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Protecting your Office 365 Data with Microsoft Information Protection
  • Speaker Jethro Seghers - Program Director, SkySync

When their information is available in the cloud, people want to take additional measures to keep that data secure. The problem is that one of the biggest advantages of cloud services is they provide a huge platform for collaboration. With Microsoft Information Protection, you can have both. Office 365, RMS and Azure Information Protection combined allows a platform for collaboration without compromising security. In this session, we will cover the implementation and integration of Microsoft Information Protection with Office 365. We will also discuss the impact of RMS and Azure Information Protection outside the Microsoft ecosystem.

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8:30am - 9:45am 75 mins
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CANCELLED: On-Premises Machine Learning with Python and SQL Server 2017

Are you missing out on the promise and excitement of Azure Machine Learning because your customers are unwilling or unable to commit to the cloud? Wouldn't it be great if you could harness the same capabilities for your on-premises data? With Python integrated in SQL Server 2017, you can. In this session, we will provide real-world examples of problems solved on-premises using both supervised and unsupervised machine learning techniques. Attendees will learn how to use Machine Learning Services (In-Database) integration to tackle complex data prediction scenarios.

8:30am - 9:45am 75 mins
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Canary Deployment: Your Application’s Early Warning System
  • Speaker Eric Landes - Senior DevOps Consultant, AgileThought, Inc

Canary deployments—a term explained by Itay Shakury, former Microsoft Lead Cloud Solution Architect—give your organization early detection systems for errors and data on how your system is used. How can a team move from a different deployment pattern into a pattern that allows your organization to test customer reaction to different software? Find out in this session, where we will walk through a real-world implementation of this scenario using VSTS, .Net and node.js technologies.

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8:30am - 9:45am 75 mins
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Defining Serverless APIs
  • Speaker Turner Houghton - Junior Cloud Engineer, Home Technology Services

In this session, we will discuss the various ways to define your serverless APIs. We will look at the frameworks out there (AWS SAM, Serverless Framework) and evaluate the benefits and downsides to each one. We will also discuss the most common problems you’ll encounter when architecting your serverless application and provide practical solutions to those problems.

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8:30am - 9:45am 75 mins
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From 0 to Automated Release with VSTS
  • Speaker Mustafa Toroman - System Engineer, Azure MVP, Authority Partners

VSTS and Azure allow us to truly use DevOps principles and practices. In this session, we'll discuss how to create a fully automated pipeline for building and releasing your applications. We’ll show you how to use Infrastructure as a Code to quickly build your dev/test/prod environment and how to automate the path from commit over build to new release to production.

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8:30am - 9:45am 75 mins
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Scale Out and Conquer: Architectural Decisions Behind Distributed In-Memory Systems
  • Speaker Denis Magda - GridGain Director of PM, GridGain

Distributed platforms, like Apache Ignite, rely on horizontal scalability. More machines in the cluster mean greater performance of the application. But do we always get twice the speed after adding a second machine to the farm? Ten times faster after adding 10 machines? What is the responsibility of the platform? And where do engineers’ responsibilities begin? In this session, attendees will learn about the compromises and pitfalls architects face when designing distributed systems. They will also learn the advantages and disadvantages of different data-sharding algorithms, effective data models for distributed environments, synchronization and coordination in distributed systems, and local scalability issues of speeding up local processing on cluster nodes.

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8:30am - 9:45am 75 mins
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Putting Data to Use: Big Data and Analytics with AWS
  • Speaker Karan Desai - Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Big data is not just a buzzword. Today, companies from startups to enterprises have access to massive amounts of data generated by users and connected devices. The variety, volume and velocity of data requires specialized tools and massively scalable compute, storage and analytics capabilities to generate valuable insights. Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers a broad range of services for virtually any kind of big data application, such as data warehousing, clickstream analytics, fraud detection, recommendation engines, event-driven ETL, serverless computing, IoT processing, and machine learning. In this session, we will look at how to choose the right tool for the right job at every step of a data analytics workflow, from collecting, storing, processing and consuming data at scale to get the level of performance, reliability and security you need, while being cost-efficient.

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8:30am - 9:45am 75 mins
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Introducing the CI/CD Workflows in the Cloud
  • Speaker Tara Walker - Principal Software Engineer, Microsoft Corporation

Today, companies seeking to innovate faster are looking for new ways to make it easier and faster for their development teams to build and deploy software. Today, many companies and organizations face some challenges in implementing a more agile, dynamic software development process. They seek ways to make it easier and faster for their development teams to build and deploy software while delivering technical innovations to the marketplace. Implementing continuous integration, continuous delivery, and continuous deployment processes can aid you in building and releasing well-tested software safely and quickly.

