Two-day one-track 10-speaker learning festival for all things Azure. For free.

19 - 20th of January 2017 at Microsoft Flux, Helsinki

All speakers are world-class experienced public speakers with years of experience of production-level implementations. Iglooconf is the first of its kind in Finland.


If you cannot join us physically in Helsinki, Finland, you can still catch the content by watching the Live Stream here. All times are UTC/GMT+2.

THURSDAY the 19th
8:15-08:45 Registration & coffee
8:45-09:00 Welcoming words Sakari Nahi, Karl Ots & Teemu Tapanila
9:00-10:00 1. Tweet 2. ??? 3. profit Sakari Nahi
10:00-11:00 What is going on? Tips and Tricks around application diagnostics on Azure Maarten Balliauw
11:00-12:00 Food Foody McFoodface
12:00-13:00 Being Zen on Microsoft Azure with Continuous Delivery, Monitoring and Learning Magnus Mårtensson
13:00-14:00 ARM template and PowerShell DSC, a Match Made in Heaven Aleksandar Nikolic
14:00-14:30 Coffee Break
14:30-15:30 Integration of things; building on Azure IoT for industrial IoT solutions Sam Vanhoutte
15:30-16:30 Thursday panel
16:30 Beer
FRIDAY the 20th
8:15-08:45 Registration & coffee
8:45-09:00 Welcoming words Sakari Nahi, Karl Ots & Teemu Tapanila
9:00-10:00 Azure Functions + NuGet = Superpowers Teemu Tapanila
10:00-11:00 Building a SaaS platform in Azure - challenges and lessons learned Saravana Kumar
11:00-12:00 Food Foody McFoodface
12:00-13:00 Enter the Matrix: Securing Azure's assets Mike Martin
13:00-14:00 Azure Service Fabric Reliable Actors Alan Smith
14:00-14:15 Coffee
14:15-15:15 Azure Messaging: When to use what and why Dan Rosanova
15:15-16:15 Friday panel and Raffle

Speakers

Maarten Balliauw

@maartenballiauw

Saravana Kumar

@saravanamv

Mike Martin

@techmike2kx

Magnus Mårtensson

@noopman

Sakari Nahi

@sakarinahi

Aleksandar Nikolic

@alexandair

Dan Rosanova

@DanRosanova

Sam Vanhoutte

@samvanhoutte

Alan Smith

@alansmith

Teemu Tapanila

@tapanilat

Sessions

Maarten Balliauw

Maarten Balliauw loves building web applications developed in ASP.NET (C#) or PHP and the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. Maarten also co-founded MyGet, hosting private NuGet, npm and Bower feeds for teams. He's a former Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for Microsoft Azure. Maarten is a frequent speaker at various national and international events.").

What is going on? Tips and tricks around application diagnostics on Azure

We all like building and deploying cloud applications. But what happens once that’s done? How do we know if our application behaves like we expect it to behave? Of course, logging! But how do we get that data off of our machines? How do we sift through a bunch of seemingly meaningless diagnostics? In this session, we’ll look at how we can keep track of our Azure application using structured logging, AppInsights and AppInsights analytics to make all that data more meaningful.


Saravana Kumar

Saravana Kumar is based in London and he is the founder and CTO of BizTalk360. A product focused on enhancing the administration, support, monitoring and operation side of Microsoft BizTalk Server. He got strong passion for BizTalk administration and management. He helps customer using BizTalk server to smoothly run their environments. He got over 18 years experience in IT, and over 12 years purely on Integration areas using BizTalk Server.
Saravana is a frequent speaker in some of the top BizTalk groups across Europe. He is also the key person who runs the London Connected Systems user group, organising events and connecting people.
He regularly writes articles in his blog at http://blogs.biztalk360.com/author/saravana/ about topics related to integration. His blog has attracted over 11,000 daily visitors.
He is the organiser of "Integration User Group" (#IntegrationMonday) along with fellow MVP (Michael Stephenson) a weekly webinar series where we bring speakers (including Microsoft product group) from all over the world to present about Integration topics. We are continuously doing this webinar since Jan 2015, crossing over 50 episodes now.

Building a SaaS platform in Azure - challenges and lessons learned

Saravana has buit two SaaS products in Azure (BizTalk360 Cloud and ServiceBus360). He will speak about the challenges and technologies used in building a SaaS product in Azure.


Mike Martin

As a Microsoft Lead Consultant and Architect at Crosspoint Solutions (part of the Cronos group), a company with a strong focus on BI, Data and CRM, Mike is mainly focused on the complete Microsoft product stack and therefore very flexible to work with. He’s been active in the IT industry for over 17 years and has performed almost all types of job profiles, going from coaching and leading a team to architecting and systems design and training. Today he’s primarily into the Microsoft Cloud Platform and Application Lifecycle Management. He’s not a stranger to both dev and IT Pro topics, they even call him the perfect hybrid solution. In January 2012 he became a crew member of AZUG, the Belgian Microsoft Azure User Group. As an active member he’s both involved in giving presentations and organizing events. Mike is also a Microsoft Azure MVP (already awarded 4 times) and Microsoft Azure Insider. Helping out in the community and introducing new & young people into the world of Microsoft and technology is also one of his passions.

