Category: Speaking

Cloud Governance Forum Webinar Azure Arc

Webinar: Cloud Governance Forum and Azure Arc

In the world of hybrid and multi cloud, cloud governance becomes more and more important. I am happy to let you know that I will be speaking at the Cloud Governance Forum webinar hosted by Colin Smith (Hybrid Cloud Lead, Microsoft Western Europe). It is an honor to be part of this great panel including IDC Senior Cloud Analyst Carla Arend and Stefaan Becu the Lead Architect from the Flemish Regional Government. As part of the Azure engineering team, I will be showing you how you can leverage Microsoft Azure as a control plane using Azure Arc and learn how to be more effective and compliant with cloud governance in a hybrid world.


Cloud Governance Forum: The Pathway to Success

Tuesday, June 1st at 3:00PM-4:00PM CEST (GMT+02:00) 📆

Free Registration ✔

Cloud adoption continues to be a top organizational priority.  IDC reports that 84% of European organizations will continue to operate hybrid and multi-cloud architectures.  To unlock business value, reduce security & compliance risk, and maximize operational efficiency, a consistent operating model for effective cloud governance is key for success.

Join us on June 1st from 3-4pm CET in our ‘Cloud Governance Forum” to understand how to create a framework for success in hybrid cloud operating models with cloud governance.  Hear directly from experts at IDC and Microsoft’s Azure Engineering team, as well as real world experience from a Lead Architect from the Flemish Regional Government on how they are successful navigating their cloud journey, including the regulatory environment.

You’ll get a chance to:

  • Discover industry trends and insights from IDC’s Lead Analyst Carla Arend and their latest whitepaper “Creating a framework for success in the cloud with cloud governance”
  • Hear first-hand experience from a Lead Architect at the Flemish Regional Government on their cloud adoption experience.
  • Learn how Microsoft is creating a framework for success leveraging Microsoft Azure, Azure Arc, Azure Purview and our Cloud Adoption Framework.

Register today!  We look forward to virtually welcoming you.

Meanwhile, please discover more available resources on cloud governance framework here: to dive into trends and insights as well as benefits from a cloud governance framework through IDC’s latest whitepaper or, discover the simplified version in a one-pager here.

Speakers

Colin Smith, Hybrid Cloud Lead, Microsoft Western Europe
Colin works in the Western Europe Azure Business Group, leading customer programs for data center transformation and hybrid cloud solutions.

Carla Arend, Senior Program Director, Lead Analyst, Cloud in Europe, IDC
Carla Arend is a senior program director with the European software and infrastructure research team and heads up IDC’s European cloud research. She provides clients with key insight into market dynamics, vendor activities, and end-user adoption trends in the European cloud market. 

Stefaan Becu​, Lead Architect, Flemish Regional Government, Belgium
Stefaan Becu is a senior architect  working in the “Digitaal Vlaanderen”  agency that provides  IT services  within the Flemish administration; He is responsible for the cloud programme and the datacenter and cloud vision and strategy.   He also leads the cloud strategy workgroup in the government

Thomas Maurer​, Senior Cloud Advocate, Microsoft
Thomas works as a Senior Cloud Advocate in the Microsoft Azure engineering team (Cloud + AI). He engages with the community and customers around the world to share his knowledge and collect feedback to improve the Azure cloud platform.

Conclusion

I hope you join our webinar on Cloud Governance online! If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment. In the meantime check out my full video on Azure Arc hybrid and multi cloud management on Microsoft Channel 9.

If you want to try out Azure, you can create your free Azure account today.



CTRL ALT AZURE Podcast

CTRL+ALT+AZURE Podcast Exploring Azure Arc with Thomas Maurer

This week I was on the CTRL+ALT+AZURE podcast hosted by Tobias Zimmergen & Jussi Roine to talk about Hybrid Cloud and Azure Arc.

080 – Exploring Azure Arc with Thomas Maurer

In this episode, we invite Microsoft’s Thomas Maurer to talk about Azure Arc. What is it, how does it help us, is it difficult to start with, and what does it cost? Also, Swiss chocolate!

You can find the episode here.

About CTRL+ATL+AZURE
We love working with Azure, and we also love sharing our experiences with the community, our customers, and families (if they choose to listen). Our semi-random chats over coffee gave us the idea to produce this podcast, where we talk more about what’s interesting Azure, and how things can be built on Azure.
Our aim is to bring fresh topics, deep insights, and easily digestible episodes for IT Pros, developers, and techies alike! Feel free to ping us directly should you have any feedback, questions, or ideas.

CTRL+ALT+AZURE

More here:

I hope you enjoy the CTRL+ALT+AZURE Podcast episode Exploring Azure Arc with Thomas Maurer.



