• Jan 15 @ NERD - Azure CosmosDB and SQL .Net API is a winning combo

    Microsoft NERD New England Research & Development Center

    Announcing the featured talk: "What is Azure CosmosDB and why should I care about it?" by Bhavna Mangal from 7:00-8:15 - and opening session will be "Ask the Experts" from 6:30-7:00. This event is at Microsoft NERD. Government-issued ID needed for entry. Please check in at the security desk with photo id on street level. They will direct you to the first floor. AGENDA 6:00-6:30: Gather, eat, drink, and be social 6:30-7:00: Ask the Experts - Bring your Questions and help with Answers 7:00-8:15: Featured talk - What is Azure CosmosDB and why should I care about it? 8:15-8:30: Announcements - then done! FEATURED TALK: What is Azure CosmosDB and why should I care about it? FEATURED SPEAKER: Bhavna Mangal ABSTRACT: What is Azure CosmosDB and why should I care about it? It is a schema-less JSON documents database engine with rich SQL querying capabilities. We will go over Cosmos database, collections, documents creation, and stored procedures. Then we cover CosmosDB's SQL API and how it supports relational and hierarchical queries. Finally we will cover working with CosmosDB through Azure portal and SQL API using .Net code. You will walk away with what Azure CosmosDB is and what are some of the use cases, how to set it up and do some basic querying and how to connect to .Net API to do more advanced coding. ABOUT OUR SPEAKER Bhavna Mangal (@bhavna_mangal) is a MCP and works as a Sr. Software Engineer at SGT Inc. She has been working on Web and Windows applications development in government and financial services industries. Apart from work, she is studying for the Masters program.

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  • Azure SQL DB: keeping your business running when disaster strikes

    Microsoft NERD New England Research & Development Center

    Please join us Tue Dec 18 from 6:00-8:30 at NERD in Cambridge for a Boston Azure event featuring a talk that will educate you on keeping your business running in the face of disaster presented by Taiob Ali. To complement the featured talk on created advanced/complex Azure Functions, we will open with a talk to answer the question: Who logged into my Azure SQL Database? The answer is trickier than you expect! Featured talk: Azure SQL Database: How to keep your business running when disaster strikes? by Taiob M Ali. Government-issued ID needed: - Please check in at the security desk with photo id on street level. They will direct you to the first floor. AGENDA 6:00-6:30: Gather, eat, drink, and be social 6:30-7:00: Opening talk - Who logged into my Azure SQL Database? 7:00-8:15: Featured talk - Azure SQL DB: keeping your business running when disaster strikes 8:15-8:30: Announcements then done! FEATURED TALK: Azure SQL Database: How to keep your business running when disaster strikes? by Taiob M Ali. FEATURED SPEAKER: Taiob M. Ali @sqlworldwide ABSTRACT: Azure SQL Database is a relational database-as-a-service (DBaaS) based on the latest version of Microsoft SQL Server Database Engine. You can build a data-driven applications and websites in the programming language of your choice, without needing to manage infrastructure. While considering Azure SQL Database two of the most important questions you need to answer is what are my options for business continuity and how to implement these options? In this demo intensive session, I will talk about five specific options and show you how to implement those. You will walk out of this session equipped with knowledge and scripts to implement appropriate High Availability and Disaster Recovery solution for your Azure SQL Database. OPENING TALK: Who Logged into my Azure SQL Database? SPEAKER: Bill Wilder @codingoutloud ABSTRACT: SQL Server has many ways to track logins - but they aren't available in Azure SQL Database! In this talk we cover how you can use the auditing feature of Azure SQL Database to capture the data needed to answer this question - then explain how to structure database queries (that actually will query blob storage) to get the results you need.

