Global Azure Bootcamp Switzerland 2017

Around the world, user groups and communities want to learn about Azure and Cloud Computing. On April 22, all communities will come together once again in the fifth great Global Azure Bootcamp event. Each user group will organize their own one day deep dive class on Azure the way they see fit and how it works for their members. The result is that thousands of people get to learn about Azure and join together online under the social hashtag #GlobalAzure.

If you would like to read more about the worldwide movement, visit: Global Azure Bootcamp

The Global Azure Bootcamp is a full day conference about the Microsoft Azure Cloud Computing Platform taking place in Wallisellen near Zurich on 22nd April 2017. It is free and open for everybody to join.

The Bootcamp is organized by the Azure Zurich User Group and the Azure Cloud User Group Switzerland.
We are a group of "Azurers". People with their heads in the Cloud, passionate about building amazing stuff on the Microsoft Azure Platform. We unite everyone from Azure newbie to expert, from developer to IT-pro and from startup to enterprise. If you are interested in Cloud Computing with Microsoft, please join our meetups and the Global Azure Bootcamp in Zurich.

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A round of applause to all our speakers!

Keynote Speaker

Alex Bulankou    
Principal Engineering Manager for Azure Application Insights at Microsoft
Alex is a software development manager at Microsoft Application Insights, a service that helps to detect, triage and diagnose issues with web applications and services. Prior to that Alex was a developer on Visual Studio, Bing and Office 365 teams building UX and data visualizations for client and web platforms. As a hobby Alex is bootstrapping an Open Street Map service that helps road travellers find places to stop along the way to their destination:
Ken Casada  
Technical Evangelist at Microsoft
Ken is a technical evangelist at Microsoft Switzerland and since more than 14 years he is supporting medium and large companies in the software development on the Microsoft Platform. Before joining Microsoft he was a developer in a bank and in a Microsoft partner company.
Marcel Zehner    
Microsoft Regional Director Switzerland, CTO & Partner at itnetX
Marcel is the CTO of itnetX AG, a Swiss Microsoft Elite-Partner with a focus on Cloud, Datacenter and Workplace solutions based on Microsoft technologies. He engages in community activities around the world in his roles as a Microsoft Regional Director (RD) and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP).
Emanuel Kleindienst    
CCO at VSHN AG - The DevOps Company
Emanuel is the CCO at VSHN AG. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Management and eMBA from UCIrvine. He spent 20+ years in the Swiss and international IT industry with stations at Honeywell (Intermec), Cisco Systems, Init7 (AS13030) and Brocade Communications. At VSHN, a Zurich based Start-up focused on managed services, DevOps and automation, he's currently building the Sales und Marketing department.
Stefan Johner  
Microsoft MVP and Consultant at itnetX
Stefan is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) and works at itnetX AG, a consulting and engineering company located in Bern/Switzerland. Stefan is mainly focused on Microsoft technologies, especially IT Service Management and Automation with System Center and Operations Management Suite.
Mark Allibone    
Head of Mobile at Noser Engineering AG
Mark is a qualified expert and enthusiast for Microsoft mobile technologies at Noser Engineering. He is a Technology Ambassador for Microsoft Switzerland. As The Head of Mobile at Noser Engineering he supports many well-known companies with their mobile ambitions in the fields of healthcare, insurance, transport and consumer based apps that integrate seamlessly with devices and cloud or on premise based backends. With a passion for efficient cross platform code and a heart for the user, Mark does not solely aim to build functionally complete apps, but apps that users like to use during their day.
David Schneider    
CTO and SharePoint and Office 365 MVP at isolutions AG
David works as the CTO for isolutions - a Swiss-based consulting company. He has more than 14 years of experience with SharePoint and was nominated twice as an MVP for Office Server and Services.
Marco Amhof  
Principal Consultant at Trivadis AG
Marco has been involved in application development for over 20 years, including 15 years in the Microsoft environment. He is a principal consultant at Trivadis AG with a focus on the design and realization of OLTP applications, datawarehouses and BI applications in customer projects. He shares his knowledge as a trainer in various Microsoft BI trainings.
Andreas Fitzi    
Senior Consultant Business Intelligence at Trivadis AG
Yannik Kopp    
Consultant Cloud Solutions at Trivadis AG
Yannik is a cloud consultant with a focus on the Internet-of-Things who works for Trivadis AG in Zürich. He supports different clients on their Azure and IoT journeys with his comprehensive expertise. His passion is to speak to customers and identify and implement groundbreaking IoT use cases that can really move their business forward.
Frank Potthast Rutz    
Senior Wirtschaftsinformatiker at Swiss Life
Stefan Roth    
Microsoft MVP and Consultant at itnetX
Stefan Roth works as a Cloud Architect at itnetX AG, a consulting and engineering company located in Switzerland. Stefan is focused on Microsoft technologies, especially in cloud solutions, Microsoft System Center and automation. He's also passionate about PowerShell and interested in software development. Stefan Roth was awarded by Microsoft with the Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) Award for his expertise in Cloud and Datacenter Management. Stefan works closely with Microsoft and partners to promote Microsoft technology as speaker for Microsoft and other technical events such as System Center Universe, Experts Live, E2EVC etc.


