Day[10/100] #100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz  – Smart Cities Intro
Sep03

Day[10/100] #100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz – Smart Cities Intro

Hello again! It’s Day 10 of my #100DaysOfCloud Challenge. Ok so, today I was really going to take stock of where I am at with my thoughts of what I want to focus on from a Cloud learning perspective over the coming weeks and months, however I’ve had a slight change of direction (again!). Its … Continue reading Day[10/100] #100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz – Smart… Continue Reading jonnychipz’s...

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Day[9/100] #100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz  – DevOps Tooling your practice and Top 10’s
Sep02

Day[9/100] #100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz – DevOps Tooling your practice and Top 10’s

I made it through to the end of the book! Hurrah I hear you all cry, no more stupid pictures of John holding up a copy of his DevOps book! Yes this is the last one! So…….. yet another day of work blending into learning into family time! Its just gone 9pm on a Wednesday … Continue reading Day[9/100] #100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz – DevOps Tooling your practice and… Continue Reading jonnychipz’s...

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Day[8/100] #100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz  – DevOps Practicing Kaizen, the Art of Continuous Improvement
Sep01

Day[8/100] #100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz – DevOps Practicing Kaizen, the Art of Continuous Improvement

The bank holiday weekend is a distant memory, the kids are on a count down back to school, with work and deliveries of school coats and new school shirts and trousers I’m in the midst of customer calls, barking dogs and kids wanting to get my attention to pry the last few pound coins out … Continue reading Day[8/100] #100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz – DevOps Practicing Kaizen, the Art of… Continue Reading...

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Day[7/100] #100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz  – Devops Connecting the Circle
Aug31

Day[7/100] #100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz – Devops Connecting the Circle

Still moving onwards with my DevOps learning, Day 7 sees me powering through the end of section 2 and completing the readings of Section 3 – Connecting the Circle. If we recall that the chapters in Section 2 for Establishing a pipeline remaining were 10 and 11, with Section 3 chapters 12 – 15 So … Continue reading Day[7/100] #100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz – Devops Connecting… Continue Reading...

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Day[6/100] #100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz  – Devops and Establishing a Pipeline
Aug30

Day[6/100] #100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz – Devops and Establishing a Pipeline

Onwards with my DevOps learning, Day 6 sees me moving onto the 2nd Part of the DevOps for Dummies book. After arranging the kids who decide that they all feel like going out with friends, a nice 2 hour drive ends with me grabbing a couple of hours with my book and reruns of Impractical … Continue reading Day[6/100] #100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz – Devops and Establishing… Continue Reading jonnychipz’s...

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Day[5/100] #100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz  – DevOps and a touch of Terraform Learning
Aug29

Day[5/100] #100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz – DevOps and a touch of Terraform Learning

So its Saturday and we kicked the day off with football practice, not for me! for my son!, followed by a few hours grabbing the last bits of school uniform my my 3 kids. Like many of us, as much as we are keen to learn and develop our skill sets, we also have work, … Continue reading Day[5/100] #100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz – DevOps and a touch of Terraform Learning Continue Reading jonnychipz’s Article on...

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Day[4/100] #100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz  – DevOps Day!
Aug28

Day[4/100] #100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz – DevOps Day!

Day 4 is DevOps Day! Ok so, had another really busy day at work today however I’m taking into consideration I managed to get a bit of reading in well into the wee hours this morning! DevOps reading has begun! I managed to squeeze in the first 4 chapters of DevOps for Dummies so just … Continue reading Day[4/100] #100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz – DevOps Day! Continue Reading jonnychipz’s Article on their...

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100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz  Day[3/100] – Still Getting Organised
Aug27

100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz Day[3/100] – Still Getting Organised

So I know the point of this Challenge is not necessary to partake and post an update for each consecutive day, and truth be told, I havent dont any of what I had intended today in terms of my learning path! Ah ha I hear you all cry! Indeed. The usual has happened, another day … Continue reading 100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz Day[3/100] – Still Getting Organised Continue Reading jonnychipz’s Article on their...

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100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz  Day[2/100] – Getting Organised
Aug26

100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz Day[2/100] – Getting Organised

So here we are at Day 2 already, apart from having a pretty busy day at work and missing a User Group I was meaning to join tonight I did manage to squeeze in a bit of dedicated time to have a think about the direction I would like the next part of my journey … Continue reading 100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz Day[2/100] – Getting Organised Continue Reading jonnychipz’s Article on their blog 100DaysOfCloud...

