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Your team is using Docker, but are they at a pro level?

on 10/10/17 2:58 PM By | Mark Panthofer | 0 Comments | Docker
Ok, it kills me to admit this as a devoted and successful DIY guy, but when it comes to using Docker for your day-job, you probably need some good old-fashioned instructor led training to become professionally competent. Yes, for the first time in a long time I have run into a technology platform where structured classroom guidance from "the source" is not just helpful, it appears to be critically important for software professionals.
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Docker Fundamentals + Enterprise Developer Bundle

on 10/8/17 3:16 PM By | NVISIA Marketing | 0 Comments | Docker Events
NVISIA announces an upcoming training class in their Chicago Technology Center. The class provides Docker foundations for IT professionals, distributed application best practices and DevOps techniques. The class, Docker Fundamentals + Docker for Enterprise Developers Bundle, is a 4-day class that starts on 11/7/2017.
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Docker Foundations for IT Professionals

on 10/8/17 3:05 PM By | NVISIA Marketing | 0 Comments | Docker Events
NVISIA announces an upcoming training class in their Chicago Technology Center. The class provides Docker foundations for IT professionals. The class, Docker Fundamentals, is a 2-day class starts on 10/31/2017.
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Docker Fall Workshop: Orchestration for IT Pros!

on 10/8/17 2:09 PM By | NVISIA Marketing | 0 Comments | Docker Events
Join us as we lead the Chicago edition of the Docker Fall Workshop Series! 
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NVISIA Presents Adopt, Build and Enable for API Management and Docker

on 10/7/17 11:56 AM By | NVISIA Marketing | 0 Comments | Executive Insights Docker Events
On October 26th at the TEC's Emerging Technology & Digital Transformation Summit 2017, NVISIA shares their proven framework for the successful introduction of emerging technologies into commercial enterprises. Demonstrating their ADOPT, BUILD & ENABLE framework to share practical insights into the adoption of API Management and containers (Docker). 
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How to talk to my boss about Docker

on 9/21/17 9:59 AM By | Mark Panthofer | 0 Comments | Executive Insights DevOps Docker
Since my last blog post on enterprise containers, I have been getting requests to help answer "the why Docker" question, where technologist are trying to educate their executive management.  While there is no shortage of information available, I ran across this eBook from Docker that frames up the Docker business case very well. It also uses a real case study to back it up. 
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Are Enterprise Containers for Real? VMware, Pivotal and Google vote yes.

on 9/1/17 2:13 PM By | Mark Panthofer | 0 Comments | Docker
If you haven't been paying attention to software containers and Docker, you might want to start now. Based on the new strategic partnership announced by Google, VMware and Pivotal called Pivotal Container Service (PKS - that's not a typo), it would appear the enterprise container market is for real. In fact many IT insiders consider the potential impact of software containers on IT to be along the same scale as server virtualization.
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Expert Guidance for JavaScript Front-end UI Architecture

on 5/24/17 7:08 AM By | NVISIA Marketing | 0 Comments | Software Development News Software Architecture
Do need a little help sorting out and getting started with JavaScript frameworks?
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Simple Tips for Sustainable Front End Code

on 5/8/17 12:55 PM By | George Frick | 0 Comments | Architecture & Design Javascript front end
When developing a new application or especially when upgrading an old one, it’s easy to make decisions that when looked back on carefully were structural mistakes. Building an application in JavaScript can be especially vulnerable since the front end development world is a still a relatively young and fast moving landscape.
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ITA Tech Talk: Microservices CI Pipeline for Docker

on 4/27/17 5:16 PM By | NVISIA Marketing | 0 Comments | Software Development DevOps News Docker Events
The world of containers (the lightweight virtualization technology that may finally deliver on the "develop once run anywhere" promise) has picked up a head of steam for both developers and IT operations. With more than 12 billion downloads from Docker Hub, the Docker community and Docker, Inc. have taken a relatively obscure variant of Linux Containers to more than 14 million host machines in less than 4 years.
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NVISIA Technology Center Announces Docker Partnership

