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How Cloud Improves Disaster Recovery

The following is the seventh blog in a series about why businesses are moving to the cloud to modernize and improve business performance. In our last blog in this series, we examined how security improves with cloud. In this blog, we will look at how cloud enhances disaster recovery (DR) practices and provides a better […]

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Resiliency – A Core Pillar of Any Business-Critical App in the Cloud

Cloud offers undeniable benefits when it comes to building cost-effective agile solutions. Enterprise-wide pushes to modernize application stacks have added fuel to cloud migration initiatives. As more and more monoliths are decomposed and redesigned using a distributed microservices architecture, the large portfolio of cloud-native services makes developing and deploying in the cloud faster and economical. […]

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Azure Subscription Transfer from Tenant to Tenant

The Checklist One of the benefits of today’s cloud-based world is portability. The ability to easily move full application environments around in the cloud can be both positive and negative. This portability can create a “casual” attitude about events such as moving full “production” environments around. This casual attitude can lead to modern day catastrophes […]

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Local Testing using Gremlin on Azure Cosmos DB Emulator

I was recently tasked with setting up a local database instance for testing a web application. The application uses a Gremlin graph database hosted on Azure Cosmos DB. The solution we decided on was using the Azure Cosmos DB Emulator with data populated by a script. Due to the low usage of Gremlin, there does […]

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Finding Answers In Your Data Should Not Be a Chore

I hate looking for clothes to wear, especially if I’m in a hurry.  Sometimes life gets crazy and my favorite shirt may still be in the dryer, or I can’t find the match to a sock I already have in my hand.   Something easy can turn into a chore very quickly when things aren’t organized. […]

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Azure Cloud Innovations: Key Highlights From #MSInspire2019

This is another post in our blog series from Microsoft Inspire, which took place in Las Vegas earlier this week. Each post has highlighted key takeaways, insights and innovations that are top of mind for our Microsoft practice. Today’s post features an interview with Perficient’s Azure Practice Director, Steve Holstad. Steve discusses the continued momentum […]

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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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6 Reasons to Use Azure Active Directory

Azure Active Directory, commonly known as Azure AD, is “Microsoft’s cloud-based identity and access management service.1” It is a widely used IDaaS (identity and access management-as-a-service) that can integrate with an existing (or new) MVC-style web application, Web API, mobile app, and more to provide quick and easy authentication. I am no salesman (although it […]

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Perficient Team Invades Las Vegas for Microsoft Inspire 2019

Microsoft’s annual Inspire partner conference takes place this week in sunny (and super-hot) Las Vegas. Inspire offers partners an opportunity to hear about the latest Microsoft innovations, explore new ecosystem alliances and further develop existing partnerships. Most importantly, Inspire enables our team to discover new and innovative ways to help our clients transform their business […]

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Securing Your Web API Using Azure Active Directory

Large or small, all companies need web security. And what better way to secure your ASP.NET Core Web API than using Azure Active Directory? Given MVC-style apps are the dominant force in the market nowadays, the majority of documentation on the matter focuses here. That left me, desiring to create a loosely-coupled Web API instead […]

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3 Ways to Leverage Azure Self-Service Bots in Your Organization

Today’s workforce is highly mobile, technology savvy and resourceful. It is more critical than ever to provide employees with real-time assistance and support that offers a positive employee experience. To maintain productivity, employees need the ability to do things such as initiate IT tickets or register for HR benefits at their convenience.  They also want […]

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Top Reasons to Consider Self-Service Azure Bots

By now, if your organization has had conversations about digital transformation, chances are they have included discussions around artificial intelligence such as bots. If not, it may be time to jump start that dialogue. As virtual assistants that can help perform simple, repetitive tasks, such as making a reservation or addressing customer queries or issues, […]

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ChefConf 2019 – Are you ready for it?

ChefConf 2019 kicks off in Chef’s (and my) hometown of Seattle in less than two weeks on May 20th.  If you’re interested in going and haven’t already registered, check out more information here and use code Hugs4Chef19 for 10% off your registration. Things I hope to hear at ChefConf This year promises to be a […]

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Deploying VM Updates with Azure Update Management

The Azure Update Management solution can be used to manage updates and patches for virtual machines (VMs). Through Azure Update Management, you can manage available updates, schedule the installation of required updates, and review deployment results after installing updates. Prerequisites An Azure Automation account A virtual machine It should be linked with the same workspace […]

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MicroStrategy Announces Release of HyperIntelligence Analytics

In a whirlwind of activity that included an executive networking lunch and live webcast, Q&A chat hosted by CMO Marge Breya and a ceremonial ringing of the Nasdaq opening bell, MicroStrategy officially unveiled MicroStrategy 2019 on Monday. Touted as the industry’s first and only enterprise platform for HyperIntelligence, transformational mobility and federated analytics, MicroStrategy 2019 promises […]

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Real-time Machine Learning in Azure

In the war of cloud computing, AWS is currently the undisputed leader but Microsoft Azure seems to be chipping away at AWS’ lead with every passing quarter. While Google Cloud offers impressive tools as well, it is struggling to keep pace with Azure. This could be traced to Microsoft’s longer tenure in the enterprise market. […]

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Data Strategy Framework: Handle with CARE

As Gartner predicted, artificial intelligence is emerging as a core business and analytical competency. Although information is still not recognized as a line item in a corporate balance sheet (data as an asset), it is still a strategic asset that can drive business value.  Therefore, it’s important to have data strategy framework in place. On […]

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The Benefits of Using Cloud-Based Platforms for Data Science

As everything in this world matures and goes through the steps of evolution, Data Science is not much different. Even though it became more affordable for the companies to jump on the Data Science bandwagon and generate quick wins, Volume, Velocity, and Variety are still the bottleneck for most of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) projects. […]

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Adobe Experience Manager on Microsoft Azure: Alliance and Partnership

Microsoft and Adobe announced their partnership last fall, and as a leading partner to both, we’ve been hard at work understanding how this alliance will benefit our customers. Check out our Adobe blog, where we take a closer look at Adobe Experience Manager and Microsoft Azure, and find out how combining the two solutions can […]

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Sitecore Symposium 2017: What’s New In Azure?

What’s New In Azure? This session was led by Michael Collier. He talked about some of the new features in the Azure portal. The following are my notes from the session: Storage Service Encryption Data encrypted at rest Can have automatic key management Automatically encrypted on save and read Vulnerability Assessment in SQL Runs scans […]

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