In November we had some changes to the competencies of the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) program that are particularly interesting for Microsoft Partners that are doing Application (or App) development on the Microsoft platform. Equally interesting for companies that just start on the platform triggered by the release of Windows 8. The Application platform competencies are now:
More news for the ALM competencie:
Visual Studio 2012 and ALM competency readiness. First, review the learning path to discover the latest sales, licensing, and technical training.
The app market is exploding, first on Apple & Android, now Windows 8 is triggering the same App explosion on the Microsoft platform. To make sure you get the necessary coaching and insight don’t miss the first Windows App Day. The agenda has 2 tracks, for App Development, User Experience and Design and is packed with national and international speakers. All of them actively working on Apps, design & the web and ready to share their learnings and best practices. Join us and get inspired!
All About Apps: Windows 8, Windows Azure, Windows Phone and WebApps
One of the teams “Make a Sign” created this amazing project that uses Kinect in combination with Azure to recognize sign language used by deaf people and learn people how to use it. Earlier this week the 3 students from HEPL in Liege met with minister-president Rudy Demotte of the Walloon region. Press: On RTL TV news. In La Derniere Heure. In Le VIF.
So before you read/watch any further do this: go to the People’s Choice Award site and vote – and then ask your friends, family and network to vote too. Then read the rest of this post and you’ll know why you did the right thing .
This is where you can find the full project video:
Imagine Cup 2012 – Make A Sign (Project Presentation)
Microsoft has announced previews of new Windows Azure services that help developers build applications that connect data to users across public and private clouds, take advantage of VHDs and deploy scalable websites quickly and cheaply.
Today, Scott Guthrie hosted “Meet Windows Azure” to introduce these new services. And next week, as part of TechEd North America and broadcast live online, Scott, along with Mark Russinovich, Quentin Clark, and Bill Staples will host “Learn Windows Azure” to provide deeper demonstration of the latest Windows Azure features and services to build, deploy, and manage applications in the cloud.
Among the highlights of the announcements made :
Windows Azure Virtual Machines enable the moving of workloads on virtual hard disks (VHDs) between on-premises environments and the cloud. Windows Azure supports both Windows and Linux VHD images, which can be customized or chosen from a pre-populated gallery. With the commonly supported VHD format, developers and IT Pros can move existing workloads like a SQL Server database or an existing line-of-business application into Windows Azure to create greater scale, lower cost or deploy to new users. It has never been easier to move your applications to the cloud and boost them with virtually unlimited power, flexibility and reliability.
Windows Azure Virtual Network enables the creation, extension and management of virtual private networks into Windows Azure. Organizations can now more effectively and securely extend their corporate networks into the cloud. Did you ever wish you had an extra couple of servers for running a calculation job or to deal with a peak in user demand? Now you can seamlessly add and remove computing resources to your network, as your need them.
Windows Azure Web Sites makes building .NET, Node.js, Java and PHP web experiences easier and cheaper than ever while supporting deployment techniques like Git and FTP and framework applications like WordPress, Joomla!, DotNetNuke, Umbraco and Drupal that web developers already know and trust.Why should it be hard to setup a website that can scale with user demand, that is always up and running, regardless of the technology you’re using?
Python support, new Tools The new Windows Azure SDK (June 2012) includes updated support for Java, PHP and .NET and adds Python support, while providing 100% command line support for developers using a Windows PC or a Mac. No matter what your development flavor is, you can build applications that take advantage of Windows Azure and all its building blocks – experience the openness and interoperability of Windows Azure.
To discover, learn and get started building applications on the Windows Azure platform, I encourage you to:
Imagine Cup is a Big Deal!! Imagine Cup is the world’s premier student technology competition in witch 350.000 students from 183 countries compete for international recognition and cash prizes. In July, 106 student teams from 75 countries will celebrate Imagine Cup’s 10th Anniversary by competing in the Worldwide Finals in Sydney, Australia. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Imagine Cup with 1.65 million students from 190 countries participating in the competition during the past decade.
