How do you know you’re ready to present at a conference? You may have a good understanding of how something works, or you can build and explain how you reached a specific solution. I’m writing this article not because I am a presentation expert, but because I presented once at a large conference (and have seen a fair share of live presentations). If you follow the path that I took, presentations don’t have to be scary, but an opportunity for […]

I recently had the privilege and opportunity to attend this year’s DEF CON conference, one of the world’s largest and most notable hacker conventions, held annually in Las Vegas. Deciding what talks and sessions to attend can be a logistics nightmare for a conference that has anywhere between 20,000 – 30,000 people in attendance, but I pinpointed the ones that I felt would be beneficial for myself and AIS. During the conference, Tanya Janca, a cloud advocate for Microsoft, and […]

I was fortunate enough to attend the Microsoft BUILD 2019 Conference in Seattle this year – the company’s annual developer conference. There was a lot of excitement and a TON of great information to consume; from both the scheduled sessions and one-on-one conversations with product team representatives. So I’m wrapping up BUILD 2019 with some of my highlights below. (Admittedly, these highlights skew towards technologies I’m currently using most frequently – I’ve grouped some of these into related categories. Also […]

I just returned from Microsoft BUILD 2019 where I presented a session on Azure Kubernetes Services (AKS) and Cosmos. Thanks to everyone who attended. We had excellent attendance – the room was full! I like to think that the audience was there for the speaker 😊 but I’m sure the audience interest is a clear reflection of how popular AKS and Cosmos DB are becoming. For those looking for a 2-minute overview, here it is: In a nutshell, the focus […]

In support of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, you’re invited to join us for a very special edition of the Microsoft Azure Government Meetup! On October 24th, the Women Leading Government Cybersecurity Meetup will feature an exciting panel of experienced government cybersecurity professionals. ALL are welcome to attend this FREE event for networking, refreshments and fascinating insights and discussions on: Today’s cybersecurity landscape in government and top priorities Best practices in cybersecurity along with challenges and lessons learned Future of cybersecurity […]

Calling all SharePoint users and Office 365 developers! AIS is hosting this month’s Meetup for the Triangle SharePoint User Group in Morrisville, North Carolina. The Meetup is this Thursday at AIS’ North Carolina office. There are still a few spots left so be sure to RVSP today. About the Session: In this session we’ll walk through building a client-side web part with the SharePoint framework. By using generic components, we can build web parts that can be reused across an entire […]

The President’s Management Agenda (PMA) called on all government agencies to accelerate their IT modernization efforts with a continued focus on security. So…now what? At this month’s #AzureGov meetup, our panel of speakers discussed exactly how agencies can navigate the world of automated ATOs, revamped TIC compliance and beyond.  And at the same time, fully realize the benefits of the cloud and achieve greater agility while strengthening their security posture. Last night’s speakers included: • Mark Cohn, CTO, Unisys Federal […]

One of the biggest roadblocks to government digital transformation is the lack of effective IT governance. Unresolved concerns including privacy, security and organizational silos that limit data sharing and analysis continue to pose hurdles for agencies. Last night’s Azure Government Meetup in Washington, D.C. featured a stellar lineup of industry-leading experts who shared insights and strategies on achieving effective IT governance in areas including identity, portfolio and records management. If you missed it, you can catch the replay here. 

Last night’s #AzureGovMeetup challenged government agencies to view the cloud as more than just a technology and software choice, but also as a business strategy to create greater impact for employees and citizens. With its agility, speed and low cost, the cloud is the key to helping agencies test and innovate new solutions faster than ever before. .@vlele sure does know how to kickoff an event!! #azuregovmeetup https://t.co/t8XVuMuTRs — AIS (@aisteam) June 20, 2018 First up, we heard from Kevin Jackson, […]

For those who are familiar with Microsoft’s popular Dashboard in a Day workshops for Power BI, App in a Day (AIAD) is very similar. The program is an all-day training designed to accelerate attendees’ Power Apps, Microsoft Flow, and CDS for Apps experience. The comprehensive hands-on workshop is led by a certified Microsoft Partner, in this case, your friends at Applied Information Sciences. The training provides practical experience in a full-day of instructor lead App creation workshops. You learn how […]