Join my session on Global Azure ๐Ÿš€ 2024 – to get started in your Cloud Architect learning journey. ๐Ÿ’ช

Greetings to all #CloudMarathoner friends!

This week, we have a wonderful opportunity to learn from a number of different sessions by attending the Global Azure 2024 event. Yay!

Generally speaking, this event is a huge success as Microsoft community members all over the world are celebrating this occasion by submitting their session for acceptance. This year, I submitted my session with the Microsoft community in the USA, called GIMME CLOUD TALKS.

Global Azure 2024, catalog of sessions

As a #CloudMarathoner we submitted one session with a title – “How to get started in your Microsoft Azure Architect learning journey?”

And as you may already know, it was accepted by one of the organizers. Wooho!!!

Check out the LinkedIn post on this unique event!

In this lightning talk, I shared bits and tips on how you could get started in your Cloud Architect journey. Namely, we focused on designing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions exam objectives which is an important part of the AZ-305 exam.

By the end of the session, you should be well-informed on how to start your cloud learning journey and build toward your desired goal of becoming a Cloud Architect. As a complimentary bonus, I shared community created learning resources that will boost your knowledge, and help you get prepared for an important exam in 2024.

Please, check the recorded session below and let me know your feedback. Thank you!

Azure Spring Clean 2024 – Establishing Cloud Resource Hygiene with Azure using the latest tools

Hello eveyone,

Welcome to my blog created for a wonderful Azure Spring Clean event that happens once a year. I am very proud to be able to contribute with this post.

This year, I will do it a bit different by posting in this blog over the week by complementing the following agenda as we go ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Azure Governance and Tools
  • Bicep as your infrastructure-as-code (IaC)
  • Security and guardrails with Bicep
  • Demo

Azure Governanace

If you are familiar with the cloud governance, then it’s principals are also applied in Microsoft Azure. So, with governance concepts you could manage your cloud presence to better optimize your cloud resources to curb overspending, build defensive guardrails and identify over-provisioning or overspending on the resources. This principals and available Azure tools will help us align the right resources for the right applications which would lead us to a better cloud strategy.

To maximize your cloud governance and keep your resources & budget in check, you could do the following:

  1. Stay proactive with automation and alerts
  2. Identify over-spent in your Azure environment
  3. Standardize and use tagging in your Azure environment

Implementing governance is a proactive measure essential for achieving an organization’s objectives. However, many organizations tend to adopt a reactive approach, which can result in growing complexities, particularly as the IT environment scales. So, without proper control, the absence of governance practices may result in downtime and inefficient resource utilization. From the perspective of engineering teams, this could manifest as resource sprawl, diminished return on investment (imagine your project being halted!), and challenges in achieving standardization.”

Updates are coming …

Top 3% active speaker recognition from sessionize

Good morning friends!

I am excited to share another great recognition of our contributions to the Sessionize sessions in 2023. I am also thrilled to make it to the top 3% of active speakers.

Looking back to 2023, I am grateful to everyone for providing an opportunity to share my #cloud sessions with the community ๐Ÿ’ช

Here is the list of events where I got an opportunity to present and help learners in 2023:

  • Festive Tech Calendar 2023
  • Azure Back to School 2023
  • Gira Online Speakers Latam 2023
  • Gimme-Cloud-Talks-Global-Azure-2023
  • Azure Spring Clean 2023
  • Come Cloud with Us
  • Cloud Lunch and Learn


Thank you again for your support and continues encouragements to keep our #CloudMarathoner movement alive and thriving.

๐Ÿ“Œ Check out my public Sessionize profile and feel free to contact ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://lnkd.in/eUcQ2tWS #sharingiscaring ๐Ÿ’“

๐Ÿ“Œ Please, check out an associated LinkedIn post announcement and feel free to reach back if you have any suggestion or question. Thanks!

Awesome-Azure-Bicep repo ๐Ÿ’ช release #7 is out!

Hello Cloud Marathiner friends,

You are all welcome to check our latest release #7 which comes with 10X new contributions from four members ๐Ÿ‘‰ Release #7 details

Bug Fixes

I also teamed up with John Lokerse to troubleshoot and fix the link checkmark build in this release. In addition, our core member and Microsoft MVP, Luke Murray, has updated several links on his Bicep blog posts, as his URLs have been changed.

Summary

Thank you all for your continued support and stay tuned for upcoming contributions from the #CloudMarahoner #community.

Please, subscribe to #cloudmarathoner LinkedIn #tag and follow us ๐Ÿ”ฅ

Starting the 2024 season with an Azure Welsh user group event ๐ŸŽ‰

Hello, my dear Cloud marathoner friends,

Are you interested how to get started with Azure ๐Ÿš€ Architect exam in 2024 โ‰ ๐Ÿค”
Well, I was honored to present this session to the Welsh Azure User Group just a few days ago.

