By Rob Corder
Microsoft is hitting the road in the Middle East with its annual OpenDoor series of seminars. This year's focus will be on the building blocks of its .Net strategy.
Microsoft's OpenDoor roadshow is kicking-off next week in Beirut with an event designed to highlight the company’s .Net vision.ACCPAC, FileNET and Fujitsu Siemens Computers will team-up with Microsoft for the roadshow, which last year drew a total audience of 20,000 people across the region. The tour starts in Lebanon on February 19th, before moving on to Jordan, Qatar, Bahrain, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Oman, Malta and Cyprus.Interested attendees can register online at www.microsoft.com/middleeast/opendoor “OpenDoor is essentially a reiteration of Microsoft’s commitment to supporting partners, customers and developers in staying ahead, and our strategic partnership with industry leaders like ACCPAC, FileNET and Fujitsu Siemens will help us provide maximum benefits to attendees,” said Derek Kerr, community relations manager at Microsoft Gulf and Eastern Mediterranean (GEM).ACCPAC will present its accounting ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) solutions that are integrated with Microsoft products along with eTransact, a B2B and B2C webstore solution using SQL Server 2000.Fujitsu Siemens Computers will present its expertise in Microsoft Datacenter Server computing environments and will also introduce its thin client offering and experience in connection with Windows 2000 Terminal Services.FileNET will use the roadshow to demonstrate how technology can be leveraged to enable organisations around the globe to increase productivity, customer satisfaction and revenue by linking customers, partners and employees through efficient and flexible e-business processes through the use of its workflow and collaboration applications, according to the company. Other sessions include the use of Exchange 2000 to provide communications and collaboration anytime, any place and on any device, focussing on Veritas’ solution for Microsoft Exchange. Afternoon presentations will include tips and tricks for upgrading from Windows NT and Windows 9x to Windows 2000 with customer testimonials that illustrate the various technical as well as business benefits derived from using a Windows 2000-based computing environment.Microsoft and its partners will also demonstrate BizTalk Server management and administration and Windows 2000 Terminal Services deployment. Special sessions that drill down to Microsoft’s Developers’ Network will focus on designing and architecturing web-based applications on Windows 2000 and the .Net Enterprise Servers, building web application user interfaces using Visual Studio.Net and Active Server Pages and building Internet based OLAP solutions with SQL Server 2000’s analysis services. Additionally, a reseller-specific segment will include a hands-on Direct Access workshop to help companies win more business.“This round [of OpenDoor] will be of importance as it will present how available technologies as well as those to come are moving towards Microsoft’s .Net platform; Microsoft’s vision for a revolutionary set of building blocks that will facilitate the next generation of agile computing, anytime, any place and on any device,” said Kerr.