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Microsoft Surface Hub is Here! Are You Ready?

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Microsoft Surface Hub is Here! Are You Ready? Did you know that worldwide there are over 50 million collaborative spaces, 10 million large conference rooms, and 200 million personal offices that provide collaborative experiences? And most of these collaborative spaces have a need for large interactive displays, group audio/video conferencing technology, digital white boarding, and custom business applications to maximize the collaboration experience. Enter the new Microsoft Surface Hub. This new revolutionary 84-inch 4K TV-tablet-computer…

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Spotlight on Enterprise Innovation: Imaginet’s Creativity Injection

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Spotlight on Enterprise Innovation: Imaginet’s Creativity Injection Rod Giesbrecht and Joel Semeniuk explore the ways that global solutions firm, Imaginet, helps organizations inject innovation into processes and products.   It was a late night in Chicago, and two business associates from Winnipeg, Manitoba, were walking in the Near West Side when they noticed they had crossed into a dangerous neighborhood. The friendly lights of the United Center were gone. Suddenly, a taxi pulled alongside them….

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Microsoft Cloud to Touchdown in Canada — Are You Ready?

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Microsoft to Touchdown in Canada — Are You Ready? On June 2, 2015, Microsoft’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), Kevin Turner, announced Microsoft Corporation’s plans to deliver locally hosted Microsoft Cloud services — Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online — from Canada. Microsoft will build two data centers in Canada as it expands its global cloud computing services. There is no better time for Canadians to take advantage of the Cloud than with this expansion. It will…

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The Trappings of Not Using View Models (Part 1)

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The Trappings of Not Using View Models (Part 1) While there will forever be a debate over the fruitfulness of using view models in MVC applications, chances are that an application of a reasonable size will end up requiring them. I don’t like to state this as a solid requirement, but I will present two good cases as to why you should almost always start with them.   Enumerable Models in Your Views If you…

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Trend Alert: Typography 

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Typography has been the differentiating factor between good design and great design since Celtic monks created the Book of Kells 1,200 years ago. It’s also been the bane of the interactive designer’s existence. Poor display, limited choices, and limited code control meant that web design was always the ugly stepchild in the design family. Fast forward to 2015. Mobile apps, JavaScript libraries, html 5, and css3 (and the death of IE) has brought interactive design…

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Mastering Your Deployment Pipeline (Part 5) 

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  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…

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Visualizing Data: Telling Your Story (Part 1)

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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…

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Mastering Your Deployment Pipeline (Part 4) 

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  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…

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The Road to MCSD: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 – Exam 1

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Our first walkthrough on your road to your Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) certification in SharePoint Applications takes us through exam 70-480 – Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3. Exam 480 covers the latest version of HTML5 (standardized by W3C in October, 2014), JavaScript, and CSS3, and since all 3 of these technologies are widely used outside of SharePoint, you’ll find that there are a ton of resources to help you prepare for this…

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Mastering Your Deployment Pipeline (Part 3)

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  Imaginet Blog Series — Part 3 Mastering Your Deployment Pipeline     We can mitigate a lot of the problems we face in deployment if we just approach things a little differently from the start. We can’t turn back the time on already-running development teams, but we can work to introduce new measures to help reduce costs and improve deployment times. Let’s next look at those points we presented in Part 1 and try…

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