Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Twitting from TechEd Europe 2012

Follow me on Twitter @lokijota. Lots of Azure and Win8 sessions. Channel 9 has several videos from TechEd US and the keynotes.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

BizTalk Server 2010 R2 TAP

The TAP for the next version of BizTalk, strangely pre-named “2010 R2” (instead of 2013) is open for nominations here. Of the list of new features, I am especially interested in the IaaS and Azure integration capabilities. Support for REST endpoints was clearly lacking, and I am also curious about the meaning of “ordered delivery enhancements”.

In the begging of the month there were some sessions at TechEd North America about the future of Microsoft’s integration offering,  I’m looking forward to hear this in person at TechEd Europe starting tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

«Arquitectura de Soluções Cloud» @ Windows Azure [R]Evolution 2012.06.20

Tomorrow morning I’ll be presenting a session on the topic or Architecture of [Azure] Cloud Solutions at the Windows Azure [R]evolution event in Lisbon. It’s an easy to follow but packed presentation, that reminded me of topics such as the CAP Theorem or Pat Helland’s excelent presentations on services and data and consistency, with several high level tips to help you architect your Azure app.

More information about this Microsoft event is here.

PS: my colleague Raúl Ribeiro will also be presenting at the event, a session on the newly released Azure WebSites.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

«Software Estimation–A Step Closer to the Silver Bullet» @ NetPonto Lisboa 16/06

Two months ago I delivered a very well received presentation at Netponto about Team Dynamics and motivation (slides in portuguese here: Dinâmica e Motivação de Equipas de Projecto).

This next Saturday I’ll be presenting on the topic of Software Estimation. Here at |create|it| we have always had a very strong focus and investment on the quality of our estimation and project management, and we use several techniques from authors such as Steve McConnell and Mike Cohn. The presentation builds on some choice approaches we selected mainly from these authors in the last 10 years, and in addition to describing them, I’ll be talking on how we use them, hoping to give attendants some field tips from our experience

Hope to see you there.


PS: Next June 21’s the portuguese Scrum Community will hold an avent to commemorate the member number 1000. Lear more about is here, the agenda looks pretty interesting!

Monday, June 11, 2012

BizTalk 2010 R2

Steef-Jan has a great post about the next release of BizTalk Server in his blog. It seems to be mostly a platform upgrade, but the improvements in the area of Azure integration, and the new features of Azure in IaaS specifically (persistent VM’s + VPN support) open up interesting possibilities for BizTalk usage.

[Edit] Kent Weare also has an interesting post on this topic, based on a presentation at TechEd US (I think).