Learn about Hybrid Cloud Management with Azure Global Azure 2021

Speaking at Global Azure 2021 (Livestream)

I am happy to let you know that I will be speaking and presenting at this year’s Global Azure 2021 (virtual).  I will be speaking and delivering a session focusing on Hybrid Cloud Management using Azure at Global Azure Virtual 2021 on my YouTube live stream. Global Azure Virtual 2021 is a 3-day virtual conference with world-class speakers and community leaders as hosts in a live stream. Additionally, also part of Global Azure Virtual, communities around the world are organizing localized live streams for everyone around the world to join and learn about Azure from the best-in-class community leaders.

Global Azure 2021:

  • April 15th-17th
  • 151 speakers
  • 141 sessions

My Global Azure Virtual 2021 Livestream

I will be live-streaming a session about Azure Hybrid Management. You can watch the streams right here on thomasmaurer.ch or on my YouTube channel, on April 15th 5pm (CEST).

LIVESTREAM

Download ICS Calendar file here or subscribe to my YouTube channel.

Learn about Hybrid Cloud Management with Azure 

Join the Livestream to see, Cloud Advocate Thomas Maurer will give you an overview of the Microsoft Azure Hybrid Cloud offering. Learn how you can use the Azure Hybrid services and products like Azure Arc, Azure Update Management, the new Azure Stack portfolio, and many more to introduce hybrid cloud management to your environment.

My Livestream:

Join us on the Global Azure Virtual 2020 Livestreams!

So if you are interested, join us on these 3 days Global Azure 2021 for different sessions online. I am really looking forward to speaking in the livestream. You can find more about the event here.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment.



Cloud Advocate AMA Thomas Maurer

Cloud Advocate AMA – Festive Tech Calendar

The holidays are only a couple of days away, and we wanted to take that opportunity to host a Cloud Advocate Ask-Me-Anything (AMA) for the Festive Tech Calendar. So join Pierre Roman, Sarah Lean, and Thomas Maurer for a Cloud Advocate Ask Me Anything (AMA) session as part of the Festive Tech Calendar event. We will be happy to field questions about Azure, Azure Stack HCI, Azure Arc, Certification, Hybrid Cloud configuration, Windows Server, or even what our favorite Christmas movie is.

The Cloud Adovate AMA will be hosted on YouTube on December 16 at 16:00 CET. Come armed with your questions and let’s have some festive fun! To ask your questions, join us on YouTube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpFvv4OFE_M

For more content from Pierre, Sarah and Thomas be sure to check out https://aka.ms/itopstalk. If you want to see more of the Festive Tech Calendar, check out the official website.



GET-IT Azure and DevOps 1-Day Virtual Conference

Speaking at GET-IT: Azure and DevOps 1-Day Virtual Conference

Today, I am honored to let you know that I will be speaking at Petri’s GET-IT: Azure and DevOps 1-Day virtual conference on December 16, 2020. This is a full day of free learning dedicated to deep technical content aimed at IT Pros and Developers who are looking to enhance their knowledge and skills for developing, deploying, managing, and scaling their operations. This free virtual conference has a fantastic lineup with speakers like Brad Sams, Aidan Finn, Ryan Irujo, Sarah Lean, and Peter Zerger. I will be speaking about how you can manage and govern your hybrid cloud servers using Azure Arc.

My Session at GET-IT: Azure and DevOps 1-Day Virtual Conference

Manage and Govern your Hybrid Servers Using Azure Arc 

12:00 pm EST / 9:00 am PDT 📅

Thomas Maurer shows you how you can manage and govern your Windows and Linux machines hosted outside of Azure on your corporate network or other cloud providers, similar to how you manage native Azure virtual machines.

Agenda:

  • Kicking off Petri’s GET-IT: Azure and DevOps 1-Day virtual conference by Brad Sams
    9:25 am EST / 6:25 am PDT
    Kicking off Petri’s GET-IT: Azure and DevOps 1-Day virtual conference and how to download all the session material.
  • Azure Networking – The First Technical Challenge by Aidan Finn
    9:30 am EST / 6:30 am PDT
    When you get done with the business requirements, assessments, and governance stuff, it’s time to start designing your Azure architecture. And that means it’s networking time because you will need to connect to your services, secure your business, and integration features. Don’t be scared if you’re not a networking person – you probably have an advantage over the network admins. In this session, I will explain how Azure networking works, explain many of the technologies and discuss some architectural concepts.
  • YAML Pipelines – Up and Running in an Hour by Ryan Irujo
    11:00 am EST / 8:00 am PDT
    YAML can be intimidating your first time out, and many never find it all that simple. In this session, you’ll learn 3 secrets for building effective and reusable YAML pipelines for Azure DevOps. Whether you’re a beginner or pro you’re sure to pick up a couple of useful tips.
  • Manage and Govern your Hybrid Servers Using Azure Arc by Thomas Maurer
    12:00 pm EST / 9:00 am PDT
    Thomas Maurer shows you how you can manage and govern your Windows and Linux machines hosted outside of Azure on your corporate network or other cloud providers, similarly to how you manage native Azure virtual machines.
  • How to Tackle Your Datacenter Transformation to the Cloud by Sarah Lean
    1:00 pm EST / 10:00 am PDT
    Have you been tasked with moving your datacentre from on-prem to the cloud? Where do you begin with such a project, where are the important milestones? In this session, I’ll walk you through a migration project from start to things you need to think about once the migration is complete and your workloads reside in the cloud.
  • Kubernetes – Up and Running in an Hour by Peter Zerger
    2:00 pm EST / 11:00 am PDT
    In this session, you’ll learn the 3 keys to deploying a production-ready Kubernetes cluster, along with a usable demo app to validate that your deployment is functional. From development environment and code management to app publishing, you’ll get the time-saving that will help you get your cluster and container app up and running quickly, even if you’re new to Kubernetes.

