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February 2012 Meeting

January 22, 2012 Leave a comment

The February 2012 meeting will be held on Monday, February 13th from 6pm – 8pm at TechColumbus.

James Schimmoeller and David Landreman from The Columbus Dispatch will be joining us this month to talk about adopting the Amazon cloud.  Please continue to tell your friends about COCCUG! They can find us on Twitter at  Please RSVP for meetings via

We are happy to have Halcyon Solutions joining us this month as a sponsor!


The Columbus Dispatch is not just in print!  Join us and learn how the Dispatch moved their digital presence from a local traditional data center into the Amazon Cloud.  The Dispatch will cover not only why they selected Amazon as their cloud provider but will cover high level Amazon services they are using.  These Amazon services include:

  • EC2
  • Elastic Load Balancer
  • Simple Queue Service
  • Elastic Cache
  • Email Sending Service
  • Relational Database Service
  • Simple Storage Service (S3)
  • Elastic Block Store (EBS)
  • SimpleDB (nosql)
  • Cloud Watch (monitoring).

Speaker Bios

James Schimmoeller is the Web IT Manager for The Columbus Dispatch.  James has over 20 years of software development experience.  He has witnessed the IT evolution from the mainframe to client server and now to the cloud environment.  He is knowledgeable in numerous market verticals from government both state and federal, utilities, banking, manufacturing and multimedia.  James is excited about cloud technologies and has experience moving servers from a traditional data center environment into a virtual machine (VM) infrastructure.  For the last two years he has planned, engineered, and deployed the Columbus Dispatch digital presence consisting of over 42 production sites into the Amazon cloud while maintaining a secure communication with legacy systems and PCI compliance.  James is also is a technical advisor for 2 local non-profit organizations and is always  keeping up with and learning new technology so that he always remains current.   You can follow him at

David Landreman is the incoming Web IT Manager for The Columbus Dispatch.  David has technical experience in both the higher education and news media sectors.  Originally starting with traditional desktop application development David has found a passion in following the latest technologies driving the web forward.  David served in the role of Senior Software Engineer as the Columbus Dispatch migrated to the cloud helping drive many design decisions through the process.  Follow David @GraphIt2000.

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January 2012 Meeting

The January 2012 meeting will be held on Monday, January 9th from 6pm – 8pm at TechColumbus.

Windows Azure MVP Michael Collier will be joining us this month to talk about many of the new features available in Windows Azure!   Please continue to tell your friends about COCCUG! They can find us on Twitter at and also at Please RSVP for meetings via


What’s New in Windows Azure


One of the benefits of cloud computing platforms such as Windows Azure is being able to quickly take advantage of new technology innovations.  This also makes it difficult to understand what features are available, and how to best utilize them in our applications.  The Windows Azure platform is constantly growing and evolving.  In this session we will take a quick look back at major milestones in Windows Azure’s relatively brief history, and then proceed into reviewing recent platform updates and new features now available.  Coming away you will have a solid understanding of Windows Azure platform features now ready for you to use in your applications.


Michael Collier is a Windows Azure MVP and serves as a National Architect for Neudesic, a Microsoft SI partner that specializes in Windows Azure. He has nearly 11 years of experience building Microsoft-based applications for a wide range of clients. Michael spends his days serving as a developer or architect – helping clients succeed with the Microsoft development platform. He gets very “geeked up” about any new technology, tool, or technique that makes his development life easier. Michael spends most of his spare time reading technology blogs and exploring new development technologies. He is also an avid golfer and attempts to be good at shooters on the Xbox 360. Previous speaking engagements include Central Ohio Day of .NET, Central Ohio .NET Developers Group, Cloud Connections, Cloud Expo, and multiple Windows Azure Boot Camp events. You can follow Michael on Twitter at on his blog at

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