World’s 1st Virtual Oil & Gas Summit

18 10 2011

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Digital Oilfield Virtual Summit, October 18-19th 2011

Though I have moved on from Oil & Gas space to Public Safety, National Security & Defense (PS&NS) space, I joined the virtual summit because the technologies and many of the concepts, the learning and the thought processes used in O&G is cutting edge and hence applicable across Industries, including PS&NS industry. Beyond the content, I was also interested to learn more about how the virtual summit was presented as it is unique to be applied in such a grand scale- especially for an Industry summit. So far, I am extremely impressed with the quality of the summit; great job- I really see a new standard & bench mark in such virtual events.

Lobby:

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Quick access to common tools:

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Contents stored in a virtual briefcase:

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Virtual Auditorium:

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Session listing/content:

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Discussion board:

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Exhibit Hall:

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Exhibit Halls:

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ciao

mags





Watch Live Streaming of BUILD keynotes

13 09 2011

Watch Windows Division President Steven Sinofsky’s keynote live or on demand anytime.

Coming soon, we’ll also have Channel 9 coverage of the conference and interviews with Windows engineers. Recordings and slides from the big picture and technical sessions will be available here a day or two after the presentation.

Follow BUILD on Twitter and Facebook to get the latest updates.

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ciao

jsmags





Microsoft Partner of the Year: Invensys

12 07 2011

I was really thrilled to hear that Invensys had won Microsoft’s “Industry Partner of the Year” 2011 Award! Invensys is an amazing company and an excellent Microsoft partner and I am humbled & privileged to have been part of the core Invensys-Microsoft partner/alliance team for nearly 4 years, until my recent move to a new role (on April 11th 2011). It was indeed a great experience to work with very generous, fine and super talented folks at Invensys. The award will bestowed during a keynote at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Los Angeles.  Congratulations Invensys and the partner alliance team- great job!

Read about the award and the official press release and visit the Worldwide Partner Conference site.

Award: Alliance ISV Industry Partner of the Year

Go to home

About Invensys

Invensys Operations Management is a Microsoft Global Alliance partner focusing on Manufacturing & Resources and Consumer Goods industries, with solutions that are used by more than 40,000 clients around the world in over 200,000 plants and facilities. The partnership which extends for over two decades, has developed leading solutions that are 100% on Microsoft platform and has continuously risen the bar on technology adoption. Just this year, Invensys Operations Management has worked on developments on Microsoft Windows Azure and Windows Phone 7, further promising additional benefits to new and existing users. From a sales perspective, Invensys Operations Management also delivered great results through a dedicated business development team aligned with Microsoft’s industry teams, engaging on account planning and sales activities. In addition, the partnership has allowed a high level of engagement on joint marketing activities, trainings, customer briefings and publishing success stories. Invensys Operations Management relationship with Microsoft has shifted from a technology incubation mode to an execution mode, making them a key global partner for Microsoft.

The longest high-speed rail line in the world operates on Invensys’ ArchestrA System

 

ciao

mags

non nobis…





Learn more about Windows 8 at BUILD

7 06 2011

“In 1995, Windows changed the PC. BUILD will show you that Windows 8 changes everything.”

BUILD is a new event that shows modern hardware and software developers how to take advantage of the future of Windows. Learn how to work with the all new touch-centric user experience to create fast, fluid, and dynamic applications that leverage the power and flexibility of the core of Windows, used by more than a billion people around the world.

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Hear how the UI was designed to work seamlessly with a diversity of devices and form factors. Go behind the scenes and learn all about the new app model that allows you to create powerful new apps. All while retaining the ability to use your existing apps. Web-connected and web-powered apps built using HTML5 and JavaScript have access to the power of the PC. Touch-optimized browsing, with the full power of hardware-accelerated Internet Explorer 10 transforms your experiences with the web. BUILD is the first place to dive deep into the future of Windows.

Signup for the //build newsletter; follow this link to register for //build.

