Microsoft Ignite: Content Catalog Deep Dive

February 3, 2015

I have been playing around with the Microsoft Ignite Content Catalog and  must say I like what I see.

There are currently 274 282 371 Ignite Sessions listed in the Catalog and I think there will be more then a thousand sessions when the conference kicks of on Star Wars Day, May the 4:th.

So back to the Content Catalog with that huge amount of sessions there needs to be a great way to sort out the sessions. The session catalog of Microsoft Ignite is the best I have seen so far.

The catalog is dynamic in multiple dimensions and will automatically react to the settings you define. The result is a personalized list of sessions.

The Search Session Catalog function gives you the ability to search the entire catalog for keywords.

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A quick look in the Products list displays 0 Azure Pack sessions but the search returns two hits at the moment. So don’t be alarmed if the topic you are looking for isn’t displayed, do a search for it. 🙂

Dynamic filters

On the left side are the filters sorted into six areas, Audiences, Topics, Formats, Products, Themes and Levels

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Simply click the area/areas of interest and  the list will dynamically change to display the sessions associated with your selection.

Lets say you want to learn the best practices in upgrading SQL Server. You click SQL Server in the Products section, Best Practices in the Formats section and Level 400 in the Levels section. That will direct you to the session “Upgrading and Migrating Microsoft SQL Server”

Each area displays several related categories

The Audiences area displays the sub categories, IT Influencers and Implementers, Enterprise Developers, IT Decision Makers and Architects

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In Topics we find Deployment & Implementation, Usage & Adoption, Development, Security & Access Management, Architecture, Operations & Management, Governance & Compliance, Upgrade & Migration

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Formats lets you choose; Overview, Best Practices, Deep Dive, How to, What’s New, Pre-Day Sessions, Business Value, Strategy, Customer Showcase

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Products, listed at the moment are:
Office 365, Azure, Exchange, SharePoint, Windows, Skype for Business, SQL Server, Visual Studio, Office Client, Yammer, Windows Server, OneDrive, Delve, System Center, Project, Surface, Visual Studio Online, Microsoft Intune, Application Insights, Team Foundation Server, Visio, .NET, ASP.NET, Azure Pack, Dynamics

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Themes lists Productivity and Collaboration, Cloud, Big Data, Mobility, Unified Communications, Security and Compliance, Social and Internet of Things

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All sessions are graded into Levels, 400, 300, 200, 100

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Level 100;
is an introductory and overview session. Assumes little or no expertise with topic and covers topic concepts, functions, features, and benefits.

Level 200;
means intermediate leveled content will be presented. Assumes 100-level knowledge and provides specific details about the topic.

Level 300;
this session contains advanced material. Assumes 200-level knowledge, in-depth understanding of features in a real-world environment, and strong coding skills. Provides a detailed technical overview of a subset of product/technology features, covering architecture, performance, migration, deployment, and development.

Level 400;
this is the expert session often with detailed material. Assumes a deep level of technical knowledge and experience and a detailed, thorough understanding of topic. Provides expert-to-expert interaction and coverage of specialized topics.

This concludes my initial explanation of the Microsoft Ignite Catalog. I will continue this exploration when future functions are reviled. The schedule building process very much involves knowledge of the content catalog.

Have you registered yet? Go to the Microsoft Ignite Registration page and do it today

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I hope we meet in Chicago…

Ahh I also found a currently hidden section in the content catalog when I poked around. The hidden section called Roles and I expect it to be reviled soon, perhaps in combination with the schedule builder function of the catalog. The list contains sub categories that will add further filtering options.

  • IT Generalist
  • CIO, CTO, CISO, or Chief or Sr. Architect
  • Cloud Services Architect/Administrator
  • Director of MIS, IS, or IT
  • Technical or Business Consultant
  • Mgr, Cloud Services, Planning, & Support
  • Cloud Services Support
  • Cloud Services/Business Systems Analyst
  • Security/Storage/Web Admins
  • Mgr, App Development & Support
  • Systems/Network/Datacntr Admin
  • Technology Trainer or Teacher
  • Chief or Sr. Architect
  • Mgr, Infrastructure, Networking, or Datacenter
  • CEO or CFO or COO
  • Help Desk/Call Center Support
  • Power Users
  • VP of MIS, IS, or IT
  • Business Analyst
  • Journalists
  • LOB Managers
  • Researchers
  • VP or Executive/Senior Vice President
  • Database, BI & Data Warehouse Admin
  • Owner/Partner
  • President/Chairman
  • Sales
  • Unofficial IT Person (Office Manager, SMB Owner)
  • Chief Officer
  • Social Manager
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The TechEd Europe Apps – part 1

October 15, 2014
There are some apps that are really useful during TechEd Europe and with less then two weeks to go we better start learning how to use them.

ch9

In this blog post I will cover the Ch9 Events app. In the app you will sync your schedule and receive updates to the content catalog, before and during the conference.

In an upcoming post I will cover theKrewe apps for Windows Phone and Windows 8.x.

