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The Cloud Architects Podcast
47 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 48: Digital fatigue and laying your pipes
2020 has been an interesting and very different year for most of us. We're doing more things online than ever before - Microsoft recently announced that Teams reached 115 million daily active users, but this new normal extends well beyond the business world. There are countless positive stories of how technology has helped teachers connect with students or doctors connect with patients, but there are some not-so-positive consequences too. In this episode, Anna, Nic and Warren talk about Microsoft Ignite that took place recently and explore the concept of digital fatigue and how to set some boundaries (or lay your pipes) to help protect your mental health. Anna Chu is a Senior Product Marketing Manager at Microsoft responsible for working across the Microsoft Tech Community and MVP communities to engage with the IT Pro audience. This involves driving partnerships between engineering and marketing that influence product roadmaps and leading community strategy to enable best practice sharing between customers - in turn facilitating a natural feedback loop between the people who build Microsoft Office products and services and the people who implement them. You can follow Anna on Twitter - https://twitter.com/_achu A transcript of this episode can be viewed here: https://gist.github.com/TheCloudArch/0e61751742e71609222e7d10dda7eb5c
40 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 47: "Never trust, always verify"
Zero Trust is a term that is thrown around a lot these days and seems to mean many different things to different folks. At its core, Zero Trust is a philosophy or security concept whereby no one is trusted by default on the network, and verification is always required from everyone attempting to access any resources. In this episode we sit down with Ashwin Pal to better understand Zero Trust, why it can be complex to adopt and how to get started on your journey. Ashwin Pal is the Director of Cyber Security for APAC at Unisys and has over 20 years' experience in the cyber security industry. Ashwin is currently responsible for running the security business within the APAC region for Unisys. The focus of his role is the management of the service line and delivery capabilities across all lines of Cyber Security Services. This role is the CISO level representative and has responsibility for CISO advisory for key clients, leading sales engagements to C level executives within the region, providing project based quality assurance, providing input into new product development, client, P&L and staff management. Feel free to connect with Ashwin on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashwin-pal-a1769a5/ You can download Ashwin's Zero Trust - Demystified white paper here: https://thearchitects.cloud/downloads/BR_200380_ZeroTrustDemystified_V1.pdf A transcript of this episode can be viewed here: https://gist.github.com/TheCloudArch/c8bec6db1d47fc5ea45b725e818f5372
46 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 46: Teams and PowerShell with Lee Ford
Microsoft Teams has seen some incredible growth in recent months as many organizations worldwide adjust to a new normal that involves a remote, work from home workforce. In late April, Microsoft announced that it had seen a 70% increase in Teams usage, increasing to more than 75 million daily active users and seeing 200 million meeting participants in a single day for the first time. In this episode, we talk to MVP Lee Ford about his experience working with Teams, adoption of Teams features such as direct routing and some really handy PowerShell scripts he's written. Lee Ford is a Microsoft MVP (Office Development) and Solution Architect for Symity and is based in Birmingham, UK. Lee works predominantly with Microsoft Teams but also dabbles in other technologies such as Azure, PowerShell, Power Platform, and Microsoft 365. Follow Lee on Twitter (https://twitter.com/lee_ford) and be sure to check out his blog at www.lee-ford.co.uk A transcript of this episode can be viewed here https://gist.github.com/TheCloudArch/44e51ecc190a8569e0c95e7406d4d316
27 minutes | 5 months ago
Ignite 2020 Special Edition
It's almost time for Microsoft Ignite 2020, but this year things are going to be a little different. In this special episode, Anna Chu (a.k.a The Community Khaleesi) gives us some inside info about what to expect this year and how you can get involved! If you're interested in being part of Ignite this year, the Microsoft Ignite Call for Moderators. (https://t.co/AQQQuTAOKl) is now open and closes on August, 24. Anna Chu is a Senior Product Marketing Manager at Microsoft responsible for working across the Microsoft Tech Community and MVP communities to engage with the IT Pro audience. This involves driving partnerships between engineering and marketing that influence product roadmaps and leading community strategy to enable best practice sharing between customers - in turn facilitating a natural feedback loop between the people who build Microsoft Office products and services and the people who implement them. You can follow Anna on Twitter (https://twitter.com/_achu)
