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CloudBurst has been running in Stockholm since 2013. We have run a Live Stream of the event online and the recordings are also a Channel 9 Event. An awesome array of world class speakers and leading Azure experts have walked onto the stage. We attempt to record each year and below you can find previous agendas and video links.

CloudBurst 2015

The following speakers made the conference GREAT:

Nuno Godinho
@NunoGodinho

Nuno Godinho - Azure MVP

Session: Architecture Best Practices in Microsoft Azure

When building solutions for the Cloud it is critical to understand that every architecture decision has even more impacts than before as a bad code might get you out of business. For this reason in this session we will be focusing on:

  • Breaking down the baseline concepts of Cloud design
  • Defining the critical considerations which we should have when designing new Cloud solutions
  • Looking at Architectural Patterns which can help us succeed in this space, like Microservices, CQRS and Event Sourcing
  • Looking at real life examples of Azure Cloud Architectures, the trade-offs and results
  • Lessons Learned Building Azure Solutions
The key goal of this session is to create awareness of what considerations, architectural patterns and trade-offs should be done in order to have successful Cloud solutions and even more specific to Azure solutions.


Rik Hepworth
@rikhepworth
http://blogs.blackmarble.co.uk/blogs/rhepworth 

Rik Hepworth - Azure MVP & and IT Director at Black Marble

Rik is a Microsoft MVP for Azure and IT Director at Black Marble, a Gold partner in the north of England. His role includes delivering robust IT solutions to both his own organisation and its customers, which can take in a broad spectrum of technologies. An enthusiastic technology evangelist, Rik is a regular presenter at events around Europe. Cloudburst will be his first trip to Sweden, and he’s looking forward to it!

Session: The ART of modern Azure Deployments

Azure Resource Manager is the future of how your services are deployed within Microsoft’s public cloud. Azure Resource Templates are a powerful tool to reliably deploy entire services and essential knowledge for anyone developing Azure solutions today. In this session we’ll talk about what templates are and how they are constructed, create and deploy templates, and look at the tools for seeing what’s happening (and what’s gone wrong).


Simon Jäger
@sjager_
http://simonjager.com/ 

Simon Jäger - Microsoft Technical Evangelist

Simon Jäger is a part of a team (Developer Experience and Platform Evangelism) at Microsoft that builds world-class software and delivers great developer engagements - he works on helping strategic partners and customers to succeed on the Microsoft platform. As a Technical Evangelist, his role is extremely agile. His engagements are diverse, encompassing everything from architectural guidance, hands-on assistance to deep technical investments. Throughout the years he has been coding for numerous of projects for the Microsoft platform and holds a deep passion for cloud architecture and application development. His main focus is currently within cloud technologies and cloud technology oriented partners. Additionally, Simon leads talks about cloud services and application development on current mobile, computer and console devices, and the next generation of products in the connected age of technology.

Session: Identity Management as a Service (IDMaaS): Developing modern solutions with Azure Active Directory

Identity and security is becoming an increasingly important capability required by developers and organizations when building modern applications and services. In addition to that, we are expected to deliver across a large and expanding set of devices and operating systems. As developers we need tools and resources to natively address each individual platform in an effective and robust manner. With Azure Active Directory, we have access to a feature-rich platform that helps us on our journey to achieve that. In this session (intended for developers) you will learn how to use Azure Active Directory to easily secure your solutions – regardless of which platform or programming language that makes you tick!


Michele Leroux Bustamante
@michelebusta
http://michelebusta.com/ 

Michele Leroux Bustamante - Regional Director, Azure MVP, CIO & Architect at Solliance

Michele Leroux Bustamante is a founder and CIO of Solliance (solliance.net), a Microsoft Regional Director and Microsoft Azure MVP. Additionally she has been awarded Azure Elite and Azure Insider status as well as the ASP.NET Insider designation. Michele is a thought leader recognized in many fields including software architecture and design, identity and access management (IAM), cloud computing technologies, security and compliance, and DevOps. She shares experiences through presentations and keynotes all over the world and has been publishing regularly her entire career. Michele wrote the best-selling book ''Learning WCF'' (O'Reilly 2007) and Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions (MS Press 2015).

Session: Design Practices for a secure Azure solution

When companies endeavor to move their applications and services to the cloud, they tend to worry more about security up front. Interestingly, platforms such as Azure provide an even more secure environment than most self-managed co-location facilities can hope to offer, not to mention the plethora of features on the platform that help you secure your solutions end to end. In this session Michele will review the mini-avalanche that comprises Azure security across all features. Taking the architect's view of the platform, she’ll cover best practices for securing Azure solutions end to end and discuss the tangential benefits of moving to Azure and how it can help you with checking the boxes on those pesky security surveys.

