Informational – The Undocumented API

Category: Informational

IoT Business Value

Thank you to everyone who attend the BlueMetal Driving IoT Business Value events in Cambridge and New York. Below is a recap of the session. If you are interested in discussing an IoT business scenario with us, do not hesitate to reach out.

-Bob Familiar

IoT

IoT is not new. The ability to connect devices to networks, gather telemetry and display that information to garner insight and take action has been around for some time. I have a fond memory of my parents insisting that I stay up late to watch Neil Armstrong become the first name to walk on the moon. I am sure it was this event that began my passion for engineering and my addiction to caffeine.

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This was my first exposure to the concept of data being collected by sensors and sent across space and time to be collected and analyzed in near-real-time so that status could be visualized, insights gleaned and action taken in case of emergency. NASA’s Mission Control consisted of hundreds of people, each with their own collection of monitors providing data visualization of key metrics coming from the command module or an astronaut’s suit. That data was an immediate measure of mission status and safety. Truly amazing when you think about what that organization accomplished given the state of technology at the time.

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The one thing that NASA had that made them unique was a budget. A HUGE budget. Billions of dollars enabled NASA to put humans on the moon and in the process define IoT for the rest of us. I guess IoT really is rocket science.

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Book: Microservices, IoT and Azure

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Microservices, IoT and Azure

Leveraging DevOps and Microservice Architecture to deliver SaaS Solutions
by Bob Familiar, published by Apress Publishing.

Microservices, IoT & Azure provides practical guidance on how to adopt a Microservices Architecture and leverage Microsoft’s Azure Platform in order to build highly scalable, resilient, Software-as-a-Service solutions. Bob Familiar, Practice Director for Cloud & Services at BlueMetal, Inc. provides software developers, architects and operations engineers’ practical guidance and impactful reference implementations that demonstrate how to leverage Automation and a Microservice Architecture to deliver SaaS applications. SaaS applications are software products that are available 24×7, work on any device, are always up to date, scale elastically and are resilient to change. This book will demonstrates how a combination of Azure, Microservice Architecture and Automation provide the key to achieving continuous delivery and the promise of Software-as-a-Service.

A working definition of Microservices will be presented and the approach will be contrasted with traditional Monolithic Layered Architecture. You will learn how Microsoft Azure provides foundational Microservices for Storage, Compute, Messaging, App Containers, API Management and more and learn how to leverage those services in the creation of your own Microservice catalog. The Home Biomedical Reference Implementation will be used to demonstrate these capabilities for traditional line of business services as well as Connected Device scenarios for Internet of Things. Finally we will look to the future, to where Azure is headed, to see how Microservices are becoming the De facto approach to building in the cloud.

What You Will Learn:

  • What are Microservices and why are they a compelling architecture pattern for SaaS applications
  • How to design, develop and deploy Microservices using Visual Studio, PowerShell and Azure
  • Microservice patterns for traditional line of business solutions
  • Microservice patterns for Internet of Things and Big Data Analytics solutions
  • Techniques for automating Microservice provisioning, build and deployment
  • What is Service Fabric and how that is the future direction for Microservices on the Microsoft Azure
Chapters
  1. From Monolithic to Microservice
  2. What is a Microservice?
  3. Microservice Architecture
  4. Azure – A Microservice Platform
  5. Automation
  6. Microservice Reference Implementation
  7. IoT and Microservices
  8. Service Fabric

The Reference Implementation will provide PowerShell scripts to automate the Provisioning, Build, Deployment and De-Provisioning of the solution. The Solution consists of several independent Microservices built using C# and ASP.NET Web API along with DocumentDb and Redis. In addition there is an IoT component of the solution that is built using Azure IoT Suite, Cloud Services and SQL Database. There is a sample real-time data visualization client that demonstrates how to orchestrate the Microservices into a complete solution.

Viewed in whole, the Reference Implementation demonstrates how to use several Azure PaaS Services together along with custom code and automation scripts to create a modern Software-as-a-Service solution.

The software is provided under the Microsoft Public License (Ms-PL) and as such the software is licensed “as-is.” You bear the risk of using it. The contributors give no express warranties, guarantees or conditions.

Lean Engineering – Lean Methodology Applied to Enterprise IT

Overview

Lean Engineering defines a set of principles that guide the creation and deployment of software products at high velocity with low risk. By leveraging a Lean Engineering approach, the risk of validating new technology, making incremental changes in process and bringing new products to market can be lowered and a high quality result can be achieved at a faster rate.

Every discipline requires a set of principles or assertions to build upon. As disciples of the practice of software engineering, it is imperative that we define a clear set of unwavering principles that guide the process, methodology and architecture for the products we create.

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Color Me Blue

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I am extremely happy to announce that I have joined Blue Metal Architects as Practice Director, Cloud and Services. I manage a team of top notch Software Architects and Developers who are expert in the design and development of modern apps and Web API’s providing highly scalable, secure and stunningly beautiful solutions. Our approach incorporates modern design, architecture and coding practices to ensure project success.

Practice Offerings

  • Application Lifecycle Management
  • Application Modernization
  • Cloud Services
  • Web Application Development
  • Architecture Assessment

Companies face daunting challenges today, such as integrating private infrastructure and emerging cloud infrastructure, securely integrating employee devices with corporate IT, dealing with the explosion of data and the ability to analyze for business impact and the ongoing effort to provide seamless and secure interoperability across the apps and platforms that have evolved over the years to run the business.

I joined BlueMetal because the people here are the most experienced consultants in the industry covering application design, architecture and development, mobile and cloud platforms, security, big data and interoperability. After many years evangelizing the Microsoft platforms and helping developers build their skills, I’m excited to return to consulting and work alongside BlueMetal’s clients, helping them tackle their most challenging business and technical problems.

BlueMetal recently gained worldwide attention when the company won Microsoft’s global Winning with Azure award. BlueMetal’s Accountable Care solution for Steward Healthcare increased care quality and patient safety and reduced health care costs by creating a single source system to coordinate care and meet Meaningful Use Stage 2 regulatory requirements. The solution, based in the cloud, creates a cloud-based patient portal and repository for Big Data mining.

My passion has always been to work with the best and brightest engineers to solve the toughest problems and make a positive impact on the business. My vision as Practice Director of Cloud and Services is to infuse this passion in the team and deliver the highest quality solutions for our clients. I am truly excited to join BlueMetal and look forward to engaging our clients to maximize their growth and success

You can follow me on Twitter @bobfamiliar

 

Boston Globe reports on 8yr Old Windows Phone App Developer

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Tariq at Nokia DVLUP Day

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Cal Borchers interviews Tariq at the MTC

Cal Borchers of the Boston Globe has captured the story of Tariq Ali, an 8 year old app developer. Tariq attended the Nokia DVLUP Day event held at the Microsoft offices in Cambridge MA back in November. Tariq used App Studio to publish his first Windows Phone app called Kids Zone.

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Publish your Game to Windows using Unity

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The following resources are mirrored on Joe Healy’s Wiki

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Unity Game Contest for Windows and Windows Phone

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This is my new blog hosted in Windows Azure. Its very nice here in the cloud. I think I’ll stay.

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