Divide & conquer: how 3 teams joined forces to tell Logoplaste’s story

When a project requires an extra deal of cooperation, well-defined roles are essential to make it easier to plan, design and implement.
The client:

Logoplaste is a leading global designer and manufacturer of value-added rigid plastic packaging solutions to a wide range of blue-chip clients. Founded in Portugal in 1976, Logoplaste invented the “wall to wall” business model, supplying packaging from plants installed directly in the clients’ site. The company currently manages 63 factories in 16 countries all over the world.

The problem:

During the past decade, Logoplaste has grown fast, covering many geographical areas, from the USA to Vietnam, Poland to South America. Their old flash website was outdated and didn’t mirror the company’s DNA, its attitude, massive expansion nor its ambition. Not willing to risk losing new business due to wrong perceptions caused by an outdated site, Logoplaste decided to reform it and build a brand new one.

Logoplaste team
Logoplaste is one big family from all over the world. The old website didn’t reflect that though.

The website went live in 2016. It was a massive improvement over the previous version but still had some issues and did not cover the company’s needs. Above all, it still didn’t reflect how Logoplaste wanted to be perceived by the public, its peers and potential clients on an international scale. After roughly a year and a half, the possibility of developing a new website was once more on the table. During an internal meeting, Hugo Ruivo, Logoplaste’s IT Service Manager, happened to mention DevScope.

The Solution:

Logoplaste came to us looking for an intranet portal, one of our main areas of expertise. Their next request though, came as a bit of a surprise: “Do you develop websites as well?”

While we certainly handle both front and backend web development, Logoplaste was also looking for web design and a communication strategy. Not willing to let the client down, we handed this task over to ALTA Digital (then, designsete), a creative agency based in Lisbon.

ALTA Digital is used to long-distance partnerships, but we usually work directly with the client. Daniela Oliveira, DevScope’s Project Manager, handled the project oversight and bridged communications between the three companies.

“It was, undoubtedly, a challenge participating in this project. An exciting and gratifying one! We soon understood Logoplaste’s vision and the path we would have to follow to reach our client’s goal. Despite being geographically separated, all three partners shared the same enthusiasm and commitment to making this project a success, therefore, the distance was never really a problem.”

– Daniela Oliveira, Project Manager, DevScope

During their analysis, ALTA Digital went over Logoplaste’s website objective, target audience, competition, and the industry’s best practices. Google Analytics helped paint a picture of what content was the most searched for and the most relevant. ALTA Digital quickly concluded that the website had a flaw: the site was practically invisible to search engines.

In order to establish what to create, ALTA Digital scheduled 20 Skype calls with Logoplaste top management spread across the globe to understand the challenges they were facing and grasping what needs the new website should address.

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Logoplaste executives from all over the world chimed in on the new website’s purpose.

After this lengthy and challenging round of interviews, ALTA Digital had enough material to tell a compelling story and set three objectives for Logoplaste’s new website:

  • Communicate with decision makers;
  • Value Logoplaste’s approach to packaging development and production;
  • Show Logoplaste as a dynamic and energetic company, one with a rich history, culture, solid work, and values;

“Logoplaste had a lot of information they weren’t capitalizing on. They are an innovative company, with many patented technologies, but that was never communicated to the world.”

– Carina, Creative Partner, ALTA Digital

Logoplaste embraced ALTA Digital’s vision.

“Logoplaste’s positioning is different from our competition and that’s contributed to some of the new business we’ve won recently. We needed to tell our story not only because we have a great story to tell, but because we have our own language and exclusive market positioning.”

– Magda Merali, Internal Communications Coordinator, Logoplaste

With ALTA Digital handling the web design part, our team at DevScope had a few other challenges on their plate, namely:

  • Implementing ALTA Digital’s design;
  • Developing Logoplaste’s new back office;
  • Managing the project between the three companies;

ALTA Digital was kind enough to provide us with most of the site’s HTML, which made frontend development much faster. As for the backend, we were forced to start from scratch. Updating content required a fair bit of HTML knowledge, making it off-limits to the regular user.

To make updates as easy as possible, we implemented Umbraco, an open source content management system (CMS) platform we’re fond of and often resort to. Besides being super flexible and reliable, Umbraco has a small learning curve, meaning anyone can quickly get the hang of it without much trouble. We also made sure that everything was parameterizable so Logoplaste could adjust every single detail on their new website.

