NEBytes

North East Bytes - Microsoft Technology Usergroup in the North East of England

NEBytes October 2014–It’s Fun in a Hybrid World

This event is kindly sponsored by Scott Logic:

We're pleased to announce that for NEBytes this October we are delighted to welcome SUGUK North East's SharePoint Server MVP John Timney and Microsoft Integration MVP Michael Stephenson.

Date: Wednesday 15th October 2014

Time: 18:30-21:00

Goal Alignment in the Hybrid SharePoint Estate - John Timney

In any organization, employees represent the most valuable organisational asset, so ensuring SharePoint meets the collaborative challenges and productivity needs in using the platform will ultimately affect an organization’s profitability and overall success of a SharePoint program. As we move more towards Hybrid estates, or are considering Cloud based deployments for SharePoint, Office 365, SaaS or PaaS, aligning the people and the objectives becomes financially intertwined.

This session will focus on how to improve that critical aspect of SharePoint project incepetion and a key facet of Enterprise frameworks such as TOGAF; Goal Alignment. A lack of Goal Alignment in the inception phase is where many SharePoint projects fail before they start. It can be a very misunderstood Governance area outside of the familiar IT domain, and can pull kicking and screaming the mystical SharePoint Architect into the uncomfortable world of business. It is where we set the measures to prove we have delivered something of value, and one of the earliest facet of governance where the business and IT world collide head on. It is the tool for aligning IT and business goals.

Join honourary MVP for the day "Dilbert" and his work colleagues as they assist in explaining what Goal Alignment is, and the benefits it can bring, to stop your Hybrid SharePoint Projects failing before they even begin.

A veteran Microsoft “Most Valued Professional” award holder and a former MSDN “Regional Director” shows a respected and globally recognised technical background, supported by 25 years in Government and Telecoms IT. He holds current SC Clearance and is ITIL certified. John is co-author of several books and a regular speaker at conferences throughout the UK and Europe and a strong advocate for best practice.
John is an enthusiastic, technically diverse, well informed and forward thinking Senior Enterpirse Architect with a very credible market reputation based on global enterprise scale skills hard earned from the ground up.
John recently took on an assurance role to validate and assure the 300,000 seat global migration, approach, solutions design, platform and architecture of a Hybrid Office 365 Online Enterprise Wide SharePoint 2013, Lync and Exchange implementation for a Top 4 Global IT Consultancy.
He has spent a number of years in a leadership team as Enterprise Assurance and Strategy Lead Architect at the UK Department of Education’s flagship E-Cloud programme, specialising in Delivery Assurance and Strategy around the implementation of an enterprise scale IL3 compliant Private Cloud (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS) SharePoint 2010 delivery.
His roles typically involve advising Project Directors and Managers, Client Directors and Technology Leaders, End Users, Technical Architects, Developers and Designers to deliver roadmaps for technology evolution and transformation.
John is a large scale Enterprise Architecture and Delivery Specialist with proven experience in architectural assurance, strategy, delivery and management of end to end Enterprise scale environments. Skills focus around people, process, environments and systems in the Microsoft Practice area related to all aspects of assurance and governance for Collaboration Programs of work.

Hybrid Connectivity Options with the Microsoft Cloud - Michael Stephenson

There are a number of ways to connect your on premise resources with services in the cloud.  What are these options and how do you choose the right ones for your organisation to invest in?  In this session Michael will discuss some of the options available if you wish to connect your on premise data centre with services in the Microsoft Azure Cloud.  This session will share some architecture experience from real world projects which used some of these various approaches. 

Michael is a highly experienced freelance consultant with lots of experience of architecting and delivering integration projects which leverage the Microsoft technology stack. He has deep, practical knowledge of delivering complex solutions with BizTalk, Microsoft .NET, Microsoft Azure and associated technologies. Michael has also been a technical lead on 25+ projects which have leveraged Microsoft's cloud platform.

Michael is heavily involved in the community activities around Microsoft technologies through the Microsoft MVP and Advisor/Insider programmes and also speaks at user groups on a regular basis. Michael is also an author for Pluralsight having produced a very popular courses on .net and RabbitMQ.

You can find out more about Michael at: http://microsoftintegration.guru/

Event Location

The event will be hosted in Room 1.02 on the first floor of Claremont Tower at Newcastle University. For a detailed campus map - http://www.ncl.ac.uk/documents/Campus-Map-Print.pdf

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NEBytes and SUGK February 2014–Yammering on About Customisation

Join North East Bytes for our second event of 2014, we are once again pleased to be partnering SUGUK.  We have the pleasure of welcoming back Rik Hepworth, Black Marble's IT Director and we are delighted to welcome Pradeep Heegde, Chief Architect at Acuvate Software.

Date: Wednesday 19th February 2014

Time: 18:30-21:00


Session 1 - Building Social SharePoint Apps using Yammer

This session will provide an overview of integration options provided by Yammer and how these can be used in SharePoint apps. The session will have code demos for some of the key items and  aims to be a starting point for building deep Yammer integrations.

What will be covered in the session?

  • Some Integration options and uses
  • Using Embed
  • The Yammer API
  • Open graph & JavaScript SDK
  • Demo
  • The Gotchas

Pradeep Hegde is the Chief Architect at Acuvate Software. His experience includes architecting, designing & developing a wide range enterprise applications using  SharePoint, Microsoft .Net, SQL Server and other Microsoft technologies. He has been using Yammer at Acuvate since 2012 and has the experience of integrating Yammer with versions of SharePoint going back to MOSS 2007.

As a  Co-Founder of Acuvate, a  software services company with offices in India, UK, USA and the Netherlands, Pradeep understands the needs of a growing global business. Other than technology, he loves travelling, drives a Golf and supports Barcelona. You can reach him at https://twitter.com/pradeephegde

Session 2 - Tips and Tricks with SharePoint Publishing
Rik has been working recently on a SharePoint 2013 project that involves published content that is connected and presented using search. In this session he will show how to create and deploy customisations to things like themes, page templates and the new Content by Search web part. Having encountered a number of unexpected issues during the project, Rik will talk about them, and how to avoid them.

Rik is the IT Director of Black Marble, a Microsoft Gold Partner based in the North of England. Black Marble specialises in Biztalk and SharePoint-based business automation. In addition to making sure Black Marble's own systems deliver, Rik leads the IT side of Black Marble's SharePoint practice. Rik has been delivering SharePoint solutions since Black Marble’s involvement in the beta of SharePoint 2007 and presents regularly for Black Marble and their partners on this and other topics.


The event will be hosted in Room 1.02 of Claremont Tower at Newcastle University. For a detailed campus map - http://www.ncl.ac.uk/documents/Campus-Map-Print.pdf

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