We’re fascinated by the possibilities of Artificial Intelligence and the truly transformative opportunities it offers our customers. We’ve been digging deep into machine learning, computer vision and other AI capabilities for quite some time now, and believe they will grow into a significant part of our business. We’re not alone: IDC predicts 75 percent of developer teams will include cognitive and AI functionality in one or more applications this year.

“A lot of the sales process for AI and ML is centered around education…people are not calling asking for either specifically.”
– Vishwas Lele AIS

To assist companies looking to build an AI-focused practice, Microsoft recently released the AI Practice Development Playbook with guidance and resources around developing an AI strategy, gaining the required skills, plus how to market and sell these cutting-edge offerings. AIS is proud to be a contributing expert and co-author of the Playbook, along with our fellow Microsoft partners and other leading AI data scientists.

Get your copy of the AI Playbook right here. We’d love to hear what you think of it!

 

Calling all SharePoint users! AIS is sponsoring this month’s Meetup for the Triangle SharePoint Users Group at our Durham, North Carolina office.

The session will start with an overview of SharePoint Custom Forms, which can be developed by Angular JS. We’ll review how to build repeating table information stored into parent/child SharePoint lists. You’ll watch a demo of custom dashboards using REST APIs to display data from multiple SharePoint lists, plus walkthroughs of real-world situations for SharePoint Apps and PowerApps.

Space is limited so RVSP here to claim your spot!

When: Thursday, February 15, 2018
5:45 p.m.
 to 8:00 p.m

Where: 4721 Emperor Blvd
Suite 350
Durham, NC 27703

RSVP today!

It’s no secret that AIS is committed to and highly passionate about Azure—just browse our blog or visit our website!

We have a unique ability (or perhaps a secret weapon!) to help us deliver sophisticated Azure solutions quickly and efficiently using our global delivery model. AIS has a unique strategy that tightly integrates global delivery teams from day one—team members are included in all phases of the project, from envisioning through delivery to production & sustenance engineering.

Our India Development Center (IDC) team works closely with our U.S.-based teams, independently delivering projects and provides professional services directly to our client’s delivery teams. Our IDC team has tons of real-world experience (particularly in Azure), and now we’re proud to present their latest achievement:

Over 25 Azure certifications were completed by the AIS IDC team in just six months. From Architecting, Developing and Implementing Microsoft Azure Solutions, the IDC team now has multiple certified and highly-qualified developers. These certifications represent the team’s commitment to Azure and using it to provide our clients with cloud-based solutions to their real-world business problems.

Congratulations to the AIS IDC team!

Sajad Deyargaroo, AIS software engineer and MCP, presents at an Azure conference in India.

It’s a New Year, and a new (or continuing!) resolution for many government agencies is to finally (and fully!) take advantage of cloud computing. But the same old problems persist: Where to start? How to start? And who can help?

With those challenges in mind, Microsoft and AIS kicked off 2018 with a solid #Azure Meetup speaker lineup of cloud and industry experts to help figure out where to begin and what valuable training resources are available. They also provided insight on some government use cases and best practices for cloud onboarding success.

Last night’s speakers included:

  • Guy Cavallo, Deputy CIO, Small Business Administration
  • Brian Harrison, Cloud Solution Architect, Microsoft
  • Bernarldo “Bernie” Ellis, Senior Program Manager, Azure Government, Microsoft

In case you missed it, you can watch the entire Meetup via the archived livestream here.

Reserve your spot for February’s meetup today. As always, these events are free to the public and offer great networking opportunities both before and after the show! If you won’t be able to make it, just follow AISteam on Twitter for photos, highlights and links to the livestream. Read More…

Introducing Consul…

As the distributed systems we build continue to grow, both in number and types of services, we need better tools to discover these services, check if the services are healthy, and to provide a common and consistent configuration store. This is where “Consul” comes in: Consul is completely distributed, highly available, and scales to thousands of nodes and services across multiple datacenters.

It allows clients to always have consistent and up-to-date information of their datacenter infrastructure, which includes a datacenter-wide services and nodes discovery, health checks, and key/value storage. Internally, it uses a consensus-based election and the gossip protocol to communicate between the nodes.

Consul decouples the discovery, configuration mgmt. and health checks out of the application and facilitates them via configuration, or with very minimum code changes. Developers do not have to use the brick-and-mortar approach to build a custom solution of their own to achieve the same functionality.

In this blog post, I’ll walk you through installation and a few processes, including health checks, configuration management, and service discovery. Read More…

Join us tomorrow for a free webinar with AIS’ CTO and Microsoft MVP Vishwas Lele on Microsoft PowerApps and Flow. This webinar is designed to show you how to easily create PowerApps applications, and how to best take advantage of the recently introduced PowerApps custom visual for Power BI.

Vishwas will showcase a PowerApps application that is essentially a “portal” for existing Line of Business Enterprise Applications (inventory, contracts, etc.) and Services (Dynamics, O365, DropBox, etc.) Through the use of PowerApps features like the out-of-the-box connectors, integration with Flow and mobile enablement, you’ll learn how easy it is to build an app that allows users to have all the information they need in one location and on the device of their choice.

The webinar kicks off TOMORROW at 10 a.m. ET. Watch it right here or on Microsoft’s Power BI YouTube.

Microsoft PowerApps and Flow have been generally available since late 2016. They’re both tools that allow business users to streamline business processes without the use of code. Microsoft positioned PowerApps as their recommended replacement for InfoPath as the business user’s forms designer, and Flow as their replacement for SharePoint Workflow.

While these are welcomed replacements, both solutions also provide a broader level of support to the Microsoft stack and across a wide array of third-party applications.  I’ve recently been working with PowerApps and Flow to replace some internal applications, as well as to build proof-of-concepts for our existing clients. Here’s what I think of each, both separately and when putting them together… Read More…

For the last few years, I have enjoyed participating in HOUR OF CODE – a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. In 2017, 154,012 Hour Of Code events were registered worldwide.

To show how much fun (and useful) coding is, I wanted the kids to build something real,  vs. simply making their favorite character walk left or right.  I decided to use the MIT App Inventor tool for my Hour of Code sessions. App Inventor is a browser-based tool that allows you to build your own apps.  We built a simple Android app to help parents reduce distractions while driving. Even though the app is super simple, the results are cool enough for kids to proudly show the app to their parents.

Here is a 10-minute video of the steps we followed to build and test the app: Read More…