First Look: Cloud Computing Fundamentals, Windows Server 2016 & Azure

Microsoft First Look Clinics are FREE, and are a great way for IT Professionals to be introduced to new technologies.  First look clinics are:

  • Up to 3 hours of on-demand Microsoft certified training
  • Integrated blend of video, text and knowledge assessments
  • No charge

Though a topic is not covered fully, students will finish the clinic with an understanding of the new and improved features and capabilities.  With the clinic being On-Demand, you can access it when it’s convenient for you!

Cloud Computing Fundamentals First Look Clinic – Cloud computing plays an increasingly important role in IT infrastructure, and IT professionals need to be aware of fundamental cloud principles and techniques.  This clinic provides a primer to help you understand the business benefits of cloud computing solutions, become familiar with “cloud terminology” and highlights considerations for implementing cloud-based infrastructure services.

Windows Server 2016 First Look Clinic introduces IT professionals to the new features and capabilities of Windows Server 2016.  Windows Server 2016 is Microsoft’s newest cloud-ready operating system that lets you apply advanced levels of security and innovation to the applications and infrastructure that power your business.

Azure First Look Clinic is a great step toward learning about how to successfully manage and administer a Microsoft Azure cloud solution.  Microsoft Azure is a growing collection of integrated cloud services that developers and IT professionals use to build, deploy and manage applications through our global network of datacenters.

Other Classes

Looking for something else?  Broadview Networks has an extensive library of computer classes.  Download Broadview’s training catalog to find your course today!

Should you have any questions or if you are ready to take a complete course for Cloud, Windows Server 2016 or Azure, please CONTACT US TODAY!

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Who’s Your Data?

… Microsoft Power BI for decision making and planning!

Power BI is a suite of business analytics tools that deliver insights throughout your organization.  Connect to hundreds of data sources, simplify data prep, and drive ad hoc analysis.  Produce beautiful reports, then publish them for your organization to consume on the web and across mobile devices.  Everyone can create personalized dashboards with a unique, 360-degree view of their business, and scale across the enterprise, with governance and security built-in.

The statement that “knowledge is power” still holds true today and one of the best ways to gain knowledge is by collecting information by putting together pieces of Data.  Data is a source for information and with information you can build knowledge.  Knowledge can be very powerful, depending on how you choose to use it.

Power BI facilitates the gathering of smaller pieces of data, most often from multiple sources and helps you to mold them into one cohesive data story.  See how Power BI works to create visually appealing, highly informative reports and data visualizations to help you communicate results and provide proof of your valued skills to your company and clients.

One of the best ways to strengthen your communication and Power BI skills is to obtain training from Broadview Networks, a Microsoft Certified Learning Partner.  Contact Broadview Networks today to find out how to become the Power BI super star you were meant to be by taking Power BI training at our 1530 Taylor Avenue address.

Power BI Courses:

-          Microsoft Power BI Desktop and Microsoft Power Query (1 day)

-          Microsoft Power BI Online (1 day)

-          Microsoft Power BI Interactive Data Visualizations (2 days, covers both Power BI Online and Power BI Desktop)

Don’t forget to pair up your Microsoft Power BI training with important soft skills training:

-          Problem-Solving & Decision Making (1 day)

-          Using Data to Communicate (1 day)

-          Effective Communication for Business Professionals (1 day)

-          Effective Presentation Skills (1 day)

Learn from us!

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Training & Skills Development

Microsoft StaffHub is here!

There are an estimated 500-million frontline staff workers around the world in retail stores, hotels, restaurants, manufacturing, and other service-related industries. These employees typically don’t have their own office, desk or computer—making it hard to access and share information important for the workday. Far too often, these workers rely on manual processes and outdated tools—cumbersome creation and printing of paper schedules, bulletin boards crammed with notes and a flurry of phone calls and text messages to cover shifts. Microsoft StaffHub is here to help.

