One day, not so very long ago, Kevin and Tom stopped by for a visit and asked me, “Can we build a low-cost Content Management System (CMS) on .NET that serves up audio and video content? The site also needs to sell access to the A/V content, and oh…the CMS users will be non-technical and it has to work on the iPad too.” I replied that of course we could build such a system and would get back to them […]

If you have found yourself thinking… “Changing our existing apps to run on PaaS is going to require a lot of refactoring. We want to run our applications in the Cloud as-is.” “We cannot migrate to Azure SQL Database because our database relies on SQL CLR-based stored procedures. We want to use a full version of SQL Server.” “We want the Cloud to be a seamless extension of our data center, not a walled garden. We want to use our […]

Just like on-premises applications, the availability for cloud applications needs to be carefully planned. In this blog post I’ll discuss different levels of availability for Windows Azure-hosted applications. Ultimately the level of availability you choose needs to be a business decision that balances cost with your personal tolerance for the nines. To guide us though this discussion, I’ll use a typical Windows Azure application as an example. The architecture of our sample application consists of three primary components: Windows Azure […]

Some Friday links from our contributing AIS bloggers‘ personal blogs: Kendo UI Mobile with Knockout for Master-Detail Views: Toying around with Kendo UI Mobile to build iPhone apps. (Steve Michelotti) Dynamic Test Data Using Rhino.Mocks Do() Method: Controller action testing with Rhino.Mocks. (The Agile .Netter) Smith MBA Long-Term Schedule Planning with PowerPivot: Using Microsoft PowerPivot as a Business Intelligence tool. (SQLScape) Headless Javascript Testing with Visual Studio 2012 & Chutzpah Test Adapter: A video demo on how to use Chutzpah to run Jasmine tests inside Visual […]

As a Microsoft partner with several gold competencies and cloud memberships, we are entitled to an extensive suite of internal use licenses for many of Microsoft’s on-premise and cloud products.  During our recent rollout of Office 365, the elegance of Microsoft’s long-term vision of federating authentication (which has been evolving since the release of Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) 1.0 in 2005) really stood out. Once an ADFS 2.0 infrastructure is in place, federating authentication with our hosted Office 365 […]

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the Business Intelligence in Microsoft SharePoint event on Wednesday. As promised (and for anyone who missed it), here’s Vishwas Lele‘s full presentation. Click through the slideshow below, and feel free to ask any follow-up questions in the comments or contact us. AIS SharePoint & BI Presentation 25th july 2012 from AppliedIS

I recently learned a trick for deploying a folder of report templates in TFS to a handful of development team folders: PowerShell. Being new to PowerShell, I won’t attempt to explain its usefulness or much of its mechanics because those of you who know, already know. (And those of you who don’t know should definitely check it out.) Basically, PowerShell is a handy tool for performing batch tasks that might otherwise cause unsightly bald spots.

Here at Applied information Sciences, we use Yammer quite a bit to facilitate quick, transparent and open communication. For such a distributed team of smart individuals, it’s an invaluable tool to building camaraderie and cohesiveness. Yammer allows us to discuss hot industry technologies and opens the channel to shared experiences and knowledge. I recently used Yammer to conduct a poll here at AIS:

You are cordially invited to join us for a highly informative session where AIS’ CTO Vishwas Lele will present on Business Intelligence offerings in Microsoft SharePoint. AIS is hosting this free event at Microsoft’s Chevy Chase, Maryland office on July 25th. Do you want to: Use SharePoint to manage BI Assets? Use SharePoint lists and libraries to provide a single security and repository framework for BI assets? Use SharePoint to publish an Excel workbook in order to get to “one […]

At the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) 2012 in Toronto last week, 20 regional Microsoft partners were honored at the Microsoft WPC 2012 Awards. Honorees were selected from more than 200 organizations across the East Region, and AIS was recognized as the 2012 East Region Azure Circle Partner of the Year for our innovative cloud applications at Pandora Jewelry, Bondi Publishing and PSI International. AIS architected, designed and developed solutions that leveraged Azure as a key part of the systems. AIS […]