Microsoft Azure Government DC is a group created for anyone in the IT world modernizing Government to bring real-world lessons to innovators in Government. AIS has supported and presented during these events since there were just five members. Now, the group is nearing 4,000. The July meetup focused on getting your agency to next-level cloud adoption with Microsoft Azure. Check out the recording and overview below. Here’s What You Missed Cloud Adoption has come a long way over the years. […]

What is Cognitive Surplus? In his famous TED talk about Cognitive Surplus, Clay Shirky shares an incident in Kenya from December of 2007. There was a disputed presidential election that resulted in an outbreak of ethnic violence. A lawyer in Nairobi, Ory Okolloh, began blogging about it on her site, Kenyan Pundit. Shortly after the election and the outbreak of violence, the government suddenly imposed a significant media blackout. So, Okolloh solicited more information about what was going on from […]

We used the following techniques for an ESXi upgrade. Although upgrading is a standard process, I’ve compiled some tips and best practices that worked well for the team. Read on to learn how we did it. Why is it Essential to Upgrade the Environment? It’s recommended to upgrade VMware vSphere as per VMware standards because VMware vSphere adds many features, which helps to scale up the infrastructure and efficiently manages new or existing infrastructure. To be compatible and benefit from […]

What is Azure Web Application Firewall (WAF)? Azure Web Application Firewall (WAF) filters, monitors, and blocks HTTP traffic. It uses Open Web Application Security Project® (OWASP) rules to protect your application. It also provides centralized protection to web applications from common exploits and vulnerabilities and protects against threats and intrusions. Supported Services We have three different options to create a WAF in Azure: Azure Front Door: Global, scalable entry-point that uses the Microsoft global edge network to create fast, secure, and […]

The data team of the internal AIS Microsoft Power Platform Hackathon used 3 different data movement techniques to solve the hackathon use case: Dataflows, Power Query, and Power Automate. Read on to learn how we did it. There are several ways to import and export data through Microsoft Dataverse, the data backbone of Microsoft Power Platform. What is Dataverse? Dataverse is designed to work with any data and incorporates all the significant data technologies that any organization needs – relational, […]

The identity team of the internal AIS Microsoft Power Platform Hackathon delivered a flexible solution that could handle any of these use cases. Read on to learn how we did it. Power Apps Portals are external-facing web applications that allow external users to interact with Microsoft Dataverse. It often serves more than one set of users, such as customers, employees, and partners. Therefore, it is critical to have a good authentication scheme and identity management for the Power Apps Portal […]

Why Choose SharePoint Framework (SPFx) for a Teams Application? We can build Teams Apps with Power Platform and SharePoint Framework. Which to choose for any particular customer requirement? To answer, we need to examine both. This post will discuss the SPFx option. A future post will look at the Power Platform option. Not Just SharePoint SharePoint Framework (SPFx) has evolved from customizing SharePoint to providing coding templates for Word and Outlook customizations and Teams. In time we may see the […]

How We Modernized a Legacy App using Power Platform In May, AIS 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. The Microsoft Power Platform Hackathon was an opportunity for our enthusiastic team to modernize a legacy e-commerce (E-shop) application using Microsoft Power Platform. The legacy application, the deployment of eShopOnWeb, helped users find […]

Our team enters the fiscal year 2022 with excitement, intention, and confidence. In 2022, AIS turns 40. We’ve thrived through four decades of IT consulting and continue to achieve record growth numbers while keeping pace with technology advancements. As we enter another year alongside our partners and teammates at Microsoft, we reflect on and take great pride in our accomplishments and the innovative, dedicated people that help drive them forward. It is also the time of year we look ahead […]

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 […]