Speaking at Collab365 Global Conference – Application modernisation using Microsoft Azure

It is great to announce that I am selected to speak in the most famous online event for Office 365 and Azure – Collab365 – Register for the event it free.

Application modernisation using Microsoft Azure

In this session, we are going to look at how the cloud technologies can help in applications modernisation. How Cloud can help and what the aspects you need to look at for a successful transformation.
You Will Learn:
  • Road to the cloud
  • Re-architect solutions to benefit from the cloud
  • Requirements for a successful transformation


Cloud IT Architecture Resources

I was going through the backlog of posts in the Office 365 Yammer network and I stumbled upon a great post on Cloud Adoption Advisory Board (CAAB) group which includes a group of amazing resources to help cloud architects.

Following all the resources shared in the post

Microsoft Enterprise Cloud Roadmap: Resources for IT decision makers
Microsoft Cloud Services and Platform Options
Microsoft Cloud Identity for Enterprise Architects
Microsoft Cloud Security for Enterprise Architects
Microsoft Cloud Storage for Enterprise Architects
Microsoft Cloud Networking for Enterprise Architects
TechNet page that contains all of these resources

Microsoft Azure resources

Microsoft is leading its cloud innovation through Microsoft Azure platform. Microsoft regularly updates Azure with new services and features. Azure was released on 1 February 2010
Azure is a cloud computing platform and infrastructure, created by Microsoft, for building, deploying and managing applications and services through a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. It provides both PaaS and IaaS services and supports many different programming languages, tools and frameworks, including both Microsoft-specific and third-party software and systems (Wikipedia)
These are useful resources to get you update to speed with what Azure can deliver and how to develop on it.
This demo walks through all the main feature, it may be a little bit outdated because the platform is regularly evolving but it capture most of the basic services

Microsoft is getting serious about the Internet of Things

IoT or the Internet of Things is becoming more and more salient technology trend these days. Big players like Microsoft and Google are playing a huge role in the development of this technology.

Wikipedia defines the internet of things as

the interconnection of uniquely identifiable embedded computing like devices with the existing Internet infrastructure. Typically, IoT is expected to offer advanced connectivity of devices, systems, and services that goes beyond machine-to-machine communications (M2M) and covers a variety of protocols, domains, and applications

A thing, in the IoT, can refer to a wide variety of devices that range from heart monitoring implants, biochip transponders on farm animals, an automobile with built-in sensors to field operation devices that assist fire-fighters in search and rescue (Wikipedia)

Microsoft is considering IoT is an important dimension to its devices strategy and bringing Windows to more device

At Build 2014 event Microsoft demonstrating its vision for IoT and new capabilities it is providing for developers. Watch Windows and the Internet of Things | Build 2014 | Channel 9

In addition, Microsoft is expanding its flagship cloud platform Microsoft Azure by including Event hubs.

Event hubs helps solve data flow challenges where you want to ingest, persist, and process millions of events per second.

See Microsoft vision for IoT and how it is transforming business