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Steve Lange's thoughts on application lifecycle management, Visual Studio, and Team Foundation Server

April, 2008

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    Phoenix: Awesome Upcoming SDLC/VSTS Event

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    ADOPTING VISUAL STUDIO TEAM SYSTEM 2008

    June 12, 2008 | Phoenix, AZ |Event ID: 1032374283

    ABSTRACT/SUMMARY

    Microsoft Visual Studio Team System 2008 (VSTS) is an integrated Application Life-cycle Management (ALM) solution comprising tools, processes, and guidance to help everyone on the team improve their skills and work more effectively together. VSTS 2008 provides multi-disciplined team members with an integrated set of tools for architecture, design, development, database development, and testing of applications. Team members can continuously collaborate and utilize a complete set of tools and guidance at every step of the application lifecycle.

    This one-day seminar will walk through VSTS 2008, highlighting new features that are available in the most recent release. Presentations will include demonstrations, best practices, and discussions on all four role-specific editions. We will also cover project management with Team Foundation Server (TFS), leveraging TFS source control, and new features such as integration with MOSS, and managing the build process with continuous integration. .  During lunch, we will also have a discussion around the adoption of methodology within the enterprise including lessons and experience from customers that have been through that process.

    Please join Microsoft and Neudesic, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner for this one-day seminar. Thank you, we look forward to seeing you there!

    COURSE OUTLINE

    Interactive seminar and demonstrations

    • VSTS Role-based Editions
      • Architect
      • Developer
      • Test
      • Database Professional
    • Team Foundation Server
    • Adopting a Methodology (lessons from other customers)
    • Best Practices
      • Version Control
      • Project Management using VSTS
      • Working with Continuous Integration

    REGISTER

    To register, please visit http://msevents.microsoft.com/ and search on the event code listed below, or call 1.877.MSEVENT (1.877.673.8366).

    Date: June 12, 2008
    Time: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
    Location:
    Microsoft Corporation
    2929 N. Central Ave., Ste. 1400
    Phoenix, AZ 85012
    Phone: 602.280.8600
    See map and/or driving directions

    Registration Link: http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032374283&Culture=en-US

    Event ID: 1032374283

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    Denver: Awesome Upcoming SDLC/VSTS Event

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    ADOPTING VISUAL STUDIO TEAM SYSTEM 2008

    May 22, 2008 | Denver, CO |Event ID: 1032374282

    ABSTRACT/SUMMARY

    Microsoft Visual Studio Team System 2008 (VSTS) is an integrated Application Life-cycle Management (ALM) solution comprising tools, processes, and guidance to help everyone on the team improve their skills and work more effectively together. VSTS 2008 provides multi-disciplined team members with an integrated set of tools for architecture, design, development, database development, and testing of applications. Team members can continuously collaborate and utilize a complete set of tools and guidance at every step of the application lifecycle.

    This one-day seminar will walk through VSTS 2008, highlighting new features that are available in the most recent release. Presentations will include demonstrations, best practices, and discussions on all four role-specific editions. We will also cover project management with Team Foundation Server (TFS), leveraging TFS source control, and new features such as integration with MOSS, and managing the build process with continuous integration. .  During lunch, we will also have a discussion around the adoption of methodology within the enterprise including lessons and experience from customers that have been through that process.

    Please join Microsoft and Neudesic, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner for this one-day seminar. Thank you, we look forward to seeing you there!

    COURSE OUTLINE

    Interactive seminar and demonstrations

    • VSTS Role-based Editions
      • Architect
      • Developer
      • Test
      • Database Professional
    • Team Foundation Server
    • Adopting a Methodology (lessons from other customers)
    • Best Practices
      • Version Control
      • Project Management using VSTS
      • Working with Continuous Integration

    REGISTER

    To register, please visit http://msevents.microsoft.com/ and search on the event code listed below, or call 1.877.MSEVENT (1.877.673.8366).

    Date: May 22, 2008

    Time: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Location:

    Microsoft Corporation

    7595 Technology Way, Ste. 400
    Denver, CO 80237
    Phone: 720.528.1700
    See map and/or driving directions

    Registration Link: http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032374282&Culture=en-US

    Event ID: 1032374282

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    Webcast Series from Neudesic

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    clip_image001March 18th – User Experience 101 – What it is; What it does; and Why it matters, presented by Gordon Montgomery

    Neudesic’s User Experience Practice extends the reach, power and ultimate success of technology solutions.  See and learn how you can quickly and easily leverage user research, interaction modeling, creative design and usability testing to optimize your own customers’ current software and web-based solutions.

    We will examine the key disciplines of user experience including:

    • UX strategy – planning for your actual users
    • Usability testing – QA before you think about any code
    • Creative approaches to design – aesthetics, emotion, brand
    • Information Architecture – blueprints, web/application maps, user flows, page template wireframes
    • Design technology – building out experiences using new interface technologies

    See the recorded version here, User Experience 101 – What It Is, What It Does, and Why It Matters | Gordon Montgomery - Principal Consultant, Neudesic (Mar. 18, 2008)

    View Webcast Recording (Microsoft Live Meeting 8 Playback)


    April 15th – Kick-Starting Microsoft’s Hosted CRM Solution with NeuLive, Presented by Darren Gooding and Travis Pullen

    Neudesic invites you to join them as they introduce NeuLive, the quick start implementation for Microsoft’s new HOSTED relationship management solution.  We’ll show you how quick and easy it is to get your configured system up and running, and on your way to achieving your business goals.  Discover all the new features to help you streamline your customer relationship management including: rapid deployment, simplified workflow and up-to-the minute reporting. 

    Watch as Neudesic transforms your off the shelf Microsoft Dynamics CRM system into a vertically tailored solution in minutes.

