lync Setup and Deployment Deep Dive

Date: February 10, 2011

Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Location: Live Meeting

Event Registration: HERE




02/24/2011
Clearwell Lab Best Practices in E-Discovery

Join e-discovery experts from Clearwell and Project Leadership Associates while networking with your peers to learning best practices for improving the entire e-discovery process – from identification through production. Attend one or both hands-on labs focusing on: 1) Streamlining Identification & Collection and 2) Accelerating Early Case Assessment & Review. During these hands-on labs, you will learn the battle-tested methodologies for improving your e-discovery and investigations process developed in conjunction with leading corporations and law firms.


Date: February 24, 2011

Time: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Location: JW Marriott, 151 W Adams, Chicago, IL 60603

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02/24/2011
Streamlining Your Windows 7 Deployment with SCCM and Service Manager

Spend one hour with Directions Training and Project Leadership Associates and learn WHY TO use the latest technology in your business environment and HOW TO utilize it to make your business more efficient. In this session we will discuss how to leverage SCCM 2007 for client desktop deployment, including: OSD deployment, Configuring Windows 7 image for deployment and Deploying Windows 7 to client desktop. You will also learn how to leverage the integration between SCCM 2007 and Service Manager to better track and manage key activities during your Windows 7 desktop deployment.


Date: February 24, 2011

Time: 11:30 am - 12:45 pm

Location: Live Meeting

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02/24/2011
Microsoft Lync - What's New with Devices

During this session we will discuss new changes around the Devices for Lync. This will include new Polycom Devices, Lync Firmware, Common Area Phones, Hotdesking, IP Phone Licensing, PIN Authentincation, Phone Modes, etc.


Topic: Microsoft Lync - What's New With Devices

Date: February 24, 2011

Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Location: Live Meeting

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03/16/2011
The Exchange - Chamber of Commerce

Project Leadership Associates will be an exhibitor at The Exchange, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce.


Date: March 16, 2011

Time: 5:00-7:00 pm

Location: The Merchandise Mart, 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, 8th Floor, Chicago, IL

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03/17/2011
Integrated Budgeting, Forecasting and Reporting

Join us for an educational seminar that will review best practices for optimizing each step in the performance management cycle -- budgeting and planning, monitoring and managing against KPIs, variance reporting and analysis, what-if analysis, and re-forecasting / rolling forecasts.


Date: March 27, 2011

Time: 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Location: JW Marriott 151 W. Adams, Chicago, IL 60603

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03/24/2011
Technology Executives Club: Business Intelligence, Analytics, Performance Management & Data Governance Trends & Strategies

Project Leadership Associates is a sponsor and featured speaker at this event.


Date: March 24, 2011

Time: 12:30 - 5:00 pm

Location: Union League Club, Main Lounge, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago IL 60604

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04/12/2011
Microsoft Lync Server 2010

Join Microsoft and Project Leadership Associates (PLA) for a closer look at Microsoft Lync 2010 and how this software based solution can enhance and/or replace traditional, expensive VoIP hardware solutions.


Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Microsoft, 200 E. Randolph, Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60601

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04/13/2011
PLA 5th Annual Executive Golf Outing at Redstone

For more information contact Megan Samples at (877) 752-0450 or email msamples@placorp.com


Date: April 13, 2011

Time: 7:30 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Redstone Golf Club, 5860 Wilson Road, Humble, TX 77396




05/05/2011
CAMP IT Conferences - Business Intelligence and Analytics

As organizations prepare for the recovery it is crucial that they have a well designed business intelligence framework to provide them with the necessary insight so they can capitalize on new opportunities. This one day conference will help attendees design and leverage a solid BI framework with a focus on governance, data quality and analytics to make the decisions necessary for the economic recovery.


Date: May 5, 2011

Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Donald Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL

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05/05/2011
CAMP IT Conferences – Business Intelligence and Analytics Seminar

How to Get Through the Barriers that Impact BI Adoption and Pitfalls to Avoid Along the Way

Andrew Grohe, Partner and Technical Specialist, Project Leadership Associates


As organizations continue to shift from “survival” to “strategic” mode, executives are looking for new ways to impact revenue and grow their business. One critical element is to build a “visual landscape” of their financial environment with Business Intelligence, business analytics, performance management and data governance to provide a single version of the truth.


Research shows that labor is undoubtedly the most expensive element of deploying a Business Intelligence solution. However, organizations can often save money and lower the total cost of their BI solution by evaluating Open Source Business Intelligence (OSBI) as an alternative to traditional BI platforms. OSBI has seen a significant increase in deployment within corporate IT departments. This session will explore the reasons behind this trend, what you can expect to get from OSBI software, and challenges to implementing an OSBI platform.


Date: May 5, 2011

Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Location: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center Rosemont (O'Hare) Illinois


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05/12/2011
Using Microsoft System Center 2007 to deploy Windows 7

The session will provide a high-level overview of Microsoft's Configuration Manager 2007 (ConfigMgr). The goal of the session will be to provide information and best practices on using ConfigMgr to build, maintain and deploy Windows 7 using lite-touch and zero-touch methodologies.


Date: May 12, 2011

Time: 11:00 – 12:00 CST

Location: Webinar


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05/17/2011
Fast Track Your Business Intelligence with Pentaho & Project Leadership Associates

Join this complimentary half-day seminar in Indianapolis to learn how to leverage the Agile BI approach to build more effective, accurate, and efficient business intelligence applications. Network and share best practices with your peers, Pentaho, and Project Leadership Associates to start putting your BI projects on the Fast Track.

Date: May 17, 2011

Time: 8:30 am – 1:00 pm EST

Location: Indianapolis Marriott Downtown , 350 West Maryland Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46225


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05/18/2011
Integrated Budgeting, Forecasting and Reporting Seminar

Date: May 18, 2011

Time: 9:30 – 12:30 CST

Location: Sheraton Indianapolis, 8787 Keystone Crossing, Indianapolis, IN 46240


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06/02/2011
Create a useful legal intranet in less than 90 days

Collaborating between lawyers and internal client teams, accessing key client and financial databases and managing alternative fee arrangements can be difficult. See what other law firms are using to address these issues by attending Project Leadership Associate's (PLA) webinar. PLA's Legal Intranet displays near real-time performance data via at-a-glance dashobards and reports, allowing practice group leaders, individual lawyers and managers to make better decisions, deliver improved client work product and greater matter profitability.


Date: June 2, 2011

Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm CST

Location: Webinar

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06/09/2011
Using Microsoft System Center 2007 to deploy Windows 7

The session will provide a high-level overview of Microsoft's Configuration Manager 2007 (ConfigMgr). The goal of the session will be to provide information and best practices on using ConfigMgr to build, maintain and deploy Windows 7 using lite touch and zero touch methodologies.


Date: June 9, 2011

Time: 11:00 am CST

Location: Webinar

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06/11/2011
SharePoint Saturday Chicago

PLA is a silver sponsor of SharePoint Saturday.


Date: June 11, 2011

Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Benedictine University, 5700 College Rd, Lisle, IL 60532

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06/23/2011
Streamlining your Application Management Process Workshop

Learn more about the optimized desktop, Application Management, and the Microsoft Tools and Technologies to help understand Windows Application Compatibility. Join Project Leadership Associates for this half day session to learn more about the optimized desktop, application management and the Microsoft tools and technologies to help with Windows 7 application compatibility.


Date: June 23, 2011

Time: 12:00-4:30 pm

Location: Microsoft Corporation, 3025 Highland Pkwy., Suite 300, Downers Grove, IL 60515

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06/29/2011
PLA Open House
Join us for an Open House at Project Leadership Associates to see our new office space. Drinks and appetizers will be served. Please RSVP by Friday, June 24th.

Date: June 29, 2011
Time: 4:00-7:00 pm
Location: Project Leadership Associates, 120 S. LaSalle St. Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60603
For more information please contact Megan Samples at (312) 876-3769 or email msamples@placorp.com

07/21/2011
Streamlining your Application Management Process Workshop

Learn more about the Application Management process, and the Tools and Technologies to help assess and understand Windows Application Compatibility. Join Project Leadership Associates for this half day session to learn more about the application management and the Microsoft tools and technologies to help with Windows 7 application compatibility.


Date: July 21, 2011

Time: 12:00 - 4:30 pm

Location: Project Leadership Associates, 120 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60603

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07/27/2011
SharePoint Fest 2011

Attend SharePoint Fest - Chicago, where you’ll be able to attend technical classes and seminars – taught by Microsoft Certified Trainers, Microsoft engineers and Microsoft MVPs – covering Enterprise Content Management, Infrastructure/Administration, Composites (Workflow), Search, Business Intelligence, & Development. Project Leadership Associates is a Platinum sponsor of SharePoint Fest 2011.


Date: July 27, 2011

Time: 7:30 am - 6:30 pm

Location: Donald Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL

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08/21/2011
ILTA Annual Conference

Project Leadership Associates will be exhibiting at the ILTA conference.


Date: August 21-25, 2011

Location: Gaylord Opryland Resort - Nashville, Tennessee

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09/19/2011
Annual Executive Golf Outing at Olympia Fields Country Club

Project Leadership Associates (PLA) is hosting an exclusive, invitation only golf outing at Olympia Fields Golf Club on September 19th. Olympia Fields is one of the nation's most prestigious country clubs. Its championship North Course ranks #41 in GolfWeek's Top 100 courses in the U.S. and was host to the 2003 U.S. Open. This is the perfect place to kick back, relax and enjoy an unforgettable golf experience.


Date: September 19, 2011

Location: Olympia Fields Country Club

For more information, please contact Megan Samples at (312) 876-3769 or msamples@placorp.com




09/22/2011
Introduction to an Email Investigation and Social Media

In this session you will learn the basics of an email investigation including Outlook, Lotus Notes, GroupWise and third party email (AOL, Yahoo, Gmail, etc.) We will examine several scenarios and illustrate the kind of information that can be extracted from common email. Examples will include SPAM and web based emails. You will find out just how much information can be gleaned from examining email including internet based email such as AOL, MSN, Yahoo, Gmail, as these 3rd party email providers often give people a false sense of anonymity.


Date: September 22, 2011

Time: 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: Project Leadership Associates

120 S. LaSalle

Suite 1200

Chicago, IL 60603

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09/23/2011
Midwest Messaging and Collaboration User Group Meeting

Sessions include:


Office365 Overview

Learn about Microsoft’s newest offering of Microsoft Office collaboration tools, including Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Lync Server 2010 and SharePoint 2010. Learn features most important to your business and how to deploy them. We will also discuss both Office365 success stories and contrast cloud-based services vs. on premise services.


Lync Deployment and UC End Points – Notes from the Field

Lync has taken today’s businesses – learn deployment strategies to successfully know where to start and how to ensure your project is a success. Lync end point deployment will also be discussed, such as end user devices from Polycom and Plantronics. Experiences from deployments will be discussed in this session.


Exchange 2010 Deployment and Transitions – Notes from the Field

Our team will discuss effective deployment concepts when transitioning from Exchange 2003 or Exchange 2007. Having an effective transition plan will provide a smooth deployment into Microsoft’s latest messaging platform. Experiences from deployments will be discussed in this session.


PowerShell Scripting with Exchange

PowerShell is a very powerful tool supporting advanced management and scripting benefits – we will discuss and demonstrate advanced PowerShell techniques to take your Exchange management farther.


Date: September 23, 2011

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Location: Microsoft Corporation

200 East Randolph Dr.

Suite 200

Chicago, IL 60601

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10/18/2011
Accelerate Your Windows 7 Migration with User Virtualization

Please join Project Leadership Associates in collaboration with AppSense for an informative event that can significantly reduce the time and effort required to migrate to Windows 7 while using an innovative approach to managing the user experience and security. In a couple of hours, attendees will understand how to best manage their users' experience during the migration, as well as learn about new tools that can assist in providing the "Flexible User Workspace".


Date: October 18, 2011

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Location: Project Leadership Associates, 120 S. LaSalle, Chicago, IL 60603

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10/19/2011
"Predictive/Suggestive" Coding and Machine-Assisted Review

Even with advances in e-Discovery tool-sets, today's discovery efforts are still highly dependent on human interaction and the errors that go with it. However, a new technology has arrived that may change this paradigm forever and allow legal teams to use legal expertise, case facts and subject matter knowledge to "automate" large parts of review. In this course, we show how to leverage assisted review technology and work-flows to slash cost and meet tight deadlines. We will examine current standards of and myths surrounding document review (including attendant errors and costs), as well as how an iterative process can remedy many problems associated with common keyword searching techniques. We will also explore arguments against the use of this technology and how these arguments might potentially be overcome in a meet-and-confer or court hearing setting.


Date: October 19, 2011

Time: 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: Project Leadership Associates, 120 S. LaSalle, Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60603

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10/26/2011
Strategy and Strategy Execution - Drive earnings through the execution of your strategy

During this roundtable, we will discuss the following key factors to growing earnings through strategy execution.


Clarity of strategy. Is the strategy complete, well-constructed, understood in the organization? Does it indicate the Leadership Team is playing to win, or playing not to lose?


Initiatives and prioritization. Of all of the activities we are considering or undertaking, which will 'move the needle' with respect to strategy and measurable results for the business?


Alignment of the leadership team and organization. How can you as CEO make sure that your key leaders are truly on the same page regarding the why, what and how of your strategy? How can we then create better 'line of sight' between each employee and the critical elements of the strategy that drive results for the business?


Proactive decision-making and management of progress. As the world changes, how can we accurately gauge our progress against expected results and revisit our strategic decisions and prioritization in an efficient manner?


Results. How improving the ability to execute strategy will drive significant, measurable top and bottom-line impact for a company


Date: October 26, 2011

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce,200 W. Randolph, Suite 2200, Chicago, IL 60601

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10/28/2011
Unleash Your Productivity: Securing and Sharing Resources with Windows Server and Office 365

If you interested in Microsoft productivity solutions and would like to hear more about the technology directly from Microsoft, this is a webcast you won’t want to miss! Spend 60 minutes with us to hear Microsoft technology experts share information on the latest Microsoft technologies, solution demos, as well as product tips and tricks. Learn from an SMB customer how Microsoft productivity solutions addressed their business challenges.


Hear Microsoft technology experts discuss the benefits of investing in proper server technology to improve security and enable resource sharing in a safe and efficient way, whether your software solution is on-premise or in-the-cloud.


Date: Friday, October 28, 2011

Time: 1:00 p.m.

Location: Online Webcast

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11/03/2011
Tales from the Field: SharePoint Governance Best Practices

You already know that SharePoint is a powerful and effective tool that increases collaboration and communication across an organization. It empowers users to create their own workspace solutions for collaborative projects and groups.


However, you may not be familiar with the term "Governance" and how it relates to SharePoint. Maybe you've heard about "Governance" - the fact that you need "People" to define "Policies", but what "Processes" are actually required to bring this to fruition? We will introduce the three P's and the business requirements that drive governance. Without proper governance, a SharePoint deployment can become unmanageable, unstable and discourages users from adopting the platform. Developing a SharePoint governance plan is key to the success of any SharePoint implementation.


Jeremy and Dave will also cover common issues found in the field today by Project Leadership Associates and AvePoint's customers, so that you can watch out for these and mitigate them in the future.


Date: Thursday, November 3rd

Time: 9:00 - 11:30 am

Location: Project Leadership Associates

120 S. LaSalle, Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60603

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11/08/2011
Microsoft's Mid Morning Tech Break: Webcast Series: Microsoft Office 365

Over the past few months there has been a lot of buzz around Office 365, Microsoft's upgraded online services for Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Lync and Microsoft SharePoint. PLA’s team worked with several customers during the beta program and we have migrated over 100,000 mailboxes to Microsoft's online solutions over the past three years. PLA has developed an approach that allows our team of experts to help an organization analyze the business and financial benefits of moving to online services.


If you are interested in learning more about Office 365 we welcome you to participate in our webinar to review these next generation solutions to learn how they can help you achieve your business objectives.


Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Time: 9:00 - 9:45 a.m.

Location: Online Webcast

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11/16/2011
Leveraging Project Management to Control e-Discovery Cost and Risk

Too often, stories are told about how e-Discovery projects get untracked, and as a result, budgets and deadlines get blown. Better advance planning and proper project management throughout the discovery lifecycle can remedy many of the symptoms that lead to e-Discovery challenges that untrack projects. Learn how legal PM can set guardrails in place, facilitate optimal internal and external communications, and give your legal team better visibility into the strategic and cost implications of your decisions.


Date: November 16, 2011

Time: 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: Project Leadership Associates, 120 S. LaSalle, Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60603

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12/06/2011
The Power of Collaboration: Learn How Your Business Can Be More Productive & Effective with NEW Polycom® UC Solutions for Microsoft® Lync™

Join us on December 6 for a live webinar to learn how new Polycom solutions—including the CX7000 Unified Collaboration System optimized for Lync and Polycom's industry leading voice solutions—are transforming businesses by driving teamwork and productivity up while driving costs down.


Polycom and Microsoft are strategic partners working closely together to put the "unified" in "unified communications." Our integrated business and communications solutions are all about ease-of-use within normal business processes—simply connect and collaborate by video, voice, or content-sharing.


The webinar will feature Microsoft and Polycom executives and a customer speaker to explain the value of our joint solutions and answer any questions you may have. Learn how Polycom and Microsoft are making collaboration:


Highly productive. Increase and improve interactions with colleagues, customers and partners through a unified collaboration experience that brings together IM, video, voice, and content-sharing.

Interoperable end-to-end. Together, Microsoft and Polycom deliver open standards-based, end-to-end unified communications optimized for Microsoft environments and integrated with the Polycom® RealPresence™.

Attend this webinar to learn about new Polycom solutions including:


Polycom's legendary desktop, conference and wireless phones now interoperable with Lync

The Polycom CX7000 Unified Collaboration System—the first and only group collaboration system custom-built for Lync.


Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Time: 10:00 am

Location: Online Webinar

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12/07/2011
Review Management Best Practices

It turns out that conducting a cost-effective review actually does come with a manual... when you are following document review management best practices, that is. Learn how proper reviewer training, project management and technology can intersect to create work-flows and methodologies that can save time and money, while at the same time, leaving the legal team confident it produced (or received) the right evidence. During this platform-agnostic course, we will give you some guidelines world-case review teams use, show types of technology you need to be aware of to take control of your next review, and teach you how to document and defend review decisions, even when they come years after the review has concluded.


Date: December 7, 2011

Time: 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: Project Leadership Associates, 120 S. LaSalle, Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60603

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01/26/2012
Microsoft Unified Communications - Lessons from the field

Join Project Leadership Associates, Microsoft, Polycom and Audiocodes for a closer look at Microsoft Unified Communications.


Microsoft Lync ushers in a new connected experience transforming every communication into an interaction that is more collaborative, engaging and accessible from anywhere. A single interface unites voice, IM, audio-, video-, and web-conferencing into a richer, more contextual offering and a single identity makes it easier and more efficient for users to find contacts, check their availability and connect with them. Lync works consistently with Microsoft Office, enriching the experience of familiar applications like Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, Microsoft SharePoint, and more.


Date: January 26, 2012

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Location: Microsoft Corporation, One Briar Lake Plaza, 2000 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. S. #350, Houston, TX 77042

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02/02/2012
Microsoft Unified Communications - Lessons from the field

Join Project Leadership Associates, Microsoft, Polycom and Audiocodes for a closer look at Microsoft Unified Communications.


Microsoft Lync ushers in a new connected experience transforming every communication into an interaction that is more collaborative, engaging and accessible from anywhere. A single interface unites voice, IM, audio-, video-, and web-conferencing into a richer, more contextual offering and a single identity makes it easier and more efficient for users to find contacts, check their availability and connect with them. Lync works consistently with Microsoft Office, enriching the experience of familiar applications like Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, Microsoft SharePoint, and more.


Date: February 2, 2012

Time: 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location: Microsoft Corporation, N19w24133 Riverwood Dr, Suite 150, Waukesha, WI 53188

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02/06/2012
The New Era of Work – Microsoft 2012 Launch Event Series - Grand Rapids

The biggest wave of innovation in Microsoft history is transforming enterprise IT. Join Microsoft and Project Leadership Associates (PLA) for a free launch event, and you'll see how the latest technologies can inspire productivity and increase your value as a strategic leader. See how Microsoft can help you enhance productivity, increase customer satisfaction and loyalty, and drive new revenue streams. This is your chance to network with peers and Microsoft Partners, explore a series of role-based, day-in-the-life scenarios, and visit our Experience Lounge to see the latest Microsoft technologies at work.


Date: Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Time: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm EST

Location: Watermark Country Club, 5500 Cascade Rd. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

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02/07/2012
Microsoft Unified Communications - Lessons from the field

Join Project Leadership Associates, Microsoft, Polycom and Audiocodes for a closer look at Microsoft Unified Communications.


Microsoft Lync ushers in a new connected experience transforming every communication into an interaction that is more collaborative, engaging and accessible from anywhere. A single interface unites voice, IM, audio-, video-, and web-conferencing into a richer, more contextual offering and a single identity makes it easier and more efficient for users to find contacts, check their availability and connect with them. Lync works consistently with Microsoft Office, enriching the experience of familiar applications like Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, Microsoft SharePoint, and more.


Date: February 7, 2012

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Location: Polycom, 6250 North River Road, Suite 10200, Rosemont, IL 60018

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04/18/2012
Microsoft Unified Communications: Lessons from the Field

Join Project Leadership Associates, Microsoft, Polycom and Audiocodes for a closer look at Microsoft Unified Communications. During the seminar, we will provide a brief overview of the Microsoft UC vision then spend time performing a live demo of Microsoft Lync, Microsoft Exchange UM and Polycom integration. We will also discuss new architectural changes in Lync and their advantages over OCS 2007 and OCS 2007 R2. This will include IM/Presence, Conferencing, Audio/Video, and Enterprise Voice. Audiocodes will discuss how media gateways fit into the overall UC strategy for PSTN and SIP Trunking access and how their solutions allow organizations to leverage existing SIP compliant phones, WiFi mobile voice access and provide centralized call recording features. To wrap up the event, Polycom will talk about their voice and video endpoint integration with Microsoft Lync.



Date: April 18, 2012

Time: 12:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. EST

Location: Microsoft, 1000 Town Center, Suite 1930, Southfield, MI 48075

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04/25/2012
PLA's 6th Annual Executive Golf Outing at Redstone Golf Club in Houston, TX

For more information contact Megan Samples at (312) 876-3769 or email msamples@projectleadership.net


Date: April 25, 2012

Time: 7:30 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Redstone Golf Club, 5860 Wilson Road, Humble, TX 77396




04/27/2012
System Center 2012 Unplugged - System Center 2012 Overview & Licensing Update

Project Leadership Associates is excited to announce a new series of monthly technical deep dive sessions called System Center 2012 Unplugged. These technical sessions are designed for IT professionals who are responsible for the architecture and management of their System Center environment and want to get up to speed on System Center 2012.


