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The Teams Team is Listening…Your Requests Were Demoed at MSIgnite

You may not have realized it, but the Teams team at Microsoft has been working furiously to deliver some of the most highly requested features. Some upcoming features were announced at MSIgnite, and these are game changers.  Microsoft Teams Chat Pop Outs Now you can chat with multiple different people while you are still working […]

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Misleading Assumptions with the Business Value of Office 365

In my last blog, I explored where Microsoft Office 365 (O365) provides value. In the final blog of this series, I debunk misleading assumptions associated with the business value of O365. There may also be some potentially misleading assumptions about O365: O365 is ”just a tool” The decision to migrate to O365 is typically driven […]

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How Your SharePoint Admin or Dev Role Changed Overnight at MSIgnite

You may not have been watching when with one simple event Microsoft pulled the rug from under you.  Your role as a SharePoint Admin or Dev will never be the same.    For Admins First, there was the move from file shares to SharePoint. Then from Windows SharePoint Services to SharePoint Server and with it a […]

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Where is the Business Value of Office 365?

My last blog deciphers how Microsoft Office 365 (O365) promises business value. This blog explores where O365 provides value. Microsoft Office 365 was made available in June 2011 and has maintained its goal of being a catalyst for changing how people work in an increasingly digital economy. For example, Microsoft’s current CEO, Satya Nadella, certainly […]

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Host an ARO Workshop to Showcase Cloud-first Development

Azure Red Hat OpenShift (ARO) provides enterprises with a number of benefits, including the ability to simplify processes, focus on development, harness the power of DevOps, and reduce time to market. With ARO, you are able to iterate faster, deliver features quicker, and reach your market at a faster pace. ARO is a fully managed […]

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The Promise of Business Value with Office 365

Previously, I discussed how user adoption impacts the business value of Microsoft Office 365 (O365). In this blog I decipher how O365 promises business value. The decision to use O365 is made for a number of reasons. According to Gartner research, approximately 70% of survey respondents indicated “licensing or costs” and “shifting workloads to the […]

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[Guide] How User Adoption Impacts the Business Value of O365

The digital dexterity of the workforce will be a significant driver of competitive advantage (or disadvantage, in the case of digital deficiency) for the foreseeable future. So, helping employees productively use new cloud office workloads can be a key element of a digital dexterity plan. Microsoft applications have become such a fixture in our daily […]

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3 Best Practices for Driving User Engagement & Adoption of Microsoft Teams

More than many other applications, and specifically, more than the other Microsoft tools, implementing Microsoft Teams is a bigger challenge people-wise than technology-wise. Sure, there are absolutely technical aspects for an implementation that should not be taken lightly, including configuration, file migration, and security, to name a few, but frankly, and with no disrespect to […]

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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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