They did it again! 2 Belgian teams “Make a Sign” & “Hotfix_windows” will represent Belgium on the Worldwide Finals in Sydney. After 4 months of hard work and dedication, these 2 Belgian teams can be proud on their performance – making us now amongst the best performing countries in Imagine Cup 2012 : there are only 9 West-European teams and 104 teams worldwide still in running. And again not a coincidence that the teams come from 2 of our best schools in the country HOWEST/DAE in Kortrijk and HEPL in Liege that both have a long Imagine Cup participation track including some finals positions.
These are the 2 Belgian entries making it to the finals:
Team Hotfix_Windows – We influence the world we live in. Learn via a game how you can create a positive impact on world. Developed by 4 students of Hogeschool West Vlaanderen (Howest) in the digital arts & entertainment faculty.
Team: Make A Sign – Imagine you could not hear or speak? Social interaction would all of a sudden become much more complex. 3 students from Haute Ecole Provinciale Liege (HEPL) have developed an application based on Kinect technology to construct a sign database for all languages, and learn in a very convenient and fun way how to communicate correctly.
Each quarter Microsoft awards passionate technical community leaders with the Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award recognizing they are top-tier technology influencers and outstanding community contributors. In Belgium most of them are full time professionals doing IT for a living, with some exceptions that are teachers or just passionate users.
Microsoft began the MVP Awards many years ago as a way to recognize members of the general public who devoted their time and technical expertise to helping users in various online technical forums. Over time, the program evolved, and awards are given to members of technical communities worldwide for their contributions to communities including third-party Web sites, user groups, blogs and wikis. MVP Awards are given directly by Microsoft Corp and not by the local BeLux subsidiary.
Below is the list of all 46 new and existing MVP’s for Belgium cross a wealth of technologies from Dynamics CRM and ERP, over Exchange, SQL and Azure, and consumer security and Xbox. Congratulations to all of you especially the new ones on the list !!! I’ve added the Twitter address for most of them so feel free to start following those in your domain of technology.
To become an MVP, candidates are nominated by other community individuals, Microsoft, or in some cases themselves. Candidates are rigorously evaluated for their technical expertise, community leadership, and voluntary community contributions for the previous year.
Are you interested in hearing more about the MVP Award from some of our leadership team? Check out this video created by Visual C# MVP David Giard about what the MVP Award means to the technical community, what it means to Microsoft, and how MVPs are selected. Please visit the nomination page to nominate a community leader to be considered for an MVP Award.
Why is Microsoft changing the Microsoft Certification program?
Microsoft’s new certifications help bridge the IT skills gap as new jobs are created by the cloud demand deeper understanding and more rigorous trainings.
As Microsoft technology moves to the cloud, so does its certification program.
What key changes is Microsoft making to the program?
Microsoft Certification Program is raising the bar, evolving with the cloud to ensure relevance and competitive advantage in the industry.
Microsoft Certifications now validate a broader and deeper set of skills to build Microsoft technology solutions in the cloud or on-premise, a more comprehensive approach than certifications about individual components or aspects of a single Microsoft technology.
What do the new certification acronyms MCSA, MCSE or MCSM stand for?
Microsoft Certified SolutionsAssociate(MCSA)
Microsoft Certified SolutionsExpert (MCSE) or Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer(MCSD)
Microsoft Certified SolutionsMaster (MCSM).
What do the new skill levels and certifications encompass?
The Associate Level comprises the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification, which provides a clear starting point for job seekers early in their technology career. It represents a foundation and is the prerequisite certification necessary to earn an MCSE.
The Expert Level comprises the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) or its developer equivalent, Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD), and is Microsoft’s flagship certification for individuals who want to lead their organization’s transition to the cloud. These certifications recognize IT professionals and developers with broadand deep skill sets across Microsoft solutions.
The Master Level is the Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM) certification that differentiates the select few from their peers and represents the highest bar of knowledge and skills validation.
The best path to cloud certifications is to complete your Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) – or Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) certification and upgrade to the equivalent MCSE certifications when they become available with the“Two for One” exam offer.
The “Banque et Caisse d’Epargne de l’Etat” (BCEE) is a full service bank in Luxembourg. They are not only held in high esteem by the rating agencies, but are also pretty innovative in their customer approach. With the Samsung SUR40/Microsoft Surface v2 only recently released on the market BCEE has opened the first Natural User Interface driven branch office.
iNUI Studio, the Luxembourgish startup of the year in 2011, has developed an innovative sales support banking solution based on the brand new Samsung SUR40/Microsoft Surface 2.0. The solution allows the sales agent to place their clients in the middle of the decision making process through manipulation of all documents in a very intuitive natural user interface. The project uses both formats, a “TouchTable” and “TouchWall”.