Session: Top 6 Decisions You’ll Make on Azure

The decisions you make during the design phase of an Azure solution tend to stick with you as you gain momentum delivering features. If you have a green field application, you have the luxury of weighing those decisions up front. If you are brown field - understanding the choices may help you lead to a migration path that creates efficiencies for you later on. In this session, Michele will explore decisions related to the various PaaS and IaaS features of the platform. Why would you choose a Web App over Virtual Machines? Do you need API management? When is SQL Server or Azure SQL Database appropriate? Should you use Web Jobs or Worker Roles for async and scheduled tasks? How do you choose between Service Bus queues, topics or event hubs? Is Azure AD the right fit for your identity requirements? All this in just one session - you may need a coffee first!


Magnus Mårtensson
@noopman
http://magnusmartensson.com/ 

Magnus Mårtensson - Regional Director, Azure MVP and founder/CEO of Loftysoft AB

Magnus Mårtensson runs Loftysoft AB as a strategic consultant advisor, tutor, international speaker, process coach and technical lead. He is a Microsoft Regional Director and a Microsoft Azure Most Valuable Professional. In business as well as in life he 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! Some of his passions are reaching out and connecting with audiences, engaging in community activities and organizing online and global conferences such as GlobalAzure Bootcamp and CloudBurst. Magnus focus on all things Cloudy and operates like a fighter pilot navigating cloudy skies helping clients safely harness the power and benefits the Clouds can bring. As the first Azure MVP in Scandinavia in 2012 he has been awarded MVP of the year and is now a go-to person for Microsoft in the Nordic countries regarding Enterprise Cloud Consulting. He is also a Microsoft Azure Insider and Microsoft Azure Advisor providing feedback even before early Microsoft releases to the Cloud Platform.

Session: Distributed Computing made easy with Azure Service Fabric

Service Fabric is a state-of-the-art distributed system that allows developers to easily build and IT-Pros to easily manage large scale, highly resilient services for your Enterprise. We are all going through the same transition with our businesses: We want our services to be quick to build and maintain, effective to manage, preferably cheap, but also robust and resilient enough to reach Internet scale without falling apart. Microsoft has solved this challenge is now making available to everyone the Platform they built for running and hosting global services with the highest availability demands, such as Azure SQL Database, Azure DocumentDB, and Bing Cortana. This session will give an overview of Service Fabric, share some war stories from using it and show some examples which will open your eyes to a great new world of distributed, infinitely scalable services that cannot die! Platform services PaaS is the future of the Cloud!


Dan Rosanova
@DanRosanova

Dan Rosanova - Senior Program Manager and Product Owner at Microsoft

Dan Rosanova is the Senior Program Manager and Product Owner for Microsoft Azure Service Bus (Messaging, Event Hubs, Relay). He has a background as a software architect specializing in cloud computing, distributed systems, integration, and greenfield development on Microsoft platforms. After more than a decade in technical consulting he shifted his focus to management consulting in technical fields focusing on lean principles. He is a five time Microsoft Integration MVP and author – as well as a snappy dresser.

Session: Available, Scalable, and Predicatble: How to Use Azure Service Bus to bring reliability to the cloud

This session will focus on best practices and new capabilities in Azure Service Bus that will enable you to build cloud solutions integrated with a powerful messaging platform. In addition to showing you how to use the service we will talk extensively about how the service works (as in why to use it in those particular ways). Topics covered will include client capabilities, temporal control, eventual vs instantaneous consistency models, transactions, and availability & redundancy and runtime aspects.

Session: WTF is happening in my telemetry pipeline: how to monitor and debug your Event Hubs solutions

Event Hubs is undoubtedly one of the fastest growing services in cloud history. In six months we went from launch to a trillion messages, but delivering lots of data fast isn’t enough. When you build a solution on Event Hubs we can give you scale, but you need to be able to figure out how your solution is performing and where it is weak. This session will be a deep dive into scale and availability aspects of Event Hubs followed by an outline of what tools you can use to determine the performance of your Event Hubs based solution and see what is really happening.


Alan Smith
@alansmith
http://geekswithblogs.net/asmith 

Alan Smith - 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.

