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North East Bytes - Microsoft Technology Usergroup in the North East of England

What happened to the MVP Windows Server 2003 End of Service Roadshow?

This week we took the difficult decision to cancel our event. It's not something that we like to do, and we'd tried to give this one more of a chance by delaying it by three weeks to enable Microsoft to do some more promotion on it. We never want to cancel events, and we especially didn't want to in this case because we felt we were already messing about the few people who signed up for the first date.

In this case it seems that the topic just isn't popular, and a number of the other events around the country were also cancelled. While it would be nice to think that most people weren't interested because their Server 2003 migrations are already under control, industry research would suggest that isn't the case. A lot of the organisations who haven't yet made any effort to move on from Server 2003 either aren't prioritising resources to do it, or they feel like they're stuck with it because of some application, or they don't perceive it as broken, so they don't intend to fix it. We had hoped that we'd be able to assist in reducing some of those barriers.

We do feel bad about this, especially towards the pro-active guys who were going to come along to try to move their organisations forward, so in lieu of an event we're going to do this: In the coming days, we're going to take the content that we were putting together for the event and put it together into a collection of content here on nebytes.net. This should cover the main points that you would have taken away from the evening event, and may also help some extra people further afield. We hope that you all find it useful.

CANCELLED: NEBytes September 2014 Special - MVP Windows Server 2003 End of Service Roadshow

[UPDATE 2] Unfortunately it seem that this event is no longer viable, so we've had to take the difficult decision to cancel it. :-(

[UPDATE] Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are having to postpone this event until September 24th. The time is still the same, but we are now able to host the event in the normal NEBytes venue (Room 1.02, Claremont Tower, Newcastle University). Very sorry about that, but if you weren't able to attend before, hopefully this new date will be better for you...

This September, we're very happy to bring you a special event in conjunction with Microsoft.

MVP Windows Server 2003 End of Service Roadshow.
In early September 2014, MVPs and Community Leaders will be sharing their expertise to help you understand the technical and business impact of the end support for Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2 and Small Business Server 2003. A lot has changed since 2003 and so have the Microsoft product offerings, giving you greater functionality and flexibility. The evening will cover the following: 
 
·         What does End of Support mean?
Learn about what end of support means for your business and the implications of running unsupported technology.
·         Why Windows Server 2012 and Azure?
Times have changed since 2003 and so have Microsoft’s  product offerings. Learn about the increased functionality in Windows Server 2012 and Azure and how they can help your business needs.
·         How do you move to Windows Server 2012?
Where to start can often be a daunting task when it comes to server migrations. This session will outline  the methodology you should apply when thinking of migrating, and more importantly, how to migrate shown through hands on demos.
·         Application compatibility
Application compatibility presents a potential barrier to upgrading. See first hand tools, hints and tips for upgrading your applications to Windows Server 2012 or to Azure.

The event will be hosted in Room 1.02 in Claremont Tower at Newcastle University. For a detailed campus map - http://www.ncl.ac.uk/documents/Campus-Map-Print.pdf

Date: Wednesday 24th September 2014

Time: 18:00-21:00


Eventbrite - MVP Windows Server 2003 End of Service Roadshow

NEBytes August 2014–Summer Xrossing

This event is kindly sponsored by Scott Logic:

We're pleased to announce that for NEBytes this August we are delighted to welcome Waterston's Ross Dargan to deliver a session on cross-platform development with Xamarin.

Xamarin Forms: Build native UIs for iOS, Android and Windows Phone from a single, shared C# codebase

Cross platform mobile development has never been easier. In this session Ross will show how to create a simple application for the three major mobile platforms with a single core project. He will cover the following in the hour long session:

  • An introduction to Xamarin (how it differs from other cross platform techniques)
  • Implementing the traditional "Hello World" using Xamarin
  • A quick overview of PCL vs Shared Assembly
  • Hello World using Xamarin Forms
  • A look at MVVM, and how to tackle some of the thornier cross platform mobile problems.

