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Whether you attended the conference or just missed it, we want to tell you how thankful we are to all the attendees, our partner sponsors, and the various Microsoft teams that helped put on a great show at the Microsoft Health & Life Sciences Developer and Solutions Conference on April 22- 24, 2008 in Atlantic City, NJ. WOW! Through our joint efforts, we were able to collect over $6,000 for the American Association for Cancer Research as part of our charity event! THANK YOU!

Below you will find resources and presentations from the conference. Some of the presentations are in PowerPoint 2007 format, get the viewer here.

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DAY 1 KEYNOTE: Microsoft Connected Industry Framework:  Enabling Today’s Demands and Tomorrows Expectations

Paul Mattes, Industry Managing Director - Health & Life Sciences,  Microsoft with Premier Sponsors: Netsoft USA, Dell Healthcare, Infosys

Every vision and strategy must have a plan - a blueprint for execution from both a near-term and long-term perspective. In this session we discuss Microsoft’s Connected Industry Framework, providing specific context and solution strategy across the Health & Life Sciences Industry.  Our Premier Partner Sponsors will describe how they are leveraging the Framework in the delivery of Health & Life Sciences Industry solutions.

Resources: Paul Mattes | Netsoft | Dell Healthcare | InfoSys


Provider Solution Showcase - Connected Health Framework

 

Randy Fusco, Industry Technology Strategist, Microsoft

The Connected Health Framework is Microsoft’s vision and prescriptive guidance for building service oriented architecture in healthcare.  This session will provide an overview of how the Connected Health Framework and Connected Health Platform can be used to build flexible, interoperable and secure health information networks.


Microsoft Solution Showcase:
Partner: Accent on Integration (http://www.accentonintegration.com)/
Customer: Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN (http://www.vanderbilt.edu)/
Solution: Patient Safety Screening Tool for Sepsis
Patient safety is a top of mind issue for all healthcare providers.  Technology plays a major role in getting the right information to the right person at the right time and the Patient Safety Screening Tool for Sepsis (PSST) is an innovative solution that supports clinical business intelligence at the point of patient care.  PSST was developed using MOSS 2007, Office 2007 InfoPath, SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2008.  PSST also leverages .NET 3.5 Windows Workflow Foundation and Windows Communication Foundation as key technologies for screening and early detection of hospital acquired infections.  Accent on Integration will outline how PSST was developed and implemented at Vanderbilt University Medical Center resulting in patient lives saved.
Partner: IntelliSafe Technologies (http://www.intellisafe.com)/
Customer: Englewood Hospital, Englewood, NJ (http://www.englewoodhospital.com)/
Solution: Physician On-boarding IntelliSafe Vault
Finding, hiring, and on-boarding the best physicians continues to be a big challenge for competing hospitals.  The IntelliSafe Vault serves as an enterprise-level document signing solution that simplifies and automates the work related to creating legally binding documents and effectively reduces the time it takes to create, negotiate, manage and sign agreements.  This unified solution was developed using Microsoft Office 2007 and uses integrated technology such as Active Directory and .NET to securely create, sign, and store legally binding, authoritative documents, NDAs, engagement orders, and contracts in a completely paperless environment.  Englewood Hospital and Medical Center will outline how the solution was used to improve their physician on-boarding process resulting in operational efficiencies and increased physician satisfaction.

Resources: Microsoft in Healthcare


Payor Solution Showcase - Consumer Engagement Reference Architecture

Hector Rodriguez, Industry Technology Strategist, Microsoft

One of the single best opportunities for health plans and employer groups to improve the health of their members, improve the quality of care, and control rising medical costs lies in engaging members to make value-based decisions about their health, improve their health behaviors and self-manage their conditions.  Yet Consumer Engagement remains an elusive goal.  Technology can play a key role in placing the consumer in the center of the collaborative healthcare ecosystem and reducing the fragmentation of health resources and information.  By using new consumer channels, software-generated “moments of participation”, and natural user interfaces to extend and adapt their member portals to the consumer’s daily digital lifestyle and online preferences, health plans and solution partners can make it more natural for consumers to make better informed financial and clinical decisions and self-manage their conditions and health risks.  To this end, Microsoft® has published a Consumer Engagement Reference Architecture (CERA) and a consumer health platform (HealthVault) to help health plans and other industry stakeholders place consumers in control of their health and their health risks, while enabling seamless information exchange among hundreds of different health services and devices.  This session provides a demo of the CERA and information on how to leverage this free reference architecture as part of your consumer engagement platform.

