Nathan Sweeney

Nathan Sweeney

Principle Azure Architect - KPMG - Microsoft MVP

London, United Kingdom


Nathan has 15 years of IT experience and has been using Microsoft Azure for the last 8 of those years. Whilst helping build cloud centre of excellences for many MSP's around the world Nathan loves to help business and customers alike accelerate cloud adoption bringing the untold advantages to businesses.

Nathan works for KPMG as an Azure Solutions architect advising some of the worlds biggest customers and users of cloud technology ranging from financial services organisations to government departments.

Outside of work Nathan has a passion for helping the community and is known for co-founding the South Coast Summit, the South Coast User Group in the UK and being a Microsoft MVP.

Area of Expertise

  • Information & Communications Technology


  • Azure
  • Microsoft
  • chatgpt
  • Cloud Architecture
  • AI
  • Artificial Inteligence
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Democratized Artificial Intelligence
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning

Crafting with Azure: When Copilot Isn't Enough

Course Pre-Requisites: You must have access to deploy Azure AI services including OpenAI into Azure.
In a digital era where artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming the fabric of software development, "Crafting with Azure: When Copilot Isn't Enough" is a workshop designed to unlock the use of Azure AI services. This course is tailored for developers, IT professionals, and enthusiasts eager to explore the advanced capabilities of Azure AI, going beyond the functionalities of AI assistants like Copilot.
Objective: The primary goal of this course is to equip participants with the knowledge, skills, and hands-on experience needed to design, develop, and deploy sophisticated AI-powered applications using Azure's comprehensive suite of AI services. By the end of this workshop, attendees will understand how to leverage Azure Cognitive Services including Azure AI Studio, and Prompt Flow to create innovative applications that solve real-world problems.
Who Should Attend: This course is ideal for:
• Developers looking to expand their AI capabilities.
• IT professionals aiming to integrate advanced AI features into their solutions.
• Anyone interested in exploring the possibilities of Azure AI beyond basic implementations.
Course Highlights:
Comprehensive Azure AI Exploration: Dive deep into the wide array of AI services offered by Azure, including Cognitive Services for vision, speech, language, and decision-making; OpenAI Services for creating conversational AI; and Prompt flow for building and deploying custom applications.
Hands-On Labs: Engage in practical sessions where you'll apply what you've learned by building applications that utilize Azure AI's cutting-edge capabilities.
Innovative Project Work: Work in teams to ideate, design, and develop a prototype application that showcases the power of Azure AI, addressing a challenge that cannot be solved by AI assistants like Copilot.
Interactive Learning Environment: Enjoy an interactive course structure that combines lectures, discussions, and group work, facilitating a dynamic and engaging learning experience.
Expert Guidance: Learn from experts in the field of AI and Azure services, gaining insights and tips that are not readily available in textbooks or online courses.
Outcome: Upon completion, participants will not only have a firm grasp of Azure AI's potential and how to harness it for developing complex, AI-driven applications but also a prototype that demonstrates their newly acquired skills. Additionally, attendees will leave with a roadmap for further learning and development, positioning them perfectly for advancing their careers in the fast-evolving domain of AI and cloud services.

AI Ethics in action: Navigating the moral maze of business AI adoption

In the past year, AI has really taken the world by storm, and it's brought a whole new set of ethical questions and moral challenges for businesses. In this session, we're going to dive into this exciting yet challenging world where AI meets ethics and morals.
We'll talk about the big ideas in ethical AI – like being open and honest (transparency), treating everyone fairly, and being responsible for our actions (accountability). We'll chat about how these big ideas can actually work in the real world of business. You'll get to hear about the tricky spots AI can put us in, and we'll share some smart ways to make choices that are good for your business and also good for everyone else.
I hope to give you some thoughts and the know-how to steer through the ethical twists and turns of using AI in your company.
So, come along! Let's take this journey together towards using AI in a way that's innovative and exciting, but also really cares about people and doing the right thing.

Unwrapping ChatGPT in Azure

Believe it or not, the AI of today can probably out-talk your most chatty friend. And it's all thanks to models like ChatGPT. In this presentation, we'll explore how to use this little wonder within the Azure ecosystem. Expect insightful technical details, a thrilling demo, and more puns than you can shake a USB stick at!