 

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After delivering the first version of the site, Logoplaste tested it internally and, based on the feedback from its employees worldwide, they requested some changes to make it more user-friendly and allows for faster access to information. The process was akin to rearranging pieces in a puzzle, by restructuring some pages and information. The only newly introduced feature was a tabs module that allows users to absorb information much faster than in the previous version.

Instead of the usual implementation of familiar technologies, this challenge lay in handling a process between three parties. Roles were well defined, tasks were rightly distributed, and everything worked out perfectly.

Just like ALTA Digital, we too ended up developing a trust relationship with Logoplaste and are currently handling new projects for the company, such as the upcoming Human Resources portal. Logoplaste was also kind enough to send new clients our way, a testament to their satisfaction.

Results:

Logoplaste’s new website went live on January 31st, 2019.

 

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“I must say I became apprehensive when DevScope hired ALTA Digital. I thought another player in the project would complicate matters but the truth is, I couldn’t be more pleased. Each company’s role was well defined. We are very pleased with ALTA Digital’s work and Carina Martins’ total availability. Daniela has the calm a Project Manager needs for this sort of endeavor. She pays attention to the client’s request, even when the client isn’t quite sure of what they are asking for. DevScope answered all our needs and always came up with solutions with a professional demeanor.”

– Magda Merali, Internal Communications Coordinator, Logoplaste

What we did:
  • Implemented the front-end design ALTA Digital developed for Logoplaste;
  • Gave Logoplaste’s a new dynamic, fully customizable and easy to use back office on Umbraco CMS;
  • Managed the project from start to finish between three companies;
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How Power BI shaped Olicargo’s global operation

The larger the company, the harder it is to assure everyone is working with the same information.
The Client:

Olicargo is a transport and logistics company with branches in Portugal, Angola, Mozambique, and China, and represented by an international network of over 4.000 offices all over the world. Starting as a modest family business in the late 1980s, Olicargo remained so until 2012 when the newly formed SGM Logistics Group acquired the company and gave it a massive boost. With the introduction of capital, know-how and the “Always moving ahead” philosophy, Olicargo saw its €3M/year business grow to €40M and the small team of 8 employees in Porto and Lisbon jump to a staff of about 250 scattered all over the globe.

The problem:

Olicargo’s international expansion faced a few challenges, chief among them the ability to centralize, access and control information. Much like the company itself, Olicargo‘s data was spread across several countries and systems. Offices worked separately and sent Excel files back and forth between them, a clear sign that the company needed Business Intelligence. After witnessing the work with Power BI DevScope did for Contidis, – an Olicargo partner since day 1 – decision-makers got in touch with our BI team and told us about their need for reliable, readily available information.

The solution:

The Olicargo project started in late 2017, when Ruben Cunha, BI Developer at DevScope, worked on a two-week Proof of Concept (POC) based on data from Excel files relating to cargo handling processes. Olicargo immediately took notice of what Power BI could do for their business and hired Ruben to work with their control and management staff and implement it on site during the following year.

“In two weeks, Power BI gave us what took us months or even years to do. One of DevScope’s advantages is the ability to show results in a short amount of time. It was a display of capacity and potential.”

– Paulo Salgado, CEO at Olicargo

DevScope started by tackling the commercial and operational areas, giving Olicargo a clear vision over their expenses, budgets, sales and margins, processing and customer portfolio. The results were great, and Olicargo decided to expand Power BI to its remaining business areas during the following months, and create detailed Business Intelligence reports for finance, treasury, marketing management, human resources, procurement, warehouse cargo, and fleet management.

Olicargo's Power BI solution architecture
Olicargo’s Power BI solution architecture

Stating that Power BI profoundly altered Olicargo is no understatement. During the process of gathering data to feed these reports, the company took the opportunity to reorganize itself and rethinking many of its internal and external operations.

 

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Part of DevScope‘s approach when implementing a solution is assuring the client becomes as autonomous as possible using it, so 5 Olicargo staff members were mentored by our team in Power BI solution. It didn’t take them long to become proficient enough to create their reports and dashboards. More importantly, they now fully understand Microsoft’s platform’s capabilities and are identifying new opportunities to add to the company’s reports.

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Olicargo’s staff creates their own reports and identifies new opportunities in Power BI.

