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In his keynote at DevOps Summit, David Tesar, Microsoft Technical Evangelist on Microsoft Azure and DevOps, will discuss how Microsoft teams who have made huge progress with a DevOps transformation effectively utilize operations staff and how challenges were overcome. Regardless of whe...
I hear this question fairly regularly and would like to walk you through how to host the controller in your own Azure cloud. First off, the pros of having AppDynamics with Azure: Have full control and ownership of the data collected by AppDynamics Provide additional security to acc...
Disruptive macro trends in technology are impacting and dramatically changing the "art of the possible" relative to supply chain management practices through the innovative use of IoT, cloud, machine learning and Big Data to enable connected ecosystems of engagement. Enterprise informa...
Most people are aware that Windows Server 2003 is coming to the End of Support (EOS) on July 14th 2015. This means enterprises are more or less forced to stop running applications on the WS2003 Operating System, migrate them to a newer OS or replace them. EOS dramatically changes the...
As a Product Manager with deep technology roots I always enjoy reading HighScalability.com. While many of the articles are technical case studies, there are frequently good business discussions as well. The other day, I read an article on data monetization, Data Doesn’t Have to be Free...
This little book is packed with tons of information. The authors did a good job of selecting topics that SharePoint administrators need to know, but may use so infrequently, they don't retain the details. In today's IT world that is just life. A little over a year ago we upgraded from...
Agile software development isn’t really a “new” trend anymore. I mean, the Agile Manifesto turns 13 years old next month and while that might be early adolescence in human years, it’s downright ancient as far as trends in IT are concerned. However, one area that has yet to fully mature...
AppZero, a fast, more flexible way to move server applications, announced on Monday a collaboration with Microsoft in which Microsoft is recommending AppZero for moving a variety of applications from Windows Server 2003, which reaches the end of extended support in July, 2015, to Micro...
So, do we stick with a technology that Microsoft has labelled as legacy - WPF, or do we go with the new unpopular WinRT for line of business applications? After the Silverlight fiasco I personally do not trust Microsoft to not throw the baby out with the bath water again in the future....
Want to gain an edge in your technical career? Industry insiders suggest that over 70% of businesses now run at least two virtualization platforms in their IT environment. That’s why IT pros who understand multiple platforms are invaluable to their companies and clients. With all the t...
This is the SharePoint book for the end-user that wants to become a power-user. It covers a ton of topics and it covers them in-depth. The book is not intended for SharePoint developers for SharePoint administrators, although most SharePoint developers and administrators are also powe...
Mobile and cloud are two of the biggest changes in the enterprise today. Amidst a disruptive shift in technology and IT economics arrive the difficult decision of how you can design, build, deploy, and manage your mobile websites. Decisions such as “do I build native” or “how can I bui...
For software testers to create a detailed test case during the QA process can be tricky: sometimes it’s not an option; sometimes it’s wasted effort. Here are ways to help make that decision. Part of the skill set required to be a good tester involves the ability to assess a software p...
Just like the Windows Phone 7.5 Unleashed book, everything about this book rocks!!! It is in color which makes for a great read. Being able to see the code and screenshots in color doubles the value of a book like this. I wish all programming books that included coding client UIs were ...
I think this book is a perfect place to start for those new to the Windows Phone 8 application development. The author covers a wide variety of topics at a level deep enough that you understand the topic and its context. A majority of my experience on Microsoft devices was with embedd...
Microsoft Sunday slashed the price of its poorly selling ARM-based Windows-incompatible Surface RT by $150 to $349 for the 32GB model. That’s without the cover that also functions as a touch-sensitive keyboard. With the magnet cover the price is $449. The bigger 64GB model has been c...
Microsoft’s little adventure into tablet land has cost it a $900 million charge to cover its slashing prices on its hard-to-move ARM-based Surface RT widgets earlier this week by as much as 30%. But that was only part of its fiscal Q4 story of missed revenue and profit expectations T...
Microsoft has created Microsoft Ventures as a way to unify its sundry venture efforts by housing them under one roof and giving entrepreneurs a single point of engagement. It describes Microsoft Ventures as broad-based with a holistic approach, featuring a community evangelism progra...
Microsoft and Engine Yard, the Platform-as-a-Service, announced a strategic alliance Wednesday to deliver a commercial-grade open source-based platform on top of Windows Azure’s on-demand infrastructure. Engine Yard Cloud will be available in the Azure Marketplace beginning July 31. ...
Without any fanfare Microsoft last Friday released a feature-limited copy of its cloud-based Office 365 for iOS formatted to fit the little screen. It’s only for the iPhone, not the iPad, which is presumably too close to Microsoft’s own tablet ambitions. There is of course the slow...
