Reflecting on Global Azure Portugal 2024

As the curtains draw on yet another Global Azure Portugal, it’s time to pause, reflect, and celebrate the collective achievements and milestones we’ve reached together. As both an organizer and a speaker, I had the privilege of witnessing firsthand the energy and passion of the local Azure and AI community.

From the bustling corridors filled with eager attendees to the engaging sessions buzzing with thought-provoking discussions, Global Azure Portugal was a testament to the power of community, collaboration, and innovation in shaping the future of cloud computing.

My Experience as a Speaker

As a speaker, I had the privilege of sharing insights and expertise on Azure Open AI during my session and moderating a panel discussion on AI’s transformative potential. The impact of these sessions was profound, sparking meaningful conversations, challenging perspectives, and empowering attendees to explore new frontiers in artificial intelligence.

The audience’s enthusiasm and curiosity reaffirmed the boundless possibilities that Azure technologies offer in driving innovation, solving complex challenges, and unlocking new opportunities across industries and domains. Through interactive discussions and real-world examples, we explored AI’s practical applications, its ethical implications, and the role of collaboration in advancing responsible AI solutions.

Experience as an Organizer

Together with Pedro Sousa, I had the privilege of working with a dedicated group of speakers and volunteers who shared a common vision of delivering an exceptional conference experience. From meticulous planning and logistics to seamless execution and attendee engagement, every aspect of the conference was meticulously crafted to ensure maximum value and impact for participants and sponsors alike.

We are deeply grateful to our sponsors, who played a pivotal role in bringing this vision to life. Their invaluable support and resources elevated the conference to new heights. Their commitment to excellence, innovation, and community empowerment was evident in every interaction, exhibition, and networking opportunity throughout the event.

Some conference highlights stand out:

Networking: We more than 180 individual participants, Global Azure Portugal provided a platform for attendees to connect, collaborate, and exchange ideas with like-minded professionals and industry experts.

Sessions: From technical deep dives to strategic insights, the diverse range of sessions catered to attendees’ varying interests and expertise levels, empowering them to stay ahead in the rapidly evolving world of cloud computing and Artificial Intelligence.

Community: The conference fostered knowledge sharing and skill development and strengthened the bonds within the Azure and AI community, paving the way for future collaborations and partnerships.

Looking Ahead

As we bid farewell to another successful edition of Global Azure Portugal, our journey is far from over. The momentum, energy, and passion ignited during this event will continue to propel us forward as we embark on new adventures at the Azure and AI User Group Portugal and explore new opportunities in the ever-evolving world of cloud computing and Artificial Intelligence.

I am deeply grateful to everyone who contributed to the success of this conference – from our sponsors and speakers to our attendees and volunteers. Your support, dedication, and enthusiasm are the driving forces behind our shared journey.

Global Azure Portugal 2025 organization starts TODAY!

Until we meet again!

Speaking at the European Cloud Summit 2024

Join me at the European Cloud Summit to learn how to use Azure Policy to ensure a well-managed Azure infrastructure.

Tiago Costa speaking at European Cloud Summit

I’m excited to announce that I will speak at the European Cloud Summit, a premier event for cloud professionals and enthusiasts in Europe. The summit will occur from May 14 to 16, 2024, in Wiesbaden, Germany. It will feature over 100 sessions covering various topics related to cloud computing, such as architecture, security, DevOps, AI, IoT, and more. You can find more details and register for the summit at

In this post, I’ll provide a sneak peek into what you can expect from my session and why Azure Policy is a game-changer for maintaining a robust and compliant Azure infrastructure.
My session is titled “Enforcing Governance and Compliance with Azure Policy: Best Practices for Well-Managed Azure”. In this session, I will explore the role of Azure Policy in ensuring a well-managed Azure infrastructure. Azure Policy enables organizations to enforce governance and compliance requirements by defining and enforcing policy rules across their Azure resources. I will discuss best practices for creating and implementing Azure Policy, including:

  • Setting up policies for resource deployment and management, such as naming conventions, locations, tags, and resource types.
  • Securing resources like encryption, firewall, identity, and access management.
  • Optimizing resource utilization, such as cost management, quota limits, and resource locks.

