• SRE Topics: Are majority of Engineering Teams doomed to mediocrity? + Q&A

    According to DevOps Research & Assessment (DORA) report, elite teams get code to users 100x faster than the bottom half of teams, deploy 46x more frequently, and restore service from incidents in 2666x less time! Is this a skill gap (spoiler: NO), a technical problem, or a business one? Most importantly, how can you help your team function at an elite level? Charity Majors – CTO at Honeycomb and a former Product Engineering Manager at Facebook, will go through the sociotechnical strategies great teams (worldwide) are using to be happier and more productive… and why they all begin with Observability. Liz Fong-Jones – Developer Advocate at Honeycomb and a former Site Reliability Engineer (SRE) at Google, will give us and SRE Overview (from SLOs and SLIs to Error Budgets and Observability)... then along with Charity – explain what Honeycomb is about, and answer any of your questions! AGENDA 6:00 – 6:15 Introductions, Networking & Opening remarks 6:15 – 7:00 Feature Presentation 7:00 – 7:45 SRE Crash Course & Q&A 7:45 – 8:00 Manning Publications raffle & Closing remarks HOMEWORK 1. The 2019 Accelerate State of DevOps: Elite performance, productivity, and scaling https://cloud.google.com/blog/products/devops-sre/the-2019-accelerate-state-of-devops-elite-performance-productivity-and-scaling 2. Check out the book Charity wrote: "Database Reliability Engineering" https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1491925949/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tpbk_p1_i0 3. the company she co-founded: https://www.honeycomb.io/ 4. and her conference talks (e.g. https://youtu.be/HiqnWNe6c5Q), to see you will be in for a TREAT! 5. Got your interest? Go to "Ask an SRE" (Site Reliability Engineering) panel https://www.honeycomb.io/blog/sre-honeycomb-observability-for-service-reliability/ 6. and the webcast "SLO Theory: Why the Business needs SLOs" https://www.honeycomb.io/why-the-business-needs-slos-on-demand/ INSTRUCTIONS Please bring along plenty of enthusiasm and questions – we're looking forward to it being a fun-filled evening! You will be able to access the video meeting link after you RSVP. Please note that Google Meet does not work with MS Edge browser, so you will have to use Chrome or Firefox when joining, or download a mobile app from https://apps.apple.com/app/hangouts-meet/id1013231476 or https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.meetings FUTURE TALKS If you'd like to speak or simply want to suggest a topic or a presenter, join our community via http://slack.serverlesstoronto.org & post your proposal to the #want-to-present Slack channel (https://serverless-toronto.slack.com/messages/CGG6LJGKD Not using Slack? Just fill the event survey: https://forms.gle/io19jfo9FBFfLrqV7 (If will also make you eligible to win FREE raffle prizes from our Learning sponsor – Manning Publication!)

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  • An Evening with Kelsey Hightower

