This week on The Cloud Show our guest star Alex Mang and I discuss Cloud Native Development (taa-daa). What is that, and how is that any different from that we have been doing in development before we started using a cloud platform?

Alex Mang is exceptionally experienced with leading teams that develop applicaions, outside and for the cloud. I can think of few others that could shed a more precice spotlight onthis topic than him.


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About the Show Star

Alex Mang is a Microsoft Regional Director, Azure Most Valuable Professional, working as a cloud architect, consultant, trainer, software developer but also regularly seen at conferences and user groups speaking mostly on cloud-computing topics. His main goal is to help developers better understand the implications of cloud-computing as a whole, from as many perspectives as possible. Alex was invited three times in a row as a featured speaker at Microsoft Ignite, the company’s largest and most important technical conference gathering nearly 35,000 attendees.
Since 2011, Alex runs KeyTicket Solutions, a company focused on democratizing access control, ticketing and management solutions for every single vertical in the world.
For his experience on cloud-driven solutions, his Microsoft Certified Trainer, Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD), Microsoft Certified Solution Associate (MCSA) and Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) stand as proof and so do the many happy customers he had the pleasure to work with for the past many years.

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A great conference is coming up on December 4-6; it’s the European Cloud Summit 2023 in Wiesbaden, Germany.

“The European Cloud Summit is a premier event in Europe for Microsoft Azure and Cloud Technologies. It gathers Microsoft Azure executives and engineers, top speakers, industry professionals, large clients, and thousands of attendees for networking. The summit provides cutting-edge content in both business and technology, offering a great learning and professional opportunity.”

Thrilled to be a featured speaker alongside such a superb lineup of fellow speaker experts:


I will speak about my “Five best Azure Access Control practices” It is a serious challenge to master Access Control and Identity in the Cloud. With experience from over ten years as an Azure MVP, and in my role as CEO of Loftysoft, I know most companies fail this challenge completely. Focus on Zero-Trust with the quintessential principles of just-in-time access and least-privilege! My session will banish Azure ghost and zombies from Azure. We will obliterate connection strings forever. We will see magical secrets that will never expire. That and more in this fast paced, demo heavy Azure enablement session which will make you a great Azure access hero.


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One of the greatest cities in Europe is Prague. I am so pleased to go back there for a conference event. I will be speaking at Update Conference Prague 2023. “Update Conference Prague is the biggest developer conference in the Czech Republic, offering sessions delivered by the top experts from all around the world. In addition to that, we also organize a few smaller events every year, each of them focusing on a specific topic.”


Flattered and joyful to be a featured speaker:



My session will be about managing environments in the cloud for developement and testing, and optimizing time spent in setting them up and tearing them down. “Dev and Test Environments in Azure finally fast, cheap, and somewhat easy” This is a great area for any company to focus on to get full control of what the heck you spend your time and money on in the cloud!

If you are not using the cloud for Development and Test you are missing out – not really doing it right! Not all workloads belong in the cloud, but all development and test does for sure!

While the cloud is becoming ever more empowering and capable, at the same time it can feel too advanced and too far away when you are developing and testing. Self-reported numbers put cloud resource consumption waste at so much as a third (1/3) of the monthly bill! Much of this waste may be attributed to failure to automate and to not optimizing working environments in the cloud.


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Going back to India! My favourite home away from home, where the weather is warm, and the people are tremendous. What I love the most about India – it’s gracious and wonderful people! Oh, and the food too of course.

I will be at the C# Corner Conference 2023 in the Delhi area on October 9-14. There will be four College/University events where I will have the privilege to adress the young students:

  • IPEC, Sahibabad
  • SRM IST, Delhi NCR Campus, Ghaziabad
  • I.T.S Engineering College, Greater Noida
  • Sharda University

On the Saturday will be the important annual C# Corner MVP day at Hotel Radisson Blu, Kaushambi, Delhi/NCR.

I am very glad to be giving a keynote adress this year, and of course happy to share knowledge and cloud experience.



If you are in India or nearby, you should consider coming to attend this excellent conference!

