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Oct 23, 2023

Mike Martin, an exceptional Senior Cloud Solution Architect and Technical Evangelist at Microsoft. With over two decades of experience in the IT industry, Mike is an expert in coaching and leading teams and architecting, designing, and training systems. As an Azure specialist for ISVs (Independent Software Vendors) and partners, he is the go-to person for all things related to the Microsoft Cloud Platform and Application Lifecycle Management. Mike is known as the perfect hybrid solution with his unique combination of expertise in both development and IT Pro topics.


Mike Martin's involvement in the Belgian Microsoft Azure User Group (AZUG) dates back to January 2012, when he joined the group as a crew member. He has been an active contributor to the community ever since, regularly giving presentations and playing an integral role in organizing events such as ITProceed, Techorama, and the Global Azure Bootcamp (GAB).


Mike’s extensive knowledge and experience in Microsoft Azure have earned him numerous accolades, including being recognized as a Microsoft Azure MVP five times since 2013, with his most recent award in July 2017. He is also a Microsoft Azure Advisor, providing guidance and insights to others in the community.


Beyond his professional achievements, Mike is passionate about giving back to the community and inspiring the next generation of technologists. He takes great pleasure in introducing young people to the world of Microsoft and technology and is always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need.


Topics of Discussion:

[5:05] How Mike got into his career, and a few of the highlights he has had over the past 27 years in the field.

[9:34] Where he got reborn as a true architect.

[10:53] The beauty of being involved from the beginning, and why youngsters may have a challenging time.

[13:28] The importance of independent scale.

[18:25] Going by the philosophy of KISS: keep it simple, stupid.

[22:27] How does Mike coach people in the decision of the level of resilience?

[28:40] Functional monitoring when it comes to resiliency.

[29:52] The patterns Mike advises to his coders to hook up existing monitoring tools to get that functional level of monitoring.

[30:32] Reliable web application and the well-architected framework.

[34:46] What is giving Mike hope for the future in programming these days?


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