Join me tomorrow on Channel 9 at Windows Azure Conf

Tomorrow, November 14, 2012, Microsoft will be hosting Windows Azure Conf, a free event for the Windows Azure community. This event will feature a keynote presentation by Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Scott Guthrie, along with numerous sessions from Windows Azure experts.

Windows AzureConf will be streamed live on Channel 9. This event will allow you to see how other developers are using Windows Azure to develop applications in the Cloud. Community members and industry experts from all over the world will join Scott in the Channel 9 studios to present their own inventions and experiences developing apps on Windows Azure.

At Windows Azure Conf, I will presenting the following two sessions:

Building Cross-Platform Media Apps using Windows Azure Media Services
Applications with rich video and audio are increasing popular, but preparing and delivering this media to consumers has historically required lots of costly infrastructure and setup. Windows Azure Media Services enables you to outsource your media management to the cloud to let you focus on developing your applications instead of this costly infrastructure. In this session, Eric will walk through building a cross-platform HTML5 media application for the web, Windows 8 and other devices you may use day-to-day.

Solving Security and Compliance Challenges with Hybrid Clouds
When considering public clouds, many industries and companies have concerns about security, intellectual property and regulatory compliance challenges. The good news is a hybrid cloud can often solve these challenges. In this session, Eric D. Boyd will teach you how to use Windows Azure and still protect sensitive information and achieve regulatory and compliance mandates, like PCI compliance, by combining on-premise data centers and private clouds with the Windows Azure public cloud. There are a number of ways to achieve this using messaging and networking technologies and during this presentation Eric will walk through the options and provide you with guidance on when to choose each.

Whether you’re just learning Windows Azure or you’ve already achieved success on the platform, you won’t want to miss this special event.

Register and Join Windows Azure Conf
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
10:30am-7:00pm CST

CloudCamp Chicago is Tomorrow Night

CloudCamp ChicagoTomorrow night, November 1st, is CloudCamp Chicago! If you’ve never been to a CloudCamp, it is a great event in an unconference format where early adopters of Cloud Computing technologies exchange ideas and share experiences, challenges and solutions. You can expect lightning talks, unpanels and several open discussions with people interested in cloud computing, professionals using the cloud, cloud computing experts and cloud vendors.

Our customers at Centare, have been asking for lots of HTML5 recently, and tomorrow night I’m going to give a lightning talk titled “HTML5 + Cloud: Reach Everyone, Everywhere”. CloudCamp Chicago will be held at Gibson’s Steakhouse in Rosemont, IL and if you haven’t registered, you can register at

Windows Phone and HTML5 at Chicago Ideas Week

Chicago Ideas Week Lamp PostToday, Chicago Ideas Week kicks off and goes until Sunday, October 16. Chicago Ideas Week is a week of the world’s top speakers in Chicago, with the city’s best thinkers, creating an ecosystem of innovation, exploration and intellectual recreation.

The City of Chicago has been anxiously waiting for this week, for some time now. Downtown is painted with CIW banners, the lamp posts are proudly displaying Chicago Ideas Week and twitter is full of excitement.

I want to specifically call out the following two, Start Something! events that I’m quite excited for. They are both taking place tomorrow, Tuesday, October 11, at Tribeca Flashpoint Academy at The Merchandise Mart.

Gartner and IDC are both predicting that over the next few years, the Windows Phone will steal huge market share, pass Apple’s iPhone and have almost 3% more of the overall market than Apple’s iOS. This presents a rare and massive opportunity for app developers and consumer brands.

Opportunities like this come around very few times. If you don’t want to be left out, check out:

Start Something! Bring Your Apps to Life on Windows Phone
Do you have the next million dollar idea that you just can’t find the time to finish?  Do you already have an app for Android and iPhone that you want to expand into new markets?  Windows Phone is here – and with it comes a new world of opportunity for passionate, creative developers.   Windows Phone gives you the power to build complex, robust applications using consistent hardware specs, a comprehensive development toolkit, and the all-new, full-service Marketplace for selling your apps.

If you have been hearing the HTML5 buzz and want to get a clearer picture, check out:

Start Something! Unleash Your Web App with HTML5
HTML5 is the biggest and most powerful HTML specification to ever come out of the W3C. Its roots come from a proposal to extend HTML4 to make it easier for web developers to create web applications. With more and more browsers supporting HTML5, ECMAScript 5 and other web standards, developers now have a strong web platform they can use to create a new class of application that is more powerful and interactive than ever before. What’s in HTML5 that lets us take our applications to the next level?