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Betatalks the podcast

Welcome to Betatalks the podcast, in which we talk with friends from the development community. We chat not only about technology, but what drives them, inspires them and makes them unique. Rick (Cloud Solution Architect at Microsoft) and Oscar (CTO at Virtual Vaults), invite developers, makers, Open Source maintainers and other amazing people from the .NET and Azure development community. Looking for more content? Have a look at our Betatalks video's.


79. Bits to Qubits: Exploring the promise and challenges of quantum computing - with Hanna Engel
In this episode, we talk with Hanna Engel. She is an Azure Cloud Solutions Specialist at Azelis. We dive into how quantum computers operate differently than classical computers using qubits and probabilities. This makes them well-suited for problems in AI, simulation, and optimization. Some companies are already pairing quantum with AI for applications like optimizing battery production. While challenges remain, experts predict continued exponential progress could enable a million qubit computer within five years. Once more widely available, entirely new uses may emerge across industries like healthcare. We cover the current capabilities and the long-term potential of quantum computing to transform fields. We also discuss issues like privacy, security, and responsible development.About this episode, and Hanna Engel in particular: you can find Hanna on LinkedIn. About Betatalks: have a look at our videos and join us on our Betatalks Discord channel 
31:31 4/1/24
78. Demystifying AI: A real-world look at Copilot's capabilities and limitations in Power Platform - with Yannick Reekmans
In this episode, we talk with Yannick Reekmans. He is a managing partner and Microsoft cloud solution architect at Qubix. We talk about Microsoft Power Platform and AI. We discuss various topics, including the challenges of using Copilot due to data security and privacy concerns, limitations of security tools in Power Platform, embracing constructive criticism in software development, and differences in introversion and social energy levels. We also discuss the potential impact of generative AI on low-code development and the importance of control and quality when using AI-powered Copilots.About this episode, and Yannick Reekmans in particular: you can find Yannick on X @yannickreekmans or LinkedIn. You can also read all his interesting blog posts on his website.About Betatalks: have a look at our videos and join us on our Betatalks Discord channel 
44:14 3/18/24
77. Securing the Cloud: A conversation on digital transformation and security best practices - with Jessey Johnson
In this episode, we speak with Jessey Johnson, a Cloud Solution Architect and an Advanced Cloud Expert (ACE) at Microsoft, who serves as a bridge between business, IT, and technology. We delve into topics such as digital transformation, the evolving landscape of Azure, and address barriers to inclusion in the tech industry. Jessey shares her journey in assisting Dutch organizations to securely adopt cloud services and what ignited her passion for information security compliance. We explore Microsoft's emphasis on developing user-friendly security tools and discuss how cultural biases can hinder underrepresented groups.  About this episode, and Jessey Johnson in particular: you can find Jessey on LinkedIn. About Betatalks: have a look at our videos and join us on our Betatalks Discord channel 
52:22 3/4/24
76. Protecting deals in the cloud: building security into every layer - with Oscar van Tol
In this special episode, Rick interviews Oscar. We talk about Oscar’s work at Virtual Vaults. For the people who don’t know, Oscar is the CTO of Virtual Vaults, a platform for M&A transactions. Mergers & Acquisitions, that is. We discuss the development of their SaaS platform, emphasizing security and compliance. Oscar highlights their focus on constant improvement through new features, evolving technologies, and an agile culture. He outlines their plans for the coming year, which include improving reliability, security, and developer experience through initiatives like moving to Azure Container Apps. We also cover topics like cloud adoption, software architectures, database choices, and lessons learned over the company's evolution.About this episode, and Oscar van Tol in particular: you can find Oscar on @oscarvantol on X and GitHub. About Betatalks: have a look at our videos and join us on our Betatalks Discord channel 
53:35 2/19/24
75. Cracking the code: A deep dive into data layer optimization - with Shay Rojansky
In this episode, we talk with Shay Rojansky. He is a Microsoft principal software engineer working on .NET data access and a performance member of the Entity Framework team. And he's a lead developer of Npgsql, the open source .NET data provider for PostgreSQL. We discuss various topics related to data and performance in .NET, such as the evolution of Entity Framework, debates on abstraction usage, database performance optimization, and breakthrough changes in software development. We share stories about improving performance for specific customer scenarios and benchmarking. Overall, we focus on gaining a full-stack understanding of software, using instrumentation to identify optimization opportunities, and emphasizing simple and accessible features over complexity. About this episode, and Shay Rojansky in particular: you can find Shay on @shayrojansky on X and GitHub. Also, check out his website where you can read all his very interesting blogs.About Betatalks: have a look at our videos and join us on our Betatalks Discord channel 
49:08 2/5/24
74. AI's impact, potential, and pitfalls: Insights from a cloud visionary - with Sakari Nahi
In this episode, we talk with Sakari Nahi. He is responsible for the vision, brand, and quality of his company Zure. He is a Microsoft Regional Director and an Azure MVP. He has over twenty years of experience creating custom software and ten years of experience with Azure. He is the founder of the Finland Azure user group and a co-host at the Finnish podcast Ikkunastudio. They talk about the early days of Azure and public clouds, the evolution of services like Cosmos DB, and AI capabilities on Azure. Sakari shares some of his favorite features in Azure over the years. They also talk about the potential of AI and how it can help with productivity but may not replace developers' jobs.About this episode, and Sakari Nahi in particular: you can find Sakari on @sakarinahi on X and LinkedIn. Also, check out his podcast Ikkunastudio, and the website of his company Zure.About Betatalks: have a look at our videos and join us on our Betatalks Discord channel 
52:38 1/22/24
73. Inside the mind of a hacker: Learning to think like your adversaries - with Gerben van de Wiel
In this episode, we talk with Gerben van de Wiel. He is a Principal Cloud Security Architect at Betabit, specializing in bolstering security through meticulous pen testing and detailed software assessments at YieldDD. Gerben's proficiency is not just limited to assessments; he is also adept at creating and conducting security-focused training programs to elevate the readiness to counteract cyber threats. They discuss Gerben's work in security assessments and training programs. They talk about how the cybersecurity landscape has changed over time, with more professional attackers and widespread ransomware attacks. Gerben describes the different types of security testing they perform such as white box testing using source code. They discuss challenges such as keeping up with new vulnerabilities and tools as the field changes rapidly. About this episode, and Gerben van de Wiel in particular: you can find Gerben on GitHub and LinkedIn. Also, check out his many Betatalks videos in which he discusses even more security and development.About Betatalks: have a look at our videos and join us on our Betatalks Discord channel 
52:18 1/8/24
72. Christmas special: Looking back at all the amazing episodes, guests and tech developments of 2023 - with Rick & Oscar
In this episode, we have a Christmas special. We talk with two very special guests, the hosts themselves. They look back at some of their favorite episodes from the past year, such as interviews with Jimmy Bogart about open source, Sarah Young about security, and Edward Keilholz about Azure Container Apps. They discuss how they enjoyed learning about topics outside their daily work and getting to know the people behind the technologies. We want to thank all our guests for an amazing year, and we hope to see you in 2024.We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New YearAbout Betatalks: have a look at our videos and join us on our Betatalks Discord channel
15:48 12/25/23
71. Training AI models, the Microsoft Learn platform and entrepreneurship - with Sherry List
In this episode, we talk with Sherry List. She has worked with a variety of web technologies in the past and currently works as Senior Program Manager at Microsoft. Apart from her everyday job, she is chairperson of the board at Hack Your Future. She is also a co-founder of Synthetic AI Data and of the ngVikings and ngSpain conference, as well as some Meetups groups, such as ngCopenhagen, Women Techmakers Denmark and ForDevs. We talk about her work at Microsoft managing the Learn platform. They discuss how Learn brings together documentation, tutorials, Q&A, and the Architecture Center. Sherry also talks about her side projects - she is a co-founder of a startup called Synthetic AI Data that generates synthetic images to train AI models, and she is chairperson of HYF (Hack Your Future), an organization in Denmark that helps people from disadvantaged groups become web developers. We also dive into Sherry's motivations for helping others and the impact of her work.About this episode, and Sherry List in particular: you can find @sherrrylst on X and LinkedIn. Also, check out HYF and her company website Synthetic AI Data.About Betatalks: have a look at our videos and join us on our Betatalks Discord channel 
51:06 12/11/23
70. The future of global Azure: Sharing knowledge and growing the community - with Rik Hepworth
In this episode, we talk with Rik Hepworth. He is a Chief Consulting Officer at Black Marble. That means his days are spent herding cats as he manages developers and consultants. He is proud to have been awarded Microsoft MVP in Azure since 2014 and he's been a Microsoft Regional Director since 2020. Passionate about community, Rik helps organise two community dev conferences in the UK and is a member of the central organising team for global Azure. We discuss the history and evolution of global Azure from an event focused on introducing people to Azure to one focused more on sharing knowledge and best practices. We talk about the challenges of running in-person events post-pandemic, like higher no-show rates and difficulties finding venues. We discuss the various ways people can get involved with global Azure, including organizing local events, speaking, attending, or sponsoring. The goal is to bring the Azure community together from around the world over three days to learn and share ideas. About this episode, and Rik Hepworth in particular: you can find @rikhepworth on X and GitHub. Check out his website and read his blogs.About Betatalks: have a look at our videos and join us on our Betatalks Discord channel 
51:25 11/27/23
69. An introduction into the world of Endpoint Security and Intune - with Rudy Ooms
In this episode, we talk with Rudy Ooms. He is a Microsoft MVP and he has been working for Deltacom for 22 years as a Cloud Architect. He is also the owner of Call4Cloud. He does a lot of blogging and he might be the Intune engineering team’s worst enemy. We discuss endpoint security and device management with Intune. Rudy shares insights from his experience debugging Intune and finding bugs to report to Microsoft. We cover topics like Windows LAPS, Endpoint Privilege Management, declarative device management using desired state configuration, and services like MMPC that are improving how devices can be managed without requiring Azure AD join. We also dive into the future direction of Intune and related tools for securely managing devices in hybrid and cloud environments. About this episode, and Rudy Ooms in particular: you can find Rudy on X @Mister_MDM & Reddit. Read all his interesting blogs and more on his website Call4Cloud. About Betatalks: have a look at our videos and join us on our Betatalks Discord channel 
45:01 11/13/23
68. Cloud Evolution: Insights on Azure's Past, Present and Future - with Magnus Mårtensson
In this episode, we talk with Magnus Mårtensson. He is an entrepreneur, an MVP for Azure since the start of the cloud, and a Microsoft Regional Director. He is a consultant, architect, and product development lead, and he runs his own company Lofty Soft. As an international speaker, his passions include connecting with audiences and organizing conferences. We discuss Magnus' background working with Azure for many years and running community events like Global Azure. We talk about the early days of Azure and how it has evolved significantly over 15 years. We also dive into challenges large companies face in optimizing their cloud usage and developing a culture of automation. We touch on Magnus' consulting company Lofty Soft and how he helps customers optimize their cloud usage. We also cover the importance of physical wellness for those in sedentary jobs, and how Magnus uses a fitness tracker and activities like gardening and cooking to stay active.About this episode, and Magnus Mårtensson in particular: you can find Magnus on Twitter @noopman & GitHub. Read all his interesting blogs on his website. And, don't forget to check out his company website Lofty Soft.About Betatalks: have a look at our videos and join us on our Betatalks Discord channel 
55:23 10/16/23
67. Beyond "If Statements": A Developer's Perspective on AI - with Willem Meints
In this episode, we talk with Willem Meints. He is a software architect who has been working with AI for 10 years. He is the author of the book "Deep learning with Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit Quick Start Guide". With his background in electronics and software engineering, he brings a unique view on how companies can use machine learning with a keen eye for DevOps and continuous delivery that's often overlooked in this field. We discuss where AI currently stands in its development, with Willem saying it is becoming a teenager. We talk about how companies can get started with AI by doing small proof of concepts instead of large projects. Ensuring AI use cases are linked to business goals is important. And we cover the challenges of machine learning operations and explainable AI. Overall, the discussion focuses on practical applications of AI and how developers can start using it as another tool in their toolbox.About this episode, and Willem Meints in particular: you can find Willem on Twitter @willem_meints & GitHub. Read all his interesting blogs on 'Willem's Fizzy Logic' and find his book here.About Betatalks: have a look at our videos and join us on our Betatalks Discord channel 
47:45 10/2/23
66. Developing critical thinking skills and choosing different technologies - with Laïla Bougriâ
In this episode, we talk with Laïla Bougriâ. She is a software engineer and solution architect with over 15 years of experience in the .NET space. She's a Microsoft Azure MVP and a frequent speaker at conferences around the world. Laïla is busy building NServiceBus at Particular Software and solving distributed riddles. When she's not immersed in code, Laïla enjoys indulging in her favorite pastime - knitting! We discuss critical thinking skills and how they can be developed and applied in software development projects. We talk about the importance of collaboration and getting different perspectives from team members with varied backgrounds and experiences. We also discuss the challenges of choosing appropriate technologies for projects and keeping teams up to date with new tools and languages. Laïla shares her experiences with public speaking and how mentors helped her get started. About this episode, and Laïla Bougriâ in particular: you can find Laïla on Twitter @noctovis & GitHub and on Mastadon. About Betatalks: have a look at our videos and join us on our Betatalks Discord channel 
53:56 9/18/23
65. Mastering Azure Operations: The importance of Infrastructure as Code - with Wesley Haakman
In this episode, we talk with Wesley Haakman. He is a Microsoft Azure MVP and Lead Azure Architect at Intercept, transitioned from managing Linux environments to mastering the Microsoft platform since Windows 2003.  His passion for Microsoft Azure led to a journey of sharing insights with peers, customers, and partners, designing cloud solutions, participating in preview programs, and delivering workshops and technical sessions. We discuss Wesley's career journey working with Microsoft Azure over many years. We talk about how Azure has evolved tremendously from the early days. Wesley emphasizes the importance of infrastructure as code and having the operational mindset to properly manage cloud environments. We also explore his passion for public speaking and how he overcame nerves to enjoy sharing his knowledge. Additionally, Wesley predicts that artificial intelligence capabilities on Azure, especially through services like Open AI, will drive major changes in the coming years for how organizations adopt and leverage AI. Overall, the podcast provides insights into Azure developments and operations best practices from Wesley's perspective as a longtime expert in the cloud space.About this episode, and Wesley Haakman in particular: you can find Wesley on LinkedIn & Github. Check out his website for all his interesting blogs and more.About Betatalks: have a look at our videos and join us on our Betatalks Discord channel 
49:58 9/4/23
64. Tech Talk Times: Discussing technology, techniques and career - with Daniel Marbach
In this episode, we talk with Daniel Marbach. He is a Software Engineer at Particular Software, makers of NServiceBus, and a Microsoft MVP for Integration. He can bend minds and spoons with asynchronous programming and has contributed to many open-source projects. We talk about Daniel's background and career path, with a focus on his extensive open-source contributions. He emphasizes the importance of continuous learning and understanding technologies at multiple levels. He also stresses finding the right balance between hands-on work and higher-level responsibilities. Daniel shares his process for thoroughly researching codebases to solve problems. We also discuss Daniel's self-imposed router hack. And we explore the value of knowledge sharing and learning from unsuccessful career moves. Emphasizing skills like self-reflection, getting outside perspectives, and prioritizing mental well-being. About this episode, and Daniel Marbach in particular: you can find Daniel on Twitter @danielmarbach & Github. Check out his website - – Your source of geek knowledge - for all his interesting blogs and more.About Betatalks: have a look at our videos and join us on our Betatalks Discord channel 
53:23 8/21/23
63. The Future of Security Controls, CSPM tools and securing AI - with Sarah Young
In this episode, we talk with Sarah Young. She is a Senior Cloud Security Advocate at Microsoft, holds numerous industry qualifications, and has co-authored a few Microsoft Press technical books. She won the Security Champion award at the Australian Women in Security Awards and is a co-host of the Microsoft Azure Security Podcast. We discuss the changing face of security and how it has evolved from being an afterthought to being integrated throughout the development lifecycle. Traditional perimeter-based security approaches are no longer effective in today's cloud and distributed environments. Instead, identity-based security and zero-trust models are becoming more prevalent. We also talk about how security needs to be easy and frictionless for developers in order to be effective. Simply telling developers to implement security controls is not enough - the secure option must also be the easy option. We talk about the trends in cloud security posture management tools and securing AI that can help automate routine security tasks. Overall, the key takeaway is that while security principles remain the same, the approach needs to shift to be integrated, automated, and frictionless in order to be adopted by developers. About this episode, and Sarah Young in particular: you can find Sarah on Twitter @_sarahyo & LinkedIn. Check out her podcast 'The Azure Security Podcast' and if you want to know more about Sarah and her books go to her website. About Betatalks: have a look at our videos and join us on our Betatalks Discord channel 
51:21 8/7/23
62. Empowering productivity: a Flowmance with Power Automate - with Azure McFarlane
In this episode, we talk with Azure McFarlane, a BizApps MVP, and a senior consultant at Hitachi Solutions in Washington DC. Her specialty is Microsoft Power Platform and she has an established Flowmance with Power Automate. She serves as Head of Global Partnerships and Growth at TechStylers and she co-hosts a community podcast 'Cloud Conversations'. We talk about her background and how she ended up at Microsoft, where she found her passion in the world of automation and leveraging Power Automate to revolutionize workflows and boost productivity and efficiency. Power Automate is a workflow engine, part of Microsoft's more low-code development platform Power Platform.  It provides an easy-to-use solution for automating tasks and business processes among more than 1,000 different apps and services, saving valuable time. We talk about desktop flows, explore real-world examples and gain insight into the transformative potential of Power Automate, not just for technical people. Furthermore, we talk about mentorship and which cult movies are or aren't a must-watch.About this episode, and Azure McFarlane in particular: you can find Azure on Twitter @amac_ncheese, LinkedIn and the podcast Cloud Converstations.  About Betatalks: have a look at our videos and join us on our Betatalks Discord channel 
52:50 7/24/23
61. Beyond the code: Exploring the world of software due diligence - with Ferenc Németh
In this episode, we talk with Ferenc Németh, a senior consulting architect at YieldDD Software Due Diligence. With his decades of experience, he helps companies make the right strategic choices by performing software due diligence, software assessments, and security assessments. We talk about how to correctly assess software quality and provide consulting services. Ferenc tells all about how YieldDD goes beyond automated tools and provides insight and interpretation, allowing clients to fully understand all aspects of the software and eliminate unnecessary risks. Their services are sought after in mergers, acquisitions, and cloud transitions. He emphasizes the importance of considering the broader context when evaluating software. We also dive into the importance of conducting security assessments and testing data quality, as well as security and AI considerations in software development. We discuss the benefits of Open Source software. Ferenc encourages companies to consider making non-critical parts of their software Open Source to improve quality. Balancing technical and business demands to achieve better code and software is discussed. And, we touch upon the role of AI tools in coding. About this episode, and Ferenc Németh in particular: you can find Ferenc on LinkedIn and visit the website of YieldDD and find out even more about Software Due Diligence.About Betatalks: have a look at our videos and join us on our Betatalks Discord channel 
48:16 7/10/23
60. How security is everywhere & the balance between legislation and innovation - with Scott Helme
In this episode, we talk with Scott Helme, a Security Researcher, Entrepreneur, and International Speaker. He's the creator of Report URI and Security Headers and delivers world-renowned training on hacking and encryption. We talk about how his Nissan Leaf was an eye-opener in how systems could be hacked by someone on the other side of the world. In the automotive industry, they are connecting things, via the internet, that have never been connected before. We discuss what would be the next big wave of access and privacy issues. We discuss what role legislation should have regarding security. Technology improves and evolves faster than governments can legislate. There is a risk that legislation might accidentally stifle innovation. This is a tricky balance. We also talk about his work on Security Headers and Report URI. And, we talk a bit about his love for cars. He is a huge car geek.  About this episode, and Scott Helme in particular: you can find Scott on Twitter at @Scott_Helme & GitHub. Visit his website and read all his interesting blogs, trainings, and where he is speaking. About Betatalks: have a look at our videos and join us on our Betatalks Discord channel 
52:00 6/26/23
59. Enterprise Cloud Adoption and the AI Hype Cycle - with Eric Berg
In this episode, we talk with Eric Berg. He works as Vice President Consulting Expert and Global Alliance Manager for Microsoft at CGI, and he is a member of the Microsoft Community. He regularly writes blogs and produces the GeekSprech podcast and GeekSchau webcast. Eric also runs the Azure Thüringen Meetup and is a well-known speaker at conferences. Besides that, he is also a LinkedIn Learning trainer. His motto is: "The community lives from the community, and only those who join in keep it alive!" We will dive into his motto and why he thinks it is so important to be an active member of the community. We talk about how he started blogging and when he realized that he could really make an impact. We also discuss his role as a Vice President Consulting Expert. We also touch on the new buzzword AI. The most common question today, according to Eric, is whether OpenAI on Azure or any other AI service will be available in your region. Everybody is talking about AI, and that's the thing with the AI Hype Cycle. How good is it actually going to be, and in what ways will it develop? We also delve into ChatGPT and how AI works with that and other tools. We also compare  the AI Hype Cycle to Cloud Adoption. About this episode, and Eric Berg in particular: you can find Eric on Twitter at @ericberg_de & GitHub. Visit his website and read all his interesting blogs and more. And here you can find a direct link to his podcast GeekSprech on Spotify and his GeekSchau on Youtube.About Betatalks: have a look at our videos and join us on our Betatalks Discord channel 