OTB Solutions has been developing Enterprise Applications on the Microsoft Office System 2007 platform for nearly two years now.  Learn about some re-usable design patterns covering People, Process and Deployment Architectures as well as some leading practices that OTB has learned in the development of Office Business Applications (OBA’s).  Learn how OTB enabled Premera to develop a claims auditing application in approximately 3 months that has increased productivity by over 25% and has already resulted in over 7 million dollars of savings!  OTB will also discuss their Knowledge-Driven Solution Accelerator™ (KDSA).  KDSA is a service-oriented framework, development environment and toolset to produce business applications in less time and with 70-100% less custom code than using a pure .Net custom development approach.  Come learn how OTB uses this accelerated development approach to deliver solutions for the Healthcare and Life Sciences industries.

Resources: Microsoft + Health Plans


Life Sciences Solution Showcase - Connected Life Science Framework 
Les Jordan, Industry Technology Strategist, Microsoft

Connected Life Sciences Framework (CLSF) is Microsoft's vision and prescriptive guidance for building service oriented architecture (SOA) solution in Life Sciences.  This session will provide an overview of the Connected Life Sciences Framework and how it can be used to implementations composite solutions that are flexible, scalable, and interoperable for Life Sciences.

Microsoft Solution Showcase:
Partner: ThermoFisher Scientific, Interse
Solution: Office Business Applications for Life Sciences (solutions for Life Sciences)
•    Scientist Workbench is a type of solution for Life Sciences that is built using the Office Business Application (OBA) Approach guided by CLSF.  The sample implementation brings together the various Microsoft technologies and platform to create an integrated work environment targeted for Chemist and Biologist in drug discovery.  It was developed using Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS), .NET 3.0, Windows Communication Foundation, Windows Presentation Foundation, Office 2007 Client Suite, SQL Server 2005, and Visual Studio 2005.
•    ThermoFisher will discuss how they use a scientist workbench style approach to building products and solutions for Life Sciences.
•    Interse will discuss how enterprise search and metadata management is implemented with MOSS for Life Sciences.

Resources: Microsoft in Life Sciences



WCF + WF + IIS 7 - the Server Swiss Army Knife

Allan da Costa Pinto, Developer Evangelist, Microsoft

Want to build real Software+Services today? Come learn how Windows Communication Foundation and Windows Workflow Foundation can solve real world service challenges. We’ll use IIS 7 as the platform to make this happen.

Resources: Slides | Blog | IIS 7 Fan Page



SharePoint – Not Just for Geeks Anymore

William Rogers, Co-founder and Chief Workplace Architect, CorasWorks

Now that Microsoft SharePoint has moved from “the server under a desk” to the corporate infrastructure, people are asking tough business questions about how to drive real business value with SharePoint.  This session discusses three challenges that companies typically encounter with SharePoint, and presents successful approaches for addressing each. Join us to learn the answers to:
- We want to start using SharePoint to help drive business value, but how do we get started?
- SharePoint has taken off internally, but how do we get it back under control?
- We want to build strategic business applications on SharePoint, but why is it so complex and so expensive?

