Eldert Grootenboer

Information & Communications Technology

internet of things Integration Serverless Azure Power Platform Microsoft Power Apps Microsoft Power Automate Microsoft Power Virtual Agents Power Apps Power Automate REST API API Security Azure Api Management Azure Cognitive Services Cogntive Services Azure Logic Apps Azure Functions Durable Functions Azure Service Bus Event Hubs Azure Event Grid Microsoft Azure Cognitive Services Azure App Service Azure CosmosDB Event Driven Architecture Event Streaming Azure PaaS Azure Serverless PaaS iPaaS Cloud Computing Cloud Computing on the Azure Platform Cloud Cloud Architecture Cosmos DB

Rotterdam, South Holland, Netherlands

Eldert Grootenboer

Technology Lead - Azure MVP

Eldert can be described as an Azure MVP, Technology Lead, Cloud Solution Architect, blogger, public speaker and technical author. He can regularly be seen on conferences and user groups, speaking on Cloud related topics, with a strong focus on Azure. His experience with the Cloud comes from his daily work with these technologies in many innovative projects with various clients, as well as his drive to further dive into the latest developments in his spare time. Eldert enjoys sharing his knowledge with the community, and believes this is the best way to each other obtain more and better opportunities.

Current sessions

Implementing an Event Sourcing strategy on Azure

In recent years the Event Sourcing pattern has become increasingly popular. By storing a history of events it enables us to decouple the storage of data from the implementation of the logic around it. And we can rebuild the state of our data to any point in time, giving us a wide range of opportunities around auditing and compensation.

In this demo-heavy session you will learn how we can use Azure Event Hubs to process and store these events to build our own event store based on Cosmos DB. Moreover, we will also dive into options around connecting to other Azure services and even Kafka applications to easily implement this popular pattern in our own solutions.

This session introduces us to the basics of the Event Sourcing pattern, after which we dive into the options which Azure Event Hubs provides us to implement this. Expect an interactive session with demo's and best practices, and how to leverage the power of Azure to create even better solutions.


Modernizing an Integration landscape; Moving from BizTalk to Azure

Come and join us in this session, as we dive into the journey of Boskalis and their migration from an on-premises integration platform to Azure PaaS. Coming from BizTalk, they decided it is time to modernize their environment, by moving to a new platform completely based on Azure services.

In this session we will understand the drivers of Boskalis to make this move, and the steps taken to transfer their entire integration landscape. We will learn how Azure helped on this journey, where they found challenges, and how they overcame these. Finally, we will look back on the results, and how the new platform not only took over their integrations, but also helped them on becoming more innovative.

Real-life use-case from Boskalis, and their journey from a completely on-premises BizTalk environment to a modern landscape built around Azure Integration Services complemented with additional services. Expect to hear about their expectations, the challenges we ran into, and how in the end it provided them with a new modern platform.


Empower your Azure IaC with Bicep!

We all love to use Infrastructure as Code to roll out our Azure environments, however setting this up using ARM templates can sometimes be cumbersome. Wouldn't it be great if we could write our IaC templates in a more programming-like language instead? This is where Bicep comes in; a new Domain Specific Language created especially for this. Using this new language makes setting up our templates even more straightforward and powerful.

In this session, you will learn all about Bicep, and its various capabilities. Find out how to write your scripts, which constructs are available, the tooling to use, and how to re-use your templates. After this session, you will have a good understanding of the Bicep language and its advantages to your work. And of course, this is all explained using interesting real-life samples with appealing demo's.


Integration beyond point to point; Implementing integration patterns using Azure

Connecting systems is easy, we just let everything talk to each other! That is, until we actually start growing our environment, and all of a sudden we have ended up with everything communicating with each other, and having lost all overview.

Instead, we should think about how we can set up a controlled integration platform, which allow us to easily bring in new systems and phase out old ones. A platform which provides us insights into the communication happening, and manipulate the messages flowing through as needed. And which provides us with the capabilities to re-use our logic and connectivity.

