Wednesday, October 26, 2016


Microsoft Ignite (formerly Microsoft Tech-Ed) conference is nearly over.  It's been 3 years since I last posted to this blog.  What have a learned this year?
  • You don't need permission to improve the business.  - Dona Sarkar
  • DevOps is the union of people, process, and products to enable continuous delivery of value to our end users.  - Donovan Brown
  • I got promoted from Lead Developer to Development Consultant (effectively a Solution Architect).
  • I've been at Spark (formerly Telecom NZ) now for over 11 years.
  • Infrastructure as Code: I can create a project in Microsoft Visual Studio which, when deployed, will stand up a VM in Azure.  Then my code project will be deployed onto it.
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2016 (and SSRS 2016) integrates directly with Power BI.
  • Power BI is awesome.  It does Mobile Charts as well as KPI's and legacy tabular reports.