22106868_sYou’re an enterprise. You’ve done your research. You’ve read the whitepapers. You’ve heard all the success stories (along with a few cautionary tales). Perhaps you’ve already taken your first steps into the cloud, but want to embark on a larger-scale public cloud adoption strategy.

But what does that look like for your enterprise? The journey is different for you – for everyone, really. And you certainly don’t want to make it up as you go along.

Here are five important things you need to map out before you start your public cloud journey. We’re confident in this roadmap because we’ve been along for the ride before. We’ve helped many large enterprises and agencies successfully adopt and implement their own unique cloud strategies. Read More…

WindowsAzureAs more and more businesses move their applications to the cloud, it’s clear that operation and log data analysis is a major component to the migrating process. That data is crucial to understanding the health and reliability of your cloud services with respect to scalability, resilience, uptime, and your ability to troubleshoot issues.

But how do you deal with all that operational data? How do you identify specific application issues such as exceptions raised from bugs in the code, troubling increases in processor or memory consumption, or slow response times?

It turns out that migrating your applications to the cloud is just the first step: Having a well-thought-out operational data and monitoring user story is just as important. Read More…

Cloud ComputingA few weeks ago, AIS’ Solutions Architect, Jason McNutt and Managing Director, Larry
Katzman spoke with Federal Tech Talk’s John Gilroy on Federal News Radio for a discussion around federal agencies moving to the cloud and to answer the question of “what happens once you get there?”

Listen to the interview.

John Gilroy states that “This is a critical question ask in the brave new world of the cloud. No human can conceivably be able to understand all the dependencies and updates that are needed for a complex cloud migration. This ability to manage the system is just as important once it is live. Jason McNutt talks about the capability of automation to be able to manage today’s complex systems.”

Federal Tech Talk looks at the world of high technology in the federal government. Host John Gilroy of The Oakmont Group speaks the language of federal CISOs, CIOs and CTOs, and gets into the specifics for government IT systems integrators. John covers the latest government initiatives and technology news for the federal IT manager and government contractor. Follow John on Twitter @raygilrar and hear more from Federal Talk Talk on federalnewsradio.com

Listen to the interview.

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…

Microsoft Cloud ShowRecently, AIS’s Scott Hoag (@ciphertxt) joined Andrew Connell (@andrewconnell) and Chris Johnson (@loungeflyz) of the Microsoft Cloud Show to discuss Azure Application Proxy & Gateways. Topics covered in this podcast discussion include:

  • Using Application Proxy to publish applications for secure remote access
  • Enable Application Proxy services
  • Azure AD Application Proxy and SharePoint 2013
  • SSO for On Prem IWA Apps Using KCD with Application Proxy
  • Azure Application Gateway Pricing
  • What is Application Gateway
  • Azure Service Updates [RSS]

The Microsoft Cloud Show, is the only place to stay up to date on everything going on in the Microsoft cloud world including Azure and Office 365.

Click here to listen to this podcast.

AIS is proud to announce the release of our Chief Technology Officer Vishwas Lele’s Pluralsight course on Cloud Oriented Programming. This course demonstrates coding techniques to optimize your applications that are targeted to run in the public cloud.

The public cloud is tomorrow’s IT backbone. As cloud vendors introduce new capabilities, the application-building process is undergoing a profound transformation. The cloud is based on key tenets such as global scale, commodity hardware, usage-based billing, scale-out, and automation. But how does the cloud impact what we do as programmers every day? What do we need to do at a program level that aligns us with the aforementioned tenets? This course discusses 9 techniques / tips (organized in three modules) designed to help developers make more effective use of the cloud.

Click here to get started!

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Join Microsoft and AIS to learn how Azure Government Cloud can help Justice & Public Safety officials quickly respond to events at scale as needed.
 


The cloud platform designed to meet U.S. government demands Azure Government delivers cloud speed, scale, and economics while addressing the security and compliance needs of U.S. federal agencies including the Department of Defense, plus state and local governments and their solution providers. Azure Government offers physical and network isolation from non-U.S. government deployments and requires specialized personnel screening. Azure Government will address government regulatory and compliance requirements such as FedRAMP, CJIS, and HIPAA.

When local, state or federal authorities respond to criminal acts, they seek to quickly collect vast amount of inputs from the public.  This input can be in the form of tips, photos, videos or any untold observations.  Agencies need the capability to surge their IT tools and applications to collect the data, store it, and run big data analysis tools against the collected content to harvest information.

Register now for an exclusive Microsoft & AIS webinar to learn how you can:

  • Through a few clicks publish internet or extranet facing web or SharePoint site to organize with first responders to an incident or catastrophe
  • Provide a cost effective approach to development on larger scale environments
  • Extend the On-Prem footprint without exposing critical data
  • Reduce the burden of implementing back-up and disaster recovery for your applications.

RSVP TODAY!

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The software industry is changing.

Many companies that have historically bought packaged software solutions are evaluating software as a service (SaaS) and cloud-backed software solutions to replace their legacy software.

This new cloud market presents tremendous opportunity for established software vendors. Capturing that opportunity brings not just technical changes, but fundamental shifts to your company’s business model.

Network, learn and share.

Join this event to learn from your peers in the industry that have leveraged the benefits of the cloud to build a successful business. You’ll hear from owners and leaders of successful software businesses about best practices and lessons learned, and gain insight about the cloud opportunity for a software business.  Read More…

Our work with Rolling Stone and Bondi Digital Publishing is yet another example of how AIS can develop technology that creates new revenue streams for publishers. We built a digital distribution platform to usher print publications like Rolling Stone into the digital age – by providing them with a turnkey solution to deploy print magazine archives online for viewing on desktops, laptops and mobile devices. For Rolling Stone, the initial launch included more than 1,000 issues from 1967 to the present.

Click here to read more about the distribution platform and how we customized it for the Rolling Stone archives. 

At AIS, we’re committed to delivering transformative solutions and outcomes, and that’s exactly what we’re doing for Healthcare Receivable Specialists, Inc. (HRSI). Everyone knows that data redundancy can be a productivity killer, so we’re utilizing a cloud-based hosting solution via Amazon Web Services (AWS) for their new custom application that will help eliminate that problem. The AWS hosting option will also keep costs down without sacrificing performance and positioning for HIPAA compliance. Additionally, our solution provides a self-service means to access the status of their applications throughout their entire business process.

Keep reading to learn more about this exciting project!