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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.


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

Bass Pro Shops Helping Scouts with Merit Badges in September

September 9, 2017

It is great to see that Bass Pro Shops is helping our local Scouts with Fishing, Fish & Wildlife Management and Rifle merit badges in the month of September. Sign up for the Bolingbrook store’s dates by contacting them @ 630 296-2702 for additional information and to register for the class.

Quick Thinking Eagle Scout Saves Lives

August 30, 2017

Quick thinking Eagle Scout Caden Eyler saved a woman and her family being swept away by rip current. Here’s the post on the Scouting News site and full story in the Virginian-Pilot.

Microsoft //Build 2017 Roadshow

May 30, 2017

If you couldn’t make it to //Build in Redmond you will have an opportunity to see //Build-lite in many cities this June. The schedule is
• 6/1 – Downers Grove
• 6/2 – Milwaukee
• 6/5 – New York City
• 6/7 – Tampa
• 6/9 – Atlanta
• 6/12 – Portland
• 6/14 – San Diego
• 6/15 – Phoenix
• 6/16 – Denver

CNUG May Meeting: Planning & Provisioning Infrastructure & PaaS on Azure

May 20, 2017
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Register for the May CNUG meeting.  Jim Leonardo of kCura  will speak on how to start planning and provisioning your own Azure solutions. Understanding Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) vs Platform as a Service(PaaS) its use cases is going to be covered.

Join the CNUG group on Thursday, May 25th @ 6:15 PM in the Microsoft Downers Grove office (3025 Highland Pkwy # 300, Downers Grove, IL).

VS2017 – Best of Launch @ Microsoft in Downers Grove

April 6, 2017

Join Microsoft for a morning of exploring the possible with Mike Benkovich (@mbenko) and Mitch Muenster (@mobileRez) as they demonstrate the latest tools and technologies with Visual Studio, Xamarin, the Mobile Center and DevOps with Team Services. The day starts at 8:30 and ends with a hackfest/install pizza party. The tentative agenda is below:

· 8:30 – Hello Visual Studio

· 9:45 – Exploring Mobile Stack

· 11:00 – DevOps, .NET Core, Docker and more

· 12:00 – Pizza & Hackfest

Register here:

AWS Chicago Meetup: Security May 17

March 28, 2017

Motorola Solutions hosts a hands-on night with security. Check out the AWS Chicago Meetup site for more details soon!


5:30pm Welcome & pizzas
5:45pm 5 min sponsor talk – Motorola Solutions
5:50pm 5 min sponsor talk –
6:00pm Intro to your speakers
6:10pm Events
8:00pm Q&As, beers, mingling