At our second session for Microsoft Ignite, Jason McNutt and I discussed Azure Resource Manager (ARM) and Compliance. We showed attendees how to develop ARM templates that are compliant out of the box, with security standards such as FISMA and FedRAMP. Additionally, we went over how to automatically generate security control documentation based on ARM tags and open-source libraries like OpenControl.

Below is a short 15-minute video summarizing our Secure DevOps with ARM presentation:

Steve Michelotti and I presented a session on AzureGov last week at Microsoft Ignite 2017 in Orlando. It focused on demonstrating the innovative capabilities in AzureGov that are specifically designed to help government agencies with their mission. We dedicated about 80% of the session to live demos.

Steve started out with a brief description of AzureGov and how to get started…along with some recent news announcements, including API Management and Key Vault. Steve then quickly transitioned into demos related to Cognitive Services, Azure IOT and Power BI. I conducted two demos related to Cosmos DB Graph database and the CNTK deep learning algorithm on an N Series GPU machine.

Please watch the video below and let us know if you have any questions.

Government agencies across the spectrum are sitting on invaluable datasets that are locked up, usually because of lack of resources, tools and compliance regimes.

Fortunately, cloud-based analytics capabilities are allowing these datasets to be turned into knowledge. Whether it’s data about the agency mission, citizen services or simply data from running large data centers, analytics can help these agencies visualize, analyze and optimize. Last night’s AzureGovMeetup showed attendees exactly how.

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Citizens today are more connected that ever before; increasingly expecting anytime, anywhere access to government services and information – via online, mobile and social media. To continue to best serve and engage ever-connected citizens, government and industry must deliver innovative apps and mobile services that are highly secure and provide a user-friendly experience.

Last week’s #AzureGov Meetup was jam-packed with industry experts ready to tell attendees exactly HOW to achieve those goals and go above and beyond with their connected citizen services. Read More…

I had the opportunity to attend the first Azure Government HackFest & Training on June 7 and June 8, 2017 with several of my AIS colleagues (Jonathan Eckman, Nicolas Mark, and Brian Rudolph) and it did not disappoint. This event was a great opportunity for me personally to learn more about Azure and spend some time applying that new information to work on an interesting problem.  I know that many of you might be considering attending another HackFest, so I wanted to take some time to tell you about the event and what I learned.  I also wanted to give you a few tips if you attend one of these in the future.

Day One started off with a number of training/knowledge-sharing sessions with the Microsoft Azure Government Engineering Team, providing an overview of Azure Gov, Security, Lift and Shift, Azure HDInsight, and Cognitive Services. The information provided was detailed enough that it wasn’t marketing material, but not so deep to be too difficult for general IT pros to grasp. Kudos to those that presented from the Microsoft Azure Engineering Team! Read More…

It’s no secret that cloud computing empowers organizations to deliver better government. While cloud adoption is still in its early stages, how to take advantage of these new technologies is already at the forefront of every government IT department.

This month’s #AzureGov Meetup was content packed and highly interactive, with the following speakers and presentations:

82 Days: How SBA Went from Cloud Launch to ATO in Less Than 3 Months
Guy Cavallo, deputy CIO of the Small Business Administration @guycavallo

Emerging Tech: How Blockchain is a Powerful Tool for Government
Susie Adams, CTO, Microsoft Federal @AdamsSusie

Red Pill or Blue Pill? Hybrid Cloud, Multi-Cloud, or Both?
Colin Stevenson, Senior Manager, Pivotal @cwsteve

(FULL presentation videos are now available on the Microsoft Azure Government Meetup’s YouTube channel! Check them out here.)

Don’t miss next month’s Meetup! These events are FREE and open to the public. Great food and beverages are provided, along with ample networking time. RSVP online for the August 30th event! If you can’t make it, be sure to follow @aisteam on Twitter for photos, videos and other insights throughout the night.

At the Microsoft BUILD 2017 Day One keynote, Harry Shum announced the ability to customize the vision API. In the past, the cognitive vision API came with a pre-trained model. That meant that as a user, you could upload a picture and have the pre-trained model analyze it. You can expect to have your image classified based on the 2,000+ (and constantly growing) categories that the model is trained on. You can also get information such as tags based on the image, detect human faces, recognize hand-written text inside the image, etc.

But what if you wanted to work with images pertinent to your specific business domain? And what if those images fall outside of the 2,000 pre-trained categories? This is where the custom vision API comes in. With the custom vision API, you can train the model on your own images in just four steps: Read More…

It’s another great day at Microsoft Inspire at the D.C. Convention Center! Lots of great sessions and keynotes are coming up today, but here’s a glimpse of some of the sights and sounds from yesterday! Read More…

Members of the @aisteam are attending Microsoft Inspire in Washington, D.C. this week! More than 16,000 Microsoft Partners from around the globe have come together for a week of networking and learning. The theme for day one at #MSInspire was all about empowerment: How we can use the Microsoft mission to empower every person and every organization to achieve more.

We’ll be posting some more in-depth blogs about the keynotes and other highlights soon, but for now, please enjoy some videos and photos from yesterday. As always, please follow @aisteam on Twitter for live updates from this amazing event!