• “So, you think you can Azure?”

    Schuberg Philis

    During this in-person meetup at Schuberg Philis in Amsterdam, we will look at Azure Governance, but from a perspective that goes beyond Azure Policy. Because policies, with all their power, are not enough to help you stay in control of your Azure environment. It takes a holistic approach that covers an array of aspects, which technologists can consider less critical, but which can substantially delay an application go-live if not taken care of properly.

    We will talk about:
    - Fundamentals of Azure Governance.
    - How Landing Zones help us streamline the implementation of those fundamentals.
    - Why it’s wise to automate as much as possible.
    - How to get started with reliable Azure Setup.
    - Why Azure AD always comes first.

    The session is a broad audience ranging from new Azure users to experienced IT professionals. Ultimately, our goal is to inspire you to implement a handful of simple steps that will greatly improve the security and reliability of your environment.

    Agenda:

    17:30 - Walk-in and dinner

    18:30 - Talk: "How to stay in control of your Azure environment" - Radik Wiankowski

    19:15 - Hands-on lab: “Day Zero in Azure”:
    - Get started with Azure Pass
    - Configuring Azure AD as a solid foundation
    - Setting up Azure AD monitoring

    20:30 Talk: "It always starts with Azure Active Directory" - Frank Zomer

    21:00 Drinks and Discussions

    Note: we provide in-person meetups only.

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  • Dapr: build microservice applications the easy way

    Info Support B.V.

    IMPORTANT NOTE FOR RSVP/REGISTRATION: Please note that registration is currently open for this meetup, but you have to go to Eventbrite to sign-up: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tickets-dapr-build-microservice-applications-the-easy-way-120686282921
    RSVP-ing in Meetup will only put you on a waiting list and does not get you a (free) ticket to the event.

    This is an in-person event and as such we will strictly follow RIVM COVID-19 guidelines, such as social distancing, minimizing contact during dinner time and limiting the amount of attendees.

    The subject of our first Corona-proof event will be Dapr! Dapr is an open source, event-driven, portable runtime for building microservices. It provides powerful building blocks to make it easy for developers to build resilient microservice applications using a variety of languages and frameworks.

    In this session Sander Molenkamp & Edwin van Wijk wiIl quickly introduce you to the Dapr building blocks and show how they can be applied to ‘eShop on Containers’; a .NET microservices reference application. You’ll learn about both the benefits and the limitations of using Dapr in your microservice applications.

    After the talk we’ll dive into the hands-on part of the evening and challenge you to apply the Dapr building blocks to a sample traffic speed-trap application!

    Agenda:
    17:30 - Doors open
    18:00 - Dinner
    18:45 - ~21:00 Interactive workshop

    Hands-on prerequisites:
    - .NET Core 3.1: https://dotnet.microsoft.com/download/dotnet-core/3.1
    - Visual Studio Code: https://code.visualstudio.com/download
    - Docker for Desktop: https://www.docker.com/products/docker-desktop
    - Dapr[masked] (latest version): https://dapr.io/

    Thanks to Info Support for being our host for the evening!

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  • *Postponed* Love DevOps? Wait until you meet Software Reliability Engineering

    Unfortunately, we have to cancel this Meetup because of the Coronavirus. But we will do the SRE game as soon as it is possible again...

    SRE is what you get when you treat operations as if it’s a software problem. Invented by Google. And you can apply this as well on your Azure projects.

    After an introduction by SRE Expert Edo Poll from Xebia, we are going to play a game. The SRE game. All together.

  • *Cancelled* KubeCon edition: Microsoft speakers on OAM, Rudr, Dapr, AKS & Windo

    Unfortunately, we have to cancel this Meetup because KubeCon is postponed. Our speakers will not travel to the Netherlands.

    Although it's on April 1st. This is no joke at all :-)

    Kubecon Europe is in Amsterdam this week and many Microsoft Azure team members are in the Netherlands. We are having 2 speakers this evening with knowledge directly from the source:

    Sudhanva Huruli - Azure Container Compute team - Program Manager
    Craig Peters - Azure Containers - Principal Program Manager

    Sudhanva will talk about the use of OAM, Rudr and Dapr. Besides these interesting topics, he gives us a look ahead at building cloud native apps

    Craig talks about AKS and Windows containers running on AKS.

    Our sponsor Schuberg Philis is hosting this evening including the food.

    RSVP will open 2 weeks before the meetup.

  • Cognitive Services - Creating apps that can see, hear, speak or understand

    Betabit Rotterdam (HQ)

    This meetup is all about Azure Cognitive Services!

    The location is at Betabit's headquarter in Rotterdam, our host and dinner sponsor.

    Our guest, Henk Boelman (Cloud Advocate at Microsoft) will tell us about the future of intelligent applications. Henk is a Cloud Advocate specializing in Artificial intelligence and Azure with a background in application development. He is currently part of the regional cloud advocate team in the Netherlands. Before joining Microsoft, he was a Microsoft AI MVP and worked as a software developer and architect building lots of AI powered platforms on Azure.

    In this workshop you will be introduced to the Microsoft Azure Cognitive Services, a range of offerings you can use to infuse intelligence and machine learning into your applications without needing to build the code from scratch. We will cover pre-trained AI APIs, such as computer vision, that are accessed by REST protocol. Next we will dive into Custom AI that uses transfer learning - Microsoft Azure Custom Vision. This enables you to provide a small amount of your own data to train an image classification model. Wrapping the workshop up by building our custom trained AI into an application - using Logic Apps, this technology is ideal for building data pipeline processes that work with your machine learning models. So don't forget your laptop (and an Azure subscription) for the hands-on-labs!

    Agenda:

    17:30 - Doors open

    18:00 - Dinner

    18:45 - Start interactive workshop

    21:15 -ish - Drinks

    The spoken language of the session is English.

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  • An interconnected world with Azure API Management - Manage and Protect your APIs

    This meetup is all about Azure API Management, API best practices and API security!

    The location is at Rabobank's headquarter in Utrecht, our host and dinner sponsor.

    In a Cloud world everything is connected! The rising universal language for communication between all kind of different services and devices are REST Apis, but how can you manage, protect and design them?

    Azure API Management is the central place to be in control of your REST apis.
    In this meetup Marco Mansi tells you all about Azure API management based on his experience at big enterprise companies.

    Our guest, Bert van Vugt (from AppyThings), will give a presentation about REST API best practices, do's en don'ts.
    You will learn how APIs should be well designed and avoid common mistakes!

    Our other guest, Yoram Peek (from Rabobank), will tell us how you can protect your APIs and show us with practical examples!

    Don't forget your laptop (and an Azure subscription) for the hands-on-labs! After this meetup you will have a thorough understanding of Azure API management and will be able to expose your own apis quickly and safely.

    Agenda:

    17:30 - Doors open

    18:00 - Dinner

    18:45 - Azure API Management by Marco Mansi

    19:15 - Hands-on

    19:45 - REST API Best practices by Bert van Vugt (AppyThings)

    20:15 - Hands-on

    20:45 - APIs security by Yoram Peek (Rabobank)

    21:15 -ish - Drinks and bites

    Rabobank Utrecht is easy to reach with public transportation.
    If you come by car you can park at the Rabobank parking garage.

    The spoken language of the session is english.

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  • Governance on the Azure cloud

    De Nederlandsche Bank

    This Meetup is dedicated to Governance on the Azure cloud.
    The location is sponsored by De Nederlandse Bank (DNB) and we are having a full program organized by Bernard Budde:

    3 parts:
    1) Thomas Buiks (Product Owner Azure at Nationale Nederlanden)
    The Nationale Nederlanden journey to the cloud and Azure Governance

    2) Marc van Houten &
    Ronald Van Teeffelen (Cloud Solution Architects at Microsoft)
    Governance tooling in Azure like Azure Security Center

    3) Bernard Budde (Cloud Architect at DNB)
    Hands-on Governance

    Bring your laptop for the Hands-on part or pair with another attendee.

