Industry Events

Our Travels in the Software Industry

To live out our company value of having a desire to learn and improve, Trailhead Technology Partners attends, sponsors, hosts, and presents at many industry events. If you see us out in the wild, make sure you say hi.

Staying Current to Lead the Way Forward

The software world is fast-paced. To stay current and provide you with the best advice, we are involved in many software industry events around the country. And we don’t just attend – you’ll find Trailhead team members organizing, hosting, sponsoring, and presenting at many of our industry’s leading events.

Upcoming Events

Below you can information about upcoming events where you could possibly run into members of the Trailhead team. If you do happen to see us out and about, be sure to take a moment to say hi and tell us a little about yourself. We love to learn about fellow travelers in the software industry. 

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NDC London

January 23, 2023

January 27, 2023
London, England, UK
Don’t Build a Distributed Monolith: How to Avoid Doing Microservices Completely Wrong
If you’re a .NET developer, it almost goes without saying that you use Entity Framework as part of the data access code on your software projects. Sometimes, EF is just right for the job, but other times you want something more simple, with better control of the generated SQL queries, and more performant. Over the years, several micro-ORMs (object relationship mappers) have evolved for just this purpose. Sometimes the simplest solution is the best one. I’d like to walk you through a few of the more popular .NET micro-ORM options so you can see how you can make a simple, high-performance, and easy to use data access layer that you can be proud of.

Recent Past Events

Whenever Trailhead Technology is at an industry event, we come back with key insights and information to share with you. Check out some of our most recent expeditions: 

VS Live! Orlando

November 13, 2022

November 18, 2022
Orlando, FL
A Data Access Layer You’re Proud of without Entity Framework
If you’re a .NET developer, it almost goes without saying that you use Entity Framework as part of the data access code on your software projects. Sometimes, EF is just right for the job, but other times you want something more simple, with better control of the generated SQL queries, and more performant. Over the years, several micro-ORMs (object relationship mappers) have evolved for just this purpose. Sometimes the simplest solution is the best one. I’d like to walk you through a few of the more popular .NET micro-ORM options so you can see how you can make a simple, high-performance, and easy to use data access layer that you can be proud of.
Dotnet CLI or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Command Line
If you’ve been using Visual Studio for years like I have, you’ve probably also grown accustomed to the “walled garden” experience that it provides. With .NET Core successfully moving toward being cross-platform support for Linux, Mac, and Windows, the command-line interface (CLI) for .NET Core has become an even more important piece of the puzzle than ever before. In this session, we’ll work through all the basic workflows for a .NET developer–but all without the help of Visual Studio. By the end, you will be able to create, build, publish, test, run, and package projects, as well several other common tasks like database migrations, or using third-party CLI tools.

.NET Conf 2022

November 9, 2022
Online
Migrate Your Legacy ASP.NET Projects to ASP.NET Core Incrementally with YARP
As a consultant, I get to see many systems built by many different developers. Recently, I’ve seen an uptick in the number of systems built with a microservice architecture in mind, but those systems often include a lot of the same mistakes that keep them from working well. In this session you’ll learn from my experiences and get pointers on what to avoid in your microservices implementations so that you don’t accidentally build something which has all the worst aspects of a monolithic application and the worst aspects of microservices These monsters are what I call “distributed monoliths”, and I can help you avoid building one accidentally.

TechBash

November 8, 2022

November 11, 2022
Poconos, PA
Adding Redis Caching to Your .NET Web API
Are you suffering from slow web APIs in .NET? Is your database overloaded? It’s quite likely that adding a caching layer to your application will help with both of those problems. In this session, we’ll learn about what causes slow APIs and overloaded databases, and see how caching can help alleviate these problems. We’ll discuss some of the common pitfalls of caching implementations and explore all the best tooling and libraries you can use to ease your Redis caching implementation in .NET.
Don’t Build a Distributed Monolith: How to Avoid Doing Microservices Completely Wrong
As a consultant, I get to see many systems built by many different developers. Recently, I’ve seen an uptick in the number of systems built with a microservice architecture in mind, but those systems often include a lot of the same mistakes that keep them from working well. In this session you’ll learn from my experiences and get pointers on what to avoid in your microservices implementations so that you don’t accidentally build something which has all the worst aspects of a monolithic application and the worst aspects of microservices These monsters are what I call “distributed monoliths”, and I can help you avoid building one accidentally.

Momentum

October 20, 2022
Cincinnati, OH
Don’t Build a Distributed Monolith: How to Avoid Doing Microservices Completely Wrong
As a consultant, I get to see many systems built by many different developers. Recently, I’ve seen an uptick in the number of systems built with a microservice architecture in mind, but those systems often include a lot of the same mistakes that keep them from working well. In this session you’ll learn from my experiences and get pointers on what to avoid in your microservices implementations so that you don’t accidentally build something which has all the worst aspects of a monolithic application and the worst aspects of microservices These monsters are what I call “distributed monoliths”, and I can help you avoid building one accidentally.

