Greg Willis

Thoughts on emerging technology and cloud architecture

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About Greg Willis

I'm a strategic technical advisor and enterprise architect with over 20 years commercial experience in the digital media, IT, telecoms and finance industries.  I joined Microsoft Australia in 2004.

My professional profile and personal contact information can be found on LinkedIn at: http://www.linkedin.com/in/gwillis.   My personal website is at http://www.leanslate.com

My prior experience includes architecting high-traffic (and in other cases high-hype) web sites in the halcyon days of Web 1.0 before the web world generally worried about such trivial matters as business models and revenue.

My focus is now on emerging technologies and the adoption of cloud platforms - specifically their role in extending enterprise and ISV architecture.  I also have an on-going fascination with digital media and rich user experiences consumed across multiple devices.

Little known fact:  In the Marvel universe I am apparently able to manipulate gravity.

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    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...
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    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...
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    Latest Windows Azure Tools and SDK released

    Today at Tech.Ed in the US we have announced updates to the Windows Azure Tools and SDK, specifically including support for running .NET 4 framework applications on the Windows Azure Platform. You can download the latest tools and SDK from here .  ...
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    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...
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    .NET Framework 4 Support in Windows Azure

    As discussed on the official Windows Azure blog, .NET 4 will be available in Windows Azure within 90 days of RTM.   This has been something of an FAQ with some of the ISV’s I have been working with so good to see a timeline for availability...
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    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...
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    Interoperability with Windows Azure

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    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...
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    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...
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    Windows Azure Australia Roadshow with David Chappell

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    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...
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    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...
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    Launching Windows Azure in Australia

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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    Separated at birth – Larry and Hank?

    Well I think we all know by now that Oracle’s Larry Ellison is no fan of the cloud computing hype.  No comment on whether that reflects Oracle’s capability in that area.  Be sure to check out Larry’s comedic skills in this latest episode: Talking...
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    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...
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    new CloudApp() + the best of Australia ‘side-bet’

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

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    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.  ...
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    JAOO Presentation

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    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...
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    Getting started with Azure Services Platform

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    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...
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    Speaking at JAOO this week

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    If you'll be at JAOO Sydney or JAOO Brisbane come along and see my talk The Cloud is Azure .  I will be talking about how Microsoft's cloud platform fits in with the emerging cloud taxonomy as well as discussing some of the key elements of the platform...
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    .NET Services interoperability and new capabilities

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    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...
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    Software + Services meets Sydney Mardi Gras

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    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...
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    Azure Services Platform Developer Training in Sydney

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    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...
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