Presentations

These are the last 10 presentations I gave:
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Moving your database to Azure

Azure Community Live, Online
21 Jan 2020

1Northwind kept the bulk of its data in an on-premises data center, which hosted servers running both SQL Server and MongoDB. After the acquisition, Tailwind Traders worked with the Northwind team to move their data center to Azure. In this session, see how to migrate an on-premises MongoDB database to Azure Cosmos DB and SQL Server database to an Azure SQL Server. From there, walk through performing the migration and ensuring minimal downtime while you switch over to the cloud-hosted providers.

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MOD50 - Managing Delivery of Your App via DevOps

Microsoft Ignite the Tour, London, UK
17 Jan 2020

1In this session, we’ll show you how Tailwind Traders’ Developer team works with its Operations teams to safely automate tedious, manual tasks with reliable scripted routines and prepared services. We’ll start with automating the building and deployment of a web application, backend web service and database with a few clicks. Then, we’ll add automated operations that developers control like A/B testing and automated approval gates. We’ll also discuss how Tailwind Traders can preserve their curren...

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A gentle introduction to AI

Nottingham IOT, Nottingham, UK
15 Jan 2020

1Data Science and Artificial Intelligence are fascinating areas of computing. Microsoft is betting a lot on these new technologies, but we are also aware that data scientists are highly trained professionals, and that not every software developer can create and maintain complex data models, perform linear algebra or purchase expensive GPU rigs to run these models. This is exactly why we created Cognitive services. This suite of services offers pre-trained models that you can use out-of-the-box to...

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APPS40 - Consolidating Infrastructure with Azure Kubernetes Service

Microsoft Ignite the Tour, Sao Paulo, Brazil
12 Dec 2019

1Kubernetes is the open source container orchestration system that supercharges applications with scaling and reliability and unlocks advanced features, like A/B testing, Blue/Green deployments, canary builds, and dead-simple rollbacks. In this session, you’ll see how Tailwind Traders took a containerized application and deployed it to Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS). You’ll walk away with a deep understanding of major Kubernetes concepts and how to put it all to use with industry standard tooling...

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APPS30 - Modernizing Your Application with Containers

Microsoft Ignite the Tour, Sao Paulo, Brazil
12 Dec 2019

1Tailwind Traders’ recently moved one of its core applications from a virtual machine into containers, gaining deployment flexibility and repeatable builds. In this session, you’ll learn how to manage containers for deployment, options for container registries, and ways to manage and scale deployed containers. You’ll also learn how Tailwind Traders uses Azure Key Vault service to store application secrets and make it easier for their applications to securely access business critical data.

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Taking advantage of AI easily with Azure Cognitive Services

DevDay, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
26 Nov 2019

Data Science and Artificial Intelligence are fascinating areas of computing. Microsoft is betting a lot on these new technologies, but we are also aware that data scientists are highly trained professionals, and that not every software developer can create and maintain complex data models, perform linear algebra or purchase expensive GPU rigs to run these models. This is exactly why we created Cognitive services. This suite of services offers pre-trained models that you can use out-of-the-box to...

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The Ethical Implications and Risks of AI and Deep Learning

AI Night, Zaventem, Belgium
25 Nov 2019

There is no question that Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning will play an important role in the future (and the present!) of humanity. Taking advantage of faster and faster computers, larger and larger databases, we are able to run very complex algorithms against humongous amounts of data. This allows the creation of tools that can help us in complex areas of our lives. From autonomous vehicles to image and speech recognition; from assisting impaired humans to saving lives in critical si...

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MOD40 - Debugging and interacting with production applications

Microsoft Ignite the Tour, Paris, France
14 Nov 2019

1Now that Tailwind Traders is running fully on Azure, the developers must find ways to debug and interact with the production applications with minimal impact and maximal efficiency. Azure comes with a full set of tools and utilities that can be used to manage and monitor your applications. In this session, see how streaming logs work to monitor the production application in real time. We also talk about deployment slots that enable easy A/B testing of new features and show how Snapshot Debugging...

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MOD20 - Moving your database to Azure

Microsoft Ignite the Tour, Paris, France
14 Nov 2019

1Northwind kept the bulk of its data in an on-premises data center, which hosted servers running both SQL Server and MongoDB. After the acquisition, Tailwind Traders worked with the Northwind team to move their data center to Azure. In this session, see how to migrate an on-premises MongoDB database to Azure Cosmos DB and SQL Server database to an Azure SQL Server. From there, walk through performing the migration and ensuring minimal downtime while you switch over to the cloud-hosted providers.

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APPS20 - Options for Data in the Cloud

Microsoft Ignite the Tour, Paris, France
14 Nov 2019

1Tailwind Traders is a large retail corporation with a dangerous single point of failure: sales, fulfillment, monitoring, and telemetry data is centralized across its online and brick and mortar outlets. We’ll review structured databases, unstructured data, real-time data, file storage considerations, and share tips on balancing performance, cost, and operational impacts. In this session, you’ll learn how Tailwind Traders created a flexible data strategy using multiple Azure services, such as Azu...

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