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GitHub copilot with Scott Densmore
44:29In this episode I spoke with Scott Densmore, VP of engineering at GitHub, focusing on GitHub copilot. Scott shared how GitHub Copilot is being used to make developers more impactful and the successes developers are having with the technology.Additionally, Scott shares a bit about how GitHub Copilot works and even gives us a forecast of upcoming features and releases.Show linksGitHub CopilotFollow Scott on LinkedInGitHub Universe keynoteHostsDavid Starr is a Principal Software Development Engineer in the Marketplace FastTrack team at Microsoft. Follow him on LinkedIn.
Microsoft for Startups and AI Innovations
28:56Microsoft for Startups works with organizations to enable their success. This episode visits the programs available for founders and startups. In addition, the conversation includes how startups are leveraging AI and moving the state-of-the-art forward.GuestsHans Yang is General Manager Microsoft for Startups. He looks for new programs and platforms to enable Microsoft to help startups. Follow Hans on LinkedIn. Rob Ferguson is head of AI for Startups for Microsoft. As such, he gets to work with some amazing partners and technologies, many of whom are driving true innovation in the AI space. Follow Rob on LinkedIn.Show linksMicrosoft for Startups homeFounders HubPegasus ProgramTechnical advisory for founders from Microsoft expertsMicrosoft for Startups BlogAzure OpenAI ServiceHostsPaul Maher is General Manager of the Commercial Marketplace Service Team at Microsoft. Follow him on LinkedIn andTwitter.David Starr is a Principal Software Development Engineer in the Commercial Marketplace Services Team at Microsoft. Follow him on LinkedIn.
Azure Clouds for Industry with Madhan Arumugam Ramakrishnan
33:58Madhan Arumugam Ramakrishnan, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft’s Cloud for Industry, introduces us to industry clouds. These industry-aligned clouds provide the full infrastructure of Azure and offer a way for software sellers to enable specific industries with relevant product offerings.As a early contributor to building Azure, Madhan has deep technical chops. He shares some thoughts not only on Azure’s specialty clouds, but we also discuss Microsoft’s AI investments and how they are shaping new product offerings.Follow Madhan on LinkedInMicrosoft’s ISV Success ProgramLEARN MORE ABOUT MICROSOFT'S CLOUDS FOR INDUSTRYMicrosoft Industry Clouds OverviewFinancial ServicesHealthcareManufacturingNonprofitRetailSustainabilitySolution CenterMicrosoft Cloud Solution CenterMicrosoft Cloud Solution Center (Microsoft Learn course)Hosts:Paul Maher is General Manager of the Commercial Marketplace Service Team at Microsoft. Follow him on LinkedIn and Twitter.David Starr is a Principal Software Development Engineer in the Commercial Marketplace Services Team at Microsoft. Follow him on LinkedIn.
Mastodon and federated systems with Sujit D'Mello
30:35On today’s episode of Azure for Executives, Sujit D'Mello joins us to discuss Mastodon and federated systems. This episode deviates a bit from our standard fare, but we thought it would be fun to delve into this topics.In addition to learning about the Mastodon micro-blogging system, Sujit helps us understand federated systems, their advantages, and why your company may be interested in setting up its own server.Sujit D’MelloFollow Sujit on your favorite social platform and listen to him on the Azure Podcast.MastodonLinkedInThe Azure PodcastHosts:Paul Maher is General Manager of the Commercial Marketplace Service Team at Microsoft. Follow him on LinkedIn and Twitter.David Starr is a Principal Software Development Engineer in the Commercial Marketplace Services Team at Microsoft. Follow him on LinkedIn and Mastodon.
The Present and Future of AI and Data with Zia Mansoor
26:08In this timely discussion, we were joined by Zia Mansoor on the Azure for Executives podcast. Zia is Vice President for Microsoft’s Worldwide Commercial Data and AI Business. He shares his thoughts on the present and future of AI, the relationship between data and AI, what is driving the AI wave, and much more.Join us for this great conversation about how organizations can realize the models and benefits of AI and the data that is enabling it.Follow Zia Mansoor on LinkedIn Azure Synapse AnalyticsAzure PervueMicrosoft Intelligence Data PlatformMicrosoft DesignerData meshAzure applied AI servicesAzure OpenAI in the Azure MarketplacePaul Maher is General Manager of the Commercial Marketplace Service Team at Microsoft. Follow him on LinkedIn and Twitter.David Starr is a Principal Software Development Engineer in the Commercial Marketplace Services Team at Microsoft. Follow him on LinkedIn and Mastodon.
