What we’re about
This meetup is open to all Azure lovers since 2016. We focus on Microsoft technology stacks and services e.g. .NET & Azure.
The Toronto Azure Community is dedicated to the advanced .NET and Azure developers/Architects. We endeavour to bring you well known “celebrities” from the Microsoft development community to come and talk about their areas of speciality.
This group was also started to increase networking amongst developers and to encourage support amongst its members.
As organizations look to add new emerging technologies e.g. .NET CORE, Azure and Cloud, IoT, Machine Learning, AI to their suite of IT solutions, new technologies opportunities, new development methodologies, and challenges arise.
Started in Toronto, our goal is to share real world experiences and provide educational opportunities as they relate to the Microsoft Stack and Azure cloud offerings.
Our membership includes IT developers, practitioners, managers, students, and anyone who is interesting in learning more about implementing or leveraging new Microsoft technologies and e services.
Code of Conduct:
At Toronto Azure Community, we aim to provide an open, judgement, discrimination and harassment free community for everyone. Harassment, bullying, calling out any member in any form is not tolerated.
As we are a tech meetup, there would be opinionated views of technology, we encourage healthy arguments/ discussion but any personal comments / derogatory / offensive comments would be dealt with sternly.
Harassment and bullying includes but not limited to verbal or online comments / messages / posts / inappropriate physical contact / unwelcome sexual attention / asking for dates. Also not tolerated are any form of RACIST / RELIGIOUS / COUNTRY / CREED discriminatory comments. If someone is uncomfortable with you or your comments we suggest to step away from the situation and immediately cease harassing or bullying and comply with organizers / sponsors.
If you are being disturbed / troubled / harassed / see someone being harassed / bullied please bring to the notice of any organizers immediately.
Depending on the offending behavior / offender the organizers would take action as appropriate including warning, being banned from the group,
Promoting / advertising / marketing of any form without prior consent of organizers / sponsors / venue stakeholders is not permitted. Kindly comply with the venue / hosting company's policies. We do not have any control over their policies or how they implement it.
Please bear in mind this is run by volunteers who take time off their schedule so as to share and learn technical knowledge and have a healthy technical conversation.
While we aim to do our best please do let us know any feedback and we would make amends within reasonable limits and within our reach.
For any clarification or complaints please reach out to organizers.
Treat people how you like to be treated!
These are the values to which every member should aspire.
· Be friendly and welcoming
· Listen with purpose, create space for others’ communication preferences; honor them by flexing yours
· Be patient
· Remember that people have varying communication styles and that not everyone is using their native language (meaning and tone can be lost in translation)
· Be thoughtful
· Productive communication requires effort; think about how your words will be interpreted
· Remember that sometimes it is best to refrain entirely from commenting
· Be respectful
· In particular, respect differences of opinion
· Be charitable
· Interpret the arguments of others in good faith, do not seek to disagree
· Avoid destructive behavior, including:
§ Derailing: stay on topic; if you want to talk about something else, start a new conversation
§ Unconstructive criticism: don't merely decry the current state of affairs; offer - or at least solicit - suggestions as to how things may be improved
§ Snarking (pithy, unproductive, sniping comments)
§ Discussing potentially offensive or sensitive issues; this all too often leads to unnecessary conflict
Slides available here: https://goo.gl/nydTwe
Upcoming events (2)See all
- Global AI Conference 23: Toronto EditionMicrosoft Canadian Headquarters (Suite 4400), Toronto, ON
The event will take place at the Microsoft Canada office in Toronto. To join the event, it's essential to complete the registration through the link provided below:
Topic 1: AI pair programming tools
Speaker: Max Yermakhanov (Microsoft MVP)
In this session, we will help you learn how to:
* understand what GitHub Copilot tolls and how it works
* highlight the differences between GitHub Copilot and ChatGPT
get started with GitHub Copilot
* learn common GitHub Copilot tips and tricks
* apply best practices on integrating GitHub Copilot tool into your day to day
We will also cover GitHub Copilot for Business:
* How to enable GitHub Copilot for Business for your enterprise
* How to configure GitHub Copilot settings in your organization
* How to manage GitHub Copilot licenses
Topic 2: MS Fabric for Data Science
Speaker: Ashraf Ghonaim (Microsoft MVP)
The Data Science workload on Microsoft Fabric enables an end-to-end well integrated experience for Machine Learning practitioners based on popular open-source tools like Apache Spark and MLFlow, as well as all the rich tools of the Python data science ecosystem, so you can focus on quickly getting from data to models, and insights. Let’s take a look into Data Science in Fabric.
