PowerApps Rock! Forget the “slick code” and deliver on robust, maintainable business solutions

Rich Carlsen, Cloud Solutions Architect Pay it forward In the never-ending pursuit of higher IT understanding, the best advice I can give IT application developers today is to pay it forward. Keep the code simple, readable, and maintainable—because someone else will most likely manage the application tomorrow. Microsoft PowerApps is a configurable SaaS application that…


Modernize your customer’s legacy applications

Nina Sui, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Cloud + Enterprise Join us for the Applications & Infrastructure Partner Community call on Friday, February 16 and the Open Source Solutions Partner Community call on Friday, February 23 to learn about application modernization. Why modern apps? Modern Apps is a key enabler for digital transformation at YOUR own…


Deep Dive: Citrix App Layering in Microsoft Azure

Jeff Mitchell, Cloud Solution Architect, One Commercial Partner Last week, Microsoft Cloud Solution Architect Jeff Mitchell detailed the multiple VDI deployment options for Citrix solutions on Microsoft Azure—including virtual apps, desktops, data and networking (read the article). This week, Jeff offers an overview of Citrix App Layering on Azure, which can help you manage your…


What is serverless computing?

Dale Kirby, Cloud Solution Architect By now, you may have heard all about serverless computing. There’s a good reason for all the chatter. Serverless computing has really kicked into high gear across the industry and every IT professional will want to understand the basic concepts and nuances of the serverless computing paradigm. But I need…


How I learned to stop worrying and love containers

Tommy Falgout, Cloud Solution Architect Containers are a very popular technology, and to understand why you must first understand the problem they solve and how they solve it. At their core, containers allow you to easily create and run software in isolated environments. As a “heads-down” developer for 20+ years, I’ve lost countless hours trying…


Application Development Partners: Introduction to Microsoft Cognitive Services

I recently spoke at an event about application innovations and enhancing application experiences. Some of the examples I discussed highlighted how application interactions are changing the way that companies interact with their customers. There has been an explosion of channels like the addition of bots, sentiment analytics, and even rich media services that are driving innovation. In this post, and…


Application Development Partners: Introduction to serverless computing

Recently, there has been industry buzz about the topic of serverless computing. Serverless computing is a natural evolution of the cloud computing model. It reflects the desire for IT to change from a cost center to an innovation center. With serverless computing, the compute stack is managed and only the code necessary for completing the desired task is managed by the customer….


ISV and App Builder partners: Developing applications on Microsoft Azure and Office 365

EDITOR’S NOTE: The title and content of this post have been updated to add Office 365 application development services and announce broader availability of Azure application development services. If you’re interested in developing applications on Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Office 365, the Microsoft Partner Network offers services and resources that align to the software application development cycle and help you bring…

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Application Development Partners: Introduction to Visual Studio Mobile Center

Recent conversations in the Cloud Application Development Partners community have been around DevOps and how its adoption can add value for companies that implement it and around the efficiency that Xamarin brings to the development process through the ability to reuse code. This month, we’ll talk about mobile development, a topic that I am frequently asked…


Application Development Partners: Introduction to Azure Media Services

In discussions with partners that have a cloud application development practice, I often talk about adding intelligence and advanced Microsoft Azure services into the applications partners build for customers. One of the services that partners often overlook is Azure Media Services, cloud services for premium video workflows. Our January 2017 topic for Application Development partners is Azure Media Services. In…