Technology Digest: Week ending 10/31/2014

Posted by Jen Booth on 10 31, 2014

The Technology Digest is our weekly list of articles in the technology world that you should be reading about Microsoft, Office 365, Azure, Inbound marketing, StorSimple, and more.

Tune and optimize performance of your Office 365 connection - We are pleased to announce new resources to help Office 365 customers receive optimal performance when connecting to Office 365. 

Who's Your Company's Top Salesperson for 2015? The King of Auto-Tune - T-Pain might not be a traditional salesman, but his approach to Auto-Tune shows why your company...

Introducing Microsoft Health - The Microsoft Health platform includes a cloud service for consumers and the industry to store and combine health and fitness data to create powerful insights.

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Who's Your Company's Top Salesperson for 2015? The King of Auto-Tune

Posted by Alex Jonathan Brown on 10 30, 2014

Nothing changes the cultural archetype of the “salesperson” more than technology. In the early 1900s, salesmen were Professor Harold Hill from “The Music Man,” riding the rails and selling imaginary instruments until they were run out of town and on to the next city. Mid-century salesmen were travelers like Willy Loman, mid-Nineties salesmen were Alec Baldwin’s character in Glengarry Glen Ross, driving an $80,000 BMW, but if we’re looking for a sales archetype for 2015, we don’t need to look any further than T-Pain.

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StorSimple, The Hybrid Cloud Storage Solution You've Been Looking For

Posted by Jen Booth on 10 29, 2014

This month in Aptera’s Corner View, TK discusses StorSimple with Microsoft Technology Specialist Jamie Peebles. StorSimple is Microsoft’s latest entry into the cloud storage arena and is based on what is generally called Hierarchical Storage Management or HSM. Hierarchical storage is useful because only a relatively small percentage of your data needs to be accessed frequently. 
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Topics: Cloud, The Corner View, StorSimple

New Mobile Device Management Capabilities coming to Office 365

Posted by Alex Jonathan Brown on 10 29, 2014

It’s hard to talk about handling enterprise data in the cloud without mentioning the security issues at play. Microsoft’s always been aware there are concerns surrounding cloud security, and they’ve recently announced new mobile device management (MDM) features built in to Office 365 to make sure your company’s files stay where you want them.

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What Are the Benefits of Master Data Management?

Posted by Jeremy Duddy on 10 29, 2014

Although the concept of Master Data Management (MDM) is nothing new, it is often overlooked in many organizations.  However, if implemented properly, an MDM solution provides many benefits and is a cornerstone of an effective enterprise data strategy.  The aim of this post is to provide a high level overview and discussion of the benefits of MDM, while future posts will discuss tools and technologies used to implement MDM.

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Topics: Business Intelligence, master data management,

To Scroll or Not To Scroll: Why "Above the Fold" Is Bad Web Design

Posted by Joe Beste on 10 28, 2014

There is a myth that comes up almost every time I’m in a kickoff meeting that goes something like, “We need everything above the fold” or “I don’t want people to scroll.” While it’s important to keep certain calls-to-action and other elements in the top half of the website, this way of thinking is long outdated and can actually have a negative effect your website’s performance.

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Topics: Web Design

JavaScript Performance Coding Driven by Engine Optimizations

Posted by David Aschliman on 10 27, 2014

In the world of dynamic client-side web development, there is hardly a more mainstream programming language than JavaScript. Fairly recent strides in browser rendering and code optimizations have made JavaScript a significant workhorse of the modern web. Because of the continued rise of this language and increased expectations of Ajax-driven applications, a web programmer must make a conscious effort to produce viable and efficient JavaScript code.

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Topics: JavaScript, Coding Techniques, Performance

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

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