This is the first of a two-part video series covering tips and tricks related to defensive programming in the cloud.
And now, with the latest orders from the White House, there’s an even greater sense of urgency to overcome barriers and accelerate ways to boost cloud adoption and overhaul government IT systems to drive agility, cost savings, innovation and mission delivery. Last night’s experts (including AIS CTO and Microsoft MVP Vishwas Lele) covered a lot of ground, including:
- A PaaS-first approach to mission apps
- Achieving TIC compliance
- Opportunities from recent government IT modernization and cloud initiatives
Check out the photos and some short video clips below from @aisteam, or (if you’ve got some time!) you can watch the ENTIRE meetup at the livestream archive here or on the #AzureGovMeetup YouTube page. Don’t miss out on next month’s June Meetup either — RSVP today to claim your spot.
I had the opportunity to record a video on Azure Custom Speech Service with Steve Michelotti from the AzureGov team. Steve and I talked about how Azure Custom Speech Service can overcome most common challenges in speech recognition, including speaking style, technical vocabulary, and background noise.
Please take a listen and let us know your thoughts. We strongly believe that the innovative capabilities like Azure Custom Speech Service are a real differentiator when it comes to selecting a cloud provider.
FREE HALF DAY SESSION: APP MODERNIZATION APPROACHES & BEST PRACTICES
Transform your business into a modern enterprise that engages customers, supports innovation, and has a competitive advantage, all while cutting costs with cloud-based app modernization.
About the Session:
Many traditional SharePoint developers have been caught off guard with the fast pace of changes to the SharePoint ecosystem in recent years. Whether it’s the rapid adoption of Office 365 or the growing investment in cloud-based infrastructure and services, it can all feel very foreign to anyone still using some of the same development approaches and tools first pioneered in SharePoint 2007.
This month’s session will break down traditional SharePoint solutions (such as features, webparts, workflows, event receivers, and timer jobs) and discuss how they translate to modern equivalents in Office 365 and the cloud. We’ll touch on popular topics like the role of SPFX, PowerApps, and Flow, and also other key Azure Services such as Logic Apps, Azure Functions, and Hybrid Data Connections.
You’ll gain an understanding for the growing role of new APIs such as Microsoft Graph, various nuances with authentication, and the importance of hybrid environments and accessing on-premises data. Along the way you’ll discover some of the tools, techniques, and approaches that will be invaluable as you decide what part of your toolbelt will be the most important to upgrade!
About the Speaker:
Come join your peers and fellow developers for a great session of networking and learning. As always, this event is free but space in limited. RSVP here!
First announced as a public preview in September 2017, Global VNet Peering is now generally available in all Azure public regions.
Similar to virtual network peering within the same Azure region, Global VNet Peering now lets you seamlessly connect virtual networks in different Azure regions. The connectivity between the peered virtual networks is routed through the Microsoft backbone infrastructure through private IP addresses. VNet peering provides virtual network connectivity without gateways, additional hops, or transit over the public internet. Global VNet Peering can simplify network designs which have cross-regional scenarios for data replication, disaster recovery, and database failover.
While similar, peering within the same region and peering across regions have unique constraints. These are clearly identified in the Microsoft documentation, so check that out before you get started. Read More…
This course is designed for developers (both citizen and professional developers) interested in a low-code approach for building mobile applications.
Here’s some background on PowerApps, if you haven’t had a chance to play with it yet:
PowerApps is a productive low-code development platform. It allows you to very quickly build business applications that can run inside a web browser, on a phone or a tablet. PowerApps includes a web-based IDE (PowerApps Studio, a set of built-in cross-platform controls), an Excel-like expression language that also includes imperative constructs like variables and loops, and over 130 connectors to talk to any number of data sources — including SQL Server, Office 365, Salesforce, Twitter, etc. You can also use custom connectors to talk to your domain-specific data source.
Beyond the controls, language expression and connectors, PowerApps provides ALM support in the form of app versioning, app publication to various app stores, swim-lanes for development environments, authentication and authorization (via Azure AD), RBAC controls, and security polices like data loss prevention (DLP). All in all, the PowerApps service seeks to significantly lower the bar for building and distributing cross-platform mobile applications within your enterprise.
For a concrete example of our use of PowerApps, please read how we built a cross-platform event app in less than a week. Also please check out a recent episode of DotNetRocks where we talk about PowerApps.
Finally, as part of the latest spring update, PowerApps is combining with Dynamics 365 for Sales, Marketing, and Talent applications to offer an enterprise high-productivity application platform as a service (known as Microsoft Business Applications platform). What this means for PowerApps developers is that:
- They can now take advantage of server-side logic
- They have access to a data-centric way of building declarative apps, known as model-driven apps (in contrast to canvas apps, which are built by dragging and dropping controls to a canvas).
For more information on the spring update, please refer to this blog post by Frank Weigel.
I hope you will find this course useful. Please reach out to me via this blog or Twitter if you have any questions or comments.