Techstravaganza 2014 History

Techstravaganza 2014
On this page you can find info about the sessions and sponsors that we had for the 2014 New York Techstravaganza that was held on March 21st, 2014.


The NYC Techstravaganza would not exist without our sponsors. During the event please stop by our sponsor booths to see what great products and services these companies have to offer.

MVP LogoKemp Technologies






Microsoft Latest 1x










We thank our additional sponsors, booth sponsors, for their commitment to insuring the success of the event.


The following sessions were planned for the Techstravaganza. Not all of the sessions have abstracts and speaker bios.


PowerShell Track Sessions

Track Sponsored by


SAPIEN Technologies is out to make Windows administrative tasks – whether you’re scripting, working with databases, working with XML, or related technologies – simpler. We offer more than just software: We give you more than 20 years of experience, best-in-class software applications, authoritative books, supportive communities, and real-world training. It’s everything you need to learn new technologies, advance your skills in existing technologies, and work more effectively and more efficiently. For more information and to download free trials, go to


Exchange Track Sessions

Track Sponsored by

Kemp Technologies

KEMP Technologies is the #1 Price/Performance Load Balancer for Microsoft Workloads and it fully supports Microsoft’s key unified communications and enterprise productivity solutions. An easy-to-use interface coupled with intuitive deployment guides help to speed the deployment of numerous Microsoft applications in enterprise and managed service provider environments. As a Microsoft-approved solution, LoadMaster is optimized to provide high availability and application traffic acceleration for platforms including Exchange, Lync, SharePoint, ADFS, IIS, Dynamics and Remote Desktop Services. For more information and to download a free trial, go to


Windows Track Sessions


SharePoint Track Sessions


IT Camp Track Session

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Step-By-Step to building a business for Technology Professionals and Students Ever thought about trying your hand at writing an application in an attempt to start making some side cash? Even if you have not touched any code since college more than a decade ago, this class is for you!!! This event is designed by IT professionals for IT Professionals and students. Come to learn how you can get started building your very own development business on free tools and resources from Microsoft. We will dive into how you (an IT Professional or Student) can get started in building your first Windows Store application. No prior development experience required. Special Thanks to Microsoft for sponsoring this session!!!!

More Details and conditions at

Presented By

Jesus Aguilar
Dan Stolts
Joshua Drew

What’s included?

* Free BizSpark Account – Includes $150 a month of Windows Azure for 3 full years – some restrictions apply J

* Free MSDN Subscription (same as TechNet + Developer Tools) to be used in for your new business.

* Free Training

* Free Lunch

* Free Ongoing Support

* Free Collaboration Channels


Perquisites – Open to the public

To participate in the workshop you need the following at a minimum:

To participate in the workshop AND publish an app you need the following:

To participate in the workshop AND participate in the GoDeep you need the following:

  • Computer running Windows 8.1
  • Visual Studio 2013

Please take a look at the Windows Store App Installation page for details and download links.

Mac users only: Boot Camp, Parallels Desktop, VirtualBox or VMWare Fusion


Agenda (8am-9am preconfiguration) {timeline subject to change}

8:00am – BizSpark Accounts and Setup

Activate BizSpark and Windows Azure Account (if not already done)

Setting Up Your Development Environment {Josh}

9:00am – Becoming An Entrepreneur

Build Your Business While You Build Your Career {Dan}

10:00am – Developing for Windows

Best Practices

Windows Ecosystem

Example Apps & Starter Kits

11:00am – Introduction to Windows Phone App Studio


11:30pm – Hands On

Start Building with Windows Phone App Studio

Team workshop / App idea generation

12:00pm – Working Lunch

Let’s Build Our Apps – Lunch provided (probably pizza and soda)

1:30pm – GoDeep! Visual Studio Code Walkthrough

Application Workshop 102 Enhancing your App with Visual Studio

2:30pm – Windows Azure

Websites, Data & Cost etc.

3:30pm – Let’s Get Published!!!

