What we're about

A community that grew into The Consultancy. Besides free Cloud learning events (for Engineers), we offer for-fee Cloud Architecture & Data Engineering advice (to Executives) worldwide. We can also connect community members looking for work to jobs in the Cloud.

SERVERLESS TORONTO BELIEFS

We believe that Today's code is Tomorrow's Technical Debt, so we advocate the introduction of Serverless Technologies and a Serverless Mindset – to achieve business agility through using Managed Services and other people's APIs. (Simply put, Serverless is "Less IT Mess" :)

IT'S ALL ABOUT PASSION

Sometimes we're good at things we don't really care for, but it's that passion that will drive us to succeed. Steve Jobs once said, "Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle."

So, if you found your passion (related to IT), please tell us about it. If you're still searching, check us out. You may find it here – because we cover a variety of forward-looking IT topics.

*** FOR IT PROFESSIONALS ***

WANT TO PARTICIPATE?

• Click on the "Join this group" button to get monthly updates about upcoming meetups (we will NOT spam you)

• Suggest a meetup topic or Request to present using this form https://forms.gle/RfLVjaB3JVpJ15oC9

LOOKING FOR WORK?

• We may be able to help you, so tell us about it...

To start the conversation and networking, join us on Slack http://slack.ServerlessToronto.org

*** FOR BUSINESSES ***

GET TO KNOW US

Serverless Toronto is a member of the family of Community-driven Serverless User Groups worldwide (https://www.meetup.com/pro/serverless) focused on fostering a community around serverless technologies for good. Each Serverless User Group is unique, organized by locals, and run according to the following principles:

1. Local – Run by local community organizers

2. Accessible – Financially and physically accessible to the community

3. Representative – Be representative of the broader society within which it exists.

Check out hot Cloud Computing topics from our past Meetups:

• Browse all slide decks http://slideshare.ServerlessToronto.org

• Watch recorded events http://youtube.ServerlessToronto.org

NEED A QUICK CLOUD OR DATA ENGINEERING ADVICE?

As true believers in Community networking and experience sharing, we offer Free Online Consultations. If your Company needs little help:

• Send us a message about your projects, dilemmas, doubts or fears, and if there's a match, your team will receive a complimentary (and confidential) 45-minute consultation.

• It will give you a fresh and unbiased perspective about "the thing" you're trying to build in the Cloud.

NEED A SECOND OPINION ON APPLICATION/DATA ARCHITECTURE MODERNIZATION?

If you are an Executive in need of "Emergency Advice," here is WHY & HOW we can help you:

• Thanks to our vast IT experience fed by Passion, Curiosity and the Serverless Mindset, we know that

1. Technology is not the point. The reason that we're doing this – any of this, is in service of some business goal.

2. The Customer value that your organization is trying to create is the point!

• That's why we focus on creating tangible values for our clients (like ROI, efficiencies, risk reduction, cost savings) – not work for work's sake:

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TRY US OUT, AND:

• we'll uncover hidden opportunities to improve your business results (because we can see your options Further than traditional IT Architects).

• It's simply impossible to get a reliable Second Opinion from the same person who gave you the First one.

• Even if the Second Opinion confirms what you already know, it's beneficial to get confidence that you have done everything you can to ensure your project's success.

• Second Opinion engagement will deliver results quickly!

Serverless Toronto "Second Opinion" engagements are confidential, can be arranged on a flat-fee or hourly basis (your call), and require NO long-term commitment to us.

NEED LONGER-TERM HELP ADOPTING CLOUD?

We'll be happy to introduce you to our Serverless & Data experts looking for new opportunities. Take a look at our "matchmaking" promise: https://www.meetup.com/Serverless-Toronto/pages/31293691/Jobs/

LET'S GET STARTED:

Message us via https://linkedin.com/in/magmainc/

Upcoming events (3)

Azure for Bioinformatics: Data Lake Architecture for genomic-scale data analysis

We are honoured to welcome Lynn Langit - Cloud Architect, AWS Community Hero, Google Cloud Developer Expert, Microsoft SQL Server MVP, and LinkedIn Learning Educator. Lynn will kick off lecture series on Cloud-native Bioinformatics for processing Healthcare and Genomic data at scale.

When building Data Analysis pipelines for a Genomic-scale workload, the typical approach is to use a Data Lake Architecture. In this meetup, Lynn will detail using this architecture on the Microsoft Azure cloud...

P.S. Bioinformatics is a discipline that bridges computational studies (Computer Science, Statistics, Data Engineering) and Biology.

