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CloudBurst 20142014

The SWeden Azure Group Developer Conference
September 18 – 19, 2014

about

CloudBurst is a Microsoft Azure developer conference run by the SWeden Azure Group (SWAG).

The CloudBurst 2013 event was recorded and the videos are available on Channel9!

The event features two days of sessions from Microsoft Azure community and industry leaders and provides real-world content for Microsoft Azure developers and those wanting to explore the platform. The focus will be on developing Microsoft Azure applications and real-world cloud-based solutions. After the sessions on Thursday there will be a chance to chat the presenters and other attendees. All sessions at CloudBurst are presented in English.

The event is free to attend, lunch and refreshment will be provided. Drinks and light refreshments will be available after the sessions on Thursday. CloudBurst is made possible by the generosity and passion of the presenters and the organizers and also through the financial support from the event sponsors.

Organizers for SWAG are the three Swedish Microsoft Azure MVPs Alan Smith, Magnus Mårtensson and Teemu Tapanila.

(Logos and graphical design by our good friend Maarten Balliauw.)

agenda

Two days packed with great sessions!

Time Session / Happening
Conference Day 1
08:00 - 08:50 Doors open!
08:50 - 09:00 Intoduction of the conference. (Please be on time!)
09:00 - 10:00 Microsoft Azure Web Jobs - the new way to run your workloads in the Cloud
Magnus Mårtensson - Microsoft Azure MVP
10:15 - 11:15 Transient Fault Handling in Microsoft Azure
Alan Smith - Microsoft Azure MVP
11:30 - 12:30 Real-time Push with Mobile Services and SignalR
Teemu Tapanila - Microsoft Azure MVP
12:30 - 13:15 Lunch
13:15 - 14:15 Project “Orleans” -- Cultivating scalable cloud services with grains and silos
Sergey Bykov - Principal Dev Lead with Microsoft Research leading Project "Orleans"
14:30 - 15:30 Manage Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Services with Windows PowerShell DSC
Aleksandar Nikolic - PowerShell MVP
15:45 - 16:45 Get your geek on – IoT on the Microsoft platform
Sam Vanhoutte - Microsoft Azure MVP
16:45 - 19:00 Mingle & Beer. More information to follow.
Conference Day 2
08:00 - 08:50 Doors open!
08:50 - 09:00 Intoduction of Day 2. (Please be on time!)
09:00 - 10:00 Give some cash, get more than cache! The Microsoft Azure (Redis) Cache
Maarten Balliauw - Microsoft Azure MVP
11:30 - 11:15 To Serve a Continent: Designing and Implementing an Azure Solution at the European Level
Charles Young - Senior Consultant at Solidsoft Reply
10:15 - 12:30 Implementing Machine Learning Without a PhD - How building SkyNet in the Cloud just got so much easier.
Simon Elliston Ball - Head of the Big Data team at Red Gate
12:30 - 13:15 Lunch
13:15 - 14:15 All the speakers join in this Microsoft Azure panel discussion!
Magnus Mårtensson - Microsoft Azure MVP
Alan Smith - Microsoft Azure MVP
Teemu Tapanila - Microsoft Azure MVP
Sergey Bykov - Principal Dev Lead with Microsoft Research leading Project "Orleans"
Aleksandar Nikolic - PowerShell MVP
Sam Vanhoutte - Microsoft Azure MVP
Charles Young - Senior Consultant at Solidsoft Reply
Maarten Balliauw - Microsoft Azure MVP
Simon Elliston Ball - Head of the Big Data team at Red Gate
Scott Klein - Microsoft Azure Technical Evangelist
14:30 - 15:30 Pillaging and Plundering like a True Pirate with Microsoft Azure
Scott Klein - Microsoft Azure Technical Evangelist
15:45 - 16:45 Tbd

speakers

The following World Leading Microsoft Azure Presenters are speaking CloudBurst 2014!

SWAG would like to thank all the presenters for contributing their valuable time and their knowledge, as well as all those involved in organizing and promoting the event.

Maarten Balliauw

Maarten Balliauw - Microsoft Azure MVP

Maarten Balliauw is a Technical Evangelist at JetBrains. His interests are all web: ASP.NET MVC, PHP and Microsoft Azure. Maarten also co-founded MyGet, hosting private NuGet feeds for teams. He's a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for Microsoft Azure and an ASPInsider. He has published many articles in both PHP and .NET literature such as MSDN magazine and PHP architect. Maarten is a frequent speaker at various national and international events.