Resources: Slides



Health & Life Sciences and the Enhanced User Experience

Peter Goth, Practice Manager, Health and Life Sciences, Infusion   

Peter Goth, Practice Manager, Health and Life Sciences (HLS) at Infusion Development will be presenting an overview of how Microsoft technologies can provide unified solution layers for key issues faced by the HLS industry today. Peter will demonstrate how an integration strategy can leverage a SOA/ESB framework to bring disparate systems together and reduce TCO and new development costs.  He will also examine leveraging new user interface paradigms to provide more functionality and enhanced user experiences in delivering new applications or enhancing legacy systems. A common scenario with disparate data silos will be depicted to demonstrate an end to end solution that encompasses leveraging a Service Oriented Architecture with collaboration and a rich user interface within a browser.

Resources: Infusion



Office and SharePoint 2007 Electronic Lab Notebook: A Thrilling Development

Jason Noble, Practice Manager, Neudesic

Microsoft’s Office 2007 product line offers familiarity, flexibility, extensibility, and ROI to scientists and business users.  Electronic Lab Notebooks have been around for 15 years, but the latest developments by the Microsoft product team and Life Science strategists are changing the game. In addition, Microsoft’s ELN is both CFR Part 11 and SAFE compliant. Join Neudesic’s Jason Noble as he presents how Microsoft is revolutionizing the way that scientists and business users will be able to take advantage of Office ELN’s ability to integrate with Excel and Word, provide workflows and digital signatures, and help with key areas like Human Resources, Knowledge Management, and Employee Services.  Jason will also be presenting a recap on the Office 2003 ELN’s abilities.

Resources: Neudesic



Building People Ready & Composite Information Worker Solutions using the Microsoft Office 2007 System

Karthik Ravindran, Principal Architect, Microsoft

Office Business Applications (OBA) are applications built to bridge the results gap between personal and business productivity. These apps combine the familiarity of Microsoft Office clients with the power of Microsoft Office SharePoint platform to create roles based, collaborative solutions that extends the line of business and backend systems. The OBA Composition Reference Toolkit brings to surface the underlying composition capabilities of the 2007 Microsoft Office system. It integrates seamlessly with the Microsoft Office 2007 System to enable a prescriptive application composition experience for Information Workers to build and deploy Office Business Applications (OBAs) using semantically related OBA Components like Workflows, SharePoint document libraries and lists, SharePoint Pages, Web Parts, VSTO Office Client Add-ins, BI Reports, BI Dashboards etc. The toolkit comprises an OBA Composition Server and an OBA Composer.

Resources: Slides | Toolkit Site



DAY 2 KEYNOTE: Microsoft: Improving Health Throughout the World

Peter Neupert, Corporate Vice President Health Solutions Group, Microsoft
and
Steve Aylward, Health & Life Sciences Industry General Manager, Microsoft

At the heart of the health information management dilemma is the fragmented nature of how health data is created, collected, shared and stored.  Few industries are as information-dependent and data-rich as health care and few are so siloed.  It is our philosophy that technology is a cornerstone of enabling a critical and sustainable shift in the way that healthcare is delivered and managed: aggregating data within and across provider organizations, aggregating data for consumers across all of their sources, and ultimately connecting these views for better-informed health decisions and better clinical outcomes. A company with the reach and resources of Microsoft can play a major role in addressing these challenges and make long-term contributions towards improving the cost, quality and delivery of care.  This keynote session help instantiate Microsoft’s overall vision for improving health, and its commitment to achieving transformation through industry-leading solutions.

Resources: Peter Neupert | Steve Aylward


HealthVault Software Factories

Netsoft USA

With the introduction of HealthVault, Microsoft is creating an environment where consumers can gain control over their health care data, and organizations can develop new partnership opportunities with external entities. Netsoft USA has made significant investments in the research and development of software factories and domain-specific languages to address the broad range of challenges that we face in the healthcare and IT industries. Please join us to learn more about the HealthVault solution accelerator and experience firsthand an actual software factory and domain specific language (DSL) implementation for the healthcare industry.

