A New Era of Customer Analytics

January 16, 2018 Greg Gough

Brand marketers must deal with an ever-increasing amount of data. The expanding data cache includes mobile, search, social engagement, brand awareness, campaign effectiveness, browse behavior, and website conversion. This data is often sliced and diced across campaigns, channels, product categories, and geographies. Ask any marketer about the ROI for their latest campaign and you’ll likely […]

Using Design for Test Principles to Write High Quality Tests

November 1, 2017 Christian Caicedo

Have you ever made changes to your code, ran your unit tests, and deploy only to find it breaks unexpectedly? “But my unit tests pass!” you cry in despair, yet the reasons why elude you. Situations like these can be avoided by following Design for Test (DFT) principles that help us not only make sure […]

Five Things You Didn’t Know Google Chrome Could Do

September 22, 2017 Jeph Kryzak

The Chrome Developer Tools (DevTools for short) are a set of web authoring and debugging tools built into Google Chrome. DevTools has taught me most of what I know about CSS and makes Chrome my most valuable application. Spending endless hours in the elements panel with the “Inspect” feature has allowed me to experiment, test, […]

4 Things You Should Know Before Tackling Identity and Access Management

September 1, 2017 Brittany Wadsworth

Identity and Access Management (IAM) is a crucial part of any organization’s IT strategy. This often-overlooked process has gained a lot of traction over the last few years. Given the rapidly increasing threat of cyberattacks, the prevalence of cloud technology, and the changing structure of IT, information security plays a valuable role in not only […]

Xcode 9: Hands on Impressions From WWDC 2017

June 27, 2017 Kyle Andrews

With WWDC wrapped up last week in San Jose, developers everywhere are digging through the pile of new toys “tools” released by Apple. While some are rewriting their budget to allow for that new iMac Pro or HomePod to fill that empty space at home, I’m still staring longingly into new Xcode 9, shedding happy […]

Azure AD B2C: A Directory Service for External Identity Providers

May 24, 2017 Sean Nixon

First there was Azure AD. Then there was Azure AD B2B. Now to the delight of all us acronym aficionados, there’s Azure AD B2C. Confused as to what that is? You’re in the right place. Azure AD B2C stands for Azure Active Directory Business-to-Consumer. Last year, Microsoft announced general availability and gave the green light […]

Video: Unlocking the Potential of SharePoint Online Through a Great User Experience

May 17, 2017 Briana Gentry

Microsoft continues to invest heavily in making SharePoint Online a critical component in today’s digital workplace. With the evolving nature of the digital workplace, user experience takes center stage. This includes the ability to work from anywhere on any device, creating a personalized experience, establishing an intelligent information architecture and implementing an appealing design. Some […]

Simulating Server Errors Using a Poisson Process

May 10, 2017 Kevin Wheeler

When a microservice generates errors, someone needs to look into it. But determining how many errors is worth notifying on-call staff is an overlooked decision. Instead of just guessing values, there’s a scientific way to determine the optimal threshold. The Challenge A previous client sent automated alerts to on-call staff when a microservice in their […]

Working With the Azure Service Bus Dead Letter Queue

May 2, 2017 Preston Fox

Queues are a very common piece of infrastructure and vital in technology to enable scalability and high throughput activity without blocking other activities. It’s as simple as it sounds, first in first out or, FIFO for short. As the queue grows the last item added to the queue typically must wait longer to be processed. […]

Azure Governance Part 4: Other Tools in the Toolbox

April 27, 2017 Adrian Romo

This is part four in a four-part series on Enterprise Governance in Microsoft Azure. In part one, we discussed the four levels of management in the Azure Enterprise Portal: the Enterprise Agreement, departments, accounts, and subscriptions. In part two, we talked about the guiding principles behind dividing resources into resource groups and/or subscriptions. Then in part […]