on 4/25/17 7:59 PM By | NVISIA Marketing | 0 Comments | News Tech Center Docker
NVISIA's Technology Center, with locations in downtown Chicago, IL and Milwaukee, WI is excited to announce the launch of a strategic partnership with Docker, Inc. NVISIA is now an Accredited Docker Training and Consulting Partner and looks forward to serving regional clients with local, certified Docker resources.
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SQL Server 2016 Test Drive: Columnstore Indexes, In-Memory Tables and Indexed Views

on 4/5/17 11:43 AM By | Mike Vogt | 0 Comments | SQL Server
Part 1 of 3 Introduction I’ve been getting re-acquainted with SQL Server 2016 after a very long hiatus (read 7.0).  While I’ve used SQL Server on many projects throughout the years, I’ve tended towards Oracle, DB2, and Postgres due to either more advanced features or price (in the case of Postgres).  Recently, I had the opportunity to take a much more in-depth look at SQL Server 2016.  A few capabilities struck me as significant to our clients’ needs:  columnstore indexes, in-memory tables and indexed views (aka materialized views).  In the first of three blog posts, I’ll cover columnar indexes.  I’ll cover in-memory tables in the second installment and indexed views in the last one.
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Microservices and Containers: From the Lab to the Enterprise

on 3/22/17 3:51 PM By | Mark Panthofer | 0 Comments | Software Development Microservice Docker
Today Courtney Faulkner and I preseted to the Chicago Microservices meetup - slides are below or on slideshare. We discussed the maturity of containerized microservices technologies, featuring Docker's latest Enterprise Edition/Datacenter platform. We demonstarted a live deploy of microservice services (build in Angular CLI and Java Spring Boot) into a docker swarm cluster using Gitlab, Jenkins, Docker Trusted Registry (DTR) and Universal Control Plane (UCP).  If you are interested in an executive briefing or lunch and learn version of this presentation, please contact us!
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The Importance of Not Knowing

on 2/27/17 3:10 PM By | Jeff Gitter | 0 Comments | Tips
As I have progressed throughout my software career I have noticed a trend that proliferates through many aspects of my craft.  Specifically, that is the importance of not knowing every detail.  For instance, consider the power in producing a useful abstraction.  The power is derived not from the details you share, but the details you don't have to share.  Since the word "abstraction" has many definitions, I will offer mine for the sake of clarity.
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HIMSS 2017 Recap - Value Based Care, Interoperability, API's ....

on 2/27/17 2:34 PM By | Jurek Dzierzanowski | 0 Comments | Healthcare Tech HIMSS
 As HIMSS 2017 winds down, and 45,000 visitors make their way home from Orlando I think back to the 4 days of educational sessions, thousands of steps across the exhibitor floor, countless conversations with colleagues, and am left with several key takeaways …
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Emerging Patterns for Application & Product Modernization

OK, I admit I have a pretty cool job. I run NVISIA's technology centers and get to explore the architecture and technology used by our software product innovation teams across a wide variety of clients. Lately, I have noticed a couple of architectural patterns emerge in the product modernization world.
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Letters to Santa - Our Chicago Office Adopts a Classroom

on 12/19/16 5:17 PM By | NVISIA Marketing | 0 Comments | News
This year, the Chicago office again supported the Chicago Sun-Times Letters to Santa Program to help make the holiday season a little brighter for kids in Chicago. Specifically, we again sponsored a classroom of 30 students from the High Mountain Head Start Program (Preschool to Kindergarten). 
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Making the Holidays a Little Brighter for Kids in Foster Care

on 12/1/16 10:22 AM By | NVISIA Marketing | 0 Comments | News
Kids in foster care face more uncertainty on any given day than most of us can imagine in a lifetime. We applaud SaintA's 167 years of service to the Milwaukee community and show our support for this year's Toy Drive to make the 2016 holiday brighter for kids who deserve it.
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Need disruptive software innovation...? Put your team on an island!

on 11/29/16 6:02 PM By | Mark Panthofer | 0 Comments | Software Development Agile Executive Insights Tech Center
Mark Panthofer, Vice President - NVISIA Technology Center 
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Requirements in Agile Environments

While much of the IT industry has adopted Lean and Agile methods, there is still strong resistance in some organizations.  Often, the first concerns you’ll hear regard the lack of requirements documentation. How can a development team possibly do their work without detailed requirements?  Aren’t we wasting time by building the wrong thing?  Here’s my response.
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