This time last year I was preparing for the keynote. It was originally supposed to be a double team with me and Sam, but he had to pull out at the last minute, so I ended up doing it by myself.
Unfortunately I won’t be at TechEd this year, but if you’re heading along look out for the presentation by Alastair and Craig from Xero as part of the “voice of the customer” track.
The advantage here is that tagging works on Flickr, unlike Technorati, which has a broken search engine at the moment, returning half a dozen posts with TechEdNZ07, when we know there are lots more...
“Fronde Debate – Agile? Just Another Word for Hacking!” (13 August, 13:35-14:05)
Is Agile Development just another buzzword invented by developers to allow them to hack code? Does Agile Development really enable teams to work collaboratively and deliver quality code earlier than the traditional waterfall approach? This debate will provide evidence on behalf of the Agile and Waterfall fundamentalists after which you can vote for the winner.
Debate Facilitator: Steve Graham, General Manager, Fronde Systems Group
Dominic Stow, General Manager, Fronde Systems Great Britain
Kevin Drinkwater, CIO, Mainfreight
Kerry Sainsbury, Solutions Architect, Fronde
Vaughan Rowsell, Director of Product Development, Vianet International
“Fronde Debate – Software as a Service? Yeah, right!” (14 August, 13:40-14:10)
Software as a Service? Software plus Services? Software? New technology, new architecture, or simply just another delivery model? Or are we just going back to the mainframe days, but now with more colourful screens? And what about the enormous power on the desktop? Shall we throw everything away or shall we focus on rich client applications as in the days of client server? This Fronde debate will look at both sides of the coin and you will decide who wins (at least on the day).
Debate Facilitator: Jim Donovan, CEO, Fronde Systems Group
Gavin Lennox, Vice President, Global Operations, Healthphone Solutions Limited
Alastair Grigg, Chief Operations Officer, Xero
Dr. Andrew Connor, Associate Director, Software Engineering Laboratory, AUT
Ron Jacobs, Architect Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation
“Fronde Debate – Architecture? Don’t Waste your Time!” (15 August, 13:40-14:10)
J2EE + Tools = Nirvana, .NET + Tools = Nirvana, SOA + Tools = Nirvana, TOGAF + Tools = Nirvana, Zachman + Tools = Nirvana...
These days we have so many architectures and tools at our disposal that some would argue all we need is to pick one of the buzzwords, buy some tools and start building the solutions. So should we bother at all with architecture? “Quick time to value” is the motto! This Fronde debate will put things right. Or so we hope. At the end you will decide.
Debate Facilitator: David Downs, Services Director, Microsoft New Zealand
Miha Kralj, Architect, Microsoft Services
John Blackham, CEO, XSol
Shaun Forgie, Principal, Method Maker Ltd.
Lukas Svoboda, Principal Consultant, Fronde Systems Group
OFC304 - Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services and Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Upgrade and Migration (Level 300)
Chandima Kulathilake (Provoke, picture on the left)
Do you want to learn about upgrading from Windows SharePoint Services version 2 to version 3, and SharePoint Portal Server 2003 to Office SharePoint Server 2007? In this session you will learn the different upgrade options, as well as how to prepare your SharePoint deployment today for upgrade.
13 August Monday 2.15PM to 3.30PM
OFC418 - Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies 2007: Deployment and Advanced Administration Topics (Level 400)
Chandima Kulathilake (Provoke) and Brendon Ford (Provoke)
Learn about advanced options for the SharePoint administrator, including site, site collection, and content database management, creating portable sites for staging environments, and creating automated processes. This session will also cover advanced configurations and deployment architectures including Extranet Deployments and Inter-Farm Shared Services.
14th August Tuesday 3.45PM to 5.00PM
OFC316 - Branding and Customizing Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Sites (Level 300)
Chandima Kulathilake (Provoke) and Mark Orange (Intergen, pictured on the left)
With the release of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007, building and deploying a robust content-centric site has become quick and efficient. And, with each site deployment comes the need to alter the site look and feel. In this session we review components of the user interface and their interworking relationships that ultimately create the rendered page. For the majority of the session, you will learn how to brand a site and customise the user interface through use of master pages, CSS, and page layouts. In addition, we touch on interface customisation of site navigation and branding site administrator screens. By the end of this session, you will see a site that is completely branded and easily stands apart from the out-of-the-box look and feel of SharePoint.
15th August Wednesday 3.45PM to 5.00PM
Mark and Chandima are both Microsoft MVPs and the coordinators for the Wellington SharePoint User Group.
Also, in addition to the shared session OFC418, Mark Orange will be running a session on Document and Records Management in SharePoint, which is a big topic due to the momentum around the Public Records Act (PRA). Mark will be keen to see what the developer community knows or cares about this because it’s a big thing out there for many of their business customers, whether an in-house IT shop or a vendor.
I'm going to be giving away some prizes for the first 50 people to complete the Threat Modeling HOL. It's just a small token of my appreciation for you taking the time out to do SEC08 Threat Modeling Hands On Lab! The first 50 people ( 50 in Australia and 50 in New Zealand). will get a prize.