Join us at the Global DevOps Bootcamp 2019!

The Global DevOps Bootcamp is back, and we’ve partnered once again with the DevOps Porto community to host it at our office on June 15.

The Global DevOps Bootcamp is a free 1-day event held by local communities all over the world, organized by Xpirit and Solidify and all about DevOps on the Microsoft Stack. Attendees will have a chance to debate, learn and play with DevOps concepts with people from all continents who share their enthusiasm.

Titled “Your build it, you run away it”, this year’s Global DevOps Bootcamp is all about the “run” part of DevOps and will focus on the concept of Detect, Respond, Recover. These three phases will be dissected and applied to scenarios where you will learn to overcome challenges, build a solution, and run it as a DevOps team would. Because this means getting your hands dirty, you should come prepared with a laptop, a lot of curiosity, and a mindset to share your experiences and knowledge around Azure and DevOps practices with other attendees.

Below is the agenda for the Global DevOps Bootcamp 2019:

09:00 – Drop in, coffee
10:00 – Introduction
10:15 – Keynote
10:45 – Local Keynote
11:15 – Start Bootcamp
13:00 – Lunch
13:30 – Continue Bootcamp
16:00 – Demos
16:30 – Wrap-up

Last year’s Global DevOps Bootcamp was the second time the event was held, and the first time we hosted it in Portugal. Here are some of the highlights:

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It took place in 77 different venues all over the world, and over 8.000 attendees participated in it, a tremendous increase from the 1.500 people who joined the inaugural event. We are hoping to break the record once again and would love for you to join us. To do so, please follow this link and register for free.

See you here on the 15th!

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Top 5 reasons your company should be at ESPC19

Disclaimer: the following blog post was originally published at the European SharePoint, Office 365 & Azure Conference blog.

For the third year in a row, DevScope will sponsor the European SharePoint, Office 365 & Azure Conference, this time in the beautiful city of Prague. Because you don’t sponsor an event for 3 consecutive years unless you really enjoy it and get something out of it, the ESPC organization asked us to share our perspective with everyone.

Here are the top 5 reasons we feel your company should attend the European SharePoint, Office 365 & Azure Conference 2019 based on our team’s experience.

We will have top speakers from all areas of the office 365 ecosystem

ESPC’s set of speakers is a mix of quality and diversity and features some of the most influential experts on SharePoint, Office 365 and Azure from around the world. Microsoft is obviously always well represented, from executives to MVPs and Regional Directors, but you’ll also have a chance to listen and see what partners from all over the globe have been cooking with SharePoint, Office 365 and Azure. Throughout the event’s four days, you’ll have the chance to attend over 100 sessions and interact with some of the best professionals in a plethora of areas that will surely cover your company’s specialties. The challenge here is picking which to attend.

You’ll have access to a diversified partner network

Being the largest SharePoint, Office 365 and Azure event in Europe, partners not only from the whole continent but from all over the world flock to the ESPC. Some will lecture technical sessions, others will demo their products and services at booths, but the vast majority is attending the ESPC to learn more and take the opportunity to have an “offline” opportunity with potential business partners. Interdependence is vital in IT, and a good partnership can help all involved companies pull what they’d never be able to accomplish alone. During last year’s edition, we had the chance to partner with Nestlé, Bosch, and Draeger, three companies doing amazing work in the digital transformation of their more “traditional” industries. If you’re attending, be sure to drop by our booth and share with us some of your challenges too.

International recognition of company brand and solutions

DevScope is a Microsoft Gold partner almost since its inception, and a well-known IT company in Portugal when it comes to SharePoint, Azure solutions and Power BI, but by international standards, we’re a small company, probably best known for our suite of products for Power BI and some healthcare industry awards. However, we never felt like a small company at the ESPC and were able to showcase our solutions to an audience just as large as larger companies next to our booth.

