Too hot to go out? – Check this!

16 07 2015

Summer can be cruel. At first it seems to be cold and rainy all days and as soon as it gets nice, temperatures ramp up for new records. Nature has become completely digital – on or off and much too little in-between.

Well, do not yield yourself to despair and see what my friends form Pluralsight have prepared for You.
They know how to cope with digital problems!

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Camp Pluralsight is a 6 week campaign with weekly challenges and prizes. Get access to 36 free IT, dev and creative courses. It is open to everyone including current subscribers.

Weekly challenges and prizes:

  • Week 1: complete 2 PS courses for a chance to win an Apple Watch
  • Week 2: watch at least 200 minutes for a chance to win a $500 ThinkGeek gift certificate
  • Week 3: share Camp Pluralsight on Twitter get a chance to win a Surface Pro 3
  • Week 4: complete a pop culture assessment get a chance to win a Xbox One + Kinect
  • Week 5: complete a Code School course get a chance to win a Sharp 55” Smart TV
  • Week 6: watch a Pluralsight webinar get a chance to win an Alienware X51 gaming desktop

Weekly second and third prizes are annual Pluralsight and Code School subscriptions.

Complete at least 2 of the challenges above and you are entered into the grand prize drawing for:

1. Trip to Silicon Valley Comic Con

2. 2 year Pluralsight subscription

3. Han Solo mini-fridge

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Summer Camp – nearly as nice as being on the beach!

;-)

Alexander

 

Btw.:
Did I recommend watching my Pluralsight State Machine, Mobile Security and Windows Embedded Standard courses?
Have a look at them and have great fun!





IoT- too many standards? – Wait there is help!

17 06 2015

It can get quite confusing looking at all the different competing standards in IoT. However, if you really look into it, only a few of them are mature enough to really face the challenges in a connected world of devices.
One of these mature standards is OPC-UA. It is not an evolution, but a complete new development solving the problems the old implementation “OLE for Process Control” was targeting long ago on the factory floor. Back then, it was based on Microsoft OLE/DCOM Technology, which was never made for the age of the Internet. 
Fortunately this new development called “OPC – Unified Architecture” started already a few years ago and well known manufacturing companies put a lot of effort into it to guarantee robustness, security, reliability and platform independence. These investments pay-off nowadays as IoT moves to grow into mainstream. OPC-UA offers solutions to most of the challenges we, as IoT developers, are facing at the moment and a foundation with more than 450 active members are still pushing to advance the standard to the next level, which is very promising looking at the future.

 

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The great news is that Microsoft is now going to support OPC-UA as Rohit Bhargava (CTO, Worldwide Discrete Manufacturing, Enterprise and Partner Group, Microsoft) lays out in his very interesting “Don’t get left behind” blog post
If you need more technical details I highly recommend this presentation by Clemens Vasters, Principal Architect for Microsoft Azure IoT Services, and Erich Barnstedt, Microsoft Engineering Lead for Windows IoT, from the OPC Day 2015 Europe event.

Quite exciting stuff: Microsoft and OPC Foundation are shaping  a great vision  for professional, industrial grade IoT solutions!

 

Alexander





Nutzen Sie die Cloud zu Ihrem Vorteil!

21 05 2015

Unser Cloud Event in Nürnberg rückt näher!

Cloud, Azure & Sie: die ganze Wahrheit

11. Juni 2015 | 13:00 – 17:00 Uhr | Multimediaraum Südwestpark Nürnberg

 

Anmeldung unter:

http://www.nik-nbg.de/veranstaltung/cloud-azure-sie-die-ganze-wahrheit/

 

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Nutzen Sie die Gelegenheit aktuelle Themen rund um Azure, Cross-Platform und Cloud mit anerkannten Experten zu diskutieren.

 

Wir sehen uns in Nürnberg!





Industry 4.0: Internet of Things – 12.05.2015 in Regensburg

13 04 2015

Meet a bunch of visionary people that want to help you to design your next solution not as a thing on the Internet, but as something that leverages the power of the Internet of Things (IOT).

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It is all about, data, security, privacy and efficiency taken to the next level. Get to know the opportunities, fears and risks as well as approaches to sail the undiscovered seas.

Interested? Well, then the place to be is:

IHK Regensburg – Regensburg

on 12.05.2015 from 13:00 -18:00

The line-up of speakers is quite impressive, with seasoned experts from academia and industry.
Register and get all info you need to prepare yourself and your company for the new age.

 

Alexander





MVP Award 2015 – Windows Embedded

13 04 2015

Happy to announce that I was awarded as an Microsoft Most Valuable for Windows Embedded for the twelfth year in a row.

 

This is a great honor and I am looking quite excited at what Microsoft is doing regarding Embedded technologies with the upcoming technology wave, or IOT, as we say nowadays .

There is a lot of fun coming our way!

:-)

Alexander





Road To The Cloud – Munich

15 02 2015

Attention – New Date!

Thursday, April 30th, 2015
8:30 – 14:00

Dolce Munich Unterschleissheim
Andreas-Danzer-Weg 1

85716 Unterschleißheim

The ISV Cloud Event in Germany!

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Business leaders of independent software vendor organizations (ISVs) face increasing challenges in today’s software market. Many companies that have historically bought packaged software solutions are evaluating software as a service (SaaS) and cloud-backed software solutions to replace or augment their legacy software solutions. This new cloud market presents tremendous opportunity for the business leaders of established ISVs. Capturing that strategic opportunity brings not just technical changes, but fundamental shifts to your company’s business model, and a platform decision is a key component of that shift.

Join this event to learn from your peers in the industry that have leveraged the benefits of the cloud to build a successful business. You’ll hear from owners and leaders of successful software businesses about best practices and lessons learned, and gain insight about the cloud opportunity for a software business.

Attention!
This event is focused on business strategy, and is not a technical learning event.

 

Topics

Applications to Apps: The Shifting Software Market

The rapid co-evolution of hardware and software in a mobile-first, cloud-first world is changing the way ISVs do business: from concept to delivery to sales and monetization. Thriving in this evolving environment means looking at customers and the industry in a new way. In this session we’ll look at market trends and the ways many ISVs are evolving the way software is developed, marketed and sold.

Cloud Computing Models: Private, Public and Hybrid

Analysts project that SaaS applications will significantly outpace traditional software product delivery in the near future. As ISVs facing this ever-changing cloud landscape, you need to make critical decisions about your application lifecycle and hosting models. Evaluate some of those considerations, and learn how the platform you choose can support the model you determine.

Cloud Business and Cost Models

Cloud computing is less a technological revolution than it is a business revolution. In this session we’ll look at trends that are driving cloud computing and the opportunities these bring to ISV organizations to compete in the marketplace. We’ll see how cloud computing can change an ISV’s business model in potentially radical new ways and discuss concrete ways your business can grow in the modern world of software.

ISV Success Stories

Real world examples!


Your hosts

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Alexander Wechsler
CEO, Wechsler Consulting GmbH & Co. KG
Microsoft Regional Director Germany

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Marc Hoeppner
Managing Director, CEO, NeoGeo New Media GmbH 
Microsoft Regional Director Germany

Register here!





Renewed as Microsoft Regional Director for Germany

8 02 2015

Microsoft is changing at a very a fast and interesting pace and I am very happy to be able to announce being renewed as a Microsoft Regional Director for Germany.
There will be a lot of changes to the RD program and I am really looking forward to work on the future in this highly-skilled and innovative group of professionals.
The last nine years have been a tremendously exciting and rewarding ride.
:-)

  Alexander

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