Written on Mar, 22, 2015 by in | Leave a comment

Like notes on a piano, web parts (or any kind of web widgets) are combined in new and unexpected ways on a page. Yet often they don’t play well together. Seemingly every example of an Angular Web Part posted on the web assumes it’s the only thing using Angular on the page. A second instance of the web part, or another …

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Written on Mar, 16, 2015 by in | Leave a comment

As part of a continuing series, we’re going to take a look at the identity process – starting through the lens of our own re-branding, moving from this:   to this: We’ll begin by talking about color. In the identity work this is normally in the middle of the process but is a critical and, in this case, conceptually central role. For …

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Microsoft is cleaning house. Now that it has to maintain SharePoint for thousands of enterprises and millions of users in Office 365, Microsoft is working to clean up all the odd and messy bits of its flagship collaboration product. In a recent training course on Microsoft Virtual Academy, Microsoft urged developers to change the way they package and deploy their code in …

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Written on Jan, 23, 2015 by in | Leave a comment

[Cross-posted from blog.davemdavis.net] On January 21, 2015, Microsoft announced that the science fiction of holograms has become science fact.  They announced a new product, based on Windows 10, called HoloLens,  the first self contained, wearable computer that can create holograms.  This announcement has generated a buzz. If you haven’t seen the video Microsoft put out, take a minute, follow the …

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Written on Jan, 14, 2015 by in | 2 Comments.

As we embark on the 22nd year of everyone’s favorite RDBMS, I decided to create a tuple of SQL Server New Year’s resolutions.  Hopefully you can find some things in this list that ring true for you. Test your database backups – When is the last time you successfully restored a production database backup file?  Ideally this is a regularly …

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Written on Jan, 08, 2015 by in | Leave a comment

Recently, I was in the throes of writing some deep, well thought out, frustratingly simple yet mind-numbingly complex DAX calculations. I had things just about where I wanted them and had started cleaning up my model a bit by doing some typical housekeeping (renaming, reordering, etc). I don’t know for sure if that did it but I am pretty sure. …

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We at BlueMetal have a great deal of experience in creating solutions that leveraged connected devices streaming millions of records to cloud hosted repositories, leveraging historical and predictive analytics engines to provide insight and creating immersive experiences that give our clients agility and speed in their daily business activities. Case in point…EnerNOC. EnerNOC Using Lean Engineering a small team from …

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Written on Nov, 11, 2014 by in | Leave a comment

At BlueMetal we apply Lean Engineering principles to help our clients guide the creation and deployment of software products at high velocity with low risk. In this article, Bob Familiar, Practice Director for Cloud & Services, gives readers an overview of Lean Engineering, the historical underpinnings and detail on the principles that guide the process, methodology and architecture for the …

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Written on Nov, 07, 2014 by in , | Leave a comment

  The Internet of Things is not a futuristic technology vision. It’s here today, and you probably have elements in your operations already. Join us for an inside look at how the Internet of Things can take your business to the next level.  BlueMetal and Microsoft are presenting the following two roundtable events: December 2, 2014 – Microsoft – Great …

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