SharepointPros – Aug 2010 – Infopath Forms + Workflow = Business Applications

Singapore SharePoint Community

12 August 2010

06:45 PM – 9:30PM

Microsoft Singapore Level 22 CF-12

InfoPath 2010 and SharePoint 2010 Productivity

Riwut Libinuko, MVP SharePoint Server

Microsoft InfoPath 2010 provides easier way than ever to design electronic forms. It includes Office Fluent UI which allows us to create powerful, interactive forms without having to write any code.

This session will show how to use InfoPath 2010 and SharePoint 2010 to increase your productivity in solution delivery. Formatted mostly as on stage scenario – demos , we are expecting to expose all new functionalities.

InfoPath Forms + SharePoint Workflows = Business Applications

Hoo Kai Sheng, K2

As an application platform, SharePoint comes with a wide collection of building blocks that enables both business and technical users to create applications to suit varying business needs.

We will be exploring forms and worklows in SharePoint – two commonly seen building blocks in a business application and review how can they be combined to establish high performance SharePoint solutions with the minimal effort possible.

Refreshments will be provided, courtesy of K2 Singapore.

Please RSVP to to confirm your attendance


Up Close with Zane Adams – Deciphering the cloud (17 May 2010)

Up Close with Zane Adams – Deciphering the cloud (17 May 2010)

Special Invite Agenda

Date: 17th May 2010 (Monday)
Time: 7.00pm to 8.30pm (Registration Starts at 6.30pm)
Venue: 1 Marina Boulevard #21-00,MS Singapore–Auditorium Level 21

6.30pm: Registration (Light refreshments will be served)
7.00pm: Cloud Computing Deciphered for IT Pros
8.30pm: Home Sweet Home

Cloud Computing Deciphered for IT Pros

Is Cloud Computing confusing? The answer is No. It is about choice and options. Join us in this special behind-the-doors session with Zane Adam, General Manager, SQL Azure and Middleware. Zane will present Microsoft’s overall cloud strategy and how Microsoft helps customers and partners in building private and public cloud infrastructure. We will hear about the many choices and options available to businesses and individuals, covering what and how SQL Azure, Windows Azure, AppFabric, BPOS and Virtualization stack up in our cloud vision and the path forward.

Skill Level: 100-200

About Zane Adam

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General Manager
Product Management
SQL Azure and Middleware
Microsoft Corporation

Zane leads the product management group on SQL Azure, Windows Server AppFabric, Windows Azure AppFabric, BizTalk and related technologies critical to our innovation and industry. He is focused on helping customers and partners in building private and public cloud infrastructure for the future.

Over the last 11 years, Zane Adam held many key roles, most recently as General Manager of Virtualization Strategy at Microsoft Corp., prior to that he was Senior Director in the Windows Server division where he managed the enterprise infrastructure marketing teams for Windows Server, Windows Compute Cluster Server, Microsoft Virtual Server, Windows Server Hyper-V and Windows Storage Server.

He had also worked in Europe as business and marketing officer for Microsoft’s Eastern European HQ. In that role he managed marketing strategy and execution for 16 Eastern European countries that includes the Czech Republic, Poland and Russia.

From 2003 to 2005 Adam worked in Microsoft’s then newly formed Storage Division, where he established and ran the marketing group. Before that he worked on the Embedded and Appliance Platforms Group, where he led a team focused on Web workload and point-of-sales offerings. Adam started his career at the company as a consultant with Microsoft Consulting Services




Real time cube and Proactive Caching

Join Singapore SQL Server User Group this coming 29th Apr.

Renaud Harduin will be talking about Real time cube and Proactive Caching.


SSAS is able to answer to real time BI scenario thanks to pro-active caching. During this presentation, we will see how ESSILOR uses this technology in order automate BI for plants,  analysis and financial BI, keeping a detailed view and aggregated view at the same time (Asymmetric Pattern).


Renaud Harduin

MVP – SQL Server

Renaud Harduin was Business Intelligence Domain Manager for ESSILOR ( where he is in charge of reporting projects for Finance, Distribution and Production. Today, he’s working on new functional aspects as forecast and operational Scorecard. He is now Technical Manager of Order Management Information System for ESSILOR, and kept a BI expertise for European projects.

Blog :

Date:     April 29th, 2010

Time:     7:00PM – 8:30 PM

Registration starts at 6:30 PM

Venue: Auditorium 21st Floor

Microsoft Office One Marina Boulevard

Please confirm your attendance by sending email to


MessagingTalk Hits Multi-Tenant Setup & Migration

Date: 28th April 2010
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00PM
Venue: Microsoft Singapore (Conference Room SINOMB 22CF-12)

Exchange 2007 Multi-tenant setup by Achinta

Demonstration on how to perform Multi-tenant setup for Exchange 2007. Brief introduction on the needs on Multi-tenant setup for Exchange and deep dive into it via demo.

