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What is a Cloud Mindset and why is it critical to successful cloud adoption
09/23/2020 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - CST
In this episode of Think Cloudy, join Jonathan Tuliani for a discussion of the culture changes needed to truly embrace cloud technologies. Many organizations treat cloud adoption as a drop-in technology replacement, and try to manage cloud projects using the same processes that were designed for on-premises IT. We’ll discuss the flaws in this approach, and how a legacy IT mindset drives existing IT processes and attitudes. We’ll then contrast this with a cloud mindset and explain how this mindset shift it is essential to take full advantage of the cost savings, agility, and new scenarios the cloud enables.
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Deployments for Everyone - Demystifying Azure Resource Manager Deployments
09/25/2020 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - CST
In this episode of Cloud Maker, join Kit Skinner and Dwayne Natwick for a down to Earth, simplified discussion about deployments in Azure.  Whether you're looking to leave the nest, build your own nested deployments, or just understand how Jason is related to your Azure resources, we’ll help you to understand why we’re on this track in Azure, how it really can make your life easier, and what to expect in the future for your next ARM day.  We will also go over how you can reutilize deployments and utilize others’ published templates to help ease your tasks.
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Becoming an Azure Data Scientist Associate - DP-100 Exam Cram
09/28/2020 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - CST
In this episode of Cloud Native, John Ellis will provide an overview of the history of this exam and discuss it’s evolution from an assessment of open source data science tools into it’s current form today, which focuses more heavily on the tooling and process management provided by Azure Machine Learning Service. You will gain insight into the concepts and skills that must be mastered both with the Azure Portal UI as well as the Python SDK. Finally, you will learn about the types of pre-requisite data science knowledge the exam expects you to know, in addition to the Microsoft Azure specific technologies and concepts.
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Why cloud - Understanding the Cloud value proposition
09/30/2020 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - CST
While most organizations are adopting the cloud, they often have different reasons for doing so. In this episode of Thinking Cloudy, Jonathan Tuliani will discuss the different benefits that cloud adoption can bring to an organization. These range from cost savings and cost transparency, to agility and time to market, to security and compliance, to enabling new scenarios through global reach and new technologies such as Big Data and AI. Fully understanding the potential benefits from cloud adoption enables you to better define your short-, medium- and long-term cloud strategy, and align your stakeholders on a shared vision.
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Using Azure Sentinel for Microsoft 365 and Azure Security Monitoring
10/02/2020 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - CST
In this episode of Cloud Maker, Dwayne Natwick and Wim Matthyssen will discuss the use of Azure Sentinel as a cloud-native SIEM solution for your organization.  We will show how it can be used for monitoring security events in Azure, Microsoft 365, and hybrid networks.  We will show how the investigation tools tied to the Microsoft global threat database and artificial intelligence can detect anomalies within the environment that can be identified and rectified to protect the organization.
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The Cloud Changes Everything Why successful cloud adoption extends beyond IT
10/06/2020 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - CST
For most organizations, cloud adoption is an IT-driven project. However, the reality is that large-scale, successful cloud adoption requires awareness and change from across the organization. From management, to finance, to HR, and business teams, this episode of Thinking Cloudy by Jonathan Tuliani will explain the impact and opportunities associated with cloud adoption from the viewpoint of non-IT teams across the organization.
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Cloud Silver Linings - Extending the cloud into the physical realm
10/09/2020 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - CST
In this episode of Cloud Maker, Kit Skinner will talk about the options to bring the Azure cloud closer to your physical presence. If a gigabit and 100ms isn’t enough for your solution, or restrictions require your compute to be close to your devices, or you’re the GoaT of IoT but you still want the dynamic and versatile features of the Azure services, there are options to bring the Azure cloud to your doorstep. We’ll go over Azure Stack in all its flavors (Edge, HCI, Hub, etc) and discuss ways to utilize it in your environment.
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Serverless Solutions
10/12/2020 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - CST
To Microservice or not to Microservice, that is the question.  When is it right to keep the monolithic solution, and how do you avoid keeping the monolithic application mindset when moving to serverless solutions?  In this episode of Cloud Native, Brian Gorman will dive into discussions around the various platform-as-a-service offerings available at Azure to create a well-architected, instrumented, and robust microservices solution using tools like Azure Functions, Azure Logic Apps, Event Grid/Event Hub, ServiceBus Queues and Storage Queues, Storage and shared access tokens, and Data options and solutions.  We’ll also talk about Azure App Services, API Management, Security, Identity and Azure active directory, and other critical features you will want to leverage when building out your production-ready serverless solutions.