System Center 2012 can help you manage your IT environment across traditional datacenters, private and public clouds, client computers, and devices. It captures and aggregates knowledge about systems, policies, processes, and best practices so that you can optimize your infrastructure to reduce costs, improve application availability, and enhance service delivery.


Session will cover:


  • What's new in System Center 2012 including Configuration Manager, Endpoint Protection, App Controller, Operations Manager, Orchestrator, Service Manager and Virtual Machine Manager.

  • Licensing changes for System Center 2012.

  • How System Center 2012 delivers a comprehensive and customer-centric solution with more choice, flexibility, and cost savings.




  • Date: April 27, 2012

    Time: 8:45 am - 12:00 pm

    Location: Project Leadership Associates, 120 S. LaSalle St., 14th Floor, Chicago, IL, 60603

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    05/02/2012
    Managing the Private Cloud with System Center

    Join Veeam, Project Leadership and SHI on May 2 to learn about managing the Private Cloud with System Center 2012. Find out how to effectively manage coexistence in a multi-hypervisor environment with Veeam nworks Management Pack (MP). Learn more about:



    • Managing your VMware infrastructure through Microsoft System Center tools

    • Handling your physical and virtual environments from one console

    • Optimizing your Microsoft System Center investment


    Date: Wednesday, May 2

    Time: 12:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. CST

    Location: The Hyatt Lodge, 2815 Jorie Blvd., Oak Brook, IL 60523

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    05/16/2012
    Hands-On Lync Server and Lync Voice 2010 Workshop

    Join Directions Training, Project Leadership Associates and SHI for a FREE 1/2 day hands-on Lync Server and Lync Voice 2010 Workshop! Please note, but the morning and afternoon sessions will cover the same material.


    Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2012

    Time: One morning and afternoon session

    Location: 2625 Butterfield Rd., Suite 209 E, Oak Brook, IL 60523

    Register for the morning session

    Register for the afternoon session


    Date: Thursday, May 17, 2012

    Time: 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

    Location: 208 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1620, Chicago, IL 60604

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    05/16/2012
    Electronic Discovery 2012 In-House Update

    Join Esicon Consulting, Inc., Project Leadership Associates and Mandell Menkes LLC for 2 hours of CLE on the state of e-discovery law:



    • Recent trends and judicial decisions

    • Benchmarks for gauging the cost-effectiveness of your projects

    • Ethical obligations in e-discovery and guidance for streamlining projects and managing counsel (qualify for 1 hour of ethics credit in Illinois)


    Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2012

    Time: 11:45 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Location: Project Leadership Associates, 120 S. LaSalle St., 14th Floor, Chicago, IL, 60603

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    05/24/2012
    Electronic Discovery 2012 In-House Update

    Join Esicon Consulting, Inc., Project Leadership Associates and Mandell Menkes LLC for 2 hours of CLE on the state of e-discovery law:



    • Recent trends and judicial decisions

    • Benchmarks for gauging the cost-effectiveness of your projects

    • Ethical obligations in e-discovery and guidance for streamlining projects and managing counsel (qualify for 1 hour of ethics credit in Illinois)


    Date: Thursday, May 24, 2012

    Time: 7:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

    Location: The Glen Club, 2901 W. Lake Ave., Pickwick Room, Glenview, IL 60026

    Register Now




    06/08/2012
    System Center 2012 Unplugged - System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

    Project Leadership Associates is excited to announce a new series of monthly technical deep dive sessions called System Center 2012 Unplugged. These technical sessions are designed for IT professionals who are responsible for the architecture and management of their System Center environment and want to get up to speed on System Center 2012.


    Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager helps you to empower people to use the devices and applications they need to be productive, while maintaining corporate compliance and control. It accomplishes this with a unified infrastructure that gives a single pane of glass to manage physical, virtual, and mobile clients. It also provides tools and improvements that make it easier for IT administrators to do their jobs.


    Session will cover:


  • What's New in Configuration Manager 2012

  • Installing and Configuring Configuration Manager 2012

  • Deploying client for Configuration Manager 2012

  • Configure Configuration Manager for Operating System and Application Deployment

  • Configure Assets and Compliance Management

  • Configuring Security




  • Date: June 8, 2012

    Time: 8:45 am - 12:00 pm

    Location: Project Leadership Associates, 120 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1200, Chicago, IL, 60603

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    06/21/2012
    Chicago Windows User Group

    Join the IT Automation Revolution!

    Are you getting bogged down performing the same day to day IT tasks? Would you like to work on things that you want to do instead of forced to do?

    Join the Revolution for a discussion on IT Automation in your organization using Microsoft technologies. Learn how you can structure your active directory to take advantage of automation. And learn about the Microsoft products that can help achieve utopia!

    Two locations available:


    Chicago

    Date: Thursday, June 21, 2012

    Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

    Location: 200 E. Randolph St., Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60601

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    Oak Brook

    Date: Thursday, June 21, 2012

    Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

    Location, Microsoft Store, 49 Oak Brook Ctr., Oak Brook, IL 60523

    Register Now




    06/22/2012
    System Center 2012 Unplugged - System Center Operations Manager 2012

    Project Leadership Associates is excited to announce a new series of monthly technical deep dive sessions called System Center 2012 Unplugged. These technical sessions are designed for IT professionals who are responsible for the architecture and management of their System Center environment and want to get up to speed on System Center 2012.


    System Center Operations Manager, Microsoft's end-to-end service-management product, is your best choice for Windows environments. It works seamlessly with Microsoft infrastructure servers, such as Windows Server, and application servers, such as Microsoft Exchange, helping you to increase efficiency while enabling greater control of the IT environment.


    Session will cover:


  • What's New in Operations Manager 2012

  • Installing and Configuring Operations Manager 2012

  • Installing management packs

  • Turning off alerts

  • Configuring Security




  • Date: June 22, 2012

    Time: 8:45 am - 12:00 pm

    Location: Project Leadership Associates, 120 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60603

    Register Now




    07/27/2012
    System Center 2012 Unplugged - System Center Service Manager

    Project Leadership Associates is excited to announce a new series of monthly technical deep dive sessions called System Center 2012 Unplugged. These technical sessions are designed for IT professionals who are responsible for the architecture and management of their System Center environment and want to get up to speed on System Center 2012.


    Service Manager provides an integrated platform for automating and adapting your organization's IT service management best practices, such as those found in Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL). It provides built-in processes for incident and problem resolution, change control, and asset lifecycle management.


    Session will cover:


  • What's New in Service Manager 2012

  • Installing an Configuring Service Manager 2012

  • Integrating Configuration and Operation Manager

  • Installing Authoring tool

  • Configuring Security




  • Date: July 27, 2012

    Time: 8:45 am - 12:00 pm

    Location: Project Leadership Associates, 120 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60603

    Register Now




    08/24/2012
    Chicago Cubs and Office 365 - Sponsored by Directions Training and PLA

    Summer is here and it's time for baseball! Join Directions Training and Project Leadership Associates (PLA), for a Cubs game on Friday afternoon at one of Wrigley Field's magnificent rooftops. Prior to the game, Directions and PLA will give a short presentation on Microsoft Office 365. During this event, you will learn how PLA has developed an approach to help organizations analyze the business and financial benefits of moving to online services.


    Additionally, PLA will provide two exceptional offers to qualified participants:


      1. Free solution alignment workshop

      2. Partially funded proof-of-concept to test drive Office 365 for 30 days




    Space is limited. Register today to save your seat! Disclaimer: This event is not open to consultants, independent contractors or other Microsoft partners.


    Date: Friday, August 24, 2012

    Time: 11:00 am - 4:30 pm

    Location: Murphy's Bleachers, 3655 N. Sheffield, Chicago, IL 60613

    Register Now




    09/12/2012
    Computer Forensics 103: Cloud and Social Media Preservation and Investigation

    In this course, our experts discuss the rise in cloud and social media discovery. You will learn about cloud-based file repositories such as Dropbox, AWS, and Google Drive and the potential nefarious uses of these systems. We will also discuss how information from Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter can be collected, authenticated, searched, and reviewed.


    Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2012

    Time: 11:45 am - 1:00 pm

    Location: 120 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1420, Chicago, IL 60603

    Register Now




    09/13/2012
    System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 & App Controller 2012

    Project Leadership Associates is excited to share a series of monthly technical deep dive sessions called System Center 2012 Unplugged. These technical sessions are designed for IT professionals who are responsible for the architecture and management of their System Center environment and want to get up to speed on System Center 2012.


    System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 can help your business build, deploy, and maintain a private cloud. Also covered will be utilizing VMM to build and support virtualized and physical resources as part of your private cloud infrastructure, managing applications within your private cloud and using VMM to deploy, update and manage them.


    Date: Thursday, September 13, 2012

    Time: 8:45 am - 12:00 pm

    Location: Project Leadership Associates, 120 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60603

    Register Now




    09/20/2012
    Cloud OS Signature Event Series: Introducing Windows Server 2012, Visual Studio 2012 and Windows Azure - Chicago

    Join Project Leadership Associates and Microsoft experts at The Cloud OS Signature Event Series for a free, one-day event, and check out the launch of our newest, most exciting products. You’ll get the opportunity to engage with experts, get hands on with the new technology, and learn how to build your modern data center with the Microsoft platform: Windows Server 2012, Windows Azure, Microsoft Visual Studio 2012, and Microsoft System Center 2012.


    Date: Thursday, September 20

    Time: 8:30 am to 3:45 pm

    Location: Oak Brook Hills Marriott Resort, 3500 Midwest Road, Oak Brook Illinois 60523

    Register Now




    09/21/2012
    System Center Data Protection Manager 2012

    Project Leadership Associates is excited to share a series of monthly technical deep dive sessions called System Center 2012 Unplugged. These technical sessions are designed for IT professionals who are responsible for the architecture and management of their System Center environment and want to get up to speed on System Center 2012.


    System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager to protect your private cloud. You will learn how to use new capabilities to recover your infrastructure due to failures in the datacenter. We will demonstrate how DPM can be used to back-up and recover several common Microsoft server products, and subsequently how using DPM can provide increased service levels in your environment.


    Date: Friday, September 21, 2012

    Time: 8:45 am - 12:00 pm

    Location: Project Leadership Associates, 120 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60603

    Register Now




    09/23/2012
    System Center Service Manager/Orchestrator 2012 - Detroit

    Service Manager provides an integrated platform for automating and adapting your organization's IT service management best practices, such as those found in Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL). It provides built-in processes for incident and problem resolution, change control, and asset lifecycle management.


    Service Manager provides an integrated platform for automating and adapting your organization's IT service management best practices, such as those found in Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL). It provides built-in processes for incident and problem resolution, change control, and asset lifecycle management.


    Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2012

    Time: 8:45 am to 12:00 EST

    Location: Microsoft, 1000 Town Center, Suite 1930, Southfield, MI 48075

    Register Now




    09/26/2012
    SharePoint Fest Chicago 2012

    Attend SharePoint Fest - Chicago, where you’ll be able to attend technical classes and seminars – taught by Microsoft Certified Trainers, Microsoft engineers and Microsoft MVPs – covering Enterprise Content Management, Infrastructure/Administration, Composites (Workflow), Search, Business Intelligence, & Development. Choose one complete learning track or mix & match based on what content best meets you and your organization’s current needs!


    At SharePoint Fest - Chicago there are sessions created for SharePoint administrators, software developers, information architects and knowledge workers which will ensure that you and your team walk away with as much knowledge as you desire to truly leverage SharePoint in your current environment!


    Date: Tuesday, September 25 through Thursday, September 27

    Time: All day event

    Location: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 9301 Bryn Mawr Ave., Rosemont, IL, 60018

    Register Now




    09/27/2012
    Cloud OS Signature Event Series: Introducing Windows Server 2012, Visual Studio 2012 and Windows Azure - Detroit

    Join Project Leadership Associates and Microsoft experts at The Cloud OS Signature Event Series for a free, one-day event, and check out the launch of our newest, most exciting products. You’ll get the opportunity to engage with experts, get hands on with the new technology, and learn how to build your modern data center with the Microsoft platform: Windows Server 2012, Windows Azure, Microsoft Visual Studio 2012, and Microsoft System Center 2012.


    Date: Thursday, September 27

    Time: 8:30 am to 3:45 pm EST

    Location: Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, 400 Renaissance Dr. W, Detroit Michigan 48243

    Register Now




    09/27/2012
    TEC: Enterprise Mobility & Wireless Seminar - The Age of the Mobile Enterprise is Here. What Does it Mean for IT?

    Project Leadership Associates is a sponsor of the Technology Executives Club Mobility Series.


    Register to attend this half-day event and hear our session on “Roadmap to Enterprise Mobility”

    Presented by Chad Dirks, Enterprise Mobile Business Analyst from Softweb Solutions and Richard Mancuso, Lead, Custom Software Development Practice, Project Leadership Associates.


    This session will provide a brief understanding for Enterprises to identify with the mobile lifecycle stages they will experience when considering mobility. Key topics will include understanding cross-platform tools available, pros & cons of Rich Internet, Hybrid and Responsive Design (website) applications as well as discuss popular trends in mobile architecture as well as the impact of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Policies and how to manage with MAM and MDM solutions.


    Date: Thursday, September 27, 2012

    Time: 7:30 am to 11:30 am

    Location: Milwaukee Athletic Club, 758 N. Broadway, Milwaukee WI 53202

    Register Now




    10/03/2012
    Microsoft Lync and Exchange 2013 Sneak Peek - Chicago

    Join PLA and our strategic partners for an exclusive look at Microsoft Lync and Exchange 2013. Over the last few months, PLA has been working directly with Microsoft and a few key customers in the early adopter programs. After already completing several deployments we want to share with you what to expect from these solutions as the next wave approaches.


    Lync 2013 further matures Microsoft's position as Unified Communications leaders. The fourth generation of this product challenges every communication platform on the market. Forget legacy PBX and VoIP platforms that are expensive and autonomous. Microsoft Lync 2013 offers a clean, integrated client that helps your users communicate quickly and easily. New features include; full voice site to site failover, persistent chat rooms, tabbed conversations, video features like "holly Wood Squares," Lync Web App, and more...


    Exchange 2013 continues its dominance in the messaging platform. Learn why you should consider an upgrade and how to migrate from your current platform. New features include; improved Exchange administration, additional performance refinement, modern public folders, data loss prevention and archiving, redesigned OWA and more...


    Date: Wednesday, October 3, 2012

    Time: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

    Location: Project Leadership Associates, 120 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1420, Chicago, IL 60603

    Register Now




    10/09/2012
    System Center 2012 Configuration Manager - Dallas

    Project Leadership Associates is excited to announce a new series of monthly technical deep dive sessions called System Center 2012 Unplugged. These technical sessions are designed for IT professionals who are responsible for the architecture and management of their System Center environment and want to get up to speed on System Center 2012.


    Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager helps you to empower people to use the devices and applications they need to be productive, while maintaining corporate compliance and control. It accomplishes this with a unified infrastructure that gives a single pane of glass to manage physical, virtual, and mobile clients. It also provides tools and improvements that make it easier for IT administrators to do their jobs.


    Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2012

    Time: 8:45 am to 12:00 pm

    Location: Microsoft, 7000 N. State Highway 161, MPR 4005, Irving, TX, 75039

    Register Now




    10/10/2012
    Computer Forensics 104: Mobile Device E-Discovery

    Mobile devices have become ubiquitous, with nearly 50% of Americans now having a smart phone and nearly 20% having a tablet. Due to the multi-purposed nature of these devices, they may be a source of various types of data such as photos, text/email messages, call logs, application usage, GPS information, internet history, and documents. Our experts discuss the differences between Apple, Android, and Blackberry devices, illustrating the kind of information that you can reasonably expect to extract and analyze. Finally, we will discuss what is needed to preserve and collect this data, challenges you may face when trying to obtain this information, and some potential solutions.


    Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2012

    Time: 11:45 am - 1:00 pm

    Location: 120 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1420, Chicago, IL 60603

    Register Now




    10/10/2012
    System Center 2012 Configuration Manager - Houston

    Project Leadership Associates is excited to announce a new series of monthly technical deep dive sessions called System Center 2012 Unplugged. These technical sessions are designed for IT professionals who are responsible for the architecture and management of their System Center environment and want to get up to speed on System Center 2012.


    Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager helps you to empower people to use the devices and applications they need to be productive, while maintaining corporate compliance and control. It accomplishes this with a unified infrastructure that gives a single pane of glass to manage physical, virtual, and mobile clients. It also provides tools and improvements that make it easier for IT administrators to do their jobs.


    Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2012

    Time: 8:45 am to 12:00 pm

    Location: Microsoft, W. Sam Houston Parkway South, Suite 350, Houston, TX, 77042

    Register Now




    10/11/2012
    Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 Seminar

    SHI, Microsoft, Dell, and PLA invite you to have lunch on us and hear about the newest versions of Microsoft’s client and server operating systems, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.


    Join us and learn how the new versions of Windows and Windows Server can advance your organization’s storage, collaboration, availability, transport services and client access capabilities.

    Meeting agenda will be:



    • Registration

    • SHI Introduction

    • PLA will discuss the new technology in Win 8/Win Server 2012

    • Dell discussion of new client technology specifically designed to support Windows 8

    • SHI overview of Microsoft licensing impacts related to Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012


    Date: Thursday, October 11, 2012

    Time: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

    Location: Sullivan's Steakhouse, 4608 Westheimer, Houston, TX, 77027

    Register Now




    10/15/2012
    CALSM-posium

    CALSM-posium is designed to give attorneys, paralegals, litigation support professionals, IT professionals and service providers practical insights and tools that they can implement in their everyday practice. Kicking off with a continental breakfast, leisurely networking and a timely topic to launch the educational part of the event, the day features important panel discussions providing education in electronic discovery and litigation support best practices, and concludes with a cocktail reception where attendees can personally engage industry luminaries and network with peers. There are three tracks to choose fom at the event.


    Date: Monday, October 15, 2012

    Time: 9:00 am - 7:20 pm

    Location: Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL, 60604

    Register Now




    10/16/2012
    Preview Into the Future of Self-Service Business Intelligence

    Our demos will include many of the new features found in the Preview versions of Excel 2013 (PowerPivot, PowerView) and Visio 2013 as well as how Office 365 Web Apps bring interactive visual and analysis capabilities to SharePoint 2013 Online.


    Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2012

    Time: 5:30 - 8:30 pm

    Location: Microsoft, 200 E. Randolph St., Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60601

    Register Now




    10/18/2012
    Tech-Security Conference 2012

    The Milwaukee Tech-Security Conference features 25-30 vendor exhibits and several industry experts discussing current tech-security issues such as email security, VoIP, LAN security, wireless security, USB drives security & more. There will be lots of give a ways and prizes such as iPods, $25, $50 and $100 gift cards, as well as cash prizes and lots more! This unique conference format will provide educational speaker sessions as well as tremendous networking opportunities. You'll come away with advice and knowledge you can start applying to your environment immediately. To register for this conference, click on the link in the left column. Your registration will include your breakfast, lunch, conference materials and entrance into the conference sessions and exhibit area. Click the registration link for full conference agenda.


    Date: Thursday, October 18, 2012

    Time: 8:15 am - 5:00 pm

    Location: Hilton Milwaukee City Center, 509 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI, 53203

    Register Now




    10/18/2012
    Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 Seminar

    SHI, Microsoft, Dell, and PLA invite you to have lunch on us and hear about the newest versions of Microsoft’s client and server operating systems, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.


    Join us and learn how the new versions of Windows and Windows Server can advance your organization’s storage, collaboration, availability, transport services and client access capabilities.

    Meeting agenda will be:



    • Registration

    • SHI Introduction

    • PLA will discuss the new technology in Win 8/Win Server 2012

    • Dell discussion of new client technology specifically designed to support Windows 8

    • SHI overview of Microsoft licensing impacts related to Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012


    Date: Thursday, October 18, 2012

    Time: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

    Location: Project Leadership Associates, 120 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1420, Chicago, IL 60603

    Register Now




    10/23/2012
    System Center Service Manager/Orchestrator 2012 - Detroit

    Project Leadership Associates is excited to announce a new series of monthly technical deep dive sessions called System Center 2012 Unplugged. These technical sessions are designed for IT professionals who are responsible for the architecture and management of their System Center environment and want to get up to speed on System Center 2012.


    Service Manager provides an integrated platform for automating and adapting your organization's IT service management best practices, such as those found in Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL). It provides built-in processes for incident and problem resolution, change control, and asset lifecycle management.


    Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2012

    Time: 8:45 am to 12:00 pm

    Location: 1000 Town Center, Suite 1930, Southfield, MI, 48075

    Register Now




    10/25/2012
    Microsoft Lync and Exchange 2013 Sneak Peek - Houston

    Join PLA and our strategic partners for an exclusive look at Microsoft Lync and Exchange 2013. Over the last few months, PLA has been working directly with Microsoft and a few key customers in the early adopter programs. After already completing several deployments we want to share with you what to expect from these solutions as the next wave approaches.


    Lync 2013 further matures Microsoft's position as Unified Communications leaders. The fourth generation of this product challenges every communication platform on the market. Forget legacy PBX and VoIP platforms that are expensive and autonomous. Microsoft Lync 2013 offers a clean, integrated client that helps your users communicate quickly and easily. New features include; full voice site to site failover, persistent chat rooms, tabbed conversations, video features like "holly Wood Squares," Lync Web App, and more...


    Exchange 2013 continues its dominance in the messaging platform. Learn why you should consider an upgrade and how to migrate from your current platform. New features include; improved Exchange administration, additional performance refinement, modern public folders, data loss prevention and archiving, redesigned OWA and more...


    Date: Thursday, October 25, 2012

    Time: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

    Location: 2000 W. Sam Houston Parkway South, Suite 350, Houston, TX, 77042

    Register Now




    10/25/2012
    TEC: Enterprise Mobility & Wireless Seminar - The Age of the Mobile Enterprise is Here. What Does it Mean for IT?

