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

NEBytes Jan 2014 – Fantastic Four

Join North East Bytes for our first event of 2014 which also marks Four Fantastic years of our User Group!!!! Thank you for your continued support over the last four years! Following on from the great events that we've had over the last four years, we've lined up another great event for your benefit.  We are once again happy to welcome Black Marble's Microsoft MVP and Head of Data Science, Gary Short along with Microsoft MVP Steve Beaumont.   Register now, you won't want to miss this opportunity or the cake!

Date: Wednesday 15th January 2014

Time: 18:30-21:00


Hadoop Kickstarter for the Microsoft Platform

This session will provide a kickstarter for Hadoop on the Microsoft platform. It will take the audience from installation, through upload of data and analysis to visualisation of results via PowerBI. It's a must for any developer who is interested to find out how the data science/big data wave is going to impact them and what skills are needed work in this market.

Gary Short is the Head of Data Science for Black Marble and works with: Hadoop, Hive, Pig, MapReduce, Statistics, Predictive Analysis, Computational Linguistics and Social Network Theory

System Center Evolution and Integration

This session will show the evolution of Microsoft’s management tools into what is known today as System Center 2012 R2.  How it’s moved from being separate disparate tools into a tightly integrated powerful solution and start delving into some of the areas of how this could help you within your environment such as application monitoring, process automation, deployment and service management.

Steve Beaumont is an ICT professional and Microsoft MVP clocking up over 15 years of experience ranging from low end system building to managing a crack team of enterprise class support specialists to now providing consultancy, designs and solutions for Hybrid Cloud environments via his company PowerONPlatforms.


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 January 2014 - Fantastic Four

NEBytes November 2013 - Graphing The Backbone Rickshaw

Join North East Bytes for our eleventh event of 2013 where we are delighted to welcome local speaker, Richard Powell to give us the run down of graphing using D3, Backbone and Rickshaw!

Date: Wednesday 20th November 2013

Time: 18:30-21:00

Graphs With Backbone, Rickshaw and D3
Recently I had the pleasure of re-architecting Server Density's graphs using D3, Rickshaw and Backbone.js. In this technical talk I'm going to review: the backend API's, the data structure, the Backbone Architecture and why Rickshaw should be the go-to library for time-series graphs.

Most importantly though I'm going to talk about all these parts fit together to give the user graphs that provide real insight and make debugging a breeze. At the end of this session you will know everything you need to make your own highly interactive time-series graphs using backbone & Rickshaw.

Richard is a Front-End Developer from Newcastle with 6 years experience. Richard runs jQuery & Backbone workshops and builds complex UI's for @serverdensity. He also enjoys hacking around with RoR & Node.JS, which probably makes him quite hipster.

Richard is a fan of snowboarding, going to the gym, Formula 1 and Canada.  

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 November 2013 - Graphing The Backbone Rickshaw

Free events for IT Pros in Newcastle on 25th November

On Monday 25th November, St James' Park in Newcastle is the venue for three free events for IT professionals covering a range of Microsoft technologies.

During the day, the MVP Cloud OS Relay and SQL Relay 2012R2 have great line-ups of MVPs and other experts in Windows Server, System Center, Hyper-V, Office 365, Azure, SQL and Business Intelligence.

In the evening, the Windows User Group takes over with an event covering Windows 8.1, deployment, MDOP and Office 2013.

The schedule for the Cloud OS event is at http://www.cloudoscommunity.com/Newcastle and free sign-up is at http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mvp-cloud-os-infrastructure-relay-newcastle-tickets-8456426399

The SQL Relay event has sold out, but if you're desperately interested in any of the sessions at http://www.sqlrelay.co.uk/events/2013r2/Newcastle.html you can register for the Cloud OS event and switch tracks throughout the day if there's capacity in the room.

Sign up for the evening event is at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/windows-and-office-tour-tickets-9107714419

Hopefully I'll see you there!

