We're on the road again!
The Microsoft Security and Management Summit is a complimentary, full day technical briefing designed to extend your security and management skills. Building on the foundations provided at the first Security Summit in March and the Microsoft Management Summit in 2003, this event will provide you the latest information to help manage a fully secured Microsoft infrastructure.
For more information on the agenda, please click on the link or visit www.microsoft.com.au/security/summit.
We are doing something a bit different for our developer community, based on overwhelming feedback. The Developer sessions all start at 3.45pm & finishes at 7pm, with registration from 3.15pm. The dates are as follows:
We will be covering 2 BIG areas:
So, what are you waiting for, register here
Back in March we spent a few days reviewing solutions for the second phase of the Solution Builder Asia program.
Well I am delighted to say that all that hard work has paid off, and we have a number of winners!!!
Winning partners in Round 2 of the Microsoft® Office System Solution Builder Program
Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to all the companies who participated. We hope to run this again real soon!
I saw many solutions being shown at CeBIT that had been developed using the .NET framework and the .NET Compact Framework. More than I expected, to be honest. I'll take that as a positive :)
And I saw one app that knocked my socks off! It is called Filesphere, which delivers a very rich user desktop experience, integrated tightly into the explorer shell, and exploiting all the capabilities of Office 2003. This is delivering the promise of Longhorn's winfs *TODAY*. The demo was impressive, I was able to locate documents based on keywords, authors, projects, dates, etc - just like those cool longhorn demos we saw at the PDC. The system creates and manages all the meta-data for the documents and it is this meta-data that facilitates this excellent user experience.
I don't get too excited normally, but this is a fantastic app. Developed locally in Sydney. I remember meeting the folks behind this product 18 months ago and they were very excited back then.
It really really rocks!!! And it's all managed code.
Robert Scoble - are you out there? You need to check out these guys.
I took a few photos while I was at CeBIT - my XDA II has a camera, so it's a shame not to use it.
Some photos were ok, some were silly some were just gratuitous - have a look at the moblog for more.
But my favorite was this one - it's tyson dowd and the netgear guy. can you tell who is who :)
I did a wander of the floor at CeBIT today. What struck me was the number of companies doing the same thing - mms gateways, content management systems, web-based erp, sales force automation, mobile field service, crazy embedded devices. Lots of good ideas chasing customers and problems to be solved.
There was lots of wacky stuff, which appeals to me. I saw a company called USB Technology, and I got really excited. Maybe they had the USB iDuck, or the USB toothbrush, or USB blanket, or USB massage ball, or USB coffee cup, But no, they had none of these. What a misnomer! They did have USB flash drives and USB hard drives. I bought a 40GB drive for $200. I haggled. It felt good. I'm sure I paid too much!
I did a wander around CeBIT today and saw some cool stuff, but the thing that blew my mind (and made me feel nauseous) was the 3d tv screen.
I'll pay more attention tomorrow and note down some more interesting stuff - but in the meantime, checkout the directory.
The Microsoft stand was really busy. Lots of folks got a kick out of meeting the solution partners that are exhibiting on the stand.
Now, here's something interesting. The Mission Australia site is an ASP.NET site. Mission Australia is a non-denominational Christian organisation with a vision to spread the love of God and meet human need.
So it's kinda cool that they have an ASP.NET powered site.
But what's really cool is that it's driven by a CMS developed by Aussie company Clear Blue Day.
Now, what's interesting to me is that every page is driven by the same .ASPX page with a really long ID - for example check out these urls (if you dare) :
As Rove would say -- “What The....?”