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By: Patrick O'Gorman

Do you feel like the guy or gal at the party who missed the topic of discussion and now you’re stuck in the middle of a conversation with no idea what’s happening? Have you overheard endless hours about an application called SharePoint yet you still aren’t sure why anyone would need it? It came out in 2001, but you probably actually heard about it in 2007. Your office likely got it a few years back and now, just now you are either being told, or encouraged, to use it, all while your IT guys ramble on about upgrading from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013. If this sounds like something you have or are currently experiencing, then let’s take a step back to the basics of what SharePoint is, and what it can do for you.  Read More…

Like every business that’s dependent on consumer sales to fuel growth, you and your team members are probably constantly thinking about how you can make your organization’s sales processes fast and efficient enough to support the growth and customer retention that your executive team desires.

Well, we’ve figured out a way to do just that – our client organization is in the highly competitive insurance industry, and needed a way to increase sales volumes. Enter AIS; we were able to provide our client with an automated method of providing customers with a quote for insurance rates via a self-service web portal solution…resulting in the higher sales volumes they were seeking, while also reducing costs. Read More…

Any website that allows users to create their own textual content requires a good text editor. Fortunately for today’s developer, there are many options available that provide users with a great text editing experience. Depending on the development platform, this is often as simple as plugging in an existing editor written for that platform. In early 2014 I was looking for just such an option for AngularJS. This tutorial will give you an overview of the steps I went through to add a text editor to my AngularJS application.

AngularJS is quickly becoming s a popular web application framework. Its scalable, modular structure and intuitive syntax make it a popular choice for building medium to large web applications. While AngularJS is certainly opinionated, its opinions turn out to be quite helpful – especially to those less nuanced in the intricacies of well-organized JavaScript. I found AngularJS, and its accompanying opinions, a pleasure to work with. Read More…

AIS’ Chief Technology Officer, Vishwas Lele, recently sat down with Microsoft’s Scott Hanselman for “The Hanselminutes Podcast” to discuss Microsoft Azure. Take a few minutes and listen as Vishwas and Scott discuss in detail the exciting topic of “Applied Azure” which Vishwas has written about extensively on the AIS Blog.

Click here to listen!

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“I want the site to look like REI” is the first thing my government client says as I sit down for our meeting. I laugh out loud because the purpose of my client’s site has little and less to do with selling camping gear and North Face jackets. However, I know exactly what he means. REI sells a huge range of products and the web interface is loaded with helpful filters to make searching the huge inventory simple. Plus, the site just looks good.  Read More…

Recently, I sat down with hosts Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell of .NET Rocks! to chat about the architectural patterns of cloud development. If you’re not familiar with .NET Rocks! it is a weekly online talk show for anyone interested in programming on the Microsoft .NET platform. The shows range from introductory information to hardcore geekiness.

During this discussion I talk about how the cloud influences application design, focused on more asynchronous, scalable and flexible messaging focused architecture. While the patterns could be applied to any cloud technology, Microsoft Azure is particularly well-suited to these architectural patterns, providing services that cover each pattern approach for optimal results.

Click here to listen to “Cloud Patterns with Vishwas Lele.

Inflexible customer solutions and business unit silos are the bane of any organization’s existence. So how does a large, multi-billion dollar insurance organization, with numerous lines of business, create a customer-centric business model while implementing configurable, agile systems for faster business transactions?

The solution is not so simple, but with our assistance, we’ve managed to point our large insurance client in the right direction. What began as a plan to develop a 360-degree customer profile and connect the disparate information silos between business units ultimately became the first step towards a more customer-centric organization.

A major multi-year initiative to modernize the organization’s mainframe systems onto the Microsoft technology platform will now provide significant cost savings over current systems and enable years of future business innovation. Read More…

At AIS, our Account Teams work with our clients every day to produce IT solutions that solve business problems. We work closely with our CTO organization to ensure that we are researching the latest technology and services in a manner that is applicable to our clients and prospective clients.

We recently applied this to a business problem that required an organization to quickly — and with no notice — stand up a website to collect hundreds, or potentially millions, of submissions from the general public.  Our use case focused on law enforcement and the sorts of emergency response situations we’ve seen all too often in the news, such as the Boston Marathon bombing.  When local, state or federal authorities respond to criminal acts, they seek to quickly collect vast amounts of input from the public.  This input can be in the form of tips, photos, videos or any untold number of observations.  Agencies need the capability to surge their IT tools and applications to collect the data, store it, and run analysis tools against the collected content to harvest information. Read More…

Welcome to part five of our blog series based on my latest PluralSight course: Applied Azure. Previously, we’ve discussed Azure Web Sites, Azure Worker RolesIdentity and Access with Azure Active Directory and Azure Service Bus and MongoDB.

Motivation

Let’s face it, security, privacy and compliance are the key concerns when it comes to adopting any public cloud platform. To alleviate such concerns, Windows Azure team has setup a Windows Azure Trust Center website to provide the latest updates on these topics. Windows Azure complies with several international, country and industry-specific compliance requirements including ISO 27001, FedRAMP, PCI-DSS and HIPAA. In this blog post we are going to focus on building HIPAA compliant applications on the Windows Azure platform.  Read More…

In case you missed our webinar, “What’s New In Azure?” last week, we’ve made the entire session available to you on our You Tube Channel.

In this session we share BIG NEWS from the Azure Build 2014 Conference. This includes tooling enhancements, new features across several Azure services including mobile services, storage, IaaS, service bus, web sites. We also review many of these key enhancements, as well as dive deeper into a few of these announcements such as Resource Group Managers and the new Azure tooling.

Give it a look and share with your colleagues today. Read More…