Amman, February, 2010 – The Microsoft Innovation Center (MIC) recently launched the BizSpark Camp featuring Cloud Computing technologies that provided startups with informative training sessions, hands on lab sessions and Proof of Concepts on how Windows Azure, a flexible cloud–computing platform, can help startups save the high cost of running and maintaining their own IT infrastructure by making the most of the acres of Internet-accessible servers. Microsoft Technical Specialist, Daron Yöndem presented six training sessions at the Royal Scientific Society covering introductory level Windows Azure, SQL Azure, AppFabric, Service Bus, Access Control and Caching.
Michel Diab, Acting Country Manager of Microsoft Jordan stated, "Microsoft’s BizSpark initiative aims at providing startups, who we consider as the lifeblood of the technology sector, with the tools and software they need to succeed in such a competitive marketplace. Startups are at the very edge of innovation and represent the next generation of Microsoft partners, therefore, providing them with free access to our tools and technologies, as well as helping them build connections in the local ecosystem and helping them succeed is an investment in Microsoft’s future.”
Iman Naimi, Local Software Economy and MIC Lead, stated, “This year’s BizSpark Camp offered local startups and developers with the training and orientation on Microsoft tools and platforms that focus on Cloud Computing technologies to help local startups grow their business as well as drive innovation and strategy.”
She added, “The BizSpark Camp provided local startups with tricks and tips on how cloud computing can eliminate the high costs in time and money associated with running their own IT infrastructure. With Windows Azure, startups only pay for what they use, scale up when they see fit and pull back when they are not using the tools, while Microsoft handles the maintenance in a secure environment.”
The BizSpark Camp trainings sessions were followed by three hands on lab sessions, designed to provide the startups with hands on experience on cloud computing and Windows Azure, and a four-day proof of concept, to prototype the scenarios designed by the startups, enabling their developers to complete the application at their facilities.
Yanal Sherqatli, a software architect at local startup in4ma and one of the proof of concept participants, stated, “Our participation in the BizSpark Camp was beneficial and valuable. We were able to obtain a much better understanding of the cloud and the kind of services Microsoft is offering in this area, and how these services can significantly help us in cutting the cost of the infrastructure and the delivery of the overall of our products. Deploying the beta versions of our products to Windows Azure was very smooth as did not require anything more than repackaging and uploading, and using the tools that we are familiar with like Visual Studio. We would like to thank the MIC for giving us this chance in such a fruitful and supportive environment.”
The BizSpark Camp, a program dedicated to software development startups, makes up a framework of technical activities lead by the MIC inside the BizSpark ecosystem that drives breadth to depth engagements on various technology adoption rhythms that include Windows 7 Modern Applications, Hosted Applications such as Silverlight 4 and SQL Server, and Development Applications such as Visual Studio 2010. This year’s BizSpark Camp was sponsored by TechJordan and Jordan Azure User Group.