DevOps and Business Strategy

When I engage with customers I often work with developers, business analysts, managers, Operations, etc. and the discussions are invariably about tools whether they are Microsoft’s or Open Source tools. These are great topics and open up conversations around many other topics. However, most folks aren’t really talking about the reason we are trying to use these tools. All too often the tools become the shiny objects in the room which divert us from even more important topics.


DevOps Stories – An Interview with Brian Blackman of Microsoft Premier

App Dev Manager Dave Harrison talks with Brian Blackman, a Senior Consultant for Microsoft Premier. As an Azure development and DevOps consultant, he works with Independent Software Vendors (ISV), Enterprises, and Partners where his specialty is DevOps. Brian’s focus is assisting customers in establishing a vision for DevOps, assessing where they currently stand, and then working with them to develop a roadmap to attain their vision. MCTP, MCSD-C++, CSM, CSP, SAFe Agilist.


Open Source Virtual Conference

The Open Source Virtual Conference is a one day online conference featuring technical learning sessions to help you lead innovation at your organization leveraging open source technology. Join us in the morning for a keynote featuring John Gossman and Gabe Monroy providing insights into how Microsoft has embraced Open Source both with its own technology and our commitment to the Open Source Community.


Kanban Board Tools Extension for VSTS

The Kanban Tools extension for VSTS is now available on the marketplace. This is our first public release of the extension and includes the ability to copy to and from a team’s Kanban board.


Raw threads and async lambdas

Using async methods/lambdas where they are not expected causes unexpected problems. The typical example I discuss with people is TaskFactory.StartNew() because its an easy way to create Tasks and some people reach for that instead of Task.Run(), but I recently came across some code hitting the same problem while creating threads the traditional way.


AI Discovery Days at a Microsoft Location Near You

Microsoft’s vision is to democratize AI and make it accessible and valuable to everyone.  Join us to learn how to start building intelligence into your solutions with the Microsoft AI platform, including pre-trained AI services like Cognitive Services and Bot Framework, as well as deep learning tools like Azure Machine Learning.


Azure Maps Simplified

Azure Maps are fascinating to me and also very useful in an ever increasing IoT world to track/transport goods, monitor traffic patterns for delivery routes and many other applications. What I want to display is the absolute minimum one would need to create their very first Azure Map…


Back-end API redundancy with Azure API Manager

App Dev Manager Mike Barker walks you through how to build out API redundancy using Azure API Manager.  Azure API Manager (APIM) helps organizations publish APIs to external, partner, and internal developers to unlock the potential of their data and services. API Manager provides a single point to present, manage, secure, and publish your APIs…