Maik van der Gaag

Information & Communications Technology

Azure Azure DevOps Development Solution Architecture .net .net core Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) DevOps Power BI Git GitHub PaaS

Schiedam, South Holland, Netherlands

Maik van der Gaag

CTO | Microsoft MVP

Maik van der Gaag is the CTO of 3fifty, an experienced consultancy company with a strong focus on the Microsoft Cloud. He has over 15 years of experience providing architecture, development, training, and design expertise. During this, he has worked in various projects ranging from Cloud Transformations to DevOps implementations.

He loves to share knowledge which was also why he founded the Dutch Cloud Meetup. He is a public speaker, writes blogs, and organizes events (http://dutchcloudmeetup.online). Microsoft has recognized him as Microsoft Azure MVP.

If you want to learn more about him or his expertise, check out his blog (https://msftplayground.com).

Current sessions

Azure Template Specs baked with Bicep, Azure DevOps and a bit of GitHub Actions

Azure Template Specs, bring additional functionality to the Azure Platform and lets you manage resources on another scale.

During this session, you are informed about Template Specs and how you can use this in a practical scenario.

Techniques that will be discussed are ARM, Bicep, Azure DevOps, and GitHub Actions


From PowerShell script to Azure DevOps task in 45 min

A lot of manual task get automated by IT pros via PowerShell. These script can be used within Azure DevOps making the re usability and the life-cycle management of very hard. During this session you will learn how to create Azure DevOps extensions from your scripts.

- Language: English and Dutch
- Technologies: Azure DevOps, Azure Pipelines and PowerShell


From PowerShell script to a Azure DevOps extension with a few thousand installations

Since a few years I have been developing Azure DevOps pipeline extensions. During this sessions I will share my experience on this process of moving a PowerShell script into a extension with a lot of active installations.

Automation and PowerShell and the process of developing and maintaining Azure DevOps extensions.


Security measures for Azure PaaS

One of the characteristics of Platform as a Service components in Azure is that they are open for the complete world by default. Azure PaaS offers great services but you do not want to have them open by default in many situations. For this reasons I see many companies switching back the known functionalities (IaaS) but that should not be the case. In this session you will learn how to secure services like: Azure Functions, Azure App Service, Azure SQL Databases with the use of Azure Front Door, Azure Private Link and Virtual Networks and many more.

Do not use IaaS because you know the security setup and settings. Try to innovate by securing the Azure Platform as a Service components and run a secured application within a secure boundary.


Bicep demystified

Bicep is a language that drastically simplifies the way of writing Infrastructure as Code for the Azure Platform. During this session, we will discuss Infrastructure as Code, the Azure Resource Manager, and touch bases on all known and unknown aspects of this great language.

Bicep is a language that drastically simplifies the way of writing Infrastructure as Code for the Azure Platform. During this session, we will discuss Infrastructure as Code, the Azure Resource Manager, and touch bases on all known and unknown aspects of this great language.


The A - Z Guide Of building Azure Policies

How to build and deploy your Azure Policies to the Azure Platform with GitHub Actions and Azure DevOps and make sure they are working!


Azure Template Specs baked with Bicep, Azure DevOps and a bit of GitHub Actions

Azure Template Specs, bring additional functionality to the Azure Platform and lets you manage resources on another scale.

During this session, you are informed about Template Specs and how you can use this in a practical scenario.

Techniques that will be discussed are ARM, Bicep, Azure DevOps, and GitHub Actions


Exploring Bicep: Tips and Hacks for writing epic Bicep files

Bicep is a language that drastically simplifies the way of writing Infrastructure as Code for the Azure Platform.

We explore and discuss Infrastructure as Code, the Azure Resource Manager, and Bicep. But also check in with Bicep functionalities over ARM and how you can write epic Bicep files and leverage all features the language and IDE contains.

Bicep is a language that drastically simplifies the way of writing Infrastructure as Code for the Azure Platform.

We explore and discuss Infrastructure as Code, the Azure Resource Manager, and Bicep. But also check in with Bicep functionalities over ARM and how you can write epic Bicep files and leverage all features the language and IDE contains.


Past and future events

Azure User Group Sweden (Meetup)

(not scheduled yet)

Azure Singapore

1 Feb 2022 - 28 Feb 2022

Azure User Group Norway Meetups 2021

1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021

2021 All Day DevOps

28 Oct 2021 - 29 Oct 2021

Azure Summit

13 Sep 2021 - 23 Sep 2021

Limerick DotNet-Azure User Group - 2021 Virtual Sessions

8 Apr 2021