Steve Buchanan

Steve Buchanan

Principal Program Manager, Former 10-time Microsoft MVP, Author, Thought Leader

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States


Steve Buchanan is a Principal Program Manager with Microsoft focused on improving the cloud. He is a Pluralsight author, the author of eight technical books, and a former 10-time Microsoft MVP.

He has presented at tech events, including, DevOps Days, Open Source North, Midwest Management Summit (MMS), Microsoft Ignite, BITCon, Experts Live Europe, OSCON, Inside Azure management, and user groups.

He has been a guest on over a dozen podcasts and featured in several publications including the Star Tribune (the 5th largest newspaper in the US).

He stays active in the technical community and enjoys blogging about his adventures in the world of IT at www.buchatech.com

Area of Expertise

  • Information & Communications Technology


  • Azure
  • Azure Stack
  • DevOps
  • ITSM
  • Cloud Containers and Infrastructure
  • Containerization
  • Kubernetes
  • Azure Kubernetes Services (AKS)
  • DevSecOps and GitOps in practice
  • JavaScript
  • python
  • Web Development
  • Docker
  • CI/CD
  • GitOps

Unpacking Paved vs Golden Paths in Platform Engineering

Platform engineering aims to lighten the load for developers, but the success hinges on crafting effective paths. In this session, we dive into the nuances of Paved and Golden Paths—discussing their significance, the decision-making behind choosing one over the other, and practical insights on crafting tailored paths for your organization. Join us to unpack this critical step in your Platform Engineering journey.

Laying the Foundation: Building Your SaaS on Azure

Join Steve and Jonah for this pre-conference session where they unravel the mysteries of building a SaaS on Azure. They will start with the basics of running a SaaS in the cloud through the foundations of SaaS, then dive deep into the nitty-gritty of tech side of SaaS on Azure through tech foundations of SaaS. In this session we will take a journey together exploring best practices, patterns, and anti-patterns, along with strategies for managing multi-tenancy, tenant isolation, data isolation, identity in multi-tenancy, and more. Plus, we'll show you how to turbocharge your SaaS architecture and build with the Azure SaaS Development Kit. Don't miss out!

Azure Kubernetes Resiliency: Safeguarding Your Deployments

Dive into the world of Azure Kubernetes Resiliency in this comprehensive session that delves into crucial aspects of safeguarding your deployments. From robust backup strategies to effective disaster recovery plans and the strategic chaos engineering approach, this session has it all. Join us for a deep exploration of the tools and techniques that ensure your Kubernetes environment remains resilient in the face of challenges. Walk away empowered with the knowledge to fortify your applications and infrastructure against unforeseen circumstances.

AKS and Azure Draft: A dynamic duo for containerization and deployment

Session covering Azure Draft, a day 0 tool for getting your app on k8s fast, with live demonstrations to containerize and deploy apps using Azure Draft, GitHub Actions and Azure Kubernetes Services. This session possibly also covers other tools to simplify the full process.

Unpacking Paved vs Golden Paths in Platform Engineering

Platform engineering aims to lighten the load for developers, but the success hinges on crafting effective paths. In this session, we dive into the nuances of Paved and Golden Paths—discussing their significance, the decision-making behind choosing one over the other, and practical insights on crafting tailored paths for your organization. Join us to unpack this critical step in your Platform Engineering journey.

Getting Started with Argo CD a GitOps Operator

There is a lot of buzz around Kubernetes and GitOps. What about the software that powers GitOps? There are many, one of the top being the Argo CD. Argo CD can supercharge your application deployments and Kubernetes configuration with Argo CD.

In this session, We will walk you through an overview of Argo CD, how to install it, the general configuration of Argo CD, and how to deploy applications to your Kubernetes clusters using Argo CD.

Orchestrate Your Infrastructure on any Cloud using Kubernetes

Kubernetes has revolutionized container orchestration, but its potential doesn't end there. Imagine leveraging Kubernetes not just for containers but for comprehensive infrastructure orchestration. This is now possible with Crossplane, a powerful addon that transforms Kubernetes into a universal control plane, managing your applications and infrastructure across diverse cloud environments like AWS, GCP, and Azure.

In this enlightening session, We will guide you through the innovative realm of Crossplane. You'll learn how to extend Kubernetes beyond its traditional boundaries, enabling more efficient management of cloud infrastructure. This journey will equip you with the skills to start orchestrating your cloud infrastructure directly from Kubernetes, streamlining your development process.

Multicloud Deployment with GitOps on Argo CD: Unleashing Intelligent Apps

Discover how Argo CD, a powerful GitOps Operator, revolutionizes the deployment of intelligent applications on Kubernetes across multiple cloud environments. Streamline complex deployments, ensure consistency, and reduce operational overhead with Argo CD's intuitive user interface and declarative, version-controlled workflows. Gain valuable insights, practical tips, and hands-on knowledge to unlock the full potential of Argo CD for multicloud deployments.

Join us to explore best practices for optimizing operations in a multicloud architecture with GitOps. Learn how to handle cross-cloud dependencies, dynamically adjust resource allocation, and deliver robust experiences to end-users using Intelligent Apps as examples. Don't miss this opportunity to uncover the capabilities of Argo CD and empower your multicloud strategy for deploying intelligent apps.

Orchestrate Your Infrastructure on any Cloud using Kubernetes

We here all the time about using Kubernetes to orchestrate containers. Wouldn’t it be cool if we could also utilize Kubernetes to orchestrate our infrastructure? Well, you can! Crossplane is an addon for Kubernetes that can become the control plane for your applications and infrastructure across AWS, GCP, & Azure.

