Category : Features

Written on Jul, 16, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

I’m thrilled to be part of an early adopter project building a new intranet for Shire Pharmaceuticals based on the forthcoming SharePoint Communication Sites. Shire is an exciting and innovative company with (at least) two Intranets, based on a recent merger, and they really wanted a modern and engaging site that would bring the whole company together with a shared vision and access …

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Written on Jul, 05, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Overview The following procedures are meant to be used for creating a Windows Server Failover Cluster (WSFC) hosting a SQL Server Availability Group in a LAB environment.  More specifically, this lab should not be connected to any kind of corporate domain.  The lab should be on an isolated laptop or possibly a home network.  The focus is on being able …

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Written on Apr, 26, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Three: The Product is a Symbol Over the course of this series, we’ve discussed a few initial business challenges and design strategies to get up and running with your Real-time business transformation. As your business moves along the maturity curve and commits itself to new business models and the connected products that support them, several new inherent challenges emerge. In …

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Written on Apr, 09, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Two: Continuous Value Delivery In the previous post, we explored how you can take the first steps in your Real-Time business transformation, and the importance of getting off on the right foot by digging deeper in order to solve real problems and deliver unique value. Now, we turn to the approach of creating and capturing the value of our connected …

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Written on Mar, 15, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

By now, most of us have heard the business promise of the Internet of Things (IoT): Connecting products to the cloud and enabling them to communicate to each other and to their manufacturers will provide a wealth of data that can transform the way companies engage with their customers. Let’s boil that down to its essence: Leveraging the information provided …

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Written on Dec, 13, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

“The time has come”, the Walrus said, “To talk of many things: Of template files, cascading styles, And bundles made of strings, And why SharePoint is boiling hot, And whether pigs have wings.” As you may know, the cornerstone of Microsoft’s new modern SharePoint sites is a technology called the SharePoint Framework. This framework allows you to write web parts …

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Written on Oct, 27, 2016 by in , | Leave a comment

Over the last few months, Microsoft has turned around its SharePoint platform and embarked on a mission to modernize the popular collaboration and portal product. This is great news for customers, who can look forward to a number of improvements, including a complete overhaul of SharePoint’s aging web user interface. However all the change introduces a lot of uncertainty. While it’s …

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Written on Oct, 19, 2016 by in , | Leave a comment

Every business today is going through a digital transformation as a result of disruptive forces in the market; from born-in-the-cloud competitors to the increasing demands of customers, partners and employees to engage through modern digital experiences. They are evolving from relying only on historical data to learning to use both historical and real-time data to drive innovation, business strategy and …

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Written on Jun, 20, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

Microsoft’s Reactive Extensions for .NET has joined the .NET Foundation Family! Click here to learn more, and to read the blog from those who helped make it happen, including BlueMetal’s Oren Novotny – Sr. Architect. Oren was instrumental in this effort and is part of the team organizing and leading the ongoing contributions from the community in this project.

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Written on May, 20, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

[Cross-posted from blog.davemdavis.net] When Microsoft first announced the HoloLens, I was interested in the possibilities that this device opened up. When I tried it a few months later at Build 2015, I knew I had to get my hands on it and start to developing for it.  This past winter, Microsoft announced that they were going to start selling developer …

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