    Online event

    We are honoured to welcome Kelsey Hightower - Humanist, Developer Advocate for Google Cloud Platform & co-author of “Kubernetes Up and Running” book! Kelsey will share key takeaways from Google Cloud Next ’20 conference, give a practical introduction to Cloud Run (to show how Serverless & Container Technologies are converging - not diverging) and answer any of your questions :) AGENDA 6:00 – 6:10 Introductions, Networking & Opening remarks 6:10 – 6:45 Google Cloud Next ’20 - Recap and Key Takeaways✅ 6:45 – 7:20 Cloud Run - Where Serverless meets Containers✅✅ 7:20 – 7:50 Q&A - Unique opportunity to chat with Kelsey✅✅✅ 7:50 – 8:00 Manning Publications raffle & Closing remarks HOMEWORK 1. Explore new topics from 9-weeks or #GoogleCloudNext https://cloud.withgoogle.com/next/sf E.g.: * Lead your company towards data-powered innovation https://youtu.be/T6rdJ9n8Xi8 * Hands-on Keynote: Building trust for speedy innovation https://youtu.be/7QR1z35h_yc * Managing sensitive data in hybrid environments https://youtu.be/ApUEuhqeEno * Serverless Workflows in Google Cloud https://youtu.be/Uz8G8fTwwXs * CloudEvents with Google Cloud https://youtu.be/yGQe0-5D7e4 * Serverless Functions (FaaS): https://youtu.be/R_kpv9-7AOk * Cloud Run: What's New? https://youtu.be/os2FPR9WjY0 2. Watch Stephanie Wong's 5-minute video "Say hello to serverless containers with Cloud Run" https://youtu.be/nhwYc4StHIc (Her code sample https://github.com/swongra/cloudrundemo is as cool because it shows how to deploy the same container image on Anthos and IBM Cloud using Knative) 3. Get to know our guest as a thought-leader & humanist - so we can have a more engaging Q&A segment: * Kubernetes and the Path to Serverless https://youtu.be/oNa3xK2GFKY * Serverless, Not So FaaS https://youtu.be/_1-5YFfJCqM * https://twitter.com/kelseyhightower INSTRUCTIONS Please bring along plenty of enthusiasm and questions – we're looking forward to it being a fun-filled evening! You will be able to access the video meeting link after you RSVP. Please note that Google Meet does not work with MS Edge browser, so you will have to use Chrome or Firefox when joining, or download a mobile app from https://apps.apple.com/app/hangouts-meet/id1013231476 or https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.meetings FUTURE TALKS If you'd like to speak or simply want to suggest a topic or a presenter, join our community via http://slack.serverlesstoronto.org & post your proposal to the #want-to-present Slack channel (https://serverless-toronto.slack.com/messages/CGG6LJGKD Not using Slack? Just fill the event survey: https://forms.gle/AHJcXXYBnfAoPajk8 (If will also make you eligible to win FREE raffle prizes from our Learning sponsor – Manning Publication!)

  • Deliver Business Value Faster with AWS Step Functions

    As much as I miss our offline events, I love the ability to invite experts from around the world to our now virtual meetups. This month, #ServerlessTO is pleased to bring you AWS Serverless Hero and international speaker – Yan Cui! Yan will explain how to achieve business agility (deliver value to your customers faster) using Step Functions (Amazon’s application orchestration tool that lets you build visual workflows: https://aws.amazon.com/step-functions/). You will learn: * about its pros & cons, * when to use it, * how to design systems with it, and * hear about real-world case studies… to model your solutions after. So, let's add AWS Step Functions to your "IT Tool Chests"! 😀 AGENDA 5:00 – 5:05 Introductions, Networking & Opening remarks 5:05 – 5:50 Feature presentation ✅ 5:50 – 6:15 Q&A (opportunity to ask Yan about your specific use cases) 6:15 – 6:30 Manning Publications raffle & Closing remarks (fill this survey to be eligible: https://forms.gle/ZDu49HeL1GnsnNwA7) Please bring along plenty of enthusiasm and questions – we're looking forward to it being a fun-filled evening! INSTRUCTIONS You will be able to access the video meeting link after you RSVP. Please note that Google Meet does not work with MS Edge browser, so you will have to use Chrome or Firefox when joining, or download a mobile app from https://apps.apple.com/app/hangouts-meet/id1013231476 or https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.meetings ADDITIONAL LEARNING PATHS ON THE TOPIC 1. Ready to go deeper into creating Serverless workflows with Step Functions & AWS Lambda? Head over to https://theburningmonk.thinkific.com/collections and enroll in Yan’s (very affordable) video course "Complete Guide to AWS Step Functions". 2. Want to learn how to design, secure and manage Serverless back-ends in the AWS Cloud? Purchase Yan’s new book https://www.manning.com/books/serverless-architectures-on-aws-second-edition or video course https://www.manning.com/livevideo/production-ready-serverless 3. Need some expert advice as you’re polishing & future-proofing your AWS-based Serverless Apps? Enroll in Yan’s 4-week workshop “Production Ready Serverless” https://homeschool.dev/class/production-ready-serverless/ (Yan will be providing a discount code for the meetup attendees!) 4. Just want to expand your horizons on achieving Business Agility using APIs, Serverless Technologies and Serverless Mindset? Enjoy the videos playlist http://youtube.serverlesstoronto.org/ and the slides http://slideshare.serverlesstoronto.org/ from our past Serverless Toronto User Group meetups 😊 FUTURE TALKS If you'd like to speak or simply want to suggest a topic or a presenter, join our community via http://slack.serverlesstoronto.org & post your proposal to the #want-to-present Slack channel (https://serverless-toronto.slack.com/messages/CGG6LJGKD Not using Slack? Just fill the event survey: https://forms.gle/ZDu49HeL1GnsnNwA7 (If will also make you eligible to win FREE raffle prizes from our Learning sponsor – Manning Publication!)

