Tracking the tracks at Tech Ed New Zealand


Speaking at Tech.Ed: Matti Seikkula

, posted: 7-Sep-2009 19:32

Matti Seikkula from e-Spatial let us know the company will have some of their people speaking at the Microsoft Tech.Ed New Zealand 2009.

Here are some details of their sessions:

OFC302 Spatialise SharePoint
Mon 9/14 | 14:15-15:30 | Ballroom 2

A data warehouse provides the foundation for an enterprise business intelligence platform. How could integration of spatial data enhance the business benefits BI provides? This session will address this question and present an end to end solution covering data modelling, ETL processing and data query toolsets, all with a spatial flavour. Using a real New Zealand dataset, the session will cover MOSS, Analysis Services, SQL Server 2008, Silverlight and Business Intelligence all brought together in a single 'location intelligence dashboard'.


VOC203 Databases, Gods & Maps: How Express Couriers are delivering us to the future
Tue 9/15 | 10:45-12:00 | New Zealand Room 4

ECL has in the past differentiated itself from its competitors through its use of technology to support superior customer service. To ensure this doesn't diminish it has again invested in technology that enables it to utilize the geospatial attributes of its business information. By exploiting this Location Intelligence ECL will continue to provide the superior customer satisfaction while improving the operational activities that support it. To achieve this ECL - Invested in the ESRI GIS product suite - Established a centrally maintained geocoded address database - Formed strategic partnerships with technology providers and data suppliers - Enhanced its technical and personnel capabilities to exploit location intelligence including the - Has commenced a programme of work to eliminate duplicate information from its other information systems. - Created an environment that supports the individual business needs while delivering location intelligence throughout the organisation. The first project was to centralise its addressing information used for job dispatch, fleet management and the generation of data required to drive an automated courier parcel sortation system, the first of its kind in New Zealand. This presentation will focus on the business need, options available to ECL and the issued faced in getting approval for the preferred solution.


VOC204 Te Puni Kokiri - Maori Land Information Base
Wed 9/16 | 09:00-10:15 | New Zealand Room 4

Te Puni Kokiri was an early adopter of geospatial presentation on the Internet when it first developed the Maori Land information Base (MLIB) web site, in conjunction with the Maori Land Court in 1997. The presentation will cover the history of this development, its recent redevelopment, and where Te Puni Kokiri is looking to extend this in the future.




Speaking at Tech.Ed: Jithen Singh

, posted: 4-Sep-2009 12:54

Jithen Singh, from Eagle Technology Group and local ESRI expert will be speaking at the Microsoft Tech.Ed New Zealand 2009.

Here are some details of his sessions:

VOC203 Databases, Gods & Maps: How Express Couriers are delivering us to the future
Tue 9/15 | 10:45-12:00 | New Zealand Room 4

ECL has in the past differentiated itself from its competitors through its use of technology to support superior customer service. To ensure this doesn't diminish it has again invested in technology that enables it to utilize the geospatial attributes of its business information. By exploiting this Location Intelligence ECL will continue to provide the superior customer satisfaction while improving the operational activities that support it. To achieve this ECL - Invested in the ESRI GIS product suite - Established a centrally maintained geocoded address database - Formed strategic partnerships with technology providers and data suppliers - Enhanced its technical and personnel capabilities to exploit location intelligence including the - Has commenced a programme of work to eliminate duplicate information from its other information systems. - Created an environment that supports the individual business needs while delivering location intelligence throughout the organisation. The first project was to centralise its addressing information used for job dispatch, fleet management and the generation of data required to drive an automated courier parcel sortation system, the first of its kind in New Zealand. This presentation will focus on the business need, options available to ECL and the issued faced in getting approval for the preferred solution.


