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Last month was a busy month and in February most of my time I spend on the road or plane. Anyways, what has Stef been up to in February?

In this month, I have also written a few guest blogs for BizTalk360 blog and did a demo for the Middleware Friday Show. The blog posts are:

The show can be found in Middleware Friday show 5th episode about Serverless Integration.
During my trip in Australia and New-Zealand I did a few short interviews, which you can find on YouTube:

·       Mick Badran
·       Wagner Silveira
·       Martin Abbott
·       Daniel Toomey
·       Bill Chesnut
·       Rene Brauwers

Besides the interviews a few Meetups took place, one in Auckland, another one in Sydney and a live webinar with Bill Chesnut in Melbourne. In Auckland I talked about the integration options we have today. An integration professional in the Microsoft domain had/has WCF and BizTalk Server. With Azure the capabilities grow to Service Bus, Storage, BizTalk Services (Hybrid Connections), Enterprise Integration Pack, On Premise Data Gateway, Functions, Logic Apps, API Management and Integration Account.

After my talk in Auckland I headed out to the Gold Coast to meet up with the Pro Integration Team (Jim,Jon, Jeff and Kevin) and Dan Rosanova. They were all at the Gold Coast because of Ignite Australia, and here’s a list of their talks:

During my stay, we went for a couple of drinks and had a few good discussions. One night Dean Robertsoncame over and we all had dinner. After the Gold Coast Dan Toomey, took me, Eldert and his wife to Brisbane for a day sightseeing.

The next week after Auckland, Gold Coast and Brisbane I returned to Sydney for the Meet up organized bySimon and Rene. My topic was “Severless Integration”, which dealt with the fact that we integration professional will start building more and more integration solutions in Azure using Logic Apps, API Management and Service Bus. All these services are provisioned, management and monitored in Azure. In the talk I used a demo, which I also described in Serverless Integration with Logic Apps, Functions and Cognitive Services.

In Sydney I was joined on stage with Jon, Kevin and Eldert. We had about 45 people in the room and we went for drinks after the event.

The next day Eldert and me went to Melbourne to meetup with Bill, Jim and Jeff who were there to do a Meet up. The PG had split up to do meetups in both Sydney and Melbourne. In Melbourne, we did two things, we visited Nethra, who survived the Melbourne car rampage 25th of January and did a live Webinarat Bill house in Beaconsfield.

Overall the trip to Australia and New Zealand was worthwhile. The meet ups, the PG interaction in Australia, the community and hospitality were amazing. Thanks Rene, Miranda, Mick, Nicki, Simon, Craig,Abhishek, James, Morten, Jim, Jon, Jeff, Kevin, MartinDan Rosanova, Bill, Mark, Margaret, Johann,Wagner and many others I met during this trip. It was amazing!!!

Although February was a short month I was able to find a little bit of time to read. I read a few books on the plane to Australia, New Zealand and back:

  • Together is better, a little book of inspiration by Simon Sinek. I read this book as I shared aninterview (Millennials in the Workplace) with him on Facebook. It tells a short story about three young people escaping from a playground that has a playground king to find a better place. The story is about leadership with the message that leaders are students, need to learn and to take care of their people and inspire.
  • Niet de kiezer is gek by Tom van der Meer. On March 15th, we will have a general election for a new upcoming government. And we as voters are more aware of the what each party has to offer than the parties think we know. The access to information, because of digitalization has made voters more informed on the situation in our country, how politicians operate and vocal.

My favorite albums that were released in February were:
·       Soen                                 –            Lykaia
·       Immolation                     –            Atonement
·       Persefone                        –            Aathma
·       Ex Deo                             –            The Immortal Wars
·       Nailed To Obscurity        –            King Delusion

In February I did a couple of runs, including a half just before my trip started. During my busy travel schedule, I ran with the same frequency, but cut the number of miles to prevent to wear myself out.

There you have it Stef’s second Monthly Update and I can look back again with a smile. Accomplished a lot of things and exciting moments are ahead of me in March.



Author: Steef-Jan Wiggers

Steef-Jan Wiggers is all in on Microsoft Azure, Integration, and Data Science. He has over 15 years’ experience in a wide variety of scenarios such as custom .NET solution development, overseeing large enterprise integrations, building web services, managing projects, designing web services, experimenting with data, SQL Server database administration, and consulting. Steef-Jan loves challenges in the Microsoft playing field combining it with his domain knowledge in energy, utility, banking, insurance, health care, agriculture, (local) government, bio-sciences, retail, travel and logistics. He is very active in the community as a blogger, TechNet Wiki author, book author, and global public speaker. For these efforts, Microsoft has recognized him a Microsoft MVP for the past 6 years. View all posts by Steef-Jan Wiggers