Creating Tools for Developers with Amanda Silver
40:54We’re joined by Amanda Silver, CVP of Product in Microsoft’s Developer Division (DevDiv). She takes us through the present and future of developer tools and how organizations are making investments on next-generation development ecosystems.Guest informationFollow Amanda on LinkedInTopics discussed in this episode include the following.Visual StudioVisual Studio CodeMicrosoft Dev BoxGitHub CopilotAzure Spring AppsAnd much more!Host informationPaul Maher is General Manager of the Commercial Marketplace Service Team at Microsoft. Follow him on LinkedIn and Twitter.David Starr is a Principal Software Development Engineer in the Commercial Marketplace Services team at Microsoft. Follow him on LinkedIn and Mastodon.
Moving to the cloud using Azure Landing Zones with Jeff Mitchell and Dom Allen
36:40Are you still considering a move to the Azure cloud? If so, this episode is for you.In this episode of the Azure for Executives podcast we discuss Azure Landing Zones, tools for helping organizations move their workloads into Azure. Beyond prescriptive guidance, Azure Landing Zones provide reference architectures for solutions of all sizes to help with moving to Azure.GuestsDom Allen on LinkedInJeff Mitchell on LinkedInMore on Azure Landing ZonesJoin the upcoming Azure Landing Zone community call – Jan. 31st, 2023What is an Azure Landing Zone?Journey to the target architectureHostsPaul Maher is General Manager of the Commercial Marketplace Service Team at Microsoft. Follow him on LinkedIn and Twitter.David Starr is a Principal Software Development Engineer in the Commercial Marketplace Services Team at Microsoft. Follow him on LinkedIn and Mastodon.
Rebooting the podcast with Paul Maher and David Starr
13:51This is a unique episode. Short and sweet. Since David and Paul really don’t have a chance to introduce themselves in regular episodes, they thought it might be good to take an opportunity to do so in this episode.After introductions, they share announcements regarding the future of this podcast.Episode Links:Mastering The MarketplaceHosts:Paul Maher is General Manager of the Commercial Marketplace Service Team at Microsoft. Follow him on LinkedIn and Twitter.David Starr is a Principal Software Development Engineer in the Commercial Marketplace Services Team at Microsoft. Follow him on LinkedIn and Mastodon.Transcript:DAVID: Rebooting the podcast with your hosts, Paul Maher, and David Starr.Welcome to the Azure for Executives Podcast, the show for technology leaders. This podcast covers trends and technologies in industries and how Microsoft Azure is enabling them. Here, you'll hear from thought leaders in various industries and technologies on topics important to you. So I'm sure you've noticed that the Azure for Executives Podcast has been on a bit of a hiatus for a few months. Well, we're back. And we're back with some really great news, which I'll leave for a few minutes as we kind of settle into this episode. Now, this is a unique episode, as it'll be pretty short and sweet. We don't have any guests today. But instead, you get my co-host, Paul Maher, and me talking a little bit about the show and our futures. Since we don't really have a chance to introduce ourselves in regular episodes, we thought it might be good to take an opportunity to do so in this episode. So after introductions, we'll have some announcements regarding the future of the podcast. Paul, why don't you talk a little bit about what you do at Microsoft and maybe some of your passions?PAUL: Thanks, David. And it's great to be back. And it's nice to have the opportunity, as you said, to actually introduce ourselves. We spend a lot of time talking to our guests, so it's a fun opportunity to say hi to our listeners. And so, just a little bit about myself, I mean, I've worked in various business and technology-related leadership roles throughout my career with some of the largest companies worldwide across multiple industries. But for the past few years, I've really been focused on cloud across many different roles and initiatives. So you could call me kind of really the cloud evangelist if you will. But currently, at Microsoft, I lead the commercial marketplace services organization. And my focus is really on helping businesses transform by moving to the Microsoft Azure Cloud and growing sales through the Microsoft commercial marketplace. So great to be here, great to have the opportunity to introduce myself to the listeners. And, David, maybe you want to take the opportunity to do the same.DAVID: Sure. Thanks, Paul. I'm a Principal Software Development Engineer here at Microsoft, and I live in the same organization as Paul, and that is the commercial marketplace services team. And, Paul, if you think back, you hired me directly. And I was about number seven in the org at that time, if you'll recall. And --PAUL: That's right. Lucky number 7, David. Lucky number 7.DAVID: [laughs] Indeed. And we have a pretty good-sized organization now, so we've grown quite a bit over the last four years, which is how long I've been with the team, four years and counting. So I'll tell you that this is my second stint at Microsoft. And my first go-round was working on Visual Studio. For those who might use Visual Studio on the show, may not be you but people who work for you; I put a feature, or I was part of a team, I should say, a good-sized team that put a feature called CodeLens into Visual Studio. So that was a good piece of work. And today, instead, I focus on working with partners for the commercial marketplace, as you've heard, a pretty good focus on the commercial marketplace in our past episodes. Well, what that means is that I take consults. These are sort of one-time answer questions for partners who might be struggling a little bit with their onboarding or work with partners in a longer-term engagement to get them from start to finish and get their products onboarded to the commercial marketplace. So that's the essence of what I do. I work with partners in that context. And my little side project baby I have to mention, is Mastering the Marketplace. That is a resource where you or your technologists on your team can go to learn more about how to do that implementation. And we have videos and code and hands-on labs to grow skills, so all that good stuff to help you get going. And the URL for that will be posted in the show notes. I'll say here it's aka.ms/masteringthemarketplace. With that, Paul, what's the big news that we were talking about?PAUL: So the big news, even though we are part of the Microsoft commercial marketplace organization and that's our day job and our priority, we've taken a step back. And we feel like broadening the focus of the podcast here to include all topics Azure will be really relevant and interesting to our listeners, and executives, and leaders who are looking to move to Azure. So with a goal of making sure that folks who tune in and listen can get the best experience and the best knowledge exchange from tuning into the podcast, we'll be broadening the reach of the podcast to cover all things Azure which I'm super excited about. Historically, we made the decision to have a singular focus on the show. But I think the new format will really benefit everyone and really be applicable to a diverse audience. So I'm excited that we're expanding our remit, expanding our scope, and excited about the topics that will be upcoming in future shows. So with that, I mean, David, do you want to talk a little bit about the new format for our listeners?DAVID: Sure, Paul. And just to reiterate, I'm really excited too about where the show is going. I think we're going to have a really good dearth of topics and be a show that is more of a resource for technology decision-makers, so as we said, with regard to format, but as we said, our focus will be broadening. And while our audience demographic of leadership positions within technology organizations remains the same, our show topics will include specific technologies, patterns and practices, recommendations, and guidance on how to get the most from Azure, particularly as it relates to your business processes, your business goals, and how to achieve your technology goals. Our intent is to bring experts to the show and share real-world experiences to help you be successful in your technological adventures.PAUL: That's great, David. So with that, carrying on then, now we understand a little bit about that new format where we're broadening the scope. We have lots of good stuff in terms of thinking about all things Azure patterns and practices, recommendations. What I'm excited about is that it's really hopefully going to be a consumable digest for all listeners to learn about all things Azure. Specifically, David, is there anything you are excited about the future of the show?DAVID: You bet there is. I'm excited to talk with some of the great guests we've got lined up and learn from them about many aspects of using Azure, how they've implemented their solutions, how they've perhaps even changed their business to work with cloud technologies, and how they drive new business and enable technologists in their organizations. And I won't give away any spoilers here, Paul, but I will say that I'm glad to be back producing the show. So to the listeners, whether you're a long-time listener or someone who's just joining us for the first time, I'm positive that you'll enjoy the diversity of conversation. I have to tell you, Paul, I listen to a bunch of other podcasts. I don't listen to us really after [laughs] we've produced the show. But I love podcasts myself, technology ones in particular. And I especially like them for my morning walks to and from my gym. And for me, that means I like about a 25 to 35-minute episode, which is what we'll target for the show going forward. We'll try and keep it within those bounds. Now, speaking of excited about the show, how about you, Paul?PAUL: Yeah, I'm super excited, David. I mean, I'm looking forward to rebooting the show. It's been a little while. I've enjoyed the summer time off, but now it's time to get back to business. Just to reiterate what you've said, David, I think a 25 to 35-minute sweet spot is great. I think it's long enough for the content to be meaningful but not too long, where it becomes a little bit of a challenge to get through the contents. So we're excited about that. We've carried forward the learnings from our podcasts, and we've listened to the listeners. And so excited about the format, excited about the timings. And I hear you about...I hate hearing my own voice also [chuckles], but I encourage the listeners to tune in and listen. But what am I looking forward to as we reboot the show? Well, number one, of course, it's all about the listeners, so I'm super excited to reconnect with our listeners. Thank you for following us so far, and excited about what we'll bring in the future. Of course, in the fast-paced technology world that we all live in, I'm excited to learn about the latest advancements from our guests, of which it's a changing world, of course, but most importantly, really sharing practical hands-on guidance with our listeners. So hopefully, we're helping our listeners achieve their goals and accelerate their path to success. My hope with the podcast ultimately is that we're providing in that 25 to 35 minutes bite-sized consumable content that is really clear in terms of the delivery but also actionable. My goal is that the conversation doesn't stop with the podcast. That's the beginning of the conversation. So that's what I'm excited about, David. And then so with that, I mean, David, as we look to close things out, is there anything you'd like to share on logistics?DAVID: You bet. Let's talk about how we're going to move forward producing the show. We'll be working to hit a cadence of an episode about every two weeks or so, and to be honest, that's about all either of our schedules can tolerate for getting episodes on air. And beyond that, you can find us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Audible, Google Podcasts, Podcast Addict, and all those other podcast aggregators and hosts. Also, you can get to us on our homepage easily by going to this URL: aka.ms/azureforexecs. And we post every show there, and you can listen to it through a web page if you choose. And that's our landing page for the show. So I encourage you to head over there, where you'll be able to see show notes and be able to subscribe to the show in various ways. Just click the Listen & Subscribe button. So speaking of show notes, I want to add for this episode, we're going to obviously include links to some of the things we've talked about and also to Paul's social accounts and to my socials as well. And I'll tell you, you know, even though I'll probably post a Twitter account, I stepped away from that lately [laughs]. I don't know why. I really like it when people hit me up though on LinkedIn and talk about the show, give me some feedback, tell us what you'd like to hear in future episodes. So hit me up on LinkedIn, and my LinkedIn profile will be in the show notes. So really looking forward to moving forward and to hearing from you as we reboot the show and have a different path forward.PAUL: That's awesome. So not only are we rebooting the show, David, I hear we need to get more social. So be on the lookout for us dialing back up and being more social on LinkedIn and our Twitter accounts. So with that, let's stop the introductions and get on with the first show in the new format. Thank you so much to our listeners who have stuck with us over the years, and welcome hopefully to new listeners. It's great to have you here. We're delighted you're all joining us, too, for the Azure for Executives Podcast. And with that, on with the show.DAVID: Thank you for joining us for this episode of the Azure for Executives Podcast. We love hearing from you. And if you have suggestions for topics, questions about issues discussed on the show, or other feedback, contact the show host, David Starr or Paul Maher, through the social media links included in the show notes for each episode. We look forward to hearing from you.
Effectively Adopting the Cloud with Brian Blanchard
22:50Today's episode focuses on the Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure (CAF) with our guest, Global Engineering Lead for the CAF, Brian Blanchard. The CAF framework provides guidance for creating and implementing business and technology strategies for the cloud.We discuss moving your technology and business to Microsoft Azure and talk about some best practices for business decision-makers, cloud architects, and other technology leaders. We also talk about mistakes people can make along the way.Episode Links:Episode TranscriptThe Cloud Adoption FrameworkCloud Adoption Strategy EvaluatorCloud Adoption Framework Discover WorkshopsMicrosoft Learn ModulesAzure Migration and Modernization ProgramGuest:Brian Blanchard is the Global Engineering Lead for the Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure (CAF).Follow him on LinkedIn or Twitter.Hosts:Paul Maher is General Manager of the Industry Experiences Team at Microsoft. Follow him on LinkedIn and Twitter.David Starr is a Principal Software Engineer in the Commercial Marketplace Services team at Microsoft.Follow him on LinkedIn and Twitter.
Developer Relations at Microsoft with Jeff Sandquist
27:18In this episode, we’re talking about how Microsoft engages with the developer community. Growing and maintaining a strong community of developers has always been important to Microsoft. Our developer relations team, led by Corporate Vice President of Developer Relations at Microsoft Jeff Sandquist, makes the world better for developers and enables them to apply the latest technologies to create software that changes the world.Episode Links:Episode TranscriptAzure Developer Community BlogDeveloper CommunitiesMicrosoft ReactorGuest:Jeff Sandquist is the Corporate Vice President of Developer Relations at Microsoft.Follow him on LinkedIn or Twitter.Hosts:Paul Maher is General Manager of the Industry Experiences Team at Microsoft. Follow him on LinkedIn and Twitter.David Starr is a Principal Software Engineer in the Commercial Marketplace Services team at Microsoft.Follow him on LinkedIn and Twitter.