I am really looking forward to this event and hopefully meet you virtually at the GET-IT: Azure and DevOps 1-Day Virtual Conference! If you want to join the event for free, check out the Petri website.



Lisa At The Edge Podcast - Thomas Maurer - Career Development & Azure Arc

Lisa At The Edge Podcast – Thomas Maurer – Career Development & Azure Arc

This week I had the honor to be on the Lisa at the Edge podcast, where I had the chance to speak with Lisa Clark, who is an EMEA Microsoft Hybrid Cloud Business Strategist at Dell Technologies. In her podcast, we talked about Azure Arc and Azure Hybrid Cloud, as well as career development. You can watch the full episode on here and on YouTube as well as on Lisa at the Edge – Hybrid Cloud & Careers in Tech.

Episode 21: Lisa At The Edge Podcast – Thomas Maurer – Career Development & Azure Arc

Thomas is a Cloud Advocate at Microsoft for Azure focused on Azure and Hybrid and former MVP. Thomas runs a very successful blog jam-packed with useful content on Azure Certification Guides, Windows Server, Azure IaaS, and more. He is a successful speaker and I was extremely lucky to have him on the podcast. In this episode, we talk about Thomas’s career path from apprentice to landing a dream role at Microsoft. We also discuss Multi-Cloud and Hybrid Cloud terminology and then get stuck into the hot topic of the moment: Azure Arc.

About the Lisa at the Edge Podcast

“On the Lisa at the Edge Podcast, you will find all kinds of interesting topics as I speak to amazing people from across the global tech community.

I started this podcast at the beginning of lockdown here in Scotland as Covid-19 took over and changed our world. Podcasting and blogging are activities I had always wanted to try but for one reason (excuse) or another, I never got started. I decided lockdown was the perfect opportunity to give it a go! It is a way for me to stay connected to the tech community and learn new skills. I haven’t ruled any topics out and I haven’t stuck to the advice of ‘find your niche’ because that’s just not me! However, there will be a heavy focus on two of my favorite topics: Careers in Tech and Microsoft Hybrid Cloud.”

Learn more about Cloud Computing and Microsoft Azure

I hope you enjoyed that episode as much as I did. If you want to learn more about Microsoft Azure and Cloud Computing, check out my blog post, in which I summarized a couple of useful links.



Azure Stack Hub Partner Solutions Series – RFC

Azure Stack Hub Partner Solutions Series – RFC

This week in our Azure Stack Hub Partner solution video series, I am going to introduce you to Azure Stack Hub Partner RFC. RFC is a strong partner focusing on offering a range of hosted services, managed services, and consultancy to its customers. They partner with a number of other ISVs to offer a complete solution where needed and have a range of customers. Join us in this video to explore how RFC provides value to their customer, both by partnering with other ISVs where needed or offering the Azure Stack Hub platform directly.

In this series, as we will meet customers that are deploying Azure Stack Hub for their own internal departments, partners that run managed services on behalf of their customers, and a wide range of in-between as we look at how our various partners are using Azure Stack Hub to bring the power of the cloud on-premises.

Links mentioned through the video:

I hope this video was helpful and you enjoyed watching it. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below. If you want to learn more about the Microsoft Azure Stack portfolio, check out my blog post.



CSharp Corner Azure Learning and Azure Certification - AMA ft Thomas Maurer

C# Corner Azure Learning and Microsoft Certification – AMA ft. Thomas Maurer

Last week I had the honor to be a guest in the C# Corner Live AMA (Ask Me Anything) about Azure Learning and Microsoft Certification. C# Corner is an online global community of 3 million software developers. They publish the latest news and articles on cutting-edge software development topics. Developers share their knowledge and connect via content, forums, and chapters. Thousands of members benefit from our monthly events, webinars, and conferences. We also provide tools for career growth such as career advice, resume writing, training, certifications, books and whitepapers, and videos. We also connect developers with their potential employers via our Job board.

