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Azure Immersion Workshop: .NET App Modernization

Jump-start your organization’s digital transformation with this intimate online learning session. The Azure Immersion Workshop: .NET App Modernization was designed to help you manage and modernize your Microsoft .NET application states as you migrate them to Azure App Service. The morning kicks off with a whiteboard design session on app modernization, followed by a hands-on lab to help you manage your .NET app library to increase resiliency, improve cost-efficiency and help you scale more easily.

During this training event, you will:

  • Learn how to prioritize and evaluate your applications to prepare them for Azure.
  • Modernize your .NET library with minimal interruptions and learn best practices, design patterns and obstacles to avoid.
  • Join a hands-on lab that gets you started on your digital transformation journey.

 

Here’s what you can expect:

Introduction to application modernization on Azure
Whiteboard Design Session
Hands-on Lab

 

Reserve your seat now, because space is limited.

 

Explore Digital Transformation with Azure

With the incredible capacity, flexibility, and innovation enabled by cloud, now is the time to drive rapid Digital Transformation. Digital Transformation requires leaders to re-envision existing models and embrace new ways to create value for their customers and drive business outcomes.

We are excited to announce the first Optimus Breakfast Series event of 2020. Join us on February 27th to explore Digital Transformation with Azure. Gain insight from leading industry professionals and leave with practical Do’s and Don’ts that you can implement at your organization.

Register
To register for this event, please send an email with your full name, company and title to jessalynn.tran@optimusinfo.com.

Agenda

7:30am – 8:00am  Registration, Hot Breakfast, and Networking
8:00am – 8:05am  Introductions
8:05am – 8:35am  Keynote Speaker Presentation
8:35am – 9:00am  Panel Discussion
9:00am – 9:30am  Q&A
9:30am – 10:00am  Networking

Keynote Speaker and Panelist

Jim Bowyer is a technologist and business leader with deep experience and knowledge of enabling business through Information Technology. In his current role as the National Leader of Azure Customer Success, Jim leads an organization of Cloud Solution Architect teams dedicated to assisting Canadian customers successfully adopt Microsoft’s Azure Public Cloud Services.

Panelist

Pablo Garcia is a cloud advocate, currently working for Finning Digital as their Global Software Development Lead. Through his personal experiences dating back to the dot-com bubble, he creates clarity and gives direction in the uncharted waters that is delivering digital transformation for the biggest caterpillar dealer in the world.

Panel Moderator

Mukund Mohan is a business leader and experienced product executive with a demonstrated history of success in the internet industry. He has extensive experience working with startups and is also skilled in eCommerce, Direct to Consumer and enterprise software at Amazon, Microsoft, HP and Cisco. Currently, Mukund is the CTO of BuildDirect Technologies where he oversees BuildDirect’s global product and engineering teams.

Security Software Shortcuts

Where do you start with security test cases? How do you ensure your dependencies aren’t adding to security risk? What threat models and attack vectors are common in a cloudy world? What are quick and free wins you can use to reduce risk and improve security?

Come learn about how to get started, some quick wins and a few master level tricks for dev, DevOps and QA in the intersection of security and development.

About the Speaker:
Michael Argast is an experienced cyber security professional with over 20 years of industry experience. He is the co-founder and CEO of Kobalt Security Inc., a start-up security service provider for small and mid-sized organizations. In addition, Michael founded the Sky Northern Security Alliance of independent security consultants (now a part of Kobalt), ran several security functions within TELUS for 5 years, and ran Sales Engineering worldwide at Sophos, leading 120 staff in 17 countries. Michael has been a guest speaker at previous ISACA and BC Aware events and at the Privacy and Security conference in Victoria as well as global lectures in Moscow, Madrid and Oxford University. Michael is a strong supporter of growing the skills, breadth and diversity of the security community and welcoming students and career changers into the field. You can connect with him on LinkedIn or Twitter (@michaelargast).

Agenda:
5:30-6:00 pm – Registration & Refreshments
6:00-7:00 pm – Presentation and Q&A
7:00-7:30 pm – Networking

Important note: Because you do need a access key to use the elevator, we ask that you please arrive no later than 6:15 PM, so that we can ensure everyone is able to get up to the event with ease. Thank you!

The Art of the Possible

Join us on October 9th, 2019 to explore Digital Transformation that organizations have already accomplished and The Art of the Possible. 

