Global Azure Bootcamp 2018

Several cities (270!) around the world are today running in parallel one of the most relevant community events focused on Azure, the Global Azure Bootcamp 2018. It is Saturday, but many professionals and technology enthusiasts decided to spend part of the weekend to learn and share experiences on Azure. I had the pleasure to present in Verona’s edition, opening the day with the Keynote (together with Francesco Valerio Buccoli and Marco Parenzan), and with a breakout session focused on the Azure Data Platform. I would like to thank the community CloudGen, that organized the day for the 100 people that attended. Below a couple of photos taken during the day (Diego and Marco represented Insight at our sponsor booth).Ciao!Francesco@francedit

my week in Arizona @ Insight HQ and @ Data Platforms 2018 conference

I had a wonderful time this week in Arizona. Tonight I will fly back home, and I am bringing back with me a lot of new things that I have learned, so I am very very happy!Visit to Insight HQIt was my first time here at our HQ in Tempe. Everyone has been so nice with me, I really liked the spirit and the attitude of all of the people I met. I also had the opportunity to meet our CIO Mike Guggemos, that spent his precious time with me at lunch (thank you for inspiring me with your words) and introduced me to key people in our solutions and services division.The conferenceThe conference location is just amazing, located at the Wigwam Arizona resort.I had the opportunity to meet speakers from some of the most relevant companies in the Big Data world, including Facebook, AWS, Expedia, Qubole, etc. And I’d like to thank Qubole for giving me the opportunity to speak here, Kay and Matthew in particular. I hope the audience liked my session on Azure Data Lake, below a couple of pictures of the conferenceAnd, last but not least, during my commute times, I found … a coyote! (I know, I am probably the worst photographer on planet earth)Ciao!Francesco@francedit

Microsoft Digital Week, Data Platforms 2018 and Global Azure Bootcamp 2018

I have been quite busy with a few things in the last months, and I didn’t give a proper attention to this blog (I am also a bit of a lazy person sometimes ). So I am writing this article to do a quick recap of my extra-work activities done in the last months and what I am planning to do in the upcoming weeks.November 2017 -  WPC 2017 (Milano) – I worked with the rest of the team on the agenda of the conference. I think the conference went pretty well, based on the feedbacks that we received. I wrote a book, together with Roberto, on the Azure Data Platform, and it will be published soon. It has been a big effort and I literally spent days and nights of my personal time on that, I hope you will like it, once published. I have a lot of people to thank for the support, I will write an article once the book will be available.March 2018 - Microsoft Digital Week (Milano) – One entire week dedicated to technology, hosted by Microsoft in the Microsoft House. I presented together with my friend and colleague Diego a session on cloud and artificial intelligence, describing the work that we are doing for our customersApril 2018 – Data Platforms 2018 (Phoenix) - I will present a session on Azure Data Lake. I have never been to Arizona before, so I will also try to spend some time to be a tourist there. April 2018 – Global Azure Bootcamp 2018 (Verona) – I will present the new version of Azure Data Factory, that introduces a few interesting features for ETL scenarios.That’s all for now, I am planning some additional activities for communities, and I will use them as an excuse to publish another blog post, hope soon Ciao!Francesco@francedit

WPC 2016 – Assago (MI) – 29, 30 novembre e 1 dicembre 2016

Si rinnova l’appuntamento annuale con WPC, la principale conferenza italiana sulle tecnologie Microsoft. Anche quest’anno ho l’onore di far parte del gruppo che sta seguendo la preparazione dell’agenda. Un paio di novità: si torna al formato dei 3 giorni, e tornano le sessioni da 75min, per dare più spazio ai contenuti. L’agenda è praticamente pronta e online sono già disponibili molte sessioni. I contenuti sono di altissima qualità e gli speaker sono come sempre i più importanti sul mercato, tra MVP e dipendenti Microsoft. Le iscrizioni sono ancora aperte, le informazioni per la registrazione sono disponibili qui. Io avrò il piacere di tenere due sessioni: - Introduction to Azure Data Lake – una delle principali novità nella gestione dati su Azure, esploreremo tutte le possibilità offerte dai servizi di Data Lake insieme ad Andrea Uggetti di Microsoft - A Taxi driver and a Data Scientist met in New York. How Cortana Intelligence Suite changed their lives! – una sessione sulle analisi predittive e sulla suite Cortana per l’analisi dei dati, che cercheremo di presentare in maniera divertente, insieme a Mattia De Rosa di Microsoft Come Insight saremo presenti anche come Sponsor della conferenza, vi aspettiamo! Ciao! Francesco @francedit

Microsoft Future Decoded – slides online

Future Decoded is over, and it has been a great experience, as expected. Slides of my session are available on the Community Days website. I would like to thank Microsoft, the CommunityDays team and all the attendees, and of course all my Insight teammates/friends that were present at our stand (picture above ). If you want to watch the keynote with Scott Guthrie, you could visit the Future Decoded website. Breakout sessions will be also available online in the next few days. Ciao! Francesco @francedit

