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New Power Apps Mobile Look

February 19, 2021

Microsoft has released a new look for Power Apps to public preview. Find the details here. This new look is including a personalized Hope Page and the enablement of favoriting/pinning of apps to the Home page. Provide feedback in the app, via e-mail or in the Power Apps Forum.

Chicago .NET User Group for Feb 2021 – C# 9.0

February 19, 2021

The February 2021 Chicago .NET User Group’s meeting will be on C# 9.0 hosted by Bill Wagner. Bill is responsible for the C# learning materials on The session will be on Thursday February 25th at 7pm CST.

Bill will be giving the group a tour of the new features in C# 9.0 and patterns that will take your development skills to the next level.

After a tour of C# 9, Bill will discuss the current draft plan for C# 10. You’ll see what ideas are coming together for the next version of C#.

Register here for the event!


Secure DevOps Kit for Azure (AzSK)

January 24, 2021

Looking for a way to monitor your Azure subscriptions for security issues and have the ability to fix them automatically? Check out Magdy Salem‘s detailed walkthrough of Microsoft’s Secure DevOps Kit for Azure (AzSK) and how you could use this on your personal or organization’s subscriptions.

A few highlight’s you’ll find out more details on when you read the post.

AzSK is:
-Secure DevOps kit was an internal tool for Microsoft and was developed to help Microsoft internal teams to move to Azure quicker on more easily
-It is an open-source tool and not an official product
-Microsoft released this tool so it can share Azure cloud security best practices with the community

AzSK Focus Area:
-Secure the subscription
-Integrate Security into CICD
-Enable Secure Development
-Continuous Assurance
-Alerting & Monitoring
-Security Telemetry in App Insights

Microsoft’s Nonprofit Tech Acceleration for Black & African American Communities Program Overview

January 24, 2021

Register for Microsoft’s Nonprofit Tech Acceleration (NTA) for Black and African American Communities program to learn about technology innovation opportunities. The NTA program is Microsoft’s overall commitment to better serve communities of color. This NTA program provides technology assistance to nonprofits that support the Black and African American community. In this webinar the Concierge team will share information about the program, available technology/services, how to utilize free/discounted licenses and learning opportunities including:
-Evolution and scope of the NTA program
-Technology offerings and benefits
-How to activate licensing
-Technology learning opportunities
-The NTA program’s Concierge team and process

Register here to attend the free webinar.

Using GitHub Actions with Azure Machine Learning For A Great CI/CD Experience

January 4, 2021

Damian Brady wrote a great post on how you can leverage GitHub Actions to automate the code build and deployment (aka continuous integration & continuous delivery) as you mature your Machine Learning Operations (MLOps). He walks you through how you can accomplish this to achieve an effective collaborative environment in your organization. ML code can be treated like any other source code you store in GitHub and the walk through of GitHub Actions for automation is spot on.

Learn more about GitHub Actions here.

Do You Know The Microsoft Developer Advocates

January 4, 2021

Looking to build your Microsoft knowledge? Look to the Developer Advocates site and Twitter feed to connect with people who have a wealth of experience in what you are looking to learn.

Jan 2021 Chicago Azure User Group: Empower Employees With Microsoft Virtual Desktop

January 4, 2021

The first Chicago Azure User Group meeting of 2021 will be on empowering your remote employees with Microsoft’s Virtual Desktop. Virtual Desktop allows your staff to test out configurations and installations without having them to do this on their computer. This is very beneficial when you want to do proof of concept work and tear the environment down without impacting your own computer.

Some of the topics that will be covered during the session:
• Introduction to Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD)
• Value Add for Your Business
• Deployment Scenarios
• WVD Infrastructure
• Demo

Register here for the Tuesday January 19th session host by Chetan Malavia at 1pm CST.

Find out more about Microsoft’s Virtual Desktop here.

MS Ignite 2020 Countdown

September 10, 2020

Microsoft’s annual Ignite conference has gone virtual like many conferences this year. Check out the countdown content available on Channel9.

Speaking @ the SQL in the City Summit Chicago 2018

August 18, 2018

I’ll be in a panel discussion on Compliant Database DevOps  adoption at Redgate’s SQL in the City Summit Chicago on Friday October 26th.

Redgate will be bringing together world-class speakers with thought-provoking sessions, engaging panel discussions, workshops and keynote speakers for senior data professionals looking to deliver value quicker and secure.

Key discussions include:
•Reducing manual tasks to free up teams to spend more time on development
•Breaking down silos to enable Dev and Ops to work together to deliver value
•Reducing the risk of downtime or compliance breaches going undetected
•Processes and solutions that equally balance the need to release faster while ensuring data security

The sessions are for C-level IT executives, directors, managers, and senior database engineers and administrators who work with the Microsoft Data Platform.

Professionals interested in learning about all things DevOps will learn what’s needed to effectively balance the demand for delivering software faster, while protecting and preserving business critical data.

You’ll need to use an Access Code to register and can use my speaker reference code. Hope to see you there!

My Microsoft Build Videos

May 24, 2018

I had the opportunity to speak at Build this month on our use of Service Fabric and how we’re leveraging VSTS. Check out the video here. After the session we had a free form discussion outside of the conference you can watch here. Pardon the outside noises, however it was an interesting format to participate in with Mikkel from the Service Fabric team.