BizTalk Server 2013 RTM

By moniquebu

QuickLearn is very excited to share the news that BizTalk Server 2013 is now available for download on MSDN. The eighth release of BizTalk Server has been much anticipated and promises to be the next step in the on-going investments in BizTalk. In the near future, we can look forward to announcements that include Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) capabilities as well as Platform as a Service (PaaS) capabilities. Read the blog from the BizTalk Team and download the new bits.

For the on-premises BizTalk Server 2013 release, Microsoft has focused on the following themes:

  • Improved Performance
  • Simplified Development and Management Experience
  • Cloud Connectivity
  • Running BizTalk Server in the cloud (IaaS)
  • Support for the latest platform and standards

Rob Callaway released a blog about his favorite features in BizTalk 2013. Behind the scenes, we have been working tirelessly to update our courses to BizTalk Server 2013. You can look forward to QuickLearn’s BizTalk Server 2013 training calendar coming soon!

If you haven’t already filled out the BizTalk 2013 Survey (or your answers have changed), check it out!

TFS 2012 Pre-conference workshop at tech-ed 2013

By Anthony Borton

I received some great news a little while ago that I have been selected to present a one day pre-conference workshop at TechEd 2013 in both North America (New Orleans) and Europe (Madrid).

If you’re planning on attending TechEd this year, why not head in a day early and get some great hands on experience using Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2012. The breakout sessions and keynotes are always great but for many, a day spent getting hands-on with Microsoft’s ALM platform might be just what you need.

The pre-conference workshop I am delivering is titled “Kickstart Your Application Lifecycle Management Using Team Foundation Server 2012”. I’ve included the session abstract a the bottom of this blog post.

To attend one of the pre-conference workshop, simply choose one of the registration options that includes a pre-conference seminar. Eg.  “Early Bird Pricing + Pre-Conference Seminar”. Even if you’re not attending the full conference, you can attend the pre-conference seminar by itself. [More information]

QuickLearn’s BizTalk instructors have also submitted breakout session proposals and hopefully we’ll have some good news to share on that front in the next week or so.


Frequently Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS) finds its way into organizations through well intentioned developers taking it upon themselves to install and configure it. Unfortunately this usually leads to a very ad-hoc usage of the product that fails to deliver the real benefits of an integrated Application Lifecycle Management suite.

In this workshop we start by setting ourselves up with a brand new Team Project on TFS 2012 and then proceed to configure everything required to get our team ready for their first iteration.

This pre-conference workshop is designed to help attendees learn how to get projects started using Microsoft Team Foundation Server. The range of topics covered in this level 200 workshop have been selected to ensure attendees cover the primary areas of value in the product.

Attendees to the workshop receive workshop notes in electronic format which including the hands-on lab exercises, as well as a comprehensive list of resources that they can use after the conference to get up to speed with TFS.