Sjoukje Zaal

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Sjoukje Zaal

Managing Consultant | Microsoft Cloud Architect | Microsoft Azure MVP

Sjoukje Zaal is a Managing Consultant, Microsoft Cloud Architect, and Microsoft Azure MVP with over 15 years of experience providing architecture, development, consultancy and design expertise. She works at Capgemini, a global leader in consulting, technology services and digital transformation.

She loves to share her knowledge and is active in the Microsoft community as a co-founder of the Dutch user groups SP&C NL and MixUG. She is also a board member of Azure Thursdays. Sjoukje is a public speaker and involved in organizing events. She wrote several books, writes blogs and is active on the Microsoft Tech Community. Sjoukje is also part of the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board.

Current sessions

External collaboration with Azure AD B2B

Collaboration between organizations becomes more and more important these days. Azure Business to Business (B2B) offers an out-of-the-box platform which can be used for secure collaboration with external users. With Azure B2B organizations can provide access to documents, resources, and applications to their partners, while maintaining complete control over their own corporate data.

This session will give you insights on how to control and manage access to your external users and partners using Azure B2B. You can expect lot's of demos on how to control access and keep your data safe as well as integrating various services to automate adding guest users inside your Azure AD tenant.

(short description: This session will give you insights on how to control and manage access to your documents, resources, and applications using Azure Business to Business (B2B) for secure collaboration with external users in the cloud. Expect lots of demos of the different Azure B2B features and capabilities!)


Innovate: connecting Bleeding Edge Technologies

During this session we will combine the latest bleeding edge technology together, like Azure, Mixed Reality and Machine Learning. Getting relevant people through the Microsoft Graph and use everything we want to know about their relations by using machine learning. And all of this in a secure way... On top of that we present and manipulate the data into 3D space using a HoloLens device. Learn about how to make these connections, learn about security challenges and understand the transformation to 3D spaces into different models and representations. And finally learn about manipulating the data.


Azure AD B2C: Application Security Made Easy

Join me to secure your custom applications with Azure Business-to-Consumer, a
Cloud identity service on Azure which provides out of the box identity providers like Facebook, Microsoft Accounts, Google+, LinkedIn, and many others, or you can add your own and leverage these in your applications as well.

We will look the basics of Azure B2C, we will set up an application using Azure B2C for authentication, use built-in policies, create a custom policy, and much more.


Design Serverless Applications on Azure

In this session Sjoukje and Jaap will guide you through a common scenario, a new user is created in a HR system. Instead of writing a custom application we will build a serverless workflow using the different tools we have available on Azure.

We will use the trigger of record creation in an external tool as a trigger for our workflow. Based on this, resources in Azure will be created, custom applications provisioned, and data will be converted.

If you would like to learn more about how you can start getting the most out of Azure Cloud services such as: Microsoft Flow, Graph, PowerApps and Azure functions, then this is the session for you!


Securing Serverless Applications in Azure

Serverless is all about unleashing developer productivity by reducing the management burden and allowing you to focus on the application logic. But even for serverless applications, security is key!

In this session Sjoukje will guide you on how to secure your serverless applications. We are going to take a look at the different options for securing your serverless apps, such as using Azure Key Vault, ClaimsPrincipal binding data for Azure Functions and much more.


Go Serverless with Office 365!

In this session Anco Stuij and Sjoukje Zaal will demonstrate the power of Azure Serverless in combination with Office 365. They are going to show this power by using a scenario which all companies are facing, the hiring process of new employees. They are going to automate this process completely. By using Microsoft Forms, Azure Logic Apps, Azure Functions, Azure Key vault and Managed Identities a new Office 365 user is automatically provisioned, in a secure way. This is going to be a session packed with demos!


The steps to effective Azure governance

Many companies fail to understand and implement Azure governance. This can result in many unwanted results, like accidentally deleting resources in your Azure environment, non-compliance with external regulations, deploying costly resources, or deploying resources in the wrong Azure regions. The solution to this is Azure governance, the ongoing process of managing, monitoring, and auditing the use of Azure resources to meet the goals and requirements of your organization.

In this session we are going to look at Azure Blueprints, Azure Policy, Management Groups and the Resource Graph to effectively manage your Azure environment.


Best-practices for securing your Azure Container Services

Containers in Azure can make software delivery more efficient, scalable and portable. Azure is already offering a set of features that already increase the security of your containers. However, there are more advanced practices that can help you to keep your containers truly safe.

In this session, Sjoukje will provide you with the best-practices to add that additional layer of security to your containers. She will cover topics such as how to use the Azure Key Vault for your containers, how to monitor and scan your Docker images, and much more. As always, there will be a lot of demos to demonstrate the different possibilities.


Develop Secure Applications on Azure

Security is one of the most important aspects of any application, and it’s not a simple thing to get right. Fortunately, Azure provides many services that can help you secure your application in the cloud.

In this session, Sjoukje is going to address activities and Azure services you can implement at each stage of your software
development lifecycle to help you create more secure code and deploy a more secure application in the
cloud, during design and implementation.