Store Submission

Marketing Releases

Minimum viable product

4:30pm – What’s Next

Realizing Your Vision / Wrap up




Speaker Bio


JoshuaJoshua Drew – Senior Technical Evangelist, Microsoft

Joshua Drew is a Senior Technical Evangelist for Microsoft where he is responsible for promoting the development across the Windows ecosystem all over New England. Joshua focuses on Windows 8 and Windows Phone application and gaming development using native languages, such as C# or hybrid development using HTML5/JavaScript. As an evangelist, Joshua works with professional developers and students at workshops and on-premise events to help develop apps and games along with providing guidance on user experience design, marketing and promotion.

Joshua has been working in the digital agency field for over 15 years. Whether he was managing a team of developers or architecting a client engagement, his client first attitude and willingness to teach provided success in his career. During this time he has helped clients such as Delta Air Lines, Kraft Foods, Lexus Automotive, Wells Fargo, Dunkin Donuts and more, launch digital products online. Projects include eCommerce sites for Nestle Waters and Readers Digest to Facebook apps for Unilever Brands and CVS Pharmacy. His technology skill set includes C#/.NET, Java, PHP and iOS development along with client facing technologies such as JavaScript and HTML5. When Joshua is not playing with technology gadgets or tinkering with code he is coaching his girls in Soccer and Lacrosse or watching his son play Football. He lives in Newtown Connecticut which provides excellent proximity to Vermont. This allows him to sneak up to the snowy mountains where you can find him on the black diamonds or partaking in apres after a long day.

JesusJesus Aguilar – Technical Evangelist, Microsoft

Jesus Aguilar is a Technical Evangelist at Microsoft. He is focused on Windows Azure as well as Modern App development. Prior to his current role, he was a development consultant working with some of Microsoft’s largest enterprise customers on their mission critical applications. Throughout his career he has fulfilled various roles such as solution architect, technology advisor, team lead and software engineer, in companies of all sizes and types, from top fortune 500 companies to small start-ups. He is passionate about development technology and you will catch his attention by using terms such as “Scalability”, “Concurrency”, “Design Patterns”, “Minimum Viable Product” and “Time to Market”.


PowerShell Track Abstracts


What’s new in SAPIEN Dr Ferdinand Rios

What’s new in SAPIEN for 2014. Learn about new products, books, training, and support from SAPIEN Technologies.

Production Catastrophes with Windows PowerShell (and how to avoid them) Tome Tanasovski

Enterprise outages are no joke. With the growing reliance on PowerShell as the engine to drive your infrastructure, there is increased risk for a script to be the cause of an outage or production problem. Join Tome as he shares war stories from the field and provides you with some helpful ways that you can mitigate this risk.

Desired State Configuration – Executable Documentation Steven Murawski

PowerShell v4 introduced us to Desired State Configuration, which is a declarative configuration management infrastructure. Declarative configuration management offers us an up-to-date view of the configuration and state of our servers in a way that previously was very fragile. In addition to providing a view of the configuration of the server, the artifacts produced by DSC (and other declarative configuration management tools) provide are executable by the configuration management engine on a server, allowing you to replicate that configuration wherever you need to.
In this session, join me as we explore how we can, using a PowerShell-based authoring language, build executable documentation to manage our Windows servers

Fantastic Formatting James Brundage

In this session, you’ll learn how to use the module EZOut to manipulate the PowerShelll types and formatting subsystem do things you’ve never thought possible. Learn how to write formatters that color-code output, query additional resources, generate web pages, and show up outside the console.

Win32 Interop in PowerShell Adam Driscoll

Being built on the .NET runtime, PowerShell has access to almost everything you will need to work with the Microsoft operating system and the components that run within it. Occasionally, cmdlets nor .NET can provide the desired functionality. This is when we can turn to Win32 interop using P\Invoke. During this session we will take a step-by-step approach and tackle the complexity involved in working with native interfaces. You will learn what P\Invoke is, when it’s applicable and where to find resources to make it easier for the non-programmer.

