Sarah Lean

Information & Communications Technology

Microsoft Azure Azure IaaS Cloud Migration Windows Server Hybrid Cloud Azure Hybrid DevOps Cloud Operations Octopus Deploy Automation & CI/CD

Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Sarah Lean

Senior DevOps Advocate at Octopus Deploy - Community Speaker - Lifelong Learner - Founder of the Glasgow Azure User Group

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.

Current sessions

When super powers combine; Azure & Octopus Deploy

Microsoft Azure is a great option for organisations looking to host their IT infrastructure in the cloud or as a hybrid partner. While Octopus Deploy is a tool that can help you automate the deployment of your infrastructure and software releases all in one place.

In this talk, we'll cover off the possibilities of using Octopus Deploy to help your developers, release managers, and operations folk deploy and manage their Azure resources.

Combine Azure Bicep and Octopus Deploy

Automation is key these days, to save time and avoid mistakes.

Bicep is a new Domain Specific Language (DSL) that drastically simplifies the way of writing Infrastructure as Code for the Azure platform.

In this session we'll go over this new language and learn how to get started.

We'll then look at how you can automate the deployment of your infrastructure as code using Octopus Deploy's Runbook capabilities.

DevOps for the IT Pro

DevOps is often something that is advertised and talked about as something only Developers should be doing or can do.

Tools like Octopus Deploy are great for deploying software, but what about the IT Pro? Octopus Deploy has features and functionality that are great for the IT Pro who is working with PowerShell, Az CLI, Azure Bicep, Terraform and beyond.

In this session, we'll take a look at the possibilities of DevOps and what it has to offer the IT Pro. We'll take practical and real world examples and show you how to use Octopus Deploy as an IT Pro and introduce DevOps practices to your enterprise.

Getting Started with Octopus Deploy

In this session, I will show you how to get started with Octopus Deploy. By the end of the session, you’ll be set up to deploy your first project with Octopus.

I will take through:

- How to build infrastructure using runbooks
- How to take an existing application and automate the deployment to Microsoft Azure
- Core concepts from environments, deployment targets, packages, and variables, to deployment processes and releases

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.

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.

Ops is in everything!

In an ever changing IT industry we are seeing new trends and new ways of working emerge all the time. We often here how the focus is Developer, Developer, Developer, but when you look around Ops is everywhere!

We have DevOps, SecOps, DevSecOps, GitOps, ITOps, and much more. The common theme among them is Ops!

In this session we'll explain what each of those Ops industry trends are and how you as an Operations person can be involved in all of them.

Past and future events

Scottish Summit 2022

10 Jun 2022 - 11 Jun 2022
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Cloud Lunch and Learn

1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021

Festive Tech Calendar 2021

1 Dec 2021 - 31 Dec 2021

Scenic City Summit 2021

24 Sep 2021

Azure Summit

13 Sep 2021 - 23 Sep 2021

DATA:Scotland's Scottish Summer

17 May 2021 - 28 May 2021

Techorama 2021 Spring Edition

17 May 2021 - 19 May 2021
Antwerpen, Flanders, Belgium


13 Apr 2021

MCT Summit 2021

19 Mar 2021 - 20 Mar 2021

Virtual Azure Community Day

28 Jul 2020 - 29 Jul 2020

Azure Day Rome 2020

12 Jun 2020

Scottish Summit

29 Feb 2020
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

CloudBrew 2019 - A two-day Microsoft Azure event

13 Dec 2019 - 14 Dec 2019
Mechelen, Flanders, Belgium

DATA:Scotland 2019

13 Sep 2019
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Experts Live Norway 2019

29 May 2019
Oslo, Norway

Intelligent Cloud Conference 2019

8 Apr 2019 - 10 Apr 2019
Copenhagen, Capital Region, Denmark

MVPDays Online January 2019

30 Jan 2019
Calgary, Alberta, Canada


14 Sep 2018
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Evolve Conference

10 Sep 2018
Birmingham, England, United Kingdom