Newcastle Coders Group – 10 Tips to Rocking as an Azure Architect

Learn what you need to know to become a NASA rocket scientist…. Sorry Azure Architect. It is easy to sign into the Azure portal, click around and create a bunch of services. That’s not good, it’s called ClickOps.

A good developer needs solid best practices to build enterprise software. Learn how to be more cost efficient, more scalable utilizing strong Azure skills. Adam Cogan will walk you through the 10 things you need to know to start singing with Azure… enjoy your journey from Kitty Hawk to Mars.

6:00 Tech News with Matt Wicks
6:20 Adam’s talk
7:20 Pizza
7:40 The rest of Adam’s talk

Getting there:
Public Transport: The closest public transport is the civic tram stop.
Parking: There is some on-street parking available in Civic Lane and a car park at the Wright Lane car park.

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Matt Wicks –

Matt is an SSW Solution Architect, Certified Scrum Master and one of four Microsoft certified DevOps fast track partner consultants in Australia.
He has been developing solutions using the full Microsoft stack since .NET 2 was in beta.

Matt has had experience with companies ranging from small businesses to large ASX listed companies in the finance, engineering and HR sectors, helping them with:

Build and Release Pipelines (upgrading from XCopy deploy processes to full CI/CD automation on GitHub or Azure DevOps)
Document automation
Process automation
Dynamics 365 CRM
B2B integrations (integrating with Banks and Multinational Petrol companies)
ALM setup and management (using Microsoft and Atlassian stacks)
PABX systems

Matt loves DevOps, DevOps and DevOps. These days he prefers GitHub Actions and Azure DevOps Build Pipelines over Octopus and Bamboo. Matt likes clean architecture, using the right tool for the job, seeing developers push changes to production with confidence, automated tests, building solutions on Azure, and now he never has to reminisce about Webforms.

Adam Cogan –

Adam Cogan blogs at and interviews for SSW TV frequently. He is the Chief Architect at SSW, a Microsoft Certified Gold Partner specializing in custom enterprise .NET and Azure solutions mostly using Angular and React. His solutions also involve Office365, SharePoint, Dynamics 365, and Power BI.

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