In case you missed our webinar, “What’s New In Azure?” last week, we’ve made the entire session available to you on our You Tube Channel.

In this session we share BIG NEWS from the Azure Build 2014 Conference. This includes tooling enhancements, new features across several Azure services including mobile services, storage, IaaS, service bus, web sites. We also review many of these key enhancements, as well as dive deeper into a few of these announcements such as Resource Group Managers and the new Azure tooling.

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Business leaders are constantly looking at how they can use the underwriting process to improve profits.

What if insurance underwriters or the underwriting processes could look into the past at a more detailed level and predict exactly how a risk would perform in the future? What If underwriters were provided with a solution that would provide meaningful insight into customers’ risk characteristics? Data analytics, data mining and predictive modeling can provide this ability to enhance business processes and improve profits for Insurance companies.

Our experienced technical team recently pulled together a white paper on this topic.  These guys have worked with one of the largest personal property insurers in the country for several years, and have loads of experience in implementing cost-saving solutions for this industry. In this paper, they discuss auto and property/casualty insurance underwriting, how big data analytics can influence an increase in sales and revenues for companies and introduce a high level Microsoft based solution implementation that can solve this business problem.

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The term “Single Page Application” or SPA has emerged in recent years to describe a web or mobile application that focuses on improving the user experience by delivering all the functionality for an application without screen refreshes or unnecessary round trips to the server. It does this by initially loading the screen with HTML, CSS and JavaScript, enabling rich client-side interaction.  It then uses unobtrusive, asynchronous calls to the server when the page needs updating. Updates can be seamlessly propagated to elements on the screen while the user interacts with the application. By allowing real-time interaction with the application and its data on the screen, the user has the equivalent of a desktop application experience. Read More…
Please be our special guest at the Azure ‘n’ Action Café on May 21st from 12pm – 1pm EST. You don’t want to miss this session as we will share with you BIG NEWS from the Azure Build 2014 Conference. This includes tooling enhancements, new features across several Azure services including mobile services, storage, IaaS, service bus, web sites. In this session we will review many of these key enhancements, as well as, dive deeper into a few of these announcements such as Resource Group Managers and the new Azure tooling.

We have world class expert speakers dishing up some hot and exciting content to you. Register early to secure your seat at the Café. Hope to see you at the Azure Café and bring your friends.

Welcome to part four of our blog series based on my latest PluralSight course: Applied Azure. Previously, we’ve discussed Azure Web Sites, Azure Worker Roles and Identity and Access with Azure Active Directory.

Motivation

Hopefully we can all agree that “loose coupling” is a good thing when it comes to software design. The goal is to build software systems that are made up of parts that have the least possible dependence on each other. The benefits are obvious, we can change, remove or add parts with minimal impact to the rest of the application.

While the design principle of “loose coupling” is applicable all the way from overall system architecture to the lowest level class design, in this blog post, we will focus on coupling between high level sub-systems of an application. We will also focus on message exchange patterns (such as publish-subscribe, temporal decoupling and load balancing) and persistence patterns such (schema less and NoSQL document based store). My objective is to demonstrate how these well-known patterns can be realized using Microsoft Azure Platform based services such as Microsoft Azure Service Bus and MongoDB. Read More…