Azure SIG
Moving Your SharePoint Development to the Cloud
Presented by Ricardo Wilkins
11/11/2014 5:45 PM
Cleveland Microsoft Office

With the growing momentum of cloud-based infrastructure platforms and web services, there are more opportunities, and sometimes even requirements, to expand our development projects beyond on-premises scenarios. While many of our SharePoint solutions are capable of being ported to the Cloud with little to no change, it’s important to understand which technologies, tooling, patterns and practices we can use to best utilize the Cloud for our dev projects.

In this talk, we’ll discuss several areas to consider when moving your SharePoint development to the Cloud, including the differences, unique advantages, and potential limitations of SharePoint Online (Office 365) and Azure. We’ll show how the tooling helps support this effort through services like Visual Studio Online. We’ll also consider what the future roadmap might look like for our development projects and how we can position them in preparation for the future.

Ricardo is a SharePoint Consultant with Bennett Adelson, focusing on delivery of quality SharePoint solutions, especially in the area of custom development, application lifecycle management, and systems integration. Ricardo is a seasoned software developer who's helped deliver solutions in the public, non-profit, and private sector, and specializes in combining out-of-box feature sets with tools like SharePoint Designer, Visual Studio, InfoPath and workflow tools like Nintex. He is also heavily involved in the local and international SharePoint community, having given talks and technical demonstrations at local user groups, non-profit agencies and national conferences and webinars. He’s been a contributing author at, and has co-authored a whitepaper with Dell Software on SharePoint Customization Best Practices. You can find him online in social media (@ricardo303, @spcowbell) or also visit his SharePoint blog at

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About Azure SIG
The Cleveland Azure Special Interest Group (Azure SIG) (formerly the Cleveland .NET SIG) was founded in a partnership between Bennett Adelson and Microsoft 20 years ago. The SIG has become the forum for Azure collaboration and instruction from some of the brightest minds in the region. The organization was founded to provide enterprise customers and community with educational support on the Azure cloud platform. The group meetings consist of architecture and implementation focused, content-rich presentations and interactive discussions with demos. The audience ranges from Azure experts to those decision makers, infrastructure engineers, and developers that are getting their first glimpse of the cloud.