Give some cash, get more than cache! The Microsoft Azure (Redis) Cache

The Microsoft Azure Redis Cache must be the fourth or fifth generation of a hosted cache service on Azure. This time, an open-source solution has been embraced: Redis. In this session, we’ll see that it’s more than just an in-memory cache system we can use in our applications. Let’s explore what Redis is, what the different data types are and why we should care. And once we grasp how Redis stores its stuff, we’ll delve into how we can use it to its fullest extent: searching the key-value store, transactions, pub/sub support and scripting.

All the speakers join in this Microsoft Azure panel discussion!

The whole speaker crew come together for a Microsoft Azure panel! We have an agenda of things to talk about but feel free to raise questions from the audience or on Twitter #CloudBurst!

[ @maartenballiauw | Blog ]

Sergey Bykov

Sergey Bykov - Principal Dev Lead with Microsoft Research leading Project "Orleans"

Sergey Bykov joined Microsoft in 2001 and worked in several product groups, such as e-Business Servers, Embedded Devices, and Online Services, before moving to Research in 2008. He’s been working on Project “Orleans” since its inception, and is leading the team that keeps innovating to bring more exciting features to the platform.

Project “Orleans” -- Cultivating scalable cloud services with grains and silos

Interactive cloud services demand a stateful compute tier. The requirements of high throughput, low latency, high availability and scalability made the already challenging task of building distributed systems unattainable for the majority of developers. Project “Orleans” was conceived to address these challenges by making distributed programming qualitatively easier and providing “scalability by default”. This talk will cover the programming model of “Orleans”, the architecture of its runtime, and some of the patterns successfully implemented by major customers of “Orleans”, such as Halo.

All the speakers join in this Microsoft Azure panel discussion!

The whole speaker crew come together for a Microsoft Azure panel! We have an agenda of things to talk about but feel free to raise questions from the audience or on Twitter #CloudBurst!

[ @sbykov_work | Blog ]

Simon Elliston Ball

Simon Elliston Ball - Head of the Big Data team at Red Gate

Simon is a head of the Big Data team at Red Gate, focusing on researching and building tools to interact with Big Data platforms. Previously he has worked in the data intensive worlds of hedge funds and financial trading, ERP and e-Commerce, as well as designing and running nationwide networks and websites. These days his head is in Big Data and visualisation. In the course of those roles, he’s designed and built several organisation-wide data and networking infrastructures, headed up research and development teams, and designed (and implemented) numerous digital products and high-traffic transactional websites. For a change of technical pace, he writes and produces screencasts on front-end web technologies such as ExtJS, and is an avid NodeJS programmer. In the past he has also edited novels, written screenplays, developed web sites and built a photography business.

Implementing Machine Learning Without a PhD - How building SkyNet in the Cloud just got so much easier.

Machine Learning is for people with a dozen PhDs and a copy of R. Right? Wrong. Azure ML opens up machine learning to use regular folks. You'll still need to understand the basic principals, which we will cover in a quick introduction to machine learning. Then we can bring data in from across a variety of Azure services, and use some of the powerful models included with Azure ML. The models let you build a recommendation engine, calculate classification and clustering of complex data sets, and even predict the future (some caveats may apply)! We'll also look at how to build complex machine learning models with Azure ML, but more importantly, how to push those models to production and integrate them into you applications.

All the speakers join in this Microsoft Azure panel discussion!

The whole speaker crew come together for a Microsoft Azure panel! We have an agenda of things to talk about but feel free to raise questions from the audience or on Twitter #CloudBurst!

[ @sireb | Blog ]

Scott Klein

Scott Klein - Microsoft Azure Technical Evangelist

Scott Klein is a Microsoft Azure Technical Evangelist for Microsoft, focusing on SQL Server and Microsoft Azure data services, including Microsoft Azure SQL Database, Microsoft Azure Storage, and SQL Server in a VM. Scott has been working with SQL Server for over 20 years. Prior to Microsoft Scott was one of the first 4 SQL Azure MVPs. Scott is the author of over 1/2 dozen books, including Pro SQL Database for Windows Azure by APress. He can also be found speaking at conferences and events around the world, such as TechEd, TechDays, SQLConnections, SQL PASS, and SQL Saturdays.

