We live in interesting times from the perspective of the ICT industry as a whole. I have to admit that I'm pretty freakin' excited. Technology has never been more of an enabler than it is now. As a developer, I have the power to build applications cheaper and faster than ever before. With advancements in the .NET Framework 4.0 and supportive tooling like Visual Studio 2010 at my disposal, I feel empowered to build the Next Big Thing.
As we look ahead to the future of the Windows platform, things look even better. With advancements in the client platform with the upcoming release of Windows 7 to the introduction of an operating system in the cloud known as Windows Azure (coolest name ever), developers now possess an even greater arsenal of target platforms at their disposal.
Speed and UX improvements aside, Windows 7 is particularly exciting for me because of some of the innovation that's been incorporated into the platform. From the Windows Troubleshooting Pack Builder to PowerShell 2.0, VHD mounting to the Windows Biometric Framework, Windows 7 is a rock-solid developer operating system. I mean, even the revised calculator rocks! Unit and date conversion? Templates? Sign me up!
A calculator that only a geek could love.
Now, as we look up, we see the cloud platform starting to take shape.
At Microsoft PDC, we witnessed the announcement of Windows Azure, which provides a foundation for developers to implement applications that live in this new world of software plus services (S+S). Complementing this platform is a series of services for computation and data storage, enabling "mere mortals" like me to fully leverage the powerful of cloud computing.
Am I excited for the future? Yes. Yes, I am.
What does all of this have to do with EnergizeIT? Allow me to explain.
As we have reiterated over and over again, our team is committed to supporting the technical community across Canada; we want to make sure that we support your technical skills, help support your career development, and establish connections with other members of the technical community. We have many programs in-place to help do this. In fact, this blog is one of many conversations that our team conducting with folks across Canada. We're also on Twitter, in forums, in podcasts, and many other forms of communication.
The reason why I mention this is because we're putting the final touches on EnergizeIT.
Over the last few years, EnergizeIT has been a one-day conference for developers, IT Pros, architects, students, enthusiasts, and all others excited about technology and the potential it offers. While we have received very positive feedback about EnergizeIT in that format, we thought it was time to change things up a bit and bring EnergizeIT to other parts of Canada.
From students to CIOs and everyone in between, EnergizeIT 2009 is about what's possible. Through a series of events across Canada we will show you how to take advantage of the Microsoft platform to help your organization safely navigate the choppy waters of the current reality. You will have the opportunity to learn how to reduce capital costs while increasing scalability through Microsoft's approach of bringing together the best aspects of software and the best aspects of the Internet; S+S. You will see how Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 will provide a richer platform for developers and those operating your environment while also providing new virtualization options allowing you to solve key application compatibility issues. Finally, you will have an opportunity to interact with your peers, local experts, and Microsoft Canada advisors to share your challenges and learn from their experience.
We will provide more information about EnergizeIT 2009 in the next couple of weeks through the MSDN Flash and TechNet Flash newsletters, so if you are not signed up to receive either, sign-up now! Get ready for EnergizeIT 2009 and come see what's possible!