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

NEBytes October 2014–It’s Fun in a Hybrid World

This event is kindly sponsored by Scott Logic:

We're pleased to announce that for NEBytes this October we are delighted to welcome SUGUK North East's SharePoint Server MVP John Timney and Microsoft Integration MVP Michael Stephenson.

Date: Wednesday 15th October 2014

Time: 18:30-21:00

Goal Alignment in the Hybrid SharePoint Estate - John Timney

In any organization, employees represent the most valuable organisational asset, so ensuring SharePoint meets the collaborative challenges and productivity needs in using the platform will ultimately affect an organization’s profitability and overall success of a SharePoint program. As we move more towards Hybrid estates, or are considering Cloud based deployments for SharePoint, Office 365, SaaS or PaaS, aligning the people and the objectives becomes financially intertwined.

This session will focus on how to improve that critical aspect of SharePoint project incepetion and a key facet of Enterprise frameworks such as TOGAF; Goal Alignment. A lack of Goal Alignment in the inception phase is where many SharePoint projects fail before they start. It can be a very misunderstood Governance area outside of the familiar IT domain, and can pull kicking and screaming the mystical SharePoint Architect into the uncomfortable world of business. It is where we set the measures to prove we have delivered something of value, and one of the earliest facet of governance where the business and IT world collide head on. It is the tool for aligning IT and business goals.

Join honourary MVP for the day "Dilbert" and his work colleagues as they assist in explaining what Goal Alignment is, and the benefits it can bring, to stop your Hybrid SharePoint Projects failing before they even begin.

A veteran Microsoft “Most Valued Professional” award holder and a former MSDN “Regional Director” shows a respected and globally recognised technical background, supported by 25 years in Government and Telecoms IT. He holds current SC Clearance and is ITIL certified. John is co-author of several books and a regular speaker at conferences throughout the UK and Europe and a strong advocate for best practice.
John is an enthusiastic, technically diverse, well informed and forward thinking Senior Enterpirse Architect with a very credible market reputation based on global enterprise scale skills hard earned from the ground up.
John recently took on an assurance role to validate and assure the 300,000 seat global migration, approach, solutions design, platform and architecture of a Hybrid Office 365 Online Enterprise Wide SharePoint 2013, Lync and Exchange implementation for a Top 4 Global IT Consultancy.
He has spent a number of years in a leadership team as Enterprise Assurance and Strategy Lead Architect at the UK Department of Education’s flagship E-Cloud programme, specialising in Delivery Assurance and Strategy around the implementation of an enterprise scale IL3 compliant Private Cloud (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS) SharePoint 2010 delivery.
His roles typically involve advising Project Directors and Managers, Client Directors and Technology Leaders, End Users, Technical Architects, Developers and Designers to deliver roadmaps for technology evolution and transformation.
John is a large scale Enterprise Architecture and Delivery Specialist with proven experience in architectural assurance, strategy, delivery and management of end to end Enterprise scale environments. Skills focus around people, process, environments and systems in the Microsoft Practice area related to all aspects of assurance and governance for Collaboration Programs of work.

Hybrid Connectivity Options with the Microsoft Cloud - Michael Stephenson

There are a number of ways to connect your on premise resources with services in the cloud.  What are these options and how do you choose the right ones for your organisation to invest in?  In this session Michael will discuss some of the options available if you wish to connect your on premise data centre with services in the Microsoft Azure Cloud.  This session will share some architecture experience from real world projects which used some of these various approaches. 

Michael is a highly experienced freelance consultant with lots of experience of architecting and delivering integration projects which leverage the Microsoft technology stack. He has deep, practical knowledge of delivering complex solutions with BizTalk, Microsoft .NET, Microsoft Azure and associated technologies. Michael has also been a technical lead on 25+ projects which have leveraged Microsoft's cloud platform.

Michael is heavily involved in the community activities around Microsoft technologies through the Microsoft MVP and Advisor/Insider programmes and also speaks at user groups on a regular basis. Michael is also an author for Pluralsight having produced a very popular courses on .net and RabbitMQ.

You can find out more about Michael at: http://microsoftintegration.guru/

Event Location

The event will be hosted in Room 1.02 on the first floor of Claremont Tower at Newcastle University. For a detailed campus map - http://www.ncl.ac.uk/documents/Campus-Map-Print.pdf

Eventbrite - NEBytes October 2014 - It's Fun in a Hybrid World

CANCELLED: NEBytes September 2014 Special - MVP Windows Server 2003 End of Service Roadshow

[UPDATE 2] Unfortunately it seem that this event is no longer viable, so we've had to take the difficult decision to cancel it. :-(

[UPDATE] Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are having to postpone this event until September 24th. The time is still the same, but we are now able to host the event in the normal NEBytes venue (Room 1.02, Claremont Tower, Newcastle University). Very sorry about that, but if you weren't able to attend before, hopefully this new date will be better for you...

