The first inaugural Microsoft BizSpark Asia Pacific (APAC) Summit is happening in Sydney on Tuesday, 10th July 2012 at Ballroom B, Sydney Convention Centre, Darling Harbour. Registration and full details of the agenda and speakers a http://www.microsoft.com/BizSpark/NewsAndEvents/APACSummit2012.aspx.
This one-day summit will connect you with leaders in the entrepreneurial community across the Asia Pacific region – start-ups, investors, government representatives, and journalists. The summit, moderated by James Tuckerman, Editor of Anthill Online, provides a unique platform to debate the issues facing tech entrepreneurs in the APAC region, generate your curiosity as we discuss the key elements on the journey from innovative minds to a market validated idea as well as see a handful of carefully selected start-ups representing the best new tech businesses in the region today.
The Summit agenda has been co-created with an advisory panel of investors and BizSpark start-ups from our community. As well as ensuring plenty of time to network, our day includes:
This event is Invitation Only so please contact your BizSpark Network Partner for invitation codes.
Did you hear the latest news about Windows Azure? We have just unveiled the biggest update to Windows Azure since its release, including new Windows Azure services: Web Sites, Virtual Machines, and Media Services! We have continued to focus on open source development tools and technologies, even enabling Linux to run on the Windows Azure Platform. We invite you to try our cloud platform for the first time, or give it a second look if you have tried it before.
I know some of you will be very excited about the below new additions as they are features you have asked about!
Check out more details & get ready for your hands-on experience of our newest services now:
Web Sites TRY NOW
Get started for free using shared instances and scale as you go using reserved instances for greater isolation and performance. Ten shared-instance websites are free for one year, and any reserved instances that you use are significantly discounted during preview. Please click here for full details.
Virtual Machines & Virtual Network TRY NOW
Virtual Machines gives you application mobility so you can move your existing applications back and forth between on-premises and the cloud. Then, create your own virtual private network (VPN) in Windows Azure and securely connect your VMs to on-premises infrastructure. Virtual Network is available at no charge during preview, while Virtual Machines is significantly discounted off of our current compute rates during preview. Please click here for full details.
Media Services TRY NOW
Media Services offers the flexibility, scalability, and reliability of a cloud service to handle high-quality media experiences for a global audience. Media Services is free during preview, but is limited to 1 terabyte of data processing per month. Please click here for full details.
In addition to these new features, we are previewing an updated and streamlined HTML5-based Management Portal, which you can access from multiple platforms, browsers, and devices.
To get all of the news on the latest release of Windows Azure, visit the Windows Azure blog—and give us your feedback. To see Windows Azure in action, watch Scott Guthrie’s keynote address from the Meet Windows Azure Event.
There are also the new services available:
Locally Redundant Storage. By default, storage accounts are set up to be geographically redundant. Customers that do not require this additional level of durability now can turn off Geo Redundancy and obtain significant savings (for example, a savings of over 25% based on our standard Pay-As-You-Go rates). Locally Redundant Storage is still highly durable, with multiple replicas stored within the same sub-region.
SQL Reporting. SQL Reporting is a new business intelligence service that allows you to publish reports to the cloud or embed reports directly within on-premises applications. The service will be offered at no charge for billing periods beginning prior to August 1, 2012. Thereafter, there will be a charge per hour per reporting instance. Each reporting-instance hour enables a customer to generate up to 200 reports. Please click here to view the standard Pay-As-You-Go rates for SQL Reporting.
For full details on pricing of all our services, visit our new Pricing Overview webpage,.
We hope you are excited about the new features and updated services of Windows Azure for your cloud development. Enjoy!
You can register to learn more at one of our upcoming events:
Date: 19th June 2012
Time: 9am – 5pm
Location: University of NSW Matthews Theatre A Botany Street Gate 11RandwickNew South Wales 2031 Australia
Register for Sydney Windows Azure DevCamp.
Date: 18-19th June 2012 Time: 9am – 5pm Location: Microsoft Office Melbourne 4 Freshwater Place, Southbank Melbourne
Date: 28th - 29th June 2012 Time: 9am – 5pm Location: Microsoft Office Sydney 1 Epping Rd North Ryde
Date: 21st – 22nd June 2012
Time: 9am – 5pm
Location: Microsoft Office Brisbane Level 28, 400 George St Brisbane
OK, I realise that you probably already all know that the General Assembly classes have been running in Sydney over the last few weeks... The concept which started in New York has been welcomely received here in Australia with great responses to the sessions already run. I have to admit the delay on putting info up about these courses is just because Riley (The guy making all this happen from GA Aus) and I just kept missing each other! We finally got to catch up today and he shared the awesome sauce that is the GA courses running here in Sydney and his plans for national expansion! Exciting!
