Internet of Things, IOT

The short answer is yes. Not only can it save your organization money, but it can do so while also delivering more functionality and freedom. AIS recently worked with a large machine-tooling company that had a machine optimization software solution they wanted to re-platform in a lower-cost, more scalable and flexible way.

Their machine optimization system reports real-time and historical data on how cutting tools and machines are performing, and recommends improvement opportunities. However, it was built using traditional software development techniques and doesn’t take advantage of any platform-as-a-service (PaaS) capabilities and benefits.

They asked us to create a proof-of-concept (POC) solution utilizing Azure IoT and Analytics PaaS services. This POC would be used to prove that an Azure IoT and Analytics PaaS services-based solution could provide derived data results within +/- 10% of their current software solution and experimental results, as well as address a number of existing technical limitations and outstanding business needs.

Click here to read how we overcame this challenge.

In Part 1 of this blog series, we outlined the case for a Service Catalog driven approach for Enterprise DevOps. At AIS, after having worked with several of our Enterprise clients with their DevOps journey, we harvested our learnings in the form of a fully managed service catalog – AIS Service Catalog (Now Zeuscale). AIS Service Catalog is a Microsoft Azure focused SaaS offering that is designed to jumpstart your DevOps efforts by bringing you the benefits of the service catalog driven approach.

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A Service Catalog for Microsoft Azure

In Part 1 of this blog post series, we identified four key features of a Service Catalog that are fundamental to establishing DevOps in an enterprise. Let us briefly talk about how AIS Service Catalog realizes these features using Microsoft Azure specific building blocks. Read More…

Microsoft Cloud ShowRecently, AIS’s Scott Hoag (@ciphertxt) joined Andrew Connell (@andrewconnell) and Chris Johnson (@loungeflyz) of the Microsoft Cloud Show to discuss Azure Application Proxy & Gateways. Topics covered in this podcast discussion include:

  • Using Application Proxy to publish applications for secure remote access
  • Enable Application Proxy services
  • Azure AD Application Proxy and SharePoint 2013
  • SSO for On Prem IWA Apps Using KCD with Application Proxy
  • Azure Application Gateway Pricing
  • What is Application Gateway
  • Azure Service Updates [RSS]

The Microsoft Cloud Show, is the only place to stay up to date on everything going on in the Microsoft cloud world including Azure and Office 365.

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AIS’s Chief Technology Officer, Vishwas Lele, has been busy building the State of Delaware’s  Electronic Notarization System.  This system, built using Microsoft Azure, allows the state agency to meet all the compliance requirements and offers them a rich selection of platform and service components. In this video, Lele talks about the solution and why Microsoft Azure made technology and business sense for AIS and for the State of Delaware. Check out what he has to say!

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Whnetrocks1at’s your DevOps plan? Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell from .NET Rocks! talk to Vishwas Lele about taking a comprehensive, model-driven approach to DevOps. What does it mean to be model-driven? Working with a strategic approach that is agnostic to any given technology or platform – but in the end, the tools do matter!

Vishwas talks about common elements like a single repository for all assets, repeatable deployment processes, instrumentation and feedback mechanisms that enable the entire team to see how the software is being used and improved. He also talks about the Azure templates for getting infrastructure up and running quickly – and the on-going evolution to let this model work anywhere, not just in the cloud!

.NET Rocks! is a weekly talk show for anyone interested in programming on the Microsoft .NET platform. The shows range from introductory information to hardcore geekiness.

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WindowsAzureJoin AIS for a webinar presentation on Insurance Modernization using Service Oriented Architecture, Microservice and Azure.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 – 12:00 pm EST
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AIS provides the insurance industry with solutions that drive customer acquisition and retention for organic growth, attract new generations of customers and employees through social media and mobile channels, gain greater insight into financial risks and business performance, and modernize core systems to improve IT cost ratios.

In this presentation, we will discuss strategies for modernization using Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), microservices and Azure for insurance providers. We will explain what SOA is, how your company is closer than it may appear to having an SOA based architecture and how your silos may be a benefit to you. We will also demystify microservices and present a typical use case in an insurance modernization effort and show how a transformative result can be achieve by combining SOA, microservices and Azure.

In this session you will learn:

1) Definition of true SOA
2) Microservices relation to SOA
3) How Azure relates to Microservices and SOA

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nosqlJoin AIS for a webinar presentation on Microsoft Azure DocumentDB and NoSQL options in Azure. In this presentation we will introduce Microsoft Azure DocumentDB, a document-oriented, NoSQL database service designed for modern mobile and web applications.

Thursday, June 25, 2015 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST
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DocumentDB delivers consistently fast reads and writes, schema flexibility, and the ability to easily scale a database up and down on demand. DocumentDB also enables complex ad hoc queries using a dialect of SQL, supports well defined consistency levels, and offers JavaScript language integrated, multi-document transaction processing using the familiar programming model of stored procedures, triggers and UDFs. Read More…

At the recently concluded Microsoft BUILD conference, Azure team announced their vision for the next generation of PaaS platform – Azure Service Fabric.

Azure Service Fabric provides a high control platform that enables developers and ISVs to build cloud services with a high degree of scalability and customization. Service Fabric was born from Microsoft’s years of experience delivering mission-critical cloud services and has been in production for more than five years. It provides the foundational technology upon which Azure’s core infrastructure is ran and also powers services like Skype for Business, InTune, Event Hubs, DocumentDB, Azure SQL Database (across more than 1.4 million customer databases) and Bing Cortana – which can scale to process more than 500 million evaluations per second.

Join AIS for a webinar session where we will discuss key concepts and motivations behind Azure Service Fabric. Read More…

azureI recently needed to verify the integrity of a large number of XML files that are stored in Azure Blob Storage. These files were essentially hand-written and contained numerous typos, errors and other inconsistencies. I needed to not only identify files that contained well-formed XML, but also find files containing nodes with names that were not on a list of known good names.

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bondiBondi Digital Publishing has relied on AIS for several years to build and enhance it’s Cloud Hosted digital magazine archive platform. Vogue, Rolling Stone, and many other magazines now have a compelling avenue for delivering content to their readers. Both back issues and new and upcoming issues of magazines are provided online in a beautiful HTML5 viewer.

The Bondi Digital Archive has grown, and with that growth new challenges have arisen. Some publishers have come to Bondi with a need to make hundreds or thousands of back issues available online as quickly as possible. However, once the back issues were all scanned, the images and metadata had to be processed before the final digital product was ready. This processing was taking an immense amount of time – sometimes up to several weeks. The publications wanted their back issues available online much more quickly than that. Read More…