imageGartner has recognized Microsoft as a Leader in enterprise low-code application platforms.

In this report, you’ll learn about Gartner’s assessment of the products in this market and explore the features and capabilities that set each of them apart.

Discover how integrated Azure services, intuitive design tools anyone can use, and fast deployment times contributed to high levels of customer satisfaction and helped position Microsoft as a Magic Quadrant Leader among enterprise low-code application platforms.


imageWe just announced a new date and location for Microsoft Ignite 2020!

Save September 21-25, 2020 and join us in New Orleans, LA.

Pre-register today for an amazing week of technical training and more:

imageReady to pilot Microsoft Edge (Chromium) in your organization?

The new Microsoft Edge is available for deployment today directly from Intune or downloadable as an .MSI and deployable using Endpoint Manager/Config Manager:

Posted by: kurtsh | January 17, 2020

DOWNLOAD: Power Platform Center of Excellence Starter Kit

imageLast June, we launched the Center of Excellence (CoE) Starter Kit – a set of templates that are designed to help get started with developing a strategy for adopting, maintaining and supporting the Power Platform, with a focus on Power Apps and Power Automate.

The kit, available to download from GitHub, provides some automation and tooling to help teams build monitoring and automation necessary to support a CoE.  The foundation of the kit is a Common Data Service (CDS) data model and workflows to collect resource information across the environments in the tenant (Sync flows).  The assets part of the CoE Starter Kit should be seen as a template from where you inherit your individual solution of, or can serve as inspiration for implementing your own apps and flows.

Read more here:

imageLooking into using Azure in China?

Azure in China from a contractual perspective is fairly different from elsewhere as operations & management are wholly done by Microsoft’s partner, 21vianet. 

The good news however is that the tools & administration are very similar – simply on a a different, China-based implementation of Azure – so familiarity for administrators won’t be an issue.

To learn more about how to engage Azure China & 21vianet, here’s some references I’ve collected.


  • Support
  • Documentation
  • Pricing

DIFFERENCES: Comparison between Global Azure & Azure China

PURCHASING: China Azure Purchasing Guidance

CHECKLIST: Azure China Playbook

  • Checklist
  • Constraints
  • Regulations & compliance

SERVICES: Azure China services site

imageWant to see the new Yammer Enterprise in action? Join us for a FREE webinar on 1/30/2020 from 9-10am PT for a deep dive on the new UI and capabilities.

Come see the future of Yammer, January 30, 2020, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Pacific Time.

Join the Yammer product team as we introduce you to the new Yammer – a completely redesigned UI packed with new features and integrations. This webinar will walk through the modern interface, demonstrate new experiences and capabilities, and showcase how Yammer has been rebuilt to power leadership, communications, and engagement. Attendees will have the opportunity for Q&A with the Yammer engineering + marketing team to help prepare for the arrival of the new Yammer. Watch and Add it to your calendar.

Details below.

imageFeast on bite-sized lessons, exercises, and labs as you master the most important Azure concepts.

More than 100 Azure services offer everything you need to build and run your applications with all the performance, redundancy, security, and scale that the cloud has to offer. But knowing where to begin with all these services can seem overwhelming.

Read this e-book to build your cloud computing skills quickly and efficiently. You’ll be productive immediately, and when you finish, you’ll be well on your way to Azure mastery.

Learn Azure in a Month of Lunches breaks down the most important Azure concepts into bite-sized lessons with exercises and labs—along with project files available in GitHub—to reinforce your skills. Learn how to:

  • Use core Azure infrastructure and platform services—including how to choose which service for which task.
  • Plan appropriately for availability, scale, and security while considering cost and performance.
  • Integrate key technologies, including containers and Kubernetes, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and the Internet of Things.

Download the e-book:

imageAre you prepared for the transition to the cloud? If you’re a database administrator, now is the time to get started by downloading “The Essential Guide to Data in the Cloud: A Handbook for DBAs”

Your role as a database administrator (DBA) is about to transform. Now’s the ideal time to get ready for the transition to the cloud and showcase the value you add to the business as a DBA. Learn more about the evolution from on-premises database administration to cloud database management with this guide to data in the cloud.

Get the 19pg PDF eBook here:

imageJoin us online on February 24th for the Visual Studio for Mac Refresh(); event!

We’ve been hard at work making Visual Studio for Mac a great environment for building .NET Core applications. Recently, we’ve added .NET Core 3.1 support, ASP.NET Core scaffolding, Blazor support and more. It’s a great time to take a deep dive into .NET development, including games, web, mobile and cloud using Visual Studio for Mac.

To get you up to speed with all the latest features and capabilities we’re hosting the Visual Studio for Mac: Refresh(); event on February 24th at 9:00 AM Pacific. Join us online for a day full of demos and conversations around Visual Studio for Mac, web, mobile and game development using .NET.

Save the date, and stay tuned for more event details and the full agenda at the event website. We look forward to seeing you on February 24!

For more information:

imageUse technology to amplify your efforts to transform your company’s culture. Work towards building a culture that invites change and empowers employees to reassess, adjust, and try again. When you and your employees are working with shared values and ideas, you are in a stronger position to transform successfully.

Read this e-book, Seven Ways Technology Accelerates Culture Change, to learn how to:

  • Work towards a successful digital transformation by setting and reaching goals for your company’s cultural change.
  • Use internal data to gain insights into employee performance and behavior.
  • Empower employees to reshape company culture and prepare for digital transformation.

Get the eBook here:

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