Saturday, 21 April 2018 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

One day event where everyone, globally, talks about the expanding universe of Microsoft Azure!

Deep Dive Sessions

One full day of deep dive sessions on Microsoft Azure for Developers and IT Pro's delivered by the experts to get you started on complex topics like Azure AD integration, data analytics, bots, iPaaS, and more!

Free Registration

Entry to this event is totally free! What's more? There will be SWAG and prizes from our sponsors! But you must register to reserve your seat!

Discuss with Experts

Have questions, need to discuss your technical issues, or looking for some advice? Do attend and speak to the experts.

Social Connect

Catch up with all the Azure people in Brisbane. Exchange ideas, stories, contact details, etc.


Learn more about this feature packed event

08:30-09:00 - Meet & Greet

Pick up your name badge!

09:00-09:05 - Welcome

Introduction & Logistics

Dan Toomey / Damien Berry (Organisers)

09:10-10:15 - Keynote

The 9 Knights of Azure:
Services to Get You Started

Adam Cogan
(Chief Architect @ SSW | Microsoft Regional Director)

10:15-10:30 - Morning Tea

Light refreshments

10:30-11:15 - Session 1

Azure Ninja Tips & Tricks

Todd Whitehead (Microsoft)

11:15-12:00 - Session 2

Bots - The Next UI Revolution

Adam Stephensen (Microsoft)

12:00-13:00 - Lunch

Food will be served

Vegetarian options included.

Throughout the Day

Hands-On Labs

Available in a separate room.

13:00-13:45 - Session 3

Identity Modernization with Azure

Alessandro Cardoso (Microsoft)

13:45-14:30 - Session 4

Serverless iPaaS in Azure

Dan Toomey (Mexia | Microsoft MVP)

14:30-15:15 - Session 5

Ingesting, Processing & Displaying Real Time Information with Azure

David Alzamendi (Cloud Consultant | Wardy IT)

15:15-15:30 - Afternoon Tea

Light refreshments

15:30-16:15 - Session 6

Automate Office 365 Administration with Azure Functions & PowerShell

Elliot Munro (Office 365 MCSA)

16:30-17:00 - Wrap-up

Closing & Prizes Giveaway

Session Info

What you'll be listening to

Keynote - Adam Cogan

The 9 Knights of Azure: Services to Get You Started

Azure is huge. There are over 70 services and getting started is not always easy.

In this whirlwind adventure, Adam will take you on a tour of the 9 most important services available to IT Pros and Developers. He will cover App Services, DevOps, Persistence, Azure AD, API Management, Logic Apps, Containers, Cognitive Services and Bots. You will walk away from this presentation inspired and informed, ready to create your own Azure story.

Session 1 - Todd Whitehead

Azure Ninja Tips & Tricks

We all know Azure is a powerful platform but many aren’t aware of  the little features lurking in the corners than can transform you from an Azure Acolyte to full blown Azure Ninja. In this whirlwind session we’ll cover tips on everything from UI Customization to CLI’s lurking in unexpected places and from free tools and services to mysterious repositories of wisdom and enlightenment.

Session 2 - Adam Stephensen

Bots - the Next UI Revolution

The last decade saw an explosion in mobile applications. Today's customers expect an amazing mobile experience. Bots are the new UI frontier. Siri, Google Assistant and Alexa started the trend, but no-UI is the future of UI. Users are going to expect to be able to have conversations with companies and organisations in the client that they have on hand - their phone, a website they are on, Facebook messenger, via a phone call or even email or text message. Don't believe me ? Gartner predicts that by 2020 30% of http requests will be via bots. In this session we will explore how the Microsoft Bot Framework makes it easy to build and connect intelligent bots to interact with users and services. Take your existing applications, your FAQ or a great new idea you have and build a bot that will run from your website or from Cortana, Skype, Teams, Slack, Facebook Messenger, Skype and more.

If you missed the mobile revolution - why not lead in the bot wars ?

Session 3 - Alessandro Cardoso

Identity Modernization With Azure

In the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Access Management (AM MQ), Azure Active Directory is placed in the “leaders” quadrant, which validates Microsoft vision of providing a complete identity solution for supporting employees, partners and customers all backed by world class security. In this session we will be covering the following interactions, gathered from engagements with Financial Services customers, providing recommended approaches for Azure AD, Azure B2B and Azure B2C:

  • Organization retains full ownership of customer experience
  • Customer ownership is shared between Organization and Partner/Customer organization
  • Partner/Customer organization takers ownership of their customer experience

Session 4 - Dan Toomey

Serverless iPaaS in Azure

This session will explore how to build powerful event-driven integration solutions using the serverless platform offerings in Azure, including Logic Apps, Azure Functions, Service Bus, and Event Grid.

