Prototyping in Axure vs. Power Apps As I described in part one of this blog series, prototyping was an integral step of our user-centered design/discovery process. When we first started on the project, the UX Architect and I used Axure, a well-known prototyping tool familiar to us. However, as the project progressed, we moved into prototyping in Power Apps directly. Several reasons led to such change: Our client’s security policy required that we keep the prototypes in their tenant. Axure […]

Project Background From August 2020 to this February, I worked as a Business Analyst (BA) on a project team to help a major insurance company modernize thousands of InfoPath forms into the Microsoft Power Platform. Our client needed to retain critical business functionality and workflows of these forms before Microsoft ends their extended InfoPath support in July 2026. Our efforts included modernizing the InfoPath forms by using Power Apps canvas apps, Power Automate, and some Power BI. It was a […]

So you’ve written Infrastructure As Code, Automated All The Things, and drank deeply of the DevOps kool-aid on your current project – what’s next? You’ve been reaping the rewards of DevOps on a small scale, and your one-off DevOps effort has earned a lot of positive attention – now management would like you to implement DevOps for all the projects! So how do you spread the DevOps wealth, and what do you need to be aware of? Delivering DevOps What […]

Microsoft affirms its commitment to the Java ecosystem by offering open-source distribution of Java with the Microsoft Build of OpenJDK™. It’s a no-cost, Long-Term Support (LTS) distribution of OpenJDK currently available for preview. The preview build includes the binaries for Java 11 available on x64 server and desktop environments on Windows, macOS, and Linux. An early-access release for Java 16 is available for Windows on ARM. Microsoft is currently collecting feedback on the packing and installer of the build on […]

So you’ve written Infrastructure As Code, Automated All The Things, and drank deeply of the DevOps Kool-Aid on your current project – what’s next? You’ve been reaping the rewards of DevOps at some scale, and your one-off DevOps effort has earned a lot of positive attention – now, management would like you to implement DevOps for all the projects! How do you spread the DevOps wealth, and what do you need to be successful? Delivering DevOps What is DevOps? For […]

Azure API Management service has been around since 2014. AIS has been implementing solutions using Azure API Management for almost as long. I am working on a project that recently introduced new requirements that seemed like a good fit for API Management, so we looked into it. As a result, we decided to use Azure API Management and recently deployed it into production. I want to share some of the considerations in making that decision and some of the implementation […]

From C# Developer to DevOps Engineer Over the last couple of years, I’ve become a DevOps Engineer after having been primarily a C# developer. Instead of primarily C# and SQL, I was now working almost exclusively with JSON, YAML, and PowerShell. While I was very familiar with Visual Studio 2013/2015/2017 and its excellent support for the .NET work I did over the years, I found the experience for building DevOps solutions to be underwhelming. At the time, the Intellisense for […]

Recently I was working on a project for a DoD client looking to move multiple, siloed on-premise data workloads to the cloud as part of an Azure capabilities proof of concept. The client needed to upload large amounts of data, create parquet files, perform ad-hoc analysis using jupyter notebooks, and make data available to query using SQL for a reporting dashboard. A single dataset was approximately a terabyte with all the data measured in petabytes. After completing the analysis, we […]

AIS recently held an internal hackathon for Microsoft Power Platform to expose our team to the platform, concepts, approaches through hands-on experience and to demonstrate the role Power Platform plays in modernizing legacy applications in the cloud. As a premier Microsoft partner, Power Platform has quickly become a core part of our holistic enterprise cloud transformation strategy. Our teams have helped enterprises across Financial Services, Insurance, Health and Life Sciences, and the Government leverage Power Platform for enterprise-grade application modernization […]

The landscape for Power BI licensing is complex and evolving. To begin to grasp the structure and detail, let’s break it down. Today I am asking: what are the capabilities of using a free license? Really, It’s Free More than one path exists to obtain a free account. For our exploration in this article, I will use two: Individual Free Account Office 365 (Dev Tenant) Member Free Account Let’s frame this in a story with two fictional characters. Cary Small […]