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Events
We’re entering fall with a full schedule of events and opportunities! There’s been a great response to our virtual events thus far and we’d like to thank all of our attendees for joining and participating in the discussions. See below for what’s ahead and please take advantage of these free learning opportunities for your teams. Feel free to contact us for more information or check out our YouTube page for past presentations.
September 23
Azure DevOps: BYOToolchain: Webinar
September 24
Data Modernization Drives Digital Transformation
September 29
Analytics in a Day
October 1
Some Like it Hot…Data That is
October 1
Hartford Power BI User Group, Virtual
October 2
Water Utility Data Management 2.0
October 8
Analytics in a Day for State and Local Government
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New Tallan Events & Educational Opportunities Coming this Fall

We’re consistently developing a calendar of events to help both technical and non-technical professionals better understand Data, AI, Cloud, UX and other elements of our rapidly changing IT landscape. Here’s what’s up ahead:
The Art of the Possible: Write-Back & Planning in Power BI, Webinar
Join Tallan & PowerOn for an in-depth presentation of the world’s first fully integrated BI & CPM solution for Power BI. We will demonstrate exactly how users of any level can now enter data, handle end to end workflow & approvals directly within their Power BI platform, and so much more.
Where: Online
When: September 2nd, 2020 at 11:15 a.m. EDT
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Azure DevOps: BYOToolchain, Webinar
Azure DevOps services will be used to orchestrate a toolchain with the end goal of building, testing, and deploying an application in a multi-cloud environment.
Where: Online
When: September 23rd, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. EDT
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Data Modernization Drives Digital Transformation, Webinar
UnifyCloud and Tallan have partnered together to…

Angular Modules and Lazy Loading

When it comes to modern web applications, developers tend to gravitate towards one of the major players in the game. Of course, I am talking about Angular, React, and Vue. I personally have never been dismissive of any of these frameworks/libraries and have found that they each have their own usefulness for the problem I am trying to solve. One of the most common things I hear about Angular is how “heavy” it is. From a UI perspective and mobile-first mentality, you would not be incorrect. The way the Angular application is generated out of the box from the CLI is great for small apps, but when you get into enterprise-scale applications, using that same default box can lead to performance issues.
The Problem
Using the Angular CLI to generate a new angular application is a best practice we should all be…

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Moving On From SQL Server Analysis Services Multidimensional – Part 1

Background
SQL Server Analysis Services Multidimensional (SSASm) was first offered in 2000, and soon became the dominant cube server product on the market.  It got a ground-up rewrite in 2005 and further enhancement in 2008 that greatly increased its capabilities, performance and proliferation.  SSASm uses the expression and query language MDX (multi-dimensional expressions), known for its power and steep learning curve.  SSASm grew into an amazingly powerful and widely-used product, the more impressive given it is bundled for free with a SQL Server license (sometimes you get more than you paid for).  Because of this bundling it is difficult to know how many production instances of SSASm are running, but even a small fraction of the number of SQL Server licenses would be significant.
In 2010, Microsoft introduced a new in-memory, columnar database technology named variously xVelocity and Vertipaq.  This new technology…

2019’s Top 5: Most Viewed Blog Posts

Now that COVID-19 has completely derailed any strategy and subsequent plan to achieve Q1 goals and we are all continuing to adjust to the ‘new normal,’ we’re thrilled to present our curated list of Tallan’s top viewed blog posts of 2019.
It’s no surprise that the top two posts are both about developing in an Azure environment. Microsoft Azure was awarded a highly sought after contract from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) in October of last year. You can read the statement published by the DOD here.
Importantly noted in the statement, is that the DOD has not aligned with any one vendor or provider for their cloud strategy efforts, “Today the Department of Defense has taken another step forward in the implementation of our Cloud Strategy with the award of an enterprise general-purpose cloud contract to Microsoft.  This continues our…

Tallan Attends Its First ALM LegalWeek Conference

A couple of weeks ago, Tallan attended its first ALM LegalWeek conference in New York City. With over 4,000 attorneys, c-suite executives, marketing and business development staff, exhibitors, and vendors registered, our team was looking forward to networking and the educational panels we had the opportunity to attend.
The event was divided into three separate ‘conferences,’ Legal CIO, Legal Tech, and Legal Business Strategy. We divided and conquered, and after day 1, one thing became clear: LegalTech has become mainstream. Firms are looking for out-of-the-box products and platforms to enhance processes, time-keep for ease of billing, foster eDiscovery, and generally optimize operations. There are vendors for nearly every ‘LegalTech’ you could imagine or need.
For the most part, they are internal. Save time by digitizing records, but if a firm cannot bill that time saved (not that attorneys perform administrative tasks anyway), then how…

Testing Suspicious emails using Windows Sandbox

Co-workers often forward me emails when they are unsure if it is a valid email or something malicious. As one of the IT managers, I need to evaluate these emails in a safe environment. The tool I use for this is Windows Sandbox.
Windows Sandbox was added as a feature to Windows 10 with the May 2019 Update (version 1903). Every time you start Sandbox, it creates a Virtual Machine with a clean install of Windows 10. When you shut it down, the image is erased. This makes it an ideal environment for testing untrusted applications, links, and emails.
To enable Windows Sandbox, first make sure you have the minimum requirements:

Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise, version 1903.
Hardware virtualization enabled in your BIOS
At least 2 CPU cores
4 GB of memory
1 GB of available disk space

Once the minimum requirements are met, click Start, then…

IoT Luncheon: Connecting the Greatest Minds in Greater Boston

It’s not often that you can get some of the brightest minds in an industry in the same room together to discuss trends and opportunities in the market. This past March, Tallan was able to do just that and this coming September, we’ll be doing the same thing. Boston is one of the top regions if not THE top region in the country focused on Pharma, BioTech, and Medical Device Manufacturing.  The health of this industry and the proximity to Tallan’s headquarters is a stroke of luck.  However, we made our own luck through our partnership with one such company, Abiomed.
Abiomed is a ‘leading provider of medical devices that provide circulatory support.’ The brilliant minds on their team developed a solution to monitor the health of their devices, and report necessary findings to the individuals working in hospitals who care…

Exploring Advanced Persistent Threats

What Are Advanced Persistent Threats?
Advanced Persistent Threats (also known as APTs) are prolonged targeted cyberattacks. Such attacks are carried out by a well-funded (typically state-sponsored) group of highly skilled hackers who have high aspirations. Typically, APTs involve the creation of custom attacks that specifically target the victim’s network/machine. APTs primarily target government agencies, defense contractors, manufacturers of products, vendors, and partners of a primary target, and companies with intellectual property. The Stuxnet worm is a good example of such an attack. It is believed to have been created by the NSA, CIA, and Israeli intelligence. It was discovered in 2010 and was responsible for destroying several centrifuges at Iran’s Natanz uranium enrichment facility. The worm would search infected computers for signs of Siemens Step 7 software (used on industrial computers serving as PLCs), if found, it would update its code…

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. …

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