We’re pleased to announce the worldwide general availability of Microsoft StaffHub—a new application for Office 365 designed to help staff workers manage their workday—with schedule management, information sharing and the ability to connect to other work-related apps and resources.

Manage schedules

Microsoft StaffHub makes it easy for managers to create, update and manage shift schedules for their team, streamlining what has been a labor-intensive process.

Employees have access to all their shift information, including the ability to easily swap shifts with others right from the Microsoft StaffHub mobile app. No more having to go into the breakroom at work to look at the bulletin board.

The app home screen provides a summary of upcoming shifts as well as any important notes. Employees can also see who else is scheduled for the day, which is useful if they want to know who they’ll be working with or if they want to swap shifts.

When schedule conflicts come up, Microsoft StaffHub makes it easy to swap a shift or offer a shift to someone else. Requests are always routed to the manager for approval, and updates and notifications are automatically sent to the team.

Share information

With Microsoft StaffHub, managers can quickly distribute important information to their team, such as policy documents, news bulletins or videos. Managers also have a fast and reliable way to send quick messages to team members. For example, to let an employee know “there is a spill on the floor” or “the regional GM is arriving in 20 minutes,” simply tap the employee’s name and type a message. Employees can also send messages directly to each other or to the entire workgroup.

Connect to other apps and resources

Companies often use multiple systems and tools to help manage their workforce, and we want to make it easy for Microsoft StaffHub to connect to these existing systems. We’re pleased to announce that StaffHub will support connections to Kronos, a leading provider of workforce management and human capital management cloud solutions. Initially, this integration will enable managers to import individual and team schedule information from Kronos’s Workforce Central platform directly into Microsoft StaffHub. This functionality will initially be in private preview to a small group of Office 365 and Kronos customers. Stay tuned for more!

To Learn More… Contact us today

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New Microsoft System Center Training Classes!

If you’re ready to learn how to harness Microsoft System Center to enable a unified datacenter management experience for on-premises and Microsoft Azure environments, you’re in the right place.  Broadview Networks’ learning opportunities can help you get started quickly—from product exploration to deep training and certification.

As a Microsoft Silver Learning Partner we use authorized materials and classes are taught by a Microsoft Certified Trainer, whom in many cases is the author of the courseware.

System Center Class Schedule (available in-person or self-study MOC On-Demand training)

Date:  August 14-18, 2017

NEW! 20703-1:  Administering System Centre Configuration Manager (5 days)

In this 5 day course, you will learn day-to-day management tasks, including how to manage applications, client health, hardware and software inventory, operating system deployment, and software updates by using Configuration Manager.  You also will learn how to optimize System Center Endpoint Protection, manage compliance, and create management queries and reports.  Additionally, this course, in conjunction with Microsoft Official Course 20703-2A, helps certification candidates prepare for Exam 70-703: Administering System Center Configuration Manager and Cloud Services Integration. View outline

Date:  October 23-25, 2017

NEW! 20703-2:  Integrating MDM and Cloud Services with System Center Configuration Manager (3 days)

This is a three-day course that describes mobile device management (MDM) technologies and the integration of various online cloud services with Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager.  This course focuses on both hybrid MDM using Microsoft Intune, and the on-premises MDM scenario.  This course also covers integration with online services such as Microsoft Store for Business, Microsoft Office 365, and Microsoft Azure.  View outline

Need a class for a Group?

We can deliver this class for a private group at your location.

MCSE:  Mobility

The MCSE: Mobility certification validates that you have the skills needed to manage devices in today’s bring-your-own device (BYOD) enterprise.  Earning a MCSE: Mobility certification qualifies you for a career path which can range from traditional desktop support technician to enterprise management of BYOD devices and apps.  Prior to earning MCSE status, you must earn an applicable MCSA credential.  System Center is part of MCSE: Mobility.

You can prepare for System Center certification at Broadview Networks.  We are a Microsoft Silver Learning Partner and we gladly accept Microsoft SA Vouchers as method of payment on approved in-person classes and titles available on MOC On-Demand – Microsoft’s official self-study format!

