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    Join Mark Russinovich, Microsoft Chief Technology Officer, Azure, as he kicks off a week of Azure training for IT Professionals. Over the course of four days, Senior Technical Evangelist Rick Claus and members of Azure Engineering deep dive into the technologies critical for IT Pro Implementers, like...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Azure with real-time analytics for Hadoop and machine learning–supported by UN Global E-Government Agenda

    Earlier I had written about the key themes on the agenda of major governments worldwide for the United Nations Global E-Government Forum. From my prior post, you can see that Big Data and analytics are high priorities. Closely underlying this is Hadoop or similar platforms and machine learning (and deep...
  • Blog Post: SecTor 2014 - Full Speaker Lineup Announced

    The Second Round of Speakers have been selected and we are thrilled to once again bring the world's best speakers in the field of IT Security to Toronto this October.  See the full listing at www.sector.ca . A few sessions are highlighted below: Keynotes The Connected Car: Security Throwback...
  • Blog Post: MVP Top Tips: SharePoint on Azure

    The article is by  SharePoint MVP Tom Resing http://blogs.msdn.com/b/mvpawardprogram/archive/2014/07/28/why-sharepoint-on-azure.aspx
  • Blog Post: Top MVP tips covering—Visual Studio, Azure, Microsoft Access, Biztalk

    1. 256 Seconds with dotNetDave – Episode 1         By Visual C# MVP David McCarter 2. Accessing Visual Studio Online from YOUR Azure Account        By ASP.NET/IIS MVP John Petersen 3. Developing Single Page, Real Time Websites on Windows...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio “14” CTP Resources

    Try out the Visual Studio “14” CTP, released recently: Downloads: Download the Visual Studio “14” CTP (also available on MSDN subscriber downloads ). Alternatively, save some time and use the provided VM in Azure . Blogs & Release Notes: Read announcements by Soma & Brian . Check out the team...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Azure and SAP expanded partnership meeting diverse needs of the enterprise

    I found this news of great interest to the enterprise after speaking to my enterprise colleagues. An extension of the 20 year partnership between Microsoft and SAP was announced today in a post from Takeshi Numoto , corporate vice-president, cloud and enterprise networking Microsoft.  Scott Guthrie...
  • Blog Post: Azure massive enhancements with VM, Networking, Storage, Remote App, API Management, Hybrid Connections, Cache, Store

    Here is a summary quoted from Scott Guhtrie’s blog post : Virtual Machines: Integrated Security Extensions including Built-in Anti-Virus Support and Support for Capturing VM images in the portal Networking: ExpressRoute General Availability, Multiple Site-to-Site VPNs, VNET-to-VNET Secure Connectivity...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Azure Symbol/Icon Set and Design Patterns

    These recommendations came up via a query in one of the groups I belong to so I am sharing with you: Microsoft Azure Symbol/Icon Set: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/confirmation.aspx?id=41937 Common design patterns: http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/architecture-overview...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Subscribers Azure Credits

    MSDN subscribers can enjoy $50/$100/$150 of Azure credits per month - no credit card required. Activate your benefits through the MSDN subscriber portal, sign in with your MSDN credentials, click on "Activate Azure" and follow the prompts.
  • Blog Post: Participate in the Imagine Cup and Achieve a Private Meeting with Bill Gates

    There are multiple ways that students, professors, and schools can get involved, from building final prototypes in the main competition to pitching their ideas in smaller, online competitions. This year, one lucky team will get a private meeting with Bill Gates ! “One Imagine Cup World Finalist team...
  • Blog Post: Crack the Cloud Contest

    Crack the cloud and advance your career with a full-featured, no-cost product evaluation. You’ll get hands-on with System Center 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Hyper-V Server 2012 R2, while earning ballots for amazing prizes! Tell a friend to boost your chances! Plus, every friend who participates...
  • Blog Post: MVA Course Of The Week

    Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) offers online Microsoft training delivered by experts to help technologists continually learn, with hundreds of courses. SQL Server pros, do you want to find out how SQL Server 2014 can help you improve performance speed by 10–30 times—using the same hardware you have...
  • Blog Post: Free ebooks: Now on the Microsoft Virtual Academy site

