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I, together with 2 members of my team, attended the Windows Azure Partner Workshop yesterday May 17, 2010 at the Manila B room of Makati Shangri-la Hotel. It was a free one-day workshop sponsored by Microsoft Philippines for ISV’s and Microsoft Philippines flew in Clemens Vasters, the Technical Lead/Architect of Windows Azure AppFabric, to conduct the workshop. I learned a lot from the workshop although I wasn’t able to easily relate to most of the topics because I wasn’t involve in Azure projects yet. I expected more hands-on since the event invite required attendees to bring laptops with software requirements specific for Windows Azure development. I got an information overload trying to make sense of what I was hearing. The delay in the distribution of the Windows Azure developer tokens didn’t help either. It should have been given earlier so that we could get in to Windows Azure on our own and try to catch up with the discussion. By the way, the developer tokens which the meeting invite said to be good for 5 days was scheduled to be deactivated on May 18. This means that we only had 1 day to explore Windows Azure for free!
The event venue and food was great! A different plate of food is served at least 5 times in a span of 3 to 4 hours from breakfast to lunch and slowed to only one serving 3 hours after lunch. 🙂 I just hope that we could take out the food.
The speaker was great as well being the technical lead and architect of Windows Azure AppFabric. When are you bringing Scott Hanselman, Tim Heuer, or any other guys from the Silverlight team to the Philippines? 🙂
The meeting invite should have been reviewed so as to make it in-sync with the real agenda and manage the expectations of the attendees.
You can get the slides used in this event from Clemens Vasters’s blog post: Windows Azure Speaking Tour Slides. Here are the titles of the slide decks:
- Introducing the Windows Azure Platform
- Windows Azure Compute and Diagnostics
- Windows Azure Platform AppFabric
- Windows Azure Platform Storage
Thank you very much to Microsoft Philippines for inviting us to this and we are looking forward to attending more of these workshops.