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The Transformative Value of DevOps
Bob Schommer Bob Schommer  |  
Apr 17, 2018
By now, you have probably heard the hype about DevOps. You or someone in your department either went to a conference, read an article, or had a beer with someone who is doing it. If everyone else is “doing DevOps”, shouldn’t you be doing it, too?  Before you jump on the bandwagon, let’s try to...
How to Use Azure Search Services
Steven Nelson Steven Nelson  |  
Apr 10, 2018
Azure has a unique service offering aptly named “Azure Search”. This is a search-as-a-service cloud solution that lets you add a rich search service to your apps. The search service abstracts the complexities of document retrieval through both a REST API and a .NET SDK. Imagine, if you will, the...
Azure.Net Programming
7 Ways to Solve Top Content Management Pain Points
Melanie Lenaghan Melanie Lenaghan  |  
Apr 03, 2018
Many of our clients come to us because they have frustrations managing their website. Here are some of the most common pain points we hear:Our CMS (content management system) is too complicatedI do not know HTMLI’m not sure how to manage SEO dataI don’t want to wait for our IT to have time to...
Fuzzy Lookup for Business Users: Excel Add-In Makes It Possible
Jared Kuehn Jared Kuehn  |  
Mar 27, 2018
Until recently, my experience with fuzzy logic was deep in IT-driven data flows. That’s all well and good for IT professionals, but it leaves business users high and dry. Aside from learning IT tools, can business users have a tool that allows them to build their own fuzzy lookup solutions? The...
Business Intelligence
5 Critical Business Requirements Elicitation and Collaboration Questions
Brian Laehn Brian Laehn  |  
Mar 20, 2018
Have you ever been asked to “figure out what the business needs and gather those requirements”? That should be a piece of cake – right? I mean, just go out there, and “gather” all those requirements that are just sitting there telling us exactly what the business wants us to deliver. If only it...
Business AnalysisConsulting
Pi Day: Comparing .NET Core, .NET Classic and Node.js Performance
John Ptacek John Ptacek  |  
Mar 14, 2018
In honor of National Pi Day in the US, we are going to revisit an old blog post where we compared the performance of C# to C++. This is a really simple comparison, but we can still learn a few things! We are going to use a VERY slowly converging series to calculate π to 15 decimal points, which...
.Net ProgrammingJavaScript
Deploying Your First SharePoint Framework Webpart
Brad Schlintz Brad Schlintz  |  
Mar 13, 2018
Welcome to Part 2 of our SharePoint Framework series. Part 1 of the series gave an overview of the SharePoint Framework including the customization types, toolchain and tips for getting started. We will now talk about deploying our first SharePoint Framework webpart.Which Deployment Scope...
Using SignalR Base Classes in Angular
Eric Ditter Eric Ditter  |  
Mar 06, 2018
On one of my previous projects I used SignalR extensively in an Angular 1.6 application, and I was using the angular-signalr-hub library to integrate it into the application. It worked very well, but I am moving to the next version of Angular so I wanted to find a way to do it without having to...
Azure Backup Simplifies Your Cloud Backup and Recovery Strategy
Erik Dempsey Erik Dempsey  |  
Feb 27, 2018
We recently started implementing Azure Backup here at Skyline, and I was tasked with digging into the service to find out capabilities, costs, retention, etc. I have to say, after all the research, lab work, testing, and move to production, I could not be happier with all the different options...
How to Use .NET Core CLI to Create a Multi-Project Solution
Ben Buhr Ben Buhr  |  
Feb 20, 2018
.NET Core has been around for a while (over three years if you count the release candidates). Over that time, the framework and tooling around it has evolved rapidly. I remember starting work on a new ASP.NET Core website back when the framework was in its first release candidate. At that time...
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