Do you have lunch plans next Wednesday, 11/29? If not, why don’t you plan to treat yourself to some takeout, and register for our Webinar.
Our Live at Lunch Webinar features Bill Packer, the Chief Operating Officer of American Financial Resources (AFR) and our New York Region Managing Director, discussing the strategy surrounding AFR’s decision to transition to cloud-based infrastructure.
In an hour we plan to ask our client’s advice on what to consider when prioritizing a digital strategy, whether he’ll give us some insight on what he could have done differently – if anything, and how this modernization has empowered his employees as well as his customers (both in the B2B channel, and direct-to-consumer) to take control.
I bet you wouldn’t believe that he was actually hired specifically for his attitude toward innovation to transition AFR. Mortgage banks are in the financial…
Over the past several years, there has been a lack of clarity about Microsoft’s integration roadmap. Various integration tools have been offered, rebranded and renamed, and ultimately retired. With a lack of a published roadmap, it is hard to make an informed investment into an integration platform that needs to meet today’s needs and still be relevant into the future.
Since 2000, BizTalk has been around to meet critical on-premises integration needs. Many customers have implemented complex business-critical solutions based upon BizTalk. With the migration to the cloud and the advent of Integration Platforms as a Service (iPaaS) offerings, there have been concerns about the future of BizTalk and its role in Microsoft’s integration strategy.
A recent announcement by Microsoft’s Jon Fancey, the Azure Integration Services PM Lead, attempts to clear up some concerns about Microsoft’s integration roadmap and lays the foundation for what…
Dell Boomi clients wanted to launch new technology capabilities that will rapidly deliver a competitive edge. Unfortunately, project backlogs and multiple priorities often slow the pace of innovation. Overworked and understaffed IT teams often compound this problem, resulting in employee turnover that makes it even harder for businesses to retain the best and brightest IT staff.
Ultimately, the cycle of pressing priorities and strained IT resources leads to a skills gap that causes many companies to lag behind.
And integration is central to this issue. These days organizations need to be extremely agile in how they integrate their applications and data to drive digital transformation. The volume and diversity of integrations necessary for running a digital business are growing exponentially. Social, mobile, analytics, big data, IoT and AI technologies all require integration into core business systems.
And integration is fundamental for any organization…
On May 16th, during the SharePoint Virtual Summit, Microsoft unveiled a new wave of innovations that build upon the vision they set forth last year to reinvent content collaboration and usher in a new generation of mobile and intelligent intranets.
Customers’ successes inspire Microsoft and illustrate how SharePoint and OneDrive in Office 365 empowers individuals, teams and organizations to share with confidence, transform business process, inform and engage the organization, and harness collective knowledge. May 16th’s announcements make it easier than ever for you to drive these outcomes and accelerate your digital transformation. For even more insights, read Jeff Teper’s post, “SharePoint Virtual Summit showcases growth, innovations and customer success.”
Here’s a recap of the headline announcements that Jeff covered in his blog, and the broader set of innovations Microsoft highlighted during the SharePoint Virtual Summit.
Share with confidence
OneDrive lets you share files…
The Execute R Script module in Azure Machine Learning is incredibly useful for manipulating data in ways that other modules do not cover. Its functionality can be further expanded by adding R packages that are not included in Azure ML by default. We will first show you how to get a list of packages that are already in your workspace and then how to add additional packages.
Checking Which R Packages are in Your Workspace
Create a new experiment, and place the following R code in an “Execute R Script” module:
Run the experiment. The output of the Execute R Script module will be a list of the available packages.
Adding R Packages
Before you can use the package in Azure ML, you need to set up the zip file structure in which ML expects the packages to appear. To do this, start by installing the…
While working with Azure Machine Learning, we ran into some situations that seem simple to handle in hindsight, but are rarely discussed online. Here are some simple Azure ML tips and tricks that we found useful.
1. Saving and Reusing a Trained Model
In one of our projects, we found that we needed to use the same trained model multiple times rather than just once in a predictive experiment. To do this, save a trained model by right clicking the output port of the Train Model module and selecting the Save as Trained Model option.
After giving the trained model a name and saving it, you will be able to find a module with the given name under the Trained Models sections of the module selection bar
or by typing the name into the module search bar. From here, you will be able to use…
Azure Machine Learning is part of the Cortana Intelligence Suite. It’s a cloud based collaborative drag and drop tool that can be used to build, test, and deploy predictive analytics solutions. We recently worked with Casella Waste Systems to analyze their customer and sales data using Azure ML. We found Azure ML to be a useful tool that allowed us to visualize our work and avoid coding when it wasn’t necessary. However, the process of creating successful experiments didn’t come without some speed bumps. Here are some things that we discovered along our ML journey, delivered in the spirit of a Buzzfeed article.
1. Your experiment starts out nice and simple
2. And ends up looking like this
3. You have multiple people working on an experiment
4. But you see this when everyone tries to edit the experiment at the same time
Across the country, police departments and the citizens they serve are looking for better ways to communicate and work together, and many of those departments — including Miami-Dade, the largest police department in the southeastern United States — are turning to technology to build stronger relationships. In fact, last year, President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing and the White House Police Data Initiative called on law enforcement to better use data and technology to accelerate progress around transparency, accountability and public trust.
Miami-Dade was ahead of this curve. Driven by a desire to foster trust with its diverse community, the police department embarked on an ambitious initiative to transform its operations. It launched two new solutions: VIEVU body-worn cameras for officers, and a new Community on Patrol (COP) app, both powered by cloud technology from Microsoft. By collecting tips from…
In the few months since Microsoft acquired Xamarin, Scott Guthrie and Nat Friedman have laid out our roadmap that builds on the complementary strengths in mobile development and cloud services that made our companies great partners for years. Microsoft is excited to report that Visual Studio with Xamarin plus Azure is working. They have already seen a massive upswing in developer participation, and they’re receiving validation from outside the developer community, as well.
Yesterday, Gartner recognized Microsoft as a Leader in its 2016 Magic Quadrant for Mobile Application Development Platforms. The designation reflects the fact that Microsoft’s Mobile Application Development Platform vision has expanded dramatically, evidenced by the Xamarin integration, enhancements to Azure App Service, and improved mobile DevOps capabilities.
Over the past year Microsoft has made incredible progress toward their vison of “Any developer, any app, any platform.” Developers need to balance the efficiency of a full-stack solution with the flexibility…
Think your customers love your value proposition? According to a recent study, eighty percent of you do. But only eight percent of your customers actually agree that you provide superior value!
Now that’s a sad state of affairs, for you and for your customers. It’s axiomatic that great customer satisfaction drives customer loyalty – which drives repeat business (revenue), and in turn – profit. One example: after following up on sales leads identified by loyalty surveys, CDW saw revenue increases of $230 million.
Just as important: any number of studies (here’s one from the Harvard Business Review) show a well-defined correlation between customer satisfaction and a rising stock price (as well as lower volatility in both stock price and cash flow).
Microsoft has been talking about using data collected on the Web to improve customer intimacy for a long time, since Peppers and Rogers…