In this session we will have a look at various integration patterns, and how we can implement these on Azure. Expect a session which will dig deep into the Azure Integration Services, combined with other PaaS and serverless components to make our integration life a lot easier.

Expect a session full of real-life customer stories, demo's and lessons learned. We will use Azure to implement a variety of the Enterprise Integration Patterns as described by Gregor Hohpe.


Impactful mentorship - 2 sides of a story

When starting to engage with the community, it can be hard to find your own way. There is a lot of information around conferences, giving presentations, setting up blogs, and much more. However, initially we might not know where to start, and where to find the right places to convey our story. This is where those who have been around in the community can really help by providing mentorship.

In this session Olena will tell about her experiences as a new speaker, and how having a mentor has helped her on this journey. Additionally, Eldert will share which insights he has gained by being a mentor.

Come join this session if you want to know more about starting on your own path, whether you are new in the community, or want to find out how you can give back more.


Building Smarter Solutions Using Azure And Cognitive Services

There's a lot of discussion going on around Artificial Intelligence, and for good reason. AI and Cognitive Services are getting more powerful all the time, and it can be confronting to see all these developments. But how can we leverage this power in our own solutions, using it for making the life of our users and customers easier?

In this session, you will see how we can get data from the real world, and use this to drive our business, and all this in a serverless manner. Thanks to Microsoft Cognitive Services it's easy to integrate and work with speech, text, images and videos into our processes. Come and learn how to use this to your own advantage, driving your business forward.

Expect a real-life customer story, showing how to incorporate text, vision and more into our processes. Using bots and cognitive services we will create richer and smarter solutions, all in a serverless manner. And it is extremely easy to get started, thanks to the power of Microsoft Cognitive Services, so come join on this trip into the future.


Azure's Integration Platform: Building Serverless Applications

Azure provides us with the perfect toolkit of serverless components to build powerful cloud solutions. We have Azure Functions to run our custom code, Logic Apps for our workflows and easy integration, API Management for securing our data and processes, and finally Service Bus for our messaging needs. And all this truly serverless, meaning highly available, dynamic scale and allowing us to focus on logic instead of infrastructure.

In this session you will learn how to combine these services to create powerful scenarios, with minimal effort. Come and see how easy it is to get started, while still gaining a lot of possibilities.


Lessons Learned From Implementing API Management In The Real World

Azure API Management is the gatekeeper to our data and processes, and as such it's really important that we set this up securely. But how do we know which features of API Management will allow us to reach our goal? And how should we implement them in such a way that we stay secure, while still providing the best experience for our developers?

This session will show you how to set up an API Management environment, using real life use cases. You will learn how to expose and protect your services, which policies help make our life easier, and how to handle your application lifecycle management.


A Guide Through The Azure Messaging Services

Almost any solution we build will have some sort of messaging in their architecture. But how do we choose what type of messaging we need? From messages to events, from streams to publish and subscribe, the options seem overwhelming. In this session we will dive into the various types of messaging, and which services we can leverage in Azure to implement them. Once finished, you the world of messaging is at your feet, and you will be able to counter any type of messaging which comes on your path.

Looking at the Azure messaging space, we can be overwhelmed with the many choices available. From Event Hubs to Event Grid, from Service Bus to Storage Queues, which should I use, and which need to be avoided for our scenarios?
In this session we demystify these services, showing the strengths and weaknesses of each. Once finished, it will be clear when to use them, and what best practices to keep in mind.


Creating a hybrid and multi-cloud strategy using Azure API Management

Many of us are migrating to the cloud, however this transition will take time. So how do we manage and monitor our on-premises services and APIs during this migration? And what if we can never move them to the cloud, either due to technical, procedural or security reasons? Maybe we even want to have a multi-cloud strategy, bringing together the best from all different providers. How can we ensure they are still brought under governance, in a secure manner, and adhering to the policies we want?

This is where Azure API Management comes in, allowing us to create a vibrant API ecosystem, not matter where our services live. In this session we will dive into the options to manage our APIs in Azure, on-premises in a hybrid environment, on the edge with our devices, or at any other provider in a multi-cloud scenario, all with one seamless experience. Expect a deep-dive into API Management's self-hosted gateway, with best-practices, demos and lessons learned from the field.

