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Cloud IT Live: Watch All 9 Sessions Today


June 30, 2016

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Two days and four-and-a-half hours of presentations, panels, and live demos later and it’s finally a wrap! The first-ever Cloud IT Live was an enormous success.

We’d like to thank all of the attendees, speakers, and sponsors who spent their time with us over the past few days.

With more than 1,500 attendees from around the world, Cloud IT Live was the largest online event we’ve ever held, and it was certainly one of the largest online IT events in the world–if not the largest.

Cloud IT Live is already the definitive online event for IT professionals, but that’s not stopping us from digesting your feedback and working hard to create a truly world-class IT conference–all online, all for free.

Before you dive into the session recordings, we wanted to answer some FAQs:

Will Cloud IT Live happen again?

Cloud IT Live will be back sometime later this year. We haven’t set a date yet, but it will likely be toward the end of 2016.

If you are interested in speaking or sponsoring the next Cloud IT Live event, or if you have suggestions for potential topics or ideas about how we can make the event even better next time, please contact us at We make sure to respond to every email we receive.

Can I share this link with my friends and colleagues?

Yes, of course! In fact, we encourage you to share it with as many people as possible. 🙂

When will we know if we won any of the prizes?

If you are one of the four winners, you will know by July 8th at the latest!

Watch all nine Cloud IT Live sessions below:

Why Are There Still So Many Jobs? The History and Future of Workplace Automation


About this Session

Why, despite two centuries of rapid automation, are there still so many jobs left in the world–and in rich countries in particular? Dr. David Autor, acclaimed MIT economist, researcher, and popular speaker will explore the history and future of workplace automation in this hour-long online event. David, who was most recently featured on the Freakonomics podcast and NPR, offers an optimistic and non-apocalyptic argument for why automation and artificial intelligence, far from making us irrelevant, will make our working and leisure lives more interesting, productive, and ultimately prosperous.

Shining a Spotlight on Shadow IT Through Automation


About this Session

With a constant influx of SaaS applications, it may seem like reining in shadow IT is impossible. There’s only so much time in a day, after all. But with today’s technology, there are automation strategies that you can use to conquer shadow IT without stunting your employees’ productivity. In fact, these techniques, as shared by the State of Colorado’s Director of Google Operations Brandon Williams, can actually increase your control and enhance your employees’ abilities to use and choose the applications they want.

Stories from the Wild: MacGyvering Workflow and Automation in the Cloud


About this Session

Automation is the next frontier for productivity tools. And while tools and IT departments may not be quite ready yet–the users aren’t waiting. They are moving forward, using creative new ways to automate repetitive work with custom, API-based solutions and third-party tools like IFTTT and Azuqua. Vendors and IT teams need to get on board or risk getting left behind.

Watch Alex Vorobiev and Dillon and Darren Brady to learn about the automation problems Smartsheet customers are trying to solve, and how the Smartsheet professional services team is helping them do that.

Foolproofing Your Email Security & Compliance: Encryption, Access Control, and Data Loss Prevention


About this Session

Regardless of your business, human error is one of your biggest data security and compliance threats. As cloud adoption increases, administrators face complex challenges to ensure that sensitive information is always protected. That’s why having the proper policies, procedures, and technology in place is a must.

Watch Will Ackerly, Founder & CTO of Virtru, along with Mark Johnson, Apps Administrator at the State of Maryland, discuss the importance of a user-centric approach to email and file encryption.

Harnessing the Power of Google Apps Script and Cloud SQL


About this Session

Google Forms and Sheets are great for collecting data, but what happens if you need to edit data and create a customized experience for your business? In this one-of-a-kind session, Google Developer Expert James Ferreira will teach you how to use Google Apps Script and Cloud SQL to assemble a scalable web application to work with data for your enterprise. Included in the course are several templates and libraries allowing even a novice Apps Scripter to spin up an amazing project.

Free Template Downloads: Data Model Spreadsheet & Data Model UI

Taking Control: The Importance and Possibilities of Automated User Lifecycle Management


About this Session

It’s time to take control of the user lifecycle. Improper provisioning processes can waste time and money while deprovisioning people the wrong way can be costly–in more ways than one. There’s no reason why it should take you hours to add or remove a single user (or even hundreds of users) from your organization. What if instead of manual processes you could build workflows that automate the entire process for you, all while eliminating mistakes?

In this session, BetterCloud Senior Product Manager Nate Collum takes you through several use cases for automated user lifecycle management.

IT Pro 2.0: The Next Generation of Problem Solvers


About this Session

For too long IT professionals have been relegated to mundane workflows, working to support technology instead of being supported by technology. A new wave of IT professionals is emerging, focused on solving problems with real business impact. Embrace automation to free yourself of technology’s monotony and become a strategic thinker. Whether you are proactively discovering new technologies or even creating it yourself, it’s time for you to enhance your value as an IT professional and become an internal IT entrepreneur.

Kevin Liu, Cloud Deployment Specialist and Partner Manager at Avalon Solutions, works with global brands to transform IT from cost centers to innovators.

Automating 3 Critical Data Protection Functions


About this Session

Regardless of where you are on your cloud migration journey, there are three data protection practices that you must consider to ensure your critical business information is safe and always available. SaaS providers like Google and Microsoft deliver high levels of availability, security, and resiliency, but you are still responsible for managing user access, defining data security policies, and implementing proper backup and recovery.

Watch as Mat Hamlin, Director of Products at Spanning by EMC, gives an educational presentation about protecting your company’s most valuable resource: your data.

Cloud IT Live Roundtable Review


About this Session

In this “Talking Dead” style roundtable, four IT professionals (and friends) will discuss the highlights of the first-ever Cloud IT Live event. Collectively, this roundtable brings a wealth of knowledge and ideas to the table that will be applicable to any IT professional who wants to take their career to the next level.

Watch Colin McCarthy (Associate IT Director, North America, Essence), Justine Bienkowski (IT Manager, Buzzfeed), Dave Kaminsky (Customer Success Manager, Qumulo, Inc.), and Tim Burke (Director of IT, BetterCloud) discuss a variety of IT-related topics and strategies.