22 09, 2015

Azure Event Hub: A Vignette – Part Three of the Cortana Cadence Series

By | 2015-09-22T08:20:01+00:00 September 22nd, 2015|Azure, Cortana Analytics|0 Comments

Here at Northwest Cadence, we tackle problems large and small. Sometimes all it takes to solve a vexing problem is a new perspective on an existing component. Let me paint you a picture based on some of our experiences… Our webcast, “A Lap Around Cortana Analytics” clearly made an impact. We were starting to see [...]

16 09, 2015

HDInsight: A Vignette – Part Two of the Cortana Cadence Series

By | 2015-09-16T12:43:34+00:00 September 16th, 2015|Azure, Azure Machine Learning (AML), Cortana Analytics|0 Comments

Valuable data insights are more accessible than you might think. Sometimes all it takes is a step back to see how ubiquitous and attainable it really is. Let me paint you a picture based on some of our experiences… I was considered a heretic by everyone in the room. I felt like Galileo standing before [...]

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 [...]

1 09, 2015

You say "Cortana", I say "Cortana" (or, how do you pronounce 'Cortana'?)

By | 2015-09-01T09:34:36+00:00 September 1st, 2015|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Azure, Azure Machine Learning (AML), Cortana Analytics, Tools|0 Comments

We’re all about Cortana Analytics.  We’re excited about what it can do for your business.  But, before I get into that, let’s address the elephant in the room.  What is the correct way to pronounce the name, Cortana? If you have an Xbox then you’ve undoubtedly play HALO and are familiar with Cortana, the AI [...]

26 08, 2015

Take A Lap Around Cortana Analytics

By | 2015-08-26T08:27:10+00:00 August 26th, 2015|Azure, Azure Machine Learning (AML), Cortana Analytics|0 Comments

Steve and I are really excited about Cortana Analytics Suite and I think it really comes across in our webcast. The speed and flexibility Cortana Analytics affords keeps our mind spinning about new and novel ways to use this technology. I mean, in no time at all you can watch Steve put together a Sentiment [...]

21 08, 2015

Azure Data Factory: A Vignette – Part One of the Cortana Cadence Series

By | 2015-08-21T10:30:20+00:00 August 21st, 2015|Azure, Azure Machine Learning (AML), Cortana Analytics|0 Comments

We can no longer afford to ignore the data available to us. All too often we collect it, glance at it, then shelve or destroy it. By doing this we are throwing away our competitive advantage. The good news is that as data becomes more ubiquitous, the tools available are becoming more sophisticated. Let me [...]

21 07, 2015

You Can Easily Create a Mobile Application (That is used by your customers)

By | 2015-07-21T08:27:27+00:00 July 21st, 2015|Agile, Application Architecting, Application Development, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Azure, DevOps, Kanban, Lean, PaaS, Scrum|0 Comments

You have a smart phone.  You use apps.  And you likely have come up with a great idea for an app.  Maybe you have thought, “Why don’t we turn this Line-of-Business application into a mobile app?” It’s even likely that your leadership has been asking for a mobile application for some time but you just [...]

23 06, 2015

The 6 Steps to a Hybrid Network with Azure

By | 2015-06-23T09:09:39+00:00 June 23rd, 2015|Azure|0 Comments

Taking advantage of Azure services can be as easy as signing up and selecting a virtual machine image from the Azure Gallery. Integrating those services into an existing infrastructure, or migrating existing on-premises services to Azure, takes a lot more mindfulness and planning. Even if your staff is gung-ho about Azure and is pushing to [...]

19 06, 2015

Compressing Time: A Competitive Advantage

By | 2015-06-19T08:17:59+00:00 June 19th, 2015|Azure, PaaS|1 Comment

IT is no longer just a business enabler – it has become a competitive advantage and differentiator for most successful companies. How do companies respond to the rapid rise of ubiquitous computing and the demand for always on, anywhere services? It can seem overwhelming when customers have running shoes, toasters and homes generating data and [...]

16 06, 2015

PaaS Architecture: Designing Apps for the Cloud

By | 2015-06-16T15:45:57+00:00 June 16th, 2015|Agile, Application Architecting, Application Development, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Azure, PaaS, Process, Scrum, Tools, Visual Studio ALM, Visual Studio Online|0 Comments

Part 1: Why Create a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) Solution? Part 2: Storage Options with PaaS Part 3: PaaS Architecting: Designing Apps for the Cloud Part 4: PaaS Security (coming soon) Article by Colin Dembovsky Platform as a Service (PaaS) has some incredible benefits – no worries about OS updates, quick and easy scale out (as and when you need [...]