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 […]

Microsoft Azure Government DC is a group created for anyone in the IT world modernizing government with a goal of bringing real-world lessons to innovators in Government. AIS has supported and presented during these events when there were just 5 members. Now, the group in nearing 4,000 members. In March, we presented on Authority to Operate (ATO) and Compliance in Azure Gov. Check out the recording and overview below. Here’s What You Missed AIS Cloud Security and Compliance Solutions Architect, […]

This blog series is for anyone trying to learn how to use the Power Platform. Readers should know software development fundamentals. This post builds on the first two parts by adding smartphone camera capabilities to the interface. It starts by covering how to add an Image field to the Item form. Next, it illustrates how to implement bar code readers in the app. Last, a demonstration of the capabilities is performed with screen captures from the smartphone. The blog series […]

This blog series is for anyone trying to learn how to use the Power Platform. Readers should know software development fundamentals. This blog begins by covering how to create a base Canvas App from an existing table in the Microsoft Dataverse. It reviews all the screens, forms, and changes necessary to make the user interface work as defined in the requirements. By the end of this blog, a fully functioning app will be ready for data entry. The blog series […]

This blog series is for anyone trying to learn how to use the Power Platform. Readers should know software development fundamentals. It begins by explaining why we would want to create a home inventory system. It then takes the reader over the requirements of the system, including potential future enhancements. It takes time to explain the database model and how it translates into tables in the Microsoft Dataverse. This post concludes with a review of the User Interface mockup. The […]

Testing is and has always been a necessary action when writing code or creating templates. Throughout the history of writing code, tools have made it easier and more foolproof for developers to complete tasks and get increasingly better at test-driven development. During some time, I researched and was asked to add content to the Knowledge Center about testing tools Pester and Azure Resource Manager (ARM) Template. Without knowing too much about writing code or developing ARM Templates, I was able […]

Microsoft FastTrack is a service provided by Microsoft that helps customers onboard Cloud Solutions and drive user adoption. The Microsoft Power Platform product engineering team recognizes individuals for consistently producing high-quality solutions using their experience in architecture solutions during customer engagements. Lee Baker, a Solutions Architect for AIS, has been recognized for his hard work and impressive client management. “Lee is one of the most extraordinarily knowledgeable Power Platform technical leaders on the planet, particularly in the realms of data […]