  • Nov 20 @ Turbonomic: Developing Complex Azure Functions (and a Simple one)

    Please join us Tue Nov 20 from 6:00-8:30 at Turbonomic (500 Boylston Street in the Back Bay) for a Boston Azure event featuring a talk on advanced serverless computing with Azure Functions. To complement the featured talk on created advanced/complex Azure Functions, we will open with a short talk on creating a simple Azure Function that checks how many days remain before an SSL certificate expires. Note this event is NOT at NERD, but rather is being hosted at Turbonomic in the Back Bay. Turbonomic are not just hosting, but are also generously providing food and beverages. Location: - Did you say this event is not at NERD? That's right. This does NOT means we are abandoning NERD, but we are trying out other locations too. Still working to get more NERD dates. - Turbonomic is at 500 Boylston Street · Boston · 7th Floor Getting to Turbonomic: - MBTA options: the Back Bay MBTA station (commuter & orange line) and Copley & Arlington MBTA stations (green line) are all nearby - Driving: if you need parking, there are multiple options in the area, but folks in the know recommend the garage at 100 Clarendon Street (next to Back Bay MBTA station) – since it should have cheaper after-hours pricing Government-issued ID needed: - Please check in at the security desk with photo id. Staff will direct you to the 7th floor. AGENDA 6:00-6:30: Gather, eat, drink, and be social 6:30-7:00: Opening talk - Developing a Simple Azure Function (example: how to check how long an SSL certificate has left before expiration) by @codingoutloud 7:00-8:15: Featured talk - Developing Complex Azure Functions* by @terribledev 8:15-8:30: Announcements then done! FEATURED TALK: Developing Complex Azure Functions Azure Functions is Azure’s main serverless offering. We’ll be diving into how functions can save you thousands of dollars in cloud spend, how to develop very large functions-based applications, and how to operate them at scale. FEATURED SPEAKER: Tommy Parnell Tommy “TerribleDev” Parnell is a Senior Software Engineer at Cargurus. He spends most of his time working on all things web performance. Prior to working at Cargurus, Tommy worked at Vistaprint for 7 years re-architecting legacy applications to modern cloud native services. On his free time he plays guitar, and works on various open source projects. @terribledev LINKS: https://twitter.com/terribledev https://turbonomic.com

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  • Running Azure Securely & Azure Certifications

    Microsoft NERD New England Research & Development Center

    Tue 16-Oct: added an opening talk: Got Certifications? An overview of the Azure certifications program from Jason Haley, Azure MVP, and experienced with certifications. Second talk: Microsoft Azure has emerged as one of the dominant public cloud platforms for developers and IT pros. But what are the tools to help us keep applications stay safe and secure? In this Azure-focused talk on RUNNING AZURE SECURELY we'll cover around 18 of them. AGENDA 6:00-6:30 - Eat pizza & socialize 6:30-6:50 - Overview of Azure Certification Program (Jason Haley) 6:50-8:15 - Running Azure Securely (Bill Wilder) 8:15-8:30 - Q&A, announcements, wrap-up GOT CERTIFICATIONS? Overview of Azure Certification Program RUNNING AZURE SECURELY Microsoft Azure has emerged as one of the dominant public cloud platforms for developers and IT pros. But what are the tools to help us keep applications stay safe and secure? In this Azure-focused talk, we'll cover 18 of them. We'll warm up with a couple of high-level topics like compliance and multi-factor authentication, move on to security features of more popular services (like Storage, SQL, Web Apps, and VMs) including some that many long-time users don't know about, then shift gears to talk about security-focused services that have come out recently or are in preview. Topics we'll touch on will span administration, secret management, encryption, firewalls, networks, PowerShell, and more. Along the way we'll even dispel a couple of myths about cloud security. You'll walk away impressed with the breadth and depth of Azure's security story - and have a bunch of new tools for your security toolbox. ABOUT THE SPEAKER Bill Wilder is a cloud computing veteran, with deep expertise in the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, with a technology focus on public cloud, distributed systems architecture, and application security. Since 2014, Bill has been CTO at Finomial, an early stage SaaS company serving the global hedge fund industry from the cloud. Prior to that, Bill consulted as a hands-on architect to giant corporations (including Microsoft), mid-sized companies, and startups, helping them execute on the cloud by providing architecture guidance, Azure training, and custom development. Bill began working with the Azure cloud platform the day it was unveiled at the Microsoft PDC in 2008 and subsequently founded, in October 2009, Boston Azure, the oldest Azure-focused community user group in the world. Bill is the author of the book Cloud Architecture Patterns (O’Reilly Media, 2012) which explains patterns and concepts core to understanding how to most effectively use public cloud platforms such as those from Microsoft, Amazon, and Google. Bill is recognized by Microsoft as a Microsoft Azure MVP, a reflection of his Azure cloud expertise, a willingness to share it, and community leadership.