How to Use Azure Landing Zones to Accelerate Cloud Adoption at Scale

Learn how to use Azure Landing Zones to accelerate your cloud adoption at scale. I'll cover the key components, design patterns, and governance framework needed for success. Through real-world examples and case studies, you'll gain insights and actionable takeaways for driving cloud adoption in your organization.

Key Takeaways:

• Understand Azure Landing Zones and their key components
• Learn how to choose the right design pattern for your organization
• Define a strong governance framework for your cloud environment
• Gain insights from real-world examples and case studies of successful cloud adoption at scale using Azure Landing Zones
Leave with actionable insights that you can apply in your own organization.

Why Cloud Architects Always Say "It Depends"

As a cloud architect, I'm often asked questions about cloud infrastructure, platform selection, and service provider evaluation. And my answer is usually the same: "It depends." In this session, I'll explain why cloud architecture is complex and why there is no one-size-fits-all solution. I'll cover the key factors that must be considered when making cloud-related decisions, including business goals, budget, security, performance, and existing infrastructure. Through real-world examples and case studies, attendees will gain insights into how to approach cloud-related decisions in a more informed and strategic manner.
Key Takeaways:
• Understand why cloud architects always say "It depends"
• Learn the key factors to consider when making cloud-related decisions
• Gain insights from real-world examples and case studies
Discover how to approach cloud-related decisions in a more informed and strategic manner

Dodging the AI Apocalypse with Azure AI Studio

In an era where coffee machines talk back and your fridge sends you passive-aggressive emails about your diet, the line between science fiction and reality blurs. Enter Azure AI Studio, the beacon of hope in a world teetering on the brink of the AI apocalypse. During this session, we won't just be talking about saving the world from rogue AI – we'll be doing it, one intelligent solution at a time.

You'll leave not just with the knowledge to navigate the complexities of Azure AI Studio but with the power to deploy AI solutions that could very well save humanity (or at least make your day-to-day tasks a bit easier). Expect to dive into:

• The Basics of Azure AI Studio: A quick overview for the uninitiated, introducing the tools and potentials of Azure AI Studio.
• Survival Skills for the AI Wilderness: Using Azure AI Studio to build, train, and deploy AI models.
• Real-World Spellcasting: Practical examples of how Azure AI Studio is being used to solve real-world problems, from enhancing business operations to contributing to social good.
• Avoiding the Pitfalls of AI Development: How to navigate common challenges and ethical considerations in AI to ensure your creations are beneficial, not malevolent.

So, if you're ready to dodge the AI apocalypse and instead harness the power of artificial intelligence for good, this talk is your first step into a larger world. No prior experience with Azure or AI is required, just a healthy dose of curiosity and a desire to be part of the AI revolution. Come join me, and let's turn the tide against the machines together – with Azure AI Studio as our sword and shield.

Navigating the Azure AI Wonderland! When Copilot is not enough!

Welcome to 'Navigating the Azure AI Wonderland! When Copilot is not enough!'—this session is designed for those who want to dig deeper into the expansive world of Azure AI. Are you ready to expand your AI toolkit beyond the basics of Copilot? Then this is the session for you!
In this session, we will explore the broad array of powerful Azure AI services that go beyond what Copilot offers. From Azure Machine Learning that empowers you to build sophisticated models to Azure Cognitive Services that can see, hear, speak, and even make sense of your data, we're diving deep to uncover the true potential of these tools in real-world applications.
We will go through:
Advanced Uses of Azure AI: Learn how to leverage more complex services and integrate them into your business processes for enhanced decision-making and automation.
Practical Demos: Witness first-hand how these tools can be applied through live demos that showcase their power and flexibility.
Strategic Insights: Gain insights into strategic deployment of AI technologies that can transform industries and create new opportunities for innovation and efficiency and what I think will be the next few years of business transformation.
Whether you're a developer, a tech strategist, or a business leader, this session will equip you with the knowledge and skills to effectively harness the full suite of Azure AI services. Join me as we go beyond Copilot, exploring the landscape of possibilities that Azure AI has to offer and how you can use them to drive your business forward. Prepare to be inspired, educated, and a bit entertained as we navigate the AI wonderland together!

Scottish Summit 2023 Sessionize Event

August 2023 Manchester, United Kingdom

South Coast User Group User group Sessionize Event

February 2022 Southampton, United Kingdom

Nathan Sweeney

Principle Azure Architect - KPMG - Microsoft MVP

London, United Kingdom


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