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Preparing the tech platforms of tomorrow, today

Preparing the tech platforms of tomorrow, today

Tech.Ed underscores shift from ‘servers into services’ and ‘applications as services’ as opposed to packaged software.

The cloud is transforming the way people work, play and collaborate – and this is something IT professionals should consider, as they work on the architecture for this new environment and roll out products and services. Norm Judah, chief technology officer of worldwide services for Microsoft, highlighted how the cloud is impacting the IT ecosystem in his keynote at this year’s Tech.Ed in Auckland today.

He cites the imperative of preparing for the shift to the cloud – of converting “servers into services” and to “start thinking about wider apps as services and not as packaged software”.

“We are in the early stages of the transition to the cloud,” he says. “The business benefits of automation are driving customers to plan their transition from traditional datacentres to virtualised infrastructures to private cloud.”

David Kirk, former All Black captain and business leader, showed some of the key technologies that will be available during the Rugby World Cup next month.

The All Blacks have what it takes to win, he said, referring to the team’s ‘hardware’ and ‘software’ capabilities.

There is no problem with the ‘hardware’ which refers to the “depth and quality and experience” of the players, he says.

For the past four years, the team’s leadership including Graham Henry and Richie McCaw, have been working on the “software” side which is preparing the players mentally to “perform best under extreme pressure”.

Microsoft says some 2000 IT professionals and software developers are attending the event, now on its 16th year.

Paul Muckleston, Microsoft NZ managing director, says Tech.Ed provides New Zealanders with a valuable opportunity to learn and expand their knowledge. “Development of the local IT eco-system is crucial for the success of individuals and organisations around the country," he says.

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