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  • Demystifying Azure Networking

    Online event

    Join us on Tuesday, June 30 for a virtual meetup. We are combining forces with North Boston Azure user group: https://www.meetup.com/North-Boston-Azure-Cloud-User-Group/ to provide great virtual meetups with speakers from all over the world. ## LOCATION This event will be organized as a Teams meeting. Attendees are encouraged to turn on their cameras and use mics to ask questions and/or provide their opinion in a respectful manner (the code of conduct is applied to both in-person and virtual events). We're currently experimenting with different formats, so we'll be waiting for your feedback after the event. ## AGENDA 6:00-6:10: Introduction, announcements 6:10-7:30: Demystifying Azure Networking and Q&A ## MAIN TALK Demystifying Azure Networking Different Azure Networking services can be used to connect cloud and on-premises infrastructure and services. In this hour-long session, Vaibhav will cover the basics of Azure Networking services including Virtual Networks, VPN gateways, and different load balancing options in Azure. He will talk about what each of the networking services does and when should it be used? He will also show a couple of demos and share some useful resources for further reading. It will be a level-100 session which will help the audience to get a clear understanding of Azure Networking. It would also be useful to administrators, developers, and solution architects who are preparing for Azure role-based certifications. ## SPEAKER BIO Vaibhav Gujral LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vaibhavgujral/ Twitter: @vabgujral Vaibhav is a seasoned cloud architect with extensive experience in designing, developing, and delivering enterprise-class applications. He is currently working as a cloud architect at Kiewit Corporation. He is a Microsoft Certified Azure Solutions Architect Expert and he holds numerous other Azure Certifications including Microsoft certified Azure DevOps Engineer Expert, Azure Security Engineer Associate, Azure Administrator Associate, and Azure Developer Associate. He has been putting in his time and effort in building and growing the Azure community. Apart from being a regular speaker at different user groups and events, he also runs the Omaha Azure user group (https://omahaaug.com/) where he organizes bi-weekly meetings. He regularly blogs at https://vaibhavgujral.com/. His blog is listed as one of the “Top 50 Microsoft Azure Blogs, Websites & Influencers in 2020” (https://bit.ly/3dhbYyV)

  • June 11: A Fireside Chat about Build 2020 Announcements and Q&A Session

    Join us on Thursday, June 11 for a virtual meetup. We are combining forces with North Boston Azure user group: https://www.meetup.com/North-Boston-Azure-Cloud-User-Group/ to provide great virtual meetups with speakers from all over the world. We decided to skip a formal talk this time and instead create an opportunity to discuss announcements from Microsoft Build 2020 and other Azure topics you might have questions about. ## LOCATION This event will be organized as a Teams meeting. Attendees are encouraged to turn on their cameras and use mics to ask questions and/or provide their opinion in a respectful manner (the code of conduct is applied to both in-person and virtual events). We're currently experimenting with different formats, so we'll be waiting for your feedback after the event. ## AGENDA 6:00-6:10: Introduction, announcements 6:10-7:30: The fireside chat and Q&A ## MAIN TALK Bill, Jason and Veronika will manage the meeting, but all attendees are welcome to ask questions, provide their feedback and share information. If you have any questions or feedback you can reach out to @bostonazure on twitter - or to any of us directly via twitter (handles below) and via Meetup messaging. Sincerely, Bill - @codingoutloud Veronika - @breakpointv16 Jason - @haleyjason

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  • 5/13: 21st Century Background Services with Azure Logic Apps and Azure Functions