In this session,ย I discussed the most recent changes in the Microsoft Azure Architects Exam AZ-305. This will be super helpful if you are looking forward to taking that exam within the next few weeks/months.

What are the session details?

Did you know that the Microsoft Azure Architect exam gets updated 1-2 times a year? Thus, it might be troublesome to get ready for this exam with all the digital distractions and updates.

However, in this lightning talk below, I shared bits and tips on how to focus on the AZ-305 Designing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions exam objectives and help you prepare with the latest information.

Have a question?

Have a comment or suggestion about my latest AZ-305 session?
Great, please check out the associated LinkedIn post and share your feedback. Thank you.

Celebrating MCT Regional Lead announcements

Hello, my dear Cloud Marathoners!

As a #cloudmarathoner, I am excited ๐Ÿ˜ to share with you ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ an awesome news that I have been selected as MCT Regional Lead for the year 2024 from the USA ๐ŸŽ‰

I would like to thank everyone, including my MCT (Microsoft Certified Trainer) colleagues who nominated me for this important role to help our community of MCTs.

Special thanks ๐Ÿ™ go to Dwayne Natwick, ๐ŸŽผBrian Gorman, Jared Bell, Jason Keplinger, and Microsoft MCT leadership for recognizing my #community contributions and continued support๐Ÿ‘

๐Ÿค” Well, who are the MCT Regional Leads โ“

MCT Regional Leads are a group of experienced MCTs committed to providing community connection and support to MCTs at the regional level. The Regional Leads promote MCT career opportunities, mentor new trainers, and continue to advocate for programs and resources meeting MCT needs.

I am truly thrilled to meet, collaborate, and contribute with fellow MCT Regional Leads and the MCT community from all around the world ๐ŸŒ ๐ŸŒ

๐Ÿ“ž Need help from MCT Regional Lead then let’s connect ๐Ÿ˜‰

Check out my LinkedIn post on this matter an feel free to ask questions in comments section.

Happy New Year dear #CloudMarathoner community !!!

Hello dear Cloud Marathoners!

I would like to “Thank You” ALL the community members in the #cloudmarathoner for their support and continued contributions in 2023 ๐Ÿ™Œ ๐ŸŽ‰ ๐ŸŽˆ

Your continued dedication to learning, sharing, and excelling at cloud knowledge has a great impact on everyone.

The #CloudMarathoner hashtag followers on the LinkedIn platform

Our community is growing

Thank you again for your continuedย feedbackย andย support!
Our community has grown to 1800+ members and we can reach and empower more people now than ever before ๐Ÿ’ช.

Again and again, โ€œHUGE THANK YOU!โ€ to everyone who has #shared and contributed to the #CloudMarathoner posts on social media.

We are having โ€œGREATโ€ progress that will continue to provide the power of #knowledge to empower and elevate the people.

IN SUMMARY

Thank you for being a true “trailblazer of the cloud” by being the #cloudmarathoner!

Please, actively check our #CloudMarathoner #tagย on LinkedIn. Share and tag information with the community.

[Book Review] What you need to know about Kubernetes Best Practices: Blueprints for Building Successful Applications on Kubernetes, 2nd edition โ‰ ๐Ÿค”

Hello friends,

A few weeks ago, I received a book from Microsoft – “Kubernetes Best Practices: Blueprints for Building Successful Applications on Kubernetes”, authored by Brendan BurnsEdward VillalbaDavid Strebel and Lachlan Evenson, and in this post, I will review and share my observations and impressions with the #cloud#community.

The key strength of Kubernetes lies in its modularity and versatility. Virtually any type of application you aim to deploy can be accommodated within the Kubernetes framework, and it can handle a wide range of adjustments or optimizations to meet your specific requirements.

However, this adaptability and generality do come with a trade-off – a moderate level of complexity. It’s essential to have a solid grasp of how Kubernetes’ APIs and components function to unlock its full potential for simplifying application development, management, and deployment. Equally critical is understanding how to seamlessly integrate Kubernetes with various external systems, such as on-premise databases and continuous delivery pipelines, to make it a practical solution in real-world scenarios.

Throughout this book, authors strived to offer insights based on real-world experience, covering topics that are likely to be encountered by cloud engineers and developers, whether they are new to Kubernetes or seasoned administrators. Whether you’re exploring a new area to become an expert or seeking a refresher on familiar challenges, authors aim is to facilitate your learning journey.

By following these best practices, you can tap into authors’ collective experience to avoid common pitfalls, enhance performance and security, and gain the confidence to maximize the benefits of Kubernetes.

Thank you for reading my short review of the book, as it looks like a solid resource for real-world endeavors of cloud engineering and development!