Microsoft and Nokia, which abandoned or rejected other operating systems for Microsoft’s Windows Phone smartphone system a couple of years ago, reportedly got a pretty good way down the road in their recent discussions about Microsoft buying its handset business before the talks fatall...
Telerik, an end-to-end provider of development tools and solutions for building cross-platform and mobile applications, has announced the latest evolution of Telerik DevCraft, the ultimate toolset for professional .NET developers. With this release, Telerik sets the standard for .NET m...
Centrify, which made its bones making Microsoft’s popular Active Directory accessible to Redmond’s enemies list, is spreading its wings and snuggling up closer to Microsoft at the same time by throwing it something of a lifeline. See, Microsoft expects Office 365 to be one of the fas...
Microsoft wants to buy Nook Media LLC, the Barnes & Noble’s digital and college books joint venture, for a billion dollars according to TechCrunch, which says it’s got internal documents to prove it. With Windows 8 in mind Microsoft bought 16.8% of the operation last year for $300 mi...
Roughly six months after Windows 8 came out at the end of October, Microsoft Tuesday confirmed reports that it’s been tinkering with the operating system to make it more popular. The radical redesign is supposed to have confused the buying public and created enough of a learning curv...
A mini Y2K event for applications stranded on those old, obsolete servers. The challenge is clear. EOL means no more patches and security vulnerabilities increase on a daily basis. For those wishing to keep their machines running, this is a situation that requires action.. There are t...
In this version of the book the author still starts off by answering the question, "Why do we need another C# book?". I was asking myself that very question when I turned to the introduction of C# 4.0 Unleased which was the first version of this book I read. He says "In short, what set...
Microsoft announced Tuesday that ZTE, one of the world’s biggest handset producers, had come to terms and signed a worldwide patent license agreement that will see Microsoft paid a royalty on all of the phones, tablets, computers and other devices the Chinese company makes that run Goo...
Microsoft recently announced the PolyBase technology as part of SQL Server 2012 Parallel Data Warehouse solution. PolyBase is a breakthrough new technology on the data processing engine in SQL Server 2012 Parallel Data Warehouse designed as the simplest way to combine non-relational da...
Microsoft shrugged off the precipitous downturn in PC sales and the diffident reception given Windows 8 Thursday when it posted record fiscal Q3 results. It returned 72 cents a share, up 19%, on revenues of $20.49 billion, up 18%, beating expectations of 68 cents, but coming up light...
Asian suppliers told the Wall Street Journal that Microsoft has been sampling components including a 1.5-inch display for a potential touch-enabled smartwatch that would compete with a purported watch from Apple and others coming from Google and Samsung as well as the Martian Passport ...
With Windows Server 2003 end of life approaching, companies will be faced with moving large numbers of enterprise applications. We provide the only way to upgrade existing server applications from WS2003 to WS2008 or WS2012 in a cost effective and time saving way. AppZero, the fastes...
Foxconn’s parent company Hon Hai, the world’s largest contract manufacturer, is going to pay Microsoft royalties on all the Android and Chrome widgets it makes including smartphones, tablets and televisions under the broad worldwide patent licensing agreement they’ve just cut. Hon Ha...
I have upgraded the tool I created for reverse engineering SharePoint 2007 and 2010 into HTML, Text, and DGML Sitemaps to work with SharePoint 2013. The tool is now versioned at 1.5. You have to copy the appropriate folder instead of just the file (Version 1.0 was only one file) becau...
“You need two groups when dealing with cloud compliance,” explained Rob LaMear IV, CEO and Founder of Fpweb.net, in this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan. “First,” LaMear continued, “you need a provider that is willing to operate transparently and work with ...
A move to the cloud brings serious benefits, particularly for startups who often need to ramp up their IT capacity quickly without the burden of investing in new hardware or training staff. If your company is ready to offload its applications to the cloud, how do you decide which provi...
No one is going to argue (at least not strongly) in favor of running business applications on an operating system that does not get security updates. Compliance teams will see this as a huge risk and will move heaven and earth to remediate it. In the next 12 months many IT departments ...
SharePoint is a popular choice for intranet applications and therefore it is important that it performs well to ensure employee productivity. Waiting ten seconds just to load the initial dashboard doesn’t necessarily support that. At a recent customer engagement we identified an intere...
iSCSI? No problem! Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V Server 2012 include native support for a software iSCSI initiator as well as MPIO ( Multipath IO ) for resiliency and load balancing of storage IO over multiple network paths. In this article, we’ll walk through the process of connec...
After fining Microsoft $733 million for unintentionally flouting an antitrust settlement with regulators, the European Commission took some of the blame. Antitrust czar Joaquín Almunia said the EU had been “naïve” to let Microsoft monitor its own adherence to the 2009 deal that let i...