45:04 6/12/23
58. Accidental successful open source while being a consultant and managing different technologies - Jimmy Bogard
In this episode, we talk with Jimmy Bogard. Jimmy is the creator and maintainer of the popular OSS libraries AutoMapper and MediatR. He has received the MVP award every year since 2009.  We talk about AutoMapper and why he created it. It has hundreds of millions of downloads and it is almost scary how many people depend on it. He never imagined that it would grow so big. In his day job as an independent software consultant, he builds custom software for his clients. We talk about how migrating towards a new technology isn’t necessarily an easy path. We discuss how modernization projects can be influenced by governance and forces outside a team.  We also dive into Azure PaaS and compare this to scaling on prem.  Next to that how the cloud opens the door to infrastructure that you wouldn't have the ability to maintain yourself. Last but not least, some "it depends" and beer!About this episode, and Jimmy Bogard in particular: you can find Jimmy on Twitter at @jbogard & GitHub. Visit his website and read all his interesting blogs and also one about MediatR 12.0 released. Here you can also find the library of AutoMapper.About Betatalks: have a look at our videos and join us on our Betatalks Discord channel 
49:38 5/29/23
57. Decoupling clients & APIs with HATEOAS - with Sander ten Brinke
In this episode, we talk with Sander ten Brinke. He is a Lead Software Engineer at Arcady and Microsoft MVP for the Developer Technologies Category. He loves working with .NET, Azure, and DevOps and is passionate about HATEOAS. HATEOAS is an acronym for Hypermedia As The Engine Of Application State and Sander will explain what it does and how it works. We also discuss how he started with HATEOAS and how it helps evolve server functionalities. Sander works on a lot of different development platforms like web and cloud, but also mobile and game development. We also look back on him becoming an MVP in December 2022. He loves to share knowledge via speaking, meetups, and blogging. About this episode, and Sander ten Brinke in particular:  you can find Sander on Twitter at @sandertenbrinke & GitHub. Visit his website and read all his interesting blogs. Here you can also find the links to the library of Risk First.HATEOAS, the Arcady IT GitHub repository. About Betatalks: have a look at our videos and join us on our Betatalks Discord channel 
43:47 5/15/23
56. Building using Azure PaaS - with Bram de Buyser
In this episode, we talk with Bram de Buyser, he is a freelance technical architect and developer, primarily in data engineering and scalable platforms. Bram talks about his adventures building, how do you start a Twitter alternative? We talk about the key features of Drabble and concepts like how to design a timeline for the user. Bram explains how Azure PaaS services are helping him to build a seriously scalable architecture on a starter budget and how not having to invest upfront keeps options open to redesign when needed. We also talk about the influence of AI and Large Language Models and where Bram expects this to be most useful for a social network.About this episode, and Bram de Buyser in particular:  you can find Bram on Twitter at @chton & GitHub. Visit his website and also take a look at his which is now in public preview.About Betatalks: have a look at our videos and join us on our Betatalks Discord channel 
46:59 5/1/23
55. Azure Landing Zones, Cloud adoption framework and Infrastructure as Code - with Erwin Staal
In this episode, we talk with Erwin Staal. As an Azure Architect and DevOps consultant he loves helping companies deliver their software to customers using DevOps practices and cloud-native architectures. He believes in the power of both the monolith and microservices and prefers to run his workload on the Azure cloud and/or Kubernetes. We talk about Azure Landing Zones; what they are, why you want them, and the cloud adaption framework. An Azure Landing Zone is the output of a multi-subscription Azure environment that accounts for scale, security governance, networking, and identity. It enables application migration, modernization, and innovation at enterprise scale in Azure. Erwin has been involved in building and reviewing various Azure Landing Zones over the last couple of years. And he sees them as one of the pillars underneath a proper cloud adoption. Microsoft makes a distinction between two types of Landing Zones, which we will dive into. It’s a whole architecture, a structure