    Join us on Wednesday, May 13 for a virtual meetup. We are combining forces with North Boston Azure user group: https://www.meetup.com/North-Boston-Azure-Cloud-User-Group/ to provide great virtual meetups with speakers from all over the world. Featured talk: " 21st Century Background Services with Azure Logic Apps and Azure Functions" by 10-time Microsoft Developer Technologies MVP from Virginia Kevin Griffin. ## LOCATION This event will be organized as a Live Event on Teams. Attendees will be able to type their questions, but won't be able to use their mic or camera. We're currently experimenting with different formats, so we'll be waiting for your feedback after the event. ## AGENDA 6:00-6:10: Introduction, announcements 6:10-7:30: Featured talk and Q&A ## MAIN TALK 21st Century Background Services with Azure Logic Apps and Azure Functions How do you handle "background tasks" in your applications? Maybe you build a cronjob or a Windows service to execute some code on a schedule? Maybe you have a background task in your web application? No matter what you're doing, you are probably building infrastructure to support these background tasks. That can be costly, unreliable, and difficult to debug. In this presentation, you will be offered an alternative approach to building background services by taking advantage of Azure Logic Apps and Azure Functions. You see real-world scenarios that were implemented and that are running right now! ## SPEAKER BIO Kevin Griffin is an author, teacher, mentor, and consultant focusing in software development. He is also a 10-time Microsoft MVP, specializing in ASP.NET and web development. As the owner of Swift Kick, a software training and services company, Kevin specializes in helping businesses push their technology stacks into the 21st century. You can often find Kevin speaking at conferences and user groups across the country or blogging at http://kevgriffin.com. In his spare time, Kevin is the co-host of the popular 2 Frugal Dudes podcast.

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  • Apr 30: Azure SQL Database - Where is my SQL Agent?

    Online event

    Join us on Thursday, Apr 30 for another virtual meetup. We are combining forces with North Boston Azure user group: https://www.meetup.com/North-Boston-Azure-Cloud-User-Group/ to provide great virtual meetups with speakers from all over the world. Featured talk: "Azure SQL Database - Where is my SQL Agent?" by Data Platform MVP from the Boston area Taiob Ali. ## LOCATION This event will be organized as a Live Event on Teams. Attendees will be able to type their questions, but won't be able to use their mic or camera. We're currently experimenting with different formats, so we'll be waiting for your feedback after the event. ## AGENDA 6:00-6:10: Introduction, announcements 6:10-7:10: Featured talk and Q&A ## MAIN TALK You migrate your on-premise SQL Database to cloud, taking advantage of the PaaS offering of Azure SQL Database. You heard the promise of spinning up databases on demand and being able to scale up resources during high peak and scale down when not in use. You also want to make sure you are performing integrity checks, index defragmentation, and statistics updates when necessary. There is no SQL Agent, so how do you automate your jobs? Do you have time to do this manually each time? No. There are different options available to automate these long-running, manual, error-prone, and frequently repeated tasks to increase reliability, efficiency. In this demo intensive session, I will show you different options on how to automate these tasks. Some of these solutions use on-prem infrastructure and services in Azure, which are conveniently encapsulated within the collective Azure portal experience. At the end of this session, you will have a solid understanding of how to automate SQL Server Maintenance tasks, including replacing SQL Agent functionality with multiple options. ## SPEAKER BIO Taiob Ali, MVP Data Platform, is an accomplished technical leader with a proven record of success. For 14 years, he has worked with the Microsoft Data Platform and MongoDB both on-premise and cloud. His experience includes all three major business sectors: finance, e-commerce, and healthcare. Taiob has hands-on experience in managing large database projects, massive data migration, intricate process design, testing and deployment, performance tuning, long term capacity planning. Taiob is currently working at “GMO LLC” as a Database Solution Manager, focusing on cloud migration, automation, improving, and streamlining operational workflow. He is a regular speaker at local and virtual PASS chapters, SQL Saturdays, and Azure conferences.

  • Virtual Global Azure 2020

    Location visible to members

    Due to coronavirus, Boston Azure and North Boston Azure are suspending all in-person events until further notice. This include regularly scheduled monthly events and the Global Azure 2020 event scheduled for Sat April 25. The in-person event is replaced by the virtual one. It will be 3 days long and will have a wide variety of sessions. No RSVP needed, just tune in any time you want. Please, check it here: https://virtual.globalazure.net/ Note: this event is not organized by Boston Azure user groups. If you have any questions or feedback you can reach out to @bostonazure on twitter - or to any of us directly via twitter (handles below) via Meetup messaging. Sincerely, Bill - @codingoutloud Veronika - @breakpointv16 Jason - @haleyjason

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  • Apr 16: Super Charge your learning of Azure, including exams