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  • Boston Azure: Comparing Azure's compute options & Azure-powered PowerPoint

    Microsoft NERD New England Research & Development Center

    Join us at Boston Azure on Thu Sep[masked] PM for talks on Azure-powered PowerPoint and an overview and comparison of the suite of Azure "compute" options. Pizza will be provided (sponsored by Finomial). Hope to see you there! Sincerely, @bostonazure Two talks (times are approximate!): * 6:00-6:25 - gather, grab some pizza, socialize, and pick a seat * 6:30-7:00 - Azure-powered PowerPoint with the PowerPoint Translate Addon by Veronika Kolesnikova * 7:00-8:15 - Understanding Azure Compute Options by Rahul Marathe * 8:15-8:30 - Wrap up ABSTRACT FOR "Azure-powered PowerPoint with the PowerPoint Translate Addon by Veronika Kolesnikova": Artificial Intelligence is a new big thing. It's just everywhere! I hope you heard about Microsoft Cognitive Services. You might even tried some of them. Now you don't even have to be a developer to use all benefits of Speech Cognitive Services. Veronika Kolesnikova will show you a quick overview and a fun demo of new Add On for Power Point that is based on Speech Cognitive Services. ABOUT Veronika Kolesnikova: Web Developer at Rightpoint Passionate about backend web development, mainly with Microsoft technologies like C#, .NET, SQL, Azure. Loves to learn new development tools and languages and share the knowledge with the community. Recently started working with Xamarin and cannot wait to provide her insights. Recently Veronika graduated with MS degree in Information Technology. In her free time, she likes dancing, traveling and practicing aerial yoga. Happy to chat on twitter: @breakpointv16. ABSTRACT FOR "Understanding Azure Compute Options by Rahul Marathe": What are all the ways you can "run code" in Azure? Whether a canned Wordpress site, custom micro-services, enterprise software, and everything in between, Azure can run it. Can you name all of Azure's compute options? After this talk you will be able to! We will review the compute options, how they differ, and why you might use one instead of another. A few example topics: IaaS – VMs Containers PaaS - App Service Serverless Azure Functions Integration Services Logic Apps API Management Service Bus ABOUT Rahul Marathe -- Rahum is a MCSE and Azure Architect working for Microsoft.

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  • Global Azure Bootcamp 2018 - LOCATION IS MOVING TO BURLINGTON

    18-Mar-2018: UPDATE - The new combined event has a site: https://bostonazurebootcamp.com/2018 The combined location to register is on eventbrite (not meetup): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-global-azure-bootcamp-tickets-43523335468?aff=es2 28-Feb-2018: UPDATE - this event will be COMBINED with the one Jason Haley is organizing. Thus, there will be one "mega" azure bootcamp in Burlington. REGISTRATION FOR THAT COMBINED EVENT IS COMING SOON; it is not open yet. We expect to accommodate 100% of the people who have signed up so far for Boston Azure. -- 13-Feb-2018: UPDATE - while Maura and I have been planning to help run this event from Boston/Cambridge, turns out we will be out of the country. At this point we MAY have TWO CHOICES: * There is an event already planned in Burlington. EXPAND the event in Burlington (multi-track may be possible) * HOLD AN EVENT IN Boston/Cambridge (will need volunteers to step up - I can help get speakers) IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CONVERSATION, please join our slack community (https://bit.ly/baslack) THEN check out the #global-bootcamp-2018 channel (https://bostonazure.slack.com/archives/C95NZ2KUG); you can also comment below. NOTE: location not reserved // -- We have started PLANNING for the 2018 Global Azure Bootcamp. We have a DATE. MANY DETAILS BELOW WILL CHANGE, but including for now so folks know what the day is about. More details will come as available. Sincerely, @bostonazure (https://twitter.com/bostonazure) 2017 LISTING FOLLOWS ----------------------------- The #GlobalAzure ( https://twitter.com/search?q=%23GlobalAzure ) event is a free all-day hands-on event where you can come and learn about Azure from local Microsoft Azure enthusiasts and experts, but part of a coordinated effort across more than 200 event sites AROUND THE WORLD on a single day. It consists of a day of sessions and hands on labs. This is a BRING YOUR LAPTOP hands-on experience (preparation instruction are listed below). This is one of two locations locally - the other is by North Boston Azure group and will take place in Burlington ( https://www.meetup.com/North-Boston-Azure-Cloud-User-Group/events/236714355/ ). Sign up for either one, but please don't sign up for both. Sincerely, @bostonazure WHEN Saturday April 21, 2018. Doors open around 8:30 AM. Event doors open at 9:00 AM and starts at 9:30 AM. FOOD Yes LOCATION MOVING TO BURLINGTON

