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Endjineers at Visual Studio Live 2022 Orlando - workshops & talks

Ian Griffiths and Ed Freeman will be running a Workshop about Modern Data DevOps in the Azure Cloud, a panel "the Great Resignation", and presenting about Cosmos DB: Performance and Consistency at Visual Studio Live! 2022 in Orlando from the 13th-18th November:

Visual Studio Live! Panel Discussion: Navigating the Great Resignation

17/11/2022 11:00am - 12:00pm

The "Great Resignation" first hit the news back in May 2021, and describes the trend that impacted a number of large, industrialized companies where record numbers of employees were resigning from their full-time jobs. As the world recovers in the post-COVID world and redefines "normal", astounding numbers of people are now finding career opportunities in places that they’d never considered previously. As knowledge workers like us rethink job satisfaction, personal values, and the future of our careers, a whole new set of challenges arise.

Topics will include:

  • As a knowledge worker, what new and different benefits, compensation, and flexibility should I ask for at review time?
  • As an employer, how do I balance an ever growing list of challenges in how I support my on-site, remote, and hybrid employees?
  • As a hiring manager or recruiter, how do I ask the right questions to set everyone up for success, and reduce the chances of attrition?

More details about the session here

VSTH05 Cosmos DB: Performance and Consistency at Global Scale

17/11/2022 9:30am - 10:45am

Microsoft Azure's Cosmos DB provides a highly scalable no-SQL database, offering high performance, high availability, and global replication of data. It offers multiple consistency models, enabling you to trade off performance against freshness and consistency of data. The implications of this trade-off for application code are subtle. In this talk you'll learn what the various consistency models mean in practice for code, and how to understand what guarantees Cosmos DB makes.

You will learn:

  • Understand what Cosmos DB's consistency models really guarantee
  • How to use the tools that can tell you what will or won't work for each consistency level
  • Understand how to optimize applications either for scale or cost

More details about the session here

VSF02 Workshop: Modern Data DevOps in the Azure Cloud

18/11/2022 8:00am - 5:00pm

Modern data platforms deserve the love and attention that web applications get when it comes to modern DevOps approaches. Data platforms often lack the same rigor and formalization of DevOps processes, such as little to non-existent test coverage, inconsistent and sporadic development and collaboration techniques, and a less efficient or formalized feedback loop when addressing end-user issues or ensuring quality throughout all areas of the solution. And with the transition to the cloud, new practices are necessarily having to be adopted to keep delivering high-quality solutions. Applying these practices to modern data platforms is sometimes a struggle, so this session aims to demonstrate tried and tested strategies which will set you up for success with your next cloud data project.

We'll start the workshop by talking about modern cloud data services (and the myriad of options Azure offers in this space), introducing DevOps principles, and discussing the related considerations organizations need to make when embarking on a data project. Namely, we'll discuss the importance of developing with the shared responsibility mindset and working on value streams as a cross-functional team, and how many technical requirements can be layered on top of this core concept (such as testing/automated deployments/security frameworks).

We'll then look at how "traditional" data architectures look in the cloud, and the implications such architectures have on DevOps. Maybe your on-prem SQL Server is turning into an Azure SQL DB, or your Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW) is turning into a Synapse SQL Dedicated Pool. We'll demonstrate some candidate "traditional" data architectures implemented in the cloud, and discuss what changes on the DevOps front, such as how schema changes can be enabled in a non-disruptive way and how Infrastructure as Code (IaC) changes the way solution components are deployed and managed.

In the third session we'll deep dive into modern data architectures, primarily focusing on Azure Synapse Analytics to drive the demos. We'll show the power of lake databases (AKA Lakehouses) as an alternative to traditional relational data warehouses. We'll show off services like SQL Serverless, Spark and Delta Lake alongside other advanced features, and their ability to form a logical data warehouse over data stored in Azure Data Lake Gen2. We’ll look at how Synapse Studio enables cross-functional collaboration all under the same roof, including showing advanced development techniques, including how to use Docker and VS Code dev containers when developing Spark-based Synapse solutions.

The final session will focus on administration, governance, and other operational considerations for building efficient and high-quality modern data platforms. We’ll discuss the importance of practices like monitoring and alerting, SRE and data governance and the various Azure products that can help with these. We’ll also discuss security considerations across all elements of modern data platforms, including permissions and access management and networking configurations. Finally, and everyone’s favorite, we’ll discuss typical costs for a modern data platform and what can be done to manage and optimize these.

You will learn:

  • How to embed and apply DevOps principles to a modern data platform
  • Highlight differences between traditional vs modern data architectures in the cloud
  • How to administer and govern modern data platforms to ensure efficient and quality solutions

More details about the session here

Howard van Rooijen


Howard van Rooijen

Howard spent 10 years as a technology consultant helping some of the UK's best known organisations work smarter, before founding endjin in 2010. He's a Microsoft ScaleUp Mentor, and a Microsoft MVP for Azure and Developer Technologies, and helps small teams achieve big things using data, AI and Microsoft Azure.