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Join us at the Crayon + Microsoft Roadshow

You’re invited to attend the Crayon + Microsoft Roadshow. A 2-day event where you will learn how to build a high-performance IT practice with Crayon and Microsoft using AI.

This is a 2-day event designed for both the business owner/decision maker and the technical-minded within your business:

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6-7 September 2023
Brisbane CBD and Microsoft Office - BNE

12-13 September 2023
Microsoft Office, Southbank

19-20 September 2023
Adelaide Zoo
17-18 October 2023
QT Hotel Perth


Day 1 – Designed for Business Executives

  • Morning Session: Tech For Good Masterclass - How to develop business in the non-profit sector.
  • Afternoon Session: Hear direct from Microsoft around the Future of Data and AI and hear from Crayon about how we can help you build a high-performing IT practice with AI.
  • Followed by afternoon networking with drinks and nibbles.

Day 2 – Designed for Technical-Minded

  • Full Day Technical Workshops with sessions covering Dynamics 365, Power Platform, Azure and Microsoft 365 Security.

See below for a detailed agenda for the 2-day event. 

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    Program of Events 

    DAY 1 - Business Executives
    Morning Session
    9:15 am - 9:30 am
    Welcome and Registration
    9:30 am - 11:00 am
    (1) Tech for Good vision and why engage Crayon
    (2) Dispelling the myth of Non-profit being a zero sum game
    (3) Building a better toolkit for our Non-profits
    (4) Recession-proofing our most important customers with technology

    11:00 am - 11:15 am Break
    11:15 am - 11:35 am
    Tech For Good Partner Case study
    11:35 am - 12:00 pm Microsoft TSI program, enablement & incentives. How to activate your business
    12:00 pm - 12:10 pm Closing remarks

    Afternoon Session
    12:10 pm - 1:30 pm
    Lunch and Welcome/Registration for Afternoon Attendee's
    1:30 pm - 1:50 pm MS Keynote Address: The Future of Data and AI
    1:50 pm - 2:20 pm AI Through the Lens of Azure
    2:20 pm - 2:50 pm
    Why AI is only the Tip of the Iceberg in the Business Applications market
    2:50 pm - 3:20 pm Preparing for the future of Microsoft AI and Microsoft 365 CoPilot
    3:20 pm - 3:30 pm Wrap Up and Closing Comments
    3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Networking Drinks


    DAY 2 - Technical Workshops
    Click here to download a more detailed agenda so you can understand what you can expect to learn in each session.

    8:30 am - 9:00 am
    Welcome and Registration
    Session 1
    9:00 am - 10:30 am Biz Apps Technical Enablement: How to Navigate and Leverage AI in Business Applications
    10:30 am - 10:45 am Break
    Session 2
    10:45 am - 12:45 pm
    Azure Technical EnablementThe Future of VDI enablement with Azure Virtual Desktop
    12:45 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch Break
    Session 3
    1:30 pm - 3:30 pm M365 Security Technical Enablement: How to use Microsoft Compliance Manager and Data Loss Protection Policies
    3:30 pm - 3:45 pm Break
    3:45 pm - 5:00 pm M365 Security Technical Enablement: Data Sensitive Labels
    Eric Yun
    Presales Cloud Solutions Architect, Crayon

    James Buzzard
    Partner CTO, Microsoft

    Mark O'Shea
    MVP Windows For IT and Devices
    Eric Yun is a promoter/evangelist of Azure Cloud Computing as a Presales Cloud Solutions Architect.
    Helping on Designing, building, and optimizing Microsoft solutions based around Azure is one of his main responsibilities with the team at rhipe/crayon.
    His passion is advising customers on how rhipe/crayon's partner/customer can maximise their Azure investment with the right solutioning in a cost effectively.

    James is a Partner CTO and Technology Strategist. James works with Partners to help them strategically leverage the breadth and depth of the Microsoft portfolio for their clients. James has experience working in advisory firms, higher education and has run his own MSP. James has a diverse background, having trained in Neuroscience and worked as a chef in the past. Connect with James on LinkedIn.

    Mark O’Shea has been awarded Microsoft MVP status 12 times, with his focus being managing and securing devices with Microsoft 365 and Azure technologies. Mark previously worked at Microsoft across various partner and customer segments over a twenty-year period.

    John Hall-Watson
    Director, Business Applications, Crayon APAC
    Tim Shaw
    Architect for Partner - Business Applications, Microsoft
    Tovia Va'aelua
    VP Sales - Technology for Good (APAC), Crayon
    John has been working for 20+ years as a Business Development Manager, Channel BDM, National Practice Manager & State Manager focused on selling, marketing & managing teams across business software solutions to help clients achieve more and realise their business goals.
    His in-depth knowledge extends across ERP solutions incorporating Financials, Distribution, Warehousing, Supply Chain, Portals, Point-Of-Sale (Retail), CRM, Workflows, BI Reporting and Expense Management.

    His experience extends across Sage, Microsoft Dynamics GP, NAV, AX & 365 along with WMS solutions, Microsoft CRM, Oracle and various industry specific solutions.

    John is passionate about helping businesses find solutions to support their growth, expansion, goals along with improving their business processes.
    With over 26 years of experience in the Microsoft ecosystem, Tim is a highly skilled and passionate Business Applications Architect who designs and delivers superior business solutions using integrated Microsoft Dynamics 365 technologies and other Microsoft technologies. He works as a trusted advisor and a technical leader for partners and customers, helping them achieve their business goals and optimise their user experience.

    He has in-depth technical and product knowledge of Microsoft ERP and CRM technologies such as Dynamics 365 Business Central, Finance, Supply Chain, Sales, Customer Service, Project Operations and Field Service. He also has expertise in the Power Platform, Azure, Office 365, and SharePoint. By providing technical support, he helps partners to secure new opportunities, provide technical training and solve complex problems.
    Tovia Va’aelua entered the Information and [Communications] Technology Industry in 1998 as his first job graduating from University. Working with large corporations in the Tech Industry, Tovia has spent the majority of his Tech experience working with Microsoft both here in NZ and 9 years in the Philippines. It was here that he discovered his passion for working with under-served communities and using technology as a vehicle to solving some complex problems.

    Returning to New Zealand at the end of 2018, Tovia joined rhipe as the New Zealand Country Manager, being promoted shortly after to the Sales General Manager for Australasia with his most recent role as the General Manager for the Technology Advisory Group. All of these roles focused on helping Partners to build profitability and sustainability into their businesses.

    Over and above the new career, Tovia continued his passion of “giving back” by becoming the Chair of Pasifika in I.T. which is a Non-Profit organization that encourages South Pacific minority groups to join the tech industry and add more diversity to the talent pool. This has created more opportunity to take on other Social Good initiatives to help not only the local community but also the local and global markets as a whole.

    All this has played a critical part in Tovia heading into this new and exciting chapter as he sets his sights on leading the way for Crayon’s Environmental, Social and Governance practices locally in Asia Pacific.