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10 Tips for Upgrading to SharePoint 2013
Recently at Skyline Technologies we upgraded our intranet from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013. Based on that upgrade, I felt it useful to publish some tips that may help others looking to upgrade their environment. We consider our upgrade successful since we are up and running on SharePoint 2013 with only a few minor issues to yet resolve.
Most upgrade blogs are written in a forward –thinking fashion by telling you what you should do and what you should not do. Since we can see our successes and failure much better in hindsight, this blog is coming at it from that perspective. I’m going to share some tips that we learned by looking back at the upgrade. These may have been learned because we did them correctly and they worked out, or they may have been learned because we did not do them so well.
The Value of an ETL Framework
A data warehouse project consists of a number of core parts that need to be put in place to get good analytics reporting for your users. At a high level, the parts consist of data modeling, data mapping, ETL (Extract, Transfer and Load) processes, data validation, possibly the creation of a cube and the creation of front end reporting and dashboards. Depending on the size of the project, these tasks can take a fair amount of time to implement.
Delivering Value Within the Healthcare Industry
In recent years Skyline has had the privilege of working with a number of healthcare clients on some of their highest priority initiatives. This has put us in position to see, firsthand, the rapidly changing landscape they are facing, and the significant business challenges they are grappling with.
Getting Started with Azure Mobile Services
In my last blog post, What are Azure Mobile Services?, we began to explore what this new feature set of Windows Azure could provide. Now, in just a few steps you will begin to appreciate the speed in which you can create a Windows Azure Mobile Service and connect it to your iOS application. Some of the following steps are one time only, such as signing up for a Windows Azure account and enabling the Mobile Services feature, so subsequent development work will be even faster.
The Journey and Quests to Become a CBAP
Over Easter and spring break I listened to Lego Lord of the Rings being played by my husband and oldest son. Since obtaining my Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) at the end of March I felt it was fitting to use some of the concepts of the game toward my quest to be a CBAP.
Recognize Earth Day Within Your Organization by Starting with Small and Practical Changes
I have the feeling that Earth Day is overlooked by many people. It is seen as a cause driven by nature-loving activists whose sole purpose is to make us all buy tiny electric cars and obtain energy through only renewable resources. I remember celebrating Earth Day in elementary school; it was a big deal to teach children the importance of conservation (and I believe it still is). Yet, as I grew older, less emphasis was placed on Earth Day in school. I seldom hear of this day being discussed in the workforce, but I suspect it may be of more focus in the fields of conservation, renewable energy, or sustainable food sources, to name a few. Earth Day has become just another day for many people.
Cross-Domain iFrame Sizing
In recent months, we have had several clients that have requested a way to display a page on a different domain on their own website. For those who have investigated this before, a common approach to implement this is to leverage an iFrame to display the cross-domain content. In all of these situations, the client owned both domains and had the ability update either domain’s content. Let’s take the below example to further explain the situation.
Pimp My Browser
As web applications become more client-side centric, the browser is fast becoming a web developer’s most powerful tool. In this post I’ll show you some browser based tooling that could significantly speed up your development workflow.
Advice for Taking the CBAP Exam
At the beginning of March I attended a CBAP Preparation course through Watermark Learning as part of my journey to sit for the CBAP exam. During this three-day course there were a number of open questions regarding how Prometric administers the CBAP exam. I had planned to be the first one to take the CBAP out of our class and therefore volunteered to provide some insight to rest of the class participants after my experience. After sharing the following email with the rest of the class I thought it would be fitting to provide the same information to anyone else that is looking to sit for the exam.
ExactTarget: Data Extensions, Queries, and Programs
While I haven’t written any “real” code in quite a few years (my co-workers tell me all that VB stuff I write to clean-up data in Excel doesn’t count), I still get excited when we find ways to build a better mousetrap, especially when the tools can be leveraged pretty easily. So, when we did some work on a recent project using some of the AIM (automated interaction management) functionality inside of ExactTarget, I got kind of excited.