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Join us for the seaside Windows 8 Summer App-a-thon on July 12

15 Jun

Windows 8 Summer App-a-thon (Belgian Coast)

The word is out: on July 12 we’ll be organizing the first of our Summer App-a-thons.  And it’s going to be a special, seaside app-a-thon, at the Belgian coast in Blankenberge.  What could be more inspiring for building great Metro-style apps than the sound of waves crashing into the beach, ice cream and a beautiful sunset!

We’re building upon the success of the coding night at the Windows 8 Developer Day and have a hackathon to build cool Metro-style apps.  So team up with your best UX or developer friend and form a killer app team, come alone or sign up with an entire group, whatever you want!

 

This seaside Summer App-a-thon promises to be an experience like N.O. O.T.H.E.R!   Hands on. Code. Build. Shine. Totally Windows 8. 

There will be 2 coding sessions: 1 for Day Birds from 10AM – 4PM and one for Night Owls from 6PM – 12AM. You have 3 registration options:

  1. Only the Day Birds coding session
  2. Only the Night Owls coding session
  3. Both the Day Birds and the Night Owls session  

 

So if you’re a developer or UX designer, sign up right now to join us for an unforgettable experience!

    Sign up


    Technical pre-requisites

    – Familiarity writing either desktop apps, mobile applications or developing websites. Familiarity with either Javascript, C# or C++.
    – Bring your own laptop: any device capable of running Windows 8 and Visual Studio Express
    – Required software: 

    Windows 8 Release Preview
    Visual Studio 2012 RC
    Windows 8 SDK samples

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    Sales@Night: Why do your customers need Apps on Windows 8 and Windows Phone?

    14 Jun

    21 June 2012 (17:30 till 20:00)

    @ Microsoft Zaventem

    Be the first to know and catch the opportunity of Metro-style applications in Windows 8 and Windows Phone. During this session, you’ll learn more about the platform and how to talk to your customers about the business advantages of these Metro-style apps.

    IDC expects 2 million Belgian devices running Windows 8 by end of 2013. Make sure you are ready to surf this wave along with Microsoft; it’s the single largest opportunity for apps & the nr 1 platform in 2013!

    This is not a deep-technical session, focus is sales.

    Register now

     

    How to find Visual Studio Training

    13 Jun

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    Are you interested in the new possibilities Visual Studio 11 offer, the application lifecycle management or the customer value it delivers and sales opportunities it offers? Or youre just looking for a 15 minute introduction to Visual Studio 11?

    Look no further, we lined up three interesting online partner trainings for you:

    Visual   Studio 11 Application Lifecycle Management: Delivering Continuous Value   ‘40mins’
    Visual   Studio 11: Customer Value and Sales Opportunities ‘60mins’
    Visual   Studio 11: What’s New ‘15mins’

    Happy training!

     

    Is the public cloud still a bit hazy to you? This blog helps lift the fog.

    6 Jun

    When three developers with their heads in the cloud go to work on NET, Java and PHP, the stage is set for a fascinating roadtrip through Azure!
    Hop on board and learn all about hosting apps and cloud data storage.

    Like our bloggers, you have probably heard plenty of dry theory and unconvincing sales patter in your time. You undoubtedly prefer to get your information straight from the horse’s mouth with the kind of case studies and expert personal experience they provide.

    Maarten has been busy putting together a whole load of reasons why those of you who work with .NET might be interested in tinkering with Azure.

    François talks you through his personal journey from “cloud-sceptic, old-school Java developer to convinced, cloud-eager Java developer”.

    Meanwhile, Michelangelo takes a developers’ perspective on how to run your PHP applications on Windows Azure, complete with spiffy diagrams and everything.

    The beauty of the blog is that it’s interactive, so if you have any questions or comments, you can get involved right away.

    Keep up-to-date with news on the capabilities of PHP, .NET and Java within Azure, and look forward to being part of a roadtrip through Azure with three friendly faces.

    Check out the blog here, en stay tuned!

    MEET Windows Azure!

    16 May

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    Hear from Scott Guthrie and other senior technologists from Microsoft and the Bay area who will introduce you to Windows Azure and the latest in Microsoft’s cloud-based development technology.

    Register HERE !!!

    How to find Visual Studio 11 Sales Training

    11 May

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    Are you interested in the new possibilities Visual Studio 11 offer, the application lifecycle management or the customer value it delivers and sales opportunities it offers?