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  • What’s the big deal with Graph Databases?

    Online event

    #ServerlessTO welcomes back Alex Barbosa Coqueiro - Head of Public Sector Solutions Architecture at AWS for Latin America, Canada & Caribbean. He'll introduce us to Graph Databases, a totally different way to see data (with endless possibilities) not many are aware of! Alex will cover Graph technology, terminology (including confusion with GraphQL & Graph Neural Networks), how Graph could be applied to real-world business problems, and share a few examples of graph data model using AWS Cloud services. OUR LEARNING GOALS * Understand use cases for highly connected data * Understand how to use a graph model and query languages to build applications over highly connected data * Explore the difference between popular graph models like Property Graph and W3C's RDF * Development of query languages like Apache TinkerPop Gremlin and SPARQL * Scaling Graph databases using Amazon Neptune to enable you to build production-ready graph applications. So, let's add Graph Databases to our "IT Tool Chests"! 😀 AGENDA 6:00 – 6:20 Introductions, Networking & Opening remarks 6:20 – 7:20 Alex Barbosa Coqueiro on Graph Databases 7:20 – 7:40 Q&A (Neo4j questions welcome ✅) 7:40 – 7:50 Win *any* Manning product! (fill the survey to be eligible) 7:50 – 8:00 Meetup wrap-up & Closing remarks Please bring along plenty of enthusiasm and questions - we're looking forward to it being a fun-filled evening! INSTRUCTIONS You will be able to access the video meeting link after you RSVP. Please note that Google Meet does not work with MS Edge browser, so you will have to use Chrome or Firefox when joining, or download a mobile app from https://apps.apple.com/app/hangouts-meet/id1013231476 or https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.meetings FUTURE TALKS If you'd like to speak or simply want to suggest a topic or a presenter, join our community via http://slack.serverlesstoronto.org & post your proposal to the #want-to-present Slack channel (https://serverless-toronto.slack.com/messages/CGG6LJGKD PAST TALKS * most of the videos: http://youtube.serverlesstoronto.org/ * and slide decks: http://slideshare.serverlesstoronto.org/

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  • Accelerating with a Cloud Contact Center

    Online event

    It's about the time companies invest in makeovers of their decades-old Call Center tech and start using Cloud Computing & Conversational AI for 1) better call deflection, 2) reliable call routing to the RIGHT agent, 3) reduced on-hold wait times, 4) improved customer experience… to better serve us during #StayAtHome days & #COVID19 like crises. Join us to learn how to augment existing Call Centers (DIY-style) to Burst-Out calls into the Cloud by creating better IVRs (Interactive Voice Response), adding new communication channels, and using SIP to add cloud voice capabilities to your existing VoIP infrastructure. Big thanks to our friends from Twilio - Patrick Kolencherry (https://www.linkedin.com/in/kolencherryp/) and Karla Nussbaumer (https://www.linkedin.com/in/karla-nussbaumer-20a66b/), for agreeing to share how YOU - too, can help businesses deal with the increased call volumes and put an end to the frustrations like this https://www.linkedin.com/posts/magmainc_ivr-phone-callcenter-activity-6654826511297765377-RtjD Please bring along plenty of enthusiasm and questions - we're looking forward to it being a fun-filled night! 6:00 – 6:20 Introductions, Networking & Opening remarks 6:20 – 7:20 Twilio Presentation and Demos ☎️ 7:20 – 7:40 Q&A 7:40 – 7:50 Win *any* product from Manning Publications! (fill the survey https://forms.gle/uiGf28MsMNRBMbJe6 to be eligible) 7:50 – 8:00 Meetup wrap-up & Closing remarks INSTRUCTIONS You will be able to access the video meeting link after you RSVP. Please note that Google Meet does not work with MS Edge browser, so you will have to use Chrome or Firefox when joining, or download a mobile app from https://apps.apple.com/app/hangouts-meet/id1013231476 or https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.meetings FUTURE TALKS If you'd like to speak or simply want to suggest a topic or a presenter, join our community via http://slack.serverlesstoronto.org & post your proposal to the #want-to-present Slack channel (https://serverless-toronto.slack.com/messages/CGG6LJGKD PAST TALKS * most of the videos: http://youtube.serverlesstoronto.org/ * all of the slide decks: http://slideshare.serverlesstoronto.org/