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100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz is giving it a whirl! Day[1/100]

Hi All, Ok so this is something a little different for you. I’m an avid watcher of Scott Hanselman’s Azure Friday Videos and recently he interviewed Gwyneth Peña last week and they were talking about how to become a Cloud Engineer and discussing tips and tricks. 100DaysOfCloud was discussed as a way of bringing Cloud … Continue reading 100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz is giving it a… Continue Reading...

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Day[1/100] #100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz is giving it a whirl!
Aug25

Day[1/100] #100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz is giving it a whirl!

Hi All, Ok so this is something a little different for you. I’m an avid watcher of Scott Hanselman’s Azure Friday Videos and recently he interviewed Gwyneth Peña last week and they were talking about how to become a Cloud Engineer and discussing tips and tricks. 100DaysOfCloud was discussed as a way of bringing Cloud … Continue reading Day[1/100] #100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz is giving it… Continue Reading...

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Books I’ve Read – Artificial Intelligence (Insights You Need from Harvard Business Review)
Aug25

Books I’ve Read – Artificial Intelligence (Insights You Need from Harvard Business Review)

Being a relative newbie in the world of AI, I have immersed myself with as many articles / books and writings outside of the Microsoft view, so that when I use the AI tools built into Azure I have a better contextual understanding of them. This Harvard Business Review of AI is a very good … Continue reading Books I’ve Read – Artificial Intelligence (Insights You Need from Harvard… Continue Reading jonnychipz’s...

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Books I’ve Read – You Look Like a Thing and I love you – Janelle Shane
Aug25

Books I’ve Read – You Look Like a Thing and I love you – Janelle Shane

Well what can I say, and fun, humorous and learned introduction to Artificial Intelligence and its weirdness. Janelle Shane has composed a brilliant representation covering an overview of core concepts of AI and its training, but does brilliantly well explaining how to look out for and keep an eye on your AI model in terms … Continue reading Books I’ve Read – You Look Like a Thing and I love… Continue Reading...

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Azure Private Link Configuration (Private Endpoint – Storage Account)
Aug25

Azure Private Link Configuration (Private Endpoint – Storage Account)

For this article, in keeping with my #AzureNetworking series, I thought it would be a nice simple idea to walk through the mechanics of the ‘Azure Private Link’. Typically in Azure, when it comes to PaaS services, it is now supported for a number of PaaS services to configure access via a Private VNET/Subnet only, … Continue reading Azure Private Link Configuration (Private Endpoint –… Continue Reading...

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AzCopy v10.6 released with updated sync features and larger blob size support
Aug24

AzCopy v10.6 released with updated sync features and larger blob size support

AzCopy 10.6 has been released with extra support for the following: ACL’s included in any sync commands Additional SMB properties included in sync Blob block sizes up to 4000MiB now supported Blob versioning support Full release notes here. Continue Reading jonnychipz’s Article on their blog AzCopy v10.6 released with updated sync features and larger blob size support AzCopy 10.6 has been released with extra support for the...

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Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure
Aug24

Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure

Over the last few years I have worked with many customers on their journey to the cloud. Being predominantly Microsoft focussed, that Cloud has been Azure, with a few opportunities and projects I have worked with integration with existing Cloud investment of some Customers in AWS / Oracle and Google cloud services. What has been … Continue reading Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework… Continue Reading jonnychipz’s...

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Do you use Azure Log Analytics Agents? – Act Now (SHA-2 Update)
Aug14

Do you use Azure Log Analytics Agents? – Act Now (SHA-2 Update)

If you are running any Log analytics agents on legacy clients you will need to install some security updates to ensure SHA-2 can be used for endpoint code signing, so please make sure you have updated your systems by 17th August 2020. Systems Impacted: Link to updates: https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/4569557/windows-update-sha-1-based-endpoints-discontinued Continue Reading jonnychipz’s Article on their blog Do you use...

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Azure Bastion – Configuration via Azure Portal
Aug13

Azure Bastion – Configuration via Azure Portal

In keeping with my #AzureNetworking series, Azure Bastion seems like a nice place to move to next! What is Azure Bastion? So Bastion went GA quite a few months ago now and I did have a little play with it then, but thought this would make a nice little article. If you are an IT … Continue reading Azure Bastion – Configuration via Azure Portal Continue Reading jonnychipz’s Article on their blog Azure Bastion...

