Monday, November 12, 2012

Windows Azure-Related Sessions at the SharePoint Conference 2012

Following are 18 sessions related to Windows Azure at the SharePoint Conference 2012:

imageA Real-World Help Desk app: end-to-end: Eric Shupps

This session will go over the nuts and bolts of a real world app scenario that we all know and love... Help desk support. During the session, we will look at the overall architecture the app as well as review the code of key components of the app itself. Finally, the session will describe the learnings found that every SharePoint developer will want to know.

Building Cloud-hosted apps for SharePoint with PHP and node.JS: Todd Baginski

SharePoint 2013 introduces the cloud app model. This app model enables you to build either SharePoint-hosted or cloud-hosted apps. Within this session you'll see how to build apps for SharePoint 2013 using node.JS, PHP, SQL Azure and Windows Azure with the brand new SharePoint 2013 cloud app model.

Building end-to-end apps for SharePoint with Windows Azure and Windows 8:  Donovan Follette and Todd Baginski

imageWith the deep SharePoint 2013 API set, coupled with the new app models for SharePoint and Office, the opportunity to build innovative end-to-end solutions that span cloud services and devices is just plain breathtaking. SharePoint data is available via REST and SharePoint can fire events to light up your backend services – like sending notifications via the Windows Push Notification Service to SharePoint workflows. And all your cloud-based services can be powered by the reliability, scalability and elasticity of Windows Azure, from Web Sites to SQL Database. In this session an end-to-end demo is the backdrop for the discussion around the architecture and code needed to build just such a solution.

Customer Showcase: Bringing business agility using Visio Services, Azure, Windows Phone and SharePoint Online to Deliver Australia: Ed Richard and Richard Sparreboom

Learn how Deliver Australia Pty Ltd was able to meet customer needs and timeline in a managed, scalable and secure way. Small and medium sized businesses often have the same needs as larger enterprise customers, but budget and expertise is generally a challenge. In the logistics segment there is great demand for collaborative solutions with multiple partners, carriers and customers and an agile approach to solution implementation. B2B integration is also almost always part of the projects. Office 365, Windows Azure and process modeling and visualization using Visio have allowed Deliver Australia to effectively and quickly build a platform that meets immediate needs and is ready for future expansion and growth at a very reasonable cost. This session will demonstrate the most interesting aspects of a holistic business application with strong emphasis on collaboration, visualization, process driven solutions and business intelligence. We will also discuss the limitations we encountered using 2010 version and how the new Office wave addresses those issues, with some interesting uses of User Experiences utilizing Windows 8, Windows Phone 7.5 and multi touch interfaces.

Deploying SharePoint Farms on Windows Azure Virtual Machines: Paul Stubbs

Microsoft is making significant investments in Windows Azure Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). One of the primary scenarios is running SharePoint on Windows Azure virtual machines. In this session you will learn how to build development SharePoint instances and full SharePoint farms on the new persistent VM role. You will also learn how to fully automate the creation of the farms using PowerShell. In addition to how to build a SharePoint farm, this session will discuss how you can build SharePoint Farms that call on-premise services.

Developing Advanced BI Visualizations with Visio & SharePoint in Office 365 with Azure data integration: Chris Hopkins

In this session you will learn how to utilize the data connectivity features of the Visio 2013 client to create a data connected dashboard powered by Visio Services, Business Connectivity Services, and SQL Azure all within SharePoint Online in Office 365. Key topics include: New data connectivity options for Visio and Visio Services; New rendering capabilities for Visio Services; Bonus: Using the Visio API to generate data connected diagrams published to Visio Services.

Developing for Windows Azure Web Sites and SharePoint Online: Stefan Schackow

Windows Azure Web Sites is a simple and powerful hosting platform that allows developers to easily build and rapidly deploy web applications on Windows Azure using their favorite languages, frameworks, and tools. SharePoint Online brings the collaboration and productivity benefits of SharePoint to the Cloud. In this talk we start out demonstrating development and deployment of web applications using Azure Web Sites. We will then show how to integrate web applications running on Azure Web Sites with content and functionality from SharePoint Online. We will also walk through different development and deployment models for building Azure Web Sites web applications that seamlessly integrate with SharePoint Online.

Developing Hybrid apps for SharePoint: apps that work on-premises and in the cloud: Rob Howard

The new SharePoint app model enables custom code written on any server platform to integrate with SharePoint services and experiences, whether on-prem or in Office 365. In this session you’ll see how a single app can be written to work in on-prem, online, and hybrid SharePoint environments.

Developing SharePoint Workflows with SharePoint Designer 2013 and Visio Pro 2013: JongHwa Lim and Sam Chung

This session will go over the workflow creation scenario within SharePoint Designer 2013. It will cover the new stage concept, key new actions (e.g. Call web service, task actions, start workflow, loops, ect), along with the new Visual Designer coupled with Visio Pro 2013.

