This group is for anyone interested in a discussion with others local to the Houston area around any aspect of Microsoft Azure (https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/) and it's rapidly-growing, surrounding (non-Microsoft) ecosystem.
We try and meet each month or so and talk about some aspect of Azure that might be of interest to as many people as possible.Topics range across both all Azure services and 3rd-Party solutions that are deployed upon it so there should be something for everyone. Interested professionals might include a wide range, from infrastructure-focused IT Pros to Developers and Solution, Application or Enterprise Architects, Security practitioners, "Big Data" Scientists, and of course business leaders up to C-suite executives wanting to understand the high-level value propositions of the various features that Public Cloud enables in order to properly guide their businesses to "The Cloud". We also discuss solutions that 3rd Party (i.e. non-Microsoft) software vendors build on top of Azure to fill in feature gaps (via the Azure Marketplace (https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/marketplace/)).
No matter your role, we encourage everyone to join us no matter the topic because Public Cloud is the leveler that, for example, means those from a Development background now need to understand more about automated infrastructure than they ever have before, and those with an IT infrastructure background need to understand more about DevOps or Containers than they ever have before. The amount and pace of change that Cloud Computing is bringing about to those in business and Technology is simply unprecedented and this group is one way everyone in the Community can try and keep up with it all.
Each event will focus on just one Azure area or Service or 3rd Party (Marketplace (https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/marketplace/)) solution, and typically have a guest speaker, a high-level overview followed by technical demonstration(s), and a Q&A session so we can not only share stories but everyone can learn from each other's experiences.