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Joe Crabtree

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How Mature is Your DevOps Practice?

We recently published a whitepaper titled “Leveraging the Microsoft Platform for DevOps.” In it, we describe our DevOps maturity model. How mature is your DevOps practice? Some organizations are so mature, they are able to blow away and overwrite their production environment up to 1,600 times a day. That’s right; destroy the environment with no […]

Introduction to ASP.NET Core 1.0

Also known as, ASP.NET 5, this introduction will cover some basic topics on the new framework. Microsoft hosted a free all-day training session this week at the MTC and I was able to attend. It was my first in-depth look at all the new features and I was quite surprised by some. The last version […]

Introducing Microsoft Graph: formerly Office 365 Unified API

As more and more data moves to the cloud and adoption of cloud SaaS products continues to increase, we need more sophisticated ways to extract, transform, and interact with that data. This spring at the //build conference, Microsoft previewed the “Office 365 Unified API”. That product is now in full production and has been renamed […]

Azure DevOps: Predictability in the Cloud with Azure Automation

Why to automate anything should be obvious. In addition to efficiency, there are also considerations on consistency, repeatability, and predictability to programmatically carry out tasks. Considering DevOps, automation is an effective vehicle to minimal user interventions from both Dev and Ops for establishing application infrastructure, configuring run-time, and deploying a target application. This automation provides […]

Introduction to Microservices using Azure Service Fabric

Today’s Internet scale services are built using microservices. Example microservices are protocol gateways, user profiles, shopping carts, inventory processing, queues, caches, etc. Microservices can further be defined by: Is (logic + state) independently versioned, scaled, and deployed Has a unique name that can be resolved Interacts with other microservices over well-defined interfaces like REST Remains […]

Big News – Yammer Deprecating SSO and DirSync!

If you are a Yammer customer, you will know that the identity and directory synchronization has been separate from the rest of Office365. This means that you need separate servers and software installations to sync users from your on-premises AD and provide SSO capabilities to Yammer. If you are unsure about this configuration, check out […]

Innovation with Azure Machine Learning and Dynamics AX

On a call with Microsoft this morning, they referenced this public case study. I thought it was a really nice example of using a multitude of Azure services to innovate their business – Machine Learning, Mobile Services, IoT Hubs, and Dynamics AX. Check out the video below and the full description here – https://customers.microsoft.com/Pages/CustomerStory.aspx?recid=12792

Azure DevOps: Scale Out Your Build System

Every developer knows that builds are an integral piece to the Application Lifecycle. Using an automated build and testing process will help speed the time to market for your application. Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server offers a number of features to help with this process. To use Team Foundation Build for automated building and testing […]

Azure Site Recovery Integration with SQL Server AlwaysOn

Azure Site Recovery now provides native support for SQL Server AlwaysOn. SQL Server Availability Groups can be added to a recovery plan along with VMs. All the capabilities of your recovery plan—including sequencing, scripting, and manual actions—can be leveraged to orchestrate the failover of a multitier application using an SQL database configured with AlwaysOn replication. […]

Azure Backup Support for Application Workloads Now Available

Azure Backup can now back up your on-premises application workloads, including Microsoft SQL Server, Hyper-V VMs, Microsoft SharePoint, and Microsoft Exchange. You can back up your applications to a local disk or to Azure, allowing you to eliminate local tape libraries and leverage the unlimited storage capability of Azure. You can also manage all your […]

Azure: Did You Know? Mobile Engagement Now Available

Azure Mobile Engagement is a SaaS-delivered, data-driven user-engagement platform that enables real-time and fine-grain user segmentation, app user analytics, and context-aware, smart push notifications across all connected devices. You can maximize your app usage, retention, and monetization with this powerful platform. It allows developers, app owners, and line-of-business decision makers to directly contact app users […]

Microsoft Announces Partnership with Red Hat for Linux on Azure

Exciting news for Linux customers! From today’s announcement – The partnership we are announcing today with Red Hat extends our commitment to offer unmatched choice and flexibility in an enterprise-grade cloud experience across the hybrid cloud. With more than 80 percent of the Fortune 500 using Microsoft’s cloud, for us to team with the leader […]

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