Speaker Bios


Ferdinand RiosDr. Ferdinand Rios – CEO Sapien

Ferdinand Rios is the founder and CEO of Sapien. Sapien makes a few Powershell products including Primal Script, Powershell training materials, and iPowershell, but it’s Primal Forms that is the product that the NYC PowerShell User Group seems to talk about at every meeting we’ve had. By far the easiest to use .Net Winform creator out there for Powershell.

Tome TanasovskiTome Tanasovski – MVP PowerShell

Tome is a Windows engineer for a market-leading global financial services firm in New York City. He is the founder and leader of the New York City PowerShell User group, a blogger, and a regular contributor to Microsoft’s Windows PowerShell forum. In 2011 he became a cofounder of the NYC Techstravaganza, coauthored the Windows PowerShell Bible, and received the title of Honorary Scripting Guy from the Hey Scripting Guy! blog. Tome has also received the MVP award from Microsoft for the last three years in Windows PowerShell.

Steven Murawski

Bio was not available.

James Brundage

James Brundage is the co-founder of the first PowerShell consultancy, Start-Automating. He was a member of the Windows PowerShell Team during all of the development of V2, and developed the PowerShellPack, a collection of modules that shipped with the Windows 7 Resource Kit. The PowerShellPack includes WPK, the premiere UI building toolkit for PowerShell & WPF. James is also the founder of the original Script Club @ Microsoft.

Adam Driscoll

Bio was not available.


Exchange Track Abstracts


Exchange Server 2013 Architecture Brian Day

Abstract was not available.

Deep Dive into DAGs in Exchange 2013 SP1 Prabhat Nigam


Exchange Server 2013 Architecture Kamal Abburi

Abstract was not available.

Cloud computing and Application Delivery with Windows Azure and KEMP Bhargav Shukla

As hybrid and public cloud implementations with Windows Azure become increasingly important for enterprises, understanding the benefits of this platform and the value that KEMP Technologies’ application delivery solutions provide is key to successful implementations. Learn how to get the most out of your existing applications by moving them to Azure and how to deliver the best possible UX to your customers. Join the application delivery experts at KEMP Technologies and watch their live demo on how to give your Windows Azure project a boost.

Be a Master of the Cloud for Exchange Ben Serebin

Learn about the various cloud offerings for Exchange Server. From basic hosted Exchange to “Cloud” style Exchange to Exchange natively running in Azure and AWS. Can you mix and match cloud products to create the ultimate Cloud solution? Come to this session and learn all about it. We will also address many of your questions about the 3rd party tools support and how to solve them in a Cloud fashion. Rain or Shine this Cloud session is happening.


Speaker Bios


Brian Day – Senior Program Manager on Exchange Customer Adoption Team with Microsoft

Brian Day is a senior program manager at Microsoft and a former Exchange MVP whom has been working with Exchange for well over a decade. In Brian’s current role on the Exchange Customer Adoption Team he spends much of his time helping customers overcome technically and politically challenging hurdles as they adopt Exchange for the first time or are deploying upgrades. Brian then uses these interactions to work directly with many members of the Exchange engineering teams to unblock the most highly requested or highly complex scenarios for Exchange on-premises and Exchange Online deployments.

Prabhat NigamPrabhat Nigam – Microsoft MVP [Exchange]

Prabhat has a MBA in Information Technology and he is working as an Architect for Microsoft Technologies where he helps in designing, implementing and managing solutions of private messaging cloud, mergers, collaboration between different messaging software and other migration & deployment projects. He manages the Presales Exchange and Directory services for his company. He also helps in writing and testing the Exchange requirement to other companies. Recently he did an Exchange 2003 to 2013 migration for 2000 users. He has worked for big IT giants WIPRO, EDS and IBM where he has lead the Global team for Exchange and Active Directory. He has started his career as Technical Consultant in Exchange 5.5 with Microsoft PSS and his exchange love never stopped & continued with 2000/2003/2007/2010/2013. At one point of time he was the only person to support EDS customers when Microsoft had closed all the supports for 5.5. He has visited to Australia, Switzerland, Spain, France, Canada & USA. He manages the website – (Learn Exchange The Guru Way), LinkedIn Groups “Microsoft Exchange Server” and “Microsoft Exchange Server 2013”. The website and LinkedIn groups have more than 500 subscribers worldwide and he always find free time to help their subscribers with questions and issues with their exchange environment. He also reply to the queries on TechNet blog. During his personal time he plays tennis, soccer, and tennis, and enjoys watching cricket and 3D movies. He can be reached at

