Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Helping (other) Student’s exchange France-Ukraine on ALM-VSTS-Azure

In 2016, I got asked to present Best Practices on ALM/DevOps with Azure to a Ukrainian university.
This year, from Poland/Warsaw I gave another talk via Skype to 18 students for over an 90 minutes.

Because the Ukrainian students are also studying French, I had to give the talk entirely in French, which was easy as it is my native tong !


The slides are available here :!AvT9OZrSFxhZxHD4vZ2LVqxP5fnf


[DevOps - Azure] Live Webcast–for international students

Great to have the opportunity to train during evening classes. I was live from Poland – Warsaw, with about 18 students on Azure DevOps. Many questions. Hope to see them loving Azure and VSTS soon !


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Making Industrial IoT move in France with OPC UA Standards

I had the opportunity to work with the OPC Foundation with Thomas Burke, president of OPC Foundation worldwide, very open minded and accessible to talk on various topics.

We organized an OPC Convention in France (free event), in the Headquarter of Schneider Electric (an OPC member, where Jim Luth, Schneider-Electric, is Chief Technology Officer). The “hive” has reached its full capacity, with head of Industry4.0 from SAP, Renault and Schneider. With other VIP and CTO interested in security, blockchain, …

Behind this OPC convention, we had the opportunity to present our vision on stage (along with the head of SAP for Industry4.0, head of Schneider Electric for Industry4.0, head of Renault for Industry of the Future, creator of OpenOPCUA, the creator OPC UA nodeJS and book author, …).
During the convention, many insights of Industrial IoT got presented worldwide, concrete feedback of the massive Industrial project with Renault and OPC UA as key to its strategy, … The problem is that, now we see that France are so much behind Germany, and even behind China that has an innovative strategy enforced by the government on their Industrial products/goods and manufacturing processes !!
(report in French here)

Wake-up France !! Industrial IoT is a reality, when you’ll realize that, it’ll be too late ! I also presented the work we done for Renault regarding security and Blockchain (ePassport).

Finally, we got the chance to make thing move in France, with Thomas Burke (on the very right hand-side proposing great ideas). We’ve got a plan with few elements and let’s hope I’ll gather enough people and companies (and budget !!) to make things move nationwide : I might be Microsoft Regional Director and Azure MVP, which gives me access to those VIP people worldwide on one side, and on NDA roadmap for the next few years on the other hand, but if all the promises made to me are not in place rapidly, we could wait an extra 2 or 3 years to make things emerge into industrial reality…

Let’s hope France will not be “Industry of the Past !“ if the Government and other major actors are not moving fast enough !
OPC UA is totally independent from Microsoft ; but because Microsoft works on Industry4.0 and Industrial IoT connected to Azure Cloud, with Microsoft France, we are trying to join our forces with Microsoft Germany and Microsoft Corp.
And by that time, France we will be the bottom rank : It’s an industrial competition, we have to be proactive and move fast !!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Windows Subsystem for Linux, Step-by-step install and advanced usage for Azure : Article on Programmez!

You want to know more about WSL ?

We wrote an article for a detailed Step-by-step install with advices, and advanced usage in the context of Azure.

It’s on Programmez! number 212.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Providing a Blockchain session to Top leaders worldwide during Microsoft ENVISION in Orlando !

So glad to have been selected to provide a session on Blockchain with Connected Cars and Insurance, at the Microsoft ENVISION event in Orlando. I was lucky enough to have been invited as a guest, as part of my Regional Director’s Role. Otherwise it would have cost a fortune !

ENVISION is a Great event where Microsoft invites on stage for instance Michelle OBAMA, which was just an EXCELLENT and Historical moment for me. with less than 5 000 people attending ENVISION, and about 25 000 people for the INGNITE that was held simultaneously.

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Final preparation in the morning before I jump in ; notice the healthy food !!
(to be honest, I’m the kind of “work hard, play hard” !! and we did party all night long, and I missed the VIP breakfast that Microsoft has prepared for us at the Hilton !).



Thursday, September 14, 2017

AzureDay : Industry 4.0 and GDPR

I am glad to have been chosen to present in front of an expert audience coming from many countries across Central East Europe and else (Sweeden, Poland, France, Russia, Ukraine, …). My two new topics:
My Slides are available on my Slideshare


Friday, May 19, 2017

Active work in French paper about Agile IoT Best Practices

I joined the Agile IoT foundation, and I am an active contributor of an Agile IoT framework, based on my diverse experience on Azure IoT.



In 2017, this framework has proven to be mature and it has officially integrated the Open Source Eclipse foundation !

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Global Azure Bootcamp 2017 Lyon

In order to attend the Global Azure Bootcamp France and specifically in Lyon, here is the link

a new city, Bordeaux, is also part of the game : Here is :

Here is the team of experts, including 11 MVP and 1 RD:

Here is the program, that includes 17 sessions.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

AZURE DAY in Lyon :

A talk dedicated to ISV, orientated to prove Agility and ease to ISV
co-organized with Microsoft :

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Training on IoT Cloud Azure for yNov students

Igor Leontiev and I were presenting the IoT and the Cloud Azure to dozens of students for a month ! with Labs and Hands-on. All in French, the best studends did win …. a job offer !!  Here is the program !



