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Auckland Connected Systems User Group

The Auckland Connected Systems User Group was launched at the end of May 2008. We have meetings in Auckland, New Zealand, every other month unless we get an impromptu speaker. On this website you will find information about the group's meetings, register for meetings, subscribe to our newsletter and get the latest group news.

This Microsoft user group was created to bring together everyone working with or interested in BizTalk, WCF, WF and other connected systems technologies.


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 Previous Sessions

Scalable Windows Azure Patterns
Windows Azure provides you with the capabilities to infinitely scale your applications, but how do you achieve this effectively and efficiently. In this session we will introduce the patterns and anti-patterns of scalability on the Windows Azure platform, demonstrating how to leverage connected systems technologies like the Azure AppFabric Service Bus to achieve scale, and an implementation of some of these patterns that demonstrates how to cost effectively scale your architectures.
Nikolai Blackie, Principal Architect, Adaptiv Integration
When to Use What: Navigating the Microsoft Application Platform to Choose the Right Solution - Richard Seroter
Microsoft has recently released a host of new and updated application platform technologies. It is a challenge to keep up with this onslaught of releases and still maintain an understanding of which technology is the best fit for a given solution. In this session, we will do a tour through the Microsoft application platform and apply strategies outlined in the new book, Applied Architecture on the Microsoft Platform (Packt Publishing, 2010).
Richard Seroter is a senior solutions architect for an industry-leading biotechnology company, a Microsoft MVP for BizTalk Server, and a Microsoft Connected Technology Advisor. He has spent the majority of his career consulting with customers as they planned and implemented their enterprise software solutions. Richard worked first for two global IT consulting firms, which gave him exposure to a diverse range of industries, technologies, and business challenges. Richard then joined Microsoft as a SOA/BPM technology specialist where his sole objective was to educate and collaborate with customers as they considered, designed, and architected BizTalk solutions. One of those customers liked him enough to bring him onboard full time as an architect after they committed to using BizTalk Server as their enterprise service bus. Once the BizTalk environment was successfully established, Richard transitioned into a solutions architect role where he now helps identify enterprise best practices and applies good architectural principles to a wide set of IT initiatives. Richard is the author of two books: "Applied Architecture Patterns on the Microsoft Platform" (Packt Publishing, 2010), and "SOA Patterns with BizTalk Server 2009" (Packt Publishing, 2009). He is also the technical reviewer of the book "Pro BizTalk 2009" (APress, 2009). Richard maintains a semi-popular blog of his exploits, pitfalls, and musings with BizTalk Server and enterprise architecture at
Microsoft BizTalk Server 2010 Demo - Thiago Almeida
This demo will show how a purchasing scenario was automated using BizTalk Server to integrate SharePoint 2010 and back end systems while applying business rules and capturing business activity data to get visibility on process progress and business metrics.
Thiago Almeida is a Senior Integrations Consultant at Datacom, a Microsoft Virtual Technical Solution Professional and a Microsoft BizTalk Server MVP. Thiago leads the Auckland Connected Systems User Group (ACSUG).
BizTalk Saturday
The BizTalk User Community in Australia & New Zealand have come together to present a community event around BizTalk Server 2010
Thiago Almeida, BizTalk MVP
Bill Chesnut, BizTalk MVP
Ryan Crawcour
Nikolai Blackie
Auckland Central - Tech.Ed Express Roadshow
The Microsoft Central Auckland part of Tech.Ed 2010 Express Roadshow
Ryan Tarak ( and Nathan Mercer ( from Microsoft New Zealand
BizTalk Solution Patterns - Quoc Bui
Presentation by Quoc Bui from Microsoft's Business Platform Division Customer Advisory Team (CAT Team) about BizTalk solution patterns and how best to approach designing a BizTalk anchored solution.
Quoc Bui works for Microsoft, and is a member of the Business Platform Division (Product Group) Customer Advisory (Technology) Team. He is responsible for all of Asia (including Australia / New Zealand) - where he visits a variety of customers to provide prescriptive guidance on distributed architecture design, and is primarily responsible for BizTalk Server, as well as Windows Communication Foundation, and Windows Workflow Foundation. Quoc has been involved with BizTalk Server since 1999 – has incorporated and taught BizTalk based solutions all over the United States, Europe, and Asia. He was in Microsoft Consulting Services where he focused on providing BizTalk Server solutions to customers in the United States and Europe. He also spent a year as a BizTalk Server (and SQL Server) Product Technology Specialist in Singapore. Quoc currently represents Microsoft on the RosettaNet board in Singapore.
The Customer Advisory Team focuses on high-profile customers and provides customer focused designs to the development teams. The Business Platform Division is a product group that is responsible for SQL Server, BizTalk Server, Windows Communication Foundation, Windows Workflow Foundation, and a few upcoming .NET technologies.
