CloudBurst 20172017

The SWeden Azure Group Developer Conference
October 5 – 6, 2017

CloudBurst 2017 is a Microsoft Azure developer conferences run by
the SWeden Azure user Group (SWAG).

The idea is full days of Azure related sessions in one single session room. You will not miss anything with multiple tracks. Presenting are Microsoft Azure community and industry leaders and provides real-world content for Microsoft Azure developers and those wanting to explore the platform. The focus will be on developing Microsoft Azure applications and real-world cloud-based solutions. All sessions at CloudBurst are presented in English.

SWAG community events are always free to attend, lunch and refreshment will be provided made possible by the generosity and passion of the presenters and the organizers and through the financial support from the event sponsors.

Organizers for SWAG are Microsoft Azure MVP Alan Smith and Regional Director and Microsoft Azure MVP Magnus Mårtensson.

Logos and graphical design by our good friend Maarten Balliauw.


The following World Leading Microsoft Azure Presenters are speaking at CloudBurst 2017!

SWAG would like to thank all the presenters for contributing their valuable time and their knowledge, as well as all those involved in organizing and promoting the event.

Tess Ferrandez

Tess Ferrandez - Principal Technical Evangelist

Tess is a developer and developer evangelist at Microsoft. She has a long background in .net development and analytics/debugging, and is equally happy developing beautiful algorithms as she is developing sweet User Interfaces. She has been blogging for the better part of her career, and spoken at lots and lots of conferences around the world.

Session: A developers guide to Machine Learning

Machine Learning is one of the fastest growing areas of computer science. Are you curious about Machine Learning, but think it just seems like too big of a mountain to climb? This talk is a beginners guide to machine learning and data science. We will cover everything from getting and massaging the data to publishing your model with Azure ML. You won't leave an expert data scientist but you will definitely be off to a running start.

Brady Gaster

Brady Gaster - Senior Technical Product Marketing Manager

Brady Gaster is a technical product marketing manager in the Developer Platform Technical Product Marketing team at Microsoft, where he aspires to excite customers by showing them how many tools and products Microsoft has to make it easy for them to party in the cloud. Brady likes to talk about his favorite technologies - Azure, Visual Studio Code extension development, ASP.NET, REST APIs, and IoT - on stage during sessions and in his blog at You can find Brady on Twitter at @bradygaster when he's not tinkering with code, or making music in his basement using various synthesizers, guitars, and turntables.

Session: Building for Azure using VS Code

With the introduction of .NET Core, many developers who have previously been married to Windows to do their .NET development are now investigating other platforms. By the same token, many non-Windows developers familiar to .NET now interested in trying it out but want tools to blur the line between local and cloud-based development. This session will target both audiences and take an intermediate-level tour of how to get started developing .NET Core applications using Visual Studio Code and a series of command-line utilities and extensions. We'll also take a look at non-.NET scenarios enabled by the variety of extensions supporting Azure developers who want to use Visual Studio Code to build other types of applications, manage their databases, and connect their devices to their machines using code. This session is a great introduction to all the great things Visual Studio Code offers Azure developers at all experience levels.

Saravana Kumar

Saravana Kumar - Azure MVP and CTO of BizTalk360

Saravana Kumar is based in London and he is the founder and CTO of BizTalk360. A product focused on enhancing the administration, support, monitoring and operation side of Microsoft BizTalk Server. He got strong passion for BizTalk administration and management. He helps customer using BizTalk server to smoothly run their environments. He got over 18 years experience in IT, and over 12 years purely on Integration areas using BizTalk Server. Saravana is a frequent speaker in some of the top BizTalk groups across Europe. He is also the key person who runs the London Connected Systems user group, organising events and connecting people. He regularly writes articles in his blog at about topics related to integration. His blog has attracted over 11,000 daily visitors. He is the organiser of "Integration User Group" (#IntegrationMonday) along with fellow MVP (Michael Stephenson) a weekly webinar series where we bring speakers (including Microsoft product group) from all over the world to present about Integration topics. We are continuously doing this webinar since Jan 2015, crossing over 50 episodes now.

Session: Building a SaaS platform in Azure - challenges and lessons learned

Saravana has buit two SaaS products in Azure (BizTalk360 Cloud and ServiceBus360). He will speak about the challenges and technologies used in building a SaaS product in Azure.

