NEBytes

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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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:

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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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NEBytes November 2011 - Virtualising SharePoint and Mobile BI

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

We are pleased to welcome newly-awarded SQL Server MVP, Jen Stirrup and veteran SharePoint MVP, John Timney.

Date: Wednesday 16th November 2011

Time: 18:30-21:00

Mobile Business Intelligence Using Microsoft and Tableau

Mobile Business Intelligence allows end users to access data to support their decisions, irrespective of time and place. The Apple iPad is the definitive tablet of the decade, and is game-changer as a credible business tool. PowerPivot is a game-changer because it places data, and data structures, back in the hands of business users. Apple’s cutting edge usability, along with PowerPivot’s accessibility, can be combined to enhance productivity for mobile business users. Together, these technologies can support Mobile Business Intelligence as an essential tool for end users who need data 'on the go'.

What you will learn from this session:

  • Capabilities of Microsoft PowerPivot in terms of scalability and empowering access to data
  • Using PowerPivot as source for data, viewing the visualisation via an Apple iPad
  • Specific considerations for visualising data to serve Mobile Business Intelligence, supported by Tableau

Come and see Mobile Business Intelligence in action using the Apple iPad, with Microsoft PowerPivot as a data source.

Jen Stirrup

Jen Stirrup is a newly-awarded SQL Server Most Valuable Professional (MVP). She is the joint owner of Copper Blue Consulting Ltd, and specialises in Business Intelligence with a focus on Data Visualisation. Jen has conducted projects in the UK and mainland Europe. Jen has previously spoken at SQLBits, SQLPASS Northern Europe, the UK, mainland Europe and the United States as well as other Tableau community events on the topic of Business Intelligence and Data Visualisation. She blogs regularly on these topics at www.jenstirrup.com and can be found tweeting at twitter.com/jenstirrup

SharePoint Virtualisation (Level 100) IT Pro or Technical Beginner

Sharepoint 2010 Virtualisation remains a hot topic and for many firms it is still as yet unexplored territory and the concepts surrounding virtualisation are pushing the knowledge boundaries for Sharepoint Infrastructure Architects, Administrators and Solution Architects into areas they thought they wouldn’t need to understand, away from the physical and into the conceptual. This presentation offers an introductory view of some of the important aspects to consider when thinking about utilizing virtualization in the Sharepoint 2010 world and considers reasons for virtualizing Sharepoint 2010, supported physical and virtual platform architectures, guidelines for choosing which aspects of farm to virtualize, support and the issues it brings, considers layered designs as an easy means of visualising virtual architecture and introduces conceptual Geo-DR.

John Timney

He currently sits within the Senior Leadership Team as Enterprise Assurance and Strategy Lead Architect at the UK Department of Education’s flagship Government Information Workplace programme, specialising in Delivery Assurance and Strategy around Sharepoint (2007 & 2010 (TAP member)).
He is now involved in G-CLOUD, an IL3 compliant private cloud delivering Sharepoint 2010. The role involves advising Project Directors and Managers, Client Directors and Technology Leaders, End Users, Technical Architects, Developers and Designers to set a roadmap for technology evolution and transformation. John has experience of a diverse technology stack with excellent consulting experience around complimentary products like Meridio, Livelink and Documentum gained with substantial pre-sales ITT & PQQ response experience for major public sector clients.

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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NEBytes October 2011–Denali What Can I Tell You?

Join North East Bytes for the first event in what is the outstanding month of October!

We are pleased to welcome Andrew Fryer from Microsoft UK's Developer and Platform Group to give us the low down on SQL Server Denali

Date: Thursday 6th October 2011

Time: 18:30-21:00

Denali - What Can I Tell You?

Denali is the next release of SQL Server. It builds on the three themes of the previous version:

  • Scalability and Availability
  • Unstructured Data
  • Business Intelligence

So I am going to dive into each of these as far as I can at the moment and give you and idea of what's coming up in the public beta

Andrew Fryer

I'm a technical evangelist at Microsoft UK. What this means is that I spend my time explaining the future to IT Professionals who do data management and data centre administration. There are just under a million IT Professionals in the UK, and to reach all of these I spend a lot of time online: On my blog, doing webcasts and the usual social media channels (Twitter, Facebook). However I love going to community events to swap stories and to try and help get the most out of Microsoft technologies.

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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NEBytes September 2011: BUILD like a brick…

In a slight departure from our normal event format (and time slot! THIS EVENT IS ON TUESDAY THE 13th!!!) we are pleased to offer a chance to watch the Microsoft BUILD conference keynote (almost) live! The idea is to display the BUILD keynote stream on the big screen with the opportunity to pause & discuss key points as they are revealed.