Pillaging and Plundering like a True Pirate with Microsoft Azure

Being a pirate on the high seas is hard work. Endless days at sea not knowing when you’ll run into a ship carrying precious bounty, keeping track of your ill-gotten booty, and then wondering what you’re going to do with all your spoils. Being a true pirate takes skill and cunning, and knowing the tools and technologies available to be able to stay ahead of your competition. It is a lot like being a developer. Endless days of coding not knowing when you’ll pop out your man-cave, keeping track of projects and deadlines, and then wondering what you’re going to do with all your old tech books. Microsoft Azure to the rescue. This session will discuss the exciting new Azure services released in the past couple of months and how these new services will help you stay ahead of your competition and reap the precious bounty you deserve! What are these services? Come to my session and find out or you’ll be walking the plank! AAAAAR!

All the speakers join in this Microsoft Azure panel discussion!

The whole speaker crew come together for a Microsoft Azure panel! We have an agenda of things to talk about but feel free to raise questions from the audience or on Twitter #CloudBurst!

[ @thesqlpirate | Blog ]

Magnus Mårtensson

Magnus Mårtensson - Microsoft Azure MVP

Magnus Mårtensson is a true entertainer while being productive, smiles while being challenged and always gives more than is gained. He is man with a true consultant spirit and aims not to take life too seriously because he claims it’s more fun that way! With an open mind his way is that great business must also be fun. Some of his passions are reaching out and connecting with audiences, engaging in community activities and organizing online and global conferences such as CloudBurst and Global Microsoft Azure Bootcamp. Based out of Malmö Sweden he runs Martensson Consulting as a consultant, tutor, international speaker, process coach and technical lead Magnus focus on all things Cloudy. Magnus' operates like a fighter pilot navigating cloudy skies - helping clients safely harness the power and benefits the Clouds can bring. As the first Microsoft Azure Most Valuable Professional in Scandinavia in 2012 he has been awarded MVP of the year and is now a go-to person for Microsoft Sweden regarding Enterprise Cloud Consulting. He is a member of Microsoft Extended Experts Team (MEET) and INETA. He is also a Microsoft Azure Insider and Microsoft Azure Advisor providing feedback even before early Microsoft releases, oh and an ASP Insider too.

Microsoft Azure Web Jobs - the new way to run your workloads in the Cloud

The new Web Job in the Microsoft Azure Platforms allows you to run background workloads easily and effortlessly as support for your Microsoft Azure Web Sites or other web-facing assets. The service has powerful monitoring and logging capabilities built into the Microsoft Azure Portal allowing you full control of what jobs have executed, are executing and will execute. Another very tasty fact about Web Jobs is that they may be programmed without any knowledge of the Cloud paradigm at all enabling any developer to build them in C#, PHP or as a simple command script. Deploying and monitoring Web Jobs is an operations task which allows for good separation between dev and ops. Let’s have a look at this new delicious service in Microsoft Azure which will change the way you think about Cloud based workloads.

All the speakers join in this Microsoft Azure panel discussion!

The whole speaker crew come together for a Microsoft Azure panel! We have an agenda of things to talk about but feel free to raise questions from the audience or on Twitter #CloudBurst!

[ @noopman | Blog ]

Aleksandar Nikolic

Aleksandar Nikolic - PowerShell MVP

Aleksandar Nikolic is a Microsoft MVP for Windows PowerShell, an Azure Insider, a co-founder of PowerShellMagazine.com, and the community manager of PowerShell.com. He is very experienced presenting and speaking to Microsoft customers, and have facility for describing complex management and automation tasks even to beginning and novice users and scripters, and has more than 17 years of experience as a system administrator. He also delivers PowerShell training courses around the world. For the last two years he's been working closely with Microsoft Azure PowerShell team providing feedback and influencing design of Azure Powershell cmdlets.

Manage Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Services with Windows PowerShell DSC

When you need to quickly provision and reliably manage environment on Microsoft Azure nothing beats an automation. Learn how to implement dev/test environment on Microsoft Azure and prevent its configuration drift using Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration. We demonstrate how to work with the components of Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Services applying DevOps principles from the beginning to the end of life of your Microsoft Azure resources.

All the speakers join in this Microsoft Azure panel discussion!

The whole speaker crew come together for a Microsoft Azure panel! We have an agenda of things to talk about but feel free to raise questions from the audience or on Twitter #CloudBurst!

