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Moving to the Cloud with Confidence

Do you remember your very first airplane ride? I do, I was eight and I was headed to Disney World. So a double whammy of happiness – first time on a plane and first time to Disney. I don’t recall being scared to get on the plane, or being nervous when landing, or even when in the air for that matter. The only thing that scared me was take off, and I think that is how a lot of organizations still feel about putting their data in the cloud. It’s nerve wracking to take something that is important to you and your organization and put it someplace where you can’t have 100% control over it.

Why is it so scary to move to the cloud? Why is security still a check box on the list of concerns in moving data to the cloud? Is it really any different or less secure than keeping company and customer data on-premises?

Let’s find out.

The truth is moving your data and services to the cloud is no less secure than keeping it on-premises. Both come with pros and cons, and honestly your data may be even safer in the cloud. A few key items to think about before moving any data or services to the cloud:

  • If you currently have an on-premises server what does your life cycle road map look like in terms of integrating cloud services as the on-premises server ages out?
  • What is your SLA with the cloud provider?
  • What devices and people are you allowing to have access to the data; and what data can they see?
  • Are you planning to move to a private, public or a hybrid cloud environment?

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How InsiteCommerce 4.1 is Changing the Online Shopping Landscape

shutterstock_289585190_350What is InsiteCommerce?

eCommerce is the fastest-growing online business sector nowadays. You have millions of shopping portals where you can get almost every type of product of any brand you like. eCommerce makes our lives easy as it allows you to purchase the product of your choice from your place instead of visiting different stores to get things of your choice. But using an eCommerce site, and building or managing it, are two sides of a single coin. Building ecommerce site is not that easy as it looks while using.

It is said that, “necessity is mother of invention.” And it becomes necessity to have something that can empower your online eCommerce business.

InsiteCommerce has a power to grow your eCommerce business. Let’s go step-by-step with the features and challenges of online business and how we can enhance and simplify those features with the help of InsiteCommerce to grow business ROA.

InsiteCommerce is one of the leading .Net based eCommerce frameworks for B2B and B2C businesses. It has a scalable, robust architecture and deep integration capabilities. Last December, InsiteSoft released new version of Insite framework which is more scalable and robust and has deep integration capabilities. Read the rest of this post »

SharePoint 2016 – Collaborate in the Cloud On Your Terms

Has your organization ever considered the business issues listed below? SharePoint 2016 is here and now is the time to determine how it can help your organization today.

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If you answered yes, to any of the above, download our latest guide today to learn more about how to use SharePoint 2016 and collaborate in the cloud on your terms!

What Does Azure Stack Mean for the Enterprise?

At the Ignite 2015 conference Microsoft had announced a few details about what Azure Stack is, and that at its most basic level it’s Azure Services that run in the On-Premises, Enterprise Data Center. Back when Microsoft Azure launched in 2010, there was a promise of Azure in your Data Center, that wasn’t talked about for a couple years. Thankfully they’ve brought it back as Azure Stack, and it’s proven to be quite a large effort for Microsoft to plan, implement and integrate with Windows Server. Now that the initial Technical Preview of Azure Stack is available for download, what exactly does Azure Stack mean for the Enterprise? This article will outline the details to answer that question. Read the rest of this post »

“Cloud is Strong” according to Microsoft Q2 2016 Earnings

I’ve previously blogged about Azure being the future of the Enterprise data center. Some times it can be difficult to tell how well Microsoft’s Cloud business (Azure and Office 365) are doing. Good news for us is that when Microsoft releases their earnings, they do give a glimpse of how well the different divisions of the business are doing in the form of dollar ($) signs. Microsoft’s Q2 2016 ending Dec. 31, 2015 shows strong growth in their cloud service offerings.

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Perficient’s Microsoft Practice is Ready to ‘Rise’ and Shine

Agility in any marketplace requires a willingness to evolve. With the acquisition of Rise Foundation, Perficient’s Microsoft practice is positioned to create, market, and sell products of its own.

Rise Foundation is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) application that transforms SharePoint for Office 365 or SharePoint 2013/2016 on-premises into an easy-to-use intranet or portal for the business user. But Perficient did not just pick up the application; it acquired the product development team as well. This allows Perficient to develop and support the product in ways that add value to the company’s core services business.

“We have been working with clients to make the most of their investments in Microsoft technology on their own digital transformation journeys, and adding Rise Foundation to our portfolio provides a way to expedite that,” said Matt Morse, General Manager, Microsoft Modern Apps business unit. Read the rest of this post »

Office 365 Pro Plus Admin – ‘Branch’ Update Types

As an Office Pro Plus, “Click-to-Run” administrator or enthusiast we’re familiar how this new wave of application delivery when it comes to Office 2013 or 2016, has turned both the application delivery and updating arena on its head.

No more traditional hefty “MSI” install and long waiting time and also no long updating through the traditional WSUS or Windows Updates.

While this is a speedy much needed revelation for end users and administrators – it has caused quite a challenge when it comes to updating these clients. Here I will explain what the ‘branch’ terms mean when referring to an update cycle if you have Microsoft controlling your updates.

First the branch terminology, there are three types:

  • Current Branch
  • Current Branch for Business
  • First Release for Current Branch for Business

Now here’s what they actually mean in a time and feature sense: Read the rest of this post »

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Maximize Your Office 365 Investment – 5 Tools to Use Today

More than 50 million business users leverage Office 365. However, many enterprises simply implement Exchange and stop there. Office 365 has so much more to offer!

This guide takes a look at five key features that you may be overlooking:

1. Skype for Business: Users across the globe can come together to collaborate on projects, using their preferred devices.
2. SharePoint Online: It’s more than just content management. Business users can implement SharePoint Online for MySites, enterprise social networking, and blogs.
3. OneNote: Improve productivity by sharing notes and diagrams in the cloud – all documents are easily searchable across various devices.
4. OneDrive for Business: Seamlessly share files with colleagues, partners and associates, and retrieve files no matter your location or device.
5. Delve: Search and discover using Office Graph. Read the rest of this post »

Diagnosing Sitecore Performance Problems

Website performance is incredibly important for most companies. This is especially true in situations where a website might be accessed by a huge number of customers within a short period of time (think Black Friday or a utility company with a widespread outage). While performance can mean different things to different people (time to first byte, perceived performance, etc.), we can all agree performance metrics are an important part of every modern web project.

Perficient was recently brought on by a customer to help fix their Sitecore based website’s performance problems. Performance under normal use was good but the solution could not hold up under heavy load (with page load times taking up to 30 seconds). In this case, the requirement was to serve 1.3 million page views over the course of 2 hours – something that Sitecore is more than capable of doing given the correct infrastructure and proper performance minded setup, configuration and code.

Initial Steps

Sitecore has some really great built-in performance tools. Specifically, there are a few tools that come in quite handy when accessing performance of an installation: Read the rest of this post »

Importance of the Cloud: Scaling, IaaS, PaaS

There’s always been a level of redundancy built into large Production or even smaller mission critical systems. Scaling out is the answer to both by adding additional compute resources as well as increase the overall uptime reliability of a system. This principle is no different when it comes to the cloud, than it is on-premises. The terms “cloud scale” and “internet scale” are thrown around a lot without really defining what they mean. In this article we’ll discuss what the aforementioned terms mean and how they relate to cloud computing. Read the rest of this post »