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Azure AI Bot Development
Date: December 14, 2023

Azure AI Bot Service is a cloud-based platform for building, deploying, and managing intelligent chatbots and virtual agents. The service offers a wide range of development tools, including the Bot Framework SDK and the Azure Bot Composer, allowing developers to design interactive and context-aware conversational experiences tailored to specific business needs.

  • What is Azure AI? (1:02 – 2:53)
    • Ola takes over and introduces himself and his expertise in Azure AI and other technologies.
    • He briefly explains what Azure AI is and the different services it offers, including bots.
  • Building a simple Q&A bot (2:53 – 10:23)
    • Ola demonstrates how to build a simple question and answer bot using the QnA Maker service.
    • He shows how to create a knowledge base with questions and answers and how to integrate the bot into a website or app.
  • Customizing the bot (10:23 – 12:07)
    • Ola shows how to customize the bot’s responses and appearance using the Bot Framework Composer tool.
    • He adds features like personality and small talk capabilities to make the bot more engaging.
  • Deploying the bot (12:07 – 13:02)
    • Ola explains how to publish the bot and make it available to users.
    • He mentions different deployment options, such as web chat, Azure Bot Service, and mobile apps.
  • Building a weather bot (13:02 – 21:20)
    • Ola starts building a more complex bot that can answer weather questions.
    • He shows how to use the Azure Maps API to get weather data for a specific location.
  • Enhancing the weather bot (21:20 – 25:32)
    • Ola adds features to the weather bot, such as displaying the weather icon and temperature.
    • He uses the Power Automate service to send notifications when the weather changes.
  • Publishing the weather bot (25:32 – 26:22)
    • Ola shows how to publish the weather bot and make it available to others.
    • He explains how the bot can be integrated into different channels, such as web chat and Microsoft Teams.
  • Q&A session (26:22 – 38:42)
    • Ola answers questions from the audience about Azure AI and bot development.
    • He covers topics such as using SharePoint with bots, customizing bots for specific needs, and the future of AI.

About the Presenter: Ola Ekdahl is a seasoned expert in guiding organizations through the process of transitioning their workloads to the cloud. His journey with Azure began in 2010, where he helped train Microsoft’s internal staff on cloud technology. His proficiency encompasses a broad spectrum of application development, including containers, Kubernetes, Java, .NET, Angular, React, and various databases. Additionally, Ola has expanded his expertise to embrace Azure AI and bot technologies, enabling him to offer cutting-edge solutions in artificial intelligence and automated interactions. He is an advocate for automation and DevOps, designing solutions with these principles at their core. Ola’s hands-on experience in application development and infrastructure migration is particularly notable in the financial services, entertainment, and music industries.

Ola holds several certifications and is a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), AWS Authorized Instructor (AAI), and a Linux Foundation Authorized Instructor. 

Agile using Azure Boards & Azure DevOps in 2023
Date: June 15, 2023

Discover how the Agile methodology, Azure Boards, and Azure DevOps can be tightly integrated to help teams to work more efficiently and effectively!

Agile project planning is a project management methodology that emphasizes flexibility and adaptability in software development. It involves breaking down a project into smaller, more manageable pieces called iterations.

Azure Boards is a standalone service within the Azure DevOps suite that helps teams plan, track, and discuss work across the entire software development process the agile way. It provides interactive and customized tools for software development teams to manage their projects.

Azure DevOps supports a collaborative culture and set of processes that bring together developers, project managers, and contributors to develop software. It allows organizations to create and improve products at a faster pace than they could with traditional software development approaches.

In this one-hour webinar, attendees learn how to:

  • Use Azure Boards to manage projects the Agile way, including Product Backlog and Sprint Backlog planning
  • Use Azure Repos as an SCM solution on Azure
  • Implement Continuous Integration using Azure Repos and Pipelines
  • Implement Continuous Delivery/Deployment using Delivery Pipelines
  • Work with Test plans

At the conclusion, Faheem will welcome your questions.


Familiarity with applications in the Microsoft 365 collaboration suite, including SharePoint, OneDrive, and Teams.

Duration: 60 minutes

Cost: Free!

Terraform Fundamentals
Date: May 11, 2023

Terraform is a tool that allows you to manage your “infrastructure as code”. In other words, it enables you to define and manage your infrastructure, operating systems, updates, configurations, applications, etc., just like you would any other software. With Terraform, you can create, change, and version your cloud and on-prem resources safely and efficiently.

Terraform helps DevOps teams manage multi-cloud deployments by providing a consistent way to manage infrastructure across different cloud providers. By automating the process of provisioning and managing infrastructure with a standard code language you can save time and reduce errors.

In this 1-hour webinar, Chris will:

  • Introduction to Terraform and its benefits
  • Understanding the Terraform language and syntax
  • Working with providers and modules
  • Managing state in Terraform
  • Best practices for Terraform development and deployment
  • Common Terraform use cases

At the conclusion, Chris will welcome your questions.


Anyone interested in learning about Terraform. No Terraform experience is assumed.

Duration: 60 minutes

Cost: Free!

About the Presenter:

Chris Penick, Stream Lead for Web Age Solutions (Accelebrate’s sister company), has over thirty years of experience in the IT industry across a variety of platforms. Chris has guided clients in cybersecurity, architecture, web development, and data science. He holds multiple certifications in security and development from Microsoft, CompTIA, ISC2, and EC Council. Chris teaches many courses for Accelebrate and Web Age, including Kubernetes and Git.

