November Meetup

For the November 14th meetup we are excited to welcome Michael Meadows as the featured speaker. Michael will be sharing guidance on one of the most popular Azure services, Azure App Service. This should be a great session to learn more the many features that can speed development and improve management for your cloud-hosted applications.

As in past months, following Michael’s session, we will once again hold an open architecture Q&A session. This is a time set aside for the attendees to discuss ideas or questions about Azure – a time to ask the “Can or How do I do X with Azure?” question.

Please RSVP at via Meetup.com.

Making Development Great Again: Azure App Services
Abstract: In the past few years, Microsoft has invested in building out a robust application Platform as a Service (PaaS) architecture. Under the umbrella of “App Services,” Azure is able to simplify many of the boilerplate aspects of application development. From authorization/authentication to WebJobs, App Services allow you to focus on developing quality services. This talk provides a high level review of the features currently available, focusing on a few features for hands-on demonstration.
Speaker Bio: Michael has been a professional programmer and architect for fourteen years, and a hacker for much longer. He has served as architect on multiple large-scale, cloud-based Line-of-Business implementation projects. Additionally, Michael has extensive experience building high volume, processor intensive business logic applications using distributed architectures. He is a Director at Fusion Alliance where he is the Enterprise Architecture Competency Manager.

October 2016 Meetup

Join us for our first hands-on COAzure meeting. 

Solution Architecture: Hands-on

The goal of this meeting’s activity will be to learn more about the various Azure services, and how to use them together to architect a solution in Azure.  We’ll provide a case study and application/system requirements, and then you’ll work as teams to research various Azure services and decide how to use those to propose an architecture for the system.

Each team will have a little over an hour to come up with its solution architecture, drawing them up on large sheets of paper.  We’ll have experienced Azure architects available to answer questions and provide guidance.  Bring your laptop so you can research the many available services.  We’ll end the meeting with each team sharing its solution with the whole group, and then review the actual architecture that was implemented in Azure.

Please RSVP via Meetup.com.

**You do not have to be experienced with all the Azure services, just interested in learning.**

Of course there is plenty to learn about the variety of service options available.  Here’s a portion of what there is to choose from that might be utilized in your architecture:

Speaker / Lead Facilitator: The Azure solution architecture workshop will be led by Nick Martin. Nick is a principal consultant at Cardinal Solutions, with 12 years of experience developing and architecting enterprise applications. Nick is passionate about helping clients get the most out of their software development efforts through following best practices and agile processes. When not honing his craft, Nick enjoys travelling with his family, going on gastronomic adventures, and occasionally pretending he can cook.

September Meetup

For the September meetup we are very excited to welcome Kiff Kammur as the featured speaker. Kiff will be sharing guidance on microservices and Azure Service Fabric. This should be a great session to learn more about a very hot architecture pattern in microservices, and one of Azure’s newest and intriguing services.

As in past months, following Kiff’s session, we will once again hold an open architecture Q&A session. This is a time set aside for the attendees to discuss ideas or questions about Azure – a time to ask the “Can or How do I do X with Azure?” question.

Please RSVP at via Meetup.com.

Title: Building Microservices using Azure Service Fabric

Abstract: Azure Service Fabric is a relatively new and very cool technology in the Azure ecosystem.  The core technology isn’t really new, because it’s actually the technology Microsoft used to build Azure PaaS services such as SQL Database and DocumentDB.  Wouldn’t you like to build apps/services that perform and scale like native Azure services?  First you’ll have to learn how to architect cloud-native apps with microservices.  This session will give an overview of microservices and demonstrate how to build scalable and reliable microservice-based apps using Azure Service Fabric. We will discuss the architecture, packaging & deployment, and scaling of microservices using Azure Service Fabric.  Service Fabric runs pretty close to the metal, so this session will be particularly interesting to application architects and developers, as well as infrastructure architects

Speaker Bio: Kiff Kammur is the Practice Leader of Cloud Services and SOA/Integration at ICC. Kiff has developed and architected solutions over a decade using Java, IBM Integration and Microsoft technologies for multiple clients in different industries such as banking, healthcare, manufacturing, and travel. Kiff has a passion and focus on cloud computing technology platforms such as Microsoft Azure, Amazon AWS, and IBM Bluemix. Kiff is not only passionate about learning latest technologies and best practices but also passionate about spreading his knowledge to others by giving speeches.

August 2016 Meetup

For the August meetup we are very excited to welcome David Benedic as the featured speaker. David will be sharing guidance and vast experiences in working with Azure Resource Manager. If you’re curious how you can best work with the Azure Resource Manager API, including Resource Manager templates, this is a can’t miss session!

As in past months, following David’s session, we will once again hold an open architecture Q&A session. This is a time set aside for the attendees to discuss ideas or questions about Azure – a time to ask the “Can or How do I do X with Azure?” question.

Please RSVP for Central Ohio Azure meetups viahttp://meetup.com/Central-Ohio-Azure/. You can find out more info about the Central Ohio Azure group on our web site at http://www.coazure.org and Twitter at @COAzureUG.

Title: Take control of your cloud with Infrastructure-as-Code

Abstract: Looking to leverage the cloud or already using it today? How do you stand up and maintain your infrastructure? Infrastructure-as-Code is part of the DevOps toolbox that gives developers and sysadmins the power to predictably deploy and maintain secure infrastructure to the cloud. We’ll take a dive into the reasons, resources, tools, and workflows available today in Azure that empower you to simplify your cloud infrastructure. There’ll be containers! DevOps-y stuff! and internet memes! You’ll leave the session with an understanding of the benefits of moving your infrastructure to the cloud and the confidence to take control of it.

Speaker Bio: By day, David Benedic is a mild-mannered consultant at Cardinal Solutions Group in Columbus, Ohio. By night, well, he has two young kids, so mostly superhero Dad stuff… but when he does get free time, he likes to create things .. things that involve software and technology. Find David – @davidbenedic | github.com/daveyb