HOMEWORK

1. The idea for these "Big, Big Data" meetups was sparked by Lynn's breakout session "GCP for Bioinformatics" at Google Cloud Next '20: https://cloud.withgoogle.com/next/sf/sessions?session=DA111#industry-insights

2. This first lecture will cover (in-depth) Lynn's article "Azure for Genomic-scale Workloads," so read it up, and get your questions ready: https://lynnlangit.medium.com/azure-for-genomic-scale-workloads-ad3c989a3d0b

3. Learn something new from Lynn: https://www.linkedin.com/learning/search?keywords=Lynn%20Langit
(If you cannot afford LinkedIn prices, you may be able to enjoy Lynn's courses for 30-days free, if you sign up via https://www.lynda.com/)

AGENDA

6:00 – 6:15 Introductions, Networking & Opening remarks
6:15 – 7:15 Feature Presentation
7:15 – 7:45 Q&A – Unique opportunity to chat with Lynn!
7:45 – 8:00 Manning Publications raffle & Closing remarks

Please bring along plenty of enthusiasm and questions – we're looking forward to it being a fun-filled evening :)

COMMUNITY

* Looking for work, or offering IT work?
Let's help one another (and win some Manning Publishing products :) by filling this form: https://forms.gle/97fXbFxxtPzp4jsh8

* You'd like to speak at our events?
Join the community via http://slack.serverlesstoronto.org & post your proposal to the #want-to-present Slack channel https://serverless-toronto.slack.com/messages/CGG6LJGKD.

* Sorry!
Our Google Meet subscription limits us to 150 attendees, so RSVP ASAP to avoid disappointment because we have no way to bypass this hard limit.

Smart Cities in Italy put Silicon Valley to shame with innovative IoT solutions

The ancient town of Messina has transformed itself into the Smart City of the future and is now leading the modernization of other Italian cities using IoT & Cloud Computing. This CNET article www.cnet.com/news/sicily-smart-city-messina-catania-silicon-valley-to-shame inspired us to invite Antonio Puliafito (Professor at the University of Messina, and Director of the Italian CINI Lab on "Smart Cities & Communities") to encourage you to undertake similar projects in your municipalities to improve the lives of the residents through innovation, data and connected technology.

Some of the #SmartME (Smart Messina) projects you'll get insight into are:

1. Environmental Monitoring
2. Smart Parking
3. Objects Identification/Counting
4. Pothole detection
5. Tourist Attractions App (https://youtu.be/DF9aJVlenDM)
6. Lamp for Indoor Air Quality Monitoring
7. Real-Time Landslide Monitoring
8. Cloud and IoT Integration using Open-source Software for remote management of Cloud devices, communication, data visualization and Machine Learning for predictive maintenance (Stack4Things: https://smartme.io/en/stack4things-en/, http://stack4things.unime.it/)
9. Open IoT Hardware platform for urban regeneration (https://arancino.cc/en/)

We'll have almost too many topics to cover and projects you can "borrow" to start making YOUR communities, local & regional governments "smarter" 😊

AGENDA

Noon – 12:10 Introductions, Networking & Opening remarks
12:10 – 1:00 Feature Presentation
1:00 – 1:25 Q&A – Unique opportunity to chat with Antonio!
1:25 – 1:30 Manning Publications raffle & Closing remarks.
Please bring along plenty of enthusiasm and questions to our "Lunch & Learn" meetup :)

COMMUNITY

* Looking for work, or offering IT work?
Let's help one another (and win some Manning Publishing products :) by filling this form: https://forms.gle/97fXbFxxtPzp4jsh8

* You'd like to speak at our events?
Join the community via http://slack.serverlesstoronto.org & post your proposal to the #want-to-present Slack channel https://serverless-toronto.slack.com/messages/CGG6LJGKD.

* Sorry!
Our Google Meet subscription limits us to 150 attendees, so RSVP ASAP to avoid disappointment because we have no way to bypass this hard limit.

Building a Data Cloud to enable Analytics and AI-Driven Innovation

If you're moving your On-premise data/EDW to the cloud, you are not doing it so that you can run your old Reports against Cloud Data Warehouse. Yes, the cloud enables Real-time Analytics at scale, but the beauty of Cloud Data Platforms is that you will be able to start using Predictive Analytics and benefiting from AI-driven innovation (simply because of the vast amount of the Data cloud vendors had to train the ML models they are giving us to use – or customize).

And there is nobody better to talk about that journey – from Data Science, Data Warehousing, Machine Learning to Business Transformation, than Lak (Valliappa) Lakshmanan!

Lak is Global Head of Data Analytics and AI Solutions at Google Cloud (https://twitter.com/lak_gcp) and the author of many fantastic books on all these topics (https://aisoftwarellc.weebly.com/books.html).

AGENDA

6:00 – 6:15 Introductions, Networking & Opening remarks
6:15 – 7:15 Feature Presentation
7:15 – 7:45 Q&A – Unique opportunity to chat with Lak!
7:45 – 8:00 Manning Publications raffle & Closing remarks

Please bring along plenty of enthusiasm and questions – we're looking forward to it being a fun-filled evening :)

COMMUNITY

* Looking for work, or offering IT work?
Let's help one another (and win some Manning Publishing products :) by filling this form: https://forms.gle/97fXbFxxtPzp4jsh8

* You'd like to speak at our events?
Join the community via http://slack.serverlesstoronto.org & post your proposal to the #want-to-present Slack channel https://serverless-toronto.slack.com/messages/CGG6LJGKD.

* Sorry!
Our Google Meet subscription limits us to 150 attendees, so RSVP ASAP to avoid disappointment because we have no way to bypass this hard limit.

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