Digital Transformation requires leaders to re-envision existing models and embrace a different way of bringing together people, data, and processes to create value for their customers and drive business outcomes. Organizations that embrace technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, and Advanced Analytics will be able to drive effective innovation that will transform their industries. Right now is the time to take advantage of these technologies to drive rapid transformation in a cost effective manner due to the vast amounts of data we are generating and the incredible capacity we have at our fingertips on the cloud. Since this rapid pace of change has never been seen in our history, we need to ensure we adhere to ethical principles and innovate responsibly.

Keynote Speaker
We are excited to have Nuzio Ruffolo, from Microsoft Canada as our keynote speaker. Nuzio has more than 25 years of experience in the technology industry, spanning product development, services, sales, and customer success.  With a proven track record of delivering significant business value for organizations across Canada, Nuzio is passionate about driving technical innovation and taking a customer-obsessed approach to his work. As the National Transformation & AI Officer, Nuzio is also responsible for providing leadership to drive and accelerate Microsoft AI engines across all the segments of the business to fuel digital transformation with organizations in every industry.

Register
To register for this event, please send an email with your full name, company and title to jessalynn.tran@optimusinfo.com.

Agenda
7:30am – 8:00am Registration, Hot Breakfast and Networking
8:00am – 8:40am  Keynote Speaker Presentation
8:40am – 9:00am  Fireside Chat
9:00am – 9:30am Q&A
9:30am – 10:00am Networking

Technology is Becoming the Core to Every Business

By Goran Kimovski, SVP Global Customer Solutions (Onica)

For many decades, technology businesses were considered a separate industry sector. These were typically companies whose revenue was dependant on developing technology-based products and selling those products to other businesses. The majority of other businesses were relegated to the role of technology consumers. Wanting to reduce their technology budgets, these technology consumers focused on minimizing their technology costs by standardizing their business processes and tools. This approach worked for a while, since everyone in their industry and market were in the same race. However, with the advent of ubiquitous technology – in the form of cloud services, mobile and edge devices – a new wave of companies emerged. These new companies shifted technology from the periphery to the core of their business model.149 Technology is Becoming the Core to Every Business

Technology Became the Differentiator

New businesses in sectors ranging from healthcare to transportation to financial services were able to compete and steal market share from existing businesses. We started using terms like fintech, healthtech, and transportation as a service to differentiate these businesses from the respective industry sector they were competing within. They almost always looked more like technology companies based on their R&D budget and technology innovation. This new wave of hybrid startups has attracted tons of investments across the globe.

Many traditional businesses have changed their direction to keep up with the competition. They had to take advantage of the same trends in cloud, mobile, and edge, to start catching up to (or in some cases outperform) their new competitors. These traditional businesses have recognized that these new businesses are using technology to differentiate themselves and grabbing market share from them. Some have been able to successfully change their direction and take their competition. Many found new solutions for their customers by partnering with these new vendors. Some have decided to acquire these businesses and bring them into the core of their operations. This effectively started a transformation towards becoming more and more technology oriented.

What Drives This Process?

Several technology innovations:

  1. Open and fast internet access
  2. Adoption of mobile in every aspect of our business and professional lives
  3. Extensive processing and sensor technology being built in every device
  4. Low cost and easy access to large computing power in the form of cloud

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These innovations have converged and democratized access to technology. This enabled new business models like “everything as a service” to thrive. As businesses adopt more technology, they create a greater wealth of data and many new integration possibilities.

In turn, this drives innovation to:

  1. Make sense of all the data
  2. Help businesses drive better decisions and optimize the user experience
  3. Offer new ways for users to obtain services from their business
  4. Create additional revenue generating opportunities uniquely enabled by technology

What Does this Mean for Your Business?

If you’re not already on the path of transforming towards a technology-centric future, now is the best time to start.

This is how you can begin:

  1. Starting the Discussion
    Initiating discussions with your leadership (or, if you’re an executive, by leading such discussions) about making an initial investment.
  2. Create a Team
    Empower a small team to start experimenting with technology and exploring how to solve current business challenges in a different way using cloud-based or related technologies. It is critical that you truly empower the team to try different technologies. Give them a budget and authority for creating a sandbox with enough guardrails and support from your IT and security teams to enable them to safely run experiments fast. It is equally critical to hold them accountable for their learning and sharing the results of their experiments. Therefore, you can build a roadmap for transforming your business through the use of technology and get wider support from the organization to continue further investments.