PLEASE NOTE ROOM CHANGE

The event will be hosted in Room 563 on the fifth floor of Claremont Tower at Newcastle University. For a detailed campus map - http://www.ncl.ac.uk/documents/Campus-Map-Print.pdf

Date: Wednesday 20th August 2014

Time: 18:30-21:00

Eventbrite - NEBytes August 2014 - Summer Xrossing

NEBytes July 2014 - SecurityBytes

This event is kindly sponsored by Scott Logic:

We're pleased to announce that for NEBytes this July we will have a talk specially prepared by Ross Dargan and Ben Lee covering a range of interesting security items. Now most people wouldn't normally associate the words "interesting" and "security" with each other but actually the modern internet poses so some really fun problems that need to be solved if you want to protect yourself.

 

Basic internet security principals seem fairly straight forward until you start pretending (hah!) that someone has access to all of your communications. This is where crypto and security get interesting and there are some really elegant solutions to these problems out there…

 

In this session Ross and Ben will lay a quick foundation of the key principals used before covering a range of topics and questions such as...

  • How do you truly verify someone's identity without giving away too much information?
  • How can you agree a secure communication channel with someone in a public arena?
  • What happens next for internet communications?

 

The talk will be quite light hearted and demo ridden (that’s the plan anyway) so come along and join in - Tin foil hats optional


And we are pleased to have along for our second half Janine Weightman, Group Lead for Knowledge Management at Wellstream International Ltd who will present on: Harnessing SharePoint to drive a Knowledge Management strategy.


This session covers how to exploit the basic SharePoint functionality to create an enterprise collaboration and knowledge management platform designed for the business. We will discuss how we reshaped our organisational culture for better knowledge sharing and adoption of SharePoint. We will also cover some of the important lessons painfully gained from the implementation before finishing with a short Q&A.


Date: Wednesday 16th July2014

Time: 18:30-21:00


The event will be hosted in Room 1.02 of Claremont Tower at Newcastle University. For a detailed campus map - http://www.ncl.ac.uk/documents/Campus-Map-Print.pdf

Eventbrite - NEBytes July 2014 - SecurityBytes

NEBytes June 2014 - Are We On To An Owinner?

This event is kindly sponsored by Scott Logic:

Join North East Bytes for our fifth event of 2014.  In this event we're delighted to welcome local developer Steve Higgs from Opentable UK.

Date: Wednesday 18th June 2014

Time: 18:30-21:00

Owin: The great asp.net reboot

Asp.net has a long history of delivering web applications; unfortunately this history comes with a fair amount of baggage. This all changes with the introduction of Owin. In this session Steve will clarify the various parts of the owin/katana/helios stack and demonstrate how they can be used to bring new levels of speed and portability to your asp.net applications.

Bio

Steve Higgs works for Opentable UK using a wide variety of languages, but in previous lives has developed content management systems, factory control software and gambling apps. Steve is always interested in the new and how it can improve him and others as developers.

We look forward to seeing you on the 18th!

The event will be hosted in Room 1.02 of Claremont Tower at Newcastle University. For a detailed campus map - http://www.ncl.ac.uk/documents/Campus-Map-Print.pdf

Eventbrite - NEBytes June 2014 - Are We On To An Owinner?

MVP Empower People Centric IT Roadshow–Sunderland

NEBytes and Sunderland Software City are very please to be able to announce that we will be hosting the North East leg of the Microsoft MVP Empower People Centric IT Roadshow at the Sunderland Software Centre on Thursday 12th June 2014

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MVP Empower People Centric IT Roadshow

 

Join speakers from the outstanding MVP community in the UK and Ireland and find out more about:  

·         How IT can provide a consistent and personalized experience for users across a wide range of devices.

·         How IT can keep corporate information protected

·         And how the above are achieved without adding unrealistic cost and complexity to the business?

Microsoft has solutions to enable enterprise mobility:

•Hybrid identity management

•Mobile device management

•Access and information protection

•Desktop virtualization

From 11th June 2014, MVPs will be delivering sessions in Edinburgh, Sunderland, Birmingham, Bristol and Reading 

Tech Days

 

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Windows Server 2012 R2

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System Center 2012 R2

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Windows Azure

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Windows Intune

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          Claire Smyth

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NEBytes May 2014 - Emergency Lync 101 (cancelled)

Update: This event has been cancelled, we look forward to seeing you all in June...!


This event is kindly sponsored by Scott Logic:

 

Join North East Bytes for our fifth event of 2014 (that nearly didnt happen!)

We are a bit late announcing our event this month as we've have had some troubles getting things lined up ready for you. Unfortunately we've not been able to sort a dev speaker or specific topic but fear not instead of cancelling, our own Ben has some Lync content ready to go that he delivered on the recent MUCUGUK tour "A Day of Lync 2013" and has offered to step in.

