News and Announcements

Microsoft Releases Office 365 Home Premium

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Growing the Surface Family: Surface Windows 8 Pro Availability Confirmed (US and Canada Feb

Finance on Windows Magazine

Financial Services Innovation UK – Bruce’s Facebook Group

A take on the industry in 2013 from Ovum
latest retail banking research
latest insurance research

Mentioned Partners this week…

Centrix Workspace iQ

Events and Training

The Opportunity of Cloud Integrated Storage – An event for City Customers
Wednesday 13th February 2013   17.30– 19.00

Microsoft London (Cardinal Place), 100 Victoria Street, London SW1E 5JL

Please 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 Sector

Date: 5th March 2013
Time: 6 for 6.30, finish 8.30

Location:  3rd Floor, International House, 1, St Katharine’s Way, London, E1W 1UN

6pm – Arrival and refreshments
6.30pm – Building Apps for Windows 8 Platform
7.20pm - MCSD (Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer) – the value of certification for developers
7.45pm – Drinks and Nibbles

To register:

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 -(Use the discount code: Microsoft300 will take £300 off FinovateEurope tickets)

Contact for more details.

Microsoft Hybrid IT Roadshow events –Manchester (26/02/2013), London (05/03/2013),Edinburgh (19/03/2013)

To register:

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 - Edinburgh
13th Feb 2013 10:00 to 15:00 (GMT)

Microsoft UK TechDays

Chris Dye’s Windows 8 App Centre of Excellence Sessions –London and TVP
Contact your Microsoft Account Representative for details

Microsoft Technology Centre Application Platform Workshops – TVP and London
Contact your Microsoft Account Representative for details

Open Source on Azure event 11th Feb

Other training

Microsoft Virtual Academy

Microsoft Events

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 here

Microsoft Developer Network

All the TFS/ALM updates announced at last week’s 3rd Annual ALM Summit

Microsoft announces support for GIT in developer tools
and detail from Brian Harry’s blog

Developing for Windows 8

F# in the Enterprise Whitepaper - Accelerated Analytical and Parallel .NET Development with F# 2.0

Visual F# Resources

Don Syme’s Blog on F#

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 Applications
By 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 2012
Global 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 Tools
CMA—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 8
Securely 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.)