D'Arcy from Winnipeg
Solution Architecture, Business & Entrepreneurship, Microsoft, and Adoption

July 2015 Entries

Microsoft’s Clear Message for Canadian Partners

I attended the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in 2011 and 2012. Even 3-4 years ago we were hearing about the changing focus at Microsoft. While 2000-2008 was all about winning the platform war (.NET vs Java), 2008 had ushered in the cloud era in the Microsoft world. While Azure’s platform as a service seemed front and center, WPC started beating the Office 365 drums. The message from Microsoft was starting to take shape – partners needed to get on board with where Microsoft was going with ......

The Changing Winnipeg Technology Consulting Landscape

I’ve been noticing a few things lately here in Winnipeg: - Less large custom application development projects - More adoption of packaged software - More adoption of Software as a Service platforms - Organizations wanting control over technology projects, only looking for augmentation roles to fill gaps - The commoditization of software developers with broad skills The cloud is removing the need for organizations to manage and maintain their own infrastructure. Software as a Service provides a model ......

Who Did It Better – Comparing Rider and Bomber Pre-Game Festivals

I’ve been fortunate enough to be at the home opener for both the Riders and the Bombers this year. On Twitter I commented that the Bomber pre-game festival wasn’t as engaging as the Rider one which I got challenged on. This was before the Bomber home opener, so now that I’ve been to both I wanted to comment on both and “who did it better”. Rider Pre-Game The Riders host their pre-game festival on the practice field next to Mosaic stadium. There’s lots of room which provides for a lot of people to ......

Running Your First Code Camp

Every now and then I get people asking me about how to run a conference. One thing I encourage is that people start small and build from there. I ran the Winnipeg Code Camp for a number of years before evolving it into Prairie Dev Con, and the foundation of the code camp is the base that Prairie Dev Con grew out of. So below are my thoughts on how to run a one day, multi-track, Code Camp. What’s a Code Camp Code Camps became popular in the 00’s. They were free one day technology conferences that ......