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Eric Franz

Eric Franz

Eric Franz is the Modern Applications Solution Lead in Concurrency's Business Productivity practice. Eric's team delivers solutions specifically around characteristics of applications which are considered modern today. These characteristics include connected, usable, and availability attributes such as: multiple form factors, unified corporate user identities, responsive UX, and hybrid or full-cloud backed scenarios. His background and interests include enterprise class architecture, cloud development, authentication/security, and presentation frameworks and languages in Microsoft Technologies.
Contributions by Eric Franz

If you’re not leveraging AI yet, you are already behind

If you are not leveraging Artificial Intelligence (AI), then you must read this. Eventually most, if not all, organizations will adopt some form of advanced analytics powered by big data and statistical models. The question is whether you will wait until it’s almost too late and potentially not survive changes in market sentiment, or whether you will adopt it early and command market sentiment. Analysts predict that consumers will soon prioritize solutions which offer hyper-personalization. This means, not only do you need to know more about your customers, but you need to deliver solutions through a set of experiences which predict what they need. Granted, this relates to consumer facing solutions, but consumers will also prefer solutions which use AI as a form of sustaining innovation to reduce cost or increase capabilities. 

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The Internet of Things is just getting started

The Internet of Things (IoT) is just getting started. Honestly though, if you think about it, IoT has always been here. In the beginning, we had the internet. Traditionally, the internet’s purpose was to allow devices to serve content from the internet. Now with IoT, we simply alter the paradigm and consider that the device is sending sensor data to the internet. In other words, we have always had the ability to do IoT, but what has changed is the notion around how devices and device data can be used.

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Cloud Computing and Cloud Development are entering the second decade

Cloud computing today is much different than it was nine years ago. Not only is the cloud different, but the developers who author code for this environment are different. Nine years ago, if someone came to you and said: “make me a website”, there were only a few ideal ways to do it. Today, they are many ways to do it. In fact, in the cloud alone there are five ways to do the same thing. With Azure the limit of scale of your system will not be Azure, the limit of scale will be you. It will be the choices you made in the design process that affect the scalability of your system. 

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Why Consumer Experience is Critical to Innovation

The first mistake organizations make is assuming that Digital Transformation, innovation, and disruption are the same thing. More importantly, organizations forget to include consumer experience when planning innovation. Because of this confusion, organizations are finding that their progress with Digital Transformation or DX initiatives has been too slow. A recent IDC report has predicted that by the end of this year, nearly half of organizations will have scaled their DX team. The reason for this scale is that innovation progress has been too slow relative to competitive response. 

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Is your New Product Development process broken?

When was the last time you spoke to a customer? The answer to that question typically depends on which business unit you operate in. This means there are barriers within the business on understanding what the customer needs. Even though you already have solutions for your customers; more than likely, new innovation exists to meet additional unmet needs. These unmet needs, if addressed, could allow you to enter new markets or increase the margins of existing products. What happens then if technology is required to meet those needs and the most technically capable people in the organization do not work close with customers? 

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HoloLens Point of View Glimpse

See an example of HoloLens first person point of view. Watch a couple simple HoloLens interactions such as 3D meshing a room, then engaging with holograms.

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SharePoint after SAML: PeoplePicker and MultiFactor

This post contains the presentation I gave to attendees of the SharePoint Saturday Chicago Suburbs May 17th Event. Eventually, I may turn this into a full blog post, but the presentation has great co...

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Use Azure KUDU to Debug Azure Web Sites

You may not have heard, but you can use Azure's KUDU UI interface to help you diagnose and debug your Azure Web Site. In order to access KUDU interface simply navigate to your Azure Web Site and spec...

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Microsoft Announces Azure PCI DSS Compliance

Just a couple weeks ago Microsoft announced that Azure is fully compliant with PCI DSS Level 1. This post is an overview of a few interesting security thoughts for Azure payment related development...

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jQuery support in SharePoint 2013

jQuery is supported in SharePoint 2013, but it’s just JavaScript so it should be, right? Well, there is at least one case where it doesn’t work, and I want to show you. Consider the following jQuery ...

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