Dec 13

Strategic Ways to Build Your Technology Roadmap

A digital transformation is a well-planned journey and to successfully navigate it, an organization needs to devise a digital roadmap. A digital roadmap is utilized to define, manage and launch digital touch points. This sophisticated project plan details durations and dependencies of all the initiatives within the digital strategy. It also provides checkpoints for assessing the progress and success of each initiative in the future. Customers are demanding new experiences, partners want greater access and employees want additional convenience and a digital transformation helps to facilitate this. So, embrace the challenge of digital disruption and continue to create value with the help if a strategic roadmap.

According to study conducted by Forrester, only 27% of businesses have a coherent digital strategy for creating customer value in place.

Ensure that your business stays relevant and thrives in this competitive landscape with a well thought out roadmap.

A digital transformation is all about business outcomes. The most effective roadmaps are those that are aligned with business strategy from both the top down, blending overall goals the latest technology trends. Building a great digital roadmap is understanding how to maximize reusability of these components and services.

Starting to navigate your Digital Transformation

Each organization is unique with its own culture and goals and because of this, each business must create a roadmap unique to its needs. When developing a digital roadmap, it is important to ensure that achievable, realistic and major milestones associated with each project throughout the journey.

Digital roadmap and strategy should focus on yielding tangible results for an organization, these may include:

  • Maximizing return on investment of products and services
  • Amplifying efficiency
  • Reducing costs
  • Enriching customer and employee experiences
  • Developing a proactive cyber security strategy
  • Creating a more nimble enterprise
  • Respond to evolving customer preferences

As an organization begins to create their roadmap, many questions must be considered, these include:

  • Where do we want to get to with our digital channels?
  • What are the major milestones between where we are now and where we want to be?
  • What is each initiative going to cost?
  • Where are the barriers and dependencies?
  • How do we measure ROI?
  • What does success look like?

It is important to remember to focus on outcomes not just specific technologies. This is because technologies are changing at rapid pace and an organization’s roadmap must evolve with them.

When developing a digital roadmap, businesses should take into account 7 pieces of strategy. These being business goals, business initiatives, features and fixes, user stories, components and services:

  • Business goals: Measurable achievements that a roadmap will help to accomplish
  • Business initiatives: Specific projects that are leveraged to achieve business goals
  • Features and fixes: Outputs from the digital delivery team used by the project teams driving business initiatives.
  • User stories: Pieces of work that convey individual user journeys or workflows, bundled in a way that is convenient for software engineers to build
  • Components: Software modules that create an intuitive user interface or application programming interface to fulfill user stories
  • Services: Data flows blended together to feed the components described above with the information they need to fulfill their functions

Investing wisely in the Digital Transformation

Many organizations are eager to invest in the newest, shiniest technology, however the latest technology doesn’t meant that a business is now prepared to remain competitive, grow and thrive. It has to be the right technology. For a roadmap to be successful, it is important to understand that the technology used will change and evolve with the needs of your organization and customers. For your roadmap to be functional it must be:

  • Responsive: The ability to modify tactics in response to what is being learned through research and measurement throughout your organizations journey.
  • Aligned: An organization’s roadmap is working in tandem with and support of a businesses overall strategy.
  • Human centered: Prioritizing and measuring initiatives that is aimed at specifically impacting specific customer behaviors.
  • Democratized: Ensure that a roadmap is visible and available across all teams to ensure transparency and welcome contributions from team members.

A digital roadmap is all about embracing new capabilities, not necessarily new projects. From major data systems to data analytics plans and implementation, there are many components to consider when creating a technology roadmap. In order to effectively ensure that your company meets its organizational goals, invest in the assistance of professionals to help plan your roadmap and lead your business to the future. The team of experts at VALiNTRY  are here to help your organization successfully navigate and choose the right digital infrastructure, people and processes to invest in.

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Dec 12

Why Your Organization Needs a Trusted Advisor

Relationship building is a critical component is in a longstanding, mutualistic relationship. To experience enduring success your organization must identify a trusted advisor who can help you navigate challenging situations and offer solutions. The role of trusted advisor means putting the client’s interests first, being invested in their business and being a credible source for them to rely on.