If Azure is one of your priorities, you’ll want to be at ESPC 2019

Azure’s growth has been astounding on all levels, so it’s not exactly surprising to see it reflected at the ESPC. Up until 2017, it wasn’t even a part of the ESPC, but last year, cloud-based applications and SaaS powered by Azure were probably the most popular partner offerings at the event’s booth section. DevScope was no exception to this, with our SmartDocumentor Expenses solution being our booth’s focus, with SharePoint-based intranet portals taking the second stage. We predict most of our intranet’s extensions and apps will run on top of Azure workloads and microservices.


Top-notch organization for both sponsors and attendees

From the registration to the booth set up and the event itself, the ESPC organization has worked flawlessly for us. When setting up our booth, we noticed we forgot to book a tv screen in advance and immediately panicked at the possibility of being unable to find one in such short notice. Thankfully, the organization was fully prepared for sloppy participants like us and handled the situation quickly. Finally, we need to mention the quality of the catering service. If you’ve had your fair share of technology events, you most likely noticed a trend when it comes to food quality. Fortunately, the ESPC is an exception and the food is just fantastic, as our Catarina Ricca, Product Owner, couldn’t help but notice in last year’s event highlights video.Send Emails, PDFs or broadcast from Power BI with PowerBI Robots


Meet us at the MVP Global Summit 2019!

Once a year, Microsoft awards the title of Most Valuable Professional (MVP) to about 4,000 technology experts across 90 countries/regions who actively engage and share their knowledge with the community. MVPs have a deep knowledge of Microsoft products and services, but also the ability to use them to solve real-world problems. Above all, they are professionals who are always willing to help others.

Microsoft recognizes their effort and contribution by allowing them to try beforehand brand new, advanced technology but also by flying them to an annual MVP Global Summit. Besides featuring a large catalog of in-depth technical discussions and feedback sessions, the MVP Global Summit also presents networking opportunities among MVPs and Microsoft product groups.

DevScope is probably the company with the most MVPs in Portugal and, between March 17 and March 22, five of our staff won’t be at the office but instead trying new tech and enjoying themselves at Bellevue and Redmond, namely:

This is DevScope‘s highest number of professionals at the MVP Global Summit, and we’re very proud of their commitment to the Microsoft community. If you’re among those attending and meet one of our MVPs, say hello. We’re sure they’ll be delighted to exchange a few words and talk about opportunities to collaborate.

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We’re getting ready for Building the Future. Take a peek.

We’re a week away from the inaugural edition of Building the Future, an Ativar Portugal event powered by Microsoft, that will give attendees a chance to see and experience the technology that will shape everyone’s daily lives in the near future and hopes to be the largest tech showcase in Portugal.

Taking place on the 29th and 30th of January, in the sumptuous Pavilhão Carlos Lopes, in Lisbon, Building the Future‘s main feature will be the aptly named “Intelligent Day” area where companies will demo and display the tech they’re working on with the goal of making everyone’s lives easier. Attendees will have the chance to partake in themed tours, and as one of the event’s sponsors, DevScope will be part of the “Empower People” tour. Our main draw will be SmartDocumentor Expenses, an AI & Machine Learning solution that will rid employees of tedious and time-consuming paper expenses and save companies a tremendous amount of time and money in the process, by making expenses processing and reimbursement as automatic as possible.

Building the Future will also host many sessions featuring some of the visionaries behind the technology. Among them are our Business Intelligence Manager and Data Platform MVP Rui Romano 29th with the session “Modern BI with Microsoft Power BI” on the 29th, and our Data Researcher and AI&ML resident specialist Rui Quintino with “Lean Artificial Intelligence with Deep Learning and AutoML” on the 30th.

If you’re attending Building the Future, make sure you take the time to embark on the “Empower People” tour or attend one of DevScope’s speakers’ sessions to see some of the work we’re doing. You can also drop by our booth at the event and meet the team.

Tickets for Building the Future are still available. Get them here.

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Save the date: we’re hosting the Global Office 365 Developer Bootcamp on November 30th

With over 135 million monthly active users, Office 365 is the most popular productivity suite on the planet. For developers, Office 365 is also an incredible opportunity, with business-critical data and millions of users combined on a platform designed to keep people in their workflow. Developers can take advantage of this setting and create intelligent and connected products and solutions with tools they use daily.

