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PowerApps Hackathon Event Recap

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On July 1, PowerObjects hosted its first ever company-wide hackathon. The goal of the daylong competition was to empower PowerObjects employees to truly “Live the Technology” and gain hands-on experience with Microsoft PowerApps. PowerApps is one of Microsoft’s Business Applications that allows users to create custom mobile apps on a cell phone, tablet, or computer without any coding or development experience.

We had a tremendous day with nearly 20 different apps created across the globe, showcasing rapid development in PowerApps! We learned a lot and at the end of the day we increased our organizational knowledge around this very powerful tool. Check out a few of the apps that our employees created during the PowerApps Hackathon.

GPS Locator

Connectors: Flow, Bing Maps and Dynamics 365

What the App Does:

This apps allows users to quickly view nearby records by utilizing their physical (GPS) location and displaying all customers within a given radius based on the address field entered in Dynamics 365.

How it works:

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By connecting Microsoft Flow to Dynamics 365, users are able to capture the geo-codes of the out-of-the box address fields (street, city, county, country, zip code) and map the data to the address 1: latitude and longitude fields. Using BingMaps API in Microsoft Flows, the latitude and longitude data is returned in to PowerApps. Displaying a list of nearby customers along with their record details.

Delivery Tracking

Connectors: Azure and Google Maps

What the App Does:

This app is designed to allow drivers to view a dynamic list of deliveries scheduled for a specific day with an optimized route and ​barcode scanner to track delivered packages.

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How it works:

Azure Functions and Flow are used to call Google Maps API, which launches an in app navigation screen that displays the optimized route for the current deliveries scheduled for the truck. The PowerApps Media Barcode can then be used to scan barcodes on packages​ to indicate a successful delivery. Once a package is successfully delivered the app automatically updates and begins navigating to the next location.  

Field Reporting

Connectors: Dynamics 365

What the App Does:

One of our current customers needed an app that all employees can use when in the field or during off-hours to collect information needed to create a new opportunity. ​

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How it works:

This app connects to the Dynamics 365 entity “Opportunity Create” that allows team members to easily schedule a follow-up communication and assign that activity to the appropriate project manager or owner in CRM. ​The user can collect data and on-site photos from the potential customer and associate the information to an existing record in Dynamics 365. The data collected in the “OpportunityCreated” entity then ties to a dashboard to allow CRM to review the contact information collected and create a formal opportunity via their existing native processes.

PowerScan

Connectors: Dynamics 365

What the App Does:

This app allows you to use your mobile device to scan bar codes, QR codes, and business cards to deposit data into Dynamics 365. Instead of having to purchase a third-party scanner at a trade show to do the exact same thing and then get a CSV file to import into Dynamics 365. The app scans this information at trade shows, events or just anytime where you can verify the information, then qualifies and assigns the leads in real time.

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How it works:

The out-of-the box PowerApps Camera captures and stores images as Notes or Attachments using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Text. These notes are can then be set Regarding to the Trade Show Lead record. OCR Text is processed with Regular Expressions to determine the type of data. Name, Email, Telephone, Address, etc., is saved to the Trade Show Lead record. From here, PowerApps can be used to launch Google Maps for driving directions, send emails or call a lead directly.

Want to see these apps in action?

PowerObjects is a Platinum Sponsor at this year’s Microsoft Business Applications Summit happening in Seattle, Washington July 22-24. Be sure to visit our team of experts at booth #1 for exclusive demos and experience the power of Microsoft’s end-to-end Business Application Platform solutions for yourself. You can register for the conference with our code: HCL100dc to receive a $ 100 discount.

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4 Common Causes of a Sluggish Ecommerce Website

Posted by Mark Sweeting and Diego Cardozo, Principal Performance Engineers

The speed and overall performance of ecommerce websites has become a priority for businesses, as the patience of customers dwindles. An online store must offer a fast experience or you risk losing conversions and perhaps future earning opportunities.

Countless things can cause ecommerce performance problems, but there are a few we come across frequently as performance engineers. The issues we address here should be the initial points on your checklist if your site is lagging. Some of these problems can be resolved without the expertise of a developer – business users rejoice!

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A content delivery network, or CDN, stores a cached version of your web store content on servers around the globe. This dramatically reduces load time because it improves latency, which is the time it takes for a page asset (e.g., an image) to load after being requested. That’s because these CDN servers are much closer to most consumers than the origin server, so the bytes don’t have to travel as far.

Most people understand the importance of a CDN. However, it’s common to turn the CDN off when someone is making changes to your site so this work-in-progress version is not cached. But people are forgetful, and they may not remember to turn the content delivery network back on. This is more common than you think.

So how can you check if the CDN is working correctly on your website? CDNPlanet is a tool that allows you to see if you’re using a CDN, though it will not reveal the source of the problem. For instructions on figuring out why the CDN is not working and enabling it, take a look at this article on our developer site. Enabling it may be as easy as checking a box on the back-end of your ecommerce platform.

Unnecessary content creates delays

You know your site is sluggish, but what is slowing it down? There’s an easy way to find out with a tool called WebPagetest. Simply enter your website and run a test to get a visual representation of how long it takes each piece of a web page to load and see if anything is taking an unreasonable amount of time.

WebPagetest also provides a pie chart that breaks down load time by images, fonts, CSS and more. Unnecessarily large images are the most common source of delays. Use a program like ImageOptim to downsize them and you will see an immediate improvement in load times. There’s no reason for your site to carry needless extra weight.

Third parties impede page rendering

The valuable features of WebPagetest do not end there. Running a “visual comparison” test will provide a filmstrip view of how a web page looks in one-tenth of a second increments. It displays the percentage of the page loaded at each benchmark, as well.

Slow page rendering is often the result of third-party requests that you may not even realize are part of your website. If this is an issue, you can block those individual requests or domains using the “Block” feature built into WebPagetest and re-run your test to see if there is any progress.

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Note that every test in WebPagetest has a unique URL, so you can bookmark your tests for future reference. That’s really handy if you want to test at a later date and compare results!

Heavy fonts are another common source of sluggish page rendering. If you think speed is deterring buyers from visiting your site, ask yourself if you can make do with the standard fonts built into all web browsers.

Slow time to first byte

Content on single-page applications (SPA) is generated by the JavaScript single page application. Though SPAs are generally faster and have other benefits, search engine crawlers cannot always understand JavaScript, so they don’t know how to index your website. This is why you need a tool that translates JavaScript into HTML that the search engines can crawl, something known as an SEO page generator. The SEO page generator ensures your web store is indexed properly in the all-important search rankings.

However, sometimes an SEO generator can create a high time to first byte, which is how long it takes for the first piece of incoming content to reach a customer’s browser. Here’s what you can do to figure out if this is the problem:

  • Add ?seodebug=T&seoprerender=T&preview=201806151215 to a URL on your site (example: http://www.example.com/some-page?seodebug=T&seoprerender=T&preview=201806151215).
  • Replace that string of numbers at the end with the current date and time to avoid cached results.
  • Open the page source in Google Chrome by clicking on the three vertical dots in the top right corner, then selecting More Tools à Developer Tools.
  • Once in the source code, make sure the main DIV tag is not empty, then do a control-F for the words “error” and “status 502” (a failed request).

If you find any red flags, it will help a developer pinpoint and resolve the problem.

This is a basic overview of common triggers for slow online stores. For a more technical explanation of website performance issues, check out Nine Key Areas to Look At When Troubleshooting Ecommerce Performance. Your development team will find it extremely useful.

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New White Paper! Layers of Data Security

In this age of data breaches and cyber-threats, the best way to secure your environment is through layers. Fortunately, this multi-faceted solution doesn’t have to be complicated. Syncsort has released their “Layers of Data Security” white paper to show some potential layers that an organization may choose to protect when thinking about a security plan.

To be effective and as close as possible to foolproof, data security must be layered. Some types of threats can be blocked only at certain layers, and omitting the relevant layers will result in there being no protection against those types of threats.

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See how the most critical IT systems shouldn’t have to rely on a single approach to security. The strategies and research here can help your company stay resilient by removing the most common security vulnerabilities.

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Why Automakers Are Turning To Resilient Lean

Risk management is at the heart of every production process and supply chain. Companies are realizing that it can take one little problem to completely stop manufacturing operations, often leading to unexpected downtime and missed deadlines. The automotive industry is no exception to this issue.

Most automotive manufacturers want to have greater control of their production lines. Many technology companies, material suppliers, and OEM parts builders help make vehicles that will satisfy customer demand. If even one of these companies experiences an issue, production runs can come to a complete stop. This scenario can create lost time and profits that affect the automotive manufacturer’s bottom line.

To further enhance their processes, manufacturers are turning to resilient lean methodologies. These principals provide better control over several factors of the production process and supply chain.

What is resilient lean?

