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6 Reasons to Use Angular Instead of ASP.NET MVC (Razor)

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At Imaginet, we recommend the use of single-page applications using Angular for building enterprise applications. Customer solutions are still being built using ASP.NET MVC with Razor pages, generally because it is a well-known technology stack that is familiar to most companies’ development teams. However, this article will present six reasons why Angular is the superior option for building your application. Angular applications still follow an MVC style (or perhaps more correctly MVVM). In fact, they…

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7 Rapid Ways to Maximize Business Process Automation with Microsoft 365

By All Posts, Business Intelligence, Office 365, Power Platform, Productivity, SharePoint

Business Process Automation (BPA) helps organizations streamline their processes to enhance efficiencies, improve service delivery, accurately capture data, and empower teams. But without the proper tools or development capabilities, most organizations are slow to innovate using outdated systems. Microsoft 365 has developed a robust suite of tools that allow for rapid, low code solutions. These tools are especially effective if you have adopted Microsoft 365 as a platform, not just for email and document sharing….

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What Makes a Good Software Consultant?

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This may seem like a simple enough question to answer. However, there are many answers floating through the ether of the business world and the Internet and not all of them are good ones. Quite a few are born out of misconceptions and misunderstandings of what it really is that a good software consultant does. It seems likely that this is not the first blog post to be written by a software consultant explaining what…

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The thing about working remote, is in order to be effective, your whole team needs to be effective. Once you find a good rhythm though you might even find yourselves more productive than when you were in the office!

A Day in the Life of Working Remote at Imaginet

By All Posts, Business Intelligence, Modern Workplace, Office 365, Productivity, SharePoint, Teams

Business responses to COVID-19 have created a rapid shift to work from home and/or remote working. This has quickly affected all industries and has provided challenges for some organizations that were historically “onsite” focused. The past month at Imaginet we have had almost zero impact to our operations due to 1) most of our client projects are done remotely, 2) most of our employees are used to delivering quality work from home/remote, and 3) we…

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Business Process Automation with the Office 365 Platform

By All Posts, Office 365, Productivity, SharePoint

Transform Collaboration Historically the Microsoft Business Productivity space has largely centered around email, chat, voice, and document management. These functions were implemented via Exchange, Teams, and SharePoint. Business Process Automation (BPA) was supported in some capacity by SharePoint via workflows and InfoPath forms. BPA was challenging to scale due to the need for forms and workflows to be custom developed. This required specific development capability (either in house or outsourced) not just to build but…

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Free White Paper: Transforming Business Processes with Microsoft 365

By All Posts, Modern Workplace, Productivity

Business apps are becoming more and more essential in the transformation and modernization of today’s organizations.  The goal of the business app is to empower process owners to combine data and processes to rapidly deliver a more tailored solution. And when you use the Microsoft 365 core business app creation tools—like Microsoft Forms, PowerApps, Power Automate, Power BI, and SharePoint Lists—these business apps can be created with no or low amounts of code by end…

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Free EBook: Supercharge Your Apps with Embedded Analytics

By All Posts, Application Development, Business Intelligence, Enterprise Mobile, Power BI & SQL

The way in which we use and interact with data has dramatically changed over the years. Originally, we leveraged static pictures and charts that captured a one-time snapshot of our data. But this is no long sufficient, as static visualizations only provide a historical view at a single point in time. Instead, interactive visualizations and real-time reports are now the demanded norm needed to turn massive volumes of data into immediate, actionable insights. But there…

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How To Create Mermaid Diagrams in Azure DevOps Service

By All Posts, Application Lifecycle Management, DevOps, Tutorials, Videos

When documenting your software project, have you ever resorted to putting flowcharts, sequence diagrams, or Gantt Charts into external documents, like a Word document? This creates a challenge when you need to link a Work Item or even to a WIKI page to those diagrams in that external documentation. Wouldn’t it be great if you could just create, edit, and manage the diagrams and charts directly in the WIKI page itself? Well, now you can! Azure…

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Microservices 101: What You Need to Know

By All Posts, Application Development, Azure, Cloud, Enterprise Architecture

Microservices, as the name implies, is a software architecture model where processes are broken down into small, standalone services. Microservices are then coupled together with other microservices, or as a part of a larger service to perform an overall function via universally accessible APIs. This contrasts with the standard monolithic architecture where all functions and processes are contained within a single application. Typically, a microservice delivers a single function or limited number of small functions….

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Tracking Progress with Rollup Columns in Azure DevOps

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Previously in Azure DevOps, it has been a bit cumbersome to track the progress of parent Work Items in the Azure Boards backlog view. But now, with the introduction of Rollup Columns, you can visually see which items are being worked on and how close they are to being completed. We read about them in Microsoft Azure DevOps Sprint 157 release notes, but the notes did not provide information on how to see them. In…

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