If you’ve started the transformation and feel overwhelmed, you’re not alone. The technology driving the trends discussed here is largely developed for builders. These are companies that employ engineers and others that have the skill and know-how to build solutions from various technology components. However, many of the businesses outside the technology sector employ people that are good at customizing and managing solutions who don’t have the capacity to maintain their existing technology stacks.

Learning the New Model

Customization, integration, and maintenance is commonly outsourced to professional services or managed services firms. In addition, most of those firms are too invested in their existing technology platforms and unable to move as fast as their customers who feel the pressure of the market. They need to adopt new technologies faster than their vendors can. This leaves room for a new kind of service firms (Optimus Information and Onica included) that have been born in the new technology-centric world. These new service firms are not constrained by old business models or large numbers of customers with support agreements that keep their staff working with outdated technologies. These companies are more than happy to share the best practices they have developed over the years working with early adopters of technologies like cloud, IoT, serverless, Big Data, Machine Learning, etc. Larger enterprises are also great examples of this new model. Many have already started their journeys and have been relying on those new technology-centric services organizations to help.

Technology Transformation Trend

It is somewhat useful to think of all of these trends as enabling a transformation towards technology-enabled businesses. However, in my 6+ years offering cloud consulting and managed services in Canada and the US, I have often seen this trend of technology becoming central to the business. These businesses are on the path to becoming or have already become technology-centric; and many aspects of their organizations have been transforming to support that. I expect this trend to continue over the next 10 years. I predict that we will find ourselves in a world where almost every business will become technology-centric.

The Future of Automation

Automation is the new buzzword these days as organizations are moving to automate more and more.

Our speaker will be Jeff LaPorte, the CTO of Kobalt. He will speak to us about where he sees the Future of Automation.

More details to come.

Automated Testing on Azure DevOps

If you are looking for automated testing for any of your applications and would like to integrate it with your Azure DevOps infrastructure, Optimus Information has a “ready to deploy” Test Automation solution for you.

Our Azure DevOps based test automation solution uses the latest Azure CI/CD features and offers the following functionalities:

1. Configure automated test cycles using Azure DevOps

2. Schedule and execute Web UI and REST API test scripts on cloud using Azure VMs

    • Self-serviced virtual machines and PaaS resources for testing using Azure DevTest labs
    • Supports automated test scripts developed in Java or C# using Selenium WebDriver, REST Assured and RestSharp

    3. Distribution of apps to beta testers and your collaborators with Azure App Center

      • Selection from a large variety of test devices using the App Center Test Cloud
      • Supports popular frameworks like Xamarin.UITest, Appium, XCUI Test etc.

      4. Test result reporting and logging with screen shots and 6 month data retention with App Center

        • Support for notification over mail or other communication tools like Slack

        5. Data persistence support using AzureSQL service

        6. Integration with PowerBI Embedded for reporting and analytics

        7. Built in test script source code management using Azure DevOps

          • Supports integration with third party Git providers like Github if required

          8. Built in test case management for test plans using Azure Test Plans

            • Custom integration possible with other tools like TestLink where supported

            9. Concurrent execution

            10. Ability to start automated testing in short time frame with expense control

            Cloud is important to our customers. The Optimus test automation framework on Azure makes it possible for our customers to seamlessly integrate test automation into their cloud-based development as well as their test and production environments. Contact us to get a more in-depth look to to get a demonstration.

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            Digital Collaboration: Superhighway to Innovation and Economic Transformation

            Federal and provincial governments in Canada along with the private sector are undertaking a major initiative to establish the nation as a global centre for digital transformation and innovation, generating 50 thousand jobs and boosting GDP by some 15 billion dollars over the next 10 years. 1.4 billion dollars is being committed in a collaboration of large and small companies, working together to generate solutions to some of the world’s most pressing health, productivity and sustainability issues.

            Given the media attention being paid to technology and the Internet of Things today, it would be easy to assume that digital transformation throughout the Canadian economy – and elsewhere in the world – was happening quickly. But that’s not always the case.

            Much of this digital transformation, of course, is taking place in the private sector, so one reason that the pace of change may be slower than we would assume is because the money to make it happen is coming from the private sector, itself. In other words, if and when corporate funds are available – and they’re not siphoned off to other projects – then investment in digital technologies can occur.