Thinking of building a hybrid- or multi-cloud environment? Not sure how to manage your APIs over all of these different environments? Come and join this session to learn how to use Azure API Management to manage, monitor and secure all your APIs, no matter where they live. Learn how we can run API Management anywhere, meaning no matter where you want to run your APIs, API Management is always near!


Building better security for your API platform using Azure API Management

These days we use APIs to expose all our microservices , processes, and data, and all this while working in a PaaS or serverless environment. But how do we ensure this is done in a secure and governed way?

This is where Azure API Management comes in, where we can create a repository of all our APIs, and make sure to expose all of these securely in a standardized manner. In this session we will dive into the most common security hazards, and see how API Management helps us solve these. You will learn all about the strengths and weaknesses of the product, best practices, and how to harden the defenses of your services.

This session will show how we can use Azure API Management to leverage better security for your APIs. Expect everything around hardening security of your services, with demo's, best practices, and tips and tricks from the field.


Take back your time; Let AI do the work for you!

We all have those tasks that keep coming back, taking away from the tasks we really would want to be doing. Maybe it's writing your hours in different systems for your clients, claiming back your expenses, or typing data from a form into that legacy system. We can't change the underlying systems, so we are just stuck with this manual effort time and time again... Or are we?

What if we could automate these tasks, without the need to change our applications? In this session full of demos you will learn how to use UI Flows to set up your personal RPA helpers, that will take these repeating actions out of your hands. And we will make your flows even smarter, by using the power of Microsoft Cognitive Services to recognize text and images. Together these services allow us to automate all those tedious repeating chores, allowing us to focus on our interesting tasks. And all this using an intuitive UI, without the need to write any code.

Expect a session full of demos where you will learn how to automate all those tedious and boring tasks. By leveraging the power of UI Flows we can instead focus on more interesting work! Leverage the power of RPA and Cognitive services to ensure you can spend your time on what you like, while Power Automate takes care of your chores.