    Project Leadership Associates is a sponsor of the Technology Executives Club Mobility Series


    Register to attend this half-day event and hear our session on “Roadmap to Enterprise Mobility”

    Presented by Chad Dirks, Enterprise Mobile Business Analyst from Softweb Solutions and Richard Mancuso, Lead, Custom Software Development Practice, Project Leadership Associates


    This session will provide a brief understanding for Enterprises to identify with the mobile lifecycle stages they will experience when considering mobility. Key topics will include understanding cross-platform tools available, pros & cons of Rich Internet, Hybrid and Responsive Design (website) applications as well as discuss popular trends in mobile architecture as well as the impact of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Policies and how to manage with MAM and MDM solutions.


    Date: Thursday, October 25, 2012

    Time: 7:30 am to 11:30 am

    Location: Minneapolis Club, 729 2nd Ave.S, Minneapolis, MN

    Register Now




    10/26/2012
    Microsoft Lync and Exchange 2013 Sneak Peek - Dallas

    Join PLA and our strategic partners for an exclusive look at Microsoft Lync and Exchange 2013. Over the last few months, PLA has been working directly with Microsoft and a few key customers in the early adopter programs. After already completing several deployments we want to share with you what to expect from these solutions as the next wave approaches.


    Lync 2013 further matures Microsoft's position as Unified Communications leaders. The fourth generation of this product challenges every communication platform on the market. Forget legacy PBX and VoIP platforms that are expensive and autonomous. Microsoft Lync 2013 offers a clean, integrated client that helps your users communicate quickly and easily. New features include; full voice site to site failover, persistent chat rooms, tabbed conversations, video features like "holly Wood Squares," Lync Web App, and more...


    Exchange 2013 continues its dominance in the messaging platform. Learn why you should consider an upgrade and how to migrate from your current platform. New features include; improved Exchange administration, additional performance refinement, modern public folders, data loss prevention and archiving, redesigned OWA and more...


    Date: Friday, October 26, 2012

    Time: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

    Location: 7000 N. State Highway 161, MPR 4005, Irving, TX 75039

    Register Now




    10/26/2012
    System Center Orchestrator 2012

    Project Leadership Associates is excited to share a series of monthly technical deep dive sessions called System Center 2012 Unplugged. These technical sessions are designed for IT professionals who are responsible for the architecture and management of their System Center environment and want to get up to speed on System Center 2012.


    This event will focus on implementing System Center 2012 Orchestrator runbook automation. We will cover design, implementation and development as well as diving into logging and troubleshooting runbook issues. Also covered will be the deep interaction between the rest of the System Center family of products through Integration Packs.


    Date: Friday, October 26, 2012

    Time: 8:45 am - 12:00 pm

    Location: Project Leadership Associates, 120 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60603

    Register Now




    10/30/2012
    Microsoft Lync and Exchange 2013 Sneak Peek - Detroit

    Join PLA and our strategic partners for an exclusive look at Microsoft Lync and Exchange 2013. Over the last few months, PLA has been working directly with Microsoft and a few key customers in the early adopter programs. After already completing several deployments we want to share with you what to expect from these solutions as the next wave approaches.


    Lync 2013 further matures Microsoft's position as Unified Communications leaders. The fourth generation of this product challenges every communication platform on the market. Forget legacy PBX and VoIP platforms that are expensive and autonomous. Microsoft Lync 2013 offers a clean, integrated client that helps your users communicate quickly and easily. New features include; full voice site to site failover, persistent chat rooms, tabbed conversations, video features like "holly Wood Squares," Lync Web App, and more...


    Exchange 2013 continues its dominance in the messaging platform. Learn why you should consider an upgrade and how to migrate from your current platform. New features include; improved Exchange administration, additional performance refinement, modern public folders, data loss prevention and archiving, redesigned OWA and more...


    Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2012

    Time: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm EST

    Location: 1000 Town Center, Suite 1930, Southfield, MI 48075

    Register Now




    11/01/2012
    Brew and View

    PLA, Polycom and Microsoft would like to invite you to stop by our office on Thursday, November 1st, for Brew and View. This month's Brew and View will showcase how PLA and other business users are leveraging Polycom's integration with Microsoft Lync for voice and videoconferencing. Polycom makes it easy and cost-effective to move to Microsoft Lync. That's because it offers the broadest portfolio of video, conference, wireless and desktop phones that are standards-based and that work with, and are enhanced by, the power of Lync®. Their solutions are designed to work with Microsoft Lync and have been built on proven designs that deliver familiar user experiences.


    Date: Thursday, November 1, 2012

    Time: 4:00 – 6:00 pm

    Location: Project Leadership Associates (PLA), 120 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60603

    Register Now




    11/01/2012
    SharePoint Workflows and Business Automation - ILTA Sponsored

    Workflows in Microsoft SharePoint enable enterprises to reduce the amount of unnecessary interactions between people as they perform business processes. The number of human interactions that occur in business processes can inhibit the speed and quality of decisions. Software such as SharePoint that simplifies and manages this "human workflow" enables the automation of interactions among groups who participate in the processes. This automation results in more speed, overall effectiveness of the interactions and often a reduction in errors as SharePoint works seamlessly with other widely used tools such as Word, PowerPoint, Visio and Excel. In the legal profession, for example, SharePoint workflows could help facilitate the new business intake process and conflict checking. They could also help ensure billing targets are being met. Come learn how SharePoint workflows can help improve your business processes.


    Date: Thursday, November 1, 2012

    Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

    Location: Project Leadership Associates (PLA), 120 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 1420, Conference Center, Chicago, IL 60603

    Register online or email eempamano@sidley.com.




    11/02/2012
    TEC: Enterprise Mobility & Wireless Seminar - The Age of the Mobile Enterprise is Here. What Does it Mean for IT?

    Project Leadership Associates is a sponsor of the Technology Executives Club Mobility Series


    Register to attend this half-day event and hear our session on “Roadmap to Enterprise Mobility”

    Presented by Chad Dirks, Enterprise Mobile Business Analyst from Softweb Solutions and Richard Mancuso, Lead, Custom Software Development Practice, Project Leadership Associates


    This session will provide a brief understanding for Enterprises to identify with the mobile lifecycle stages they will experience when considering mobility. Key topics will include understanding cross-platform tools available, pros & cons of Rich Internet, Hybrid and Responsive Design (website) applications as well as discuss popular trends in mobile architecture as well as the impact of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Policies and how to manage with MAM and MDM solutions.


    Date: Friday, November 2, 2012

    Time: 7:30 am to 11:30 am EST

    Location: Columbia Club, 121 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IN

    Register Now




    11/05/2012
    The New Era of Work – Microsoft 2012 Launch Event Series - Houston

    The biggest wave of innovation in Microsoft history is transforming enterprise IT. Join Microsoft and Project Leadership Associates (PLA) for a free launch event, and you'll see how the latest technologies can inspire productivity and increase your value as a strategic leader. See how Microsoft can help you enhance productivity, increase customer satisfaction and loyalty, and drive new revenue streams. This is your chance to network with peers and Microsoft Partners, explore a series of role-based, day-in-the-life scenarios, and visit our Experience Lounge to see the latest Microsoft technologies at work.


    Date: Monday, November 5th

    Time: 8:00 am to 4:15pm

    Location: Westin Galleria Houston, 5060 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77056

    Register Now




    11/07/2012
    Electronic Discovery In-House Update

    Join Esicon Consulting, Inc., Project Leadership Associates and Mandell Menkes LLC for 2 hours of CLE – including 1 hour of ethics - on the state of e-discovery law:



    • Recent judicial decisions affecting the way your preserve, collect and protect privileged information

    • Developing cost-effective e-discovery projects

    • Latest trends - unique issues raised by social media, predictive coding and data privacy

    • Ethical obligations in e-discovery (qualifies for 1 hour of ethics credit in Illinois)


    Agenda


    The State of E-discovery - 2012



    • The new economics of e-discovery

    • What judges expect

    • Supervising discovery: early opportunities to manage costs, benchmarking, adjusting for case specifics using vendors effectively

    • Looming challenges: social media, technology assisted review, privacy, and mediation


    The Ethics of E-Discovery



    • Competency: in-house attorneys and outside counsel

    • Supervising discovery: subordinates and third parties, coordination with outside counsel, concerns with contract review, conflict checks

    • Shifting focus and interpretations of obligations under ethical rules

    • Preserving privilege


    Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2012

    Time: 7:45 am to 10:00 am

    Location: DoubleTree Suites, 2111 E. Butterfield Rd., Downers Grove, IL 60515

    Register Now




    11/07/2012
    2012 Techknowledgey

    This year it’s all about emerging, hot technologies and how to improve and grow your business successfully. Take a journey with New Horizons and explore some of Microsoft’s newest technologies.


    Specifically, PLA will be speaking at sessions Enabling Flexible Work Styles with Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.


    Date: November 7, 2012

    Time: 8:15 am - 5:00 pm

    Location: New Horizons, 14115 Farmington Rd., Livonia, MI 48154

    Register Now




    11/08/2012
    Sneak Peek at the New Office

    Transform the way you work with the New Office.


    Microsoft® Office 365 is cloud productivity designed for you and your business. Get your work done securely and communicate in real-time from almost anywhere.


    Office 365 is a set of web-enabled tools that combine Microsoft Office productivity with the latest Microsoft communication and collaboration technology. We're so excited about it that we'd like to give you a comprehensive introduction to learn all about the new Office. Combining Office with Office 365 unlocks the full potential of Office 365 as the best solution for productivity, collaboration, communication and worry-free IT.


    Join us on Thursday, November 8th from 8:30 - 10:30 am to see how the new Office can help you get where you want to go with your business, while keeping your life in balance.


    Here's a sneak peek:



    • Cloud-based professional email

    • Video conferencing and IM

    • Share files inside and outside your organization

    • Easy and secure administration

    • Financially backed reliability

    • Predictable monthly costs with no up-front infrastructure costs

    • Ability to view and edit documents with your colleagues from almost anywhere

    • Ability to focus more on your business and less on your technology


    Featured Products


    Lync Online, Microsoft Exchange Online, Office, Office 365, Office Web Apps, SharePoint Online


    Recommended Audiences


    Business Decision Makers, C-Level, Information Workers, IT Professionals, Technical Decision Makers


    Date: Thursday, November, 8, 2012

    Time: 8:45 - 10:30 am

    Location: N19 W24133 Riverwood Dr., Suite 150, Pewaukee, WI, 53188

    Register Now




    11/08/2012
    System Center Operations Manager 2012 - Dallas

    Project Leadership Associates is excited to announce a new series of monthly technical deep dive sessions called System Center 2012 Unplugged. These technical sessions are designed for IT professionals who are responsible for the architecture and management of their System Center environment and want to get up to speed on System Center 2012.


    System Center Operations Manager, Microsoft's end-to-end service-management product, is your best choice for Windows environments. It works seamlessly with Microsoft infrastructure servers, such as Windows Server, and application servers, such as Microsoft Exchange, helping you to increase efficiency while enabling greater control of the IT environment.


    Date: Thursday, November 8, 2012

    Time: 8:45 am to 12:00 pm

    Location: Microsoft, 7000 N. State Highway 161, MPR 4005, Irving, TX, 75039

    Register Now




    11/09/2012
    System Center Operations Manager 2012 - Houston

    Project Leadership Associates is excited to announce a new series of monthly technical deep dive sessions called System Center 2012 Unplugged. These technical sessions are designed for IT professionals who are responsible for the architecture and management of their System Center environment and want to get up to speed on System Center 2012.


    System Center Operations Manager, Microsoft's end-to-end service-management product, is your best choice for Windows environments. It works seamlessly with Microsoft infrastructure servers, such as Windows Server, and application servers, such as Microsoft Exchange, helping you to increase efficiency while enabling greater control of the IT environment.


    Date: Friday, November 9, 2012

    Time: 8:45 am to 12:00 pm

    Location: Microsoft, 2000 W. Sam Houston Parkway South, Suite 350, Houston, TX, 77042

    Register Now




    11/14/2012
    Review Management Best Practices

    Review Management doesn’t have to be complicated – but it does have to be efficient and cost effective. Following document review management best practices can save you time and money. And let’s face it – clients want you to save as much money as possible. The want it done right, done quickly and they would rather not pay for it! We can’t tell you how to do a review for free, but we can tell you how to be effective and efficient. Learn how proper reviewer training, project management and technology can intersect to create work-flows and methodologies that can save time and money, while at the same time, leaving the legal team confident it produced (or received) the right evidence. During this platform-agnostic course, we will give you some guidelines real-world case review teams use, show types of technology you need to be aware of to take control of your next review, and teach you how to document and defend review decisions, even when they come years after the review has concluded.


    Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2012

    Time: 11:45 am - 1:00 pm

    Location: 120 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1420, Chicago, IL 60603

    Register Now




    11/14/2012
    The New Era of Work – Microsoft 2012 Launch Event Series - Milwaukee

    The biggest wave of innovation in Microsoft history is transforming enterprise IT. Join Microsoft and Project Leadership Associates (PLA) for a free launch event, and you'll see how the latest technologies can inspire productivity and increase your value as a strategic leader. See how Microsoft can help you enhance productivity, increase customer satisfaction and loyalty, and drive new revenue streams. This is your chance to network with peers and Microsoft Partners, explore a series of role-based, day-in-the-life scenarios, and visit our Experience Lounge to see the latest Microsoft technologies at work.


    Date: Wednesday, November 14th

    Time: 9:00 am to 12:45pm

    Location: Sheraton Milwaukee/ Brookfield, 375 South Moorland Rd., Brookfield, WI 53005

    Register Now




    11/15/2012
    System Center Operations Manager 2012 - Detroit

    Project Leadership Associates is excited to announce a new series of monthly technical deep dive sessions called System Center 2012 Unplugged. These technical sessions are designed for IT professionals who are responsible for the architecture and management of their System Center environment and want to get up to speed on System Center 2012.


    System Center Operations Manager, Microsoft's end-to-end service-management product, is your best choice for Windows environments. It works seamlessly with Microsoft infrastructure servers, such as Windows Server, and application servers such as Microsoft Exchange, helping you to increase efficiency while enabling greater control of the IT environment.


    Date: Thursday, November 15, 2012

    Time: 8:45 am to 12:00 EST

    Location: Microsoft, 1000 Town Center, Suite 1930, Southfield, MI 48075

    Register Now




    11/28/2012
    System Center Service Manager/Orchestrator 2012 - Houston

    Project Leadership Associates is excited to announce a new series of monthly technical deep dive sessions called System Center 2012 Unplugged. These technical sessions are designed for IT professionals who are responsible for the architecture and management of their System Center environment and want to get up to speed on System Center 2012.


    Service Manager provides an integrated platform for automating and adapting your organization's IT service management best practices, such as those found in Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL). It provides built-in processes for incident and problem resolution, change control, and asset lifecycle management.


    Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2012

    Time: 8:45 am to 12:00 pm

    Location: Microsoft, 2000 W. Sam Houston Parkway South, Suite 350, Houston, TX, 77042

    Register Now




    11/29/2012
    System Center Service Manager/Orchestrator 2012 - Dallas

    Project Leadership Associates is excited to announce a new series of monthly technical deep dive sessions called System Center 2012 Unplugged. These technical sessions are designed for IT professionals who are responsible for the architecture and management of their System Center environment and want to get up to speed on System Center 2012.


    Service Manager provides an integrated platform for automating and adapting your organization's IT service management best practices, such as those found in Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL). It provides built-in processes for incident and problem resolution, change control, and asset lifecycle management.


    Date: Thursday, November 29, 2012

    Time: 8:45 am to 12:00 pm

    Location: Microsoft, 7000 N. State Highway 161, MPR 4005, Irving, TX, 75039

    Register Now




    01/24/2013
    Accelerate your Windows deployment using Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 and 1E suite of tools - Southfield

    Where will you be on April 8th 2014? Will you still be migrating your XP machines over to Windows 7 or Windows 8? PLA has partnered with 1E to achieve record-breaking Windows 7 /8 deployments.


    Please join us for a blazing System Center Unplugged event that will focus on Windows migrations using Configuration Manager 2012 and Nomad 2012, AppClarity, and Nightwatchman by 1E. You will learn from the migration experts on deployment best practices, challenges, and how 1E bridges the gap to make you a hero to the organization. You will also learn how to minimize the infrastructure requirements for Configuration Manager in supporting your application and Operating System deployments.


    Already have Windows 7 deployed? Great! But there is already another Operating System waiting to be deployed! And what about those pesky rebuilds? No problem! PLA can provide you great operational experience in supporting those Windows 7 Deployments with 1E’s automation and self-service infrastructure.


    So come out and see the possibilities that are out there for Operating System Deployment and Management. Three hours of your time could save you and your team weeks of frustration and increase your customer service goals to the organization.


    PLA is a proud 1E and Microsoft Desktop Gold Partner and has extensive experience with Operating System Deployment and Management, Application Management, Patch Management Strategies, and Mobile Device Management. Our Desktop Coordination Services (DCS) also help accelerate the operational activities associated with an accelerated deployment. We will provide the secret to creating a path to the finish line faster and with much higher End User satisfaction.


    Session will cover:

    New features of Configuration Manager 2012 SP1



    • Support for Windows 8 and Windows 8 to go

    • Configure user data and profile configuration items for folder redirection, offline files, and roaming profiles

    • Distribution point for Windows Azure

    • And more…





    Enhancements to Configuration Manager using 1E’s Nomad 2012, WakeUp and AppClarity Solutions.



    • Reduce cost and timeframes by reducing hardware requirements and minimize site visits

    • Understand usage data and compatible applications through analysis of used, occasionally used, or unused applications

    • Empower local administrators and users to Shop for the Operating System, by being able to conveniently schedule or initiate deployment themselves without compromising security

    • Improved user self-service for the reinstallation of applications

    • Conveniently enable migrations to occur out-of-hours using WakeUp to limit any impact on user or business productivity

    • Keep local data safe without the need for local server storage

    • And many more…





    Date: Thursday, January 24

    Time: 8:45 am to 12:00 pm

    Location: Microsoft, 1000 Town Center, Suite 1839, Southfield, MI, 48075

    Register Now




    02/05/2013
    Microsoft Lync and Exchange 2013 Sneak Peek - Chicago

    Join PLA and our strategic partners for an exclusive look at Microsoft Lync and Exchange 2013. Over the last few months, PLA has been working directly with Microsoft and a few key customers in the early adopter programs. After already completing several deployments we want to share with you what to expect from these solutions as the next wave approaches.


    Lync 2013 further matures Microsoft's position as a Unified Communications leader. The fourth generation of this product challenges every communication platform on the market. Forget legacy PBX and VoIP platforms that are expensive and autonomous. Microsoft Lync 2013 offers a clean, integrated client that helps your users communicate quickly and easily. New features include; full voice site to site failover, persistent chat rooms, tabbed conversations, video features like "Holly Wood Squares", Lync Web App, and more...


    Exchange 2013 continues its dominance in the messaging platform. Learn why you should consider an upgrade and how to migrate from your current platform. New features include; improved Exchange administration, additional performance refinement, modern public folders, data loss prevention and archiving, redesigned OWA and more...


    Date: Tuesday, February 5

    Time: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

    Location: Project Leadership Associates, 120 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1420, Chicago, IL 60603

    Register Now




    02/07/2013
    Accelerate your Windows deployment using Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 and 1E suite of tools - Chicago

    Where will you be on April 8th 2014? Will you still be migrating your XP machines over to Windows 7 or Windows 8? PLA has partnered with 1E to achieve record-breaking Windows 7 /8 deployments.


    Please join us for a blazing System Center Unplugged event that will focus on Windows migrations using Configuration Manager 2012 and Nomad 2012, AppClarity, and Nightwatchman by 1E. You will learn from the migration experts on deployment best practices, challenges, and how 1E bridges the gap to make you a hero to the organization. You will also learn how to minimize the infrastructure requirements for Configuration Manager in supporting your application and Operating System deployments.


    Already have Windows 7 deployed? Great! But there is already another Operating System waiting to be deployed! And what about those pesky rebuilds? No problem! PLA can provide you great operational experience in supporting those Windows 7 Deployments with 1E’s automation and self-service infrastructure.


    So come out and see the possibilities that are out there for Operating System Deployment and Management. Three hours of your time could save you and your team weeks of frustration and increase your customer service goals to the organization.


    PLA is a proud 1E and Microsoft Desktop Gold Partner and has extensive experience with Operating System Deployment and Management, Application Management, Patch Management Strategies, and Mobile Device Management. Our Desktop Coordination Services (DCS) also help accelerate the operational activities associated with an accelerated deployment. We will provide the secret to creating a path to the finish line faster and with much higher End User satisfaction.


    Session will cover:

    New features of Configuration Manager 2012 SP1



    • Support for Windows 8 and Windows 8 to go

    • Configure user data and profile configuration items for folder redirection, offline files, and roaming profiles

    • Distribution point for Windows Azure

    • And more…





    Enhancements to Configuration Manager using 1E’s Nomad 2012, WakeUp and AppClarity Solutions.



    • Reduce cost and timeframes by reducing hardware requirements and minimize site visits

    • Understand usage data and compatible applications through analysis of used, occasionally used, or unused applications

    • Empower local administrators and users to Shop for the Operating System, by being able to conveniently schedule or initiate deployment themselves without compromising security

    • Improved user self-service for the reinstallation of applications

    • Conveniently enable migrations to occur out-of-hours using WakeUp to limit any impact on user or business productivity

    • Keep local data safe without the need for local server storage

    • And many more…





    Date: Thursday, February 7

    Time: 8:45 am to 12:00 pm

    Location: Project Leadership Associates, 120 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60603

    Register Now




    02/13/2013
    Computer Forensics 101: An Introduction to Computer Forensic Investigations

    During this course, our forensic experts give a high-level overview of a typical computer forensic investigation. We discuss the terminology, basic strategies and protocol that go into a successful investigation. These foundational elements will help you better understand how to prepare for a computer-related investigation, what to look for when searching computers and networks, and what questions you should ask your IT staff when you get a litigation or investigation trigger. Attendees receive one hour of MCLE credit.


    Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2013

    Time: 11:45 am to 1:00 pm

    Location: Project Leadership Associates, 120 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1420, Chicago, IL 60603

    Register Now




    02/13/2013
    Cloud Productivity Designed for You. Participate in a Hands-on Demonstration of Office 365!

    Your life, in balance, from virtually anywhere.


    Microsoft® Office 365 is cloud productivity designed for you. Keep your life in balance from virtually anywhere, whether you're one professional or a small business.*


    This set of web-enabled tools combines Microsoft Office productivity with the latest Microsoft communication and collaboration technology. We're so excited about it that we'd like to give you a hands-on introduction. Attend one of our 1/2 day workshop on February 13, 14 or 15 to see how Office 365 can help you get where you want to go with your business, while keeping your life in balance.