Olicargo was also one of DevScope’s first clients to take full advantage of PowerBI Robots, our in-house developed solution that allows users to automate the delivery of Power BI reports and dashboards. Olicargo uses PowerBI Robots internally – to display business indicators in the smart TV’s spread around the company’s HQ –  but, most notably, externally, to regularly and automatically send clients reports of their activity with Olicargo by email. These are not special custom made reports but extracted directly from Olicargo‘s own Power BI, taking full advantage of PowerBI Robots‘ filtering abilities to only show clients the information they need.

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Among other things, Olicargo uses PowerBI Robots to spread operational KPIs around the office.
Results:

A little over a year after the project’s kick-off, Power BI has become an integral part of the daily life at Olicargo. The company’s entire operation effectively transitioned to Microsoft‘s platform, and Key Performance Indicators are automatically and continually shared with everyone at Olicargo, be it at the gorgeous container ship-shaped headquarters in northern Portugal or the office in China.

Power BI processes information on a daily basis and sharing Excel files became a thing of the past. So did the many requests between the different areas at Olicargo – everyone is now on the same page and feeding off the same source of information. Gone are the days of sending emails asking how much the company is billing, how much they’re carrying or how many tons of air cargo they’re doing.

Decisions are more educated than ever and backed by the most recent data at hand.

“We broke with the past. Power BI sort of revolutionized the company’s strategic management. It’s now based on Power BI and the information it gives us. I rarely resort to Excel files, and when I do, they’re always connected to Power BI. The whole company is.”

– Paulo Salgado, CEO at Olicargo

What we did:
  • Translated Olicargo’s several business areas to Power BI by creating full-fledged, granular reports of each of them;
  • Mentored Olicargo’s employees in Power BI, effectively making them proficient in the platform;
  • Fully automated internal and external Power BI reports with PowerBI Robots;
Products used:

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How SPAR’s sales rose by double digits with Power BI and Azure

Making the right decisions by gathering and centralizing data from over 100 stores.
The client:

Founded in 1932 by Adriaan van Well in the Netherlands, SPAR is an international group of independently owned and operated retailers and wholesalers who work together in partnership with the SPAR brand. There are over 12.500 SPAR stores in 42 countries worldwide, over 100 of which located in Portugal.

How SPAR’s sales rose by double digits with Power BI and Azure

The problem:

As with most retailers of considerable size, SPAR collected massive amounts of data regarding their operation but accessing and crossing it wasn’t always an easy task. The retail sector can be ruthless to those unable to identify and grab opportunities, and SPAR had a huge need to analyze pretty much everything from suppliers to warehouses, sellers, marketing, finance, operations, etc. Everyone at the company had their own perception of the business, but there simply wasn’t enough information to make educated guesses. SPAR scheduled a meeting with DevScope to find out how we could help.

There is only one chance to make a great first impression so, after a brief PowerPoint presentation, we put words into action and took the liberty to connect a few of SPAR’s databases and extract some data previously deemed unreachable.

SPAR wanted to build a Reporting and Analytics (RAP) platform that could enable its end-users to be decision makers. The company’s ultimate goal was to increase its teams’ efficiency but, in order to do so, they had to equip them with proper tools to not only analyze data but also act on it.

SPAR's average sales report on Power BI
SPAR’s average sales report on Power BI
The Solution:

DevScope’s proposed solution used Microsoft® Power BI™ to display data and was built on Azure Cloud Services, namely Azure Gateways and Service BUS to read and sync all business data stored in SPAR’s on-premise data sources.

This internal network was set up using several Excel files, handled and updated by SPAR’s management teams, and SQL Server, namely:

  • MaxiRetail SPAR’s business info is synched and stored in a central SQL Server with data from POS and BackOffice systems at each of their stores;
  • Power BI Data Warehouse – A SQL Server database was set up in order to speed up the insertion of thousands of daily registries to Power BI™;
  • Microsoft Dynamics NAVSPAR’s ERP feeds the BI SPAR model with info as well;

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There were a few obstacles along the way, though. Right off the bat, real-time analytics for Big Data became a challenge given SPAR’s data complexity and quantity.

SPAR has several departments (marketing, commercial, logistics, operations, finance, etc.) and the company isn’t centralized in several parts of the country. Each team had used Excel spreadsheets to manage their daily work, and crossing information between them to get a sense of their daily activity was nearly impossible.

