Windows Azure Platform Training Kit Refreshed

If you or your teams are interested in getting some more insight and hands-on with cloud services this is a good start. The Azure Services Training Kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content including hands-on labs, presentations, and demos that are designed to help you learn how to use the Windows Azure platform including:…

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Architect Forum Videos posted

Couple of weeks back we had the Architect forum for Infrastructure Architects with Eduardo Kassner. It proved to be great content again and listening to the feedback most attendees loved it. ————————————————————————————————————— Connecting IT to Your Business Objectives: A conversation about the Microsoft Optimization Models Is it possible to connect business objectives with IT initiatives?…

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ARCast.TV – Rocky Lhotka on Development Frameworks

A new episode is available featuring Rocky Lhotka on Development Frameworks. It is difficult to strike a balance between the optimal architecture and over architecting a solution. Joe Shirey sits down with Rocky Lhotka , the creator of the CSLA.NET framework, to discuss how he balances what should and should not be in his framework….


Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio (November 2009 Update)

Just in case anyone missed this. A new set of tools for Windows Azure has been made available and can be downloaded at: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=6967ff37-813e-47c7-b987-889124b43abd&displaylang=en Overview Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio extend Visual Studio 2008 and Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 to enable the creation, configuration, building, debugging, running and packaging of scalable web…


ARCast.TV – Vishwas Lele, CTO of Applied Information Sciences, on Cloud Architecture Patterns

Want to know more about Microsoft Windows Azure and the Azure Services platform and how it relates to Microsoft’s “Software + Services” strategy and other cloud computing services such as Amazon EC2? Check out Dr. Zhiming Xue’s interview with Vishwas Lele, CTO of Applied Information Sciences (AIS). Speaking from his understanding and experience, Vishwas articulates…


Powered by Windows Azure: Air Quality at your own House

Together with the European Environment Agency and the German Space Agency, Microsoft is very proud to deliver to you hourly updated Air Quality in your own street, at your own house. This new service announced this week, covers hourly real-time Air Quality updates for 32 European countries(EU-27, Iceland, Norway, Lichtenstein, Switzerland and Turkey). All this…


Three screens and a cloud let’s dream and then build!

The yearly Professional Developers conference PDC has started yesterday and these are exciting times. Quite some architects in LA too, not the enterprise type but the tech architects made it. Day 1 key note was an appearance by Ray Ozzie, Microsoft’s chief technology officer, and one of the key drivers behind Microsoft’s work in “cloud”…

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Architect Forum: Connecting your business objectives with IT initiatives

As Infrastructure Architects, you obviously are passionate, knowledgeable and experienced in IT infrastructure technology and want to keep in touch with the upcoming technology trends. Evenly important, and increasingly important in these crisis period, is that you need to clearly connect business objectives with IT initiatives, in order to make sure that business understands the…

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Architect Forum Online:

Architectures for your Next Generation Business Applications Last week 140 Architects took a deep dive into Architectures for your Next Generation Business Applications. We want to thank you for your presence! According to your feedback this was a valuable experience, that fulfilled your expectations. To have another look at the different sessions, please find the…

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Architects come and architects go. Thanks Philippe!!!

It’s been quite on this blog over the summer, because there wasn’t that much news to tell, but also because the soul and heart of this blog, Philippe Destoop, has decided to take a next step in his career. He will stay with Microsoft Belgium but has just moved to our enterprise unit where he…

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