            Another fundamental roadblock to speedier adoption of digital technology is a lack of leadership within a company[i]; there is often no single individual clearly in charge of leading such a project. Frequently, this is because corporate management lacks a firm knowledge and grasp of what is at stake.

            Maintaining Software Integrity in Mission Critical Application

            Optimus has developed rigorous standards for software testing along with a proprietary tool – the Azure Test Harness – which ensures integrity and faster time-to-market for companies rolling out applications.

            For one client, a Finnish firm that provides detailed, real-time data on severe weather, like lightning strikes, for the airline industry, the ability to roll-out error-free software on a regular basis is critical.

            The company frequently updated its software which meant manual testing to ensure the application remained error-free – a very time-consuming operation especially with airlines needing the latest data, instantly.

            Optimus deployed an automated test framework on the Azure Test Harness which now allows the company to reduce its test cycles significantly while expanding its test coverage and maintaining the high integrity of its web-based app.

            Azure Test Harness is one example of the innovative thinking Optimus is bringing to market.

            It boils down to one simple fact: a failure to realize the powerful business advantages that digital technology brings to the table.

            Digital Transformation Won’t Wait

            International Data Corporation (IDC), a global research firm that provides marketing intelligence to technology markets, says that in 2018, only 30% of manufacturers investing in digital transformation will be able to maximize their advantages; the rest are held back by outdated business models and technology[ii].

            There is one point on which even the late adapters can agree: digital transformation won’t wait.

            In its 2017 budget, the federal government of Canada put forward a bold plan to supercharge innovation in the Canadian economy. The government earmarked nearly one billion dollars to be supported by money from the private sector for a combined total of 1.4 billion dollars[iii]. The money is being utilized across five “superclusters”, one of which is the digital technology supercluster.

            At the Forefront of Innovation and Made in Canada

            This cluster of companies, large and small – even start-ups – hails from healthcare, mining, financial services, telecom and other sectors of the economy. There are more than 270 companies that are part of the supercluster and they’ll collaborate on more than 100 projects, literally sharing talent and ideas. The goal is to generate commercial opportunities and economic prosperity that will keep Canada at the forefront of global innovation.

            Optimus Information will be integrally involved, through our longstanding partnership with Microsoft, in assisting independent software vendors that are part of the digital technology supercluster as well as the large enterprise organizations that are participating. Many of the leading companies in these areas are already our clients. Optimus will offer expertise in technologies like blockchain, one of our growing areas of strength, through applications, another Optimus area of expertise.

            What is exciting about this digital supercluster project is that the participants are operating at the edge of innovation, exploring and developing what’s never been done before. Optimus intends to leverage powerful AI and data analytics capabilities with which we work on a daily basis.

            Optimus has breadth and depth of talent and experience in full stack and mobile development, software testing and business intelligence, data analytics and machine learning for industries from aerospace to transportation.

            Contact us today to learn how we can bring value to your company and help you stay on the leading edge of innovation, as well.

            How Cloud is Cooking Up Change in the Restaurant Industry

            As more and more restaurant owners look for ways to cut costs, improve customer service and drive loyalty initiatives, application modernization including cloud applications, mobile apps and predictive data modelling are featuring at the top of their personal “must do” menus. Software companies and ISVs that serve the restaurant and hospitality industry are in a race to offer more, by migrating older legacy apps to the cloud and taking advantage of real-time data analysis tools to offer more features and functions to their customers – all while ensuring security and data privacy are still the “special of the day”.

            Patrick Albrecht owns and operates four restaurants in Atlanta, Georgia. At one point, he says, he had tens of thousands of receipts, invoices, health department documents and payroll data stuffed into the various offices in his restaurants.

            Born in the Cloud is Disrupting the Restaurant Industry

            New “born in the cloud” restaurant applications are coming into the market. That is great news for restauranteurs. They will have a choice of vendors to select from – vendors who can offer new capabilities and new functionality that restaurant customers demand.

            If you are a team supporting restaurant clients on an existing legacy application, you might need external help if you want to accelerate your own application modernization efforts in order to take on these new competitors.

            Legacy restaurant applications, without an achievable plan in place to modernize quickly, are at risk of customer erosion.

            By subscribing to [i] a cloud-based mobile app that could organize his overwhelming mountain of paperwork, he figures he’s now saving 2% each month in overhead costs from his four food operations. He can find any document in a matter of seconds and he can compare vendor delivery prices to determine who is giving him the best deal.

