• September Azure LNS Meetup: How to choose the correct Azure Load Balancer?

    Azure has many load balancing services that work on different networking levels, including regional and global presence. Join us to know more about Azure Front Door, Traffic Manager, Application Gateway, and Azure Load Balancer. I will go through each service, how to use it and how to combine them in one solution. Our schedule for the evening currently looks like this: Doors open at 5:45pm with food served at 6:00pm 1. What's new in Azure - Stephane Budo (Vigilant IT) - 6:05pm - 6:25pm 2. How to choose the correct Azure Load Balancer? - Haitham Shaddad 6:25pm - 7:15pm 3. Q&A and general catch up till 8:00pm. About Haitham Shaddad: Haitham Shaddad (@haitham_shaddad) is a husband and a father to 3 kids. He is a Senior Consultant at Readify with 13 years of experience in government and banking solutions using Microsoft web and cloud technologies. He is passionate about learning new technologies and blogs about it.

  • September CBD Meetup: Deep dive into DevOps for Azure Logic Apps

    Logic Apps are a hot topic in various articles and blogs related to Serverless. One of the reasons is the killer visual interface which lets developers build complex flows in minutes. This visual interface can also make it difficult to achieve proper lifecycle management for Logic Apps. This month we will be looking at how you can achieve reliable DevOps for Azure Logic Apps. Our schedule for the evening currently looks like this: Doors open at 5:45pm with food and drinks served at 6:00pm. 6:00 - 6:20pm - What's new in Azure - Sam Alavi (Kloud Solutions) 6:20 - 7:30pm - Deep dive into DevOps for Azure Logic Apps - Raihan Alam 7:30 - 8:00pm - Q&A and general catch up and networking Main Session: Deep dive into DevOps for Azure Logic Apps. Abstract: Different tools can be used to create and deploy Azure Logic Apps such as the Azure Portal or Visual Studio. This works well at development time, but if you want to deploy the same Logic App in multiple environments, then you need to do it in a proper automated way. In this session, Raihan will take a deep dive on how to use Azure DevOps to version control your Logic Apps and setup CI/CD targeting multiple environments. We will also look at how you can use Terraform to make sure our Logic Apps are synced with our Git repository and detect any drift. About Raihan: Raihan is currently working as an Azure Architect at C-lab (Caltex) where he spends his time building new systems using Azure. He has been working as a Software Developer for more than a decade and has said 'yes' to all the tools and technologies that have come on his way. From Perl to .Net Core, from jQuery to Angular/React, from SharePoint Admin to Linux Admin and from Cloudera to Mesosphere! For the last few years he has been focused on Big Data and trying to solve Big Data problems using Cloud technologies. Meetup event photo attribution: Marco Monetti / Flickr: https://flic.kr/p/das4PA (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).

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  • Special Event: Lunch with Microsoft Distinguished Architect Ulrich Homann

    Special Event! Once again we are lucky to have some time with one on Microsoft's key architects - Uli Homann - who is joining once us again. Last time Uli was in town in November 2018 we had a full house and lots of interesting questions! Uli will share his perspective on building effective solutions in a multi-cloud world,a and we’ll make sure there is plenty of time for Q&A. We’ll have lunch available or bring your own! Please note due to Uli's travel commitments we will kick-off at 1pm sharp. About Uli ========= Ulrich (Uli) Homann is a Corporate Vice President & Distinguished Architect in the Cloud + AI business at Microsoft. As part of the senior engineering leadership team, he’s responsible for the customer-led innovation efforts across the cloud and enterprise platform portfolio. Previously Uli was the Chief Architect for Microsoft worldwide enterprise services, having formerly played a key role in the business’ newly formed Platforms, Technology and Strategy Group. Prior to joining Microsoft in 1991, he worked for several small consulting companies, where he designed and developed distributed systems and has spent most of his career using well-defined applications and architectures to simplify and streamline the development of business applications.