Session: Going Global developing Game Services in Microsoft Azure

The Global Azure Racing Game Lab was used at the Global Azure Bootcamp by over 400 attendees at 50 locations in 30 countries. The game made use of many Microsoft Azure services including the Service Bus, Blob and Table Storage, Worker Roles and Web Apps. Alan Smith developed the lab and during the event he acted as race control, ensuring that the game was running smoothly and scaling to meet the loads that were generated during the event. This demo intensive session will demonstrate how game services can be implemented on the Azure platform. The implementation of storage strategies for non-relational Table Storage will be covered along with techniques to implement achievements, high-score tables and a cheating and banning service.


Michael Stephenson
@michael_stephen

Michael Stephenson - Integration MVP

Mike Stephenson is a UK based integration and cloud specialist who has been a Microsoft MVP for 7 years and is also part of the Microsoft Advisor and Insider programmes. Mike has extensive real world experience on many Cloud projects using Microsoft Azure and is also an author for Pluralsight. Recently Mike has launched a new workshop called "From Zero to Cloud in 1 day" which is aimed at helping organisations and individuals begin their journey to the cloud using Microsoft Azure.

Session: Hybrid Connectivity Options with the Microsoft Cloud

There are many ways you can connect the cloud and your on premise applications using Microsoft Azure. How do you decide which is the right one to use? In this session Michael will discuss some of the options available including Azure networking, Azure Service Bus and Azure BizTalk Hybrid Connections. We will discuss some of the pro’s and cons of each and examples of where they have been used in real world projects.

Session: Real world 2 speed IT - Powered by Microsoft Azure & Integration

The modern world IT is often about bigger, faster cheaper. Although we still need to support and develop traditional solutions, the modern business places demands on IT which many organisations struggle to deliver. In this session Mike will talk about some real world examples where Microsoft Azure has been used to empower IT to deliver great solutions in the sprinter side of this 2 speed IT model. Mike will also show how Azure & Minecraft was used at a UK based university to demonstrate the art of the possible when adopting the cloud.


Teemu Tapanila
@TapanilaT
https://tapanila.net/ 

Teemu Tapanila - Azure MVP & Lead Microsoft Developer at Magine

Teemu Tapanila knows that cloud, mobile applications and new services will change this world. He speaks in usergroup meetings, conferences and events worldwide. Teemu has wide knowledge around multiple different topics related to web, mobile, cloud and scalable services. He has been chosen as Microsoft Azure MVP (Most Valuable Professional), Azure Insider and Azure Advisor

Session: Building Logical Mobile App backed by API

Azure App Service is new architecture that allows developers to build and publish Microservices to the Azure Platform. These can be used to build workflows, API's and mobile applications. This session will give an overview of all services and then focus on the integration between these services by showcasing an example implementation.


CloudBurst 2014

The following speakers made the conference GREAT:

Maarten Balliauw
@maartenballiauw
http://blog.maartenballiauw.be/ 

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.

Session: 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!

Session: 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.


Sergey Bykov
@sbykov_work
http://orleans.codeplex.com/ 

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.

Session: 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!

Session: 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.


Simon Elliston Ball
@sireb
http://www.simonellistonball.com/ 

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.

Session: 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!

Session: 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.


Scott Klein
@thesqlpirate
http://scottlklein.azurewebsites.net/ 

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.

Session: 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!

Session: 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!

Session: Why Azure SQL Database Matters

Microsoft is making huge investments in Azure SQL Database; their relational database service. With their recent announcement of new service tiers and new mission-critical features and enhancements to the service, Azure SQL Database is positioned as the “go-to” option for cloud-designed business applications. In this session we will highlight the new mission-critical capabilities and discuss how and when to apply them into the design of your applications to achieve the necessary business continuity and performance required in your organization.


Magnus Mårtensson
@noopman
http://magnusmartensson.com/ 

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.

Session: 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!

Session: 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.


Aleksandar Nikolic
@alexandair
http://www.linkedin.com/in/alexandair 

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.

Session: 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!

Session: 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.


Alan Smith
@alansmith
http://geekswithblogs.net/asmith 

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.

Session: 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!

Session: 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.


Teemu Tapanila
@tapanilat
http://tapanila.net/ 

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.

Session: 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!

Session: 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.


Sam Vanhoutte
@SamVanhoutte
http://blog.codit.eu/ 

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.

Session: 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!

Session: 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


Charles Young
@cnayoung
http://geekswithblogs.net/cyoung 

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.

Session: 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!