So, what is the best way to grow your business? Identify a trusted advisor.

 

 Defining The Role of a Trusted Advisor

When a prospect is searching for a particular agency to work with to help them meet their needs, the answer is not always simple. However, it is important to identify an organization that can provide a trusted advisor. A trusted advisor understands the pressure that clients face to grow their organizations and to meet financial goals. They will ask the client about their aspirations and long-term needs and help generate ways for them to accomplish those goals.

Trusted advisors must have the unique ability to see the big picture. On a daily basis, they must learn new skills, find answers and develop strategies to help their clients succeed. They see things from a fresh perspective and will challenge your assumptions. Their role, is to do everything necessary to help your business thrive. In doing so, trusted advisors must leverage their expertise to help the management make informed business decisions. A trusted advisor should help your organization think through decisions while providing supporting information but leave the final decision up to you and your team.

Trusted advisors have a large potential to impact your organization. Trusted advisors help to:

  • Provide more complete solutions
  • Accelerate business development
  • Help organizations create a competitive advantage

 

What are some qualities that clients look for in a trusted advisor? Results from one survey convey that 48 percent of research participants said that “great communication skills” are a trusted-advisor behavior that their top consultants possess that their average performers don’t.

It also found that, “putting the client first” was brought up as a differentiator by 24% of the participants.

Participants listed the traits most important to them when identifying a trusted advisor:

  • Understanding
  • Consistency
  • Ability to remain calm
  • Reliability
  • Disciplined
  • Provide reasoning

To become a trusted business advisor, an organization must couple the delivery of data with interpretation and sound business advice. The end goal should be helping clients meet their needs and understand how these were met rather than just reviewing them. To do this, trusted advisors must:

 

  • Immerse themselves in your culture: From messaging to products and solutions, in order to provide sound advice and guidance trusted advisors must understand a company from the ground up.
  • Provide solutions: Avoid selling. Instead be proactive and provide solutions that clients may not have even anticipated yet.
  • Show examples of success: Demonstrate how they have achieved success for previous clients and leverage that for your company.
  • Deliver on what is promised: Meet deadlines and budgets and always follow up as promised. Trusted advisors should help your organization achieve set goals through strategic advice.

 

Trusted advisors have the experience, training, knowledge and subject matter expertise to advise your company. They have the keen ability to diagnose business problems and recommend the right solutions to improve your situation. Trusted advisors should make your team feel comfortable to reach for advice and accept or decline recommendations.

For example, trusted advisors don’t just provide data to a client and hope their client will be able to interpret it. A trusted advisor will include a written report that explains in plain language the metrics most important to the success of that company and answer any other questions that may arise. A trusted advisor should also be transparent, explaining rationale in why certain avenues are being recommended.

Conversations should also focus on the few, key performance indicators of your business and its wider industry. Interactions with should be informal, so that your team feels welcome to ask questions. Then based on these questions, trusted advisors can provide substantive advice to help grow your business.

 The Importance of Values

One of the things that distinguishes VALiNTRY is that our business model is based upon our values. Our inverted organization structure, depicted in our logo as an green, inverted triangle, puts our clients, consultants and employees first while management is at the foundation supporting the team.

 

Our values include:

  • People Service: Enriching and serving our clients and employees
  • Accountability: Being accountable and responsible to commitments and results
  • Teamwork: Working together to support our team and client for the greater good
  • Honesty and Integrity: Doing the right things, the right way
  • Innovation: Pushing beyond our comfort zones to seek new solutions for ourselves and our clients
  • Transparency: Sharing the why and the outcomes of the things that our organization does

 

So how does your organization make an informed decision? Identify your organizational goals, then begin researching and interviewing. It is important to consider:

  • Reputation: Contact references and conduct research to identify any concerns
  • Expertise: Determine how expansive their id knowledge in your particular industry
  • Capabilities: Identify the amount of experience that they have with companies of your size

 

Constantly putting our clients first while empowering our employees to deliver unparalled service allows our team members to become reliable, trusted advisors for your organization.

There are also many benefits of utilizing a trusted advisor, which include:

  • Save your organization money
  • Conduct assessments to determine areas of weakness and provide solutions
  • Educate members of your team
  • Ensure the compliance of your business

 

Our team members understand that earning the title of a trusted advisor is a privilege and should never be jeopardized. At VALiNTRY, our team understands that it takes a long time to achieve that level of confidence and just mere minutes to lose.

Dec 06

Technology Adoption and Your Organization

The technology adoption life cycle is a sociological model that describes the adoption or acceptances of new products and innovations at businesses. To market and sell innovative products and technology, organizations must understand the personality traits in which people accept innovation which are defined by psychological characteristics.

Steve Jobs said, “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”

VALiNTRY will create technology to help your organization reduce costs and increase business.

Diffusion research examines how products and services are spread among groups of people. Most people adopt these products and services in a time sequence and are classified into adopter categories. Adopter categories depend on how long it takes for them to begin using these solutions.

 Technology Adoption Patterns

Consumer adoption patterns are important in understanding to market new products and services to organizations. When a company understands the path taken for technology adoption, they can seek to target marketing to each specific audience and help with adoption and increase and business.

According to research, “28% of Americans are early adopters.”

The technology adoption life cycle is a sociological model that describes the adoption or acceptance of a new product or innovation, according to the demographic and psychological characteristics of defined adopter groups.

The 5 technology adopter groups include:

  • Innovators: The Innovators represent 2.5% of the market. Innovators are the first individuals to adopt an innovation. Innovators are willing to take risks, are usually younger in age, have financial lucidity and have closest contact to scientific sources and interaction with other innovators. Their risk tolerance allows them to adopt technologies which may ultimately fail but their financial resources help absorb these failures. Many in this category are considered to be leaders and are well respected, their peers will be more likely to pick up the new behavior.
  • Early Adopters: The Early adopters make up 13.5% of the market. This is the second fastest category of individuals who adopt an innovation. These individuals have the highest degree of opinion leadership the other adopter categories. Early Adopters are usually younger in age, like innovators, have more financial lucidity and are more socially forward than late adopters. Early adopters are more discrete in adoption choices than innovators.
  • Early Majority: The Early majority represent 34% of the market. Individuals in this category adopt an innovation after a varying degree of time. This time of adoption is significantly longer than the innovators and early adopters. Early Majority tend to be slower in the adoption process but have contact with early adopters and seldom hold positions of opinion leadership in a system.
  • Late Majority: The Late Majority represents 34% of the market. Individuals in this category wait until an innovation has been accepted by a majority of consumers and the price has dropped to adopt the new product. When Late Majority adopt the new product, the product has become well accepted by a solid majority of the target audience. The late majority typically adopt innovative products because they are skeptics and feel as if everyone else is doing it.
  • Laggards: The Laggards make up 16% of the market. Individuals in this category are the last to adopt an innovation. Laggards show little to no opinion leadership. These individuals typically have an aversion to change agents and tend to be advanced in age. Laggards typically tend to be focused on traditions and have the lowest financial fluidity. They are the oldest of all other adopters and have very little to no opinion leadership.

 Technology Diffusion and Technology Adoption

Technology diffusion can be defined as the process by which innovations are adopted by a population. Whether diffusion occurs and the rate at which it occurs is dependent on several factors which include the nature and quality of the innovation, how information about the innovation is communicated and the characteristics of the population into which it is introduced and costs.

Some products are quick to pass through the adoption lifecycle and some take decades, but they all are adopted through the same process. Think about the stage in which the consumer is in and how the marketing team representing the technology are communicating to that audience.

Technology diffusion can include:

  • Sustaining Innovations: These are aimed at the most profitable customers or organizations who are willing to pay for technologies that will improve or maintain profit margins by increasing existing business processes and cost structures in order to make the best use of current competitive advantages. Businesses that use technologies that are used by customers for products and services.
  • New Market Disruptions: This targets customers and organizations who have needs that were previously unserved by technologies. This type of disruption targets non-consumption. These are customers who have not had access to the features and functions due to lack of money or skill. The business model must work with low production and sales volumes products and services.
  • Low-end Disruptions: This occurs when the rate at which products improve exceeds the rate at which customers can adopt the new performance. Low-end disruption occurs when innovators offer a product or service that helps the least-demanding customers at a lower price.