            Albrecht is one of a growing number of smart restaurant owners who have embraced and employed some of the new cloud-based technologies to make operations more efficient and cost-effective.

            Threats Abound

            Restaurant chains and food companies that own various restaurant brands know how tough the business is. Competition is fierce, customer loyalty is fickle and profit margins are skinny. The difference between red and black on the bottom line is often as thin as the edge of a knife. Having the right information at the right time from POS, loyalty, vendor management and surveying systems is critical for owners who need to make decisions that can mean the difference between remaining in business and shutting the doors.

            Social, Mobile and Data Drive Transformation in the Restaurant Industry

            Cloud technology and third-platform innovation accelerators[ii] like social, mobile and big data are changing the landscape for the restaurant industry. Large chain firms and independent operators have experienced how mobile apps can boost business simply by making it convenient for customers to order, pay and review their experience, all with a smartphone.

            For many restaurants, they have either directed their internal software developers to modify existing applications or they are looking to their existing POS vendor to do it for them.

            There’s just one problem: many of these existing applications were designed long before cloud, social and mobile were part of the landscape. Moving a legacy application into the cloud while taking advantage of new functionality AND ensuring that security and data privacy are paramount is tough to do.

            It requires specific skills and knowledge. Few companies can say they are masters of all the aspects needed to modernize.

            What to Expect with Application Modernization

            Data Available on Any Device

            Restaurant owners Matt and Dianne Kraft can now check restaurant sales on their mobile phone while sitting beside a camp fire on a family vacation. “We rarely used to take vacation,” Dianne admitted. “We needed to be at the restaurant to stay on top of everything. But now we can see exactly what is happening in real time; we can even monitor problems as they happen. For example, issues that used to be buried – like a high number of orders being returned – are flagged. We can simply make a quick call to determine if it is a kitchen problem or a server problem, and by working with our manager, get it resolved quickly before customer satisfaction is impacted.

            The ability to use cloud to amass multiple points and sources of data is making an enormous difference in the restaurant industry today. Cloud enables data pools to drive data analysis, unavailable before now. Restaurants can profile their customers in fine detail and then design promotions targeted specifically at them. Many legacy apps can’t achieve this sophisticated level of analytics because they weren’t written with current analytic models in mind.

            Roughly 60% of consumers are making a restaurant selection – and a reservation – based on what they find on apps like Yelp and OpenTable. Because these apps are using cloud technology, the data these restaurants collect can determine booking patterns, eating tastes, the age of their customers and even their income levels. That’s valuable information for restaurant owners, who can harness this data and use it to drive promotions, communications, messages and offers.

            Some cloud-based apps alert a restaurant when a customer is in the area by using what’s called geo-fencing. This creates an opportunity to immediately transmit a mobile ad to that customer.

            A POS Cloud Facelift Cuts Costs, Boosts Sales

            POS systems are another instance of cloud technology reducing costs.

            Application Modernization – Legacy Moves to the Cloud

            A large software vendor designing legacy POS applications for more than 30 years turned to Optimus when they needed to modernize their legacy POS. With more than 40,000 global customers to support, their internal IT team not only did not have the time to do the migration themselves, they also did not have the specialized expertise that this migration and design effort demanded. The results? By partnering with Optimus, this client has:

            • Reduced time-to-market and hosting costs
            • Capability to scale on demand to respond to peaks and seasonal fluctuations
            • Rolled out their new cloud app without disrupting existing customers
            • A future-proof roadmap with proximity to PaaS for machine learning, IoT frameworks, Blockchain technology and more.

            According to Restaurant Insider[iii], cloud-based POS works for any size of restaurant. Updated sales, inventory, customer feedback and other real-time data can be accessed from the cloud via a mobile device, anywhere. In other words, there is no need for costly on-premises servers, holding valuable and often confidential data.

            But moving your legacy application to the cloud is not as simple as a “lift and shift”. You need to assess the code base, making changes to it to take advantage of cloud services while also optimizing the application so that it runs more efficiently in the cloud.

            The right upfront efforts mean greater agility and cost savings while taking advantage of trends such as machine learning and blockchain.

            Mobile Ready Everywhere

            mPOS is a payment system which allows customers to pay by using a mobile wallet –  simply a smartphone that contains encrypted credit or debit card information. Such a system appeals strongly to tech-smart millennials, who control more than 30% of gross income today [iv] and who eat out frequently.

