User-group Trifecta!Three of our local user groups are joining forces this week to host an FOTC (Friend of the Community) and one of my Evangelist predecessors – Thom Robbins – as he presents “A Case Study in Building for Today’s Web – Kentico CMS” on Wednesday, September 21st, at the Microsoft Office on Jones Road in Waltham. 

You can RSVP here.

It’s a perfect topic to unite the interests of our Boston Azure User Group, New England ASP.NET Professionals, and the Boston .NET Architecture Study Group:

Building software is a set of smart choices to meet the needs of your customers and the possibilities of technology. Today’s Web demands that customers have a choice in how they deploy their applications. With over 7,000 websites in 84 countries, Kentico CMS for ASP.Net is delivered as a single code base for use as a cloud, hosted, or on-premise solution. With over 34 out of the box modules and everything built on a SQL Server backend – How did we do it? What tradeoffs did we make? In this session we will answer that question and look at how to build a rich and compelling website using Windows Azure Cloud

Thom Robbins is the Chief Evangelist for Kentico Software. He is responsible for evangelizing Kentico CMS for ASP.NET with Web developers, Web designers and interactive agencies. Prior to joining Kentico, Thom joined Microsoft Corporation in 2000 and served in a number of executive positions. Most recently, he led the Developer Audience Marketing group that was responsible for increasing developer satisfaction with the Microsoft platform. Thom also led the .NET Platform Product Management group responsible for customer adoption and implementation of the .NET Framework and Visual Studio. Thom was also a Principal Developer Evangelist working with developers across New England implementing .NET based solutions. A regular speaker and writer, he currently resides in Seattle with his wife and son.

Special thanks to Thom for taking time out of his schedule to present on his old turf, and also to Bill Wilder, Naziq Huq, Dean Serrentino, Teresa DeLuca, and Robert Hurlbut for coordinating their groups to make this happen.  I’m looking forward to both the talk and the new connections that attendees of the various groups will undoubtedly make at the meeting – hope to see you there!