Topic 3: Secure and enhance your Azure OpenAI using Azure API Management
Speaker: Ehsan Eskandari (Microsoft MVP)
In this session we look into how integrating Azure API Management with Azure OpenAI can help enhancing loggings and security of your deployment.
- 2 Topics: DevSOCOps: Developer best practices with Security| Lakehouse in FabricMicrosoft Canadian Headquarters (Suite 4400), Toronto, ON
Topic 1: DevSOCOps: Developer best practices with Security content and SIEM
Security Operations Centers (SOC’s) are usually staffed with security professionals with backgrounds in incident response or forensics, not folks with development or devops backgrounds. Development teams often don’t have full time security folks or have adversarial relationships with security teams. How do we fix this silo problem and help security folks become developers and developers become security folks? In this talk, I discuss adopting each others best practices and building a methodology to help improve security and development practices to secure the code to the cloud. We’ll discuss CI/CD pipelines for SIEM, code scanning, versioning, and deployment best practices that can be applied for developers looking to get into cybersecurity or security practitioners looking to level up their developer skills.
Speaker: Mona Ghadiri
Mona Ghadiri is a Microsoft Security MVP and serves as the Sr. Director of Product Management at BlueVoyant, Microsoft’s #1 security partner. Mona has 10+ years of experience concentrated in Product Management, Process Engineering, and Scrum creating cybersecurity products and Security Operations Center services meant to scale with automation and modern DevSecOps.
Prior to joining BlueVoyant, Mona launched and scaled MDR services for Microsoft, Palo Alto, Splunk, Cybereason, and Carbon Black at other managed services providers, such as Trustwave, as well as built and launched cross domain access and transfer Linux secure operating systems at Raytheon IIS (later spun off as part of Forcepoint).
Mona also spent 5 years as a manufacturing engineer working in injection and compression molding, and brings a wealth of OT experience to cybersecurity. Her work in OT has focused on Microsoft Defender for IoT and assessments.
Mona’s strong product management background has kept BlueVoyant focused on both customer satisfaction and research and development.
She holds an MBA from the University of Illinois, a certificate in Lean Tools Implementation from the University of Illinois – BIS, and a BA from Grinnell College.
Topic 2: Lakehouse in Fabric
# Introduction to Lakehouse in Microsoft Fabric
Join this session to learn about Lakehouse architecture in Microsoft Fabric. Microsoft Fabric is an end-to-end big data analytics platform that offers many capabilities including data integration, data engineering, data science, data lake, data warehouse, and many more, all in one unified SaaS model.
In this session, you will learn how to create a lakehouse in Microsoft Fabric, load it with sample data using Notebooks/Pipelines, and work with its built-in SQL Endpoint as well as its default Power BI dataset which uses a brand-new storage mode called Direct Lake.
Speaker: Shabnam Watson
Shabnam Watson is a Business Intelligence consultant, speaker, blogger, and Microsoft Data Platform MVP with 20+ years of experience developing Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence solutions. Her work focus within the Microsoft BI Stack has been on Analysis Services, Power BI, Azure Synapse Analytics, and most recently with Microsoft Fabric.
She has worked across several industries including Supply Chain, Finance, Retail, Insurance, and Health Care. Her areas of interest include Power BI, Analysis Services, Performance Tuning, PowerShell, DevOps, Azure, Natural Language Processing, and AI.
She is a regular speaker and volunteer at national and local user groups and conferences. She holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering and a master’s degree in computer science.