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  • Blog Post: Microsoft announces support of System on a Chip Architectures from Intel, AMD, and ARM for next version of Windows

    Happy New Year to you all Steve Ballmer did his traditional keynote at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) yesterday and made a big announcement in relation to the next version of Windows. Windows vNext will support System on a Chip (SoC) architectures, including ARM-based systems from partners...
  • Blog Post: Events: Windows Azure Tech.Days Online Conference - March

    We’ve been putting a fair bit of Azure content up recently and following on with that theme I thought it would be good to share some upcoming free training events that may be of interest to you.  We will be running a series of lunchtime sessions from local UK experts where you can get up to speed...
  • Blog Post: Case Study: Eurobase Insurance Solutions selects Microsoft SQL Server as the preferred database platform

    Eurobase Insurance Solutions , one of the world’s leading insurance and reinsurance software providers and a Microsoft Partner with Gold ISV Competency , recommends Microsoft SQL Server as the database platform for its insurance software solutions. Eurobase has more than 20 years’ experience...
  • Blog Post: What do you call a group of Architects?

    Plenty of names might come to mind, but one thing is for sure the industry is crying out for IT Architects – but are there enough to go round? And are they any good? Iasa Global , the professional association for IT Architects thinks that this needs to change and is running its first annual architecture...
  • Blog Post: WS2012 Designed for the cloud - real benefits for Physical Embedded Servers

    Several key goals of the WS2012 Server rewrite were to accommodate requirements of the cloud business. Datacenters which provide cloud capability are generally massive and have unique requirements which are normally a superset of those found in a smaller environment. These requirements include uptime...
  • Blog Post: Using Lync to run Tech Days Online

    Hopefully many of you attended Tech Days Online last and got lots of value from the event. From a production perspective whilst it was a great deal of hard work, we really enjoyed the event and the end result. I thought I would put up a quick post on how we managed to run the communications side of...
  • Blog Post: Best of Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) UK 2012

    Join us for the upcoming launch of System Center 2012. Learn about 2012's exciting wave of Microsoft Private Cloud product launches and announcements – starting with the release of System Center 2012. Get the latest insights into the Microsoft Private Cloud and learn what's new in System...
  • Blog Post: Catch up on the latest Architecture News

    Running for four years in Yorkshire, this March sees the successful Architecture Forum come south. Black Marble and Microsoft invite you to join us for an unique opportunity to learn about the latest technologies and best practices from luminaries in the field of computing with a focus on Architecture...
  • Blog Post: Guest Article: Applying Value Management techniques to SharePoint solutions

    Geoff is a SharePoint MVP, and likes to be known as a “Hands on” Technical Evangelist and works as a SharePoint Solutions Architect. He has published many articles, guides and books about SharePoint. With over 25 years of experience in information systems, he is a Fellow of the Institute of the Analysts...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: Windows Azure SQL Databases In Action

    Gareth Hewitt is the Product Director for WhiteSky Studio , a configurable Platform as a Service that allows business users to rapidly and easily create their own applications. Gareth founded WhiteSky Studio in June 2011 and is now focused on growing the product through allowing partners to create, market...