• Azure Data Explorer with the Microsoft Product Group

    Online event

    We have a rare opportunity to hear from Uri Barash, Principal Group Product Manager for Azure Kusto @ Microsoft. Uri will be talking about Azure Data Explorer in this talk. Azure Data Explorer is a fast, fully managed data analytics service for real-time analysis on large volumes of data streaming from applications, websites, IoT devices, and more. You can use Azure Data Explorer to collect, store, and analyze diverse data to improve products, enhance customer experiences, monitor devices, and boost operations. It uses the Kusto query Language to build. Learn and see how to use Azure Data Explorer with lots of examples in Kusto language. Ask any questions to the Microsoft product team!

  • Build applications with Blazor & Azure

    Online event

    Build applications with Blazor & Azure by Tim Ebenezer Blazor is a relatively recent technology from Microsoft, but is only now getting to the point of maturity. This session will cover using Blazor in Enterprise production environments, working with Azure and Blazor including Azure AD authentication, handling large file uploads to Azure Blob Storage and use of the Azure SignalR Service and how it scales. Tim Ebenezer is Chief Digital Officer at Foundation SP following his time as Technology Director for Civica and CTO for Fujitsu Defence. Tim has been a developer using Microsoft platforms amongst others for over 20 years. Tim has delivered large scale .NET solutions for clients including the Ministry of Defence, Ofsted & Nationwide Building Society amongst others. He is passionate about Azure and designs solutions using Azure services, .NET Core and the right tools for the job in any scenario.

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  • Mastering Azure Monitor

    Online event

    PLEASE NOTE THE LINK FOR TEAMS LIVE EVENTS AT THE END OF THIS SUMMARY. Speaker: Richard Benwell Title: Mastering Azure Monitor Abstract: The best way to monitor your Azure applications is Azure Monitor, but where do you start? In this session we’ll take it from the top – getting started, quick wins with Application Insights, advanced monitoring with Log Analytics and KQL, and how to create the killer Azure dashboards your business needs. Speaker Bio: Richard Benwell is founder and CEO of SquaredUp, the application dashboarding company. Starting in 2011 with dashboards for Microsoft System Center and now available for Azure, SquaredUp is used by hundreds of enterprises around the world to monitor their applications. This is an online event but the link won't fit in the box so: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_ZDEwN2QzYzEtNWJhZC00MzA4LTk5MzctMGI1MDU4NTdiMjY4%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%22c670b60d-c4c7-4dec-8c1f-ac0da3e72bee%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%220e30745e-5674-4f9e-8832-2f4f2fba26a7%22%2c%22IsBroadcastMeeting%22%3atrue%7d

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  • An Overview of Azure Arc AND An Introduction to Azure Synapse Analytics

    The Microsoft Reactor London

    Join us to hear from Microsoft Cloud Solution Architects Mahesh Balija and Pankaj Meshram talk about two new services in Microsoft Azure. Hear from Pankaj about how Azure Arc extends Azure services into your own datacenter to give you one management interface for data and containerised platform services. Whilst Mahesh will talk about the new capabilities of Azure Synapse, the new name for SQL DW which fuses data warehousing and Spark capabilities in one product. Mahesh bio: Mahesh Balija is a Cloud Solution Architect specialized in IOT, Data and AI, he likes solving challenges with Big Data and always love to work with bleeding edge technologies such as Quantum Computing to solve complex problems. He have helped organizations from far east to far west to migrate their Classical Data Warehouses and setup centralized Data Lakes to extract valuable insights from data. Mahesh works as a Cloud Solution Architect at Microsoft in One Commercial Partner. Pankaj bio: Pankaj Meshram is a Cloud Solution Architect for Microsoft with over 14 years of Solution Architecture experience. He is part of One Commercial Partner dedicated for helping partners in the UK to build and grow SAP on Azure Practice & regularly deals with Azure Apps & Infra as part of Practice Building.

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  • Getting the most from Windows Virtual Desktop in Azure

    The Microsoft Reactor London

    Matt Bradley has worked for a hosting provider for the past 9 years, supported enterprise workloads for UKFast’s largest clients. Over the past 2.5 years, I moved over to set up the Azure division of their child company, ClearCloud. Working there as the Chief Azure Architect, I deal with pre-sales, Azure Devops, migrations and ongoing support & consultancy. Talk Summary: Getting the most from Windows Virtual Desktop. In this talk, I’ll go touch on the options available in Azure for a VDI environment. I’ll then go through how to best prepare your WVD environment, the deployment options and finally some tips on how to best optimise the platform.

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  • Azure Infrastructure as Code using Real Code

    The Microsoft Reactor London

    We're running this in conjunction with the UK Cloud Infrastructure Group and others. Join us this evening to learn (more) about Azure Infrastructure as Code using Real Code from Azure MVP David O'Brien who will be visiting us from Australia. Everybody wants APIs nowadays. Everybody wants containers nowadays. However, there seems to be a lack of focus on providing real APIs on containers with PowerShell. Even though there are ways to achieve modern applications with PowerShell as well. In this fast-paced, demo-filled session we will go from 0 to a fully working, public API running on Azure Kubernetes Services written in PowerShell, deployed using Pulumi infrastructure as real code. Be prepared for a lot of code and new concepts along our way to building a modern PowerShell based web application. David is the founder of XIRUS Pty Ltd (https://xirus.com.au) focusing on enabling companies to move workloads to the cloud (Azure or AWS) with a strong emphasis on security, automation, governance and compliance. He has held a Microsoft MVP award for many years including the prestigious MVP for Azure. A co-organiser of the Melbourne Microsoft Cloud and Datacentre meetup he also regularly speaks at international conferences and combines his interest to travel the world with his passion to share IT stories with the community. David's personal blog can be found on https://david-obrien.net. In addition to blogging, he has also published online training courses on Pluralsight and "A Cloud Guru". Schedule 18:30 - 19:15: Food, Drinks & Icebreaker Conversations 19:15 - 19:30: Welcome and News & Events Update 19:30 - 20:45: David O'Brien - Azure Infrastructure as Code using Real Code 20:45 - 21:00: Q&A and Conversations (Continued)

