GTconsult and Ignite Washington Showcase Office 365 to SMBs

In a press release this morning, GTconsult ( has announced a series of events targeting small to mid-sized businesses in the Seattle area to help them understand the power and benefits of the Office 365 platform. The series of free informational events, which are in partnership with Ignite Washington, will be held in February, March, and April at Microsoft stores in Bellevue and University Village (Seattle). From the press release:

The “Office 365 Introduction for Digital Readiness” series of free events are designed to help small to mid-sized businesses better understand what Office 365 can provide, showcase real-world customer solutions, and to present strategies for on-boarding employees and quickly achieving business value.

GTconsult co-founder and COO Craig Tarr highlighted the benefits of attending: "While Microsoft does a great job of positioning the overall value of Office 365, seeing how other companies are using the technology is very powerful. Attendees are able to ask questions, and get specific answers to how the platform would fit into their unique business requirements.”

Ignite Washington’s architect Chaitra Vedullapalli added “By attending these Office 365 sessions, local brands and businesses learn the importance of modernizing their business processes and technology, allowing them to compete effectively in the marketplace, and learn to become more agile to adapt to new changes in 21st century.”

imageWhile Microsoft has seen tremendous adoption of Office 365 within various business segments, the purpose of these events – and of the Ignite Washington initiative – is to help the smaller businesses who may not have a history of working with SharePoint, or even Exchange, and to show them the value of the platform and how they can get business value out-of-the-box, without the need for development. For companies in the Puget Sound, these events present a great opportunity to see real-world examples of business solutions provided through Office 365, and more importantly – to ask questions. Individuals and businesses are invited to attend one or all of these events – they’re free and open to the public. Details on the sessions scheduled so far:

How to Harness the Power of Office 365 Within Your Business
February 18th, 4-6pm, Bellevue Microsoft Store
February 20th, 11am-1pm, Seattle-University Village Microsoft Store

Building Productivity Solutions on Top of Office 365
March 11th, 4-6pm, Bellevue Microsoft Store
March 12th, 11am-1pm, Seattle-University Village Microsoft Store

Getting the Most Out-of-the-Box with Office 365
April 7th, 4-6pm, Bellevue Microsoft Store
April 8th, 11am-1pm, Seattle-University Village Microsoft Store

Those interested in participating in one or more of these events can register for the “Office 365 Introduction for Digital Readiness” series at 

What is Ignite Washington? Ignite Washington is a city by city digital readiness initiative that is designed to provide a turnkey solution to the competitive challenges faced by local brands and businesses, particularly small to midsized businesses which have traditionally been under-served by the business community at large. Ignite Washington is led by a consortium among local businesses, enterprises, media, government and local citizens to empower local brands and businesses to thrive in today’s digital economy with the goal of creating new jobs and infusing investment into the local economy. Learn more at

As an official partner with Ignite Washington, GTconsult is focused on working with SMBs to educate them on the power of Office 365, and to provide on-boarding services to help with the migration of content and workloads to the platform, including SharePoint, Exchange, file shares, Google Docs and Google Drive, Dropbox, and other data sources.

I should also mention that in the coming months, GTconsult will be organizing a number of webinars and events in other regions, as well, and currently provides these services to any location where Office 365 is available today.

Christian Buckley

Christian is the Microsoft GTM Director for AvePoint Inc., and a Microsoft Regional Director and Office Apps & Services MVP based in Silicon Slopes (Lehi), Utah. He hosts the AvePoint Office 365 Hours (#O365hours) series, monthly #CollabTalk TweetJam, the #CollabTalk Podcast, and leads the monthly Microsoft 365 Ask-Me-Anything (#M365AMA) live stream. He is based in Lehi, Utah (Silicon Slopes).