    Here's a sneak peek:



    • Access professional, domain-based email.

    • Share calendars and contacts.

    • Chat via video, instant messaging, or audio calls.

    • Do it all with confidence and a financially backed, 99.9 percent up-time guarantee.





    *Access from mobile devices depends on carrier network availability.


    Date: Wednesday, February 13

    Time: 9:00 am to 11:00 am

    Location: Project Leadership Associates, 120 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60603

    Register Now




    02/13/2013
    Cloud Productivity Designed for You. Participate in a Hands-on Demonstration of Office 365!

    Your life, in balance, from virtually anywhere.


    Microsoft® Office 365 is cloud productivity designed for you. Keep your life in balance from virtually anywhere, whether you're one professional or a small business.*


    This set of web-enabled tools combines Microsoft Office productivity with the latest Microsoft communication and collaboration technology. We're so excited about it that we'd like to give you a hands-on introduction. Attend one of our 1/2 day workshop on February 13, 14 or 15 to see how Office 365 can help you get where you want to go with your business, while keeping your life in balance.


    Here's a sneak peek:



    • Access professional, domain-based email.

    • Share calendars and contacts.

    • Chat via video, instant messaging, or audio calls.

    • Do it all with confidence and a financially backed, 99.9 percent up-time guarantee.





    *Access from mobile devices depends on carrier network availability.


    Date: Wednesday, February 13

    Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

    Location: Project Leadership Associates, 120 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60603

    Register Now




    02/14/2013
    Cloud Productivity Designed for You. Participate in a Hands-on Demonstration of Office 365!

    Your life, in balance, from virtually anywhere.


    Microsoft® Office 365 is cloud productivity designed for you. Keep your life in balance from virtually anywhere, whether you're one professional or a small business.*


    This set of web-enabled tools combines Microsoft Office productivity with the latest Microsoft communication and collaboration technology. We're so excited about it that we'd like to give you a hands-on introduction. Attend one of our 1/2 day workshop on February 13, 14 or 15 to see how Office 365 can help you get where you want to go with your business, while keeping your life in balance.


    Here's a sneak peek:



    • Access professional, domain-based email.

    • Share calendars and contacts.

    • Chat via video, instant messaging, or audio calls.

    • Do it all with confidence and a financially backed, 99.9 percent up-time guarantee.

    • *Access from mobile devices depends on carrier network availability.





    Date: Thursday, February 14

    Time: 9:00 am to 11:00 am

    Location: Project Leadership Associates, 120 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60603

    Register Now




    02/14/2013
    Cloud Productivity Designed for You. Participate in a Hands-on Demonstration of Office 365!

    Your life, in balance, from virtually anywhere.


    Microsoft® Office 365 is cloud productivity designed for you. Keep your life in balance from virtually anywhere, whether you're one professional or a small business.*


    This set of web-enabled tools combines Microsoft Office productivity with the latest Microsoft communication and collaboration technology. We're so excited about it that we'd like to give you a hands-on introduction. Attend one of our 1/2 day workshop on February 13, 14 or 15 to see how Office 365 can help you get where you want to go with your business, while keeping your life in balance.


    Here's a sneak peek:



    • Access professional, domain-based email.

    • Share calendars and contacts.

    • Chat via video, instant messaging, or audio calls.

    • Do it all with confidence and a financially backed, 99.9 percent up-time guarantee.





    *Access from mobile devices depends on carrier network availability.


    Date: Thursday, February 14

    Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

    Location: Project Leadership Associates, 120 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60603

    Register Now




    02/15/2013
    Cloud Productivity Designed for You. Participate in a Hands-on Demonstration of Office 365!

    Your life, in balance, from virtually anywhere.


    Microsoft® Office 365 is cloud productivity designed for you. Keep your life in balance from virtually anywhere, whether you're one professional or a small business.*


    This set of web-enabled tools combines Microsoft Office productivity with the latest Microsoft communication and collaboration technology. We're so excited about it that we'd like to give you a hands-on introduction. Attend one of our 1/2 day workshop on February 13, 14 or 15 to see how Office 365 can help you get where you want to go with your business, while keeping your life in balance.


    Here's a sneak peek:



    • Access professional, domain-based email.

    • Share calendars and contacts.

    • Chat via video, instant messaging, or audio calls.

    • Do it all with confidence and a financially backed, 99.9 percent up-time guarantee.





    *Access from mobile devices depends on carrier network availability.


    Date: Friday, February 15

    Time: 9:00 am to 11:00 am

    Location: Project Leadership Associates, 120 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60603

    Register Now




    02/21/2013
    Accelerate your Windows deployment using Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 and 1E suite of tools - Dallas

    Where will you be on April 8th 2014? Will you still be migrating your XP machines over to Windows 7 or Windows 8? PLA has partnered with 1E to achieve record-breaking Windows 7 /8 deployments.


    Please join us for a blazing System Center Unplugged event that will focus on Windows migrations using Configuration Manager 2012 and Nomad 2012, AppClarity, and Nightwatchman by 1E. You will learn from the migration experts on deployment best practices, challenges, and how 1E bridges the gap to make you a hero to the organization. You will also learn how to minimize the infrastructure requirements for Configuration Manager in supporting your application and Operating System deployments.


    Already have Windows 7 deployed? Great! But there is already another Operating System waiting to be deployed! And what about those pesky rebuilds? No problem! PLA can provide you great operational experience in supporting those Windows 7 Deployments with 1E’s automation and self-service infrastructure.


    So come out and see the possibilities that are out there for Operating System Deployment and Management. Three hours of your time could save you and your team weeks of frustration and increase your customer service goals to the organization.


    PLA is a proud 1E and Microsoft Desktop Gold Partner and has extensive experience with Operating System Deployment and Management, Application Management, Patch Management Strategies, and Mobile Device Management. Our Desktop Coordination Services (DCS) also help accelerate the operational activities associated with an accelerated deployment. We will provide the secret to creating a path to the finish line faster and with much higher End User satisfaction.


    Session will cover:

    New features of Configuration Manager 2012 SP1



    • Support for Windows 8 and Windows 8 to go

    • Configure user data and profile configuration items for folder redirection, offline files, and roaming profiles

    • Distribution point for Windows Azure

    • And more…





    Enhancements to Configuration Manager using 1E’s Nomad 2012, WakeUp and AppClarity Solutions.



    • Reduce cost and timeframes by reducing hardware requirements and minimize site visits

    • Understand usage data and compatible applications through analysis of used, occasionally used, or unused applications

    • Empower local administrators and users to Shop for the Operating System, by being able to conveniently schedule or initiate deployment themselves without compromising security

    • Improved user self-service for the reinstallation of applications

    • Conveniently enable migrations to occur out-of-hours using WakeUp to limit any impact on user or business productivity

    • Keep local data safe without the need for local server storage

    • And many more…





    Date: Thursday, February 21

    Time: 8:45 am to 12:00 pm

    Location: 7000 N. State Hwy 161, MPR 4005, Irving, TX, 75039

    Register Now




    02/22/2013
    Accelerate your Windows deployment using Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 and 1E suite of tools - Houston

    Where will you be on April 8th 2014? Will you still be migrating your XP machines over to Windows 7 or Windows 8? PLA has partnered with 1E to achieve record-breaking Windows 7 /8 deployments.


    Please join us for a blazing System Center Unplugged event that will focus on Windows migrations using Configuration Manager 2012 and Nomad 2012, AppClarity, and Nightwatchman by 1E. You will learn from the migration experts on deployment best practices, challenges, and how 1E bridges the gap to make you a hero to the organization. You will also learn how to minimize the infrastructure requirements for Configuration Manager in supporting your application and Operating System deployments.


    Already have Windows 7 deployed? Great! But there is already another Operating System waiting to be deployed! And what about those pesky rebuilds? No problem! PLA can provide you great operational experience in supporting those Windows 7 Deployments with 1E’s automation and self-service infrastructure.


    So come out and see the possibilities that are out there for Operating System Deployment and Management. Three hours of your time could save you and your team weeks of frustration and increase your customer service goals to the organization.


    PLA is a proud 1E and Microsoft Desktop Gold Partner and has extensive experience with Operating System Deployment and Management, Application Management, Patch Management Strategies, and Mobile Device Management. Our Desktop Coordination Services (DCS) also help accelerate the operational activities associated with an accelerated deployment. We will provide the secret to creating a path to the finish line faster and with much higher End User satisfaction.


    Session will cover:

    New features of Configuration Manager 2012 SP1



    • Support for Windows 8 and Windows 8 to go

    • Configure user data and profile configuration items for folder redirection, offline files, and roaming profiles

    • Distribution point for Windows Azure

    • And more…





    Enhancements to Configuration Manager using 1E’s Nomad 2012, WakeUp and AppClarity Solutions.



    • Reduce cost and timeframes by reducing hardware requirements and minimize site visits

    • Understand usage data and compatible applications through analysis of used, occasionally used, or unused applications

    • Empower local administrators and users to Shop for the Operating System, by being able to conveniently schedule or initiate deployment themselves without compromising security

    • Improved user self-service for the reinstallation of applications

    • Conveniently enable migrations to occur out-of-hours using WakeUp to limit any impact on user or business productivity

    • Keep local data safe without the need for local server storage

    • And many more…





    Date: Friday, February 22

    Time: 8:45 am to 12:00 pm

    Location: Microsoft, 2000 W. Sam Houston Parkway South, Suite 350, Houston, TX 77042

    Register Now




    02/26/2013
    Office 365 Pro Plus is the new Office

    Please join Microsoft and Project Leadership Associates for a one-hour webcast as Microsoft’s Tom Roney and Kristian Scott will cover what’s new with Office 2013. Be introduced to a new way to license, deploy and manage your Office Applications, while lowering total cost of ownership.


    During this one hour presentation, our Productivity Specialists will introduce you to this new licensing model; update you on changes made to the Office suite, demonstrate new deployment scenarios and the economic benefits of the New Office.


    Who Should Attend:


    Business and technology leaders, decision makers and architects who are responsible for bringing value to their organizations through increased flexibility, scalability, and service levels while reducing overall costs.


    Date: February 26. 2012

    Time: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm EST

    Location: Online Webinar

    Register Now




    03/07/2013
    ZeroIMPACT Migration Day

    Planning a migration? Looking for next steps after completing a migration? Join us for the next ZeroIMPACT Migration Day, where you’ll get unlimited access to industry-leading migration experts and useful resources to help you plan and manage all phases of your move.


    We know your time is limited, so scan the agenda on the registration page to find the discussion topics that matter to you most. The event format is informal, so spend the entire day with us or pop in at your convenience.


    Activities at this virtual tradeshow include:



    • In the Communications Lounge: Chat live with Dell migration experts and network with your peers. Throughout the day, live chat events will discuss application readiness for Windows 7 and 8, best practices for Exchange and O365 migrations, Notes and GroupWise migrations, as well as compliance and recovery for your new Exchange, SharePoint or Active Directory environments.

    • In the Exhibition Hall: Win prizes and “pick the brains” of industry migration leaders from Dell, InfraScience, Insight, Dimension Data and Avanade.

    • In the Auditorium: Choose from a variety of on-demand webcasts to help you throughout each phase of your migration process: pre-migration, migration and post-migration.

    • In the Resource Center: Access white papers, webcasts and helpful tips to ensure that your migration is on time and under budget, while having ZeroIMPACT on your end users.





    Prizes will also be awarded throughout the day! Don't miss this unique opportunity.


    Date: Thursday, March 7

    Time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm EST

    Location: Online

    Register Now




    03/07/2013
    Microsoft Lync and Exchange 2013 Sneak Peek - Southfield

    Join PLA and our strategic partners for an exclusive look at Microsoft Lync and Exchange 2013. Over the last few months, PLA has been working directly with Microsoft and a few key customers in the early adopter programs. After already completing several deployments we want to share with you what to expect from these solutions as the next wave approaches.


    Lync 2013 further matures Microsoft's position as a Unified Communications leader. The fourth generation of this product challenges every communication platform on the market. Forget legacy PBX and VoIP platforms that are expensive and autonomous. Microsoft Lync 2013 offers a clean, integrated client that helps your users communicate quickly and easily. New features include; full voice site to site failover, persistent chat rooms, tabbed conversations, video features like "Holly Wood Squares", Lync Web App, and more...


    Exchange 2013 continues its dominance in the messaging platform. Learn why you should consider an upgrade and how to migrate from your current platform. New features include; improved Exchange administration, additional performance refinement, modern public folders, data loss prevention and archiving, redesigned OWA and more...


    Date: Thursday, March 7

    Time: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm EST

    Location: Microsoft, 1000 Town Center, Suite 1930, Southfield, MI 48075

    Register Now




    03/13/2013
    Computer Forensics 103: Cloud & Social Media Preservation & Investigation

    In this course, our experts discuss the rise in cloud and social media discovery. You will learn about cloud-based file repositories such as Dropbox, AWS, and Google Drive and the potential nefarious uses of these systems. We will also discuss how information from Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter can be collected, authenticated, searched, and reviewed. Attendees receive 1 hour of MCLE credit.


    Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2013

    Time: 11:45 am to 1:00 pm

    Location: Project Leadership Associates, 120 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1420, Chicago, IL 60603

    Register Now




    03/14/2013
    Brew and View

    PLA, Polycom and Microsoft would like to invite you to stop by the Polycom office in Rosemont on Thursday, March 14th for Brew and View. Please join us for happy hour, networking with your peers and a short presentation to learn how different business users are leveraging Polycom's integration with Microsoft Lync for voice and videoconferencing.


    Polycom makes it easy and cost-effective to move to Microsoft Lync. That's because it offers the broadest portfolio of video, conference, wireless and desktop phones that are standards-based and that work with, and are enhanced by, the power of Lync®. Their solutions are designed to work with Microsoft Lync and have been built on proven designs that deliver familiar user experiences.


    Built to be an extension of Lync, the Polycom CX series takes the simplicity, ease of use, and familiar Lync interface to environments throughout the enterprise. Only Polycom offers the broadest portfolio of Lync-optimized solutions that simplify deployment. They also lower the total cost of ownership by eliminating training costs, streamlining communications and encouraging collaboration.


    Date: Thursday, March 14

    Time: 4:00 to 7:00 pm

    Location: Polycom, 6250 River Road, Suite 10200, Rosemont, IL 60018

    Register Now




    03/19/2013
    Microsoft Lync and Exchange 2013 Sneak Peek - Houston

    Join PLA and our strategic partners for an exclusive look at Microsoft Lync and Exchange 2013. Over the last few months, PLA has been working directly with Microsoft and a few key customers in the early adopter programs. After already completing several deployments we want to share with you what to expect from these solutions as the next wave approaches.


    Lync 2013 further matures Microsoft's position as a Unified Communications leader. The fourth generation of this product challenges every communication platform on the market. Forget legacy PBX and VoIP platforms that are expensive and autonomous. Microsoft Lync 2013 offers a clean, integrated client that helps your users communicate quickly and easily. New features include; full voice site to site failover, persistent chat rooms, tabbed conversations, video features like "Holly Wood Squares", Lync Web App, and more...


    Exchange 2013 continues its dominance in the messaging platform. Learn why you should consider an upgrade and how to migrate from your current platform. New features include; improved Exchange administration, additional performance refinement, modern public folders, data loss prevention and archiving, redesigned OWA and more...


    Date: Tuesday, March 19

    Location: The Houstonian Hotel, 111 North Post Oak Lane, Houston, TX 77024

    Time: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

    Register Now




    03/20/2013
    Microsoft Lync and Exchange 2013 Sneak Peek - Dallas

    Join PLA and our strategic partners for an exclusive look at Microsoft Lync and Exchange 2013. Over the last few months, PLA has been working directly with Microsoft and a few key customers in the early adopter programs. After already completing several deployments we want to share with you what to expect from these solutions as the next wave approaches.


    Lync 2013 further matures Microsoft's position as a Unified Communications leader. The fourth generation of this product challenges every communication platform on the market. Forget legacy PBX and VoIP platforms that are expensive and autonomous. Microsoft Lync 2013 offers a clean, integrated client that helps your users communicate quickly and easily. New features include; full voice site to site failover, persistent chat rooms, tabbed conversations, video features like "Holly Wood Squares", Lync Web App, and more...


    Exchange 2013 continues its dominance in the messaging platform. Learn why you should consider an upgrade and how to migrate from your current platform. New features include; improved Exchange administration, additional performance refinement, modern public folders, data loss prevention and archiving, redesigned OWA and more...


    Date: Wednesday, March 20

    Location: 7000 N. State Highway 161, MPR 4005, Irving, TX, 75039

    Time: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

    Register Now




    03/21/2013
    Enterprise Mobility Seminar: Embrace consumerization, empower employees and simplify IT without losing control

    People demand the freedom to work on the device of their choice. Empowered workers help your business perform at its best. Consumerization is already well established in the enterprise and will drive continued transformation of business and IT models in the coming years. By embracing an enterprise mobility strategy organizations can improve productivity, satisfaction, talent recruitment and employee retention.


    Join Project Leadership Associates and Citrix for a free half-day seminar to learn how enterprise mobility will enable you to confidently embrace personal mobile devices at work without compromising enterprise security.


    People expect technology at work to be as great as the technology they use at home. The pressure is now on IT to provide people the freedom and flexibility to use their own personal devices, including tablets, smartphones and laptops for work.


    How can IT allow people to use the devices they love while retaining the control they need over business information?


    Whatever approach an organization chooses to take, a complete, well thought-out policy is essential for embracing enterprise mobility without increasing risk. The lack of a structured mobility policy leaves many organizations exposed to problems such as security gaps, compliance issues and rising IT complexity.

    During the session we will discuss:



    • Enabling Mobile Workstyles

    • End to End Mobility Solutions

    • A single unified solution for mobile device and app management

    • And more...





    Date: Thursday, March 21

    Time: 8:30 - 11:00 AM

    Location: Project Leadership Associates, 120 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60603

    Register Now




    04/02/2013
    Microsoft Technology Roadmap

    Project Leadership Associates invites you to attend the Microsoft Technology Roadmap Event. This exclusive event is complementary for VIP technology decision-makers like yourself, and will empower you to map your business to new solutions, technologies and opportunities.


    Join us for a free event, and we’ll show you how the latest technologies can inspire productivity and increase your value as a strategic leader.


    Sessions Include:


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    08/20/2013
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    • Date: Tuesday, August 20

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      • Licensing changes for System Center 2012.

      • How System Center 2012 delivers a comprehensive and customer-centric solution with more choice, flexibility and cost savings.



      Date: Tuesday, August 27

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      Date: Monday, September 23, 2013

      Time: 9:00AM-12:00PM CST

      Location: Directions Training, 208 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1630, Chicago, IL 60604

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      Date: Monday, September 23, 2013

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      10/16/2013
      Microsoft Unified Communications: Lessons from the Field - St. Louis

      Join Project Leadership Associates (PLA) for an informative 1/2 day seminar to learn how unified communications has evolved bringing enormous business value and enhanced productivity to users across the enterprise. Senior consultants from PLA will share their first hand experiences of helping customers deploy Office 365, Exchange and Lync Voice in the enterprise.


      Date: Wednesday, October 16

      Time: 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

      Location: Microsoft, 3 City Place Drive, #100, St. Louis, MO

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      10/22/2013
      Microsoft Unified Communications: Lessons from the Field - Chicago

      Join Project Leadership Associates (PLA) for an informative 1/2 day seminar to learn how unified communications has evolved bringing enormous business value and enhanced productivity to users across the enterprise. Senior consultants from PLA will share their first hand experiences of helping customers deploy Office 365, Exchange and Lync Voice in the enterprise.


      Date: Tuesday, October 22

      Time: 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

      Location: Project Leadership Associates, 120 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1420, Chicago, IL

      Register Now




      10/24/2013
      Informative Luncheon: Reduce your storage and data management costs by 60-80%

      Project Leadership Associates and Microsoft have partnered on a cloud-integrated storage solution that leverages on-premises storage for active data and inexpensive cloud storage for "cold data". Not only will you save storage costs by only paying for what you use, but you can reduce the footprint by leveraging de-duplication and compression at the block level.


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      Date: Thursday, October 24

      Time: 11 AM to 1:30 PM

      Location: JW Marriott, The Florentine Restaurant, 1510 W. Adams, Chicago, IL 60603

      Register Now




      10/25/2013
      Microsoft Unified Communications: Lessons from the Field - Houston
      Join Project Leadership Associates (PLA) for an informative 1/2 day seminar to learn how unified communications has evolved bringing enormous business value and enhanced productivity to users across the enterprise. Senior consultants from PLA will share their first hand experiences of helping customers deploy Office 365, Exchange and Lync Voice in the enterprise.

      Date: Friday, October 25
      Time: 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
      Location: Microsoft, 2000 West Sam Houston Parkway South, #350, Houston, TX
      Register Now

      11/02/2013
      SharePoint Saturday Chicago

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      The event will be held on 11/2/2013 at The Hard Rock Hotel on Michigan Ave in Chicago, IL. SharePoint Saturday Chicago is free to attendees and is your chance to meet your peers in the community and ask questions from MVP's, Microsoft, Sponsors and industry experts.


      This year we’re inviting SharePoint, Windows and SQL speakers to help those interested in the SharePoint MCSE certification. In fact we’ve added an entire track dedicated to SharePoint certifications.


      We’ll have 28 speakers, 6 tracks and high quality sessions packed with the best of SharePoint 2013. We’ll also have giveaways including an Xbox One and Microsoft Surfaces. Make sure to follow us on Twitter for updates @SPSChicago or Like us on Facebook for the latest updates!


      Thank you and we can't wait to see you!


      And after the long day a sponsors has reserved the 5th floor for The Hard Rock Hotel with an Open bar and out door terrace for a few hours. The space Rocks! so we hope to see you for the #SharePoint as well.


      Date: Saturday, November 2

      When: 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM

      Where: The Hard Rock Hotel, 230 N. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601

      To register email Pauline Nemecek at v-pauln@microsoft.com.




      11/05/2013
      Microsoft Unified Communications: Lessons from the Field - Southfield

      Join Project Leadership Associates (PLA) for an informative 1/2 day seminar to learn how unified communications has evolved bringing enormous business value and enhanced productivity to users across the enterprise. Senior consultants from PLA will share their first hand experiences of helping customers deploy Office 365, Exchange and Lync Voice in the enterprise.


      Date: Tuesday, November 5

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      In the first event of our series, we will be introducing you to the core Windows Azure Services and providing the framework for understanding what the Azure components are and how they operate. We will focus on how all of these pieces are utilized in Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and how you can benefit from it.


