NEBytes

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

NEBytes July 2015 - New Home!

Join North East Bytes for the first event in our brand new home! We're very happy to be running our events at Campus North in the heart of Newcastle from this month. The format of our events won't be changing (but there will be added beer!).

We're welcoming a brand new speaker for our brand new venue. This sounds like a great session from Mark Thompson:

Session 1: Communications enable your software quickly and easily with Twillio (Mark Thompson)

For the uninitiated Twillio is an on-line service that makes it easy add support for SMS and phone calls to your web/ mobile apps.

Using a few lines of code you can have your application up and running, sending/recieving SMS messages or even making telephone calls for you.

Yes really! No hardware needed, no SIM cards and certainly no need to run any new cables to your premises!

During this talk I'll demonstrate how easy it is to get up and running with Twillio:

  • Get a UK landline number with the area code of your choice for $1 a month
  • Enable SMS based two factor authentication for your apps - Because we all know how secure email is...!
  • Respond to an SMS message
  • Respond to a telephone call
  • Build your own PBX (i.e. Telephone menu and multi user voicemail) in under half an hour.

We'll be writing code, mainly C#, with a dash of PHP in places and probably some good old ASP MVC too.

Everything I demonstrate will be easily ported to the language of your choice.

Mark is a Software Development Team Lead who has worked on software projects from Military Communications to printing best before dates on ready meals. He favours the Microsoft Technology Stack, C#, MVC and Team Foundation Server, and is a Certified Scrum Master and Professional.

When he isn't ranting about code or Scrum he is trying to convince his two young daughters software development is cool.


Session 2: Azure Service Bus (Michael Stephenson)

In this session we will look at an introduction to the Azure Service Bus and its capabilities to deliver low cost massive scale messaging.  We will also look at some demo's of how to use the service bus and some real world use cases.


Michael Stephenson is a UK based integration and cloud specialise who has worked with many consultancies and customers building hybrid integration solutions using Microsoft technologies such as BizTalk & Azure. Michael is also a Pluralsight trainer and blogger on integration and architecture related topics. Michael has been a Microsoft MVP for 6 years.

Date: Wednesday 15th July 2015

Time: 18:30-21:00

We look forward to seeing you at Campus North on the 15th!

Eventbrite - NEBytes July 2015 - New Home!

NEBytes June 2015 -

Join North East Bytes and SharePoint User Group UK for an evening of Azure and Office 365.
Date: Wednesday 17th June 2015

Time: 18:30-21:00

We have two new speakers to Newcastle, with a wealth of techncial experience between them looking to impart their wisdom on us. 

We will begin the evening with a discussion on the tricky and misunderstoof topic of:

Site Provisioning in Office 365

While this push to cloud is both great and exciting, it can be often time consuming, tedious and prone to errors if most of our work is undertaken manually. In this talk we will explore the current techniques for automating the process of provisioning many site collections, team sites, pages and web parts, user security etc, against both Cloud Hosted Office 365 and on premise SharePoint 2013. Specifically, we will look at taking real world user requirements and then letting these drive the provisioning through community initiatives as well as writing bespoke PowerShell and Provider Hosted Apps / CSOM.  

Join Daniel Westerdale, Office 365 Jedi, to demonstrate some simple approaches to automatrin to allow you to avoid the hazards caused by manual activity. The session is targeted towards both IT Pro, Power users and the developer audience.

Our second session of the evening, following a break for networking and refreshements is delivered by Simon Doy is a strongly developer focussed afair, but entirely relevent to Solution and Enterprise Architect level staff looking at considering development and utilization strategies around Azure.

Simon is an Independent SharePoint Solution Architect who has been hooked on SharePoint since 2006. Currently he is slowly transitioning into the Office 365/Azure world.  He has been built large scale solutions using SharePoint for clients in various markets including Construction, Finance, Healthcare, Government and Entertainment industries.   He also helps organise the Yorkshire SharePoint User Group so he is not new to these sessions.  Simon will cover the concept of:

Coding for the Azure paradigm

This talk is a developer/solution architecture focused session. It will take a full trust code application built on the SharePoint 2013 platform and discuss how it could be converted to run in the Cloud on the Office 365 and Azure platform.  We’ll introduce the application and its key requirements. The existing application architecture will be explained and then we will look at how we could convert the application into a cloud based SharePoint Add-In. There were a number of issues with the original application and the Cloud allows us to help solve those. The Cloud and the SharePoint Add-In model also introduce more problems so we’ll cover some techniques to help.

After discussing the new architecture we will then pick out some key areas and build those components in the cloud.

We'll conclude with a Q&A, so bring your questions, there will be a wealth of talent on hand to help work out your queries.


Eventbrite - An evening of Azure and Office 365

NEBytes May 2015–Igniting Build

Join North East Bytes for our fourth event of 2015.  In this event we'll be running a retrospective session covering all the news from BUILD 2015 and the inaugural Microsoft Ignite Event, so if you can't make it out to San Francisco or Chicago why not come along and catch up on all the news with us.

Date: Wednesday 20th May 2015

Time: 18:30-21:00

If you're following the Build and Ignite conferences 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 even 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 20th!

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 May 2015 - Igniting Build

NEBytes December 2014–The Dawn of Skynet Santa?

Come along and join us for a rare festive NEBytes this December we are delighted to welcome DevExpress Analytics Program Manager, Seth Juarez to the region!

Date: Tuesday 9th December 2014

Time: 18:30-21:00

Come along and join us for a rare festive NEBytes this December we are delighted to welcome DevExpress Analytics Program Manager, Seth Juarez to the region!

Practical Machine Learning - Predicting Things

Machine Learning can often be a daunting subject to tackle much less utilize in a meaningful manner. In this session, attendees will learn how to take their existing data, shape it, and create models that automatically can make principled business decisions directly in their applications. The discussion will include explanations of the data acquisition and shaping process. Additionally, attendees will learn the basics of machine learning - primarily the supervised learning problem.

About Seth Juarez

Seth Juarez holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science where his field of research was Artificial Intelligence, specifically in the realm of Machine Learning. Seth is the Analytics Program Manager for DevExpress where he specializes in products dealing with data analysis, shaping, and presentation. When he is not working in that area, Seth devotes his time to an open source Machine Learning Library, specifically for .NET, intended to simplify the use of popular machine learning models, as well as complex statistics and linear algebra.

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 December 2014 - The Dawn of Santa Skynet?

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 Azure

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Windows Intune

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13th June 2014 – Birmingham

16th June 2014 – Bristol

17th June 2014 – Reading

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         If you have any questions, please use #UKMVPCLOUD or email csmyth@microsoft.com

          Kind regards,

          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