Draft agenda published for Six Weeks of Windows Azure #6weeksazure

We are very interested to get feedback on what else you would like to see, any tweaks etc.

And to be clear – its is most definitely draft and is a subset of what we hope to finally deliver once we get more external subject matter experts involved.

Check out the draft agenda

And don’t forget to sign up!

Six Weeks of Windows Azure will start on … Monday 23rd January 2012

Yesterday we locked in the dates for www.sixweeksofazure.co.uk which is fantastic news.

We also confirmed that our core set of webinars and online surgeries will happen on the Monday and Wednesday of each week – with additional activities happening on other days which we will announce nearer the start.

Which gives us the following key dates:

  • Week 1
    • Monday 23rd Jan: Kick off + Webinar <- try not to miss this one!
    • Wednesday 25th: Surgery + Webinars
  • Week 2
    • Monday 30th Jan: Weekly check-in + Webinar
    • Wednesday 1st Feb: Surgery + Webinars
  • Week 3
    • Monday 6th Feb: Weekly check-in + Webinar
    • Wednesday 8th Feb: Surgery + Webinars
  • Week 4
    • Monday 13th Feb: Weekly check-in + Webinar
    • Wednesday 15th Feb: Surgery + Webinars
  • Week 5
    • Monday 20th Feb: Weekly check-in + Webinar
    • Wednesday 22nd Feb: Surgery + Webinars
  • Week 6
    • Monday 27th Feb: Weekly check-in + Webinar
    • Wednesday 29th Feb: Surgery + Webinars
  • And finally
    • Monday 5th March: “After show party” 🙂

We will be sharing more details on the topics very soon.

We also have locked in the timings which we will normally follow (subject to speaker commitments)

  • Monday
    • Weekly check-in 12pm to 1:30pm
    • Technical webinar 3pm to 4:30pm
    • Bonus evening webinar 6pm to 7pm (not all weeks)
  • Wednesday
    • Technical Webinar 10pm to 11pm
    • Surgery 12pm to 1pm
    • Commercial Webinar 3pm to 4pm
    • Bonus evening webinar 6pm to 7pm (not all weeks)

All the above will be going into the “official” document – but we wanted to share early.

Couple of obvious questions:

  • Do you need to attend every session? No. We will be recording all sessions and some simply will not be relevant for your specific application/scenario.
  • Will we be sharing these as meeting requests? Yes. Just not quite yet.
  • Is there always a clear split between Technical and Commercial webinars? No. Sometimes the content will span both.

Don’t forget to sign up today at www.sixweeksofazure.co.uk as it helps us scale the activities appropriately.

Links and Slides on Windows Azure and Windows Phone 7 session Thursday 10th Nov

Big thank you to everyone involved in the session yesterday – and well done on the cocktails! And a special thanks to David of red badger for doing a great job of sharing their experiences.

Download Slides: Windows Azure Workshop


I was also asked about costing Windows Azure. Check out:

Great FREE SQL Server 2012 webinars for UK partners in Nov to March

Microsoft UK has pulled together a great set of on-demand and live webinars to help you get to grips with SQL Server 2012. Enjoy!

NB: You will need to be a registered partner on the Microsoft Partner Network to take advantage of these.

Upcoming Live Technical Webinars:

Monthly Webinar series on SQL Server 2012 delivered by the UK team    Register

  • 10/11/2011  SQL Server 2012 Overview & Licensing (sorry – we all missed that one!)
  • 24/11/2011 SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn
  • 08/12/2011 SQL Server 2012 Power View & PowerPivot v2
  • 22/12/2011 SQL Server 2012 Column Store Index and Database Replay
  • 05/01/2011 SQL Server 2012 Business Intelligence Semantic Model (BISM)
  • 19/01/2012 SQL Server 2012 on Windows Server Core Edition
  • 02/02/2012 SQL Server 2012 Security enhancements
  • 16/02/2012 SQL Server 2012 Data Quality Services & Master Data Services enhancements
  • 01/03/2012 SQL Server 2012 SSRS SharePoint integration & Alerting – Plus a series wrap up

On-Demand Technical:

For BI Consultants:

Technical Overview of New Features: SQL Server Code Name Denali

SQL Server: Data Discovery and Managed Self-Service BI

SQL Server Code Name Denali: Credible, Consistent Data

SQL Server Code Name Denali: Complete Data Warehousing Solution

For Database Administrators & Developers:

Technical Overview of New Features: SQL Server Code Name Denali

SQL Server Code Name Denali: Required 9s and Data Protection

SQL Server Code Name Denali: Blazing Fast Performance

SQL Server Code Name Denali: Organizational Compliance

SQL Server Code Name Denali: Scale on Demand

For Application Developers:

Technical Overview of New Features: SQL Server Code Name Denali

SQL Server Code Name Denali: Optimized Developer Productivity

SQL Server Code Name Denali: Extend Data Virtually Anywhere

On-Demand Licensing:

Workshops on Licensing:

  • What’s new in SQL Server 2012 and how does it affect you    Dec 13th Register

Slides and Links from Windows Azure Discovery Workshop Nov 8th

On Tuesday David and I delivered a Windows Azure Discovery Workshop in Reading. A big thank you to everyone who attended and the great discussions we had.

The next step is to sign up at http://www.sixweeksofazure.co.uk for FREE assistance to fully explore and adopt the Windows Azure Platform.

Note: We have further FREE Windows Azure Discovery Workshops taking place in and December and January if you would also like to explore the possibilities whilst getting a more detailed grounding in the technology. They take place in Reading, are completely FREE and the next is on December the 13th.



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Windows 8 and developers

Post BUILD conference, much has been written about “Windows 8” and the impact of the announced technologies on developers, especially existing .NET developers.  Some of the conclusions people reached in those early days and weeks were quite frankly… a little weird IMHO.

Which is why I was pleased to see this short summary from Andrew appear on Tuesday in Visual Studio Magazine: Windows 8: Times Are Changing for Developers. I would humbly suggest you check it out.

Some one liners to ponder on:

  • “HTML and JavaScript were vehicles for bringing in new developers, not forcing out developers already in the Microsoft camp.”
  • “Microsoft’s track record of helping developers through platform shifts was excellent; the BUILD message leaves this record untarnished”

Thanks Andrew!

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FREE Windows Azure Discovery Workshop next Tuesday in Reading (8th Nov) – last few spaces

Each month we run “intimate” one day Workshops for UK companies who create software products (ISVs, startups etc) and want to understand in some detail the What, Why, When and How of adopting the Windows Azure Platform. Each month we have been full… but turns out we have space for next week (and for the folks I met at Manchester yesterday… please do signup!)

Full details can be found here .

How to register:

If you are interested in attending, please email ukdev@microsoft.com with the following:

  • Your Company Name
  • Your Role
  • Why you would like to attend
  • You current knowledge/exposure to Cloud Computing and the Windows Azure Platform

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The future is … App Stores (oh and Cloud)

Yesterday I was presenting on the Windows Azure Platform to Microsoft ISVs in Manchester (slides and links from an earlier delivery). One of the areas I covered was the Windows Azure Application Marketplace and more specifically how important I felt it was for UK ISVs to explore and embrace the concept of marketplaces for B2C and B2B (I feel I need to post on this … watch this space). Hence I was interested to see Gartner put App Stores firmly in their Top 10 strategic technologies for 2012  list.

As reported on OnWindows

App stores and marketplaces: Gartner forecasts that by 2014, there will be more than 70 billion mobile application downloads from app stores every year. This will grow from a consumer-only phenomena to an enterprise focus.


Cloud computing: the cloud is a disruptive force and has the potential for broad long-term impact in most industries. While the market remains in its early stages in 2011 and 2012, it will see the full range of large enterprise providers fully engaged in delivering a range of offerings to build cloud environments and deliver cloud services. As Microsoft continues to expand its cloud offering, and traditional enterprise players do the same, users will see competition heat up and enterprise-level cloud services increase.
Enterprises are moving from trying to understand the cloud to making decisions on selected workloads to implement on cloud services and where they need to build out private clouds. Hybrid cloud computing which brings together external public cloud services and internal private cloud services, as well as the capabilities to secure, manage and govern the entire cloud spectrum will be a major focus for 2012.

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