Harness the Power of Web Scraping

Ever heard this old joke?

“What’s the difference between minor and major surgery?”

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Digital Twins: Virtual Life in the Real World

8 minute read

“We will never make productivity gains like we did with the Industrial Revolution.”

This statement, made at a lecture I recently attended, really stuck with me because I disagreed with it so strongly.

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Preparing Your Global Business for AI

6 minute read

The World Trade Center Institute (WTCI) prides itself on preparing everyone, from college students to CEOs, for success in the global economy. Its quarterly AGILE Innovation Series is a space for international business leaders to come together, hear and discuss new ideas. Over the years, they’ve covered everything from cybersecurity to fashion.

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Integration in the Real World

5 minute read

Integration is the elephant in the room these days. As Gartner predicted way back in 2012, it’s consuming more resources than ever before because it’s more necessary than ever before. The explosion of cloud-enabled SaaS products means most companies are spending more on integration than development.

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Navigating the Power Shift with AI, Sales, and Customer Relationships

Originally posted on the Salesforce blog.
6 minute read

When Tiffani first started her sales career back in the late 1990s, sales still controlled much of the buyer’s journey. Reps would provide product demonstrations, sharing pricing, and arranging customer references.

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Speech to Text: The Future of Unstructured Data (Part 1)

8 minute read

I listen to a lot of podcasts. Some people might say I have a problem. Pocket Casts would confirm it. The app has clocked me at about two hours a day for the past year. That’s a lot of ideas and insights flying at my head. I decided to find a way to record the particularly tasty tidbits for posterity so I could catalog and share them with other inquiring MINDs.* Thus, I was thrust into the ever-evolving world of Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR), an increasingly AI-driven technology for converting spoken words into text. ASR is just one of the AI language services poised to revolutionize business. It’s already empowering people to work smarter.

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Passing the Azure Exam 70-535 – Tips and Tricks

6 minute read

Prior to 70-535: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions, I’d never taken a Microsoft Certification exam, nor did I have much experience with Azure. I was definitely out of my wheelhouse. Then I had a senior architect, who works in Azure daily, tell me it took him three tries to pass. Not the most encouraging pep talk.

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Custom Webhooks in .NET with Emma API (Easily test with Postman)

6 minute read

Overview

Don’t you hate it when the documentation you’re looking for doesn’t exist? So do we. That’s why our MINDs bit the bullet and created instructions to make your life easier:

If you’ve tried to build a custom Webhook in .NET, you‘ve probably noticed the lack of tutorials explaining the process. We had a client who wanted a real-time sync between their CRM and their Emma mailing platform. We didn’t want to query the Emma API on a regular basis checking for updates. It was more efficient for all parties involved to leverage Emma Webhooks to notify our system immediately when a change occurred. The out-of-the-box options in .NET support services for Github, Azure and others, but if the API you’re searching for isn’t offered, it’s hard to find documentation. The following tutorial is intended to fill in the Emma gap.

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HoloLens – Mixed Reality and Fluent Design

Originally published on MSDN Magazine.

Microsoft has been pushing hard at mixed reality (MR) development since it introduced HoloLens in 2014, and at the Build 2018 conference in May, it provided a wealth of great insight into new features in the Unity development environment for MR, as well as UI design best practices. In this article, I’ll leverage the technical guidance presented at Build to show how the Microsoft Fluent Design System can be used to build immersive experiences in MR—specifically, a HoloLens app that allows non-verbal children to communicate via pictograms.

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Part 2: Life After Dynamics GP and SL. What Comes Next?

5 minute read

If you haven’t read Part 1 where we discuss why it’s time to start looking for the Dynamics GP/SL off-ramp, please head over and check out that post. (We’ll wait.) If you are venturing on without reading it, well then, good on you for being so decisive!

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