36 minutes | 6 months ago
Episode 45: Microsoft 365 Security For IT Pros
There is no denying that the rate of change in the Microsoft Cloud in astounding. Microsoft continues to innovate and improve very rapidly with new features often being deployed weekly. Security and Compliance is understandably a huge area of focus and it can be a challenge to stay up to date with all the continuous change - this challenge requires an innovative solution. We're excited to talk to our old friend and fellow MVP Michael Van Horenbeeck about his new book project 'Microsoft 365 Security for IT Pros' - a book all about Microsoft 365 Security with a monthly update cadence. Michael Van Horenbeeck specializes in a variety of products and services from the Microsoft 365 product stack, more specifically within Enterprise Mobility + Security, Azure Active Directory, Office 365, etc. He is one of the handful experts in the world to hold both the Microsoft Certified Solutions Masters for Messaging certification and the Office Apps & Services MVP award at the same time. Over the last 18 years, he has worked with various technologies and solutions from different vendors, mainly focusing in the area of Security, Messaging, Collaboration and Intelligent Communications. He works with customers around the globe, helping them to design, implement, migrate, consolidate and secure various solutions and services based on Microsoft's M365 offerings. You can also find him speaking at several international conferences such as Microsoft Ignite, TechSummits, Mobile Workplace Conference. Follow Michael on Twitter https://twitter.com/vanhybrid Check out Microsoft 365 Security For IT Pros at https://m365securitybook.com A transcript of [this episode can be viewed here: https://gist.github.com/TheCloudArch/8c0ab26b4ab7dc9ce192987744193758
62 minutes | 8 months ago
Episode 44: "Security is a business enabler and a risk reducer.."
We're Back! Yes! it's been a little while since we last recorded an episode. Needless to say, the COVID-19 situation globally upset our planned travel and recording schedule just a little. We hope you and yours are keeping safe and well during these crazy times. In this episode we delve into Cybersecurity, something that has been very topical for many organizations as they have been forced to operate remotely during COVID-19. Our guest, Francisco Donoso helps unpack and explain some common security concepts and shares the top three things you can do to help your organization be safer in today's cyber world. Francisco Donoso is the Director of Global Security Strategy at Kudelski Security, a global pure-play security services provider. His passion and hobby is researching and understanding Nation-State hacking or “APT” capabilities and tools. He has been on the forefront of research into the Equation Group’s post-exploitation tools and capabilities since their release by the Shadow Brokers and has spoken about this research at Derbycon, Thotcon, Microsoft Bluehat, and other conferences. You can connect with Fran on Twitter (https://twitter.com/Francisckrs) A transcript of this episode can be viewed here: https://gist.github.com/TheCloudArch/d88bff2c63e0547c7a23f49d7d7c5402
44 minutes | 10 months ago
Episode 43: "Skype is an apple, but Teams is a fruit salad.."
There is no denying the ever-increasing popularity of Microsoft Teams. Microsoft recently reported an unprecedented spike in Teams usage due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, with usage rising to more than 44 million daily users - showing an increase of 12 million users over the course of just seven days. When I sat down with fellow MVPs Paul Bloem and Andrew Morpeth in Auckland, New Zealand last month, we would never have predicted the current work from home situation that most of us find ourselves in at the moment. We did however talk about their favorite new Teams features, social contracts, Teams modes and of course the adoption of various features and functionality in Teams. Paul Bloem is a Collaboration Principal Consultant, Microsoft MVP, Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams enthusiast with almost 30 years experience in numerous disciplines of Enterprise voice solutions. You can connect with Paul on Twitter (https://twitter.com/PaulB_NZ) or at ucsorted.com Andrew Morpeth is passionately devoted to providing customers the best advice on Microsoft centric modern communication & collaboration solutions, and to help drive productivity through user adoption and process automation. With 10+ years as a Unified Communications Consultant specializing in Lync, Skype for Business and now Microsoft Teams, Andrew provides deep insight into what solutions are best for any given customer. You can connect with Andrew on Twitter(https://twitter.com/AndrewMorpeth) or at ucgeek.co
41 minutes | 10 months ago
Episode 42: Multi-vendor cloud management with Microsoft Azure
