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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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Using Chef Habitat to Migrate Legacy Windows Applications

Overview In this bog post we will discuss Using Chef Habitat to Migrate Legacy Windows Applications to a Modern Secure Platform. With support ending for Windows Server 2008 and Microsoft SQL Server 2008, legacy Windows applications will need to be migrated to newer secure and supportable modern platforms. For instance, Windows Server 2016 and 2019 […]

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Microsoft Intelligent Security Solutions

Part 1 – Microsoft Secure Score 56 Security Actions You Can Take Today to Improve Your Security Posture Microsoft has been investing substantially in security and compliance since 2004, and today that investment protects all Microsoft products, but none more so than Office 365 and Azure. One shining culmination of that investment is Microsoft Secure […]

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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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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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Moving from NuGet Package.Config to PackageReference

Recently during a .Net upgrade project, we migrated NuGet packages to PackageReference. Though we have been using NuGet packages for a long time, it has been interesting to see how NuGet has changed the way of including packages without package.config. The new method keeps solutions tidier and has numerous other advantages, so it’s definitely worth […]

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3 Key Benefits of Integrating Azure Bots with Back-end Systems

In this previous blog post, we discussed 3 ways you can leverage the Microsoft Azure Bot Framework and Bot Service to provide employees within your organization an improved self-service experience. Today, we’ll discuss how these tools provide an integrated environment that seamlessly connects your existing knowledge bases and back-end platforms to your end users – […]

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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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Resources to Accelerate User Adoption of O365

Today’s post marks the beginning of the final section of this blog series dedicated to boosting adoption of Office 365 through organizational change management (OCM). The previous four posts set the stage for what we’re about to do, accelerating user readiness in the adoption of Office 365. To accelerate readiness for and adoption of O365, […]

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A Proven Approach for Change and Adoption of Office 365

In my most recent blog post we discussed some scenarios expressing of the importance of organizational change management (OCM) in an Office 365 (O365) implementation. This post will focus on the approach for change and adoption of O365. An organization must be ready, willing and able for the change and adoption of Office 365. A […]

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The Importance of OCM to an Office 365 Implementation

In my preceding blog post, we discussed some examples of increasing success and managing disruption with change management. Today, we’ll discuss the significance of organizational change management (OCM) to an effective Microsoft Office 365 (O365) implementation. Consider the implications that change management can have on implementing a solution like O365. O365 is a cloud-based subscription […]

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Getting Started with Chef Habitat on Windows

Overview This is the second post in our series on Chef Habitat. For an introduction to Habitat, please refer to our initial post. In this writeup, we will be looking closely at Habitat in a Windows context. There are a few differences between Habitat on Windows versus Linux or Mac which we will point out. Additionally, […]

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A Primer on Organizational Change Management

There’s a lot to consider when implementing Microsoft Office 365 (O365) – be it one application or the entire suite. Often, the last thing organizations think about is the impact on the users. Yet they are your most valuable asset, and their adoption can drive true value and impact across the entire organization. The content […]

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Power BI + Azure Data Lake = Velocity & Scale to Your Analytics

Context – Bring data together from various web, cloud and on-premise data sources and rapidly drive insights. The biggest challenge Business Analysts and BI developers have is the need to ingest and process medium to large data sets on a regular basis. They spend the most time gathering the data rather than analyzing the data. […]

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Power BI: Power up your Analytics and Empower your Teams

Power Up your Analytics with Power BI  Power BI is a hosted BI solution on the Microsoft cloud. Its biggest appeal is the ecosystem it comes with.  Microsoft across its  various releases has created a very intuitive product on a robust platform. Its a one stop shop for all analytics needs. Identifying use cases for […]

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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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Top Ways Organizations Today Are Modernizing Intranet Platforms

Today’s intranet portals serve many purposes, from corporate communications to collaboration and business productivity. But more and more organizations are beginning to look for ways to modernize their intranet platforms and provide a richer, more collaborative end user experience. Here are three ways that organizations today are modernizing intranet platforms: Knowledge Management – rapid advances in […]

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Top 3 Ways to Turn Relationships Into Revenue With Dynamics 365

Sometimes, the difference between winning deals with your customers or walking away empty-handed involves one critical element – trust. If you haven’t earned your buyer’s trust, how likely are they to invest their company’s dollars in your product or solution? Not very. In fact, as stated in LinkedIn’s The State of Sales 2017 report, “77% […]

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