The US Microsoft office is organizing a month-long Webcast series focusing on interoperability – why it matters to businesses, common strategies and methods, and guidance on specific implementation scenarios between the major platform players.

This series will feature over 40 Webcasts which include brand-new technical guidance from Microsoft.  They will be covering all kinds of interop topics, including bridge building between .Net, Java, Unix and even Mainframe systems. The webcasts are listed at the Interop Month site, organized by content (IBM/Java/BEA/Unix interop) and role (Architect, IT Pro, Tech decision maker). Click the link for more information and to register.

The first three start tomorrow:

MSDN Webcast: Web Services (Level 300)
TechNet Webcast: Introduction to Windows Server System for UNIX Professionals (Level 100) 
MSDN Webcast: An Architectural Comparison Between IBM Mainframe CICS and the Transaction Processing Services of the Windows Server System (Level 300)

Most of the webcasts run between 9:30am-4pm PST (between 5:30pm and midnight local time), but if that is too late for you, most will be recorded and available for download afterwards.

Unfortunately Irish attendees are not eligible for the free gifts advertised (US Only due to international distribution issues). But the good news is that we also have a Portable Media Centre here in Ireland to give away to one lucky Irish attendee. Every Irish developer (country="Ireland" in registration form) who attends one of the webcasts will get entered into the draw. The more webcasts you attend, the better your chance of winning. The draw will take place at the end of the month.

For quick reference, a full list of the MSDN topics covered is included below. There are additional Executive Briefings and talks aimed at Architects and IT Professionals. Check out the site for the complete list and more details on the contents of each talk.

MSDN Architecture Webcast: .NET Interoperability with the OS/390 and z/OS Data Center (Level 200)
MSDN Architecture Webcast: Application Interoperability: Microsoft .NET and J2EE (Level 200)
MSDN Architecture Webcast: Integration Patterns (Level 200)
MSDN Architecture Webcast: Interoperability and Migration Between .NET and COM (Level 200)
MSDN Webcast: .NET Integration with BEA Weblogic (Level 300)
MSDN Webcast: .NET Interoperability with the AS/400 data center (Level 200)
MSDN Webcast: .NET Smart Client (Level 200)
MSDN Webcast: An Architectural Comparison Between IBM Mainframe CICS and the Transaction Processing Services of the Windows Server System (Level 300)
MSDN Webcast: Connected Systems Kit and Service Oriented Architecture (Level 200)
MSDN Webcast: Enterprise Services in .NET (Level 200)
MSDN Webcast: High-Performance Interoperability Between .NET and Java with JNBridgePro (Level 200)
MSDN Webcast: How to Design Your Web Services For Successful Interoperability
MSDN Webcast: IBM Systems: Using Host Integration Server to Expose Mainframe and Midrange Applications as XML Web Services (Level 300)
MSDN Webcast: Integrating Active Directory with Unix and Java/J2EE Environments (Level 200)
MSDN Webcast: Interoperability and Internet Application Development (Level 200)
MSDN Webcast: Interoperability Between .NET and Apache Axis (Level 200)
MSDN Webcast: Interoperability Between .NET and Jboss (Level 200)
MSDN Webcast: Interoperability Between .NET and WebSphere (Level 200)
MSDN Webcast: Interoperability Between BizTalk Server 2004 and J2EE Using JNBridgePro (Level 200)
MSDN Webcast: Interoperability Techniques Between .NET and Java (Level 200)
MSDN Webcast: Legacy Integration with Microsoft BizTalk and .NET Made Easy (Level 200)
MSDN Webcast: Let's Learn About the WS Standards: Standards that Promote Interoperability between Web Service Implementations (Level 200)
MSDN Webcast: Microsoft Interop Strategy for the iSeries Platform
MSDN Webcast: Mono: Interoperating with Linux the Easy Way (Level 200)
MSDN Webcast: Mono: Running .NET Applications on Linux (Level 200)
MSDN Webcast: Native Code Interoperability in .NET Compact Framework 2.0 (Level 300)
MSDN Webcast: Strategies and Tactics for Interoperability Using BizTalk Server (Level 300)
MSDN Webcast: SwA Between BEA and.NET Using SOAP Extensions (Level 300)
MSDN Webcast: System Integrator Power Tools for VS 2003 (Level 200)
MSDN Webcast: Using Visual Studio .NET to Update Instrument Controls Written with Legacy Code (Level 200)
MSDN Webcast: Web Services (Level 300)
MSDN Webcast: Web Services Interoperability with BizTalk Server 2004 (Level 200)
MSDN Webcast: WS-I Base Profile (Level 200)
MSDN Webcast: WS-Security and the WSE Adapter for BizTalk Server 2004 (Level 200)