Magnus Mårtensson

Magnus Mårtensson - Regional Director, Azure MVP and founder/CEO of Loftysoft AB

Magnus Mårtensson runs the companty Loftysoft as a strategic consultant advisor, tutor, international speaker, process coach and technical lead. He is a Microsoft Regional Director and a Microsoft Azure Most Valuable Professional. In business as well as in life he is a true entertainer while being productive, smiles while being challenged and always gives more than is gained. He is man with a true consultant spirit and aims not to take life too seriously because he claims it’s more fun that way! Some of his passions are reaching out and connecting with audiences, engaging in community activities and organizing online and global conferences such as GlobalAzure Bootcamp and CloudBurst. Magnus focus on all things Cloudy and operates like a fighter pilot navigating cloudy skies helping clients safely harness the power and benefits the Clouds can bring. As the first Azure MVP in Scandinavia in 2012 he has been awarded MVP of the year and is now a go-to person for Microsoft in the Nordic countries regarding Enterprise Cloud Consulting. He is also a Microsoft Azure Insider and Microsoft Azure Advisor providing feedback even before early Microsoft releases to the Cloud Platform.

Session: ARM FTW – Azure Resource Manager For The Win

With the new model, Azure Resource Manger Microsoft are gaining the repeatability they always wanted to have for deployment to the Cloud and removing the dreary, repetitive, error prone manual deployment tasks which has always held us back! With ARM, you can create a Template for your environment and use that for deploying identical environments every time without fail! There is some news in the world of “infrastructure as code” that we need to consider while setting up our Cloud environments. The Win we get from being able to deploy our development environment or our temporary load test environment automatically and identically to our production environment cannot be understated. This is ARM from a project efficiency, development and DevOps perspective. This is what you need to know to make you much more efficient every day of development.

Session: Panel discussion!

Let's bring all the prominent speakers on stage and have a panel discussion! We will take questions from the audience and from Twitter #LIVE!

Darrel Miller

Darrel Miller - Senior Software Engineer Microsoft

Darrel is a software developer at Microsoft working for the Azure API Management team. He has been building distributed business applications on the Microsoft platform for more than 20 years. He is an active member of the .NET community and OSS contributor. He is a member of the OAI TDC, working on the next version of the OpenAPI specification and recently joined the Microsoft OneAPI Council, who are responsible for providing API design guidelines within Microsoft and to the Microsoft ecosystem. He co-authored the O'Reilly book, Designing Evolvable Web APIs with ASP.NET.

Session: Azure API Management: Stories from the Road

Azure API Management launched in May 2014. It now processes more than 20 billion requests per month. Our customers range from tiny companies delivering popular mobile apps across Asia, to fortune 500 companies in traditional manufacturing industries. We have customers using API Management for many purposes. Some to protect their company’s primary product and others using it to create a fresh new interface to legacy systems. This session will present many of the lessons learned by both our team and our customers. We’ll discuss challenges our customers have faced and how they have used API management to overcome them. We will highlight real benefits experienced by our users and show many examples of how API Management can enhance your API ecosystem.

Sakari Nahi

Sakari Nahi - Azure MVP

Sakari Nahi is the Coding Executive Officer and co-founder of Kompozure Ltd, a Finland-based company focusing in building challenging Microsoft Azure PaaS custom solutions since 2011. Sakari is also an Azure MVP. He is the co-host of the Finnish Microsoft-scene podcast Ikkunastudio (, as well as a key organizer of Finland Azure User Group. Sakari has developed professionally since 2002 and Microsoft .NET 1.0. He identifies himself as a coder, and he is passionate about distributed PaaS solutions, emerging technologies, and synergies thereof.

Session: Barbarians as microservices inside Azure Service Fabric

In this presentation the crowd will get to play a multiplayer browser RPG game on their phones (graphics mostly imaginative though), and we'll explore Azure Service Fabric's service types, communication methods and reliable storage and transactions on the way. At the end only one microbarbarian can be victorious!

Karl Ots

Karl Ots - Managing Consultant @ Kompozure

Mr. Karl Ots is an experienced consultant, patented inventor and international speaker with a broad range of Azure expertise. Karl has over ten years of experience in the technology field, ranging from industry-leading research to enterprise consulting. Karl has been working with Microsoft Azure since 2011 in a variety of forums ranging from customer engagements to speaking at 1:1000 events. Karl is a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) and holds the MCSD and MCSE certifications. As one of the organizers of (Finland Azure User Group), Karl sparks the Azure light to the community by organizing IglooConf, meetups and the most northern Global Azure Bootcamp event.

Session: Security + DevOps + Azure = Awesomeness

In this session, I will cover the Secure DevOps Toolkit for Azure, a set of security-related tools, PowerShell modules, extensions and automations for Azure. The session is a collection of lessons learned using the Toolkit from real-life projects. After this sessions you will be able to improve the security of your Azure usage from IDE to Operations, regardless of your current state of security and level of cloud adoption.