While planning the next 4 months of local readiness events the team came up with this great “new way” of navigating the readiness system: a map. Yes jut like a subway or metro map. Pick your destination and follow the route.
The Windows 8 Metro Map is your guide to your app in Windows store. We have a great ride outlined! Get it now.
If you missed TechDays 2012 … bad luck there is no way to bring you back the whole 10th anniversary experience. The good news however is that we’ve just posted the digital version with recordings of each of the sessions so you can learn from the best.
From now on, you can browse all the sessions, view them online or download to your favorite media player + download the slides.
We welcomed many top speakers like Scott Guthrie, Brian Keller, Jeff Prosise, … in the developer track and Ward Ralston, Corey Heynes, John Craddock, … in the IT Pro track.
Happy learning and feel free to share your thoughts about TechDays 2012 via #techdaysbe or #msdnbe
Negen maanden na de intentieverklaring om samen een Microsoft Innovation Center (MIC) Vlaanderen op te richten zijn de verschillende actoren klaar voor een officieel lanceringsevent. Deze lancering vindt op 19 maart simultaan plaats in Genk en Kortrijk, niet toevallig de twee innovatieve en ondernemende steden waar MIC Vlaanderen zal beschikken over een operationele locatie.
Via videoverbinding zullen speeches en debatten door Ministers Kris Peeters, Jo Vandeurzen, General Manager Philippe Rogge van Microsoft België, en andere gastsprekers op beide locaties te volgen zijn.
18:30 Introductie met verschillende sprekers 19:00 Keynote door General Manager Microsoft België Philippe Rogge over MIC Vlaanderen vzw gevolgd door een debat met Vlaams minister van Welzijn, Volksgezondheid en Gezin Jo Vandeurzen (Flanders’Care) en andere betrokkenen. 19:50 Startschot door Vlaams minister-president Kris Peeters. 20:00 Receptie en netwerking in Genk en in Kortrijk.
We’re looking for feedback from Belgian developers on the use of their tools, languages and platform they target. NO YOU DON’T need to be a Microsoft addict or even developing on the Microsoft platform, all developers are equal (at least for this survey ).
So thank you for taking the time to fill in our short developer survey. The survey is anonymous and no personal data will be stored. If you would like to take part in the give-away of the Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phone, please answer the contest question and provide your e-mail address at the very end of the survey. By entering the contest, you are conclusively deemed to have agreed to be bound by the general terms and conditions.
If you’re still not sure whether you should believe the FUD (Fear Uncertainty and Doubt) that some are spreading to scare companies away from cloud computing you should certainly read these 2 papers and form your own opinion.
Law Enforcement and Cloud Computing is an article from Linklaters a Belgian Law firm in which they discuss these 2 perspectives: “From anEU perspective, concerns have recently been voiced about the access to data by US law enforcement agencies under the so-called USA PATRIOT Act. However, EU law enforcement agencies also have broad powers to access information placed in the cloud. From a cloud user’s perspective, this essentially means that sound information management practice, not the USA Patriot Act or similar laws in other countries, should govern decisions regarding what data is appropriate for what range of storage sites, including use of cloud services.
To view more of Law Enforcement and Cloud Computing piece click here”
UK Cloud Computing Interception – nothing new in this article from Olswang they discuss the UK situation but that is the same for the rest of Europe.
“Some UK cloud-computing customers are concerned that they should
not entrust US cloud-providers with their data for fear of US law
enforcement interception. If interception is so much of a concern they should not only avoid US cloud providers but also should avoid using the UK’s telephone, the Internet, and the postal system. The interception of communications, whether stored in the 21st Century cloud or sealed in 16th Century scrolls, and whether here in the UK or in the US, is nothing new. All communications data, where justified, may be intercepted by the State’s watchful and proportional eye.”
Free Web Camps are back again! This time you can register for any of the four confirmed one-day events to learn more about Open source web apps and get to some practical hands-on HTML5 coding experience.
