Speaking at Dallas TechFest Tomorrow and Saturday

I am writing this post in-flight, on my way to Dallas from Milwaukee, via Atlanta of course. I am headed to Dallas for the weekend for Dallas TechFest 2011. Dallas TechFest is the premiere technology conference in Dallas, focused on delivering excellent, multi-platform, multi-language, technology content at a reasonable cost. And this year, for the first time ever, it is a two day event! The schedule is full of interesting topics and should be a great conference.

Online registration for Dallas TechFest is now closed, but if you aren’t registered and want to attend, you can register tomorrow morning on-site. I am really excited to present at this year’s Dallas TechFest and I am equally excited that the invite was for the following Windows Azure talks.

Data in Windows Azure
The Windows Azure Platform provides a plethora of options for data storage and trying to make sense of it all can be overwhelming. In this session we will explore the many Azure data services including SQL Azure, Azure Storage, Local Storage and AppFabric Caching. We will walk through the scenarios that each storage service addresses. Next we will dig into how to use each storage service and how they can complement each other when used together. Finally, we will explore the pricing and economic drivers that encourage one storage service over another when multiple fit into your solution.

Windows Phone + Cloud: Building Great Mobile Apps with Cloud Services And Azure
While today’s mobile devices are incredibly powerful, there is still processing and storage limitations that can be augmented by utilizing services in the cloud. In this session, we will explore scenarios where consuming web services make sense and consider how this benefits our users. Next we will create a Windows Phone application using available Web API’s. Then we will review the Windows Azure platform and discuss how Azure fits. Finally, we will integrate our own Windows Azure services into our Windows Phone app which will result in a Cloudy Mobile App.

One of the two things that I invest lots of energy into at Centare, and am extremely passionate about, is Cloud Computing with Windows Azure. The other is our new Chicago office, but expanding our business into Chicago is likely not interesting for the Dallas crowd. But, if you want to learn more about the Cloud, Platform as a Service, Windows Azure, Windows Phone and practical guidance for using Windows Azure, come checkout my talks this weekend at Dallas TechFest 2011.

I hope to see you in Dallas this weekend!