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Introduction to Azure Maching Learning – Speaking at Singapore Azure Bootcamp

This coming Saturday, April 16, the Global Azure Bootcamp takes place once again. As I just move back to Singapore, I’ll speak here locally on the topic of Azure Machine Learning:

Introduction to Azure Machine Learning

Machine Learning runs predictive models that learn from existing data in order to forecast future behaviors, outcomes, and trends. A practical example for this is when you swipe your credit card somewhere and the bank verifies via Machine Learning if the transaction is likely to be a fraud. An other example are online shopping recommendations based on what you want to buy and what others have purchased before.

In this session, we’ll lay the foundation for understanding the basics of Machine Learning, and see some practical examples of how it can be implemented on Azure

Visit http://singapore.azurebootcamp.net/ to view the agenda and register now!

Goodbye Singapore, Grüezi Switzerland: A New Opportunity

In early March 2006, I arrived in Singapore for what I thought would be a limited time only: an 8 months internship and the plan to graduate afterwards and start working in Germany. Obviously, things changed a bit, and I fell in love with the country here. That’s why I came back to Singapore in September 2007, and have been here ever since.

During the past 5 1/2 years I’ve been working exclusively with SharePoint (2007 and 2010), and have been working for a German as well as a Swiss company. I have learned a lot in these past years (not just regarding SharePoint, but IT in general, soft skills, and all that other stuff that comes with a job), and I can thankfully say that I have had the chance to work with and for some very supportive managers and colleagues. From a personal perspective, the biggest change was meeting my wife, completely surprising her by proposing at a very unexpected moment and later getting married to her, and buying a flat with her.

It is now time for another big move. Starting 1 June 2013, I will be working in Zurich, Switzerland, for 1stQuad Solutions. I will have the opportunity to work a lot more with my big passion, Office 365, and also do a lot more community work, naturally mostly in German (so, if you’re in the DACH region, get in touch with me!). My wife and I are of course very excited about this new opportunity, and the chance to experience living in a new city and country. My last day with my current company will be in April, followed by a short holiday trip to Bali with my wife. In May, we’ll be flying to Germany to visit my family, and move to Switzerland towards the end of that month.

Note: I’ll be available for some freelance work (SharePoint / Office 365) from mid April onwards for around 5-6 weeks, if you think I can be of help, or want to recommend me to someone, let me know.

Does moving to a German-speaking country have any impact on my blog? I’m considering writing articles in English and in German, but haven’t fully decided yet if and how I’ll do that. One option could be to write in German on the company blog, and to write in English on my blog here. Either way, I hope to get more content on Office 365 published.



Visiting Singapore – Southeast Asia SharePoint Conference 2013 Edition

In this post (and referencing some older posts), I’ll provide some brief information about Singapore, what to eat, what to do, where to go, how to get around, etc.

I already gave some information in 2010 as well as in 2011, visit these two posts as well!

 Get around

If you want to travel by public transport, the easiest way to go to the SharePoint Conference is via MRT. The MRT Station Expo is right next to the Singapore Expo. Tickets can either be purchased individually for each trip, or you can purchase an ez-link card in any MRT station or 7-eleven. These cards already contain some stored value, for each trip the travel fare will be deducted. Cards can be topped up (add additional value) in each of the MRT stations. If you plan to make a few trips around Singapore, they are definitely the more convenient option.

To find out how to go from place A to place B, you can type in the two addresses at http://gothere.sg. To find out how to get to the expo, visit http://gothere.sg/maps#q:singapore%20expo, select Directions From, and type in your starting address (e.g. name of your hotel).


Staying in touch – phone and internet

There are 3 telcos in Singapore, all of them provide similar prepaid mobile services:

  1. http://www.singtel.com/prepaid
  2. http://www.starhub.com/green
  3. https://www.m1.com.sg/M1/site/M1Corp.….

Each prepaid card offers a small amount of data that is included, however for an additional $7 you can also purchase 1GB of local data. More information on where to buy the prepaid cards, and how to get the additional data  can usually be found online, or simply talk to a salesperson in the corresponding shop

Note: there are also prepaid cards with data plans only available, for example if you have an iPad. Have a look around the websites of the 3 telcos.


What to do

One of the newest attractions is Gardens by the Bay: http://www.gardensbythebay.org.sg. Visiting is free except for the two domes.

Singapore now has its own Pandas (both Giant Panda and Red Panda!), which can now already be visited (though the new River Safari section of the Singapore Zoo is still in development). Tickets are limited. Viewings are at :00, :20, and :40 every hour, and limited to 200 people each time, so it’s best to reach the Zoo early in the morning: http://pandas.riversafari.com.sg/giant-panda-preview.html

Chinese New Year is just around the corner, so why not join the activities in Chinatown? Have a look at http://travelerfolio.com/chinese-new-year-yuan-xiao/ to get some first impression on what’s going on there

What else is going on at the Singapore Expo? The John Little Mega Expo Sale! In case you need some toiletries, household stuff, shoes, clothes, etc 🙂


What to eat/drink

Look at the previous posts as mentioned above. Some additional suggestions:
Drink: Teh Tarik, lime juice, coconut juice, Singapore Sling, a Tiger beer
Eat: Kaya Toast, Chicken Rice, Murtabak, Satay, Chili Crab, …

Southeast Asia SharePoint Conference 2013

Southeast Asia SharePoint Conference 2013




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