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Welsh Azure User Group Meetup 10th Sept 2020
Aug13

Welsh Azure User Group Meetup 10th Sept 2020

The Welsh Azure User Group is probably the youngest Azure User Group, founded by a few IT professionals in and around South Wales and the West Country. I am so pleased to say that I joined forces with these guys to form what is now the Welsh Azure User Group. The idea of which is … Continue reading Welsh Azure User Group Meetup 10th Sept 2020 Continue Reading jonnychipz’s Article on their blog Welsh Azure User Group...

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Azure CLI – Creating a Virtual Machine
Aug13

Azure CLI – Creating a Virtual Machine

In my previous article, I described the process for creating a Virtual Machine in the Azure Portal. A colleague asked me to show them what the Azure CLI script might look like to create the same Virtual Machine, therefore I have quickly put the following together. For more information on Azure CLI please click here. … Continue reading Azure CLI – Creating a Virtual Machine Continue Reading jonnychipz’s Article...

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Azure – Creating a Virtual Machine via the Azure Portal
Aug12

Azure – Creating a Virtual Machine via the Azure Portal

As I work through my lab rebuild I thought I would provide some overview of some of the more straight forward tasks. In a previous article I discussed how to configure a VNET. In this article we will discuss how to configure a basic Virtual Machine (VM) and hook it up to the VNET we … Continue reading Azure – Creating a Virtual Machine via the Azure Portal Continue Reading jonnychipz’s Article on their blog...

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Accessibility Fundamentals – Microsoft Learn – Learning Path
Aug12

Accessibility Fundamentals – Microsoft Learn – Learning Path

Microsoft Learn has some fantastic content for Learning all about Accessibility and Inclusiveness, read more about it here. Continue Reading jonnychipz’s Article on their blog Accessibility Fundamentals – Microsoft Learn – Learning Path I thought I would write a quick blog around the Accessibility Fundamentals Learning Path I have recently completed on the Microsoft Learn Website. The main reason being to do my bit...

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Azure Virtual Network Deployment (Portal vs ARM vs Terraform)
Aug10

Azure Virtual Network Deployment (Portal vs ARM vs Terraform)

As a relative newbie to blogging, I thought Id start off with a relatively straight forward concept of creating a VNET in Azure. From here I thought it would be a good learning exercise for those relatively new to the concepts of Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates, and how these ARM Templates can be transposed … Continue reading Azure Virtual Network Deployment (Portal vs ARM… Continue Reading jonnychipz’s...

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Show 16 – Part 1: News and front of mind

Have you been using lockdown and the extra time at home during the pandemic to try and pass some Microsoft Certifications? Or perhaps you are just interested in how you can better implement Security and Compliance in Microsoft 365? We were joined by Peter Rising this week as Al and Garry ran the show while Kevin sweltered in a tent on the Isle of Wight. First up was the news including several… Continue Reading Kevin...

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Show 16 – Part 2: Microsoft 365 Security Certification

Have you been using lockdown and the extra time at home during the pandemic to try and pass some Microsoft Certifications? Or perhaps you are just interested in how you can better implement Security and Compliance in Microsoft 365? We were joined by Peter Rising this week as Al and Garry ran the show while Kevin sweltered in a tent on the Isle of Wight. We aimed to cover the following on… Continue Reading Kevin McDonnell’s...

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And there goes another 2 years without a post!
Aug07

And there goes another 2 years without a post!

Where does the time go when you are trying to blog? Continue Reading jonnychipz’s Article on their blog And there goes another 2 years without a post! Ok John…… what are you doing? So…… Kids, Family, Work, activities, food, TV, social, Keeping skills up to date, Work, activities, travelling, Work, Family, Kids, Work, Kids, Family, TV, Work, Kids……. STOP!!!!! I presume you get it! Blogging...

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Show 15 – Part 1: News and front of mind

Never let it be said that we turn down a challenge. We were asked by a listener to try and summarise Power Platform licensing and rather than just share what we knew, we managed to bring in one of the Microsoft experts on the subject, the very tattoed and always entertaining Chris Huntingford. Then, by sheer chance, Microsoft decided to drop the bombshell news of Dataflex and we had even more… Continue Reading Kevin...

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Show 15 – Part 2: Getting to the bottom of Power Platform Licensing

Never let it be said that we turn down a challenge. We were asked by a listener to try and summarise Power Platform licensing and rather than just share what we knew, we managed to bring in one of the Microsoft experts on the subject, the very tattoed and always entertaining Chris Huntingford. Then, by sheer chance, Microsoft decided to drop the bombshell news of Dataflex and we had even more… Continue Reading Kevin...

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Meeting Agendas – Essential or optional?
Jun21

Meeting Agendas – Essential or optional?

