SSW Update - He's back! Architecture Clinic with Juval Löwy
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G'day Developers!

At SSW we spend a lot of time improving our processes to get solutions tested and into production as efficiently as possible. Part of this effort is implementing continuous deployment using Team Foundation Server and MS Build.

You may have noticed the footer on announcing that our website is under constant continuous deployment. That means whenever one of our developers checks in a change to the website into TFS, the website is built, all tests are run, and it’s deployed straight to our servers. All this without any manual intervention!

It’s not just our internal projects that are under continuous deployment, however. We have implemented similar stories for many of our clients enabling us to push automatically-tested changes directly to staging servers without any manual intervention. That way, even small changes will be immediately available for testing. This process saves a huge amount of time and lets our developers focus on what really matters – writing great products for our clients.

Want to implement continuous integration, TFS or improve your build and deployment process in your organisation? Call us on +61 2 9953 3000 to speak to one of our experts.

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*NEW* Featured Event:
Juval Löwy - Architecture Clinic (5 day course)

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Only 1 month to go!

Juval Löwy - Architecture Clinic
Monday 12th - Friday 16th March 2012
9:00am - 6:00pm
Gateway Court Suite 10
81 - 91 Military Road
Neutral Bay, NSW
Cost: $2,600

Juval Löwy's Architecture Clinics offer instruction on the IDesign Method along with obtaining practical experience through a comprehensive hands-on approach. The clinic combines elements of teamwork, peer-critiqued, and an IDesign Master architect review, which allows each participant to depart not only with the architecture and design diagrams for their particular system, but also with expertise that would otherwise take years of on-the-job-experience to obtain.

The Architecture Clinic is designed to guide and accelerate your exposure to the practices of modern software design. It is a 5 day highly interactive event where you will learn, improve, and exercise software architecture skills, all based on the IDesign Method – a breakthrough, battle-proven approach to software architecture that has shown up to 80% reduction in the effort and time required for architecting, designing, and implementing software solutions. Through its application, it produces an easy-to-follow blueprint for the construction of a software system, while covering all the important aspects involved.

During the Clinic, you will architect several systems, most of them based on real-world problems brought in by the Clinic’s participants (and you may offer a system for the team to work on as well, which could be a nice side benefit). Through guided practice, you will exercise the IDesign Method and become proficient at it - the Clinic will be run by an IDesign Architect. Along the way we will walk you through the steps of the Method, share insight, inform best practices, and also help develop the “soft skills” that are so important to success. In normal day-to-day work, this type of knowledge and insight can take many years to attain. The Clinic will shorten your learning curve through our years of deep industry experience, and provide a perfect forum for focused, high caliber discussions and mentorship.

12-16 March 2012
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3 Day Scrum Training - Intensive Developer Course


New year, new format!

Intensive 3-day Professional Scrum Developer course
Cost: $2995 +GST PP
Brisbane, Melbourne, San Francisco, Beijing, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra
NEW Scrum Training Course

Professional Scrum Developer courses teach students how to work in a team, using modern software engineering practices, to develop an increment of potentially releasable functionality using a specific technology platform. Students learn to do so within the Scrum framework doing iterative incremental development.

Classes are exercise-driven, with students working in self-organizing teams to develop “done” increments from Product Backlog items.

Course at a Glance

This 3-day Professional Scrum Developer .NET course is a mix of lecture, demonstration, group discussion, simulation, and hands-on software development. The bulk of the course will be spent working as a team on a case study application delivering increments of new functionality in mini-sprints. Here is the course at a glance:


Note: Scrum fundamentals are not covered in this 3-day course. If you are not experienced with Scrum fundamentals, the 5 day course is still available.

Scrum either through working on a Scrum Team or through taking part in a Professional Scrum Foundations course.

San Francisco
21 FEB 2012
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20 MAR 2012
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24 APR 2012
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1 MAY 2012
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8 MAY 2012
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22 MAY 2012
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29 MAY 2012
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3 JULY 2012
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10 JULY 2012
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17 JULY 2012
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24 JULY 2012
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*NEW* Microsoft BI Bootcamp: SQL Server 2008 R2 and Office 2010

Juval Lowy

New course!

