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Enterprise Architecture

An Introduction to Kubernetes

Today’s applications are facing ever-growing expectations and demands. End users expect applications to be available 24/7 with near-zero defects. Application updates are expected to be instantaneous and seamless. And software development teams are expected to create, update, and maintain applications in reduced time with limited resources. As a result, software development teams are always looking for better ways to develop and deploy applications in order to meet these ever growing demands. Introducing Container Development Container…

PART 4: Which Cross-Platform Mobile App Framework Is Right For You?

Part 4: Which Cross-Platform Mobile App Framework Is Right For You? In this final installment (Part 4) of the article series on Cross-Platform Mobile App Frameworks, we will quickly review the pros and cons of both Xamarin and NativeScript, plus our guidelines to use when choosing the right framework for you and your team. Summary of the Pros and Cons of Xamarin from Part 2: Advantages of Xamarin: Uses C#, .NET framework, and Visual Studio…

PART 3: Cross-Platform Mobile App Frameworks – NativeScript

Part 3: Cross-Platform Mobile App Frameworks – NativeScript In Part 2 of this article series, we explored the Xamarin mobile app framework as well as its advantages and disadvantages. Now, in Part 3, we will conduct a deep dive into an alternative mobile app framework: NativeScript. NativeScript is an opensource framework for building native mobile apps using Angular, JavaScript, or TypeScript. It is supported by Progress and offers a great option to build mobile apps…

PART 2: Cross-Platform Mobile App Frameworks – Xamarin

Part 2: Cross-Platform Mobile App Frameworks – Xamarin In Part 1 of this article series, we quickly introduced a couple of our favorite cross-platform mobile app frameworks. Now, in Part 2 of this Cross-Platform Mobile App Framework article series, we will take an in-depth look at Xamarin, its pros and cons, and some of the finer details of the Xamarin framework. Xamarin is a Microsoft owned framework which uses the .NET framework and C# to…

PART 1: Intro to Cross-Platform Mobile App Frameworks

Part 1: Introduction to Cross-Platform Mobile App Frameworks When creating a cross platform mobile app, deciding which framework on which to build your app can be challenging because there are a lot of good options from which to choose. Each framework has their own set of appealing capabilities, as well as similarities that can make them hard to distinguish and select from. Each framework also has its own technology stack and language that may or…

Microsoft Surface Hub is Here! Are You Ready?

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…

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…

Choosing the Right Web Platform for Your Cloud Development

When do you use Azure Websites as your web platform for cloud development, and when do you use Cloud Services? These two platforms provide similar functionality in that you can deploy your ASP.NET or other IIS based web application projects to either of these platforms. There are some general guidelines as to choosing one over the other and some specific differences that may help you in making that decision. In this post, I discuss the…

Choosing Aggregate Boundaries – Consistency

Those who know me know I’m a pretty big fan of the CQRS set of design patterns. CQRS style architectures typically borrow / build-upon the DDD (Domain Driven Design) set of patterns (in fact before Greg Young coined the term CQRS he was calling it DDDD [Distributed DDD]).  One pattern that’s pretty central in DDD is the concept of Aggregates.  This is the practice of splitting your domain model up into pieces, and these pieces…

Enterprise Architecture – SOA with a Dash of PubSub

In the past few weeks, I’ve been helping a client come up with an Enterprise Architecture (EA), and I realized that I seem to have zero’d in on an enterprise architecture that I would probably use at most places. First off, what do I mean by Enterprise Architecture?  I know lots of people use this to mean different things. For this post, I’m using the term Enterprise Architecture to describe how the various applications and systems…