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The SharePoint & Office 365 Technology Conference comes to Washington, D.C. from November 12th through the 15th, bringing dozens of learning sessions and tutorials from the industry's leading experts.
Among the presenters is Regional Technology & Innovation Director at Gimmal Partner Avanade, Ruven Gotz. As his biography listed on the SPTechCon website states:
As a consultant, speaker, Microsoft MVP and author with over 25 years of technology consulting experience, Ruven has spent the past decade building innovative collaboration and digital workplace solutions for his clients. He has advised clients on governance, information architecture and the adoption of collaboration and enterprise social tools. Ruven has spoken at over 100 conferences in Europe, South Africa, Australia and across North America and is the author of a book on Information Architecture. Ruven grew up in Toronto but for the past two years, has been enjoying the pace of life in Manhattan.
Gotz will be presenting a demonstration that illustrates why U.S companies should start taking the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) more seriously. Many organizations are thinking along the lines of: "Isn't GDPR a European thing? Our company is American, so this doesn't apply to me." But, as Gotz will point out, this thinking could lead organizations astray and expose them to massive fines.
Do you have any clients in Europe? Any employees? Do Europeans come to America and do business with you? If you can answer any of these questions with "yes," it's time to start paying attention.
Ruven's presentation will take a tactical view of GDPR, developing the requirements organizations should prepare for and exploring the route to compliance offered by Microsoft, solutions like Gimmal's and others. If your organization finds itself behind in its preparations and you can get to D.C. next week, SPTechCon is sure to provide the insight and background you need to get your program set up by the time the fines go into effect next May.
So with that in mind, get over to the SPTechCon site now to submit your registration!
In the meantime, or if you are not able to make it to SPTechCon, we have a variety of resources available to aid you on the path to compliance:
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