INTRODUCTION :Le domaine de l’internet des objets est actuellement en pleine croissance et est déjà un des secteurs technologiques qui subit l’évolution la plus forte. A la fois utilisé dans la domotique, le contrôle d’appareil de productions, la récupération et le traitement d’informations, ce secteur ouvre des portes à des développements multiples.

OBJECTIF: Comprendre les enjeux de l’IoT en 2017 (Internet of Things, ou en français, Internet des Objet connectés). Nous aborderons les concepts généraux et verrons pourquoi l’année 2016 marque une rupture dans l’IoT, notamment avec les Top 3 plateformes d’IoT (Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, IBM IoT). Et verrons en quoi ils se distinguent l’un des autres.

Au-delà de la théorie, nous verrons les architectures IoT et BigData modernes, et verrons comment les implémenter rapidement avec AWS et Azure IoT, et en quoi ils sont révolutionnaires en termes de services proposés (contrairement à avoir de l’infrastructure IoT uniquement).



  • · Introduction IoT, enjeux
  • · Méthodologies de gestion de projet
  • · Architectures BigData/IoT/Lambda
  • · Système de liaison et échanges (protocoles)
  • · Les capteurs, et les Gateway
  • · Exemple de réseau (Sigfox, LoRa…)


  • · Du développement sur des machines de faibles puissances et Raspberry PI
  • · Récupérer les données des capteurs
  • · Traiter les données en local et sur le Cloud IoT



Développer une solution complète basée sur une approche IoT. Ce sujet sera décomposé en deux parties :

  • une avec la technologie OpenSource NodeRed en « sujet libre » (sans soutenance orale),
  • et autre en « sujet libre » avec un déploiement, par exemple sur la plateforme IoT nommée Microsoft Azure IoT (avec soutenance orale).

Friday, February 24, 2017

Talk on Azure IoT success–Duncan MacCloud Garage

Got invited by Microsoft EMEA, Global Black Belt's boss, with the presence of Microsoft Corp, to present VISEO's many success stories with Azure IoT project.

VISEO presenting Duncan Mac Cloud Garage Microsoft Corp EMEA GBB Reading London


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Vincent Thavonekham Ari Kouts Thibault Celier



Tuesday, January 24, 2017

IoT Talk : Mac Cloud Garage in Reading / London

During a Microsoft EMEA Global Black Belt meetup event, Ari, Thibault and I got the chance to present to Lillie Harris (Director Cloud/Data/IoT GBB EMEA) and her team a presentation on Azure IoT.

Vincent Thavonekham Ari Kouts Thibault Celier


With a real time demo using the Scottish Duncan Mac Cloud Garage example.



then we got the opportunity to hang out evening time with the GBB Microsoft team, during an evening bowling session.

We haven’t got the chance to ask the consent of every one in the video to share it publicly. Here is just the subtitles :

L Harris : « Oh, OK, I like it. All right, I’m gonna take some photos too »

“I like it now, with two characters”

Ari : “We talk to their customer to see exactly what they really need”

X ? “Can we tweet this ??”

Y ? “Are you working for Contoso ?”

Vince : “We made that only for you today. Now you can Tweet. Before, it was secret. Even Eric wasn’t aware. It’s a surprise for Eric ”

Ari : So, in a far far away land of Edinburgh in Scotland, two brothers created a great great garage, called the Mac Cloud Garage (Mac Cloud).
In this garage, it’s starting to take a lot and lot of time, there is a lot and lot of demand of a spare part. And it’s really started to be really really complicated

Vince : Under the car, banging on the engine with a metallic tool.

“I've been a wild rover for many's the year ” (source: )

“Oh shit, I need some parts again! I have to fix the car for tomorrow noon, I have to phone 20 different suppliers; Otherwise I get fired. So let’s start by Alice, and then Morton,

Where’s the phone ? Oh, the phone. Thanks very much. So Alice ??

Thib [1min 38 sec] : No No No No, don’t do that anymore, stop it.

Because, there is another way to… Because now we have repair car service, it’s a new way to get this kind of thing. You just have to talk to the device.

Vince : “what do you mean” ?

Ari [1min55] : So what is happening… is that they have a new application here, but they don’t have to see it. In this application, they have all the cars they currently working on, and in the past.

And now what they can do , is say the name of the car.

Thib: “just say the name of the car ‘BMW3’” Beeping !

Vince : “what’s that ?? it’s a joke ?”

Ari [2min29sec] : BMW3 being added, and so now what is happening is that, for this car, they need some spare parts.

So, what they are doing today, … currently it’s the real world (we went to see the customers),

They call the wholesalers, ‘and Ok, I need this part, and then I need this part’, the wholesalers says ‘OK I’ll check with my eur.. suppliers eurr…, and then I’ll call you back in 2 hours’. It’s really complicated. And they lose a lot of time.

And so, what they will be able to do here, just say some of the spare parts that they need, and it will be added to the cart.

Thib : “Just like that : Old Filter.”

Crowd : Yay !! Ha ha ha !! Applause