IoTeams 2018 a Parma, il workshop introduttivo sull’Internet of Things

L’Internet of Things è un argomento di grande interesse ai giorni nostri. Quasi per gioco anche io che non sono un esperto in materia ma più un appassionato, ho iniziato tempo fa a “divertirmi” con un Raspberri Pi3. Il gioco si è trasformato in un tentativo di prototipo che potesse risolvere un problema reale (vedi la gestione della stagionatura dei salumi o delle galline nel pollaio, ecc.). Il prototipo mi ha spinto a comprare una mille fori, una breadboard estesa, dei sensori diversi da quelli disponibili nello starter kit e a studiare meglio in generale l’elettronica legata al Raspberry. Insomma, dalla curiosità ad un interesse di quella che è, come mi piace definirla, l’informatica “tangibile con mano”.

Da qui siamo arrivati all’evento IoTeams a Parma, presso il Fab Lab. Organizzato da Engage IT Services, MF Labs e Officine On/Off, con la sponsorizzazione di Assitek, la giornata di workshop si è rivelata molto interessante. Insieme agli altri organizzatori abbiamo deciso di creare due percorsi, uno introduttivo basato su Windows ed uno interamente dedicato a Linux. Questo per coprire un po’ tutti i modi di accedere al mondo dell’IoT. 13 persone presenti distribuite sulle due track.

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Speaker della track Microsoft sono stati Marco Dal Pino (Microsoft MVP, Nokia Developer Champion, Intel Black Belt and Software Innovator) e Marco Minerva (Microsoft MVP, Co-Founder of DotNetToscana User Group). Con una sessione in co-speech hanno approfondito i concetti legati a Windows IoT Core, all’IoT negli scenari reali e a come in verità tali scenari fossero già presenti da tanto tempo. È importante capire come sistemi embedded avessero una larga distribuzione, soprattutto nel mondo dell’automazione industriale. Dopo la prima parte si è passati alla pratica sul sistema operativo e sulle varie “board” (passatemi il termine) per far capire ai partecipanti quali possono essere le innumerevoli applicazioni possibili. Alla fine si è arrivati alle applicazioni Universal Windows Platform (UWP). Una mattina di panoramiche per arrivare ad un pomeriggio divertente ed interattivo, come si può vedere dai video sottostanti:

Lo speaker della track Linux è stato Mirco Ferrari (CEO & Founder at MF Labs, tech enthusiast) ed ha portato con se un kit Arduino ed una serie di sensori per realizzare, durante l’arco della giornata, una sorta di stazione metereologica. Anche in quest’aula, la prima parte della mattina si è focalizzata sull’introduzione all’argomento. Nella seconda parte sono stati illustrati i protocolli di comunicazione nell’ambito dell’IoT. Di grande interesse è stata la parte in cui Mirco ha mostrato quali sistemi gratuiti esistono per poter allestire un prototipo IoT nel cloud. La dimostrazione ha coinvolto NodeMCU e una monitorizzazione interattiva diretta sui sensori. Anche questo percorso si è rivelato di estremo interesse e, come per l’altra track, oltre che l’utilità, si è proprio percepita la parte di “interazione” e “divertimento tecnico” dei partecipanti.

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Nonostante l’evento fosse un pilota devo dire che è andato piuttosto bene. I partecipanti si sono presentati tutti, puntuali e interessati alla materia, i gadget sono stati graditi, gli speaker sono stati ineccepibili.

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Un buon progetto, che spero sia destinato a contunuare già a partire dal prossimo anno. Ottimo risultato, insomma.

Stay tuned!

 

 

SQL Server Latest Updates (Mar.-Apr. 2018)

Directly from the SQL Server Release Service blog, here the latest updates for SQL Server 2014 SP2, 2016 SP1 and 2017 RTM:

Cumulative Update #5 for SQL Server 2017 RTM

Cumulative Update #6 for SQL Server 2017 RTM

Cumulative Update #11 for SQL Server 2014 SP2

Cumulative Update #8 for SQL Server 2016 SP1

The SQL Server 2016 Service Pack 2 is available here.

You can also download the new OLE DB driver for SQL Server.

…Stay Tuned! 🙂

SQL Server Latest Updates (Nov. 2017)

Directly from the SQL Server Release Service blog, here the latest updates for SQL Server 2016 RTM and SP1 and 2017 RTM,:

Cumulative Update #2 for SQL Server 2017 RTM

Cumulative Update #9 for SQL Server 2016 RTM

Cumulative Update #6 for SQL Server 2016 SP1

Starting from this month, we finally get AdventureWorks on github! The direct location is https://github.com/Microsoft/sql-server-samples/releases/tag/adventureworks

Stay Tuned! 🙂

DevOpsHeroes see you next year!

Event details

DevOpsHeroes has been a great event. We didn’t expect so many people and we could not imagine that the feedback would be so good. Quick facts:

  • Subscription: 150
  • Attendees: 93
  • drop: 38%

Attendees’ County/Region (breakdown):

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Attendee’s satisfaction

The following radar chart is about the event date, location, quality of the sessions, quality of the speakers, food, hospitality, event design and kits:

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As we can see, the overall satisfaction is really high (4/5) and everything on the venue was rated higher!

