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Welcome to MSFT Stack, the home of Microsoft (ish) talks in Cardiff. Join us for learning and networking!

• We cover everything from Azure to Zune, if folks are interested in the topic and we can find a speaker on the subject.

• Join us on slack (http://cardiffdev.herokuapp.com/)to chat, get help, or get into speaking or organising.

• Our most common meetup format is presentations in the evenings but we're always open to doing more - if you have an idea about topics for talks or new formats, talk to us as you can help us make your wish a reality :-)

• Steph, Katy, Chris, Mike, Amit at the other folks who make MSFT Stack events happen, work towards making them as welcoming and safe as possible. If you ever encounter a problem, message one or more of the organisers and we'll work on making it right.

We hope to see you soon!

Upcoming events (3)

Database DevOps: A Genuine Journey & An Introduction to Adoption Management

Speaker: Gavin Payne An Introduction to Adoption Management - and why it's become relevant to the tech industry For many years, organisations have widely recognised managing change has as a critical, yet rarely mentioned leadership skill. So why the recent interest by the tech industry in adoption management, the lesser known sibling of change management? Part of the answer comes from the need for organisations to increasingly get all of their staff using new technology services to transform how they work. A messaging system only becomes useful when enough people you know also use it. The second part of the answer is the need for tech vendors that sell pay-per-use cloud services to make sure their end users actually start and then keep using their services – or else they get no revenue. Adoption management can be considered to be the art and science of helping people to become more effective by using something new. It could be a mobile app to book gym classes, a security service to stop data leakage or a new collaboration system to share files. Whatever an organisation's need for adoption management is, there are standard ways to help people manage change - or in this case, adopt new tools. This session explains the need for the tech industry to formally manage adoption and the academic models that explore why people adopt change at different speeds and in different ways. It then provides guided examples of how the speaker has led adoption management projects that increased the use of new services, but also made sure users were more efficient than they used to be. While these examples focus on adopting Microsoft 365 services, attendees could use them in a broad range of situations. Speaker: Richard Griffiths, Database Technical Lead, Confused.com DevOps for databases is a daunting task, but we have been on that journey and now manual releases are the exception. How did we get there? Autumn We were your ordinary database development team with aspirations of automated deployment. Enviously peering over at the other developers passing their deployment packets to the automated mechanisms of the release team, while we still got up at stupid o’clock to press F5, crossing our fingers we were awake enough to connect to the right environment, sweat often running down our furrowed brows… Code was integrated into a central TFS repository for the primary purpose of version control using visual studio database projects with CI builds for validation, but there was no explicit link between that code and deployment. Synchronisation was therefore manual; environment discrepancies were commonplace. The fear of state-based deployment destroying or rebuilding our data was a huge obstacle to overcome… A glimmer of light shone through as extra publishing options in visual studio database projects gave us hope we could start deploying from source, with the safety net of preventing data loss... Winter Great progress was being made technically and a huge cultural shift was taking place within the database team. Huge amounts of effort was being made into automation, with the backing of a great IT culture we ploughed on. The reliability in guaranteed repetitive code deployment through our environments caused a huge reduction in test environment maintenance for the database team, benefits were already becoming apparent. A member of the database team then embedded into the Configuration & Release team where new skills were picked up. This quickly led to another shift, using release pipelines instead of adapted CI builds for deployment. Communication and partnership between database, QA, release management and Ops teams grew considerably during this period, a great culture of change allowing for the new methodologies to be accepted with open arms. In just a few months we’d gone from being an isolated team deploying changes manually, to using a SaaS VSTS solution with an automated deployment partnership across teams. Spring The hard work had been done. Ideas and skills bounced around between teams to remove any need for manual deploys, what else could VSTS (now Azure Devops) offer us? We used Azure DevOps task groups to piece together common build and release tasks. Libraries allowed us to centralise configuration details like user names and passwords. Azure DevOps dashboards for the database team improved work management and any issues with our pipelines were immediately apparent. SSIS and database deployments were explicitly linked to ensure dependent releases were now bound together and no awareness needed to be made about ordering of releases. This expanded our thinking into service deployment rather than just individual databases, releasing packages of working pieces of architecture. We delved into the wonderful world of PowerShell and automated SQL Agent execution in our pipelines to ensure everything still worked post-deployment. Summer Key vault is king. Who would have though a secure central configuration store could be so powerful. Key vault became our source for Azure DevOps libraries, it became our source for ARM template deployments, allowing us to deploy infrastructure as well as databases in single release pipelines. Pester testing is perfect. Combining key vault details with pester the PowerShell testing framework allowed us to come up with our own repeatable generic infrastructure and database testing solution. Demo In order to prove this is all achievable, if the talking wasn’t enough, we’ll finish with a demo of there being no infrastructure to fully provisioning a PaaS database architecture in Azure, following up with making a change through automated CI builds and release pipelines in Azure DevOps.

Get into presenting! (Global Diversity CFP Day)

NHS Wales Informatics Service

Are you a member of an underrepresented or marginalised group? Have you always wanted to become a tech conference speaker? Let 2019 be the year that you make that dream a reality! Our workshop will have experienced speakers on hand to: - give you a warm, inclusive welcome in a safe space (check out our Code of Conduct which all participants must adhere to) - mentor you through the writing of your first talk description aka abstract or proposal - provide speaking advice - and share their enthusiasm to get you to the stage! • What we'll do This workshop will: - introduce you to some important concepts around developing your first abstract, presenting, and presentation design - get you hands-on to practice - (if you're up for it) present back your abstract • Detailed agenda - Welcome - Biography activity - Advice video #1: Submitting sessions - Picking a topic - Proposal Writing - Inclusive Language Activity - Advice video #2: Your perfect tech talk - Proposal Writing + feedback: 1 to 1 with mentors - Advice video #3: The day of your talk - Proposal Writing + feedback - Attendees present their talk proposal • What to bring Pens, notepads, laptops - whatever you think you might need to take notes, sketch ideas, and maybe even do a presentation! • Important to know Code of conduct https://www.globaldiversitycfpday.com/code-of-conduct This event is part of globaldiversitycfpday.com - check it out for other locations! There isn't dedicated childcare but you're welcome to bring along children The building is accessible and materials will be availabel for download to screenreaders etc

PHP: It's good now

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Steve McDougall, local PHP group organiser, is coming along to show how PHP has changed and where it can fit in a modern software architecture.

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