Auckland Windows Azure Global Boot Camp 2014

Saturday 29 March 2014

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Auckland Windows Azure Global Boot Camp 2014

Global Windows Azure BootCamp 2014 The North Shore .NET User Group is hosting the Auckland Windows Azure Global Bootcamp. This event has been planned in conjunction with Microsoft NZ and we believe we have a pretty good day in store for those that are able to attend.

The first Global Windows Azure Bootcamp was held in 2013. World-wide there were more than 90 locations. This year Auckland is going to participate in the one day deep dive class.

Click here to read the global web site.

At the Auckland meeting we plan to split the day into 50% speaker attendance and 50% Lab training. Our first lab will be the Global Windows Azure Bootcamp GlyQ-IQ Charity lab, which is a lab that all world-wide participants will complete. They want to set a world record.

The pre-requisites are detailed further down the page. It is highly recommended you are all set to go before arriving. The venue will be set up with chairs, tables, power supply and Wi-Fi.


Windows Azure from 10,000 feet
Windows Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that lets you quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacentres. Azure includes a number of services from Infrastructure Services like Virtual Machines and Networks, to Platform Services like Websites, Mobile and Media Services and then some. In this session we’re going to take a 10,000ft view of the entire offering and have a look at how you can use Azure to solve some of the typical challenges you face.
Presenter: Thiago Almeida
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Building TechEd New Zealand with Windows Azure Web Sites. A real world case study.
This session will cover why we chose WAWS in combination with Kentico CMS and our journey in building the website. We will look at the quick-wins WAWS gave us, as well as the challenges we overcame. We'll also go into detail on how WAWS handles scaling to multiple instances, session management, staging & production, backups, and uploading files from your website into BLOB storage.
Presenter: Luke Ballantine
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Windows Azure Integration Capabilities
This session will provide a high level overview of the various capabilities on the Azure platform that will enable developers to integrate their Windows Azure application components within the Azure platform, other cloud platforms and their on premise enterprise applications.
The session will cover:

  • Windows Azure Service Bus – queues, topics & subscriptions and relay services.
  • Windows Azure BizTalk Services – One-way & two-way Xml Bridges, EDI capabilities.
  • Windows Azure Storage Queues

The focus is on high level overviews, practical scenarios, demonstrations of techniques and where to find more information in labs & tutorials.
Presenter: Nikolai Blackie
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A Quick and Practical Tour of an Azure Development Environment
This talk will demonstrate an example of a development environment for Microsoft Azure covering aspects like tools, technologies, processes, and system design. Drawing from real-life experience working with startups and small to medium size companies Manfred will cover important subjects including selecting appropriate tools, setting up a minimal automated release process, options for useful technologies, and how to design your system for zero-downtime upgrades.
How do you use different types of cloud storage? How do you roll out schema migrations? How do you start with a simple design but leave the door open for massive scalability if needed? How do you know your cloud application is running? How do you support mobile devices while postponing native mobile apps to later when you have a clearer picture? What cloud resources should you look at first, which ones can you prioritize for later? What choices do you have for security and is role-based security sufficient? How do you organize your solution, projects, and files?
This Quick Tour of a development environment for Azure gives you an overview and provide practical recommendations for fast-tracking your first steps towards using the full potential of Microsoft Azure.
Presenter: Manfred Lange
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The programme for the day is:


Maybe meet for a beer afterwards?


Saturday 29 March 2014

Registration starts at 8:00 am
Presentations starting at 9:00 am

Cliftons Auckland
Level 4
45 Queen Street
Auckland 1010
New Zealand


Let's get together and have a bit of fun.

  • Meet like-minded people and perhaps make new networking associates.
  • Learn about Windows Azure and work together as a group.
  • Participate in hands-on workshops


Our speakers include:

Thiago Almeida

Thiago Almeida

Thiago Almeida,
Technical Evangelist, Microsoft

Thiago works with the latest technical awesomeness coming from Microsoft, especially supporting companies working with Windows Azure. He is also the local leader of the BizSpark Program for software startups and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs). He is originally from Brazil, has been living in New Zealand since 1993 and works at Microsoft New Zealand on the Developer Platform Evangelist team.

Luke Ballantine

Luke Ballantine

Luke Ballantine is the Technical Director at Marker Studio. He was the technical lead on the TechEd New Zealand 2013 web site which was hosted on Windows Azure Web Sites (WAWS) – at the time WAWS was still in preview mode. Luke has been developing software for 20 years, working for a range of companies from start-ups to Fortune 500s, and has spent 10 years working in the UK during the first Dot Com boom. He has been focused on the web since the late 90s and in particular the Microsoft technology stack. Recently Luke has been working with Windows Azure and looking in particular at hosting CMS based web sites into the cloud.

Nikolai Blackie

Nikolai Blackie

Nikolai Blackie is Principal Architect and co-founder of Adaptiv Integration. Adaptiv specialise in integration architecture approaches using the Microsoft stack and distributed SaaS systems on Windows Azure. With over a decade of experience in IT Nikolai has worked across integration, distributed computing, enterprise scale web application and SaaS development on the Microsoft stack.  Nikolai is a Microsoft Virtual Technology Solutions Professional (v-TSP) for Windows Azure and BizTalk Server, Microsoft Business Platform Technology Advisor for the Azure AppFabric platform (now Windows Azure BizTalk Services (WABS) and through Adaptiv has participated in multiple BizTalk Server, Azure AppFabric and SQL Federation TAP programmes. You can find Nikolai lurking on Twitter and LinkedIn if you want to follow his technology centred thoughts

Manfred Lange

Manfred Lange

Manfred Lange is managing director of Agile Utilities, a company providing services to start-ups and small to medium sized business regarding all technical aspects of scalable cloud-based solutions including mobile clients. Manfred has over 20 years’ experience in software development in various roles including engineering manager, technical director, program manager, project manager, consultant, and architect. He has worked with a range of companies of different size across industries including retail, network management, smart cards, utilities, legal industry, print industry, test and measurement, and medial industry. He has been a speaker and has published papers on various subjects including agile methodologies, cloud computing, object oriented databases, design patterns, and similar more. His experiences with agile methodologies reaches back to 1999 and he has been using Microsoft technologies since 1990. Manfred holds a bachelor degree with honours in industrial engineering. In his spare time he volunteers at his local family sailing club assisting children learn to sail.




Please ensure that you download everything BEFORE you arrive at the Bootcamp – there won’t be time to do this on the day.




Our Sponsors

The North Shore .NET User Group would like to thank our sponsors, for making this event happen.