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How to plan your cloud transformation journey

by Howard van Rooijen

This week I received an email from someone who asked how they could use our free Thought Leadership content to help their organisation move to the cloud. I realised that although we’ve released a lot of content, we’d never talked publicly about the rationale behind them and how they are all interconnected. Our Thought Leadership […]


Azure Tech Selector – 2017 Edition

by Matthew Adams

A couple of years ago we put together the Azure Tech Selector – a handy poster which walks you through the technology choices you can make for common cloud workloads. Now, two years later, the number of services provided in the Azure ecosystem has multiplied (and the types of workload have become more sophisticated). Revisiting […]


Best of the Recorded Azure Sessions at BUILD 2017

by Howard van Rooijen

For this week’s edition of our Azure Weekly Newsletter, I reviewed all the Azure related sessions from BUILD that are now available on Channel 9 and categorised them into the standard grouping we use for Azure Weekly. If you’re not a subscriber, I’ve included the list below: Compute Container apps on Azure App Service are […]


This post explains how to create a PowerBI report which sources data from two separate Azure SQL Databases. PowerBI offers two data access mechanisms; Import and DirectQuery. DirectQuery provides a range of benefits, the chief of which is that data is automatically refreshed. DirectQuery doesn’t import any data into PowerBI, instead it queries the data […]


Benchmarking the Cloud against on-premise data centres

by Howard van Rooijen

Guest Blogger – Barry Smart IT Director & Partner, Hymans Robertson Barry is IT Director at Hymans Robertson, the largest independent firm of consultants and actuaries in the UK. He is responsible for leading the firm’s technology strategy. The firm is turning increasingly to technology to enhance and extend the services it provides to clients. […]


One very useful but little used pattern when working with Resource Manager templates, is the ability to use parameters to optionally deploy resources, constrain certain resource configurations based on other user defined parameters, or to toggle parameters based on other values. To give a couple of concrete examples, imagine we have a highly reusable template […]


tl;dr – I set up automated backups of our office security camera footage and used Microsoft Flow to automate alerting if anything went wrong. At endjin HQ, we have an office security setup using multiple cameras managed by Surveillance Station, an application on our on-site Synology NAS drive. Surveillance Station handles the recording schedules and stores […]


Choosing the right cloud platform provider can be a daunting task. Take the big three, AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud Platform; each offer a huge number of products and services, but understanding how they enable your specific needs is not easy. Since most organisations plan to migrate existing applications it is important to understand how […]


How to use Power BI Embedded with AspNetCore

by Matthew Adams

If you are looking to build an AspNetCore website, and take advantage of Power BI embedded, you’ve probably found that there isn’t any SDK support for basic report rendering (yet). While the underlying PowerBI.Core and PowerBI.Api assemblies work just fine, there is no equivalent to PowerBI.MVC, and PowerBI.Javascript fails to install correctly in the new […]


Choosing the right cloud platform provider can be a daunting task. Take the big three, AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud Platform; each offer a huge number of products and services, but understanding how they enable your specific needs is not easy. Since most organisations plan to migrate existing applications it is important to understand how […]


Choosing the right cloud platform provider can be a daunting task. Take the big three, AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud Platform; each offer a huge number of products and services, but understanding how they enable your specific needs is not easy. Since most organisations plan to migrate existing applications it is important to understand how […]


Choosing the right cloud platform provider can be a daunting task. Take the big three, AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud Platform; each offer a huge number of products and services, but understanding how they enable your specific needs is not easy. Since most organisations plan to migrate existing applications it is important to understand how […]


Choosing the right cloud platform provider can be a daunting task. Take the big three, AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud Platform; each offer a huge number of products and services, but understanding how they enable your specific needs is not easy. Since most organisations plan to migrate existing applications it is important to understand how […]


In this series, we’re comparing cloud services from AWS, Azure and Google Cloud Platform. A full breakdown and comparison of cloud providers and their services are available in this handy poster. We have assessed services across three typical migration strategies: Lift and shift – the cloud service can support running legacy systems with minimal change […]


In this series, we’re comparing cloud services from AWS, Azure and Google Cloud Platform. A full breakdown and comparison of cloud providers and their services are available in this handy poster. We have assessed services across three typical migration strategies: Lift and shift – the cloud service can support running legacy systems with minimal change […]


AWS vs Azure vs Google Cloud Platform

by Jess Panni

Choosing the right cloud platform provider can be a daunting task. Take the big three, AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud Platform; each offers a huge number of products and services, but understanding how they enable your specific needs is not easy. Since most organisations plan to migrate existing applications it is important to understand how […]


Cloud Adoption: A Deep Dive into the Swiss Cheese Model

by Howard van Rooijen

Guest Blogger – Barry Smart IT Director & Partner, Hymans Robertson Barry is IT Director at Hymans Robertson, the largest independent firm of consultants and actuaries in the UK. He is responsible for leading the firm’s technology strategy. The firm is turning increasingly to technology to enhance and extend the services it provides to clients. […]


I guarantee that any of you who have ever worked as, or with, a software engineer will have heard the phrase “it works on my machine!” before. This statement is so infamous that there’s even a certificate for it, that can be handed out to those who have defiantly claimed that the feature that they’ve […]


Azure Resource Manager Azure Resource Manager (ARM) is a set of APIs that enable interacting with Azure for creating and managing resources. ARM Templates create a simpler way of automating deployment to Azure, by allowing all the parts of your infrastructure to be declared in the template. Azure itself then handles how that infrastructure gets created […]


Cloud Adoption: Risks & Mitigations Analysis

by Howard van Rooijen

Guest Blogger – Barry Smart IT Director & Partner, Hymans Robertson Barry is IT Director at Hymans Robertson, the largest independent firm of consultants and actuaries in the UK. He is responsible for leading the firm’s technology strategy. The firm is turning increasingly to technology to enhance and extend the services it provides to clients. […]