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NEBytes April 2012 - Automating the Platform of the Future

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Join North East Bytes for our fourth event of 2012.  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 delighted to welcome Richard Custance, from Sage, to give us the rundown on provisioning and deploying applications on Windows Azure, and we have our very own IIS MVP, Andrew Westgarth, giving us the run down on IIS 8.   Register now, you won't want to miss this opportunity!

Date: Thursday 26th April 2012

Time: 18:30-21:00

How to ‘Smartly’ Provision and Deploy a .Net Application on Windows Azure with Richard Custance
 
The session will show how Sage UK Ltd has leveraged the Windows Azure Platform to migrate the server-side components of one of its leading lower mid-market desktop applications, Sage 200 ERP, to the Cloud. 
 
Sage 200 ERP is a .Net 3.5 / 4.0 (c#), single-tenant, traditional Windows Form client-server, line-of-business application. Not sold as an off-the-shelf application, Sage 200’s five and a half thousand customers are trained and supported by a large Sage Business Partner community. Sage 200 is fully customisable with a large eco-system of Sage Developer Partners providing add-ons, amendments, and extensions to the core product.  
 
The technical challenge posed to the Sage 200 R&D department was how to transition elements (server-side components including data and documents) to the Windows Azure Cloud whilst maintaining all the business logic, features, and customisations supported in the current desktop.
 
From this session you will learn how ‘being clever’ with Windows Azure as helped the Sage 200 team deploy, provision, host and run Sage 200  in a clustered-multi-tenant environment in the Cloud.
 
Richard Custance is Technical Architect at Sage UK Ltd, based in Newcastle. Richard has worked for Sage UK for 18 years and in that time has seen the Sage 200 application (formerly known as Sovereign and Line 100 and MMS) re-written / re-engineered from its original DOS implementation that it was in the early 90s to the .Net 3.5 / 4 Windows application that exists today. Now, as the Sage R&D team plans to move Sage 200 to the Cloud, Richard’s role as an architect has been to determine how the application (including its many 3rd party customisations and add-ons) can be dynamically provisioned and deployed on Windows Azure.
 
 
 
IIS 8 Platform for The Future with Andrew Westgarth
 
With the release of Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista, Internet Information Server (IIS) received a major update and this has continued through IIS 7.5 which was released with Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. Now we sit on the verge of another update with the upcoming release of Windows Server 8 and Windows 8 which bring with them IIS 8.0.
 
In this session we'll set the scene with a quick run through of the building blocks put in place through IIS 7 and 7.5 and then deep dive into the features coming in IIS 8.0 which enable Developers and IT pros to deliver optimised, advanced interactive applications using technologies such as HTML5 and Web Sockets whilst also making use of scalability and configuration enhancements on the underlying platform.
 
Andrew Westgarth is a Technical 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.
 
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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MUCUGUK Lync tour 2012 - Newcastle

The Microsoft Unified Communications User Group UK (MUCUGUK) is hitting the road in May with a series of events up and down the country, including one in Newcastle.

This is that this is just one of a series of events they are running up and down the country in places that don’t normally get much attention in the IT Pro world so show them some love and get signed up…

The events run over a full day, are free to attend and even better include lunch and refreshments through the day.

The content is designed to cover all of Lync’s bases; taking you through an introduction to the platform, using Lync as a PBX, resiliency / DR planning, third party integration and even helping you out with creating a business case. So as you can see it doesn’t matter if your already a Lync IT Pro, an overstretched Systems Administrator or IT Manager there should be plenty of stuff to take away from the day.

The full day’s agenda is as follows:

Start

End

Title

09:30

10:00

Registration and coffee.

10:00

10:15

Welcome.

10:15

11:00

Introduction to Lync.

11:00

11:15

Coffee break.

11:15

12:00

We have a PBX, how do we move to Lync?

12:00

12:45

High availability and disaster recovery.

12:45

13:15

Sponsor Session - A10 Networks.

14:13

14:00

Lunch.

14:00

14:45

Using an existing video conferencing solution with Lync?

14:45

15:30

Deploy our own or use a cloud offering, if cloud who's?

15:30

15:45

Coffee break.

15:45

16:45

All of this sounds good, how do I get my boss to agree?

16:45

17:00

Q&A and wrap-up.

 

Places are limited for each event so head over to Eventbrite and get signed up. See you there in May….

Upcoming Microsoft Community Events

At last night’s meeting I mentioned a number of upcoming events, for both IT Pros and Developers both in our region and nationally.  Here is the information on each event and the registration links:

Windows 8 for Application Developers

IT Camps

Building a Private Cloud

Manage Consumer Devices on a Corporate Network

Virtualising Servers with Hyper V

Some events have already filled up so don’t wait too long to book your place on an event which interests you!