Aside from Microsoft, Quoc was a Senior (Software) Architect at Intel, in its Asia based research facility in China. During that time, he was instrumental in articulating Intel’s strategies on a variety of technologies such as Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), as well as having led the initial development of a pedagogical laptop called the Classmate PC. He also did a short stint with Electronic Data Systems (EDS), which is now part of Hewlett-Packard (HP). During that time, he led several Internet procurement (e-commerce) initiatives in the United States, and Japan.
Quoc is a Canadian citizen, from Montréal, Canada, but currently resides in Singapore. He has also lived in the United States, Switzerland, Japan, China, and of course, Canada.
BizTalk High Availability – Lloyd Lim
In this session we discuss the various options for High Availability for Biztalk Server, from the basic standalone configuration up to complete Data Center redundancy. A demo will also be presented on the 2 basic Biztalk HA configurations
Lloyd is a Principal Consultant for Microsoft New Zealand. He has worked with many Microsoft technologies for the last 16 years in Singapore, China, Malaysia, New Zealand and the Microsoft HQ in Redmond. He has wide experience in the architecture and delivery of IT infrastructure, software development and business integration technologies.
Azure Bootcamp - Auckland
Be among the first in the world to experience training on Windows Azure at the New Zealand Windows Azure Bootcamps!
Chris Auld and Ryan Crawcour
BizTalk Roadmap - Myles Matheson
In this session we discuss the product roadmap for the Microsoft BizTalk Server integration and business process automation server solution. We also cover building applications using BizTalk Server and the Windows Server AppFabric set of integrated technologies.
Myles Matheson is a Solution Specialist for Microsoft New Zealand. He has worked in the field of data warehousing and business intelligence for the last 11 years both in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. He has focused on the delivery of business intelligence projects, project management, the training of staff in business intelligence, and the development of the data delivery methodologies. He has a wide experience of Business Intelligence technologies that are currently deployed in the market place.
Demystifying BizTalk Business Activity Monitoring (BAM)
BizTalk Business Activity Monitoring (BAM) is an often misunderstood and underutilized feature that comes as part of BizTalk. Ryan will go over the basics of BAM, its uses and capabilities, and show how you can use it to monitor, capture and analyse business data from your enterprise applications written in BizTalk, WCF, WF and other .NET solutions.
Ryan CrawCour is a passionate, experienced, professional who has worked in the IT industry for over 14 years with over 8 years of Microsoft BizTalk Server experience, achieving solid experience in enterprise solutions, product development systems integration projects. He has a solid track record and history of managing and leading development teams to successful implementations throughout his varied career. Ryan is active on the Microsoft Speaker panel and presents regularly at a number of conferences around the world. His past speaking engagements include TechEd Africa, Microsoft Partner Summit and Microsoft DevDays. During previous appearances at TechEd, Ryan has not only led breakout sessions, but has participated in running Hands-on Labs, Chalk ‘n Talk interactive sessions, “Ask the Experts” and has appeared in a number of TechEd Online videos.
As a past member of the Microsoft BizTalk Virtual Technical Specialist team he has worked closely with Microsoft and their partners around the world to architect and deliver solutions within the integration space. A large focus has been on delivering SOA and ESB solutions on the Microsoft technology stack using products like Microsoft BizTalk Server, WCF and WF. Ryan is active in the community and presents regularly at a number of community user groups to help highlight new technologies and increase the awareness and understanding within the community of new ways to design and develop business solutions.
Practical exploration of the Business Rules Engine in BizTalk Server
A practical exploration of the Business Rules Engine in BizTalk Server
Jeffrey Chilberto - Software Consultant
Getting Your Head In The Cloud - Scott Wylie
Make up your own mind when you understand the what, why, where, when and how of cloud computing, what it means for IT in NZ, and a look at the Windows Azure offering and other Online Services from Microsoft.
Scott Wylie leads the Developer and Platform Strategy Group at Microsoft in New Zealand which means working with the DPE team to excite customers and communities about Microsoft's new and emerging technologies. He was previously the NZ practice manager for Microsoft Services. Prior to Microsoft he worked in Australia, the UK and the US in a variety of ISV and corporate environments – having started his career in the early 80’s as an IBM 370 assembler programmer! After hours he can be found playing with his band 'President Gas' and spending time with his family.
Introduction to the WCF-SQL Adapter in the BizTalk Adapter Pack 2.0 - Thiago Almeida
An overview of installing, configuring, developing, and deploying the new WCF based SQL Server adapter for BizTalk 2009.
Thiago Almeida is a senior integrations consultant and team leader at Datacom New Zealand, and the Auckland Connected Systems User Group leader. He has over eight years of systems integration experience using Microsoft technologies.
Windows Communication Foundation Primer - Ulrich Roxburgh