DAT307 MapIt - transform the static spreadsheet
Wed 9/16 | 14:20-15:35 | New Zealand Room 3

MapIt is a new tool developed by GIS company ESRI in close collaboration with Microsoft that transforms the static spreadsheet and tabular data that managers typically view into dynamic information displayed on vibrant maps. Designed to work seamlessly on the Microsoft application platform, it combines software and services to unlock the spatial knowledge in enterprise data contained in Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and Microsoft Office Excel. In this presentation we will demonstrate the MapIt technology stack showing integration with Bing Maps for Enterprise along with street and imagery basemaps, geocoding and routing services; demographic and customer segmentation and much more. You will see maps displayed in rich, interactive applications which leverage the power of Microsoft Silverlight, Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2007.With MapIt we will show how you can quickly develop rich interactive applications that transform your existing information in record time.




Speaking at Tech.Ed: Kirk Jackson

, posted: 4-Sep-2009 12:48

Kirk Jackson, one of the developers at Xero and big force behind the Wellington .Net User Groups will be speaking at the Microsoft Tech.Ed New Zealand 2009.

Here are some details of his sessions:

DEV304 Visual Studio Team System 2010: Odyssey Two
Tue 9/15 | 17:10-18:25 | Ballroom 1

Visual Studio 2008 is the best and most productive development environment ever! Microsoft have been busy the past couple of years putting even more great features into your favourite tool, and in Visual Studio 2010 we'll be seeing: new programming languages; diagramming tools and visualisers; new project types; and enhancements to the IDE. Come along and hear about these great features, and learn some new tips to help you make the most of Visual Studio 2010!

SEC313 Hack-Ed: Teaching the Good Guys Bad Tricks
Wed 9/16 | 12:10-13:25 | New Zealand Room 2

You can't fight a war that you don't know you're waging. You can't defend your website against attack unless you know the tricks that the bad guys will use.

Join the "Flight of the Pwnchords" and learn the tricks that Andy "the hacker" will use and watch as Kirk "the developer" tries to defend his ASP.NET website against them. By the end of this session you will have an understanding of some of the common attacks, such as Cross-Site Scripting (XSS), Cross-Domain Request Forgery (CDRF), and will have an appreciation of how layering your defenses (defense-in-depth) can help protect you from exploit chaining.

The session will also give you some practical tips that you can apply straight away in Visual Studio 2008 to help you build secure websites.



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, posted: 2-Sep-2009 06:49

Aloha! Ben here. If you haven't read Mauricio's lovely introduction, you might want to do that now to avoid confusion. Like he said, I'd be attending Tech Ed even without the blogger credentials. I've been to most Tech Eds over the past few years, and my focus is usally on the cutting-edge developer tracks. .NET 4, Visual Studio 2010, Dublin, Oslo, Silverlight, code security. You get the idea.

This year should be a little different. In fact, it will be better. I'm planning to get some quality personal time with guys like Tom Hollander (of Microsoft Enterprise Library fame) and Jim Webber (Thoughtworks). If there are particular speakers you want to hear more from, add a comment below and I'll do my best.

I'm guessing Mauricio will track down the systems guys (Windows server, Exchange, virtualisation, etc), so between us we'll be able to cover a whole lot more.

So what are you waiting for? Go buy your netbook, sign up for the Geekzone dinner, and get in touch (perhaps on Twitter) if you have any ideas for stuff you want covered on this blog.



Introducing the other unofficial Tech.Ed blogger: Ben Gracewood

, posted: 1-Sep-2009 14:50

The last couple of years I have been attending the Microsoft Tech Ed New Zealand, looking for some information, behind the scenes bits and pieces but this time I thought we could do much better.

So I decided to invite a friend to help me with this unofficial blog this year: Ben Gracewood. On his own words:


""Ben Gracewood is a part-time blogger and TVNZ gadget reviewer, a most-time software designer, and a full-time technology enthusiast. He presents his personal thoughts and opinions at http://ben.geek.nz and through http://twitter.com/nzben. Ben enjoys communicating personally with his readers, and abhors products with second-rate design or poor usability. Ben is concerned that writing in the 3rd person makes him sound like David Tua."


Ben is a seasoned software designer/architect/developer working with Datacom, and he would be attending the Tech Ed even if I didn't ask him to. He was actually one of the finalists for the Microsoft Partner Awards 2009 Solution Star of the Year.







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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