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 recently read Patrick Lencioni’s latest book, Getting Naked: A Business Fable About Shedding The Three Fears That Sabotage Client Loyalty. I found the book useful, well written, and insightful. Here is a quick summary of the key ideas: Always Consult instead of Sell Rather than harping on past accolades and what you can do if the organization hires you, transform every sales situation into an opportunity to demonstrate value. Start adding value from the very first meeting… without waiting […]

Meet some of the AIS Recruiting Team – They’re going to talk you through some of their top recommended job interview tips. (Transcript) My name is Francesca Hawk. My name is Rana Shahbazi. My name is Kathleen McGurk. My name is Jenny Wan. My name is Denise Kim. Tip #1: Be Open, Transparent & Direct I think it’s important for candidates to be authentic and transparent throughout the entire interview process. Keeping the line of communication open through the interview […]

It started off as a small idea – a donation drive to support a local organization – and quickly expanded into multiple drives across the country.    The AIS Women’s Network began in October 2018 as a small group of 10 individuals and quickly grew to 54 members strong.  To support part of our mission, we set out to lead an effort to help a local charitable organization. But it quickly became apparent that the logistics of multiple offices across the country supporting one organization wasn’t an easy task. But […]

As I was nearing retirement from the Air Force, I received briefings reminding me that the world outside of the military is nothing like the one inside of it. It’s a dog eat dog world out there; companies only care about their bottom line; companies won’t help anyone else unless it’s beneficial for them, etc. When I came onboard with AIS, however, I was told that our Managed Services practice provides pro-bono support for the Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center. I […]

It’s been another great year here at AIS. We worked on some really cool projects with really great clients, and enjoyed telling you about all about it here on the AIS Blog. Perhaps you’ll consider joining our team in 2019? As we close out 2018, here are the top 10 most read and shared blog posts we published this year: Working With Powerapps and Flow, by Jeff Myers HOW TO: Build an Intranet With SharePoint Modern Sites (Parts One, Two and […]

The AIS Team is very proud to announce that we’ve successfully completed our first appraisal under the CMMI Institute’s Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) for Services at Maturity Level 3 (ML3). So…what does that mean? It means that after an extremely rigorous approval process, CMMI has independently validated and recognized AIS’ excellence and dedication to continuous improvement in our Service Management practices. It means our existing and future customers can count on continued increases in quality, productivity, efficiencies, and performance…while seeing decreases […]

A small delegation from AIS joined Stephen Iacovelli, his family, and his military peers to recognize his promotion to Brigadier General and observe the Change of Command ceremony. Brigadier General Iacovelli took command of the 94th Training Division based in Ft. Lee, Virginia. The Army expressed their appreciation for AIS’ support of Stephen as he completed the Army War College and our continued flexibility that allows Stephen to balance his work responsibilities with those of a citizen Solider. Fred Elleman, […]

AIS’s own Gautam Shah, Azure Architect, was a guest on The Azure Podcast last week and discussed how enterprises can use Azure to automate just about anything. It’s a great episode and covers a lot of what’s now possible with “Extreme” Azure Automation! Media file (mp3) Transcript (in sidebar)

AIS won the 2018 Microsoft US SI of the Year award for Azure Performance at Microsoft Inspire in Las Vegas. The award recognizes AIS’ work in Azure consumption values, as well as our success as the #1 United States Co-Sell Partner in the Microsoft Co-Sell Initiative. With over $26 million in Azure consumption and over $12 million in total contract value, AIS assisted Microsoft in retiring over $1 million in Azure goals. Microsoft generated more than 11,000 co-sell wins with partners like […]