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  • April 3 Boston Azure at WeWork on St James Street

    Boston Azure on April 3rd at WeWork on St James Street from 6PM-8PM. Please come up to the 6th floor. Bring ID. At some point you will need to please check in via the Guest Registration Tablet at the Front Desk (I assume this is an unattended, self-service sign-in tablet) noting you are a guest of Eugene Cowney. (Eugene Cowney works for WeWork and is helping make sure everyone gets to the right place.) We are still finalizing the program, but here's a DRAFT (subject to change): 6:00-6:15 - GATHER, GRAB PIZZA, GRAB A DRINK, SOCIALIZE 6:15-6:45 - Serge Vilvovsky covers the AltaStata toolkit. 6:45-8:00 - Jason Haley covers Single Container Workloads in Azure OTHER TALK DESCRIPTION(S) COMING SOON Short description for Serge's Talk: AltaStata toolkit creates a secure and compliant Data Lake on top of organization's cloud account (Azure or AWS). Using AltaStata, end users and programs transparently collaboratively manage and process the encrypted Big Data. AltaStata is integrated with Spark and Hadoop for fast parallel processing and streaming. BIO: Serge Vilvovsky is a software architect with 18+ years of experience spanning Big Data analytical tools and sensitive data processing. Serge works at MIT LL as CyberSecurity Consultant and has been a guest speaker at an MIT courses for decision makers in cybersecurity. Short description of Jason's Talk: Are you getting started with containers in Azure? Do you have a single container workload (for example: a website or webapi that uses a database)? Have you put all the pieces of the puzzle together yet to determine what products in Azure are needed for your solution? In this session I will cover a few scenarios for getting web sites (that are docker containers) in Azure - including: - Azure Container Registry - App Service on Linux - Web App for Containers - Azure Container Instances The premise for this talk is running simple containers in Azure (not multi node systems that need Kubernetes or anything like that). I've got several demos to show you the different Azure products and some pros/cons for when you would use them.

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  • Boston Azure - Wed Feb 7 - Intelligent Assistants