In this session, we will discuss how you can quickly implement a CI/CD workflow using the cloud services. Using an automated CI/CD pipeline makes it easier to set up your entire development and continuous delivery toolchain for coding, building, testing, and deploying your application code with many popular programming languages.

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8:30am - 9:45am 75 mins
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Build Your Application in a Cloud. Make It Safe! Deadline? Tomorrow!
  • Speaker Tomasz Onyszko - CTO, Predica Sp. z o.o.

This session will teach attendees about security architecture for cloud applications: how to manage user and application identity, what are security principals and how to manage access in cloud platform. You will learn about services that can be used to secure applications and sensitive materials such as passwords and certificates.

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8:30am - 9:45am 75 mins
Birds of a Feather: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: Technologies You Shouldn't Bother With
  • Discussion Leader Prashant G. Bhoyar - Solution Architect, WithumSmith+Brown, PC
8:30am - 9:45am 75 mins
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Building your First SQL Server Container Lab in Docker
  • Speaker Christopher Bell - Founder, WaterOx Consulting, Inc

It wasn’t that long ago when virtualization changed the way we work with SQL and infrastructure. Now it’s all about containers. Containers can make the DBA’s job of creating and deploying servers much easier, freeing them up for other tasks such as performance tuning and security. In this session, we will go over the concepts of containers and their general capabilities. Then we will build, connect and configure a SQL Server in a container for use as a private lab.

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9:45am - 10:15am 30 mins
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10:15am - 11:30am 75 mins
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Web Application Security Tomorrow: Attacks That Will Hit You Soon
  • Speaker Christian Wenz - CEO, Actition GmbH

Attacks such as SQL injection, cross-site scripting (XSS) and cross-site request forgery (CSRF) have been around for more than 10 years old, so by now everyone should know how to avoid them. But new threats are on the horizon, including version 2.0 of these old attacks albeit with increased danger, such as CSRF without user interaction or forgotten types of XSS that may endanger Angular applications. Of course, beware also of novel kinds of vulnerabilities, such as insecure JSON deserialization, surprising XML injections, external link abuse and many more. This session will not only showcase many of these new and updated threats but will also provide countermeasures. Expect surprising twists, a lot of code and a to-do list to check off once you return home from the conference.

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10:15am - 11:30am 75 mins
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Successfully Embedding an Effective CyberSecurity Program into your Organization
  • Speaker Andrew Baker - Security Track Chair | Virtual CIO & Technology Executive, BrainWave Consulting

As cybersecurity and compliance become core to successfully doing business, it is vital that your organization's cybersecurity program, processes and procedures are baked into the the DNA of the organization, and not just painted on after the fact. This requires the design and implementation of effective gates -- places in the organization's workflow where cybersecurity is implemented and validated before work moves on. In this session, we will be reviewing what these gates look like for an organization that implements B2B and B2C applications in the public or private cloud, and how they can be made an organic part of the organization.

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10:15am - 11:30am 75 mins
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Governing Your Data in O365: Classifying, Retaining, Complying and Discovering
  • Speaker David Broussard - Principal Consultant, Catapult Systems

You have a data problem, and you likely don't even know it. With the latest cloud offerings from Microsoft, the ability to store content has become almost limitless. On the one hand, this solves many IT headaches, but it also causes many more. How long should we keep our data? How do we make it easy for end users to classify data, and can we automate any of it? How do we find it when we really need to, such as for a lawsuit? This session will look at the tools that Microsoft Office 365 provides, and what you need to know to plan for retention and classification of your data.

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10:15am - 11:30am 75 mins
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Microservices, Hybrid Cloud, Responsiveness and Velocity - Yes, you can Have it all
  • Speaker Chander Dhall - Developer Platform Track Chair | CEO, Cazton, Inc.

In this session, Chander Dhall will show different architectures that are in currently in production with his clients. He will take you on a high-level journey on what it takes to move a monolithic architecture to a microservices-based architecture. He will also elucidate the concepts behind implementing these architectures correctly and how to make them faster while increasing the (development) velocity.