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    • Introduction to Windows Azure Virtual Machine Networking


      • Protocols and Endpoints

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    • Introduction to Windows Azure PowerShell





    Date: Friday, November 8

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    Location: Microsoft, Suite 300, 3025 Highland Parkway, Downers Grove, IL 60515

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    11/08/2013
    MMCUG November Meeting: Exchange 2013 and Office 365

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    • Exchange 2013 Notes from the Field

    • Exchange Cross-Platform Migrations and Consolidations





    Date: Friday, November 8

    Location: Microsoft, Suite 300, 3025 Highland Parkway, Downers Grove, IL 60515

    Register Now




    11/14/2013
    Chicago Blackhawks: Modernize Your DataCenter and Reduce Storage Costs
    Project Leadership Associates (PLA) and Microsoft we will introduce you to the core Windows Azure Services and providing the framework for understanding what the Azure components are and how they operate. We will focus on how all of these pieces are utilized in Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Services (IaaS) and how you can benefit from it. We'll also cover some basics around deploying, pricing and publishing your Azure IaaS instances to the web.

    Date: November 14, 2013
    Time: 3:30 - 10:00 pm
    Location: United Center
    This is an invitation only event. For more information contact Megan Samples at msamples@projectleadership.net or (312) 876-3769

    11/19/2013
    Detroit Red Wings: Modernize Your DataCenter and Reduce Storage Costs

    Project Leadership Associates (PLA) and Microsoft we will introduce you to the core Windows Azure Services and providing the framework for understanding what the Azure components are and how they operate. We will focus on how all of these pieces are utilized in Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Services (IaaS) and how you can benefit from it. We'll also cover some basics around deploying, pricing and publishing your Azure IaaS instances to the web.


    Date: November 19, 2013

    Time: 4:00 - 10:00 pm

    Location: Renaissance Conference Center/Joe Louis Arena

    This is an invitation only event. For more information contact Megan Samples at msamples@projectleadership.net or (312) 876-3769




    11/21/2013
    Chicago Windows User Group (CWUG)

    CWUG November 2013 Meeting

    Using Configuration Manager 2012 R2 to manage Windows 8.1

    Migrating to Windows 8.1 from XP or Windows 7 with Configuration Manager and AppSense


    Date: November 21, 2013

    Time: 5:00 - 7:30 pm

    Location: Microsoft, 3025 Highland Ave, Suite 300, Downers Grove, IL

    Register Now




    12/05/2013
    Legal Executive Luncheon: Reduce your storage and data management costs by 60-80%

    Project Leadership Associates and Microsoft have partnered on a cloud-integrated storage solution that leverages on-premises storage for active data and inexpensive cloud storage for "cold data". Not only will you save storage costs by only paying for what you use, but you can reduce the footprint by leveraging de-duplication and compression at the block level.


    During our luncheon, attendees will learn how to remove the security, performance, application change and recovery-time barriers to adopting cloud storage in the legal space. Come see how we marry the functionality of enterprise storage with the elasticity and economics of cloud storage to deliver substantial cost savings.


    Date: Thursday, December 5th

    Time: 11 AM to 1:30 PM

    Location: Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, 45 School Street | Old City Hall, Board Room, Boston, MA 02108

    Register Now




    12/12/2013
    8th Annual Technology Expo

    New Horizons, PLA, along with a variety of technical partners, is once again celebrating the quickly changing landscape of Information Technology. Techknowledgey 2013 will introduce you to the tools, products, and strategies that Modern IT departments use today and will introduce over the months ahead. Multiple sessions discussing collaboration tools, cloud technologies, system integration, and the latest operating systems, will get you the information you need today to make proper business decisions tomorrow.


    Date: Thursday, December 12

    Time: 8:00AM - 5:00PM

    Location, New Horizons, 14115 Farmington Rd., Livonia, MI

    Register Now




    12/17/2013
    System Center Unplugged Webinar: System Center 2012 R2 Overview

    System Center 2012 R2 can help you manage your IT environment across traditional datacenters, private and public clouds, client computers, and devices. It captures and aggregates knowledge about systems, policies, processes, and best practices so that you can optimize your infrastructure to reduce costs, improve application availability, and enhance service delivery.


    Session will cover:



    • What's new in System Center 2012 R2, including Configuration Manager, Endpoint Protection, App Controller, Operations Manager, Orchestrator, Service Manager and Virtual Machine Manager.

    • Licensing changes for System Center 2012/R2.

    • How System Center 2012 delivers a comprehensive and customer-centric solution with more choice, flexibility and cost savings.





    Date: Tuesday, December 17

    Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM CST

    Location: Online

    Register Now




    01/15/2014
    XenDesktop 7 Webinar: What's New, Improved, and Removed?

    XenDesktop 7 enables small- to very-large-scale implementations of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and virtual applications, centralizing the management of the end user experience. It includes an intuitive image management mechanism and there have been some fundamental shifts from previous versions. In this session, we'll cover the newest features that have been added, improved, and removed. We'll look at why it's simpler, but there are some things you need to know.


    Session highlights:



    • Architecture: Re-imagined

    • Licensing demystified

    • Tools and Toys





    Date: Wednesday, January 15

    Time: 11:00AM - 12:00PM CST

    Location: Online Webinar

    Register Now




    01/22/2014
    Webcast: Optimize 2014 Cloud and Virtualization Strategy

    Thinking about adopting the cloud or improving your cloud strategy this year?


    If you’re planning to implement or update a cloud or virtualization strategy this year, you need to know about the latest trends and tools in the industry. Join our experts for an informative webinar where they’ll discuss the state of cloud and virtualization technology and adoption as well as tips for getting the most out of your cloud platforms this year – and beyond.


    Date: Wednesday, January 22

    Time: 10:00 AM CST

    Location: Online Webcast

    Register Now




    01/22/2014
    XenDesktop 7 Webinar: All Use Cases? Let's Talk About Delivery

    A successful VDI project starts with identifying the WorkStyles or Use Cases that will be required for implementation. Users are often classified as "task workers," "branch office workers," "mobile workers" and the like. Unfortunately, these classifications are too broad to offer meaningful segmentation. In this session, we'll discuss what goes into a good user segmentation and how Citrix Flexcast and Delivery options work to achieve more bang for every VDI dollar spent, and the benefits and drawbacks associated with the various provisioning options.


    Session highlights:



    • Delivery mechanisms - Is that for "Here" or "To-Go"?

    • PVS vs. MCS - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly





    Date: Wednesday, January 22

    Time: 11:00AM - 12:00PM CST

    Location: Online Webinar

    Register Now




    01/29/2014
    XenDesktop 7 Webinar: It's All About The End User Experience

    Want to know what causes a VDI implementation to fail and how to avoid this? In this session, we will cover getting personalization right, avoiding common pitfalls in your deployment, as well as the latest improvements in XenDesktop 7 that continue to make the VDI experience better than ever before.


    Session highlights:



    • Personalization - Have it your way

    • HDX Improvements - Could it really get better?

    • Mobilization of Windows Apps





    Date: Wednesday, January 29

    Time: 11:00AM - 12:00PM CST

    Location: Online Webinar

    Register Now




    01/30/2014
    Windows Azure Unplugged - Southfield

    Project Leadership Associates (PLA) and Microsoft are excited to announce Azure Unplugged. Azure Unplugged delivers a series of technical sessions that are designed for IT professionals who are responsible for managing their datacenter environment and want to get up to speed on Windows Azure.


    In the first event of our series, we will be introducing you to the core Windows Azure Services and providing the framework for understanding what the Azure components are and how they operate. We will focus on how all of these pieces are utilized in Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and how you can benefit from it.


    We will also cover some basics around deploying, pricing and publishing your azure IaaS instances to the web.


    Date: Thursday, January 30

    Time: 8:45-11:30AM EST

    Location: Microsoft, 1000 Town Center, Suite 1930, Southfield, MI 48075

    Register Now




    02/05/2014
    XenDesktop 7 Webinar: Anytime? Anywhere? Any Device? Really?

    Access technologies allow users to launch published desktops and applications without the need for VPN or other intrusive network technologies. The user can get in and do their work while providing a functional-level security model. The technologies, user interfaces and gateways have improved. With the evolution of access technologies, it has become less clear which technology is best for your environment right now. Is it best to just go with the newest? Not necessarily. Some required features may be missing. We'll cover all that and more in this informative session.


    Session highlights:



    • Accessing your new environment - Let them in

    • Web Interface vs StoreFront

    • Secure Gateway vs NetScaler Gateway





    Date: Wednesday, February 5

    Time: 11:00AM - 12:00PM CST

    Location: Online Webinar

    Register Now




    02/20/2014
    Microsoft Global Energy Forum

    Join your peers for the Microsoft Global Energy Forum. This prestigious annual technology-focused energy

    industry event welcomes business leaders in both Business Operations and Information Technology roles for a full day of thought-leadership and networking.


    Date: Thursday, February 20

    Time: 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM

    Location: George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida De Las Americas, Houston, TX

    Register Now




    03/01/2014
    The Escape, Learning By Doing: Big Data Analytics

    Project Leadership Associates is excited to sponsor The Escape, Learning by Doing: Big Data Analytics. The Morris Graduate School of Management and Northwestern University are bringing insight to the future welcoming students, IT professionals and solution providers to their first conference. Participants will engage with industry innovators who will demonstrate the latest tools and techniques used to disseminate data. The Escape will feature hands-on demonstrations, open forums, think tanks and case studies. Topics will include predictive analytics, data visualization, Hadoop in action and visual analytics.


    Date: Saturday, March 1

    Time: 7:00AM - 5:30PM

    Location: 401 S. State St., Chicago, IL

    Register Now




    03/07/2014
    Office 365, Office 2013 and Windows 8.1 - A Hands On Experience - Southfield

    Move to the cloud?


    If you're like most businesses then chances are you've struggled with this question and with good reason. After all, you've got a lot to consider.


    PLA will be hosting five half-day sessions in each city. Sessions are limited to 10 attendees. Each attendee will have access to a Windows 8 tablet to use during the "touch and feel" Office 365 hands-on experience.


    Date: March 5, 6 or 7

    Time: Morning session (9:00 - 11:30AM) or afternoon session (1:00 - 3:30PM)

    Location: Microsoft, 1000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

    Register Now




    03/14/2014
    Office 365, Office 2013 and Windows 8.1 - A Hands On Experience - Chicago

    Move to the cloud?


    If you're like most businesses then chances are you've struggled with this question and with good reason. After all, you've got a lot to consider.


    PLA will be hosting five half-day sessions in each city. Sessions are limited to 10 attendees. Each attendee will have access to a Windows 8 tablet to use during the "touch and feel" Office 365 hands-on experience.


    Date: March 12, 13, or 14

    Time: Morning session (9:00 - 11:30AM) or afternoon session (1:00 - 3:30PM)

    Location: PLA, 120 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60603

    Register Now




    03/20/2014
    Helpdesk Automation Service Manager & Orchestrator

    Project Leadership Associates and Microsoft are excited to invite you to our online demo session that will discuss:



    • How the System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator and Service Manager components enable you to deploy, automate, update, and manage service offerings within your IT organization.

    • Microsoft's approach to self-service delivery will be discussed, and how System Center responds to end-user service requests.

    • We will cover methods to challenging operational issues, and how using Orchestrator and Service Manager can allow the IT Pro to automate, standardize and offer self-service IT processes.





    Date: Thursday, March 20

    Time: 8:30 - 10:30 AM CST

    Location: Online Demo Session


    Dial-in information will be provided via e-mail the day before and the day of the event. Please provide a valid e-mail address upon registration.




    03/21/2014
    Office 365, Office 2013 and Windows 8.1 - A Hands On Experience - Houston

    Move to the cloud?


    If you're like most businesses then chances are you've struggled with this question and with good reason. After all, you've got a lot to consider.


    PLA will be hosting five half-day sessions in each city. Sessions are limited to 10 attendees. Each attendee will have access to a Windows 8 tablet to use during the "touch and feel" Office 365 hands-on experience.


    Date: March 19, 20 or 21

    Time: Morning session (9:00 - 11:30AM) or afternoon session (1:00 - 3:30PM)

    Location: Microsoft, W. Sam Houston PKWY S, Suite 350, Houston, TX 77042

    Register Now




    03/25/2014
    Executive Breakfast: Reduce your storage and data management costs

    As you are well aware, law firms and corporate legal departments are finding themselves in the middle of a data explosion, and the unfortunate reality is that enterprise storage offerings only satisfy part of the overall data needs. Corporate data must be backed-up, archived, retained and vaulted to an off-site location during its lifecycle. To make matters increasingly difficult, our legal clients tell us their customers are demanding a reduction in cost to manage their legal affairs which means law firms need to look for ways to cut costs, especially STORAGE. We can help!


    Project Leadership Associates and Microsoft have partnered on a cloud-integrated storage solution that leverages on-premises storage for active data and inexpensive cloud storage for "cold data". Not only will you save storage costs by only paying for what you use, but you can reduce the footprint by leveraging de-duplication and compression at the block level.


    During the session, attendees will learn how to remove the security, performance, application change and recovery-time barriers to adopting cloud storage in the legal space. Come see how we marry the functionality of enterprise storage with the elasticity and economics of cloud storage to deliver substantial cost savings.


    Please join us to learn more about a tried and true technology that will allow you to eloquently tame the growing storage demands generated by your practice, and stop spending a majority of your budget on storage costs.


    Date: Tuesday, March 25

    Time: 8:30 -11:30 AM

    Location: Project Leadership Associates, 120 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1200, Chicago, IL, 60603

    Register Now




    03/26/2014
    Virtual Desktops: To Persist or Not Persist. Is the Debate Settled?

    Practicalities of Virtual End User Computing is a webinar series designed for IT professionals and decision makers who are responsible for the architecture and management of their virtual end user computing environment and want to learn practical ways to architect, engineer, and deploy for the greatest savings on resource and budget.


    For the first webinar in this series, we will discuss Virtual Desktops: To Persist or Not Persist. Is the Debate Settled? With well-known names in the industry still blogging on this topic, and with vendors pushing their wares, what's the best balance between complexity, scalability, and savings? Modern tools (in just the past 12-18 months) have changed the discussion yet again. In this session, we'll sort it all out and help your organization better prepare to decide what will be most effective.


    Webinar will cover:



    • Tending to chaos and why persistence (or not) matters

    • New frontiers in storage simplify (and complexify) the discussion

    • Desktop Management is a new animal nowadays





    Register today! Dial-in information for the webinar will be sent out 24 hours before the event, as well as the day of so please make sure you provide a valid email address when registering.


    Date: Wednesday, March 26

    Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM CST

    Location: Online Webinar

    Register Now




    04/11/2014
    Office 365, Office 2013 and Windows 8.1 - A Hands On Experience - Wakefield

    Move to the cloud?


    If you're like most businesses then chances are you've struggled with this question and with good reason. After all, you've got a lot to consider.


    PLA will be hosting five half-day sessions in each city. Sessions are limited to 10 attendees. Each attendee will have access to a Windows 8 tablet to use during the "touch and feel" Office 365 hands-on experience.


    Date: April 9, 10 or 11

    Time: Morning session (9:00 - 11:30AM) or afternoon session (1:00 - 3:30PM)

    Location: PLA, 50-D Audubon Rd., Wakefield, MA 01880

    Register Now




    04/16/2014
    Virtualizing Your Datacenter with Windows Server 2012 R2 & System Center 2012 R2

    This 1-day interactive course is designed for VMware professionals interested in learning about how Microsoft delivers virtualization through Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V and System Center 2012 R2. The course will be structured such that a feature or capability is discussed, compared & contrasted to VMware, and then explored via a hands-on lab scenario.


    This event will help you to:



    • Ramp up your knowledge of Microsoft virtualization technologies

    • See how your existing VMware skillset translates in a Microsoft environment

    • Compare and contrast the key Microsoft and VMware technologies

    • Leverage available Microsoft tools to help manage a VMware environment

    • Explore some of the new technologies in Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2, and System Center 2012 R2





    At a high level, as part of this course, you'll learn about the following topics:


  • Hyper-V Configuration, Clustering & Resiliency

  • Virtual Machine Mobility, Backup & Replication

  • Managing Hyper-V with Virtual Machine Manager

  • A look at System Center 2012 R2

  • VMware: Management, Integration, and Migration





  • Date: Wednesday, April 16

    Time: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM EST

    Location: Microsoft, One Cambridge Center, Cambridge MA 02142

    Register Now




    05/08/2014
    Chicago PowerShell User Group Kick-off Meeting

    Welcome to the kick-off meeting for the Chicago PowerShell User Group (CPUG)! We will be meeting at the 2nd floor of the Microsoft office in Chicago, IL on May 8th, starting at 2:15 PM. The meeting will get started at 3:00 PM, where our presenters will introduce the user group, and talk about some PowerShell!

    Date: May 8th

    Time: 2:15 - 5:00 pm

    Location: Microsoft @ Aon Center, 200 E Randolph St, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60601

    Register Now




    05/09/2014
    Office 365, Office 2013 and Windows 8.1 - A Hands On Experience - Sacramento

    Are you ready to move to the cloud? If you're like most businesses then chances are you've struggled with this question and with good reason. After all, you've got a lot to consider. Sessions are limited to 10 attendees. Each attendee will have access to a Windows 8 tablet to use during the "touch and feel" Office 365 hands-on experience.


    Date: May 7, 8 or 9

    Time: 9:00 - 11:30AM

    Location: PLA, 2710 Gateway Oaks Dr., Suite 310 - South, Sacramento, CA 95833

    Register Now




    05/14/2014
    Houston Astros Game - Sponsored by PLA and Mimecast

    Mimecast and PLA would like to take you out to the ball game on Wednesday May 14th to watch from our suite as your Houston Astros take on their division rivals, the Texas Rangers. We can't promise the Astros will win, but with Mimecast - we know your IT department will.

    Date: Wednesday, May 14th

    Time: 5:30 - 10:00 PM

    Location: Minute Maid Park, 501 Crawford St., Houston TX, 77022

    Register Now




    05/21/2014
    Citrix NetScaler 10 Overview

    Citrix NetScaler is an all-in-one web application delivery controller that is deployed in thousands of data centers around the globe to optimize, secure and control the delivery of all enterprise and cloud services and boost end user experience for everyone, from everywhere, and on any device. Join us as we cover the features of NetScaler 10.1, the upcoming NetScaler 10.5 release and how we can help you maximize the potential of your enterprise web services.


    Date: Wednesday, May 21, 2014

    Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Location: Webinar (login information will be provided upon registration)

    Register Now




    05/21/2014
    Desktop Strategy and the Chicago Cubs

    Project Leadership Associates (PLA), Flexera Software and AppSense are teaming up to invite you to a Cubs baseball game and help you with your desktop strategy.

    During the event we will help answer these questions and more...



    • Do you need to migrate or maintain Windows, Office & 3rd party apps faster and easier?


    • Are you looking to implement a more effective Windows 7 or Windows 8 Enterprise strategy?
    • Is your team being pushed to enable users to better embrace a mobile & secure flexible workstyle?
    • Are you considering APP-V or needing to get more out of the investment in Microsoft, MDOP & App-V?


    Join us for a better understanding of how you can get upwards of a 284% attainable ROI within 5 months!

    Date: Wednesday, May 21st

    Time: 11:00 am - 4:30 pm

    Location: Beyond the Ivy, 1010 W Waveland Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

    For more information about this invitation only event please contact Megan Samples at (312) 876-3769 or msamples@projectleadership.net




    05/22/2014
    Sage Inspire Series - Exhibitor

    PLA and Microsoft will be exhibiting at the Sage Inspire Series in Chicago. Stop by our table at the event to learn more about Office 365.


    Date: May 22nd

    Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Location: Soldier Field, 1410 Museum Campus Drive, Chicago, IL 60605

    Register Now




    05/29/2014
    MMCUG - Midwest Messaging and Collaboration User Group

    May Meeting Topics:

    Exchange 2013 and Office 365 Messaging Encryption - Damian Scoles, PLA

    Lync 2013 Conferencing and Load Balancing - Alan Wang, Microsoft and Kemp Technologies

    PowerShell 5.0 Preview - What's New - Trevor Sullivan, PLA


    Date: Thursday, May 29th

    Time: 8:30 am - 2:00 pm

    Location: Microsoft Corporation, 3025 West Highland Ave, #300, Downers Grove, IL 60646

    Register Now




    06/04/2014
    Windows Unplugged

    We would like to personally invite you to join Stephen Rose for a discussion that will cover past, present and what's next for Microsoft technologies.

    Date: June 4th

    Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm

    Location: TBD

    Register Now




    06/10/2014
    ILTA SharePoint Symposium 2014 - Speaker and Exhibitor

    This event will feature two days full of educational and networking opportunities for law firm and legal department professionals who work with SharePoint.


    Compliance, Risk and Hackability: How Safe Are You?

    Kristopher Wagner, Chief SharePoint Architect, Project Leadership Associates, Inc.

    Kris, Microsoft SharePoint Server MVP, MCITP, MCTS and MCSE - 2013, focuses on cloud and infrastructure technologies using SharePoint and Office 365. Kris is an author, IT pro, SharePoint evangelist, global speaker and blogger. He is the founder of SharePoint Saturday Chicago, The SharePoint Road Show, The Office 365 Users Group and Chicago Developers SharePoint User Group.

    Date: June 10-11, 2014

    Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

    Location: Westin Lombard Yorktown Center, 70 Yorktown Center, Lombard, IL 60148

    Register Now




    06/11/2014
    Project Leadership Associates and HardingLowe Announce Partnership to Provide Consulting and Implementation Services for Intapp Open


    08/17/2014
    ILTA's 37th Annual Annual Educational Conference - Speaker and Exhibitor

    ILTA 2014: Imagine is a four-day educational conference with over 200 peer-developed educational sessions, ample networking opportunities, more than 200 exhibiting vendors and much more.

    Date: August 17-21, 2014

    Location: Gaylord Opryland, Nashville, TN

    Register Now




    08/27/2014
    2014 Midwest Accounting & Finance Showcase - Speaker and Exhibitor

    The Midwest Accounting & Finance Showcase features the latest information relevant to today's accounting and finance professionals. Whether you work in a small business or a large firm, attend the Showcase to stay up-to-date on hot topics, make valuable connections, and catch up with old friends.

