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…


Microsoft Services 101: Premier Developer

When it comes to choosing a service provider to partner with in your business, the field is cluttered with countless vendors and possibilities.  With so many options to choose from, finding just the right fit for your organization can be a daunting task.  Even within Microsoft there are many different types of services offered and…

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Developer Essentials Passport

If you are a developer or an IT Pro, you know that keeping up with essential skills is a constant challenge.   One of the primary benefits of a Premier Support relationship is having access to the many training options and advisory services available directly from Microsoft.  Workshops, Webcasts, Tech Talks, and Chalk Talks are just…