Resources: Netsoft



Unified Communications 

Chris Mayo, Technical Evangelist, Microsoft

Communications is central to the way we build relationships, access information and make critical decisions in our professional life. In this session, we’ll explore how to use the Microsoft Unified Communications Platform to integrate communication in the software we use every day.  Build human-to-human communications into your mission critical systems by launching IM, voice and video calls directly and integrating application context. Leverage machine-to-human communications in your business workflows to reach decisions makers quickly using IM or voice to drive to drive the workflow to completion efficiently and securely. Provide human-to-machine communications to allow secure access to enterprise data via IM and voice quickly and securely anywhere and any time. Office Communications Server (OCS) 2007 and Exchange Server 2007 provides the infrastructure for enterprise communications including e-mail, voice, video, IM, conferencing and unified messaging. Building on this infrastructure, the UC Platform APIs provides a platform that you can leverage to build communications into your solutions adding incredible value to your users.

Resources: Slides | Blog



SQL Server Data Services – Scale free, robust data platform which enables easy information sharing for the Healthcare Industry

David Robinson, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft

This session will introduce SQL Server Data Services.  We will talk about the SQL Server Data Services data model, its query language, and how it alleviates the pain of Healthcare data sharing. We will talk about the standards based protocols, service end-points and how to store, retrieve and process data using this service.  We will also talk about the business model (pay as you grow) and introduce the beta 1 of the service.

Resources: SQL Server Data Services



The Digital Black Belt’s Guide to Building Secure ASP.NET AJAX Applications

Joe Stagner, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft

You think your ASP.NET AJAX application is secure, but how do you know? Are you SURE? Would you bet your career on it? Secure application design is 1/3 Architecture, 1/3 Code, and 1/3 Operations. You can’t retro-fit a secure architecture. In this Digital Black Belt crash session you’ll get a whirlwind tour of how to write secure web applications with ASP.NET AJAX. You can’t learn it all in a day, but you can get started with secure development techniques and learn what questions you need to be asking each day in your development process.

Resources: Blog | Reference Slides



Improving Patient Safety Using The Microsoft Health Common User Interface

Andrew Kirby, Director, Microsoft

This session is an introduction to design guidelines and software components that make up the Microsoft Health Common User Interface and how they can be used to build safer, usable and more compelling healthcare applications using .NET and Programming Microsoft Silverlight 2.0.
• An overview of the Microsoft Health CUI and how it can be used.
• Understand how the design guide and software components are developed.
• Learn how you can join the Microsoft Health CUI community project.

Resources: Slides | MSCUI



Session 1: Project ECHO: Innovative Care Delivery Model leveraging Knowledge Networks for the Treatment of Complex Diseases in Remote, Rural, and Under served Communities

Praveen Soti, MD, MBA Engagement Manager, Infosys Healthcare

The treatment of chronic complex diseases, such as Hepatitis C, often presses the limits of rural health care providers’ capabilities. Project ECHO addresses the special needs of chronic disease patients by leveraging a disruptive innovation, Knowledge Networks. A cornerstone of these networks is a Web-based Care Management (Telemedicine 2.0 enabled) tool that enables specialists and primary care givers to co-manage patients using best practice protocols, bi-directional knowledge networks (case-based clinical experiences).

Session 2: An Informatics Infrastructure for the Future Ready R&D Organization

Anirban Ghosh, Principal, Infosys

The Agile R&D framework improves search, collaboration, integration, and decision making, which are key problem areas for life sciences research. The talk will present an overview of an extensible and scalable architecture-based research framework and its effective usage in deep scientific research. The framework leads into design of a unique knowledge layer, orchestrated by services consumed from existing R&D informatics and IT tools and applications. It will be available to senior scientists and team leads, who explore new therapeutic ideas, collaborate in complex multi-disciplinary science, and decide upon key observations from available research information. While implementing this solution, we ensure rationalization of services that support research landscape to avoid repeat and rework, provide an appropriate level of information communication to the hierarchy of users, and most importantly save person-hours of scientist time and effort while executing their tasks. Post implementation of this solution, its expected to improve inter-disciplinary research outcome and drop hypotheses that will fail to work as early as possible. The talk will feature a demo of the framework.