Session: 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.


CloudBurst 2013

The following speakers made the conference GREAT:

Maarten Balliauw
@maartenballiauw
http://blog.maartenballiauw.be/ 

Maarten Balliauw - Windows Azure MVP

Maarten Balliauw is a Technical Evangelist at JetBrains. His interests are all web: ASP.NET MVC, PHP and Windows Azure. He's a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for Windows 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 such as MIX (Las Vegas), TechDays, DPC, ...

Session: How it’s made: MyGet.org

Ever wonder how some applications are built? Ever wonder how to combine components of the Windows Azure platform? Stop wondering and learn how we’ve built MyGet.org, a multi-tenant software-as-a-service. In this session we’ll discuss architecture, commands, events, access control, multi tenancy and how to mix and match those things together. Learn about the growing pains and misconceptions we had on the Windows Azure platform. The result just may be a reliable, cost-effective solution that scales.


Mark Brown
@markjbrown
http://markjbrown.com/ 

Mark Brown - Windows Azure Community Manager

Mark has been a developer since 1991 and a web developer since 1995 building the first generation of e-commerce dot-com sites. Mark joined Microsoft in 2000 and worked across the company with a focus on web. Mark worked on web application security teaching developers to write more secure apps. On the Bing Maps team Mark helped ASP.NET developers actually enjoy writing JavaScript and create cool sites and visualize spatial data with maps. On Microsoft’s Web Platform team Mark ran the marketing for IIS and ASP.NET, launched the Web Platform Installer and WebMatrix and drove Microsoft’s outreach to the PHP community. These days Mark works on Windows Azure as its Community Manager to help grow and nurture the highly specialized group of Azure MVP’s and its larger group of Azure Insiders. Mark and also runs all of marketing for web workloads on Windows Azure where he continues to help developers build web applications for the cloud.

Session: The State of Windows Azure

Windows Azure has grown tremendously since its first release in 2009. The last 15 months especially have seen an enormous amount of activity to make available more core computing services and higher level services across the Windows Azure platform. We have also “cloud-enabled” things like Active Directory and BizTalk while simultaneously releasing updates to the entire platform on a schedule never before seen at Microsoft. In this session we will get an update to the State of Azure with the very latest releases that have come for Windows Azure as well as a look to the future for where we are headed as a cloud platform.


Andy Cross
@andybareweb
http://blog.elastacloud.com/ 

Andy Cross - Windows Azure MVP

Andy Cross is an author, software consultant, cloud architect and co-owner of Elastacloud. His passion for distributed computing, big data and high performance compute sees him building massively scalable system utilising the limitless potential of the cloud. Andy’s specialism in the Cloud realm is big data, computation distribution, runtime diagnostics and service elasticity. He is a Windows Azure MVP, Insider, co-founder of the UK London Windows Azure User Group and a Microsoft DevPro Community Leader.

Session: Big Data for the Win!!

Liberate yourself from the shackles of limited data processing. Embrace unstructured, semi-structured and structured data. Express your logic in best of breed technologies. Utilise thousands of cores of compute to learn how to win the Internet. Andy will explain different data structures and paradigms that can be effectively used to express them. Using Windows Azure, he will provision and interact with Hadoop, Mahout and Neo4j to mine massive data sets, learn and express meaning from them. Although embracing non-Microsoft technologies, this will be presented from a familiar place; hosted on Windows Azure and consumed with C#.


Patriek Dorp, van
@pvandorp
http://onwindowsazure.com/ 

Patriek Dorp, van - Windows Azure MVP

Patriek van Dorp is a Technology Consultant for Microsoft technologies at Sogeti in The Netherlands. Over the last 5 years, he has specialized in Cloud Computing and Microsoft’s Cloud Computing platform, Windows Azure. Patriek is passionate about bringing different technical communities with different skill sets together and introducing them to the Windows Azure platform. He co-founded the Dutch Windows Azure User Group this contributed to him receiving the MVP award for Windows Azure for three years in a row now.

Session: Bursting to the Cloud in 1 Hour

Because applications seldom stand on their own, developers are more often facing challenges that cover skills of both Developers and IT Pros. In order to overcome these challenges, both expertises need to evolve towards each other. DevOps are born! This session will show developers how they can extend an existing on-premises infrastructure to the Cloud to facilitate their Cloud applications. The whole process will take no longer than 1 hour and can all be done from the comfort of Visual Studio.


