Architect Council | 2010: A Cloud Odyssey


The forecast for 2010 is looking very cloudy, with every technology company delivering some type of cloud offering, and analysts estimating that almost everyone will try some form of cloud computing. But from a practical stand point, how should organizations leverage cloud computing effectively? Is it to simply host existing and legacy assets somewhere else, or to create next-generation applications that enable differentiated capabilities? In addition, what role does SOA play in the age of cloud computing? And does this impact the way we manage and interact with data?

Facilitated by Microsoft, the premise of this half-day event is to provide an open forum where architects can meet to discuss technologies and insights with peers. This forum will provide first-hand experiences and best practices intended to help the community to collectively discover and generate knowledge. Please join us for this opportunity to learn, share and network with your peers and other thought leaders.

What Will Be Discussed

  • Provide a clear and profound understanding of Microsoft’s cloud strategy and roadmap, and latest updates on the Windows Azure Platform

  • Discuss the state of SOA, and its relevance in the age of cloud computing

  • Review case studies and models of cloud usage, and examine approaches to build next-generation capabilities leveraging the cloud

  • Explore trade-offs, best practices, and guidance on today’s myriad of data storage options

  • Explain the differences and patterns of using various data interaction frameworks

Who Should Attend

Technology and business stakeholders, including CTOs, CIOs, VPs, Directors, Program and Product Managers, Architects, Lead Engineers, and IT Managers


12:45PM: Introduction and Announcements
01:00PM: Windows Azure Platform – Overview of the Microsoft Cloud
01:30PM: SOA and Cloud Computing
02:00PM: Architecting Solutions Leveraging the Cloud
02:30PM: Making Sense of Cloud Data Storage
03:15PM: Understanding Data Access options
04:00PM: Groupthink

When & Where

12/01/09: Irvine, CA

12/02/09: Los Angeles, CA

12/03/09: Phoenix, AZ

12/08/09: Mountain View, CA

12/09/09: San Francisco, CA

12/10/09: Seattle, WA

12/15/09: Denver, CO


David Chou
Architect, Microsoft
David Chou is a technical architect at Microsoft, focused on collaborating with enterprises and organizations in areas such as cloud computing, SOA, Web, distributed systems, security, etc., and supporting decision makers on defining evolutionary strategies in architecture. Drawing on experiences from his previous jobs at Sun Microsystems and Accenture, David enjoys helping customers create value from using objective and pragmatic approaches to define IT strategies, roadmaps, and solution architectures.

Joe Shirey
Architect, Microsoft
Joe Shirey is a Senior Architect Evangelist for Microsoft based in the Denver area. In this role, Joe works closely with customers and the community to help them understand where Microsoft technologies fit into the architecture of their solutions. Prior to joining Microsoft, Joe was a Vice President at Interlink group where he was responsible for service and delivery for Interlink's Denver market. In the past, Joe was a Microsoft Regional Director, a member of the Microsoft Architect Advisory Board, and sat on the .NET Partner Advisory Council. Joe has more than eighteen years of hands-on technical and functional experience in project management, systems analysis, design, development, and implementation. Joe attained his Microsoft Certified Architect award in 2005.

Presentation Content

Slide decks and content from the events are posted below.

Windows Azure Platform – Overview of the Microsoft Cloud

SOA and Cloud Computing

Architecting Solutions Leveraging the Cloud

Making Sense of Cloud Data Storage

Understanding Data Access Options

Additional Resources


Comments (1)

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