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