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SDC March Meeting: Big Data Solutions in Azure w/David Giard

March 1, 2017

The Chicago Software Development Community (SDC) will be having their monthly meeting on Sunday March 5th. David Giard of Microsoft will be presenting on what tools are available in HD Insight and how to use them to store, process, and analyze large amounts of data.

Doors open @ 12:30pm and David’s presentation starts @ 1pm. Register here with the MeetUp site.

Microsoft Tech Summit Chicago

January 1, 2017

If you are in Chicago in January you have your first opportunity for a free Microsoft Tech Summit on January 19th & 20th. Held @ McCormick Place’s Lakeside Building, you have 70 tech sessions to chose from including:

  • Reinventing IT infrastructure for business agility
  • Building serverless applications with Azure Functions
  • Deep dive into Operations Management Suite for applications and infrastructure
  • Let your apps and services engage users through conversations

You can sign up for on demand labs that you can start with now. A few of the labs include:

  • Build cross-platform mobile apps with Xamarin and Microsoft Visual Studio
  • Build web sites with ASP.NET Core
  • Create and explore a Microsoft Power BI dashboard
  • Deploy Microsoft Azure IaaS resources using ARM templates
  • Deploy services using Azure Resource Manager templates
  • Get hands-on with Azure Site Recovery (ASR) and learn to failover an enterprise application to Azure

Top Eagle Scout Project Transformations of 2015-2016

December 18, 2016

As an Eagle Scout myself, I’m wanted to share Scouting Magazine’s post highlighting Eagle Scout transformation projects in the last year.

AWS Chicago Suburbs Meetup: The Power of Cloud Foundry

November 21, 2016

Register for the upcoming AWS Chicago Suburb event The Power of Cloud Foundry. In this event, the attendees will obtain an understanding of how Cloud Foundry works including:

• Introduction to Cloud Foundry
• Main features
• Advantages and disadvantages of Cloud Foundry
• Brief overview of how to implement Cloud Foundry in your organization
• Demo and review of how Cloud Foundry could complement existing frameworks
• Q&A session

Chicago GOTO Scala Holiday Party

November 21, 2016

The GOTO Chicago and Scala Days teams will be having a holiday party celebrating the GOTO Chicago and Scala Days. Learn more about these two conference that will be held in Chicago 2017 by attending the party on December 1st.

Join the Angular Chicago Meetup

November 17, 2016

Live in the Chicagoland area and interested in Angular? A new Meetup group for likeminded people is for you. If you have a passion, or even a passing interest in Angular join them.

Connect(); // 2016

November 15, 2016

Join Microsoft’s Annual Virtual Connect(); 2016 live stream to watch keynotes and deep dive technical sessions led by Executive Vice President Scott Guthrie, Principal Program Manager Scott Hanselman, and other industry innovators.

Analytics with Azure Machine Learning

November 15, 2016

Sign up for a free hands-on day of learning Microsoft Azure Machine Learning (ML) on Thursday November 17th. This data camp will teach you:

  • Common machine learning algorithms
  • Data sourcing options and model-building prep
  • Selecting and setting up your first model
  • Building predictive experiments
  • Understanding and interpreting the output

Speaking @ a Few Events in 2016

April 8, 2016

I have some upcoming speaking engagements I’m pretty proud of:
DevOps Chicago Community Roadshow: I’ll be the keynote speaker kicking off the event for 100 or so techies who are passionate about DevOps. This is a Microsoft sponsored event at their downtown Chicago office on Friday April 15th.
Chicago Code Camp: I’ll be presenting on using Amazon’s services for serverless applications. This is a Chicago community sponsored event on the IIT campus on Saturday April 30th.
• Chicago Open Days: I’ll be presenting on DevOps to Microsoft MVPs and Regional Directors. This is event held for Microsoft MVPs and RDs in Midwest region at the Microsoft Downers Grove office on Saturday June 4th.
Visual Studio Live – Redmond : The two proposals I submitted were selected and I’ll be presenting on the Redmond Campus in August. The presentations on Real World VSTS (Visual Studio Team Services) Usage for the Enterprise and Enterprise Reporting from VSTS. VS Live is an organization that hosts six events across the US annually.

April Chicago ALM User Group Meetup

April 8, 2016

This month’s Chicago ALM UG topic will be Getting Started with TFS2015’s build system. Paul Hacker (@pjhacker) will be covering the versions the of TFS build system, show you the technical implementation and describe the benefits of having the ability to execute cross-platform builds.

Dinner starts at 6pm and the presentation will start at 6:30pm.

When: Wednesday April 13th
What: 6:00 Dinner and networking, 6:30pm Main Presentation
Where: Microsoft’s Downtown Chicago Office @ 200 E Randolph on the 2nd Floor

SpotHero has great parking near to the Aon Center for as little as $10