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  • Blog Post: Worldwide Partner Conference in July – I will be there, will you?

    I’ve just had confirmation that I will be off to Toronto in July to spend a weak immersing myself in our latest musings to our fantastic partners on Windows 8, Windows Azure, Private Cloud and more… whilst also having the opportunity to meet and chat with UK partners who are attending – and in theory...
  • Blog Post: FREE events covering Windows 8 for Application Developers start 30th March

    My group is laying on a a three city (London, Manchester and Edinburgh) tour which focuses on the Windows 8 opportunities for developers. These are one day events providing accelerated learning on Windows 8 application development. More details on the  UK Tech.Days home page . London, Friday, 30th...
  • Blog Post: Mini retrospective on Six Weeks of Windows Azure

    I have previously posted some of the “raw data” on Six Weeks of Windows Azure but I wanted to also share some thoughts about “how it went” and “how we might do things differently” in the form of a mini retrospective. What went well? Achieved a lot for very little money Our budget was £0. Given that,...
  • Blog Post: Looking back at Six Week of Windows Azure – raw data

    I wanted to share some of the “raw data” from Six Weeks of Windows Azure which started way back in January and completed today (29th Feb 2012) I will shortly do a mini-retrospective. Top Level: Web site visits: 23,140 (as of 29th Feb) with 1857 visits on the busiest day Partners involved: 11 ( partners...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 11 Beta and .NET 4.5 Beta due February 29th

    Which is a great use of an extra day in February :-) I have Thursday 1st set aside to get this all sweetly installed – perfect timing as Six Weeks of Windows Azure will have ended and I can safely think about rebuilding my pc. Some more details: The Road to Visual Studio 11 Beta and .NET 4.5 Beta by...
  • Blog Post: Deploying PHP and ASP.NET Sites in a Single Azure Web Role

    One of the companies on www.sixweeksofazure.co.uk asked us about the specifics of deploying into a single web role two solutions – one built in PHP and one built in ASP.NET. I reached out to Brian Swan for help. Brian is one of the Microsoft team focused on making PHP developers very happy on the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Slides, Notes and Recordings for Week 1 and 2 of #6weeksazure are all now available

    Head over to www.sixweeksofazure.co.uk and click on Week 1 and Week 2 to get details. It is not too late to join us – there is after all still 4 more weeks to go and we have recordings of the first two weeks. Sign up today! Note: This is primarily targeting UK companies – but we do not turn anyone away...
  • Blog Post: Six Weeks of Windows Azure webinar join links now live #6weeksazure

    The webinar join links are now live on the website http://sixweeksofazure.wordpress.com/joinwebinar/   We start at 12pm today (Monday 23rd January) but we will have the meeting open during the morning. Hence I would encourage you to join now to check your PC connects fine. See you all at 12pm Eric...
  • Blog Post: My top 3 improvements in Windows Azure from the December update

    In December we announced many improvements to Windows Azure… a month on and I was reflecting upon which were my favourites and which had resonated best with our early adopters. There were a lot to choose from but I’ve narrowed it down to three in reverse order: 3. SQL Azure Database Size increased to...
  • Blog Post: One to watch – Cloud Fundamentals Video Series

    A new video series has kicked off over on the Trustworthy Computing blog focused on Cloud Fundamentals. This series is targeted at Chief Security Information Officers, Chief Security Officers, as well as VPs and Directors. If you care about topics such as: Compliance, audit, and certifications Benchmarks...
  • Blog Post: Industry news…OnLive is expanding to business users… hmmm

    The one things that never changes when it comes to “the wonderful world of cloud computing” is… that everything keeps changing. I have previously posted about my negative first experience with the OnLive service for delivering Windows based games ( Cloud Computing is full ). Ultimately I never did get...
  • Blog Post: Windows Store is coming in February – will your company have an application in it?

