Tech Leaders Across Florida Gather to Discuss Deploying Sitefinity-based Websites with .NET Customizations to Azure

Mercury New Media hosted an engaging and informative discussion with tech leaders from across Florida on the topic of deploying Sitefinity-based websites with .NET customizations to Azure on Tuesday January 20th at the Microsoft offices in Tampa, FL.

Over 35 developers, application development team managers and CIOs from leading enterprises from across the state gathered to learn tips and tricks for effectively working on enterprise sites using Sitefinity customization and deploying websites in Azure Cloud services. A lively group dialog created many keen insights and tangible takeaways for all participants.

AJ Kiefner, Application Developer with Mercury New Media kicked off the conversation by presenting best practices for custom development in Sitefinity. He discussed RadControls including when, why and how best to use them and the gotchas that every developer should be mindful of when implementing. AJ walked attendees through a custom code integration using the Jquery super-sized rotator giving practical examples to the topic.

Graham Morris, Principal Application Developer with Mercury New Media led a thoughtful discussion on deploying to Microsoft Azure. Attendees got a step by step guide to setting up the project, migrating the database and deploying the project using the Azure Portal.  A rich conversation of what works well (and what doesn’t) ensued with participants sharing some of their own enterprise deployment war stories.

Subject matter experts from both Telerik and Microsoft were in attendance providing valuable insights throughout.  The meeting concluded with an open forum dialog of all participants that was filled with interesting and valuable insights.

When asked about the event Donald Bickel, Partner at Mercury New Media stated, “The developer interaction was outstanding!  It was invigorating to see the number of firms deploying Sitefinity to the cloud in the form of Azure.  I was pleasantly surprised by the number of mature Platform as a Service deployments but also heard plenty of Azure-based Infrastructure as a Service chatter.”

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