Andrea Saltarello

Andrea Saltarello - Visual Studio and Development Technologies MVP, CEO @ Managed Designs

I am an entrepreneur and consultant in the Software Architecture field from Milan, Italy, serving as the CEO of Managed Designs while still being eager to write code in real projects in order to get feedback about my architectural decisions. I am the lead developer of MementoFX (, an event sourcing framework aimed at making the development of "time travelling software" a breeze. As a trainer and speaker, I had several speaking engagements for courses and conferences across Europe such as TechEd Europe, Codemotion and DevWeek; moreover, I taught "Operating Systems" during the "Master in Editoria Multimediale" class organized by the University "Politecnico of Milan". In 2001 I co-founded UGIdotNET(, the first Italian .NET User Group, of which I am the President and leader. I am passionate about music, being devoted to Depeche Mode, with whom I fell in love with since listening to Everything Counts for the first time.

Session: Azure tales: a real world CQRS and ES Deep Dive

Both CQRS and Event Sourcing are by no means the new kids on the block anymore, yet a lot can be told about how to use Azure’s PaaS to implement such patterns and unleash their power without having your costs soaring. The ingredients are: CosmosDB/MongoDB as the event storage, Service Bus as the events’ dispatcher, AppServices/Cloud Services/Service Fabric as the scalable, fault tolerant code cruncher, SQL Azure as the read model and ASP .NET Core as the application framework used to implement views and back-end services. Eager to know the recipe (and look at real code)? Don’t miss this talk then.

Alan Smith

Alan Smith - Azure MVP

Alan is from England and resident in Stockholm where he works as a consultant for Active Solution, a company specializing in Microsoft Azure and .NET development. He has been in the IT industry since 1995 and delivering training courses since 2005. Between courses he acts as a mentor and coach to other developers and teams, sharing his knowledge of Microsoft Azure to improve their project development. He also works closely with Microsoft, taking part in technology preview programs, attending software design reviews and providing feedback to development teams. Alan has an active role in the developer community running a local Microsoft Azure user group as well as playing a leading role in organizing the Global Microsoft Azure Bootcamp and the CloudBurst conference in Sweden. He is a frequent presenter at conferences and user groups in Sweden and around Europe and has held the Microsoft MVP award for nine years, currently as an MVP for Microsoft Azure.

Session: Building a Telemetry Pipeline with Azure Event Hubs, Azure Service Bus, Azure Stream Analytics and SignalR

On-line gaming, application monitoring and Internet of Things (IoT) projects often generate high volume telemetry streams. Processing these telemetry streams effectively, creating live reporting and archiving telemetry data for analysis can add great value to the solution. Microsoft Azure provides a number of highly scalable services that can be leveraged to create a scalable and highly available telemetry pipeline with minimal development and management overhead. Understanding how to work with these technologies effectively in your projects will be a valuable asset. In this demo intensive session Alan will build and demonstrate a telemetry pipeline for an on-line racing game using Azure Service Bus Event Hubs, Azure Stream Analytics, Azure Service Bus Brokered Messaging, Azure Storage, SignalR and an Azure Web App.He will show how the services can be created, configured and integrated with each other in a matter of minutes. The telemetry pipeline will feature an archive channel to store driver telemetry data and a web based live driver tracker hosted in Azure.He will also cover the usage of this architecture for the Global Racing Game Lab that featured at the 2017 Global Azure Bootcamp showing how the services held up in a real - world high load scenario.

Elton Stoneman

Elton Stoneman - Azure MVP | Pluralsight Author | Developer Advocate @Docker

I'm a Pluralsight Author, Microsoft MVP and Developer Advocate at Docker, Inc. I've been architecting and delivering successful solutions with Microsoft technologies since 2000, most recently Big Data and API implementations in Azure, and distributed applications with Docker. Currently I'm interested the evolution of the Microsoft stack, exploring the great opportunities opening up with .NET Framework apps running in Windows containers, .NET Core apps running in Linux containers, and running Docker on Azure. I'm a regular speaker at events and user groups - you'll often see me at Docker London, London DevOps and WinOps. In 2017 I've spoken at NDC London, OSCAMP, DockerCon, SDD, DevSum and NDC Oslo.

Session: Power Your Move to Azure with Docker

Docker isn't just for greenfield .NET Core apps running in Linux containers. You can take existing full .NET Framework apps and package them to run in Docker - without changing any source code. That package is called a Docker Image, and it's a portable unit that contains your whole application stack, configured and ready to run in a container. Packaging apps in Docker is a great way to make the move to Azure. You can quickly build out your components as a set of images, and run them in containers locally to verify the solution works. Then you can spin up a Docker cluster in Azure, and deploy your app using the exact same Docker artifacts that you use in dev. In this session I'll take an n-tier .NET application, write some Dockerfiles to package the components as Docker images, and a Docker Compose file which describes the whole solution. I'll run the app on my laptop, and then create a Docker Swarm in Azure and deploy the app without making any changes.

