Six Steps to Windows Azure


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In January (2012)I delivered the hugely fun Six Weeks of Windows Azure. There was a lot right in the format we went with as well as improvements and changes we could make/try – I even did a little retrospective on it.

Less than a year on, I give you Six Steps to Windows Azure (can you see what we did there). This time I’m not involved in the actual execution (which could well be a good thing!) as I’m heads down on Windows 8 WinRT applications.

Six Steps to Windows Azure will guide developers and IT professionals currently building apps or considering the cloud on how to take full advantage of Windows Azure covering  both the technical and commercial aspects of adopting Windows Azure. There will be a brand new web site but registration is now open for the first sessions:

Windows Azure in the Real World – 8th November 2012

Advanced Topics in Windows Azure – 9th November 2012

I plan to attend on the 9th – see you there.

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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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Slides and Links from UK BizSpark Azure Camp Sep 30th


On Friday David and I delivered a new session as part of a great agenda for the BizSpark Azure Camp. Our session was “10 Great Questions to ask about the Windows Azure Platform”.

A big thank you to everyone who attended and asked such great questions – and also to the other speakers for making it a great day.

One of the things we discussed was “next steps”. I would recommend the monthly Windows Azure Discovery Workshops if you are new to the platform and would 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 October the 11th. Hope to see some of you there.

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October 4th to 6th–FREE Online Conferences on Phone, Azure and IE


Three days of FREE conferences on the latest technologies from Microsoft – without even needing to get out of your pjs 🙂

Windows Azure Online Conference / Tuesday 4 October, 3-5pm

Register for this event here / Click here for more details

If you are just getting started with cloud computing with Windows Azure, this is the perfect starting point for you This online conference will help you get over any initial stumbling blocks, so you can quickly be productive in this new environment.

Windows Phone Online Conference / Wednesday 5 October, 3-5pm

Register for this event here / Click here for more details

We’ll help you familiarise yourself with different aspects of designing for Windows Phone, including the philosophy behind Metro and Application design. You don’t need any experience of Windows Phone development, you just need an interest in developing phone apps.

Internet Explorer Online Conference / Thursday 6 October, 3-5pm

Register for this event here / Click here for more details

In this conference we’ll discuss the difference between a website and a web application. You’ll also learn about HTML5 features that allow applications to do more than is currently possible with just AJAX and HTML 4. In-depth web development experience isn’t necessary you just need to be keen to build your knowledge of the different aspects of IE9.

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Windows Azure BizSpark Camp on Friday 30th Sep in London


I will be presenting “Azure goodness” at another (no doubt) excellent BizSpark camp at the end of the month. The plan is to create a new session for this event, provisionally “The 10 most asked questions about Windows Azure” (with hopefully some detailed answers!). Oh and more importantly, we hope to have a colleague from the US over to impress 🙂

“Microsoft BizSparkCamp

A day focused on Microsoft Cloud Computing with Windows Azure Platform

The current economic climate is putting many entrepreneurs under increasing pressure, making it critical to find new resources and ways to reduce costs and inefficiencies.

Microsoft BizSparkCamp for Windows Azure Platform is a day designed to offer the following assistance to entrepreneurs, in particular, the CTOs and developers/architects within Technology Startups.

More details and how to register.”

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FREE One Day Windows Azure Discovery Workshops – second Tues of every month


Subsequent to the September 12th workshop (which I previously blogged on ) we will be delivering Workshops every month on the second Tuesday:

  • October 11th
  • November 8th
  • December 13th
  • January 10th

These monthly workshops on the Windows Azure Platform are designed to help Microsoft partners who are developing software products and services and would like to explore the relevance and opportunities presented by the Windows Azure Platform for Cloud Computing.

Overview:

The workshops are designed to help partners such as yourself understand what the Windows Azure Platform is, how it is being used today, what resources are available and to drill into the individual technologies such as SQL Azure and Windows Azure. The intention is to ensure you leave with a good understanding of if, why, when and how you would take advantage of this exciting technology plus answers to all (or at least most!) of your questions.

Who should attend:

These workshops are aimed at technical decision makers including CTOs, Technical Directors, senior architects and developers. Attendees should be from companies who create software products or software services used by other organisations. For example Independent Software Vendors.

There are a maximum of 12 spaces per workshop and one space per partner (we can waitlist additional employees).

Format:

This format is designed to encourage discussion and feedback and ensure you get any questions you have about the Windows Azure platform answered.

Topics covered will include:

  • Understanding Microsoft’s Cloud Computing Strategy
  • Just what is the Windows Azure platform?
  • Exploring why software product authors should be in interested in the Windows Azure Platform
  • Understanding the Windows Azure Platform Pricing Model
  • How partners are using the Windows Azure platform today
  • Getting started building solutions that utilise the Windows Azure Platform
  • Drilling into the key components – Windows Azure, SQL Azure, AppFabric

Timings:

  • 09:30 Registration
  • 10:00 Workshop starts
  • 11:15 Break
  • 11:30 Workshop continues
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 13:30 Workshop continues
  • 15:00 End (although the Microsoft team will be happy to continue the discussion…)

How to register:

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

  • Which month
  • 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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FREE One Day Windows Azure Discovery Workshops for product authors – first is September 12th


In September we will start to deliver monthly workshops on the Windows Azure Platform to help Microsoft partners who are developing software products and services and would like to explore the relevance and opportunities presented by the Windows Azure Platform for Cloud Computing.

Overview:

The workshops are designed to help partners such as yourself understand what the Windows Azure Platform is, how it is being used today, what resources are available and to drill into the individual technologies such as SQL Azure and Windows Azure. The intention is to ensure you leave with a good understanding of if, why, when and how you would take advantage of this exciting technology plus answers to all (or at least most!) of your questions.

Who should attend:

These workshops are aimed at technical decision makers including CTOs, Technical Directors, senior architects and developers.  Attendees should be from companies who create software products or services used by other organisations. For example Independent Software Vendors.

There are a maximum of 12 spaces per workshop and one space per partner.

Format:

This format is designed to encourage discussion and feedback and ensure you get any questions you have about the Windows Azure platform answered. There will be the opportunity for more detailed one to one conversations over lunch and into the afternoon.

Topics covered will include:

  • Understanding Microsoft’s Cloud Computing Strategy
  • Just what is the Windows Azure platform?
  • Exploring why software product authors should be in interested in the Windows Azure Platform
  • Understanding the Windows Azure Platform Pricing Model
  • How partners are using the Windows Azure platform today
  • Getting started building solutions that utilise the Windows Azure Platform
  • Drilling into the key components – Windows Azure, SQL Azure, AppFabric

Registration is 9:30 for a 10am start. There will be lunch at around 1pm after which the formal part of the workshop will finish. The good news is the Microsoft team will remain to continue the discussion in a more informal format.

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

Please note: I am on leave until August 15th at which point I will review submissions and arrange for confirmations to go out.