Like all Disruptive Innovations, they also possess a technology that enables companies to improve their products’ faster than consumers’ can use the improvements.

Disruptive technologies hold within the capacity to change processes and increase business for businesses.

There are Six Points of Innovation that help organizations find which technologies to adopt as innovators.

The Six Points of Innovation include:

  • Meeting customers’ individual needs, such as online retailers’ recommendation services
  • Minimizing waste and managing resource costs, such as companies that harvest and recycle parts
  • Increasing efficiency and lowering costs this can occur with peer-to-peer businesses.
  • Saving money when possible by using car-share companies.
  • Using handheld tracking systems to better monitor the supply chain
  • Staying fast on your feet, clothing companies that maintain less inventory so they can quickly produce new designs

These six points help organizations identify potential opportunities for innovations for their company.

VALiNTRY will evaluate your organization’s needs and create the right technology to help reduce costs and become an innovator with solutions.

 

ADOPT TECHNOLOGY

 

 

 

 

 

Jun 16

Today’s Predictions for Tomorrow’s IoT

Week three of National Cyber Security Month revolves around today’s predictions for tomorrow’s internet. Technology advances continue to evolve daily and today the internet landscape is not just about computers, smartphones, laptops and tablets. The internet is a global network that provides information instantly from virtually anywhere.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is about disruption and opportunities. Although these emerging technologies have many benefits, organizations can face challenges that can be presented by this way of interacting with networked information. IoT revolves around increased machine-to-machine communication. It is built on cloud computing and networks of data-gathering sensors. It is mobile, virtual and an instantaneous connection that is going to make everything in our lives smart.

Technologist, Mike Kuniavsky, states,

 

“IoT is where computation and data communication are embedded in and distributed through, our entire environment”.

 

 Understanding what IoT is

IoT isn’t just about money savings or refrigerators and televisions. IoT is a huge and fundamental shift. Intelligent technology will be a major engine for creating new products and new services and making smarter decisions.

An IoT is an ecosystem. Integration, analyzation, acquisition, interaction and context create that ecosystem.

From software to sensors and actuators, acquisition deals with the specific type of information that your organization is trying to collect. Once this is determined, a business must choose how they will get data from these devices. During analyzation, an organization will analyze the data and choose what will be sent to the cloud. Connectivity can also be managed. During integration, IoT devices act as agents with data being shared across the world. Interaction deals with user experience and how consumers interact with connected environments. Context deals with collaboration across fields and companies, device security and business models.

The top 5 ways that IoT will benefit your organization is:

  • Continuous Customer Interaction: By utilizing networks, adding smart sensors allows customers to constantly interact with appliances and products within their home. IoT technology also allows for organizations to support customers more quickly
  • Process Monitoring: IoT allows for more detailed monitoring. Organizations can use this information to improve business processes
  • Automated Services: Software has already begun to automate all types of work and this artificial intelligence is effecting daily lives. Due to the increasing number threats of cyber attacks, humans can leverage automated services and artificial intelligence to keep up
  • Increase Data: Sensors deployed as IoT devices produce data that can be analyzed
  • Embedded IT: Organizations are now building products with sensors built in

 Protecting Your Business with IoT

Ensuring a secure future will be the use of identity-management services. From simple user and id password combinations to advanced frameworks, these services have evolved that manage access credentials between a broad range of users and devices.

Organizations must be able to respond to the volume and scale of cyber threats, increase cyber security, reduce vulnerabilities and ensure user security by leveraging IoT. IoT security can be challenging to implement. When it comes to IoT security, testability and configurability are important to reduce threats. Help protect your business by:

  • Digital Signatures: Digital signatures attached to software ensure that programs don’t run unauthorized programs.
  • Connectivity: A firewall filters protocols to check that network-enabled devices interface properly. These firewalls may identify network-based security threats to IoT devices, data and the network. But within connectivity, think about the various protocols used by IoT devices and software
  • Patches and Updates: IoT patches and updates can help protect against vulnerabilities.
  • Entire Infrastructure: IoT is an environment. By accounting IoT systems as a whole your business will be better protected from vulnerabilities.
  • Data Security: All IoT devices gather data. But it’s the means of transfer and recording that present the threat. Consider how data is transmitted and stored when accounting for data and analytics security in IoT

In order to collect, analyze and act appropriately, organizations need to completely rethink computing architectures and tools. This challenge is much bigger than many initially realize.

But as these technologies mature, the range of corporate deployments will increase. Now is the time for executives across all industries to structure their thoughts about the potential impact and understand how to build their businesses by leveraging this data.

As the Internet of Things (IoT) spreads, the implications for business model innovation are huge. To take advantage of new, cloud-based opportunities and the companies will have to fundamentally rethink their orthodoxies about value creation and value capture.

Data from large numbers of sensors, deployed in infrastructure such as roads and buildings or to report on environmental conditions including soil moisture and ocean currents can give decision makers a heightened awareness of real-time events, particularly when the sensors are used with advanced display or visualization technologies.

In this way, these managers are increasing their ability to make constant routing adjustments that reduce congestion costs and increase a network’s effective capacity. “It’s the use of technology to gather insights around a particular operation that can help you make smarter decisions,” says Paul Gudonis, president of Inmarsat’s Enterprise Business Unit.

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

National Cyber Security Awareness Month was launched by The National Cyber Security Alliance and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Now in it’s 14th year, it is observed every October and was created to ensure that each American has the resources to protect their businesses and remain secure online. This year’s campaign is Stop. Think. Connect.

In Week 1, simple steps to online safety was discussed. From securing home networks to learning how to use the internet more safely, throughout this week consumers learned what to do if they fall victim to cyber crime.

Week 2 discussed cyber security in the workplace. Each organization must plan for employee education, training and awareness to help with risk management. Businesses were shown how to protect themselves, their customers against common cyber threats. Resources were also provided to help strengthen cyber resilience.

We are currently in Week 3 which looks to the future of the internet and how to ensure security, safety and privacy by using the latest technology. It discusses how personal data fuels smart devices and how smart devices are the future of every organization.

In Week 4, cyber security careers will be discussed. Continuing to train the current workforce and growing the next generation of skilled cyber security professionals will help protect and ensure the safety of Americans.

Week 5 will discuss protecting infrastructure from cyber threats and how to build resilience.

The Future of Your Organization

The Internet of Things is opening new frontiers for improving processes with artificial intelligence. This kind of machine decision making mimics human reactions, though at vastly enhanced performance levels.

 

 

Jun 15

Cloud Computing with Azure

Most organizations have migrated to the cloud. Key components in migrating to the cloud are operational costs, the ability to match supply and demand, finding a pathway to optionality, employing an elastic cost base and transparency and some organizations may overlook challenges that may arise during a cloud migration. Cloud computing is changing the way companies view IT and how IT will be viewed at companies.

Over 50% of cloud migrations exceed budget.

Our team will help your company stay within budget by creating a cloud migration plan, developing applications hosted in the cloud and ensuring that your organization’s needs are met by using Azure.

Cloud Computing with Azure

Microsoft Azure allows organizations to migrate to a cloud based architecture. Azure is a cloud platform for building, deploying, managing application and services from anywhere. Azure lets an organization add cloud capabilities to an existing network through its platform as a service (PaaS) model or as an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). Both options provide secure access to an organization’s cloud hosted data. Azure provides an array of products and services designed to meet the need of an organization through one convenient, easy to manage platform.

Microsoft has designed it’s compliance framework to meet regulatory requirements. Azure benefits hosting providers, ISVs, systems integrators and custom software developers. Custom software developers can create software solutions for customers who can’t afford the costs of in-house development, including hardware costs and they can deliver applications to customers as services without building and maintaining data center.

Microsoft Azure:

  • Provides Flexibility: Azure can increase and scale services and data storage capabilities as needed
  • Reduces Costs: Azure can reduce costs on infrastructure devices and less IT employees are needed
  • Develops Applications: Service offerings such as Visual Studio Team Services and data storage allow organizations to develop and test apps quickly.

Microsoft has over 100 Azure services and is continually developing and adding more, enabling businesses to deliver services and build a virtual network. There are many options for services that companies to it.

