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  • Blog Post: This blog is moving ..........

    The Liquidator blog is moving - go check out http://markcarrollnz.wordpress.com/ For those of you who don’t know as a result of Microsoft’s steps to manage costs announced in January 2009 the role I have filled for the last five and a half years from the Wellington office was disestablished about...
  • Blog Post: New Zealand Sharepoint Community Conference 2009 , 2 – 3 July 2009

    Wow – talk about value for money ! This conference is being organised by the NZ Sharepoint user group community – for a two day conference it represents incredible value at only $500 per head. Highlights; - 36 Sessions including 3 streams; - 7 International Speakers - Excellent Line up of...
  • Blog Post: Coming events .... May - June 2009 UNPLUGGED Roadshow

    Mike Zeff, Nigel Parker and Nathan Mercer are hitting the road again to bring you the latest and greatest around Windows 7, Windows server 2008 R2 and Silverlight. There are two streams for this roadshow – The Technet Stream and the MSDN Stream. Locations are Palmerston North, Tauranga, Hamilton,...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming sessions - How to become a software architect (or: What do software architects do?) by Amir Shevat

    Every year we run a series of architect forums for folk who are interested in getting some basic insights into developing their skills so as they can either become an architect or develop their existing architect skills. The sessions are being held in Auckland (April 23), Wellington (April 30) and...
  • Blog Post: TechNet UNPLUGGED Event: Windows 7 Technical Overview and Installfest - April 2009

    Heads up ! - the excellent Mr Nathan Mercer is doing the rounds again this time focusing on Windows 7. This is a must if your into all things Tech Net and comes highly recommended for developers and architects as well. Lets face it most of us will using this technology or at least touching it within...
  • Blog Post: April 1 2009 - Microsoft Tech Days - Be part of History

    OK OK I know April 1 is usually a day associated with making people look stupid (April fools and all that) but if you are a developer, have staff who are developers or want the anonymity of the web to brush up on some developer skills then Virtual Tech Day could be of interest to you. It is a chance...
  • Blog Post: MSDN UNPLUGGED Developer Event – South Island: Take your Applications to the Cloud and Beyond – PDC, Visual Studio, Azure, Office 14 and Windows 7

    MSDN UNPLUGGED continues in February 09 with South Island locations. We will be sharing principles, practices, patterns and tools announced at PDC in October. Come and join us to start your applications journey to the cloud and beyond. Presented by Microsoft Developer Advisor Mike Zeff and Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Unplugged - Take your Applications to the Cloud and Beyond

    MSDN UNPLUGGED Developer Event: Take your Applications to the Cloud and Beyond – PDC, Visual Studio, Azure, Office 14 and Windows 7 Today we will be sharing principles, practices, patterns and tools announced at PDC in October. Come and join us to start your applications journey to the cloud...
  • Blog Post: Just released - Patterns and practices Application Architecture Guide 2.0 Beta 2

    Just announced today - ... Patterns & practices Application Architecture Guide 2.0 Beta 2 . It’s our Microsoft Playbook for Application Architecture . This is our guide to help solution architects and developers make the most of the Microsoft platform. It's a distillation of many lessons learned...
  • Blog Post: TV ONE NZ – Forget full drives, embrace “The Cloud”

    Forget full drives, embrace "The Cloud" (1:58) is the name of a clip which appeared on TV ONE news this evening. There is a linkage between this clip and our next series of architect events scheduled for November through February. This clip basically describes how Microsoft is building large...
  • Blog Post: NZ Events: November Unplugged – Technical sessions for Developer and Support professionals

    For those of you who have never been to an unplugged event before they are a lot like our architect forums but with a more operational ‘hands on’ focus. They have been running for just over a year now and have proven to be very popular. In current times money can get a little tight for things like...
  • Blog Post: Events - Architect forums in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland

    Title: Just like being there – Combining video with geo-spatial data by Matti Seikkula Combining the visualisation of being there with the knowledge of where you are and with relevant information about that particular location is a powerful concept. Its potential uses include; - Management of...
  • Blog Post: Events - Unplugged sessions of interest to solutions architects and web designers