Enter the Matrix: Securing Azure's assets

In the cloud no one can hear you scream… or can they. Even though Microsoft has a tremendous army of gadgets (besides the sharks with freakin lasers that is) in place for defending your environments, sometimes you need that additional little thing. The goal of the session is to provide you some guidance and an overview of Azure’s security measures, either out of the box activated or the additional ones you can foresee. Next to that you’ll get an idea on how to monitor and react to threats that have been noticed or unnoticed. Expect some PowerShell, Azure architecture, and service tweaks which can help you settle at ease in your new condominium with panic room.


Magnus Mårtensson

Magnus is Founder/CEO of Loftysoft a Microsoft Regional Director and a Microsoft Azure Most Valuable Professional. He is a consultant, tutor, process coach, technical lead and an international speaker. Some of his passions include connecting with audiences and organizing online and global conferences such as CloudBurst and GlobalAzure Bootcamp. As the first Azure MVP in the Nordic countries in 2012 he was awarded MVP of the year. He is also an Azure Insider, an Azure Advisor and an ASP.NET Insider and is a go-to person for Microsoft regarding Enterprise Cloud Consulting. Magnus has been a consultant for over 1½ decade and has the maximum possible experience time consulting on the Azure Platform.

Being Zen on Microsoft Azure with Continuous Delivery, Monitoring and Learning

Ever felt you spend more time packing deployments, configuring test environments and deploying the latest build, in order to please the testers, than you spend writing actual code? Ever had your flow interrupted by the boss wanting a demo environment set up for a customer demo? We simply can't be interrupted in our creational flow of #awesome code by the worldly dealings of these simpletons! Fortunately, built into the Microsoft Azure Platform, there is great support for Continuous Delivery, Monitoring and Learning. With little fuss, you can set up automated builds, test runs and deployments. Equally effortless is the incorporation of Application Insights into your web apps that helps you detect issues early, diagnose & solve problems and understand how your users are experiencing your product. While your users enjoy your production deliverables you learn, improve and fire off the next deployment, perhaps eased into production using the new testing in production features? All of these great services and features are completely automated and built for you so that you may focus on what’s important – the uninterrupted development experience. Treat your production environment in Microsoft Azure like your personal laboratory and deliver, monitor learn to be even more awesome in each new line of code!


Sakari Nahi

Sakari Nahi is the Coding Executive Officer and co-founder of Kompozure Ltd, a Finland-based company focusing in building challenging Microsoft Azure PaaS custom solutions since 2011. Sakari is also an Azure MVP. He is the co-host of the Finnish Microsoft-scene podcast Ikkunastudio (http://ikkunastud.io), as well as a key organizer of Finland Azure User Group (https://www.meetup.com/Finland-Azure-User-Group/).
Sakari has developed professionally since 2002 and Microsoft .NET 1.0. He identifies himself as a coder, and he is passionate about distributed PaaS solutions, emerging technologies, and synergies thereof.

1. Tweet 2. ??? 3. profit

Social Media and Twitter were heavily used as public relations tools during the USA presidential campaign of 2016. In this presentation we’re going to pick one of the candidates, and then proceed to both analyze their tweets (“big data!”) and make predictions for our own fictitious tweets, acting as the presidential candidate. It is apparent that in the future candidates will test and maximize their social impact with the modern big data and machine learning technologies. The presentation is about Azure Cognitive Services, Azure HDInsight and Azure Machine Learning.


Aleksandar Nikolic

Aleksandar Nikolic is a Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP, a Microsoft Azure MVP, a co-founder of PowerShellMagazine.com, and a community manager of PowerShell.com. Aleksandar is also a Microsoft Azure Advisor. Aleksandar is experienced presenting and speaking to Microsoft customers, and is skilled with describing complex management and automation tasks even to beginning and novice users and scripters. Aleksandar has more than 18 years of experience as a system administrator. He also delivers PowerShell and Azure training courses around the world and is a frequent speaker at IT conferences such as MMS, NIC, MS Sinergija, MS Windays, MS NTK, PowerShell Conference, PowerShell Summit, TEC, TechDaysSF etc.

ARM template and PowerShell DSC, a Match Made in Heaven

Both, ARM templates and PowerShell DSC represent the declarative model where we describe what we want instead of using the "old" imperative approach. ARM templates enable idempotent deployment of Azure infrastructure resources; PowerShell DSC enables idempotent configuration management of VMs. Combined, with the help of Azure DSC VM extension, they give us a full declarative solution to build our environment and provision our VMs. In this session, you'll learn through demos how to provision and manage your infrastructure using code.