Past and future events

Scottish Summit 2022

25 Feb - 26 Feb 2022
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

NDC London 2022

24 Jan - 28 Jan 2022
London, England, United Kingdom

CodeMash 2022

11 Jan - 14 Jan 2022
Sandusky, Ohio, United States

Microsoft Azure + AI Conference Fall 2021

7 Dec - 9 Dec 2021
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

NDC Oslo 2021

28 Nov - 2 Dec 2021
Oslo, Norway

DDD 2021

27 Nov 2021
Reading, England, United Kingdom

Update Conference Prague 2021

17 Nov - 18 Nov 2021
Prague, Hlavní město Praha, Czechia

Build Stuff 2021 Lithuania

16 Nov - 20 Nov 2021
Vilnius, Lithuania

Collabdays Lisbon 2021

13 Nov 2021

CollabDays Barcelona 2021

5 Nov 2021
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

NDC Sydney 2021

1 Nov - 4 Nov 2021

TechBash 2021

19 Oct - 22 Oct 2021
Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania, United States

South Coast Summit 2021

15 Oct 2021
Southampton, England, United Kingdom

EventSourcing Live 2021

6 Oct - 7 Oct 2021

Azure Serverless Conf

29 Sep - 30 Sep 2021

KCDC 2021

15 Sep - 17 Sep 2021
Kansas City, Missouri, United States

Code PaLOUsa 2021

18 Aug - 20 Aug 2021

Developer Week '21

27 Jun - 1 Jul 2021
Nürnberg, Bavaria, Germany

Cloud Community Conference Cologne

25 Jun 2021
Köln, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Global AI On Virtual Tour 2021

15 Jun - 18 Jun 2021

3rd cloud8 virtual Summit 2021

3 Jun 2021

Collabdays Nordics

10 May 2021

Power Platform 24

5 May 2021

Microsoft 365 Virtual Marathon

26 Apr - 28 Apr 2021

Azure Cosmos DB Conf

20 Apr - 21 Apr 2021

Global AI Night April 2021

18 Apr 2021

Global Azure 2021

14 Apr - 16 Apr 2021

Global Azure Virtual 2021

14 Apr - 16 Apr 2021

NH Cybersecurity Symposium by MCC

23 Mar - 25 Mar 2021

Power Platform Virtual Conference

11 Mar - 12 Mar 2021

MVP Fusion & Friends

22 Feb 2021

Virtual Scottish Summit 2021

22 Feb - 27 Feb 2021

Azure Saturday - Belgrade 2021

19 Feb 2021

Global Power Platform Bootcamp - 2021

19 Feb - 20 Feb 2021

CollabDays Birmingham Virtual 2021

28 Jan 2021

NDC London 2021

25 Jan - 29 Jan 2021
London, England, United Kingdom

Data Saturday Guatemala 2021

23 Jan 2021

Global AI BootCamp Bulgaria 2021

15 Jan 2021

Global AI Bootcamp Singapore

15 Jan - 16 Jan 2021

Global AI Bootcamp 2021

14 Jan 2021

Urdu Hindi Microsoft Dynamics & Power Platform Saturday Bootcamp

18 Dec 2020

M365 Saturday Coimbatore

18 Dec 2020

DDD 2020

12 Dec 2020

IT Pro|Dev Connections 2020

11 Dec - 12 Dec 2020

M365 Saturday Bangalore 2020

11 Dec 2020

Azure Developer Community Day 2020 (virtual Edition)

7 Dec 2020

M365 Saturday Ahmedabad 2020

4 Dec 2020

Festive Tech Calendar

1 Dec - 31 Dec 2020

Dakar MS365 Online MeetUp

28 Nov 2020

AzConf

23 Nov - 25 Nov 2020

Microsoft 365/Power Platform Day 2020

5 Nov 2020
Rome, Latium, Italy

OWASP AppSec Israel 2020

Building better security for your API platform using Azure API Management
28 Oct 2020

CollabDays BeNeLux Online 2020

23 Oct 2020

RoboGen Automation

22 Oct 2020

EuropeClouds Summit

18 Oct - 22 Oct 2020

Serverless Architecture Conference

Azure Resource Manager In A Serverless World
14 Oct 2020

API Conference

Lessons learned from implementing API management in the real world
14 Oct 2020

NDC Sydney 2020

11 Oct - 15 Oct 2020
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Microsoft Reactor Stockholm

Lessons Learned From Implementing API Management In The Real World
1 Sep 2020

Modernising to Cloud

Modernizing an Integration landscape; Moving from BizTalk to Azure
20 Aug 2020

Serverless Architecture Conference

Building Smarter Solutions Using Azure and Cognitive Services
19 Aug 2020
The Hague, South Holland, Netherlands

API Conference

Lessons learned from implementing API management in the real world
18 Aug 2020
The Hague, South Holland, Netherlands

Azure Virtual Conference

7 Aug 2020

Azure Usergroup Denmark

Lessons Learned From Implementing API Management In The Real World
24 Jun 2020

Azure Day Rome 2020

11 Jun 2020

Above Clouds 2020

8 May 2020
Zagreb, City of Zagreb, Croatia

Global Azure - At the Home of Computing

25 Apr 2020
Bletchley, England, United Kingdom

Global Azure Virtual

22 Apr - 24 Apr 2020
Seattle, Washington, United States

Virtual Azure Community Day

30 Mar 2020

Global Integration Bootcamp 2020 - Rotterdam

6 Mar 2020
Rotterdam, South Holland, Netherlands

Scottish Summit

29 Feb 2020
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Ignite The Tour - Prague

24 Feb - 25 Feb 2020
Prague, Hlavní město Praha, Czechia

IglooConf 2020

15 Jan - 16 Jan 2020
Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland

Azure Saturday Cologne 2019

6 Dec 2019
Köln, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Update Conference Prague 2019

12 Nov - 14 Nov 2019
Prague, Hlavní město Praha, Czechia

Techorama Netherlands 2019

30 Sep - 1 Oct 2019
Ede, Gelderland, Netherlands

Integrate USA

Cloud Recipes For The Enterprise
24 Jun - 26 Jun 2019
Seattle, Washington, United States

