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Andrew Schwalbe

Now is the Time to Consider Bring Your Own Cloud (BYOC) Policy in your Organization
Friday, September 19, 2014
By: Andrew Schwalbe  

Similar to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies, defining Bring Your Own Cloud (BYOC) policies is going to depend on your organization. For those working with data that isn’t protected by law, it’s important to consider the great possibilities of BYOC and the power of placing trust in the professionalism of your fellow associates.  Business-centric storage clouds are now starting to become mainstream and they allow integration with employee mobile devices while giving control and management capabilities to the organization.

Erion Omeri

Using WCF Web Services to Integrate with Microsoft Dynamics AX ERP
Thursday, September 18, 2014
By: Erion Omeri  
Line of Business Application are custom-built to a company’s process and they might have taken a big effort to produce and companies rely on heavily. When moving to Microsoft Dynamics AX ERP, you can integrate with these applications extremely easily, if you have the expertise. This allows for integration of the existing system with minimal development effort. In this post I will go over the high level steps that I have learned from experience and from Dynamics AX experienced developers on how to integrate Dynamics AX with your existing app using Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) services.   

Nieko Giuliani

Is Your Digital Customer Experience Meeting Expectations?
Friday, September 5, 2014
By: Nieko Giuliani   
Are you sure your digital customer experience is living up to your customer’s expectations? Wondering if you should evaluate your website and digital marketing initiatives?

Eric Hyland

Creating Dashboards with Datazen – An end to end example
Thursday, September 4, 2014
By: Eric Hyland  

Skyline recently announced a new partnership with Datazen.  Datazen’s mobile data analysis and delivery capabilities complement our existing BI toolset, which enables Skyline to deliver mobile solutions quickly and easily for our clients.  Datazen allows us to quickly and easily develop dashboards and KPIs targeted for mobile devices such as tablets and phones.  These dashboards render in native applications for all flavors of phone/tablet operating systems and can also be viewed in web browsers and/or embedded into applications.  In this post I’ll demonstrate how simple it is to build a Datazen dashboard and publish it to the Datazen server.

Chris Plate

Building an OAuth2 Authorization Server with DotNetOpenAuth
Thursday, August 28, 2014
By: Chris Plate  
This isn’t a typical quick-hitting blog post.  Rather, it is the documentation resulting from an effort to build a proof-of-concept of an OAuth2 Authorization Server using DotNetOpenAuth.  It’s not exactly light reading, but the first few paragraphs should at least convey the problem to be solved, while the rest provides more of the gory details on how to solve it if you're interested.  When asked to work on this for a client, there didn’t seem to be a single sample that I could find that detailed how all of the moving parts (and yes, there are a lot of them, hence the length of this post) fit together.  So I thought I’d share this walkthrough of the POC code, found at https://github.com/cplate/oauth2, as it might help someone that happens to need to do something similar to navigate the waters.

Sarah Buruin

SharePoint 2013 – Mobile and Responsive Thoughts
Thursday, August 21, 2014
By: Sarah Buruin  
I will point out a few of the major concepts that you need to think about when planning for responsive design and general mobile site use.

Brian Laehn

10 Steps to Organize and Facilitate a Successful Requirements Gathering Meeting
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
By: Brian Laehn  
     Some of the most important tasks a Business Analyst (BA) performs include eliciting, documenting, and analyzing requirements for a project.  The technique that I use most when I am playing the role of a BA on a project and need to gather requirements from the stakeholders is to organize and facilitate a successful requirements gathering meeting.  Below I have documented 10 steps that I recommend you follow as a guideline to help you organize and facilitate a successful requirements gathering meeting.

Jay Steinke

Embracing Agile
Friday, August 15, 2014
By: Jay Steinke  
Is there a silver bullet that will make agile work in your organization?  Not really.  However, if you truly embrace agile…  You’ll start seeing incremental improvement and be on your way to a credible agile delivery method.

Mitch Weckop

Can Companies Survive Without Analytics?
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
By: Mitch Weckop  
Leaders are challenged to make decisions about their business every day – often with less than perfect knowledge.  Best-in-class companies are tipping the decision making odds in their favor by having a business intelligence strategy.

Enterprise Portals Team

What is a SharePoint Custom Claims Provider and why do I need one?
Friday, August 8, 2014
By: Enterprise Portals Team  
Have you ever encountered a security requirement that just does not seem to be resolved completely by the use of Active Directory Security groups?  We have run up against this particularly when we need to have a security situation where a user must be in two AD Groups.

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