By the end of the session, attendees will have a deeper understanding of Azure Policy’s benefits and how to use it to enforce governance and compliance in their Azure environment. Whether you are new to Azure Policy or already familiar with it, you will find this session valuable and informative.

Stay tuned for more updates, and mark your calendars for my session. I hope to see you at the European Cloud Summit and share my insights and experiences with Azure Policy. If you have any questions or feedback, feel free to contact me at

Elgato Prompter Empower your way of work!

As a cloud architect working from home, I design, implement, and manage cloud solutions for various clients. This requires me to communicate effectively with stakeholders such as developers, managers, and end-users. I mainly use Microsoft Teams to collaborate with my colleagues and clients, share documents and feedback, and conduct online meetings. I also deliver virtual training sessions on Azure and AI. I have a very good setup to perform all this but always struggled with “where to place my camera”. I have tried several configurations and was never happy with it. I was trying to find the camera placement where I could focus on the demo or presentation and still look at the camera simultaneously to engage better with my virtual audience! I was never thrilled with it until one day, Elgato announced the Prompter!
I got a Prompter (Supplied by Elgato) a few weeks ago and have been trying it; this is my 4-week experience.
In the last weeks, I have used the Elgato Prompter to create engaging and interactive presentations in my conference calls and training sessions. Additionally, I have participated in online conferences and user groups as a speaker. The Elgato Prompter helped me deliver professional and confident speeches without worrying about forgetting my lines or looking away from the camera. It fixed my old (first-world) problem! I can now simultaneously look at my presentation slides/notes and the camera! 😊

Ease of Use
From the get-go, the Elgato Prompter impressed me with its user-friendly interface. Setting it up was a breeze, and I found myself effortlessly navigating through its features. For trainers who need to switch between presentations and live demonstrations, the Elgato Prompter’s ease of use is a significant advantage. Elgato also has created an amazing ecosystem around Stream Deck. The easy switch from speaker notes to a screen with the touch of a button on the stream deck is a must!

Quality of Experience

The video and audio quality are paramount for remote workers, and the Elgato Prompter delivers on both fronts. I’m using a Sony A6600 with a G-lens mounted Prompter. The video quality is still crisp, with no distortion whatsoever! The next step is to test it with the recently launched Elgato Facecam MK.2. I truly believe it would be a great match Prompter + Facecam MK.2!

As someone who mainly works from my home office, I appreciate the Elgato Prompter’s flexibility. I can use it with various software (OBS, Microsoft Teams, Webex, or Zoom) and platforms (Windows and Mac), which is crucial for remote workers and trainers using diverse tools.

In conclusion, the Elgato Prompter is a standout product for remote workers and trainers. Its ease of use, quality of experience, interactivity, and flexibility make it an invaluable asset for anyone looking to improve their setup. I highly recommend it to my fellow remote workers and trainers who want to take their virtual presence to the next level.

I like the screen size; it fits nicely on most setups, but I would love to have Elgato create an XL version of it! Elgato, when do you have a Prompter XL? I would be on the line to get one!

You can find more about the Elgato Prompter at

Unlocking FREE TLS Certificates on your Azure Web App

In the dynamic world of cloud computing, Azure stands out as a powerhouse, offering many services to meet the diverse needs of developers and businesses alike. A TLS (Transport Layer Security) certificate is an essential component of a secure and trustworthy website. In this article, we’ll explore Azure Tips and Tricks to add a TLS certificate to your Azure Web App without breaking the bank – in fact, for FREE!

Why TLS Matters?