            When a food company fails to keep up with the capabilities that modern technology can offer, they are at risk of losing clients and profits very quickly. These restaurants will look for software vendors who can help them.

            Software application companies that have legacy applications and cannot quickly make the shift to the cloud will fall behind the technology curve. Their clients will either fall behind as well or abandon them for another vendor.

            Plan for Success

            Because modernization technologies for the restaurant industry offer so many opportunities that you can take advantage of, it is vital to talk with a company that works in this space every day, delivering custom-tailored solutions and driving cost savings for clients.

            Optimus Information delivers cloud-supported application development for the restaurant and hospitality industry. Optimus works on the leading edge and provides your company with full software development and testing, mobile development on any platform, and business intelligence designed to suit your needs and wishes.

            Contact us today for more information and let us show you how we can employ our skill with cloud technology to drive your business forward.

             

            [i] https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/223562

            [ii] https://www.idc.com/promo/thirdplatform/innovationaccelerators

            [iii] https://upserve.com/restaurant-insider/benefits-cloud-based-restaurant-pos/

            [iv] https://www.michaelhartzell.com/restaurant-blog/how-restaurants-can-use-mobile-payment-technology-to-increase-profits

            Azure Architect Wouter van Eck’s Do’s & Don’ts for Azure Cloud Application Development

            The Azure Cloud is transforming application development as we know it. Applications that would have been too costly and time-consuming to develop on legacy infrastructure take a fraction of the resources on Azure. Azure also provides the ability to process big data, further expanding an organizations’ options for innovation in application development. However, developing applications in the cloud is not without a learning curve.

            Enter Wouter van Eck, Cloud Solution Architect at Microsoft Canada. “Assess, plan and execute,” advises Wouter. “Assign roles. Ensure those roles are staffed by the right people with the right training. And bring in the experts when needed rather than blindly attempting to do something you are not properly prepared for.”

            What follows are Wouter van Eck’s Do’s and Don’ts for developing applications in Microsoft Azure.

            Do: KISS – Keep it Stupidly Simple

            The more complex a solution, the more problems will inevitably crop up. Keeping your application migration to Azure as simple as possible will:

            • Reduce the time to deploy new functionality.
            • Reduce staffing requirements for developing a solution.
            • Reduce costs associated with maintenance and support.

            Do: Choose SaaS, PaaS or IaaS

            When architecting your solution, the more infrastructure you can delegate, the better. Examples include:

            • Software as a Service (Office 365)
            • Software as a Service with Customization Options (DocuSign)
            • Platform as a Service (greenfield, app migration, extension)
            • Infrastructure as a Service (last resort, non-cloud ready, legacy or other off-the-shelf apps or systems)

            Do: Establish a Cloud-First Enterprise Architecture Vision

            After moving to Azure, ensure that you establish further goals for the future. These might include:

            • Who’s responsible for monitoring cloud usage, billing and subscriptions?
            • Who owns the subscription?
            • How will you procure Azure?
            • How will you monitor consumption?

            Do: Establish Best-Practices and Architectural Guidelines for your Cloud Application Environment

            Designing for services is different than designing services, and you need a plan to reflect this:

            • Be sure to remain agile.
            • Remember to employ the KISS principle.
            • Choose SaaS first whenever possible, followed by PaaS and IaaS when you need more control.
            • Establish a workflow and chain of responsibility for continuous application deployment and integration.

            Don’t: Apply on-premises architecture behaviour to cloud solutions

            The old approaches won’t work:

            • Applications don’t become more scalable or stable just because you add new servers to the cluster.
            • Traditional security measures such as firewalls represent unnecessary clutter, as all your data is covered by Network Security Groups (NSG).
            • Unlike your static data center, the cloud is ever-evolving. It’s important to keep up with new trends and technology as they emerge so you can refine your best-practices.

            “The best piece of advice I can leave you with is this: don’t do it alone,” explains Wouter. “Assemble the right team to help you get it right. And rely on experts. Microsoft partners, like Optimus, do this every day. Reach out to an expert when you need one to get you to your best possible outcome. You’ll be better for it.”

            To hear more from Wouter and learn everything there is to know about developing applications in the cloud with Azure, check out our e-Book, The Do’s and Don’ts of Application Development on Azure.

             

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