Brilliant free tech session coming up in Newcastle on Jan 16th:

Azure DevTest Labs

Azure DevTest Labs is a service that helps you quickly create environments in Azure while minimizing waste and controlling cost. You can test the latest version of your application by quickly provisioning environments using reusable templates and artifacts, easily integrate it with your deployment pipeline, or create pre-provisioned environments for training and demos.

In this talk, Darren will cover his team’s implementation of Azure Dev Test Labs, some of the good, the bad and the ugly of the solution and some really nice features that can save both Devs and QAs time.

Speaker: Darren Tingle

A Senior QA Engineer at Sage, have tried my hand at Dev, DevOps and Support in previous guises...

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The Deck for (GDPR) SERVICE DEVELOPMENT WITH DATA PROTECTION BY DESIGN AND BY DEFAULT

Here is the PDF for the (GDPR) SERVICE DEVELOPMENT WITH DATA PROTECTION BY DESIGN AND BY DEFAULT dual session.

Hope you enjoyed the sessions (as information heavy as they are).

Privacy by Design – handout

 

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GDPR – Considering Compliance in Office 365 and Azure

I’m speaking at Strelley Hall in Nottingham on what should be a great evening of tech feasting.  21/09/2017 from 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm.

GDPR – Considering Compliance in Office 365 and Azure

This session provides a top down view of the Office 365 Compliance Center, A business and operations focused session describing why we need to understand the key aspects of this service around archiving and retention, e-discovery, advanced e-discovery and audit. The session considers not only the features in Office 365 and Azure, but the issue of legality, EU Compliance and the EU-US Privacy Shield, data sovereignty and the possible impact of Brexit on service owners...

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Have you booked for ESPC yet?

I will be speaking at Europe’s Largest SharePoint, Office 365 and Azure Conference and it is approaching fast. Here’s a few handy tips on how to make the most of your time at the conference.

  1. Find out who’s going
    Check out Twitter #ESPC17 to find out who’s going or visit the ESPC17 delegates page. If you would like to be added to this page, email your image and details to sarah@sharepointeurope.com There’s no better time to network with your peers, connect with new prospects, or touch base with customers than ESPC17. Don’t bank on running into them at the conference, reach out to them before and arrange a meeting.
  2. Plan Ahead
    Take a look at the conference schedule and decide the sessions and tutorials you would like to attend...
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SUGUK Cambridge 23rd November

I’m speaking at the SharePoint User Group in Cambridge on the 23th November.

There will be two session, to be confirmed but my own will be on Compliance in Office 365 and Azure .

This session provides a top down view of the Office 365 Compliance Center. A business and operations focused session describing why we need to understand the key aspects of this service around archiving and retention, e-discovery, advanced e-discovery and audit.

The session considers not only the features in Office 365, but the issue of legality, EU Compliance and the EU-US Privacy Shield, data sovereignty and the possible impact of Brexit on service owners...

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SUGUK London – November 24th

I’m speaking at the SharePoint User Group in London on the 24th November at the new Microsoft Offices in Paddington.

There will be two session, to be confirmed but my own will be on Compliance in Office 365 and Azure.

The session provides a top down view of the Office 365 Compliance Center. A business and operations focused session describing why we need to understand the key aspects of this service around archiving and retention, e-discovery, advanced e-discovery and audit.

The session considers not only the features in Office 365, but the issue of legality, EU Compliance and the EU-US Privacy Shield, data sovereignty and the possible impact of Brexit on service owners...

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Anywhere, always-on mobile productivity

If your not bought into the value of Cloud services just yet, a significant underpinning benefit of a comprehensive Cloud strategy is the ability for a more mobile workforce, with tooling accessible from anywhere on any device.

Of course this does require a step change in how apps are produced, and business such as banks or other highly regulated industries looking to move to a more cloud world have the challenge of App refactoring so their apps work in the cloud, coupled with a raft of new concerns around security and compliance.

Familiar tools like Outlook, Word, Excel, Skype for Business, and Office 365 stay with employees throughout the day...

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The miracle of the five loaves and two fish

Well, who’d have thought things would be so quickly heading into the world of AI!  Twitter’s acquisition of Magic Pony in 2015 was just the beginning of Silicon Valley’s hunger to buy anything in the machine learning space.  More fish and loaves are needed, as we have a disturbing famine of Computer Scientists, especially with knowledge of the ML and the AI space.

Microsoft are moving around some 5,000 computer scientists and engineers to focus on the company’s AI product efforts. This will accelerate the delivery of new capabilities to customers across agents, apps, services and infrastructure.  This will be their new direction, and new faith.  We just need to keep down the costs of feeding and watering them!

Its a cool move and if they get it right they will build the most powerfu...

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Is Microsoft Winning the Cloud Services Race?

You should go and grab a copy of the Cloud and Infrastructure Review 2016.  Its  well put together report on the state of the market and will help you in leading dialogue with clients when your trying to reinforce their cloud first strategy.

There are some very revealing confirmations within it, although you need to do a deep read of it as it has some excellent stats and business considerations in it.

“Fifty-two per cent of respondents told us that their cloud strategies were part of a wider digital transformation strategy”.  Most businesses don’t approach implementation like that, its all bottom up and revolves around discussions about VMs, storage volume etc, even if the intent is to be top down.  Make sure your conversations are about business change and enablers.

“SaaS was still ...

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Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and the Brexit problem

While we knew this was coming along, the actual formal release of Microsoft Azure and Office 365 hosting in UK only data centers can be seen as a game changer in light of future Brexit strategy for most organizations with a UK presence or European presence who want to use Azure or Office 365 at scale and as devolved Cloud services in a Hybrid or dedicated Cloud strategy.

Coupled with the recent General Data Protection Regulation which activated in May 2016 and will apply to all business from May 2018;  Alongside this the Privacy Shield replaces Safe Harbour complicates the matter and will force many businesses to reconsider their hosting strategies.

https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2016/09/07/microsoft-azure-and-office-365-now-available-from-united-kingdom-datacenters/#sm...

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