10:15am - 11:30am 75 mins
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Use R to Process JSON and XML to Save your Sanity
  • Speaker Steph Locke - CEO, Locke Data Ltd

Using packages such as xml2, jsonlite and jq, this session will showcase how you can work with XML and JSON easily. We'll also cover how you can work with data that's been stored in SQL Server so you can work with your data either from an R stand-alone instance or in a stored procedure in SQL Server.

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10:15am - 11:30am 75 mins
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DevOps: Identity at the Heart of Automation
  • Speaker Stephane Eyskens - Azure Architect and DevOps Expert, Freelance

Modern development implies modern authentication. DevOps is all about making continuous integration, continuous deployment and infrastructure as code a reality. However, when dealing with Azure Active Directory applications, things can get complicated. In this session, we'll demonstrate how to build AAD apps provisioning as part of your release cycle using Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS), Azure Managed Service Identity (MSI) and Azure Key Vault.

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10:15am - 11:30am 75 mins
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Birds of a Feather: Stirring the Pot: Keeping Operations On-premises Versus Moving to the Cloud
  • Discussion Leader Eric Landes - Senior DevOps Consultant, AgileThought, Inc
  • Discussion Leader David O'Brien - Cloud Track Chair | Director, Xirus PTY LTD
  • Discussion Leader Mustafa Toroman - System Engineer, Azure MVP, Authority Partners

Why move to the cloud? You give up all control of your infrastructure to a very opinionated system that you can’t change if you have to.

But, do you have to? Or even, can you?

In this BOF session we want to hear your arguments pro moving to the cloud, but also hear the ones that prevent you from moving to the cloud. Between all attendees, maybe we can convince so sceptics into moving everything to the cloud tomorrow, or the cloud believers into pulling out asap.

10:15am - 11:30am 75 mins
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Deployments got you up at Night? Learn to Sleep Easy with AWS Codedeploy
  • Speaker Adam Dockter - VP Engineering, ServiceTarget

Let's face it, the requirements around deploying software updates continues to grow. But with CodeDeploy there is relief. In this session, you'll learn what AWS CodeDeploy is and how you can use it to automate deployments across your applications running on AWS. We'll look at applications, deployment groups, application lifecycle hooks and how you can plug in to these to automate any tasks you need to ensure a successful zero downtime deployment.

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10:15am - 11:30am 75 mins
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Build, Debug and Deploy your First Serverless Chatbot
  • Speaker Tara Walker - Principal Software Engineer, Microsoft Corporation

Conversational interfaces through text and voice with are rapidly becoming more mainstream. With cloud based deep learning technologies, you can add compelling voice and chat interfaces to mobile devices, web apps, and easily publish your chatbots to, Twilio, Slack, and Facebook Messenger. This session will explain how to build a fully functional chatbot with multiple frontends using a serverless cloud backend. Attendees will learn the key components required for building chatbots integrated with text, voice, and response cards, and will gain foundational skills for enriching applications with natural, conversational interfaces.

The session we will discuss the choice of technologies, development tools and debugging techniques and will demo and build a chatbot.  Additionally, the session will demo how to processing conversations and triggering corresponding actions in a serverless backend systems.

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10:15am - 11:30am 75 mins
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Site Reliability Engineering (SRE): What is it? Can my Organization Benefit from it?
  • Speaker Brent Chapman - Principal, Great Circle Associates, Inc.

There's a lot of interest in Site Reliability Engineering these days. Leading companies such as Google, Facebook, Netflix and Apple have all embraced SRE, particularly in the wake of the book "Site Reliability Engineering: How Google Runs Production Systems" published a couple of years ago by O'Reilly. So what is SRE and what are its core principles? How does SRE relate to DevOps? Is it only applicable to massive online services such as Google, Facebook and Netflix, or are there aspects of SRE that can be applied in other circumstances? Is SRE a passing fad, or is it something that's worth investing time and effort into, both individually and organizationally? In this session, you’ll learn about SRE from someone who is both an experienced SRE high-level individual contributor and manager (six years at Google, including managing the SRE team for Google Fiber). He also has many years of Dev/IT experience outside Google in organizations ranging from startups to multinational enterprises.

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10:15am - 11:30am 75 mins
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Securing AWS
  • Co-Speaker Kiran Kuppa - Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Co-Speaker Maitreya Ranganath - Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services, Inc.

In this session, you’ll learn how to leverage AWS security best practices to reduce your risk. We will cover AWS built-in optional account configuration as well as external resources to help audit and protect your environment.

