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AIS Recognized with the 2014 Microsoft US East Regional Azure Partner of the Year Award

By: AISblog

Welcome to part seven of our blog series based on my latest PluralSight course: Applied Azure. Previously, we’ve discussed Azure Web Sites, Azure Worker Roles, Identity and Access with Azure Active Directory, Azure Service Bus and MongoDB, HIPPA Compliant Apps in Azure and Offloading SharePoint Customizations to Azure.

Motivation

No lengthy commentary is needed to communicate the growing importance of big data technologies. Look no further than the rounds of funding [1][2][3] that companies like Cloudera, Hortonworks and MapR have attracted in recent months. It is widely expected that the market for Hadoop will likely grow to $20 Billion by 2018.

The key motivations for the growth of big data technologies includes:

  • The growing need to process ever increasing volumes of data. This growth in data is not limited to web scale companies alone. Businesses of all sizes are seeing this growth.
  • Not all data conforms to a well-defined structure/schema, so there is a need to supplement (if not replace) the traditional data processing and analysis tools such as EDWs.
  • Ability to take advantage of deep compute analytics using massively parallel, commodity based clusters. We will see examples of deep compute analysis a little bit later but this is a growing area of deriving knowledge from the data.
  • Overall simplicity (from the standpoint of the analyst/ developer authoring the query) that hides the non-trivial complexity of the underlying infrastructure.
  • Price-performance benefit accorded due to the commodity based clusters and fault tolerance.
  • The ability to tap into fast paced innovation taking place within the “Hadoop” ecosystem. Consider that Map Reduce, which has been the underpinning of Hadoop ecosystem for years, is being replaced by projects such as Yarn in recent months. Read More…


Come learn about the NEW AZURE GOVERNMENT CLOUD.

Does your agency need to be more productive anywhere and anytime, while still remaining secure? In partnership with Microsoft, I’d like to invite you to join us for the Federal panel discussion at the Government Virtual Summit, streaming LIVE on Wednesday, Sept. 10 for an overview of the latest in Microsoft cloud services. Read More…

Answers.com needed a Microsoft partner that could upgrade their Windows 8 application to maximize the use of a variety of new 8.1 features. Expediency was of the utmost importance in this instance and based on our prior experience with Microsoft, they knew we were the best partner for the job. AIS upgraded the Answers.com Windows 8.0 Store application to 8.1, meeting Answers.com goal of getting it done as quickly as possible. Our team also validated the application through the Microsoft DPE Windows 8 Partner Program to ensure adherence to all Windows 8.1 criterion. Read more…

Your company’s SharePoint site should be personalized to reflect your brand and culture.  How your site looks can impact how much it’s used.  One of the easiest ways to complete this personalization is by incorporating graphics that “match” your organization.  Sometimes you have a great set of graphics and icons to start with, and sometimes it can be difficult to find “exactly” what you are looking for. In these instances I have to create my own graphic from “scratch” or by using a few found images.  Read More…

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

Motivation

Question: “How does an admin protect their SharePoint farm from poorly written custom code?” Answer: “Force custom code to run in the SharePoint sandbox mode.” Not quite! Turns out that running in a sandbox mode (as the name suggests, it is a restricted execution mode within SharePoint) is not very productive because of the performance penalty and very limited capabilities available to code running in it. A better approach is to move the code “outside” of SharePoint and into a “private” execution environment (so that the errant developers can shoot themselves in the foot, but not everyone else). Read More…

Living on a Share?

Are you still living on shared drives that are folders and folders deep?  Having trouble organizing, managing and sharing information and files? If you are like many of us who want to assign metadata that classifies and tags documents for easier search and better organize files and information, you’ve come to the right place!

SharePoint 2013 can help prevent duplication of documents, enforce a consistent folder structure and allow for document management plus much much more. Our SharePoint Center of Excellence has worked with different divisions such as Washington Headquarters Services (WHS) and Acquisition Directorate (AD) to provide workable SharePoint solutions that add business value, enable new features and functionalities to documents and provide convenience that shared drives don’t offer.  Read More…

Change Data Views from Boring to Flashy

Data, data, data… Working professionals are inundated with data.  Anything that makes that data easier to understand, analyze, and compare is a welcome breath of fresh air.  Why snooze over a boring and static table when you can view key metrics at-a-glance in a snazzy chart?

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Many SharePoint sites are used for managing internal business processes where users store and analyze data. SharePoint 2013 makes it easy to store data in lists, and view that data in a team site, but usually that data is shown in a basic table view. Read More…

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…