What is this BUILD malarkey you may well ask? Well it’s a one off event that Microsoft have cooked up to cover what’s new and coming in Windows 8 and by all accounts they are promising some pretty big things …

In 1995, Windows changed the PC. BUILD will show you that Windows 8 changes everything.

If you are a contemporary developer, a geek who thrives on the newest and coolest, who loves the freedom of the web and the power of all devices from mobile to desktop, you need to join us to help BUILD the future.

Our approach means no compromises—you get to use whatever kind of device you prefer to run the apps you love. This is sure to inspire a new generation of modern hardware and software development, improving the experience for PC users around the world. - www.buildwindows.com

So come along and join us on Tuesday for the live stream & remember try not to watch it in advance it’ll spoil the mood ;)

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NEBytes August 2011: Cross Device XAML and Office 365

Join North East Bytes for our ninth event of the year. Following on from the great events that we've had so far we've lined up another great event for your benefit. Register now, you won't want to miss this opportunity!

Date: Wednesday 17th August 2011

Time: 18:30-21:00

Event Sponsored by Scott Logic

scottlogic

Who we are

Scott Logic is a financial software consultancy based in the United Kingdom and operating in the UK, USA and continental Europe.

We provide independent strategy advice and develop world-class bespoke software solutions for the financial services sector.

What we do

Scott Logic provides the very best in bespoke financial software and consultancy for the investment banking, stockbroking, asset management and hedge fund communities.

Scott Logic aims to be the very best in providing technology strategy and architecture advice. We also offer leading edge software development capabilities that deliver exceptional value to our clients.

Career Opportunities

Scott Logic offers a rare opportunity to work at the cutting edge of financial technology in roles seldom found outside the City of London.

Due to continuous growth Scott Logic is always looking to recruit talented Consultants and Developers.

Who are we looking for?

We have three positions available:

  • Senior and Lead Financial Programmers
  • Financial Programmers
  • Mobile Programmers

You must have a relevant degree from a reputable university and substantial commercial experience in an OO environment (Java EE or Microsoft .NET). We’re particularly interested in the following skill-sets:

  • C#.NET, ASP.NET
  • Java EE, JavaScript and AJAX

For more information check out http://www.scottlogic.co.uk/careers/.

WPF and Silverlight: Unifying the Development Platform for Desktop, Web and Mobile with Colin Eberhardt

The recent boom in mobile and tablet devices and the ubiquity of the web mean that we, as software developers, have found ourselves developing for a wide range of devices. All-to-often applications destined for the web, desktop and mobile are developed separately at great cost. This talk will look at how the XAML based technologies of WPF and Silverlight allow you to use your skills to build application for a wide range of platforms. Furthermore, with the use of simple design patterns, it is possible to share a common code-base for all three. In this talk I will cover the differences and similarities of WPF, Silverlight and Windows Phone 7, with a practical demonstration of cross-platform application development.

Colin Eberhardt - PhD BSc, Technical Architect, Scott Logic Ltd – is a prolific technical author who writes on Microsoft .NET and Silverlight related topics. Colin also provides technical direction for many of Scott Logic’s financial clients covering many technologies.

Office 365 with Jonathan Noble and Andrew Westgarth

Office 365 is Microsoft's major refresh of the Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS).  This new fantastic update provides an easy and affordable way for companies to remove the overheads of maintaining there own Exchange and SharePoint installations whilst guaranteeing maximum uptime.  The service also provides an excellent story for remote workers and has plans to cater for all sizes of organisations from the individual to the large corporation.  In this session Jonathan and Andrew (a paid user of Office 365) will guide you through the options and highlight the benefits and give a frank opinion on the feature set against costs.

Jonathan Noble 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 decade managing Windows systems at Newcastle University. He's dragging himself away from Medal of Honor and NBA 2K11 on the Xbox to deliver this session. Jonathan blogs at http://jonoble.com and tweets at http://twitter.com/jonoble.

Andrew Westgarth is an MVP (Internet Information Services) and Co-founder of North East Bytes, a free User Group covering the North East and Cumbrian regions of the United Kingdom having technical meetings covering Development and IT Pro topics every month.  He is a Senior Consultant for Waterstons Ltd, a consultancy based in Durham. 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; MCMS 2002 and Internet Information Services. Andrew's current technical interests include IIS 7.0/7.5 and IIS Extensions; Personal Performance Improvement and Best Practices.

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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