[ @alexandair | Blog ]

Alan Smith

Alan Smith - Microsoft Azure MVP

Alan is from England and resident in Stockholm where he works as a consultant for Active Solution, a company specializing in Microsoft Azure and .NET development. He has been in the IT industry since 1995 and delivering training courses since 2005. Between courses he acts as a mentor and coach to other developers and teams, sharing his knowledge of Microsoft Azure to improve their project development. He also works closely with Microsoft, taking part in technology preview programs, attending software design reviews and providing feedback to development teams. Alan has an active role in the developer community running a local Microsoft Azure user group as well as playing a leading role in organizing the Global Microsoft Azure Bootcamp and the CloudBurst conference in Sweden. He is a frequent presenter at conferences and user groups in Sweden and around Europe and has held the Microsoft MVP award for nine years, currently as an MVP for Microsoft Azure.

Transient Fault Handling in Microsoft Azure

Transient faults, faults that can often be corrected with a retry, are a fact of life for distributed application developers. As cloud based applications are distributed by nature, the requirement for a solid transient fault handling strategy is critical to the success of applications and services. The Windows Azure storage client API provides basic transient fault handling out-of-the-box and will automatically retry service calls when transient faults are detected. Although this default behavior may be suitable in some scenarios, there are many cases when configuration and customization of transient fault handling will be required. The Windows Azure storage client API allows for extensive customization of transient fault handling logic allowing developers to provide a quick response to user based applications, and increased reliability to asynchronous services. The Transient Fault Handling Application Block from the Microsoft Patterns and Practices team provides transient fault handling capabilities for many Windows Azure services. Like the storage client API this application block will allow for customization of the transient fault detection and retry strategies, allowing application developers to tailor the behavior to suit their application. This demo intensive session will start out by explaining the theory and requirements for a transient fault handling strategy. The transient fault handling capabilities provided by Windows Azure will then be demonstrated using a range of scenarios and different Windows Azure services. The requirements and techniques for customizing transient fault handling behavior will be discussed and demonstrated.

All the speakers join in this Microsoft Azure panel discussion!

The whole speaker crew come together for a Microsoft Azure panel! We have an agenda of things to talk about but feel free to raise questions from the audience or on Twitter #CloudBurst!

[ @alansmith | Blog ]

Teemu Tapanila

Teemu Tapanila - Microsoft Azure MVP

Teemu Tapanila is from Finland and resident in Stockholm where he works as Windows Phone Lead Developer for Screen Interaction. His interests are mobile, HTML5, JavaScript and Microsoft Azure. He's a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for Microsoft Azure and Nokia Developer Champion.

Real-time Push with Mobile Services and SignalR

Users want to see results, and they want them right now. As the options for real-time applications grow, so does the demand and the need for you, the developer, to understand the variety of tools available to give users the experience they expect and deserve. This session introduces you to the real-time web techniques available from Azure Mobile Services. Together the Azure Mobile Services and SignalR allow your users to have collaborative, real-time web, cloud, and distributed applications that work cohesively to offer real-time user experiences.

All the speakers join in this Microsoft Azure panel discussion!

The whole speaker crew come together for a Microsoft Azure panel! We have an agenda of things to talk about but feel free to raise questions from the audience or on Twitter #CloudBurst!

[ @tapanilat | Blog ]

Sam Vanhoutte

Sam Vanhoutte - Microsoft Azure MVP

Sam Vanhoutte is CTO and Product Manager with Codit. Based in Belgium, Sam is a Microsoft Integration MVP. Next to that, he is also BizTalk Virtual Technology Specialist and has extensive experience in building integrated enterprise, ESB and SOA solutions. Because of the specialized focus on integration on Microsoft technology, Sam is part of Microsoft's Connected Systems and Azure Advisory boards and is a Microsoft Azure Insider as well as a Belgian MEET member. Sam co-founded the BizTalk User Group in Belgium (http://www.btug.be) and is active crew member of the Microsoft Azure User group (http://www.azug.be). While managing and architecting the online integration platform "Codit Integration Cloud", Sam has been focusing on Cloud integration with the Microsoft Azure platform the last years, focusing on the Microsoft Azure Service Bus and BizTalk Services technology.

