Oct 9:The ‘FailSafe’ Initiative

Mark Simms

Millions of requests per day. Global coverage. Rapid feature deployments. Zero down time. These are the requirements of Windows Azure’s top customers. Come and listen to Mark Simms from the Windows Azure Customer Advisory team discuss and demonstrate the best (and worst) architectural and coding resiliency practices from production Windows Azure customer services.

From application patterns to data architecture, departmental applications to the design of the largest applications on Azure, no topic is off limits. Come ready with questions, challenges you’ve run into, or systems you’re looking at building.

    Mark Simms is a Principal Program Manager on the Windows Azure Customer Advisory Team, helping customers build out the largest services and applications on Azure. He is currently focused on scalability and availability patterns for building Internet scale services. Prior to joining Microsoft, Mark was the CTO of a mobile application startup, working on everything from embedded digital design to live site operations for a SaaS platform.

Paul Turley will give a brief overview of his presentation for the Global PASS Summit: NY, London, Paris, Munich… Everybody’s talkin’ ‘bout Mobile BI

In 1995, Bill Gates said the goal at Microsoft was “… empowering people through great software any time, any place, and on any device.” Taking that to heart, 2013 will be known as the year of Microsoft Mobile BI. A lot of innovation has come out of the product teams over the past few months, including some exciting new mobile BI capabilities that can put on-the-go business leaders and information workers in the information driver seat (but no data exploring while driving, please!).

Practically every reporting and dashboard product has a mobile capability, and some new tools have been designed specifically for tablet devices. Use Power View, SSRS reports, and Excel visuals on your iPad and Surface RT. Build and use compelling visual dashboards and analytic exploration on almost any device. Most importantly, learn to design the semantic model layer and security to make all the magic happen for your business.

    Paul Turley – a Microsoft SQL Server MVP – consults, writes, speaks, teaches, and blogs about business intelligence and reporting solutions. A Mentor with SolidQ, he works with companies around the world to visualize and deliver critical information for informed business decisions. He is the lead author of “Professional SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services” and 11 other titles from Wrox and Microsoft Press.

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