Introduction to Windows Azure: Mark Russinovich

Windows Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables you to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. You can build applications using any language, tool or framework. And you can integrate your public cloud applications with your existing IT environment. In this Session with Mark Russinovich, Technical Fellow for Windows Azure, learn what Windows Azure provides, how you can take advantage of the new offerings (including Virtual Machines/IaaS, Web Services, and Media), and how to get started today. Mark will walk you through a tour of Windows Azure showcasing demos and case studies.

SharePoint 2013 Workflow Development for Apps and Solutions for SharePoint 2013 with Visual Studio 2012: Tim McConnell

SharePoint 2013 has introduced a new workflow platform. The new workflow platform can be leveraged by the new apps for SharePoint as well as classic SharePoint solutions. In this session, we will demonstrate the development experience and lifecycle management of the new workflows in context of a SharePoint App and a SharePoint solution. We will walk through real-world scenarios where some key new workflow features can add value. We will demonstrate how to use those key features. The features include, but are not limited to calling web services from workflow, using custom UI, and influencing behavior of in-flight workflows by sending custom messages to the workflows.

SharePoint 2013 Workflow: Architecture and Configuration: Mauricio Ordonez

SharePoint 2013 had a goal to enable workflow to do more with less, to have a rich set of workflow functionality which works the same way on-prem and in O365, and to improve overall robustness of the SharePoint workflow. As such SharePoint 2013 has introduced a new workflow platform based on a new workflow hosting product from Microsoft - Workflow Manager. One of the two objectives of this session is to demonstrate architecture of the new workflow platform. The other goal is to discuss various configuration and topology options supported by the workflow platform and how to leverage them to achieve optimum reliability and efficiency.

Using Windows Azure Storage with SharePoint for Document Management: Joe Giardino

Many SharePoint applications need to store files, content and data in storage along with the relational data you would store in a database. As part of Microsoft’s Public Cloud offering, Windows Azure Storage provides a highly resilient and scalable storage service along with other capabilities like content delivery/distribution and content upload capabilities. In this session we will cover what the capabilities are, when and how you should use these capabilities with SharePoint and what tools and techniques you should use to manage your content.

What's New for Developers in Project 2013: Chris Boyd and Eli Sheldon

The new Project offers flexible online and on-premise solutions for project portfolio management (PPM) and everyday work, enabling you to effectively execute and achieve strategic priorities. This session, will provide an overview and demonstrations of what's new for Developers extending Project desktop & Project Server 2013.

Windows Azure Basics for SharePoint Developers: Steve Fox

If you are a Developer using SharePoint today, you may be evaluating Public Cloud services and how to take advantage of Cloud to build new apps or extend existing ones. Windows Azure is an open cloud platform that enables you to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. You can build applications using any language, tool or framework. Join us in this Session learn how you can use SharePoint and Windows Azure together – we’ll provide guidance and practical recommendations in support of optimizing your development experience.

Windows Azure IaaS Deep Dive for SharePoint IT Professionals: Corey Sanders and Paul Stubbs

This session is targeted to IT Professionals who are evaluating or using SharePoint for on-premises deployments today, and are looking to leverage Public Cloud based services for their hardware requirements. In this Session you will learn 1) Some of the deep dive technical details on how IaaS works on Windows Azure, 2) what scenarios make sense for deploying SharePoint on Windows Azure, 3) how to be deploy and administer SharePoint on Windows Azure IaaS.

Windows Azure Media Services and Building Rich Media Solutions for SharePoint: Steve Goulet

Windows Azure Media Services form an extensible cloud-based media platform that enables developers to build solutions for creating and delivering rich media content, including HD broadcast quality media transcoding and packaging services, video-on-demand and live streaming services. Media Services are built on the infrastructure of Windows Azure, Microsoft’s Public Cloud platform. In this Session, we will provide a foundation for Developers on how to take advantage of Windows Azure Media Services. We’ll discuss how you can easily integrate Media Services with tools and processes you already use.

Windows Azure Virtual Machines (IaaS) and Virtual Networks: Mark Russinovich

Join Mark Russinovich, Technical Fellow for Windows Azure for a tour of the features that make up the new Windows Azure Virtual Machines (IaaS) and Virtual Networks offerings. Using demonstrations throughout, Mark explains the Virtual Machine storage architecture and shows how to provision and customize virtual machines, configure network connectivity between virtual machines, and configure site-to-site networks that enable true applications that span from on-premises to Windows Azure. Mark will focus specifically on features that enable you to create highly available Virtual Machine-based services and how to connect Virtual Machines with Cloud Services.

It’s clear that most sessions are more related to Windows Azure than others.