    Join Boston Azure for our first meeting of 2018 which will take place IN DOWNTOWN BOSTON (Rightpoint, 101 Arch Street, 21st floor, Boston MA 02110). FAQ Is this meeting at nerd? No! No! *No!* Location is in Downtown Boston. See elsewhere on this listing for details. Is there parking? Yes. There are commercial ($) lots around, and on-street parking may be a possibility but is hard to count on that. Nearby MBTA stops: Park Street, Downtown Crossing (right under the building), with South Station not far either. AGENDA * 6:00 – gather, pizza, beer * 6:30-7:00 – opening topic: Azure Q&A - bring your questions and we'll try to provide answers * 7:00-8:15 – featured topic: Veronika Kolesnikova and Willy Ci on Digital Assistants & Cortana * 8:15 – wrap up WHAT TO BRING Government-issued identification. DESCRIPTION Electronic personal assistants are conquering the world right now. Currently, the biggest tech companies are focusing their attention on artificial intelligence. This opens a wide variety of opportunities for developers and benefits customers. digital assistant can access different devices, complete tasks, provide all kinds of information or just tell a bedtime story to your kids. You can create custom skills based on your needs and implement them for Alexa, Cortana, and Siri. In this session, you'll learn about artificial intelligence and how it works in digital assistant applications. You'll see how to start developing a custom skill for Cortana right from your Visual Studio. We'll walk you through UMass Medical School professor' directory skill. And then provide insights of Cortana versus Alexa skills development. You'll get enough inspiration to start developing your own skills. ABOUT the SPEAKERS Veronika Kolesnikova Web Developer at Rightpoint Passionate about backend web development, mainly with Microsoft technologies like C#, .NET, SQL, Azure. Loves to learn new development tools and languages and share the knowledge with the community. Recently started working with Xamarin and cannot wait to provide her insights. Last year Veronika graduated with MS degree in Information Technology. In her free time, she likes dancing, traveling and practicing aerial yoga. Willy Ci Senior front-end developer with UMass medical school. For more than twenty years, he has worked with numerous cutting-edge technologies, such as Microsoft Hololens, Unity, 3D printing, and WebGL while following his passion for creating innovative solutions in a quickly evolving space. Willy graduated from UMass Amherst, was trained by IBM, molded by few startups, and ended up with UMass medical school. Willy is passionate about panorama photography, creating VR/AR applications, loves to try out new things, he has lots of ideas, and never has enough time to sleep.

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  • Dec 5: Logic Apps + Azure Functions - Going Deeper in Serverless

    Microsoft NERD New England Research & Development Center

    Tue Dec 5 @ 6:00-8:30 at NERD - featured topic: continuing our multi-perspective look at Serverless computing in Azure, Juan Pablo Garcia (https://twitter.com/liarjo) from Microsoft will be digging into Logic Apps + Azure Functions. The opening topic will be the second in a series of talks looking at DevSecOps in Azure, presented by Bill (https://twitter.com/codingoutloud). (UPDATE: The Azure Policies topic will come later. Today we will look at a couple of other security-relevant Ops topics.) Hope to see you there! @bostonazure (https://twitter.com/bostonazure) Location • NERD @ One Memorial Drive, 1st floor • Be sure to bring government-issued photo ID for admittance to the building Agenda • 6:00 - 6:30 - Gather, grab a bite, and socialize • 6:30 - 7:00 - DevSecOps in Azure: Policies (Bill Wilder (http://twitter.com/codingoutloud)) 7:00 - 8:15 - Azure Logic Apps + Azure Functions (Juan Pablo (https://twitter.com/liarjo)) • 8:15 - 8:30 - Q&A, announcements • 8:30 - ... - maybe get a social beverage locally Sponsor Big thanks to Pragmatic Works for helping out the community by sponsoring this event. Talk Descriptions Featured Talk: Azure Logic Apps & Azure Functions Serverless compute helps developers focus on solutions rather than infrastructure to make it easier to build logic solutions. Typically, this kind of solution has 2 major subsystems: Services and orchestrators. Services implements logic actions and orchestrators implements the logic process. In this session, you will learn how to use Logic Apps for orchestration and Azure Function actions in a consistent way. About Juan Pablo Juan Pablo Garcia is a Principal Cloud Architect with Microsoft. He previously worked as a Solution Architect at Dell. Juan Pablo on a regular basis works with large Microsoft customer leadership and development team to guide them move their IT infrastructure and software to Microsoft cloud. He is a regular speaker in many Microsoft and industry conferences. Juan Pablo received an Electronics Engineering Degree from Mayor University and IT Master Degree from Federico Santa Maria University. Juan Pablo’s twitter @liarjo (https://twitter.com/liarjo) --- Opening Act: Boosting DevSecOps with some features UPDATE: The Azure Policies topic will come later. Today we will look at a couple of other security-relevant Ops topics. NOT THIS MONTH: Opening Act: Boosting DevSecOps with Azure Policies DevSecOps is a mindset that helps you maintain secure practices while scaling an engineering effort. In this series of talks (over multiple meetings, this being the second), we'll look at some of the Azure capabilities that help keep you scalable and secure. In this installment, we'll look at the role of Azure Policies in keeping your infrastructure properly configured, and how this drives both operational efficiency and operational security. About the speaker: Bill Wilder is Boston Azure founder, Azure MVP, author of Cloud Architecture Patterns (http://bit.ly/billbook), co-author (with Maura (https://twitter.com/squdgy)) of two Cloud Academy courses including one on Azure Security, and CTO at Finomial.