Dan Rosanova

Dan is a Principal Program Manager in the Azure core engineer team at Microsoft. He is the product owner for Azure Messaging which includes Event Hubs, Service Bus (Queue & Topics), and Relay. He spent 15 years in technology and management consulting before joining Microsoft in 2014 during which he was a Microsoft MVP. Dan has worked in the messaging space for most of his career focused on financial services, telecommunications, insurance, and energy / utilities.

Azure Messaging: When to use what and why

Azure offers several messaging specific services including Service Bus Queues & Topics, Relay / Hybrid Connections, and Event Hubs. This talk will introduce each of these services and help you figure out which business and technical scenarios they fit best. Real world examples will be presented as well as technical characteristics. We'll also talk about costs, scale, and availability.


Alan Smith

Alan Smith is a Microsoft Azure developer, trainer, mentor and evangelist at Active Solution in Stockholm. He has a strong hands-on philosophy and focusses on embracing the power and flexibility of cloud computing to deliver engaging and exciting demos and training courses. Alan has held the MVP title for 11 years, and is currently an MVP for Microsoft Azure. He is in the organization team for the CloudBurst conference and the Global Azure Bootcamp.

Azure Service Fabric Reliable Actors

The actor model adopts the philosophy that everything is an actor. It provides a pattern for concurrent communication allowing discrete units of computation called “Actors”. Actors maintain their own private state and interact with the outside world, and other actors using messages.
Microsoft Azure Service Fabric introduces Reliable Actors, building on the Virtual Actor pattern to provide a programming model build on the scalability and reliability of the Azure Service Fabric platform.<br/>In this session Alan will show how Service Fabric Reliable Actors can be leveraged in cloud-based applications. Starting with a detailed overview of the actor model explaining the key concepts of the actor model the session will introduce telemetry processing for a fitness application as a scenarios. The implementation of this scenario will then be demonstrated, showing how the functionality of Reliable Actors can be used to implement the concurrent processing of multiple telemetry streams.


Teemu Tapanila

Teemu Tapanila is a solution-oriented technical professional with focus Azure and mobile. He's Microsoft Azure MVP for 3 years running and believes that cloud technologies combined with great user experience are the keys to successful digital transformation. He applies his passion and expertise to his work. Teemu has been working with Microsoft Azure since 2011 in a variety of forums ranging from customer advisory to conference presentations.

Azure Functions + NuGet = Superpowers

Azure Functions are really easy to get started with for simple tasks. But when you want to start solving more complex problems with Azure Functions you are going start copy-pasting code to share classes and functions with different Azure Functions. There is pretty simple solution here, NuGet packages! This session is going to take you through on creating Azure Functions, creating NuGet packages and how to combine all of the good stuff.


Sam Vanhoutte

Sam Vanhoutte is CTO and Product Manager with Codit. Based in Belgium, Sam is a 4th year Microsoft Azure MVP and frequently speaks at conferences. Next to that, he is also Azure p-seller at Microsoft and has extensive experience in building integrated enterprise, IoT and cloud based solutions. Because of the specialized focus on integration on Microsoft technology, Sam is part of Microsoft's Connected Systems and Azure Advisory boards and is a Microsoft Azure Insider as well as a Belgian MEET member. Sam co-founded the BizTalk User Group in Belgium (http://www.btug.be) and is active crew member of the Azure User group (http://www.azug.be).
While managing and architecting the online integration platform "Integration Cloud", Sam has been focusing on Cloud integration and IoT solutions with the Microsoft Azure platform the last years.
Sam is blogging on the Codit blog (http://blog.codit.eu) and tweets via http://twitter.com/SamVanhoutte.

Integration of things; building on Azure IoT for industrial IoT solutions

In the past 2 years, Sam has been working on several Internet of Things projects with different customers in Europe. To build an overall IoT solution, a lof of different technologies and skills are needed and the role of an architect is crucial to combine all the different services into a solid solution. In this talk, you will understand more about the DNA of a typical IoT solution, based on Microsoft Azure. You will see the different pitfalls that come with implementing Industrial IoT solutions. Sam will explain how the different challenges regarding security, connectivity, legacy systems, data structures, rules and integration were tackled in the different projects.


Panel discussions

Have burning questions about Azure? Here’s your chance to engage our speakers in an Q&A panel discussion. Expect heated discussions and a few laughs as our expert panelists discuss hot topics and their experiences that come from working with the most interesting and advanced customer cases in the world.

Thursday Panel

Panelists: Maarten Balliauw, Saravana Kumar, Magnus Mårtensson & Aleksandar Nikolic. Moderated by Sakari Nahi.

Panelists discuss Serverless, data platform / databases, microservices, global solutions, IaaS vs. PaaS.

Friday Panel

Panelists: Mike Martin, Dan Rosanova, Alan Smith & Sam Vanhoutte. Moderated by Karl Ots.

Panelists discuss IoT, Machine Learning, containers and critical applications.


Sponsors

Organizers

Sakari Nahi

@sakarinahi

Karl Ots

@fincooper

Teemu Tapanila

@tapanilat