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Jen Kalz

WI BADD 2014
Monday, April 14, 2014
By: Jen Kalz  
Skyline is coming to WI BADD! 

Edmund Poillion

SQL Server 2014 OLTP
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
By: Edmund Poillion  
Microsoft announced the latest version of SQL Server 2014 will be generally available on April 1.  One of new features I’m most excited about is the In-Memory OLTP engine, code named Hekaton.  Today I’d like to talk about a couple of the parts of the In-Memory OLTP Engine; memory-optimized tables and natively compiled stored procedures.

Andrew Schwalbe

Read this with your mobile device: BYOD 101
Thursday, April 3, 2014
By: Andrew Schwalbe  

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies are important to businesses to assist with risk mitigation of corporate information.  This high level review discusses the basics of BYOD policies and options available.  Such policies can be simple using standard written polices, and they can also be enforced policies utilizing software installed on mobile devices.  The proper approach will depend on business need and risk acceptance.

John Ptacek

Build 2014 – Observations Day 1
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
By: John Ptacek   

Microsoft kicked off Build 2014 in San Francisco. Skyline breaks down what is interesting for its customers.

Rachael Ebertz

An Approach to Tracking Testing Progress
Sunday, March 30, 2014
By: Rachael Ebertz  

Using daily testing steps is a quick, effective approach that can be used to track testing progress for a system that has multiple functional areas.  By using this approach key trouble areas can be pinpointed and resources better aligned to get testing back on track.

Matt Giuliani

Azure Web Role Scaling with TFS Automated Builds
Monday, March 24, 2014
By: Matt Giuliani  

Managing separate environments for your Azure projects is a fairly straightforward task in most situations.  However, when your various deployment environments need to be scaled to different sizes, things start to get a little more difficult.  This article walks through how we solved a problem with automatically scaling environments to different sizes, specifically when using automated builds on Visual Studio Online.

Nick Hookham

A Fresh Start
Monday, March 17, 2014
By: Nick Hookham  

This blog post is about the challenges of onboarding new employees that any company faces.  Most companies focus on the easy to answer questions of where things are and what tasks you need to complete but the best companies focus their energy on answering why.  Skyline does a great job with letting new employees know why we do what we do.

John Ptacek

National Pi Day – Calculating Pi with AngularJS and a Monte Carlo simulation
Friday, March 14, 2014
By: John Ptacek   
It is National Pi Day, and what is better than celebrating with AnguarJS and Monte Carlo methods to calculate Pi? Well, a lot of things, but it is a start, we learn some things and have some fun.

Tim King

Is Lync Hybrid for Me?
Thursday, March 13, 2014
By: Tim King  

What role does Lync Hybrid play after Microsoft removed Enterprise Voice from the Lync Online offering?

Dean Gerend

Webpage Optimization for Mobile & Tablets
Monday, March 10, 2014
By: Dean Gerend  
Replicating existing website into mobile optimized web pages and the challenge of using existing client technologies can be a difficult task alone.  The key to a successful implementation is providing the user experience the mobile user expects along with meeting the client’s requirements.   Another factor to consider is testing these pages and accounting for all the devices that might be used to navigate those pages.    Here is a brief experience I had with a Skyline client and how the challenges where handled for a successful implementation. 

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