Session 5 - Elliot Munro

Automate Office 365 Administration with Azure Functions and PowerShell

Learn how to use Azure Functions, PowerShell and Microsoft Graph to automate manual tasks, secure environments, apply consistent policies and get important alerts. This session is aimed at IT Pros who want to see how far they can get with a little powershell skill and the power of Azure Functions. It will include a demonstration of creating a user offboard script with an approval process using Azure Functions, Microsoft Flow Approvals and SharePoint Online. It will also include examples of existing admin scenarios that can be automated using HTTP, Queue and Timer Triggered Azure Functions.

Session 6 - David Alzamendi

Ingesting, Processing & Displaying Real-Time Information with Azure

Have you been asked about displaying real time information? What about ingesting millions of records per second coming from IoT or devices?
To answer these questions, Azure offers different platforms such as Azure IoT Hubs, Azure Event Hub or even Apache Kafka. From a data analytics point of view, I will go through a variety of characteristics, scenarios and differences that we need to take into account in order to choose the best fit for our solution.


Who's doing the talking

Adam Cogan

SSW Chief Architect and Microsoft Regional Director

Adam Cogan is the Chief Architect at SSW, a Microsoft Certified Gold Partner specializing in custom .NET, SharePoint and CRM solutions (with a splash of Business Intelligence). At SSW, Adam has been developing custom solutions for businesses across a range of industries such as Government, engineering, banking, insurance and manufacturing since 1990 for clients such as Microsoft, Worley Parsons and Aurecon.

One of the few Microsoft Regional Directors in Australia, Adam regularly presents for Microsoft at events such as TechEd USA, Europe and Australia and visits Microsoft headquarters in Seattle to learn the latest on Microsoft strategic directions and to undertake training in development technologies.

Todd Whitehead

Cloud Solution Architect at Microsoft

Todd is a Cloud Solution Architect at Microsoft focusing on helping customers to design and implement world class cloud solutions on Azure. His experience was honed as a developer and architect and now spend his days focusing on leveraging the power of Azure cloud services to show how to write the least amount of code possible to deliver the desired outcomes.

Adam Stephensen

Technology Solutions Professional at Microsoft

Adam is a Technology Solutions Professional in Azure Application Development at Microsoft. When he's not writing code or helping companies deliver software, he's probably training, presenting or mentoring on new technologies, writing better code and employing the lessons he's learnt to help companies deliver software.

Alessandro Cardoso

Technology Strategist at Microsoft

Alessandro is an international speaker, author, evangelist and a subject matter expert in Cloud, virtualization, and management with a strong application development, messaging, security and collaboration knowledge. With 24+ years of success in IT industry working with LBDM's, building trust, demonstrating business value, solving complex business problems, delivering technology enabled transformational business outcomes with resource and time constraints, and transforming business strategy into technology utilising existing and innovative technologies, Alessandro has a strong knowledge of Information Technology and related management practices, enterprise software solutions and platform landscape and the ability to apply people, process and platform technologies to creatively solve complex business problems. Alesandro is a former Microsoft MVP for Cloud and Datacenter Management and is an Azure, AWS and VMware certified professional.

Dan Toomey

Principal Consultant at Mexia

Dan is a Principal Consultant for Mexia as well as a Microsoft Azure MVP, a Microsoft Certified Solution Expert in Cloud Platform (MCSE), a Microsoft Certified Azure Developer (MCPD), and a Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist (MCTS) in BizTalk Server 2010. He’s also a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) and a published Pluralsight author. He is a frequent speaker at Australian community events, including the Brisbane Azure User Group (which he currently leads), the Global Integration Bootcamp, the Global Azure Bootcamp, Xamarin Dev Days, and the Brisbane BizTalk User Group which he founded in 2005. He has also presented at INTEGRATE 2017 in London and at Microsoft Ignite in Australia.

Elliot Munro

Partner at GCITS

Elliot is an Office 365 MCSA from the Gold Coast, Australia supporting hundreds of Microsoft Cloud environments with GCITS. He is interested in Office 365 Development, User Adoption and Training and anything IOT.

David Alzamendi

Cloud Consultant at Wardy IT

David has been working in the Business Intelligence and Analytics space the past 7 years. He has worked in all different areas of Business Intelligence solutions, providing high standard responses. David is a Microsoft Certified Solution Expert in both Data Management and Analytics as well as Cloud Platform and Infrastructure.


What you need to bring with you

Laptop Computer

With Visual Studio installed. Don't forget to bring your power cord!

Optional if not doing the labs

Azure Subscription

Sign up in advance for a trial subscription, in case you don't have one through MSDN.

Optional if not doing the labs

Latest Azure SDK

Download and install from here. Please do this in advance!

Optional if not doing the labs

Workout Gear

...for your brain! Prepare to be boggled by the power of Azure!

Caffeination will be provided


See who's supporting this great event

View information about the global sponsors here.


There will be multiple prizes and giveaways.

Where Are We?

The Precinct
Level 2
315 Brunswick Street
Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006