NEBytes October 2013 - All about the SharePoint

Join North East Bytes at 18:30 on 16th October for our tenth event of 2013, this time round we are pleased to be partnering SUGUK North East.  After our hiyatus in September we have the pleasure of welcoming back Steve Smith who presented at our first ever NEBytes. We've given over both sessions to Steve with the aim of the evening being to provide everyone with information to help with your planning of a migration and upgrade to SharePoint 2013. Having the right information on how the new products differs to 2010 or 2007 is vital in preparing your test environments and planning for the actual production upgrade.

 

Session 1 - Upgrading SharePoint 2010 Content Databases to SharePoint 2013
Anyone who has tried an upgrade from previous versions of SharePoint know how painful it can be if the right research is not done. In this session I will go through the options available, the hardware and software requirements and walk through a database upgrade to 2013.
Session 2 - Scaling Search in SharePoint 2013
So now that we have upgraded our Farm let's look at one of the biggest architectural changes from one of the SharePoint 2010 Service applications and see how we scale search components in SharePoint 2013.

Steve Smith is the Director of Combined Knowledge, a specialist Sharepoint training consultancy.  Steve is a Sharepoint MVP and a prominent and very well known circuit speaker for the Sharepoint User Group in the UK

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 October 2013 - All about the SharePoint

NEBytes August 2013 - Media in the Cloud and PowerShell Four

Join North East Bytes for our ninth event of 2013.  Following on from the great events that we've had over the last two years, we've lined up another great event for your enjoyment.  We have our very own Jonathan Noble and Andrew Westgarth with two great sessions of demos and fantastic content!  Don't miss out register today! 

Date: Wednesday 28th August 2013

Time: 18:30-21:00

Desired State Configuration with PowerShell - Jonathan Noble

This October, when Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 hit the streets, they’re coming with Windows PowerShell version 4.0. The main reason for the major version number increment is the addition of Desired State Configuration (DSC). This new set of cmdlets and language extensions provide the ability to declaratively specify the configuration of your environment and maintain the desired state of your systems.

In this session, PowerShell MVP Jonathan Noble will be going into the detail of what DSC can do for you, showing how to define and deploy configuration scripts, as well as touching on some of the other new features of PowerShell 4.0.

Powering Applications With Windows Azure Media Services - Andrew Westgarth

Windows Azure Media Services provide developers with a fantastic scalable solution to build cost effective media distributioon solutions with support for a wide variety of platforms (Flash, Android, iOS, Windows etc).

In this session we'll look at how you can get started with Windows Azure Media Services to build a full end to end experience, from ingest to consumption. 

 

For more information on each one of our speakers check out their bios at http://www.nebytes.net/page/about.aspx

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 August 2013 - Media in the Cloud and PowerShell Four

NEBytes July 2013 - Tech It and Build It

Join North East Bytes for our eighth event of 2013.  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 will be having our very own Tech Ed 2013 and //Build 2013 retrospective event here in Newcastle.

Date: Wednesday 17th July 2013

Time: 18:30-21:00

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The Best of Tech Ed US/Europe and //Build 2013

NEBytes' very own Andrew Westgarth, Jonathan Noble, Ben Lee and Damien Foggon will be taking a retrospective look at announcements made at Tech Ed US/Europe and //Build 2013.

We'll be taking a look at new developments in both in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2, new capabilities in Visual Studio 2013 and lots of other items which have not even been announced yet (Fingers crossed for more new stuff at Tech Ed Europe and //Build ;-)).

We'll keep updating this listing with more details as we get closer to the event.

For more information on each one of our speakers check out their bios at http://www.nebytes.net/page/about.aspx

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

NEBytes and SUGUK June 2013 - BYOD Good or Disaster and Supporting SharePoint Users

Join North East Bytes for our seventh event of 2013 where we are delighted once again to partner with the SharePoint User Group.  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 really pleased to welcome Microsoft Most Valuable Professional John Timney and Brian English.

Date: Wednesday 19th June 2013

Time: 18:30-21:00

Bring Your Own Device, or Bring Your Own Disaster with John Timney (Microsoft MVP)

How do you approach BYOD in a changing world where we are all expecting to access software like SharePoint from any device, any Operating System and from any location?  This session considers some of the thinking and approach needed to introduce a BYOD strategy into your organisation to enable cohesive BYOD support coverage for SharePoint that could equally be applied to any software application.  The session considers the evolving market, thoughts around cloud and commodity storage, what SharePoint as an application brings to the table, and how to approach formulating a SharePoint 2013 BYOD strategy to keep your organisation safe, satisfy the demands of end users, and understand the operational, compliance and people challenges emerging in an ever changing, rapidly evolving multi-device world.

