Day[10/100] #100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz – Smart Cities Intro

Hello again! It’s Day 10 of my #100DaysOfCloud Challenge. Ok so, today I was really going to take stock of where I am at with my thoughts of what I want to focus on from a Cloud learning perspective over the coming weeks and months, however I’ve had a slight change of direction (again!).

Its been another hectic day in the office, managed to catch up with my Welsh Azure User Group team which is always a nice break away of a short while, we obviously have our next meet up next week which we are all super excited about! There was one (well two) other calls I had today in work that have made me look at the next direction i’m thinking of.

I obviously cannot divulge any details about those conversations but I can of course abstract the theme, and its one that I have always felt a calling for over the last few years, being a technology person I have always tried to look just over the horizon. Whilst keeping in touch with the technical skills and getting certs updated is an absolute staple for anyone in my line of work, the other parts is really the opposite of technology, its really needing and wanting to know what problems there are that a person, a department a company, a community or maybe a City has that tech can play a part in solving the issues!

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So there it is…….. I purchased the Smart Cities for Dummies book (well actually it was on my amazon wish list and was bought for me by my ever loving wife!!! This book has been written by Jonathan Reichental.

Paperback version:

So where am I going?

Ok Ok, just when you thought your twitter and linkedin feeds were free of my mug smiling at a ‘for Dummies’ book hear me out!

My #100DaysOfCloud Challenge is really about me and my journey to understand and learn more about predominately Microsoft Azure, along the way I hope to touch on AWS and Google, and Im sure Ill dip into a bit of 365 at some point. Predominantly, my slant is around learning the DevOps mindset and ways in which to efficiently and adequately develop IAC and Application scripts to run services within Azure DevOps, Serverless, IoT, AI and ML etc.

In my mind the technologies of the future that us mere mortal tech professionals will be tasked with developing will be related more and more to the tasks we don’t classify as being possible to automate or lend themselves to that view in the real world, the mundane every day tasks and situations.

Working for the company I do, I have of course been fortunate to be exposed to some of the tech developments, surrounding Smart cities, albeit never been really working in an R&D position, however I do see the landscape changing somewhat. I’m not necessarily thinking of this change happening overnight, although the concept of Smart Cities is here right now, like anything, products and apps get developed, and more and more of the tech that enables a city to become smart is really well……. The Cloud!

So…… yes Im ging to dig deep in Terraform, Ansible, Docker, Pyton, AzureDevOps and look how to automate all the great things you can do with Azure over time, but like i say, the call(s) I had today have made me look at the question…….. What makes a City Smart?

So….. What does make a City Smart?

Well that’s what leads me to the book! Truth be told, like most technical people, I would probably jump in and rattle off a number IoT products, some infra projects that surrounf lighting and traffic signalling, chuck a bit of WiFi in and we are good yeah?! Well not quite. I am obviously acutely aware that there is a human problem to be solved and that just throwing technology at a problem doesn’t mean to say its solved. Truth be told, I don’t really know what makes a City Smart and what problems there are to solve!

So, that my divert, with Jonathans Book, I hope to learn from someone who has studied and talked about this area long enough to put it in the format of a book for me to read! Then, I hope to use the skills I have and I am going to learn on my challenge to hopefully unlock my innovative Pandora’s box, and hopefully start solving all the worlds problems!!!! Well, its great to have a target eh?!

I don’t think I will do it in the same way as my DevOps bit, but instead I will try and summarise my learnings of each chapter into my own language and see where that takes me.

The book is structured into the following Sections/Chapters and after reading the intro, its clear that this book will answer not just the technical challenges, but also the people and soft challenges! Which to me sounds perfect:

  • Part 1 – Making Cities Our Home
  • Part 2 – Building a Smarter City
  • Part 3 – Using Smart City Technologies
  • Part 4 – Planning for an Urban Future
  • Part 5 – The Part of Tens
  • Part 6 – Appendices

The next few days

So ok, I know I have been doing a fair amount of reading and note taking. I also know I have some technical areas that I am keen to blog about my learnings. I haven’t been ignoring these areas, Im just looking to blog and discuss areas that may be a little off the beaten track, but lead to Cloud Computing and its application, essentially then drilling down into the speficit technology stack and coding language to enable the problem solving to begin.

I’d love this topic to gain a bit of a following, and I certainly would love to engage and discuss the things I am going to learn about with the wider community. I really hope you can follow along with me and reach out if you have any questions or thoughts you feel like discussing!

So here we go, strap yourself in for a couple of weeks (maybe!)……. lets learn more about SMART CITIES!

100DaysOfCloud Overview

My Main ReadMe Page is all set up with a bit about me!

The guys at 100DaysofCloud have set up the GitHub repo to be cloned and also have a great repo containing ideas and areas to collaborate on:

My Github Journey tracker can be found here:

Please Watch/Star my repo and feel free to comment of contribute to anything I push! I really look forward to hearing from anyone who is going to jump on the journey around the same time as me! Lets see where I get to in 100 days!

I would encourage others to jump on this journey, I’m not sure that I will be able to commit every day for 100 days, but as long as I can complete 100 days that will be great!

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