Sam Vanhoutte

Sam Vanhoutte - Azure MVP, CTO Codit

Sam Vanhoutte is CTO and Product Manager with Codit. Based in Belgium, Sam is a 4th year Microsoft Azure MVP and frequently speaks at conferences. Next to that, he is also Azure p-seller at Microsoft and has extensive experience in building integrated enterprise, IoT and cloud based solutions. Because of the specialized focus on Azure IoT, Sam is leading the Codit Azure IoT Elite partner program with the Azure IoT Engineering team, as one of only 5 partners, world wide. Sam co-founded the BizTalk User Group in Belgium ( and is active crew member of the Azure User group (

Session: Living on the edge; IoT scenarios with Azure IoT edge

In this session, Sam will dive deep into the new Azure IoT edge service that allows customers to build intelligent IoT solutions, combining the power of data intensive and low latency edge compute scenarios with the distributed, scalable power of the Azure cloud. Attendees will learn more about the architecture, use cases and programming possibilities of Azure IoT Edge and will understand how this technology can be applied to make modern IoT solutions in different industries. Expect a session with architecture design, scenarios and a lot of demos.


Two days packed with great sessions!

Time Session / Happening
CloudBurst 2017 day 1
08:00 - 08:50 Doors open!
08:50 - 09:00 Introduction of the conference. (Please be on time!)
09:00 - 10:00 ARM FTW – Azure Resource Manager For The Win
Magnus Mårtensson - Regional Director, Azure MVP and founder/CEO of Loftysoft AB
10:15 - 11:15 Building a Telemetry Pipeline with Azure Event Hubs, Azure Service Bus, Azure Stream Analytics and SignalR
Alan Smith - Azure MVP
11:30 - 12:30 Building a SaaS platform in Azure - challenges and lessons learned
Saravana Kumar - Azure MVP and CTO of BizTalk360
12:30 - 13:15 Lunch
13:15 - 14:15 Barbarians as microservices inside Azure Service Fabric
Sakari Nahi - Azure MVP
14:30 - 15:30 Building for Azure using VS Code
Brady Gaster - Senior Technical Product Marketing Manager
15:45 - 16:45 Azure tales: a real world CQRS and ES Deep Dive
Andrea Saltarello - Visual Studio and Development Technologies MVP, CEO @ Managed Designs
CloudBurst 2017 day 2
08:00 - 08:50 Doors open!
08:50 - 09:00 Introduction of Day 2. (Please be on time!)
09:00 - 10:00 A developers guide to Machine Learning
Tess Ferrandez - Principal Technical Evangelist
10:15 - 11:15 Power Your Move to Azure with Docker
Elton Stoneman - Azure MVP | Pluralsight Author | Developer Advocate @Docker
11:30 - 12:30 Living on the edge; IoT scenarios with Azure IoT edge
Sam Vanhoutte - Azure MVP, CTO Codit
12:30 - 13:15 Lunch
13:15 - 14:15 Panel discussion!
Magnus Mårtensson - Regional Director, Azure MVP and founder/CEO of Loftysoft AB
14:30 - 15:30 Security + DevOps + Azure = Awesomeness
Karl Ots - Managing Consultant @ Kompozure
15:45 - 16:45 Azure API Management: Stories from the Road
Darrel Miller - Senior Software Engineer Microsoft


Thank you for helping us out!

Hosting a conference with leading international presenters and keeping attendance free would not be possible without the dedication and hard work of the presenters, organizers, and financial contributions from organizations. The conference would not be possible without the following invaluable organizations (in alphabetical order) for helping with financial support and logistics.

Would you like to sponsor SWAG and among other things have your logo appear here? Contact us below!

Traveling to CloudBurst

CloudBurst 2017 will be held at the Microsoft offices in Akalla, Finlandsgatan 36, 164 93 Kista.

Traveling to Microsoft Sweden from Stockholm City

Travel cards are required for the subway and can be purchased from the Pressbyran shops by the stations. A travel card with 16 coupons can be purchased for 220 SEK. From T-Centralen, take the blue subway line to Akalla, which takes around 20 minutes. At Akalla station, leave from the exit at the rear of the train. The Microsoft offices are about 3 minutes’ walk from the station exit.

Travelling to Stockholm by Air

Stockholm Arlanda international airport is about 40 km north of Stockholm city and about 25 km north of the conference location. From Arlanda to and from Stockholm city:
  • Taxi, around 35 minutes, fixed fair around 450 – 550 SEK.
  • Arlanda Express airport train, around 20 minutes, 260 SEK.
  • Airport Bus, around 40 minutes, 99 SEK.
From Arlanda to the conference location:
  • Taxi, around 25 minutes, fixed fair around 450 – 550 SEK.
Bromma airport is about 10 km west of Stockholm city.

Accommodation in Stockholm

It is recommended to stay in Stockholm city. Stockholm has a number of hotels around the city.


Any questions or suggestions? Contact the event organizers Alan and Magnus!

Reach out to @noopman or @alansmith if you have any questions.


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All sessions at CloudBurst 2017 are presented in English!

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