Did you read any related book recently that made an impact on youโ“
Please, share your feedback in the comments ๐Ÿ’ฌ

Please, check my LinkedIn post to share your feedback. Thanks.

Thankful to be renominated for Microsoft Azure MVP in 2023

Hello, Cloud Marathoner community!

This week was huge, as we celebrated the 4th of July my eyes were on inbox for notifications to see the MVP nomination response from Microsoft.

MVP AWARD ANNONCEMENTs

I am thrilled and humbled to share with all of you that we are renewed as Microsoft Azure MVP for another year. YAY!!!


The email that I received was one of the best notifications of 2023 so far. Finally, an email below came out with an invitation to us (#cloudmarathoners) to accept the Microsoft MVP Award.

AWARD notification to CloudMarthoner

The email notification below is the highest recognition of the value and continues support that we (#CloudMarathoner) community do provide to everyone who is going through #cloudjourney and the career transformation process in their life.

-Microsoft MVP award notification email

YOU are all MVPs

Yes, that is right, this nomination and reward belongs to all of us. Because we are a unique community that shared interesting and informative posts and encouraged everyone to start their cloud journey.

Congrats to Martin on becoming Microsoft MVP

As you might know, an active member of our #cloudmarathoner community, Martin Dimovski, became an MVP just a few weeks ago. I have congratulated him on social channels as he truly embraced the #cloudmarathoner community and become one of the vocal people in our community. So, please join me in congratulating him.

What it takes to be an MVP

The MVP Award is a global program of recognized technology experts and community leaders who actively supporting technical communities through unique, innovative, and consistent knowledge sharing. These community leaders actively contribute to support the developer and IT Pro communities worldwide, helping them learn, build, and use our products. Learn below what the Microsoft MVP Program seeks for recognition of future community leaders.

Demonstrate community leadership and influence

Our program finds strength in diversity, inclusion, and positive influence. Inโ€ฏallโ€ฏour interactions, we aspire to embody and champion these values as a program and as a community. Qualifying applicants must demonstrate leadership and ability to facilitate the sharing of knowledge with others, promote inclusive activities, and advance social good to support the community and under-represented groups.

Be a technical expert

Community leaders must have deep knowledge and expertise aligned to a Microsoft product or service or related open-source technologies. Through community work, qualifying applicants should be able to demonstrate their technical expertise.

Be a great advocate for the community

Leverage your technical expertise to advocate in the technical community. Qualifying applicants should generate local and global awareness that supports adoption and learning of Microsoft products & services through authentic connections, online/offline activities, and community enablement.

Contribute to the success of our products

Qualifying applicants should use their ability to discover and recommend improvements to Microsoft products & services through Microsoft official feedback channels (e.g., GitHub, Tech Community, etc.) or work on open-source extensions within the ecosystem.

Microsoft MVP page

massive Thank you for support!

I just want to say a massive, heartfelt thank you to all of you phenomenal individuals and organizations (T-REX Solutions, Cloud Lunch and Learn, MVP Community and LinkedIn community) for being my cheerleaders, my mentors, and my friends throughout my Microsoft MVP work and cloud journey. Your continued support has not only made me leapfrog personal and professional milestones but has also injected me with a hefty dose of confidence and determination.

I feel incredibly blessed to have such an extraordinary network of rockstars supporting me, and I can’t wait to keep on growing, learning, and rocking the tech world alongside each and every one of you! Sending you all a virtual bear hug filled with gratitude and joy!

What is Next?

I am still in a pleasant shock, and simply to say that โ€œI am proud and humbled to receive this awardโ€ is an understatement. I am truly proud to be recognized along the way with the rest of the #MVP community while helping the #CloudMarathoner community to grow and prosper.

I am really happy to continue this cloud journey and invite you โ€“ the Cloud Marathoners โ›…๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ to join as well and be an important part of this community!!!

Our #CloudMarathoner community is over 1600+ members strong ๐Ÿ’ช

Hello, Cloud Marathoner friends!

We started the #CloudMarathoner community and cloud learning journey approximately 3+ years ago with few posts and followers. My main intention in starting this hashtag is to help everyone learn the #cloud #fundamentals & #architecture while sharing training resources that could help you in your awesome #cloud journey.

We ARE GROWING every month

Thank you for your continuedย feedbackย andย support!
Our #CloudMarathoner community is over 1600+ members strong and we are growing it every month. This community of contributors and members like Hugo Barona, Jackson Feldon, new MVP – Martin Dimovski, John Lokerse and many other leaders are able to reach and inspire many more people every day and week.

#CloudMarathoner on LinkedIn channel

IN summary

Thank you.. Thank you… and Thank you so much for ALL you do!


For being a true #cloudmarathoner in learning the #cloud and sharing it with your community!

Please, check the #CloudMarathoner #tag on LinkedIn or Twitter and share information that you find helpful.