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Changing Delivery Dates using Amazon Web Services

A common scenario for a customer calling into a call center is for a customer wishing to change their delivery time or date. Using AWS Services, it’s possible to automate this, reducing wait time and the cost of having a person look up dates and relay these to a customer. In this tech tutorial we’ll […]

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Automation with AWS for WordPress, Drupal & Magento Applications

Objective Automatic installation and configuration solutions for WordPress, Drupal, and Magento applications using AWS CloudFormation infrastructure orchestration and content management tools like Puppet, Ansible, or Chef. The infrastructure as code (IaC) solution should follow architecture best practices such as setting up the database in a private segment, secure authentication, and provisioning. It should also have […]

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Key Considerations When Adopting Containers

The following is the fifth blog in a series about software containers and Kubernetes, and their importance in modern application delivery. In this series so far, we have looked at why businesses are turning to containers, their benefits, the importance of container management platforms, and how to choose the container management platform that’s right for […]

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A Short Intro to SSML in Amazon Connect

Introduction to SSML tags – what are they? We’ve all had that experience of phoning into a contact center and hearing a robotic, impersonal voice on the other end. SSML (which stands for ‘synthesized speech mark-up language’) tags can be added into your Amazon Connect Contact flows to customize your speech prompts, adding a more […]

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How to integrate SMS with Amazon Connect

In the past, call centers worked like this: A customer with an issue would phone into a support line, never knowing how long they’d be on hold for. It could take multiple calls to resolve the issue, creating a less-than-ideal experience for the caller. In today’s digital-first world, the traditional call center is undergoing a […]

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Amazon Connect and Salesforce Integration – Latest Updates

One of the benefits of working with Amazon Connect is its ability to integrate with third party platforms, such as Salesforce. The Amazon Connect CTI Adapter is a browser-based Contact Control Panel (CCP) that integrates with the Salesforce CRM. First released in 2017, the adapter enhances the functionality across both platforms, providing a more robust […]

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How to Choose a Container Management Platform

The following is the fourth blog in a series about software containers and Kubernetes, and their importance in modern application delivery. In our last blog in this series, we examined the importance of utiziling a container management platform. In this blog, we’ll go further in depth on the multiple options you have when adopting a […]

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Scaling Your Contact Center for Unexpected Volume

Imagine this: your company launches a sales promotion. Customer contact revs up higher than expected, and the phones are ringing off the hook with customer calls. Your customer care team is working hard to address each call in a timely manner, but volume is too high to efficiently maintain. Most businesses have experienced a situation […]

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Recap: Amazon Connect Immersion Day Event

Last week, our content center team partnered with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to provide a comprehensive Amazon Connect Immersion Day for users in Kansas City. Taking You from “What If” to “What Now” The Amazon Connect Immersion Day events empower organizations to unleash the full potential of their AWS services. The goal of the event […]

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How To Use The AWS API With S3 Buckets In Your Pen Test

Pen testers often need to stage payloads and other tools on servers outside of their own infrastructure.  In this post I’ll show you how to use the Amazon AWS command line interface (CLI) to dynamically create and manage S3 buckets that you can use in your own pen tests.  I’ll also show you how to […]

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The Benefits of Containers for Businesses

The following is the second blog in a series about software containers and Kubernetes, and their importance in modern application delivery. In our last blog in this series, we looked at what software containers are and their evolution over time. In this blog, we will examine the reasons that businesses are turning to containers and […]

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Container-Based CI/CD with CloudBees Core on Kubernetes

Getting to Know Jenkins CI/CD is an imperative for software development organizations in today’s multiplatform, multi-cloud world. As far as CI/CD platforms go, Jenkins was one of the first and remains one of the most popular options. Jenkins is lightweight, easy, and extensible. The multitude of plugins available make the platform endlessly customizable and adaptable […]

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DevSecOps in the Cloud – Policy and Practice

Cloud computing is now ubiquitous throughout the software development industry.  There are many cloud service providers offering everything from ‘bare-metal’ virtual servers to complete server-less computing platforms.  The speed by which computing resources can be reserved and instantiated is a major contributing factor to the success of DevOps, where repeatability and automation is central.  However, […]

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[Guide] Why Businesses Are Turning to Containers

The following is the first blog in a series about software containers and Kubernetes, and their importance in modern application delivery. Organizations across industries are examining their business for opportunities to digitally transform. Traditional methods of software delivery characterized by waterfall planning, arduous infrastructure provisioning, and manual changes are no longer able to deliver the […]

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EDW in the Cloud TCO

In 2016, when I did my first in-depth comparison, the resulting TCOs were usually very close. Usually, the OpEx was slightly higher for the cloud TCO versus the on-prem TCO required substantial capital investment. However, our most recent estimate was eye-opening to our client.  We were assessing a green-field implementation for a Data Warehouse at […]

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Cloud Transformation Overview

This is the final blog in a series around the subject of cloud transformation. The use of the term “transformation” in the title was a very intentional decision by the authors (Joel Thimsen & Victor Wolters) of this series. The desire is to send a message that adoption of cloud technology for any organization is […]

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Application Migration: A Cloud Journey

Application migration is a significant part of any organization’s cloud journey. There are five primary approaches for application migration to the cloud: rehost, refactor, revise, rebuild, and replace. Each of these approaches require minor adjustments depending on the detail of the specific application migration. In a few cases, it is possible you might need to […]

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Disaster Recovery – A Thing of the Past For Cloud-Based Companies

I was having a conversation with a colleague of mine about a client request. We discussed disaster recovery. In the new cloud-based computing architectures, it has become clear that this is one of the many new benefits from moving to the cloud. The following sections in this blog layout a few key elements that support […]

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Things to Consider in a Cloud Readiness Assessment

This is the next installment in a series of blogs on the subject of cloud transformation. It has been amazing to see how many clients have jumped straight from cloud mandate to cloud implementation. A very small, technical organization with a very limited separation of duties might be able to take this approach. However, this […]

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Things to Consider with Lift-and-Shift Migrations in Cloud

This is the next installment in a series of blogs on the subject of cloud transformation. We decided to call out this specific cloud lift-and-shift migration strategy because of our clients’ experience with this strategy. Many of our clients have seen both negative and positive results from this strategy, however, all of them missed many […]

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