Monday, October 28, 2013

Power BI, PowerQuery for European Airports - EPC Group Team of Experts - Business Intelligence Consulting Blog

Power BI, PowerQuery for European Airports

PDW - The high performance SQL Server Data Warehouse solution

Microsoft Partner Portal Preview

Office 365 Briefing for Hosting Partners Webinar

Microsoft's Maker Garage, Devices Science Fair, and Maker Space unveiled

Microsoft Partner Business Model Transformation Workshop Preview

Configuring Lync Server 2013 Room System - EPC Group Team of Experts | SharePoint Consulting | Office 365 App Dev Consulting Blog

Identifying Critical Support Dependencies for Lync Server 2013 - EPC Group Team of Experts | SharePoint Consulting | Office 365 App Dev Consulting Blog

Lync 2013 Devices Strategy - EPC Group Team of Experts | SharePoint Consulting | Office 365 App Dev Consulting Blog

Lync 2013 Enterprise Voice Applications and Features Updates

Lync 2013 Enterprise Voice Core Infrastructure Updates

Lync 2013 Network Assessment Methodologies - EPC Group Team of Experts | SharePoint Consulting | Office 365 App Dev Consulting Blog

Identifying Critical Support Dependencies for Lync Server 2013

Monday, October 21, 2013

Visual Studio 2013 Web Editor Features - JavaScript | EPC Group Team of Experts Blog

Visual Studio 2013 Web Editor Features - HTML5 | EPC Group Team of Experts Blog

Visual Studio 2013 Web Editor Features - Publishing | EPC Group Team of Experts Blog

Visual Studio 2013 Web Editor Features - Page Inspector | EPC Group Team of Experts Blog

Visual Studio 2013 Web Editor Features - JavaScript | EPC Group Team of Experts Blog

Visual Studio 2013 Web Editor Features - Browser Link | EPC Group Team of Experts Blog - SharePoint Consulting - Hybrid SharePoint Architecture Experts

How to Prepare Your Business for Windows 8.1

How to Prepare Your Business for Windows 8.1

Testing Windows Store Applications - Visual Studio 2013 | EPC Group Team of Experts Blog - SharePoint Consulting and Custom Application Development

Managed Memory Analysis - Visual Studio 2013 | EPC Group Team of Experts Blog | SharePoint Consulting an Custom App Dev

Launch an executable with a Lync 2013 custom menu

Go To Code From Production - Visual Studio 2013 | EPC Group Team of Experts Blog - SharePoint Consulting | Hybrid Cloud Implementations and Design

Cloud Load Testing - Visual Studio 2013

My Windows 8.1

Meet the New Windows 8.1

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Klout uses Microsoft BI to boost Big Data insight


Klout uses Microsoft BI to boost Big Data insight

Klout wanted to give consumers, brands, and partners faster, more detailed insight into hundreds of terabytes of social-network data. It also wanted to boost efficiency. To do so, Klout deployed a business intelligence solution based on Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Enterprise and Apache Hadoop. As a result, Klout processes data queries in near real time, minimizes costs, boosts efficiency, increases insight, and facilitates innovation.


With its new solution, Klout expects to boost efficiency, reduce expenses, expand insight, and support innovation.

Klout helps clients make sense of the hundreds of terabytes of date generated each day by more than 1 billion signals on 15 leading social networks including Facebook and LinkedIn. “We take in raw data and make it into something that is actionable for our consumers, brands, and partners,” says David Mariani, Vice President of Engineering at Klout.
The data that Klout analyzes is generated by the more than 100 million people who are indexed by the firm. This includes Klout members and the people that they interact with on social sites. Individuals join Klout to understand their influence on the web, which is rated on a scale from 1 to 100. They also sign up to participate in campaigns where they can receive gifts and free services. More than 3,500 data partners also join Klout to better understand consumers and network trends including changes in demand and how peoples’ influence might affect word-of-mouth advertising.

To deliver the level of insight that customers seek and yet meet the budget constraints of a startup firm, Klout maintained a custom infrastructure based on the open-source Apache Hadoop framework, which provides distributed processing of large data sets. 

The solution included a separate silo for the data from each social network. To manage queries, Klout used custom web services, each with distinct business logic, to extract data from the silos and deliver it as a data mashup.

Surface RT Name Caused 'Confusion' with Consumers, Microsoft Manager Admits

Surface RT Name Caused 'Confusion' with Consumers, Microsoft Manager Admits

Hospital CIO Leads Effort To Train Veterans For IT Jobs

Hospital CIO Leads Effort To Train Veterans For IT Jobs

6 IT Outsourcing Lessons Learned From Healthcare.gov's Troubled Launch

6 IT Outsourcing Lessons Learned From Healthcare.gov's Troubled Launch

Monday, October 14, 2013

Panel discussion - EU Member States & education on EU Cloud Concerns, Re...

Microsoft's Concept of How 2019 Will Look Like - Official Video

Microsoft Certification Unveiling Event

Microsoft Certification Program Overview

MCSE Certification Paths for SQL Server 2012

MCSA Certification Prep Exam 461 Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012

Journey to the - EPC Group Team of Experts - Hybrid Cloud Experts

Introducing Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office - EPC Group Team of Experts - Hybrid Cloud Experts

Inside the Microsoft Apps Lab - EPC Group Team of Experts - Hybrid Cloud Experts

How to Get Involved in Exam Development- EPC Group Team of Experts - Hybrid Cloud Experts

Envisioning Your Private Cloud- EPC Group Team of Experts - Hybrid Cloud Experts

Designing For and Responding To Cloud Service Issues- EPC Group Team of Experts - Hybrid Cloud Experts

Addressing Common Cloud Service Issues - EPC Group Team of Experts - Hybrid Cloud Experts

Can BYOD Bury the Hatchet Between IT and Business? - EPC Group Team of Experts Blog

Can BYOD Bury the Hatchet Between IT and Business?

Sunday, October 13, 2013

SharePoint 2013 Manage post categories for a Blog

SharePoint 2013 Groups and Communities

SharePoint 2013 Enterprise Search Overview Video

SharePoint 2013 Task Management

SharePoint 2013 Social Feeds

SharePoint 2013 Social Feeds

SharePoint 2013 Social and Sharing Enhancements

Sustainability - Microsoft Cloud Services

MCSA Certification Prep Exam 462 Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2...

SharePoint 2013 Groups and Communities

SharePoint 2013 Manage post categories for a Blog

MCSA Certification Prep Exam 462 Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2...

MCSA Certification Prep Exam 412 Configuring Advanced Windows Server

Getting started on Windows Azure with NET and Visual Studio

What is Cloud Computing with Amazon Web Services

SharePoint on AWS Video Series Step 6 of 6 Configuring the SharePoin...

SharePoint on AWS Video Series Step 5 of 6 Launching the Web Front E...

SharePoint on AWS Video Series Step 4 of 6 Launching the Application...

SharePoint on AWS Video Series Step 3 of 6 Launching the Database Stack

SharePoint on AWS Video Series Step 2 of 6 Launching the Network and...

SharePoint on AWS Video Series Step 1 of 6 Introduction

Securing the Microsoft Cloud - Microsoft Cloud Services

MCSA Certification Prep Exam 411 Administering Windows Server 2012

MCSA Certification Prep - Exam 410 Installing and Configuring Windows S...













EPC Group Team of Experts Blog 

Cloud Scale Reliability - Microsoft Cloud Services - EPC Group Team of Experts Blog

Business Impact - Microsoft Cloud Services - EPC Group Team of Experts Blog

Friday, October 11, 2013

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

U S Power Production Creating and Playing a Tour with Power Map for Excel

U S Power Production A Power Map for Excel Tour

Office 365 - Upgrading to the New SharePoint Online - EPC Group Team of Experts Blog

Office 15 Minute Webinar Using Presenter View in PowerPoint

Office 15 Minute Webinar Office Mobile for Android phones - EPC Group Team of Experts Blog

Microsoft Keynote Highlights from Oracle OpenWorld 2013

Introduction to Amazon Web Services (AWS)

From Data to Insight & Impact Preview of the Q&A Feature of Power BI - EPC Group Team of Experts Blog

An intro to the Q&A feature in Power BI for Office 365 - EPC Group Team of Experts Blog

Is public cloud adoption in the enterprise on the upswing?

Is public cloud adoption in the enterprise on the upswing?

How CIOs Can Navigate Treacherous BYOD Waters - EPC Group Team of Experts Blog

How CIOs Can Navigate Treacherous BYOD Waters

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Disconnected: IT and business users

Disconnected: IT and business users

Google makes new search commitments to the EU - EPC Group Blog

Google makes new search commitments to the EU

Google makes new search commitments to the EU

Jennifer Scott Tuesday 01 October 2013 14:39
The European Commission (EC) today gave backing to new proposals from Google, putting to rest accusations of anti-competitive behaviour on company's search sites.

In a European Parliament hearing, JoaquĆ­n Almunia, vice president of the European Commission responsible for Competition Policy, outlined the commitments made by Google and claimed he believed they went far enough to allay fears around the fairness of Google search.

The investigation into Google’s business practices began in November 2010, but it took until March 2013 for the EC to formally tell the US company about its concerns over anti-trust rules.
The EC took issue with four of the company's practices: favourable treatment of Google services over its competitors when using its search engine, the use of original content from third parties in its own services, conditions on publishers stopping them advertising Google competitors and contract stipulations stopping publishers using the same format for their Google advertising on competing search sites.

“These four business practices are all liable to harm consumers as they will likely have less choice of innovative services,” said Almunia. “On each of the four, we believe there is a strong case for action under our antitrust rules.”

He admitted this was the first time the competition commission had investigated online search companies and the fast-moving nature of the industry brought its own challenges. Alumnia also conceded he could not impose new algorithms or prevent Google from improving its services.

However, through anti-trust legislation, the commission would be able to force the firm to make “legally binding commitments which resolve our concerns".

These commitments were initially sought out in April but Google failed to meet the standards both of the EC and of the wider industry, so in July Alumnia asked the firm to improve its proposals significantly.

After negotiations that ran up until yesterday the commissioner today said he was pleased with Google's proposals. They included making rival links more visible on the search pages, the ability for competitors to put their logos on the results, a new auction process to bid for the highest ranking for specific search terms and a commitment to no longer include contract clauses, limiting what publishers can do with rival firms.

The EC also said an independent monitoring trustee would be put in place to ensure these commitments were acted upon.

“We have reached a key moment in this case,” said Alumnia. “Following the first market test, I had serious doubts whether it was possible to continue the route towards a commitment decision. I expressed my opinion to Google and in public.”

“Now, with the significant improvements on the table, I think we have the possibility to work again and seek to find an effective solution based on a decision under Article 9 of the Antitrust Regulation.”
A full draft of the proposals will be finalised in the coming weeks and will be sent to complainants to ensure they approve. If it goes through and Google breaks its promises, the EC can fine the firm hundreds of millions of euros.

Alumnia concluded: “European users want undistorted competition and choice in online search and search advertising. They want it now and, if possible, deserve it now, and not after many years of litigation.”

Last week French data watchdog CNIL threatened to impose sanctions on Google for failing to comply with privacy policies in Europe by allowing its different sites to collate user data without the user being informed.