Beat Schwegler, TweetHead in the Cloud, Feet on the Ground
Biography: Beat Schwegler
Beat is part of Microsoft’s Platform Strategy Group which is developing the strategies relating to platform services and service-based applications. He started to focus on cloud computing in 2008 and just loves the opportunities it provides to businesses of all sizes. In his 10 years at Microsoft, Beat was responsible for cloud platform adoption among developers in Western Europe and provided advice on software strategy and architecture across Europe Middle East and Africa. Before joining Microsoft, he was an independent architect and developer and was involved in a wide variety of projects, ranging from real-time building control systems, best-selling shrink-wrapped products to large scale CRM and ERP systems.
Windows Azure enables you to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of datacenters. It allows you to focus on BUILDING applications using any language, tool or framework and you don't have to worry about infrastructure aspects (such as scaling, network configurations or OS patching). It is a fully automated self-service platform that allows you to provision resources within minutes and enables you to reliably host and scale out your applications. You store your data using relational SQL databases, NoSQL table stores, and unstructured blob stores, and can use Hadoop and business intelligence services to data-mine it.
This session gives an introduction to Windows Azure and demonstrates how it seamlessly works with open source technologies (Node, Java, php, Github, ...). It also demonstrates how to add a cloud backend to your mobile app (incl. iOS) within minutes.