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  • Nov 14: Azure and DevOps: ARM and ARM, + beginning the Dose of DevSecOps series

    Microsoft NERD New England Research & Development Center

    [Clarification: yes, the date for this meeting is Tues Nov 14] Join us as we kick off YEAR 9 of Boston Azure! (Our first meeting was 8 years ago - in Oct 2009 - with a talk from Brian Lambert (https://twitter.com/softwarenerd). We are the first and oldest Azure-focused user group in the world. There are larger user groups that talk about Azure as one of multiple topics, but we don't know of any larger Azure-focused group, so we may also be the largest in the world based on number of folks registered in our community. And while we are celebrating birthdays, congrats to North Boston Azure (https://www.meetup.com/North-Boston-Azure-Cloud-User-Group/), run by Azure MVP Jason Haley (https://twitter.com/haleyjason), which started its second year last month.) On Nov 14 our featured speaker is Jim O'Neil (https://twitter.com/jimoneil), Senior Architect at BlueMetal Architects, Azure MVP, and long-time supporter of the Boston Azure group. Jim will help you get into into your DevOps groove with ARM. We'll open with the first in a series of talks - A Dose of DevSecOps - looking secure operational practices in Azure, this one focusing on Azure Key Vault, presented by Bill (https://twitter.com/codingoutloud). Hope to see you there! @bostonazure (https://twitter.com/bostonazure) Location • NERD @ One Memorial Drive, 1st floor • Be sure to bring government-issued photo ID for admittance to the building Agenda • 6:00 - 6:30 - Gather, grab a bite, and socialize • 6:30 - 7:00 - A Does of DevSecOps: Azure Key Vault (Bill Wilder (http://twitter.com/codingoutloud)) • 7:00 - 8:15 - Azure and DevOps: ARM and ARM (Jim O'Neil (https://twitter.com/jimoneil)) • 8:15 - 8:30 - Q&A, announcements • 8:30 - ... - maybe get a social beverage locally Sponsor Thank you to Blue Metal Architects (https://www.bluemetal.com/) for sponsoring this event! Talk Descriptions Featured Talk: Azure and DevOps: ARM and ARM Once you've provisioned your 17th service bus instance by clicking through various blades in the Azure portal, you're probably wondering "there has to be a better way," There is - with Azure Resource Manager templates, you can manage your services with code (JSON and some PowerShell) to provide for repeatable deployments across dev, test, and prod environments. This session will cover the good, the bad, and the ugly of ARM templating. It's not the most exciting topic for a user group meeting, but if you're working in Azure, ARM is a sine qua non (free piece of SWAG to first person in that session to translate that!). About the speaker: Jim O'Neil (https://twitter.com/jimoneil) is Senior Architect at BlueMetal Architects focusing on cloud technologies and IoT. Opening Talk: A Dose of DevSecOps: Azure Key Vault DevSecOps is a mindset that helps you maintain secure practices while scaling an engineering effort. In this series of talks (over multiple meetings), we'll look at some of the Azure capabilities that help keep you scalable and secure. In this installment, we'll look at Azure Key Vault and its role in managing certificates and secrets, and how this drives both operational efficiency and operational security. About the speaker: Bill Wilder is Boston Azure founder, Azure MVP, author of Cloud Architecture Patterns (http://bit.ly/billbook), co-author (with Maura (https://twitter.com/squdgy)) of two Cloud Academy courses including one on Azure Security, and CTO at Finomial.

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