Architecture + Strategy

Musings from David Chou - Architect, Microsoft

October, 2008

  • Architecture + Strategy

    Event - TechDays 08 Orange County


    If technology is the backbone of your business, you won’t want to miss out on the TechDays ’08 event in Costa Mesa, CA. Filled with exclusive product information presented by insider experts, TechDays ’08 will show developers, IT professionals, IT executives, and partners how Microsoft technology can take their business to the next level.

    Whether you attend just one day or all three, you’ll walk away with a greater understanding of the business value of Microsoft’s technology solutions. Plus, you’ll have the chance to take a closer look at Microsoft’s latest development tools. Check out the tracks below and register for these exciting sessions today!


    • November 11-13, 2008
    • Hilton Orange County / Costa Mesa
    • 3050 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA 92626

    MSDN Events

    Tuesday, November 11, 2008 | REGISTER >

    Join us for this free, live session designed to enhance your coding skills and make your life a little easier. By attending you’ll get up –to-the-minute technology delivered by seasoned developers and have lots of time to network and ask questions. Chat with your fellow developers get the latest coding tools and tips and learn how to create rich new applications. LEARN MORE >

    Wednesday, November 12, 2008 | REGISTER >

    Join us for the latest tips, tools and technical information you need to build powerful applications and engaging user experiences. We’ll show you how SQL Server 2008 delivers new development capabilities, including support for Spatial Data types, a fresh storage mechanism and more. You’ll also learn how to leverage the Silverlight platform to build next generation applications for consumers and business, and how Visual Studio Tools for the Microsoft Office System (VSTO) addresses some of the toughest challenges facing today’s Office solution developers. Don’t miss these free, live sessions near you. LEARN MORE >

    Topic 1: What’s New in SQL Server 2008 for Developers
    Topic 2: Power up your Office applications with VSTO
    Topic 3: Build next generation applications with Silverlight 2.0

    Thursday, November 13, 2008 | REGISTER >

    In this session, we’ll take a look at the strategy behind the new Microsoft Cloud Services platform, provide an overview of building block services, and show how to facilitate cloud-based transactions that connect multiple organizations. We’ll also discuss the role IT architects play in the success of IT projects. The skill sets and certifications required to be a professional IT architect are still being defined, and we’ll have a panel discussion with local architects on how you can get involved and contribute to the process. LEARN MORE >

    Topic 1: Microsoft Cloud Services Architecture
    Topic 2: The Role of an Architect, Experiences and Our Profession
    Topic 3: Local Architect Panel Discussion


    TechNet Events

    Tuesday, November 11, 2008 | REGISTER >

    Learn more about SQL Server2008 and its new features and capabilities the new enhanced capabilities of the product. We’ll be exploring security and database management, how to best manage your data, and what’s new in business intelligence with SQL Server 2008. Don’t miss this half day event that will give you a better understanding of what SQL 2008 has to offer and how you can best put it to use at your company. LEARN MORE >

    Topic 1: Database Management and Security
    Topic 2: Data warehousing
    Topic 3: Integrated Business Intelligence

    Wednesday, November 12, 2008 | REGISTER >

    Get the latest tips and tools from Microsoft that will make your life as an IT Professional a lot easier. First, we'll dispel some Windows Vista myths and address the top deployment blockers that have been reported. Then, we'll show how you can automate system administration tasks and increase your productivity using Windows PowerShell™. Finally, you'll get the inside track on Group Policy preferences, a new feature in Microsoft Windows Server® 2008 that will help you better deploy and manage Windows Vista and application settings. LEARN MORE >

    Topic 1: Why Windows Vista with SP1?
    Topic 1: Managing Windows Vista with Windows PowerShell
    Topic 1: Group Policy Preferences, Templates and Scripting

    Thursday, November 13, 2008 | REGISTER >

    Join us for a series of demonstrations and technical discussions about virtualization and enterprise search. We’ll explore the powerful new Windows Server 2008 virtualization platform and data center management solutions, while covering the benefits of Microsoft’s integrated Hyper-V and System Center product families. We’ll also look at how to help information workers find, use and share the critical data they need to boost productivity and success. You’ll see how Microsoft’s robust platform of business-ready search solutions can quickly, securely and seamlessly connect people with the information they need – when they need it. LEARN MORE >

    Topic 1: Virtualization
    Topic 2: Enterprise Search

  • Architecture + Strategy

    Complimentary Workshop: Adopting ALM with Visual Studio Team System and Team Foundation Server


    Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) synchronizes business goals and IT investment priorities, provides valuable insight into the software development lifecycle at each stage of the process, and can enable organizations to get the most value out of their IT investments. Companies like yours that have embraced ALM have already realized greater productivity. With VSTS and TFS, Microsoft has the tools to help you adopt ALM and realize the benefits.  This intensive one-day workshop will show you how.

    Adopting Application Lifecycle Management is brought to you by Tallan and Microsoft.

    Two complimentary workshops will be held:

    • November 11, 2008 9:00AM-5:00PM Irvine - at the Microsoft Technology Center at 3 Park Plaza, 16th Floor Irvine, CA 92618. Meals will be provided.
    • November 12, 2008 9:00AM-5:00PM Los Angeles - at the Microsoft office at 333 S. Grand, 33rd Floor Los Angeles, CA 90071. Meals will be provided.

    Space is limited for this one-day workshop. Please register if you'd like to attend.


    Time Agenda
    8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Introduction to ALM (Microsoft)
    Overview of Microsoft ALM strategy and technologies
    9:00 AM – 9:15AM Tallan Introduction
    Overview of Tallan, experience with TFS showcasing examples of past projects
    9:15AM – 9:45 AM What is TFS?
    Overview of Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio Team System including how these tools can be utilized to help work through the development lifecycle.
    9:45 AM – 10:00 AM Break
    10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (with 15min break) From requirements to release – how to track what the developers work on, how to control what gets included in a release and how to automate the build & deployment process.
    Review of the change management and source control capabilities of TFS and how it compares to other tools.
    12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch
    1:00 PM – 2:45 PM How do I improve the quality of our software? How do I measure whether we are continuously improving?
    In-depth examination of the testing, code analysis and reporting features In TFS.
    2:45 PM – 3:00 PM Break
    3:00 PM – 4:30 PM How do I get my development team, DBAs, operations and project management on the same page?
    Separate the walls between these groups in your IT organization. Facilitate communication and coordination using the tools provided by TFS.
    4:30 PM – 5:00 PM Additional Q&A
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