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Using Hangfire to Run Background Jobs in IIS

By All Posts, Consulting, Managed Services, Productivity, SQL Server
Using Hangfire to Run Background Jobs in IIS Recently one of our clients went through an application modernization project to upgrade and update their internal business applications. Among the technical challenges to conquer was how to handle long-running and recurring scheduled jobs. In the existing system, the long-running jobs were being allowed to run in process, with the users being instructed to initiate the process in their browsers and then not do anything until it...
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Using Microsoft Power BI–Business data analytics for better reporting

By Agile, All Posts, Business Intelligence, DevOps, Power BI & SQL, Power Platform, Productivity
Using Microsoft Power BI–Business data analytics for better reporting We have a lot of discussions with clients about a desire to do “better reporting”. They have been using Power BI but feel they now need a data warehouse to create reports that will give them all the info they need. Fundamentally, organizations often have an analytics problem, one for which a data warehouse forms part of the solution, however, the complexities lie in the data....
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Managing Open-Source Dependencies with JitPack

By Application Development, Application Lifecycle Management, Consulting, Productivity

As you can see, we have some options when dealing with problematic open-source dependencies. What I demonstrated above is not specific to GitHub or JitPack or even Android development. Not only do these tools allow us to keep our codebase and dependencies tidy, but also allow for one other often unappreciated benefit; it allows us to effortlessly give back to the open-source community.

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Customizing Sharepoint!

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

Customizations in SharePoint are always an interesting topic. Many clients remember the days of legacy SharePoint on-prem (2007, 2010,2013), where it was almost impossible to do anything in SharePoint without customizations. Some clients have started with SharePoint Online (MS 365) but have a desire to have customizations to provide a truly unique solution to their organization. If you ask Imaginet, “Should we customize in SharePoint Online,” our answer is generally “no.”

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

By All Posts, Application Development, Application Lifecycle Management, Azure, Consulting, DevOps, Enterprise Architecture, Enterprise Mobile, Modern Workplace, Power BI & SQL, Productivity, SQL Server
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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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 #ImaginetLife, 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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Imaginet Speaks: Visual Studio Team Services 2017

By Agile, All Posts, Visual Studio No Comments
Visual Studio Team Services 2017 - Part 1 Imaginet superstar, Etienne Tremblay, joins Bracket Show for Part 1 of 'Visual Studio Team Services 2017'. Check out the video below: Play Video Visual Studio Team Services 2017 - Part 2 Play Video Was this article helpful? Let us know in the comments and feel free to share this with your network! If you're looking for more info on Visual Studio, check out our Visual Studio &...
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Imaginet’s Top 6 Favorite New Features of TFS 2017

By Agile, All Posts, Application Lifecycle Management, Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio No Comments

Imaginet’s Top 6 Favorite New Features of TFS 2017 With the recent release of Visual Studio 2017, now is a great time to upgrade your Team Foundation Server (TFS) to 2017! This new release is jam-packed with over 25 new features and fixes that help your team develop software better by improving communication and collaboration throughout your software development process. Here are just a few reasons why you should consider upgrading to TFS 2017:  …

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443 in Skype for Business Land

By All Posts, Skype for Business No Comments

A cautionary reminder when firewall rules are being set up for Skype for Business, that 443 or 443/TCP or 443/TCP/SIP does NOT mean HTTPS.  Honestly, I don’t think I’ve met a firewall yet that supports Microsoft’s 443/SIP for a so my rule request is very specifically 443/TCP, unless the required rule, like for the Reverse Proxy actually state HTTPS, require 443/TCP the rule ye be.   MS Firewall Rule Requirements   The above link goes to…

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