Cloud Saturday Atlanta 2017 Session Agenda (PDF)

AI is Coming: Getting started with Microsoft Cognitive Services
Jeorry Balasabas (N4Mative)

Artificial Intelligence is quickly becoming a key differentiator for businesses looking to gain an edge over their competition. This presentation is an overview of the rich set of Machine Learning APIs that is known as Microsoft Cognitive Services. You’ll learn how to add intelligence for Vision, Speech, Language, Knowledge and Search with easily consumable REST APIs.

Microsoft Power BI – Become a Visualization Jedi Master
Tyler Bithell (B2B Technologies)

PowerBI has emerged as a BI reporting force to be reckoned with. This presentation will detail both what PowerBI can do for your organization and real world examples of what it has done for others.

Stacking Up Your Logs
Darin Briskman (Amazon Web Services)

Everything generates logs. Applications, infrastructure, security … everything. As you use the Cloud, keeping track of the flood of log data is a big challenge, yet critical to your ability to understand your systems and troubleshoot (or prevent) issues. We’ll look at some open source and managed solutions that make it possible to get the insights you need without too much work.

The Cloud Revolution
Don Browning (Turner)

The taxi industry never saw Uber coming. Startups are a threat to incumbents like never before, and a major enabler for startups is that they are instantly “cloud ready”. If innovation moves at the pace of IT, then your company is in trouble. Why? Because your datacenter will not keep up with frenetic pace AWS, Microsoft and Google are rolling out new capabilities. In this session I posit that disruption is inevitable for companies that refuse embrace the cloud and the culture shift that comes along with it.

Microsoft Powerapps: Flows, Gateways & Common Data Service
Daniel Christian

Microsoft PowerApps is now officially available! The session includes taking a closer look at the features available using live examples which includes connections to SharePoint Online and On-Premises, O365 Outlook and Common Data Services. We will also take a look at the new enhancement called, Environments, that will make your applications both easier to manage and more performant.

Simplifying Microsoft Architectures with AWS Services
Zlatan Dzinic (Amazon Web Services)

Learn how to architect fully available and scalable Microsoft solutions and environments in AWS. Find out how Microsoft solutions can leverage various AWS services to achieve more resiliency, replace unnecessary complexity, simplify architecture, provide scalability, introduce DevOps concepts, automation and repeatability. Plan authentication and authorization, various hybrid scenarios with other cloud environment and on premise solutions/infrastructure. Learn about common architecture patterns for Active Directory and business productivity solutions like SharePoint, Exchange and Skype for Business, also common scenarios for SQL deployments and System Center.

Messaging with Azure Service Bus
Steven Fowler

Windows Azure Service Bus allows developers to create connected applications via Queues and Topics decouple solution tiers. In this demo-packed session, we’ll introduce you to the Windows Azure Service Bus using Node, Python, and C#.

Visual Studio 2015 and Azure Resource Manager
Paul Hacker (AgileThought)

Does it take you days to deploy your infrastructure? In this session we are going to introduce you to Azure Resource Manager and demonstrate how we create Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates using Visual Studio 2015 and then deploy the infrastructure in minutes. We are going to peek under the covers of the ARM templates to show you what is going on inside the template and why you should be implementing it today. We will look at the Azure portal and walk through the infrastructure we deployed. Lastly we will look at the Azure Resource Template Visualizer and show you a great way to use it to get you started with ARM template creation.

Amazon Elasticache Deep Dive
Michael Labib (Amazon Web Services)

Learn how to accelerate the performance of your applications using Amazon Elasticache for Redis. In this session, we’ll review various use-cases including Application and Database Caching, IoT, Streaming Data Analytics and others.

Predicting the future with R, Visual Studio and Azure Machine Learning
Liyanage Bhakthi (Bank of America Merill Lynch)

Imagine the effects of predicting the future on your business. What if you have the power to predict the future? Predictive analytics enables uncovering previously unknown patterns and relationships buried in gigabytes/terabytes of your data.

Windows Azure Machine Learning and Data Analytics platform offers a streamlined experience, from setting up with only a web browser to using drag-and-drop gestures and simple data-flow graphs to set up predictive analytics experiments. Azure Machine Learning Studio features a library of time-saving sample experiments, R and Python packages, and best-in-class algorithms from Microsoft businesses like Xbox and Bing. R is the de-facto programming language among the data science community that enables data analytics.
In this heavy demo based session, you’ll learn the fundamentals of predictive analytics, machine learning algorithms, writing R programs to identify associations and relationships in your data and predict future outcomes using Visual Studio. The demo will show…”

Jump Start Digital Collaboration in Your Org with Office 365 Groups, Planner and Teams 
Gina Montgomery (Connection)

Today there are more than 96 million mobile workers! With our organizations shifting into more a digital workplace, easy-to-use and secure collaboration space is a necessity. Used together, Microsoft Office 365 Groups, Planner and Teams and give your users a friendly and a visual way to organize digital teamwork in a given project! Groups let you hold conversations about what you are working on, get progress updates from the team, and share files. Planner shows all your plans in a centralized view and lets you set due dates, assign people to tasks, and track your progress in a chart—all without the learning curve and ramp-up time usually associated with traditional project management software. Teams is a new chat-based workspace in Office 365. Join me in this session and learn how Office 365 Groups, Planner and Teams can help you jump start project management while striking the right balance for digital collaboration your organization.

Attendees will receive a solid foundation around Office 365 Groups experience, Planner’s task management and Team’s chat-based workspace. Attendees will benefit from live hands-on demonstrations on end user experience and administration capabilities for these services. Attendees will walk away with tips and tricks to immediately get their end users started with digital collaboration from this session.

