Brian McKeiver to Speak at Code PaLOUsa

By Michelle Lentz On March 26, 2018

Brian McKeiver to Speak at Code PaLOUsa
Join BizStream’s Co-Owner and Solution Architect, Brian McKeiver, for Code PaLOUsa 2018, where he’ll be presenting two different sessions. Code PaLOUsa is a multi-day software development conference designed to cover all aspects of software development regardless of technology stack. The conference schedule features presentations from well-known professionals in the software development community. The conference also features exhibitor tables where leading software development companies come to interact with attendees to show off their latest wares. The conference takes place between March 28th - 30th and is held at the Triple Crown Pavilion in Louisville, KY.


How to Build an E-commerce Chat bot with Azure Bot Framework

In this session Brian will demonstrate how to create a chatbot for an e-commerce site. View the full abstract below:

“We use bots all the time at our office and love them. However, they typically are “dumb” bots that handle simple notifications to our Slack channels. I wanted to create a bot that was a little bit more complex and a lot smarter than the standard fair. With that goal in mind, I came up the idea of making a sort of “self service” way for someone who has placed an order on a e-commerce site to come up with a way to check their order history and/or order status by chatting with an automated Bot. I also originally wanted the bot to work on Slack, and when I discovered that the Microsoft Bot Framework delivered that ability plus many more channels, it was “game on” from there. The smartness of the bot comes from the Language Understanding Intelligent Service (LUIS) that Microsoft Cognitive Services provides. After getting the project up and running I realized that this combination of technologies was down right amazing.”

Serverless Architecture Shootout

For this session you’ll find Brian debating Bryan Soltis, Kentico Technical Evangelist and Azure MVP, on the pros and cons of different Serverless platforms and functions. View the full abstract below:

“Serverless architecture is a way of computing that allows you to build/run applications and services without thinking about servers. Join Brian McKeiver and Kentico Technical Evangelist and Microsoft Azure MVP, Bryan Soltis, as they compare & contrast two of the most popular serverless platforms and services, Microsoft Azure and Amazon AWS, to find out which platform reigns supreme.

The session will detail out how you can build a modern web site or web application that leverages a series of microservices as the main architecture. The microservices that will be compared and contrasted fall into the groups of Functions as a Service, Storage as a Service, Search as a Service, and even Headless CMS. All technologies that you can use to deliver sites to your customers faster.

If you are a seasoned veteran of Azure Functions or AWS Lambda, or brand new to the world of serverless, seeing the two platforms compared side by side might just give you a new point of view. At the very least, the goal of the session is to spark some interest in some new tools that will help you develop solutions that can seamlessly scale, deeply integrate, and deploy on demand. All of which gives you the power of the serverless advantage.


For registration, a detailed schedule, and speaker information, visit the Code PaLOUsa event page.

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Michelle has an eye for design and aesthetics and enjoys applying these principles to business. Merging her love of all things artisan with her business experience, Michelle joined BizStream in 2013 to take on our marketing efforts. Michelle is skilled in web admin, digital marketing, design, content creation, event planning, driving our unique BizStream culture, and more. In her free time, you'll find her gardening, doing houseplant chores, or exploring nature with her husband and two daughters.

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