Microsoft Tech Summit Materials

Just in case you’re envious of those you see posting about being at a Microsoft Tech Summit, fear not, you still have the opportunity to be able to see the materials that were presented over at the Microsoft Technical Community Website.

More details are available and content from the events here:

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Microsoft-Tech-Summit/ct-p/MicrosoftTechSummit

If you’re interested in attending one of the events, check out the schedule here:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/techsummit

 

SharePoint Fest DC 2017

Just in case you’re located in the Northern Virginia / DC / Maryland metropolitan area, and you’re looking for a solid conference but don’t have the budget to venture out of the area? Check out the SharePoint Fest DC event taking place in mid-April at the Convention Center downtown. Space is still available and you can even come meet me and many other MVPs from the National community. Look forward to seeing you there and getting to know more about your SharePoint and Office 365 needs, more details available here – http://sharepointfest.com/dc

Global Azure Bootcamp 2017

Interested in learning more about Microsoft Azure? Looking for a starting point and you’ve already read all the documentation over at https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/? Have a Saturday afternoon free in the latter part of April? Check out the Global Azure Bootcamp community event taking place on 22 April 2017 around the world. There are locations everywhere as the world simultaneously learns about Azure, details here:

https://global.azurebootcamp.net/locations/

Each event is unique, the speakers and organizers put together the content and determine what the talks will be as well as what their focus will be. Come learn about Azure and the ability to host nearly anything on it.

If you’re new to Azure, you’re bound to learn a ton about the platform by attending one of these events.

Microsoft Ignite 2016

Just in case you missed the announcement over on the Microsoft Company News Site or on the Microsoft Twitter MS Ignite account, Microsoft Ignite will be taking place in Atlanta, GA in September 2016.

Pre-Registration seems to have opened up to lock in a lower rate (woot!), available over at https://microsoft.eventcore.com/Ignite2016.

I’m pretty excited about Atlanta in September… in part because I love the Atlanta Braves and can only hope that they’ll be in the hunt for the pennant, battling out the Mets and the Nationals 🙂

All that aside though, it should be a great conference with the next wave of Microsoft technologies that are being released in 2016. While there’s not a firm release date for my bread and butter favorite in SharePoint, I’m excited to see what content will be available at Ignite – plus what better place to hang out and see friends in the community?

If you’re planning conferences for 2016, go ahead and pencil this one in… scratch that, use ink and be there.

Office DevCamps

The other day while recording Episode 15 of Brewery.fm with Scott Hoag, I remembered something that was tweeted about during //Build and that I’d received an email about earlier in the day as well – Office DevCamp. So we included it in the show and hoped that folks would consider checking it out – it’s a great opportunity to meet folks from the Microsoft Office Developer team and to learn a thing or two… for free.

So what are Office DevCamp’s? Do I need a shovel? Will I need insect repellent? I sure hope not. I hope they’re going to teach us how to write Apps and use the Office 365 APIs.

If you’re done reading, head on over to http://aka.ms/msdevcamps and register.

For those of that are still here, good on you! Essentially the DevCamp is held at a Microsoft Office near you (in most instances) and it’s split out into a 5 part day. There are events all over the place in the US to include:

There are over a billion Office users out there in 147 countries (wow that’s a lot) and they’re all looking for ways to better use Office – so why not build an app for them?

Definitely sounds like an interesting day – hope that you’re able to make it out!

Good morning Ignite!

So one of my podcasts that I catch every morning is the Marketplace Tech podcast – interesting little bits of information that are shared that sometimes are random and sometimes are highly pertinent.

This morning they had part one of a miniseries of conversations with Satya Nadella discussing the Ignite conference and the role of Microsoft in cloud services. Pretty darn cool considering that the Ignite conference kicks off today in Chicago at 9 AM CDT with Satya taking the stage along with others from the Microsoft product and platform groups.

Check it out if you have a minute – it’s amazing at just how humble Satya is in comparison to other CEOs out there.

Interview with Satya Nadella on MarketPlace – http://www.marketplace.org/shows/marketplace-tech/marketplace-tech-monday-may-4-2015

If you’re looking for a recap of last week’s //Build conference, check out Brewery.fm’s episode 13 where myself and Scott Hoag break things down from the keynotes on Wednesday.

Last but not least, if you happen to see my photo wandering around Ignite this week with Isaac Stith, be sure to stop him, snap a photo and post it to Facebook or Twitter and tag me – wish I could be there with you fine folks but things just didn’t work out this year.

NOVA Code Camp 2015 Preview – Bart Loesley

Looking through the sessions that will be presented this coming Saturday at the Northern Virginia Code Camp hosted at the Reston Microsoft Technology Center in Reston, VA gets me pumped to see so many in the community presenting on hot topics that are key to staying relevant in this age of iterating forward with new technology on what seems like a daily basis. All that being said (and all in a single run on sentence no less), I’m stoked to see that Bart Loesley will be presenting on NoSQL as an Application Backend.

So often we tend to find tech groups pointing to MySQL, PostGres, Oracle, Microsoft SQL or some other database platform to be the backend for a technology solution without considering a NoSQL solution. Bart’s session “NoSQL as an Application Backend” looks to be pretty spot on with helping application developers and architects to better understand where these technologies come into play.

NoSQL is a different way of thinking about a database. Relational database models may not be the best solution for all situations.  In this session we’ll introduce what NoSQL is, the various approaches and options for NoSQL platforms, and show an example of how we leveraged Azure Document DB as the backend for a cloud application.  Benefits such as scalability, schema independence and object orientation make your application scalable but it requires some planning that is different than traditional relational databases.

For me, I’m excited to check out this session for a couple of reasons…

  1. NoSQL is a technology that gets overlooked far too often
  2. Profit from Bart’s knowledge

Seriously though, Azure’s DocumentDB, which recently became generally available, could probably replace a significant number of application backends operating on other database platforms that don’t require the horsepower of the platform in use, nor do they make use of the functionality, so why not go with something like Azure DocumentDB?

Look forward to seeing you there at NOVA CC for Bart’s session!