NEBytes March 2012 - Imagine a World With Metro

Join North East Bytes for our third event of 2012.  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 excited to welcome the local teams entering this year's Imagine Cup event and we'll also be taking a look at the future of Windows with the Consumer Preview of Windows 8 both from a consumer and developer's viewpoint   Register now, you won't want to miss this opportunity!

Date: Wednesday 21st March 2012

Time: 18:30-21:00

Imagine Cup North East teams
 
We are pleased to welcome the teams from Imagine Cup North East who have entered the Imagine Cup competition this year.  Each team will be pitching their projects and their entries.  Come along to support our local entrants and give them some real world feedback on their projects and solutions which they can then use to strengthen their entry into this year's competition with the eventual aim of winning the UK final and competing with the rest of the world at the world final in Sydney, Australia! 

This is a great opportunity for our community to support the students and future of our community!
 
 
Touching the Future With Windows 8
 
As you are probably aware Windows 8 has been available in two "preview" editions for the last three months. You'll have read a lot about Metro and its implications and probably even downloaded and installed one of the previews yourself. In this talk NEByte's own Jon Noble and Ben Lee will provide a recap of what we know so far about Windows 8 and offer their opinions on what's good, what's bad and what to keep an eye on. Towards the end of the session Ross Dargan from Waterstons, who has been developing specifically for Windows 8 for the last three months, will share some insights about WinRT - the new development framework in Windows 8
 
 
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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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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What's New in PowerShell v3 - the slides

For those who want to re-live the fun, and those who are curious about what they missed, here are my slides from last night's NEBytes presentation:

What’s New in PowerShell v3 and Introducing Script Explorer
At the end there was a discussion about books to help you get started with PowerShell. There are some really good books out there, but to reduce the cost of entry, I'd suggest you start with some free ebooks. You can check out this post on my blog which links to some resources, and you may also find PowerShell cheat sheets useful (I did when I was getting used to the syntax). Also, look out for announcements around the public availability of the Microsoft Script Explorer for Windows PowerShell.
I also asked whether anyone would be interested in a North East PowerShell Script Club? I want to discuss with those who might want to take part about how they'd like it to work for them, but one idea is to meet for half an hour before the normal NEBytes meetings so that we can share challenges we've faced or successes we've had, with the aim that we all get better through sharing our experiences. If that's of interest to you, drop me an email to jonathan at nebytes.net or @jonoble on Twitter.

NEBytes January 2012: Yes We’re Two!!

Happy New Year!!  Join North East Bytes for our first event of 2012 which is also our Second Birthday!!!! Thank you for your continued support over the last twelve months! 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 Gary Short from Gibraltar Software and we are very pleased to have our very own PowerShell MVP Jonathan Noble presenting on PowerShell 3. Register now, you won't want to miss this opportunity!

Date: Wednesday 18th January 2012

Time: 18:30-21:00

Data Mining the Social Web with Gary Short

With so much customer interaction happening on social web sites right now, companies need to know what kind of information they can extract from them. In this presentation, I’ll show you how to find out such information as: where you customers are, what they want, what they think of your products and who are the influencers in the network. This session will be a mix of theory and coded examples, fun and useful for anyone who works at a company who already make use of, or who are thinking of making use of, social media as a marketing platform.

Gary ShortGary Short is the Head of Gibraltar Labs, a skunk works division of Gibraltar software. He is a Microsoft MVP in C# as well as being a Node.js and Python hacker. Gary is a popular speaker giving presentations at conferences and user groups throughout the UK, Europe and the US, mainly on his pet subjects of Technical Debt, Refactoring and Social Network Analysis.

What's New in PowerShell v3, and Introducing Script Explorer

PowerShell version 3 will be coming along with Windows 8 and brings with it additional features, syntax elements and cmdlets. This session will cover some of the highlights (based on the current CTP2 code), including the new workflow functionality, which has the potential to revolutionise the way that sys admins manage systems (and clouds!) going forward.

If that wasn’t enough, we'll also look at the soon-to-be-released Microsoft Script Explorer for Windows PowerShell. This new tool lets you search and browse PowerShell content in online repositories, as well as your own local scripts, making it easy for new and experienced scripters to avoid re-inventing wheels.

Jonathan NobleJonathan started his career in IT early, being kept out of primary school assemblies in order to show teachers how to use BBC Model Bs. After watching Top Gun too many times, and a less than fun part-time job in PC World, he nearly gave up computing and became a fighter pilot, but was somehow drawn back to the keyboard and has spent the last dozen years managing Windows systems at Newcastle University. His primary focus is management and automation around Windows Server products, Active Directory and Exchange; mainly using PowerShell. A blogger for many years and Twitter addict, Jonathan became an active member of the PowerShell community from early in its life and received Microsoft MVP awards in July 2009 and January 2012. He is also a member of the TechNet UK Community Council. When he's not writing PowerShell scripts, he's a massive fan of basketball; both the NBA and the Newcastle Eagles.

