What’s New about Visual Studio 2010

Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 is an integrated environment that simplifies the entire development lifecycle, from design to deployment.  Work within a personalized environment, and target a growing number of platforms, including Microsoft SharePoint® and cloud applications that accelerate the coding process and allow you to use your existing skills. Developers and testers can work more…


Hiring for the Future … Cloud Expertise is a MUST.

Developing cloud expertise now can mean job security and career growth in the future. No more is what we know alone is our ticket to a great career but how much we know about the future and how capable we are to come up to speed with new technology is a core competency. Emerging skills…


Windows Azure … the Cloud OS — Part 1

During the key note address at Tech Ed ME 2011 in Dubai yesterday, I was asked by a Microsoft customer: “What is Windows Azure?.” I then realized that we, at Microsoft, may not be doing as good a job as we should in getting the word out and this is where the idea for this…


Software as a Service (SaaS) … What does the future hold?

I spoke about general cloud themes before and will drill into the SaaS pillar a bit more in this post. I want to approach this from the perspective that all services offerings has a provider and a consumer angles to them, technology services or otherwise. So, you may be reading this blog post in a…


TechEd TechEd TechEd!! The Countdown begins…Only 3 weeks left to TechEd Middle East!!!

Why am I so excited about TechEd Middle East?  Because this year’s event in Dubai will not only be full of incredible technical training sessions, but opportunities to really have fun while you learn!  Yes, it’s true, it is possible to have some fun at a technical education event and here’s why… This year’s TechEd…


I am all virtualized … Do I have a private cloud?

If that is all, the short answer is: “you are close but, no, you do not have a private cloud”. Let me explain:   You see, the premise of cloud services is the high degree of automation using underlying technologies that make intelligent decisions on behalf of the IT Pro to maximize availability and leverage…


To cloud or not to cloud … that is the question.

Cloud seems to mean different things to different people so instead of me defining what a cloud is to you, I want to take you on how this thing came about. If you have done architecture before, you might remember the days when your diagrams contained many different known components and resources and somewhere in…


Kuwait Tech Tuesday: Cloud

On December 28th 2010 we had the 1st Kuwait Technical Tuesday and the main theme for this event was “Cloud Computing”. We presented two sessions: Ramon Smit explained what Microsoft Windows Azure is and several demos for the audience who then received their own trial accounts to try it out! Faisal Al Khatib presented on Office…


Azure makes Steve Jobs Money

Why Steve Jobs’ Pixar uses Microsoft Windows Azure http://blog.seattlepi.com/microsoft/archives/226427.asp Here’s a great use of Azure by Steve Jobs’ Pixar company. Typically a movie studio makes its money from its end product – the film. But in this case, the rendering technology, taken into the Cloud with Azure, allows the studio to resell the processing as…