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Internet of Things, IOT

The short answer is yes. Not only can it save your organization money, but can do so while delivering more functionality and freedom. AIS recently worked with a large machine-tooling company that had a machine optimization software solution that they wanted to re-platform in a lower-cost, more scalable and flexible way.

Their machine optimization system reports real-time and historical data on how cutting tools and machines are performing, and recommends improvement opportunities. However, it was built using traditional software development techniques and doesn’t take advantage of any platform-as-a-service (PaaS) capabilities and benefits.

They asked us to create a proof-of-concept (POC) solution utilizing Azure IoT and Analytics PaaS services. This POC would be used to prove that an Azure IoT and Analytics PaaS services-based solution could provide derived data results within +/- 10% of their current software solution and experimental results, as well as address a number of existing technical limitations and outstanding business needs.

Click here to read how we overcame this challenge.

angularI recently attended ng-conf (the annual Angular conference) held in Salt Lake City during the first week of May. Over 1500 developers were there. Of course the big news was that Angular 2, the next version of the framework, has moved from beta to release candidate.  Angular 2 (which departs substantially from earlier versions of Angular) has a forward looking emphasis, incorporating emerging technologies like web components, ES 2015 (the new version of JavaScript) and TypeScript.  You can read more about it here: http://angular.io.

Not surprisingly most of the workshops at the conference focused on Angular 2.  A single session track ran on both Day 1 and Day 3 and you can find the YouTube videos for those sessions on YouTube at this link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOETEcp3DkCq788xapkP_OU-78jhTf68j.  There were multiple concurrent sessions on Day 2 and not all of them were captured on video. I attended several that covered building components in Angular 2, TypeScript and unit testing.

Developer uptake has been strong with upwards of 360,000 developers who are active on the Angular 2 site.  Several enterprise partners that have started using Angular 2 were present, including Capital One, Fidelity Investments and the Weather Channel. Read More…

In Part 1 of this blog series, we outlined the case for a Service Catalog driven approach for Enterprise DevOps. At AIS, after having worked with several of our Enterprise clients with their DevOps journey, we harvested our learnings in the form of a fully managed service catalog – AIS Service Catalog. AIS Service Catalog is a Microsoft Azure focused SaaS offering that is designed to jumpstart your DevOps efforts by bringing you the benefits of the service catalog driven approach.

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A Service Catalog for Microsoft Azure

In Part 1 of this blog post series, we identified four key features of a Service Catalog that are fundamental to establishing DevOps in an enterprise. Let us briefly talk about how AIS Service Catalog realizes these features using Microsoft Azure specific building blocks. Read More…

 By now, DevOps is well established within web companies, unicorns, and product companies—and especially among companies targeting the cloud. To spare you the lengthy introduction, DevOps brings “dev” and “ops”together as a moniker for company-wide collaboration to improve business agility. The key DevOps traits are:

  • Involving Ops teams in early stages of development
  • Focus on automating all aspects of IT life cycle
  • Continuous improvement
  • Maturity of self-service model

Enterprise DevOps Challenges

Despite its success within smaller companies, implementing DevOps in large enterprises has proven to be more difficult. Rachael Shannon-Solomon writes in The Wall Street Journal that DevOps is perhaps better suited for startups at the current time than for enterprise IT. Regardless of whether you agree with her article, it does raise some important points related to siloed structures, organizational change and affecting cultural change at a large scale. The issue is not that enterprises aren’t adopting DevOps (just look at the latest State of DevOps report for evidence to the contrary); it is the unique set of challenges that large enterprises face that makes it harder for DevOps to succeed.  Let’s take a closer look: Read More…

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!