Thomas Van Laere

Thomas Van Laere

Microsoft Azure Consultant

Temse, Belgium

I am a certified Microsoft Azure consultant from Belgium, who assists independent software vendors by leveraging Microsoft Azure and open source technologies.

Born and raised in East-Flanders, I started my journey into information technology at the age of six when my family bought a desktop computer that was powerful enough to run Windows 3.11. In the past, I have been a factory worker, a casual programmer and a Microsoft .NET consultant.

With my colleagues, I frequently produce presentations and workshops on the topic of DevSecOps. More recently I have discussed the workings of Windows Containers and how it fits into the container ecosystem. Along with Microsoft MVP Micha Wets, I was asked to talk about Kubernetes in a Microsoft world at the Microsoft Headquarters in Germany and about Azure Governance at CloudBrew in Belgium.

In May 2020, I was awarded the Azure Content Hero award by Microsoft for having created original content, sample code or learning resources and documented and shared experiences and lessons to help others to build on the Azure cloud platform.

Two years later, in 2022, I was honoured to receive the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award in the Microsoft Azure category.

Area of Expertise

  • Information & Communications Technology


  • Microsoft Azure
  • Web Development
  • Microsoft Stack
  • Microsoft Technologies
  • Windows Development
  • Kubernetes

CloudBrew 2022 - A two-day Microsoft Azure event

November 2022 Mechelen, Belgium

Azure Back to School 2022

September 2022

Tech&Trend Days @ HOGENT

Getting started with infrastructure as code

February 2022 Gent, Belgium

Azure Summit

September 2021

Cloud Summit 2021

Featured session, co-presented with Yannick Dils: "Sure, we can migrate that!"

June 2021

PowerShell + DevOps Global Summit 2021

"The signature event of the DevOps Collective the PowerShell + DevOps Global Summit is the annual gathering of PowerShell + DevOps professionals and enthusiasts from around the world!"

Featured session, co-presented with Micha Wets: "GitHub Actions Vs. Azure DevOps: A toolkit extravaganza!"

April 2021

Technine - March Updates for IT Pro's

Azure Policies and Guest Configurations. Presented along with Micha Wets.

March 2020 Lochristi, Belgium

BEEMUG - BEETALKS Winter Edition

Azure Policies: How to tailor it to your organisation through Azure Subscription & Azure Management Groups.

December 2019 Antwerpen, Belgium

CloudBrew 2019 - A two-day Microsoft Azure event

Azure Policies and Azure AD PIM breakdown

December 2019 Mechelen, Belgium

TECHNINE - October Update

Modernize legacy apps with Windows Server containers

October 2019 Antwerpen, Belgium

ASPEX - Journey to the Cloud

Kubernetes in a Microsoft world.

July 2019 Antwerpen, Belgium

Azure Saturday 2019

May 2019 Munich, Germany

Thomas Van Laere

Microsoft Azure Consultant

Temse, Belgium