KiZAN Blog

Automating Secure File Transfer in Epic

Posted by Brandon Stephenson on Aug 29, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Automating Data Integration with Epic Using PowerShell

Epic is arguably the healthcare application in the United States. There are other systems that serve the same function. But let's face it, Epic holds a 51% margin as US healthcare organizations' choice for clinical systems. It is impossible to deny, if you are in the IT Healthcare space, you are interfacing with Epic.

One of the challenges Epic poses is its interdependency on third parties. Specifically, with one of our clients, there was a problem with the manner in which data moved between the Epic modules for Revenue Cycle and third parties who provided billing services to the organization.

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Topics: Service Management

Understanding the New Microsoft Azure Updates

Posted by Chris Quinn on Aug 26, 2016 3:25:01 PM

Microsoft released a number of new features in Azure during July. I have tried to compile a list of what those updates are and a brief summary below. If you rely on one of these currently or plan on using it in the future, you will find more details by following the links included.

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Topics: Azure

OneNote’s Small Step for Productivity, One Giant Leap for CRM

Posted by Chris Harris on Aug 22, 2016 9:52:13 AM

The release of Microsoft’s OneNote may not have been as momentous as the first Moon landing or Neil Armstrong’s famous quote the blog title borrows from, but it was a giant leap in productivity as it relates to software tools that are available to collect and organize everyday notes. Now, Microsoft has amped up Office 365 productivity by integrating the popular program to Microsoft Dynamics CRM!

Released with CRM 2015 SPQ Spring Release, now all of those important OneNote notes, pictures, even doodles from those boring office meetings can be linked back to records in CRM. How cool is that? Let’s take a look at how it works:

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Topics: CRM

How To Find the IP Address of a Windows 10 IoT Core Device

Posted by Mike Branstein on Aug 19, 2016 12:37:45 PM

KiZAN has a lab of 26 Raspberry Pi 2 boards running Windows 10 IoT core. On a regular basis, we need to re-flash, provision, and configure the boards. When we perform the re-flash and provisioning process, it is manual, and consumes more time than we want to spend (up to 2 days).  Truth be told, we don't have 2 days of free time, so we decided to invest in automation.

Once the entire re-flash and provisioning process was automated, we hoped to reduce the time spent to under 2 hours. Yeah, from 2 days to 2 hours. You do the math. This post is one of a series of posts describing our automation efforts for provisioning Windows 10 IoT Core on the Raspberry Pi 2. 

In this post, you'll learn how to find the IP address of a Windows 10 IoT Core device after initial flash with PowerShell.


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Topics: IoT (Internet of Things), Mobile App Development

3 Tips For First Time Microsoft Project Users

Posted by Tom Cantrell on Aug 18, 2016 6:03:13 PM

For many, Microsoft Project 2016 is the go-to tool of choice for managing projects, and for very good reasons.  It has a robust set of features and functionalities that cover all aspects of the project management lifecycle. Resource planning, scheduling, task assignments, critical path reporting, baselines, slick status reports, to name a few.  You know, all the things that are going to make life easier for those of us responsible for managing projects.  After all, isn’t Microsoft Project designed to simplify our lives as project managers?

So, why do so many first-time users struggle to manage their projects in a tool which is designed to make managing projects easier?

Isn’t it ironic that a tool intended to bring visibility and clarity to project data is very often viewed as complicated, cumbersome, and a real pain in the Alanis? 

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Topics: Project Management

What Does Active Active Really Mean for Exchange 2016?

Posted by Mark McIntosh on Aug 10, 2016 2:52:38 PM

What is an Active/Active datacenter?

An Active/Active datacenter is Microsoft’s Preferred Architecture (PA) for both Exchange 2016 and 2013.

So what does Active Active really mean?

An Active/Active datacenter within Exchange is when you have Exchange servers deployed to multiple sites with an equal number of servers in each site. The Exchange servers from both sites are added as members of a Database Availability Group (DAG), each holding active databases. (see Figure 1).

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Topics: Exchange Server

Service Management Lessons from Pokémon GO

Posted by Brandon Stephenson on Aug 4, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Pokémon GO has become a surprisingly (even for those who were watching it closely) successful game, or at the very least a very successful social experiment. It has firmly established the allure of an augmented reality game that leverages a known IP or major franchise. It has shown that people are willing to go to great lengths to play a game, and it has created an interesting cultural touchstone, especially for individuals who grew up during the original popularity of the franchise.

As someone who was in middle school when the franchise dropped in America (and had already been playing the games in their original Japanese version, #nerdcred) I was interested in giving it a whirl with some friends. Even people who were very into or aware of the franchise became interested, wanting to see what the big deal was.

So my wife, two friends, and our daughter (strapped along for the ride in a baby carrier) went out to explore sites and catch Pokémon in the greater Cincinnati region.

The experience was fun, and we made a lot of great memories collaborating with other people we stumbled across – to the point that we had 30-40 people working together in Yates Cove on Sunday. I can see it being a pleasant social activity to do with friends, as well as something to do while traveling to get an understanding of the area.

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Topics: Service Management

5 Benefits of Office 365 That Add Value but Are Commonly Overlooked

Posted by Mark Gordon on Aug 4, 2016 8:35:22 AM

Unlock the Hidden Value in Your Office 365 Subscription

Many companies find that they have Office 365 in their Microsoft Enterprise Agreement and are not using any of the O365 services. This can happen when Microsoft makes you a deal that is just too good to pass up and at the same time you are not ready or able to move your files or email to the cloud yet.

Just because you are not using the full O365 suite does not mean that you can’t start getting the benefits of Office 365 on your Enterprise Agreement.

Here are 5 ways that smart companies are taking advantage of their Office 365 licenses without doing a wholesale move of data to the Microsoft Cloud.

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Topics: Office 365

3 Business Problems Mobile Apps Can Solve

Posted by Mike Branstein on Jul 29, 2016 11:30:00 AM

You've likely heard how business claim that mobile apps increase their productivity and make employees more efficient by streamlining rudimentary simple tasks. This is an extraordinary claim, and extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.


At KiZAN, we've been lucky to not only see first-hand evidence to support these claims but build mobile solutions that empower employees. So, what problems CAN a mobile solution solve? In this post, you'll learn how mobile solutions can solve 3 common business problems.

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Topics: Mobile App Development

Are Mobile Apps Becoming a Business Necessity?

Posted by David Buckingham on Jul 29, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Can your company benefit from a mobile application? It’s a question that every director or c-level should be asking themselves.

What can a mobile app do for your business? Here are a few of the ways a mobile app can help:

  • Build brand awareness
  • Build brand recognition
  • Improve customer engagement
  • Use it as a direct marketing channel


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Topics: Mobile App Development