Securing Azure Storage for the Software Architect

In this post, App Dev Manager Keith Anderson explores how Azure Key Vault can be used to secure access to Azure storage operations. In the beginning… As I began to learn about Microsoft’s cloud a couple of years ago, I began to realize that some services had been around since its inception and were fundamental…


Getting Started with DevOps and Continuous Delivery of Value

In this post, Application Development Manager Wesam Darwish highlights some important information to help customers learn and adopt DevOps. DevOps: a buzz word, or an exciting transformation journey? As organizations strive to deliver value to their end users faster, improve quality and availability, optimize costs, and deliver innovation with digital-era velocity; they face numerous challenges….


Assigning Work Items to a Group in Visual Studio Team Services

In this post, Sr. Application Development Managers Mark Meadows and Everett Yang demonstrate how to extend VSTS Project Templates to allow Group assignments to Work Items. ISSUE Recently a customer asked about whether they can assign work items to a group of users, instead of a single user. By default, Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS)…


Debugging Beyond Visual Studio – WinDbg

In this post, Sr. App Dev Managers Al Mata, Candice Lai, and Syed Mehdi gives a walkthrough of WinDbg. You’re likely a developer and have used a code editor to debug and analyze your application failures. Few developers know or understand the “old school” way of troubleshooting to uncover additional details; enter the WinDbg debugger….


DevOps and Appification

In the following post, Premier Developer Consultant Ron Vincent explains how adopting DevOps principles can help organizations be more productive and aid in maintaining many apps. These days the typical enterprise organization has dozens and even hundreds of apps that it creates and maintains. In this article we’ll discuss how we can apply DevOps principles…


How Azure IoT helped me buy a new house – Part 1

Premier Developer Consultant, Steve St Jean, shares a personal story on how he used Azure IoT to figure out a solution to a problem that many of us face – high electric bills. In the series, Steve shares the process and code that he used to implement this solution. Telemetry data is an important component…


The “P” in “PM”

In the following post, Premier Developer Consultant Ilias Jennane sheds more light on the PM role and how it fits into the bigger picture of DevOps. In recent discussions with customers and colleagues about why large I.T. shops often struggle in adhering to Agile principles or becoming DevOps organizations, I couldn’t help but notice something…


Improved Privacy using Homomorphic Encryption

In the following post, Premier Developer Consultant Razi Rais gives more insight into how to use homomorphic encryption in the field of healthcare to improve privacy and secure data. Modern encryption schemes like homomorphic encryption (HE) provide higher privacy guarantees compared to the existing schemes. Basically, you don’t need to reveal your data in plaintext…


Utilizing VSTS for Wholistic Organization Management – Should It Be Done?

In this post, App Dev Manager Kristofer Olin explores limits and intentions of a tool like VSTS to go beyond traditional ALM scenarios. You’ve probably heard stories of people who utilize Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) for non-Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) related purposes.  For instance, I know someone that uses it to help manage his…


Running Django on Azure Web Apps for Containers with Docker

In this post, App Dev Manager Drew Lewis walks us through how to host a simple Python/Django application in Azure App Services. In this post I will walk you through a very simple approach to developing and hosting a simple Python/Django application in Azure App Service.  For this demo we will target Azure Web Apps…