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  • August CBD Meetup: Using Azure SignalR Service to build real-time applications

    Real-time apps are a great way to increase fairness and safety of users through streamed interactions between clients and servers. This month we will be looking at Azure SignalR Service (https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/signalr-service/) which provides you with a fully managed streaming service to help you build real-time experiences into your mobile or web applications. Our schedule for the evening currently looks like this: Doors open at 5:45pm with food and drinks served at 6:00pm. 6:00 - 6:20pm - What's new in Azure - Sam Alavi (Kloud Solutions) 6:20 - 7:30pm - Building real-time applications with Azure SignalR Service - Nelly Sattari & Stafford Williams 7:30 - 8:00pm - Q&A and general catch up and networking Main Session: Building real-time applications with Azure SignalR Service. Abstract: How can we add real-time functionality to cloud-hosted web applications? How can we test and handle high traffic volume without disrupting real-time capabilities? What new and interesting problems can we solve with a bi-directional-web feature-set? Nelly and Stafford will explain, demonstrate and guide the audience through current Azure SignalR Service technology and how using this fully managed service removes the pain of building real-time applications. There will be an interactive demonstration that everyone can participate in. About Nelly: Nelly is a lead developer at Challenger Limited where she focuses on web development, leading the front-end development for Sitecore CMS websites. She speaks frequently and contributes to tech communities through running brown bags at work, supporting meetups, user groups and mentoring women in tech communities. About Stafford: Stafford is a lead consultant at Readify in Sydney with 13 years commercial experience, and another 10+ years prior as a self-taught amateur. When he was nine, he saw his friend's name bounce around a computer screen as the result of a program written in Amiga's AMOS BASIC and he immediately became aware that if such technological marvels were possible with code, then anything was possible with code! Meetup event photo attribution: Atomic Taco / Flickr: https://flic.kr/p/8mLybk (CC BY-SA 2.0).

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  • July CBD Meetup: Storing information in Azure, from A to Z

    It can be overwhelming trying to decide on the best option for storing your information in Azure. This month we will look at the range of relational and non-relational services you have at your disposal and how and why you'd choose one option over another. This month we will be supporting Dry July and will be having an alcohol-free meetup! Our schedule for the evening currently looks like this: Doors open at 5:45pm with food and drinks served at 6:00pm. 6:00 - 6:20pm - What's new in Azure - Sam Alavi (Kloud Solutions) 6:20 - 7:30pm - Storing information in Azure, from A to Z - David Alzamendi (Wardy IT) 7:30 - 8:00pm - Q&A and general catch up and networking Main Session: Storing information in Azure, from A to Z. Abstract: Are you finding it challenging to choose the correct storage tier for your solution? Relational or non-relational databases: what is the difference? Which are the most cost-effective services? This session will answer and expand upon each one of these questions. Azure offers a large number of services for storing your information. Let’s compare all the services, from data lakes to relational and non-relational databases. At the end of this session, you will be able to choose the best fit for storing your information. About David: Data Analytics and Cloud Consultant at Wardy IT. Delivering Business Intelligence and Data Analytics Solutions with On-Premises and Cloud technologies since 2011, David Alzamendi is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert and event speaker who solves problems with best practice procedures and the latest technology. David is passionate about the positive impact data can have on our lives, businesses, economy and the environment. He prides himself on using his creativity and optimism to solve what others thought impossible. Meetup event photo attribution: CaptSpaulding / Flickr: https://flic.kr/p/TFpPam (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

  • Azure LNS May 2019: All you need to know about Azure WAN and Firewall Services

    In this session we will talk about Azure WAN and Firewall services and how these two products can work together to bring value adds by simplifying the network architecture as well as reducing costs. We will also demo how Azure DevOps can be used to manage the entire life cycle of an Azure Firewall, from deployment to ongoing management of firewall rules Our schedule for the evening currently looks like this: Doors open at 5:45pm with food served at 6:00pm 1. What's new in Azure - Stephane Budo (Vigilant IT) - 6:05pm - 6:25pm 2. All you need to know about Azure WAN and Firewall Services - Milad Eftekharian - 6:25pm - 7:15pm 3. Q&A and general catch up till 8:00pm. About Milad Eftekharian: Milad is a Microsoft P-CSA in apps and infrastructure, bringing 7 years of architecture and hands-on experience in Azure

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  • May CBD Meetup: //Build news and Azure Digital Twins