The topic of shared hosting with Exchange Server is not new. Whether your interest is to accommodate more than one company with a simple Exchange configuration, as a result of a merger or acquisition, or to start your own small e-mail hosting business, Exchange Server has all the power to respond to your needs. Achinta will detail the setup configuration for a scenario of an Exchange infrastructure shared by more than one customer/company. For Exchange hosting business, there is a further advanced solution, Hosted Messaging and Collaboration (HMC) version 4.5 which will not be covered. Achinta will be giving a brief introduction on the needs of the multi-tenant (exchange hosting) setup and a demo on how to perform it on Exchange 2007.


Exchange 2003 migration to Exchange 2010 by Triston

Experience sharing on migration from Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2010. Walkthrough on how to co-exist Exchange 2003 and Exchange 2010. The design, the planning and problems.

The topic of migrating from Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2010 has been circulated around the internet since the beta version of Exchange 2010. This month we are going to bring you one step closer on how to plan your migration from 2003 to 2010 by skipping Exchange 2007. Triston will be sharing with you on his experience about the migration project, how did he plan and execute the migration. What are the problems that he has encountered and how did he overcome them.

For more details:


The Last Mile: Pilot and Deploy Windows 7

Springboard Series Virtual Roundtable

The Last Mile: Pilot and Deploy Windows® 7

Join Microsoft Technical Fellow, Mark Russinovich, on April 29 as he leads a discussion around the process of planning, testing, assessing and rolling out Windows 7 in an enterprise organization.

Mark will be joined by a panel of IT professionals who are currently in the piloting and deployment process, along with Microsoft subject matter experts who can speak in depth about the technologies.  The event will be broadcast live over the web at 9:00 am PDT, and will be available for on-demand viewing following the broadcast. The discussion will be open and candid, with the panel sharing insights, dispelling myths and getting down to the real story around technical adoption of Windows technologies. Specific topics will include the role of the pilot and the critical information it provides, best practices and tips & tricks for ensuring a successful effort, tools and technologies that will help automate the pilot and deployment processes, and conducting a frank post-pilot assessment.  During the event, Mark will field questions coming in via the web from viewers across the globe.

Join us live at 9:00 am PDT:

SGDN – VS2010 & Windows 7 Phone

April UG Meeting

April UG meeting will be held on 16th April 2010 Friday, at Level 21 Auditorium from 1845hrs – late. Light Refreshments will be served before the session.

Transforming Business Ideas into Impactful Solutions with Visual Studio 2010
Dave Mendlen, Senior Director of Developer Marketing
1900hrs – 2000hrs

Whether creating new solutions or enhancing existing applications, the new Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 can help you and your developer to unleash your creativity and bring your vision to life with powerful prototyping, architecture and development tools that target an increasing number of platforms and technologies such as cloud and parallel computing.

Join us in a roundtable discussion with Dave Mendlen, Senior Director of Developer Marketing at Microsoft and learn about many exciting features in Visual Studio 2010 and how it enables you to develop high quality and scalable applications.

Speaker Profile


Dave Mendlen started his career in Microsoft as the lead product planner on.NET and Visual Studio. Prior to his current role, he also served as the speech writer for Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer. He was previously the Director of Web Services & also Director of Windows Product Management.

Windows Phone 7 Development
Chris Ismael, Developer Evangelist
2000hrs – 2100hrs

The new Windows Phone is coming!  Learn how you can get started with Windows Phone 7 app development using Silverlight.  This session is targeted for developers who would like to learn how they can start building apps or games for the phone, touching on some phone-specific features, using free versions of Visual Studio 2010 and Blend 4.   There will also be an after-session discussion on Marketplace.
Speaker Profile


Chris Ismael works in Microsoft as a Developer Evangelist.  His work has taken him to various developer communities and speaking engagements both in Singapore and abroad, with topics ranging from Office development and file formats, LAMP/Interop technologies, Live Services, Windows 7 development, and now Windows Phone.  He also runs the Microsoft startup program called BizSpark in Singapore.  He has 6 years of experience in web development prior to working in Microsoft.

To register for the event, click here. Note that there’s currently no email confirmation for the event.

Sharepoint 2010 – Storage Optimization and Business Connectivity Services

SharepointPros.SG are meeting up.

