Ignition Showcase

Providing ISV's with the resources they need to create new opportunities on our emerging technologies.

About Ignition Showcase

Welcome to Ignition Showcase

Ignition Showcase is a site focused on building and enhancing the vibrant ecosystem of Independent Software Vendors and start-ups on the Microsoft platform.  The goal of Ignition Showcase is to bring together the right people and experiences from across Microsoft to provide ISVs with the resources they need to create new opportunities on our emerging technologies.  Through briefings, readiness programs, social networking, blogs, and other events, we hope to empower partners to succeed on the Microsoft platform. Stay tuned to our blog for info on resources and activities! 

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    Try Windows Azure in 30 Minutes!

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    Try a free Windows Azure Pass cloud account (CODE: webvisions), and put up your 1st Windows Azure app in as little as 30 minutes .

    The new MyToDo app posted on CodePlex works with your free Azure Pass to give you a quick introduction to Windows Azure.

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    Unlike most trial procedures that start with developing and app and then deploying it to the cloud this procedure starts with you downloading and deploying an existing app to give you a feel for what it is like to deploy one. 

    Then this tutorial shows you how to create and deploy your own ASP.NET app in Windows Azure.

    Enjoy!

     

     

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    Win a Country Music Association 4 Day Pass with IE9

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    Rascal Flatts, Jason Aldean, and Ronnie Dunn have different prize packages just waiting for you. Go to these links and follow the registration instructions. You’ll need IE9 and Windows 7, and the contest payoff could be big for the country music fan. Each artist has their own contest and they have different COOL prizes. They do each offer CMA Music Fest 4 Day passes, which makes this WAY COOL!!!

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    And 4 nights at LP Field plus these other prizes, it’s a country music fan’s dream event. If you don’t know, CMA Music Fest is like no other music event. During the day, you can visit Fan Fair Hall to meet artists, as well as see artists perform at music stages around downtown Nashville (just check out the Riverfront Park schedule – awesome by itself). Then at night, we head to LP Field and see some of the hottest names in country music (6 mini-concerts each night on the schedule). And as the CMA Music Fest veterans know, 4 day pass holders get special benefits at LP Field like STAGE-FRONT access in the Fan Photo Line. Nothing like a stroll right in front of a big act blowing out the stadium.

    For more details see:  Win CMA Fest 4 Day Pass with Internet Explorer 9

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    MAP 6.0 Beta: Accelerate the adoption of Microsoft private and public cloud platforms

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    The next version of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit—version 6.0— is now available for free download. To participate, register for the MAP 6.0 Beta Review Program at Microsoft Connect.

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    Planning your journey to the cloud just got a bit easier. The next release of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit—v6.0 Beta—includes assessment capabilities to evaluate workloads for both public and private cloud platforms. With MAP 6.0 Beta, you now have the ability to identify workloads and estimate the infrastructure size and resources needed for both Windows Azure and Hyper-V Fast Track. Also new to MAP 6.0 Beta is the Office 365 Client Assessment, enhanced VMware inventory, and Oracle Schema discovery and reporting. Expanded assessment and discovery capabilities from MAP help you streamline planning for your next migration project. Plan what's next with MAP.

    New Features and Benefits from MAP 6.0 Beta Release help you:

    • Analyze your portfolio of applications for a move to the Windows Azure Platform.
    • Accelerate planning to private cloud with Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track Onboarding.
    • Identify migration opportunities with enhanced heterogeneous server environment inventory.
    • Assess your client environment for Office 365 readiness.
    • Determine readiness for migration to Windows Internet Explorer 9.
    • Identify web browser compatibility issues prior to Windows 7 deployment.
    • Discover Oracle database schemas for migration to SQL Server.

    MAP works with the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and Security Compliance Manager to help you plan, securely deploy, and manage new Microsoft technologies—easier, faster, and at less cost. Learn more.

    Next steps:

    Get the latest tips from Microsoft Solution Accelerators—in 140 characters or less! Follow us on Twitter: @MSSolutionAccel.

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    New this week on Ignition Showcase 6-8-2011

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    Please blog/twitter/facebook about this and forward a link for this to anyone who might be interested in the latest news and useful information about emerging Microsoft technologies. Note that they can subscribe to the full Ignition Showcase blog posts or just to the weekly summary newsletter.

    Important News for All Partners

    A $250 Bonus for Completing Your First Azure Application! The deadline for this is June 17th. If you are eligible make sure to collect.

     

    Events

    Cloudy in New York!

    Cloud Expo New York (June 6-9, 2011)

    Windows 8 Changes Everything!

     

    Windows Azure Platform & the Cloud

    Try Windows Azure in 30 Minutes!

    MAP 6.0 Beta: Accelerate the adoption of Microsoft private and public cloud platforms

    Windows Azure Appliance News

    Visual Studio

    Building Line of Business Applications with Visual Studio LightSwitch

    Internet Explorer

    Win a Country Music Association 4 Day Pass with IE9

    You can subscribe to receive individual posts, or subscribe to just our weekly summary newsletter that has links to appropriate article posts. You can also connect with us in the other areas where we share information online, such as our Facebook Wall and follow us on Twitter.