Multi-cloud is a hot topic at the moment and in this episode we talk to Rick Claus and Joey Snow - a.k.a Patch And Switch from Microsoft about this new trend. Is Azure the cloud to rule them all or is a sound multi-cloud strategy essential in today cloud world? Rick Claus engages in person and online with the worldwide Ops community on behalf of Microsoft. As a Cloud Advocate on the Azure engineering team, his role is to connect with technical communities in order to share knowledge about the ecosystem and capture feedback on how to make things better. You can connect with Rick on Twitter (https://twitter.com/RicksterCDN). Joey Snow is a Senior Program Manager in the Customer and Partner Success Team for the Microsoft Identity Division. Previously Joey worked as an IT Pro Evangelist working with Windows Server, Windows Client and Windows Azure. You can connect with Joey on Twitter(https://twitter.com/joeysnow). Be sure to check out their podcast - Patch And Switch (https://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/Patch-And-Switch) A transcript of this episode can be viewed here:(https://gist.github.com/TheCloudArch/7dfc6ddb3c596713583beecab06fe56b) and can also be downloaded in the following formats: * .pdf(https://thearchitects.cloud/transcript/episode42.pdf) * .srt(https://thearchitects.cloud/transcript/episode42.srt)
34 minutes | a year ago
Episode 41: Azure AD B2B, bring your own identity and viral accounts
Azure AD business-to-business (B2B) collaboration allows organizations to securely share applications and services with guest users from any other organization, while maintaining control over their data. In this episode we chat to returning guest Elisabeth Olson about some of the improvements in the B2B experience, the new bring your own identity functionality and she even helps Warren solve his viral account problem. Elisabeth Olson is a Senior Program Manager at Microsoft with over a decade of varied experiences, including contributing directly to SharePoint, Windows, and Microsoft Identity. Elisabeth is passionate about creating great features that remove obstacles and empower users, and she believes that considering the end-to-end experience for all users is critical to a successful product. You can connect with Elisabeth on Twitter (https://twitter.com/ElisOl) Here are some links to the admin take over process discussed during the episode: * Take over an unmanaged directory as administrator in Azure Active Directory (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/users-groups-roles/domains-admin-takeover) * Perform an internal admin takeover in Office 365 (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/admin/misc/become-the-admin?view=o365-worldwide)
31 minutes | a year ago
Episode 40: "There's one docs place and one training place.."
docs.microsoft.com is the new home for all Microsoft documentation and Microsoft Learn is a free, online training platform that provides interactive learning for Microsoft products - There has been significant investment in these platforms in recent years. We caught up with Erin Rifkin to talk about these platforms, the success of Microsoft Learn and how they've grown from 80 to over 700 modules in one year. Erin Rifkin is a General Manager at Microsoft where she leads a team responsible for the architectural guidance, documentation and training for several Microsoft products and platforms. Erin has over 15 years of demonstrated experience in program and product management, leadership in technical and non-technical environments, enablement, documentation, and training. You can connect with Erin on Twitter (https://twitter.com/erinrifkin) Here are some links discussed during the episode: * Microsoft Learn - (https://microsoft.com/learn) * docs.microsoft.com - (https://docs.microsoft.com/)
48 minutes | a year ago
Episode 39: "Do I really need to monitor Office 365?"
A move to the cloud is almost always accompanied by change. Sometimes these changes are pretty obvious and easy to grasp while other times they are more of paradigm shift - one such shift is in the way we monitor out deployments. Monitoring your tenant and supporting services won't prevent a service problem, but it will help you to respond proactively when one occurs and let your users know about the problem before they start alerting you. In this episode we'll talk to Justin Harris, CTO of ENow Software about how monitoring cloud services is radically different from monitoring traditional on-premises infrastructure and why it is important to get it right. We'll also delve into the built-in tools you can use in your own Office 365 tenant and why you may way to consider augmenting those with some third-party monitoring tools. Justin Harris is a 20+ year technology veteran with a wide range of vertical industry exposure that has a knack for understanding how market trends introduce market needs. Justin directs functional and technical teams in working towards a common goal as Chief Technology Officer for Enow Software. Duties include working with a global partner and customer base, identifying relevant industry trends, identifying gaps in the market, pinpointing urgent problems that need to be solved, designing targeted solutions, crafting go to market messaging, educating internal and external customers and providing support for the sales and marketing teams. You can connect with Justin on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/justin-harris-40b11/) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/ntexcellence) and be sure to check out ENow Software (https://www.enowsoftware.com/)
42 minutes | a year ago
Episode 38: Outlook for Mac - No longer a second-class citizen..