Good to Great Cloud  - IaaS to Azure PaaS

For my main presentation to the students, I will talk about a future career opportunity in the cloud. Microsoft announced their cloud platform, back then called “Windows Azure” in 2008. It was a platform service where you could host a web front-end and a compute backend, as well as store files and use a database. This platform was positioned as “a new service in the cloud at the web tier of computing”. This was at the beginning a Platform as a Service offering. There was no Virtual Machine (VM) offering, or IaaS – Infrastructure as a Service, available at all. That came later, because the market needs that too. Today, so many years later, the move toward the cloud-PaaS-dream continues. The main challenge to achieve this freedom and success in the cloud is that there is not enough people in the market with the right skills to understand how to take full advantage of PaaS. Slowly but surely business moves in this direction, and there is a very long way to go still! Where some people there is opportunity for the one who can take charge and embrase the new!

Young peope I meet who are about to enter the job market, commonly ask me for career advice. I am very glad to honestly be able to give the advice that they should do what I do. I love what I do and it is a most rewarding professional life. I am a cloud expert. I know how, and care deeply for, the Azure platform works. My value to customers is to make their cloud better so that they can get more and better business value out of using the cloud.


Career Advice from a Cloud Expert

You should consider learning as much as you can about a cloud platform! Honestly I don’t care which one though my favourite one is Azure. Become very skilled in how to use platform services that eliminate the need for virtual machines, and learn how to migrate from a pre-cloud VM-based architecture to a PaaS based offering. Here are skill areas to focus on:

  • Cloud Platform understanding.
    • Cloud Cost Management
    • Application Monitoring in the Cloud
    • Auto Scaling
    • Compliance with Policies
    • Security Monitoring and Operations
    • Access Control with just-in-time activation, such as PIM
    • PaaS service offerings
    • Migration from IaaS to PaaS
    • … (the list goes on, there is lots)
  • DevOps
    • Continous Integration
    • Continous Delivery
    • Infrastructure as Code with automated deployments
  • Cloud Architecture
  • Organisational change and skills aquisition for Cloud.

There is a lot to choose from in the above list. Generally I say – get good at Cloud and Cloud-related concerns and you will have a great professional and respected career ahead of you that is most rewarding and enjoyable!

Here are the learning links that accompany my talk

I made a collection of some great Microsoft Learn material that you can dive into. If you go through all of this, you already have an advantage over many pre-cloud experts that have not used the cloud yet.


Article by Azure CTO Mark Russinovich 2016 “Cloud innovation for the year ahead: From infrastructure to innovation”

The following resources are HUGE and more challenging to penetrate.

Some certifications you can later target:

Link to here:


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It gives me great joy and some pride to announce my participation in the ESPC 2023 conference, a conference for Microsoft 365 & Azure. This year the event will be held in the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre.


I am excited about all the sessions, but there is no use denying that my true passion lies in the Azure part of the program. Together with my good friend and co-programme chair Maarten Eekels we have the great joy of leading the shape and content of the sessions you will attend at ESPC23. Thank you so much to our team members Luise Freese, Paolo Pialorsi, and Merethe Stave.

I KNOW the #azure cloud content at ESPC23 will be stellar (above cloud), because I was there to select it! Winking smile Thank you so much to all the fantastic session submissions that made it a terrible joy to select only the ones that would fit our agenda.


My session will be “Dev & Test Environments in Azure Finally Fast, Cheap, and Somewhat Easy”. This is a passion of mine, environment automation. There is a self reported rate of waste in cloud spend of about 1/3 (a third). Not all, but certainly a great portion of this waste, comes from companies not following through on the promise of agility in the cloud. The tendency is to treat the new cloud in the old on-premises way. You only pay for Azure resources when you use them. Why would you ever pay for development and test resources over the holidays, over the weekend, even over night, when few or no-one is in fact using them? How fast can you set up an exact replica of production resources? If you don’t know, or if you do know but haven’t yet been able to take full advantage of cloud speed resources, this is the session for you!



See you in Amsterdam friends! It will be a BLAST and you should not miss it for the world!

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