Event: Windows Azure: From Idea to Reality

If you are in Canberra on Thursday June 9, and are interested in the Architecture space, we have an event coming up in our office to show you how to get from hearing about Cloud, to actually deploying applications that take advantage of Cloud Computing. Event: Windows Azure: Getting from Idea to Reality Date: Thursday…

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Thee great reads for Azure Development

These three titles have been released on MSDN for free, or you can purchase a hard copy or eBook as well. Great references for Windows Azure development A Guide to Claims–based Identity and Access Control http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff423674.aspx Moving Applications to the Cloud, on the Microsoft Windows® Azure Platform http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff728592.aspx Developing Applications for the Cloud, on the…

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Cloud As a Security Layer–#Winning

I’ve often been a proponent of thinking of Cloud based computing as a security layer between you and the bad guys. It seems the US Department of Defense agrees with me. http://techinsider.nextgov.com/2011/03/cyber_command_shifting_to_the_cloud.php Now, by far the most common area of attack where bad guys get information or do damage to systems other than lost/stolen equipment…

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Great Phone Apps…Style Matters

My good friend and Windows Phone Evangelist Dave Glover gave a presentation to some of our partners about what makes great phone apps.  He listed the 10 criteria we use for deciding where on the scale from Average, to Good, to Great an app would fall. Even though his presentation was aimed at Windows Phone…

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Turning off GeoTagging for you phone photos to protect your privacy!

Recently there has been a video doing the rounds from YouTube on how smartphone pictures can be a privacy risk. It’s no joke. Most smart phones, have GeoTagging turned on by default for photos that you take with the phone’s camera. What this does is embed geographic location information such as the longitude and latitude…

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AU Gov blocking web based email, worth it? No.

In response to the Australian National Audit Office report ‘The Protection and Security of Electronic Information Held by Australian Government Agencies‘ many government agencies are talking about blocking access to web based email.  Here’s the recommendation that has been lighting up the Twitterverse "emails using public Web-based email services should be blocked on agency ICT…

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Secure Cloud Hybrid Applications

One of the key aspects to secure cloud hybrid applications is a secure connection from the cloud based services to the on premise base ones. With Windows Azure this is quite easy. You can use Windows Azure Connect to establish a secure IPV6/IPSec based tunnel from the individual role in Azure, to the individual service(…

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Idea on how Government can publish data in near real time

The idea of Open Government and Gov 2.0 is not a new one. However it seems that while governments are making great strides toward a more open system through efforts such as Data.gov and Data.gov.au, there appears to be a bit of a disconnect between publication and consumption. At the recent BarCamp Canberra (#bcc2011) there…

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Four Corners of Digital Society

As I mentioned in a post a bit earlier, Digital Society is more than Facebook. To enable a truly digital society there are 4 major areas that industry and government need to enable. These four key areas, from my view, are naturally focused on people. All too often in the recent past, organisations have worked…

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Want to engage with voters and interested parties for your event or election?

A successful event, announcement, product launch, or campaign depends on real connections with people. When you can’t be everywhere, use Microsoft TownHall to engage with your target audience online: Scale your communication, aggregate feedback, and gain audience insight. Microsoft TownHall is an online tool that fosters, organizes, moderates, and houses online conversations, driving rich discussion…

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