Resources: Infosys Healthcare



WPF and Silverlight for Information and Data Visualization in Life Science

Sam Batterman, Industry Solution Specialist, Microsoft

Come see examples of how to use the new Windows Presentation Foundation and Silverlight to build compelling and spectacular User Experiences (UX) in Life Science. We will be demonstrating an application which fuses together concepts of Electronic Notebooks, Molecular Modeling, Literature Search, and Mechanism of Action, while integrating SharePoint, and Unified Communication.

Resources: Slides | Blog



ASP.NET AJAX Design & Development Patterns

Joe Stagner, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft

AJAX is not about Eye Candy. AJAX is about building functionality that is difficult or impossible with conventional web development technology. Done right your web applications ROCK, but it it’s done wrong and your infrastructure pays the price. This session will expose a collection of design and usage patterns that will help you understand ASP.NET AJAX under the covers and design efficient, interactive AJAX Applications using Microsoft ASP.NET AJAX Technologies.

Resources: Blog | Reference Slides



Platform for Personalized Medicine

Scott Jenkins, Ph.D. Area Vice President, HCLS Solutions Sales, Dell

Healthcare today is predominated by episodic treatment.  A person visits a doctor or undergoes a routine exam and a new diagnosis is made, followed by a treatment. Rarely is there long-term comprehensive global care of that patient, especially as they transition from network to network or region to region.  Although there is a growing awareness and focus on translational medicine, there is an enormous opportunity to improve patient care with the use of integrated technologies, for example through computer aided diagnosis, and presymptomatic treatment, thereby achieving comprehensive care throughout the patient’s lifetime. Data on a patient spans from birth (plus family history) though Death with estimates increase to 100+ years of Life. IT Systems to capture and promote that data in a secure manner are needed now and will be critical for the future of patient centric healthcare. Data moves from the laboratories throughout the health systems to hopefully be accessed by the patient. With this in mind several key technologies and solutions are moving us closer to this goal.

Resources: Dell Healthcare



Biomedical Visualization Using the Xbox360

Krishna Kumar, Microsoft

The Xbox360, as the most popular gaming console to date has achieved ubiquity not only in homes, but increasingly, also in the hospital setting as an entertainment hub for patients by providing a positive diversion, allowing them to listen to music, play video games and watch movies or live TV. Efforts such as ‘Cerner MyStation’ are a testament to this fact. At the heart of the Xbox360 is a very powerful visualization platform,  that can now be tapped by developers using the XNA platform and suite of tools. Come and learn how to extend the console beyond media and gaming with your own custom creations to provide an interactive and educational experience for patients and their care givers. This session will feature extensive demos and will leave you with a wealth of additional resources for follow up.

Resources: Slides | Blog



An Introduction to Programming Silverlight 2.0

Jesse Liberty, “Silverlight Geek”, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft

This talk will cover the fundamentals of building Rich Internet Applications with Silverlight 2.0 and Visual Studio 2008. Topics covered will include a fast introduction to Silverlight, an overview of what you need to develop Silverlight applications and how Silverlight applications are deployed and used, and then a focus on creating Silverlight applications from the perspective of the software developer. Topics covered will include: XAML and Code behind, Controls and event handlers, Creating objects in XAML and in C#, Layout management, Transforms and basic Animation. Level: Introduction to Intermediate.

Resources: Slides and Blog



Map Your Data with SQL Server 2008, the Windows Presentation Foundation, and Silverlight 2

John Pelak, Architect Evangelist, Microsoft

This session will explore the new geometric and geographic features of SQL Server 2008, and show how they can be brought together with the Windows Presentation Foundation and Silverlight 2 to produce compelling mapping applications.  Emphasis will be placed on how SQL Server 2008 supports geographic queries and how both WPF and Silverlight can be used to provide an interactive layer on which user data can be added to maps.  This session presumes familiarity with .NET 3.X and XAML (but will quickly cover the basics as we dig deeper into the SQL 2008.)

