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The Future of SharePoint – Live Event Recap

Yesterday, Microsoft hosted a landmark event: THE FUTURE OF SHAREPOINT. Not only did Microsoft announce their GA (General Availability) release of SharePoint Server 2016, but Microsoft also unveiled their new vision and roadmap for SharePoint and OneDrive for Business, both on-premises and in the cloud with Office 365. It was an exciting event! If you missed yesterday’s historic live event, Imaginet has consolidated the most important information for you below. The Future of SharePoint: Microsoft Blog Recap…

NOW AVAILABLE! Imaginet Timesheet for Microsoft TFS and VS Online 2015!

Imaginet is very proud to announce the newest release of Imaginet Timesheet for both Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2015 and Microsoft Visual Studio (VS) Online 2015.  With Imaginet Timesheet, you can improve visibility and maximize your team’s productivity by having a simple way to track and report team hours against Team Foundation Server work items. For full details and download information, please visit: http://www.imaginet.com/imaginet-timesheet-for-tfs/. What’s New in this Release Not only is the new release of…

Cash In on the Data Dividend with Imaginet and Microsoft Power BI

In this demo-packed presentation on Business Intelligence, Imaginet will show you Microsoft Power BI and how it can quickly provide insights into your data so that you can realize the ‘Data Dividend’ in your organization. Find out how Imaginet can help you cash in on the untapped value of the data you already have using Microsoft Power BI. — Imaginet is your trusted technology partner who turns your business innovation ideas into reality. 18+ years…

Mastering Your Deployment Pipeline (Part 5) 

  Imaginet Blog Series — Part 5 Mastering Your Deployment Pipeline     Timeline Impacts Perhaps one of the greatest opponents of automated deployment is the perceived impact on timelines that many developers and managers have of the process.  Indeed, stopping the project to learn new software or changing the way you approach deployment can seem daunting in the face of the unknown. But let’s not discount the positive impacts that this can have as…

Visualizing Data: Telling Your Story (Part 1)

It’s the big day. You’ve spent weeks performing queries and analyzing data. You’ve picked the perfect chart type and highlighted the key information.  It’s your turn to present the corporate dashboards and the quarterly meeting. Before you can even say the word “data”, heads have started to nod off, or worse – look at their phones. I’ve spent years working with analysts to help turn the sparkle in their data-driven eyes into stories that engage…

Mastering Your Deployment Pipeline (Part 4) 

  Imaginet Blog Series — Part 4 Mastering Your Deployment Pipeline     An experienced development team would never forego security measures, architecture considerations, or database design on even a short-running project, but the ability to remain agile in deployment is often the first thing to go. Let’s have another look at some of the points we presented in Part 1 that were listed as challenges for teams on smaller projects to overcome. Counter Points…

Work Smarter Not Harder How to Deliver Faster While Doing Less Work

Work Smarter, Not Harder: How to Deliver Faster While Doing Less Work — PART 4

In our previous series of articles, we discussed the seven original types of waste and addressed common ways that they manifest as well as potential ways to prevent or remove them.  Sometimes they can be easily identified but very often it takes some insight to truly understand where the problem lies.  This is when specific knowledge or experience can be beneficial to allow for the deeper understanding which is required in order to recognize the…

Save Money and Increase Productivity by Leveraging Azure for Dev and Test

Every development team needs a development infrastructure in place to design, develop, test, and deliver custom software. Without this dev and test infrastructure, the team cannot work. Implementing and maintaining a development infrastructure in physical, on-premises hardware is inherently costly and prone to delays due to long procurement cycles and increased effort required. Scalable, on-demand cloud infrastructure like Microsoft Azure empowers development and test teams to be more agile, deliver faster, and deliver higher quality.​…

Work Smarter Not Harder How to Deliver Faster While Doing Less Work

Work Smarter, Not Harder: How to Deliver Faster While Doing Less Work — PART 3

In Part 2 of this series, we looked at the effects of three additional types of software development waste — Motion, Defects, and Extra Processing. In the final installment of this series, let’s examine the last two types of waste — Waiting and Transportation — and see what can be done to identify and reduce (or eliminate) them. These two types of waste are often very closely related. Transportation Transportation waste is accumulated when either a…

Work Smarter Not Harder How to Deliver Faster While Doing Less Work

Work Smarter, Not Harder: How to Deliver Faster While Doing Less Work — PART 2

In Part 1 of this series, we examined how to identify two types of software development waste – Over Production and Inventory – and how to reduce them.  In Part 2, we’ll look at three more types of waste – Motion, Defects, and Extra Processing – that often arise from the waste discussed in Part 1 and how we can address them in our software development processes. Motion Motion is work that takes more effort than it…

