Time to Vote for CodeStock 2018 Speakers

CodeStock is an annual conference for developers, IT professionals, and others located in Knoxville, Tennessee. This year will be the 11th year of the conference. Being from the South-East, I am a strong proponent of our regional conferences and code camps. But for a variety of reasons, I’ve never had the opportunity to attend or speak at CodeStock. I’m hoping to change that this year, and to do that I need your help.

One thing that sets CodeStock apart from other conferences is that the potential conference attendees get to vote on the sessions they would like to see at the conference. Those votes are calculated, and the sessions with the most votes are picked for the conference. This is where you come in. Go to http://portal.codestock.org, sign in, check out the sessions, and click the VOTE button for any sessions you would like to see at the conference.

If you are curious, here are the talks that I submitted. Feel free to vote for my sessions, or anyone else’s, and let’s make this a great conference!

Title Abstract Track

Plan For Disasters with Azure Site Recovery

Disasters strike without warning, and having a solid Disaster Recovery plan in place is critical for any organization. In this session you will learn the details of how to use Azure Site Recovery to prepare for and recover from disasters. You’ll learn how to configure ASR, how it works behinds to scenes, and how to implement both test and full failovers, both into the cloud as well as to a secondary data center.


Bots – The Next Frontier

Software bots are everywhere. You probably interact with them every day without realizing it. Bots, especially chat and messenger bots, are changing the way we interact with businesses, communities, and even each other. Thanks to light-speed advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and the ready availability of AI services, bots are not only becoming more advanced and personalized, but also more accessible to developers. In this session you will learn about bots, the Microsoft Bot Framework, and implementing continuous integration to keep the bots updated, as well as integrating the bots into Skype, Microsoft Teams, and VSTS.


You want to see smart computers? You need to check out machine learning.

Machine learning, which facilitates predictive analytics from large volumes of data by employing algorithms that iteratively learn from that data, is one of the fastest growing areas of computer science. Azure Machine Learning is a cloud-based predictive-analytics service that offers a streamlined experience for data scientists of all skill levels. In this session you will learn about machine learning and how Microsoft has implemented it using Azure Machine Learning. You will also learn how to train a model, apply and test learning algorithms, and deploy a model as a web service


Tips and Tricks For Working With OMS

Operations Management Suite (OMS) is a great tool for monitoring and reacting to both you on-premises as well as cloud environments. As with any tool, there are tips and tricks to make it really hum. This session will give you those. You’ll learn the basics of OMS, then deep dive into some of its more powerful capabilities, including importing custom logs using PowerShell and Azure Automation, and even see how to make use of Azure Automation with Hybrid Workers to resolve on-premises issues when they are detected.


Migrating From AWS to Azure – Best Practices

Choosing the right cloud provider is very important. Sometimes you decide to change from one vendor to another. When you do, you need to know the best practices for moving to the new environment, as well as the “gotchas” to watch out for. In this session we will cover some of the things to consider when moving from AWS to Azure. We will discuss and demo, among other things, the best ways to move VMs and databases, how to translate security groups, and how to troubleshoot pesky migrations. This talk is based off several real-world AWS to Azure migrations.


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