KiZAN Blog

Taking Your Application From Idea to Reality in 54 hours

Posted by Jonathan Vanderford on Nov 15, 2016 6:20:52 PM

Last month I had the opportunity to participate in Startup Weekend, an event held twice a year in Louisville Kentucky, and in hundreds of cities around the world.

Close to 100 developers, designers, "hustlers" and mentors gathered Friday evening for a chance to pitch their idea for a business in 60 seconds. Among the almost 50 pitches, 11 were selected, based on audience voting, and got the opportunity to "hire" other participants to form a team for the weekend.

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Topics: Culture, Community

Analyzing Unstructured Data with PolyBase in SQL 2016

Posted by Lucas Feiock on Nov 2, 2016 10:10:42 AM

PolyBase is a Microsoft technology that can query Hadoop clusters or Azure Blob Storage. This is achieved by using T-SQL statements to import and export data between relational and non-relational data sources. While PolyBase is similar to Hive's HiveQL, Teradata's SQL-H, Apache Drill, Apache Sqoop, or Cloudera Impala it is different. With PolyBase, SQL Server Developers can use existing skills to query Hadoop. The need for SQL Server Developers to learn Hadoop or Linux is not required.

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Topics: SQL Server

Why Microsoft SCOM 2016 is Worth a Serious Look

Posted by Curtiss Adams on Nov 1, 2016 2:58:15 PM

In the crowded space of Systems Monitoring Solutions, Microsoft has released a much-needed series of improvements to its Operations Manager (a.k.a SCOM) platform for 2016. The continued adoption of Hybrid Cloud scenarios which require 24/7 monitoring for both on-premise and cloud workloads using one tool is in high demand. Operations Manager 2016 has delivered a platform that can monitor you on-premise and cloud workloads from one pane of glass.

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Topics: Microsoft

Identity and Security Management with EMS

Posted by Curtiss Adams on Oct 27, 2016 10:55:17 AM

With the ever increasing ocean of devices purchased by individuals and corporations alike, the need for data protection has never been greater. Users, regardless of the device they are using or how the device is connected to the network at large, expect full access to corporate email and documents in a seamless experience.

Consequently, the IT infrastructure must balance ease of access with securing and controlling access to the very data users require.

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Topics: EMS

Azure Everywhere, there ain't no such thing as a free lunch

Posted by Mark Gordon on Oct 13, 2016 4:08:14 PM

If you grew up in North America, you probably have heard the saying “there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.”   You might have been reminded of this refrain when Microsoft announced that they were offering "FREE Azure architecture and consulting engagements" to just about anyone who wanted them. After a little digging you may have found out that these are not just boilerplate documents, webinars or other shotgun consulting tactics but real consulting engagements with some of their top partners.

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Topics: Azure

Enabling IoT Remote Server in Windows 10 IoT Core with PowerShell

Posted by Mike Branstein on Sep 21, 2016 10:00:00 AM

This post is the eighth in a series describing our automation efforts for provisioning Windows 10 IoT Core on a Raspberry Pi. To recap, 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). In this post, you'll learn how to enable IoT remote server in Windows 10 IoT Core with PowerShell.

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Topics: IoT (Internet of Things)

Embedding Power BI Reports with the New JavaScript API

Posted by Slava Trofimov on Sep 20, 2016 2:00:00 PM

On September 1, 2016, Microsoft announced the release of a new JavaScript Power BI API, which enables you to enhance your web apps with contextually-relevant Power BI reports that seamlessly integrate and interact with your applications.

One of the common needs expressed by KiZAN’s clients involves embedding Power BI reports into existing applications, websites, and portals in order to equip them with powerful business intelligence capabilities. In certain scenarios, Power BI reports not only need to be embedded into the application but also need to interact with the application to provide relevant information to the user.

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Topics: Power BI

Disabling the Soft AP on Windows 10 IoT Core Using PowerShell

Posted by Mike Branstein on Sep 19, 2016 9:00:00 AM
This post is the seventh in a series describing our automation efforts for provisioning Windows 10 IoT Core on a Raspberry Pi. To recap, 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). In this post, you'll learn how to disable SoftAP in Windows 10 IoT Core with PowerShell.
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Topics: IoT (Internet of Things)

Setting the Time Zone in Windows 10 IoT Core with PowerShell

Posted by Mike Branstein on Sep 16, 2016 3:08:24 PM

This post is the sixth in a series describing our automation efforts for provisioning Windows 10 IoT Core on a Raspberry Pi. To recap, 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). In this post, you'll learn how to set the time zone in Windows 10 IoT Core with PowerShell.

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Topics: IoT (Internet of Things)

Setting the Screen Resolution in Windows 10 IoT Core with PowerShell

Posted by Mike Branstein on Sep 9, 2016 2:30:00 PM

This post is the fifth in a series describing our automation efforts for provisioning Windows 10 IoT Core on a Raspberry Pi. To recap, 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). In this post, you'll learn how to set the screen resolution in Windows 10 IoT Core with PowerShell.

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Topics: IoT (Internet of Things)