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TUGA IT 2016 – Registration is open

Registration is finally open for the free Saturday of TUGA IT Conference 2016, on May 21st 2016.

Don’t miss the opportunity to attend the largest IT conference of the year in Portugal. A full day packed with technical sessions by local and international renowned speakers, spread over 9 simultaneous tracks dedicated to topics such as Office 365, SharePoint, Data Platform, Integration and Development. It’s a FREE event but places are limited so register now!
The conference program is not published yet because we’re making sure it’s awesome, but it will be very soon!

Also, don’t forget the amazing workshops for May 19th and 20th 2016:

Thursday, May 19th

Friday, May 20th

TUGA IT 2016 – Office 365 / SharePoint Workshops Announced

The TUGA IT Conference 2016 is really coming together now, with the announcement of the pre-conference workshops for the Office 365 / SharePoint workloads. It is nothing short of a stellar lineup with 4 fantastic speakers. Check the details below and register until March 31st to secure the early bird price!

Thursday, May 19th

On Thursday, there will be two half-day workshops dedicated to SharePoint / Office 365 Developers.

Understanding Office 365 Developers Patterns and Practices (4 hours) by Paolo Pialorsi
An absolutely essential workshop for any Office 365 or SharePoint developer, which will introduce you to the Office 365 Patterns and Practices project, and teach how to use the tools and guidance offered by this community and open source initiative. The fact that it will be delivered by Paolo Pialorsi who, besides being a renowned speaker, author, MVP and MCM, is also part of the Office 365 PnP team, makes this workshop a rare opportunity. Read more here.

Developing Apps with Azure AD (4 hours) by Radi Atanassov
Authentication has always been one of the most complex topics when developing client applications that need to call APIs secured with Active Directory. This is where Azure ADAL (Active Directory Authentication Libraries) comes to the rescue, making authentication much simpler for developers of any platform, be it Android, .NET, iOS or NodeJS. In this workshop, Radi Atanassov, well known MVP and MCM, will explain how you can leverage Azure ADAL when building apps that authenticate against Active Directory. Read more here.

Interested? Register for both workshops while there are still slots available.

Friday, May 20th

On Friday, there will be two full-day workshops, one for developers and another for IT Pros.

Working with a Supermodel for SharePoint Add-ins by Sonja Madsen
Sonja Madsen is one of the most experienced and well known SharePoint Add-In developers, with more than 30 Add-ins in the Office Store. In this full-day workshop, Sonja will go through the steps to build a SharePoint Add-In using modern web development patterns with a strong focus on client-side technologies. It will be great! Read more here.
Register for this workshop.

Building the Perfect SharePoint Farm: Infrastructure Best Practices Workshop by Michael Noel
A full-day workshop with Michael Noel is a dream come true to any SharePoint IT Pro around the world. Michael is the author of the SharePoint Unleashed books series and one of the most renowned speakers in the SharePoint space. In this workshop he will deliver a master class on how to build a multi-server, highly available and secure SharePoint farm. I’m pretty sure this wil be epic. Read more about it here.
Register for this workshop.

TUGA IT Conference 2016

The TUGA Association, the non-profit organization behind SQL Saturdays in Lisbon and Porto, is organizing the first TUGA IT Conference which will take place in Microsoft Portugal’s beautiful headquarters, in Lisbon, on May 19th – 21st. You can read all about it in the conference website, but I’ll summarize it anyway.

It will be a 3-day conference, focused on Azure, Office 365, SharePoint, Data Platform and Integration:

  • The first two days (May 19th and 20th) will be for full-day or half-day technical workshops
  • The third day (May 21st) will be for breakout sessions over several simultaneous tracks

With more than 500 expected attendees, this event will be one of the biggest IT events in Portugal, so be sure not to miss it!

Call for Speakers

If you’re an expert on one of the areas mentioned above and you want to share your knowledge with the community, submit your session by filling in the form.

Collab365 Global Conference

This year’s 24-hour online conference is almost here! Like last year’s SP24, the new Collab365 Global Conference is a 24-hour online conference about SharePoint (and also about Office 365 and Azure) and it will take place on October 7th/8th. I’ll be presenting a session on “Building Solutions with Office Graph”.

This event is a huge undertaking and it has some impressive statistics:

  • 10,000 expected attendees (SP24 already got 9,000 last year)
  • 6 simultaneous tracks (Office 365, SharePoint, Azure, Business, French track and Spanish track)
  • Over 120 speakers from 6 continents
  • Keynotes by Jeremy Thake and Mark Kashman
  • 62 MVPs and 6 MCMs

You can expect a lot of great content about SharePoint 2016 and Office 365, and it’s FREE. If you’re interested in attending, don’t forget to register.

Microsoft Developer Tech Refresh

Next Monday, June 15th, Microsoft Portugal is hosting the Developer Tech Refresh 2015 event in Lisbon. It’s a developer focused event, with 20 sessions over 5 simultaneous tracks:

  • Windows Dev
  • Azure Dev
  • Office Dev
  • Data Platform / Internet of Things
  • Web

I will be presenting a session on “Office Graph” (and Office Delve) for the Office Dev track and my friend Jota will be presenting a session on “The new Azure App Service Architecture” for the Azure Dev track. It will be a great opportunity to learn about all the new stuff around Microsoft’s technology stack. Don’t forget to register, it’ll be worth it.

Free Webinar: LINQ to SharePoint

The European SharePoint Conference organization committee has been setting up a series of free SharePoint-related webinars in preparation for the conference. I’ll be presenting one of these webinars, next Tuesday, June 14th 2011, at 12PM CET, about LINQ to SharePoint.

The abstract for this webinar is as follows:

Regarding data access, one of the new features introduced with SharePoint 2010 is the possibility to use LINQ to manipulate list items. However, despite being immensely useful, this technology has its own limitations. During this webinar André will talk about what you can and can't do with LINQ to SharePoint, as well as the scenarios where this technology should or should not be applied.

Although it is a free webinar, you must register to be able to attend.

European SharePoint Conference 2011

I’m pleased to announce I have been chosen as a speaker in the European SharePoint Conference 2011, which will take place in Berlin, 17th – 20th October 2011.

I’ll be delivering 3 sessions, two on Wednesday and one on Thursday, as described below.

W18 – Using BCS to Integrate Azure Services with SharePoint 2010

The new Business Connectivity Services (BCS) offer a simple and elegant way of integration SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010 with virtually any business data source. All the business integration features introduced in SharePoint 2007 with Business Data Catalog (BDC) were significantly improved in this new version. In this session we'll talk about the main concepts and the type of solutions that can be developed using BCS, and we'll show how to integrate Azure Services with SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010 using BCS, Visual Studio 2010 and SharePoint Designer 2010.

W26 – Federated Authentication in SharePoint 2010

SharePoint 2010 introduces a new claims-based authentication model which leverages the power and flexibility of the new Windows Identity Foundation. In this session we will show how to use Windows Azure Access Control Services to allow a user to authenticate in SharePoint using a web identity such as Facebook or Google account.

Th28 – SharePoint + Azure = Better Together

Microsoft has a large range of technologies that, when combined, can yield fantastic results with surprisingly little effort. What happens when you mix SharePoint 2010, BizTalk 2010, Windows Azure and Microsoft Pivot? You get a fantastic interface to analyze large amounts of visual data which can be store in SharePoint 2010 and manipulated in the cloud. In this session we'll show the concepts behind this kind of integration and how you can build such a scenario.

Note, however, that the conference program is still subject to change. Check the full program at

I look forward to seeing you there!