Technology Digest: Week ending 10/24/2014

Posted by Jen Booth on 10 24, 2014

The Technology Digest is our weekly list of articles in the technology world that you should be reading about Microsoft, Windows 10, Ello, and hoverboards. (Yes, hoverboards.)

Microsoft sponsors the Financial Modeling World Championships for Excel power users - Think you're the John Cena of Microsoft's spreadsheet program? Register for the World Championships before 5 p.m. today!

Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with a Notification Center -  Three weeks after the first technical preview was released, Microsoft's shipped a new update with more than 7,000 changes.

'Facebook Killer' Ello Hatches Plan to Stay Ad-Freee Forever - Ello launched with the idea they'd never sell ads. Now, thanks to some legal wrnagling, they've made that official.

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Why Clean Code Is Crucial in Scrum Software Development

Posted by Dennis Junk on 10 23, 2014

Clean_CodeOne of the biggest benefits of using the scrum methodology for custom development projects is that you get a piece of working software at the end of each iteration. The way the process works is that your user stories—which comprise the overall vision of how the application will work in a real business setting—get incorporated into a plan for a series of smaller subprojects called sprints. Before and after each sprint, planning and review meetings determine which user stories are the highest priority, so the project is always tackling the next most important function of the application under development. And the goal of every sprint is to produce some deliverable that can be demoed for you to evaluate. What this means is that, though the early products may not be of much use in isolation, it’s always the most critical functions of the application that are the first to be built. And you won’t have to wait for the entire project to be finished before you can use the parts that have already been delivered. 

But since the software is built in increments, you need some assurance that each of the parts that comes online along the way can be seamlessly integrated into the existing whole. The way to do this is to focus on clean code. 

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Topics: Custom Application Development, custom software

What's Most Misunderstood about Quality Assurance in Custom Software?

Posted by Dennis Junk on 10 22, 2014

When most people think of Quality Assurance—or QA to the initiated—they think of a room full of obnoxious overgrown teenagers pounding on their keyboards trying to make software malfunction. Anyone with IT experience knows there’s more to it than that, but many custom software projects run into problems because the relationship between the development team and the QA team is allowed to become too antagonistic. The developers work to make the users' lives easier, then the QA people try to find flaws in their work. While many software vendors take a reductive approach to QA, treating it as nothing more than a search for bugs, the best approach to custom projects is to integrate QA processes into the development process from the beginning. In other words, as soon as you’re done answering the question “How should it work?” you should be going on to answer “How will we know it’s working that way?”

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Topics: Custom Application Development, custom software

What does StorSimple Do?

Posted by Aaron Eisberg on 10 21, 2014

We've written a few blogs in the past that discuss what exactly StorSimple is at a high level, but to really get a good understand of everything StorSimple can do, take a look at our most recently video we shot with Jamie Peebles, a Technology Specialist for the Microsoft Hybrid Storage Division.

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Xim, Microsoft’s New Photo Sharing Service, Now Available Everywhere

Posted by Alex Jonathan Brown on 10 21, 2014

Earlier this month, Microsoft announced their new mobile file-sharing service Xim. After previously launching on Windows Phone and Android, the app is finally out for iOS this week. The most interesting thing about Xim isn’t the apps – it’s how often you don’t need them.

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Topics: Cloud, Mobile

3 Qualities to Look for in Quality Assurance Practices

Posted by Matt Noggle on 10 21, 2014

As a CIO/CTO, you are well aware of the challenges of creating a strategy that accounts for the demanding nature of your business. As if that weren’t enough, you are also tasked with proactively adjusting to the evolving nature of the IT industry. While many organizations have moved beyond the days of considering IT as a cost warehouse, stretching every dollar in your budget is still a vital component in accomplishing your goals. When choosing a technology partner, there are a few things that you should consider when doing side-by-side comparisons. One of the most important considerations, while often overlooked, is Quality Assurance.

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Topics: Custom Application Development, custom software

"Theirs but to Do and Die": Why a Lack of Communication Will Lead to a Software Development Disaster

Posted by Eric Potter on 10 20, 2014

It’s an all-too-common story in modern software development. Someone had a good idea for a piece of software that would provide real value to a business. The programmers are working hard on the code. They are implementing what they believe will best suit the users. And yet, while they know they’re going to ship some software in the end, they also know the project will fail because that software doesn't do what the business needs it to do. It reminds me of Tennyson’s “The Charge of the Light Brigade.” See if you can tell why in this stanza: 

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Topics: custom software

Technology Digest: Week ending 10/17/2014

Posted by Jen Booth on 10 17, 2014

The Technology Digest is our weekly list of articles in the technology world that you should be reading about Microsoft, SharePoint, Lync, Snowden, KidoZen, Sql Server, and Social Media.

SharePoint: The Guide - Three quarters of Fortune 500 companies use SharePoint. But many people aren't quite clear on how it works or how businesses can get the most out of it.

The Quadruple: MSFT is a leader in Four Gartner MQ’s -  Every year, during the Spring and Summer, there is a flurry of analysis released from Gartner and some of the most anticipated insights come via what Gartner calls the Magic Quadrant (MQ). 

Introducing Microsoft Ignite - This morning on The Official Microsoft Blog, we revealed more details about our enterprise technology conference in May—Microsoft Ignite. If you attended...

Organize your Office 365 with the new app launcher - American founding father Benjamin Franklin famously said, “A place for everything and everything in its place.” In order to yield your greatest results...

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6 Mobile Strategies to Consider for 2015 - Aptera Webinar

Posted by Alex Jonathan Brown on 10 17, 2014

Learn what it takes to make your mobile efforts a success. 

With many options for mobile apps and native websites, it's hard to know which direction your company should move their mobile strategy. Add to those options the constantly-shifting technology landscape and it's easy to understand how planning for 2015 could be really confusing.

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Aptera Event - The New Generation of Enterprise Mobility

Posted by Dennis Junk on 10 17, 2014

Enterprise mobility is one of the fastest changing areas of technology. The strategy your company developed last year  may already be sadly out-of-date. Join KidoZen and Aptera on November 18, 2014 to learn about the new generation of enterprise mobility, Mobile Platform as a Service. 

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Topics: Events, Mobile, Kidozen

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