Tracking the tracks at Tech Ed New Zealand

AvePoint at Tech.Ed New Zealand 2009

, posted: 15-Sep-2009 12:34

One of the companies exhibiting at the Tech.Ed New Zealand 2009 Marketplace is AvePoint. The company is a provider of infrastructure management software solutions for Microsoft SharePoint.

A proud supporter of this year’s conference, AvePoint helps organizations better manage and protect their SharePoint assets through its DocAve Software Platform, which delivers  data protection, administration, migration, replication, reporting, and compliance solutions for all Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies. 

I asked the company for more information and since 2001, AvePoint has supplied over 5000 businesses with comprehensive SharePoint backend management solutions, and continually works to improve its products and the SharePoint environment through its Microsoft Gold Partner certification and it extensive partner network.

The DocAve platform provides users with a unified browser-based interface to easily monitor their SharePoint deployments – its modules are sold in customizable packages based on the unique needs of clients’ SharePoint environments.

Be sure to visit AvePoint at Booth #18 to learn how to optimize, protect, and manage your SharePoint environment, and enter to win a mini-wine fridge filled with local New Zealand wines!


Who is at the Microsoft Tech Ed New Zealand 2008 marketplace?

, posted: 31-Aug-2008 09:03

I've just received a list of the companies (in alphabetical order) exhibiting in the marketplace:

ACE Training
Anyware Computer Accessories
Argent Software
CommVault Systems
Datacom Systems Ltd
Developers Inc
Excom Education
Foundry Networks
Fuji Xerox
Marshal Software
Mimosa Systems
Observatory Crest
Panasonic NZ Ltd
Quest Software
SQL Services

Being a Mobile Devices Microsoft MVP myself I am excited to see Palm in the list. I know they will be showing the new Palm Treo Pro there.

Intergen at Microsoft Tech Ed New Zealand 2008

, posted: 31-Aug-2008 08:50

For you Intergen fans, here is the list of sessions their people are going to be running at this year's Microsoft Tech Ed New Zealand:

  • SOA205 - Extending the Application Platform with Cloud Services - Chris Auld
  • SOA209 - The Road to "Oslo" : The Microsoft Services and Modeling Platform - Chris Auld
  • OFC301 - Creating Content Centric Publishing Sites with MOSS 2007 - Mark Orange, Zac Smith
  • OFC305 - Best Practice ECM with SharePoint 2007 - Michael Noel, Mark Orange
  • OFC404 - Open XML Development Turning SharePoint Data into Microsoft Office Documents - James Newton-King, Reed Shaffner

Also, look for the Intergenites around the markeplace. They will be waring yellow camo pants.

Mindscape at Microsoft Tech Ed New Zealand 2008

, posted: 31-Aug-2008 08:23

If you follow the folks at Mindscape, then here is a list of sessions they will be running at this year's Microsoft Tech Ed New Zealand:

  • Overview of SQL Server 2008 (DAT302) – Monday 2:15pm
  • What’s New in WPF 3.5 and 3.5 SP1 (DEV345) – Tuesday 10:45am
  • Architectural Considerations for ASP.NET MVC (ARC402) – Wednesday 9am
  • Reactive Programming (DEV375) – Wednesday 9am
  • Productive WCF (SOA315) – Wednesday 10:45am
  • Architecting Scalable Web Applications Using Velocity (ARC308) – Wednesday 12:10pm
  • C# Tips and Tricks (DEV486) – Wednesday 3:45pm

ActionThis launches during Tech Ed New Zealand 2007

, posted: 15-Aug-2007 10:44

New Zealand-based ActionThis launched their product based on a software + service approach during the Tech Ed New Zealand 2007.

ActionThis CEO Edward Robinson and Chris Auld did a session on the Voice of the Customer track, "Software Plus Services on the Microsoft Platform: How We Built ActionThis".

Soon afterwards they were joined by Chief Marketing Office Tim Howell and Chief Technology Officer Derek Watson to meet the press and provide first hand information about this new service.

In summary ActionThis is a task management workflow framework, completely integrated to tools a vast majority of users are comfortable with, and making it available as a platform for expanded services provided by others.

Users can access the service from web browser directly on the site, through a SharePoint server or even through desktop tools such as Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Project.

The service provides the infrastructure so that other companies can develop their own services bolting the framework into their offering. For example you could develop a new project management service and use the ActionThis task management engine as the background platform.

The company worked to focus in features they could provide value for users. For instance they don't have storage facilities with large datacentres, instead using Amazon's S3 service to store information in the cloud.

ActionThis also bet on a viral approach. Users don't need to be all provisioned in the system before using it. If anyone create a task and assign to a friend, an e-mail item is sent, and if the friend is not using ActionThis yet s/he will have the opportunity to sign up on the spot and start using it.

The viral aspect is not much different from social networks where you can invite friends, and each project would similar to "groups" those social services offer.

Even though the company is based in New Zealand, they are aiming to the international market from the start. CEO Edward Robinson used to work for Microsoft Corp in Redmond (U.S.) and was a program manager in the Visual Studio .Net team, as well as Lead & Group Program Manager in Content Managerment Server and SharePoint Portal Server. The company did try to impress international users, including utilising the American spelling in all their material, to prevent the "cultural shock" of using the British spelling more common in New Zealand.

ActionThis is coming live pretty soon, as soon as some patent procedures are finalised. The pricing model is on a per seats basis (and I was told a free version would also be available).

Microsoft Tech Ed New Zealand is a technology event run by Microsoft New Zealand. The Microsoft Tech Ed New Zealand 2010 is happening in Auckland (New Zealand), 30th August - 1st September 2010, at the SkyCity Convention Centre. If you are attending the Microsoft Tech Ed New Zealand 2010 and would like to contribute with stories, profiles, and feedback please contact us. This blog is written by Mauricio Freitas and published by Geekzone.

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