Following the success of last year’s edition, Microsoft turned the Global Office 365 Developer Bootcamp into an annual event. It is a free, one-day training event led by Microsoft MVPs with the support of Microsoft. Developers worldwide are invited to attend it to learn the latest on the Office 365 platform including Microsoft Graph, SharePoint framework, Microsoft Teams, Office add-ins, connectors and actionable messages and apply what you learn to your future projects. Developers can apply these learnings to their products or solutions to achieve more right away.


Along with our partner BindTuning, DevScope is hosting the Portuguese Global Office 365 Developer Bootcamp on November 30th and everyone is invited to join it. The event lasts the whole day and features an all-star group of developers:

  • Beatriz Oliveira, Microsoft Office Development MVP
  • João Sousa, Microsoft Visual Studio and Development Technologies MVP
  • José António Silva, Microsoft Regional Director
  • Pedro Sousa, Microsoft Azure MVP
  • Sandro Pereira, Microsoft Azure MVP
  • Rui Silva, .NET & web developer
  • Pedro Almeida, Software Developer Engineer, Dynamics Solutions
  • Carlos Silva, Platform Lead at BindTuning
  • João Ferreira, SharePoint Lead at BindTuning

Entrance is free, but due to space availability, you must register beforehand here.

Meet us at the European SharePoint, Office 365 & Azure Conference 2018

DevScope is traveling to Copenhagen, not on a quick vacation but to get everything ready for the European SharePoint, Office 365 & Azure Conference 2018. The largest European conference on these subjects is taking place between November 26th and November 29th, and we return as sponsors. If you’re attending, make sure to stop by stand E-46 to meet our team and get to know some of our freshest work.

This year, our stand’s main focused will be SmartDocumentor Expenses, our most recent solution, and your company’s accountant unknowingly new favorite app. SmartDocumentor Expenses is the fastest and easiest way to process and reimburse employee business expenses. All it takes is a picture of an expense sent by email (no additional mobile apps required!), and SmartDocumentor’s Robotic Process Automation (RPA) engine takes care of classifying, processing and integrating it in your company’s ERP or ECM. We are very excited about this newest member of our growing SmartDocumentor suite and want to share its SharePoint integration abilities, as well as money and time-saving capabilities, with anyone attending.

Besides SmartDocumentor Expenses, you’ll find our Portals & Integration team on the stand, happy to share with everyone some of the amazing work they’ve been doing on SharePoint. If your company is in need of a new intranet portal, drop by stand E-46 and see how SharePoint can answer your company’s many needs.

See you on monday in Copenhagen!

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Going to DSPT Day? Drop by our booth and say hello!

DSPT Day is this Saturday, and we couldn’t be more excited about it! As longtime supporters of the Data Science Portugal community, either sponsoring or talking at their many meetups, we’ve been looking forward to DSPT Day pretty much since the moment they presented the idea to us.

DSPT Day is an independent and international conference dedicated to all things related to Data Science, and it’s aimed at professionals, companies, and enthusiasts of this fascinating and growing field.

The greatest appeal of the first edition of DSPT Day is its all-star speaker line-up, made up of professionals ready to share their experience and some of the outstanding work they’ve been developing in data science. You can check the schedule for the day here and pick the talks you wish to attend although we warn you it won’t be an easy task since they all sound great.

We are proud Gold sponsors of DSPT Day and will have a booth at the event. If you’re attending, drop by DevScope’s booth and meet some of our colleagues, such as our resident data scientists Rui Quintino and Dewan Fayzur.

See you at DSPT Day!

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Pedro Sousa will be in Cambridge on September 8th for SQLSaturday

Our Microsoft Azure MVP and open source enthusiast Pedro Sousa will attend SQLSaturday Cambridge on September 8th to deliver a talk titled Open Knowledge Platform Use-Cases.