On their weekly live show, I joined them to answer questions about Azure Learning and Microsoft Certification. I was talking a lot about Microsoft Learn and Microsoft Docs, which can help you a lot when it comes to learning Azure. You can watch the recording of the Microsoft Certification and Azure Learning AMA here:

If you are interested in learning Azure and/or becoming Microsoft Certifed, check out my blogs about how to learn Microsoft Azure and Cloud Computing. If you are preparing for a Microsoft Azure certification exam also make sure you check out my exam study guides:

I hope you enjoyed this Microsoft Certification AMA with C# Corner. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment. I wish you all happy learning and a lot of success with your Microsoft certification exams!



Experts Live Switzerland 2020 Azure Hybrid - Learn about Hybrid Cloud Management with Azure

Experts Live Switzerland 2020: Azure Hybrid – Learn about Hybrid Cloud Management

A couple of months ago I was speaking at Experts Live Switzerland 2020 in Bern. Now the recording of my session: “Azure Hybrid – Learn about Hybrid Cloud Management” is available online! In this session, I will give you an overview of the Hybrid Cloud offering of Microsoft Azure and how you can use the Azure Hybrid services like Azure Arc, Azure Update Management, Azure Stack, and many more to introduce new Hybrid Cloud Management to your environment.

What is Azure Arc enabled servers:

Azure Arc enabled servers allows you to manage your Windows and Linux machines hosted outside of Azure, on your corporate network or another cloud provider, similar to how you manage native Azure virtual machines. When a hybrid machine is connected to Azure, it becomes a connected machine and is treated as a resource in Azure. To deliver this experience with your hybrid machines hosted outside of Azure, the Azure Connected Machine agent needs to be installed on each machine that you plan on connecting to Azure.

Recording: Experts Live Switzerland 2020: Azure Hybrid – Learn about Hybrid Cloud Management

You can watch the full session here:

If you want to learn more about Azure Hybrid and Azure Arc, check out my blog posts:

Or these official Microsoft resources:

I hope you enjoyed this session about Azure Hybrid Cloud Management using Azure Arc. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment.



Video Recording Azure Architecture Best Practices

Video Recording: Azure Architecture Best Practices

The video recording from the free online event where I was presenting together with Microsoft Cloud Solution Architect, Dominik Zemp, about Azure Architecture Best Practices is now available. In this session, you will learn about proven guidance that’s designed to help you, architect, create and implement the business and technology strategies necessary for your organization to succeed in the cloud. It provides best practices, documentation, and tools that cloud architects, IT professionals, and business decision-makers need to successfully achieve their short- and long-term objectives. We will be focusing on topics like the Cloud Adoption Framework and the new Enterprise-Scale landing zone architecture.

Azure Architecture Best Practices Virtual Event Agenda:

  • Introduction
  • Why Azure Architecture?
  • Introduction to the Cloud Adoption Framework
  • What is Enterprise-Scale?
    • Build landing zones with Enterprise-Scale
    • Critical design areas
    • Deployment using AzOps
    • Demo
  • Build on top of Enterprise-Scale – Well-Architected Framework for workloads and apps
  • Q&A

Azure Architecture Best Practices Virtual Event Video Recording

Important Links:

You can find some of the links mentioned in the video here:

About the Speakers

Dominik Zemp (Microsoft Cloud Solution Architect)

Dominik Zemp is a Cloud Solution Architect working with Global Swiss financial customers and has been working at Microsoft since 2008. Before Dominik changed role in late 2015, he worked as a Security and Identity Consultant in the Microsoft Services organization. Dominik’s focus areas are applications and infrastructure, including cloud-native applications, networking, and security. Dominik holds a Bachelor’s degree in IT with a Specialization in software systems.

Thomas Maurer (Microsoft Senior Cloud Advocate)

Thomas works as a Senior Cloud Advocate at Microsoft. He engages with the community and customers around the world to share his knowledge and collect feedback to improve the Azure cloud platform. Prior to joining the Azure engineering team (Cloud + AI), Thomas was a Lead Architect and Microsoft MVP, to help architect, implement and promote Microsoft cloud technology. If you want to know more about Thomas, check out his blog: www.thomasmaurer.ch and Twitter: www.twitter.com/thomasmaurer

Azure Solutions Architect Certification

AZ-304 Study Guide Azure Architect Design Exam Study Guide

AZ-304 Study Guide Azure Architect Design Exam Study Guide

Also, check out my exam study guides to achieve the Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect Certification:

I hope you enjoyed the video recording of our Azure Best Practices virtual event. If you want to learn more about Azure, check out my blog post How to learn Microsoft Azure in 2020, and if you have any questions feel free to leave a comment.