KamalKamal Abburi – Premier Field Engineering, Microsoft

Kamal Abburi is a Premier Field Engineer for Microsoft based in the New York/New Jersey region supporting customers improve their IT health, drive successful deployments, improve service availability by delivering Proactive Services like Workshops, Health Checks, Risk Assessments and Reactive Services like on-site support, troubleshooting and Problem Prevention. He is a frequent speaker at local Exchange user groups and technology events. He worked in the IT Industry for 15 years on various Microsoft Technologies primarily helping Enterprise customers with Exchange and Office 365 deployments, migrations and training.

Bhargav ShuklaBhargav Shukla – Director of Product Research and Innovation, KEMP Techonologies

Bhargav Shukla is Director of Product Research and Innovation at KEMP Technologies. Bhargav looks after product roadmap for KEMP LoadMaster portfolio. Bhargav comes from Microsoft centric background and is one of very few Lync and Exchange MCMs who also holds Exchange 2013 MCSM certification. Bhargav is always keen to engage with technical communities and was awarded Microsoft MVP award in 2014 as a result of his community contributions.

Ben SerebinBen Serebin – Founder/President of NYExUG and Principal Consultant w/REEF Solutions

Has been in the IT industry for almost 2 decades with an interest and educational background in finance. Specialty is Exchange Server and Technology Solutions for Start-Ups. Strong believer in Exchange Server productivity enhancements due to the financial benefits. Founded and runs NY Exchange User Group, and is on the board of Techstravaganza and NYCwireless. In his free time, he likes working with network infrastructure, access control systems, pretty much anything security related including Tor, his dog(s) running in a degraded RAID 1 config currently (Labrador Retrievers), and RC heli’s/cars.


Windows Track Abstracts


Automation with System Center : What’s new in Orchestrator, and Service Management Automation (SMA) Overview Bruno Saille

After a quick reminder of general use cases for automation and looking back at recent updates on Orchestrator, this session will dive into the new Service Management Automation (SMA) feature in Orchestrator : Overview, how it fits in the portfolio, positioning, use cases, best practices and learnings.

Cloud OS: Windows Server 2012 R2 Fazal Raza

Windows Server 2012 is a truly a Cloud OS, In this session we will talk about how Windows Server 2012 combine with System Center 2012 make up the backbone engine of Cloud OS. Discuss new capabilities of Windows Server 2012 Server Virtualization and Widows Azure Pack which delivers one consistence platform experience on-premises and off-premises.

Windows Devices Ilya Gurtenboim

Abstract was not available.

Azure: Infrastructure as a service Vadim Sigalov

Abstract was not available.

What’s new in Windows Server 2012 R2 Desktop Virtualization? Eric Schroder

Abstract was not available.


Speaker Bios


KamalBruno Saille – Senior Program Manager, Windows Server and System Center CAT team, Microsoft

Bruno is a senior Program Manager in the Windows Server and System Center engineering group at Microsoft, and has been part of Microsoft for the last 15 years. As a member of the Customer, Architecture and Technologies (CAT) team, he focuses on customer and community insights (including product feedback and deployment validation), product/solution adoption (including early adopters programs and sharing learnings on latest technologies) and knowledge delivery (including blogging and gap-filing tools/solutions, published on the Building Clouds blog). Prior to joining the engineering team last year, he has been a System Engineer for 8 years, in both France and in the US. As part of this previous role, he initially started working on Systems Management, and then expanded on Windows Server, Virtualization and Private Cloud – covering topics and technologies like Windows Server, Virtualization, Deployment and Compliance, Monitoring, Backup and Restore, Automation and Orchestration, IT Service Management, and self-service. Bruno was born and raised in France before moving to the US three years ago.