John is a fifteen year veteran MVP, an international conference speaker, co-author of a number of books and an Administrator for the SharePoint User Group in the UK.

Supporting End Users Who Use SharePoint with Brian English

In this presentation Brian reports on some common Support Issues and solutions and the impact support design can have on end users.

Referencing the need for a Support stack, identifying the key features of support end users require including Governance, Training & Education, and incident and problem management he will also cover the, the value to end users brought by Independent Audit and Reviews, such as Microsoft’s RAP (Risk Assessment Process) for SharePoint and  Microsoft’s new RaaS (RAP as a Service).

There will be the opportunity for full and frank discussion on real world industry experience with Brian, who has worked with every major release of SharePoint since its inception in a variety of roles ranging from Support Analyst Team Leader, Senior Solution Architect, Release and Deployment Manager, Project Manager, and Senior Technical Strategy Consultant.

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

Eventbrite - NEBytes and SUGUK June 2013 - BYOD Good or Disaster and Supporting SharePoint Users

NEBytes May 2013–Cloudy SignalR with Lab Management

Join North East Bytes for our sixth event of 2013.  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 really pleased to welcome Friends of NEBytes, Steve Spencer and Rik Hepworth from Black Marble.

Date: Wednesday 15th May 2013

Time: 18:30-21:00

Web API, SignalR, Windows Azure and Gadgeteer - Challenges of the .Net Micro-Framework

This session introduces Gadgeteer and the .Net Micro-Framework and moves into a practical implementation that uses web api, signal R and Windows Azure.

Steve is the Development Director of the Black Marble Ltd a Microsoft Gold Partner based in the North of England. Black Marble is a highly skilled software development and IT consultancy house that thrives on solving difficult problems, ensuring our customers benefit from the innovative solutions we deliver.

As Development Director Steve is responsible for all software development and consultancy at Black Marble.

Steve is a regular presenter at events in the UK and Ireland where my common subjects are Windows Azure and ALM.

Give It a Kick: Lessons Learned from TFS 2012 Lab and SCVMM 2012

Black Marble recently migrated their TFS2010 Lab to TFS 2012 and thought it would be a good idea to move to a single SCVMM 2012 instance to manage both lab and production Hyper-V whilst also moving to SQL 2012 Always On and Server 2012 across the board. Find out just how much fun that was as Rik discusses the process.  
Rik is the IT Director of Black Marble, a Microsoft Gold Partner based in the North of England. Black Marble specialises in Biztalk and SharePoint-based business automation. In addition to making sure Black Marble's own systems deliver, Rik leads the IT side of Black Marble's SharePoint practice. Rik has been delivering SharePoint solutions since Black Marble’s involvement in the beta of SharePoint 2007 and presents regularly for Black Marble and their partners on this and other topics.

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

Eventbrite - NEBytes May 2013 - Cloudy SignalR with Lab Management

Sponsor – Access / VBA / SQL mini-project

The following post is by NEBytes sponsor -

Souter Trading International is an international trading business, who has successfully run their business on a line-of-business (LOB) application written in Access with VBA add-ons - for more than a decade.

The management of this business has worked with a database developer to create a system which captures all the business processes and logic, and which effectively tracks all transactions and creates an audit trail which is certified to ISO9001.

With the original database developer retiring, there is a requirement for an individual or business to pick up and understand this LOB application, with the work staged according to business priorities.

Phase 1 will be to fix several pressing issues with the current system.

Phase 2 will then be to hold discussions with the client about what their new requirements are and then advise on what the best course of action is, e.g. improve the Access solution; move to something based on SQL; or take it into the cloud via Azure or similar.

Then provide a spec and price for phase 2 & allow for on-going support - 1 day a month anticipated.

Phase 3 could be the exploration and commercialisation of the system for its resale to third parties using a SaaS model.

If you would like more information, or know someone who might be interested please contact Justin.