On Saturday, September 6, Microsoft Azure MVP Michael McKeown, Principal Cloud Solutions Architect for Aditi Technologies (www.michaelmckeown.com) hosted the first Azure Partner Boot Camp in Charlotte NC. Over 75 attendees spent a day meeting each other, talking Cloud, eating pizza, and listening to great Azure sessions. There were three main tracks. Understanding Azure was more for decision makers and focused on business reasons why Azure and the Cloud makes sense. It also discussed business advantages and common Cloud architectural patterns. Developing Azure was focused on developing Azure applications looking at Azure technologies like Azure Media and Mobile Services, Azure Cache, and specific examples of end-to-end Azure applications. The Administering Azure track for IT Pros rounded out the remainder of the sessions. This covered common topics like Azure Virtual Networks, Common IaaS issues, the Azure Resource Manager, Azure Storage, and the recently introduced Azure Automation.
Jeff Nuckolls, VP of Cloud Services, from Aditi kicked off the conference with the keynote speech. Jeff spoke about the Internet of Things and even demoed some sensor hardware live on stage. Then speakers from Microsoft corporate and the Southeast, Aditi Technologies, and RDA Corporation delivered the sessions for the three tracks. RDA provided five speakers at the event and was a main contributor logistically to the success of the conference. In the end there was an Xbox given away (the original winner was not present so had to redraw!), two $250 gift certs to New Egg, and multiple Xbox games and video hardware. The plan is to do this again next year but a bit later in the year so as not to have to fight the sunny 85 degree Saturday weather!