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10:15am - 11:30am 75 mins
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Monolith to Microservices: Making a Successful Transition
  • Speaker Samir Behara - Solution Architect, EBSCO Industries

Microservices have taken the software industry by storm. Are you developing a microservice? Do you want to understand the benefits of a microservice architecture? Do you want to dive-deep into the design principles of the microservice architecture? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this presentation is for you. In this session, you’ll learn how to successfully embrace this modern architecture. By the end of this session, you will have a good understanding of this new architectural style and best practices. You will walk away with better insights about transitioning from monolith to microservices, having learned how to build microservices from the ground up and apply them within your own organization.

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11:30am - 12:30pm 60 mins
Lunch & Networking | Regency Ballroom - Banquet Level
12:30pm - 1:45pm 75 mins
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Building Business Solutions in Office 365 using Microsoft Bot Framework
  • Speaker Prashant G. Bhoyar - Solution Architect, WithumSmith+Brown, PC

A bot is a web service that interacts with users in a conversational format. The Microsoft Bot Framework is a comprehensive offering for building and deploying high-quality bots for users to enjoy wherever they are talking. In this demo-driven session, we will cover the basics of the Microsoft Bot Framework and how you can leverage the Bot Framework to implement the real-life business solutions in Office 365. We teach how to get started with the Microsoft Bot Framework and demonstrate how to build a working bot for your application. Not only will you learn what is the Microsoft Bot Framework and what is Azure Bot Service, but also how to create bots using the Microsoft Bot Framework and how to leverage the Bot Framework to implement real-life business solutions.

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12:30pm - 1:45pm 75 mins
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Data Loss Prevention in Office 365
  • Speaker Jethro Seghers - Program Director, SkySync

In their journey to the cloud, companies try to protect their data by adding additional layers of security. One of the security measure that Office 365 provides is data loss prevention (DLP). It’s been available for quite some time in Exchange Online, but it has also made its way into SharePoint Online. In this session, we’ll cover why and how to use DLP in Office 365 to prevent sensitive data from leaving the company. Using DLP, we will show how to add another layer of business security based on data driven by business. We will also cover how DLP can be integrated with Azure Information Protection. By the end of the session, you’ll know how to make data more secure with data loss prevention.

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12:30pm - 1:45pm 75 mins
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Accessing and Analyzing Current and Historical Weather Forecasts using AWS Athena
  • Speaker Marty Sullivan - DevOps/Cloud Engineer, Cornell University

Do you want to learn how to access a massive data lake of geospatial data in Amazon S3? Amazon Athena allows a data analyst to write familiar SQL queries to access data stored in flat files directly in an Amazon S3 bucket. This session will cover data partitioning, bucketing, and basic and columnar file formats. Any datasets, from a few gigabytes to a few petabytes, can easily be queried with Amazon Athena. Attendees will take away the knowledge needed to start creating their own data lake using the same techniques discussed in this session with any data of their choosing.

12:30pm - 1:45pm 75 mins
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The Journey to the Cloud - From Hardware to Microservices
  • Speaker Sean Davis - Sr. Business Transformation Consultant, DevOps, AgileThought

The journey to the cloud can be a bumpy one, with so many cloud choices and so little time to make the right decisions all while keeping the train running on time. That’s why it's more important than ever to ask the right questions. In this interactive session, participants will learn how to ask the right questions and suss out the areas that are most important in their journey to the cloud. We'll compare participant-nominated cloud providers and their services to assist in determining which mix of clouds and services may be right for you. We’ll cover everything from cost to capability, common challenges, balancing infrastructure and services, and we'll even address the dreaded legacy applications and lock-in elephants in the room.

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12:30pm - 1:45pm 75 mins
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Using Spatial Data in SQL Server to Drive Business Decisions from IoT Harvested Position Data
  • Speaker Mindy Curnutt - Data Platform Track Chair | Business Owner & 4X Microsoft Data Platform MVP, Mindy Curnutt & Associates Consulting

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12:30pm - 1:45pm 75 mins
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Extending Team Services to AWS – the Why, the What and the How
  • Speaker Steven Roberts - Senior Software Dev Engineer, Amazon, Inc.

Using the AWS Tools for Visual Studio Team Services it’s a snap to extend your existing build and release pipelines in both VSTS and on-premise Team Foundation Server to work with a variety of AWS services. This session will begin with a short introduction to the tools, why you might want to use them and what they offer and then demonstrates the tools in action to dive progressively deeper into options for managing deployments to different AWS services such as Elastic Beanstalk, Lambda and CodeDeploy. The session will also cover tasks for working with secrets and options for building out infrastructure on demand as part of your build processes.