Start by downloading the Ch9 Events for Windows 8,x | Windows Phone | iOS | Android

Windows 8

1 Install the app from Windows Store

2 Log in using your Microsoft Account

3 Link your account to your Channel 9 profile. click the link http://channel9.msdn.com/linkaccount

4. Pin it to the start screen

5. Enjoy

Windows Phone

1. Install the app from Windows Phone

2. Log in using your Microsoft Account

3. Link your account to your Channel 9 profile. click the link http://channel9.msdn.com/linkaccount

4. Pin it to the start screen.

5. Enjoy

Apple

1. Install the app from iTunes

2. Create a EventBoard account

3. Link your account to your Channel 9 profile. click the link http://channel9.msdn.com/linkaccount

4. Enjoy

Android

1. Install the app from Google Play

2. Create a EventBoard account

3. Link your account to your Channel 9 profile. click the link http://channel9.msdn.com/linkaccount

4. Enjoy


WordPress App for Windows Phone

August 4, 2014

I saw a tweet from my good friend and TechEd Roundtable member Dieter Rauscher about a good app for Windows Phone.

I gave a quick search and found that the app I had in mind wasn’t there to be found. Anyway here is a link to the App so you can install it on your phone.Splash

Once installed you have options to start a new blog at WordPress.com, add your blog hosted on WordPress.com or add your self-hosted wordpress blog.

AddAccount

I have blogged about creating a Azure hosted WordPress blog in 7 clicks if you would like to try that out.

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When you have created your blog or added your existing one you get to the Actions page, from there you are given options to:

  • Add a post
  • View Stats
  • Add a page
  • Blog Settings
  • View Admin
  • View Site

Swiping to the sides takes you to Comments, Posts and Pages.

To add a new blog post tap the tile and start blogging from Windows Phone to your WordPress Blogg.


Read an a Tweet about the future of Windows RT

November 25, 2013

I saw a tweet that stated that “Microsoft confirms Windows RT will die” http://m.blogs.computerworld.com/windows/23194/microsoft-confirms-windows-rt-will-die?mm_ref=http%3A%2F%2Ft.co%2FT9UBLhHS2e

In the article Preston Gralla quotes what Julie Larson-Green, in charge of Microsoft’s devices unit talked about at the UBS Global Technology Conference last week:

“We have the Windows Phone OS. We have Windows RT and we have full Windows. We’re not going to have three.”

The conclusion in the article is that it is Windows RT that will be the OS that will loose the battle.

I would say its more logic that it is the Windows Phone OS that will end up with the short straw.
The similarities between ‘full’ Windows and Windows RT is bigger and possibly easier to merge into one Windows to rule them all.
We now see 8 inch devices from various vendors so the leap to phone size form factor isn’t that large.

I believe that Windows RT in its current version won’t last but with a start screen adapted to smaller form factors we have a winner. Modern apps developed will be able to run all windows versions and with the launch of XBox One with its virtualization engine to run the apps on is already in place.

Update:

I just read Mary Jo Foley article describing this possible jurney in an excellent, as always way 🙂http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-we-arent-going-to-have-three-different-versions-of-windows-7000023593/


The CH9 Event apps has been released in the different appstores

May 21, 2013

Read möte about it on the official
TechEd blog

I really look forward to try it out in New Orleans.

Cya there


Microsoft TechEd apps found ahead of official launch

May 15, 2013

This is how you configure your device to display your TechEd schedule. I will add pictures to the instructions when I get home to my other devices 🙂

Update: If you dont get the app to sync your Schedule, do what we always tell our users, log off and on again 🙂

 

Windows 8

1. Install the app from Windows Store

2 Create a EventBoard account

3 Link your account to your Channel 9 profile. click the link http://channel9.msdn.com/linkaccount

4. Pin the Conference of your choice to the start screen

5. Enjoy

Windows Phone

1. Install the app from Windows Phone

2. Create a EventBoard account

3. Link your account to your Channel 9 profile. click the link http://channel9.msdn.com/linkaccount

4. Enter the conference of your choice.

5. Enjoy

Apple

1. Install the app from iTunes

2. Create a EventBoard account

3. Link your account to your Channel 9 profile. click the link http://channel9.msdn.com/linkaccount

4. Enjoy

Android

1. Install the app from Google Play

2. Create a EventBoard account

3. Link your account to your Channel 9 profile. click the link http://channel9.msdn.com/linkaccount

4. Enjoy


Windows Phone 7.8 update

February 6, 2013

Have you tried to update your Windows Phone to the new release 7.8 without success? I cant even count the number of times I have checked for updates in Zune without success.

I even tried to update using the manual trick found at Windows Phone Central until I made a soft reset on the device and there it was, the first update in a series of three. Now my Nokia Lumia 710 is updated and my Lumia 920 purchase is sent.

Try it out if you haven’t got the update notification on your device, you might get lucky.

By the way, yesterday i forgot to bring my other handset. I’m all in Windows Phone now 🙂