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Cloud Computing

Increase Cloud Application Responsiveness With Azure Queues and WebJobs

This post is based on the presentation I gave at Cloud Saturday Chicago. In a mobile first world services need to be able to process high volumes of traffic as quickly as possible. With the certification and deployment process which native mobile apps have to go through being long and sometimes uncertain, we find ourselves looking for ways to make improvements without changing the device code. The flexibility of Azure and other cloud platforms gives developers the ability to easily implement changes ......

BUILD 2016 Thoughts: Home Sweet Windows

It is that time of year again where Microsoft developers gather in San Francisco to hear the direction that Microsoft is moving and the tools they are offering to get us there. The big theme this year has been “Windows is home for developers”. So what did Microsoft have in store for us? How Far Have We Come There were a lot of stats that showed up during the keynotes. A couple that stood out for me were that there are currently over 270 million users on Windows 10 and that Cortana is answering over ......

Learning The Azure Cloud

The cloud is everywhere around us and if you are building systems in the Microsoft space the cloud means Azure. So how do you get started. To my way of thinking you need to understand the front end, batch processing and storage offerings along with the toolset. This post will outline some of the resources that I have found are helpful to getting started. Trial Azure Subscription The first thing anyone who is interested in Azure should do is sign-up for a free trial subscription. If you are lucky ......

TechEd 2012: A Little Cloud And Too Little Windows Phone

It is Monday afternoon and the last couple of sessions have been disappointing. I started out in the Nokia: Learning to Tile session. I guess I should have read the summary more closely because it turned out to be more of a Nokia/WP7 history and sales pitch. “I’m outa here!” I made a quick venue change and now we are learning about Private Cloud Architecture. The topic and the material were very informative. The speaker even had a couple of quotable statements. The first quote was “You can trust ......

SkyDrive and Consumer Cloud Services

Paul Thurrrott recently posted an article on the future of SkyDrive and I was asked what I thought about its future by @UserCommunity. So let’s take a look. The breakdown from Microsoft that Paul described I believe is an accurate representation of users and usages. While I can’t say that I leverage SkyDrive to the extent that it was meant to be I do enjoy having OneNote hosted their and being able to consult and edit it from the desktop, web and Windows Phone. Taking that one step further is the ......

Integrating Cloud Application In Your Enterprise

More and more companies are turning to companies who host cloud applications such as SalesForce. I may be mistaken, but I thought we used to call these ASPs (Application Service Providers). Whatever we call them they are the latest trend in IT services especially in larger corporations. So what does this trend mean for those of us who design, build and integrate systems? It means a new set of challenges, considerations and opportunities. The more you know about these areas going into a project the ......

May 2010 Chicago Architects Group Wrap Up

Scott Seely did a wonderful job this evening of explaining how cloud services fit into our application architectures and specifically how Azure is organized. He covered everything from Table Storage to code name Dallas (OData). The discussion continued well beyond the end of the meeting which was attended by members of all sectors of IT and multiple platforms. Be sure to join us in the upcoming months as we cover the following topics: June – Document Generation Architecture July – Architecting a ......

Is Cloud Computing The Future

This is a subject I am just starting to understand. I talked with Dave Bost the other day at the February CAG meeting about Azure. This morning the subject came up again as I was listening to the Thirsty Developer podcast. These got me thinking about where does cloud computing fit in? As I understand it the difference between ASP model and Azure is that an ASP is hosting their application for you to use and what Azure offers hosting your application. Now this differs again from normal hosting companies ......