Greg Willis

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  • Blog Post: SaaS software and moving to Azure

    While launching the Windows Azure Platform into the Australian market over the last year, I have spoken to dozens of customers and partners about their initial use cases for using cloud platforms. One part of the industry that has rapidly migrated to cloud deployment on Azure are SaaS ISV’s.  These...
  • Blog Post: Cloud @ Tech.Ed Australia 2010

    I am delighted to be the content owner for the Cloud & Online Services track at Tech.Ed Australia 2010 (24th – 27th August, Gold Coast Australia) and we’re currently considering the sessions we will deliver. This technical track will primarily feature content on the Windows Azure Platform...
  • Blog Post: The Windows Azure Platform is Available for Australia!

    This week we announced that the Windows Azure Platform is now generally available for developers and our customers and partners in Australia to build and deploy their applications on a fully-supported, commercial platform with Service Level Agreements . This is a key milestone for our cloud Platform...
  • Blog Post: BizSpark Camp for Azure – last chance to nominate

    We are running our first Microsoft BizSpark Camp for Windows Azure in Sydney on April 10th and 11th. The camp is designed to offer the following assistance to budding cloud entrepreneurs: Chance to win cash prize of AUD $5000 Learn and build new applications in the cloud or use interoperable services...
  • Blog Post: Interoperability with Windows Azure

    We have Craig Kitterman from Redmond visiting us here in Sydney this week.  Craig is part of our interoperability team and one of our experts on running PHP applications on the Windows Azure cloud. While he’s in our timezone, Craig is hosting a webcast Building & Deploying PHP Applications using...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Australian Launch - DONE

    It’s been a busy week – we launched Windows Azure to the Australian market on Tuesday 23rd here in Sydney!   Our keynote speaker, David Chappell , delivered an excellent perspective on the Windows Azure Platform (and other cloud platforms) and was very well received by the crowd in both Sydney...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Australia Roadshow with David Chappell

    As announced back in December, we have a number of upcoming Windows Azure events in Australia in February. We are honoured to have David Chappell joining us to give his expert perspective on the Windows Azure Platform.   David is a very engaging and knowledgeable speaker so these should be...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Training Kit December update available

    The excellent Windows Azure Training Kit has just been updated for December.  I always recommend this as a good starting point when I’m talking to customers and partners about getting their hands dirty with all the major aspects of the Windows Azure Platform for the first time. December update brings...
  • Blog Post: Launching Windows Azure in Australia

    I’m very pleased to share that we will be holding a launch event for the Windows Azure Platform in Australia on February 23rd 2010 in Sydney.   We are also planning a local roadshow around this date, including a stop in Melbourne on February 25th. Full details forthcoming soon, including our visiting...
  • Blog Post: Shaping the Windows Azure Platform

    The product teams building the Windows Azure Platform are very responsive to customer and developer feedback and shape many features and decisions based upon it. If you have a great idea about the features you’d like to see in Windows Azure (SQL Azure and “Dallas” as well) go and check out http://www...
  • Blog Post: What is Windows Azure?

    It’s been around a little while but I’m still drawn back to the thoughtful simplicity of this video Steve Marx created to answer the basic question - What is Windows Azure? Very impressive.   Steve has a good blog post on the why and the how behind the video. If you’re feeling inspired to explore...
  • Blog Post: Avanade Global Cloud Computing Survey

    Avanade recently released their 2009 Cloud Computing survey . Joe McKendrick has provided some good commentary on some of the key scenarios in his blog post earlier this week. What’s clear from the survey is: a) there is a lot (and growing) interest in cloud b) it’s still very early days ...
  • Blog Post: Australian customers and partners at PDC 2009

    I’m attending PDC 2009 in Los Angeles along with 40 or so (as at last week) customers and partners from Australia. If you haven’t registered yet and want to deep dive on any of our latest developer technology and be there for Windows Azure’s commercial launch there is still an earlybird discount open...
  • Blog Post: And the winner is…

    I’m pleased to announce that the winner of the new CloudApp() Australian side-bet is an application called Traffic in the Cloud ; built by Brisbane-based developer, John O’Brien from Soul Solutions . Included below is John’s description of Traffic in the Cloud which gives a good idea of the architecture...
  • Blog Post: new CloudApp() + the best of Australia ‘side-bet’

    Microsoft recently announced new CloudApp (), a developer challenge for both .NET & PHP developers creating cloud applications or services on the Azure Services Platform.  Follow on twitter (#newCloudApp). There are categories for both US and International entries and you can register and submit...
  • Blog Post: JAOO Presentation

    Recently I delivered an overview talk at JAOO in Sydney and Brisbane on Azure Services Platform, and specifically Windows Azure.   As always an interesting crowd with good questions at JAOO - thanks to Dave Thomas and the rest of the JAOO team for the invitation. I’ve published a copy of the...
  • Blog Post: Getting started with Azure Services Platform

    FAQ: Where do I find out more about architecting and developing apps for Azure?   Well there is www.azure.com , but specifically two of the best places to get up to speed are the “How Do I?” videos and the Azure Services Training Kit . The How Do I videos are short and sweet (typically 5 – 15 minutes...
  • Blog Post: .NET Services interoperability and new capabilities

    One of the more unique elements of the Azure Services Platform is .NET Services . Much of the current discussion around Cloud Computing focuses on moving certain IT workloads to the cloud (for example email like Microsoft Online ) or cloud compute and storage services (like Windows Azure ). In contrast...
  • Blog Post: Software + Services meets Sydney Mardi Gras

    For the last week I’ve been working with the shy and retiring web guru Michael Kordahi on a solution to deliver enhanced coverage of the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade to the readers of the Sydney Morning Herald and Fairfax’s other Australian newspapers like The Age . The idea was simple – to deliver a compelling...
  • Blog Post: Azure Services Platform Developer Training in Sydney

    We have a couple of last-minute spots available on an Azure Services Platform developer training course next week (March 10th – 12th) in Sydney City.    If you’re a hands-on Solutions Architect or Senior Developer this is a great chance to spend some time understanding and trying out various...
  • Blog Post: Understanding the Microsoft Cloud Platform

    At the end of last week I was busy with our Steve Ballmer Power to Developers event here in Sydney.  Here is the complete video from our cloud development overview session. During Gianpaolo’s visit we had some good local discussions with the customer architecture and developer community about their...
  • Blog Post: Bringing “Client + Cloud” to Sydney

    Following on from a slew of announcements around our Software + Services platform futures at PDC last week we have organised an update for the Australian developer community this week during SteveB’s visit down under. You can find out more about the event in Sydney on November 6th and how to tune...
  • Blog Post: Delivering a SaaS Application Portfolio

    Recently when talking to an enterprise customer about SaaS and multi-tenancy considerations and it became clear that our guidance around architecting for SaaS is being read and applied. I think this is partly because reference implementations like Litware help to show the practical application of the...
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