Azure products include:

  • Virtual Machines: Azure Virtual Machines allows organizations to deploy a Windows Server or Linux image in the cloud
  • SQL Database: Azure SQL Database allows a company to quickly create and scale applications in the cloud
  • Batch: Azure Batch can manage tasks and enable cloud applications
  • Container Registry: Azure Container Registy stores and manages container images for container deployments. It is a local, network closed storage
  • Site Recovery: Azure Site Recovery helps to protect important applications by coordinating the replication and recovery of private clouds for disaster recovery
  • HockeyApp: HockeyApp allows organizations to distribute beta versions, collect live crash reports and receive feedback from users
  • Encoding: Encoding allows for Studio Grade enclosing at cloud scale
  • Content Moderator: Content Moderator has automated image, text and video moderation
  • Security: Enable threat detection and prevention through advanced cloud security
  • Cost Management: Cost management allows your organization to manage cloud and by monitoring and allocating cloud costs

 

 Protecting your Organization with Azure

Cloud computing security is a fast-growing service that provides many of the same functionalities as traditional IT security. This includes protecting critical information from theft, data leakage and deletion. Security is one of the biggest concerns for companies considering a migration to the cloud, Microsoft designed Azure with security in mind. The .NET Access Control Service provides a way to integrate identities and Security Assertion Markup Language(SAML) tokens are used by applications to determine whether a user is allowed access.

Azure helps organizations to:

  • Achieve global scale on a worldwide network of Microsoft managed data centers
  • Detect and mitigate threats with a view of an organization’s Azure resources
  • Rely on the cloud for the compliance coverage

One of the benefits of cloud services is that an organization can operate at scale and still remain secure. It is similar to how a company currently manages security, but now there are new ways of delivering security solutions that address new areas of concern.

Cloud security does not change the approach on how to manage security from preventing to detective and corrective actions. It does provide a company with the ability to perform these activities in a more agile manner. It also allows an organization to have their security in the cloud.

Azure has the highest standard of security and customers don’t have to manage a facility. The Azure infrastructure was created to ensure that data is safeguarded.

 Applications with Azure

Azure provides different hosting models for running applications. Each provides a different set of services. Customers can choose from app service, cloud services and virtual machines. Building applications this way makes them easier to scale and more resistant to failure.

Azure cloud services has support for JAVA, NODE.js, PHP, Python, .NET and Ruby. It also has application patching. Azure cloud services deploy an organization’s application and test applications before deploying them.

 Migrating to Azure

VALiNTRY is a Microsoft Partner, an organization earns this with experience in technology and it allows us to give clients discounts on technology for their organization. VALiNTRY will create a proof of concept (POC) to understand challenges an organization may face when migrating to Azure.

A POC may contain:

  • Comparisons with an existing application
  • Complexity of in migrating an application
  • Network challenges

According to a study by the Cloud Alliance, 33% of organizations have a “full steam ahead” attitude toward cloud services and 86% of companies spend at least part of their IT budget on cloud services.

Whether your organization would like to use IaaS or PaaS,the predictions are that fast growth of the workloads placed in the cloud and an increased percentage of the total IT budget going toward cloud computing.

Azure provides businesses with flexibility with it easily integrates with an organization’s existing IT environment through the largest network of secure private connections, hybrid database and storage solutions and data residency and encryption features. Azure has over 120,000 customer subscruptions per month and over 60 complaince offerings, the largest portfolio. VALiNTRY understands that this fast-growing global footprint provides plenty of options for running applications and ensuring optimal performance.

 

May 13

Microsoft Stack Application Development

Build your business with a customized app stack. Accelerate your organization with software solutions tailored to your business needs. VALiNTRY’s team will leverage the latest technology to bridge the gap between workflows and IT platforms.

From design to development and deployment, our team will utilize the cloud and build innovative applications to quickly meet your needs:

 

  • Customized Software
  • Continuous Integration
  • Cloud Application

 

By leveraging our continuous integration pipeline, our app dev team, is able to reduce unnecessary risks and costs incurred during the development and deployment process. Our unique process allows your team to get views of your solution as it’s being built to ensure the focus stays on your issues and needs.

An all-in-one solution provider, our team delivers high quality mobile applications according to client’s needs and specifications.

