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Cloudy With a Chance of Governance: RBAC, Policy, and Improving Cloud Confidence

For many organizations, the decision of moving workloads to the cloud is all over but the shouting. The problem is that the shouting is pretty loud, and often centers around how to enable the broad access cloud provides, but without increasing security risk and ensuring governance. In this session, longtime friend to THWACK, Microsoft Senior Cloud Advocate Phoummala Schmitt, and SolarWinds Head Geek™ Patrick Hubbard review the overlapping challenges of cloud permissions management. You’ll learn how we should be thinking about rights management, and how to apply tools and techniques to monitor, manage, and securely expand access to your team – and keep all that shouting to a minimum.

Additional Resources

Azure Governance

The Five Disciplines of Cloud Governance

Azure Governance Documentation


Patrick Hubbard, Technical Product Marketing Principal and Head Geek, SolarWinds

An accomplished technologist with over 20 years of hands-on experience, Patrick’s career includes software development, operations, product management and marketing, technology strategy, and advocacy. An unapologetic market-hype deconstructionist, Hubbard is passionate about helping front-line technology professionals learn new skills to delight, not just satisfy, users. Hubbard’s current focus is helping enterprises adopt rational cloud-native strategies that deliver the transformation business increasingly demands. Since joining SolarWinds in 2007, Hubbard has combined his technical expertise with an IT customer perspective to drive product strategy, launch the Head Geeks™, develop and manage the SolarWinds Certified Professional® (SCP) and SolarWinds® Academy Training Classes programs, and create the SolarWinds online demo platform. Today, most admins recognize Hubbard as the executive producer of the Telly award-winning SolarWinds Lab™, and SolarWinds THWACKcamp™. With code in SolarWinds products and regular application of emerging technologies, Hubbard is a frequent blogger and invited speaker for cloud, DevOps, IT, security, data center, and networking conferences.

Phoummala Schmitt, Senior Cloud Advocate, Microsoft

Phoummala is Sr. Cloud Ops Advocate at Micrsoft, focusing on Azure and hybrid enviroments for IT professionals. Prior to joining Microsoft, Phoummala worked Systems Engineering and Architecture roles building and maintaining systems that included Microsoft Exchange, Collaboration Technologies, Virtualization, Storage, and Backup. She is a VMware vExpert and co-hosts The Current Status Podcast. In her spare time, she blogs for 24x7ITConnection, ITOPSTalk.com, and Exchangegoddess.com. Some her technical articles can also be found on Petri IT Knowledgebase and The Register. Considered one of the Top 50+ Tech Influencers and Thought Leaders.