of subscriptions, that allows you to host your workloads in a scalable, manageable way. We discuss the pros and cons of Azure Landing zones and how to get the proper permissions. We also dive into Infrastructure as code, which he wrote a book about. The book focuses on how to deliver your resources on Azure using infrastructure as code and then specifically Bicep. Erwin is in the process of writing an article and creating a new session on ‘Infrastructure as Code on Azure: Bicep vs. Pulumi vs. Terraform’. He found that a lot of people were asking which tool he prefers and when to use which, so he thought ‘why not’ write that down? Next to all this, we talk about which book changed his life and his participation in the Marathon of Rotterdam.About this episode, and Erwin Staal in particular:  you can find Erwin on Twitter at @erwin_staal & GitHub. And, visit his website and read all his interesting blogs. You can also find his book here.About Betatalks: have a look at our videos and join us on our Betatalks Discord channel 
48:19 4/17/23
54. Cloud native and the Container landscape on Azure - with Daniel Paulus
In this episode, we talk with Daniel Paulus. He is a serial conference organizer and meetup runner, a principal consultant at Bryte Blue, a Microsoft Azure focused consultancy company, and a Microsoft Azure MVP. He is helping companies succeed with Cloud Native technologies and DevOps practices. We talk about Bryte Blue, what it is, and what he does there. We dive into his love for Containers and where his interest in containers came from. He once started as an engineer at a firm using mainly Apple. After that, he worked at a consultancy where he worked with Red Hat and Open Source Linux. Here he came in contact with virtualization and sandboxed applications, in the pre-container time. After that, Docker came around and he saw the landscape shift. He also saw Microsoft investing in Open Source and moving to embracing Linux and containers. From the beginning, he was on top of the Container technology. We talk about his thoughts on the adoption of AKS by consumers and Windows Containers. He also tells his story about his burnout and what he did to overcome it. The advice he got was to go out into nature and be active. That is what helped him. And, he still makes sure that he is walking outside every morning and evening. Being surrounded by technology is good, but always take good care of yourself and go out. About this episode, and Daniel Paulus in particular:  you can find Daniel on Twitter at @PaulusTM & GitHub. And, visit his website and read all his interesting blogs. Or, visit his meetups Go Azure and AKS MeetupAbout Betatalks: have a look at our videos and join us on our Betatalks Discord channel 
48:22 4/3/23
53. The simplification of deep technical knowledge & the benefits and drawbacks of ChatGPT - with Joe Carlyle
In this episode, we talk with Joe Carlyle, a Microsoft MVP and head of Azure at eir evo in Dublin. He has a passion for creating Azure content, from blogs and new feature commentaries to deployment guides and troubleshooting help. We discuss the key role of communication for developers, especially in roles that need to bring customers and tech together. The simplification of deep technical knowledge, explaining a complex solution in a way that will get business case buy-in, is essential. Your ability to communicate nearly outweighs your technical capabilities, because it doesn't matter how good you are in terms of implementation or design, if you can't explain yourself, it doesn’t help anyone. And we dive into the fact that sharing your knowledge, at conferences or online, helps you simplify deep technical knowledge. Because you show extra diligence about putting all the right details there to help someone, and yourself. Furthermore, we talk about GitHub Copilot and especially ChatGPT, how it’s being used (and tricked), its use cases, its limits, and how it's able to take multiple queries, put them together, and give you an answer that can be quite comprehensive and beneficial. Is it inspiring and an advancement, or does it threaten your ability to retain information because you lose the experience of writing code? We conclude with a discussion about Azure PaaS, networking, VMS and serverless. He really likes Azure networking, because everyone is involved in one way or another. And how it is impossible to be an expert in all areas; jack of all trades, master of none. About this episode, and Joe Carlyle in particular:  you can find Joe @wedoAzure and read his blogs here on Betatalks: have a look at our videos and join us on our Betatalks Discord channel 
49:17 3/20/23
52. Home automation and security done right (and wrong) - with Stephan van Rooij