Microsoft BI Bootcamp: SQL Server 2008 R2 and Office 2010
Cost: $3500 +GST PP
Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Perth
NEW Microsoft BI Bootcamp

Written and presented by industry experts, this intensive five-day workshop gives professional developers the information and hands-on experience they need to deliver state-of-the-art, integrated reporting and analytics solutions using Microsoft Business Intelligence.

Delivering the right information in the right format at the right time to all users in the organization—that is Microsoft’s Business Intelligence (BI) strategy and vision for enterprise information management. Microsoft’s integrated BI tools enable developers to create effective solutions that information workers use every day to find meaningful patterns in the vast sea of data they collect and to use that insight to quickly respond to changing business conditions.

On completion of this workshop attendees will be able to position different types of Business Intelligence solutions, from enterprise data warehousing to data marts to real-time operational reporting and analytics. Attendees will learn how to design and build powerful integrated solutions that provide users with rich reporting, analysis, visualization and performance management capabilities by targeting operational data from an existing line-of-business application using the Microsoft Business Intelligence platform.

Attendees will work through 32 practical hands-on labs to build a complete BI solution by the end of the workshop.

Register early for these courses and pay only $2975!

20 FEB 2012
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26 MAR 2012
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16 APR 2012
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*NEW* SharePoint 101 for Business Webinar -
What every business person should know about SharePoint 2010


Tuesday 21st February 2012

11.00am - 12.00pm
Cost: No Charge

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SharePoint 2010 is a very powerful collaboration tool and one of Microsoft's most popular business products. Many business people have heard about SharePoint but struggle to understand exactly how SharePoint can improve their business processes. Decision makers who are interested in using SharePoint, can find it hard to find the right information to help them make informed decisions.

A search on Google will provide a lot of technical information on SharePoint 2010, but this information can be difficult for a non IT person to understand. This webinar presents the features and business case to use SharePoint in terms that all business people can understand.

Webinar Objectives

This webinar will provide the attendee with:

  • An broad understanding of the SharePoint feature set
  • An in depth understanding of how key features of SharePoint can enhance business processes
  • An understanding of the costs, timelines, staff involvement and commitment a business will incur when implementing SharePoint
  • This webinar is presented in layman terms which staff in all departments can understand

*NEW* Windows Azure Webinar - What you need to know about moving your Apps


Thursday 23rd February 2012

11.00am - 12.00pm
Cost: No Charge

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More and more companies are moving their infrastructure to the cloud. Driven by the low costs in terms of hardware, bandwidth and the promised reduction in support staff to maintain the infrastructure. So is moving to the cloud the right decision for your business?

Join Solution Architect Eric Phan as he shows you the what, why and how of moving your apps to the cloud. There will be lots of time for live questions.

Webinar Objectives

This webinar will provide the attendee with:

  • An understanding of the benefits of moving your app to Windows Azure
  • The reasons why the cloud may not be a good decision for your business
  • An understanding of the steps required for converting your applications to Windows Azure
  • Ample time to ask questions from the presenter

Sydney .NET User Group -
The best place to learn .NET for free in Sydney

User Group

6 Days to go!

Sydney .NET User Group
Wednesday 15th Feb 2012
5:45pm - 9:00pm
SSW Head Office
Gateway Court, Suite 13
81-91 Military Road, Neutral Bay

Mastering the Art of Web Development with Kendo UI

Speaker: John Bristowe

Kendo UI is a HTML5, jQuery-based framework for building modern HTML apps. Kendo UI combines the best of emerging HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript technologies with robust, cross-browser techniques to deliver a framework that is both powerfully rich and broadly compatible with older browsers.

In this session, you'll learn how Kendo UI combines everything that a developer needs to build a rich JavaScript app, eliminating the traditional challenge of manually researching and combining all of the needed plug-ins, frameworks, and libraries needed to build apps.


John Bristowe (@JohnBristowe) is a Developer Evangelist with Telerik and is based out of Sydney, Australia. Prior to joining Telerik, he was a Senior Developer Evangelist with Microsoft.

John’s passion lies in modern web standards like HTML5 and CSS3. John is also an experienced speaker and frequently presents at developer conferences and events.

John has many years of experience developing software for operating systems such as the BeOS, variants of Linux and UNIX and, of course, Windows. He has also spent a great deal of time building Web and rich client applications. John is passionate about assisting the technical community and spends much of his time talking to students, teachers, and professionals in the industry.

