Microsoft Build 2020 – This Week!

Conferences
Microsoft Build, Microsoft’s premier developer conference, starts this week (May 19 – 20)! As I mentioned in this previous post, the Redmond-based company is presenting the entire conference online (for free!). If you have not yet registered for the conference, there's still time so register now! There appears to be a great lineup of sessions and speakers for this year's digital event including some well-known speakers such as "The Scott's" (both Guthrie and Hanselman) as well as the man in charge himself, Satya Nadella. The event starts Tuesday, May 19th at 08:00am (PDT). There are a mix of event types including: Community, Digital Breakouts, Live, Key Segments and Image Cup. It's worth noting that all sessions will be presented three times each day making it easier for those across the…
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Microsoft Build 2020 – Virtual AND Free!

Conferences
Microsoft Build, Microsoft's premier developer conference, is scheduled for May 19 - 20, 2020. This year, the conference has gone virtual and, for the icing on the cake, it is also completely free! This is going to be 48 hours of continuous content! Everything is being recorded so you can always catch up if you're not up for staying up for 48 hours straight ;-) Starting at 08:00am Pacific time, there will be a total of three sessions presented each day with each session being spread out over eight hours. You should be able to watch live from pretty much wherever you are on the globe. Starts: May 19, 2020 @ 08:00am (Pacific Time)Ends: May 21, 2020 @ 08:00am (Pacific Time) Satya Nadella, CEO, will be kicking off the event…
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The Power of Azure DevOps

Azure DevOps, Conferences
This past week, I gave a talk on The Power of Azure DevOps as part of the Virtual Global Azure Day 2020. This talk was recorded and is now available on YouTube if you would like to check it out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpIts5c_47E&feature=youtu.be If you can't see the video above, you can click here to go directly to the video on YouTube. Also, the PowerPoint slides for the presentation are located here.
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Global Azure Day 2020 – Omaha

Azure DevOps, Conferences
UPDATE You can view/download my presentation slides here. This year will mark the seventh annual Global Azure event! In light of the on-going (COVID-19) situation, this year's Global Azure Day in Omaha has been moved online. This virtual event will take place on Saturday, April 25th starting at 08:00 (Central Time). Here is the full schedule for this year's event: I am pleased to be speaking at this year's Global Azure Day on The Power of Azure DevOps. If you are new to Azure and/or Azure DevOps, or you've been around it for a while but are looking to learn something new, then be sure to (virtually) drop in! The virtual event will be held via Zoom. Please click here to view the Zoom connection details. I look forward to…
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First Contact!

Cloud Certification
The only constant is... change! So... yesterday, I published My Cloud Certification Journey detailing my (ambitious) plan for obtaining the AWS and Azure Solutions Architect certifications. In a rare, but prescient moment, I included the following quote: No plan survives first contact (with the enemy) Well, less than 24 hours later, plans have changed! I happened to come across this blog post today: Updates to Several Azure and Data & AI Certifications are Coming Soon In the post, the author discusses how Microsoft is reviewing some of the certification exams to ensure the skills being tested are more closely aligned to their respective roles. In other words, test for the skills a role should have and don't necessarily test for the skills that the role does not have. With this…
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My Cloud Certification Journey

My Cloud Certification Journey

Cloud Certification
Clouds on the Horizon While I have been using various aspects of Microsoft Azure for years now, I have not taken the time to go deep into some (many) of the services that Azure offers. For many years now, I have spent most of my time focusing on the Microsoft technology stack. Given that, spending time in Azure has made a lot of sense. We have made some decisions recently within the organization that I work for to start making use of Salesforce. If you are not familiar with Salesforce, just know that it provides a lot of capabilities using a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model. It is a cloud platform in its own right. As part of this, we are also, for the first time, seriously digging into the capabilities of…
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Introducing the Azure DevOps CLI

Azure DevOps, Azure DevOps Extensions
This is the first in a multi-part series on the Azure DevOps CLI. There are currently four posts planned, including: An Introduction to the Azure DevOps CLIRevoking PATs with the Azure DevOps CLIUsing the Azure DevOps CLI Behind a ProxyMake Every Day a Banner Day with Azure DevOps CLI Why Have a CLI? If you've been using Azure DevOps for a while then you know there is a ton of functionality available within the product. With that functionality comes a decent amount of administration overhead that must be dealt with. For example, you need to manage users and licensing. You have to create projects and set them up to match the needs of the organization and teams. You have work items to deal with, code repositories, security configuration and on…
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Global DevOps Bootcamp – Omaha

Azure, Bootcamp, DevOps
If you would like to learn more about DevOps on the Microsoft stack, then plan to join us in Omaha on June 15th, 2019. While we are still working out some of the details, Jeff Bramwell (that's me! :-)) and Mike Douglas will be hosting the Global DevOps Bootcamp in Omaha at Farm Credit Services of America. Event Details Global DevOps Bootcamp is a global event that will be held on Saturday June 15th and is all about DevOps on the Microsoft Stack. Centrally organized by Xpirit and Solidify and offered to you by local partners and sponsors. During this 1-day event we will join (Microsoft) DevOps communities all around the world to talk, learn and play with DevOps concepts. Goals of the Global DevOps Bootcamp: DevOps in general Insights…
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Work Items and Queries in Azure Wikis

Azure DevOps, Tips
Did you know that you can embed individual work items and/or work item queries within your wiki pages? If not, then read on... There is a lot to like about the wiki feature within Azure DevOps. You can create a provisioned wiki or one or more Git-based published wikis. The content is based on markdown, though Microsoft provides several extended features on top of the markdown syntax. In this post, we will cover a couple features that allow you to embed individual work items and work item queries within your wiki pages. Embedding Work Items Embedding a single work item within a wiki page will produce results that look something like this: Figure 1 - Work Item Embedded in Wiki Pag As noted above, you can click on the rendered…
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5 Things You Should Know About Azure DevOps

Azure DevOps
Maybe you've heard of Azure DevOps but haven't tried it out because you create non-Microsoft solutions (e.g. Java on Mac or Linux, etc.). Maybe you haven't tried it out because it has Azure in it's name so you've assumed it wouldn't work with AWS or GCP? If you've had your doubts about trying out Azure DevOps, then take a look at the following 5 things you should know about Azure DevOps and see if you still feel the same way. You'll likely discover that Azure DevOps can work for your specific needs as well! 1. Does Azure DevOps Require an Azure Subscription? With the word Azure being part of Azure DevOps one can't help but wonder if an Azure subscription is required to make use of this Microsoft offering. The…
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