Welcome to the ‘What, Why?’ series hosted by Entrance. The goal of this series is to take different technologies and examine them from a technical perspective to give our readers a better understanding of what they have to offer. The web is filled with tons of resources on just about anything you could imagine, so it can be really challenging to filter out all of …Read More
HOW SMART, TECH-DRIVEN ENGINEERING & CONSTRUCTION FIRMS ARE USING BIG DATA TO MAKE BETTER DECISIONS AND REDUCE PROJECT COSTS.
“Big Data” is one of those buzzwords you hear a lot in the tech world, but what does it mean for the engineering and construction world? As our business moves into the digital world, we’re amassing huge amounts of data: everything from reports, to GPS data, RFID …Read More
The developer preview for SharePoint Framework was announced late last week, so I decided to work through the ramp-up tutorials and offer my initial impressions. I hope this will help you avoid a couple of stumbling blocks that I encountered and get you thinking about this new (and imo, very cool) way of approaching SharePoint customization.
If you’re not familiar with what the SharePoint Framework is, …Read More
Engineering and construction (E&C) projects require a lot of resources and generate massive amounts of data, but historically the E&C industry has lagged behind in comparison to other industries when it comes to embracing technology. Companies going against the grain to take advantage of big data and analytics are seeing significant results and gaining competitive advantage over their adversaries. Here are five reasons the engineering …Read More
I’ve been involved in a lot of development projects — I’ve seen the good, the bad, and the ugly. One of the scariest things that can happen in a software project is losing your developer for some unforeseen reason. This kind of thing happens even when you have a big team. Because they are typically highly visible, you definitely want to do as much as …Read More
There’s something exciting about a new business opportunity or new project, especially if you are in a client facing work environment. The possibility of adding value through products and services and/or business relationships is exhilarating. However, maintaining client happiness and building a lasting working relationship can become a challenge when the project hits snags, or there are staffing changes.
As a business analyst, I often find myself …Read More
I recently attended a conference discussion about using dashboards and exception monitoring to increase production efficiency for production maintenance engineers by directing their attention where and when it is needed, while also including the appropriate diagnostic information for the situation. This allows for earlier detection of potential issues, in time for planned fixes rather than unplanned outages.
The classical dashboard model involves a high level overview with composite KPIs …Read More
Level of Detail expressions or LOD expressions help users to specify the dimensions used in a calculation without having to include them in the visualization. To showcase the new level of detail expressions in Tableau, we’ll be looking at a dataset containing records about a PC game called Heroes of the Storm.
Each game has a total of 10 players divided into 2 even teams. There can …Read More
We’ve launched a 7-day email course about improving SharePoint user adoption that teaches you how to build a SharePoint intranet site that people actually want to use.
Earlier this summer, my colleague, Ben Smith and I gave a webinar presentation on increasing SharePoint user adoption to improve the return on your SharePoint investment. Not everyone has time for a webinar, but you might have time for …Read More
When I started my business analyst job here at Entrance, I quickly realized that the soft skills I’d developed in college weren’t going to cut it — simply being able to communicate just isn’t enough for a business analyst when it comes time to performing quality assurance testing on the software you’re building for a client. Though it wasn’t impossible, testing complicated scenarios coupled with the …Read More
This week, K2 held a partner webinar to go over some of the changes set to be released as part of BlackPearl 4.7. The release promises several positive changes focused on three main areas.
Package and Deployment
The P&D tool gets an overhaul with the goal of making you aware of changes that will break deployments well in advance. For instance, when changing a SmartObject, K2 will …Read More
Microsoft is rolling out big improvements to the OneDrive Sync tool, and the experience of using OneDrive on the web is top-notch. Plus, each user gets essentially unlimited storage capacity. Time to get ready for migrating to OneDrive for Business, right?
Maybe not. Our friends at ShareGate explain why most content should not be moved to OneDrive, and why it might be better to just let …Read More
.NET Framework 2.0 has been around for a decade but will be completely unsupported by Microsoft; the announced end of the extended support period is April 12, 2016. In lock-step with the .NET Framework, the corresponding version of Microsoft’s development tool, Visual Studio 2005, is also at its end-of-life.
The end of “extended support” in Microsoft parlance means that the product is no longer maintained, including …Read More
SQL Server 2005 has been around for over a decade but will shortly end its existence as a supported Microsoft database product. The end of extended support for SQL Server 2005 is April 12, 2016. The associated development tool, Visual Studio 2005, also goes off support at the same time.
The end of “extended support” in Microsoft parlance means that the product is no longer maintained, …Read More
If you ever need to establish permanent redirects in SharePoint Online, there are several ways to go about it, but only one that produces a clean user experience.
This came up recently with a client who had a home site collection and a marketing site collection. We wanted to make sure that when user navigated to the home site collection, they automatically ended up in the …Read More
I had a time-sensitive fix to a calculation that needed to be applied to a complicated calculation for a highly complex application. We’re helping someone account for money that runs their business and the result gets exposed to clients and sent out on an invoice, so I had to ensure that my fix didn’t cause more bugs elsewhere, and ensure that the calculation is functioning …Read More
I wasn’t sure Microsoft would win the world over with their O365 Cloud solution when I first migrated from our on premise technology into their cloud 4 years ago in 2011, but from where I stand now I can see their vision clearly. Back then we migrated our Exchange, Lync and SharePoint solutions into the then 2010 O365 Cloud. It has been quite interesting to …Read More
Today, I’d like to continue my discussion of the top concerns when moving an application to the web. If you haven’t already read Part 1 of this post, here’s a link to get you up to speed.
There are two more issues that, while important for desktop apps, tend to require much more effort for web apps: security and loading times. Security is usually going to …Read More
If you’re moving an application to the web, there are a lot of things to keep in mind when designing and testing it. Most of them, however, ultimately boil down to two things: user expectations and user experience. When using a browser, users will have certain expectations of how windows act and how to navigate the application that won’t be the same as a desktop …Read More
Imagine that you are a intensely focused on managing railroad crossing safety by improving rail-highway crossings that are the site of accidents involving trains and road vehicles or pedestrians. While all crossings may be of interest, you want to triage the 500,000 crossing in the US to determine those that most urgently need attention to safety conditions.
We want our dashboard information system to answer these questions at …Read More