To see more details and RSVP, please visit our Facebook .NET Group or our LinkedIn .NET Group.

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Sydney .Net User Group proudly sponsored by:

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*RELAUNCH* Canberra .NET User Group -
The best place to learn .NET for free in Canberra

Thank you all very much for your feedback and responses for our survey in previous newsletters. It was fantastic to get an idea of what you want so that we can make Canberra .NET User Group great!

We will be back with regular sessions on the 3rd Monday of every month with more opportunities to hear from a range of technical experts and early adopters, keen to share their expertise and experiences with you.

The Canberra .NET User Group is a great place to learn new skills, share your own expertise, socialise, and create contacts within the industry.

In order to create an event of a high standard, Adam Stephensen, an SSW solution architect, looks forward to a leading role in its implementation. He welcomes any feedback and would love to hear from you.

Adam will be the first to present at the Canberra .NET User Group with a talk on Continuous Integration on the 19th of March.

We look forward to seeing you there!

User Group

Relaunching in March!

Canberra .NET User Group
Monday 19th March 2012
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Microsoft Canberra Branch
Walter Turnbull Building
Level 2, 44 Sydney Ave
Canberra, Australia

Continuous Delivery with Visual Studio and TFS

Deploying early and often delivers business value fast, generates early customer feedback and ensures ‘Go Live’ day ends with Champaign and not a sleepless night. See how easy it is to set-up continuous delivery, and why it is an investment you should be making today!

To see more details and RSVP, please visit our facebook .NET Group or our LinkedIn .NET Group.

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Queensland MSDN User Group

User Group

12 Days to go!

Queensland MSDN User Group
Tuesday 21st Feb 2012
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Microsoft Brisbane office,
Level 28, 400 George St, Brisbane

From Desktop to Everywhere with ASP.NET MVC 3 and 4

Speaker: Damian Brady

Mobile devices like tablets and phones are quickly becoming the primary way people access the web. So why do so many websites still provide a horrible mobile experience?

With ASP.NET MVC, it's easier than ever to literally put your site in the palm of everyone's hand. MVC 3 has many features that allow you to target mobile devices with different layout and even content. The recent developer preview of MVC 4 makes things even easier and shows that Microsoft is really thinking about web-enabled devices.

In this demo-heavy session, Damian Brady will show some different techniques and third-party libraries that make targeting mobile devices easy, both in MVC3 and in the Developer Preview of MVC4.

NB: If you saw Damian's talk at DDD Brisbane last November, rest assured he’ll be delving even deeper into the best way to target mobile sites and he’ll focus more on what MVC 4 will bring to the table.


Damian is a Senior Software Architect and Microsoft Certified Professional who has run the Brisbane SSW Office since early 2011.

With over ten years of experience both in software development and business analysis roles, Damian has had exposure to a large number of industries including government and finance. A software architect with a wide skillset, he is able to use his excellent technical skills and knowledge of business process to deliver the most effective solutions to our clients.

His main loves are helping Scrum teams run smoothly and effectively, and delivering great ASP.NET MVC web application. He has also had extensive experience in .Net WinForms applications, mobile-targeted websites, and SQL Server.

Damian is very active in the Brisbane developer community and is a regular speaker at both the Queensland MSDN and Queensland ALM user groups. He also runs the DeveloperDeveloperDeveloper conference each year in Brisbane.

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SSW Update

February 2012


SharePoint Developer

Are you looking to establish a career working with the latest software technology for a large range of great organisations? Do you enjoy managing your own clients in a fun, fast-paced and dynamic environment?
SSW has been the leading Microsoft technology company in Sydney for 21 years. We require an enthusiastic SharePoint developer to start ASAP.

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Senior Designer

SSW is looking for a highly talented front-end Web Designer who is passionate about creating great standards-based Web 2.0 sites. This role requires the understanding of how people behave in certain contexts and how various stimuli and circumstances can affect individual thought processes in social and professional situations.
You will be working with both creative designers and the development team in various challenging projects. This role requires someone who is able to communicate effectively with both disciplines together with creating aesthetically pleasing design prototypes, including graphic design, site navigation, and layout of content.

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