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.NET Conf 2020

December 1 2020

.NET Conf 2020

It is that time of year again. Microsoft just finished the .NET Conf 2020 talks and there is a lot here to unpack. With the pending merge of the .NET Core and .NET Framework projects into .NET 5, we knew this was going to be a big year for developers. And Microsoft did not disappoint. Follow along for some overviews and deep dives into what Microsoft announced, and what that means for development teams and your custom software going forward into 2021.

Windows 7 Update – How Goes the Great Migration?

October 21 2019

A lot of IT administrators probably wake up each morning, look at the calendar, and sigh. That’s because there’s only three months and change left before January 14, 2020 – the day that Windows 7 is officially end-of-life.

Your Operating System Could Be Killing Productivity

February 14 2017

Generally speaking, companies must weigh the pros and cons of upgrading or updating any system.  It is accepted that physical assets such as machinery or equipment must be maintained at specific intervals.  

Furthermore, the projected end of life date is typically established at the time of purchase.  Equipment kept in use past its projected EOL requires additional maintenance and upkeep and often hampers productivity or increases risk and most companies would not dispute this fact. 

Software systems are no less critical. Software applications and operating systems also have a projected EOL, but often the temptation to extend the service life of these assets is greater than for a piece of equipment that you can touch and feel. 

Why Microsoft SCOM 2016 is Worth a Serious Look

November 1 2016

In the crowded space of Systems Monitoring Solutions, Microsoft has released a much-needed series of improvements to its Operations Manager (a.k.a SCOM) platform for 2016. The continued adoption of Hybrid Cloud scenarios which require 24/7 monitoring for both on-premise and cloud workloads using one tool is in high demand. Operations Manager 2016 has delivered a platform that can monitor you on-premise and cloud workloads from one pane of glass.

Why the Microsoft - LinkedIn Acquisition is Exciting!

June 13 2016

As a Gold Microsoft Partner for 25 years, we were excited to hear the news that Microsoft is planning to acquire LinkedIn. The results of such an acquisition are yet to be seen. However, the boldness of such a decision cannot be ignored.

Your Custom Application May Be a Misfit

June 4 2016

Are you a cowboy riding an ostrich?

If your collection of software applications running your business looks like The Island of Misfit Toys, then it’s worth considering some new alternatives.

How to Get a Handle on Your Microsoft Azure Management Data

June 1 2016

Have you ever asked yourself one or more of these questions?

  • Do I have resources in Azure that are unused?
  • Where are my Azure costs coming from which applications or departments should be responsible for those costs?
  • Who made what changes to my Azure environment and when did they make them?
  • Are my Azure resources configured to meet security policy?
  • Are people attacking my Azure services? If so from where and how?
  • What should I do to ensure my environment is secure from known and unknown threats and attacks?

If so, you probably know that getting answers out of the Azure portal has been less than easy.

Azure Security Center, can your data be more secure in the cloud?

May 25 2016

Can your data be more secure in the cloud?

Let’s look at how Microsoft Azure is helping you to ensure your data and services are protected against current and future cyber threats in the cloud.

XRM Explained with Legos

May 23 2016

One of my favorite toys as a kid was Legos. It was that awesome feeling I got from creating something out of nothing. Usually, I would make some monster truck – it was the late ‘70s, early ‘80s, and Big Foot was a big deal. But I digress. So we weren’t building something out of “nothing”. We were starting with some building blocks that the Lego company provided.

No question there is a lot of thought, planning and precision engineering put into manufacturing those pieces so that they all fit together perfectly. As smart as we were, building a plastic Big Foot replica without those building blocks would have been beyond our ability. So we start with a pile of seemingly unrelated plastic blocks, wheels, people (with and without heads), shrubs, chimneys, car parts, etc. and create something entirely new from the seemingly random pieces. Fun!