In the previous series of articles (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3), we went over how to create Self-Documenting Azure Functions with C# and OpenAPI with generated OpenAPI specs. At the time, this was done with the current LTS versions, which meant Azure Functions V3 and .NET 3.1. Since then, .NET 6 and Azure Functions V4 have been released. Along with those, another very useful package has also been released: Microsoft.Azure.WebJobs.Extensions.OpenApi. This package removes the need for many of the […]

I recently enjoyed being involved in an internal Power Platform modernization hackathon. I want to share my experience to provide valuable insights and/or ideas to help others decide if they will participate in or host a hackathon themselves. What is a Hackathon? A hackathon is typically a single sprint event where a group of motivated technical folks collaborates intensely to implement and demonstrate the solution to a problem use case chosen by each team. It is a rapid development effort […]

Microsoft’s RPA (Robotic Process Automation) solution will transform organizations, helping teams realize cost savings and increased productivity. And the beauty of Microsoft’s RPA capabilities is that they build atop an organization’s existing Azure infrastructure, tapping into native Microsoft cloud services – like Azure Active Directory, On-Demand Compute, Native Network Security Tools, and RBAC Access Control – rather than building these capabilities from scratch on another solution. While automation has been around for decades, the Microsoft one cloud platform provides seamless, […]

This blog will explain how a short-staffed team overcame security issues in a critical legacy application by combining modern authentication with legacy MVC frameworks. This allowed the team to upgrade the application to meet enterprise security standards without disrupting the users. Background I managed an in-house application, ERMS, developed a decade ago with MVC and forms authentication. The forms authentication used custom user management with SQL Server database. The skilled developer created a productive application that served the needs of […]

The Current Situation Today, organizations continue the transition to cloud computing as part of their digital transformation journey and become highly productive organizations in their respective industry. While transitioning to cloud computing demonstrates agility, scalability, cost-effectiveness, and performance, the challenge is strengthening their security foundation and reducing risk. While vendors, such as Microsoft, provide the best-in-class measures and features for tightening the organization’s security foundation, the ultimate responsibility belongs to the specific organization. Of course, organizations will take precautionary steps […]

Microsoft 365 is the best-in-class enterprise communication and collaboration solution, allowing your organization to become highly productive within and outside of the organization. In brief, Microsoft 365 is compromised of various products and workloads, from utilizing Exchange for email and Microsoft Teams for instant messaging and telephony to SharePoint Online for developing your intranet and Yammer for inter-organizational social interaction. So, now that your organization utilizes Microsoft 365, the best-in-class enterprise communication and collaboration solution, what is your next step? […]

Hello, Power Platform Devs! In this blog post, I’d like to highlight my learning experience with the AIS HUB Team that you can take advantage of to get started with Power Platform fundamentals. What is the HUB Team? The AIS Cloud Acceleration Hub (HUB) is a dedicated team of AIS consultants organized to help our project teams deliver successful cloud solutions. The HUB team consolidates knowledge and experience to provide rapid research and guidance services for AIS delivery teams at […]

In addition to all the other great work he does for AIS and our clients, Nasir Mirza found the time to put together a comprehensive guide for programmers who wish to pursue AI/ML development. This guide provides practical guidance and examples for how to build a solid conceptual foundation and familiarity with data sciences related processes and frameworks. The Practitioner’s Guide to Data Science: Streamlining Data Science Solutions using Python, Scikit-Learn, and Azure ML Service Platform covers data science concepts, […]

In this blog, we will discuss Kubernetes (aka k8s for short). In this blog, we will cover the following: What is Kubernetes? How is it different from the traditional model? How has Kubernetes evolved? Why would you need k8s? What can k8s do? In the end, we will walk through setting up a Kubernetes cluster on the Microsoft Azure cloud. What is Kubernetes Kubernetes or k8s is an orchestrator to build, deploy, update, and manage containers. A container is a […]

Every day, too many patients worldwide fall victim to medical problems that can be solved in a matter of a few hundred dollars; a few hundred dollars that they do not have. Donors can help by donating funds to hospitals and support agencies, but they can only hope their money is going straight to where it is needed. Often life-changing surgeries ranging from just a few hundred to a thousand dollars can get lost among the demand for funds to […]