What’s it like to start a new job in the middle of a global pandemic and during lockdown? Our HR Manager, Cat McClay, joined us at the start of May. But this wasn’t long after our offices had closed and the entire team had started working from home. We’re used to team members working remotely but this was a completely different situation, here’s how it went… I started at AgileCadence on 4th May 2020. On my first day at work, I had everything you would expect…a new desk, a laptop, a crisp new notepad ready to be filled full of […]
The term IoT or the Internet of Things is everywhere right now. According to the IDC’s latest report the IoT market is expected to be $1.3 trillion by 2020. But what is IoT and crucially, how can it help your business? What is IoT? The Internet of Things is the network of devices such as vehicles, and home appliances that contain electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and connectivity which allows these things to connect, interact and exchange data. Wikipedia How does it work? At it’s most basic level, IoT encapsulates everything that is connected to the internet. Where it gets interesting […]
The end of support for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 is here. This means your systems could be vulnerable to security threats and may not be compliant with certain industry regulations. However, with the end of support comes an opportunity not only to upgrade, but an opportunity to transform… End of support is nearly here… SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 - Extended support ended on the 9th July, 2019Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 - Extended support ends on the 14th January, 2020So what are your options? (there are only 3 options…) 1.Migrate Your Server to Azure The […]
The cost of a cloud based storage solution like Microsoft Azure is based on usage, so whether you’ve already migrated to Azure, have a plan in place or you’re simply considering the cost implications, we’ve come up with 13 practical tips to help save you money. 1.Use the correct purchasing option Either: a. Direct from Microsoft You can use a Pay-as-you-go subscription or, if you are a large organisation, you can look at an Enterprise Agreement or a Product and Services Agreement. Or: b. Use a Cloud Solutions Provider (CSP) Using a CSP often has many added benefits over dealing […]
Our resident PowerShell expert, Neil Fraser has been researching alternatives to the PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment (ISE). He took a close look at Visual Studio, PowerShell Studio and VS Code to see if any of them measured up to the ISE, here’s what he found… The PowerShell ISE If you keep an eye on the AgileCadence blog, you’ll know that we’re fans of Microsoft’s task automation and configuration management framework, PowerShell. With DevOps at the core of everything that we do, PowerShell helps us to automate repetitive and time consuming tasks, saving valuable time and resources. The PowerShell ISE is […]
Are your AX2012 builds taking too long? Here’s a bit of advice from AgileCadence’s James Brentley… Many years ago… Back in 2014 at the Microsoft Dynamics Technical Conference in Seattle, AgileCadence came across a very important piece of knowledge which has proved invaluable in the DevOps pipelines that we build for our Dynamics AX customers. To this day most of the pipelines we see are using a very slow method to do what is in essence the most important part of your build process… …Importing the large combined XPO file. Combined XPO files can be very large and you […]
If you keep up to date with news from AgileCadence, you’ll know that some of the team were competing in The Illuminator 2018 at the weekend. 15 miles of trails, 600 metres of ascent and snow forecast, was always going to be a challenge! But with an average finishing time of 3 hours 30 minutes, the AgileCadence team smashed it by completing in just 2 hours 50 minutes. Clearly the 3 months of training paid off, and while there are a few stiff muscles and sore joints today, the sense of achievement is unbeatable. Well done Team AC!