Microsoft Future Decoded – 6th and 7th October – Milan

This year’s edition of Future Decoded will be hosted in Milan, and the event will have a super guest, Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President of the Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise Group division, and the Microsoft top management of Microsoft Italy as well. You can choose from 6 different tracks, covering Cloud Platform, IoT, Modern Workplace etc.   We as Insight will be present as Gold sponsor, so don’t forget to stop by our booth during the event to meet us. I will also have the pleasure to deliver a talk on How to architect and design an hybrid solution using Microsoft Azure, and let me thank the CommunityDays team for giving me this opportunity. The event is full, but you can watch it in streaming using the registration form here See you there, Ciao! Francesco @francedit

FutureDecoded – Rome - November 12th 2015 – slides online

  Ciao, slides of sessions delivered at #FutureDecoded are online, and the video recording sessions will be also online very soon. Visit the CommunityDays website to be informed on the updates. Just one word to express my opinion on the conference: SPECTACULAR! Ciao! @francedit Francesco

my talk at Future Decoded – Rome 12th November 2015

I will have the honor to speak at Future Decoded in Rome, where an incredible list of guests will attend as keynote speakers. You cannot miss this unique opportunity to see Satya Nadella on stage, along with many Microsoft distinguished engineers, and the management of Microsoft Italy. My talk will cover Big Data and Machine Learning, and the full agenda of the event could be found here: https://www.microsoft.com/italy/futuredecoded/technical.html#close Ciao! Francesco @francedit

My sessions at WPC 2015 – Assago (Milano) 1st and 2nd December 2015

This edition of WPC 2015 will be full of great content. We’re are still working hard on the agenda, but you could see a preview here. I will deliver 3 sessions on the following topics: - What's new in SQL Server 2016 (together with Mattia De Rosa, PM at Microsoft) - Azure SQL Database - V12 updates and comparison with SQL Server - Microsoft Azure & Amazon AWS: architectural comparison (together with Francesco Delfino, CTO at musiXmatch) Details of the sessions could be found below and online (http://www.wpc2015.it/Speakers/Speaker/602bb0db-6616-4456-a3cb-0df85e3cfacb?speakerId=242173fa-3d45-4cbe-8533-bc137ffba18b): SQL Server, Big Data & BI - - What's new in SQL Server 2016 Durante questa sessione verranno affrontate, e avrete modo di toccare con mano, le principali novità in arrivo su SQL Server 2016, tra cui in-memory, Always Encrypted, Stretch Database, Polybase, il supporto JSON, Advanced Analytics e altro ancora. Livello: 200 Giorno: - - Orario: - - Sala: - Track: SQL Server, Big Data & BI Cloud Platform - - Azure SQL Database - V12 updates and comparison with SQL Server La sessione affronterà le novità introdotte nella versione V12 di Azure SQL Database, tra cui sicurezza, alta affidabilità, performance, e modalità di sviluppo applicativo, anche con l'utilizzo delle funzionalità di Elastic Database, utili in ambiente SaaS. Verranno inoltre comparate le funzionalità con la versione "boxed" di SQL Server, in modo da supportare i partecipanti nella scelta della versione più adatta a seconda delle esigenze. Tutti i temi avranno delle dimostrazioni pratiche delle funzionalità. Livello: Giorno: - - Orario: - - Sala: - Track: Cloud Platform Cloud Platform - - Microsoft Azure & Amazon AWS: architectural comparison Obiettivo della sessione è raccontare Azure, da un punto di vista architetturale, facendo un confronto con Amazon AWS, e focalizzandosi sulle differenze tra le due piattaforme di Public Cloud leader sulla parte IaaS e PaaS. Verranno anche trattati gli aspetti di integrazione tra i due mondi e la parte di migrazione, portando best practices e esperienze pratiche sul campo. Livello: Giorno: - - Orario: - - Sala: - Track: Cloud Platform Ciao! Francesco @francedit

WPC 2015 – Assago (MI) – 1st and 2nd December 2015 - Italy – CFP and registration are open!

  The 22nd edition of WPC 2015 is coming on 1st and 2nd of December 2015, in Assago (MI), Italy. WPC is the most important Technical Conference in Italy, mainly based on Microsoft technologies. This year I will have the opportunity to help with the Agenda definition, covering the tracks on Data and Azure. I am really proud of this opportunity, and I am sure that I will have a lot of fun working with these guys :) http://www.wpc2015.it/Contents/Page/StaffTecnico  Two additional information on the conference: 1 - if you want to be a speaker, CFP is open (sessions in Italian will get priority) 2 – Attendees registration is open too, Super Early Bird will expire on August 7th Ciao! Francesco @francedit