Sharepoint Pros.SG April 2010

Time: 6.45pm | Date: 08 April 2010 | Microsoft Singapore Level 22 – CF12

6.45PM – Sharepoint Storage Optimization

Dino Cavestany, AvePoint

Proper architecture design and intelligent storage management are critical to a successful SharePoint implementation. During this session, we will first discuss how to build an efficient and scalable SharePoint architecture based upon your organization’s unique business objectives, usage patterns, deployment size, and distribution. We will then review strategies for SharePoint storage optimization through intelligent content lifecycle management, automated Binary Large Object (BLOB) offloading, and migration-free SharePoint management of legacy data stores such as file shares.

8.15PM – Introduction to Business Connectivity Services (BCS) in 2010

Steve Sofian, Arvato Systems

Business Connectivity Services is the next generation of Business Data Catalog for accessing external data within SharePoint.  This session will provide an overview on BCS and how external data could be easily viewed and accessed in SharePoint 2010.


Windows 7 Deployment Lab for Partners

Singapore has started it first Windows 7 Deployment labs. The first labs exposed to customers are listed here. For the convenience, the next run of the public class is on 23rd & 26th of Feb 2010, 16th & 19th Mar 2010. Each of the class is a 1 day workshop entailing how to deploy Windows 7.

Just to share the excitement about the Windows 7 deployment workshop. They are all full despite no major publicity being done on it. If you are not amongst those who have already registered, due to the popularity, we have plans to run another 6 classes between Apr 2010 to June 2010. So keep watching my blog.

I want to show you how it is being run, (the class is running as i am writing this).

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Trainer is Andrew Cheng, seasoned trainer with 9 years of experience from Avantus Training.

By the way, i also spotted Myrvin. A member of SWUG. 🙂

This is the agenda we are going through.

Day 1 (4th Feb)

  • Introduction to Deployment Tools & Techniques
  • User State Migration Tool 4.0
  • Introduction to deploying Windows 7 using the Windows Automated Installation Kit
  • Windows 7 Deployment with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010
  • Image Engineering with Windows Automated Installation Kit
  • Advanced Windows 7 Deployment with MDT 2010

Day 2 (5th Feb)

  • Using Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.5
  • Mitigating Application Issues using Shims
  • Windows 7 Deployment with System Center Configuration Manager

Eugene, Clarisse and I had a fun time preparing for the great experience we are going to give. Here are some pictures of how the end result is like in Microsoft Innovation Centre before the crowd comes in.

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Its time to concentrate on the class. I didn’t realize there are so many tools available for deployment. Painless on a large scale. Nice.


Announcing the Winner of TechNet/MSDN Lenovo Ideapad S10-2 Winner

There’s nothing better than getting a great prize to start the new year. 🙂

In Oct/Nov 2009, TechNet and MSDN in Singapore invited IT Pros and Pro Developers in Singapore to take a quiz. I am happy to announce that Mr. Andy Ong, from Testel Solutions was the lucky winner.

And here you are, happy winner of Lenovo Ideapad S10-2, Mr. Andy Ong, who collected the prize yesterday (6th Jan 2010). What a way to start the new year!

From Left: Dennis Chung (IT Pro Evangelist | MS Singapore) & Mr. Andy Ong (SXXX7020J)

Congratulations Mr. Andy Ong! Enjoy the netbook, and thank you for supporting TechNet and MSDN Singapore.


Community Technology Update 2009 II – An Inside Update


Community Technology Update 2009 (II) Swinging to the Challenge.

The semi-yearly community event – Community Technology Update (aka CTU) 2009 was held with great gusto at the Microsoft Singapore office on December 19th, reaching out to ~ 97 IT Pros and Developers. In Partnership with Microsoft Singapore, CTU2009 in its 6th incarnation has pushed beyond new boundaries to bring to the community an extravaganza!


Meeting Minds and CTU Buzz

Excited chatter rang through the Microsoft Singapore Office 21st floor reception area as MVPs, community leaders and Microsoft staff gathered on Saturday for the Community Technology Update (CTU) 2009 (II) event. Enthusiastic attendees started streaming in as early as 7.45am in the morning to collect their goodie bag, grab a good seat and relish the opportunity to network with one another. After a heartful morning of networking and mingling, the attendees were adjourned to the Auditorium.


Gracing the event and delivering the welcome keynote speeches was none other than Developer & Platform Evangelism (DPE) Director John Fernandes and Windows Client Business Group Lead Matthew Hardman, all of whom have been long time supporters of CTU! After an engaging and warm opening address by the speakers, the attendees proceeded to their respective sessions and were treated to a full day of content (12 different sessions & 4 slots of Hands-on-Lab), brought to them by the Communities to the Communities. To keep the place abuzz, MS Press was roped in to provide discounted books to the attendees and  Xbox 360 loaded with Call of Duty (Modern Warfare II) brought in for the attendees to ‘de-stress’ from the mind boggling technical sessions. At the end of the day, a lucky draw was conducted to bring CTU2009 (II) to a closure and everyone was a happy winner.


