Sarah Lean

Sarah Lean

International Speaker - Founder of the Glasgow Azure User Group

Glasgow, United Kingdom

With a diverse career that spans over eighteen years, Sarah has been a part of every aspect of the IT world. Sarah is a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) and ex-Microsoft employee.

Born and raised on a dairy farm in Scotland, Sarah holds true to her heritage by embracing the natural world through her appreciation for technology. For Sarah, technology is a way to see life as it grows and adapts, ever-changing, just like the natural world of farming.

Sarah is proud to give back to her community. As a STEM Ambassador, Sarah helps others learn how IT can impact and change their lives for the better. Most specifically, she enjoys teaching the next generation of young women how they too can rise in a male-oriented field and succeed in their own careers. Sarah also founded the Glasgow Azure User Group, a community collective who meets bimonthly to network and discuss the latest in technology.

Sarah’s enthusiasm in the field of technology has given her the opportunity to speak at public events, most notably, Microsoft Ignite.

Area of Expertise

  • Information & Communications Technology


  • Microsoft Azure
  • Cloud Migration
  • Windows Server
  • Hybrid Cloud
  • Azure Hybrid
  • DevOps
  • Cloud Operations
  • Automation & CI/CD
  • Azure Stack HCI

A walk through Azure

Microsoft's cloud platform is called Azure, but what is it? What does it look like? Why should you care?

In this walk through session we'll cover off what the platform is, what it offers and how you can get started with it.

Introductory session

Start your Azure Certified Journey!

Cloud Computing is becoming more and more important within the IT industry, by becoming certified in these technologies it can help boost your career. In this session, you will learn why you should become Microsoft Azure Certified, what the different exam paths are and how to prepare for the exam. As well as explaining how to sit the exam at home.

Package Managers for Windows

Installing software on Windows has always been the journey of Next -> Next -> Next.

That no longer has to be the journey you take though, there is now a healthy ecosystem of Package Managers that can help you.

Join me as I show you the world of Package Management within Windows using Chocolatey and the native Windows Package Manager tools.

I'll take you through both tools and show you how you can use them to install Windows Applications and also keep them up to date without Next -> Next -> Next.

How Much Git Can We Learn?

Git can seem like an impenetrable set of command and arguments and with over 160 commands you might be right.

During this talk I'll pack in as many git tips and tricks as possible. Covering off things repository details, branching, merging and command git commands.

Azure Stack HCI: The best of the cloud and on-premises

Azure Stack HCI is an Azure service, that you can run within your on-premises datacentre.

Azure Stack HCI can handle Windows or Linux based virtualised or containerized workloads.

You also have the option to run Azure services such as Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) and Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) on it.

All from a familiar management tools, such as Windows Admin Center.

In this presentation we will guide you through the Azure Stack HCI and the benefits it brings to your Hybrid solution.

30min session

Scottish Summit 2022

June 2022 Glasgow, United Kingdom

Scenic City Summit 2021

September 2021

Azure Summit

September 2021

Techorama 2021 Spring Edition

May 2021 Antwerpen, Belgium


April 2021

MCT Summit 2021

March 2021

Cloud Lunch and Learn

January 2021

Scottish Summit

February 2020 Glasgow, United Kingdom

Microsoft Ignite the Tour

January 2020 Johannesburg, South Africa

CloudBrew 2019 - A two-day Microsoft Azure event

December 2019 Mechelen, Belgium

Microsoft Ignite 2019

Presented to over 900 people at Microsoft Ignite, the session was called "Keeping Costs Down in Azure"

November 2019 Orlando, Florida, United States

DATA:Scotland 2019

September 2019 Glasgow, United Kingdom

Experts Live Norway 2019

May 2019 Oslo, Norway

Intelligent Cloud Conference 2019

April 2019 Copenhagen, Denmark

MVPDays Online January 2019

January 2019 Calgary, Canada


September 2018 Glasgow, United Kingdom

Evolve Conference

September 2018 Birmingham, United Kingdom

Sarah Lean

International Speaker - Founder of the Glasgow Azure User Group

Glasgow, United Kingdom