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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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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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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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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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DDD North–Saturday 8th October 2011–Session Submission Open!

We are very pleased to announce that Session Submission has opened for DDD North, the first Developer! Developer! Developer! event to be held in the North East!

DDD North will be held at the University of Sunderland on Saturday 8th October 2011 – http://www.developerdeveloperdeveloper.com/north.  We are looking forward to hosting a fantastic free community led event where you the community define the agenda.  So what are you waiting for, get your session submissions in now!!

Stay up to date with DDD North through the twitter account – http://twitter.com/dddnorth and with the hashtag #DDDNorth.

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NEBytes and SUGUK July 2011: SharePoint Performance on Broadway

Join North East Bytes as we partner with the SharePoint User Group for our eigth 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 20th July 2011

Time: 18:30-21:00

Event Sponsored by ffA

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ffA creates astounding 3D images of the earth's subsurface from seismic data, our software gives geo-scientists and engineers the ability to see geological formations kilometres below the surface in incredible detail. We are looking for programmers who enjoy working in a team and have an ability to learn and adopt new technologies and techniques. Our codebase is a mix of (mostly) C++, Ruby and C# for Windows and Linux, and our development process is based on Scrum & TDD.

Our current work involves:

  • Gui design and development
  • 3D Visualisation, OpenGL
  • GPGPU (CUDA) and multi-threading
  • Signal & image processing
  • Making scientific software interactive and easy to use
  • Refactoring & working with legacy code

For more information check out http://www.ffa-geosciences.com/

SharePoint Best Practices with Simon Tyler

The session covers Infrastructure best practices for SharePoint deployments, revealing field learned best practices and planning for topics such as SQL Server, Networking, Virtualisation, Identity & Authentication hard won from “award winning” UK Government projects such as the “Information Workplace Programme” and it’s follow on project “G-CLOUD”, a 100,000 + seat, fully virtualised multi-farm MOSS 2007 platform evolving into a fully virtualised Multi-Tenant SharePoint 2010 platform scaled to 500,000 users. It is an enlightening view as to what you must consider if deploying virtualised Sharepoint 2010 and SQL Server instances at scale, with lessons that apply equally to smaller projects and programmes.

Simon is an Infrastructure Architect with 13 + years in the IT industry. He currently plies his trade for Capgemini UK within their Microsoft practice focusing on collaboration platforms & integration. His current technology areas of focus are SharePoint, Virtualisation, Unified Communications (Lync Server 2010, Exchange Server). He is an industry specialist is build, deployment management and platform governance.

Delivering High Quality Live and On-Demand Video to Multiple Devices with Andrew Westgarth

IIS Media Services 4 provides a platform on which to build applications to deliver high quality live or on-demand video content to viewers regardless of the quality of their device and network connection.
In this session we'll look at the problems which streaming media faces and we'll look at how we can make use of IIS Adaptive and Smooth Streaming to provide a great streaming experience to your consumers, be it through a web based Silverlight Player, Windows Phone 7 application and even an iPhone.

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 Imrovement and Best Practices.

mvp[1] Blog: http://www.andrewwestgarth.co.uk/blog
Twitter: http://twitter.com/apwestgarth

 

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 June 2011–Online–Asymptotics and Algorithms with Gary Short

Join North East Bytes for our seventh event of 2011. This event will be different to any event we have ran in the past as it will be held ONLINE as unfortunately a black hole of work commitments has prevented the entire team from being able to attend an actual live event. So in order to provide yet another stellar event we have lined up a fantastic speaker and friend of NEBytes to give what we hope will be a fantastic session.

Asymptotics and Algorithms – What You’ve Forgotten Since University

Modern development environments have made us lazy! Well maybe that's an exaggeration, but sure as eggs is eggs they have dulled our knowledge of what makes good algorithms good. We've ridden the wave of Moore's Law for so long that we thought the good times would last forever. Well the party's over folks! In the coming days of multi-core chips and "Big Data" algorithmic performance is back on the menu.
This session - revision for some, enlightening for others - will focus on how to calculate the efficiency of an algorithm, before going on to show you how to set about devising your own algorithms. I can promise you a fun session, despite a little bit of maths. :-)

Gary ShortGary Short works for Developer Express as the Technical Evangelist on the frameworks team. He has a deep interest in technical architecture, especially in the areas of technical debt and refactoring. Gary is a C# MVP and gives presentations at user groups and conferences throughout the UK, Europe and the US.

As well as C#, Gary also has an interest in dynamic languages such as Smalltalk, Ruby and Python as well as iPhone development using Objective-C.

Read Gary's Blog - http://www.garyshort.org and follow Gary on Twitter - http://twitter.com/garyshort

Location

The event will be held online making use of Live Meeting. The joining instructions will be sent out on the day of the event so please make sure your registration details have the correct email address specified.

You can join LiveMeetings via a WebClient and Browser or by downloading the LiveMeeting client, check your machine's configuration ahead of the meeting.

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