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Microsoft AI: What It Is and Why You Need It

It has been decades since science fiction put humanity inside the Matrix and even longer since HAL refused to open the pod bay doors, but real-life technology has finally caught up enough to begin offering Artificial Intelligence, or AI. What Is AI? Artificial intelligence is a way of programming computers, not with static logic, but with the ability to imitate human perception and thought. To achieve this end, computers need to be able to both…

2 Simple Steps to Optimize DevOps

The CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella, famously said that “every company is a software company.” When you’re looking to improve your organization’s ability to develop and deliver valuable software, pivot when necessary, and beat competitors to market, then you must plan smarter, collaborate better, and ship software faster than ever before. And to do this, you need solid DevOps best practices and tools within your organization. Here are two simple steps to take your DevOps…

Skype for Business Online to Retire on July 31, 2021

Have you heard the big news? Microsoft just announced that Skype for Business Online will be retired on July 31, 2021. In preparation for this, Microsoft will start onboarding all new Office 365 customers to Microsoft Teams starting Sept 1, 2019. Existing Skype for Business Online customers may still continue to use Skype for Business Online between now and July 31, 2021 with no current change to their service. For anyone unfamiliar with Microsoft Teams,…

Work Item Parent Column in Azure DevOps

One highly requested, yet simple, feature that has recently been added to Azure DevOps Services is the Work Item Parent Column feature. With this feature, you can now add a column to show the parent of a Work Item in a flat list DevOps query and in your product backlog or sprint backlog. This seems simple, but this missing feature has caused a lot of frustration for Azure DevOps users over the years. In this…

Work Item Live Reload in Azure DevOps

Previously in Azure DevOps, if two team members were updating the exact same Work Item at the exact same time, the team member who clicked “Save” last would lose their changes. This can be very annoying and frustrating, especially when team members are trying to work concurrently to maximize their productivity. Introducing Azure DevOps’ new Work Item Live Reload feature. Now each team member will see live updates of any Work Item changes made by…

Modern Reporting with a SharePoint Data Source

Ready to create modern reports using SharePoint as a data source? If so, then once again, you’ve come to the right place. For those familiar with SharePoint, you know that SharePoint offers many different data store types, including SharePoint lists, SharePoint libraries, and documents (such as Excel files stored in SharePoint that contain data within them). And where there is data, there is a need to report on it in order for you to uncover…

FREE WHITEPAPER: Using Power BI with Complex SharePoint Field Types

If you have ever used SharePoint lists before, you know they provide a very simple way for users to store and share list-based items.  Simple text and number fields are straightforward, but complex field types in SharePoint (such as lookups, managed metadata, rich text, locations, etc) can present several reporting challenges that SharePoint by itself can’t solve. This is where Microsoft Power BI comes into the picture. Power BI provides specific tools to aid with…

Modern Dashboarding with SharePoint and Teams

If you’re ready to build modern dashboards in SharePoint Online, Microsoft Teams, and SharePoint Server, then you’ve come to the right place. For more than a decade, SharePoint has been the platform of choice for business intelligence dashboards, originally leveraging features like Power Pivot for SharePoint, SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS), and PerformancePoint. Fast forward to 2019, and SharePoint can seamlessly bring content together from Power BI, Excel, and many other data sources into rich…

5 More Business Benefits of Microsoft Azure

In our previous blog post, we explored 5 key business benefits of Microsoft Azure, Microsoft’s ever-growing cloud computing platform that is transforming organizations around the globe. But we couldn’t just stop at 5 benefits since there are so many advantages to the Azure cloud. In Part 2 of this article series below, we will uncover 5 more business benefits of Microsoft Azure and why you should consider leveraging this powerful cloud platform in your organization….

5 Key Business Benefits of Microsoft Azure

Cloud Computing is more than just the latest buzzword. It is a whole new way of doing business. Microsoft Azure is Microsoft’s ever-growing cloud computing platform that is open, flexible, and enterprise-grade to meet any of your business challenges. While there are numerous advantages for this cloud computing environment, here are the 5 must-know benefits of Microsoft Azure and how it can positively transform your organization. Benefit #1: Instant Global Presence The list of companies…

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