Chris Taylor

Chris Taylor

Senior Consultant
Polaris Solutions
South Elgin, IL
@cege7480

Chris Taylor is a Senior Consultant at Polaris Solutions, a small IT consulting firm based out of Chicago and St. Louis. He wrote his first line of code at age 11 and has had a passion to continually learn how to make better software by having better communication through proper tooling. He has worked in a number of roles including development, DevOps, QA, architecture, and even as a development manager. Outside of his daily life of all things software related, he entertains himself with watching 'B' movies, spending time with his family, and is a competitive martial artist and instructor.

Chris' Sessions

  • Better Testing with Microsoft Azure Resource Management Templates

    Often times developers find themselves working on multiple points of an application during any one release cycle. These could be features, bugs, or spikes that often require isolation of both code and data. Until now, developers were constricted by the ability to quickly provision resources and isolate testing of a particular feature or bug to a single environment, they would usually be shared and leads to many other challenges when developing in a shared environment. Using Azure Resource Management Templates we can quickly provision identical environments and in conjunction with our favorite ALM tools, gather valuable feedback and quality test results to allow organizations to introduce features to the market more efficiently from all aspects of the application lifecycle.

    Speaker: Chris Taylor

    Level: Intermediate

    Tracks: Next Generation Cloud 

    Topics: Azure & Cloud  Visual Studio 

  • Dev/Test Environments made easier with Azure DevTest Labs

    Today, developers and testers spend considerable time configuring their self-served environment. Also, decision makers are uncertain about how to leverage Azure to maximize their cost saving with adding too much process overhead. In this demo-packed session learn about Azure DevTest Labs that will enable you to quickly create environments in Azure while minimizing waste and control cost. You can test latest version of your application by quickly provisioning Windows and Linux environments using reusable templates and artifacts. Easily integrate your deployment pipeline with DevTest Lab to provision on demand environments.

    Speaker: Chris Taylor

    Level: Intermediate

    Tracks: DevOps Automation and Tooling 

    Topics: Azure & Cloud  Cross-Platform  DevOps 

  • Release Management with Microsoft VSTS and Octopus Deploy

    Look at the latest version of Octopus Deploy, discuss how it views environments and deployments, and demonstrate deploying a simple web app to multiple virtual environments.

    Speaker: Chris Taylor

    Level: Beginner

    Tracks: DevOps Automation and Tooling 

    Topics: DevOps  Visual Studio