Pedro is scheduled to deliver a 60-minute talk covering Open Data implementations by the Portuguese Government and show a few use cases of Comprehensive Knowledge Archive Network (CKAN), namely its architectural features, obstacles and different approaches to overcome them.

CKAN is a web-based open source management system for the storage and distribution of open data. CKAN is Open Knowledge Platform’s best-known project, widely used by central and local governments, research institutes and other organizations who collect tons of data.

SQLSaturday is a free training event for Microsoft Data Platform professionals, and SQL Server, Business Intelligence, and Analytics enthusiasts. You can check the event’s schedule here.

If you’re attending SQLSaturday Cambridge on September 8th, be sure not to miss Pedro’s talk.

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Going to Microsoft Inspire 2018? Drop by our booth and say hello!

In one week from today, we will be embarking on a plane headed to fabulous Las Vegas for our debut in Microsoft Inspire! Despite being a Microsoft Gold partner essentially since our foundation, back in 2003, this is the first time we’ll attend Inspire as an exhibitor. We’ve been hard at work expanding our PowerBI suite and with four products already in it, what better place to display them than the largest Microsoft Partners conference on the planet?

If you’re in Las Vegas between July 15 and July 19 attending Inspire as well, be sure to drop by booth 1628 and meet some of our colleagues at the venue:

  • José António Silva, DevScope’s R&D Director & Microsoft Regional Director
  • Catarina Ricca, Product Owner
  • Ricardo Calejo, SharePoint Team Manager
  • Rui Romano, Business Intelligence Manager & Microsoft Data Platform MVP

Besides getting to see in person what our suite of products design with Power BI in mind can do for your business, you can also check what we’ve been doing in the fields of Machine Learning & AI, Big Data Analytics, and SharePoint development.

Microsoft Inspire is almost here, and we couldn’t be more excited about getting to know some of you, do some networking, attending some sessions and, of course, the Bruno Mars performance. Let us know if you’re attending as well and drop by booth 1628 to say hello!Send Emails, PDFs or broadcast from Power BI with PowerBI Robots

We’re hosting Global DevOps Bootcamp 2018!

After last year’s tremendous success, the Global DevOps Bootcamp is back, and we’re delighted to announce we’ve partnered with the DevOps Porto community to host it in our premises on June 16.

The Global DevOps Bootcamp is a free 1-day event held by local DevOps communities all over the world, centrally organized by Xpirit & Solidify and sponsored by Microsoft. Throughout the day, attendees will have the chance to discuss, learn and play with DevOps concepts with people from all continents who share the same enthusiasm.

Titled “From one release per month to multiple releases a day – Applied modern release patterns and practices”, this year’s event is all about improving the release cadence and help participants understand DevOps trends and insights that enable multiple releases per day. It’s bound to be an amazing combination of getting one’s hands dirty and sharing experience and knowledge around VSTS, Azure, DevOps with other community members.

Below is the preliminary agenda for GDBC 2018:

10:00 Kickoff

10:15 Keynote by Microsoft

10:30 Keynote 2: Breaking down the Monolith

11:15 Break

11:30 Hackathon/HandsOn DevOps challenges. The hands-on part will be based on a common application where we try to solve as many challenges as possible, including ideas like

  • How to containerize an existing application
  • How to add telemetry (app insights) to the application and gather hypothesis information
  • How to use telemetry to monitor availability
  • How to use feature toggles to move an application into production without disrupting end users
  • How to use release gates
  • How to make DB schema changes
  • Use Blue-Green Deployments

13:00 Lunch

13:30 Hackathon/HandsOn DevOps challenges (cont.)

16:00 Team presentations, prize draw

17:00 Wrap-up

The first Global DevOps Bootcamp took place last year in 30 different venues across 19 countries. Over 1.500 attendees participated in it, burning 8 years of CPU power. This year’s edition will absolutely crush these numbers as 70 venues already signed up for it. You can learn more about it here.

If you wish to help crush last year’s numbers and join this global DevOps event, you can follow this link and register for free.Embed Power BI reports and dashboards in PowerPoint, Word and Outlook