TLS is crucial for ensuring secure communication between users and your website, safeguarding sensitive information such as login credentials and personal data. It encrypts the data exchanged between the user’s browser and your web server, preventing unauthorized access and potential security breaches.

Azure App Service and TLS.

Azure App Service makes hosting web applications, APIs, and mobile backends easy. However, enabling TLS on your Azure Web App traditionally involved purchasing a certificate, which could be a deterrent for smaller projects or developers on a tight budget. But fear is not! Azure offers a fantastic solution to obtain a TLS certificate for free.

Let’s dive into the step-by-step process:

Step 1: Access the Azure Portal

  • Log in to your Azure portal at and select the Azure Web App for which you want to add the TLS certificate.

Step 2: Configure TLS Settings

  • In the left-hand menu, under the “Settings” sections, select “Certificates”. Here, you’ll see options for configuring your certificates.

Step 3: Create the TLS Certificate

  • Select “Managed Certificates” and then “+ Add certificate”.

Azure allows you to create a free App Service Managed Certificate, simplifying the process.

Step 4: Add Domain and Validate

  • Select your custom domain name and select “Validate”. Azure will automatically validate your domain, ensuring that you have ownership. After the validation process is completed, select “Add”.


You’ve just added a free TLS certificate to your Azure Web App, enhancing the security and trustworthiness of your website. Azure’s user-friendly interface and App Service Managed Certificates have made the once daunting task of obtaining and configuring TLS certificates a breeze.

With this knowledge, you can confidently deploy your web applications on Azure, knowing you’re providing a secure environment for your users without breaking the bank. Stay tuned for more Azure Tips and Tricks to unlock the full potential of Microsoft’s cloud platform!

My Journey as an MCT Regional Lead for 2024

MCT Regional Lead 2024 Badge

With great excitement and honor, I share the news of being selected as the MCT (Microsoft Certified Trainer) Regional Lead for 2024. Becoming an MCT Regional Lead has been challenging and rewarding, filled with countless hours of dedication to honing my skills and staying abreast of the latest technology. As I step into this new role, I look forward to contributing to the vibrant MCT community and fostering a collaborative learning environment. Having served as a Regional Lead since 2015, being selected for 1 more year represents a continued commitment to excellence and leadership within the MCT community.

The MCT Program:
The Microsoft Certified Trainer program is renowned for bringing together a community of passionate and knowledgeable professionals dedicated to enhancing technical skills and fostering learning experiences. Serving as an MCT Regional Lead provides an opportunity to play a pivotal role in shaping the community’s future and contributing to fellow trainers’ success.

The New Badge:
One of the highlights of this year’s MCT program is the introduction of the new badge for MCT Regional Leads. This badge symbolizes expertise in Microsoft technologies and a commitment to leadership and community engagement. The badge serves as a visual representation of the dedication and passion that MCT Regional Leads bring to their roles, setting them apart as critical contributors to the success of the MCT community.

The Responsibilities:
As an MCT Regional Lead, I am committed to supporting and guiding trainers within my region, facilitating communication, and fostering a sense of camaraderie among MCTs. The responsibilities include organizing local events, providing mentorship, and ensuring the MCT community remains a dynamic hub for continuous learning and collaboration.

Collaboration and Knowledge Sharing:
Collaboration has always been at the heart of the MCT community, and this year will be no different. I am eager to collaborate with other MCT Regional Leads, Microsoft, and the broader community to create meaningful initiatives and events. Together, we can empower trainers to stay at the forefront of technology and deliver top-notch learning experiences.

As I embark on this exciting journey as an MCT Regional Lead for 2024, I am grateful for the opportunities that lie ahead. The MCT community has been instrumental in my professional growth, and I am eager to give back by contributing to the success and development of fellow trainers. The new badge is not just a symbol; it represents a commitment to excellence, leadership, and a passion for continuous learning. Here’s to a year filled with collaboration, knowledge sharing, and the collective success of the MCT community!