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AIS is proud to announce the selection of Steve Suing, Practice Manager for our Durham, NC office, for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award.

ESGR, a Department of Defense office, was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee’s military commitment. The Patriot Award reflects the efforts made to support Citizen Warriors through a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence if needed.

This award was presented in recognition of Mr. Suing’s support of Colonel Stephan Iacovelli who has worked with AIS since 2013. Colonel Iacovelli enlisted in the Army in 1984 and was commissioned as an Engineer in 1989. He has served in various leadership and staff positions over his 32-year career and is currently the Commanding Officer of an Initial Entry Training Brigade stationed at Ft. Jackson, SC. Read More…

SharePoint Fest

AIS is EXCITED to sponsor SharePoint Fest – DC on April 27-29th.  Join other SharePoint practitioners from around the DMV to attend technical classes and workshops – taught by Microsoft Certified Trainers, Microsoft engineers and Microsoft MVPs – covering Enterprise Content Management, Power Users, Social SharePoint, Business Value, Implementation/Administration, Office 365, Workflow, Business Intelligence, Special Topics & SharePoint Development. Choose one complete learning track or mix & match based on what content best meets you and your organization’s current needs!

Seven Great Reasons to Attend SharePoint Fest – D.C.:

  • The technical classes and seminars at SharePoint Fest are focused on practical techniques and practices you can put to work today!
  • Our expanded three-day SharePoint conference allows for more topics and additional expert speakers from the community!
  • Get answers to your questions in the classroom, or as you mingle with speakers and peers at coffee breaks or at the evening cocktail reception!
  • Bring a group of developers, IT pros and business teams to improve your whole organization’s skills – and get a discount to boot! Contact us for group registration discounts!
  • Attend the SharePoint sessions that work best for you. With more than 80 classes and workshops to choose from, you can make SharePoint Fest your own custom SharePoint training event.
  • See how the Microsoft SharePoint ecosystem is growing and evolving by speaking with technical experts from the local Microsoft field and diverse channels within the Microsoft Partner Network all in our exhibit hall!
  • Learn from the brightest minds in the SharePoint universe! Many of our speakers are either Microsoft engineers or have achieved Microsoft MVP or MCM status based on their in-depth knowledge of SharePoint.

Register today and remember to use coupon code Applied25 to save 25% off.

Skype_for_Business_Secondary_Blue_RGBApplied Information Sciences (AIS) helps companies use technology to transform the way they work. AIS has adopted Microsoft Office 365 with Skype for Business Online to do the same in our own business. By using the PSTN Conferencing feature in Skype for Business Online, AIS employees can launch meetings faster, better secure meetings, showcase this new technology to customers, and reduce audio conferencing costs by 75 percent.

“Like many other employees, I spend all day in Outlook, and the way PSTN Conferencing integrates seamlessly with Outlook is a big timesaver for us,” says Kevin Griffie, Practice Manager, Commercial Management, at Applied Information Sciences. “We no longer need to copy and paste third-party audio conferencing numbers into meeting invitations. Another major convenience is how closely the Skype for Business app interoperates with mobile phones. Employees can launch a meeting by pressing a single key.”

Additionally, by using PSTN Conferencing, meeting organizers can see the names of every participant, even those dialing in on a phone, which eliminates time-consuming roll calls at the outset of every meeting. “With PSTN Conferencing, we probably save 5 to 10 minutes per meeting, time that used to be spent making sure we know who is and isn’t on the call,” says Mike Baker, Chief Information Officer at Applied Information Sciences. “Our employees have three to four meetings every day, so that time adds up.”

Click here to read how AIS slashed conferencing costs by 75% by switching to Microsoft Skype for Business.

AIS is at SXSW!

SXSWApplied Information Sciences is participating in the South by Southwest (SXSW) 2016 festival being held March 11th through the 20th in Austin, Texas. As a part of the Trade Show exhibition, our team is showcasing the Scale data processing architecture as a component within a cloud computing solution.  The Trade Show highlights the integrations and overlaps between SXSW’s converging industries and hosts a diverse range of forward-thinking exhibitors – from promising startups to established industry leaders.

The SXSW Trade Show takes place March 13 thru March 16th from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM in the Austin Convention Center Exhibit Halls 2, 3 & 4 at 500 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin TX, 78701.

DTDCWhen you think of government, “creativity” and “collaboration” probably aren’t the first two words that come to mind.