    REGISTER TODAY!

    Kick-Starting Microsoft’s Hosted CRM Solution with NeuLive Webinar
    Tues., Apr. 15, 2008
    11:00 AM-12:00 PM Pacific Time

    http://www.clicktoattend.com/?id=125558


    May 20th – Introducing the ABCs of WCF, Presented by Rick Garibay

    This session will provide an introduction to Service Orientated Architecture along with the fundamentals of Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), the premier framework for building service oriented applications in .NET 3.0 and .NET 3.5. The WCF API unifies messaging, ASMX Web Services, .NET Remoting and COM+ Enterprise Services into a single programming model that makes true service orientation tenable.

    Content, code samples and live demos will be provided to build a foundational understanding on SOA and familiarize the audience with the core concepts and techniques of WCF.

    REGISTER TODAY!

    Introducing the ABCs of WCF Webinar
    Tues., May 20, 2008
    11:00 AM-12:00 PM Pacific Time

    http://www.clicktoattend.com/?id=125648­­­­­­­­­­­­­­


    June 17th – Silverlight: Enabling Your Next Generation Web-Experience, Presented by Rich Weston

    Silverlight is the new web technology that enables web developers to build rich interactive applications that leverage rich media and other technologies. Silverlight leverages existing technologies such as XAML, Javascript, JSON and AJAX, and has a programming model that uses languages that you are familiar with, like C#, Visual Basic, Python, and Ruby. We’ll walk through the capabilities of Silverlight 1.0 and 1.1 and demonstrate how you can get started building Silverlight apps today.

    REGISTER TODAY!

    Silverlight Webinar
    Tues., June 17, 2008
    11:00 AM-12:00 PM Pacific Time

    http://www.clicktoattend.com/?id=125616

    Additional Information:

    Please contact Meghan Ryan (Marketing Coordinator, Neudesic) by phone at (877) 905-1905 or by email at meghan.ryan@neudesic.com for more information, questions or to RSVP for any of these events.­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

     

    Neudesic is a Microsoft National Systems Integrator and Gold Certified Partner with a proven track record of providing reliable, effective solutions based on Microsoft's technology platform. Please call or visit us on the web at www.neudesic.com to learn more about Neudesic's products and services.

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    DENVER: Team System Training Open Enrollment

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    adventos Join Adventos for a rich, integrated training experience on the leading Microsoft technology!

    Overview
    Visual Studio Team System is an integrated software development platform used to build applications on the Microsoft platform. It extends Visual Studio’s integrated and productive experience from the developer to the entire development team by delivering new role-based tools for software architects, developers, testers and project managers. Join us for an exciting four-day course on this leading Microsoft technology! The following table presents a brief overview of each day.

    Day 1

    • Welcome to VSTS
      • Concepts, Terms, and Acronyms
      • VSTS Deployment Scenarios
      • Agile and Iterative Software Development
      • Team Projects and Project Portals
    • Tracking the Lifecycle with Work Items
      • Areas, Iterations, and Backlogs
      • Work Items
      • Linked Work Items
      • Work Item Queries
    • Designing Enterprise Architectures
      • Patterns and Best Practices
      • Visual Modeling in VSTS
      • VSTS Diagrams and Software Factories

    Day 2

    • Establishing a Productive Environment
      • Team Foundation Source Control
    • Team Foundation Build
      • Build Servers
      • Build Types
      • Automated Builds
    • Improving Efficiency and Software Quality
      • Code Snippets
      • Refactoring
      • Static Code Analysis
      • Unit Tests and Test Driven Development

    Day 3

    • Integrating Database with VSTS
      • Database Projects
      • Project Properties
      • Importing Schemas
      • Layout of Database Projects
      • Importing Scripts
      • Creating New Objects
      • Building and Deploying

    Day 4

    • Refactoring Databases
      • Motivations
      • Precautions and Safety Features
      • Previewing, Committing, and Undoing Changes
    • Applying Modern Testing Approaches
      • Test Projects and the Test Manager
      • Manual Tests
      • Web Tests
      • Load Tests
      • Ordered Tests
      • Build Verification Tests
    • Achieving Visibility
      • Prescriptive v. Descriptive Metrics
      • Tour of VSTS Reports
      • Retrospectives

    Course Logistics
    Adventos will be offering this course at their headquarters in Denver, CO Monday, May 19 through Thursday, May 22, 2008. The cost is $1,764 per student and includes use of corporate laptop for course duration, materials, and training.

    Take the Next Step
    Contact us today by calling (720) 228-4025 or emailing info@adventos.com. We’re ready to help you and your organization prepare for the next generation of VSTS!

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    Heroes Happened @ the Phoenix Launch

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    What else mattered, really.. Big thanks to everyone that attended the Phoenix Launch this past Tuesday (4/1), especially those who signed up for the Developer Track!  It was a truly a wonderful day packed with cool content and demos.  Rob Bagby, as always, did a tremendous job delivering awesome demos during the developer track (and the keynote, too!) that built on top of each other.  Joe Shirey added his own value as well in presenting a session on development in Office.  And last but not least, Mike Palermo tag-teamed with Rob to provide a community angle.

    Thank you to all whom I met during the day, both in between sessions and at the developer tools booth in the Expo Hall.

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    Sarbanes-Oxley 404 and Visual Studio Team System 2008

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    A new whitepaper discussing SOX compliance and VSTS has been released.

    Microsoft Visual Studio Team System 2008 can be used to assist a business in collecting information that concerns its software-development practices, which may be of use towards compliance with a regulatory framework, such as Sarbanes-Oxley section 404 ("Sarbanes-Oxley 404") internal-control verification and testing.

    You can download the whitepaper from MSDN here:  http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc441754.aspx

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