Yesterday (5th Oct 2010) I delivered a short (45mins) session on the Windows Azure Platform. Big thanks to all who made it to the far side of beyond in London to attend the afternoon session. I think the event turned out rather well with my old team doing a top job as always – ably supported by our CEO Steve Ballmer doing the keynote :-). For folks wondering, Martin Beeby (IE9) is one of the two chaps that took my old role when I moved to the ISV team in August.
Are you an ISV?
Speaking of ISVs (Independent Software Vendors - that is you if you write some kind of product that you sell to more than one customer), I wanted to point you at the UK ISV team blog and brand new twitter account which I will increasingly be found on. If you are an ISV, please fave the blog and follow the twitter account. And if you are an ISV please keep an eye on (and sign up to) http://bit.ly/ukmpr
FREE “delve deeper” events
Hopefully yesterdays Azure session got you interested enough to delve deeper. I would highly recommend both of these:
- FREE UK Windows Azure Online Conference 8th October – three track online conference with something for those new to the platform and those already experienced with Azure. For developers and architects.
- FREE 2 Weeks of Windows Azure Platform training delivered online – 11th to 25th October – instructor led sessions (delivered virtually over Live Meeting) with independent distance learning, email support and access to hands-on practical exercises. The training provides delegates with an opportunity to gain insight into the nature and benefits of the Windows Azure Platform. For developers and architects who still develop.
FREE access to the Windows Azure Platform
And finally, if you are looking for the cheapest way to explore Azure then check out the free Introductory Special – not many compute hours per month but you do get a SQL Azure database free for three months. (A while back I did a walkthrough for this offer and for the even better MSDN subscriber offer)
They will appear at http://www.slideshare.net/ericnelson/ later today. (Slideshare is on a go slow this morning)
- Download the free ebook (also includes details of how you can order the paper copy from lulu)
- For more resources and information http://bit.ly/startazure
- If you are an ISV intending to explore/adopt azure, sign up to http://bit.ly/ukmpr
- If you are an ISV in the UK, feel free to pop along for a chat about Azure
- If you are based in the UK, join http://ukazure.ning.com and check out all upcoming events
- UK ISV team blog and brand new twitter account – will you be follower #1!?
- And please follow me on https://twitter.com/ericnel