08:30 - 09:00
Keynote: Lessons Learnt Building and Maintaining Microservices at Scale on the Azure Platform (EN)
09:00 - 09:45
Our product, Microsoft Application Insights, is a service that collects telemetry data that customers are sending to us, processes and aggregates it, and makes aggregated data available for query. Internally we have a microservice architecture with each service of the pipeline responsible for doing its share and passing the data to the next service in the pipeline. This talk summarizes lessons we learnt as we improved our live site operations and stability from having on average 5-7 Sev1-2 incidents daily 2 years ago to the same number of incidents per month. Every incident we had offered unique opportunity to learn how to improve our system and also how to build our product such that it is easier to detect and diagnose similar issues for our customers.
Alex Bulankou, Microsoft
Track 1 Track 2
2D Live Sports Tracking using Azure IoT and BigData Technologies
This session shows an example architecture and implementation of a real-time 2D Football Position Tracking solution in Azure. The solution uses Azure IoT and BigData technologies for the processing and storing, as well as the D3 JavaScript Framework for the visualization of position data. The base data for the solution is tracking data of soccer players from three different soccer games. Each dataset contains 20 position records per second, for each of the 11 players of the home team. The position data is sent to an Azure IoT Event Hub in chronological order, streamed and processed with a HDInsight Storm Cluster and live-visualized on a 2D soccer field, implemented with the D3 JavaScript visualization library. Additionally, the data is stored in parallel in an HDInsight HBase Cluster or an Azure SQL database in order to allow the creation of analytical reports on top of the collected position data.
Andreas Fitzi, Trivadis AG
Infrastructure as Code!
In the era of the cloud, conventional provisioning processes and tools need to be revisited. In this session, MVP and RD Marcel Zehner explains how todays IT platforms and applications can be provisioned using a declarative deployment approach.
Marcel Zehner, itnetX
Introducing DocumentDB - A NoSQL Database for Microsoft Azure
In this demo oriented session we will introduce you to Azure DocumentDB, a NoSQL document database-as-a-service. We will discover DocumentDB’s rich feature set, which includes rich querying capabilities by using a SQL-like grammar, transactional processing over schema free data and much more.
Ken Casada, Microsoft
Modern IT Management with Microsoft Operations Management Suite
Everyone is talking about Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS). But what is Operations Management Suite exactly? Get an overview of the most important elements and functionality of Microsoft OMS and learn how your IT organization can benefit from using this new kid on the block at Microsoft.
Stefan Johner and Stefan Roth, itnetX
12:00 - 13:00
Give Your Mobile Apps a Boost with Azure Mobile Services
In today's fast paced world time to market is of the essence. See how Azure Mobile Services can be used to quickly implement sophisticated features in a mobile Xamarin App for Android, iOS and Windows. Learn how to add backend storage that scales, enterprise level authentication and push notifications for the most popular mobile platforms. In this talk I will show how the Azure platform can be integrated into a Xamarin App and enable rich user experiences in return.
Mark Allibone, Noser Engineering
Hacking your Boss for Cloud & DevOps Adoption
In this talk I’ll provide you with ideas and arguments you can use to convince your team leaders and management over the adoption towards cloud computing and the implementation of DevOps processes. With the gathered arsenal of stories and transition plans you may win your boss and internal IT to spare some budget for your propositions.
Emanuel Kleindienst, VSHN AG
Azure Functions - Integration in no Time!
Azure Functions are a solution for easily provisioning and running small pieces of code, or “functions,” in the Azure cloud. Just write the code you need, without worrying about an entire application or the infrastructure to run it. Using Azure Functions can make development even more productive, while you can use your development language of choice, such as C#, F#, Node.js, Python or PHP. Azure allows you to scale as needed and pay only what you consume.
Marco Amhof, Trivadis AG
The OMS Solutions Bakery – or how to build a custom OMS solution in less than 60 minutes
In this session, Microsoft MVP and RD Marcel Zehner demonstrates how to build a brand new custom solution for the Microsoft Operations Management Suite. Marcel will cover the process from A to Z: starting with collecting data from a source, aggregating and visualizing the data, configuring alerts for immediate notification and remediation and finally forwarding data to Power BI for creating nice and shiny reports. For the big finale, all components will be baked into a delicious solution that can be easily deployed to any OMS workspace on the planet – enjoy!
Marcel Zehner, itnetX
Say goodbye to SharePoint Designer: Use Azure Logic Apps to build Workflows
Azure Logic Apps help you to implement your business processes. Together with PowerApps, Azure Functions, Azure API Apps and Connectors for 3rd party systems, they make a powerful toolset for the implementation of Workflows. Will we use Logic Apps to implement our SharePoint workflows in the future? Should we no longer use SharePoint Designer, Workflow Manager and other 3rd party tools? In this session, you will learn how to build a workflow with modern tools, SharePoint integration and interaction with the end user.
David Schneider, isolutions
Topology map of your micro-services in one click and without redeployment? Easy on Azure with Microsoft Application Insights
If you have a collection of ASP.NET, Node.JS or Java micro-services running in Azure you are one click away from visualizing your topology. View high level metrics for requests, failures, HTTP and SQL outgoing calls, then drill down to specific transactions - with Microsoft Application Insights.
Alex Bulankou, Microsoft
An Insight into Real-World IoT Use Cases
"IoT" has become one of the dominant buzzwords during the last years. Based on real-world business cases that we implemented, I will speak about the business value that we generated for our customers by implementing IoT on the Azure platform and the enormous potential these new technologies. In the second part of the presentation, I will share our experiences and learnings taken away from the practical usage of the IoT-related Azure services and components.
Yannik Kopp, Trivadis AG
Peak Computing using Azure Container Service and MSSQL-DB in a Container
Swiss Life has an IT strategy towards the hybrid cloud. I will present our first experiences with “peak computing” for an actuarial regression test. We used the Azure Container Service in the Microsoft Public Cloud in conjunction with Kubernetes.
Frank Potthast Rutz, Swiss Life
17:00 - 18:00


