An Azure PowerShell Trigger Function for MAC Address Vendor / Manufacturer Lookup

Recently I started working on another side IoT Project. As part of that I needed to identify the Vendor / Manufacturer of networking equipment. As you are probably aware each network device has a unique MAC Address. A MAC Address looks like this 60:5b:b4:f9:63:05. The first 24 bits (6 hex characters) detail the vendor / manufacturer. There …

Azure Sphere – Initial Setup, Configuration and First Impressions

In April this year, Microsoft announced Azure Sphere. This was the same week as I’d be preparing for a presentation I was giving on Azure IoT at the Sydney location for the Global Azure Bootcamp. When pre-orders became available from Seeed Studio I naturally signed up as I’ve previously bought many IoT related pieces of hardware from …

Using Azure Cognitive Services to Empower the IT Service Desk

Tonight (29 August 2018) I presented the following presentation on using Azure Cognitive Services to Empower the IT Service/build Business Applications to the Sydney Azure User Group. I walked through how to leverage the following Azure Cognitive API Services; Speech to Text Text to Speech Language Understanding Intelligent Service (LUIS) Text Language Translation For each …

Utilising Azure Text to Speech Cognitive Services with PowerShell

Introduction Recently I’ve been building an IoT Project that leverages Azure Cognitive Services. A couple of the services I needed to use were for converting Text to Speech and Speech to Text. The guides were pretty good from Microsoft, but not obvious for use with native PowerShell. I’ve got it all working, so am documenting it …

Global Azure Bootcamp 2018 – Creating the Internet of YOUR Things

Today is the 6th Global Azure Bootcamp and I presented at the Sydney Microsoft Office on the Creating the Internet of YOUR Things. In my session I gave an overview on where IoT is going and some of the amazing things we can look forward to (maybe). I then covered a number of IoT devices that …

A quick start guide for Deploying and Configuring Node-RED as an Azure WebApp

Introduction I’ve been experimenting and messing around with IoT devices for well over 10 years. Back then it wasn’t called IoT, and it was very much a build it and write it yourself approach. Fast forward to 2017 and you can buy a microprocessor for a couple of dollars that includes WiFi. Environmental sensors are available …

Hackathons

Hackathons are something I’ve been an onlooker of for a number of years, but not something I ever thought I would be a part of. Historically because they were typically run over a few days are were more developer focussed. However more recently I’ve been noticing more online hackathons that are run over 2-3 months …

Is Identity Management still relevant in 2019?

The last three years have been a blur. Over the holiday period I’ve been reflecting on my professional experiences over the last few years whilst also considering the future of identity and access management from my perspective as an architect and consultant. Is Identity Management still relevant in 2019? More on that further below, but …

A Voice Assistant for Microsoft Identity Manager

This is the third and final post in my series around using your voice to query/search Microsoft Identity Manager or as I’m now calling it, the Voice Assistant for Microsoft Identity Manager. The two previous posts in this series detail some of my steps and processes in developing and fleshing out this Voice Assistant for …

Using your Voice to Search Microsoft Identity Manager – Part 2

Introduction Last month I wrote this post that detailed using your voice to search/query Microsoft Identity Manager. That post demonstrated a working solution (GitHub repository coming next month) but was still incomplete if it was to be used in production within an Enterprise. I hinted then that there were additional enhancements I was looking to …