Article: I’ve built a SaaS solution on Windows Azure: now, how do I know what to charge my customers?

When we move from writing shrink-wrapped software that a customer runs a setup.exe in their own datacenter to the completely different world of providing the software’s functionality as a service over the Internet, probably our first port of call is to base it on a cloud platform like Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Rackspace and so on….


Video: Windows Azure Connect: a real-world solution

K3 Retail are the UK’s biggest Microsoft Dynamics partner. They’ve built a system that allows them to expose on-premises applications and data such as Dynamics, SQL Server Reporting Services, Email and File-Servers to a cloud-based IIS web application. This video show how they are doing this in the real-world; not in a lab or controlled…


Event: Free UK Windows Azure Bootcamp: Online

We’re going to be running an online version of the popular Windows Azure Bootcamp on the 21st May. We’re very aware that the London and Liverpool bootcamps due to run in Early May are now full so we thought by running a similar, slightly shortened version of the bootcamp through Lync, anybody who didn’t manage…


VIDEO: Windows Azure: How Retail Manager Solutions changed their business

Jim Chapman, CEO of Retail Manager Solutions, talks about their move from on-premises software to the cloud and then tells us how Windows Azure has changed their business. Sales cycle times have been dramatically reduced, customers save money and there is less work to do to get a solution up and running for one of…


Video: How one company migrated to Windows Azure

At The Races were running a high-volume website in the UK that was characterized by very peaky predictable bursts. They knew when the peaks would occur (specific horse-races in the calendar) and they had a good idea of the numbers of additional users they’d have to handle. What an excellent candidate system for Windows Azure’s…

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Event: UK Windows Azure User Group – Mark Bower, CTO of Cube Social speaks.

The next UK Windows Azure User Group meeting is on the 8th May and will feature Mark Bower, CTO of Cube Social talking about how they built a scalable, highly available social CRM system on the Windows Azure Platform. Their video is here. Cube Social are part of a startup programme run by Microsoft UK…


Event: Red Gate/Cerebrata Cloud Tools’ designer at UK Windows Azure User Group on Tuesday 3rd April

Anybody who has got involved in developing on Windows Azure will almost certainly have used at least one of the tools in the Red Gate/Cerebrata line-up. Cloud Storage Studio, Diagnostics Manager or Azure Management Cmdlets. Gaurav Mantri, CEO of Cerebrata Software will be speaking to the UK Windows Azure Group about Cerebrata tools, how they…


Video: UK Tech.days online Azure Conference: day 2

Richard Conway and Andy Cross both founders of the UK Windows Azure User Group presented a talk today at the Tech.days online Windows Azure Conference: “10 tools in 10 minutes”. That meant 10 minutes per tool. The video of the session was recorded and is available here: Planky – GBR-257


Advanced Windows Azure Workshop UK

In today’s TechDays Online Windows Azure conference, Andy Cross and Richard Conway, both founders of the UK Windows Azure User Group, mentioned the possibility of running an advanced one-day Windows Azure workshop in April 2012. If you are interested in such a workshop – could you leave a comment. We’re trying to establish if there’d…

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Running an illegal website? Use the cloud to check it…

John Mannix from Governor Technology talks about http://cookielaw.org, a service that used crowd-sourcing to farm cookies from volunteers who installed an agent on their machines and provided later analysis and gave advice on whether a particular site’s cookies existed within the limitation of the EU directive that came in to force on the 27th May…

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