    I posted on App Stores and marketplaces in November to raise awareness amongst UK ISVs of what I think will be a game changer in how consumers and businesses purchase applications for Windows in the future. Since then the Windows 8 team has been busy explaining how the Windows 8 App Store will work and...
  • Blog Post: Updated agenda for Six Weeks of Windows Azure now available #6weeksazure

    The (almost) final agenda is now available and a little context on what still needs to happen can be found in this related post .  It is not too late to sign up – we kick this all off on January 23rd. We can’t wait – it is going to be superb!
  • Blog Post: FREE seminar on Windows Azure February 7th, Basingstoke

    ICS Solutions are one of the partners helping us deliver www.sixweeksofazure.co.uk which starts January 23rd. They also deliver regular free seminars on Windows Azure and the next takes place on February 7th 2012. Mark Hirst (an old friend of mine) is delivering it and hence it promises to be great....
  • Blog Post: Update on Six Weeks of Windows Azure #6weeksazure

    I just wanted to give a brief update on www.sixweeksofazure.co.uk which starts January 23rd. Preparations to make this into a great six weeks for UK companies are now well progressed and we are nicely on track to have a superb first week in January. We have some excellent partners helping us (check out...
  • Blog Post: Check out the London Windows Azure User Group

    The London Windows Azure Users Group is a new user group founded by Andy Cross, Richard Conway and Hancock and Parsons. The group is dedicated to building a sustainable community of Azure users that want to share experiences and code! Amongst other things the group puts on meetings the first Tuesday...
  • Blog Post: Live from Microsoft Redmond: Learn Windows Azure Tues Dec 13th 5pm to 1am UK time

    This online event promises to be a great way to spend a Tuesday evening with Microsoft technical leaders Scott Guthrie, Dave Campbell and Mark Russinovich Register today and… if you are UK based, why not also sign up for Six Weeks of Windows Azure , starting January 23rd 2012 and all completely FREE...
  • Blog Post: Draft agenda published for Six Weeks of Windows Azure #6weeksazure

    We are very interested to get feedback on what else you would like to see, any tweaks etc. And to be clear – its is most definitely draft and is a subset of what we hope to finally deliver once we get more external subject matter experts involved. Check out the draft agenda And don’t forget to sign up...
  • Blog Post: Links and Slides on Windows Azure and Windows Phone 7 session Thursday 10th Nov

    Big thank you to everyone involved in the session yesterday – and well done on the cocktails! And a special thanks to David of red badger for doing a great job of sharing their experiences. Download Slides: Windows Azure Workshop Links: www.azure.com Getting started with Windows Azure www.buildwindows...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 and developers

    Post BUILD conference , much has been written about “Windows 8” and the impact of the announced technologies on developers, especially existing .NET developers.  Some of the conclusions people reached in those early days and weeks were quite frankly… a little weird IMHO. Which is why I was pleased...
  • Blog Post: FREE Windows Azure Discovery Workshop next Tuesday in Reading (8th Nov) – last few spaces

    Each month we run “intimate” one day Workshops for UK companies who create software products (ISVs, startups etc) and want to understand in some detail the What, Why, When and How of adopting the Windows Azure Platform. Each month we have been full… but turns out we have space for next week (and for...
  • Blog Post: The future is … App Stores (oh and Cloud)

    Yesterday I was presenting on the Windows Azure Platform to Microsoft ISVs in Manchester ( slides and links from an earlier delivery ). One of the areas I covered was the Windows Azure Application Marketplace and more specifically how important I felt it was for UK ISVs to explore and embrace the concept...
  • Blog Post: Over 20 years in the industry… and I’m reduced to…

    Creating this to start my Thursday Related Links: Sign up for 6 weeks of FREE help to build a solution on the Windows Azure Platform Originally posted at ericnelson.wordpress.com
  • Blog Post: Six Weeks of Windows Azure – Tips to make the most of those six weeks! #6weeksazure #azure

    We have designed Six Weeks of Windows Azure to ensure a company with no exposure to the Windows Azure Platform or Cloud Computing will get plenty of value by taking part. However, we are also focused on given you options between now and then to maximise the value you get from the six weeks. The first...
  • Blog Post: Slides and Links from MPN Windows Azure Briefing 19th Oct 2011

    Big thanks to everyone who attended my Windows Azure workshop in Birmingham yesterday. Two of you were kind enough to say it was the “best session of the day” – thanks! Shame my laptop twin gpus refuse to be tamed! Main next steps are: Send a “technical folk” along to a FREE  Windows Azure Discovery...
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