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Selling an IT Vision: How to Make Sure Your Boss Sees the Same Value That You Do

Whatever your job is, I’m sure your overarching goal is to improve your organization.  For some people that means driving revenue by making sales; for others, it’s implementing technology that solves a problem, creates efficiencies, or saves time.
For those of you who fit into this second category, it’s likely that you’ve had a great idea or two in your time.  And, hopefully, you’ve brought these ideas to your boss or leadership.  If you executed everything properly, they saw the same value that you did, and together you charted a path to move forward.
But that’s not always how this scenario plays out.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of amazing ideas that never make it past a proposal.  At Tallan, we recognize the importance of seeing these ideas through to execution and implementation proving that they truly do provide the value you’re proposing. …

Augmented Reality Bots: Revolutionizing the Way the Fashion Industry Meets the Public Consumer

Imagine a way shoppers and consumers could virtually try on clothing, accessories and even make-up to ensure what they are getting is right for them. Thereby saving them wasted time, money and effort returning products they don’t like or even letting them sit idle; specifically eyeglass wear!

With the technology of Augmented Reality incorporated into a Chatbot, there is a new way to shop using Augmented Reality technology, being able to change between outfits and makeup products are now becoming a reality. The development of AR in products and apps is revolutionizing the way we shop by helping consumers ‘try on’ various outfits and products before even stepping foot into the store.
Tallan has developed such bots to run several extremely effective campaigns for large fashion industry clients like Revlon. Tallan’s Chatbot technology solutions enabled these fashion industry leaders to quickly deploy…

Solution: Linked Reports in SSRS Print with Incorrect Size or Orientation

Overview
When deploying reports to an SSRS server, the server creates a record in the Catalog table.  this table holds the report location, the binary data for the report, as well as parameter and property information, among other things.  On deployment, various report properties are extracted and added to the Properties column of the Categories table in the ReportServer database.  A sample is displayed below:

1: <Properties>

2: <Language>en-US</Language>

3: <HasUserProfileQueryDependencies>False</HasUserProfileQueryDependencies>

4: <HasUserProfileReportDependencies>False</HasUserProfileReportDependencies>

5: <PageHeight>215.9</PageHeight>

6: <PageWidth>355.6</PageWidth>

7: <TopMargin>0</TopMargin>

8: <BottomMargin>0</BottomMargin>

9: <LeftMargin>0</LeftMargin>

10: <RightMargin>0</RightMargin>

11: </Properties>

SSRS appears to use the data stored in the Properties column to detect paper size and orientation…

Week Ending Column in SharePoint List

I was recently working on an excel pivot table report that pulls its data from a SharePoint list. One of the business requirements was to be able to sort, filter, and/or group by a “Week Ending” date. The list has a column called Action Date which could be any day/date. The solution turned out to be quite simple.
Create a new column in the list called, for example, “Week Ending.” Make this column a calculated column with the following formula:
=TEXT([Action Date]+(7-WEEKDAY([Action Date])),”mm/dd/yyyy”)
Replace [Action Date] with the column off which you are basing the week ending date.
This particular formula assumes that Saturday (7) is the week ending date. Adjust accordingly.

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Creating Secure AJAX HTML Forms in ASP.NET Core MVC, Part I: Client-Side and Server-Side Validation

In this two-part series, I will show you how to create a secure form that submits using Ajax. In part one of this series, we will create an HTML form and secure it from XSS and SQL Injection by validating user input through client-side and server-side validation.
Most modern websites have a need to take in information from a user. This is commonly done through HTML forms; the user enters information into form fields and the website submits an HTTP POST request to the server. The server can then use this information and/or store it to meet a wide variety of business needs. However, allowing any information from any source can prove disastrous for a system and is commonly the point of attack for malicious parties. SQL injection, Cross-Site Scripting (XSS), and Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) are common ways a malicious…

Azure Governance – Part 3 Azure Blueprints

During Azure Infrastructure engagements, we consistently hear that our customers are encountering three common challenges – (i) creating and redeploying infrastructure in a repeatable manner, (ii) creating governed subscriptions, and (iii) protecting foundational resources. Through an Azure blueprint solution, you can compose, deploy and update cloud environments in a repeatable manner, orchestrate the deployment of resource templates and policies, protect your environment by locking down the foundational infrastructure, and empower your teams to use azure in a self-service manner while maintaining organizational standards.
Compose. Orchestrate. Protect. Empower. An automated, easy-to-deploy solution to help govern your organization’s subscriptions, so the infrastructure you build is maintained as you designed it.

Learn more about Azure Blueprints in our Azure Governance mini video series!
Azure Governance Blog Series:
Introduction
Management Groups
Policies and Initiatives
Resource Graph and Cost Management

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Azure Governance – Part 2 Azure Policies and Initiatives

Azure Policy is a service in Azure that you use to create, assign, and manage policies that enforce rules over your resources to ensure compliance against corporate standards and service level agreements (SLAs).  An initiative is a collection of policies grouped together.  An Initiative simplifies managing and assigning policies by grouping them as one single item.  Azure Policy is comprised of three components – Enforcement and Compliance, Application at Scale, and Remediation.  You will have the ability to turn on built-in policies or build custom policies for all resource types, evaluate and enforce policies real-time, assess compliance and a newly added feature, VM In-Guest Policy that allows you to audit settings inside a machine.  Azure Policy also allows you to apply policies to a Management Group with organization-wide control, apply multiple policies and aggregate policy states with policy initiative AND…

Parsing Delimited Strings in a SQL Database

I often receive requests from colleagues needing to solve particularly thorny problems from within a SQL database. This article is intended for those who might find themselves needing to parse a delimited string inside a SQL database, those who find themselves in a position to provide solutions to this particular issue and those liking SQL challenges.
Recently a colleague posed a problem where the value in one column was a list of user property metadata. Each user property was a list of the information required to extract values from a second column in the same table, a list within a list with a common delimiter throughout. A key-value pairs table is a suitable design for this application; the designer chose a different path. The data and the metadata about that data were denormalized into separate columns. Our goal is to determine a solution…

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Making More Readable Custom Validators for Angular Forms

What are Angular Forms?
Angular has become a powerful tool in application development over the years. Companies in every field utilize this framework to create powerful websites that provide a clear and fast user experience. In many cases, there is a need to collect information from the user, for everything from gauging user experience to collecting vital documents and information when a claim is being filed. Angular has two different types of forms that are optimized for effective data collection from the user. Template-driven forms are asynchronous in nature and known for having most of their logic driven by the template. Reactive driven forms are known for being mostly synchronous and having logic that primarily resides in the component. In this blog, we will be tackling reactive forms, and more specifically, how to make your life easier with more readable validators.
How…

Western & Southern Financial Group Innovation Jam: Building Innovative Solutions for the Insurance Industry

Recently, Tallan had the pleasure of planning and delivering an Innovation Jam for Western & Southern Financial Group, Inc.  Our journey with Western & Southern began this September when we first connected thanks to an Azure AppDev Hackfest opportunity that turned into their Innovation Jam. First things first, we started with identifying what they were looking to accomplish for their business.
From the first conversation with Craig Spencer, Assistant Vice President of Application Development, and Bonnie Wathen, Talent Acquisition Manager, IT, it was clear that their organization was very excited about this opportunity and their future transition to a cloud-based infrastructure.  Over the two months of planning leading up to the event, we worked closely with Craig, Bonnie, and the rest of the planning committee to:

Define the groups that would be participating,
Assemble groups and collect ideas and solutions each group wanted…

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