The Daily Scrum, sometimes referred to as the Daily Standup, is a simple activity most teams have adopted or experimented with at some point.  In most instances, the extent of their guidance is to limit the gathering to 15 minutes and to answer three questions: What did you do yesterday? What will you do today? What impediments do you have? Most leaders will jump at a chance for their teams to share this type of information and communicate every day. […]

I was recently asked to write my own custom performance metric and publish it to Amazon’s CloudWatch using PowerShell. Part I: How do I get this thing running already? I initially used this blog post as a general guide, but since I had some experience with PowerShell already, the real learning part for me was how to call the API through .NET. (There is a second part, which actually shows you how to publish the metric. Unfortunately, his test “Tutorial” […]

If you have found yourself thinking… “We want the cloud to be a seamless extension of our data center, not a walled garden. We want to use our existing IT setup and tools (AD, SCOM etc.) to manage the on-premises and cloud-based applications.” “We want seamlessly move virtual machines from on-premises to the cloud and back.” “We want to start out by moving existing applications to the cloud without the need to change the applications in any way.” …then our […]

Hot on the heels of our new corporate blog, AIS is proud to announce that we’ve also redesigned and relaunched our corporate website at www.appliedis.com. From now on, our blog, events calendar and corporate site will be better integrated and together will fully showcase AIS’ work, ideas and innovations. Our new website will detail the extensive federal and commercial projects we’ve worked on and our firm’s full range of service offerings. It will also highlight premium content that discuss our […]

This is the first of a multipart series on the exciting new features of SQL Server 2012. Currently AIS is assisting a performing arts center with an upgrade to SQL Server 2012.  During the research for this project I have had a chance to deploy many of these new features.  These posts will highlight the best of what SQL Server 2012 has to offer. First up, I want to talk about AlwaysOn High Availability (HA). In short, this feature combines […]

Awhile back, we wanted to create demo videos for clients, showcasing some of our iPad Web Application work. One of the challenges was how to show the interactions — the touches and gestures — when working with the application. There is no mouse, like on desktops. A screenshot, or a video of the application, will simply show things happening as if by magic. And taking a video or photo of a user interacting with the device is just clumsy and […]

The Extract, Transform & Load (ETL) process typically accounts for 70% of an entire data warehousing/data migration effort (according to The Data Warehouse ETL Toolkit). And this proportion represents a major element of the project in terms of risk: the implementation could make or break the project. This fact should be taken into consideration while designing and implementing an ETL solution. Every staging project has two elements: the ETL itself and a staging data structure. So today I’d like to […]

Another Friday, another great round of links and blogs from the AIS team: The Case of the Case-Sensitive CustomFilter Refiner: If you’re setting up FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint and need a custom date refiner, you’ll want to read about Tim Larson’s experience before you run into trouble. (Code Thug) My Favorite Visual Studio 2012 Extensions: In honor of the recent launch of Visual Studio 2012, Ryan Cromwell shares six of his can’t-live-without extensions. (cromwellhaus) Protecting Your API Keys: How to hide your […]

N-tier development is not a new methodology. I remember learning about it in 200-level courses back in 2000, and I used it in ASP.NET development before I jumped on the SharePoint bandwagon. However, one of the things I’ve noticed over the years as a SharePoint developer is that most project development is done in the SharePoint object’s code behind or a few helper classes. This isn’t always the case —sometimes the solution isn’t complex enough to warrant a tiered approach […]

To meet extraordinary and unanticipated growth, AIS India has added a second office location. It is located in the HITEC city area — home to many IT organizations such as Google, IBM, Microsoft, Dell and Amazon. This facility will support up to 100 engineers and Microsoft Certified professionals as the team grows over the next year. This office reflects the hard work and dedication of all the employees who have built this organization from the ground up, when we started […]