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

Microsoft IT Pro Camp, Newcastle, 27th March

Over the coming months, Microsoft are running events for IT professionals across the length and breadth of the UK, including a return to the North East. I went to the Microsoft Campus last week and had a taste of the new format, which is unlike the TechNet presentations of the past. These events are smaller and very interactive - there's a real opportunity for attendees to shape the topics covered throughout the day.

As I said, these are smaller events, so you need to get registered fast! Here are all the details from Microsoft:

Event:Consumerisation of IT/ Manage consumer devices on a corporate network
Date:27th March 2012
Location:Novotel Newcastle Airport, Ponteland Road, Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne
 
This year the UK Tech.Days team have changed the format of our traditional Tech.Days theatre events into a series of ‘Boot Camp’ style seminars. The aim of these is to allow IT Professionals to have more discussion time with evangelists like Andrew Fryer, and each other to share common problems and solutions – and we’re looking for your help to share these with your users.   
 
The Newcastle Event will host approx. 70 people with a mixture of discussions and practical demonstration. Although there will be a loose agenda, it will be PowerPoint-free event, allowing the hosts to focus on the questions that our guests ask.
 
For the event in Newcastle, we will be focusing on the Consumerisation of IT:
·         How key Microsoft technologies such as System Center 2012, SharePoint 2010, Windows Server 2008R2, Exchange 2010 or Office 365 and Windows 7 come together to help you deliver flexibility and support for devices and desktops.
·         How to use the latest tools to manage your estate, deliver applications flexibly, manage devices such as iOS and Android as well as Windows, implement IP Sec, reduce anti-malware costs, implement Direct Access and secure remote access.
·         We'll also help you think about what you need to build into a "Bring your own device" or BYOD policy.
 
Registrations are now open and can be found here

NEBytes Feb 2012 - Lync It All Up On The Go With TFS Everyone

Join North East Bytes for our second event of 2012 - on Wednesday 15th February.  Following on from the great events that we've had over the last two years, we've lined up another great event for your benefit.  We are pleased to welcome Richard Fennell from Black Marble and we are very pleased to have our very own Ben Lee presenting on Lync Mobile.   Register now, you won't want to miss this opportunity!

TFS for Everyone with Richard Fennell

Do you use a lot of different tools, not just Visual Studio, when developing software?  Have you evaluated or dismissed Visual Studio Team Foundation Server (TFS) because of the range of tools you work with?  Would you be surprised to hear that TFS can be your complete Application Lifecycle Management solution while still enabling you to work in Notepad, Java/Eclipse etc and still automate builds and management your teams and report on progress?

Well Richard will be highlighting the ways in which TFS has matured and developed to support these and many other scenarios through the use Team Explorer Everywhere, TFS Build Extension Power Tools and TFS Power Tools.  To round off Richard will give us an idea of the future of TFS with a look at the Team Foundation Service hosted on Windows Azure which was announced at the Build Windows 2011 Conference last year.

Richard Fennell is the Engineering Director of the Black Marble Ltd a Microsoft Gold Partner based in the North of England. Black Marble specialises in BizTalk & SharePoint based business automation.
As Engineering Director Richard is responsible for the delivery of systems and tools to allow my company, and our clients, to deliver solutions efficiently. All Black Mable's development activity is underpinned by Visual Studio Team System an agile process model. Richard is a MVP for Visual Studio ALM (nee Team System), a Typemock MVP and a Certified Scrum Master
Richard is a regular presenter at community events in the UK and Ireland (and the rest of the world given a chance) where his most common subject is software testing and the development process.
If you want to get in touch please use the contact form on his blog or follow Richard's Twitter feed @RichardFennell

Lync Mobile with Ben Lee

It’s been over a year since Lync was officially released and one of the biggest complaints at the time was the lack of official mobile support. Well fear not, late last year Microsoft released mobile clients for Windows Phone, Android and iPhone. However it's not just a case of rolling out the mobile client, Microsoft changed some of the underlying architecture to add support for mobility.

In this talk Ben will provide a quick recap about Lync & the various topologies available and then cover the new mobile client both in terms of features and it's implementation.

In the remainder of the hour session we'll host a "town hall" debate about any exciting upcoming products for the year & a discussion about the future of NEBytes. So bring along your talking voice...

As well as helping with NEBytes Ben is a Senior Infrastructure Consultant at Waterstons, Ben focuses on Microsoft enterprise products and technologies. His key specialisms include desktop management, security and Unified Comms. He has a particular interest in Lync and Microsofts UC offerings. Ben’s blog is at http://www.bibble-it.com and is @Bibbleq on twitter

Location

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

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