AlignIT Manager Tech Talk #11: Making the Case–Development Platform vNext

February 29th was a big day for Microsoft. Both the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and Visual Studio 11 Beta were released. Development teams around the world were taken aback with the new possibilities in application development.

While it’s great for the developers to get excited about all the shiny and new features, you now have to make the case for upgrading your organization to the next version of the development platform. You may have just upgraded to Visual Studio 2010 or you haven’t and are still using an older version. This is the time to evaluate your options and see why and how to bring Visual Studio 11 into your organization when it releases.

With upcoming pricing changes and discounts available now for upgrades, you are probably contemplating whether or not you will go ahead with making a case for an upgrade. What will you gain by upgrading and what will it mean to you, to the development teams, to the infrastructure teams, and to the business stakeholders? What are the pros and cons of making this move and do they make it worthwhile? Make the right decision for your team.

In this episode of AlignIT Manager Tech Talk, Ruth and I are joined by ObjectSharp partners Dave Lloyd and Barry Gervin for a healthy debate.

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Dave Lloyd

Dave Lloyd
Dave Lloyd is a founding partner of ObjectSharp. He has 25+ years of experience in the IT industry designing and building software solutions for a large number of clients in varying industries. Dave is a seasoned project manager with a great deal of experience implementing process into development teams, from small and large ISV’s to in house development teams. Because of Dave's experience in the many roles of a software development team it's only natural that he would gravitate toward Team Foundation Server and the ALM (Application Lifecycle Management) world. A lot of Dave's assignments involve helping teams with their development process and to better utilize Team Foundation Server to enhance their Software Development Lifecycle. Dave has received the Microsoft MVP award for ALM.

Barry Gervin
Barry Gervin is a founding Partner of ObjectSharp. As a Principal Consultant and Instructor with ObjectSharp, Barry provides technical leadership to his valued clients, staff, and the development community. Over his 17 year career in the IT industry, he has helped many development teams architect and successfully deliver large software projects within tight schedules and budgets that consistently perform for their end users. He currently holds several technical designations including MCSD.NET, MSF Practitioner and MS Certified Trainer. Barry currently serves as a MS Regional Director in Southern Ontario and has received the Microsoft MVP Award for Solutions Architecture for the past 3 years.


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