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Microsoft Power Platform: What It Is and Why You Need It

By All Posts, Modern Workplace, Office 365, Power BI & SQL, Power Platform, Productivity

Businesses are generating more data than ever before. That data is now connected and available to almost every part of each organization. And all of that data offers great opportunities. Taking advantage of those opportunities, however, requires the ability to access, analyze, and use that data. Traditionally, creating reports and applications to do just that fell into the hands of a few specialists and developers. Each specialist created their own piece of the technical solution,…

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How to Estimate Testing in an Agile Project

By Agile, All Posts, Testing

I have tested custom applications for over 10 years now. However, I find I still have a hard time estimating tasks for an Agile project. Why is that? It’s probably because my background is not nearly as technical as the background of our Lead Developer, who is generally the person who runs the Sprint Planning sessions.  I tend to think it terms of hours and not story points, and I tend to allow the developers…

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Why Businesses Choose SharePoint for Their Enterprise Content Management System

By All Posts, Modern Workplace, Productivity, SharePoint

Too many businesses spent the last decade trying to go “paperless,” only to realize that finding, organizing, managing, and capturing documents electronically is just as complicated. Whether it’s an important email, a picture of a receipt taken with a cell phone, last month’s sales numbers spreadsheet, or even a quick note taken in a text file, capturing and keeping these important business documents is a constant challenge. For all too many users, the solution is…

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Live Events Now Available in Microsoft Teams

By All Posts, Announcements, Modern Workplace, Teams

Looking to host a live or on-demand event to reach massive online audiences? Well, you’re in luck. Microsoft just announced that Live Events are now generally available in Microsoft Teams.  Live Events in Microsoft Teams enables you to schedule, produce, and stream content that is both rich and interactive for up to 10,000 live attendees. Live Events in Microsoft Teams enable an intuitive, end-end event experience for the ALL end users, from event organizers, producers,…

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4 More Reasons to Love Azure Containers

By All Posts, Application Development, Azure, Enterprise Architecture

In our previous article entitled 5 Reasons to Love Azure Containers, we explored 5 key benefits of leveraging Azure Containers, including: simplicity, lower costs, support for standard interfaces, predictability, and reliability. Now, in this article (Part 2), we’re going to let the container lovefest continue and give you 4 more reasons to love Azure Containers and how they can benefit your organization. Reason #6: Containers are Portable Imagine this: You are ready to take advantage…

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Create and Manage Mind Maps in Microsoft Teams

By All Posts, Modern Workplace, Office 365, Productivity, Teams

Many of you are already familiar with Microsoft Teams, the Office 365 hub for team collaboration that integrates the people, content, and tools your team needs to be more engaged and effective. But did you know that Microsoft Teams also has a powerful collaborative mind mapping feature? This integrated tool from MindMeister can help you visualize ideas and create plans with your team members, all in real-time within Microsoft Teams. Figure 1: https://www.mindmeister.com/blog/meister-news/2018/12/14/manage-mind-maps-microsoft-teams/ Mind Mapping…

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5 Reasons to Love Azure Containers

By All Posts, Application Development, Azure, Enterprise Architecture

The world of computing moves so quickly these days that you need to be able to run your important applications, resources, and programs anywhere – and fast. You can’t spend days setting up and testing environments, different operating systems, and varying dependencies. And it’s even more complicated today since your infrastructure possibilities can range from hosting everything on your own servers at your own site, to hosting everything on someone else’s servers across different cloud…

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6 Must Know Benefits of Microsoft Power BI

By All Posts, Business Intelligence, Power BI & SQL

Microsoft Power BI, or Business Intelligence, is a business analytics offering from Microsoft that provides a quick, easy, and powerful way to analyze and display your data. Users can focus on making data-driven decisions faster without breaking the bank and without spending hours coming up to speed on a complex new analytics tool. Imaginet has helped organizations tackle their most challenging Business Intelligence needs for over 15 years. In this article, we’ll explore the 6…

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How to Run .NET Core Selenium Tests in Azure DevOps

By All Posts, Application Lifecycle Management, DevOps, Testing, Tutorials, Videos, Visual Studio

If you’re interested in running .NET Core Selenium Tests in Azure DevOps, then you’ve come to the right place. In my newest video, I will provide a detailed walk-through that will demonstrate step-by-step how run your .NET Core tests – specifically Selenium tests – using both Visual Studio and Azure DevOps. And as always, if you need any help with Azure DevOps, just know that Imaginet is here to help. Our Imaginet Certified DevOps and…

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Top 8 Business Benefits of Microsoft Power Apps

By All Posts, Application Development, Modern Workplace, Office 365, Power Platform, Productivity
Power Apps is Microsoft’s entry into the world of so-called low code development platforms. Like other offerings in this category, the idea is to provide non-professional developers a way to create business solution apps via an interface that minimizes the overall amount of actual coding required. Power Apps can also be leveraged by professional developers to crank out apps more quickly and with less complexity than traditionally done. If you aren't already using Power Apps,...
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