Work Smarter Not Harder How to Deliver Faster While Doing Less Work

Work Smarter, Not Harder: How to Deliver Faster While Doing Less Work — PART 1

Every software development process, whether it is highly formalized and structured, post-it notes and napkin diagrams, or anything between, always leads to the same questions. Are we providing the most value we can? Can our team be more efficient? The Lean manufacturing process has spent considerable time identifying causes of and solutions to waste of time and resources. This same analysis can be applied to the software development process to remove wasted work and increase…

Imaginet Speaks! Live Event on ‘Fundamental Design Principles’ with Microsoft MVP Dylan Smith

If I could travel back in time and give the rookie developer version of myself an hour of advice, this session will be that advice. I’m specifically focusing on advice that will help us write better code. I’ve written a lot of horrible code in my career and learned a lot of lessons in the process. In my day job at Imaginet, I also get the opportunity to look at a lot of other teams code…

Selecting the Right Mobile Enterprise Application Platform – PART 2

Choosing the right Mobile Enterprise Application Platform (MEAP) is an essential part of your overall enterprise mobile strategy. By selecting the optimal client-side and server-side MEAPs, you can reduce your development and maintenance costs, time to market, and overall development efforts. Last month, we took a detailed look at some important factors for selecting the right client-side MEAP (see “Selecting the Right Mobile Enterprise Application Platform – PART 1”). In this month’s article, we will…

Imaginet Timesheet Overview Video

To download Imaginet Timesheet or for more information, click here. Imaginet Timesheet is the first timesheet product to support BOTH Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS) and Visual Studio Online (VSO). This new version of Imaginet Timesheet is a simple, lightweight and very affordable timesheet product that is perfect for organizations already using TFS or Visual Studio Online who want to: Easily track and report time for each day of the week against TFS work items Easily view…

Selecting the Right Mobile Enterprise Application Platform – PART 1

There is a wave of change (and opportunity) hitting enterprises as a result of mobile technologies. This wave of change refers to how employees use mobility in their day-to-day jobs within the enterprise, otherwise known as “enterprise mobility”. (see “Are You Ready for the Mobile Tsunami?”) According to Symantec (2012), over half of all businesses are already making line-of-business applications accessible from mobile devices. It is becoming imperative for enterprises to develop a solid mobile strategy…

NOW AVAILABLE! Imaginet Timesheet (formerly Notion Timesheet) for Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS) and Visual Studio Online

May 29, 2014 — Imaginet is very proud to announce the official GA release of our newly modernized Imaginet Timesheet (formerly Notion Timesheet) for both Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS) and Microsoft Visual Studio Online.  With Imaginet Timesheet, you can improve visibility and maximize your team’s productivity by having a simple way to track and report team hours against Team Foundation Server work items. For full details and download information, please visit: http://www.imaginet.com/imaginettimesheet. As the…

Get Ready! Imaginet Timesheet for TFS & Visual Studio Online is Releasing in 2 WEEKS!

Get Ready! Imaginet Timesheet for TFS and Visual Studio Online is Releasing in 2 WEEKS! Do you use Microsoft Team Foundation Server or Visual Studio Online? Are you looking to improve visibility and maximize your team’s productivity by having a simple way to track and report team hours against Team Foundation Server work items? Our newly modernized Imaginet Timesheet is an easy-to-use time tracking tool that is perfect for organizations already using TFS 2010, 2012…

Are You Getting the Most Value from Your Dev Teams? Learn How!

With today’s fast-paced work environment, 21st century modern development management tools are necessary for your development teams to deliver high value more efficiently. Employing modern, up-to-date methods can help you and your team: Reduce waste Improve productivity Gain visibility and clarity to process Minimize project risks Improve team collaboration Maximize value! The Kanban Method is one of today’s most popular and widely effective management tools. It is used ​to ​evolve ​any ​organization ​that ​uses ​the ​non-physical ​inventory ​of ​”knowledge ​work” ​to ​become ​a ​Lean ​system.  ​It ​is ​also ​a ​team ​management ​method, ​improving ​the ​delivery ​of ​value ​through ​better ​visibility ​and ​limits ​on ​work ​in ​progress. ​​ Imaginet ’s Accredited Core Kanban ​Course ​prepares ​professionals ​to ​begin ​effectively ​using ​Kanban ​immediately….

Why Does Agile Fail? — Part 2

By: Dylan Smith In Part 1 of this series, we looked at reasons Why Agile Fails due to a lack of mature technical practices. In Part 2 of this series, we’ll look at the next most common reason I see teams fail with Agile — which is typically due to a lack of ‘successful’ experiences with Agile projects. Far too often I see teams read all about Agile online, and some who attend conferences to hear…

Why Does Agile Fail? — Part 1

By: Dylan Smith I’ve worked with a lot of teams who have tried to adopt Agile and failed.  There are many reasons why this happens, but I tend to see clients struggle for 3 main reasons: Lack of Focus on Technical Practices No Agile Experience on the Team Missing Buy-In from Upper Management In this 3-part blog series, Ill share some insights into the issues that may be occurring for you.