2021 North Stars with Brian Willson

I had a great opportunity to talk with Microsoft Vice President Brian Willson about the 2021 North Stars that every technology executive should be considering. We talked about each of these five North Stars:

  • Create digital lines of business
  • Deliver on new revenue or operational savings through AI
  • Get out of the datacenter business
  • Make substantive progress on Zero Trust
  • Measure and increase digital productivity
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5 Disciplines of Cloud Governance

The best organizations are ones that balance growth mindset in the cloud with effective cloud governance. The growth mindset is the company challenging itself, its previous assumptions, it’s understanding of what the future looks like. The partner is governance that accelerates the transformation while ensuring protection and responsibility. The goal of cloud governance is not […]

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Cloud Assessments

We talked on this video about how to perform cloud assessment engagements within a business. The goal of cloud assessment is to drive understanding of the current estate, the framework of optimization, and migration opportunities. We also talk about the relationship of CAF to this.

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Cloud Operating Model Comparisons

The transition to the cloud represents an opportunity… an opportunity to change the framework of how the traditional IT organization interacts with the business. When I was first starting my career in IT it was untouchable, in the sense that the business didn’t understand what IT did… they just knew that it was important. It […]

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Mentorship

I have had a lot of great mentors in my life. They have made a difference to who I am and how I’ve progressed as a man, husband, father, and professional. I continue to depend on these mentors as I chart my path as a person. I’m announcing that I’m signed up for the Tribute […]

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Create an Azure Function with Python to Retrieve GPS Coordinates from an Image EXIF in Azure Storage

This post is part of a series. If you want to work on creating your own Wildlife ID environment, start here! We started with provisioning an Azure storage environment that this uses to retrieve images. In this post we’ll provision the Azure Function, deploy the code via VS Code and configure an App Insights availability […]

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Creating a Logic App to Identify Wildlife with AI, Azure Functions, Cosmos DB, and Azure Storage

This post is part of a series. If you want to work on creating your own Wildlife ID environment, start here! In this segment we’re creating a Logic App that brings several other components together. The end goal is to examine a picture with EXIF data, identify a wildlife in the image, copy it to […]

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