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ciao

mags





Nokia and Microsoft Announce Strategic Partnership

11 02 2011

LONDON – Feb. 11, 2011 – Nokia and Microsoft today announced plans to form a broad strategic partnership that would use their complementary strengths and expertise to create a new global mobile ecosystem.

Nokia and Microsoft intend to jointly create market-leading mobile products and services designed to offer consumers, operators and developers unrivalled choice and opportunity. As each company would focus on its core competencies, the partnership would create the opportunity for rapid time to market execution. Additionally, Nokia and Microsoft plan to work together to integrate key assets and create completely new service offerings, while extending established products and services to new markets.
More…

Video of the press release by Stephen Elop and Steve Ballmer:

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Nokia President & CEO Stephen Elop (L) and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer (R)

ciao

mags





Vista Readiness Labs at Tech.Ed 2006, Boston

19 06 2006

Tech Ed 2006, Boston

The Windows Vista Readiness Labs at this year’s TechEd was a grand success! It was great to represent, my company, Fujitsu along with my colleague, to work with a talented group of individuals from Microsoft and Altiris. The Vista Readiness labs were designed, primarily for Developers, to provide attendees with hands-on-experience on mitigating common application compatibility issues on Windows Vista.

Vista Readiness Labs

For more information on developer readiness on Windows Vista, visit the official Vista Developer Readiness site. Also, be sure to download tools and documentation from this page.

Vista Readiness Labs

I was one among several proctors for the Vista labs, held in room 108, at the Boston Convention Center. The hands-on sessions were designed to take no more than 45 minutes to complete- attendees were rewarded with a Vista backpack and automatically enrolled in an XBox 360 give away!

And the XBox 360 Winner was…drum roll please…Paul Yu, Vancouver BC!

Vista Readiness Labs

Awesome Attendance
The Vista readiness labs took-off slowly, but soon gained lot of interest and momentum. The average daily attendance was expected to be around 200, but to everyone’s surprise, and albeit delight, the first day’s attendance topped off at 388! The attendance trend grew each day, topping off at 1350 by the end of the event.

Vista Readiness Labs

Feedback
The overall feedback from the attendees was just phenomenal- almost all of the attendees mentioned that they are more familiar and prepared with Vista application compatibility mitigation, after attending the labs, than before.

Vista Readiness Labs

Vista Readiness Team:
[Top row] Mark (Microsoft), Uday (Microsoft), Newsha (Fujitsu), Manmeet (Microsoft), Michael (Microsoft)
[Bottom row] Mahesh (Fujitsu), Rick (Microsoft), Vishal (Microsoft), Jim (Altiris)

Kudos
Special thanks to Robert Doi (Microsoft) for sponsoring the Vista Readiness labs- these labs were very timely and spot-on at TechEd. Thanks to Manmeet Bawa (Microsoft) for organizing and managing the labs, Kevin White (Ally Marketing) and Scott D. (Ally Marketing) for coordinating the event, Jay Lendl (my boss) for the opportunity to attend TechEd 2006. It was great to be part of the event and I hope that I get to do it again :)

Vista Readiness Labs
Vista Readiness Team:
[Top row] Uday (Microsoft), Chris (Microsoft), Manmeet (Microsoft), Michael (Microsoft), Jim (Altiris), Michael (Microsoft), Yu (Microsoft)
[Bottom row] Rick (Microsoft), Stacy (Altiris), Jim (Altiris), Vishal (Microsoft), Mahesh (Fujitsu)

Key Information and Stats
Thanks to Manmeet Bawa (Microsoft) for providing me with the following details, vital stats and pictures:

The main goal of the lab was to educate Developers and IT Pros on Windows Vista Application Compatibility.

Seven different application compatibility scenarios- including User Account Control (UAC), Version Checking, Mandatory Integrity Control (MIC), Session 0 (Isolation) and Windows Resource Protection (WRP)- were highlighted through a demo in the Hands-on-labs (HOL). Attendees were also invited to install their apps on Windows Vista and have our Lab Proctors help with blocking issues. We were informed that based on the size of the room, past history and the fact that our labs were late in building up a marketing momentum we should expect approximately 500 attendees at this lab. A special thanks to Yu Chen and Maarten Van De Bospoort for building such an instructive lab.

