26 07, 2017

VSTS Authentication: AAD or MSA?

By | 2017-07-26T10:23:59+00:00 July 26th, 2017|Visual Studio ALM, Visual Studio Team System|0 Comments

Visual Studio Team Service (VSTS) allows you to authenticate via two primary methods: Microsoft Account (MSA) – formerly Live ID Azure Active Directory (AAD) There are other authentication mechanisms such as SSH and Personal Access Tokens (PATs) but you need to first authenticate via AAD or MSA before you can use these other alternative mechanisms. [...]

16 09, 2016

New Videos on Enterprise App Development with Visual Studio and VSTS

By | 2016-09-16T11:48:23+00:00 September 16th, 2016|Agile, Application Development, Kanban, Lean, Process, Release Management, Scrum, Visual Studio Team Foundation Service|0 Comments

We are excited to share some exclusive videos on app development recorded by Northwest Cadence to help you learn how you can build better apps with new features in Visual Studio. Contact clientservices@nwcadence.com to learn more about any of these topics or to speak with one of our experts. Watch the videos here Follow @nwcadence [...]

13 09, 2016

Ten features that make your life easier in Visual Studio Team Services

By | 2016-09-13T12:05:02+00:00 September 13th, 2016|Application Development, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Visual Studio Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio Team Foundation Service, Visual Studio Team System|0 Comments

148. That’s (approximately) how many new features are now available in Visual Studio Team Services right now that are listed as “TFS vNext” on the Features Timeline. There are a ton of cool features in both Team Foundation Server 2015 and Visual Studio Team Services like Build vNext, my favorites being Build vNext (for automated [...]

25 05, 2016

How I Discovered Open Source Support in TFS / VSTS!

By | 2016-05-25T08:45:45+00:00 May 25th, 2016|Application Development, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Azure, Source Control Management, Visual Studio 2013 Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio 2015 Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio ALM, Visual Studio Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio Team Foundation Service|0 Comments

I've always been attracted to the new and shiny. In August of 1995 MICROSOFT introduced Windows 95 to the world. With a radically new UI design, an amazing vision of how 32-bit apps should play together, and an aggressive marketing campaign to increase the consumer awareness of Windows (At the time, only 3-4% of the [...]

28 04, 2016

VSTS/TFS REST API: The basics and working with builds and releases

By | 2016-04-28T13:07:31+00:00 April 28th, 2016|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Release Management, Visual Studio 2015 Team Foundation Server|11 Comments

Microsoft has released documentation for the VSTS/TFS REST API as of a couple of months ago, and we’re really excited for the opportunities that the REST API brings for VSTS and TFS. Why? Previously, you could use the Client Object Model and the API to interact with TFS. Now, you can interact with VSTS and TFS [...]

4 03, 2016

Advanced Analytics Q&A from the Microsoft Transformation IT Roadshow

By | 2016-03-04T11:59:16+00:00 March 4th, 2016|Database Lifecycle Management, SQL Server, Tools|0 Comments

I recently was on the partner panel for some of the Microsoft Transformation IT Roadshows where I was honored to speak on Advanced Analytics. For those of you who attended I had mentioned I would capture some of the Q&A and post it on our blog for your convenience. For those unable to attend, I wanted [...]

10 02, 2016

Super Bowl 50 – The Way a Nerd Sees it

By | 2016-02-10T12:22:18+00:00 February 10th, 2016|Azure, Azure Machine Learning (AML), Cortana Analytics, Data Science, Reporting, Tools|0 Comments

How did you feel about the Denver Broncos winning Super Bowl 50? Never mind, I already know, or have a pretty good idea at least. That’s because at Northwest Cadence, we built out an engine in Microsoft Azure to analyze tweets in real-time then display the results on a Power BI dashboard. This means when [...]

13 10, 2015

Early Christmas for TFS! Top 10 TFS 2015 Update 1 CTP Features

By | 2015-10-13T05:07:09+00:00 October 13th, 2015|Kanban, Source Control Management, Visual Studio 2015 Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio ALM|0 Comments

When I first saw the list of features in TFS 2015 Update 1 CTP, I was stunned. I felt like it was an early Christmas! There is so much goodness in this release that it feels like it’s actually TFS 2016! As usual, the upgrade process is straightforward, and since there are no major schema [...]

29 09, 2015

DLM: The Future of Database Development

By | 2015-09-29T15:35:30+00:00 September 29th, 2015|Application Architecting, Application Development, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Azure, Database Lifecycle Management, DevOps, Octopus Deploy, Practices, Release Management, Tools|0 Comments

There has been a great deal of talk recently around a re-discovered process known as DLM, or Database Lifecycle Management. DLM has been around for many years, but until recently has been virtually unknown and overshadowed by the complementing process of ALM, or Application Lifecycle Management. While ALM has seen widespread adoption along with a plethora of [...]

15 09, 2015

5 Simple Ways To Build a Better DevOps Organization

By | 2015-09-15T15:17:46+00:00 September 15th, 2015|Agile, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Azure, Coded UI, DevOps, Kanban, Lean, Practices, Process, Release Management, Release Management, Scrum, unit testing|2 Comments

Like successful Agile transformations, becoming a mature DevOps organization takes time and requires a mindful approach. Effective DevOps practices are not born- they are grown. And, just like Agile transformations, you must take on a build-measure-learn approach to your DevOps transformation if you are building a mature practice. Modern and mature DevOps practices include (in no particular [...]