NDC Oslo 2019

16 Jun - 20 Jun 2019
Oslo, Norway

ITCamp 2019

5 Jun - 6 Jun 2019
Cluj-Napoca, Cluj, Romania

Integrate UK

Cloud Recipes For The Enterprise
3 Jun - 5 Jun 2019
London, England, United Kingdom

Global Online Azure Bootcamp - Ireland

26 Apr 2019
Dublin, Leinster, Ireland

Global Azure Bootcamp Cologne 2019

26 Apr 2019
Köln, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Intelligent Cloud Conference 2019

7 Apr - 9 Apr 2019
Copenhagen, Capital Region, Denmark

Future Tech

Solidifying industrial IoT with Azure IoT Hub
13 Mar 2019
Utrecht, Netherlands

Microsoft Techdays 2019

27 Feb - 28 Feb 2019
Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland

Azure Lowlands

Cloud Recipes For The Enterprise
25 Jan 2019
Rotterdam, South Holland, Netherlands

SDN Event

Building smarter solutions using Azure and cognitive services
14 Dec 2018
Zeist, Utrecht, Netherlands

Dev Day 2018

Azure's cloud platform: Building serverless applications
27 Nov 2018
Louvain-la-Neuve, Wallonia, Belgium

Cloud Camp

Cloud architecture recipes for the Enterprise
17 Oct 2018
Dublin, Leinster, Ireland

Cloud Camp - The Microsoft Community Event

16 Oct 2018
Dublin, Leinster, Ireland

TugaIT 2018

Two talks:
Azure’s cloud trinity: Building serverless applications
Solidifying industrial IoT with Azure IoT Hub
19 Jul - 21 Jul 2018
Lisbon, Portugal

DotNed Amsterdam

Lessons from the API Management trenches
2 Jul 2018
Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands

Experts Live NL

Create powerfull hybrid IoT Solutions with IoT on the Edge
19 Jun 2018
Ede, Gelderland, Netherlands

Global Azure Bootcamp 2018 - London

21 Apr 2018
London, England, United Kingdom

Global Azure Bootcamp 2018 - UK

Industrial IoT with Azure IoT Hub
21 Apr 2018
London, England, United Kingdom

Global Integration Bootcamp 2018

Speaker and Global Organizer

Global organizer and one of the founders of the Global Integration Bootcamp, one of the largest integration focused events with locations all across the world.

Speaker for sessions on cognitive services, serverless and IoT.
24 Mar 2018
Rotterdam, South Holland, Netherlands

SDN Event

Industrial IoT with Azure IoT Hub
23 Mar 2018
Zeist, Utrecht, Netherlands

dotNed Saturday

Industrial IoT with Azure IoT Hub
27 Jan 2018
Veenendaal, Utrecht, Netherlands

IglooConf

IoT on the edge
18 Jan - 19 Jan 2018
Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland

NoBug Meetup

Integrating life with cognitive services
21 Sep 2017
Oslo, Norway

TUGA IT 2017

IoT Hub Deep Dive
7 Jun - 9 Jun 2017
Lisbon, Portugal

Global Azure Bootcamp 2017 - BE

Managing IoT Hub with Dynamics 365
22 Apr 2017
Gent, Flanders, Belgium

Applied Logic Apps & IoT

Managing IoT
19 Apr 2017
Stockholm, Sweden

Applied Logic Apps & IoT

Managing IoT
18 Apr 2017
Göteborg, Västra Götaland, Sweden

Global Integration Bootcamp 2017

Speaker and Global Organizer

Global organizer and one of the founders of the Global Integration Bootcamp, one of the largest integration focused events with locations all across the world.

Speaker for session on IoT.
25 Mar 2017
Rotterdam, South Holland, Netherlands

Up close and personal with the Microsoft Integration Stack

Serverless integration and IoT session.
20 Feb 2017
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia