Windows 10 Insider + Premier Support for Developers: A winning combination to get your app ready for Windows 10

Greg Roe, Senior Application Development Manager, spotlights the exciting new opportunity that Windows 10 represents for developers and shares several great suggestions to help you get started!   By now you’ve likely heard Microsoft’s recent  announcement of Windows 10.  This is an exciting new opportunity for developers to ride the wave and get your applications ready…


The Right Services, Right from the Start

Scott Robinson, Senior Application Development Manager, walks us through a kickoff meeting with Premier Support for Developers and how we work with key technical and business stakeholders to build a delivery plan specifically for your business. There comes a point in every development organization when the decision is made to look into different ways of “Building Software…


Why you are failing with Waterfall – Consider Agile and Scrum

Rick McGuire, Senior Application Development Manager, shares what many development teams are discovering in their effort to build better software: Agile has many advantages over traditional waterfall methodologies. Surprisingly there are still a lot of development teams clinging to the old Waterfall methodology for software development.  This methodology typically requires a team of business analysts to painfully extract functional…


The Value of an ADM

Rich Maines, Senior Application Development Manager, discusses how a strategic ADM relationship translates into business value for customers. What if you could have your own trusted advisor within Microsoft, a resource whose primary responsibility is to maximize the business value of your investments in Microsoft technologies? The basic charter of Premier Developer is to help customers build…


Development practices to minimize OS end of life risks

Derrick Sharpe, Senior Application Development Manager, talks about application compatibility and how to minimize the risk associated with OS end of life transitions. In case you haven’t heard by now Windows Server 2003 support ends on July 14, 2015.  Microsoft will no longer patch Windows Server 2003 for new security vulnerabilities. You certainly don’t want to…


When QA Testing isn’t enough to keep your application error-free

Linkai Yu, Senior Application Development Manager, discusses his experience with enterprise applications that fail after being deployed in production and how Premier Developer works with customers to resolve and prevent these types of issues. Even though Applications Go Through Rigorous Tests It’s true that most applications go through rigorous QA testing before being deployed into a production…


Connect(“November 12 & 13”); is almost here!

Premier Developer wanted to give a shout out to our Visual Studio and Azure friends hosting an exciting event this week. The live Connect(); two-day virtual developer event starts this Wednesday, so save the date, connect with a community of dedicated developers, and get a jump start on the road ahead! Day 1, November 12th: Watch…


Windows 10 Technical Preview is Available–Time to Start Thinking About Compatibility

Every new version of Windows brings new features and opportunities for developers, but also some challenges with compatibility of existing applications.  It’s never too early to plan ahead, so big thanks to Premier Developer consultants Maarten Van De Bospoort and Pat Altimore for this piece on Windows 10 compatibility. The beginning of this month Windows…

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It’s PASS Summit Season and Premier Developer is in the house!

If you are a SQL Server professional, you probably know that November is Summit season in the US.  The PASS Summit is the largest gathering of SQL Server professionals in the world and it provides not only a world-class training opportunity, but an opportunity to network and socialize with SQL Server professionals from around the…

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Planning for Support : Premier Developer and MSDN

MSDN provides valuable subscription benefits for building software and creating test environments.  This includes access to installation media, developer tools, online training, Azure/Office 365 subscriptions, and even basic support.  Since most development teams have access to MSDN, businesses will frequently ask: Why would I need Premier Developer?  It is important to understand the limited scope…