To Learn More… Contact us today

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SharePoint 2016 and SharePoint Server 2016 Training Classes

If you’re ready to learn how to harness SharePoint to enable your organization to store files and to collaborate in people-centric ways, you’re in the right place.  Broadview Networks’ learning opportunities can help you get started quickly—from product exploration to deep training and certification.

We have upcoming SharePoint classes for team members and end users, site users, power users, site owners and administrators and those folks looking to achieve professional certification.

Our SharePoint course of the month for November 3rd, 2017 is designed for SharePoint team members and end users who need to know how to use the team collaboration, document management and social features of Microsoft SharePoint 2016.

After completing the course, you’ll be able to:

  • Navigate SharePoint sites.
  • Manage content in lists and libraries.
  • Create and edit Alerts.
  • Collaborate using Tasks lists, Calendars and Document libraries.
  • Work with libraries, including upload, download, editing, content approval, check out/in and versioning.
  • Use the SharePoint social features.
  • Use OneDrive for Business.

You can attend our in-person Instructor-led training on Friday, November 3 for an Introduction to SharePoint 2016 for Collaboration and Document Management at our location, or simply attend the same live class from the convenience of your home or office PC.

To Learn More… Register today!

Pair your Microsoft SharePoint 2016 training with important soft skills training Learning doesn’t have to be one-dimensional any longer.  Imagine a combined Microsoft SharePoint and Managing Information Effectively class – business skills courses combined with applications training – the options are endless!

Register today!

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What is SQL?

SQL stands for Structured Query Language.  The Structured Query Language (SQL) is the set of instructions used to interact with a relational database.  In fact, SQL is the most popular programming language for databases and therefore is a highly sought-after skill due to its ability to work with relational databases on all major platforms to include Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL and Microsoft Access, just to name a few.

Companies that gather a lot of data require skilled individuals who can use SQL to quickly and easily extract key data elements and generate reports in a way that will aid in the decision-making process.

Why Own Skills in SQL?

Health care agencies, hospitals, hotels, banks, retailers, airlines, application development companies, governments and just about any organization and department need to organize all the information relevant to run their daily operations.

It’s no wonder SQL skills count among the most desired IT skills in the workplace.  Even if a database-related profession doesn’t appeal to you, learning at least one computer language is steadily becoming mandatory in today’s job market.  SQL will give you a good background on how to generate useful information from a database and what a great skillset to own when it comes to business intelligence!

Learning SQL

At first glance, the language may seem intimidating and complex, but it’s not all that difficult.  Fortunately for those of us who aren’t computer programmers, SQL commands are designed to have a syntax similar to the English language.

To learn some of the basic fundamentals behind SQL, attend our hands-on, instructor-led training classes at Broadview Networks on Tuesday, December 5 – 7, 2017 for Introduction to SQL Database

Other Classes:

Looking for something else?  Broadview Networks has an extensive library of computer classes.

See Broadview Networks Training Catalog to find your course today!

Training for Microsoft SQL Server Certifications:

To learn more about Microsoft SQL certifications, you may wish to consider the two main certification titles for Microsoft SQL Server described below:


The Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate certification proves that you have achieved a level of competence with querying and manipulating data in SQL Server.  You should be able to use Transact-SQL fluently.  You should be a master of SQL data input and output and be able to return the data in any form required.  Some of the special designations are MCSA in Database Development, MCSA in Database Administration and MCSA in Business Intelligence Development.

MCSA in Database Development:

Earning a MCSA: SQL 2016 Database Development certification validates your skills in building and implementing databases across organizations, and will qualify you for a position as a database developer.  Take these two courses: 20761 Querying Data with Transact SQL and 20762 Developing SQL Databases and exams.

MCSA in Database Administration:

Earning a MCSA: SQL 2016 Database Administration certification validates your skills with database installation, maintenance, configuration, and provisioning tasks, and will qualify you for a position as a database administrator or infrastructure specialist.  Take these two courses: 20764 Administering a SQL Database Infrastructure and 20765 Provisioning SQL Databases and exams.