    These Unplugged sessions by Nigel Parker are very much complimentary to the current series of Architect forums. We figured it would make sense to showcase some excellent work done with Silverlight via the architect forums at the same time Nigel was discussing the more nitty gritty aspects of Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: Events - Unplugged sessions of interest to Infrastructure architects

    I always feel a bit guilty about the amount of stuff we do via the MS Architect community for Infrastructure architects as oppossed for the Strategic and Solutions lot. The excellent Mr Nathan Mercer, just back from his gig in Singapore, is holding a series of unplugged sessions up and down the country...
  • Blog Post: Tech-ed 2008 is dead - Long LIVE Tech-ed 2008 !

    Tech-ed live is on-line ! In the opinion of yours truly who has been to absoluley every Tech-ed ever in New Zealand this years event was another success. For sure one may refelect that last years Tech-Fest was better than the year befores etc but on balance the event continues to grow in popularity...
  • Blog Post: The Case for SOA - Harvard Business Review

    For those of you interested in the 'business justification' and Return On Investment (ROI) of Services Orientated Architecture (SOA) there is an excellent article in the June 2008 edition of the Harvard Business Review (HBR). Entitled "The Next Revolution in Productivity" the article focuses more...
  • Blog Post: Aspiring Architect Series 2008

    I am always keen to see new architects entering the 'fold' - earlier this year we had Darryl Chantry down from MS Redmond and he gave a series of well attended talks via a series of architect forums espeically for 'Aspiring architects' and career development. If you are interested in architecture...
  • Blog Post: The New Zealand leg of Ron Jacobs 3D Tour – 20 May to 23 May

    I am really looking forward to Ron Jacob’s tour next week – he now has his own website at www.ronjacobs.com For those of you who don’t know who Ron is (where have you been ?) his bio is at the end of this blog post. In a nutshell Ron is an awesome intellect and speaker who has presented to full houses...
  • Blog Post: Tech-ed 2008 NZ Registrations are now open

    These were opened up last night - see http://www.microsoft.com/nz/teched08/index.aspx A bit of insider info - being directly involved with both expect to see some really good stuff in both Architecture and Voice of Customer tracks. I'm impressed with the quality of potential speakers and topics this...
  • Blog Post: Chalk Talks for ‘Aspiring architects’ week starting Monday 25 February 2008

    As part of the Microsoft Architect community program which runs regular forums in Auckland Wellington and Christchurch we have Darryl Chantry from Microsoft Redmond down here talking to those with an interest in becoming architects and those with an interest in fostering the development of architects...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Saas and S+S Architect Director coming to New Zealand

    Read it first on NZ ARCast . Further to this entry on NZ ARCast I am delighted that Gianpaolo Carraro (GP), Director, DPE, Platform Architecture is coming down to New Zealand to give a series of talks on Saas and Software plus Services (S+S). He will be talking to Independent Software Vendors,...
  • Blog Post: Test Driven Development on NZ ARCast

    Two guys who can talk on a subject they love equals one Podcast gem . Recently, in a role reversal, Lukas Svobda host of NZ Arcast shoved a microphone under Ron Jacobs (hoster of worldwide Arcast) nose and they discussed mainly Test Driven development (TDD). Both of these guys are friends of mine...
  • Blog Post: Posters for download ; Call me shallow but ....

    I've always been a fan of wall posters of object models, architecture models, architecture principals and all sorts of other good stuff. Call me shallow but I believe that 90% of architecture is communication so here are some links to some of the better posters I've encountered lately for .NET 3.5 and...
  • Blog Post: Open XML for Java (OpenXML4J) and other good reasons to do whats right for the user and the customer

    I've been following the uptake of the ECMA Open XML standard by our friends in the Java Community for the last couple of months now and I put up this post a couple of months back. It would be fair to say that the reaction has been mixed but lately it has become fairly polarised with some folk becoming...
  • Blog Post: A Call for Consensus on Architect certification

    Matt Deacon is the chief architectural advisor of Microsoft UK. He is calling on professional organizations and vendor groups to work together on an internationally recognized certification for technology architects. As he explains - "the Microsoft Certified Architect scheme works well but will be...
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