    Join us on Thursday, Apr 16 for our very first virtual meetup. We are combining forces with North Boston Azure user group: https://www.meetup.com/North-Boston-Azure-Cloud-User-Group/ to provide great virtual meetups with speakers from all over the world. Featured talk: "Super Charge your learning of Azure, including exams" by Azure MVP from Glasgow, Scotland Gregor Suttie. ## LOCATION This event will be organized as a Live Event on Teams. Attendees will be able to type their questions, but won't be able to use their mic or camera. We're currently experimenting with different formats, so we'll be waiting for your feedback after the event. ## AGENDA 6:00-6:10: Introduction, announcements 6:10-7:00: Featured talk and Q&A ## MAIN TALK Supercharge your azure learning - in this talk Gregor will cover his journey learning Azure, he'll cover how he got started, the azure exams and then focus and demo the top learning resources he has come across, which will cover all levels of Azure knowledge from beginner to expert with some community content thrown in for good measure - questions at the end are very welcome. ## SPEAKER BIO Gregor wrote about himself: I am a passionate developer with 20+ years experience, mainly with Microsoft Technologies and background is a .NET developer since the start of .NET. – I was one of the first 50 people in the world to become an MCSD developer back in the day. I currently work for Sword as the Head of Development Services where I manage a team of full-time employees who are mostly remote workers all over the UK. My main passions are around Azure and DevOps, in my current role I am doing a lot of Azure and absolutely loving the hands-on time I get with Azure. In the past, I have used plain old MSBuild, TeamCity, Cake, and Octopus Deploy and now I focus primarily on Azure DevOps (formerly known as Visual Studio Team Services VSTS). DevOps and Azure are my focus of late and they are my main passion apart from learning new technologies. I went from no knowledge of Azure to an Azure MVP in under 2 years and along the journey passed 9 exams, I learn new skills quickly and I keep on top of a number of technologies and a life learner.

  • PARTNER EVENT: ODSC East 2020

    Hynes Convention Center

    This is NOT a Boston Azure event, but rather an event we believe a significant number of our membership will be interested in. This is a paid event. Registration links are below: Though paid, you can use the discount code "ODSC_BostonAzure" (I think this is for 50% off) for your tickets: ODSC - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/odsc-east-2020-open-data-science-conference-tickets-71527277011?discount=ODSC_BostonAzure AIX - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ai-x-summit-east-2020-tickets-71670649843?discount=ODSC_BostonAzure Bootcamp - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mini-bootcamp-odsc-east-2020-tickets-71657201619?discount=ODSC_BostonAzure 6th Annual ODSC East, ODSC East 2020 in Boston. == About the Conference. ODSC East 2020 promises to be one of the largest and most exciting conferences yet. Our speakers include some of the core contributors to many open source tools, libraries, and languages. == From beginner to expert, we will have it covered. We'll have: • Bootcamps and data science kick-start for beginners • Sessions on frameworks, tools, and topics for our practicing data scientist • Research Frontiers talks, featuring the top AI Labs and their advances in ML, DL, NLP, Vision, Robotics, and more Additionally, our Ai x Summit (https://odsc.com/boston/aix-east/) will dive deep into how AI is changing business verticals, such as finance, climate, healthcare & pharma/biotech, retail, manufacturing, cyber & fraud, energy, and transport. Overall, we'll have 400 hours of content and an incredible lineup of the leading experts in data science and AI from across academia and industry. == Focus Areas Deep LearningMachine Learning, Predictive Analytics, AI for Engineers, Natural Language Processing, Data Visualization, Data Wrangling, AI Research, Data Science at Scale, Data Science for Good, Data Science Management, Data Science Workflows, AI Business Summit == Networking Opportunities Connect with 5,500 of your data science peers from around the world at networking opportunities like: Daily Coffee Breaks / Review the talks over coffee Career Fair / Cross paths with startups and Fortune 500 companies looking to hire talented data scientists Office Hours Session / Drop in and bring your questions, big and small Share a meal and ideas with like-minded individuals at Dinner with Data Scientists. (This a self-organized event. ODSC suggests the venue and provides a signup sheet. Each individual is responsible for their own dinner cost.) == ODSC Links: • Get free access to more talks like this at LearnAI: https://learnai.odsc.com/ • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OPENDATASCI/ • Twitter: https://twitter.com/odsc & @odsc • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/open-data-science/ • Slack Channel: http://odscglobal.slack.com • Code of conduct: https://odsc.com/code-of-conduct/

