New Azure Role-based Certifications have arrived

Ed Jones from Firebrand Training takes a look at how the next generation of Microsoft role-based certifications are being built, as well as what new role-based certifications launch in early 2019.


Cloud Advocate Roundup for 23/11/18

Our cloud advocates all over the globe are out there creating great videos and articles. Here’s a recap of what they were up to last week!


Thoughts from OxfordHack 2018

Jim Bennett, Cloud Advocate at Microsoft, talks about last month’s OxfordHack 2018, including what happened on the day and the software created by the winning teams.

Build a bot in under 3 minutes… in Azure!

Chat bots are an increasingly popular way for businesses to disclose information in a more conversational way, but where do you even start? Theo van Kraay takes a look at how you can get your own bot up and running in a matter of minutes.


Developing a Cloud Capability Model

Cloud Adoption can be a daunting process, requiring both high-level strategic thinking and detailed, execution level understanding. How do we develop a cloud strategy that is meaningful to non-technical stake holders, and useful to those tasked with its implementation? Stephen Armory takes a look.


How to build Scala JARS with Maven from GitHub

Theo van Kraay provides a ‘how to’ on generating JAR files for GitHub Scala projects, which may be useful in scenarios where a user needs to take a fix to a project whose dependencies are coordinated in Maven, but where a recent fix might only be available in GitHub.


Simplified Lambda Architecture with Cosmos DB and Databricks

Theo van Kraay, Data and AI Solution Architect at Microsoft, returns with a short blog on simplified Lambda Architecture with Cosmos DB, ChangeFeed, and Spark on Databricks. This is an addendum to a prior article, on the topic of implementing a lambda architecture with Azure Cosmos DB.