What are the different types of cloud computing services?

Posted by Dave Fisher on 09.14.20

Cloud computing types are service deployment models that let you choose the level of control over your information and types of services you need to provide. There are three main types of cloud computing services, sometimes called the cloud computing stack because they build on top of one another.

The first cloud computing type is infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), which is used for Internet-based access to storage and computing power. The most basic category of cloud computing types, IaaS lets you rent IT infrastructure - servers and virtual machines, storage, networks, and operating systems - from a cloud provider on a pay-as-you-go basis.

The second cloud computing type is platform-as-a-service (PaaS) that gives developers the tools to build and host web applications. PaaS is designed to give users access to the components they require to quickly develop and operate web or mobile applications over the Internet, without worrying about setting up or managing the underlying infrastructure of servers, storage, networks, and databases.

The third cloud computing type is software-as-a-service (SaaS) which is used for web-based applications. SaaS is a method for delivering software applications over the Internet where cloud providers host and manage the software applications making it easier to have the same application on all of your devices at once by accessing it in the cloud.

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Key considerations when building a company intranet with SharePoint

Posted by Brooke Appe on 09.04.20

Building a new intranet may seem daunting at first. Companies have many moving parts, and consolidating them into one intranet that is easily navigable for employees to quickly find what they need requires planning.

Even more, building an intranet that employees want to visit and use is also challenge. Maintenance and updates can become convoluted. Employees may not have proper training in its use. Admins may get confused in how the thing actually works. The list goes on. All of this leads to an intranet no one wants to visit or update.

But DO NOT WORRY. We have summarized all the considerations you should make while planning, building, and implementing your new intranet to ensure its success. 

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Topics: SharePoint, Intranet, SharePoint Intranet, Corporate Intranet, SharePoint Intranets, Modernization, Hub Sites

How to send tables with links to items in Power Automate Flow emails

Posted by Bernie Thibeault on 08.19.20

Use Case

Recently, a client requested a daily digest email be sent to their support staff with a list of their active tickets, along with a link to the particular record. This blog will take you step-by-step through the usefulness of this Flow and how I created it.

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Topics: Power Apps, Power Automate

SharePoint 2010 Workflows are being retired. Here's what to do.

Posted by Brooke Appe on 07.31.20

As you may have read, SharePoint 2010 Workflows are being retired. With their focus on newer tools and technology like Power Automate, Microsoft is encouraging their users to follow suit and adopt these tools quickly. Their statement read:

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Topics: SharePoint, Workflow, Flow, Power Automate, Modernization, SharePoint Workflows

Working with the COVID-19 US Sample Power BI Report

Posted by Bernie Thibeault on 07.20.20

Microsoft has provided a free, downloadable or embeddable, Power BI Report sample using COVID-19 data for the US. This report can be used as is, or customized to leverage the COVID-19 data and report capabilities to compare to your regular business data. 

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Topics: Power BI

Top 3 things you didn't know about Microsoft Teams (And 2 extras)

Posted by Brooke Appe on 07.15.20

Microsoft Teams is a feature-rich collaboration tool that's adding new users and organizations every day. Here at Aerie, Teams is the foundation of our day-to-day communication and collaboration. With so many features built into this robust application, we thought we would share some of our favorite features, tips, and tricks to get the most out of Teams.

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Topics: Microsoft Teams, Collaboration

Dynamics 365 Features to Look Forward to in 2020 Release Wave 2

Posted by Bernie Thibeault on 07.13.20

Recently, Microsoft and the Dynamics 365 team published the release plan for 2020 Release Wave 2. It contains the features being launched between this fall and early spring for Dynamics 365. To find the new features I highlighted recently, click here. Quick links for features in both the Dynamics 365 and Power Platform track can be found here. 

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Power Platform Features to Look forward to in 2020 Release Wave 2

Posted by Bernie Thibeault on 07.10.20

Recently, Microsoft and the Power Platform team has published the release plan for 2020 Wave 2.  It contains the features being launched between this fall and early spring for Power Apps, Power BI, Power Automate, Power Virtual Agents and the AI Builder applications. Quick links to those features can be found here. 

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Dynamics and Power Platform 2020 Release Wave 2

Posted by Bernie Thibeault on 07.08.20

Microsoft has just released the release notes for Dynamics 365, the Power Platform and Industry Accelerators. You can expect these features to start rolling out in preview in the coming months, and being generally available sometime this fall/winter. For those who don't know, industry accelerators are free app "accelerators," or features specific to an industry that are provided by Microsoft. It can get you up and running quickly with a functioning application with no configuration or development required.

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Topics: Power BI, Dynamics 365, Power Apps, Power Automate, Power Platform

Understanding the Technology

Posted by Bernie Thibeault on 06.22.20

Continuing my blog series on Dynamics and CDS Best Practices, Understanding the Technology.

One of the biggest downfalls to any software solution is not always the solution itself, but the team, department, or company's understanding of that solution. You could have a perfect solution or application that fails miserably. Or, an imperfect solution that thrives. It all comes down to aligning the application to your users' experiences and expectations, as well as documenting your solution as you go, so anyone can step in to maintain it or get up to speed quickly on expected functionality.

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