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We are excited to invite you to the Microsoft Deep-Dive: Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) and Security event. This is a free event brought to you by Microsoft and Westcoast Cloud.

Microsoft Deep-Dive: Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) & Cloud Security

   thestudio @ The Hive, 51 Lever Street Manchester, M1 1FN

Join us in Manchester, as we are joined by industry leaders Microsoft and Westcoast Cloud to explore Azure in-depth, providing an overview of the pricing and license requirements for Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD). You can also expect live demos provided from Shaping Cloud on Microsoft AVD, and Microsoft Security Defender 365, and see what this could look like for your organisation.

This will be a great opportunity to collaborate, network or speak with colleagues from Microsoft, Westcoast Cloud and organisations similar to yours.

Due to the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) declaring walkouts on June 21, June 23, and June 25, Shaping Cloud has pushed back the event to accommodate attendees. The event will now take place on 21 September 2022. We hope to see you there.


10.00 – 10.15 – Welcome

10.15 – 10.30 – Intro

Microsoft’s Partner Development Manager will begin the discussion with an introduction to the latest technology trends and statistics

10.30 – 11.30 – AVD Deep-Dive

Westcoast Cloud delve into the drivers and benefits of AVD, the value AVD can bring to your business, the user experience of AVD, and finish with how to plan, prepare and implement AVD into your business

12 .00 – 13.00 – Live Demo

A member of Shaping Cloud’s cloud engineering squad and security architect from our security practice will demonstrate what AVD and Microsoft Defender 365 Security can look like for organisations

14.00 – 15.00 – Securing Your Cloud

Westcoast Cloud discuss Identity & Security, especially using AVD, conditional access, policies, Azure security centre and sentinel, and EMS suite along with associated licensing including benefits of Intune and Azure Active Directory (AAD) which is included in some AVD plans

15.00 – 15.15 – Close

15.15 – 16.30 – Drinks Reception & Networking

Food and drink will be provided throughout the event. This will include homemade granola, fruit breakfast bars, and pastries upon arrival, thestudio Chef’s-choice 2 course hot buffet lunch, and an afternoon selection of cookies and cakes. The event will conclude with a post-meeting drink and nibbles.

Register Your Place

For more information about the event please contact our Digital Marketing Executive at lauren@shapingcloud.com. For travel, parking and accessibility information please refer to thestudio for further detail.

Event Speakers

Catherine Dillon

Cat Dillon is the Senior Partner Development Manager at Microsoft and is passionate about making a difference with partners by building engagement programmes and initiatives that support their customers to achieve their digital transformation goals. Cat is passionate about driving diversity and inclusion in the workplace and collaborating with her children’s schools to build robust anti-racism policies. Cat is also a sustainability champ within the team at Microsoft and is very proud to work for an organisation that is working hard to achieve its sustainability goals in the four key areas: carbon, water, waste and ecosystems, and has sustainability at the front and centre of product and service development.


David Cox

Dave Cox is the Microsoft Azure lead at Westcoast Cloud, helping their partners understand the many ways they can use Azure and demonstrate the benefits to their customers. Dave has a background in Office 365, allowing him to understand the entire Microsoft suite, and has specialised in Azure over the last five years. Dave enjoys getting out and talking to partners and end-users about how they’re using the platform, especially as more and more industries are realising the opportunities of the cloud.  If you have questions about Azure, Dave will be available to help.


Paul Willmore

Paul Willmore is Shaping Cloud’s Head of managed services, with 12 years of experience in managed services, Paul understands what is expected of a true managed service partner, not just provider. Paul has a background in cloud technology including managed desktops, Office 365 and Azure. With the experience of looking after large enterprise customers, Paul is passionate about providing the highest level of service and always works closely with his customers to ensure a true partnership and ensure that Shaping Cloud’s customers are getting the utmost from the service. Paul holds his team to high standards to ensure that customers are always at the forefront of technology and will always work with customers to make sure they are getting the best out of the Microsoft packages.

Shaping Cloud is a Microsoft Gold Partner with over 10 years of experience in cloud and modern tech, particularly within the NHS, Government, and across Health & Social care systems. Shaping Cloud now also specialises in Identity and Security, taking an open standards and interoperability innovative approach, whilst leveraging the best that existing technology can provide.