    Date: August 27-28th
    Location: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL
    Register Now




    09/10/2014
    Microsoft Experience Center - Southfield, MI

    Project Leadership Associates would like to invite you to a special event, a different kind of meeting, a Microsoft Experience Center (MEC) session. During a MEC session, you and a handful of your marketing, sales and operations leaders will experience the impact of being a Microsoft-powered business. We'll provide a skilled facilitator to walk you through everyday scenarios using the latest Microsoft online services and some of the newest PCs, phones and tablet devices on the market to deliver invaluable insights into how Microsoft can immediately help improve your organizational productivity and overall profitability.

    Date: September 10, 2014
    Time: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm or 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
    Location: Microsoft, 1000 Town Center, Suite 350, Southfield, MI 48075
    Register online - SOLD OUT


    09/17/2014
    Microsoft Experience Center - Southfield, MI

    Project Leadership Associates would like to invite you to a special event, a different kind of meeting, a Microsoft Experience Center (MEC) session. During a MEC session, you and a handful of your marketing, sales and operations leaders will experience the impact of being a Microsoft-powered business. We'll provide a skilled facilitator to walk you through everyday scenarios using the latest Microsoft online services and some of the newest PCs, phones and tablet devices on the market to deliver invaluable insights into how Microsoft can immediately help improve your organizational productivity and overall profitability.


    Date: September 17, 2014
    Time: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm or 1:30 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Microsoft, 1000 Town Center, Suite 350, Southfield, MI, 48075
    Register online




    09/18/2014
    Techknowledgey

    TECHknowledgey 2014 attendees will leave with up-to-date knowledge on the latest evolution of strategies and innovations through topics such as Leveraging SharePoint in a User Centric and Mobile World, Building User First IT Strategy & Road Map, Unified Device Management and more.


    Date: September 18, 2014
    Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Location: New Horizons, 14115 Farmington Rd., Livonia, MI 48514
    Register online




    09/19/2014
    Azure Unplugged Webinar: Azure Networking - What's new?

    This session provides an overview of networking technologies in Azure with a special focus on newer networking features that have been added to the platform. Topics covered include Azure Virtual Networks, high-speed dedicated connectivity, connectivity solutions for developers, and test-dev scenarios, among others.


    Date: September 19, 2014
    Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Location: Online
    Register online




    09/22/2014
    Transform the Datacenter MVP Roadshow - Chicago
    This "Transform Your Datacenter MVP Roadshow" will focus on specific approaches, methods, and features that attendees can use to ultimately improve the services delivered to their users. We'll begin by examining the issues that often prevent or delay infrastructure upgrades, and look at ways in which IT professionals can use modern approaches to overcome them. Methods include leveraging cloud services where they make sense, and migrating from older OS's, such as Windows Server 2003.

    Date: September 22, 2014
    Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Location: Microsoft, 200 E. Randolph St., Suite 200, MPR 1, Chicago, IL 60601
    Register online

    09/23/2014
    Accelerate Your Insights with Power Business Intelligence (BI)
    Attend our luncheon to get a running start on understanding the extensive innovations we're delivering around of Microsoft SQL Server, Power BI for Office 365 and the familiarity of Microsoft Office that will empower your business with the tools you need to help you organize, analyze and leverage your data to make smarter business decisions.

    Date: September 23, 2014
    Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
    Location: Capital Grille - Chicago
    Register online

    09/24/2014
    Accelerate Your Insights with Power Business Intelligence (BI)
    Attend our luncheon to get a running start on understanding the extensive innovations we're delivering around of Microsoft SQL Server, Power BI for Office 365 and the familiarity of Microsoft Office that will empower your business with the tools you need to help you organize, analyze and leverage your data to make smarter business decisions.

    Date: September 24, 2014
    Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
    Location: Capital Grille - Lombard
    Register online

    09/25/2014
    Swing for the Cloud with Azure at Top Golf

    During this discussion, we will examine trends in the marketplace and share best practices including how other CIOs have embraced the cloud trends and have increased agility along with reducing infrastructure costs by leveraging cloud solutions.


    Date: September 25, 2014
    Time: 1:30 - 7:00 pm
    Location: Top Golf North Houston, 560 Spring Park Center Blvd, Houston, TX 77373
    Register online




    09/26/2014
    Azure Unplugged Webinar: How to Develop a Successful Hybrid Cloud Strategy

    We have talked to hundreds of IT professionals in the top enterprise IT organizations in the world who are either planning to build or are deploying a private, public, or hybrid cloud. This session shares what was learned, including the common requirements, roles and processes required to have a successful, comprehensive hybrid cloud strategy. We discuss the problems and roadblocks that an IT organization faces on their journey to provide an efficient, automated, elastic and self-service set of business relevant services. Finally, we explain at the conceptual level, the strategy of using the Microsoft offerings of Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft System Center 2012 R2, and Microsoft Azure to build a private and/or hybrid cloud.


    Date: September 26, 2014
    Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Location: Online
    Register Online




    09/30/2014
    Accelerate Your Insights with Power Business Intelligence (BI)

    Attend our luncheon to get a running start on understanding the extensive innovations we're delivering around of Microsoft SQL Server, Power BI for Office 365 and the familiarity of Microsoft Office that will empower your business with the tools you need to help you organize, analyze and leverage your data to make smarter business decisions.


    Date: September 30, 2014
    Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
    Location: Sullivan's - Galleria, Houston
    Register online

    10/03/2014
    Azure Unplugged Webinar: Reducing your storage costs with StorSimple

    With the complexity and growth of storage in enterprise datacenters, the need for simplified storage infrastructure and management while reducing costs is essential. Join this session to learn how StorSimple can enable the use of Microsoft Azure Cloud Storage for enterprise workloads, delivering the benefits of cloud economics, and a simplified storage architecture by automatically tiering large amounts of data to the Azure cloud.


    Date: October 3, 2014
    Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Location: online
    Register Online

    10/17/2014
    Azure Unplugged Webinar: Hybrid Identity- Extending Active Directory to the Cloud

    Today, people want to work anywhere on any device. How do you enable this, yet retain control and meet compliance requirements in both on-premises and cloud environments? Join us to learn more on the Microsoft hybrid identity story, Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) in Windows Server 2012 R2 improvements and Microsoft Azure Active Directory.

    Date: October 17, 2014
    Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Location: online
    Register Online


    10/22/2014
    Office 365 Hands On Workshop (MEC) – Grand Rapids, MI

    Project Leadership Associates (PLA) will be showcasing Microsoft's greatest productivity solution and we want you to join us and EXPERIENCE it - hands on. Office 365 delivers the latest Office tools to help you edit and easily share up-to-date versions of documents and templates with coworkers, partners, and customers. Host and participate in multi-party HD video conferences. Stay informed with newsfeeds that provide updates on the people, documents, and topics you are following. Attend one of our free, exclusive 1/2 day workshops to experience how Office 365 allows you to work from virtually anywhere on your devices and collaboration more effectively.


    9:00 – 11:30 am or 1:00 – 3:30 pm


    Register Online for the AM Session


    Register Online for the PM Session




    10/23/2014
    Microsoft Led EPG Threshold Event – Enterprise Mobility Briefing Series

    At this event, we’ll discuss enterprise mobility today and how Microsoft is working to deliver business solutions to people through the device of their choice, to do the activities they value most. From anywhere. And all done in a way that users love---and helps keep data secure and well managed for the Enterprise. Learn how Surface Pro 3 is at the forefront of this philosophy and is the ideal way to experience enterprise management solutions, Windows today and Windows tomorrow.

    Windows 10 for Enterprise Briefing

    Then, be one of the first to take a very early look at some of the features and functionality of the next version of Windows in areas for business users.

    • One converged Windows platform

    • Designed for the way you live and work

    • Protection against modern security threats

    • Managed for continuous innovation


    We’ll also provide guidance for your next deployment project.


    Register Now - Downers Grove, IL 9:00 am – 12:00 pm




    10/23/2014
    System Center Unplugged Webinar: Helpdesk Automation, Service Manager & Orchestrator

    During this webinar we will discuss the following topics:


    • How the System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator and Service Manager components enable you to deploy, automate, update, and manage service offerings within your IT organization.

    • Microsoft’s approach to self-service delivery and how System Center responds to end-user service requests.

    • Methods to challenging operational issues, and how using Orchestrator and Service Manager can allow the IT Pro to automate, standardize and offer self-service IT processes.


    Register Online




    10/24/2014
    Microsoft Led EPG Threshold Event – Enterprise Mobility Briefing Series

    At this event, we’ll discuss enterprise mobility today and how Microsoft is working to deliver business solutions to people through the device of their choice, to do the activities they value most. From anywhere. And all done in a way that users love---and helps keep data secure and well managed for the Enterprise. Learn how Surface Pro 3 is at the forefront of this philosophy and is the ideal way to experience enterprise management solutions, Windows today and Windows tomorrow.

    Windows 10 for Enterprise Briefing

    Then, be one of the first to take a very early look at some of the features and functionality of the next version of Windows in areas for business users.

    • One converged Windows platform

    • Designed for the way you live and work

    • Protection against modern security threats

    • Managed for continuous innovation


    We’ll also provide guidance for your next deployment project.


    Register Now - Waukesha, WI 9:00 am – 12:00 pm




    10/24/2014
    Microsoft Led EPG Threshold Event – Enterprise Mobility Briefing Series

    At this event, we’ll discuss enterprise mobility today and how Microsoft is working to deliver business solutions to people through the device of their choice, to do the activities they value most. From anywhere. And all done in a way that users love---and helps keep data secure and well managed for the Enterprise. Learn how Surface Pro 3 is at the forefront of this philosophy and is the ideal way to experience enterprise management solutions, Windows today and Windows tomorrow.

    Windows 10 for Enterprise Briefing

    Then, be one of the first to take a very early look at some of the features and functionality of the next version of Windows in areas for business users.

    • One converged Windows platform

    • Designed for the way you live and work

    • Protection against modern security threats

    • Managed for continuous innovation


    We’ll also provide guidance for your next deployment project.


    Register Now - Chicago, IL 9:00 am – 12:00 pm




    10/28/2014
    SharePoint Migration Webinar: Where do I go? Planning and considerations for migration.

    Please join AvePoint and Project Leadership Associates as they discuss the considerations for effective SharePoint migration in the first session of a three-part migration webinar series. In this 60-minute webinar, Shyam Oza, Senior Product Manager at AvePoint, and Peter Zimmer, Senior Solutions Architect and Team Lead SharePoint for Project Leadership Associates, will discuss the benefits and options for migration; as well as address goals, initiatives, and strategies to consider throughout the migration process.


    Attendees will leave this webinar with a clear understanding of:

    • Best practices for planning – including what should and should not be moved, and the risks involved.

    • AvePoint tools to aid in environment and risk assessments

    • Key elements to consider during migrations


    Register Online




    10/28/2014
    Enterprise Mobility Luncheon – Houston, TX

    Project Leadership Associates and Microsoft invite you to join us on Tuesday, October 28th for lunch at Sullivan's Steakhouse in Houston. During the event, we will share how Microsoft offers innovative solutions to unify user, data, and device management in a people-centric approach to expanding productivity.


    Enterprise Mobility from Microsoft provides a complete solution that encompasses user, device, and data management. Microsoft's people-centric approach builds on existing investments and skills and offers a credible one-vendor solution to customers looking to rationalize their environment. They have strong capabilities to manage user identity, devices, and data protection-all to address three constant requirements: empowering users, protecting data, and controlling costs and resources.


    Register Online




    10/29/2014
    Microsoft led EPG Threshold Event – Enterprise Mobility Briefing Series

    At this event, we’ll discuss enterprise mobility today and how Microsoft is working to deliver business solutions to people through the device of their choice, to do the activities they value most. From anywhere. And all done in a way that users love---and helps keep data secure and well managed for the Enterprise. Learn how Surface Pro 3 is at the forefront of this philosophy and is the ideal way to experience enterprise management solutions, Windows today and Windows tomorrow.

    Windows 10 for Enterprise Briefing

    Then, be one of the first to take a very early look at some of the features and functionality of the next version of Windows in areas for business users.

    • One converged Windows platform

    • Designed for the way you live and work

    • Protection against modern security threats

    • Managed for continuous innovation


    We’ll also provide guidance for your next deployment project.


    Register Now - Bloomington, IL 9:00 am - 12:00 pm




    10/30/2014
    System Center Unplugged Webinar: Device Management (Application, Software Update, Operating System Deployment, and much more)

    During this session we will discuss:

    • How the System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager components enable you to deploy, inventory, update, and manage your corporate devices.

    • Microsoft’s approach to Unified Device Management (manage more than Windows desktops).

    • We will cover migration methods from existing Configuration Manager 2007 environments.

    • We will also cover migration methods from alternative solutions such as Altiris and LANDesk.


    Register Online




    10/31/2014
    Azure Unplugged Webinar: Empower Enterprise Mobility

    How people work has changed significantly. New form factors, apps, and working practices all play a role in the shift towards enterprise mobility. Enterprise Mobility from Microsoft provides a complete solution that encompasses user, device, and data management. Microsoft’s people-centric approach builds on existing investments and skills and offers a credible one-vendor solution to customers looking to rationalize their environment. They have strong capabilities to manage user identity, devices, and data protection-all to address three constant requirements: empowering users, protecting data, and controlling costs and resources.

    • Empower your users – Enable users to be more productive by providing consistent self-service access to corporate apps and data across a wide range of devices.

    • Help IT protect your data – Give IT the tools to protect corporate data, manage devices, and ensure users have approved access on approved devices

    • Unify your environment – Build on existing technology and skillset investments, extend workloads to the cloud for efficiency and increased functionality, and build a forward-looking approach to managing the technologies your people use to be as productive as possible.


    Register online




    11/10/2014
    Midwest Management Summit MMS 2014
    The Midwest Management Summit is a 3-day conference purposely capped to just 500 attendees so that nobody gets lost in the crowd. Speakers have time to meet and talk to you. No rushing people out of a session to get the next speaker going. Time to absorb what you see and talk it over with speakers and other attendees. A true learning experience. Real networking. Real-life issues discussed.
    Trevor Sullivan, PowerShell MVP at Project Leadership Associates will be presenting the following topics at MMS.
    Event-Driven Development with PowerShell
    Automate Your Environment - Cloud Style
    Practical PowerShell Tips 'n Tricks

    Date: November 10-12, 2014
    Location: Radisson Blu, Mall of America
    Register online

    11/11/2014
    Microsoft Technology Roadmap – Houston, TX

    As an IT Leader, you are looking for the smoothest path to transform your business in the digital world, harnessing new ways to work with data, mobile employees, the broad array of devices and internal and external social conversations. Microsoft can help you address these influential technology trends facing midmarket businesses today.


    Join us and other IT leaders to explore Microsoft Solutions.

    We will share our vision for what’s possible and how the Microsoft can help you transform your midmarket business.


    Start End Session Topic

    8:30AM - 9:00AM Registration & Breakfast

    9:00AM - 9:15AM Welcome

    9:15AM - 9:45AM Unlocking Business Insights

    9:55AM - 10:25AM Igniting Sales Growth through IT

    10:25AM - 10:55AM Enabling “Always On” Infrastructure – PLA Presenting

    11:05AM - 11:35AM Empowering a Mobile Workforce – PLA Presenting

    11:35AM - 12:00PM Event Close


    Register Now




    11/11/2014
    SharePoint Migration Webinar

    How do I get there? Strategies for a successful SharePoint migration.


    Register Online


    11:30 am - 12:30 pm EST




    11/11/2014
    Office 365 & Windows 8.1 Hands On Workshop

    Live Hands-on First Look Clinics Covering Office 365 and Windows 8.1


    Sponsored by: Directions Training and Project Leadership Associates


    AM Session – An Introduction to Office 365

    PM Session – Windows 8.1 for IT Professionals


    Register Online - Chicago, IL




    11/12/2014
    Office 365 & Windows 8.1 Hands on Lab

    Live Hands-on First Look Clinics Covering Office 365 and Windows 8.1


    Sponsored by: Directions Training and Project Leadership Associates


    AM Session – An Introduction to Office 365

    PM Session – Windows 8.1 for IT Professionals


    Register Online - Oak Brook, IL




    11/12/2014
    Power BI Luncheon – Madison, WI

    If you're like most of our customers, you have access to an ever-expanding volume of data and face the challenges of managing this data that your business generates from customers, vendors, social media, finance and other applications. Are you maximizing the value of this data in a timely manner to uncover business insights and to make smarter business decisions? At Project Leadership Associates we believe that people should be able to quickly and easily find data-driven answers to their questions and business challenges. Attending this luncheon event will allow you to get a running start on understanding the extensive innovations we're delivering around of Microsoft SQL Server, Power BI for Office 365 and the familiarity of Microsoft Office that will empower your business with the tools you need to help you organize, analyze and leverage your data to make smarter business decisions.

    Register online




    11/12/2014
    Power BI Dinner – Milwaukee, WI

    If you're like most of our customers, you have access to an ever-expanding volume of data and face the challenges of managing this data that your business generates from customers, vendors, social media, finance and other applications. Are you maximizing the value of this data in a timely manner to uncover business insights and to make smarter business decisions? At Project Leadership Associates we believe that people should be able to quickly and easily find data-driven answers to their questions and business challenges. Attending this luncheon event will allow you to get a running start on understanding the extensive innovations we're delivering around of Microsoft SQL Server, Power BI for Office 365 and the familiarity of Microsoft Office that will empower your business with the tools you need to help you organize, analyze and leverage your data to make smarter business decisions.


    Register Online




    11/13/2014
    Microsoft Led EPG Threshold Event – Enterprise Mobility Briefing Series Enterprise Mobility Today

    At this event, we’ll discuss enterprise mobility today and how Microsoft is working to deliver business solutions to people through the device of their choice, to do the activities they value most. From anywhere. And all done in a way that users love---and helps keep data secure and well managed for the Enterprise. Learn how Surface Pro 3 is at the forefront of this philosophy and is the ideal way to experience enterprise management solutions, Windows today and Windows tomorrow.


    Windows 10 for Enterprise Briefing

    Then, be one of the first to take a very early look at some of the features and functionality of the next version of Windows in areas for business users.

    • One converged Windows platform

    • Designed for the way you live and work

    • Protection against modern security threats

    • Managed for continuous innovation


    We’ll also provide guidance for your next deployment project.


    Registration Coming - Southfield, MI

    11/14/2014
    Microsoft Led EPG Threshold Event – Enterprise Mobility Briefing Series

    At this event, we’ll discuss enterprise mobility today and how Microsoft is working to deliver business solutions to people through the device of their choice, to do the activities they value most. From anywhere. And all done in a way that users love---and helps keep data secure and well managed for the Enterprise. Learn how Surface Pro 3 is at the forefront of this philosophy and is the ideal way to experience enterprise management solutions, Windows today and Windows tomorrow.


    Windows 10 for Enterprise Briefing

    Then, be one of the first to take a very early look at some of the features and functionality of the next version of Windows in areas for business users.

    • One converged Windows platform

    • Designed for the way you live and work

    • Protection against modern security threats

    • Managed for continuous innovation


    We’ll also provide guidance for your next deployment project.


    Registration Coming - Columbia, OH




    11/14/2014
    Azure Unplugged Webinar – Using Azure for your Disaster Recovery Strategy

    Learn how Symantec Disaster Recovery Orchestrator (DRO) combined with Microsoft Azure can help you setup disaster recovery to the cloud. Symantec's DRO will allow you to target Microsoft Azure for disaster recovery - significantly reducing costs while achieving stringent Recovery Time Objectives (RTOs) and Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs). See how organizations can automate and manage the takeover and failback of Microsoft Windows–based applications residing on either physical or virtual machines to the Microsoft Azure cloud platform.


    Register Online




    11/19/2014
    Office 365 and Dynamics CRM

    Learn how to realize increased sales and marketing efficiencies by combining Dynamics CRM and O365.


    Project Leadership Associates (PLA) and Leaf Software will be showcasing Microsoft's greatest productivity solution and we want you to join us and see the synergies first-hand.

    • What is the cloud really going to cost?

    • Using Microsoft Dynamics CRM to achieve goals such as increasing your sales revenue, improving forecasting accuracy and maximizing the time sales teams have to sell.

    • Leveraging your current investment in O365 to increase sales & Customer Service productivity.

    • How do you know your data is secure?


    Register Online - Indianapolis, IN 8:30 - 11:30 am




    11/19/2014
    Microsoft Technology Roadmap

    As an IT Leader, you are looking for the smoothest path to transform your business in the digital world, harnessing new ways to work with data, mobile employees, the broad array of devices and internal and external social conversations. Microsoft can help you address these influential technology trends facing midmarket businesses today.


    Join us and other IT leaders to explore Microsoft Solutions.

    We will share our vision for what’s possible and how the Microsoft can help you transform your midmarket business.


    Start End Session Topic

    8:30AM - 9:00AM Registration & Breakfast

    9:00AM - 9:15AM Welcome

    9:15AM - 9:45AM Unlocking Business Insights

    9:55AM - 10:25AM Igniting Sales Growth through IT

    10:25AM - 10:55AM Enabling “Always On” Infrastructure – PLA Presenting

    11:05AM - 11:35AM Empowering a Mobile Workforce – PLA Presenting

    11:35AM - 12:00PM Event Close


    Registration Coming - Chicago, IL




    11/20/2014
    Microsoft Led EPG Threshold Event – Enterprise Mobility Briefing Series Enterprise Mobility Today

    At this event, we’ll discuss enterprise mobility today and how Microsoft is working to deliver business solutions to people through the device of their choice, to do the activities they value most. From anywhere. And all done in a way that users love---and helps keep data secure and well managed for the Enterprise. Learn how Surface Pro 3 is at the forefront of this philosophy and is the ideal way to experience enterprise management solutions, Windows today and Windows tomorrow.


    Windows 10 for Enterprise Briefing

    Then, be one of the first to take a very early look at some of the features and functionality of the next version of Windows in areas for business users.

    • One converged Windows platform

    • Designed for the way you live and work

    • Protection against modern security threats

    • Managed for continuous innovation


    We’ll also provide guidance for your next deployment project.


    Register Now - Indianapolis, IN 9:00 am - 12:00 pm EST




    11/25/2014
    SharePoint Migration Webinar

    What do I do now? Best practices for effective SharePoint management.


    Register Online




    12/03/2014
    Power BI Luncheon – Southfield, MI

    If you're like most of our customers, you have access to an ever-expanding volume of data and face the challenges of managing this data that your business generates from customers, vendors, social media, finance and other applications. Are you maximizing the value of this data in a timely manner to uncover business insights and to make smarter business decisions? At Project Leadership Associates we believe that people should be able to quickly and easily find data-driven answers to their questions and business challenges. Attending this luncheon event will allow you to get a running start on understanding the extensive innovations we're delivering around of Microsoft SQL Server, Power BI for Office 365 and the familiarity of Microsoft Office that will empower your business with the tools you need to help you organize, analyze and leverage your data to make smarter business decisions.


