Ken has been developing commercial software since the early 1980s across a broad range of technologies and platforms. As a Principal Lead Consultant with Magenic, Ken has focused on cloud, mobile (Xamarin), web and emerging technologies like chat bots for a variety of large enterprise clients. Outside of work Ken's an avid photographer (www.KennethRossPhotography.com) and often combines photo trips with motorcycle trips. Ken's occasionally posted musings can be found at www.HotKrossBits.com
The Azure Bot Framework and Bot Services have come a long way in the past year and is more than ready for prime-time; now, more than ever, Bots are becoming a vital tool for businesses of all types to have a direct relationship to their customers. Unlike web, Bots are uniquely positioned to provide access to users via the tools they already use; SMS, Social Media (Facebook, Skype), Collaboration Platforms (Slack, Teams), etc. In this talk we’ll go over what the Azure Bot Framework and Bot Services brings to the table in order to make development of a powerful bot platform [relatively] easy. We’ll build out an intelligent bot, leveraging Azure Cognitive Services, and connect that bot to multiple channels, including Twilio and Skype, so you can talk to it yourself! Along the way we’ll address topics like state management, security and debugging.