#ITWCchats – The Windows Server migration chat recap– Sponsored by HP

Updated 4:13 pm E.S.T. We just finished another lively discussion with quite a few channel partners in the mix to share their opinions on the migration. A special thanks to our guest experts who contributed to the chat. Has your organization started the migration yet? If not, you might want to scroll down and read on why these channel leaders believe you should start now! Tune in to our next Twitter chat on Apr. 30, 12-1 pm E.S.T.!

This summer, Windows Server 2003 is facing its end of extended support date and will no longer be updated or patched by Microsoft. With 40 per cent of Canada’s server install base running on the aged operating system, there’s a huge turnover about to take place as businesses rush to meet compliance standards and avoid security gaps that could put them at risk. Canada’s channel community will play a key role in facilitating the migration to an updated infrastructure and we’re talking about how to capitalize on it.Join us on Mar. 26, 12-1 PM EST on Twitter, at the hashtag #ITWCchats. This chat is part of the exciting build-up to CDN’s Top 100 event on April 15. This chat will be hosted by our @CompDealerNews account.

We’ve got an all star line up of guest experts to give us a channel perspective on migration:

Anthony Bartolo
Anthony Bartolo
Anthony Bartolo, a Technical Evangelist for Microsoft, is responsible for educating and assisting the IT professional community in creating efficiencies and understanding best practices.  Anthony accomplishes this through knowledge transfers addressing the enablement of Microsoft offered services within said IT Professionals respected organizations. Anthony regularly conducts conversations on Twitter (@wirelesslife) and frequently submits posts to CANITPRO.NET.

John Weigelt, CTO, Microsoft Canada
John Weigelt
John Weigelt leads Microsoft Canada’s strategic policy and technology efforts. John helps business and governments innovate with technology while avoiding the unintended consequences that might arise. He leads Canadian outreach for economic development, privacy, security, critical infrastructure protection, government 3.0, accessibility, environmental sustainability and interoperability. A strategic thinker with almost 25 years’ experience in cyber assurance, John has contributed to the development of international standards and guidelines, government policies, national strategies, provincial and federal legislation. John will be tweeting from his account @Thumbtackhead.

Deonis Morozenco, HP server specialist, Insight Canada
Denis Morozenco
Denis Morozenco is an HP Server & Storage Specialist at Insight Canada. Denis will be tweeting from his account @InsightTSG.

Donald Bauer
Don Bauer
Don Bauer, co-founder of Itergy, is an IT Professional with over fourteen years of experience in the large enterprise IT industry. He currently manages the Solutions Group, and he is acting as a strategic advisor on Identity & Access Management with large corporations and Microsoft. On behalf of some of the largest IT firms in the world, Don has been providing architecture and design consulting services for the last ten years to global enterprise customers. Don will be taking part from his Twitter account @bauerdon.

Join us on Mar. 26, 12-1 PM EST on Twitter, at the hashtag #ITWCchats. If this is your first time participating, check out this video on how to take part in a Twitter chat. The questions are listed below so you can start thinking about what you might want to tweet about. Hope to see you there and happy tweeting!

Q1 Many businesses in Canada still haven’t migrated. What’s keeping them? #ITWCchats

Q2 The migration will provide a significant sales opportunity for channel partners. How can they capitalize on that? #ITWCchats

Q3  What are the biggest challenges that channel partners face with customers and migration? What can they do to prepare? #ITWCchats

Q4 What advice would you give to channel partners on tackling the large increase in volume of customers and service demands? #ITWCchats

Q5 What can channel partners do to encourage enterprises to migrate before the deadline? #ITWCchats

Q6 Will organizations need to migrate their applications as well? How can channel partners help support this? #ITWCchats

Q7 What do companies need to consider before upgrading through one migration path versus another? #ITWCchats

Q8 Do you predict that the majority of Canadian enterprises will migrate by July 14? If they don’t, do they face any penalties? #ITWCchats

Q9 With the impending migration, is this a better time than any for businesses to move to cloud that haven’t? Why or why not? #ITWCchats

Q10 What are the benefits of upgrading to a more modern server OS? What challenges arise by not upgrading? #ITWCchats

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