Bjorn Eriksen
@bjorn_eriksen
http://bjorneriksen.blogspot.se/ 

Bjorn Eriksen - Architect Evangelist

Björn is a Technical Evangelist at Microsoft Sweden. With his background as Systems Architect and developer he has a broad focus on the Microsoft platform. His specialties are Windows Azure, Windows 8 and Windows Phone.

Session: Windows Azure Store

The Windows Azure Store allows developers who are building applications using the Windows Azure open cloud platform to easily discover, purchase, and use app services and data sets which enhance their Windows Azure development experience. Find out the what, how and why in this session about Windows Azure Store.


Scott Klein
@SQLScott
http://scottlklein.com/ 

Scott Klein - Windows Azure Technical Evangelist

Scott Klein is a Windows Azure Technical Evangelist for Microsoft, focusing on SQL Server and Windows Azure data services, including Windows Azure SQL Database, Windows 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.

Session: Getting your Nerd on with Windows Azure data services

As cloud computing becomes more popular and cloud-based solutions the norm rather than the fringe, the need to understand the different data services that the cloud has to offer is more critical to application developers. This action-packed and demo-filled session will show you now to grab Microsoft’s different Windows Azure data services by the horns use them to build knock-your-socks-off applications and have fun while doing it!


Magnus Mårtensson
@noopman
http://magnusmartensson.com/ 

Magnus Mårtensson - Windows Azure MVP

Magnus Martensson is the first Windows Azure MVP in Northern Europe. In his work as Technical Lead and Software Architect consultant he aids ISVs and other customers to take off and be successful in the Cloud as well as assists with project effectiveness and development process streamlining. Magnus is also a passionate international speaker and trainer and the next gig he would love to book is Yours!

Session: Cloud is the new Black... and all that Jazz!

In this session join a true Cloud enthusiast in pondering the opportunities in the Cloud. Let’s talk about what makes the Cloud unique compared to non-cloud predecessors. We will look at the nature of Cloud Computing – service oriented with a focus on statelessness, low coupling, modularity and semantic interoperability. How does this relate to the Modern App? How do I get going if I’m not a ‘Cloud enabled Developer’ today and is this urgent? We’ll talk about how to embrace the change. The session will underline the concepts with demos of services in the Windows Azure Platform.


Mike Martin
@TechMike2kX
http://techmike2kx.wordpress.com/ 

Mike Martin - Windows Azure MVP

Mike is Microsoft Lead Consultant and Architect at Crosspoint Solutions (part of the Cronos group), a company with a strong focus on BI, Data and CRM. Mike is mainly focused on the complete Microsoft product stack and therefore very flexible to work with. He’s been active in the IT industry for over 15 years and has performed almost all types of job profiles, going from coaching and leading a team to architecting and systems design and training. Today he’s primarily into the Microsoft Cloud Platform and Application Lifecycle Management. He’s not a stranger to both dev and IT Pro topics. In January 2012 he became a crew member of AZUG, the Belgian Windows Azure User Group. As an active member he’s both involved in giving presentations and organizing events. Mike is also a Windows Azure MVP and Windows Azure Insider. Mike likes helping out in the community and introducing new & young people into the world of Microsoft and technology.

Session: Windows Azure though the eyes of an IT Pro and how to cope with Developers and Business Stakeholders

The Job of an IT Pro is changing in every aspect. Windows Azure is there as an extend to your domain. Hence Windows Azure even gives you opportunities in areas you might not even have been involved yet. In this session we hand you some practical tips for the SDLC and really focus on those areas that you need to master to better understand the people you have to work with in your everyday environment. Topics here are maintenance and deployment of applications, and the set up of environments.


David Rodriguez
@davidjrh
http://davidjrh.intelequia.com/ 

David Rodriguez - Windows Azure Insider

David Rodriguez, is a happy Spanish guy living and working in Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain) where he was born. He is one of the lucky ones who has the opportunity to work with cutting edge technologies at DNN as the Lead Engineer on the Cloud Team. He has more than 15 years development background mostly based on Microsoft technologies, designing and architecting highly scalable systems like reservation systems for airlines companies. He has been working with Windows Azure since it was on CTP, migrating on-premise systems to the cloud. He is also the author of the DNN Azure Accelerator, an open source project available on CodePlex to deploy DNN on Azure as a cloud service. Because of all this love for web and cloud technologies he finally landed at DNN Corp. to technically lead their voyage to the cloud.