    Agenda:
    17:30 Doors open
    18:00 Dinner
    18:45 Start sessions
    21:00 End of the Meetup

    Attendees by car: there are no parking possibilities from DNB. Please find a parking spot in the neightbourhood or come by public transportation. Tram Weesperplein or Frederiksplein.

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  • Building IoT solutions using Azure IoT Edge

    InSpark

    In this meetup Edwin van Wijk (Principal Architect @ Info Support and Microsoft MVP) will tell us all about Azure IoT Edge, a service that enables you to build distributed IoT solutions that leverage "edge" devices.

    The IoT Edge run-time uses the power of containerization with Docker to run all kinds of workloads on edge devices like a PC, a Raspberry Pi, a robot or a drone. These workloads could be: Machine Learning jobs, Stream Analytics jobs, Azure Functions but also your own custom code. In this meetup we will focus on building your own edge modules using C# in Visual Studio Code.

    The meetup will have 2 parts. First, Edwin will introduce IoT Edge and show how you can use it to build an IoT Solution, including showing a demo of a working IoT Solution running on multiple edge devices. After that, you can participate in the workshop in which you will use IoT Edge (combined with some other Azure services) to build and run this solution yourself. Once you've got the solution up & running and want to learn more, we've got some bonus point assignments for you!

    For participating in the workshop, there are some prerequisites:
    - You need access to an active Azure subscription.
    - Visual Studio Code
    - You need an edge device with the IoT Edge runtime on it in order to run Edge Modules. During the workshop we will provide instructions on how to install the IoT Edge runtime on your device. There are 3 options you can use:
    1. Use your own laptop. For this to work, you need Docker for Desktop running on your machine.
    2. You can spin up a simulated edge device in Azure. This is the simplest way of running Edge Modules (you don't have to do anything before the workshop).
    3. Bring your own Raspberry Pi (3 or up) and use that. But be aware: you're responsible for getting it connected to the venue's WiFi!!

    This evening is kindly sponsored by InSpark, who are providing the food, drinks, and venue.

    Dinner is available from 18:00. The session will start at 18:45-ish.

    Looking forward to seeing you on the 17th!

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  • Hands-on: building a resilient workflow with Azure Durable Functions

    Marc Duiker, awarded as Microsoft MVP and working for Xpirit will tell us everything about Azure Durable Functions.

    If you want to learn Durable Functions, join this meetup and learn from the expert in this field.

    We believe you learn best by doing. So bring your laptop to do it yourself.

    Agenda:
    17:30 Doors open
    18:00 Dinner
    18:45 Start session and hands-on

    To give you an insight in the hands-on part:

    Congratulations! Today is your first job as a software engineer at XASA, the Xpirit Aeronautics and Space Administration. You are responsible for creating a system which reacts to detected Near-Earth Objects (NEOs).

    A satellite is continuously scanning the skies for these NEOs. The satellite transmits its findings to ground stations which in turn send the data to Azure.

    It's your job to ensure the incoming data is stored, analyzed to assess the risk, and to notify the required organizations of this risk and possible counter-measures (think of Armageddon).

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  • Microsoft, Linux, Open Source, Cloud + DevOps

    Microsoft Nederland

    Microsoft's involvement with open source software has steadily been increasing. So much so that now open source and Microsoft are mentioned in one breath. We're honoured to be hosting two very special guests from Microsoft who will tell you all about what Microsoft is doing in the open source space.

    Jessica Deen is Senior Cloud Advocate
    Jorge Palma is Program Manager of Azure Container Compute

    Dinner will be served from 18:00. We will start the sessions at around 18:45.

    Microsoft, Linux, Open Source, Cloud + DevOps

    During the past year, Microsoft has made significant contributions to the Open Source community. We have open sourced tools such as Visual Studio Code, PowerShell Core, .NET Core, and even added support for Bash on Windows 10. We also contribute upstream to projects like Kubernetes, Helm, Draft, Porter and more! In this session, I will teach you how you can leverage these Open Source tools in your dev and production environments, thereby enabling you to implement DevOps best practices and streamline your value delivery.

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