July Meeting: How to Make Life Easier with Code Generation

Join Cardinal Solutions and us on Tuesday, July 24th, at 6:00 PM in the EBC/CBC Conference Room at the Microsoft Charlotte Office. Graham will discuss his experiences, the ups and downs of tools and share his favorite. And also show how advanced code generation makes our lives easier.

*** Access to the EBC/CBC Conference Room is through the FIRST entrance for the building on the left. ***

The meeting presenter is Graham Kerswell.

Graham Kerswell is currently based in Mooresville NC working in the Banking sector. He studied computer science at the Laurentian University and has worked with leading companies in a variety of business sectors including Seismic data services, Automotive Manufacturing, Legal, Education, and Banking. He has been providing software solutions for over 20 years. Graham has been an advocate for development tools and has tried many over the years, always trying to improve upon his mission of “work smarter.”

The meeting sponsor is Cardinal Solutions.

Cardinal Solutions delivers digital solutions across cloud, data and analytics, mobile, and web. We have 500 employees in seven offices who use an Agile process to collaborate with clients across the country, delivering the right solutions that users embrace, and providing strategic guidance and training to help advance businesses. Learn more at www.cardinalsolutions.com.

Please RSVP so we know how much food to order.

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April Meeting: Cloud-First Lightning Talks

Join Cardinal Solutions and us on Tuesday, April 24th, at 6:00 PM in the Redwood Conference Room (formerly named MPR or the Multi-Purpose Room) of the Microsoft Charlotte Office. This month, we will have a series of 20 min talks centered around our favorite topic: Cloud! Each could easily be an entire Guild presentation by itself, so we’ll get right to the meat while giving you enough context and info to research further on your own.

CI/CD for Serverless – Ben Westmoreland

The Azure Function offerings are quickly becoming a mainstream approach for getting things out the door more frequently and more reliably. Going serverless doesn’t mean missing out on the great workflows, CI/CD, and other options in your deployment pipeline. In this session, we will explore methods to incorporate Azure Functions into your DevOps workflow including build and release approaches, as well as approaches for automated testing and environment provisioning.

Ben is a Managing Consultant at Cardinal specializing in DevOps strategy and has been an IT consultant in the Charlotte area for 20+ years

Scaling Containers with Kubernetes and AKS – Jason Petrin

Containers are rightfully touted as a must-have tool in your DevOps toolkit, reducing operations overhead and providing scalability. Containerizing apps in some cases can be as easy as checking a box, but scaling them isn’t as straightforward. In this session, we will discuss scaling Docker containers with Kubernetes and Azure Container Services (AKS) as well as demonstrate how Kubernetes can deal with changing workloads.

Jason is a Principal Consultant at Cardinal with expertise in cloud architecture and 20 years of experience in IT.

.NET Examples of Key Cloud Patterns – Lloyd Faulkner

Just because you have microservices or have deployed to Azure doesn’t mean your app is optimized for the cloud. We’ll look at some of the most common design patterns you’ll want to employ in your app architecture to take advantage of the cloud, and particularly see .NET examples for implementing those patterns.

Lloyd is the AppDev Practice Manager for Cardinal’s Charlotte office, specializing in cloud architecture and agile processes.

The meeting sponsor is Cardinal Solutions.

Cardinal Solutions delivers digital solutions across cloud, data and analytics, mobile, and web. We have 500 employees in seven offices who use an Agile process to collaborate with clients across the country, delivering the right solutions that users embrace, and providing strategic guidance and training to help advance businesses.

Please RSVP so we know how much food to order.

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July Meeting: Mind Blowing Internet of Things Projects with Cognitive Services

Join Cardinal Solutions and us on Tuesday, July 25, at 6:00 PM in the Multi-Purpose Room (MPR) of the Microsoft Charlotte Office. We live in an exciting time where more and more everyday items “things” are becoming smart! See Dan’s latest IoT projects leveraging cloud services for machine learning. Dan is using Bluetooth Beacons and Azure Machine Learning to predict the health of his pets! Dan was awarded Microsoft Most Valuable Professional MVP for his engagement in the community around IoT and .NET. Also, Microsoft Channel 9 has featured Dan’s IoT projects eight times! Dan will also demonstrate how he developed Amazon Alexa skills to control his very own IoT, home automation system that he built that is controlling more than 30 different things with five different types of microcontrollers. This talk led to a civic hacking event where Dan’s Charlotte IoT user group built devices and cloud services to help enable Nick, a quadriplegic friend of the group, to be more self-sufficient. Nick can now use speech commands to do things like control the temperature of his jacket connected to his wheelchair batteries and regulate his temperature when he is in bed. Dan has published the code for many of his projects to be open source, and his articles and videos have over a million views.

The meeting presenter is Dan Thyer.

Dan is passionate about building cool stuff, writing articles, having fun with technology and talking about it in user groups. Dan is co-founder and CTO of Logical Advantage, www.logicaladvantage.com. Awarded by Microsoft as a Regional Director that consists of 150 of the world’s top technology visionaries from over 50 countries chosen specifically for cross-platform expertise, community leadership, and commitment to business results. Dan is president and founder of the Charlotte Internet of Things (IoT) and the Logical Advantage Charlotte Tech Talks user groups. Dan is on the steering committee of the Regional Internet of Things and the Enterprise Developers Guild. Dan was awarded Microsoft Most Valuable Professional MVP for his engagement in the community around IoT/cloud and Microsoft Channel 9 has featured Dan’s IoT projects eight times! Dan is an accomplished open source contributor, and his articles and videos have over a million views.

The meeting sponsor is Cardinal Solutions.

Cardinal Solutions is a national IT Solutions provider that delivers custom applications, strategic guidance, and training to help businesses work better, smarter, and easier. With over 450 employees across seven offices, we lead with our experience and expertise in digital solutions across mobile, web, analytics, and cloud. Collaboration with clients through an Agile process allows us to create the right solutions that users embrace and help advance businesses.

Please RSVP so we know how much food to order.

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April Meeting: Working with Azure IoT Hub and Stream Analytics

Join us and Cardinal Solutions on Tuesday, April 26, at 6:00 PM in the Multi-Purpose Room (MPR) of the Microsoft Charlotte Office. The Internet of Things (IoT) is a new and exciting technology that is generating a lot of buzz. In this presentation we will talk about what IoT is and demonstrate how to quickly implement a customer tracking solution. The tracking software consists of a Univeral Windows Platform Application running on Windows 10 IoT Core on Raspberry Pi hardware. The backend software is utilizing Azure IoT Hub with Azure Stream Analytics.

The meeting presenter is Jason Petrin.

Jason Petrin is a software engineer with nearly two decades of experience developing enterprise solutions. For the past 10 years he has been working as a consultant in the Charlotte area. Most recently, he has been focused on delivering Cloud based solutions.

You can follow him on Twitter at @jpetrin.

The meeting is sponsored by Cardinal Solutions.

Cardinal Solutions is an IT consulting firm that provides custom solutions, strategic guidance, and client training. Cardinal’s Application Development practice has expertise building high quality and innovative applications that can run on any platform and device.

Please RSVP so we know how much food to order.

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