SPAR processes thousands of daily transactions on thousands of items multiplied by 365 days throughout the year, all accumulated and spread across several PCs and servers. This kind of chaos made decision-making in a timely way very difficult.

Identifying which products’ sales were down during a given period could only be done if the server was updated daily and could take SPAR between 2 to 3 hours. After that, they would have to figure out where that scenario had the biggest impact, which could take an additional 3 hours. One person alone could spend a whole day providing a couple of numbers.

SPAR's YToY store sales report on Power BI
SPAR’s YoY store sales report on Power BI

We would have a new problem on our hands the following day without taking care of the previous ones. We were driving without any orientation, and a lot of speed and no guidance is a disaster. Small teams with the proper tools are able to do what large teams can’t when if they don’t have access to centralized data.

– Francisco Portugal, SPAR Administrator

We managed to deliver and implement the proposed solution on time, and our Business Intelligence team’s dedication was full, so much that a strong connection between both companies persists to this day. DevScope still keeps a dedicated consultant on site at SPAR who has effectively become part of the company.

Results:

SPAR’s sales grew by double digits in just a few months. DevScope’s Power BI™ solution allowed the retailer to have a more detailed and informed view of their sales, prices, margins, and stock, and identify some key opportunities, such as products with a large profit margin but low in stock.

SPAR's store performance report on Power BI

 

DevScope and Microsoft® Power BI™ have become an integral part of the management team at SPAR, and the company stopped depending on a SQL manager to extract data from queries. Pedro Fardilha, our consultant working with SPAR in loco, closely monitors the company’s activity on a weekly -and often daily – basis.

Today we have one single source, one single way of doing business based on data!

– Francisco Portugal, SPAR Administrator

SPAR no longer needs to go with its gut about business – decisions are now based on facts and backed by numbers.

How SPAR’s sales rose by double digits with Power BI and Azure

What we did:
  • Centralized SPAR’s information by connecting SQL Server and Excel databases to Azure Cloud Services;
  • Used Power BI™ to give SPAR a more detailed and informed view of the company’s teams’ activities;
Products used:

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Congratulations to Pedro Sousa, the newest Microsoft Azure MVP!

We are quite pleased to announce that our very own Pedro Sousa, IT Systems Engineer, has been presented the 2018-2019 Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award in recognition of his exceptional contributions to the Microsoft Azure community.

Pedro Sousa has been with DevScope for over 4 and a half years and this Microsoft MVP award is a well-deserved and long-time coming recognition of his 20+ years of experience managing Microsoft-based corporate infrastructures. The MVP award makes him part of a selected group of professionals who, through sheer effort and relentless dedication to the community, are among the very best on the planet working on the Azure platform for cloud computing.

“I’m so, so proud! Thank you DevScope for allowing me to pursue this achievement and to do so many community events to spread the knowledge!”

Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) is an annual award given to outstanding members of Microsoft’s technical communities. We are honored to currently have 4 Microsoft MVPs working on our team at DevScope:

Pedro Sousa: Microsoft Azure MVP

João Sousa: Visual Studio and Development Technologies MVP

Rui Romano: Data Platform MVP

Sandro Pereira: Microsoft Azure MVP & Visio MVP

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Contidis gets the data it needs to open a superstore chain in Angola.

Connecting Power BI to SAP HANA to make sure a $400M superstore chain in Angola always makes the right decisions.
The client:

Contidis is an investment group building the Candando superstore chain in Angola. With over US $400 million in investment capital, Candando means not only big business but also thousands of new jobs, the livelihood of local producers and general access to groceries in a struggling economy. Contidis plans on opening 10 Candando superstores by 2021 but its drive is built on the back of a cautious philosophy: open a store, learn what works and what needs to change, adjust and repeat.

The problem:

Before opening its first Candando store, Contidis started building a business intelligence (BI) model with tools in its SAP for Retail solution. However, IT staff was taking too long to build reports and data was so scarce business users weren’t able to make informed decisions. The application was far from matching Contidis’s ambition and holding the entire business back.

The challenge:

Far from pleased with the setbacks caused by their BI model, Contidis asked DevScope to design a Power BI solution that could handle all their data needs: an agile platform that could grow as their users move from one challenge to the next.

