Barbara Forbes

Netherlands Netherlands

Barbara is the Azure technical lead @ OGD in the Netherlands. Her focus is on Azure and automation. Think Serverless, Azure DevOps, PowerShell, GitHub and Infrastructure as Code. She loves teaching in an approachable way and has found multiple ways to reach people. She regularly writes posts for her blog and speaks at conferences and user groups. She helps grow the community as co-founder of the Dutch DevOps & GitHub community (DDOG), as well as co-hosting the Dutch PowerShell User Group (DUPSUG).

Community Contributions

[Azure Heroins] Improve your infrastructure as code with Bicep

"If you work with infrastructure as code and Azure. You have probably heard of Bicep. Haven't found time to check it out yet? Here is your chance! In this session we will take our first steps together in Visual Studio Code. After that, let's take a look at all the possibilities Bicep has to offer. From conditions and loops right up to of modules and registries. After this session filled with demo's and real-live examples, you are hopefully just as excited as I am and ready to start right away!"
Speaking (conference/usergroups) / 11-23-2022

[CloudBrew] No Cartoons in Azure: Creating a solid naming and tagging strategy

Working with Azure brings a very familiar challenge: the naming convention. Who remembers inheriting servers named after cartoons, vegetables, scientists or random jokes? It's always funny until it starts scaling. With Azure, you reach this point very fast and it pays to get it right directly. In this talk, we will look at the choices to make, the technical and strategical challenges and some tips & tricks from the field. Last but not least, let's see how we can integrate that naming- and tagging convention in our Infrastructure as Code to help get the most consistent environment. You will thank yourself later!
Speaking (conference/usergroups) / 11-18-2022

[TechoramaNL] Infra as Code: Bicep for the enterprise

If you work with Azure, you will want to use infra as code. Maybe you have are familiar with ARM templates already. Have you heard of Bicep? It has a lot to offer when you use infra as code in an enterprise environment. How do you make use of all the possibilities that are available to deploy your Azure infrastructure? We will consider a few of the great code solutions that Bicep has to offer and how VSCode can help you create templates. To see a real-life scenario, we take a look at how Bicep can be used to ensure the right mix between flexibility and usability. And to bring it together, let's see how it fits into your CICD process. In the end, you will have the tools to start and the insights to take it all to the next level.
Speaking (conference/usergroups) / 11-11-2022

LinkedIn Learning course: Azure Infrastructure as Code with GitHub

Are you an Azure architect or administrator who works with infrastructure as code? Do you wonder what you can do to run a more efficient and cleaner environment? In this course, instructor Barbara Forbes explains what GitHub can do for you. Barbara gives guidance for storing your code in Git and explains how to work with GitHub actions: logging into Azure, testing, and building and deploying templates. She explains the skills you need to create a production process that works seamlessly, tests automatically, and provides an auditing trail. Join Barbara in this course to learn how you can start using GitHub actions to deploy your code directly to Azure.
Video/Podcast / 10-11-2022