 

Stack components depend on those needs. There are basic elements most businesses find it necessary to include within the design and implementation of their systems.

  • Visual Studio: Used to develop programs for Windows, web sites, and a variety of web applications. Because of the coding options available, Visual Studio is a valued tool when any type of debugging is necessary.
  • .NET: Allows coders to use coding written in other languages. This flexibility assists developers with functions including security and memory management. Microsoft has initiated improvements to address concerns about the security of the original versions of .NET.
  • C#: Developed by Microsoft, it is a programming language that works within .NET. Recent iterations of the language are regarded as a rugged, general purpose programming language. As with virtually all programming languages, C# is continually evolving as users’ needs and hardware change.
  • SQL Server: Designed to allow access to data when requested by other users, this is a database management system. SQL Server lets other applications access data from practically anywhere. Like other types of software, SQL Server is available in different versions to meet industry-specific needs. Our consultants work with organizations to develop system packages that fit each company’s unique requirements.
  • Angular JavaScript (Angular .js): Developed by Google, it is used to refine web application platforms. It is especially useful when access to a webpage is accessed by a variety of mobile platforms. Given search engines’ algorithms penalizing business sites for a lack of compatibility, Angular JavaScript is a real asset. Our consulting experts recognize business clients have the same types of issues as employees are required to access data from different locations utilizing a variety of devices.
  • Azure: Devoted to making it easier to develop and scale apps and services faster and at a reduced cost, this is a cloud product of Microsoft. There are many built-in features and services, enabling designers to develop apps faster than when utilizing competing products. Azure is also a favorite of our consultants. It supports technologies already in use by IT professionals, Azure is Microsoft’s foray into IaaS.
  • Windows Server: Proven to provide an unparalleled level of security, it is cloud-based data center (via Azure). The incidence of malware and other malicious attacks is minimal, and Microsoft takes extra precautions to harden their platform against emerging risks. This is a component of the Azure IaaS platform, but the previous version can be hosted locally and on legacy servers.
  • Team Foundation Server (TFS): Designed to allow source code management throughout a project’s lifecycle. Microsoft designed TFS to work in unison with Visual Studio. It enables teams to seamlessly manage projects and deliver enhancements to software.
  • Dynamics CRM: Used in sales environments, Microsoft encourages pairing Dynamics CSM with its .NET framework for optimized effectiveness. The software is easily adaptable to meet the needs of service divisions as well as operations, financials, service automation and marketing.
  • Microsoft Dynamics Great Plains: Adaptable by mid-sized organizations, it is a well-accepted business financial management application. It is used as an integral part of an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) platform and handles financial accounting, balance sheets, general ledgers, and financial reporting. The latest version of the software is expected to further enhance the application’s usefulness.

VALiNTRY’s consultants collaborate with client companies to evaluate their needs and determine what elements are necessary to enhance an organization. Because of the great flexibility of Microsoft Stack, there are few situations where a company’s unique needs can’t be met quickly and relatively easily.

 

Application Development Leadership

VALiNTRY’s AppDev team is led by Mark Faulcon, a Duke MBA graduate with over 20 years of development and IT leadership experience. He is an expert at requirements gathering, project leadership, SCRUM/AGILE and Waterfall methodologies, and has successfully led multi-million dollar software development projects. He is adept at the Microsoft .NET language and associated libraries of code and is ready to lead your next software development project.

The Importance of Discussing Options with Consultants Early

Mistakes are costly. Contacting VALiNTRY consultants early in the process of deciding to enhance an existing software application you’re running or rewriting the software is crucial. We have expertise in both realms – from initial concepts and designs, through launch and maintenance.

When existing systems are already in place, VALiNTRY consultants will suggest improvements to enhance productivity and profitability. Technology is rapidly evolving, older systems cannot meet the needs of companies competing in today’s markets. This means research and development can lag, sales may be stagnant, and employees are not as productive as they could be.

Redefining company objectives is important as industries evolve, and our consultants are available to assist organizations who have challenges determining where they need to head in the future. The first step in determining how a custom-designed Microsoft Stack solution can play a role in your company’s future is contacting the VALiNTRY Microsoft Consultants today.