We have a great range of speakers lined up and this is a sample of what you can expect from some of the Microsoft Speakers:
Andrew Fryer – Technical Evangelist in Microsoft DPE – All SQL, No SQL, Some SQL
The trusty old relational database has been around for forty odd years, but will it survive another forty and if so in what form. In this session we’ll look at how the demands of modern business are changing the what and how of data management.
You can follow Andrew on Twitter.
Simon May – IT Pro Evangelist in Microsoft DPE – The Future of IT: making sense of Big Changes
We can all feel that IT is changing, be it the new devices we’re expected to support or the new “cloud” services we’re told to embrace or investigate. In this session Simon May, Microsoft IT Evangelist will explain the big trends that IT are knocking on the door of the IT department and help you to start thinking about how you can respond in secure, managed and scalable ways. Cloud, Consumerisation, Big Data and Social are explored during this session and you’ll be left able to see the wood from the trees and where Microsoft’s stack solves problems.
You can follow Simon on Twitter.
Steve ‘Planky’ Plank – Cloud Computing Evangelist in Microsoft DPE – Business Agility and the Cloud
In the 1950s almost no organization owned a computer: too expensive. They ran their computer programs on the computers of large “computer companies”. Calling on immense compute power helped them make more profitable decisions. Today, almost all companies use computers and so the playing field is more level: or is it? Some progressive organisations are finding that not only can it be more economical to use the compute and storage engines of specialized “cloud computing” providers, but also they can respond in an agile way to the organization’s needs. In some cases they can go from an architecture diagram on a whiteboard to a live deployed service in under 15 minutes. It can be de-deployed, when the business need has passed, in less than 5 minutes. Organizations can scale their environments to predictable and unpredictable waves of business activity within minutes. They can try business ideas out with only a fraction of the attendant financial risk associated with building and deploying a large app to support them. Cloud computing achieves this in the modern world by creating a separation between the app and its underlying infrastructure. This session discusses how that separation is enabling modern organisations to profitably respond to business needs faster than has ever been possible and so realize true business agility.
You can follow Planky on his blog.
Giles Davies – Developer Tools Technical Specialist in Microsoft DPE – What Architects need to know about Visual Studio 11
Giles will be exploring what’s new in the architecture tools in Visual Studio 11.
You can follow Giles on Twitter.