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12:30pm - 1:45pm 75 mins
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I have Indexes, but do I have the Right Indexes?
  • Speaker Eric Blinn - Sr. Data Architect, Squire Patton Boggs

SQL Server indexes come in multiple types: clustered, non-clustered, full text and column store. In this session, you’ll get an understanding of what these types are and when each is an appropriate solution. We will explain and demonstrate each type, and you’ll leave this class with a repeatable indexing methodology you can use to improve your database performance.

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1:45pm - 2:15pm 30 mins
Networking Break | Regency Foyer - Banquet Level
2:15pm - 3:30pm 75 mins
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Deep Dive into SQL Server 2019
  • Speaker Bob Ward - Principal Architect, Microsoft

SQL Server 2019, now in public preview, builds upon the modern data platform of SQL Server 2017 to bring new capabilities and open up new worlds through a unified data platform. Come learn more about the new features of SQL Server 2019 including Big Data Clusters with Spark and HDFS, Machine Learning, SQL Server extensions with Java, Intelligent Query Processing, Always On Availability Groups on Kubernetes, and list of database engine enhancements for the data professional and developer.

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2:15pm - 3:30pm 75 mins
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Clean your Mess up! Hygiene in the Microsoft Azure Cloud
  • Speaker David O'Brien - Cloud Track Chair | Director, Xirus PTY LTD

"With great power comes great responsibility." - every Ops team in the cloud, ever! With all those possibilities that cloud providers promise us a lot of fears travel along. "How can I make sure that workloads are only deployed in region XYZ?" "How do I know who did what?" "How do I get notified if something happens?" "How do I not get bill shock?" All of these questions are normal and need to be addressed in every implementation. Come along and hear about offerings and services in Microsoft Azure that will assist companies to clean up their cloud and keep it tidy.

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2:15pm - 3:30pm 75 mins
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Move your Archive to the Cloud
  • Speaker Dave Evans - Cloud Architect, PCM

This session will demonstrate how using AWS Glacier can be a simple and cost-effective solution for archiving data. We’ll also discuss how to set up Glacier as well as some of its limitations.

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2:15pm - 3:30pm 75 mins
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DevOps Infrastructure as Code: Visual Studio Team Services vs Azure Automation
  • Speaker Stephane Eyskens - Azure Architect and DevOps Expert, Freelance

Azure Automation is the infrastructure way of envisioning automation while Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) encapsulates the Azure provisioning steps as part of the release life cycle. What are the pros and cons of each product? Should we choose one over another? Aren't they overlapping? In this session, we will confront two worlds: infrastructure and development. After all, isn't DevOps a way to bridge those worlds?

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2:15pm - 3:30pm 75 mins
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Don't Forget to Change your Oil: Periodic Review and Maintenance for your AWS Account
  • Co-Speaker Kiran Kuppa - Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Co-Speaker Maitreya Ranganath - Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services, Inc.

In this session, we’ll show AWS users how to reduce costs, ensure security and prevent end of life. We’ll cover items to keep tabs on to ensure you are keeping up with best practices. Also covered will be tools to help you on this journey.

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2:15pm - 3:30pm 75 mins
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Using Amazon Connect to Help Customers Over the Phone without the Bottleneck of Humans!
  • Speaker Jonathon Valentine - CTO, ThingCo

How to build a Amazon Lex (Alexa) driven pay as you go call centre solution • Plug your call centre into your systems allowing customers to get answers without having to queue • Use AWS Lambda & DynamoDB to allow customers to pass data protection and ensure customer data is secure • How to integrate your new solution with other communication methods such as text message.

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2:15pm - 3:30pm 75 mins
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Birds of a Feather: Best Practices for Planning Corporate Technology Strategy
  • Discussion Leader Sean Davis - Sr. Business Transformation Consultant, DevOps, AgileThought

Businesses all over the world are engaging in new technology initiatives ranging from green field deployments to transformations. Communicating your vision, embracing change, rapid experimentation and focusing on business outcomes are all mainstay tools in your corporate strategy toolbox. Today it’s more critical than ever to establish guidelines and best practices around how to define, evaluate and execute on your technology strategies. Join Sean Davis in a best practices discussion covering various topics such as how to leverage the right opportunities, learning from your failures, and employing unconventional approaches to overcome business challenges.

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