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Exploring unique topics from business to the latest technology - tune in as the entire Point Alliance team takes turns getting To The Point about (nearly) everything that impacts you and your business!

That moment when you see your SQL Server database flagged as “Suspect”

It’s not a good moment when you see your database has been flagged as “Suspect”. Panic often sets in and questions run through your head – Do we have a good backup? How recent is that backup? How much data will be lost?

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That moment when you see your SQL Server database flagged as “Suspect”

Realize an Exceptional Workplace - Simplify Digital Transformation

The other day I received a text from one of our customers, “thanks so much for all your help – I can’t believe how easy it is to do everything from any device.” It was rewarding to get this feedback.

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Realize an Exceptional Workplace - Simplify Digital Transformation

SharePoint Sherpa – Let us simplify your SharePoint

Companies around the world are increasingly relying upon and adopting the Microsoft Office 365 program into their everyday communications. Office 365 provides your business with an efficient and powerful collaboration platform so your team can effectively connect and communicate anytime, anywhere.

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SharePoint Sherpa – Let us simplify your SharePoint

Uncomplicate your Office 365 and Soar

Microsoft Office 365 is a subscription-based cloud service that provides popular Office apps (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, etc.) and other related services for businesses such as Exchange, SharePoint, Teams and Skype for Business.

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Uncomplicate your Office 365 and Soar

Leaving IBM Domino?

Transitioning from IBM Lotus Notes and Domino to a new technology platform reduces costs and complexity and enables companies to better leverage existing technology investments.

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Leaving IBM Domino?

SharePoint Online Demystified

SharePoint 2019 has been announced to be released later this year, which means the server version is still here to stay for the foreseeable future.

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SharePoint Online Demystified

Microsoft SQL Server 2017 - it's not just a cross-platform expansion

Microsoft has released a new version of SQL Server this year, just 15 months after Microsoft SQL Server 2016. We saw quite a few advances in SQL Server 2016 including significant new features in Reporting Services and Predictive Analytics.

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Microsoft SQL Server 2017 - it's not just a cross-platform expansion

Top 10 questions to ask before building virtual environments

Virtualization adoption is on the rise. The ability to replace 3 to 6 physical servers with only one has proven to be beneficial and extremely valuable. Data centers are changing for the better due to virtualization platforms such as VMWare ESXi, Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer, and Redhat RHV.

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Top 10 questions to ask before building virtual environments

Using RestSharp and NewtonSoft to create strongly typed objects from a REST API

REST API’s are everywhere these days. As a developer you will certainly be required to interface with one sooner than later. Thankfully, when working in the .NET Framework, there are tools which can make interfacing with these APIs fairly easily compared to the past.

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Using RestSharp and NewtonSoft to create strongly typed objects from a REST API

Staying ahead of technology - no longer an option

As the world evolves every day, so does technology. What was considered new yesterday will essentially be old news today. Not surprisingly, adapting to changing technology can be challenging, however staying on top of it can reap tremendous benefits.

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Staying ahead of technology - no longer an option

Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services 2016 - The Future Looks Bright

There have been very few advances with SQL Server Reporting Services in the past few versions but 2016 looks like a significant jump in features making SSRS a competitive option for desktop and mobile users alike.

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Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services 2016 - The Future Looks Bright

Real-Time Communications via WebRTC

Your modern web browser is fabulous for consuming data: text, audio, and video; all natively. However, for the web’s promise of real-time audio/video communication with others, you will need a browser plugin (e.g. Flash) or a different application altogether (e.g. Skype).

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Real-Time Communications via WebRTC

Write Once, Run Everywhere - Are we there yet?

For a number of years the software development industry has struggled to find a solution to a rather old idea: write once, run everywhere. First, there was Java, which for a little while seemed to be the answer, however for numerous reasons it didn’t live up to the dream.

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Write Once, Run Everywhere - Are we there yet?

Create a better user experience

So often the user experience is ignored or its importance is marginalized. A bad user experience is no different than a bad customer experience; a bad experience means that person is not likely to return or recommend your product or service.

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Create a better user experience

SQL Server 2014 – compelling reasons for upgrading

Microsoft SQL Server 2014 was released April 1st 2014. There are many organizations who are only now considering rolling out SQL Server 2012. The effort involved in planning and testing commercial products and custom line of business applications with a new database server version is often one of the largest barriers to upgrading.

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SQL Server 2014 – compelling reasons for upgrading

Leadership vs. Management

Throughout my career I’ve been fortunate enough to have great managers (and not so great ones) from which I’ve, equally, learned something: from the great ones what true leadership means and what it takes to be a good leader; from the not so great ones I’ve learned what mistakes to avoid.

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Leadership vs. Management

Exploring NoSQL database. What are they and how do they work?

Most modern applications use databases to store data in what’s known as a Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMS). RDBMS have evolved significantly since they were introduced in the 1970’s. They do have some drawbacks with certain types of applications.

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Exploring NoSQL database. What are they and how do they work?

The internet browser challenge

In early 2001 I embarked on a project to build a centralized line of business application for a customer. The customer had numerous decentralized applications of varying technologies across their divisions globally.

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The internet browser challenge

Ease the pain on testing using modern.ie!

As web developers we need tools to test our web applications across all browsers. If you asked the majority of developers which browser causes more issues on debugging, they would say Internet Explorer (No offense Microsoft).

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Ease the pain on testing using modern.ie!

MVC Bundling

The amount of style sheets and JavaScript files included with a website these days is staggering. As you develop solutions, it is becoming important to be aware of the amount of different style sheets and JavaScript files you are forcing the user to download on each request.

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MVC Bundling

Preventing Data Leakage with SharePoint and Microsoft IRM

For many organizations, SharePoint has become the de facto successor to the Windows File System for managing documents. It offers many features beyond the Windows File System, including the capacity to manage documents through the entire lifecycle from draft, to approval, publication, archival, and finally, disposal.

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Preventing Data Leakage with SharePoint and Microsoft IRM

Teamwork, what is it good for?

From sending a satellite into space to creating the next mobile app, every extreme goal or dream requires great teams and great teamwork. Without teams that have great chemistry, a sense of responsibility and accountability, no project will be a success.

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Teamwork, what is it good for?

Bitcoin and Crypto currency explained

Crypto currency or more specifically Bitcoin, is a new type of currency that is making waves around the world, but few understand what it is and how it works.

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Bitcoin and Crypto currency explained

A glimpse into Build 2014

Build is Microsoft’s annual developer conference and is probably one of the biggest developers’ conferences around; this year’s Build has been a truly remarkable one. Microsoft has made a ton of announcements and released a great deal of interesting updates and preview products.

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A glimpse into Build 2014

What's to love about consulting?

Consulting has been a career choice for me since 1990. I had no idea what I was getting into when I made that choice. I was fresh from university studying business and working at an incentive marketing firm when I met the owners of the consulting firm I started my career with.

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What's to love about consulting?

MVVM JavaScript frameworks and how they have changed Web application development

In the beginning, JavaScript was mainly used to validate user input without doing a round trip to the server. As web browsers matured, so did JavaScript.

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MVVM JavaScript frameworks and how they have changed Web application development

Mobile App Development Trends

A recent IDC forecast of shipments of tablets and smartphones predicts that by 2017, 87% of connected device sales will be tablets and smartphones. More specifically, the forecast predicts that 5-inch devices will take the lead, followed by 7 and 9-inch tablets.

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Mobile App Development Trends