User Group Night - January 26, 2015 

Brian Blanchard
Cloud, APIs, & Mobile Dev – The formula for Modern Applications

At the root of the most successful modern applications is the ability to extend beyond the scope of a single solution.

In this session we will look at tools for accelerating mobile development across multiple platforms using the new Azure Mobile Services.

What makes mobile service new? While it was built for mobility, Azure mobile services have been recreated to focus first on the service layer and APIs. While building out our sample app, we will also demo Azure API Management for managing, monitoring, securing, and tracking APIs consumed by multiple apps.

At the root of both of these technologies is the robust Azure platform for developers. During our discussion we will review a few tools that we've found effective when building apps across mobile, web, or even desktop solutions.

To demonstrate one way you can use this technology beyond mobile dev, we will touch on the topic of IoT (Internet of Things) and how devices (sensors, scanners, drones, & lasers) to prepare Saint Louis for Oakwood’s IoT event at SLU’s Workforce Center of 2/17…

Other ways you can use these technologies:

  • Centralize business logic across multiple form factors: IOS, Android, & windows
  • Configuring Visual Studio to make your JavaScript development easier
  • External tools like jsFiddle for testing/debugging JavaScript
  • Extend your legacy application to the cloud and beyond
  • Leverage secure data sources previously locked away in your on-prem solutions
  • Expose pieces of your systems to third party developer or vendor communities
  • Integrate with social media and other third party data sources
  • Secure and Protect ALL API calls regardless of intended consumer
  • Monitor performance, errors, and adoption patterns of your solutions
  • Create internal team collaboration through API documentation, discovery, and catalogs

Corporate attendees may qualify for Oakwood's Modern App Whiteboard offering or Microsoft's Azure Design Services. Both designed to help your team understand these technologies at a deeper level and begin to use them in real world projects. Before or after the session we can evaluate if you qualify. Apply online at

Brian Blanchard is the Executive responsible for Oakwood's Application Management line of business, which spans our Innovation Factory: Mobile, Embedded, Application Modernization, CMS, Traditional App Dev, Architecture, ALM, Release Management, and DevOps. In his dual employment role with Microsoft, Mr. Blanchard is also a V-TSP and Azure/ALM ranger. In these roles he helps customers understand new ways of leveraging modern tools and mature practices.

Monday, January 26, 2014
5:30 - 6:00 pm Food and social
6:00 - 7:30 pm Presentation
Three City Place Drive
Suite 1100
Creve Coeur, MO 63141

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.NET meets Java meeting discussion, from Scott Spradlin, posted 9/25/2007 11:12 AM
Silverlight Session, from Sheila Shahpari, posted 4/3/2008 6:42 AM

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Microsoft recently launched the Beginner Developer Learning Center.  This is a great resource for anyone new to programming, or just new to development with the .NET Framework.

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Craig Utley's October 31, 2005 Presentation Administrator Account 11/3/2005 Unknown Download
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January Launch Event Materials Administrator Account 1/31/2006 7,839.74 Download
Todd Kitta, February 25, 2008, Office Business Applications Administrator Account 2/26/2008 1,262.67 Download
Todd Kitta's September 25, 2006 Presentation Administrator Account 9/27/2006 1,748.35 Download
Walt Ritscher's March 19, 2007 Presentation Administrator Account 3/23/2007 2,610.75 Download

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