Open Source, Red Hat integrated support and WordPress at Dog Food Conference 2016

October 2, 2016



Register for Dog Food Conference 2016 here.

As a systems administrator in the late 90s in southern California; I administered what my companies had implemented. Even though I was primarily a Windows, Novell and messaging administrator; I did daily tasks with AIX and AS/400 for many years. Most of the marketing departments used Apple desktops and Adobe products. Creativity was THE capital there; IT departments supported Apple desktops, period.

After joining Microsoft, I was attending an internal MS conference called TechReady in 2003. My teammate was a developer; and he was talking about a “Mono” session he attended. He thought it had the potential to be a game changer and went into details about the open source project. I found the PowerPoint from the session; and I was very interested. This technology later became Xamarin. I have respect and curiosity of many technologies; as disruption in IT is a constant.

Fast forward 13 years, and it is new a Microsoft. WordPress, Drupal, Red Hat hosted on Azure, PowerShell going Open Source, SQL on Linux, Xamarin etc.. The DogFoodCon speakers are consultants, MS program managers and passionate “geeks” from all over the country. The advantage of a conference is bringing people together in person; so I encourage you to talk with the speakers before or after their sessions.

As in year past; there will be many sessions on Windows 10, SQL, Dynamics CRM, .Net, TFS, Office 365, Azure, SharePoint and PowerShell

Some sessions I would like to highlight:




  • Jen Anderson, Red Hat
  • Abirami Iyer, MS
  • Single Sign on (SSO), Ticket Exchange, Co-Located Support Engineers, Integrated support operations and Governance model between Red Hat and Microsoft.
  • Deep-dive on lessons learned, customer feedback, trends, troubleshooting demo and best practices for using RHEL on Azure.
  • Jack Sinclair, MS
  • He has been working with Drupal, WordPress and Joomla since 2005.





Lastly I would like thank Cassandra Faris, Tony Milne and Trey Mayer for organizing the Dog Food Conference the last 2 years.  Any questions, please e-mail

We look forward to seeing you at this year’s conference!

Dog Food Conference Corp, a 501 (c) 6 non-profit.

Thank You all Dog Food Conference attendees!

October 12, 2015


** Meant to post before Dog Food 2015, apologies as this was written in the context from Dog Food 2008 – 2014**

Picture below: Travis Swank presenting on Unified Communications


Thank You Dog Food Conference attendees!!

You have taken off from work, met with us, brought your passion, curiosity and positive attitude. You make Dog Food Conference such an amazing gathering. Being an Ohio native and Midwest homer, I have been honored to chat with you in the hallways and listen to your feedback. It was humbling to see attendees from Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and all points in Ohio. The conference has grown; in 2008 there was 150 people for one day to 800 people over two days in 2014

I will be taking a break from organizing the Dog Food Conference for a couple of years. Cassandra Faris, Tony Milne, Trey Mayer, Mike Austin, Mario Fulan, Andrew Sloan and Bill Walker will now be running Dog Food 2015 going forward. The team has brought new energy, relationships and ways for it to evolve and stay relevant.

Huge thanks to DeVry University for giving us the space for free; we could not have founded the conference without you, PERIOD. From the beginning in 2008, we focused 100% on content, passionate speakers and relevant sessions. Two of classrooms fit only 10 people; but the topics were well received and let us cram in many sessions in the Microsoft & DeVry building

There were 2 main goals. One was to bring the speakers, best practices and product overviews to you once a year; versus traveling to the traditional conference locations of Orlando and Vegas. The other goal was to give back in knowledge and empower the 52 state agencies I covered in Ohio and Kentucky. Brian Cassidy, myself and Tony DiTullio made it a goal to over-educate and build trust with our awesome customers.

As I with Microsoft in 2008, I would go to training 2 weeks a year and my brain was crammed with ideas to share. It was challenging to have strategic discussions on the entire MS stack to my customers who located over 2 states. I feel that Dog Food accelerated these strategic IT discussions and had positive impact from IT product to community solution.

Moving Dog Food 2014 to a conference center was a financial risk, as the budget had tripled and asking for funds Dog Food was at an increased focus( Read: Tin cupping with huge amounts of desperation, guilt, reverse psychology, crying etc..and being a complete pest to MS partners) We somehow pulled it off in 2014. It ran in the red, we paid a portion out of personal funds and we learned how to better plan finances for next year.