    Microsoft Reactor

    When you start running Internet-of-Things (IoT) solutions at scale it quickly becomes apparent how hard it can be to build a cohesive picture of how multiple sensors represent a physical environment. In our main session this month we will see how Azure Digital Twins allows you to design models to represent an environment and bring context to the telemetry your sensors are sending. We will also cover all the news coming out of //Build in Seattle, along with what's new in Azure since our April meetup. It will be a great evening! Our schedule for the evening currently looks like this: Doors open at 5:45pm with food and drinks served at 6:00pm. 6:00 - 6:20pm - What's new in Azure and the latest from //Build - Simon Waight (Microsoft) 6:20 - 7:30pm - Azure Digital Twins - Scott Scovell (Kloud Solutions) 7:30 - 8:00pm - Q&A and general catch up and networking Main Session: Using Azure Digital Twins to model and manage the real world. Abstract: Azure Digital Twins allows you to create digital representations of the real world enabling you gain insights, manage and interact with those spaces. In this session we will cover the main concepts of digital twins, walk through the process of modelling a real world space, explore the spatial Graph API and demonstrate how we can define rules that, based on telemetry from the real world, update the state of our digital twin and have that reflected in the real world using Azure IoT platform services. About Scott Scovell: Scott is an integration specialist with over 20 years’ experience in the IT industry. During that time he has gained experience in developing middleware, web, mobile, desktop and cloud applications. Scott has concentrated on delivering application integration solutions built on the Microsoft stack. In recent years Scott has been leading customer engagements with cloud and specialised integration solutions using Azure iPaaS services. In his spare time, he is involved in the maker space working on personal IoT projects. Meetup event photo attribution: Michael / Flickr: https://flic.kr/p/ee3Gp5 (CC BY 2.0).

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  • Global Azure Bootcamp 2019

    Microsoft Reactor

    It's that time of year again! Join us for the 2019 edition of the Global Azure Bootcamp! We will have a great day that mixes presentations from some of the best Azure minds in Sydney, along with the opportunity for attendees to get hands-on with Azure. Attending ========== Ticket sales are now closed and our waitlist is also closed with 110 people on it! Thanks for your interest! Schedule ========= Our schedule for the day has now been published. Check out the amazing range of topics and speakers we have! https://gab2019speakers.z5.web.core.windows.net/ Our schedule for the day will be published once we have our speaker line up finalised.

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  • April CBD Meetup: Logic Apps; Your Gateway to a Serverless Future

    Serverless is the future - take advantage of it now! Our March meetup is all about Serverless and Logic Apps in practice! Our schedule for the evening currently looks like this: Doors open at 5:45pm with food and drinks served at 6:00pm. 6:00 - 6:05pm - Introduction and evening overview - Sam Alavi (Kloud Solutions) 6:05 - 6:20pm - What's new in Azure - Sam Alavi (Kloud Solutions) 6:30 - 7:30pm - Main Session by Matt Wicks (SSW) 7:30 - 8:00pm - Q&A and general catch up and networking Main Session: Logic Apps: Your Gateway to a Serverless Future Abstract: In this session, Matt will show how Logic Apps with no (or little) code can help you to augment an existing application or automate tasks. About Matt Wicks: Matt Wicks is a solution architect at SSW Sydney. He has been developing solutions using the full Microsoft stack since .NET 2 was in beta, and is also experienced with Dynamics CRM, PABX systems, and building B2B integrations. Matt likes good DevOps, clean designs, seeing a project with suites of passing unit tests, automation and sometimes he still reminisces about WebForms. Meetup event photo attribution: Bill Lim / Flickr: https://flic.kr/p/4qEN7Y (CC BY 2.0).

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  • April LNS Meetup: Deep Dive on Azure Deployments using Blueprints and DevOps

    In this session we will first cover what’s new for Blueprints and Policies, after which, we will deep dive into developing your own Azure Blueprints. If you want to deploy new, secure and well governed Azure environments at scale than this session is for you! Our schedule for the evening currently looks like this: Doors open at 5:45pm with food served at 6:00pm. PLEASE NOTE NEW VENUE FOR THE EVENT. 1. What's new in Azure - Stephane Budo (Vigilant IT) - 6:05pm - 6:15pm 2. Start your Azure Auditing Arsenal with Activity Log and Cost Data Using PowerBI- David Niwczyk (Rockend Technology) - 6.15pm - 6.25pm 3. Deep Dive on Azure Deployments using Blueprints and DevOps - Alexandre Verkinderen - 6:25pm - 7:15pm 4. Q&A and general catch up till 8:00pm. About Alex - Microsoft MVP for a decade, originally from Belgium but now enjoying the Aussie life style and helping customers establish a solid foundation in the cloud. https://www.mscloud.be

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