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: 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: 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: 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: Tech.Ed Australia – Azure Call for Content Open

    Tech•Ed 2009 season comes to Australia on Sept 8th – 11th.  There are 13 content tracks planned and I’m the owner for our track on the Azure Services Platform.  My colleague Nigel Watson is owner of the general Architecture track.   For the full set of tracks / owners Andrew Coates...
  • 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: 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: REMIX08 Highlights

    I managed to spend time at REMIX this year in both Sydney and Melbourne. I was speaking on user experiences and media monetization at a breakfast we held for some of our web agency and ISV partners. Overall highlight of the event was the great local atmosphere - almost all Australian speakers (even...
  • 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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