News and Announcements
Microsoft Releases Office 365 Home Premiumhttp://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2013/jan13/01-29O365PR.aspx
Subscribe to Office 365 Home Premiumhttp://office.microsoft.com/en-gb/home-premium/
Growing the Surface Family: Surface Windows 8 Pro Availability Confirmed (US and Canada Feb9th)http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoft_blog/archive/2013/01/22/growing-the-surface-family-surface-windows-8-pro-availability-confirmed.aspx
Finance on Windows Magazinehttp://www.onwindows.com/Financial-Services/PrintedMagazine.aspx
Financial Services Innovation UK – Bruce’s Facebook Grouphttps://www.facebook.com/financialservicesuk
A take on the industry in 2013 from Ovumlatest retail banking research http://ovum.com/research/practicearea/it/retail-banking-technology/latest insurance research http://ovum.com/research/practicearea/it/insurance-technology/
Mentioned Partners this week…
Centrix Workspace iQhttp://www.centrixsoftware.com/
Events and Training
The Opportunity of Cloud Integrated Storage – An event for City CustomersWednesday 13th February 2013 17.30– 19.00Microsoft London (Cardinal Place), 100 Victoria Street, London SW1E 5JLPlease click here to register
Following Microsoft’s recent and exciting acquisition of Storsimple, we’d like to invite you to come and see it. Come along to this event in London to hear all about Cloud Integrated Storage for the enterprise, which represents an incredible opportunity to save money and increase agility for your enterprise storage requirements.
.Net in the City: forum for Senior Developers and Architects in the Finance SectorDate: 5th March 2013Time: 6 for 6.30, finish 8.30Location: 3rd Floor, International House, 1, St Katharine’s Way, London, E1W 1UN
6pm – Arrival and refreshments6.30pm – Building Apps for Windows 8 Platform7.20pm - MCSD (Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer) – the value of certification for developers7.45pm – Drinks and Nibbles
To register: mailto:email@example.com?subject=Financial%20Services%20Developer%20Forum%20:%205th%20March%202013
Pre-Finovate Day at Microsoft Cardinal Place - Monday 11th February 2-5 and then drinks till late
On 11th February, the day before Finovate, Microsoft is hosting an informal client event with speeches from Financial Services clients across Europe, with a focus on questions and networking. Drinks and food will be served afterward in the Reubens Hotel.
Finovate is a 2 day conference focusing on innovation in the FS sector http://www.finovate.com/europe2013/ -(Use the discount code: Microsoft300 will take £300 off FinovateEurope tickets)
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Microsoft Hybrid IT Roadshow events –Manchester (26/02/2013), London (05/03/2013),Edinburgh (19/03/2013)
To register: http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/enterprise/events/default.aspx
The Microsoft BI Experience –London; 18th February
To register contact your Microsoft Account representative
Microsoft Engage Roadshow - Microsoft's vision and roadmap for Enterprise Social
Learn about Microsoft's vision for enterprises using Yammer and SharePoint as Enterprise Social Solutions to transform the way people work.
Registration links:Social Business Roadshow - Edinburgh13th Feb 2013 10:00 to 15:00 (GMT)
Microsoft UK TechDayshttp://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/techdays/default.aspx
Chris Dye’s Windows 8 App Centre of Excellence Sessions –London and TVPContact your Microsoft Account Representative for details
Microsoft Technology Centre Application Platform Workshops – TVP and LondonContact your Microsoft Account Representative for details
Open Source on Azure event 11th Febhttp://lanyrd.com/2013/open-source-on-azure/
Microsoft Virtual Academyhttp://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/Home.aspx
Search here for Live and recorded webcasts, Virtual labs and in-person events available.
Developer, Developers, Developers in Financial Services
Here are some links related to the conversation with Roger Davidson today
The Linkedin group, Financial Services UK - Architects & Senior Developers is herehttp://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=3562009
Microsoft Developer Networkhttp://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/
All the TFS/ALM updates announced at last week’s 3rd Annual ALM Summithttp://blogs.msdn.com/b/somasegar/archive/2013/01/30/improving-the-modern-application-lifecycle.aspx
Microsoft announces support for GIT in developer toolshttp://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-adding-support-for-git-open-source-version-control-to-its-developer-tools-7000010573/and detail from Brian Harry’s blog http://blogs.msdn.com/b/bharry/archive/2013/01/30/git-init-vs.aspx
Developing for Windows 8http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows
F# in the Enterprise Whitepaper - Accelerated Analytical and Parallel .NET Development with F# 2.0http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/fsharp/gg634701
Visual F# Resourceshttp://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/hh388569
Don Syme’s Blog on F#http://blogs.msdn.com/b/dsyme/
A few Visual Studio 2012 stories in Financial Services…
Looking to improve processes and developer productivity?XP Investimentos: Financial Firm Invests in Development Process to Improve Proprietary Applicationshttp://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Microsoft-Visual-Studio-Ultimate-2012/XP-Investimentos/Financial-Firm-Invests-in-Development-Process-to-Improve-Proprietary-Applications/710000001750By adopting agile development processes and implementing continuous integration for its primary web site upgrades, XP was able to save more than 1,600 hours of developer time per year on its build processes and deliver a new build to testers every 90 minutes.
Working with an outsource partner, want transparency/govenance?Global Kinetic: Software Development Firm Banks on Visual Studio 2012http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Microsoft-Visual-Studio-Ultimate-2012/Global-Kinetic/Software-Development-Firm-Banks-on-Visual-Studio-2012/710000001360Global Kinetic recently started using Visual Studio 2012 and Team Foundation Server 2012 to develop a major project for a financial organization. These products enabled its developers to collaborate on the project easily and provided transparency to the client, which helped build trust and ensure the project stayed on track.
Want speed? Faster code and faster time-to-market?CMA: Financial Data Leader Shortens Time-to-Market, Increases Speed with Right Toolshttp://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Microsoft-Visual-Studio-Ultimate-2012/CMA/Financial-Data-Leader-Shortens-Time-to-Market-Increases-Speed-with-Right-Tools/710000001354CMA—a company that develops pricing solutions and financial data services—wanted to include a faster pricing mechanism in its multi-asset valuation products without sacrificing accuracy. The company used C++ Accelerated Massive Parallelism in Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 to quickly bring the functionality to market while speeding performance and maintaining accuracy. CMA gained a competitive advantage and helped clients address market changes.
Example of a Windows 8 App for banking
Want to reach the growing Windows 8 install base?Bank of America® Mobile Banking on Windows 8http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-US/app/bank-of-america/954cf0a2-96ff-4c31-9d5a-b83560cf4bdeSecurely bank on your schedule with Bank of America® Mobile Banking.* Just like in Online Banking, sign in with your secure credentials, knowing your information is protected by encryption technology. You’ll enjoy a fast,optimized experience for your Windows® 8 device (*Must be enrolled in Online Banking.)