When talking about resilient lean, you have to look at the concept as two separate entities working together for the good of the factory. Lean manufacturing means that the automaker is looking into ways that help lower product waste while maximizing productivity. Resilient manufacturing is when a company aims to create a sustainable supply chain system that can recover from any type of disruption. These disruptions could be natural disasters, brand negativity, quality issues, or even customer demand loss.

Resilient lean principals seek to offer continual improvement to production processes. The concept makes processes cost-efficient and stable while reducing material and energy waste. Then, processes can weather any unpredictability. This factor helps manufacturers with their risk management initiatives.

Key areas to apply resilient lean

There are many ways to apply resilient lean to the production process and supply chain. For automakers, some key areas can include production management, scheduling, and materials optimization.

Production management flexibility

One issue in managing production processes and supply chains is relying on a multitude of plants to complete vehicles. Parts are being sent from one factory to the next. They are being refined and built out before the final product is shipped to its destination. When adopting resilient lean, an automotive manufacturer seeks to integrate processes in a single plant. It can better use available assets in a more cost-effective way. This approach lowers shipping expenses and fuel costs while increasing productivity.

The automakers also can gain more transparency in their processes as well as improve factory locations by using the Internet of Things (IoT) and real-time data connectivity. These technologies analyze user demand so that automakers can determine the best locations to create new plants that are closer to their customers.

In addition, sensors on equipment can analyze every step of the production process to search for equipment issues. Automakers can improve machinery output levels and manufacturing cycles for more resilient operations.

Real-time scheduling

Creating vehicles can become a long and arduous process. Automotive manufacturers rely on time-to-market scheduling to determine the amount of time it will take for a vehicle to be designed, developed, tested, redesigned, completed, and shipped. Any issue that crops up in the time-to-market schedule can slow down the entire process. Unfortunately, customer demand may wane to the point where, once the vehicle is ready, nobody wants to buy it.

Real-time data information technologies can create faster time-to-market schedules for production lines. Computers, robots, and systems can communicate with each other using real-time data to improve workflow. They can also communicate with workers over quality issues to reduce downtimes, as workers can immediately address problems in a timely manner. These technologies help companies reach resilient lean initiatives for optimized operations.

Materials optimization

Another key factor that can benefit from resilient lean methodologies is material waste. Automakers always want to be able to create enough vehicles to satisfy demand without overburdening the current market. Since new models roll off production lines on a yearly basis, dealers can get stuck with too many vehicles that are not able to be sold, which in turn creates excessive inventory in factories since there are no requests for vehicle shipments.

Resilient lean can focus on improving the supply chain by providing accurate and timely analysis regarding customer demand. By using IoT, automakers can gain important customer feedback and move production processes to focus on other vehicle designs at the appropriate time. This method reduces excess materials, saving more working capital for the automaker.

Creating robust supply chains with resilient lean

Seeking improved manufacturing processes and supply chains using resilient lean principals can seem like a daunting process. Yet with the new technologies that are available, automotive manufacturers can create smart factories that help lead to faster production lines and lower material waste for a more robust and efficient factory environment. Investing in these digital technologies at the optimal time can provide transformative solutions to the automaker’s processes so they can stay competitive in their industry market to please their customers.

Learn how to bring new technologies and services together to power digital transformation by downloading The IoT Imperative for Discrete Manufacturers: Automotive, Aerospace and Defense, High Tech, and Industrial Machinery.

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I have a version of Mathematica 11.0.1 and it will not work with the latest system modeler, is there a way I can fix that

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Credit Knowledge is Power

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This is a guest post from Rourke O’Brien, Assistant Professor of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Does regular consumer access to their FICO® Score influence financial knowledge and behavior?

Professors Abigail Sussman, Tatiana Homonoff and I recently completed a multi-year research study with 400,000 Sallie Mae customers.  Using a randomized control trial research design, we studied whether student loan borrowers who check their credit scores regularly make better financial decisions and manage finances more responsibly. The answer? An emphatic YES.

Kelly Christiano, SVP at Sallie Mae and I had the opportunity to present the findings at this year’s FICO World. Sallie Mae was the first national private education lender to offer free access to quarterly FICO Scores through the FICO®Score Open Access program.

Our research found that after one year, student loan borrowers who logged on to view their FICO Score had fewer past due accounts and took steps to establish a credit history. These positive behaviors ultimately translated into higher FICO Scores for borrowers.

