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Mobile Collaboration: Empowering Collaboration in a Mobile World

Mobile Collaboration: Empowering Collaboration in a Mobile World

Published: Mar 12, 2015   |   Author: iVision   |   Category: Blog   |   No Comments

There is no longer a question of the importance of mobile, mobile applications, or a mobile-first mobile responsive web presence. In a world where mobile internet usage has no surpassed desktop internet usage, how can businesses better facilitate collaboration of our mobile-immersed employees? Is the intranet mobile responsive? Are web applications mobile responsive? Are the existing collaboration tools enabled for mobile devices (native apps) or are they mobile responsive web applications?

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Collaboration – What does it mean?

Collaboration – What does it mean?

Published: Mar 5, 2015   |   Author: Josh Warcop   |   Category: Blog   |   No Comments

We used to understand the word collaboration. Now the buzzword is everywhere claiming this tool or that tool will help you ‘collaborate’ better. Many of these tools may help your business, but how do you evaluate the need, the use cases, or the value?

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Functional Levels and PowerShell

Functional Levels and PowerShell

Published: Feb 27, 2015   |   Author: Dan Newton   |   Category: Blog   |   No Comments

We were prepping a global enterprise to raise their forest and domain functional levels to Windows Server 2012 R2. We wanted to know that ALL the DCs were seeing/registering the new level. So in comes my favorite scripting tool – PowerShell.

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Docker, Containers and the year of the Windows Desktop

Docker, Containers and the year of the Windows Desktop

Published: Feb 19, 2015   |   Author: iVision   |   Category: Blog   |   2 Comments

If you’re a Windows Systems Administrator or IT Pro, chances are you’ve seen this happy little fellow pop-up on Twitter, Ars Technica or TechEd and dismissed it. “Docker, eh? Sounds like App-V all over again”, you might have opined into your coffee, even. However, recent news out of Redmond hints that Docker is coming to Windows in a strong way, and perhaps integrated even into the Operating System with Server 2015.

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Be Kind, Please…Encrypt?

Be Kind, Please…Encrypt?

Published: Feb 19, 2015   |   Author: iVision   |   Category: Blog   |   One Comment

Being a “child of the 80s” (and into the 90s), growing up I often enjoyed regular trips to Blockbuster where it was always so exciting to not only rent a video game or two for the weekend, but there was always this feeling of joy when a movie had just gotten released on video.

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Rube Goldberg & Patching the Enterprise with SCCM (Part 2)

Rube Goldberg & Patching the Enterprise with SCCM (Part 2)

Published: Feb 18, 2015   |   Author: Dan Newton   |   Category: Blog   |   2 Comments

When patching (servers in particular) we recommend the use of Maintenance Windows (MWs). In SCCM Maintenance Windows are configuration “timers” that control the deployment of software and software updates. A given SCCM client can have multiple MWs and each are evaluated with a deployment is run on a given client.

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Rube Goldberg & Patching the Enterprise with SCCM (Part 1)

Rube Goldberg & Patching the Enterprise with SCCM (Part 1)

Published: Feb 17, 2015   |   Author: Dan Newton   |   Category: Blog   |   No Comments

Deploying software updates to the enterprise is not unlike one of these crazy cool machines. A server downloads all the updates from Microsoft, the clients scan the server for new updates that are required, then the server will create a new list of updates to push, the updates are sent to Deployment Points and a new Update Deployment is scheduled to run…

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Project Management Tools: Choosing the Right Ones

Project Management Tools: Choosing the Right Ones

Published: Feb 16, 2015   |   Author: iVision   |   Category: Blog   |   No Comments

At iVision we strive to always provide the best service for our clients. We have created a culture centered around healthy and thoughtful client engagement, which includes “White Glove” delivery. As a company we realize that the highest quality of delivery begins from the ground up and incorporates every aspect of that process, including the tools being used.

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ASP.NET Web API Design: A How-To Guide

ASP.NET Web API Design: A How-To Guide

Published: Feb 15, 2015   |   Author: Jeremy Likness   |   Category: Blog   |   No Comments

Visual Studio provides an option for web applications called ASP.NET Web API. This is a technology designed to make it easy to build HTTP-based solutions that follow the commonly accepted conventions for REST APIs. You can choose a Web API template or select the references when you create a new web project from within visual studio. Recently I led a course for Web API Design at Microsoft Virtual Academy and through a series of modules provided tips, tricks, and best practices and demonstrated how to leverage Web API to build REST-based se

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Visual Studio Online for Application Lifecycle Management

Visual Studio Online for Application Lifecycle Management

Published: Feb 13, 2015   |   Author: Jeremy Likness   |   Category: Blog   |   One Comment

Visual Studio Online (VSO) is a great solution for application lifecycle management. VSO is more than just a source code repository. It can manage the entire lifecycle of a product from requirements through testing and deployment. With built-in collaboration tools, real-time dashboards for transparency, tools to plan and execute sprints, and collaborative chat rooms, it is a comprehensive solution that for some shops may not cost anything at all (the first five licenses are free and you can add an unlimited number of users with existing MSDN subscriptions).

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