Looking back at Six Week of Windows Azure – raw data


I wanted to share some of the “raw data” from Six Weeks of Windows Azure which started way back in January and completed today (29th Feb 2012)

I will shortly do a mini-retrospective.

Top Level:

  • Web site visits: 23,140 (as of 29th Feb) with 1857 visits on the busiest day
  • Partners involved: 11 (partners)
  • Sessions: 30 sessions and over 30 hours of content (agenda)
  • Live and On-Demand: All live sessions were recorded and made available for streaming/download along with session notes (slides and notes)
  • Registrations: Over 500 individuals registered with 150 unique companies joining us in Week 1
  • Active: 80 unique companies made it through to end of Week 3 (by which we had covered “all” the important bits)
  • Labs: 12 companies looking at SaaS using Windows Azure joined us in Week 4 labs in our Microsoft Technology Center

Who:

  • Majority of companies attending were partners vs customers (over 90%)
  • 75% of engagement came from UK companies
  • 71% Technical
  • 86% very little/no exposure to Cloud/Windows Azure

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What:

91% of companies were building solutions to be used external to their own org

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59% building a mix of applications

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90% .NET

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55% brownfield and greenfield

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Active:

  • Of the 500 individuals who registered, 190 individuals from 150 unique companies attended week 1.
  • By week 3 around 90 individuals from 80 unique companies
  • Week 6 attendees – 83% more likely to adopt and 50% now expect to do it sooner than originally planned

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Feedback:

Week 6 Polls

95% would recommend

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88% would like us to use this approach again

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Verbatim:

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Slides, Notes and Recordings for Week 1 and 2 of #6weeksazure are all now available


Head over to www.sixweeksofazure.co.uk and click on Week 1 and Week 2 to get details.

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It is not too late to join us – there is after all still 4 more weeks to go and we have recordings of the first two weeks.

Sign up today!

Note: This is primarily targeting UK companies – but we do not turn anyone away 🙂

What others have said (none are my relatives…):

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Recordings from Monday 23rd January #6weeksazure sessions now available


Note: for me this service has sometimes not worked today (24th Jan). I have reported it to the events team.

Next session is Wednesday 10am – Designing for the Cloud.

44WW076 – Six Weeks of Azure – Weekly check-in (AM recording 23.01.2012)

“The one where the all internet connectivity vanished with 5 mins to go”

WWE Support has invited you to view a Microsoft Office Live Meeting recording.
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44WW076 – Six Weeks of Azure – Technical webinar (PM recording 23.01.2012)

“The one where it didn’t”

WWE Support has invited you to view a Microsoft Office Live Meeting recording.
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We kick off 12pm Monday 23rd of January using Live Meeting 2007 #6weeksazure


Next Monday we start Six Weeks of Windows Azure with:

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The 12pm opening session will look ahead at what you can expect from the six weeks and will offer advice on how best to make use of the time. It will also share tips, tools and resources to help you get going from day one. This is a great time to ask us questions about Six Weeks of Windows Azure and ideally should not be missed.

David and I look forward to seeing you there.

Eric

Live Meeting and Microsoft World Wide Events registration:

We will be using Live Meeting for all the webinars and hopefully by now you (and your colleagues) have signed up via Microsoft World Wide Events to get access to the webinar information (and timely reminders). If you haven’t then please do so asap – register on Microsoft World Wide Events (live id required).

Please take a few minutes between now and Monday to get Live Meeting 2007 installed on your pc and familiarise yourself with how it works.

If you are registered with World Wide Events then you will have details about how to install the client and join the meeting.

However the following link explains more: Joining a Meeting

I have also created a test Live Meeting you can join (live from today until end of Sat 21st) – join now

No audio?

The issue a very small % of users run into is no audio when they join the Live Meeting. These may help:

Update on Six Weeks of Windows Azure #6weeksazure


I just wanted to give a brief update on www.sixweeksofazure.co.uk which starts January 23rd.

Preparations to make this into a great six weeks for UK companies are now well progressed and we are nicely on track to have a superb first week in January. We have some excellent partners helping us (check out the summaries of each as they appear over on the site) and some great Microsoft speakers helping us deliver the webinars and support the online surgeries – including Rob Fraser the new CTO of Cloud Service in Microsoft UK who will be helping ensure the commercial stream of webinars are top notch.

I am delighted to say we have around 200 UK companies signed up to take part which is fantastic news and has exceeded our expectations – we now just need to scale a few things our end to hit the quality bar we are after. Which is… a nice problem to have.

There is plenty more to do our side between now and the 23rd, the most pressing being to finalise the agenda as we juggle speaker commitments and incorporate feedback (This is the draft agenda which will change). You can expect an updated agenda by Monday 9th.

We will be posting out information regularly on the www.sixweeksofazure.co.uk site on the lead up to the 23rd and we will also be tweeting updates under the hashtag #6weeksazure.

Two such posts I would recommend you read are:

Related Links:

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.