How to cancel a conference

A few years back I wrote a post titled "So you want to hold a Codecamp?". Looking back at the post, it's still a decent one with foundational steps on going about conducting a free one-day conference. However, that post painted the rosy side of the picture aka how to hold a conference. But what… Continue reading How to cancel a conference

What I learned from a troll

Last year when we hosted the Orlando edition of Global Azure Bootcamp, we also decided to try our luck with live streaming on Twitch. Unfortunately, the first (and only) interaction during that stream was a troll. https://twitter.com/_s_hari/status/1122147322404720640 The one thing I did well (at least I think I did well) was to be kind but… Continue reading What I learned from a troll

My CodePaLOUsa 2019 recap

I was selected to speak at CodePaLOUsa 2019 for 2 talks: A gentle intro to Cosmos DB for the ASP.NET/SQL Server developer SQL is not an excuse to avoid DevOps Since both of these talks were scheduled for Friday 23rd August, the final day of the conference and I was wrapping up a project, I… Continue reading My CodePaLOUsa 2019 recap

How I setup our user group Twitch streaming for under $200

When I was in Redmond (March 2019) for the Microsoft MVP Summit, I was invited to be on Jeff Fritz's Twitch Stream where we discussed online and offline communities. One of my major takeaways from that discussion was to not restrict our tech communities to in-person only. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=va0HJzGftBk With that in mind, I decided to… Continue reading How I setup our user group Twitch streaming for under $200

Awarded Microsoft MVP Award in Azure for 2019-20

I got the confirmation this morning that I was awarded the Microsoft MVP award for 2019-20, my fourth. It's a honor and privilege to be re-awarded this prestigious honor. My area of focus is Microsoft Azure. Congrats to all the new and renewed MVPs. If you were not renewed or left for other reasons, my… Continue reading Awarded Microsoft MVP Award in Azure for 2019-20

I made the 2018 TechBeacon DevOps Top 100 list…

... but I actively hid it from people (until now), because, imposter syndrome. Back in June, a tweet tagged me informing me that I'd been honored by being selected to this list. Sure I'd heard of TechBeacon and their top 100 lists so I responded with a simple "Thank you. It's an honor" response. https://twitter.com/_s_hari/status/1006259287671308288… Continue reading I made the 2018 TechBeacon DevOps Top 100 list…

Microsoft Azure MVP 2018-19

I got the confirmation this morning that I was awarded the Microsoft MVP award for 2018-19, my second (last year's award was a tweener for logistical purposes). It's a honor and privilege to be re-awarded this prestigious honor. My area of focus is Microsoft Azure. Reflecting back, the past 12 months was a fruitful one… Continue reading Microsoft Azure MVP 2018-19