For the conference going forward, change is the only thing that is permanent. Dog food will always have the Windows Server, Office 365, System Center, SharePoint, Dynamics, Skype, SQL, .Net and BI topics. I predict to see more sessions on Docker, Xamarin, ASP.NET 5.0, Adobe Creative Cloud, Chef, Suse Linux, and integration with iOS, Android with open source .Net.

Interesting points from Redmond magazine:

The Proof of the Software Pudding

Don’t believe me? Look at what Microsoft has been doing. In the year-and-a-half since Nadella has taken over as Microsoft’s CEO, the company has gone full throttle in its embrace of the open source community. Among some examples:

· Microsoft is in the process of supporting Docker containers and Kubernites container management on Windows and Azure.

· Azure clearly has become a multiplatform cloud. Indeed, 25 percent of Azure virtual machines (VM) are now running Linux. In addition, Azure now supports five Linux servers as VMs: CoreOS, CentOS, Oracle Linux, SUSE and Ubuntu.

· Windows gurus Mark Russinovich and Jeffrey Snover had starring roles at the recent Chef Software Inc. ChefConf 2015.

· Last year’s open sourcing of the Microsoft .NET Framework.

· Support for Android emulation in Windows.

· Microsoft hasn’t joined the Linux Foundation… yet. But, it has joined many open source consortiums such as: AllSeen Alliance, Internet of Things (IoT), OpenDaylight, software-defined networking; and the R Consortium, R language development. Microsoft also financially supports the Apache Software Foundation.



With the growth, Dog Food Conference was established as a 501 (C) 6 non-profit in 2014. So if you see more legal mumbo jumbo & tighter financial control, it was everyone’s best interest to protect all parties with more corporate structure and liability protection.

Thanks again to all attendees for coming year after year; we appreciate the trust and partnership! I am humbled and grateful to be part of the IT community and to build trust with so many of my former customers! It was always the attendees that made it a great conference.

~Danilo Casino, Dog Food co-founder

Dog Food 2015 and Sessions for IT Pros: ITIL, PowerShell, PKI and ADFS

October 2, 2015


Mario Fulan presenting at Dog Food 2009


     Dog Food Conference 2015 is back this year on October 7 and 8, 2015.  As always there a many sessions for systems administrators, PowerShell enthusiasts and IT Pros. 

Register at, there are still tickets left!

Key sessions for IT Pros:

1. Windows 10 end user analytics

     a. Tal Klein


2. Web Security, Whey the web is broken

     a. Bill Sempf


3. Azure Infrastructure as a Service

     a. Tony Sims


4. ITIL 101, just the facts ma’am

     a. Amber Wilson


5. PKI for Server 2012 R2

     a. Daniel Benway


6. ADFS & Azure

     a. Dustin Eastman


7. PowerShell, desired state configuration

     a. Mr. Ashley McGlone


8. Hyper V, migrating from VMware to Hyper V

     a. Andy Syrewicze


9. Always on Automation with PowerShell

     a. Troy Ault


10. Leave the file share, and join the enterprise content revolution

     a. Ryan Dennis


11. PowerShell for your SharePoint tool belt

     a. Brian Jackett


We hope to see you there!

CIO, IT manager, CRM and PMO sessions at Dog Food Conference 2014

September 1, 2014




     As any conference organizer will attest to; it is always a nice milestone to see the agenda for the Dog Food Conference to be finished. (Speaker conflicts do arise, so check the agenda before the conference)

     A goal of the Dog Food is for companies and organizations to leverage their MS and MS partner investments. We received feedback last year; that many of the sessions were too technical for IT managers and CIOs. 

     I wanted to highlight some sessions that CIOs, IT Managers, Project Managers should attend.

1. What is your Customer Hub? An overview on how to use Dynamics CRM to create a holistic overview of your customer relationships and to build trust, Bob Hogan.

