azure-api-managementAIS’ CTO and noted Azure expert Vishwas Lele has a brand new course available at Pluralsight: Microsoft Azure API Management Essentials.

Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) are increasingly considered “engines of growth” and are already fundamentally changing the way organizations do business. In this three-part course, you’ll learn about how the Azure API Management service can ensure that your current and future APIs reach their fullest potential.

First, you’ll learn why you should use API Management, and how to manage your API with the Azure service. Next, you’ll learn how to protect your API with rate limits, plus how to add caching to improve API performance. Then, you’ll learn about policies in API Management and C#-based Policy Expressions. Finally, you’ll learn about security in API Management.

By the end of this course, you’ll have a solid understanding of Azure API Management, its key capabilities, and how to host and secure your API (both internal and external). Get started right now!

WindowsAzureAs more and more businesses move their applications to the cloud, it’s clear that operation and log data analysis is a major component to the migrating process. That data is crucial to understanding the health and reliability of your cloud services with respect to scalability, resilience, uptime, and your ability to troubleshoot issues.

But how do you deal with all that operational data? How do you identify specific application issues such as exceptions raised from bugs in the code, troubling increases in processor or memory consumption, or slow response times?

It turns out that migrating your applications to the cloud is just the first step: Having a well-thought-out operational data and monitoring user story is just as important. Read More…

Microsoft’s Cortana Intelligence Suite provides a seamless transition from raw data to intelligence: Real, meaningful data for real, meaningful business decisions. 

With the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT), the need for real-time processing and data analytics has become paramount. As a part of the Cortana Intelligence Suite, Microsoft offers Azure Stream Analytics (ASA) as a fully-managed cloud service for analyzing complex event and data streams at near real time. Read More…

Machine learning An Azure Machine Learning News Aggregator Solution

Here is an overview of a personalized, machine-curated delivery of news and related significant data in the public domain powered by Azure Machine Learning and Azure Cognitive Services, built by AIS.

A Little Background

Today’s 24-hour news cycle produces a vast amount of publicly available information about events occurring all over the globe. Imagine the data that is produced in a single hour, let alone in a single day. Now imagine having the responsibility of distilling that data into actionable information for a single team or individual. It would quickly become overwhelming! This was the reality for our client. They have offices and teams all over the world, and each team was seeking personalized views of data relevant to their region, mission and preferences. But by implementing machine learning technology, AIS developed a solution to help break through the noise. Read More…

Data Analytics, Cortana Intelligence Suite, Data Visualization The Cortana Intelligence Suite is a fully managed data analytics platform that offers a range of services aimed at helping businesses find meaning in all of the data they are collecting. This post will dive into the services that are offered by the platform. Prior to discussing these services in detail, let’s take a quick lap around data analytics specific to goals, what to expect when building and maturing a competency for your business, and challenges businesses experience while on this journey. After laying this groundwork, we’ll discuss the Cortana Intelligence Suite in a bit more detail and provide a list of the services offered by the platform. Additionally, we’ll cover how the Cortana Intelligence Suite can offer the tools needed to implement a robust strategy to address the key challenge areas we’ve described. Read More…
Internet of Things, IOT

The short answer is yes. Not only can it save your organization money, but it can do so while also delivering more functionality and freedom. AIS recently worked with a large machine-tooling company that had a machine optimization software solution they wanted to re-platform in a lower-cost, more scalable and flexible way.

Their machine optimization system reports real-time and historical data on how cutting tools and machines are performing, and recommends improvement opportunities. However, it was built using traditional software development techniques and doesn’t take advantage of any platform-as-a-service (PaaS) capabilities and benefits.

They asked us to create a proof-of-concept (POC) solution utilizing Azure IoT and Analytics PaaS services. This POC would be used to prove that an Azure IoT and Analytics PaaS services-based solution could provide derived data results within +/- 10% of their current software solution and experimental results, as well as address a number of existing technical limitations and outstanding business needs.

Click here to read how we overcame this challenge.

In Part 1 of this blog series, we outlined the case for a Service Catalog driven approach for Enterprise DevOps. At AIS, after having worked with several of our Enterprise clients with their DevOps journey, we harvested our learnings in the form of a fully managed service catalog – AIS Service Catalog. AIS Service Catalog is a Microsoft Azure focused SaaS offering that is designed to jumpstart your DevOps efforts by bringing you the benefits of the service catalog driven approach.

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A Service Catalog for Microsoft Azure

In Part 1 of this blog post series, we identified four key features of a Service Catalog that are fundamental to establishing DevOps in an enterprise. Let us briefly talk about how AIS Service Catalog realizes these features using Microsoft Azure specific building blocks. Read More…

Microsoft Cloud ShowRecently, AIS’s Scott Hoag (@ciphertxt) joined Andrew Connell (@andrewconnell) and Chris Johnson (@loungeflyz) of the Microsoft Cloud Show to discuss Azure Application Proxy & Gateways. Topics covered in this podcast discussion include:

  • Using Application Proxy to publish applications for secure remote access
  • Enable Application Proxy services
  • Azure AD Application Proxy and SharePoint 2013
  • SSO for On Prem IWA Apps Using KCD with Application Proxy
  • Azure Application Gateway Pricing
  • What is Application Gateway
  • Azure Service Updates [RSS]

The Microsoft Cloud Show, is the only place to stay up to date on everything going on in the Microsoft cloud world including Azure and Office 365.

Click here to listen to this podcast.

AIS’s Chief Technology Officer, Vishwas Lele, has been busy building the State of Delaware’s  Electronic Notarization System.  This system, built using Microsoft Azure, allows the state agency to meet all the compliance requirements and offers them a rich selection of platform and service components. In this video, Lele talks about the solution and why Microsoft Azure made technology and business sense for AIS and for the State of Delaware. Check out what he has to say!

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Whnetrocks1at’s your DevOps plan? Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell from .NET Rocks! talk to Vishwas Lele about taking a comprehensive, model-driven approach to DevOps. What does it mean to be model-driven? Working with a strategic approach that is agnostic to any given technology or platform – but in the end, the tools do matter!

Vishwas talks about common elements like a single repository for all assets, repeatable deployment processes, instrumentation and feedback mechanisms that enable the entire team to see how the software is being used and improved. He also talks about the Azure templates for getting infrastructure up and running quickly – and the on-going evolution to let this model work anywhere, not just in the cloud!

.NET Rocks! is a weekly talk show for anyone interested in programming on the Microsoft .NET platform. The shows range from introductory information to hardcore geekiness.

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