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What Katrina Taught Me about Disaster Recovery

Sep 18, 2018 3:21:07 PM / by Jerry Nelson posted in Business Strategy, Data, Leadership, Project Management, Strategy, how to, microsoft, Azure, Disaster Recovery

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An organization I worked with owned a site in New Orleans. Our disaster recovery plan was simple; It required that the General Manager transport the most recent backup tapes to a designated accessible sister site where IT would redeploy the site's data and applications. When Katrina hit, our disaster recovery plan worked flawlessly and we recovered within the prescribed RTO and RPO. However, the 37 employees that used that data to generate revenue for the organization were scattered around the country unable to conduct business leaving our customers with an inferior product. What good is a disaster recovery plan without an associated solid business continuity plan?

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Three Reasons Why Common Data Service (CDS) Matters

Aug 23, 2018 12:01:16 PM / by Jerry Nelson posted in Analytics, Big Data, Business Intelligence, Business Strategy, Data, microsoft, Data Governance, Power BI, connected company, Data Analytics

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What is Common Data Service?

Common Data Service is a cloud-based data storage and management system that standardizes your data across business applications like Dynamics 365, Office 365, mobile apps, and Power BI. 

Your data is stored in standard (or customized) entities, similar to how a table stores data in database. If you use Common Data Service, your suite of business applications feed data predictably to these entities, allowing simple data sharing, data mining, and business intelligence.

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Learn Powershell in 5 Painless Steps - Output

Jan 23, 2017 1:00:00 PM / by Cole McDonald posted in how to, training, 5 painless steps, powershell, microsoft, csv, xml, json, console

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DevOps = Developers + Operations.  What if you're in Operations and don't have a developer at your disposal?  That should never stop you from making your job easier and more efficient.  Powershell is a scripting language from Microsoft that is already on your Windows PC and Servers and more recently, open sourced to the OSX and Linux communities.  It ships with a great minimalist development environment (Powershell ISE). 
 
The problem is that all of the tutorials out there either assume a background in scripting and programming, or act as nothing more than command references.  I'm hoping to enable you to automate your own workflows even if you've never programmed before.  You only need to learn 5 things: Storage, Input, Output, Decisions, Loops.  Everything you do manually is made up of these 5 things.  Every programming language is made up of these 5 things.
 
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Learn Powershell in 5 Painless Steps - Storage

Jan 16, 2017 1:00:00 PM / by Cole McDonald posted in how to, training, arrays, 5 painless steps, powershell, microsoft, variables

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DevOps = Developers + Operations.  What if you're in Operations and don't have a developer at your disposal?  That should never stop you from making your job easier and more efficient.  Powershell is a scripting language from Microsoft that is already on your Windows PC and Servers and more recently, open sourced to the OSX and Linux communities.  It ships with a great minimalist development environment (Powershell ISE). 
 
The problem I had is that all of the tutorials out there either assume a background in scripting and programming, or act as nothing more than command references.  I'm hoping to enable you to automate your own workflows even if you've never programmed before.  You only need to learn 5 things: Storage, Input, Output, Decisions, Loops.  Everything you do manually is made up of these 5 things.  Every programming language is made up of these 5 things.
 
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