It has also been TechEd North America so Andy and Ben will also run a mini re-cap session on the key bits of news... compressed into 30 minutes

Be warned the Lync content from Ben will be very similar to NeBytes from April 2013 so don't feel like you have to come along as you might have seen it before! However if you are interested in Lync, are considering deploying or know someone who is then Ben will be happy to answer any questions and go off on tangents about design or deployment questions.

Perhaps we will see you on the 21st! :)

Eventbrite - NEBytes May 2014 - Emergency Lync 101

NEBytes April 2014–BUILD Retrospective–Treats and Discoveries

This event is kindly sponsored by Scott Logic:

Join North East Bytes for our fourth event of 2014.  In this event we'll be running a retrospective session covering all the news from BUILD 2014, so if you can't make it out to San Francisco why not come along and catch up on all the news with us.

Date: Wednesday 16th April 2014

Time: 18:30-21:00


If you're following the conference and see something you think might be of interest to the wider group, please feel free to either point it out to us so we can include it or why not event stand up and discuss it with members in our session - they don't bite! :), either way let us know via Twitter/Facebook/Website of anything that is of interest.

We look forward to seeing you on the 16th!


The event will be hosted in Room 1.02 of Claremont Tower at Newcastle University. For a detailed campus map - http://www.ncl.ac.uk/documents/Campus-Map-Print.pdf

Eventbrite - NEBytes April 2014 - BUILD Retrospective - Treats and Discoveries

Coding for Kids Slide Deck

 

A lot of people asked Same and I for the slide deck from our talk on Coding for Kids and we’re delighted to post it here, along with some links below from the slide deck.  I hope our session inspired you to get involved and give kids opportunities to code!  Any questions please contact us and we’ll be only to happy to help.

Also here are the details about Code Pub a meetup for Code Clubs being organised in Newcastle on 24th April 2014, 18:00-21:00 http://codepubnewcastle.eventbrite.co.uk

NEBytes March 2014 - Cloud Websites and Coding for Kids

This event is kindly sponsored by Scott Logic:

Join North East Bytes for our third event of 2014.  We have the pleasure of welcoming Sam Hogarth who will join our own Andrew Westgarth to give us the run down on their experiences running Code Clubs in the area.  Andrew will also be giving us an overview of Windows Azure Websites.

Date: Wednesday 19th March 2014

Time: 18:30-21:00


Session 1 - An Overview of Windows Azure Websites
Windows Azure Websites offers fantastic flexible development, easy deployment and a wide array of scaling options for Web Applications.  In this session Andrew will be giving us an introduction to Windows Azure Websites and exploring the great experience and services provided by this incredible platform.

Session 2 - Creating Rockstars!  Experiences of running Code Clubs
Sam Hogarth and Andrew Westgarth have been working with local schools to help them run Code Clubs for their pupils as after school activities.  Helping children to learn how to code and the many skills and technigues that this requires is something which both Andrew and Sam are very passionate about.  In this session they will give you an overview of what Code Club is, what type of activities make up Code Club, how they got involved and how you can get involved too!

Sam has spent the past three years developing desktop and web-based trading applications for the financial sector, created charting controls for WPF/SL/WP and Android, and now works at Nonlinear Dynamics providing a tool to analyse data from Mass Spectrometers for the fields of proteomics and metabolomics.

Andrew Westgarth is an MVP (ASP.Net/Internet Information Services). He is a Hands-on Software Architect at Sage (UK) Ltd working on large scale web applications. Andrew is very active in the UK Developer Community, attending and speaking at multiple events, supporting users and other User Groups. In the past he has spoken at the Irish Microsoft Technology Conference, VBUG's National Two Day Conference; Developer Developer Developer Day 5 and local User Group meetings. Andrew has experience in VB6/.NET; C#; ASP.NET and Internet Information Services. Andrew's current technical interests include IIS 8.0/7.5/7.0, IIS Extensions and Windows Azure; Personal Performance Improvement and Best Practices.


The event will be hosted in Room 1.02 of Claremont Tower at Newcastle University. For a detailed campus map - http://www.ncl.ac.uk/documents/Campus-Map-Print.pdf

Eventbrite - NEBytes March 2014 - Cloud Websites and Coding for Kids