Data Integrity Series: Understanding Data Quality

May 7, 2019 Bobby Pennington

Enterprise data is one of the most critical assets a company owns. Yet many organizations treat data as an afterthought, rather than a strategic advantage that can create a close-knit relationship between technology, business users, and customer experiences. For companies that look to leverage data as a competitive advantage, focusing on data integrity is often […]

Finally Ready to Migrate to Exchange Online? Here Are Three Issues to Avoid

April 29, 2019 Ahmad Fakhri

In today’s cloud-based world, chances are your current IT department is working on integrating a cloud-based service into your current email infrastructure. With the low cost, low maintenance, and highly scalable cloud offerings available, it makes technical and financial sense to offload the burden of maintaining an on-premise email solution. One of those cloud offerings […]

There Is No Zuul, Only Eureka: Zero-Touch Zuul Routing

April 23, 2019 Taylor Gregston

This article assumes working knowledge of Netflix’s Eureka and Zuul, specifically Spring Cloud’s implementation. In the DevOps world, one thing we can do to make our lives easier is reduce application, infrastructure, and operational coupling in order to provide maximal flexibility to deploy and evolve individual components of our architecture. Consider a typical service discovery […]

So, You Want to Be a Software Architect: Steps to Start & Ensure a Successful Career

April 18, 2019 Aaron Murrell

My own journey as an architect started 14 years ago, four years into my career as a junior software developer. I was fortunate enough to have landed a job right out of school actually writing code instead of just testing code, which was at the time the more common starting point for new college grads. […]

Creating an Aging Report Using a User-Selected Date in Power BI

April 16, 2019 Christopher Collier

In today’s modern reporting landscape, there is an expectation of the business users we serve: Self-service of any and all information, for whatever time period, efficiently and in real-time. Now, as we (the builders of business intelligence solutions) know, this is a high bar to achieve. In a recent Power BI blog post, I outlined […]

How One Discussion Reshaped My Perspective on Inclusion

April 11, 2019 Maina Musa

Last February, I showed up bright and early to the Elastic{ON} Tour stop in Dallas, a conference that brought together thousands of tech industry folks from around the state. As I walked up to the sign-in desk, I noticed several other black men — a sight that is, frankly, incredibly rare in technology. I assumed […]

Best Practices for Workplace Modernization with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

April 10, 2019 Mario Borja

If you are trying to increase efficiency and reduce costs by automating your Windows 10 imaging process, the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) is a great alternative to more heavy-duty solutions like the Systems Center Configuration Manager (SCCM.) MDT is comparatively easy to set up and, more importantly, free. However, there is still a good deal […]

Zero-Downtime Rolling Deployments With Netflix’s Eureka and Zuul

April 3, 2019 Taylor Gregston

If you’ve ever used Spring Cloud or are familiar with JHipster then you’ve likely heard of Eureka and Zuul. Eureka and Zuul work in tandem to provide service discovery and load-balanced API routing. A typical use case for Eureka/Zuul would be a microservice architecture that requires high availability. Zuul acts as the API gateway, providing […]

Automating F5 BIG-IP Configuration With Ansible

March 28, 2019 Bradley Mickunas

Recently my teammate and I source controlled F5 configuration based on the integration between F5 BIG-IP and Ansible to create and update F5 BIG-IP objects. Our client had multiple F5 BIG-IP devices across four application environments, and the configuration had diverged over time. There were ad-hoc virtual servers and inconsistent naming conventions in each environment […]

March Madness: Applying Data Analytics to Point Spreads

March 13, 2019 Adrienne Arndt

March Madness, the college basketball tournament, tips off this week with an estimated $12.1 billion in betting. All of that happens via four primary types of wagers: point spread, moneyline, point total, and prop bets. Chances are, even if you’ve never placed a bet on any of these, you might have heard of the point […]