MCSA in Business Intelligence Development:

Earning a MCSA: SQL 2016 Business Intelligence Development certification validates your extract, transform, and load (ETL) and data warehouse skills, along with those for implementing BI solutions using multidimensional and tabular data models and online analytical processing (OLAP) cubes.  This certification will qualify you for a position as a BI developer.  Take these two courses: 20767 Implementing a SQL Data Warehouse and 20768 Developing SQL Data Models and exams.


Microsoft Certified Solutions Experts have mastered all of the requirements of MCSA and then added the ability to analyze and manage data.  You can earn specified certifications under this designation as MCSE in Data Management & Analytics, MCSE in Business Intelligence and MCSE in Data Platform.  These specializations include training in developing complete database solutions, reporting, designing business intelligence solutions, cloud data platform solutions and implementing big data analytics.

MCSE: Data Management and Analytics:

Earn this certification and demonstrate your skills in SQL Administration, building enterprise data solutions and effectively using business intelligence data.  Take one of these courses: 20464 Developing Microsoft® SQL Server® Databases; 20465 Designing Solutions for Microsoft SQL Server 2014; 20466 Implementing Data Models and Reports with Microsoft® SQL Server® or 20467 Designing Self-Service Business Intelligence and Big Data Solutions and one exam.

MCSE in Business Intelligence:

Design, develop, and deploy solutions that deliver more data to more people across the organization. Prerequisite: MCSA: SQL Server Certification.  Take these two courses: 20466 Implementing Data Models and Reports with Microsoft® SQL Server® and 20467 Designing Self-Service Business Intelligence and Big Data Solutions and exams.

MCSE in Data Platform:

Acquire essential skills to develop, run, and maintain the next wave of advanced database and information solutions.  Take these two courses: 20464 Developing Microsoft® SQL Server® Databases and 20465 Designing Solutions for Microsoft SQL Server 2014 and exams.

It will be much easier to pass the necessary exams if you have good training aligned directly at these certifications.  Training from Broadview Networks, a Microsoft Certified Learning Partner, will make your journey to certification much easier.

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Protecting Your Organization from Cyber Threats

CyberSAFE [Securing Assets for End Users]

“End-user awareness and training reduces security-related risks by 45% to 70%.” –

95% of all security incidents are due to human error.  Training your employees to detect and avoid cyber threats is critical to protecting your organization’s data.  In Broadview Networks’ CyberSAFE end-user security training and certificate program, students will learn to identify and avoid the most common risks involved in using conventional, mobile, and cloud technologies.

Corporate Benefit:

CyberSAFE allows organizations to increase their security posture quickly and with minimal investment by ensuring that end-users are equipped with the knowledge necessary to be good stewards of their organizations’ data.

Employee Profile:

This half-day course is designed for non-technical end-users of computers, mobile devices, networks, and the Internet, enabling employees of any organization to use technology more securely to minimize digital risks.

Course Outcomes:

Students will identify many of the common risks involved in using conventional end-user technology, as well as ways to use it safely, to protect themselves and their organizations from

those risks.

Training Credential:

This course is designed to prepare students for the Certified CyberSAFE credential.  Students can obtain their Certifi­ed CyberSAFE certi­ficate by completing the Certified CyberSAFE credential process on the platform after completing this training.

Course Outline:

Lesson 1: Identifying the Need for Security

  • Identify Security Compliance Requirements
  • Recognize Social Engineering

Lesson 2: Securing Devices

  • Maintain Physical Security of Devices
  • Use Passwords for Security
  • Protect Your Data
  • Identify and Mitigate Malware
  • Use Wireless Devices Securely

Lesson 3: Using the Internet Securely

  • Browse the Web Safely
  • Use Email Securely
  • Use Social Networking Securely
  • Use Cloud Services Securely


We can deliver this course either onsite using your classroom facilities or here at Broadview Networks.