In this session Steve Buchanan will take you through a journey on Crossplane prepping you to get started orchestrating your cloud infrastructure from Kubernetes.

How to Succeed in Your Kubernetes Journey: How to Succeed from Day Zero to Day Two

Kubernetes is a powerful platform for deploying and managing containerized applications, but it also comes with its own set of challenges and complexities. How do you plan, prepare, and execute a successful Kubernetes journey? Are you ready to embark on your Kubernetes journey? Do you want to learn the best practices and tips for deploying, managing, and scaling your applications on Kubernetes? If so, this session is for you! In this session, you will discover how to:

- Plan and prepare for your Kubernetes adoption
- Choose the right tools and platforms for your needs
- Avoid common pitfalls and challenges
- Monitor and troubleshoot your clusters and pods
- Optimize your performance and security
- Leverage the power of the Kubernetes community and ecosystem

By the end of this session, you will have a clear roadmap for your Kubernetes journey and the confidence to succeed from day zero to day two. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from Michael Levan and Steve Buchanan.

Kubernetes Is Boring - Long Live Addons!

Technology is a funny thing - one day, it's the hottest new thing. The next, it's production-ready and stable. Although Kubernetes continues to grow in popularity amongst enterprises and engineers, it's not the "hot new thing" anymore.

Now, it's all about third-party tools and add-ons (Service Mesh, GitOps, etc.).

In this session, Michael Levan and Steve Buchanan will dive into what third-party tools/addons you should be thinking about to successfully run Kubernetes in any enterprise, production-ready environment.

PRE-CONFERENCE: Azure Migration Essentials – Migrating Servers and Containers

Whether you’re completely new to migrating workloads to Microsoft Azure or you’ve already started your journey to the cloud, you won’t want to miss this pre-conference deep-dive session. We’ll start off by walking you through the pre-migration activities you should consider such as landing zone design, workload inventory, migration assessments, risk checklists and the tools you need to get up and running.

Once you understand how to get started with your migration project, we will then dive into the different options you have to migrate your workloads (both server based and container based) to Azure – using a combination of traditional lift-and-shift, serverless and container scenarios. When we’ve shown you how to best migrate those workloads to the cloud, you'll then learn how to manage, secure, monitor and govern them like a boss!

Master Azure with VS Code

There are many ways to work with Azure and its services including the: Azure portal, CloudShell, Azure CLI, and Azure REST APIs. And there are even more tools to choose when it comes to working with other services on Azure such as Docker, Kubernetes and more. It can be overwhelming to decipher what Azure tool to use for your day-to-day Azure administration and deployment.

VS Code to the rescue!!!! You can deploy and administer Azure and supporting services direct from VS Code through the plethora of extensions built for Azure. These extensions can be used to work with ARM Templates, Storage, App Service, Docker, Azure Kubernetes Service, Functions, Logic Apps, Event Hub, Cosmos DB, and more. Also, VS Code brings CloudShell directly in so you can work from a single tool!

Come to this demo packed session and learn tips & tricks along with the ins and outs on how to master Azure with VS Code.

What you will learn:
• Overview of VS Code and Azure extensions
• How VS Code is also good for IT Pro's not just developers
• How to enhance your Azure deployment and administration experience using VS Code

Monitoring Containers in the Cloud!

· Your boss walks in the office: “hey man, the dev team spun up some containers on our Azure. I have no clue what they are but you have to monitor them.”
· Boss pats you on the back and walks away.

Uh oh. What Next? Where do I start?

Have you ever been in a situation like this at work? It is not as bad as it seems with the right approach and framework to monitoring. Come to this session as Microsoft MVP's Steve Buchanan, Robert Hedblom, and Dieter Wijckmans walk you through how to monitor Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) and how to take on monitoring any other tech that gets dropped on your plate.

Azure DevOps + VS Code + Teams = Perfect Match

Are you working on Azure? If so you are probably working with ARM Templates a lot. And you are probably working with a team on Infrastructure as Code. Azure DevOps can help you centralize your teams IaC ARM Templates. In addition, you will want to use VS Code and Microsoft Teams. There are many extensions in VS Code for ARM Templates. With Teams, you can integrate with Azure DevOps to track commits, pull requests, and even 2-way integration with Kanban boards. Come to this session to learn how to use Azure DevOps, VS Code, and Teams together for enhanced IaC efforts and better collaboration.

Infrastructure as Code with Azure and Terraform

Deploying infrastructure from code is awesome! Hand editing JSON files is not. In this session we'll show you how to augment or replace Azure Resource Manager Templates with HashiCorp's Terraform. We will demonstrate how to convert an existing ARM template to a Terraform configuration, highlighting the use of modules and variables. In addition, you will learn about some of the limitations of Terraform and potential workarounds.

Azure Stack Experts Panel

Join this global list of Azure Stack Experts for an open question and answer session as we discuss real world scenarios.

Soup to Nuts of Azure Site Recovery

Gone are the days of very expensive multi-million dollar disaster recovery solutions. Here are the days of the disaster recovery as a service in Azure known as Azure Site Recovery. Come hang out with Microsoft MVPs and backup/DR gurus Robert Hedblom and Steve Buchanan bring you through the soup to nuts of Azure Site Recovery.

What you will learn:
* How to architect the failover of a multi-tier application
* How recovery plans work
* What it takes to get going with ASR
* Best practices of a DRaaS solution

ITSM tools and OMS: The perfect integration

With the last OMS solution, you can now integrate your ITSM solution (On-Prem or in the Cloud) with OMS, to generate alert, directly in your ITSM tool. During this session, we will present the ITSM supported tools and do some cool demo.

Steve Buchanan

Principal Program Manager, Former 10-time Microsoft MVP, Author, Thought Leader

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States


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