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  • Intro to PySpark: Python Data Analysis at scale in the Cloud

    PySpark is the Python API for performing exploratory data analysis at scale, building machine learning pipelines, and creating ETLs for a data platform. In this talk, Jonathan Rioux - Head of Data Science at EPAM Canada & author of PySpark in Action book (https://www.manning.com/books/pyspark-in-action), will introduce us to PySpark, discuss different cloud providers' offerings, share programming tips and pitfalls... so that you can comfortably dive into Big Data processing using PySpark. AGENDA 6:00 – 6:20 Introductions, Networking & Opening remarks 6:20 – 7:40 Jonathan Rioux on PySpark & Q&A 7:40 – 7:50 Raffle time, win a Manning eBook! 7:50 – 8:00 Meetup wrap-up & Closing remarks Please bring along plenty of enthusiasm and questions - we're looking forward to it being a fun-filled night! INSTRUCTIONS You will be able to access the video meeting link after you RSVP. Please note that Google Meet does not work with MS Edge browser, so you will have to use Chrome or Firefox when joining, or download a mobile app from https://apps.apple.com/app/hangouts-meet/id1013231476 or https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.meetings FUTURE TALKS If you'd like to speak or simply want to suggest a topic or a presenter, join our community via http://slack.serverlesstoronto.org & post your proposal to the #want-to-present Slack channel (https://serverless-toronto.slack.com/messages/CGG6LJGKD PAST TALKS * most of the videos: http://youtube.serverlesstoronto.org/ * all of the slide decks: http://slideshare.serverlesstoronto.org/

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  • Meet the author of the official Google Cloud Certified study guides

    Our non-profit community of learners welcomes a special guest Dan Sullivan - author of official Google Cloud Certified study guides for 1. Professional Data Engineer (PDE) exam, 2. Professional Cloud Architect (PCA) exam, and 3. Associate Cloud Engineer (ACE) exam. Mr. Sullivan will share his tips for passing GCP Certification exams and answer any questions. If YOU have a question for Dan (or just want to upvote someone's question) go to https://app.sli.do/event/cmjau557 Big thanks to Karen Tamrazyan, Linda Kovacs, John Davis, and "GDG Cloud Developers Nuremberg" for making this event possible! And please note that this is a replacement for our regular "Sunday Study Group" sessions - which will resume on June 28th @ 10am. AGENDA 12:00 – 12:15 Opening Remarks, Meetup announcements 12:15 – 2:30 Dan Sullivan - Google Cloud exam tips and Q&A 2:30 – 2:45 Raffle time. Win a prize! 2:45 – 3:00 Meetup wrap-up, closing comments HOMEWORK Get familiar with Dan's work and GCP certification process in general: 1. Professional Data Engineer (PDE) exam study guide https://www.amazon.ca/Google-Cloud-Certified-Professional-Developer/dp/1119618436/ 2. Professional Cloud Architect (PCA) exam study guide https://www.amazon.ca/Google-Professional-Cloud-Architect-Study/dp/1119602440/ 3. Associate Cloud Engineer (ACE) exam study guide https://www.amazon.ca/Google-Cloud-Certified-Associate-Engineer/dp/1119564417/ 4. Google Cloud certifications https://cloud.google.com/certification/ INSTRUCTIONS You will be able to access the video meeting after you RSVP. To chat with your Study Group peers use this link https://bit.ly/GDGCloudNbgSlack FUTURE TALKS If you'd like to speak or simply want to suggest a topic or a presenter, join our community via http://slack.serverlesstoronto.org & post your proposal to the #want-to-present Slack channel (https://serverless-toronto.slack.com/messages/CGG6LJGKD PAST TALKS * most of the videos: http://youtube.serverlesstoronto.org/ * all of the slide decks: http://slideshare.serverlesstoronto.org/