Resources: Slides | Blog



BizTalk and RFID: Healthcare Solutions with Sensor Based RTLS

Tim Callahan, SYMX Technologies
It is an exciting time to be in healthcare as we enter the age of sensor based RTLS. Join SYMX Technologies in an interactive look at how RFID is changing the way healthcare institutions deliver patient care. This workshop will focus on how SYMX Technologies has utilized innovative Microsoft products such as BizTalk RFID, BizTalk 2006 R2, SQL Server 2005, and Windows SharePoint Services to develop a complete, end-to-end, enterprise grade healthcare solution.

Resources: SYMX



Maximizing Data Value Through Design of Charts and Visualization

Richard Brath, Oculus

Effective design is crucial for information analysis. A good information design will clearly communicate key information to users and makes supporting information easily accessible. Guidelines regarding problem analysis, types of relationships, layout, association, coordination and multivariate visualization will be discussed. Learn when to use a bar chart or heat map. Learn when to move beyond charts to visualization.

Resources: Oculus



Silverlight 2.0 and Data

Jesse Liberty, “Silverlight Geek”, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft

This talk will assume the participant is familiar with the material covered in the previous course and will discuss retrieving data using networking, using the WebClient and using Linq, as well as DataBinding and DataTemplates. We will also look at storing data on the local machine (Isolated storage). Level: Intermediate to Advanced.

Resources: Slides and Blog



ASP.NET MVC Framework

Peter Laudati, Developer Evangelist, Microsoft

ASP.NET MVC provides a framework that enables you to easily implement the model-view-controller (MVC) pattern for Web applications. This pattern lets you separate applications into loosely coupled, pluggable components for application design, processing logic, and display.

ASP.NET MVC is not a replacement for Webforms. It provides an alternative choice when designing a Web application. We’ll explore the advantages ASP.NET MVC offers, including how:
•    It enables you to achieve and maintain a clear separation of concerns
•    It facilitates test driven development (TDD)
•    It provides more control over the URLs you publish in the application and over the HTML that is emitted by the application

Resources: Blog and Slides



DAY 2 Closing KEYNOTE: Microsoft Health Products:  Technology Roadmap & Customer Experiences

Grad Conn, Senior Director, Health Solutions Group, Microsoft

Amalga, Amalga HIS, Amalga RIS/PAC, and HealthVault.  Some of you may have heard about them, others may be scratching their heads in bewilderment. This is a great opportunity to gain business insight and technology perspectives on Amalga and HealthVault - Microsoft’s flagship Health Product brands.

Resources: Slides



Microsoft BioIT Alliance  - what is it and why should it matter to you

Dr. Rudy Potenzone, Director of the BioIT Alliance and WW Pharma Industry Technology Analyst, Microsoft
with Dr. Stephen Heller, NIST, IUPAC and Tim Huckaby, CEO, InterKnowlogy

The BioIT Alliance is an association of over 70 companies who are working in the BioIT community.  The goal of the group is to exchange information and foster use of the latest Microsoft technologies.  It is also providing connections for collaboration between members and stimulating discussions on standards. Dr. Potenzone will discuss the Alliance history and current status along with its future directions. Dr. Heller will present work being done to foster a new standard for exchanging chemical structures that is being supported by NIST and IUPAC call InCHi. Tim Huckaby will describe the work his company did while collaborating with scientists and clinicians at the Scripps Institute in an effort to expand our scientific knowledge while helping patients in the clinic.

Resources: BioIT Alliance



Windows Mobile Solutions and Development

Hemang Patel, Microsoft  and Lindsay Rutter,Microsoft

with IQMax and Data Reduction Systems

This session will review new capabilities of the Windows Mobile 6.x platform and System Center Mobile Device Manager. Designed for developers and solution provides, we will review what a .NET developer needs to become a mobile developer and review two successful partner solutions:
•    IQMAX – physician rounding for clinicians and collaborative media for Pharma sales representatives
•    Data Reduction Systems – Sample Tracking and Signature capture to achieve PDMA compliancy
We will end with an introduction of Silverlight for Windows Mobile.