If you are wondering how to take advantage of HTML5 and CSS3, use and deploy a free open source app like Umbraco, Orchard, Drupal, or others or simply want to program your own website, then this event is for you.
Practical details @ Microsoft Belgium on these dates:
Couple of years back we’ve launched 3 Spark programs that help startups, students and young web agencies succeed with quite some resources including access to the top level SKUs of quite some software. It felt like time for a repost
Software: Get immediate access to Microsoft development tools, platform technologies, and production licenses of server products (including Windows Azure Platform) for use in developing and bringing to market innovative and interoperable solutions.
Business Support: Receive business and technical training at highly subsidized costs or in many cases, no costs; Receive two technical support incidents per startup; Receive access to MSDN Ultimate; Get connected to BizSpark Network Partners.
Visibility: Get marketing visibility in front of an audience of potential investors, customers, partners and journalists and tap into a rich, vibrant ecosystem of peers, partners, and support resources around the globe.
Software: professional-level developer and design tools to students and educators around the world at no charge. These Microsoft tools will help you advance your learning and skills through technical design, technology, math, science, and engineering activities.
Get training: access to a carload of technical training by reading, doing and watching.
Get Paid for Your windows Phone Apps: You get the same tools professional developers and designers have, and you can sell your mobile applications and make money! We’re waiving the $99 registration fee and giving you the first 100 application submissions for free!!
Microsoft WebsiteSpark for Web designers and developers: Software: provides access to a technology offering for development and production hosting of websites.
Get training: Receive business and technical training; Receive two technical support incidents per startup; Receive access to MSDN Ultimate;
Entreprendre ? Se lancer ?
Quels sont les secrets de ceux qui réussissent ?
Les patrons qui réussissent ont-ils juste eu de la chance ? LA bonne idée suffirait-elle ?
Découvrez les secrets du succès de patrons belges grâce à Innov@MIC mini qui se déroulera le 26 octobre prochain, à 17h00 à Louvain-La-Neuve.
Bruno Segers, CEO de RealDolmen et patron de start-ups nous livrera ses conseils.
Olivier de Wasseige, CEO de Défimedia, nous relatera son parcours depuis 1999 et partagera également son expérience en tant que capital risqueur auprès de jeunes entreprises.
Raphaël Gazon, psychothérapeute, nous expliquera l’importance de l’intelligence émotionnelle dans la réussite. En conclusion, les 5 clés de la réussite.
Bruno Segers, CEO de Real Dolmen et ex-patron de Microsoft mais également à la tête d’une start-up, viendra nous livrer ses conseils..avec une “vue de Flandres”. Bruno Segers est à l’heure actuelle également associé chez All Together, une plateforme jouant le rôle de catalyseur entre les différentes entreprises et initiatives relatives à l’entrepreneuriat, l’innovation et la création d’une réelle société du savoir. Il siège également au conseil d’administration de l’IBBT, le centre de recherches du gouvernement flamand, ainsi que dans d’autres entreprises dont City Live.
Olivier de Wasseige, fondateur de DefinITion en 1999, il est désormais CEO de Defimedia SA , né de la fusion entre DefinITion et IMedia. Hyper-actif, Olivier de Wasseige a récemment lancé Internet Attitude; une coopérative d’investissement afin de soutenir le développement de jeunes entreprises spécialisées dans le web et les nouvelles technologies. Il est également administrateur de l’Union Wallonne des Entreprises et de l’Infopôle (Cluster TIC).
Raphaël Gazon est psychologue et psychothérapeute cognitivo-comportementaliste. Il est actif dans le développement de traitements psychothérapeutiques innovants et anime régulièrement des conférences sur l’intelligence émotionnelle, la gestion du stress…
Raphaël Gazon présentera comment certains processus émotionnels peuvent interférer avec la réussite d’un projet professionnel. Il développera ensuite la notion d’intelligence émotionnelle comme facteur de succès dans la vie.
MIC’s ThursDay’s are opportunity for you to meet your peers and discuss about best practices in the IT industry in Brussels ! You are also welcome to reach out to the MIC Brussels team members during the event, who will help you find which part of the MIC Brussels program would fit best for you.