Outlook for Mac has come a long way since it's humble beginnings as Microsoft Entourage. As avid Outlook for Mac users ourselves, Nic and I were excited to sit down with Alessio and Jessica to talk about the history, the much anticipated new version of the product and how important your feedback is to the team building it! Alessio Roic is a Group Program Manager and 23-year veteran at Microsoft where he leads the product management team for Outlook for Mac. Alessio is passionate about driving the adoption of agile methodologies, data driven design, growth strategies and customer focus. You can connect with Alessio [on LinkedIn](https://www.linkedin.com/in/alessioroic/) or via email (listen to show for email address). Jessica Wilczek is a Outlook + Exchange Product Marketing Manager at Microsoft focusing on Outlook Mobile, Outlook for Mac, and Bookings. Jessica is driven by challenges, loves to think outside the box, and has a passion for analytical problem solving with creative solutions. You can connect with Jessica [on LinkedIn](https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessicawilczek/) or via email. Here's a link to Outlook for Mac on UserVoice: * Outlook for Mac - Business (https://outlook.uservoice.com/forums/335538-outlook-for-mac-business)
45 minutes | a year ago
Episode 37: "Rumors of the death of email have been greatly exaggerated"
Message transport in Office 365 "Just works" and is often considered to be the plumbing of the service. Despite the rise in popularity of social messaging apps, 62% of business professionals prefer email for business communications and the number of emails delivered daily worldwide is forecast to grow 18% by 2023. In this episode we chat to Kevin Shaughnessy about some of the message transport enhancements and innovation announced at Microsoft Ignite recently. Kevin Shaughnessy is a Senior Program Manager at Microsoft and leads the M365 Exchange Transport team's efforts to address customer mail flow challenges and requests. A 23-year Microsoft veteran, Kevin's breadth and depth of experience across multiple disciplines (Technical Support, Technical Marketing, Analyst Relations, and Engineering) makes him uniquely qualified to transform existing customer experiences into new email innovations and solutions that target the needs of the modern mail flow admin. You can connect with Kevin on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevin-shaughnessy-a9b0a31/) or via email. Here are some additional links discussed in the episode: * Me Too! - The story of “Bedlam DL3” on Tech Community (https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/exchange-team-blog/me-too/ba-p/610643) * Exchange Team Blog You Had Me at EHLO.. (https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/exchange-team-blog/bg-p/Exchange) * Ignite Session: BRK3312 (https://myignite.techcommunity.microsoft.com/sessions/79364?source=speakerdetail)
22 minutes | a year ago
Episode 36: All about Microsoft FastTrack
Ever heard of Microsoft FastTrack? FastTrack helps customers deploy Microsoft cloud solutions - customers with eligible subscriptions can use FastTrack at no additional cost for the life of their subscription. We sat down with Jennifer Burdett from the FastTrack Team to talk about what FastTrack is, how you can make the most of this benefit and how partners can compliment this offering. Jennifer Burdett is a Senior Program Manager on the FastTrack Team at Microsoft, her area of focus is on email and endpoint security. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering her time to many causes such as hosting a Microsoft DigiGirlz event each year, being part of the Women@Microsoft group, and improving diversity in the industry. Feel free to connect with Jennifer on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferb...) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/jburdett7) Check out Jennifer's community work here: * DigiGirlz Winnipeg on Twitter (https://twitter.com/digigirlzwpg) * Women in Communications & Technology Manitoba on Twitter (https://twitter.com/wctmanitoba)
63 minutes | a year ago
Episode 35: Calendar - Outlook's unsung hero!