    Browse the selection of free e-books available on Microsoft Virtual Academy here . From technical overviews to drilldowns on special topics, free ebooks are available in PDF, EPUB, and/or Mobi for Kindle formats, ready for you to download.
  • Blog Post: Shoot for the Cloud Windows Azure Tour

    The “Shoot for the Cloud” Windows Azure tour. This will be an interactive 3-city tour, that aims at bringing your customers’ IT Decision Makers and their teams out of their offices to learn about Real Customer Scenarios across 5 Windows Azure workloads with accompanying Partner Offers...
  • Blog Post: Join Windows Azure Week!

    Have you heard about Microsoft Virtual Academy’s Windows Azure Week? It’s a one-week, real-time Windows Azure intensive virtual conference. Are you considering moving your IT infrastructure to the cloud? Are you wondering how to leverage cloud platform features in your apps? Do you want to hear from...
  • Blog Post: Trust Me. Why? Because I’m Trustworthy.

    Even though it’s been a while since the movie Deep Blue Sea , one line said by Michael Rapaport’s character “Tom Scoggins” has always stuck with me – “Trust Me. Why? Because I’m trustworthy.” But what does it mean to be trustworthy? Everyone will define this differently, but when it comes to Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Top Tips, Trends in Microsoft Software Development, Social Media, Associations

    Interview: Terry Coatta: Internationally Acclaimed Technology Executive and Platform Software Architect and Developer Terry is currently the President of AssociCom, a Vancouver-based start-up that builds online communities for professional and trade associations. Prior to AssociCom, he worked in a...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Edge Highlight – IT Manager Community Chat on Windows Azure

    Kevin Remde is the host for a number of webcasts for IT managers which you can access on TechNet Edge . In this particular one, he talks with Joey Snow, a Microsoft evangelists out of Redmond who focuses on evangelizing Windows Server and Windows Azure with IT professionals world wide.    ...
  • Blog Post: 24 Keynotes on the Cloud including on Windows Live

    Scan the Site Map then Watch and Share the 24 keynotes on Cloud Computing from “24 Hours in the Cloud “ :  http://vepexp.microsoft.com/24hitc I have previously spotlighted the Opening Keynote by Doug Terry . Three Canadians have keynotes: - David O’Leary, Terrie McAloney— Opportunity and Risk of...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Computing, Windows Azure, EnergizeIT, and BPOS

    Over the last few weeks I have been spending a lot of time reading about, and discussing with a number of folks, the notion of Cloud Computing and what it means. One of the things that keeps coming up in the conversation is what is Windows Azure and how does it fit in the Cloud Computing landscape, and...
  • Blog Post: Thinking of moving to the cloud? Get free compute time with Windows Azure

    Are you a developer looking to launch your new web application? Or perhaps you are an IT Pro or IT Architect trying to understand what “the Cloud” means to you.  Or maybe you have a need for some compute time to run some computations or are looking to extend your organization’s applications to the...
  • Blog Post: ACM Tech Pack Leader Extols Promises of Cloud Computing

    Doug Terry, a researcher at Microsoft Research Silicon Valley, who chairs the ACM Cloud Computing Tech Pack , told attendees at the “24 Hours in the Clouds” virtual conference that cloud computing promises to radically change the way that computer applications and services are constructed, delivered...
  • Blog Post: Stephen Forte: Chief Strategy Officer, CTO, Scrum Master, Author, Serial Company Founder, Microsoft MVP, Keynote

    This is the next blog in the continuing series of interviews with top-echelon and renowned professionals. In this blog, I have an interview with Stephen Forte, Chief Strategy Officer for Telerik. Stephen’s extensive success history includes: CTO, Scrum Master, Author, Serial Company Founder, Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Delivering A New Kind of Business Value Using The Cloud

    In a recent interview, Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Developer Division, Scott Guthrie talked about how Cloud computing with Windows Azure means that your developers can deliver a new kind of value to your business. He highlighted a few key points that, for you as a manager, serve as the business...