Luckily, DevScope’s approach was not that different from Contidis and Rui Romano, our BI Team Manager, even follows a MO he termed “Start Small and Grow Big”.

“We like to start small, listen to users, modify the solution in order to solve their problems and scale it to ensure stability.”

– Rui Romano, BI Team Manager at DevScope

Excel was the tool of choice to connect Power BI with data from Contidis’s SAP application, which ran on Amazon Web Services (AWS). DevScope proceeded to connect Power BI to the SAP HANA warehouse in AWS and, within 1 month, over 100 employees at Contidis – including managers and store personnel – were using the BI solution to include data from store inventory, product pricing, purchases and promotions in their reports.

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There was still plenty of work to do, though: users were experiencing slower response times, file location was making mobile access to reports a hassle and Power BI couldn’t handle data comparison between Excel files and those in the SAP HANA database. In order to increase performance and circumvent these issues, Contidis needed a single source of information for business intelligence. DevScope opted for building a data warehouse with Azure SQL Database and create a custom PowerShell ETL framework to move data to the cloud. This solution also allowed to configure refresh rates for every table in the warehouse so Candando could access sales data by the hour.

In order to control data access, DevScope implemented a dynamic security model with Azure Analysis Services and Azure Active Directory, ensuring customized BI-access privileges for every user. We also introduced standardized reports and dashboards that help optimize operations (such as sales comparisons that help determine how discounts drive revenue) as well as alerts for unusual balances in order to detect fraud.

Competitive pricing can make or break a new player in the retail market and in order to understand how Candando’s value stacked against its competitors, DevScope built a handy Power BI solution that allowed employees to scan a product’s barcode at any retailer and instantly compare its price to Candando’s using their smartphones. In the near future, this feature will also be able to send data to the Azure warehouse and immediately integrate comparative pricing on a sales report.

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These reports allow users to filter views and add the information of their choice such as store location, date, transaction, product, inventory levels, and product orders. Since the solution is so scalable, Contidis can easily add more users and reports, and save data for the long term, gaining useful insights on trends.

“The first Candando store has been open for less than a year. We already have 14 million records in Azure and adding information about 10.000 sales transactions every day. Even though our data is growing exponentially, we can continue to scale the cloud-based Power BI model to meet long-term requirements.”

– Renato Correia, CTO, Contidis

Automated alerts for IT staff and business users can also be configured with Power BI. For example, if a product isn’t selling, the appropriate people will be alerted in order to act on it as soon as possible. Among the many advantages of using Power BI and Azure Analysis Services is the solutions’ scaleability. Just like Contidis’s expansion plans, DevScope’s solutions started small and scaled up as needed. This allowed Contidis to pay for only what they needed and save money in the process.

“We noticed people weren’t using the service in the middle of the night so we just deployed a script that automatically scales Azure services up and down and turns them on and off depending on traffic and usage. Just by turning our BI service off for 4 hours a night, we’ll save an estimate 3.600€/year. This may seem insignificant to some, but it’s very relevant to us. This change supports our energy-efficient culture and in the long run these savings will be substantial.”

– Renato Correia, CTO, Contidis

The results:

Contidis opened the first Candando superstore in May 2016. Its success has been replicated twice and over 1.000 new jobs were created in Angola in the process. Contidis’s plan is to open an additional 7 stores by 2021.
Thanks to Power BI and Azure, Contidis’s IT staff spends less time creating reports and business users can access all the data they need in order to run their stores and fulfill the company’s ambition.

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“Since we implemented our Power BI solution in Azure, we’ve noticed a big improvement in business insight and efficiency. Our IT staff spends less time creating reports and our business users have a lot of autonomy, accessing and creating BI whenever they need to, be it from our portal or using mobile devices, including phones and tablets. Our continued growth is due to many factors – and Power BI is one of them.”

– Renato Correia, CTO, Contidis

What we did:
  • Implemented a connected, agile and scalable platform that grew according to the client’s needs;
  • Used Power BI to give Contidis access to the data analysis it needs to run a successful venture;
Products used:
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SmartDocumentor highlighted on the MSDN Blog Logic App Team

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We are proud to announce that our article about Processing Feedback Evaluations (paper) with SmartDocumentor (OCR), Logic Apps, Azure Functions & Power BI written by our own Sandro Pereira was published by the influent blog: blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/logicapps from the MSDN Blog Logic Apps Team. See the article here:

In this article Sandro explain how he was able to use SmartDocumentor (OCR) and easily extend it using Microsoft cloud serverless technologies like: Azure Logic Apps, Azure Functions and Power BI, to process Events Feedback Evaluations forms that he recently organized to be able, in real time, to produce interactive dashboards on Power BI, in other words, how he was able to easily converted paper into data in order to generate additional value and gain insights over it.