In this session Ulrich introduces Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), delivered as part of the .NET 3.5 framework. Learn the basics of WCF and see how to create HTTP/XML based web services, and then learn about other binding and encoding options such as TCP/IP and Binary. Also learn how to create REST based services, and consume these using AJAX web pages.

Ulrich Roxburgh has worked for Microsoft Consulting Services for 9 ½ years, in various capacities ranging from Senior Consultant to Managing Consultant, in both New Zealand and Australia. He now works as the main consultant for Services2 Ltd. providing premium consultancy services in the areas of enterprise architecture, solution architecture and implementation services.
"Oslo" modelling platform overview - Jeremy Boyd
“Oslo” is the codename for a new modelling platform and is an initiative of the Connected Systems Division in Microsoft.
Jeremy Boyd (JB) is an experienced solutions architect, developer and consultant with over 7 years experience in the New Zealand market. He is a Microsoft MVP and Regional Director, and a Director of Mindscape.
New Capabilities of BizTalk 2009 and ESB Guidance 2.0 - Thiago Almeida and Kevin Gock
Thiago will go over BizTalk 2009 details including new capabilities, BizTalk roadmap, platform upgrades, etc.
Kevin will talk about the new ESB Guidance 2.0 that was released at the same time as BizTalk 2009 beta.

Thiago Almeida. Thiago is a senior integrations consultant at Datacom New Zealand with several years of experience with BizTalk Server and other integration technologies. He is also the Auckland Connected Systems User Group leader.

Kevin Gock. Kevin is a consultant for IT Focus, specializing in BizTalk and Sharepoint solution.

Building SOA with Microsoft Technology - Ulrich Roxburgh
Building SOA with Microsoft Technology
Ulrich Roxburgh has worked for Microsoft Consulting Services for 9 ½ years, in various capacities ranging from Senior Consultant to Managing Consultant, in both New Zealand and Australia. He now works as the main consultant for Services2 Ltd. providing premium consultancy services in the areas of enterprise architecture, solution architecture and implementation services.
AS2 and EDI support in BizTalk R2 - David Hall
AS2 and EDI support in BizTalk R2
About David Hall: David is a consultant for Datacom Systems Limited, with 6 years of experience in the field both with integrations and other Microsoft development.
Creating and Consuming RESTful Web Services with WCF - Ron Jacobs
RESTful Web services are emerging as a new way to make your web service available to even the simplest of client apps. Learn how to design, build, create and consume these services with WCF.
Ron Jacobs is a Sr. Technical Evangelist in the Microsoft Platform Evangelism group based at the company headquarters in Redmond Washington. Ron's evangelism is focused on Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and Windows Workflow Foundation (WF). He is also the former host of the ARCast series on Channel 9 about IT Architecture.