If you want to sponsor at Global Azure Bootcamp Zurich, please contact the event organisers by sending an email or filling the Contact form below.

Event Sponsors

Progile GmbH



Noser Engineering

Community Partners

Zurich Azure User Group

Azure Cloud User Group Switzerland

Zurich Developers .NET User Group

The following sponsor tiers are available:


  • Possibility to setup your own booth and banner at the event in the common area
  • 15-minute reserved slot during the keynote to present your company
  • 1 speaking session during the day (content to be agreed with the event organisers)
  • Listing on the Sponsors page of the event’s web site
  • Regular promotion on social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn)
  • Send 3 emails to all registered attendees after the event (contact details will not be disclosed)


  • Possibility to setup your own booth and banner at the event in the common area
  • 10-minute reserved slot at the end of the keynote to present your company
  • Listing on the Sponsors page of the event’s web site
  • Regular promotion on social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn)
  • Send 2 emails to all registered attendees after the event (contact details will not be disclosed)


  • Possibility to setup your own booth and banner at the event in the common area
  • Listing on the Sponsors page of the event’s web site
  • Regular promotion on social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn)
  • Send 1 emails to all registered attendees after the event (contact details will not be disclosed)


The first Global Azure Bootcamp in Zurich is planned for the 22nd April 2017, and will be hosted by Microsoft Switzerland at its office in Wallisellen (Zurich).

Please use public transport, no parking is available on site.

Microsoft Schweiz GmbH

Richtistrasse 3, 8304 Wallisellen


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