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  • Feb 19: Crafting Real-Time Mobile Apps with Azure SignalR

    Microsoft NERD New England Research & Development Center

    Join us on Wed Feb 19 for not your typical meetup. A very rare opportunity to meet Maddy Leger herself and learn everything about Azure SignalR and Xamarin!!! Featured talk: "Crafting Real-Time Mobile Apps with Azure SignalR" by Xamarin Tooling Program Manager from Microsoft Maddy Leger. ## SPONSOR TBD (please let us know if you or your company would like to sponsor) ## LOCATION / ID REQUIREMENTS This event is at Microsoft NERD. Government-issued ID needed for entry. Please check-in at the security desk with photo id on the street level. They will direct you to the correct floor (spoiler alert - it will be floor 'M' - one above street level). ## AGENDA 6:00-6:30: Gather, eat, drink, and be social 6:30-7:45: Featured talk and Q&A 7:45-8:00: Announcements - then done! ## MAIN TALK Stop polling and enable bi-directional communication between Azure and your mobile apps, in real-time. Better yet, share all your real-time communication business logic between iOS and Android Xamarin apps with .NET Standard and Azure's SignalR. During this session we will cover what you need to know to skillfully build rich real-time communication directly into your mobile apps. ## SPEAKER BIO Maddy Leger is a Program Manager at Microsoft working on Xamarin Tooling. She started working with the Xamarin team in early 2018 and quickly became passionate about making developers as productive as possible. When she's not dreaming up productivity improvements, you can find her taking pictures of her dog, cheering on Boston sports teams, and making guacamole. ## NOTE We have limited space this time, so, it's very important to keep your RSVPs up to date and update it as soon as possible!!!

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  • Jan 15: Microsoft Graph Up Close and Personal

    Microsoft NERD New England Research & Development Center

    Join us on Wed Jan 15 for our first event of 2020 - with two talks by two excellent speakers: 1. Featured talk: "Microsoft Graph Up Close and Personal" by Azure MVP Jim O'Neil from 7:00-8:15. 2. Opening talk: "Microsoft Certification 101" by Azure MVP Jason Haley from 6:30-7:00. ## SPONSOR Big thanks to Insight - Digital Innovation for sponsoring this event! https://www.insight.com/ https://www.insight.com/en_US/what-we-do/digital-innovation/services/transformation-services.html This is also Jim O'Neil's employer. ## LOCATION / ID REQUIREMENTS 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: Opening talk - Microsoft Certification 101 by Jason Haley https://twitter.com/haleyjason 7:00-8:15: Featured talk - Microsoft Graph Up Close and Personal by Jim O'Neil - https://twitter.com/jimoneil 8:15-8:30: Announcements - then done! ## OPENING TALK The talk will cover the highlights of Microsoft's current certification portfolio. Jason will explore the various technology tracks, and provide an insightful look into the value of certification. ## MAIN TALK Microsoft Graph is the gateway to data and intelligence in Microsoft 365. For developers, the Microsoft Graph provides RESTful, authenticated access to users profile and activities within the Microsoft 365 ecosystem including Office, Window s 10, Azure Active Directory, and more. When you integrate with Graph you are able to provide end-users a more personalized (if not prescient) experience by melding the vast amounts of utilization data in Microsoft 365 with your application’s own unique business value. In this talk we’ll outline the Graph ecosystem and API surface, experiment with low-barrier to entry tools (like Graph Explorer), and build a simple, single-page application that leverages a few of the Graph APIs. ## SPEAKER BIOS Jason Haley is a Microsoft Azure MVP, Independent Consultant specializing in Azure and Angular. Also very involved in the developer community around the Boston area. Jim O'Neil is a Microsoft Azure MVP and a Senior Architect at the Digital Innovation division of Insight where he focuses on cloud-first applications with particular emphasis on IoT solutions for a wide variety of clients. As a member of the great(er) Boston tech community, he’s a perennial volunteer and coordinator of Boston Code Camp, New England GiveCamp, and Global Azure Bootcamp. When not geeking out with the cloud, he’s geeking out discovering his own roots via DNA and traditional genealogy and exploring craft brews (sometimes simultaneously).

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