Fazal Raza – Senior Premier Field Engineer, Microsoft.

Fazal Raza is a Senior Premier Field Engineer works for Microsoft, based out of New York / New Jersey region. Fazal supports Failover Cluster, Hyper-V, Windows Azure Pack and SCVMM Technologies. Fazal help Microsoft premier customers stay healthy by delivering Risk Assessments, Health Checks and other proactive & reactive services. Apart from the above he also review the design, architecture and drive deployment of above technologies. Fazal is North America Microsoft Premier Field Engineer lead for Virtualization and Failover Clusters. He is been with Microsoft for 6 years and worked in IT industry for 13 years focusing on Microsoft technologies.

Ilya Gurtenboim

Bio was not available.

Vadim Sigalov

Bio was not available.

Eric Schroder

Bio was not available.


SharePoint Abstracts


Office 365: A SharePoint view Joe Speziale

An overview of the SharePoint Online component of Office 365.

SharePoint 2013 and Exchange Server 2013 Integration Prashant Nayak

Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 includes many features that integrate with Microsoft SharePoint 2013. In this session we will discuss solutions for deploying Exchange Server 2013 and SharePoint Server 2013 together, including e-Discovery, high-resolution user photos, unified contact store, site mailboxes, Exchange task synchronization. Discuss core Exchange 2013 concepts and internals like Architecture, AutoDiscover and EWS. Learn tips and tricks on configuring and taking advantage of the integration between the products.

SQL and SharePoint: Best Practices Simon Facer

Abstract was not available.

SharePoint 2013 Search Architecture, Sizing and Migration in SharePoint 2013 – deep dive! Sowmyan Chullikkattil

This session will do a deep dive of the architecture, sizing and migration solutions in SharePoint 2013.

Data Visualization in SharePoint 2013 Overview Becky Isserman

In this session we will discuss various Business Intelligence Tools, such as PerformancePoint, PowerView, and PowerPivot. We will answer a series of important questions, such as which tools requires analysis services? Which tool is dependent on SQL Services Reporting Services? What are the minimum hardware requirements for each tool? In the end we will look at some dashboards built in each tool type and discuss scenarios for each tools use. In the end attendees should understand the difference between each tool, the dependencies, and how each tool is applicable in the real world.


Speaker Bios


Joe Speziale – Sharepoint Premier Field Engineer

Joe Speziale is a Sharepoint Premier Field Engineer who is responsible for providing proactive and reactive services to a variety of premier customers. He travels from customer site to customer site based on need and demand. He was hired through the college hire program (MACH) in February of 2011 and started as a Support Engineer in Charlotte, NC. He currently resides in Hoboken, NJ. He has an A.S. in Computer Science from Manor College and a B.S. in Management Information Systems from University of South Florida.

Prashant Nayak

Bio was not available.

Simon Facer

Bio was not available.

Sowmyan Chullikkattil

Sowmyan is a Senior Premier Field Engineer and Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM) in SharePoint. He is based in the New York/New Jersey region supporting customers improve their IT health, drive successful deployments, improve service availability by delivering Proactive Services like Workshops, Health Checks, Risk Assessments and Reactive Services like on-site support, troubleshooting and Problem Prevention. He worked in the IT Industry for 10 years on various Microsoft Technologies primarily helping Enterprise customers with SharePoint deployments, migrations and training.

Becky Isserman

Becky has been a SharePoint developer and consultant since 2005, architecting out-of-the-box and custom-developed solutions for multiple clients in federal and commercial verticals. Her love of technology began at the St Louis Science Center, which she would visit just to use the Kid Pix, Eliza and hangman programs on their computers. At age 15 she started building websites in AOLPress and then notepad. She is active in the New York City Developer Community and is a frequent speaker at events and user groups, from the Microsoft SharePoint Conference to SharePoint Saturdays. She was named a Microsoft SharePoint Server MVP in 2011 and 2012, and has helped run SharePoint Saturday New York City since 2010. She currently works for BlueMetal Architects as a Senior SharePoint Engineer. You can contact Becky through her blog at or

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