TechEd 2013–Ulrich Homann Demystifies Devices and Services

Dr. Tom ShinderOnly a few weeks left before we all get together in New Orleans or Madrid for TechEd 2013! Our ARC trackBuilding Clouds Blog presenters are busy building great presentations and eye-popping demos that are going to have leap out of your seats and yell for more. We on the ARC track team know that you have a limited amount of time to get all you want to do in during the TechEd week, so we’ll be humbled to have you join us for one or more of our sessions. There’s even a chance that you’ll win a book or two when you attend an ARC track presentation.

Today I’d like to share with you what I consider to be our keynote session for the Architecture track. ThisCloud and Datacenter Solutions Hub session, Demystifying Devices and Services is going to knock the ball right out the park! Why? Because it ties in the key discussion points you’ll hear about in all the sessions at TechEd – modern datacenter, big data, people centric applications and modern apps. Is the “cloud” a mystery to you now? If so, come to Uli’s session and be DE-mystified!

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Here’s some information about Uli and more information about his presentation. Enjoy! –Tom.


Ulrich HomannUlrich Homann (Uli to his friends) is the Chief Architect for Microsoft worldwide enterprise services. As part of the office of the CTO, he is responsible for the management and enterprise architecture of key strategic projects all over the world. Uli also defines and drives technical strategy for emerging technologies and trends such as cloud or in-memory computing. He is responsible for setting adoption and support strategy for the key technologies and its relevancy in the worldwide services business as well developing new senior technical talent.

Formerly Uli played a key role in the newly formed Platforms, Technology and Strategy Group at Microsoft. As solutions architect, Uli was responsible for the development and strategy for Microsoft in the area of business architecture and its relationship to solution architecture, software tools and infrastructure. Uli also drove critical parts of the design and architecture of Web services and integration of the .NET platform with providers and consumers of business applications. The latter responsibility requires him to engage and interact closely with key partners and strategic customer projects. Uli was deeply involved in the establishment of Microsoft’s Business Applications Division and the acquisition of Great Plains Software.

Previously, Uli was program manager in the Enterprise Program Management responsible for the development relationship with key partners, mainly SAP AG. Uli also served as part of Microsoft Consulting Services, where he was responsible for several key distributed database application projects in Germany.

Prior to joining Microsoft in 1991, Uli worked for several small consulting companies, where he designed and developed distributed systems.

Uli has more than 20 years of experience in the systems industry. He has spent most of his career using well-defined applications and architectures to simplify and streamline the development of business applications. His dedication to this pursuit is driven by a passion to improve product planning by working closely with customers and their applications.
Uli holds a bachelor of computer science from the University of Cologne, Germany.

Presentation Title: Demystifying Devices and Services (ATC-B206)

Presenter: Ulrich Homann

Duration: 75 mins

Format: Breakout session

We're living in a new world of devices and services due to a flood of new types of devices connecting to services in ways never before imagined. How do four pillars of moderns applications, big data, people centric IT, and the modern data center come together to support these new devices and services? This session focuses on how you bring together these key pillars by using technologies included in the cloud OS. This session covers the architectural underpinnings that will help you see how these four pillars drive the technology decisions that unlock the power of today's devices and services. Hard hitting demos light up the architectural concepts by showing you key patterns in action.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!



Tom Shinder
Principal Knowledge Engineer, SCD iX Solutions Group
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