     

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    Follow Ignition Showcase on your Windows Phone

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    Ignition Showcase is a site focused on building and enhancing the vibrant ecosystem of Independent Software Vendors and start-ups on the Microsoft platform. The goal of Ignition Showcase is to bring together the right people and experiences from across Microsoft to provide ISVs with the resources they need to create new opportunities on our emerging technologies. Through briefings, readiness programs, social networking, blogs, and other events, we hope to empower partners to succeed on the Microsoft platform. Stay tuned to our blog for info on resources and activities!

    The Ignition Showcase Windows Phone 7 app makes use of y our phone’s:

    • data connection
    • media library
    • web browser
    • owner identity
    • phone identity

     

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    It allows you to follow all topics on Ignition Showcase or to focus on specific technology topic areas such as Windows Azure, Windows Phone, SQL Server, etc..

    Get it here.

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    Want to build a Private Cloud? Here's how

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    This blog post is the first installment of what promises to be an excellent series of articles on building a Microsoft based Private Cloud. 

    Starting with the National Institute of Standards and industry accepted definition of Public and Private clouds the author goes on to cover the five essential characteristics, three service models and four deployment models of clouds.

    Characteristics

    • On-demand self-service
    • Broad network access
    • Resource pooling
    • Rapid elasticity
    • Measured service

    Service Models

    • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
    • Platform as a Service (PaaS)

    Deployment Models

    • Private Cloud
    • Community Cloud
    • Public Cloud
    • Hybrid Cloud

    He then goes on to describe how you can build your own private cloud in order to gain many of the advantages provided by public clouds, but to do so in your own data center.  Absolutely worth reading and a series that you should definitely follow.

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    A $250 Bonus for Completing Your first Windows Azure Application

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    If you are a software company or a new startup and want to get $250 for Completing your FIRST Windows Azure Application all you need to do is

    1. Register your application at the Microsoft Platform Ready web site
    2. When it is live go into that site and mark it “Compatible”

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    This short video describes the process which should only take a few minutes

    When you are done just take a screenshot of the Test Tab in Microsoft Platform Ready indicating that your application is verified compatible between April 15th, 2011 and June 17th, 2011 and send it to us using THIS email template before June 21st, 2011 12:00 PST to be eligible.

    Only the first Windows Azure compatible application registered per company is eligible. Review the offer terms and conditions here. (US only. )

    Important: Only the first Windows Azure Compatible application registered by an organization is eligible for this offer, and subject to the Apr 15-June 17 timeframe. So if you have already completed an Azure application prior to Apr 15, it does not qualify.

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    BizSpark News App

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    One of the things I hear from startups occasionally is, how come I never hear what’s going on with BizSpark? Well, I have a couple of answers that I usually give. First, you can visit BizSpark.com and you’ll see a list of our latest BizSpark Blog and news posts. Members of the Microsoft Emerging Business Team post to the site multiple times per week and you can also see the latest Startup of the Day posts. The second way we communicate with BizSpark members is through the monthly newsletter. You’ll get that if your contact information is up-to-date for your BizSpark account and you’ve “opted-in” to contact from Microsoft. We’ve also got an @BizSpark Twitter account and a Microsoft BizSpark Facebook page.

    These are great sources of info. I wanted to make them even more accessible for people with Windows Phones, and so I created a new app called BizSpark News. BizSpark News pulls from the BizSpark.com blog, startup posts from Ignition Showcase, and a few other sources. It also pulls in the latest @BizSpark twitter posts and the latest BizSpark Case Studies from Microsoft.com. I personally need to keep up with all this stuff, so I built BizSpark News to make it easy.

    You can get BizSpark News on Marketplace. This is the Zune Link.

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    This app was built using the awesome Social Viewer template available on CodePlex.

    I’ve put out one update so far.

    Changes in 1.1.

    • Fixed a bug with the Facebook functionality. You should be able to post about an article you find in the app to your Facebook account now.
    • Text fix on the About page

    Current issues

    • Tweeting may not be fully functional yet. Known issue with some Twitter apps on the phone according to the Social Viewer site.

    Please drop a note to brianjo@microsoft.com with suggestions.  Thanks!

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    New Windows Azure Pricing Calulator Released

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    NOW AVAILABLE: New Windows Azure Platform Pricing Calculator

     

    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsazure/archive/2011/05/24/now-available-new-windows-azure-platform-pricing-calculator.aspx

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    Can Azure Scale? You Bet!

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    We have  the first verified Guinness Book World record hosted on Azure! 

    This week Ortsbo set a world record for the most nationalities hosted in a live chat event. Ortsbo allows you to talk to anyone anywhere in any language.

    They needed attendees from 50, but had participants from over 100 countries around the world.   

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    They were able to set this record with just 8 Extra Large (XL) instances, and when the event ended  they deleted the service so they’re not paying for it any longer. Smile

    For details see this Yahoo article.

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