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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Sage Technical Careers Open Evening

We are very pleased that Sage are sponsoring the NEBytes special event next week…

Sage are holding an upcoming recruitment open evening that might be of interest, make sure you check out the details below:

sage logo

An invitation to our Technical Careers Open Evening.
Here at Sage we've lots of career opportunities coming up over the next 12 months in our technical areas of the business.
At our head office in Newcastle we research and develop the business software for our customers along with our internal Information Services team to support and provide the systems to enable us to produce the award winning software for our customers.
As we do everything onsite, we've lots of career opportunities for you across our R&D and Information Services teams. These range from Product/Programme Management, Software Development across Mobile/Web/Desktop applications, Information Security & Enterprise Architecture, Systems Support, Business Analysis & Usability, Testing and IT Contract Management to name but a few.

Technical experience in; C++, C#, .NET, Javascript, JAVA, SQL Server, Apache, Tomcat, Ruby on Rails is essential for some of our roles.
The best people to tell you what it's like at Sage are the ones who already work here, so an Open Evening is the best way to hear about how real Sage people feel about their jobs. At Sage, we strive to make people feel part of a team. We work very hard for and on behalf of our customers, but we know how to enjoy ourselves and look after each other too!
In 2011 we were delighted to announce that we have been officially recognised as one of the UK's leading business to business brands. We were rewarded for all our hard work when we were announced as A Business Superbrand, which says we're a brand that has established the finest reputation in its field. It means we offer our customers something over and above our competitors and we represent quality, reliability and distinction. It's a fantastic accolade and one that perfectly supports our brand vision and goals.
So we feel we've the next career opportunity for you, right here.


So when's it all happening?
Date: 8 December 2011
Time: 5.30pm to 8.00pm
Where: Sage (UK) Limited, North Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE13 9AA
How to get here: We've plenty of on-site parking available if you have your own transport, but if not there is also the X45 and 40 bus services that come right to our door too.

NEBytes November 2011 Special - Gill Cleeren on WinRT and Switching on the Cloud for Silverlight

Join North East Bytes for the second event in an action packed month of November!!!

We are pleased to welcome Gill Cleeren, Microsoft Regional Director and Silverlight MVP as he visits on his tour!!

Date: Tuesday 22nd November 2011

Time: 18:30-21:00

WinRT and Metro Applications

At BUILD 2011, Microsoft announced Windows 8. This upcoming version of Windows is probably the biggest change the OS ever went through. Windows 8 focuses on web, apps, touch and the tablet form factor. For developers, things will change as well. They need to be ready to build applications, called Metro applications, tailored for Windows 8 or adapt their existing applications for the new OS. Together with Windows 8, Microsoft announced Windows Runtime (WinRT), a new way of working with Windows.

As you can see, that's a lot of new stuff to get your head around! To help you, Gill Cleeren, Microsoft Regional Director and Silverlight MVP will explain you the new strategy that Microsoft is taking. In this talk, we'll see what WinRT really is, how we can use it to build Metro applications with and how we can leverage C# and Silverlight knowledge to build Metro applications. We'll take a look at a fully working application as well to give you a clear picture of all the knowledge you'll gather during this hour.

By joining this session, the developer story for Windows 8 will have less secrets for you!

Switching on the Cloud for Silverlight

What happens if you combine 2 of the hottest technologies for your applications? Find out in this very session! If we combine the capabilities of Windows Azure with the rich UX of Silverlight, we are capable of building great... what am I saying: exceptional web applications. We'll look at building an app in Silverlight running from Azure and we'll look at the topics of interest that you'll encounter when hosting services in the cloud to be consumed from Silverlight, considerations for Windows Azure Storage if used from Silverlight etc.

Gill Cleeren

Gill Cleeren is Microsoft Regional Director (www.theregion.com), MVP ASP.NET, INETA speaker bureau member and Silverlight Insider. He lives in Belgium where he works as .NET architect at Ordina. Passionate about .NET, he’s always playing with the newest bits. In his role as Regional Director, Gill has given many sessions, webcasts and trainings on new as well as existing technologies, such as Silverlight, ASP.NET and WPF. He also leads VISUG (www.visug.be), the largest .NET user group in Belgium. He’s the author of the upcoming book called Silverlight Data Access Cookbook. You can find his blog at www.snowball.be.

Location

The event will be hosted in Room 120 of the Claremont Building at Newcastle University. For a detailed campus map - http://www.ncl.ac.uk/documents/Campus-Map-Print.pdf (Identified by number 32 on the maps).

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