2. Driving Value with Microsoft Premier Services in your IT organization for on premise and Office 365, Andrew Sloan.

3. Ten Non-SharePoint technical issues that can doom your implementation, Robert Bogue.

4. Detecting data loss is only half the story. Protecting information is the missing piece, Debra Banning.

5. Innovation empowering creativity, Mary Kaufmann.

6. Using Dynamics CRM to deliver a person-centered solution, Venu Edupuganti and Matt Curren.

7. Accelerating agile deployment by rethinking enterprise QA, Ben Blanquera.

8. Social collaboration with Yammer, Mike Austin.

9. Managing Dynamics ERP and CRM implementations, Diane Alsing.

10. How Veeam listens to the community. If it doesn’t exist, make it. Our path to innovation, Rick Vanover.

11. Project Server Resource Capacity Planning for Matrixed Organizations, Sean Pales

12. Next Generation Intranet – A Catalyst for Employee Engagement & Innovation, Joe Hartsel

     I wanted to say thank you to all the talented people who submitted talks this year. We had the most ever submissions in the history of the conference. The track owners were humbled with all the excellent submissions from around the country. As of September 1st, 2014; there are tickets remaining so please register soon!

      IT is still a contact sport and will always be built on relationships; so please come up and introduce yourself to me at the conference. As we stated many times over the last 6 years; there would be NO Dog Food Conference without the attendees!  See you there!

AvePoint presenting at Dog Food Conference 2013

October 18, 2013


AvePoint is honored to sponsor & speak at Dog Food Conference 2013



Stephen Hines, AvePoint Technical Solutions Professional will be presenting the following 3 topics over the 2 days:

Stephen Hines AvePoint


1. AvePoint Compliance Guardian: 


b. PII scanning for File shares, web apps and SharePoint, Federal 508 compliance


2. SharePoint Governance Automation:


b. With Governance Automation, organizations can provide Microsoft SharePoint as a service by automating the way users request configurable services including, but not limited to, the following offerings:

               i. SharePoint Content Management

               ii. SharePoint Permissions Management

               iii. SharePoint Provisioning

               iv. SharePoint Lifecycle Management

3. DocAve Administrator: Policy Enforcer, SP admin and content manager


  1. Ensure all sites remain within policy and under control by monitoring your sites around the clock, automatically adjusting settings and configurations across existing environments
  2. Control features, permissions, and settings by utilizing more than 20 configurable rules, built from our collaboration with more than 10,000 customers worldwide
  3. Customize to your evolving information architecture by building your own rules and integrating them into more than 40 different event triggers using our Software Development Kit (SDK)

We hope to see you there!

Dog Food Conference 2013

  • The Dog Food Conference was founded in 2008, held at the Microsoft and DeVry University building in Columbus, Ohio. It has grown each year; and it is organized by community driven volunteers.
  • There will be overviews on Office 365, Azure, System Center, SQL, .NET, Dynamics CRM, SharePoint .NET, Team Foundation Server, Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, ALM, Windows Server, Hyper V, Lync, Project Server, Yammer and Exchange.
  • Why we call it the Dog Food Conference, a slang IT term. The idea is that if the company expects customers to buy its products, it should also be willing to use those products.

“It’s 11:00 PM, Do you know what critical data is in your file shares or SharePoint farms?” let’s chat at the Columbus SharePoint Saturday 2013

September 2, 2013



Compliance Guardian Logo


AvePoint is honored to sponsor the Columbus SharePoint Saturday on Sept 14, 2013.

As enterprises all over the Buckeye state continue to implement SharePoint, compliance is needed as the terabytes of data in SharePoint continue to grow. Stephen Hines will be presenting on AvePoint’s Compliance Guardian; assisting in compliance and auditing for file shares, SharePoint, web apps and websites. As service pack 1 for Compliance Guardian was recently released; more details at Dana Simberkoff’s blog post.

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September 17, 2013 in Cincinnati, the SharePoint Customer Journey event

September 2, 2013



On September 17th, 2013; please join us at the Microsoft office in Mason, Ohio for the SharePoint Customer Journey event.  

**Registration Link**

Before joining AvePoint; I’ve worked with K2, AvePoint and KnowledgeLake for many years with enterprise customers and in the SharePoint community. K2 is a leading workflow solution for SharePoint integration; and has customer implementations in 80 countries.  AvePoint has one of the largest SharePoint development teams outside of Microsoft, with over 10,000 customers and 1,400 global employees and.  KnowledgeLake is a leading SharePoint ECM solution provider.

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