An API gateway to business productivity
What would you build if you could process the data generated by your business operations in real time? You could, for example:
- See trending/abandoned documents and usage patterns.
- Scan calendars to suggest optimum meeting times.
- Map collaboration points between departments.
- Automate a change management/approval process.
- Manage a backlog of work.
And that’s just for starters! I would be willing to bet that a very large slice of business performed in the world today is driven by the Microsoft Office apps, so imagine the potential gains around automating some of that? It’s got to be huge.
Identity in the cloud
Identity management in the cloud is a totally different ball game to when everything was installed and accessed on the corporate network. Users in the enterprise authenticated with an on-premises directory service (e.g. Active Directory Domain Services) and this determined the apps and data they had access to. Occasionally, cross-forest federations were established to allow users belonging to one corporate domain to access resources in another.
Nowadays, with the proliferation of apps and services available in the cloud and the speed and ease with which we consume them
Love Entity Framework and ORMs
I love Entity Framework and other object-relational mappers (ORMs) like it. These frameworks allow us to code against an object-oriented data model and map any changes seamlessly (usually) to the underlying relational model that the data is persisted in. They reduce the amount that we need to worry about databases.
Where I have seen the most value