As I was traveling in Tokyo I was invited to participate in the Tokyo MVP New Year event two weeks ago. This was a great opportunity for me to network with my peers in Japan and share stories about what we encountered in our work and how we handled them.
It turns out that we had been running in many of the same issues and challenges and it led to some interesting discussions about how we resolved them. For example the same security threats that plagued us, Wannacry, Petya and more recently Spectre and Meltdown and it was interesting to hear the different approaches taken to solving these challenges we have in common.
For me this was an unique possibility to hear the stories and experiences of engineers and developers working on the other side of the globe and to understand their perspectives and views.
Over the past two weeks I have had the opportunity to speak at both the Mississippi and the Munich PowerShell user groups to share my thoughts on how to apply Chat Automation. For those of you who have been following my blog you know this has not been the first time talking on this subject.
Chat Automation is an interesting subject as it allows for applying existing scripted resources, modules and automations in a new context. For example I showed how an existing script can be leveraged by PoshBot and made available to non technical users, while adhering to existing security constraints.
As I gave the presentation to the Mississippi PowerShell user group remotely I do not have any photos available of that presentation, but it was recorded and made available on MSPSUG YouTube channel:
Last week was a very busy for us over in Singapore, together with the PowerShell Conference Asia team we organized a 3-day conference in Singapore. In the same week the DevOps Days Singapore team hosted their conference and I was a speaker at this event as well.
This year marked the third year of being a part of PSConfAsia, the first two years I was a speaker there, this year I joined the PSConfAsia team and helped organize the event. We were all very pleased with the quality of content that the speakers have provided us with as well as with the attendance of the PowerShell Team. We have seen both speakers and attendees fly from far and beyond to join us and the conference and we can proudly say we made it worth their time.
DevOps Days Singapore
At DevOps Days I presented an ignite talk, a five minute speech on a single topic. Now 5 minutes for a talk is already a challenging, but the second condition was that the slides should automatically advance to the next every 15 seconds. While I have been giving short talks for a while, the challenge of timing a talk to match up with the slides.
A video of the whole day of DevOps Days is also available, here is the link to the start of my Ignite session:
PowerShell Conference Asia
The PowerShell Conference Asia resumes for its 3rd year this October, bringing speakers from Asia and around the world to deliver in-depth PowerShell and DevOps sessions. Speakers include the Microsoft PowerShell Product Team from headquarters in Redmond and a strong line-up of MVPs, well-known international speakers, and community contributors.
At PSConfAsia I spoke on Automation and how to secure your environment. This is a story of how I used some low-level techniques to investigate, re mediate and patch vulnerabilities of a mixed infrastructure environment.
Earlier this week I was invited to attend and speak at the Chinese MVP event, China MVP Community Connection in Hangzhou. As a foreign MVP at a local event it was a very interesting experience to discuss the common issues they ran into and compare that to the struggle and challenges we face back over at Europe.
2017 Microsoft’s MVP China Summit – China MVP Community Connection will be held in Hangzhou, China on October 20-21, 2017. The Microsoft MVP team is here to invite you to participate in this fall summit, with hundreds of MVPs from all over the country gathered together to discuss the future direction in which we are headed.
There have been some photos taken at the event which are available here:
Presenting on PowerShell
MVPs all gathered
Always time for a selfie
MVPs gathered together
My session was called Paint it blue with PowerShell, a session about implementing PowerShell in your workflow to prevent context switching. For engineers and developers working on a diverse range of operating systems and cloud platform having a uniform scripting language can be beneficial and I highlighted the benefits in this presention. The slides have been shared on GitHub in my Events repository:
Tonight I was invited to speak at the EIC Inspiration event, located in Groningen. It was my first time attending, and as a result, speaking at this event. If you living in the neighborhood or if you are interested in the events they host have a look over here: