Any custom built functionality can be added to SharePoint 2013 either by classic SharePoint solutions approach or through SharePoint Apps. Until recently, ISVs and Partners were using classic SharePoint solution approach to deploy add-ons and other functionalities to their SharePoint environment. But in SharePoint 2013 there is an option to build apps for SharePoint 2013 and host them from completely different environment. It has proven to be a better way to expand and extend the SharePoint 2013 functionalities. Continue reading »

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If you are in the process of building a software application, one of the important questions you need to ask yourself is how are you going to host your application? Are you going to host it through on-premise or through cloud? If you are going to use on-premise, it is going to cost you a lot more than the cloud option. You will end up spending a huge amount of money unnecessarily which can be avoided if application is hosted through cloud. Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing platform for building, deploying and managing application in cloud. It is well known to be a superior method to build and host your software application than traditionally through on-premise.

I have discussed few important facts here that you should be aware of before deciding to use Windows Azure services for building and hosting your software application. Continue reading »

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For quite some time now, Cloud Computing has been the buzz word with IT folks, however, not without its share of apprehensions and resistance to the cloud, some of them being genuine concerns. However, I do strongly believe that the benefits that Cloud has to offer definitely outweigh the concerns and this is the time when, at the least, people start experimenting with cloud, if not already. In the days to come, I hope that concerns like data security and vendor lock-in are addressed by the technical community and cloud-evangelists in an effort to convince businesses and CXOs.

While the concerns are being addressed by the technology leaders, I would like to highlight the benefits of cloud which definitely warrant experimentation, if not moving non-critical apps to the cloud right away. Continue reading »

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Being an IT guy, it’s very difficult to control our temptations to talk about cloud and we do that everyday. But if you ask the question whether there is consistency in the understanding of ‘what is cloud’ and ‘who is the real cloud service provider’, the answer is a big ‘NO’. There is nothing wrong with that inconsistency, because it brings new perspectives. Cloud means different things to different people – for some it’s a technology, for some it’s a new business model, for some it’s a new IT services delivery model. The irony is that all these definitions are true and that doesn’t help clear our confusions.

Let’s try to identify who is a real cloud service provider amidst a battery of ‘pseudo’ providers. Check for yourself whether your provider meets the following criteria Continue reading »

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