Indy.Code()

October 19, 2022
Indianapolis, IN
Don’t Build a Distributed Monolith: How to Avoid Doing Microservices Completely Wrong
As a consultant, I get to see many systems built by many different developers. Recently, I’ve seen an uptick in the number of systems built with a microservice architecture in mind, but those systems often include a lot of the same mistakes that keep them from working well. In this session you’ll learn from my experiences and get pointers on what to avoid in your microservices implementations so that you don’t accidentally build something which has all the worst aspects of a monolithic application and the worst aspects of microservices These monsters are what I call “distributed monoliths”, and I can help you avoid building one accidentally.
Improving the Security of JSON Web Tokens with Refresh Tokens
Are you using JWT tokens to secure your .NET web APIs? Are you also worried about the security of using long-lived tokens or about possible holes in your token refresh implementation? If that sounds like you: fear not—all your answers are here in this session. Join me as I cover all the JWT and refresh token best practices, and help you make sure you’re following them. We’ll even look at a real token and refresh implementation which you can build off of in your projects. Join us, and make sure you’re not making a mistake with this common security technology.
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Wisconsin .NET User Group

October 11, 2022
Online
Don’t Build a Distributed Monolith: How to Avoid Doing Microservices Completely Wrong
As a consultant, I get to see many systems built by many different developers. Recently, I’ve seen an uptick in the number of systems built with a microservice architecture in mind, but those systems often include a lot of the same mistakes that keep them from working well. In this session you’ll learn from my experiences and get pointers on what to avoid in your microservices implementations so that you don’t accidentally build something which has all the worst aspects of a monolithic application and the worst aspects of microservices These monsters are what I call “distributed monoliths”, and I can help you avoid building one accidentally.

Applying Lessons Learned 

Trailhead team members don’t just attend software industry events, we organize them, lead them, and teach at them. We are respected voices in our field who other professionals look to and learn from. We take this same expertise and apply them to your software projects through the services we provide to you.

Trailhead continues to be an excellent partner to augment and complement our own internal Product Development team. They help us stay abreast of and current with the latest technologies. They are great to collaborate and work with, and they consistently deliver high quality solutions on time and within budget.

– RICK SPANGLER, CTO at Avail Technologies

Our Gear Is Packed and We're Excited to Explore With You

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Together, we can map your company’s software journey and start down the right trails. If you’re set to take the first step, simply fill out our contact form. We’ll be in touch quickly – and you’ll have a partner who is ready to help your company take the next step on its software journey.

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Montage Portal

Montage Furniture Services provides furniture protection plans and claims processing services to a wide selection of furniture retailers and consumers.

Project Background

Montage was looking to build a new web portal for both Retailers and Consumers, which would integrate with Dynamics CRM and other legacy systems. The portal needed to be multi tenant and support branding and configuration for different Retailers. Trailhead architected the new Montage Platform, including the Portal and all of it’s back end integrations, did the UI/UX and then delivered the new system, along with enhancements to DevOps and processes.

Logistics

We’ve logged countless miles exploring the tech world. In doing so, we gained the experience that enables us to deliver your unique software and systems architecture needs. Our team of seasoned tech vets can provide you with:

Custom App and Software Development

We collaborate with you throughout the entire process because your customized tech should fit your needs, not just those of other clients.

Cloud and Mobile Applications

The modern world demands versatile technology, and this is exactly what your mobile and cloud-based apps will give you.

User Experience and Interface (UX/UI) Design

We want your end users to have optimal experiences with tech that is highly intuitive and responsive.

DevOps

This combination of Agile software development and IT operations provides you with high-quality software at reduced cost, time, and risk.

Trailhead stepped into a challenging project – building our new web architecture and redeveloping our portals at the same time the business was migrating from a legacy system to our new CRM solution. They were able to not only significantly improve our web development architecture but our development and deployment processes as well as the functionality and performance of our portals. The feedback from customers has been overwhelmingly positive. Trailhead has proven themselves to be a valuable partner.

– BOB DOERKSEN, Vice President of Technology Services
at Montage Furniture Services

Technologies Used

When you hit the trails, it is essential to bring appropriate gear. The same holds true for your digital technology needs. That’s why Trailhead builds custom solutions on trusted platforms like .NET, Angular, React, and Xamarin.

Expertise

We partner with businesses who need intuitive custom software, responsive mobile applications, and advanced cloud technologies. And our extensive experience in the tech field allows us to help you map out the right path for all your digital technology needs.

  • Project Management
  • Architecture
  • Web App Development
  • Cloud Development
  • DevOps
  • Process Improvements
  • Legacy System Integration
  • UI Design
  • Manual QA
  • Back end/API/Database development

We partner with businesses who need intuitive custom software, responsive mobile applications, and advanced cloud technologies. And our extensive experience in the tech field allows us to help you map out the right path for all your digital technology needs.

Our Gear Is Packed and We're Excited to Explore with You

Ready to come with us? 

Together, we can map your company’s tech journey and start down the trails. If you’re set to take the first step, simply fill out the contact form. We’ll be in touch – and you’ll have a partner who cares about you and your company. 

We can’t wait to hear from you! 

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