Comparing Data Engineering options on Azure in 2022
Date: June 16, 2022

Traditional roles such as DBA, database developer, and BI developer have evolved. We now have data engineers, data scientists, and artificial intelligence engineers. Have you considered what data engineers are responsible for? Have you heard of the “3 Vs” that modern data storage alternatives support? Join us for a webinar where we’ll look at Azure Storage, Azure Data Lake, Azure SQL, Azure Synapse Analytics, Azure Databricks, Azure Data Factory, and Azure CosmosDB. We’ll also talk about when to employ these tools.

Terraform fundamentals – with AWS and Azure focus
Date: February 25, 2022

Terraform is an open-source infrastructure as code (IaC) software tool that allows you to build, change, and version infrastructure safely and efficiently across many of today’s cloud providers like Amazon AWS, and Microsoft Azure. This half day class introduces you to the terminology used to provision resources with Terraform, and demonstrates use cases for AWS and Azure.

Introduction to the Power of Microsoft Azure Synapse Analytics
Date: February 11, 2022

In this half-day class, we’ll discuss the features of Synapse Analytics with Serverless SQL Pools, Apache Spark Pools, and Dedicated SQL Pools. We will also delve into Pipelines and Notebooks for processing data in Synapse Analytics into a data warehouse.

Why you should use Azure IAM to secure Azure
Date: September 9, 2021

Identity Access Management plays an important role in security. You can use Azure IAM to secure the Azure environment. Azure IAM involves several features, such as Role-based Access Control, Multi-factor Authentication, Conditional Access, Privileged Identity Management, Self-service Password Reset, and User Risk & Sign-in Policies. Join us for this webinar to see how you can use Azure IAM to secure the Azure environment.

Learn how to leverage Azure cloud services to build a powerful Data Engineering platform
Date: May 7, 2021

Create a flexible and secure environment for your Data Scientists and Data Analysts.
Technologies covered – SQL Databases, Data Lakes, CosmosDB, Data Factory, Databricks, Event Hubs, IoT Hubs, Stream Analytics.

Azure Sentinel and its Features
Date: April 13, 2021

Managing Security Operations with Azure Sentinel. Azure Sentinel is a cloud-native security information and event manager (SIEM) platform that uses built-in AI to help analyze large volumes of data across an enterprise – fast. Azure Sentinel aggregates data from all sources, including users, applications, servers and devices running on-premises or in any cloud, letting you reason over millions of records in a few seconds. It includes built-in connectors for easy onboarding of popular security solutions. Collect data from any source with support for open standard formats like CEF and Syslog.

Navneet Kumar is an IT Professional with 10+ years of rich experience in Windows Server, Windows Client, Server Virtualization, Desktop Virtualization, and Azure Cloud computing. Having worked on various Microsoft products, like Windows XP/7/8.x/10, Windows Server 2000/2003/2008/2012, PowerShell, Hyper-V 2012, SCVMM, SCCM, Navneet has certifications in Azure Solutions Architect Expert, MCSE: Cloud Platform, and Infrastructure & MCSA: Windows Server 2016.

Securing resources in Azure
Date: September 10, 2020

Azure is designed with security at all levels. Let’s discuss the shared security model in Azure, understand what Azure takes care of for you, and where your responsibility lies so that you’re able to design a secure cloud architecture.

Microservice development in Azure using Containers and Kubernetes
Date: June 19, 2020

Is there a “write-once-run-anywhere” solution to develop and host modern serverless applications? Join us for a one hour seminar were we’ll explore developing and hosting microservices on Microsoft Azure. We’ll begin by demystifying serverless and microservices, then move to Azure Containers Instances, Container Registry and Kubernetes Service (AKS).

What does a Microsoft Azure Administrator Do?
Date: May 28, 2020

Microsoft Azure is an ever-expanding set of cloud services to help your organization meet your business challenges. It gives you the options to build, manage, and deploy applications on a massive global network using various tools and frameworks. Since Microsoft Azure is composed of several cloud services, various roles are involved to work and consume these services. Join us for a webinar where we’ll discuss the responsibilities of the Microsoft Azure Administrator. We’ll discuss topics such as compute resources (e.g. VMs and Containers), Virtual Networks, App Service, Storage Accounts, Load Balancing, and Monitoring.

Azure for managers – dealing with the cloud transition pain points
Date: March 13, 2020

Adopting Cloud Computing is a disruption. A manager cannot expect business as usual during and after the transition. Join us to explore the three major pain-point managers have to deal with, and how Microsoft Azure can ease that transition.

Continuously Deploy Your Web Applications with Microsoft Azure DevOps
Date: January 7, 2020

Let’s explore DevOps from the ground up, starting from a simple web application and gradually work our way up to continuous deployment. Along the way we’ll introduce git, containers, and Microsoft Azure to our development and deployment process. This workshop is geared towards technology professionals who are interested in learning more about modernizing their software development tools and processes.

What Microsoft Azure Technologies are Right for You?
Date: October 7, 2019

Microsoft Azure is an ever-expanding set of cloud services to help your organization meet your business challenges. It’s the freedom to build, manage, and deploy applications on a massive, global network using your favorite tools and frameworks. It offers various Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service solutions, such as Virtual Machines, Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), Azure Container Service (ACS), App Services, Azure Functions, Event Grid, Messaging Services, and Logic Apps. With so many options available, architecting a solution on Microsoft Azure can be challenging. Come and join us for a webinar where we will discuss the purpose of various options so it can help you design a solution.

Cloud Native Development and Application Modernization in Azure
Date: August 14, 2018

In this seminar, we will modernize a legacy on-premise applications and infrastructure by leveraging several cloud services, including web apps, function apps, SQL database, and blob storage, all secured using Azure AD. This seminar is intended for Cloud Architects and IT professionals who wish to integrate the cloud in their software development lifecycle.

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