Community

The Why

I believe that human beings are stronger when we work together. I believe that each of us has something that we can contribute to the communities that we are involved in. One of my goals for this year and moving forward is to give back to the IT Community by sharing my experiences and helping others who might be on similar journeys. This might come in the form of blog posts on this website, user group talks, working with other members of the community to create content and organise events.

Feel free to reach out on Twitter or LinkedIn if you’d like to collaborate. You’ll find links to my socials at the bottom of this page.

The What

In this section you will find details of any events happening in the community that I might be involved in or that I think deserve some love. Reach out if you want your event posted here.

Limerick DotNet Azure User Group

At the start of the year, I joined the Team at the Limerick DotNet Azure User group as a co-organiser. I’ve been focused on bringing speakers in to present at our monthly events. We’ve had some great speakers this year so far and look forward to more. Join our user group and sign up for upcoming events at on Meetup.

If you’d like to present at one of our virtual user groups, please submit a session by clicking below:

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Coming Up!

Wednesday 22nd September @ 8PM (UTC+1) - LDNA - September Event

Oren Eini, aka Ayende Rahien, is a Microsoft MVP and frequent blogger at ayende.com. He has over 20 years of experience in software development with a focus on the Microsoft and .NET ecosystem.

In this session, Oren Eini will discuss how you can use Azure Cosmos DB in your application. We’ll go over data models, proper design, and best practices for building applications using Cosmos DB. We will look into some of the common pitfalls with regard to both performance and cost.

Really looking forward to this session! Cosmos DB is awesome!! Sign up below:

LDNA - September Virtual Event - Azure Cosmos DB Advanced & Optimization


Past events!

LDNA - August Event

Bojan Magusic is Program Manager at Microsoft, working within Azure Security Center, C+AI Security Customer Experience Engineering (CxE). He joined us for our August virtual event.

In this session, he explored the Azure Security Center! Great session, thank you Bojan!

Check out the recording below:


LDNA - July Event

Aidan Finn (@joe_elway) joined us for the LDNA July Meetup to present his “Azure Firewall in the Real World” session.

Aidan is a Principal Consultant with Innofactor Norway working on Azure infrastructure projects and managed services. He is also the MD and trainer at Cloud Mechanix http://www.cloudmechanix.com, a company delivering custom-written Azure training in Europe.

In this session, he explored the features of Azure Firewall, how to use Azure Firewall in the real world, and how to make the most of this platform-based, DevOps focused security system - yes, there were some ARM templates!

Aidan writes about Azure and on-premises server technologies on his own site, http://www.aidanfinn.com and for http://www.petri.com.

This was a great session, very informative. Check out the recording below.


Monday 7th June: Live Call with Chris Reddington

On Monday 7th June, I joined Chris Reddington (@reddobowen) for another live call to discuss using Azure Storage, Azure CDN, GitHub Actions, and Hugo to deliver an awesome blog platform.

This time we did an in-depth session on the GitHub Actions workflows that automate a lot of the publishing process Chris uses with his site (www.cloudwithchris.com).

It was a really interesting discussion! If you want to know more about GitHub Actions and how it can help your blogging, then check out the recording below.


LDNA - June Event

Shannon Kuehn (Follow her on Twitter: @shankuehn) joined us to present her “Azure VMware Services Overview” talk. Many in the Enterprise IT and MSP space will be familiar with VMware. Check out the video below to hear how you can extend, or migrate, your existing VMware workloads to Azure without the need to re-architect your applications or change your tooling.

Check out the recording below.


LDNA - May Event

Ricardo Melo Jóia (Follow him on Twitter: @rmjoia) joined us to present his awesome “VS ‘Army Knife’ Code” talk. As a daily user of VSCode I found this a really useful session. You can check out the recording below.


Thursday 22nd April: Live Call with Chris Reddington

On Thursday 22nd April, I joined Chris Reddington (@reddobowen) for a live call to discuss using Azure Storage, Azure CDN, GitHub Actions, and Hugo to deliver an awesome blog platform.

We went into detail on the decisions and reasoning behind the choice to run his site (www.cloudwithchris.com) in Azure. We also touched on the automated GitHub Actions workflows that Chris uses to publish new content to his site.

It was a great discussion and we will be doing another session on June 3rd which will be focusing on the GitHub Actions workflows in detail.

You can check out the recording on YouTube:


Friday 23rd April: “In conversation with… JonnyChipz and Thomas Thornton!”

Back in early April (2021), Thomas Thornton (@tamstar1234) recorded a session of “In Conversation with… JonnyChipz” with John Lunn (@jonnychipz). It first aired on Friday 23rd April on the Azureish Live Twitch page and on YouTube.

We covered a wide range of topics including DevOps, Infrastructure as Code, Learning, and our love of community. Feel free to check it out.

You can see the YouTube video below. Thanks for having us John!!


LDNA - April Event

Maik van der Gaag (Follow him on Twitter: @maikvandergaag) joined us to present his “Azure Infrastructure as Code via Azure Bicep” talk. This was a great session, I’d recommend you check out the recording when it’s posted. Check out the recording below:


LDNA - March Event

Chris Reddington joined us to present his “How GitHub Actions can help in building and deploying a Static Website” session. Check out his website at www.cloudwithchris.com and follow him on Twitter @reddobowen.


LDNA - February Event

Bojan Magusic joined us in February to present a session on Azure Sentinel. You can follow him on Twitter @bmagusic.