Session: DNN Cloud Services – Under the Hood

DNN’s “Evoq in the Cloud” service delivers DNN Evoq applications via Windows Azure. The service uses Windows Azure Table Storage, Message Queues and Web Worker roles to handle provisioning and maintenance of their customer sites. DNN developed a ‘Device Pool,’ where deployed devices are kept ready to be assigned to customers. Once a customer creates an account, the device is assigned to the customer and 30 seconds later, the customer has their new website or community platform, fully installed and ready to go. In this session David Rodriguez, DNN Cloud Team Lead Engineer, will share their DNN Cloud Services implementation details and how they architect the final solution on Windows Azure Platform.


Alan Smith
@alansmith
http://geekswithblogs.net/asmith 

Alan Smith - Windows Azure MVP

Alan is from England and resident in Stockholm where he works as a consultant for Active Solution, a company specializing in Windows 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 Windows 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 Windows Azure user group as well as playing a leading role in organizing the Global Windows 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 Windows Azure.

Session: Handling Big Data in Windows Azure Storage

Windows Azure Storage provide massively scalable storage services with local and geo-redundancy. Organizations can store terabytes of data off-site and in a reliable, highly available and cost efficient manner. For those of you wishing to explore the capabilities of Windows Azure Storage there are bound to be a number of questions that will arise. Can a blob storage container really handle millions of blobs effectively? How efficient is a Table Storage query when the table contain over a billion entities? How can these data volumes be uploaded reliably and effectively? How can the usage and billing of a data intensive solution be monitored? This demo-intensive session will answer these questions and show how big data scenarios can be effectively implemented using Windows Azure Storage. The Windows Azure Storage API will be covered in depth, along with techniques to increase the speed and reduce the cost of uploading data to Windows Azure. A solution storing the 4.3 million articles that make up the English Wikipedia content and providing a simple text index search will be used as a case study.


Sam Vanhoutte
@SamVanhoutte
http://blog.codit.eu/ 

Sam Vanhoutte - Windows Azure Insider

Sam Vanhoutte is CTO and Product Manager with Codit. Based in Belgium, Sam is a Microsoft 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 Windows Azure Insider. Sam is also co-founder and member of the board of the Belgian BizTalk User Group, which was founded during the summer of 2013. While managing and architecting the online integration platform “Codit Integration Cloud”, Sam has been focusing on Cloud integration with the Windows Azure platform the last years, focusing on the Windows Azure Service Bus and BizTalk Services technology.

Session: Connecting the Cloud with your local applications

In the new scenarios where cloud is getting used, integration becomes very important. Luckily, the Windows Azure platform provides a lot of different capabilities and services to make a secure link between your local systems and the Windows Azure services or machines. In this session, an overview will be give of the different technologies and the scenarios to which these technologies are best applicable. The following technologies will be demonstrated and discussed: * Connectivity on messaging level: Service Bus Messaging * Connectivity on service level: Service Bus Relay * Connectivity on data level: SQL Data Sync * Connectivity on network level: Windows Azure Virtual Networking * Connectivity on security level: Active Directory integration


Michael Wood
@mikewo
http://mvwood.com/blog 

Michael Wood - Windows Azure MVP

Michael Wood is a Senior Application Developer for Resurgent Capital Services. He describes himself as a problem solving, outdoorsy, user group founding, dog-loving, blog writing, solution creating, event planning, married, technology speaking, father of one kind of guy. When he's not living up to that title he's an avid reader, (horrible) violinist and gamer. Michael is one of the Founding Directors of the Cincinnati .NET User Group in the States as well as the founder of the Cincinnati Software Architecture Special Interest Group. He is also a Microsoft MVP in Windows Azure.

Session: Dependable Cloud Architecture

Felix Baumgartner jumped from over 128,000 feet to break a world record for sky diving. An image was posted to a Facebook account after his landing and in 40 minutes it had logged over 216,000 likes, 10,000 comments, and 29,000 shares. The Pottermore website, digital home to one of the world’s greatest known Wizards, saw a billion (with a “B”) page views just two weeks after it launched and was signing up new users at a rate of 25,000 per day. Whether you need this level of instant scalability, or you are simply wanting to be ready for it when your own idea takes off the cloud allows you to create solutions that can scale easily and have high availability, however, these do not come automatically. You need to know how best to leverage a cloud platform to achieve these capabilities successfully. This presentation focuses on architecture patterns and coding techniques that help provide reliable cloud solutions. While the content for this presentation can be applied to many cloud platforms the examples will be given using Windows Azure.