[Online] Configure It Out: A Better Way To Manage Cloud Apps

Join Insight Digital Innovation and us online on Tuesday, September 22nd, at 6:00 PM. Product managers like the ability to change every little aspect of apps dynamically. Creating configuration systems from scratch can be time-consuming. And suppose your application employs a microservices architecture. In that case, you can increase the configuration complexity tenfold to account for intra-services communications. If your team is interested in building apps with flexible configuration, this session is for you!

Product Manager: We want to integrate our app with an external service to see their data in one place. We talked with their team, and it looks like we can get all the data we need from five endpoints.
Devs: Sure, this sounds easy enough! Do we have more details?
PM: Yes, these five endpoints are from three of their services, so that we will have three different URLs. They have three different environments UAT, staging, and prod, which we will query against in each phase of development. Each will have its own set of usernames and passwords. They throttle their endpoints, and those limits can change per our agreements. Hence, they mentioned having flexible wait/retry policies when hitting their services. I am discussing it more with the PMs of our existing services. We don’t know which internal triggers will be initially turned on/off. We initially want to roll this feature out to only a few customers with relatively less traffic, monitor their responses, and gradually roll out to other customers. I want to manage this and am hoping there is some UI that I can work with.
Devs: We might have spoken a little too soon when we said this would be easy. Creating configuration and feature management alone would take more effort than the actual API calls.

The meeting presenter is Sachin Pandit.

Sachin, an Azure consultant at Insight Digital Innovation, will walk us through one of Azure’s latest offerings – Azure App Configuration. Sachin is a software developer with over ten years of experience in building distributed applications and is currently in a team lead role at Insight. His primary focus is to provide best practices in cloud-native architecture to clients in and around the Charlotte region.

The meeting sponsor is Insight Digital Innovation.

Insight DI is a services firm specializing in Cloud Enablement, Data & AI, Intelligent Apps, IoT & Smart Edge, DevOps, Digital Strategy, and Transformational Services, providing services for companies globally.
Learn more at https://www.insight.com/en_US/what-we-do/digital-innovation.html

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August Meeting: Cloud Tales from the Trenches (Lightning Talks)

Join Insight and us on Tuesday, August 27th, at 6:00 PM in the Redwood Conference Room of the Microsoft Charlotte Office for our 21st Anniversary meeting. Started in August 1998 by co-founder Bill Jones, the Guild created a vital community where enthusiasts can share knowledge. For 21 years, we have been gathering to assist software developers in the exploration of new processes and technologies. Here’s to many more!

This month, we will have a series of 20-minute talks on our favorite cloud topics. Each could easily be an entire Guild presentation by itself! But for this meeting, we’ll get right to the meat while giving you enough context and info to research further on your own.

Secure Hosting Patterns for Azure PaaS Compute – Joe Eager

In this session, we will explore an alternative design pattern for securing Azure App Services. The goal is to show ways of segmenting off your PaaS hosting environment without using an App Service Environment to save you money and improve your security footprint.

Joe is a Cloud Solution Architect at Insight specializing in solution strategy and has been an IT consultant for 20+ years.

API Security Patterns using AAD – Sachin Pandit

API service authentication can be challenging to configure and ensuring security is a must in today’s environment. In this session, we will review service to service authentication patterns that work for our projects.

Sachin is a Senior Software Engineer Consultant at Insight specializing in Cloud Development and has been an IT consultant in the Charlotte area for 10+ years.

Managing Azure App Configurations and Deployments – Ben Westmoreland

Application configuration and secret management have evolved over the last few years with the continual advancement of DevOps tooling and Azure cloud capabilities. Let’s review some high-level approach to managing your app’s config and setting up maintainable deployment pipelines.

Ben is a Practice Manager specializing in cloud strategy and digital transformation. He has been an IT consultant in the Charlotte area for 20+ years.

The meeting sponsor is Insight.

Today, every business is a technology business. Insight Enterprises Inc. empowers organizations of all sizes with Insight Intelligent Technology Solutions™ and services to maximize the business value of IT. As a Fortune 500-ranked global provider of digital innovation, cloud and data center transformation, connected workforce, and supply chain optimization solutions and services, we help clients successfully manage their IT today while transforming for the future. From IT strategy and design to implementation and management, our 6,600+ employees help clients innovate and optimize their operations to run business smarter.

On August 1, 2018, Cardinal was acquired by Insight Enterprises, joining the Digital Innovation solution area. Our combined capabilities, deep expertise, and a shared passion for client relationships make us the partner to work closely with you to drive the results businesses are seeking. Discover more at http://www.insight.com.

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