I am currently working as a development operation engineer at a client that maintains a large and complex infrastructure with an even more complicated development workflow. Cloud infrastructure had already been provisioned, and several development cycles had been completed when I joined the team a couple of years ago. As a result, I came into an environment that had already established a development workflow, with barely any infrastructure as code (IaC) practices in place. What is unique about this client […]

Why Stream? If you don’t have school-aged children, you might not know that live streaming is the hot thing at the moment. Imagine telling your younger self that you could not only get paid for playing video games but that people would enjoy watching you play games. Honestly, I was born in the wrong era. Traditionally, the way developers communicated their craft was through the written word; we already type thousands of lines a day, have a WPM of 90, […]

This blog post is for all developers of all levels that are looking for ways to improve efficiency and time-saving ideas. It begins by providing some background on me and how my experience with Microsoft Excel has evolved and aided me as a developer. Next, we cover a scenario where Excel can be leveraged to save time. Finally, we go over a step-by-step example using Excel to solve the problem. Background As a teenager growing up in the 80s, I […]

Overnight the world’s workforce has moved into the home office. As a result, online meetings are now the only way we meet. For many organizations, this sudden change has dramatically impacted how their business operates. Staff members were accustomed to collaborating in person. Now they feel disconnected.  Sales people who relied on face-to-face interaction to close the deal are suddenly isolated.  Visual cues, facial expressions and the non-verbal communication we took for granted is gone. Right now, across the globe, […]

Once you’ve decided to instrument your ASP.NET Core application with Application Insights, you may be looking for how to anonymize or customize the data that is being sent to Application Insights. For details on why you should be using Application Insights and how to get started, please reference my previous post in this blog series. Two things to consider with telemetry: Adding additional telemetry that is not recorded by Application Insights. Removing or anonymizing data that is already being sent […]

Once you’ve decided to instrument your ASP.NET Core application with Application Insights, you may be looking for a quick way to troubleshoot telemetry configuration. For details on why you should be using Application Insights and how to get started, please reference my previous post in this blog series. How do you go about testing your telemetry configuration? Typically, developers would adjust the application and would then deploy to Azure, ideally your development environment in Azure. However, making a change to […]

Implementing a cloud strategy and modernization of legacy systems are two of the core objectives of most IT organizations. Purchasing a COTS product or SaaS offering can speed up modernization and come with a lot of advantages. COTS products come with a proven track record and address specific business needs that would be difficult to justify building your own. COTS product shifts the liability of creating features to the COTS product instead of your organization. Finally, COTS products promise a […]

Note: This blog post is *not* about Kubernetes infrastructure API (an API to provision a Kubernetes cluster). Instead, this post focuses on the idea of Kubernetes as a common infrastructure layer across private and public clouds. Kubernetes is, of course, well known as the leading open-source system for automating deployment and management of containerized applications. However, its uniform availability, is for the first time, giving customers a “common” infrastructure API across public and private cloud providers. Customers can take their […]

ACA Compliance Group needed help streamlining the communications landscape and its fast-growing workforce to collaborate more effectively. AIS recommended starting small with Microsoft Teams adoption and utilizing Microsoft Planner to gain advocates, realize quick wins, and gather insights to guide the larger rollout. Starting Their Cloud Transformation Journey The cloud brings many advantages to both companies and their employees, including unlimited access and seamless collaboration. However, to unleash the full power of cloud-based collaboration, a company must select the right […]

Please note: The extended support deadline for Exchange 2010 has changed since the original publication of this article. It has moved from January 14 2020 to October 13 2020. There is still good time to consider your upgrade strategy and migrate your legacy Exchange environments to the Microsoft cloud! Exchange 2010 is at the end of its journey, and what a long road it’s been! For many customers, it has been a workhorse product facilitating excellent communications with their employees. […]