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Cloud Governance in an Agile World
10/14/2020 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM - CST
Traditional IT governance delivers a tightly-controlled software and hardware infrastructure, enabling the reliable delivery of business-critical services. This control is achieved through the disciplined application of IT processes and best practices, designed around the typical weeks-to-months timeframes associated with on-premises IT. These existing processes struggle to adapt to the technology changes and accelerated timeframes the cloud delivers. In this episode of Thinking Cloudy, Jonathan Tuliani will discuss the challenges and importance of robust governance as an enabler of at-scale cloud adoption, and discuss some of the governance features included in Microsoft Azure.
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Moving to NET 5
10/14/2020 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - CST
In this Expert Talk, Brian Gorman will dive into the upcoming release of .Net 5 and how this will play out for .Net developers.  We’ll take a look at what it takes to port applications from .Net Core and the .Net framework into .Net 5, and then we’ll take a look at some of the new functionality in .Net 5.
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Microsoft 365 Data Protection and Classification
10/16/2020 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - CST
Every organization has sensitive information that they need to protect.  Whether it is a healthcare provider with Personal Health Information (PHI), a bank with client financial information, or any business that has social security numbers and bank accounts in their payroll systems, this information needs to be kept from unauthorized individuals.  In this episode of Cloud Maker, Dwayne Natwick and Liam Cleary will discuss and demonstrate how Microsoft Data Protection and Classification services can be used to tag and label this sensitive information and create policies that can limit the exposure of this data to unauthorized individuals and bad actors.
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How the Teams mobile app will help
10/19/2020 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - CST
How do you maintain communication with disconnected personnel? Organizations are facing a gigantic change in processes and procedures during COVID-19. Obviously, one of the largest is communication and inter-communications of personnel working from home and the field.  In this episode of Cloud Native, Brian Nielsen will go over the features in the Microsoft Teams mobile app and how it can keep your organization connected and more productive.
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Transforming an organization for agile IT delivery in the Cloud era
10/21/2020 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - CST
A major component of the cloud value proposition is the agility it offers. Being able to provision resources in minutes instead of weeks or months enables business to deliver new features and fixes must more quickly, delivering continual improvements in the customer experience. To take advantage of this agility, IT and development teams must radically change the way they work, embracing truly agile development and delivery methodologies. In this episode of Thinking Cloudy, join Jonathan Tuliani for a discussion of his first-hand experience of how an organization can transform from traditional roles to truly agile delivery, and learn about some of the challenges and success strategies associated with this journey.
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M365 Information Governance and Retention policies
10/23/2020 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - CST
How does an organization monitor and manage information governance and data retention to protect themselves and their users from regulatory fines and legal issues.  In this episode of Cloud Maker, Dwayne Natwick and Liam Cleary will discuss how Microsoft 365 Information Governance and Retention policies can be used to avoid accidental (or intentional) deletion of information that may be required to be held for a specified amount of time for regulatory, financial, or legal reasons.  We will show how to create policies for information governance and retention requirements for data within the organization that is auto-applied to Exchange, SharePoint, OneDrive, and Teams data and communications.
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Microsoft 365 Cloud App Security
10/26/2020 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - CST
As more users begin to rely on cloud applications to access information, how does a security administrator manage the governance of what applications are allowed within the corporate ecosystem.  In this episode of Cloud Maker, Dwayne Natwick and Tim Hermie will take a look at how Cloud App Security can be used to create and govern the cloud applications that users have the ability to access and save data.  We will also show how the Cloud App Security dashboard and Azure Sentinel can be used to monitor and investigate potential misuse of cloud applications.
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Microsoft 365 Advanced Threat Protection
11/02/2020 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - CST
Most users within an organization spend more time on a wireless Internet connection outside of a corporate connection than ever before. This creates a potential exposure of corporate data on a user’s device, email, or cloud storage, if it is not properly protected and secured. This talk will discuss how Microsoft and Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection services can be used to both protect and educate users about the safety and security of corporate and personal data in the cloud. We will explore how Microsoft protects companies through their vast threat protection database to block potential attacks before they happen.