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  • Get Google Cloud Certified

    Online event

    Proud to announce a collaboration with Google Cloud Developers Group (GDG Cloud) Nuremberg and GDG West Sweden to get you GCP Certified! We'll meet weekly online and study together to prepare ourselves to pass the ACE (Associate Cloud Engineer) exam. WHY? Now is the right time to study, because (due to COVID-19) the exams can be taken from the comfort of your home, plus Google has just announced the 30% discount on this particular certification. HOMEWORK * Read the official ACE page to see what you're getting into https://cloud.google.com/certification/cloud-engineer * Register for a 30%-off ACE discount at https://inthecloud.withgoogle.com/certification-preparation/register.html * Take the practice test to see where the gaps in your knowledge are https://cloud.google.com/certification/practice-exam/cloud-engineer INSTRUCTIONS To join the video meeting, click this link: https://meet.google.com/rar-cybx-jqq To chat with the Study Group peers use https://bit.ly/GDGCloudNbgSlack Please note that Google Meet does not work with MS Edge browser, so you will have to use Chrome or Firefox when joining, or download a mobile app from https://apps.apple.com/app/hangouts-meet/id1013231476 or https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.meetings FUTURE TALKS If you'd like to speak or simply want to suggest a topic or a presenter, join our community via http://slack.serverlesstoronto.org & post your proposal to the #want-to-present Slack channel (https://serverless-toronto.slack.com/messages/CGG6LJGKD PAST TALKS * most of the videos: http://youtube.serverlesstoronto.org/ * all of the slide decks: http://slideshare.serverlesstoronto.org/

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  • Meetup & Covid-19

    Needs a location

    Out of an abundance of caution and with the best intentions of helping everyone remain healthy, we are following community-based measures to mitigate the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Canada. As a result, our upcoming event has been rescheduled. We will be closely monitoring the situation and provide updates when available. Looking forward to seeing everyone at our next event & stay safe and healthy! Daniel ZivKovic #ServerlessTO co-founder

  • Using Data Science & Serverless Python to Find an Apartment in Toronto

    With a continued shortage of rental units, finding the ideal apartment in Toronto, let alone one you can afford, is a daunting & time-consuming task. In this talk, Ian Whitestone (Data Scientist at Shopify) will highlight how you can use Serverless Framework Zappa for Python on AWS, PostGIS, Slack, and some Regression Techniques to find a place to live. YOUR HOMEWORK :) https://github.com/Miserlou/Zappa https://github.com/spotify/annoy https://www.statsmodels.org/dev/examples/notebooks/generated/quantile_regression.html https://ianwhitestone.work/slides/python-meetup-sept-2019.html#/ https://ianwhitestone.work/slides/pycon-canada-2019.html#/ SPONSORS Big thanks to our Catering Sponsor https://www.TrendMicro.com/ - the world's leading security services platform for cloud builders, and https://Myplanet.com for hosting (and recording) our gatherings! As always, we'll be raffling one free digital product (of *your* choice) from our Learning Sponsor https://www.Manning.com/ Please bring along plenty of enthusiasm and questions - we're looking forward to it being a fun-filled night! FUTURE TALKS If you'd like to speak or simply want to suggest a topic or a presenter, join our community via http://slack.serverlesstoronto.org & post your proposal to the #want-to-present Slack channel (https://serverless-toronto.slack.com/messages/CGG6LJGKD PAST TALKS * most of the videos: http://youtube.serverlesstoronto.org/ * all of the slide decks: http://slideshare.serverlesstoronto.org/

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