Here are the final stats from the event:
Lab Capacity: 40
Total Hours Lab was open- 40hrs
Final Lab Attendance- 1,350
Windows Vista Jumpstart Kit CDs distributed- 1,200 (stock finished halfway through the event)
Windows Vista Beta 2 distributed- 1,200
Average Lab Sat score- 4.95/5.0

Vista Readiness Labs
Manmeet (left) with attendee #1000. Behind Manmeet is Stacy (Altiris), Scott (Ally Marketing) and Kevin White (Ally Marketing)

Attendees included Developers, CEOs, CIOs, CTOs, IT Pros and Academia. The lab attendance does not factor in the hundreds of people who couldn’t get into the lab itself but were handed out copies of the JumpStart Kit instead. By any measure we far exceeded our goal of reach for this event. As a first-of-its-kind, this event has been a great step forward in our Breadth effort for Apps Compat, especially in terms of making our audience aware of Windows Vista Readiness and equipping them with the knowledge and tools (via the JumpStart Kit and content on www.DevReadiness.org) to support this platform.

Based on the overwhelmingly positive feedback from the attendees, especially the MCTs, the TechEd committee has expressed their interest in incorporating our HOL in their TLC track for future TechEds. This is a wonderful testament to the quality of the lab, which becomes all the more noteworthy considering the compressed time frame this event was organized in. The HOL and supporting document is now available for download at DevReadiness.org

Vista Readiness Labs
For more information, visit devreadiness.org

ciao,
mags





Tech.Ed 2006, Boston, June 11-16

6 06 2006

I will be at the TechEd this year, in Boston. I will be attending the event, primarily, to assist Microsoft in the Windows Vista Application Compatibility labs (more on this later in this blog). TechEd 2006 will be at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Tech Ed 2006, Boston

TechEd?
TechEd is primarily for Developers and IT Professionals- it is a “premier all-in-one Microsoft event”. Get hands-on experience with current and upcoming products and services from Microsoft and their partners. You get to meet with top Microsoft and industry experts. For those who are not able to attend the event in person, more than 40 key presentations will be simulcast live from June 12-16. The presentations will be available as on-demand webcasts, during and after the event as well.

Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center

Windows Vista Application Compatibility Labs
As I mentioned earlier, the main reason why I am attending this event is because of Fujitsu’s participation in assisting Microsoft in the Vista Application Compatibility (AppCompat) labs. Given the large number of technical innovations and changes in the new Windows operating system, Microsoft saw a need to organize such Vista AppCompat labs.

AppCompat labs is where customers/partners can bring their applications to test for compatibility on the new Windows Vista operating system. I don’t recall Microsoft organizing such AppCompat labs in the past- so, you can imagine the urgency, for Microsoft, in educating Windows users in application compatibility! So, I’m very excited to represent Fujitsu in the Vista AppCompat labs.

Free Vista backpacks and a chance to win XBox 360!
At the Windows Vista Application Compatibility labs, Microsoft will be giving away Vista logo backpacks, holding a XBox360 raffle for the winner and also giving copies of the Windows Vista Jumpstart kit- all the application compatibility resources and material (tools, ppts, whitepapers, etc.) developers would need in a single DVD.

So, if you are attending TechEd, be sure to not miss out on this great chance to not only test your applications on Windows Vista, but also to win a XBox 360 (and not to mention all the free goodies)!

“More Input”?
Apart from participating in the AppCompat labs, I am planning to attend as many sessions as, humanly, possible. I look forward to learning more about the latest technological innovations- especially, RFID adoption with Microsoft Technology, WinFX, Longhorn Server and Collaboration technologies. TechEd provides abundant learning resources so I don’t foresee myself going- “Need more input!”

As always, I will be traveling with my Nikon N70 and Monfrotto tripod, so please stay tuned for pictures from this event!

ciao,
mags