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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.

I am Presenting @ Microsoft Build

April 28, 2018

If you are going to Microsoft Build in Seattle the week of May 6th, make sure to plan and see my presentation on Windows containers on Azure Service Fabric. I will be presenting on Accenture’s journey to move legacy .NET applications to containers. The session will cover how we use Microsoft VSTS for code management and deployments to implement infrastructure as code in our CI/CD processes.

Presenting @ Chicago SDC on VSTS

November 3, 2017

I’ll be presenting on real world usage of Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) on Sunday November 5th @ the Chicago Software Development Community (SDC) monthly meeting. There’s no Bears game this Sunday so spend some quality time learning how you can leverage VSTS to its full capabilities. My session will be @ Rev3 in the NIU facility in Naperville Illinois. Register here on the Meetup site. Lunch will be @ 12:30 and we’ll start the presentation @ 1pm.

Jim

Top Stories From the VSTS Community

September 9, 2017

Looking through Willy’s post on the top VSTS stories on September 1st, here a couple that I found insightful:

Colin Dembovsky’s End to End Walkthrough of Deploying With Team Build and Release Management

David Corbin’s Automated User Acceptance Testing

Follow Willy’s blog and the DevOps posts.

Azure Red Shirt Dev Tour in Chicago

September 9, 2017

The Azure Red Shirt Dev Tour ’17 is a free event where you can connect and learn from cloud experts from Microsoft and your local community. Scott Guthrie will code and demonstrate how Azure can help you solve some of your most vexing developer problems.

This event is free, but attendance is limited. You can reserve a spot here.

8:45AM – 9:30AM Check-in & Welcome

9:30AM – 12:45PM Keynote w/ Scott Guthrie | Two 1.5 HR. Sessions w/ Short Break In-Between

12:45PM – 1:30PM Lunch

1:30PM – 2:45PM Coding on Stage w/ Scott Guthrie | “Azure Tips & Tricks

2:45PM Thank You & Event Close