If you want to know more about our product SmartDocumentor have a look here: http://www.smartdocumentor.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Azure Analysis Services ready for production!

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Microsoft announced today the general availability of Microsoft Azure Analysis Services, the latest addition to their data platform in the cloud. Built on the on-premises analytics engine in SQL Server, Azure Analysis Services provides enterprise-grade data modeling in the cloud.

We have been lucky to be part of the early previews and we already have customers in production. The announcement (Announcing Azure Analysis Services general availability) even quotes our BI Team Manager, Rui Romano:

“One of the great advantages of using Azure Analysis Services and Power BI is that it gives us the flexibility to start small and scale up only as fast as we need to, paying only for the services we use. We also have a very dynamic security model with Azure Analysis Services and Azure Active Directory and in addition to providing row-level security, we use Analysis Services to monitor report usage and send automated alerts if someone accesses a report or data record that they shouldn’t.”

We want to congratulate the Microsoft Business Intelligence team for reaching another important milestone!

The “Ninjas” have been set loose!

We are thrilled to have outstanding technical professionals in our team who are willing to reach out, share their technical expertise with others and help individuals maximize their use of technology. This “sharing culture” has been widely recognized at DevScope and now our SharePoint/.NET team just created a joint blog where they will be sharing even more about what they are interested in:

You are welcome to feed them here: Ignorance is never better than knowledge

Empowering Hybrid Integration at Channel 9

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Microsoft’s Hybrid Integration Platform, which includes BizTalk Server, Azure Logic Apps, Azure API Management and Azure Service Bus, enables businesses in their digital transformation journey. You can now seamlessly connect applications, data and business processes across on-premises and the cloud using the hybrid integration platform.

During the MVP Global Summit 2016, and taking the opportunity of having most of the Integration MVPs gathered at the event, Microsoft Pro Integration team invited them to create short videos (10 minutes webcasts) at Microsoft Building 20, building that is the home of the “famous” Channel 9 studio, about Hybrid Integration, and our coworker Sandro Pereira was one of them. The result is this 8 minutes video on “Empowering Hybrid Integration” where you will learn how you can create powerful hybrid integration solutions using existing on-premises and cloud based solutions.

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You can watch more sessions regarding Microsoft’s Hybrid Integration Platform on Channel9 here.

Open Source experts will be gathering in Lisbon

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Just one day left for the Microsoft Open Source Camp, the first event open source development conference held at Microsoft Portugal offices in Lisbon, with more than 25 sessions divided by 5 different session tracks, on topics such as ElasticSearch, Linux, Bots, Docker, Blockchain, React, .NET Core, Kubernetes, Serverless and much more.

Yes, you are reading correctly, it may be difficult for some of you to believe it, but it is a reality. Microsoft embraced Open Source so much that they are one of the largest corporate contributors to open source software on GitHub.

And once again, it is with great pleasure that we announce that Pedro Sousa and Rui Quintino are confirmed as event speakers. Pretty awesome, isn’t it?

Octopus Deploy & Docker

In this session, Pedro Sousa will talk about Octopus Deploy as a Continuous Deployment component on your Microsoft and Open Source infrastructure. Explaining the benefits of separating responsibilities between the Build process and the Release process. And the necessary requirements for an implementation of Octopus Server and his Tentacles (Agents), how to compose steps and examples how to integrate with container environments like Docker.

Open source deep-learning with Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit (CNTK) & LightGBM

In this session, Rui Quintino will introduce to you the Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit, a free, easy-to-use, open-source deep-learning framework for neural networks to model, train & use popular neural networks architectures for a large range of machine learning scenarios. You will be able to see how to start with custom image classification & computer vision scenarios using CNTK, running on CPU and GPUs, together with LightGBM (Microsoft open source gradient boosting framework).

If you want to know more information about the event or to register go to Open Source Camp event website.