Azure Service Fabric
Harinatha Narisetty (ABB In)

In this session, we will learn about the core features of Microsoft Azure Service Fabric, Microservices, Stateless and stateful Microservices, partitions, actors and walk through on several examples end to end examples.

How intelligent cloud workflows power digital transformation
Brad Orluk (Nintex)

Learn how high performing companies improve their performance through data-empowered decision making, connectivity, process automation and two-speed IT. Workflow is at the heart of improved performance, better engagement, and growth. Understanding how to execute workflow best practices can help organizations ride the digital transformation trend to greater success and loyal customers. During the session we will also demonstrate building workflows in the cloud that span platforms such as CRM to ERP, cross platform provisioning, approvals and much more!

A Fundamental Formula for Microservices using Docker
Ian Philpot (Microsoft)

“Microservces are small services with independent life cycles that work together” -Sam Newman. In this talk I’ll be presenting some core principles I think represent what makes microservices work well using Docker. After a brief introduction of what microservices are and why they are important, we’ll spend the bulk of the time looking at how BDD, CQRS, and Event Sourcing coupled with modern CI/CD techniques can help you deploy containers to a Docker swarm in any cloud. We’ll explore best practices, code, and tooling to get the job done right. I’d say that beginners will get a sense of what microservices are and what makes different, whereas more experienced practitioners will get an insight into practical advice into how to implement them.

Azure as a Chatbot Service
Paul Prae (Slalom)

The tooling for building chatbots exploded in 2016. With the new year upon us, it’s time to put our bots into production. In this presentation and live demo, we will focus on how to use Azure Bot Service and Azure Search to create a scalable backend for your chatbot. By using a fully managed, server-less architecture with continuous deployment, you can get your chatbot up and running quickly. Join us to learn how to combine cloud computing and artificial intelligence so you can help humans and machines achieve more together.

Real World IoT
Jared Rhodes (FuseThru, Inc)
In this talk we will explore the following:
* Challenges facing remote sensor data retrieval and consumption.
* Real world scenarios and how their problems were solved.
* Maintenance and management of large number of devices.

A Primer on FPGAs (Field Programmable Gate Arrays)
Taylor Riggan (iVision)

There’s been a lot of news lately about the use of FPGAs by cloud hyperscalers such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon AWS. What exactly are FPGAs? How are the hyperscalers using them? How can I use them? Learn all of these items and more in this session.

Docker Compose, A Tool For Developing Containerized Apps In The Cloud
John Ritsema (Turner)

Learn how to leverage Docker Compose for local application development as well as cloud deployment. The Docker Compose format is becoming the lingua franca of containerized applications. We’ll take a look at how to use the tool to define, develop, and deploy your multi-container applications to a variety of cloud platforms.

Integrating with Salesforce
David Scruggs (Salesforce)

Salesforce provides a variety of APIs and technologies for integration, and is a heavily integrated enterprise application–handling upwards of 4.5B transactions/day,mostly API calls. In this session, we’ll briefly discuss the Salesforce architecture and integration points, security, best practices, and real-time vs. asynchronous vs. ETL integration strategies.

SharePoint Tenant Administration in Office 365
Scott Shearer (Haystax Technology)

This session will introduce you to the SharePoint “Central Admin” function in Office 365. We’ll discuss such items as enabling access for external users, setting resource quotas, setting storage quotas and creating polices for automatic site deletion. You’ll see how to create new site collections as well as how to retrieve deleted site collections. If you are a new Office 365 SharePoint admin, this session is for you.

SharePoint Sharing and Security in Office 365
Scott Shearer (Haystax Technology)

This session will demystify sharing and security features in Office 365. A thorough understanding of sharing and security in Office 365 is critical to securing your site collections. Learn how to enable and control external sharing in your site collections. Find out what external users can and cannot do. Need to know who can share documents in your organization? Do you know the implications of sharing a document? This session will answer those questions and more.

Why DevOps Matters
Doug Turnure (Microsoft)

A lot of attention is given to DevOps these days. Everybody knows they need to get :”some DevOps”, but there is a lot of confusion over what it is, and why. This talk is not about code – it’s not a bunch of demos or even tips/tricks of the trade. This is about why DevOps is so important. We’ll cover the macro trends of enterprise development, and how they are standing the industry on its head. We’ll give you some guidance to help you get a bearing on your own DevOps maturity. And hopefully by the time you leave, you’ll understand that your company’s long term viability is deeply coupled to DevOps, and how quickly you embrace the culture, process, and tooling that are necessary for the journey.

How and Why to Use Azure Functions 
Doug Ware (InstantQuick)

Azure Functions is Microsoft’s new serverless platform for event driven microservices. This talk provides an overview of their business and technical value with real world examples to help you understand their utility and the significant cost savings they offer.

The Rise of NoSQL in Microsoft: DocumentDb
Fabian Williams (K2)

DocumentDb gives you all that and more, starting with the fact that it is a PaaS, all of your infrastructure issue and scale is handled by Microsoft, it is its first of a kind to offer Native support for JavaScript, SQL Query and transactions over JSON documents. In this session, you’ll get a better understanding of what DocumentDb is, its best use cases, how to provision and configure it in the Azure Portal and how to consume data via a Web App and Web API

Introduction to Microsoft Office Graph
Fabian Williams (K2)

This is an introductory session that will help get you started with learning about the RESTful endpoints and all you can gain from the Microsoft Graph. This session will show you how to investigate trends like “Working With” and “Trending Around” in order to provide the most important and relevant information to the end user at all times.