.NET Rocks!

The State of the Cloud at DevConnections

Episode #758 Thursday, April 12, 2012

Another panel discussion from DevConnections, this one focused on how cloud computing is impacting developers. No holds are barred as the panel digs into virtualization, infrastructure-as-a-service, platform-as-a-service and more.


Brian Prince

Brian H. Prince is an Architect Evangelist for Microsoft. He gets super excited whenever he talks about technology, especially cloud computing, patterns, and practices. His job is to help customers strategically leverage MS technology, and help them bring their architecture to a super level. In a past life Brian was a part of super startups, super marketing firms, and super consulting firms. Much of his super architecture background includes building super scalable applications, application integration, and award winning web applications. All of them were super. Further, he is a co-founder of the non-profit organization CodeMash (www.codemash.org). He speaks at various regional and national technology events including TechEd. He only wishes his job didn’t require him to say ‘super’ so much. Brian holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science and Physics from Capital University, Columbus, Ohio. He is also a zealous gamer. For example, he is a huge fan of Fallout 3.

Shy Cohen

Shy is the Chief Cloud Architect of IDesign focusing on cloud computing, distributed systems, and software architecture. Shy was a Senior Program Manager at Microsoft, where he worked for 13 years on projects such as WCF, MSN, MSMQ, and Windows. Today Shy is a Microsoft MVP (Connected Systems) and a frequent presenter at technology conferences around the world. In addition to his consulting work for clients like Microsoft, HP and the US Government, Shy is closely involved with various product groups at Microsoft, and is often invited to participate in advisory boards and design reviews, helping Microsoft shape their future products.

Rick Garibay

With over 12 years’ experience delivering solutions on the Microsoft platform across industry sectors, Rick is a developer, architect, speaker and author on distributed .NET technologies and is the General Manager of the Connected Systems Practice at Neudesic. Rick focuses on helping enterprise clients realize their full potential by designing business solutions that drive transparency, streamline business processes and enhance the productivity of organizations by combining modern, iterative software engineering methodologies with the collective capabilities of the Microsoft Platform to help close the value gap. Rick specializes in distributed technologies such as Microsoft .NET, Windows Communication Foundation, Workflow Foundation, Windows AppFabric, Azure AppFabric and Windows Azure to deliver business value and drive revenue while reducing operational costs. As a five-time Microsoft Connected Systems MVP, Rick is an active speaker, writer and passionate community advocate in the national .NET community. Rick is the President and Co-Founder of the Phoenix Connected Systems User Group, celebrating three years in operation. Recent presentations include talks at the Microsoft SOA and Business Process Conference in Redmond, WA, Microsoft TechEd in New Orleans, LA, Desert Code Camp, and numerous Microsoft roadshow events throughout the Southwest. When not immersed in the work he loves, Rick enjoys spending time with his wife, Christie and two children, Sarah and Ricky. Contact Rick at http://www.rickgaribay.net or @rickggaribay on twitter.

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