3.5 hours (inclusive of the time required to complete the Certifi­ed CyberSAFE credential process).


CyberSAFE is accompanied by the Certi­fied CyberSAFE credential process. This brief online credential covers 20 questions, and is included as part of the course.

To learn more and gain a CyberSAFE certified credential, Register Today!

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Train your employees!

Having the right skills helps employees excel and succeed in today’s fast-paced labour market.  Manitoba’s workforce is our most valuable asset and experience shows that employer involvement in training improves business performance.  The quality of Broadview Networks’ training is even more accessible with the aid of the Canada-Manitoba Job Grant funding program, whereby employers and government share the cost of training new and existing employees to increase their knowledge and skills to meet the needs of Manitoba’s changing economy.

The Canada-Manitoba Job Grant is an employer-driven approach to help Manitobans gain the skills they need to fill available jobs and to help employers develop the skills of their existing workers to meet the requirements of their present job, or to move into a better job.  Eligible employers may apply for up to $10,000 for each individual worker to assist with training costs.   Employers that receive funding under the Canada-Manitoba Job Grant must contribute a minimum of one-third of the eligible training costs.  With the maximum government contribution of $10,000, this means that up to $15,000 is available, per person, for eligible training costs.

Fact Sheet

Broadview Networks can assist you every step of the way, from identifying your employee learning needs to delivering high quality, hands-on, Instructor-led classroom training.  Find out how the Canada-Manitoba Job Grant can help you.

Deadline for the second intake (training delivered between September 2017 and March 2018) is October 1, 2017.

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Adopting new IT frameworks and standards? Our training courses can help!

With the increasingly rapid pace of IT, organizations are strengthening their services by implementing recognized frameworks and standards.  To help IT teams successfully adopt these practices, Broadview Networks, in partnership with Quint Solutions offers a comprehensive training curriculum in both classroom, virtual classroom and self-paced, e-learning formats.  This portfolio includes 40 titles covering the most widely adopted frameworks and standards.

Topic areas range from ITIL® and PRINCE2® to Lean IT, COBIT, TOGAF, ISO: 2000, and much more, including:

  • Agile Scrum
  • AgilePM
  • BiSL Foundation®
  • Big Data
  • Change Management® Foundation & Practitioner
  • COBIT®5
  • DevOps
  • ISO:20000
  • ISO:27001
  • ITIL®
  • Lean IT
  • Management of Risk (M_o_R®)
  • Managing Successful Programs (MSP®)
  • Portfolio, Programs & Project Offices (P3O®)
  • PRINCE2®
  • Sourcing Governance Foundation

E-Learning Training Options to Meet Your Needs

Learners can easily manage their time commitments and fit learning into their schedule, avoiding loss of valuable billable hours.  The e-learning options for Big Data, DevOps, Cobit®5 and PRINCE2® gives you the opportunity to take the course at a much lower price.


Contact us today to learn more about how our Frameworks and Standards courses can help your IT team deliver better value to your business.

Training & Skills Development

Broadview Networks Achieves Enterprise Partner Status with Datto

We are proud to announce that Broadview Networks today announced it has achieved exclusive Enterprise partner status with Datto, the leading provider of total data protection solutions for businesses around the world.

Broadview Networks has exceeded high standards of performance to qualify for Enterprise status in Datto’s partner program, which represents the top 10% of partners, worldwide.

“As a previous Datto Elite Partner we are excited to fit into the new Datto Global Partner Program at the Enterprise Level.” Said Michael Orloff, President, “Datto is the right partner to bring Enterprise-level backup to any-size of business.”

“It’s such a pleasure to see Datto partners excel in their businesses,” said Rob Rae, Vice President of Business Development, Datto. “

Broadview Networks has demonstrated their extensive knowledge in the business continuity market, and has completed the requirements of this exclusive level of our Partner Program. We welcome Broadview Networks to Enterprise status and look forward to growing our partnership even further.”

For more information contact us today or please click HERE!

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