    Look no further, we lined up three interesting online partner trainings for you:

    Visual Studio 11: What’s New

    Visual Studio 11: Application Lifecycle Management – Delivering Continuous Value

    Visual Studio 11: Customer Value and Sales Opportunities

     

    Happy training!

    How do I build multi-tenant SaaS solutions?

    10 May

    Software as a Service (SaaS) is, simply put, software deployed as a hosted service and accessed over the Internet.  As an ISV, providing your software as a service to your customers has a great number of benefits for both you and your customers. 

    One important benefit of SaaS comes from the potential to increase your addressable market by lowering the cost of providing your software per customer (“catching the long tail”).  Line-of-business software tends to be custom-tailored to meet individual customers’ needs—potentially including on-site installation and service visits from vendor service teams—and often requires dedicated server hardware, and support staff to manage it. The cost of providing this kind of dedicated attention contributes to the minimum price at which you can afford to sell the software. But for every large enterprise that purchases a line-of-business solution, there are dozens of smaller and medium-sized businesses that could benefit from such a solution, but that cannot afford the expense.  By providing your software as a service, the total cost of providing your software to your customers can be lowered significantly.

    Cost of providing software per customerIncrease your addressable market

    For a more detailed overview of architecture strategies to catch the long tail, there is a great MSDN article here (it dates from 2006 but is still very valid).

    Of course, when thinking about software as a service, the concept of cloud computing comes to mind: being able to allocate compute and storage resources flexibly, in a matter of minutes, and paying only for the resources that you need.  To maximize the newly addressable market, you are looking at lowering the cost per customer.  One way to achieve this is to build a multi-tenant solution.

    But wait, haven’t always been told that building multi-tenant applications is a really difficult thing to do?  On top of all the application business logic complexity, you have to invest in automated provisioning and scaling of the infrastructure, tenant metering and billing, identity federation, etcetera.  This is where the Windows Azure platform and the Cloud Ninja & Cloud Samurai projects can accelerate building multi-tenant cloud-based SaaS solutions.

    CloudNinja - Windows Azure Multi-tenant Sample 

    The Cloud Ninja Project is a Windows Azure multi-tenant sample application demonstrating metering and automated scaling concepts, as well as some common multi-tenant features such as automated provisioning and federated identity.  Key features of this project are: metering and metering charts, automated scaling, and federated identity.

    Cloud Ninja architecture

    To further assist you with the metering of tenant resource usage in a multi-tenant solution on the Windows Azure platform, there is now the Cloud Ninja Metering Block.  The need to meter and monitor resource usage at the tenant level is a common requirement for multi-tenant solutions. This metering data is commonly used to enforce quotas, set pricing, understand solution cost breakdown by tenant, generate alerts, or identify tenants which may be abusing the solution.  The metering block ships as a hostable runtime component that can be deployed and hosted in an on-premise windows services, console application; or to Windows Azure either in it’s own role or as part of another role for an existing solution. The metering block comes with a number of providers for collecting metering data from existing logs, and can be extended with custom providers for collecting metering data from other sources, such as custom logs, views, etc…

     

    Cloud SamuraiWhen looking at the Cloud Ninja sample application, you may think: “I already have an application, do I really have to redesign my entire application? Isn’t there an easier way for existing applications?”.  Enter the Cloud Samurai project!  This complete code sample demonstrates a hosted multi-tenant approach on Windows Azure for existing web applications that leverages the IIS Application Request Routing (ARR) extension.

    Cloud Samurai architecture

    Did I already mention that the Windows Azure platform embraces not only .NET developers but is an open platform?  For ISVs or developers that are building Java-based applications and want to leverage the power of the Windows Azure platform, the people at Persistent Systems have developed multi-tenant sample application, called CloudNinja for Java, written in Java which would help the Java community to develop Java applications for Windows Azure. The CloudNinja for Java application will empower Java developers to implement best practices and design patterns required for Java multi-tenant applications on Windows Azure.

     

    Are you already providing your software as a service on the Windows Azure platform? Get started now.

    1. Setup an Account:

    Set up an account and obtain a free subscription for accessing the online portals for Windows Azure an SQL Azure. You can sign up and get the free trial from http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/pricing/free-trial/.

    2. Create your First application and Deploy it on the Windows Azure Platform:

    Download the tools and learn how to create an application using .NET, JAVA, Node.js or PHP and deploy it on Windows Azure at http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/develop/overview/

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