Re-awarded as Microsoft Azure MVP

This past Thursday I received the notice that I was re-awarded as Microsoft MVP. This will be my year #6 has a Microsoft Azure MVP. I still remember the exact place I was when 6 years ago on an April 1st I got my first email saying I got awarded! I was working at a customer site in Cyprus. I just had finished to the day and had packed my laptop in the backpack. Then I got an email notification on my phone and then the phone died on me. No more battery… I was like, I must be dreaming, I turn the computer on and stay blocked looking at the computer screen for more than 10 minutes! I was speechless! This is still the feeling I get every single time I got re-awarded. Still surprised and still with imposter syndrome.

I would say it because it’s what, I fell: It’s and huge honor to be among such great minds of the industry!

To all my fellow MVP – You All ROCK! You are amazing and do loads for the #Community! I will not tag or mention anyone, I will for sure forget someone important for me and then I will be feeling bad! You all know who you are!

It has been a crazy year and I hope everything will start becoming normal very soon and that we can start do some in-person events! I’m ready for that!!! I reviewed what I wrote 1 year ago, about some plans for this past year. I felt pretty good… From 8 objectives I got 7 done and one more kid in between. Sounds pretty good for me. I didn’t publish “loads of videos” on my YouTube channel. This is the year!

A special thanks to Cristina Gonzalez Herrero and Irene Pires. They do an amazing work managing the program at my region. Sometimes it’s not easy to manage these strong opinion MVPs, but they do it amazingly well!

I would just like to end with a big thanks to the community and all the other MVP and non-MVP that do the Microsoft Communities a great place to be, learn and network!

Speaking at Microsoft Build!

Microsoft Build (https://mybuild.microsoft.com/) takes place on May 25-27, 2021 in a digital format and this year I’m delivering 2 table talks! After speaking at Microsoft Ignite for 5 editions in-a-row it’s now time to speak at Microsoft Build. Super excited for this and more for having such great co-speakers with me. It’s free, you should register today and RSVP to my 2 sessions and have the chance to interact with all of us. We want to answer your questions live! Yes, it’s going to be live, no recordings here!!!

How to build cloud-native solutions

Cloud-native technologies are used to develop applications built with services packaged in containers, deployed as microservices, and managed on elastic infrastructure through agile processes. Join our Table Topic to learn how Azure helps organizations create cloud native solutions. Our community co-hosts will share samples from their experiences building applications and helping customers build innovative world applications. Unmute yourself, turn your camera on – No presentations here! Be prepared for chat and a fun interactive discussion!

📅 Wednesday, May 26
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM WET
🔗 https://mybuild.microsoft.com/sessions/7f39ca5d-eaa1-4271-b645-c3fae76e90f4?source=sessions

How the community and certifications can help you achieve more

There are lots of resources you can tap into to help you with your professional development. Connect with the community and our experts to explore resources available to you from content, to community to certifications. Unmute yourself, turn your camera on – No presentations here! Be prepared for chat and a fun interactive discussion!

📅 Tuesday, May 25
9:30 PM – 10:00 PM WET
🔗 https://mybuild.microsoft.com/sessions/9d3582b7-4169-4b80-84fa-367dccad3d41?source=sessions

Join us online, have fun and happy learning! We I really believe that next year’s event we can all be in-person toghether! I will be there!!! For now, I just leave here some memories of past Microsoft Conferences. I miss you all!!!

New Azure Management Groups Portal Experience!!!

It’s quite common to have organizations with many Azure Subscriptions, and it’s hard to manage each Subscription on its own… Azure Management Groups provide a level of scope above Subscriptions so that we can organize our Subscriptions. We can apply Azure Policies or RBAC authorization at the Management Group scope instead of having to do this at each Azure Subscription. This leads to create a hierarchy of Azure Management Groups to respond to the company structure and organization in Azure. There are several best practices on how to create this. I recommend you to ready this article on Microsoft Docs – Management group and subscription organization – Cloud Adoption Framework | Microsoft Docs. It explains how to structure the Management Groups hierarchy using some of the best practices of the Cloud Adoption Framework.

Old Azure Management Groups UI

This was the previous UI in the Azure Portal for Management Groups. Impossible the full tree of Management Groups / Subscriptions. We could only see in the breadcrumb the hierarchy of the current selected Management Group / Subscription.

Introducing the new Management Groups UI

But this blog post is not to talk about the Management Groups features, it’s to talk about a big struggle that Azure Governance professionals have for years. Find an easy way to see a tree view of the Management Groups. Yes, we could see that in other areas of the Azure Portal like Security Center, but I want, and I deserve to see this in the Management Group blade, upppsss, Window! They are called Windows now and not blades!

Our feedback produced amazing results. Look at this amazing new UI Experience in the Azure Portal!

I can now easily check in just one page the hierarchy of my Management Groups and understand why certain policies are affecting some Subscriptions, ….

What do you think? Better this way? Super excited to start to show this to customers and students!

Microsoft European Virtual Open Source Summit – 16 July

 

The Microsoft European Virtual Open Source Summit is coming in a few days. If you haven’t registered yet now is your chance!!!

Make sure you don’t miss this unique digital event, designed to celebrate communities, entrepreneurs and developers coming together to build the future of open source technologies in the cloud.

The event will consist into 4 parallel tracks: Azure Infra & Ops, Innovation, Data & AI, and Developer.

This year event will have amazing Speakers. I would like to highlight:

  • Erica Brescia, COO at GitHub
  • Scott Hanselman, Partner Program Manager at Microsoft
  • Thomas Maurer, Senior Cloud Advocate at Microsoft
  • Brendan Burns, CVP AZURE COMPUTE OSS CLOUD at Microsoft
  • Abel Wang, Principal Cloud Advocate and DevOps Lead at Microsoft

 

Block your agenda NOW. I will not miss this opportunity and will be watching! Join me and have fun day learning new technologies.

Each track will be packed with expert guest speakers who’ll be deep diving into a wide variety of topics, from chaos engineering and serverless architecture to multicloud app development.

You can check the full agenda at: https://www.microsoft.com/de-de/techwiese/events/microsoft-european-virtual-open-source-summit.aspx

“See you” there?

Azure AI and Azure Data Fundamentals Certifications (NEW)

Microsoft announced two more Azure Fundamentals certification:

  • Microsoft Certified: Azure AI Fundamentals
  • Microsoft Certified: Azure Data Fundamentals

Here are some specific details about the new certifications:

Microsoft Certified: Azure AI Fundamentals

Exam – AI-900: Microsoft Azure AI Fundamentals (beta)

Candidates for this exam should have foundational knowledge of machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) concepts and related Microsoft Azure services. This exam is an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge of common ML and AI workloads and how to implement them on Azure. This exam is intended for candidates with both technical and non-technical backgrounds. Data science and software engineering experience are not required; however, some general programming knowledge or experience would be beneficial.

Skills measured

  • Describe AI workloads and considerations
  • Describe fundamental principles of machine learning on Azure
  • Describe features of computer vision workloads on Azure
  • Describe features of conversational AI workloads on Azure

Full list at: https://query.prod.cms.rt.microsoft.com/cms/api/am/binary/RE4wAEF

Microsoft Certified: Azure Data Fundamentals

Exam – DP-900: Microsoft Azure Data Fundamentals

Candidates for this exam should have foundational knowledge of core data concepts and how they are implemented using Microsoft Azure data services. This exam is intended for candidates beginning to work with data in the cloud. Candidates should be familiar with the concepts of relational and non-relational data, and different types of data workloads such as transactional or analytical.

Skills measured

  • Describe core data concepts
  • Describe how to work with relational data on Azure
  • Describe how to work with non-relational data on Azure
  • Describe an analytics workload on Azure

Full list at: https://query.prod.cms.rt.microsoft.com/cms/api/am/binary/RE4wqeZ

I will create study plans for these two exams and publish then in this website. I also plan to create 2 more playlists to my YouTube channel and create content for these two certifications. You can find my Channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvP41PZ3zM4aV8Zqey5yz7w. Subscribe to my Channel today and get notified when I launch the videos.

These certifications should be available on or around June 8, 2020. I already got some space in my schedule to take this! Always excited to add two more badges to my Microsoft Transcript!

What about you? Are you going to prepare and take the challenge?