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Terraform 101

A brief introduction to the basics of Terraform

Matt Sidwell by Matt Sidwell

Top 10 Mistakes Companies Make Getting Started with Azure: #6— Over-Intermediating the Cloud UX to Control Deployment

Our last posts covered structuring and securing your Azure environment. Now, we’ll focus on a topic important for its actual use: how strictly to control deployment.
 
What people often do is create a portal between developers and Azure itself. This isn’t surprising, as it’s probably what they have on-premises: a portal that exists between developers and the servers that run the applications.
 

Nathan Lasnoski by Nathan Lasnoski

Top 10 Mistakes Companies Make Getting Started with Azure: #7— Ignoring Identity, RBAC and Conditional Access

Now that your Azure Environment is effectively and properly structured, as noted in our previous post, we come across a slippery slope that must be avoided. Now that it has been created, it needs to be secured. It has become second nature to use a seatbelt, lock doors and assure the area is clear when entering or exiting a vehicle, and we must direct that line of thinking when it comes to employing technology.
 

Nathan Lasnoski by Nathan Lasnoski

Top 10 Mistakes Companies Make Getting Started with Azure: #9— Not retraining or restructuring existing employees

Last time, we covered the need for a company adoption strategy in your Azure implementation journey. Here’s another roadblock you have to get past: your employees’ familiarity with your prior ways of doing things. Implementing changes without taking into consideration the need to retrain and restructure your current work dynamics can easily lead to trouble—or, at the very least, inefficiencies.

Nathan Lasnoski by Nathan Lasnoski

The Internet of Things is just getting started

The Internet of Things (IoT) is just getting started. Honestly though, if you think about it, IoT has always been here. In the beginning, we had the internet. Traditionally, the internet’s purpose was to allow devices to serve content from the internet. Now with IoT, we simply alter the paradigm and consider that the device is sending sensor data to the internet. In other words, we have always had the ability to do IoT, but what has changed is the notion around how devices and device data can be used.

Eric Franz by Eric Franz

Azure Blockchain Workbench

Bitcoin prices may be falling, but blockchain is on the rise. The general public associates blockchain with cryptocurrencies, but business leaders are focused on blockchain for much different reasons.

Mark Rentmeester by Mark Rentmeester

Using IoT on a Beer Kegerator

Being born and raised in the great state of Wisconsin, beer has been a part of most of my adult life. Couple that with my love of technology, I always wondered how I could leverage some cool tech with a beer theme. Since the proliferation of inexpensive hardware and the Internet of Things (IoT), it has now become easy (and cheap!) to provide solutions that can be used to monitor (among other things) beer-related activities. This article will describe and detail the steps I took to create a solution for monitoring beer consumption on a beer kegerator.
 

John Adali by John Adali