This September, we're very happy to bring you a special event in conjunction with Microsoft.

MVP Windows Server 2003 End of Service Roadshow.
In early September 2014, MVPs and Community Leaders will be sharing their expertise to help you understand the technical and business impact of the end support for Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2 and Small Business Server 2003. A lot has changed since 2003 and so have the Microsoft product offerings, giving you greater functionality and flexibility. The evening will cover the following: 
 
·         What does End of Support mean?
Learn about what end of support means for your business and the implications of running unsupported technology.
·         Why Windows Server 2012 and Azure?
Times have changed since 2003 and so have Microsoft’s  product offerings. Learn about the increased functionality in Windows Server 2012 and Azure and how they can help your business needs.
·         How do you move to Windows Server 2012?
Where to start can often be a daunting task when it comes to server migrations. This session will outline  the methodology you should apply when thinking of migrating, and more importantly, how to migrate shown through hands on demos.
·         Application compatibility
Application compatibility presents a potential barrier to upgrading. See first hand tools, hints and tips for upgrading your applications to Windows Server 2012 or to Azure.

The event will be hosted in Room 1.02 in Claremont Tower at Newcastle University. For a detailed campus map - http://www.ncl.ac.uk/documents/Campus-Map-Print.pdf

Date: Wednesday 24th September 2014

Time: 18:00-21:00


Eventbrite - MVP Windows Server 2003 End of Service Roadshow

NEBytes August 2014–Summer Xrossing

This event is kindly sponsored by Scott Logic:

We're pleased to announce that for NEBytes this August we are delighted to welcome Waterston's Ross Dargan to deliver a session on cross-platform development with Xamarin.

Xamarin Forms: Build native UIs for iOS, Android and Windows Phone from a single, shared C# codebase

Cross platform mobile development has never been easier. In this session Ross will show how to create a simple application for the three major mobile platforms with a single core project. He will cover the following in the hour long session:

  • An introduction to Xamarin (how it differs from other cross platform techniques)
  • Implementing the traditional "Hello World" using Xamarin
  • A quick overview of PCL vs Shared Assembly
  • Hello World using Xamarin Forms
  • A look at MVVM, and how to tackle some of the thornier cross platform mobile problems.

PLEASE NOTE ROOM CHANGE

The event will be hosted in Room 563 on the fifth floor of Claremont Tower at Newcastle University. For a detailed campus map - http://www.ncl.ac.uk/documents/Campus-Map-Print.pdf

Date: Wednesday 20th August 2014

Time: 18:30-21:00

Eventbrite - NEBytes August 2014 - Summer Xrossing

MVP Empower People Centric IT Roadshow–Sunderland

NEBytes and Sunderland Software City are very please to be able to announce that we will be hosting the North East leg of the Microsoft MVP Empower People Centric IT Roadshow at the Sunderland Software Centre on Thursday 12th June 2014

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MVP Empower People Centric IT Roadshow

 

Join speakers from the outstanding MVP community in the UK and Ireland and find out more about:  

·         How IT can provide a consistent and personalized experience for users across a wide range of devices.

·         How IT can keep corporate information protected

·         And how the above are achieved without adding unrealistic cost and complexity to the business?

Microsoft has solutions to enable enterprise mobility:

•Hybrid identity management

•Mobile device management

•Access and information protection

•Desktop virtualization

From 11th June 2014, MVPs will be delivering sessions in Edinburgh, Sunderland, Birmingham, Bristol and Reading 

Tech Days

 

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Windows Server 2012 R2

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System Center 2012 R2

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Windows Intune

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          Claire Smyth

          Microsoft MVP Lead for the UK and Ireland

NEBytes May 2014 - Emergency Lync 101 (cancelled)

Update: This event has been cancelled, we look forward to seeing you all in June...!


This event is kindly sponsored by Scott Logic:

 

Join North East Bytes for our fifth event of 2014 (that nearly didnt happen!)

We are a bit late announcing our event this month as we've have had some troubles getting things lined up ready for you. Unfortunately we've not been able to sort a dev speaker or specific topic but fear not instead of cancelling, our own Ben has some Lync content ready to go that he delivered on the recent MUCUGUK tour "A Day of Lync 2013" and has offered to step in.

It has also been TechEd North America so Andy and Ben will also run a mini re-cap session on the key bits of news... compressed into 30 minutes

Be warned the Lync content from Ben will be very similar to NeBytes from April 2013 so don't feel like you have to come along as you might have seen it before! However if you are interested in Lync, are considering deploying or know someone who is then Ben will be happy to answer any questions and go off on tangents about design or deployment questions.

