Microsoft Technology Roadmap


With these rapidly changing times, developers have a lot more on their mind and on their plate than they did at any point in recent time. Although the Visual Studio and the .NET Framework both provide tools that yield an overall increase in productivity during the development cycle, the avalanche of technologies that builds upon these foundations can seem overwhelming if not insurmountable at times. This one day workshop will take you through a guided tour of the Microsoft technologies available today, tomorrow, and into the foreseeable future ... and enable educated decisions on aligning your product road map with upcoming technologies.


  • Language and platform trends for .NET 2.0 through .NET 4.0 including discussions of the language trends for C# 4.0 and Visual Basic 10, F# and parallel computing
  • Advances for developing the data access tier from data sets and readers to LINQ, Entity Framework, ADO.NET Data Services and velocity
  • Windows client development with WPF and the relevance of Windows Forms and ClickOnce
  • Web development with ASP.NET, AJAX and Silverlight
  • The evolution of the middle tier with WCF and Workflow, and the relevance of WCF Workflow Services in .NET 4.0 and Dublin
  • The impact codename “Oslo” will have on the future of Microsoft development
  • A review of identity platforms including Windows Identity Foundation, ADFS and Windows Cardspace
  • The benefits of cloud computing with the Windows Azure Platform

In this intense, one day briefing, you will see numerous demonstrations of these technologies, we will assess the benefits and advantages of the forward trends and you will gain an overall picture of each technology’s place in your development efforts today and tomorrow – for each respective discipline.


Michele Leroux Bustamante brings a well-rounded skill set to the IDesign, including expertise not just in architecture and technology but also in interoperability, management, and operations. Michele is not only an IDesign Chief Architect, she is also Microsoft Regional Director for San Diego, Microsoft MVP for Connected Systems and a BEA Technical Director. In addition, Michele is a member of the board of directors for the International Association of Software Architects (IASA).

With over 15 years of experience designing enterprise systems, prior to IDesign Michele has held senior executive positions at several corporations. She has assembled and organized software development teams from the ground up, implemented processes for all aspects of the software development lifecycle, and facilitated many successful large-scale enterprise application deployments, including capital fund raising, sales, and business development efforts. Michele specializes in training, mentoring and high-end architecture consulting services focusing on Web services, scalable and secure architecture design for .NET, federated security scenarios, web services, interoperability and globalization architecture. She participates in Software Design Reviews for products in the Microsoft roadmap, including WCF and CardSpace. During the Beta 1 phase Michele participated in prototyping elements of the CardSpace technology for the product team. Michele has been advisor to University of California, San Diego Extension since 1994, establishing several successful certificate programs. Michele is a member of the International .NET Speakers Association (INETA); a frequent conference presenter at major technology conferences such as Tech Ed, PDC, SD and Dev Connections. Michele is the conference chair for SD’s Web Services/SOA and Web Development tracks; and she regularly publishes in several technology journals. Michele’s latest book is Learning WCF (O’Reilly, 2007, updated 2008/2009). Visit her book blog at or her main blog at


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Date & Location

Friday, October 2, 2009

Crowne Plaza Antwerp
Gerard Le Grellelaan 10
2020, Antwerp

Target Audience

Developers, architects, and technical leads who would like to gain some perspective on the Microsoft road map, the applicability of each technology, the choices and the trade-offs, will greatly benefit from this workshop.


The cost for this one day seminar is 450,- euro (taxes not included). This price includes your participation to the seminar, coffee/tea, lunch and the printed materials presented during the seminar.

Payment in advance is required to book your seat for the seminar. Limited places available: first come, first served. Registration is only complete and will be confirmed after payment. Transfer the total amount of your fees by bank transfer to the account of Sparkles: 733-0567754-43 (use your full name in the message) or use the IBAN code for international payment: IBAN BE 66 7330 5677 5443 (BIC code: KREDBEBB).

Cancellation is possible up to 2 weeks before the seminar - if received in writing. In this case, 25% of the total amount is charged for administration. Otherwise, the full registration fee is due, regardless of the reason of cancellation. Replacement is possible at no extra charge.

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