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  • How OVO Energy used Azure IoT Hub to build an energy management platform

    The Microsoft Reactor London

    You don't have to be a super hero, to make a difference to our planet. Just a bit of programming skills will suffice. We can't imagine our lives without electricity. Unfortunately it is generated mostly with fossil fuels and it's not good for our planet. That's why we build wind farms, solar panels, hydro power plants, but we can't force them to generate electricity when we want. We have to either use green electricity when it's available or store it. Both tasks are not easy, but with help from technology it's possible. We can use IoT devices to change the power usage patterns, create virtual power plant, which can be used when the demand exceeds supply. This is exactly what we created over last couple years, controlling heat and car chargers using IoT. We integrated with a hydropower plant on Mull and a wind turbine on Orkney. I will show you how we use Azure IoT Hub to do that. With simple demos and easy to follow examples you will hopefully leave the presentation inspired to try it at home. Tomasz is a developer who likes to be involved in everything at work. He wanted to be a knight, but because of low demand, he ended up slaying bugs on production. He likes improving performance of the applications. In his free time, he usually plays with Rubik's cubes, currently the Megaminx. Big Lego fan, especially Castle series, and anything what requires creativity.

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  • Security and AI with Azure Sentinel

    The Microsoft Reactor London

    In this fast pace demo heavy set of talks we'll be looking at how Microsoft's new SIEM Azure Sentinel can be used to give insights into data through configuring all appliances and sources to discover threats and generate alerts off of your Azure estate. Talk 1 Building a SIEM from scratch by Richard Conway: In this talk we'll look what a SIEM is, how to configure sentinel and read from several sources including syslog and CEF. We'll also took a 360 degree look at how this integrates with Windows Defender ATP, Microsoft's new threat protection service. Expect fast pace demos, definitions and software integrations Talk 2 Advanced Analysis with Sentinel by Darshna Shah: In this talk Darsh will look at the way Sentinel can be used for advanced analysis of streams of data through enrichment, joining and wrangling of sources with Python playbooks in Jupyter notebooks. A true picture of security AI. Expect demos and cool illustrations of what you can do with anomaly detection and machine learning models. Talk 3 Graphing, Alerts and Remediation by Sandy May: In this talk we will see reporting options available in Azure Sentinel, highlighting similarities to Azure Log Analytics. Sandy will show us the familiar and show the power of Graph reporting and flow for SIEM and how alerts can lead to automated remediation in Azure. Expect to see many interactive reports, dashboards and automation

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  • A Tale of Two Tenancies

    The Microsoft Reactor London

    This is a talk on the differences between two Azure Tenancies, one belonging to a government department that had no Azure DEVOps and one that is used to supply Software as a Service that was built by Azure DEVOps. It focusses on the practical steps that need to be taken to make these a success, or at least endurable, and covers the practicalities, and very real worries, of implementing change, or rather implementing a mechanism for implementing constant change. Sebastian Rogers bio: I’m currently consulting on implementing Azure DEVOps implementations for large organisations whilst also developing and supplying Software as a Service through a consortium. This gives me a view of the very large and the very small end of automation, management and governance as both a provider and a consumer. Azure DEVOps was a natural progression from Office 365, which in turn was a natural progression from SharePoint which had been the winner of the ‘portal’ wars in the first decade of this century. Before that I’d been working on high volume public web sites, XML data transfer and XSL/T transformations from large SQL databases. Go back further and it becomes UNIX, daemons, low level systems processes, even further and I’m connecting experimental EPOS equipment to IBM PCs via the 80186 chip, by burning EPROMs. These days its almost easier to list the large government organisations; magic circle law firms and telecoms companies I haven’t worked for but then I’ve been contracting since 1994 eventually co-founding Simple Innovations as a consortium to deliver bigger projects and services. When not working I can be found writing screen plays, playing the banjo badly and sailing.

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  • Am I doing deployments right? Advanced deployment patterns in practice

    The Microsoft Reactor London

    While CI is now the norm in our daily workflows, deployment still has sort of an artisanal feeling – everyone does it their way, ignoring that there are several patterns and practices that can actually be re-used. Concepts like feature flags, A/B testing or canary deployments are actually just at arms’ length, but for some reason these practices are often misunderstood, with people believing they are just for ‘the big boys’ like Amazon, Google and Microsoft. This cannot be further from the truth, and the learning curve is actually very low. Let’s take a look at some real example from the field and learn how to implement these in your pipeline. Matteo Emili is a Microsoft MVP for Developer Technologies since 2010. Former Microsoft Student Partner (youngest ever in Italy and the first ever in being both MSP and MVP, in 2010 at the age of 19), his experience spreads from Universities, going through small businesses to the largest worldwide enterprises. His focus on software engineering tied with business processes led him to have a deep knowledge of different topics and technologies, from development to virtualization, and he has a passion for Agile Methodologies, Processes and all the techie stuff around the code, which leads him to always searching for something new to share with the worldwide community around the Application Lifecycle Management and DevOps fields.

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