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Thursday, April 4, 2019

WinDays19 - overview of Day 3

Find out more on what was in focus on third day of the conference.

Thursday brought more than 50 lectures divided into 4 programme tracks: applications and infrastructure, modern working environment, data and artificial intelligence and platforms for business applications. In the following article we bring you an overview of the most interesting lectures.

The first lecture of the day, within the Aplications and infrastructure track, was held by Tomislav Mesić from Five Agency presented how to design a conversational interface of a chatbot through an example of a private university of Algebra. He emphasized that the bot must be smart but also "dumb". The reason is that people are complex and often illogical. Also, the bot should be humane but it should not create the illusion of a man. Mesić also said that it is necessary to simulate a slower bot work to avoid an unrealistic impression. 

Igor Đerman from Leversys held a lecture on the use of Hyperledger Fabric technology on the Azure platform. Hyperledger Fabric is the most popular open-source blockchain technology that allows companies to build their own blockchain system, and Azure platform supports ready-made templates which enable easy installation and configuration of the Hyperledger Fabric software. Đerman also presented how to create a blockchain network on the Azure platform by using the Fabric consortium template.

In his lecture on "CyberSec Maturity Model & Cyber ​​Trends for 2019", Microsoft's Yoad Dvir gave an answer to five basic security issues. He presented the advantages of the attacker and the best ways to protect and how AI greatly contributes to the faster finding of mistakes and attacks. He showed a simple example of a security model, and why it is important for each organization to invest in security. Finally, he gave conclusion that everyone should give their share to ensure security at a satisfactory level.

Within the Aplications and infrastructure track, Giulio Vian, from the leading provider of global governance services Glass Lewis & Co held his lecture "How we moved our environments to the cloud". Through his lecture he presented their DevOps journey and pointed out the advantages and disadvantages of using the tools for automatiozation of infrastructure such as Terraform, Powershell, Ansible and TFS/Azure DevOps. From rare and troublesome releasing, "don’t touch it" mindset and a lack of stability they managed to rebuild the enviroment and automated almost everything to the cloud in just few months.

Tomislav Tipurić (Nephos) gave a lecture about lambda architecture and how implement it with Azure cloud. Lambda architecture is an architecture which allows a Big Data system to achieve both batch and stream data processing. He also pointed out a few advantages of using Azure cloud compared to the on-premise solution in the Big Data systems.

Kristina Barišić, a digitalization specialist from Rimac automobiles, presented an innovative solution for task management within the company. The solution integrates several Microsoft products such as Microsoft Flow, Yammer, Microsoft Teams and SharePoint. As a benefit of using this solution, Barišić pointed out the increase in productivity and connectivity of the entire organization and its applicability to all employees, from managers to janitors.

Tarmo Tikerpäe, a Partner Technology Strategist in Microsoft, held a lecture about the one of the most popular topics of today - Azure IaaS. Many people are asking themselves why are their Azure calculations so costly while they are also scared about the Network Egress Component. Through different business case studies he showed and explained how Azure calculations and cost optimizations of licensing function in reality and that there’s nothing to fear.

Owner of LunarCat.PT André Melancia explained the basics of Machine Learning. He showed which algorithms are used when processing data with the help of Azure. It tells us how important it is to have a large amount of data processed in the right way. In the end, he gave the conclusion that Machine Learning will in the future be of great assist in making difficult decisions.

Ivica Ivančić from Microsoft introduced us to the concept of citizen developers through presenting the Microsoft Power platform that makes it easier for use without too much technological knowledge.  He ended his lecture with a conclusion that such an approach to business application development brings considerable budget savings and the time it takes to set up a system.

Development of modern applications and microservices with Actor Programming Model was the main top of the lecture held by Damir Dobrić. Dobrić presented the advantages of using the Actor model over the traditional Multi-Threading Model, such as significantly easier program scalability.

Sander Berkouwer, or as he calls himself an "Active Directory aficionado", gave us his best tips and tricks in the lecture titled "Hardening Hybrid Identity in the real world". He explained what exactly is the hybrid identity, what are the 3 types of organizations in terms of using Azure AD and pointed out many different features like banning bad passwords for example. He also gave us a look at properly securing on-premises Active Directory Domain Services environments and hardening Azure AD tenants. 


Rastko Đorđević, a young enthusiast and a student, who is focused on Microsoft technologies, described the world of Internet of Things in the introduction of his lecture. He emphasized the importance of wireless IoT devices having many advantages such as scalability, mobility, and low cost. He gave a detailed comparison of advanced wireless technologies such as Long Range, Narrow Band and LTE. The conclusion is that characteristics of a Low Powered - WAN devices such as large range, low power consumption and energy use are a good alternative to existing wired technologies.  

The last lecture of the day was held by Adis Jugo from the SysKit company who gave us insights into possibilities and types of PowerApps, but also into its disadvantages. Although PowerApps is already a mainstream in many companies, there are still disadvantages such as: limited SharePoint integration, limited support for different data sets, limited field validation and calculation as well as doing complex forms. Through examples, he also showed how to manage PowerApps, its permissions, roles and work with many data sets.

The evening program is reserved for another WinDays party, and on the last day of the conference, on Friday, participants will enjoy in more than 30 lessons. See you tomorrow!

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