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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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...
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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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    Hype Cycle 2.0

    While I was on John's blog the other day I stumbled upon this Hype Cycle. LOL: Not sure of its original source but I'd like to meet the analyst that put this one together.
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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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    Welcome to my blog!

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    Hi, my name is Greg Willis. I have spent the last 3 years working for Microsoft's Communications Sector team and I've recently moved over to the Developer and Platform team here in Australia as an Architect Evangelist. With this move I have joined...
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    SOA in the Real World

    I was gathering some material for a Gartner summit next week in Sydney (we're a sponsor) and was pleased to see that John's excellent book on 'SOA in the Real World' is now published and available online. Recommended if you want a pragmatic perspective...
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    Sydney Architect Councils

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    One of the most enjoyable aspects of our role as Architect Advisors in DPE is helping support the local customer and partner architecture community. As part of this our team host quarterly Architect Council events in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne. ...
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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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    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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    Silverlight: it's time for enterprise deployment

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    With Silverlight adoption growing in media companies and for rich content on websites like our own microsoft.com and tafiti , end-users will increasingly need Silverlight installed. Recently a number of local enterprise customers have asked me about...
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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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    My alter ego is more notable than my boss

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    I was just reflecting on the now famous Frankipedia incident and what really constitutes notability with the wisdom of crowds. Frank has certainly made a major impact on thousands of people in the development community in Australia and I suspect is at...
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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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    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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    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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    Silverlight 1.0 now available on Microsoft Update

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    Silverlight will be an Optional install for XP SP2 and Windows Server 2003 for users of Microsoft Update.  For enterprise deployments the WSUS feature pack is now available as well.  The Microsoft Update team blog has all the details.
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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 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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    Kiwibank at the Sydney Architect Council

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    Just before the Easter long weekend, Dr Bohdan Szymanik (Enterprise Architecture Manager, Kiwibank) delivered a great session entitled: Kiwibank in Transformation: Startup to Enterprise at the Sydney Architect Council. The session was very well-received...
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