BIG Infrastructure Day March 19 2013 – Brisbane, Australia

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BIG Infrastructure Day – Tuesday March 19th 2013 !

BIG Infrastructure Day is an event for System Administrators, System Engineers, Architects and other IT Pro’s that work with Microsoft Server products.

This event is an educational, informative & lively day filled with sessions from respected IT Pros, MVPs and other Community Members covering a wide variety of Microsoft server orientated topics. This years event will have a strong focus on Microsoft Office family focusing on the Server product’s including Lync, Exchange and Office 365.

BIG Infrastructure day is FREE, open to the public and is your local chance to immerse yourself in Microsoft Infrastructure!

It will be on Tuesday 19th March 2013 at the Microsoft Brisbane offices in the Brisbane CBD.

Registration is essential so that we can provide accurate numbers for catering so please check here for details. Places are limited and will go fast!


Dec 18 Melbourne SQL Server User Group. 10 extraordinary things to achieve with Integration Services 2012.


SQL Server MVP Peter Myers is presenting “10 extraordinary things to Achieve with Integration Services 2012” on Dec 18 at the Melbourne SQL Server User Group.

Register if you’d like to attend!

LIDNUG Upcoming Online Events Jan/Feb

The LinkedIn DotNet User Group has events every month and coming up in January & February 2013 are these two:

LIDNUG & Scott Guthrie XV Open Q&A
Linked .Net Users Group
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM (PST)
Topic: Windows Azure and all things .Net.

LIDNUG & RedGate: Getting Started Performance Tuning
Linked .Net Users Group
Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 10:00 AM (EST)
Topic: .Net performance tuning

NZ Windows Phone Developer MVP named Software Developer of the Year in ITEX Computerworld Awards 2012

Congratulations to Keith Patton for taking out this award! You can read the full story here.

As quoted from the article…

“The final award for Software Developer of the Year was won by Keith Patton.
Keith is CEO and lead developer for Marker Metro, the first 100 percent Windows
Apps agency. “Keith’s combination of skills is rare: an aptitude for problem
solving and technical ability combined with front-end interface skills and an
eye for detail and quality,” said the judges.

Marker Metro’s Windows Phone game, AlphaJax, was
the first New Zealand app to make it through the very stringent Xbox LIVE
process and the company is also a core contributor to the open source software
framework, Caliburn Micro.

“What really set Keith apart was his absolute
passion for software development aligned with capability and very strong ethical
values,” the judges said.”

Modern Apps, Modern Processes: Microsoft/Readify Roadshow around Australia starting Nov 14

Visual Studio ALM MVP, Richard Banks will be presenting the  Microsoft/Readify Roadshow: Modern Apps, Modern Processes starting Nov 14 in Sydney.  For session details & to register links to each location are below.

Sydney- 14th November, REGISTER HERE

Melbourne- 15th November, REGISTER HERE

Brisbane- 22nd November, REGISTER HERE

Perth- 27th November, REGISTER HERE

Canberra- 29th November, REGISTER HERE

Free Windows 8 App Workshop Nov 14 in Brisbane

Bing Maps Developer MVP, Bronwen Zande will be running a free full day Windows 8 App workshop at The Edge as part of the National Telework Week celebrations.


In this workshop Bronwen will introduce you to the world of Windows 8 RT apps. The workshop is intended to give you a kick-start when it comes to planning and building your app on Windows 8.

When: 10-5pm November 14, 2012

Where: The Edge, State Library of Queensland, Southbank

Cost: Free

Full details here

Registration/Expression of Interest here

Microsoft SQL Server 2012: What’s New in the Database Platform. Wed Nov 14 presentation in Sydney

The release of Microsoft SQL 2012 server revolutionizes how organisations will deploy highly-available and scalable database solutions on premise, and in the cloud. Microsoft has also taken the opportunity, with this release, to redesign their certification programme “for the cloud”.

In this seminar Victor Isakov (Microsoft Certified Architect, Microsoft Certified Master and Microsoft Valuable Professional (MVP)) will explore the key new features for the Data Platform in SQL Server 2012. This seminar will enable both IT professionals and decision makers to evaluate the functionality and business value of SQL Server and help mitigate the risks inherent in an upgrade scenario.


  • New SQL Server certification
  • SQL Server 2012 courses
  • Licensing and Edition changes
  • SQL Server AlwaysOn technology for Mission Critical environments
  • Performance and Scalability improvements
  • What’s new for database administrators
  • What’s new for developers
  • Upgrade process
  • Business benefits of upgrading to SQL Server 2012

 Date: Wednesday, 14th November 2012

5:00 – 5:30 Registration (light food and beverage will be provided)

5:30 – 6:30pm Presentation


Saxons Training Facilities

Level 10, 10 Barrack Street, Sydney

Microsoft SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas next week – catch up with local MVPs

There are a few AUS & NZ MVPs attending the Microsoft SharePoint Conference next week in Las Vegas so if you’re heading over you can meet up with our locals at The Community Hub/booth to catch an update about the Asia Pacific SharePoint Community with leaders / MVP’s from Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and beyond!  This will be on Wednesday, November 14  11:30-12:00 PM