Last week I threw a question out on Twitter and I guess I hit a nerve! I have long been of the belief that if you want me to attend a meeting then you really need to let me know what you need from me so I can do you the courtesy of fully committing or letting you know that I may not able to meet your expectations. To do this I generally ask for information that sets out the… Continue Reading Alan Eardley’s Article on their...

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Show 11 – Part 1: News and front of mind

This week we have a special guest as Stephan Bisser, MVP for AI with a focus on Conversational AI, joins us to talk about Bots. Part 1 first though, the news as we pick up some of the latest updates following the Microsoft 365 Virtual Marathon and some Power Platform goodness. <!– –> If you would like to appear on the show, please drop us a line using the form at

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Show 11 – Part 2: Here comes the robots

This week we have a special guest as Stephan Bisser, MVP for AI with a focus on Conversational AI, joins us to talk about Bots. We cover three key topics: Why/when would you use a Bot? How do you get started designing then building a Bot? What’s changed recently? Stephan’s post on updates from Build Adaptive Cards Management System Bot Framework Composer General Availability Updates to… Continue Reading Kevin McDonnell’s...

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Meeting Chat in Microsoft Teams
May28

Meeting Chat in Microsoft Teams

Challenge Within Microsoft Teams meetings, there is a chat capability visible to all attendees (those invited to the meeting) and participants (those added to an instance of a meeting). After a meeting has ended, participants can still see the meeting chat Roles There are three roles in a meeting Organiser The person who creates the meeting.  They have full access to edit the… Continue Reading Alan Eardley’s Article...

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Show 10 – bonus edition: Microsoft Build 2020

A bonus show this week as Kevin (the Grey), Al (the Hat) and Garry (the beard) discuss the news and their views from Microsoft Build 2020. We cover the big announcements as well as a few interesting ones that may have missed your attention <!– –> General Build On-Demand Sessions Scott Hanselman’s Keynote Satya Nadella’s Keynote Easter Eggs Microsoft 365 News Microsoft Lists Cortex… Continue Reading Kevin...

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Thoughts on MBAS 2020
May08

Thoughts on MBAS 2020

The Microsoft Business Applications Summit is THE conference for Power Platform and Dynamics enthusiasts.  This year, like many other conferences it had to adapt to the current global situation and go online. The format that they went for was different from many other conferences and I think it worked exceptionally well!  Each session was 30 minutes long, and included 5 minutes to address… Continue Reading Alan...

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Show 9 – Part 1: News and front of mind

I like that but can it look a bit less like SharePoint? Have you ever heard that said by someone? You might even have agreed. We talk about how true that thought is and if it needs to be done, what are the best ways to do it if you really do have to. This week we also have a special guest joining us so big thanks to Matt Weston for giving us his time and thoughts on SharePoint. Also this week,… Continue Reading Kevin...

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Show 9 – Part 2: I like that but can it look a bit less like SharePoint?

I like that but can it look a bit less like SharePoint? Have you ever heard that said by someone? You might even have agreed. We talk about how true that thought is and if it needs to be done, what are the best ways to do it if you really do have to. This week we also have a special guest joining us so big thanks to Matt Weston for giving us his time and thoughts on SharePoint. Also this week,… Continue Reading Kevin...

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Carry out a Quick Poll in Microsoft Teams
Apr18

Carry out a Quick Poll in Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is being used for a lot of meetings at the moment and depending on the number of attendees there are a few features that may be missing or not obvious to use.  Following on from a thread on a community forum I wanted to share the solution to a couple of features: Raise HandQuick Poll Raise Hand This is a feature that is coming to Microsoft Teams.  It is currently in… Continue Reading Alan...

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Show 8 – Part 2: How you work and staying focused

How is the world of remote working treating you? Are you able to work well and focus? This week we chat about how to track your work effectively with Microsoft 365 and some techniques for staying focused. How you work and staying focused We kept it to general chit chat this time but covered topics like: Tracking work and prioritising Sticking to one thing Keeping focused with music and… Continue Reading Kevin McDonnell’s...

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Show 8 – Part 1: News and front of mind

How is the world of remote working treating you? Are you able to work well and focus? This week we chat about how to track your work effectively with Microsoft 365 and some techniques for staying focused. Part 1 focuses on the news and what we’ve been up to. If you would like to appear on the show, please drop us a line using the form at https://www.greyhatbeard.com/upcoming-shows. We’d… Continue Reading Kevin McDonnell’s...

