With paper mail volume decreasing every year, the Netherland's national postal service, PostNL, had to get creative and push for innovating the way they do business. Making adjustments to use more part-time employees cut payroll costs, but those savings were minimized by the rising costs of providing IT services to more employees. Enter Sogeti, a longtime partner of PostNL. Sogeti worked with PostNL to develop and implement a cloud-based plan for migrating existing applications to the cloud and developing new one for enhanced cloud-based services. The result was a significant reduction in costs for IT and services.
There are many fantastic and useful community tools created to take an already fantastic product in Configuration Manager 2012 to a new level. We showcase many of these community tools during this session. Join us to get inspiration on how to take your implementation to the next level.
In this video, you'll learn about some of the differences between the Tools for Apache Cordova in Visual Studio 2013 and 2015 – changes intended to make it easier for you to collaborate with Mac developers and use Node-based tools like Grunt, Gulp, Bower, NPM and Ionic. Along the way, you'll also learn how the Tools for Apache Cordova are adopting many of the same innovations found in ASP.NET 5 including Intellisense for node packages, Light Bulbs, a file-based project system and others. Finally, we'll take a quick look at how to move your VS 2013 Cordova project to VS 2015 just by copying a few files.
To help address the needs of ailing UK high streets, the Spot Markets project was developed as a collaboration between Kent County Council, Microsoft, and University College London. This project aims to reinvigorate the high street economy by introducing the sophisticated tools often used by online retailers to the high street environment, democratizing access to them, and ultimately giving small businesses a fighting chance against large corporations with constant access to a significant online audience. The Spot Markets project as a whole involves the development and implementation of a core cloud-based architecture which will provide town-specific smart "engines" to match consumers with the sorts of local retailers, products, and offers which are relevant to them. Additionally, the project involves the development of a suite of mobile and web based consumer and retailer applications for posting, accessing, and redeeming offers and deals on the system.
It is hoped that establishing a greater connection between consumers and local retailers will help drive footfall back into the high street. However, the project had a secondary goal of providing valuable insights into those footfall patterns and local consumer habits by providing both retailers and town councils with analytics dashboards. By making the data easy to understand through simple graphics, the Spot Markets System may be able to provide insights into consumer habits that have the potential to drive economic change for the better.