If you're like me, your Outlook Calendar is the first thing you look at every morning and the last thing you look at before heading off to bed - days seem to get more and more busy and we need some way to organize and schedule our daily lives. For many of us though, the calendar functionality built into Outlook is something we all take for granted. In this episode, we'll talk to Julia Foran who is a Program Manager on Outlook Calendar and works on the server-side features that are consumed by the Outlook clients. We talk about Ignite announcements and some of the improvements coming to Outlook Calendar. Julia Foran is a Principal Program Manager on the Office 365 calendar platform and is responsible for maintaining service quality and innovating new calendar scenarios. A core objective of her team is to identify existing features that can be improved, and do the necessary backend work to improve the experience. Feel free to connect with Julia on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliaforan/
43 minutes | a year ago
Episode 34: Azure For AWS Professionals
With the explosive growth of cloud services, many organizations suddenly find themselves having to manage multiple cloud environments, either intentionally or by coincidence due to mergers, acquisitions or other such events. With Azure and AWS being two of the most popular choices, we talk to Azure MVP Mike Pfeiffer who is also AWS certified about the parallels between the two services, things to consider when running two clouds and discuss if multi-cloud makes more sense as a transitional state or long-term mode of operation. Mike is a twenty-year tech industry veteran and entrepreneur. He's worked for some of the largest software companies in the world, including Microsoft and Amazon Web Services (AWS), and has launched two successful consulting businesses since 2003. Today, Mike is founder and Chief Technologist at CloudSkills.io, a cloud training and consulting firm. Feel free to connect with Mike on LinkedIn(https://www.linkedin.com/in/mpfeiffer/), Twitter (https://twitter.com/mike_pfeiffer) or at https://cloudskills.io
45 minutes | a year ago
Episode 33: Data warehousing, data lakes and big data with SQLChick
Data warehousing is a massive topic! We've all heard of data lakes, data swamps and big data in general, but what does it all mean? We sat down with Melissa Coates (a.k.a SQLChick) in an attempt to gain an understanding of this complex topic and definitely learned a thing or two in the process. Melissa Coates is a data architect with a focus on data warehousing, data lake, and business intelligence solutions in the cloud. Melissa is the owner of Coates Data Strategies, she produces training courses to help data professionals be successful deploying technologies with the Microsoft data platform. She also provides technical writing and consulting projects related to Azure and Power BI. You can follow Melissa on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SQLChick)
40 minutes | a year ago
Episode 32: Adoption vs Consumption (and feeding your kids broccoli)
Adoption is top of mind for many organizations at the moment - be it adoption of a particular workload (like Microsoft Teams) or cloud services in general. Warren and Nic sat down with the always entertaining Tracy van der Schyff to talk about the difference between adoption and consumption and the concept of user empowerment. Facilitating the evolution of human capabilities – Tracy's passion is to empower people and therefore training and change management lie close to her heart. Her Mission is to positively impact WHAT and HOW people create, she believes that what we design or create, designs / creates us back (Ontological Design). It is about enabling others to serve themselves better, expand their possibilities, increase their capacity to learn, act more effectively and better design their future.. You can follow Tracy on Twitter at https://twitter.com/tracyvds
36 minutes | a year ago
Episode 31: Any cloud, anywhere over the internet with Philip Griffiths
Nic and Chris catch up with Philip Griffiths about next-generation WAN being delivered over the internet, how perimeter security is not everything and the challenge of working in a global networking company.
41 minutes | a year ago
Episode 30: The human side of adoption with Darrell Webster
Nic catches up with Darrell Webster (aka Darrell as a Service) to talk about cloud adoption messes, infrastructure challenges, people challenges, how to change rollout practices towards cloud adoption and so much more. Darrell is an Office 365 productivity and collaboration specialist for Adopt and Embrace. He relishes the opportunity to help individuals, teams and organisations to unlock the value in Office 365. He is active in the Microsoft Technical Community and firmly believes that the Community IS the expert. Darrell also helps to co-ordinate an online publication and Live show called RE:Office 365, where thought leaders share their stories, opinions and guidance regarding Office 365. His community efforts have been recognised with the Microsoft MVP award since 2013. Follow Darrell on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/darrellwebster/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/DarrellaaS Blog: webster.net.nz and contributing to regarding365.com
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