CTU Leads the Way with New Blood!

Among the speakers was newly awarded Directory Services MVP Saintha K.E.V. Having relocated from India to Singapore in October and speaking for the first time at CTU, he said, “It was a great event organized where we have a chance to meet diverse minds , understanding their queries and answering those were one of the challenges.  Preparation for the event was what was challenging, because we should be prepared for all type of queries on the subject we deliver and to keep the audience trust in these type of events. It was fun, challenging with responsibility added. I would encourage more events in future!”


Agreed Exchange Server MVP Triston Wan who was also a newly awarded MVP and his first exposure to CTU, “ I had a wonderful experience with CTU 2009 as a Speaker. I have realized that CTU is great platform where I was able to connect with vibrant crowd of people who came to share and learn technology on various Microsoft products. Standing side to side with other known speakers and community leaders are worth experience it. The crowd was very much into seeking in-depth technical details and expecting a lot more from the speaker. The passion that people shown is really overwhelming and it motivated me to deliver more through speaking.”

Going Forward

For the community leaders and MVPs who reaped the fruits of their labour after months of hard work and putting the whole event together, CTU2009 was even more emotionally-charged. IT Pro Evangelist/MVP Dennis Chung, spoke of the community’s decision to make this a paid event. He said, “An event is only successful if there are committed participants. In the past, we have 240 registered and only 120 turned up. That leads to a large amount of resources wasted on those who registered, but never turn up. To discourage those who don’t see value and don’t turn up as promised, we decided to make CTU a paid event. However, a small sum of $10 is imposed. They take back more than $10 in value. This shows commitment and people who want to make the connections. I value quality attendees, than quantity.” Indeed well said. This year CTU saw 100 attendees registered and paid, 89 turned up and 8 walk-ins!


Commented Tan Chee, one of the community leader and great supporter who was involved with CTU since it’s inception back in 2007, “To me, every CTU is successful where attendees will walk away with mind loaded with updates on Microsoft solution that interests them. That is achieved through the way CTU is managed – with different tracks for different groups of attendees (IT Pros, Developers and etc…) and not to mention the great team behind organizing the event and the group of ever-friendly speakers! This CTU is different for me as I am involved in setting up the Hands-On Lab on Branch Cache with other SWUG leaders. It is a good experience as it brings SWUG leaders closer to the IT Pros. Through the HOL, we found out how they feel about the new features in Windows 2008 R2 and Windows 7; and understand their present challenges in their working environment. I will always look forward to each CTU even though we, the event organizers, will feel exhausted after the event. Why? To me, I feel great when I see that the attendees enjoys and benefits from the event – especially through the viewfinder of my camera.”

That perhaps aptly sums up the spirit of the driving force behind the CTU Organizing Committee, and the many more CTUs to come!


CTU Quotes

  • “Thanks for the time and effort by those group who organize this event. Probably a 2-day event to go deeper into the topics” – Tan Lay Kiang
  • “Very well organized and really appreciate for all the arrangement. Thank you!” – Jason Loh
  • “More similar event in near future” – Tan Chun Long
  • “Excellent Work! Keep it up” –  Suwand Kombilath

Sailing Uncharted Seas with Confidence and Pride. CTU Forever!

These words reflect my sentiments on how our MVPs & Community Leaders have to stay the course in forging a common CTU identity, whether we are sailing in calm waters or in turbulent and uncharted seas. The decision to make CTU a paid event was a new challenge and uncertainty for the community as in the past, CTU was free of charge. It’s wonderful to see how CTU has evolved and how much enthusiasm there is in the community.

In facing uncertainty and managing change, the CTU organizing committee has demonstrated confidence to persevere in overcoming new challenges and a strong sense of pride in CTU that gives us the impetus to achieve our goals. This journey has already begun and will continue to succeed if and only if everyone on deck appreciates where the compass is pointing and work as one to reach our port of call.

CTU – Serving Community, Enriching Lives

To me, there seems no better way of showcasing the Community’s passion, MVP’s volunteerism and Microsoft technology than to provide the audience a glimpse of CTU which has over the past 2 years deepen the sense of community and has helped to identify areas of collaboration between the community, MVPs and Microsoft.

This is said with more than a tinge of pride. And how could I feel less? After all, we carry the DNA of CTU!



/Lilian Quek (SEA MVP Lead)