Anyway, because Riley is such a nice guy, he has agreed that the remaining courses he has scheduled will be awesome for BizSpark members wanting to learn how to best succeed in the startup world, he has put together an offer for all BizSpark members to receive a 15% discount for the courses! whoohoo! Thanks!
Introduction to Marketing Analytics Tuesday June 12th, 6pm to 7.30pm Are you wondering how to gauge the hard work and strategy implementation of your marketing efforts? If so, this class will cover the wide scope of tools and data that can be used to determine a number of metrics and keep your marketing strategies in line with greater business goals. Tickets available on eventbrite
Programming Fundamentals for Non-Techies Tuesday June 19th, 6pm to 7.30pm How much truth do you find in the statement "Speaking with developers is only slightly more difficult than speaking with the dead"? If you want to be part of the teams that are currently building our digital world, you need to be able to understand the world of development - from the language they speak, to what they need to get the job done and what you should get from them. Tickets available on eventbrite
Lean Marketing Strategies for Startups Thursday June 14th, 6pm to 7.30pm Marketing can be an expensive proposition for a startup, especially one prioritising its spending around the launch of a product or the acquisition of users. Fortunately, there are a number of strategies for getting the word out cheaply. This class focuses on the techniques and tricks for using minimal spending to produce maximum marketing awareness. Tickets available on eventbrite
Selling with Social Media Thursday June 21st, 6pm to 7.30pm How do you converts likes and followers into purchases? This class will provide strategy and guidelines on how to use social media to increase sales, and generate leads and referrals. We’ll do practical exercises so that you leave with the tools to create actionable social media content. Tickets available on eventbrite
Financial Modelling for Startups Tuesday June 26th, 6pm to 7.30pm This class is designed for business leaders who want to learn about financial modelling. No accounting background is necessary, but a basic working knowledge of Excel is required. We'll start by discussing the purpose of a financial model. How to architect and build an effective model that tells the “story” of a business and how to identify its key drivers. Tickets available on eventbrite
How to Raise Seed Capital Thursday June 28th, 6pm to 7.30pm Money makes the world go around, and can also help you take your startup to the next level quicker. This session will provide a step-by-step, insider’s view of the process of raising seed capital for your business. Tickets available on eventbrite
I love it when one of our local startups gets our US counterparts excited – and this one makes me particularly proud as Anthony & the team at FoodStorm with their product CaterXpress were one of our earliest adopters of the Azure Cloud Computing platform – and they haven’t looked back since!
If you haven’t yet checked out CaterXpress, their software, FoodStorm, is a web app that helps people in catering; food manufacturing and distribution manage their food orders from placement to delivery. FoodStorm tracks customer orders, creates production and delivery reports, sends invoices, manages stock and much more.
I also have to agree with Anthony’s advice for startups when he was asked what his biggest “aha” moment since founding the company? “The most profound thing I’ve learnt running a small company is to always consider your own quality of life in every decision you make. You need to rule your business, don’t let it rule you. If you have a business that makes you happy, ultimately you will build great things and delight your customers while you’re at it.”
You can check out his answers to this and more of the questions as seen in these snapshots here featured on the BizSpark Blog, on Facebook or even more coverage in this snapshot here from techMeme!
Well Done guys!
Foundation Event Invite
We would like to offer you the opportunity to attend the Windows Azure Platform Foundation Event. The Foundation Event will provide developers with a foundational knowledge of the Windows Azure Platform. The target audience for these events include Developers, Architects, and Development leads. The sessions are targeted at the 300 level with developer focused information.
Attendee Pre Requisites
We ask that you to bring your own laptop to this training event. You will also require to set up an Azure account – see details for a free trial here:
Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2
The Windows Azure Platform Training Kit has the following system requirements:
* .NET Framework 4.0
* Visual Studio 2010
* ASP.NET MVC 2.0
* ASP.NET MVC 3.0
* Windows Powershell
* Microsoft Internet Information Server 7
* Windows Azure SDK 1.5
* Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio 1.5
* Windows Azure platform AppFabric SDK V1.5 - September 2011 Update
* Windows Azure platform AppFabric SDK V2.0 CTP - June 2011 Update
* Microsoft SQL Server Express 2008 (or later)
* SQL Server Management Studio 2008 R2 Express Edition
* Microsoft Windows Identity Foundation Runtime
* Microsoft Windows Identity Foundation SDK
Date: 18-19th June 2012 Time: 9am – 5pm Location: Microsoft Office
4 Freshwater Place,
Date: 28th - 29th June 2012 Time: 9am – 5pm Location: Microsoft Office
1 Epping Rd
Date: 21st – 22nd June 2012
Location: Microsoft Office
Level 28, 400 George St
Questions: * Please contact the event owner or Microsoft employee who invited you.
This two day event contains presentations/sessions and hands on labs.
This event is brought to you by Metro - Microsoft’s Early Adopter Program and is free of charge. However, delegates are responsible for booking and paying for their own travel and accommodation.
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