However, on March 2, 2016 the Department of State, Department of Defense and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will host the Diplomacy, Defense and Development (D3) Innovation Summit, an event to encourage greater innovation and collaboration on foreign policy issues critical to our national security and prosperity. The D3 Summit will highlight revolutionary technologies and new concepts that will benefit from joint collaboration among the Department of State, the Department of Defense, and USAID and aim to strengthen our national security, enhance diplomacy, and improve the lives of people around the globe.

Please join the DT:DC Leadership Team for a round-table discussion offering a look “behind the scenes look”  of this ground-breaking event, moderated by Joshua Marcuse, founder of the Design and Innovation Practice at the Department of Defense.  Participants will include the Leadership Team behind the D3 Innovation Summit from the Department of State, Department of Defense and USAID.

Learn more about this event.

600_445444991The Azure Gov Community invites you to join us for the inaugural AzureGov meetup.

At this event you will learn about one agency’s move to the cloud and the benefits they are realizing from the cloud. You will also learn about how the cloud can be used to improve your agency’s ability to build and deploy systems rapidly by implementing a proven DevOps strategy that has been field tested in the private and public sector.  As a bonus we’ll also give a demo of an application that helps predict early onset of Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder (PTSD) amongst war fighters by leveraging one of the most advanced and cutting edge capabilities of the Azure platform:  Machine Learning.  Be part of something special, and tell all of your colleagues about it!

Learn more about this event!

As organizations move and provision resources in Microsoft Azure they find themselves with the need to analyze and monitor resource consumption for trends, review billing data to get a pulse on the organization’s return on cloud spend, and be in a better position to predict and manage operational costs.

Billing and resource usage data in Azure is made available to users in two forms:

  1. Power BI – Using the ‘Azure Enterprise’ content pack for Power B provides a glimpse into the last 12 months azure consumption.
  2. Azure Billing REST APIs – The Usage API and Rate Card API provided by the Azure Resource Manager allow users to retrieve resource consumption and billing information for an organization’s Azure subscription.


Accessing the billing data by any of the available means is not straightforward. There are a few things to consider with each option. This blog highlights different methods to access azure billing data with Power BI or via other alternative means when Power BI is not the best solution.

Three possible solutions are illustrated below where the first two use Power BI as the end user reporting interface and the third is a custom UI. In this blog ‘Azure Billing and Usage REST API’ will be referred to as ‘API’; and ‘Azure Billing and Usage Data’ will be referred to as ‘data’ to minimize verbosity.

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AIS’s Chief Technology Officer Vishwas Lele (@vlele) recently joined David Linthicum of Cloud Technology Partners in a podcast to discuss how to apply machine learning to software engineering, which can even be used to reverse engineer legacy code. They also explored a recent trend where enterprises share high-quality algorithms with other teams to expedite new development.

Give it a listen!

sxsw-2016Applied Information Sciences has been selected to participate in the South by Southwest (SXSW) 2016 festival being held March 11th through the 20th in Austin, Texas.

As a part of the Trade Show exhibition, our team will showcase the Scale data processing architecture as a component within a cloud computing solution.

The Trade Show highlights the integrations and overlaps between SXSW’s converging industries and hosts a diverse range of forward-thinking exhibitors – from promising startups to established industry leaders.

“This is a great opportunity to share and interact with the rest of the industry”, says Tony Wolf, Director of Special Programs. “We helped our clients foster the release of some great contributions to the open-source community this past year. This has opened new doors for us, and we’ve seen some exciting new web-based technologies emerge from those components. For instance, a large data processing architecture called ‘Scale’, which we helped build for the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, has caught the attention of a prominent commercial data services provider, and we’re anxious to explore their vision for that product. As for our participation at South by Southwest, we’re excited to exchange ideas and build relationships with fellow attendees of the festival.”

The SXSW Trade Show, which coincides with portions of the film and music festival, hosted more than 70,000 attendees in 2015, and anticipates an even larger presence this year. The exhibit is open from 10:00am to 6:00pm on March 13th through the 15th and from 10:00am to 2:00 pm on March 16th in the Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Halls 2, 3 and 4.

Learn more about the Trade Show at SXSW. 

Microsoft Azure TourThe Microsoft Azure Tour provides a free one day technical training event for IT professionals and developers to help them be more successful in using cloud. On Monday, January 11th, the Microsoft Azure Tour will be stopping by the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel.  The day will consist of several informative sessions and speakers – including a session titled “Modernizing Government IT with Microsoft Azure” that AIS will participate in.  Read More…