Agenda (from 15:00 to 17:30)
Welcome by the MIC Brussels team
How to innovate and how to sell in the Public Sector, by Baudouin Urbain, Public Sector Director at Microsoft Belux
How the Cloud answers SMEs IT needs, by David Hernie, IT Evangelist and Architect at Microsoft Belux
Best Practice sharing from Getyoo, the startup that will connect you to anything ! New: Getyoo is now investing the tourism sector and will allow tourist to interact with monuments, shops, expositions… The new project, “Brussels experience”, is an interactive city-tour like no other. Be among the first to hear about this project on MIC’s thursDay!
Wrap up & closing drinks
We are looking forward to seeing you on October the 20th at MIC’s thursDay, :-)
Join us if you are inspired by working with IT partners and making successful!
The Tele-Partner Account Manager (T-PAM) role is responsible for managing a portfolio of partners over the phone. The Partner Account Manager will drive partner commitment to Microsoft, drive interest for and adoption of Microsoft Technology, reach revenue and pipeline targets as well as deliver a high level of partner satisfaction in a fast paced, highly accountable environment.
Core T- PAM accountabilities include: Partner business planning, Partner technology adoption, revenue target attainment, and partner relationship management. Key traits of a world class T-PAM include a deep working knowledge of the partner ecosystem and her/his portfolio; excellent, well managed relationships; a sense of urgency that every deal and partner counts; and proactive actions to exceed adoption of Microsoft Technology that can make the partner more successful.
This role is a vendor positionwith a strong collaboration with the Microsoft Partner team and allowing strong personal growth in a professional result driven organization.
Earlier this week we’ve published a major release of Windows Phone. It’s an important update that offers hundreds of new features to the phone, marketplace and for developers that target the platform. Here is the official blog post on the WindowsPhone team Blog. We target to update 98% of phone customers worldwide within the next four weeks.
What’s hot for Belgian developers? First, we’ve simplified payout and taxes administration by eliminating the need to provide an ITIN on your W-8 to take advantage of a reduced withholding rate. A blog post will follow with the new simplified procedure and we will organize a webcast for your Q&A in November.. Stay tune #wp7be or #wp7dev or follow David Hernie who’s our Phone Champ.
Develop & publish or republish your great apps, we will help you to promote it through the marketplace and our brand new website ‘The Belgium Windows Phone Page‘ (NL) or (FR).
Last point, save the date(s)
Oct 25- 26 (FR version) Nov 9-10 (EN version)- We organize 2 deep development technical trainings- No marketing blala – 2 days to learn how to develop, publish and promote your Windows Phone 7 Apps. We will lend you phones to test your development, help you to promote your app, understand concept of the Live tiles – Cloud integration or how to use the Advertising SDK and get more revenue. It’s free – all details are here : WP7 technical training organized in Belgium
Already save the date for Nov 3th – We “The UX tour” landing in Belgium: all you want to know about Design, HTML5, Web & Phone with international speakers and latest technology trends .. Stay tune, we arrive with all info.
Learn from the best
Register now for Microsoft Connect on October 11th! Connect is the yearly gathering for the Microsoft partner community where Microsoft introduces you to its roadmap for the upcoming year. During the ISV morning breakout you’ll have the opportunity to learn how 3 of your colleague ISV’s (Quesd, Rhea, Winbooks) successfully made the move to Azure. On top of that we’ll provide an ISV update on where you can find more information about the upcoming Windows 8. Luc Van de Velde, Director Developer & Platform group Register for Connect
Windows 8 changes everything
Be amongst the first to build applications for the next version of Windows. Send your developers over to the Windows Developer Center to download the Windows Developer Preview and get them prepared for the future! Nick Trogh, Developer Evangelist
Get your application into the spotlight and sell them online
Microsoft just announced the upcoming availability of the Windows Azure Marketplace in 25 new markets, including Belgium! So learn how to get started here and make sure to submit your application by next month! Christophe Van Mollekot, Partner Account Manager ISV
Get inspired: grow your business through adopting the SaaS model
Read how Credenza Software managed to expand its market base from 30 to 600 customers in only one year by redesigning its business model thanks to Windows Azure! Discover how Credenza leveraged the cloud to grow its business. Hermien Heveraet, Telepartner Account Manager