    Register Online




    12/04/2014
    Power BI Luncheon – Grand Rapids, MI

    If you're like most of our customers, you have access to an ever-expanding volume of data and face the challenges of managing this data that your business generates from customers, vendors, social media, finance and other applications. Are you maximizing the value of this data in a timely manner to uncover business insights and to make smarter business decisions? At Project Leadership Associates we believe that people should be able to quickly and easily find data-driven answers to their questions and business challenges. Attending this luncheon event will allow you to get a running start on understanding the extensive innovations we're delivering around of Microsoft SQL Server, Power BI for Office 365 and the familiarity of Microsoft Office that will empower your business with the tools you need to help you organize, analyze and leverage your data to make smarter business decisions.


    Register Online




    01/02/2015
    Technology Tuesday 2015
    This full-day conference is specially designed for IT Decision Makers and IT Professionals.

    At Technology Tuesday, we will cover a variety of topics that are intended to keep you up to speed on the latest technology trends across the industry. With nearly a dozen sponsors and even more technical sessions, you have the ability to customize your learning experience based on your business needs. Discover best practices from our technology experts and connect with your peers to learn what initiatives are top of mind for their business. Click HERE for more information.
     
    Featured Technologies • Azure • Office 365 • SQL Server • Enterprise Mobility Suite • SharePoint • System Center • Windows Server • Power BI • StorSimple • Hyper-V • Intune
     
    January 27
    The Westin - 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI
    REGISTER HERE
     
    February 3
    Microsoft Corporation - 2000 W. Sam Houston Pkwy S, #Ste 350, Houston, TX
    REGISTER HERE
     

    01/21/2015
    Microsoft Experience Center - Downers Grove, IL

    Experience the cloud: Attendees start the day with a discussion about their top business challenges, allowing the facilitator to tailor the 2 ½ hour session to address their unique business needs. Take back instant learnings to increase productivity across your organization:

    •Collaborate via enterprise messaging, conferencing and cloud storage to share documents with anyone, on virtually any device, even outside your organization
    •Drive decisions with business analytics and modeling
    •Ignite creative group thinking and teamwork with Enterprise Social
    •Save money with cloud infrastructure


    Microsoft Downers Grove Office
    3025 Highland Pkwy, Suite 300
    Downers Grove, Illinois


    January 21st, February 11th, February 25th, March 11th and March 25th


    Register Now




    01/21/2015
    Microsoft Experience Center - Houston, TX

    Experience the cloud: Attendees start the day with a discussion about their top business challenges, allowing the facilitator to tailor the 2 ½ hour session to address their unique business needs. Take back instant learnings to increase productivity across your organization:

    •Collaborate via enterprise messaging, conferencing and cloud storage to share documents with anyone, on virtually any device, even outside your organization
    •Drive decisions with business analytics and modeling
    •Ignite creative group thinking and teamwork with Enterprise Social
    •Save money with cloud infrastructure


    Microsoft Houston Office
    2000 W. Sam Houston Pkwy, Suite 350
    Houston, Texas 77042


    Register Now




    01/27/2015
    Technology Tuesday - Southfield

    The idea for Technology Tuesday came from a team of consultants that recently attended Microsoft Tech Ed and wanted to share some of the content to Detroit's technical user community. Sponsored by a number of Microsoft partners, the day will include a wide range of sessions geared towards your technical needs and interests. Check back soon for a schedule of tracks that will be presented throughout the day.


    The Westin Southfield Detroit
    1500 Town Center
    Southfield, MI 48075


    Register Now




    02/03/2015
    Technology Tuesday - Houston
    The idea for Technology Tuesday came from a team of consultants that recently attended Microsoft Tech Ed and wanted to share some of the content to Detroit's technical user community. Sponsored by a number of Microsoft partners, the day will include a wide range of sessions geared towards your technical needs and interests. Check back soon for a schedule of tracks that will be presented throughout the day.

    Microsoft Corporate
    2000 West Sam Houston Parkway South Suite 350
    Houston, TX


    Register Now

    02/11/2015
    Microsoft Experience Center - Downers Grove, IL

    Experience the cloud: Attendees start the day with a discussion about their top business challenges, allowing the facilitator to tailor the 2 ½ hour session to address their unique business needs. Take back instant learnings to increase productivity across your organization:

    •Collaborate via enterprise messaging, conferencing and cloud storage to share documents with anyone, on virtually any device, even outside your organization
    •Drive decisions with business analytics and modeling
    •Ignite creative group thinking and teamwork with Enterprise Social
    •Save money with cloud infrastructure


    Microsoft Downers Grove Office
    3025 Highland Pkwy, Suite 300
    Downers Grove, Illinois


    January 21st, February 11th, February 25th, March 11th and March 25th


    Register Now




    02/11/2015
    Microsoft Experience Center - Houston, TX

    Experience the cloud: Attendees start the day with a discussion about their top business challenges, allowing the facilitator to tailor the 2 ½ hour session to address their unique business needs. Take back instant learnings to increase productivity across your organization:

    •Collaborate via enterprise messaging, conferencing and cloud storage to share documents with anyone, on virtually any device, even outside your organization
    •Drive decisions with business analytics and modeling
    •Ignite creative group thinking and teamwork with Enterprise Social
    •Save money with cloud infrastructure


    Microsoft Houston Office
    2000 W. Sam Houston Pkwy, Suite 350
    Houston, Texas 77042


    Register Now




    02/18/2015
    West Michigan SharePoint User Group

    Introducing the Michigan Microsoft Collaboration Technologies Community!


    We are revamping and re-launching our Michigan SharePoint user groups and we’d love for you to come to our inaugural meeting in West Michigan on Wednesday, February 18th. Register Today!

    Agenda:
    • Introduction and Community Overview
    • Forms and Workflows for the Enterprise - Nintex at GKN
    • Office 365 ProPlus - Overview, Deployment, and Managing with Telemetry
    • Yammer Best Practices: Increase Employee Engagement and Bring it to the Bottom Line
    • Community Q & A
    • Wrap-up and Giveaways

    Sponsor:

    Snacks provided by Nintex.


    To learn more about the community visit our new website at www.mimsctc.com


    Yammer Community Group

    Don't wait for the next meeting to get connected to the community, join us on Yammer! We have setup a community group in the Office 365 network. We will use this group during meetings to discuss topics, post questions, and share.

    How to participate:
    1. Request access to the Office 365 Yammer Network.
    2. Join the Michigan Microsoft Collaboration Technologies Community group. You can find it by using the Browse Groups function or through the search bar.
    3. Read and post on Yammer


    Join us online and in person! Bring a friend!




    02/19/2015
    Southeast Michigan SharePoint User Group

    Introducing the Michigan Microsoft Collaboration Technologies Community!


    We are revamping and re-launching our Michigan SharePoint user groups and we’d love for you to come to our inaugural meeting in Southfield on February 19th. Register Today!


    Agenda:

    • Introduction and Community Overview
    • Forms and Workflows for the Enterprise - Nintex at GKN
    • Office 365 ProPlus - Overview, Deployment, and Managing with Telemetry
    • Yammer Best Practices: Increase Employee Engagement and Bring it to the Bottom Line
    • Community Q & A
    • Wrap-up and Giveaways


    Sponsor:

    Snacks provided by Nintex.


    To learn more about the community visit our new website at www.mimsctc.com


    Yammer Community Group

    Don't wait for the next meeting to get connected to the community, join us on Yammer! We have setup a community group in the Office 365 network. We will use this group during meetings to discuss topics, post questions, and share.

    How to participate:
    1. Request access to the Office 365 Yammer Network.
    2. Join the Michigan Microsoft Collaboration Technologies Community group. You can find it by using the Browse Groups function or through the search bar.
    3. Read and post on Yammer


    Join us online and in person! Bring a friend!




    02/23/2015
    Office 365 & Windows 8.1 Deployment Clinic

    Office 365 | 9am - 12pm (8:30am Registration)
    Targeting businesses who are considering implementing Office 365 and/or Windows Azure, this clinic highlights the features and functionality of Microsoft's cloud offerings and uses a case study approach to illustrate various Office 365 deployment scenarios.

    Windows 8.1 | 1pm - 4pm (12:30pm Registration)
    This super informative clinic, geared at IT Professionals, covers the latest and best in Windows 8.1 and will teach you how to determine adoptions levels and training needs, while also providing a complete understanding of the key benefits of Windows 8.1.
    Key Technologies Covered in this Clinic
    Client Hyper-V, App-V, Windows To Go, Windows Store, a tour of the new user interface (UI), OneDrive, Direct Access, BitLocker, Windows 8.1 Ecosystem, UE-V and Folder Redirection, Windows InTune, and Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP).


    New Horizons Computer Learning Centers - Livonia, MI
    14115 Farmington Road
    Livonia, Michigan 48154
    Register Now




    02/25/2015
    Microsoft Experience Center - Downers Grove, IL

    Experience the cloud: Attendees start the day with a discussion about their top business challenges, allowing the facilitator to tailor the 2 ½ hour session to address their unique business needs. Take back instant learnings to increase productivity across your organization:

    •Collaborate via enterprise messaging, conferencing and cloud storage to share documents with anyone, on virtually any device, even outside your organization
    •Drive decisions with business analytics and modeling
    •Ignite creative group thinking and teamwork with Enterprise Social
    •Save money with cloud infrastructure


    Microsoft Downers Grove Office
    3025 Highland Pkwy, Suite 300
    Downers Grove, Illinois


    January 21st, February 11th, February 25th, March 11th and March 25th


    Register Now




    02/25/2015
    Office 365 & Windows 8.1 Deployment Clinic

    Office 365 | 9am - 12pm (8:30am Registration)
    Targeting businesses who are considering implementing Office 365 and/or Windows Azure, this clinic highlights the features and functionality of Microsoft's cloud offerings and uses a case study approach to illustrate various Office 365 deployment scenarios.


    Windows 8.1 | 1pm - 4pm (12:30pm Registration)
    This super informative clinic, geared at IT Professionals, covers the latest and best in Windows 8.1 and will teach you how to determine adoptions levels and training needs, while also providing a complete understanding of the key benefits of Windows 8.1.


    Key Technologies Covered in this Clinic
    Client Hyper-V, App-V, Windows To Go, Windows Store, a tour of the new user interface (UI), OneDrive, Direct Access, BitLocker, Windows 8.1 Ecosystem, UE-V and Folder Redirection, Windows InTune, and Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP).


    New Horizons Computer Learning Centers - GrandRapids, MI
    630 Kenmoor Ave. SE Suite 201
    Grand Rapids, Michigan 49546

    Register Now



    03/17/2015
    EMS Luncheon - Southfield

    Project Leadership Associates and Microsoft invite you to join us on Tuesday, March 17th for lunch at Meriwether's in Southfield. During the event, we will share how Microsoft offers innovative solutions to unify user, data, and device management in a people-centric approach to expanding productivity.

    Microsoft has built on their existing investments and skills and offers a credible one-vendor solution to customers looking to rationalize their environment. This enterprise solution has strong capabilities to manage user identity, devices, and data protection-all to address three constant requirements: empowering users, protecting data, and controlling costs and resources.


    Empower your users

    Enable users to be more productive by providing consistent self-service access to corporate apps and data across a wide range of devices.


    Help IT protect your data


    Give IT the tools to protect corporate data, manage devices, and ensure users have approved access on approved devices.


    Unify your environment


    Build on existing technology and skill set investments,

    extend workloads to the cloud for efficiency and increased functionality, and build a forward-looking approach to managing the technologies your people use to be as productive as possible.

    Register Now




    03/19/2015
    Microsoft Technology Roadmap

    As an IT Leader, you need to understand your options for incorporating the latest capabilities into your environment to transform your business. Big data, social, cloud and mobility are not new challenges but the solutions for getting more out of them are. Microsoft can help you navigate these technology trends for long-term growth.


    Join other IT leaders to explore the newest wave of Microsoft Innovation and Ignite your business

    - Windows 10
    - Skype for Business
    - PowerBI.com


    At the Microsoft Technology Roadmap Event, we will give you a first-hand look at the latest solutions designed for the mobile-first, cloud-first world. The agenda explores how Microsoft can partner with you to reimagine and ignite your technology portfolio, gearing your business for growth.


    Register now for what promises to be an exciting day of exploration, discovery and networking. To learn more about the event agenda, please check out the Microsoft Technology Roadmap event page.


    Register Now

    03/19/2015
    Dispelling the Myths of Microsoft Office ProPlus

    Join Microsoft and Project Leadership Associates for a live webinar on Thursday, March 19th at 11 am CST/12 pm EST on "Dispelling the myths of Office ProPlus."


    Office 365 ProPlus runs on your PC - not in the browser on a remote server - so it's fast, fluid and works whether you are connected to the Internet or not. Use it alongside other Office versions, customize it with your add-ins and use it with all of your Office files. Couple it with your in-house messaging and file storage or use Office 365 services. It's up to you.


    More...Great things to know about Office ProPlus

    • You can deploy the way you want with your own tools

    • Reduce migration risk with side-by-side installs alongside older versions

    • Manage software updates on your schedule - without impacting users

    • Use Office across your devices with 5 installs per user on PC/Mac, tablet, or phone

    • Stay in Control with Group Policy and Office Telemetry


    A few key topics we will discuss during the webinar:

    • What is Office ProPlus vs Office 2013?

    • Deployment best practices

    o Office 365 deployment tool for Click To Run

    o Applying Office 365 Updates

    o Office 365 Telemetry Tool

    • Assessments

    • Funding opportunities available

    • Training and adoption

    Read Microsoft's datasheet to learn more about Office ProPlus


    Register Now




    03/25/2015
    Microsoft Experience Center - Downers Grove

    Experience the cloud: Attendees start the day with a discussion about their top business challenges, allowing the facilitator to tailor the 2 ½ hour session to address their unique business needs. Take back instant learnings to increase productivity across your organization:

    •Collaborate via enterprise messaging, conferencing and cloud storage to share documents with anyone, on virtually any device, even outside your organization
    •Drive decisions with business analytics and modeling
    •Ignite creative group thinking and teamwork with Enterprise Social
    •Save money with cloud infrastructure


    Microsoft Downers Grove Office
    3025 Highland Pkwy, Suite 300
    Downers Grove, Illinois


    January 21st, February 11th, February 25th, March 11th and March 25th


    Register Now




    04/15/2015
    Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce - The Exchange 2015
    The Exchange 2015 is the Chicagoland Chamber's signature tradeshow and is expected to draw more than 800 attendees and 100 member exhibitors. Exhibitors and attendees represent a diverse cross-section of businesses, including small, mid-size and enterprise companies from Chicago's major industries.

    Project Leadership Associates will be participating in The Exchange as an exhibitor with Microsoft.

    Date: April 15th
    Time: 4:00 - 7:30 PM
    Location: Hilton Chicago, 720 South Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605
    Register Now

    04/22/2015
    EMS Luncheon - Chicago

    Project Leadership Associates and Microsoft invite you to join us on April 22nd for lunch at Flemings in Chicago. During the event, we will share how Microsoft offers innovative solutions to unify user, data, and device management in a people-centric approach to expanding productivity.

    Microsoft has built on their existing investments and skills and offers a credible one-vendor solution to customers looking to rationalize their environment. This enterprise solution has strong capabilities to manage user identity, devices, and data protection-all to address three constant requirements: empowering users, protecting data, and controlling costs and resources.

    - Empower your users

    - Enable users to be more productive by providing consistent self-service access to corporate apps and data across a wide range of devices.

    - Help IT protect your data

    - Give IT the tools to protect corporate data, manage devices, and ensure users have approved access on approved devices.

    - Unify your environment

    - Build on existing technology and skill set investments, extend workloads to the cloud for efficiency and increased functionality, and build a forward-looking approach to managing the technologies your people use to be as productive as possible.


    Date: April 22, 2015
    Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 PM
    Location: Fleming's, 25 E. Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611

    Register Now



    05/05/2015
    Microsoft Roadmap Event - Houston

    As an IT Leader, you need to understand your options for incorporating the latest capabilities into your environment to transform your business. Big data, social, cloud and mobility are not new challenges but the solutions for getting more out of them are. Microsoft can help you navigate these technology trends for long-term growth.


    Join other IT leaders to explore the newest wave of Microsoft Innovation and Ignite your business

    - Windows 10

    - Skype for Business

    - PowerBI.com


    At the Microsoft Technology Roadmap Event, we will give you a first-hand look at the latest solutions designed for the mobile-first, cloud-first world. The agenda explores how Microsoft can partner with you to reimagine and ignite your technology portfolio, gearing your business for growth.


    Register now for what promises to be an exciting day of exploration, discovery and networking. To learn more about the event agenda, please check out the Microsoft Technology Roadmap event page.


    Date: Tuesday, May 5th
    Time: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Location: Hotel Sorella Citycentre, 800 Sorella Court, Houston, TX 77024

    Register Now!




    05/20/2015
    Microsoft Technology Roadmap - Grand Rapids, MI

    At the Microsoft Technology Roadmap Event, we will give you a first-hand look at the latest solutions designed for the mobile-first, cloud-first world. The agenda explores how Microsoft can partner with you to reimagine and ignite your technology portfolio, gearing your business for growth.

    Date: Wednesday, May 20th
    Time: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Location: Watermark Country Club, 5500 Cascade Road Southeast, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
    Register Now

    05/22/2015
    Infrastructure Modernization TechClinic - Sponsored by Directions Training

    Looking to bring the cloud into your datacenter? Have a plan for Windows Server 2003 end of support in July? Want to deliver applications faster? Join one of Directions' TechClinics and learn how to extend your datacenter with a hybrid cloud infrastructure powered by Windows Server 2012 and Microsoft Azure.
    May 22nd Brookfield, WI
    June 1st Chicago, IL
    June 2nd OakBrook, IL
    June 9th Irving, TX
    June 11th Houston, TX
    Register Now




    05/27/2015
    Extend your Datacenter to the Cloud - Microsoft Technology Center

    You and your team are invited to experience how servers, databases and applications can be extended to the cloud. This session begins with a 90-minute envisioning demo followed by a focused discussion on your specific business challenges.

    Date: May 27th
    Time: 8:45 - 11:00 am EST
    Location: Microsoft - Southfield, MI
    Register Now

    05/29/2015
    Azure Unplugged Webinar: What's new with Microsoft's Enterprise Mobility Suite?

    In this session we will cover the latest features of the EMS platform released in 2015 including demonstrations.

    Date: May 29th
    Time: 11 am - 12 pm CST
    Register Now

    06/09/2015
    Microsoft Office 365 - Get The Facts
    If you're thinking about migrating your email environment to Microsoft Office 365, you won't want to miss this informative event with Mimecast and PLA. Join experts, including Microsoft Exchange and Office 365 MVP J. Peter Bruzzese, as they discuss key considerations, configuration options, and pre-migration preparations - all building blocks to help you further validate an investment in Office 365 internally.

    Date: June 9th
    Time: 5:30 - 7:30 pm
    Location: Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House - Houston, TX
    Register Now

    06/09/2015
    SharePoint Symposium

    ILTA's SharePoint Symposium 2015 is two full days of SharePoint evangelist keynotes, expert speakers, deep dives and workshops as well as numerous opportunities to network with ILTA members and key SharePoint vendors. Stop by to visit PLA if you are attending this year.

    Date: June 9-10
    Location: Baltimore, MD
    Register Now


    06/10/2015
    Microsoft Experience Center - Office 365 Hands On Roundtable
    Learn how the Microsoft applications you use on a daily basis can be maximized to help your company work more efficiently with your customers and each other. Take back instant learnings on how to use your current technology to increase productivity and improve efficiency.

    Date: June 10th
    Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
    Location: Microsoft - Chicago, IL
    Register Now

    06/11/2015
    Myths and Risks of Software Vulnerability Management

    Dealing with the threat of cyber-attacks is becoming more and more complex, as the methods used by hackers to break into organizations and steal valuable assets is becoming more sophisticated. In this lunch-n-learn session, we will explain the intelligence that goes into a sound software vulnerabilities management program and how organizations can benefit from intelligence and automation to become more secure across all applications.


    Date: June 11th
    Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
    Location: The Capital Grille - Houston, TX
    Register Now


    06/12/2015
    Azure Unplugged Webinar: Using Azure for your Disaster Recovery Strategy
    In this session, we will explore Microsoft's Azure Site Recovery including leveraging it for Backups and Disaster Recovery. In addition, we will cover some of the new features such as VMware replication to Azure.

    Date: June 12th
    Time: 11 am - 12 pm CST
    Register Now

    06/26/2015
    What's new with the Enterprise Mobility Suite?
    In this session we will cover the latest features of Microsoft's EMS platform released in 2015 including demonstrations.

    Date: June 26th
    Time: 10:30 - 11:30 am CST
    Location: Online
    Register Now

    07/23/2015
    Webinar: Microsoft Enterprise Mobility in Education

    During this webinar, we will share how Microsoft offers innovative solutions for education institutions to unify user, data, and device management in a people-centric approach to expanding productivity.

    Date: July 23rd
    Time: 11 am - 12 pm CST
    Location: Online
    Register Now

    07/23/2015
    ILTA: Deployment Fundamentals of System Center Configuration Manager 2012

    The cornerstone of any successful business endpoint -- whether it be laptop, desktop or virtual -- is a solid OS deployment process. This guarantees a repeatable, scalable and nimble platform that will reduce the TCO for each of the aforementioned platforms. We will review the building blocks that make up the foundation of an automated OS deployment lifecycle.

    Date: July 23rd
    Time: 12 - 1:30 pm CST
    Location: Williams & Connolly LLP - Washington, DC Area
    Register Now


    07/31/2015
    Webinar: What's new with the Enterprise Mobility Suite?

    In this session we will cover the latest features of Microsoft's EMS platform released in 2015 including demonstrations.

    Date: July 31
    Time: 10:30-11:30 am CST
    Location: Online
    Register Now
    Can't make this webinar session? Other sessions will also be held on Aug. 28, Sept. 25, and Oct. 23. We will share the registration links on our website as we move closer to these dates.

    08/13/2015
    Microsoft Experience Center - Office 365 Hands On Roundtable

    Learn how the Microsoft applications you use on a daily basis can be maximized to help your company work more efficiently with your customers and each other. Take back instant learnings on how to use your current technology to increase productivity and improve efficiency.

    Date: August 13th
    Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
    Location: Microsoft - Indianapolis, IN
    Register Now
    Can't make this session? Other sessions will also be held on Sept. 15, Oct. 20, Nov. 17 and Dec. 15. We will share the registration links on our website as we move closer to these dates.