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Show 7 – Part 1: News and front of mind

Is governance a dirty word to you? Let us persuade you otherwise as we talk about the importance of governance with the Power Platform, sharing why you should do it, how best to do it and when to do it. Part 1 focuses on the news and what we’ve been up to. If you would like to appear on the show, please drop us a line using the form at https://www.greyhatbeard.com/upcoming-shows. We’d… Continue Reading Kevin McDonnell’s...

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Show 7 – Part 2: Governance and the Power Platform

Is governance a dirty word to you? Let us persuade you otherwise as we talk about the importance of governance with the Power Platform, sharing why you should do it, how best to do it and when to do it. Governance and the Power Platform Three topics: What do we mean by governance? – what it is and why you should do it What can you do for the Power Platform? – using the tools and an intro to… Continue Reading Kevin...

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Show 6 – Part 1: News and front of mind

Bucking the trend, we have decided to go Corona Lite in this episode and try and provide a distraction to the talk of remote working and certain viruses that are filling our newsfeeds. Instead, we’ll be talking about Contributing to Open Source. Part 1 focuses on the news and what we’ve been up to. Talking of open source, a little reminder about our etiquette of Microsoft 365 repo. It is… Continue Reading Kevin McDonnell’s...

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Show 6 – Part 2: Contributing to Open Source

Bucking the trend, we have decided to go Corona Lite in this episode and try and provide a distraction to the talk of remote working and certain viruses that are filling our newsfeeds. Instead, we’ll be talking about Contributing to Open Source. Contributing to Open Source Three topics: Why you should – the benefits to you and everyone else How you should – a little overview of Github and… Continue Reading Kevin...

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Pre-Requisite Questions for Power Platform
Mar07

Pre-Requisite Questions for Power Platform

I was with a client this week and we were discussing the Power Platform and identifying potential projects that would be both beneficial to the business and that would demonstrate the power of the platform. Finding the scenarios to automate was not a challenge.  The primary challenge that we identified was preparing the organisation and the production tenant so that Power Apps environments… Continue Reading Alan...

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Show 5 – Part 2: How we learn

We are halfway to double figures and the Hat is back for Episode 5. This week, it’s back to school as we talk about learning. How do we learn? Three topics: Learning by training and certification Learning by listening Learning by doing Related links: Microsoft Certifications Phil Worrell’s podcast list (including us!) Sharing is Caring – great guide for GitHub contributors...

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Why use the Common Data Service?
Mar04

Why use the Common Data Service?

Last week I was asked rather late in the day (over dinner the night before actually) to contribute to the introduction to a hackathon at the Scottish Summit on the subject of de-mystifying the Common Data Service. As a subject, it is a fantastic area to talk about, but it is also critically important that it is understood.  I had the honour of participating with the other hosts, Lucy Bourne… Continue Reading Alan...

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Show 4 – Part 1: News and front of mind

Episode 4 and our first guest! Joining us is Marijn Somers, MVP for Office Apps and Services from Belgium and bringing a beautiful hat to stand in for Al who is away this week. Part 1 focuses on the news and what we’ve been up to. Marijn Is powerapps a worthy follow up for infopath ? Outlook Spaces: the pinterest for your project Jeff Teper also taking over Teams Kevin Kevin’s first… Continue Reading Kevin McDonnell’s...

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Show 4 – Part 2: Etiquette of Office365

Episode 4 and our first guest! Joining us is Marijn Somers, MVP for Office Apps and Services from the Netherlands and bringing a beautiful hat to stand in for Al who is away this week. Etiquette of Office 365 Three topics: What would you consider when sharing the etiquette of Office 365? Why is etiquette important? What are your top tips? Related links: No Hello Image by MorningbirdPhoto… Continue Reading Kevin McDonnell’s...

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Show 3 – Part 2: Problems with Dev Ops in a Non-Agile World

Episode 3 is up and after some feedback, we’re going to two shows – one for news and what we’re up to and the other on the discussion. In the discussion this week, we cover Problems with Dev Ops in a “Non-Agile” World. Problems with Dev Ops in a “Non-Agile” World Three topics: Building trust and confidence through DevOps Setting up a product backlog Setting up agile friendly… Continue Reading Kevin McDonnell’s...

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Show 3 – Part 1: News and front of mind

Episode 3 is up and after some feedback, we’re going to two shows – one for news and what we’re up to and the other on the discussion. In news, there’s more insights for Power Apps, more notes for Azure Dev Ops and more outages for Microsoft. Al Model-driven apps in Power Apps App Insights integration for Power Apps Power Apps Test Framework 19th Feb – Power Platform Happy Hour – link… Continue Reading Kevin...

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