For students who want to improve financial health, it is important to be aware of the terms of opening new accounts (only open new lines of credit when needed) and to make sure that payments are on time. Moreover this research suggests that all consumers, not only student loan borrowers, should regularly check their FICO Score to be thoughtful and empowered about how their credit behavior impacts their long-term financial health.

You can also review the full research details here “Does Knowing Your FICO Score Change Financial Behavior? Evidence from a Field Experiment with Student Loan Borrowers

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Agile or Waterfall?

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As Microsoft Dynamics 365 projects evolve, the overarching question that project managers need to ask themselves is “which framework best fits my project?” In this blog, we discuss some pros and cons of the “Agile” and “Waterfall” frameworks that might assist you in deciding which is the best fit for your project.

Waterfall

This framework is named “Waterfall” because each life cycle is a sequence that flows downward in a series of phases. Typical phases are Feasibility > Plan > Design > Build > Test > PROD > Support.

Pros:

  • Waterfall is a structured process defined in phases with deliberate deliverables in each phase.
  • There is an emphasis on documentation such as requirements and design documents.
  • Requirements are defined in advance with little flexibility in allowing change once requirements have been signed off.

Cons:

  • Changes in design must go through a formal change control process that can impede timelines and budget.
  • Oftentimes stakeholders aren’t completely sure of the design they are asking for. Waterfall is rigid in its design and its ability to change with the clients evolving requirements.
  • The inability to change things done in previous stages.

Agile

The agile framework is based on an incremental and iterative approach. Instead of all the planning being up front, the framework allows for changing requirements over time.

Pros:

  • Change is part of the process and not seen as a weakness to designing the product.
  • Since delivery is iterative, issues and problems tend to come to light much quicker.
  • User feedback is crucial throughout the entire lifecycle of the project.

Cons:

  • Documentation can sometimes be neglected. The Agile Manifesto refers to the value behind working software then comprehensive documentation.
  • Planning tends to be less “fixed” since the requirements are continually growing as the product evolves.
  • There is a risk that the final product may look quite different from the original design.

The goal of each framework is to deliver a functional and quality product. At the end of the day, everyone who is contributing to the Dynamics 365 project must collectively decide on the best approach.

Be sure to keep checking our blog for more Dynamics 365 tips!

Happy Dynamics 365’ing!

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Checkr and Uber built a service to monitor workers’ background records

 Checkr and Uber built a service to monitor workers’ background records

Companies that employ on-demand workers rely on checks of criminal records, employment verification, and driving records to spot red flags during the hiring process. The trouble is, those checks are a one-time deal — if a contract worker commits a crime a few weeks into a job, their employer usually remains none the wiser. Case in point? Last year in Massachusetts, more than 8,000 ridesharing drivers failed a state background check for infractions like license suspensions, sexual offenses, and violent crimes.

San Francisco-based Checkr, which counts Instacart, Grubhub, and Uber among its base of more than 10,000 customers, today rolled out a new product that seeks to address this problem. It’s called Continuous Check, and it dynamically spots potentially disqualifying records to ensure that problematic workers are quickly identified and flagged.

“With today’s on-demand workforce, there’s a need to move beyond static background reports to dynamic screenings,” Checkr cofounder and CEO Daniel Yanisse said in a statement. “Through Continuous Check, Checkr is creating a new standard of safety for the [gig economy], and beyond that will provide critical insight into changes in someone’s background that may affect their eligibility to work.”

When Continuous Check identifies that an employee was involved in criminal activity, like a new or pending charge for a DUI, it notifies the worker’s employer, who can investigate further. That’s heaps better than the current arrangement — as many gig economy employers only rerun background checks once a year.

Continuous Check was co-developed with Uber, Yanisse said, and the ridesharing company is the first to deploy it. It’ll roll out to the rest of Checkr’s clients later this year.

“Safety is essential to Uber, and we want to ensure drivers continue to meet our standards on an ongoing basis,” said Uber VP Gus Fuldner. “This new continuous checking technology will strengthen our screening process and improve safety.”

Checkr didn’t immediately respond to questions about the service’s pricing, but historically, Checkr has billed its clients per individual background check, which includes education verification, reference checks, and drug screening.

Checkr announced a $ 100 million funding round last year led by T. Rowe Price, Accel, and Y Combinator, bringing its total funding to about $ 150 million. The 180-person company says it runs more than a million background checks a month.

One thing’s for sure: Checkr is well-positioned for growth. The gig economy isn’t slowing down anytime soon — it accounts for almost 4 million workers, according to Intuit, a number that’s expected to grow to 7.7 million by 2020.

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