In this episode, we talk to Stephan van Rooij, an MVP in security, who writes stuff on Azure AD application security, mainly focused on multi-tenant applications. He founded Roostersync, the most popular product for synchronizing millions of items from different school timetable applications with Microsoft 365 calendars on a weekly basis. He likes to tinker with home automation devices and created several open source projects on this topic. We discuss sonos2mqtt, his most successful project with over 235,000 pulls from Docker Hub, and how you can use this in your home automation. We dive into the security side of home automation and the precautions he takes, such as splitting up his home network and monitoring DNS traffic to block tracking. This led to his discovery that his “smart” oven was sending requests to three domains every five minutes, namely;,, and Apparently, the manufacturer uses global infrastructure to test internet connectivity. Strange, to say the least. We continue with Stephan’s reasons for always using local control for his home automation devices. And his enthusiasm for Home Assistant, an open source home automation and privacy-oriented platform, which he runs on his Raspberry Pi. Furthermore, we discuss using Microsoft Teams’ local API too, for example, show your availability status via a light at your home office door, or even turn off your camera when someone opens your door. We conclude with a discussion about security, using Key Vault in a multi-tenant application, Azure Active Directory, SSO (Single Sign-On), and going passwordless. About this episode, and Stephan van Rooij in particular:  you can find Stephan on Twitter @svrooij & GitHub. You can read all his blogs on his website you can also find his blog there about, protection against certificate extraction. And, visit the website of FIRST the Tech Challenge. About Betatalks: have a look at our videos and join us on our Betatalks Discord channel 
46:04 3/6/23
51. Minimal web API’s and API Management & learning by teaching - with Jonah Andersson
In this episode, we talk to Jonah Andersson. She is a Filipina, Swedish full stack .NET software engineer, a Microsoft Azure MVP and certified trainer, the founder of Azure User Group Sweden, and an advocate for gender equality in the tech industry. We dive into minimal web API’s in .NET, what they actually do, the benefits of using them and some use cases. For example, when combining them with Azure API Management. And the difference from a full blown MVC project. We discuss how she became a public speaker, got involved with the Extend Women in Tech Podcast and even became the co-host. And what it is like to be a mentor, a role model, and how she became one. We talk about the fast-paced (digital) world, being present in the moment, and taking time for yourself. Jonah loves taking time to write and even wrote the book "Learning Microsoft Azure". She explains why she wrote it, who should read it, and how the writing process went. How she learned to write neutrally, which is not as easy as you might think, and how this also applies to public speaking.About this episode, and Jonah Andersson in particular:  you can find Jonah on Twitter at @cjkodare & GitHub. You can read all her interesting blogs on her website. Find out more about the book Learning Microsoft Azure. And, listen to her in the Extend Women in Tech podcast.About Betatalks: have a look at our videos and join us on our Betatalks Discord channel 
51:51 2/20/23
50. Behind the scenes of Umbraco; modernization, infrastructure as code and the Azure ecosystem - with Morten Christensen
In this episode, we talk to Morten Christensen. He works at Umbraco HQ where he helps build Umbraco Cloud and the Headless cloud offering. Morten is also an Azure MVP, Azure Lover, and community addict. First, of course, we dive into Umbraco, an open source content management system based in .NET. We talk about the headless offering and the benefits for both Umbraco and its users. And we discuss a big project at Umbraco in recent years: Morten and his team needed to modernize their cloud platform. From running on virtual machines to a platform as a service. They had to rebuild everything from scratch on Azure App Service in gradually transition customers to the new platform. And in part, the goal was also to modernize their own service infrastructure, updating all their own services to the latest .NET Core and Linux-based containers. And Morten talks about the considerations and choices they made regarding infrastructure as code, for example, choosing between ARM or Terraform. Another thing we talk about is the fact that Morten does a lot for the tech community, organizing user group meetups and conferences. Furthermore, we dive a bit deeper into his love for Azure. We discuss the Azure ecosystem, the service he is most impressed with, Azure Service Bus, and the fact that Azure has become so big that it is (almost) impossible to know everything about Azure. And finally, how does Umbraco monitor their platform and respond to scaling issues or outages? Morten explains how his team uses Application Insights and what they do with the insights. And how they use the practices from Team Topologies, his favorite book, to structure their development teams.  About this episode, and Morten Christensen in particular:  you can find Morten on Twitter at @sitereactor & GitHub. You can read all his interesting blogs on his website. Find out more about the book Team Topologies here.  And, watch his talk from Cloudburst about the challenges they have been through via YouTube. About Betatalks: have a look at our videos and join us on our Betatalks Discord channel 
57:58 2/6/23

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