Big Month for Azure Government

Big Month for Azure Government

So as many of you know, I do a lot of work with Azure Government, and specifically that’s because my day job is supporting customers in the Justice and Public Safety market. As such Azure Government becomes my bread and butter quickly as I deal with CJIS and other compliance requirements for that space. To that end, its been a really exciting start to 2020, as with this past month we saw a lot of services go GA or Preview…

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Weekly Links – 4/6

Weekly Links – 4/6

So its been more of this mad, mad world this week. And I honestly don’t know where to begin. The world right now seems to be completely different and changing at a constant rate. What I will say is the following are top of mind for me: Thank you to all first responders who are out there every day making sure to help us all. Thank you to all those who work for essential businesses. Those who are going into…

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Power BI Embedded … confused?

Power BI Embedded … confused?

So I wanted to write this post, as I’ve gotten a lot of questions about this over the past year. Power BI embedded is a pretty awesome tool. The idea is this, “I want to get cool visualizations into my application, how do I do that?” The answer is Power BI Embedded, here’s a video for those unfamiliar with the product. But for me, the question that usually comes next is the one I want to cover here. “How do…

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Weekly Links – 3/29

Weekly Links – 3/29

So life has been interesting during this self-quarentine. For my family we are luckier than most in that we have been able to rely on my job, as well as been pretty used to working from home (5 years of it). But honestly I know there are others struggling, and also terrible in my mind is the number of people who are single, and live alone that are in isolation right now. Please take some time to do some things…

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Governance in Azure Dev Ops

Governance in Azure Dev Ops

So I’ve been a big fan of Azure Dev Ops, since its original version. The idea of creating something for operations to manage in Team Foundation Server always made me shake my head. Developer tooling, methodology and needs are always changing, so a SaaS offering really is the best option. I always laugh when people question this idea, because GitHub. Now the one thing I’ve seen a lot of questions around though, is Governance. Because after all, as you adopt…

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Weekly Links – 3/23

Weekly Links – 3/23

So we’ve all been home for a week now, and honestly most of the world is still grappling with working from home. And having made that transition over the past 2 years, I know how big a transition. And I honestly hope everyone is taking time to step back and be healthy both physically and mentally. Otherwise we end up here: Down to business… 5 Things to be Excited About Xamarin.Forms 4.5 : Exciting to see the new innovations on…

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Things I listen to…Podcasts / Audio Books

Things I listen to…Podcasts / Audio Books

Hello all, a shorter post this week. One question I’ve been asked a few times, so I thought I would put together a post on it. I listen to a lot of podcasts, and audio books. Personally I like this because it gives me an opportunity to take advantage of times I might not have and make them productive. For Tech Podcasts, I listen to: DotNetRocks – This really is a great and long running technical podcast, that I have…

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Weekly Links – 3/16

Weekly Links – 3/16

So this week had a few things going on. Mainly as COVID-19 grips the united states, things have been more than a little crazy. So down to business… Accelerate modernization with new migration services in Azure Government : Pretty cool to see new opportunities to handle migrations in azure government. Azure Cosmos DB Free Tier and Autopilot : Pretty awesome to see a free tier, for as much as I loved the emulator, it wasn’t the same as developing against…

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What are some things I can do to improve application availability?

What are some things I can do to improve application availability?

So I’ve done a few posts on how to increase the availability and resiliency for your application, and I’ve come to a conclusion over the past few months. This is a really big topic that seems to be top of mind for a lot of people. I’ve done previous posts like “Keeping the lights on!” and “RT? – Making Sense of Availability?” which talk about what it means to go down this path and how to architect your solutions for…

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Aligning Actions and Values

Aligning Actions and Values

So I did a post in January around the idea of goals and aligning values. And I talked about the idea of making sure that actions you take align with your values and at the end of the day that’s what matters. So I’ve gotten questions from colleagues who read the blog post about what does it means to actually align actions to values, and how do you do that. So I wanted to take a minute to drill down…

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