Resources: Windows Mobile | Lindsay Blog | IQMAX | Data Reduction Systems



Compliance Issues and Solutions

Les Jordan, Industry Technology Strategist, Microsoft

Validation is the bane of every life sciences organization, and that is increasingly moving into every hospital as medical devices are becoming more connected.  In this session we will discuss methodology that can be applied for validation in a regulated environment, whether it is a hospital or a 21 CFR Part 11 compliant life sciences company.

Resources: Slides



Windows HPC Server 2008 Overview

Rich Crane Architect, Microsoft

New Name, New VERSION, NEW SPEED!  Come hear about the latest in capabilities on the Microsoft platform for building applications based on high performance computing.  Some of the new features include high-speed networking, support for clustered file system, new failover capabilities, enhanced management tools and a service-oriented architecture job scheduler.

Resources: Blog



Real world Software + Services with Microsoft Technology: Microsoft Customer stories
Curt Devlin, Architect Evangelist, Microsoft

Software + Services (S+S) is a strategy and an architecture that encompasses a variety of different approaches. S+S promises a flexible new model for delivering the business value of software. This model only becomes real when companies and organizations begin using the S+S model in earnest. In this session, you can hear how pioneers of S+S are developing new business models and opportunities, and achieving success with S+S in the real world. This session is also intended to help members of the healthcare and life sciences community envision new ways to collaborate and improve healthcare using this model.

Resources: Blog



Creating amazing user experiences with Silverlight 2 and Expression Studio

David Isbitski, Developer Evangelist, Microsoft

Web applications with sound, animations, and video have become the rule and not the exception these days.  But as a developer how do I get started in an area that previously meant learning entirely new tools and technologies?  This session will get you up to speed on how to use the latest web technologies from Microsoft including Silverlight DeepZoom, Expression Blend, Expression Encoder and Silverlight Streaming that leverage your existing .NET Skills and integrate seamlessly with ASP.NET.  You’ll be amazed at how easily you can start adding great user experiences to both your new and existing applications today!

Resources: Blog



Pervasive Business Intelligence

Josh Sriven, Neudesic

Business Intelligence is the largest growing portion of the data world currently, with advances in dashboards, scorecards, ad-hoc query tools, the need for a stable scalable data platform both relational and OLAP have never been greater. SQL 2008 will provide a number of enhancements in performance, new features to ease development and insure best practices, as well as provide a more scalable and functional reporting environment.

Resources: Slides



Managing the Application Lifecycle with Team System

Sajee Matthew, Developer Technology Specialist, Microsoft

Discover how Team System can help you improve your software development process.  Learn how using Team System can improve collaboration, communication and transparency within your team.   We will discuss features such as Code Metrics, Code Coverage, Web/Load Testing, Database Change Management, Continuous Integration, Metrics, Project Management and Metrics.

Resources: Slides


Parallelize Your .NET Applications With Parallel Extensions To The .NET Framework

Rich Crane Architect, Microsoft

As the hardware industry shifts towards multi-core and many core processors, the key to high-performance applications is parallelism. The Parallel Extensions to the .NET Framework offers solutions to help make writing concurrent applications significantly easier.

Resources: Blog



Microsoft CRM for Healthcare

Sanjay Jain, Microsoft

Get insights into the platform aspects of Microsoft CRM 4.0 including customizations, globalization, workflow automation, entity framework, and the SDK. Learn how Microsoft Dynamics CRM has taken traditional developer-focused customizations and moved them to a point-and-click customization environment and how this can help create a more dynamic, agile, and personalized user experience. You will also get an industry solutions perspective from two very successful Microsoft partners: Proscape and Brimstone.

Resources: Sanjay | Proscape | Brimstone



DAY 3 Closing KEYNOTE: Web 2.0 Perspectives and Industry Impact

Resources: Ben Flock Slides | Inspire Slides