Perhaps we will see you on the 21st! :)

Eventbrite - NEBytes May 2014 - Emergency Lync 101

NEBytes April 2014–BUILD Retrospective–Treats and Discoveries

This event is kindly sponsored by Scott Logic:

Join North East Bytes for our fourth event of 2014.  In this event we'll be running a retrospective session covering all the news from BUILD 2014, so if you can't make it out to San Francisco why not come along and catch up on all the news with us.

Date: Wednesday 16th April 2014

Time: 18:30-21:00


If you're following the conference and see something you think might be of interest to the wider group, please feel free to either point it out to us so we can include it or why not event stand up and discuss it with members in our session - they don't bite! :), either way let us know via Twitter/Facebook/Website of anything that is of interest.

We look forward to seeing you on the 16th!


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 April 2014 - BUILD Retrospective - Treats and Discoveries

Coding for Kids Slide Deck

 

A lot of people asked Same and I for the slide deck from our talk on Coding for Kids and we’re delighted to post it here, along with some links below from the slide deck.  I hope our session inspired you to get involved and give kids opportunities to code!  Any questions please contact us and we’ll be only to happy to help.

Also here are the details about Code Pub a meetup for Code Clubs being organised in Newcastle on 24th April 2014, 18:00-21:00 http://codepubnewcastle.eventbrite.co.uk

NEBytes March 2014 - Cloud Websites and Coding for Kids

This event is kindly sponsored by Scott Logic:

Join North East Bytes for our third event of 2014.  We have the pleasure of welcoming Sam Hogarth who will join our own Andrew Westgarth to give us the run down on their experiences running Code Clubs in the area.  Andrew will also be giving us an overview of Windows Azure Websites.

Date: Wednesday 19th March 2014

Time: 18:30-21:00


Session 1 - An Overview of Windows Azure Websites
Windows Azure Websites offers fantastic flexible development, easy deployment and a wide array of scaling options for Web Applications.  In this session Andrew will be giving us an introduction to Windows Azure Websites and exploring the great experience and services provided by this incredible platform.

Session 2 - Creating Rockstars!  Experiences of running Code Clubs
Sam Hogarth and Andrew Westgarth have been working with local schools to help them run Code Clubs for their pupils as after school activities.  Helping children to learn how to code and the many skills and technigues that this requires is something which both Andrew and Sam are very passionate about.  In this session they will give you an overview of what Code Club is, what type of activities make up Code Club, how they got involved and how you can get involved too!

Sam has spent the past three years developing desktop and web-based trading applications for the financial sector, created charting controls for WPF/SL/WP and Android, and now works at Nonlinear Dynamics providing a tool to analyse data from Mass Spectrometers for the fields of proteomics and metabolomics.

Andrew Westgarth is an MVP (ASP.Net/Internet Information Services). He is a Hands-on Software 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.


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 March 2014 - Cloud Websites and Coding for Kids

NEBytes and SUGK February 2014–Yammering on About Customisation

Join North East Bytes for our second event of 2014, we are once again pleased to be partnering SUGUK.  We have the pleasure of welcoming back Rik Hepworth, Black Marble's IT Director and we are delighted to welcome Pradeep Heegde, Chief Architect at Acuvate Software.

Date: Wednesday 19th February 2014

Time: 18:30-21:00


Session 1 - Building Social SharePoint Apps using Yammer

This session will provide an overview of integration options provided by Yammer and how these can be used in SharePoint apps. The session will have code demos for some of the key items and  aims to be a starting point for building deep Yammer integrations.

What will be covered in the session?

  • Some Integration options and uses
  • Using Embed
  • The Yammer API
  • Open graph & JavaScript SDK
  • Demo
  • The Gotchas

Pradeep Hegde is the Chief Architect at Acuvate Software. His experience includes architecting, designing & developing a wide range enterprise applications using  SharePoint, Microsoft .Net, SQL Server and other Microsoft technologies. He has been using Yammer at Acuvate since 2012 and has the experience of integrating Yammer with versions of SharePoint going back to MOSS 2007.

As a  Co-Founder of Acuvate, a  software services company with offices in India, UK, USA and the Netherlands, Pradeep understands the needs of a growing global business. Other than technology, he loves travelling, drives a Golf and supports Barcelona. You can reach him at https://twitter.com/pradeephegde

Session 2 - Tips and Tricks with SharePoint Publishing
Rik has been working recently on a SharePoint 2013 project that involves published content that is connected and presented using search. In this session he will show how to create and deploy customisations to things like themes, page templates and the new Content by Search web part. Having encountered a number of unexpected issues during the project, Rik will talk about them, and how to avoid them.

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.


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 February 2014 - Yammering on About Customisation

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