    08/25/2015
    Conference: Midwest Accounting & Finance Showcase

    The Midwest Accounting & Finance Showcase features the latest information relevant to today's accounting and finance professionals. Whether you work in a small business or a large firm, attend the Show to stay up-to-date on hot topics, make valuable connections, and catch up with old friends. Register today and earn 16 hours of CPE including 4 Ethics, 7.5 CLE, 8 EA, and 9 CFP. PLA will be an exhibitor at the conference with Microsoft. Stop by our booth to say hello.

    Date: August 25th & August 27th
    Location: Microsoft Corporation - Indianapolis, IN
    Register Now
    We will also be presenting during the conference on the following topics.
    August 25th 1:00 - 4:30 pm - Microsoft Office Boot Camp Experience
    August 26th 9:30 - 11:20 am - Using Business Intelligence to Improve Decision-Making Skills
    August 26th
    Boosting Your Business with Microsoft Office - A Hands-On Experience
    August 27th Boosting Your Business with Microsoft Office - A Hands-On Experience

    08/28/2015
    What's new with the Enterprise Mobility Suite?
    In this session we will cover the latest features of Microsoft's EMS platform released in 2015 including demonstrations.

    Date: August 28
    Time: 10:30-11:30 am CST
    Location: Online
    Register Now

    08/31/2015
    Conference: ILTACON 2015 - ILTA's Annual Conference

    ILTACON is a four-day educational conference that draws on the personal and collective strengths of professionals working in technology within law firms and legal departments. ILTACON will empower us to share what works, what doesn't and the tools to face challenges now and in the future. All educational content is developed by a conference committee of 40+ peers. PLA will be an exhibitor at the conference. Stop by booth 430 to visit us.

    Date: August 31st - September 3rd
    Location: Caesar's Palace - Las Vegas, NV
    Register Now
    We will also be presenting during the conference on the following topics.
    August 31st, 11am - 12pm Shooting for the Clouds: An In-depth Look at Cloud Computing
    August 31st, 1-2 pm - Mobile Device Management Shootout
    September 1st, 11 am - 12:30 pm - System Center 2012: What's New and Why Should It Be A Priority?
    September 1st, 3:30 - 4:30 pm - An in-depth look at Modern Backup Strategies

    11/10/2015
    ILTA Roadshow: Making the most out of your Windows 10 Migration

    Have you been holding off upgrading your environment to the latest Windows operating system? Join PLA and AppSense, as we walk you through the fine points of migrating to the latest versions of Windows and Microsoft Office. On top of reviewing the finer points of Windows 10 and Office 2016, we will show you how to keep the Attorneys happy while still operating within the confines of a locked down environment. Finally, we will demonstrate how you can access your content anywhere on any device without collocating it in the cloud. This event is geared towards IT professionals in the legal industry.


    Date: November 10, 2015
    Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
    Location: McGlinchey Stafford, 601 Poydras Street, 12th Floor, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Register online



    11/12/2015
    ILTA Roadshow: Make the Most of Your Windows 10 Migration

    Have you been holding off upgrading your environment to the latest Windows operating system? Join PLA and AppSense, as we walk you through the fine points of migrating to the latest versions of Windows and Microsoft Office. On top of reviewing the finer points of Windows 10 and Office 2016, we will show you how to keep the Attorneys happy while still operating within the confines of a locked down environment. Finally, we will demonstrate how you can access your content anywhere on any device without collocating it in the cloud. This event is geared towards IT professionals in the legal industry.

    Date: November 12, 2015
    Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
    Location: Gesmer Updegrove LLP, 40 Broad Street, Boston, MA 02109
    Register online



    11/12/2015
    Microsoft Technology Center Briefing - Get the most out of your IT investments

    Growing your business is a challenging adventure. But technology can be your partner in that journey. This is where Microsoft can help you make technology a business advantage.
    At this event, we will give you a first-hand look at:
    • Windows 10 Enterprise
    • Skype for Business
    • New Microsoft devices including Surface Pro 4
    • Plus...Updates to Productivity Applications, Mobile Security, Azure and...

    Date: November 12, 2015
    Time: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Location: Microsoft Office, 1000 Town Center Dr., Suite 350, Southfield , Michigan 48075
    Register online



    11/17/2015
    ILTA Roadshow: Making the most out of your Windows 10 Migration

    Have you been holding off upgrading your environment to the latest Windows operating system? Join PLA and AppSense, as we walk you through the fine points of migrating to the latest versions of Windows and Microsoft Office. On top of reviewing the finer points of Windows 10 and Office 2016, we will show you how to keep the Attorneys happy while still operating within the confines of a locked down environment. Finally, we will demonstrate how you can access your content anywhere on any device without collocating it in the cloud. This event is geared towards IT professionals in the legal industry.

    Date: November 17, 2015
    Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
    Location: Greenberg Traurig, LLP, 1000 Louisiana Street, Suite 1700, Houston, TX 77002
    Register online



    11/17/2015
    Microsoft Immersion Experience

    Project Leadership Associates and Microsoft would like to personally invite you and two or three members of your team to attend a Microsoft Immersion Experience. During this 3 hour hands-on session you'll get a chance to test drive Microsoft solutions (including Windows 10) and discover how they can deliver immediate business value to both you and your organization. Each facilitator-led session is customized to meet your needs so you can explore tools at your own pace, focus on the products and solutions that you want, and discover first-hand how they can solve your biggest challenges.

    Date: November 17, 2015
    Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Microsoft Corporation, 8900 Keystone Crossing, Suite 950, Indianapolis, IN 46240
    Register online



    11/18/2015
    Ignite Your Business - Windows 10 Launch Event

    Join Microsoft Windows Experts for a day of discussion and demonstration for Technical Decision Makers, IT Professionals and Developers. Come learn why Windows 10 is the best operating system for business use. We'll share, demo and dig into new features built for businesses while giving you hands on experience to take back to your teams! Space is limited so reserve your FREE seat today.


    Date: November 18, 2015
    Time: 9:00 am - 7:30 pm
    Location: Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, 400 Renaissance Drive, Detroit, MI 48243
    Register online




    11/20/2015
    Enabling the Mobile Work Force with Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS)

    Keeping users productive while protecting company information is a critical challenge in today's enterprise. Find out how Microsoft's Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) enables allows you to enable your users, unify your environment, and protect your data.


    Date: November 20, 2015
    Time: 10:30 - 11:30 am
    Location: online
    Register online



    12/01/2015
    Technology Tuesday - Chicago

    Technology Tuesday is a day completely dedicated to spreading a wealth of technical knowledge with IT professionals in comfortable and educational setting. At Technology Tuesday, we will cover a variety of topics that are intended to keep you up to speed on the latest technology trends impacting businesses today. Attendees have the ability to customize their learning experience to fit their needs through two learning tracks. Learn about new technologies, best practices, and use case scenarios from our team of technology subject matter experts and connect with your peers to learn what initiatives are top of mind for their business in 2016.

    Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2015
    Time: 8:45 am - 4:45 pm
    Location: Microsoft, 200 E. Randolph Street, Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60601
    Register online



    12/03/2015
    CAMP IT Conferences

    Business Intelligence/Analytics/Big Data Strategies
    Data is the lifeblood of every business, but to empower the organization, it needs to be used carefully and strategically. How can IT leverage BI initiatives to become a stronger partner and ally to business units? What pitfalls should be avoided?


    In this one day conference attendees will learn:

    • BI, Big Data, IoT and Analytics: Building the Data Driven Culture for Today's Mobile, Interconnected World - Session led by Project Leadership Associates
    • BI Reference Architecture: Developing Predictive and Prescriptive Business Analytics
    • Imagine Delivering New Analytics Every 2 Weeks ... Is It Possible
    • The Analytics Lab: An Approach for Creating and Harnessing Fact-based Insight
    • Data, Analytics and the Breach: How to Tackle Big Data from a Security Point of View
    • IT, Analytics and the Business: How IT Can Partner with the Business to Drive Value

    Date: December 3, 2015
    Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Location: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
    Register online



    12/08/2015
    Technology Tuesday - Houston
    Technology Tuesday is a day completely dedicated to spreading a wealth of technical knowledge with IT professionals in comfortable and educational setting. At Technology Tuesday, we will cover a variety of topics that are intended to keep you up to speed on the latest technology trends impacting businesses today. Attendees have the ability to customize their learning experience to fit their needs through two learning tracks. Learn about new technologies, best practices, and use case scenarios from our team of technology subject matter experts and connect with your peers to learn what initiatives are top of mind for their business in 2016.

    Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2015
    Time: 8:45 am - 4:45 pm
    Location: Royal Sonesta, 2222 West Loop South Freeway, Houston, TX 77027
    Register online

    12/09/2015
    Journey to the Cloud

    Project Leadership Associates and Microsoft invite you to join us for an exciting afternoon at iFly as we take a "Journey to the Cloud". We will begin the afternoon with a presentation featuring Lee Hovermale, CEO of Project Leadership Associates and Adam Hansen, CIO of LOGS. Lee Hovermale is very well-known in the legal technology community and has served as interim CIO for several law firms including Kean Miller and Parker Poe. Lee will share some of his experiences as a CIO and what trends he is seeing around the cloud in the legal community. For three decades LOGS has been the leader in designing comprehensive and cost-effective legal and outsourcing solutions for the residential mortgage and consumer credit industry. Adam Hansen will share LOGS' journey to the cloud and how it has transformed the way they do business.


    Date: December 9th, 2015
    Time: 12:00 - 3:00 pm
    Location: iFLY Chicago - Rosemont - 5520 Park Place Rosemont, IL 60018
    Register online




    12/10/2015
    CAMP IT Conferences

    Mobile/Cloud/IoT Security - Strategies for the New Area
    The convergence of IoT, Cloud and Mobility are transforming the way organizations are doing business. From healthcare to banking to hospitality organizations are delivering greater value by being closer to their customers. At the same time, enterprises embracing these initiatives need to be aware of the security risks involved. In this one day session, attendees will learn strategies to manage the risks associated with this approach.

    Date: December 10, 2015<
    Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Location: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL
    Register online



    12/15/2015
    Microsoft Immersion Experience

    Project Leadership Associates and Microsoft would like to personally invite you and two or three members of your team to attend a Microsoft Immersion Experience. During this 3 hour hands-on session you'll get a chance to test drive Microsoft solutions (including Windows 10) and discover how they can deliver immediate business value to both you and your organization. Each facilitator-led session is customized to meet your needs so you can explore tools at your own pace, focus on the products and solutions that you want, and discover first-hand how they can solve your biggest challenges.

    Date: December 15, 2015
    Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Microsoft Corporation, 8900 Keystone Crossing, Suite 950, Indianapolis, IN 46240
    Register online



    12/18/2015
    Enabling the Mobile Work Force with Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS)

    Keeping users productive while protecting company information is a critical challenge in today's enterprise. Find out how Microsoft's Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) enables allows you to enable your users, unify your environment, and protect your data.

    Date: December 18, 2015
    Time: 10:30 - 11:30 am
    Location: online
    Register online



    01/15/2016
    Enabling the Mobile Work Force with Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS)

    Keeping users productive while protecting company information is a critical challenge in today's enterprise. Find out how Microsoft's Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) enables allows you to enable your users, unify your environment, and protect your data.

    Date: January 15, 2015
    Time: 10:30 - 11:30 am
    Location: online
    Register online



    01/28/2016
    Using Data Analytics to Gain Faster Business Insights

    During this event we will give attendees a running start on understanding the extensive innovations surrounding Microsoft Office and Excel that will empower your business with the tools needed to help you organize, analyze and leverage data. We will also share a couple of customer scenarios that showcase how car dealers, automobile manufacturers and insurance companies can use advanced analytic solutions to gain real-time and predictive insights on vehicle health and driving pattern behavior.

    Date: January 28, 2016
    Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
    Location: Meriwether's, 25485 Telegraph Road, Southfield, MI 48034
    Register online



    02/09/2016
    Texas Technology Summit
    The Texas Technology Summit will provide an array of educational seminars and personal access to industry leading exhibitors and sponsors. Six (6) CPE Credits available for those that are interested.
    The theme for 2016 is "Conquering Your IT and Security Objectives."

    On behalf of Project Leadership Associates, we'd like to offer you a complimentary ticket to attend this industry leading event. Register NOW with the code pla to reserve your spot at this year's conference!

    Date: Tuesday, February 9th, 2016
    Time: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Location: Reliant Center Room 300, 1 Reliant Park, Houston, TX
    Register Online

    02/11/2016
    Tech Leaders Forum - Lombard, IL

    At this FREE event, learn about Microsoft’s full ecosystem of solutions, proven to transform businesses into intelligent enterprises. Hear subject matter experts lead thought provoking sessions featuring our latest and greatest innovations that will enable you to empower your enterprise – all with security and privacy at the forefront.

    Date: Thursday, February 11, 2016
    Time: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Location: Westin Lombard | 70 Yorktown Center | Lombard, IL 60148
    Register Now

    02/19/2016
    Enabling the Mobile Work Force with Enterprise Mobility Suite

    Keeping users productive while protecting company information is a critical challenge in today's enterprise. Find out how Microsoft's Enterprise Mobility Suite enables allows you to enable your users, unify your environment, and protect your data.
    Deep dive topic: Android/Samsung Knox functionality

    Date: February 19, 2016
    Time: 10:30-11:30 am CST
    Location: Skype for Business Webinar
    Register Online


    02/25/2016
    TECHknowledgey

    You're invited to join New Horizons, Project Leadership Associates and a variety of technical partners on Thursday, February 25th for TECHknowledgey 2016. It's a FREE technology expo that will introduce you to the very latest tools, products, and strategies that Modern IT Departments are using today, and what trends we can expect to see in the months ahead.

    Date: February 25, 2016
    Time: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Location: New Horizons Computer Learning Center, 525 W. Van Buren, Suite 300, Chicago, IL 60607
    Register Online

    03/01/2016
    Webinar: What’s Included in the New Office 365 Enterprise E5 Plan?
    This webinar is designed for an audience who is already familiar with Microsoft Office 365 and wants to get a better understanding of the new capabilities in E5. Some of the new features include: Skype for Business Meeting Broadcast, Cloud PBX with PSTN Calling, Delve Organizational Analytics and Advanced Threat Protection.

    Date: March 1, 2016
    Time: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm CST
    Location: Go To Meeting Webinar
    Register Online

    03/17/2016
    CAMP Conferences - IT Infrastructure / Operations Management
    Given the disruption taking place in the industry, data center professionals are under constant pressure to ensure that their data centers are performing optimally while at the same time delivering increased value to the business.

    Date: March 17, 2016
    Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Location: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center Rosemont (O'Hare) Illinois
    Please contact Megan Samples at (312) 876-3769 or msamples@projectleadership.net if you are interested in attending. PLA has a limited number of complimentary tickets available.

    03/18/2016
    Enabling the Mobile Work Force with Enterprise Mobility Suite

    Keeping users productive while protecting company information is a critical challenge in today's enterprise. Find out how Microsoft's Enterprise Mobility Suite enables allows you to enable your users, unify your environment, and protect your data.
    Deep dive topic: RMS on file shares

    Date: March 18, 2016
    Time: 10:30-11:30 am CST
    Location: Skype for Business Webinar
    Register Online

    03/19/2016
    SharePoint Saturday - Chicago Suburbs
    Come join PLA at SharePoint Saturday Chicago Suburbs for a day of educational, informative and lively sessions put on by the best SharePoint Professionals and MVP's around. Attendance is free! While you are there don't forget to stop out at the PLA booth to talk to one of our SharePoint experts about how we can make SharePoint work for you!

    Date: March 19, 2016
    Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
    Location: DeVry University, 1221 North Swift Road, Addison, IL 60101
    Register Online

    04/15/2016
    Enabling the Mobile Work Force with Enterprise Mobility Suite
    Keeping users productive while protecting company information is a critical challenge in today's enterprise. Find out how Microsoft's Enterprise Mobility Suite enables allows you to enable your users, unify your environment, and protect your data.
    Deep dive topic: Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA)

    Date: April 15, 2016
    Time: 10:30-11:30 am CST
    Location: Skype for Business Webinar
    Register Online


    04/30/2016
    Cloud Saturday

    Attend Cloud Saturday to see first-hand how businesses and enterprises can leverage the cloud's abundance of resources and applications to outmaneuver, out-innovate, and outpace the competition. Cloud is a critical enterprise tool that should be at the heart of every IT strategy. Businesses are moving at migrating towards the Cloud, but still face challenges deciding which cloud architecture and platform is best suited for their business. Stop by the PLA booth during the show to say hello and ask about our Free Azure Cloud Assessment.


    Date: April 30
    Time: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
    Location: DeVry University, 1221 N Swift Rd, Addison, IL 60101
    Register online




    05/03/2016
    Improving Employee Productivity with Cloud Technologies
    For today's technology leaders, the cloud presents a unique opportunity to change how businesses operate and compete, making it a game changer for the enterprise. Join us on May 3rd at the Microsoft Technology Center as we discuss the most comprehensive set of productivity, collaboration, analytics, security, and compliance capabilities in Office 365. During the session we will also share how organizations are enabling their mobile work force with Microsoft's Enterprise Mobility Suite to enable users, unify their environment and protect their corporate data.

    Date: May 3rd, 2016
    Time: 9:00 - 11:30 am
    Location: Microsoft - 750 Town and Country Blvd. Suite 1000, Houston, TX 77024

    Register online

    05/11/2016
    iManage ConnectLive
    The iManage user conference is all about creating connections. Between customers and partners. Between professionals in the legal and other industries. Between those that are working with advanced technology - using it everyday in the service of their clients - and others that are still searching for solutions to important issues in their businesses. At the event, we'll explore those solutions in more than 25 educational sessions across Business, Technical and Developer tracks. We'll talk about industry trends and how to address them. We'll get real with people that have already implemented. And we'll discuss the concerns of those that haven't.

    Date: May 11th at 11:00 am - May 12, 2016 at 5:00 pm
    Location: Marriott Magnificent Mile, 540 North Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
    Register online

    05/23/2016
    Microsoft Charity Golf Outing
    Microsoft’s 2016 Summer Charity Golf Tournament Benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Indianapolis.

    Date: May 23, 2016
    Time: 10:30 am - 6:00 pm
    Location: The Sagamore Club | 10900 Golden Bear Way | Noblesville, IN 46060

    Contact Sarah Doppelberger at sdoppelberger@projectleadership.net for more information

    05/24/2016
    Citrix Synergy
    Are you attending Citrix Synergy in Las Vegas the week of May 24-26th? We would love to connect with you during the conference. Reach out to Pete Petersen ppetersen@projectleadership.net for more information.

    Date: May 24-26, 2016
    Location: The Venetian | The Palazzo | Sands Expo

    05/26/2016
    Security Roundtable
    ILTA recently released the "living document" ILTA Peer - Security Best Practices, which provides pertinent and usable information about security in the legal community. The topics are comprehensive and vary from admin rights to social engineering, regulatory compliance and privacy. All of us are already dealing with most of these topics, or need to address them sooner rather than later. The document and this open discussion on the risk and information security landscape will help. Participants will learn from one another as we all share what we're currently dealing with, our concerns and what we expect next in the ever-changing security world. You'll have the opportunity to meet and mingle with your peers as you bring your questions and answers to the table for what is sure to be a lively conversation. We hope to see you there!

    Lunch sponsor: Project Leadership Associates
    Date: Thursday, May 26, 2016
    Time: 12:00 - 2:00 PM PST
    Location: Wendel Rosen Black & Dean, LLP, 1111 Broadway, 24th Floor, Oakland, CA 94607
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    06/07/2016
    Webinar: IT's Secret Weapon (because your job is hard enough)

    As much as IT executives would like to find a way to simplify their environments while staying ahead of users who expect high-performance, they rarely have the data related to device, platform, applications and usage needed to make informed decisions about the most effective strategy for end-user computing.

    Join this webinar for a live demonstration of AppSense Insight and learn how it can help you:
    •Separate actionable endpoint data from the noise and track critical KPIs
    •Reduce desktop management costs through informed decision making
    •Ensure endpoint security and identify suspicious behavior
    To learn more about AppSense Insight, visit www.appsense.com/insight.



    Date: June 7, 2016
    Time: 12:00 pm CST
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    06/08/2016
    SharePoint|Office 365 Symposium
    Join us for ILTA's two-day symposium that is the perfect blend of SharePoint and Office 365 for legal technology professionals. SharePoint and Office 365 - the perfect blend! Many law firms are looking for ways to leverage both SharePoint and Office 365, and this year's Symposium will explore the business value of these platforms. Hear from vendors, ILTA members and subject-matter experts during this two-day event that will have a track dedicated to SharePoint and a track for Office 365.

    Date: June 8-9, 2016
    Location: Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel, 202 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
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    06/14/2016
    Citrix Synergy Unplugged 2016 - Chicago
    Join us at Synergy Unplugged 2016, a PLA & Citrix sponsored event and get on the path to a mobility-transformed business. During this informative event we will share the latest pertinent announcements and Citrix vision and showcase the solutions that enable a secure, flexible and mobile workspace for your workforce.

    Date: June 14, 2016
    Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
    Location: Project Leadership Associates, 120 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60603
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    06/15/2016
    Webinar: Effective strategies for managing work product to ensure user productivity and data compliance


    Join Project Leadership Associates (PLA) and iManage for an informative webinar to learn how to store your emails, documents and other forms of work product in a centralized repository where you can easily organize, share, find and govern such content. An iManage subject matter expert will provide a demo of the latest features and enhancement to the iManage platform and discuss best practices on how organizations can leverage technology to ensure high levels of user productivity and governance of sensitive information.

    We will wrap up the session with "valuable lessons from the field" presented by iManage partner, PLA. PLA has been a partner with iManage for over 23 years, assisting law firms and corporate legal departments with their document management needs. Document management expert, Terry Sykes will share some of his experiences working with customers to identify the business requirements that are driving the need to upgrade their existing document management platform.

    Date: June 15, 2016
    Time: 11:00 am CST
    Location: Online
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    06/15/2016
    Citrix Synergy Unplugged 2016 - Houston
    Join us at Synergy Unplugged 2016, a PLA & Citrix sponsored event and get on the path to a mobility-transformed business. During this informative event we will share the latest pertinent announcements and Citrix vision and showcase the solutions that enable a secure, flexible and mobile workspace for your workforce.

    Date: June 15, 2016
    Time:11:30 am - 1:30 pm
    Location: The Capital Grille, 5365 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77056
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