Indeed, we’ve received a good feedback also for the following questions:

  • will you attend again?
    • Sure, 26%
    • Most likely, 52%
    • Likely, 20%
  • will you suggest the event to other people?
    • Sure, 59%
    • Most likely, 32%
    • Likely, 9%

Additionally, we’ve got 87% of new entries, awesome!

Some considerations

We have to work for the next year’s edition, in order to improve our organisation, but in the end we did very good. The number of event feedback is close to the total number of attendees, so they can be considered the source of any suggestion.

Speaking about tech sessions, including the speech made by Martin Woodward, we’ve received a set of important suggestions. We already know, our speakers are skilled and passionated, but how can we understand the people’s opinions without these surveys?

I’ve spent last two nights in browsing and reading hundreds of those sheets (almost 500, thanks again). Each of them has the following questions:

  • Did the session meet your expectations?
  • Was the topic interesting?
  • Was the speech valuable?
  • What about the quality of the presentation?
  • How’s the speaker? Funny, expert, teacher, motivator, storyteller?

As we can see in the picture below, left side, the overall satisfaction is very high once again (expectations, interesting, valuable and presentation). On the right side, we notice that our speakers are considered experts and somehow funny and storyteller:

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Conclusions

We’re really proud of the second edition of DevOpsHeroes. Engage IT Services and Upgrade did a great job together, and, hopefully, both companies will cooperate in the future in order to provide new formats and events like this one. A special thanks goes to Martin Woodward (Microsoft), which “crossed the seven seas” for being with us, and also to HPE for sponsoring and supporting the organisation. A great kudos goes to Silvio Di Benedetto and Giuliano Latini, who managed and followed the live streaming and the session recordings (coming soon here).

Download sessions, pics and the event stuff here.

Last but not least, thanks to GetLatestVersion.it, DotDotNet.org and also WindowServer.it which allowed us to get DevOpsHeroes in the best shape possible.

See you next year!

Events: DevOpsHeroes 2017 and SQL Saturday Parma 2017

It’s September, a month whose the start is the beginning of many things, especially in Italy. Kids start over the schools, Companies invest, and what about projects and events?

You know, I really love to do both. But in this post I’d let you know how I feel proud about my work in the past four years. Thanks to the help of my employees and co-ops, I did organise four SQL Saturdays in Parma (2014/355, 2015/462 and 2016/566), making our small town a big SQL Server City. Who would’ve thought it? Yes, maybe in my mind, there was something that pushed me to try, but it could have an epic fail. However, I did it, and it was an astonishing set of records. It started as a quest in an Role Play game, and now we’re in front of this great SQL Saturday. Something to be really proud of.

Two years ago, I felt the need to add a new event, which would have to support a new way of thinking about the IT roles that I was aware of. And that was when DevOps came out. A new buzzword that needed to get a deep explanation, in terms of culture and approach. Combining my passion to The Simpsons series (especially considering Homer Simpson) and DevOps stuff, I’ve made up DevOpsHeroes, whose acronym is DOH, the Homer’s exclamation. And now, for the second year, Developers, IT Operations people, DBAs and PMOs will share their experience about how to integrate, cooperate and make IT world more productive. Another event, another thing to be proud of.

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After the introduction, let me give you some important details about these events, sorted by upcoming date:

DevOpsHeroes 2017 – Parma (http://www.devops-heroes.net/)

Sql Saturday 2017 – Parma (http://www.sqlsaturday.com/675)

  • Date and Location: Saturday, 18th November @ Univeristy of Parma
  • Hashtag: #SQLSAT675
  • Entrance fee: free (lunch included)
  • Duration: from 8am (registrations until 9am) to 6.30pm
  • Registration link: https://www.sqlsaturday.com/675/registernow.aspx
  • At the registration desk:
    • you will use the SpeedPASS
    • you will receive the lunch ticket
    • you will receive the welcome kit
  • session languages: ITA/ENG

However, this year I’d to thank my helpers at Engage IT Services Srl,  the great support of Upgrade Srl (Andrea, Federica and Riccardo, that organised with us the DOH event), HPE and also many communities, like DotDotNet.org and mostly our great community GetLatestVersion.it. A special thanks goes to Windowserver.it, which will record sessions, live streaming and interviews. Speaking about SQLSaturday, the sponsor page depicts how the event is supported. A big thank goes to all of them!

What the future will reserve to us in Parma? I think that I could try to add another event, maybe on IoT topics, because I feel that the world will change following that direction and also, hopefully, my newborn Giulio will play with my and some robot 🙂

Alternatives could be changing the format, like with a TED event or something like it. Who knows? I’m pretty sure that I’ll get a lot of help from now on. This year has been a demonstration of it. I started alone, and now we work in five. The last thing to be proud of. Wonderful!