Get your geek on – IoT on the Microsoft platform

Connected devices, houses, cars, sensors are becoming a daily reality and will generate a lot of new business scenarios and revenue in the coming years. In this session, Sam will discuss the new challenges that comes with this new type of connectivity. Also, various device connectivity standards will be discussed during the session. Next to that, you will learn about the different IoT integration patterns that are common in device to cloud integration: Telemetry, Inquiries, Commands, and Notifications. Various scenarios will be demonstrated using different components or frameworks, in combination with Microsoft Azure. Most of the talk will be on the cloud gateway that is needed for Device connectivity. The concept of service assisted communication will be explained and various Microsoft initiatives will be presented, such as Event Hub, Reykjavik and Intelligent Systems Service. Objectives: * Learn the new challenges that the "Internet of Things" is bringing for organizations * Understand the different patterns to communicate with things over the internet * See the value that Microsoft is bringing for IoT through the Microsoft Azure platform

All the speakers join in this Microsoft Azure panel discussion!

The whole speaker crew come together for a Microsoft Azure panel! We have an agenda of things to talk about but feel free to raise questions from the audience or on Twitter #CloudBurst!

[ @SamVanhoutte | Blog ]

Charles Young

Charles Young - Senior Consultant at Solidsoft Reply

Charles is a Senior Consultant at Solidsoft Reply, Microsoft’s 2013 Cloud Partner of the Year. He specializes in on-premises and hybrid application integration and data interchange on the Microsoft platform. For the last four years, Charles has been involved in the architecture, design and implementation of Azure-based solutions, including PaaS, IaaS and hybrid integration solutions and cloud-only services. He has over a decade of experience in the design and implementation of BizTalk Server solutions. He was a BizTalk Server MVP for several years, has blogged extensively on the subject and has contributed to published books.

To Serve a Continent: Designing and Implementing an Azure Solution at the European Level

Microsoft Azure is a modern, highly elastic public cloud platform. What does it really take, though, to scale to the requirements of an entire continent? This session describes the real-world issues that had to be overcome in designing and implementing an Azure solution that will track and validate 10 billion items per annum, connect several thousand manufactures and distributors across 30 markets and support over 150,000 outlets.

All the speakers join in this Microsoft Azure panel discussion!

The whole speaker crew come together for a Microsoft Azure panel! We have an agenda of things to talk about but feel free to raise questions from the audience or on Twitter #CloudBurst!

[ @cnayoung | Blog ]

sponsors

Thank you for helping us out!

Hosting a two-day conference with leading international presenters and keeping attendance free would not be possible without the dedication and hard work of the presenters, organizers, and financial contributions from organizations. The conference would not be possible without the following invaluable organizations (in alphabetical order) for helping with financial support and logistics.

Would you like to sponsor SWAG and among other things have your logo appear here? Contact us below!

Traveling to CloudBurst

CloudBurst 2014 will be held at the Microsoft offices in Akalla, Finlandsgatan 36, 164 93 Kista.

Traveling to Microsoft Sweden from Stockholm City

Travel cards are required for the subway and can be purchased from the Pressbyran shops by the stations. A travel card with 16 coupons can be purchased for 220 SEK. From T-Centralen, take the blue subway line to Akalla, which takes around 20 minutes. At Akalla station, leave from the exit at the rear of the train. The Microsoft offices are about 3 minutes’ walk from the station exit.

Travelling to Stockholm by Air

Stockholm Arlanda international airport is about 40 km north of Stockholm city and about 25 km north of the conference location. From Arlanda to and from Stockholm city:
  • Taxi, around 35 minutes, fixed fair around 450 – 550 SEK.
  • Arlanda Express airport train, around 20 minutes, 260 SEK.
  • Airport Bus, around 40 minutes, 99 SEK.
From Arlanda to the conference location:
  • Taxi, around 25 minutes, fixed fair around 450 – 550 SEK.
Bromma airport is about 10 km west of Stockholm city.

Accommodation in Stockholm

It is recommended to stay in Stockholm city rather than around the conference location. Stockholm has a number of hotels around the city. The presenters will be staying at Comfort Hotel Stockholm, Kungsbron 1 11122 Stockholm.

Contact

Any questions or suggestions? Contact the event organizers Alan, Magnus and Teemu!

Reach out to @noopman, @alansmith or @tapanilat if you have any questions.

Registration

Register here to physically attend CloudBurst 2014 in Stockholm.

All sessions at CloudBurst 2014 are presented in English!

Registration is handled through Microsoft World Wide Events. Register here to be in Stockholm to attend CloudBurst 2014 in person.

If you can't travel to Stockholm to be there in person or if we are sold out (yes that will happen very soon so hurry!) you will be able to watch this event streamed live online! More information about the live stream to follow!

Live Stream from CloudBurst 2014

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