Building a Windows Phone 7 Twitter Application using Silverlight

Building a “Hello World” Windows Phone 7 Application:
First make sure you’ve installed the Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP – this includes the Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone development tool (which will be free forever and is the only thing you need to develop and build Windows Phone 7 applications) as well as an add-on to the VS 2010 RC that enables phone development within the full VS 2010 as well. For further details click the below link



What-if Analysis and Modeling for Microsoft Dynamics

In this article, We’ll explore what-if analytics and modeling functionality built into some of today’s budgeting software for planning that accounts for variables with Microsoft Dynamics.
Budgeting is a task that requires actual data, research, goal setting, and teamwork, and depending on your planning process, a lot can happen to change the course of your budget. Thus, I would argue that besides historical actuals, there are enough variables in the context of financial planning for your company that makes budgeting a challenging task at times. If you like to see some options and dynamically approach planning by being adaptable and exploratory with different outcomes, what-if analyses and modeling will allow you to do just that. In this article, we’ll explore what-if planning and modeling functionality that comes with some modern budgeting tools for Microsoft Dynamics customers.
Let’s start by breaking down the term, “what-if analysis.” Basically, a what-if analysis boils down to the business end user altering the values in the cells of your budget spreadsheet to illustrate how certain changes can impact the results of your formulas. Because a lot of companies are using Excel for budgeting, including Excel add-in planning software, we’ll talk in Excel terminology. For example, one term we will use is “scenario,” which is a set of values that Microsoft Excel saves and can use automatically in your budget worksheet. Users can design and save multiple sets of values on a worksheet and then substitute these scenarios into the financial plan to see the difference in outcomes. One example would be if you would like to budget for your most ambitious goal setting, something in the middle, and the worst case scenario. You can put together these three scenarios on the same spreadsheet and then, easily switch between them to see what thresholds you would need to cross to reach the results you established in your scenarios.
As we all know, budgeting is rarely a one-person responsibility, so people across the organization have to bring together actual figures and projections for the next period to set a financial plan. If you have multiple people offering particular data in disparate spreadsheets that you’d like to utilize for scenarios, you can gather these workbooks and integrate their scenarios. Some of the more modern solutions allow you to distribute password protected access rights, so that can smooth out collaboration and privacy concerns. Once you have configured and assembled all of the scenarios that you want, you can produce a summary statement that includes data from these scenarios. This report showcases all of the scenario data in one table on a new spreadsheet.
Another Excel term that has to do with what-if analyses is a data table. Data tables only work with one or two variables, but can include many different values for these variables. Therefore, if you are employing a formula that has one or two variables – or even several formulas that all utilize the same variable, you can employ a data table to view all of the results in one space. In terms of business user friendliness, data tables are easy to understand and share because you are zooming in on only one or two variables. While data tables are limited to just two variables, a data table can use as many different variable values as you need whereas scenarios cap out at 32 different values. Additionally, if automated recalculation is set up for the workbook, the information in your data table recalculates automatically for fresh, real-time data.
What-if scenarios do have their potential drawbacks. Because their purpose is to determine the risk and probability associated with the marketplace, evaluating past performance and projections for the future, there is a chance that the worst case scenario can happen because of the way the variables roll out in the business world. The worst case scenario can more or less occur even though a what-if analysis establishes that outcome as an outlier – and can you tolerate that result? One way to be more prepared and aware of the variety of results is to do a random factor analysis, running thousands of independent trials with your software to randomly assign values to your factors. The most prevalent kind of random factor analysis is called a Monte Carlo analysis, which randomly assigns factor values from a data set configured for the variable’s specific probability distribution.
Historical actuals help decision-makers understand past performance with straightforward simplicity, but revenue and expenses from last year have no influence on future performance, risk or return. Therefore, what-if analyses can model multiple ways that your future can play out, so you can prepare to meet your own informed goals, objectives, and plans for the year. Luckily, Microsoft Dynamics customers have a lot of options in terms of planning software.
What-if analyses and modeling are just pieces of the pie in regard to budgeting – and now couldn’t be a better time to start considering a modern, powerful budgeting tool. While most companies are relying on homegrown processes in Excel or Microsoft’s mature budgeting offering, Forecaster, independent software vendor (ISV) products are becoming more prevalent in finance departments around the world. Simply, this is due to the consumer-driven features and functionalities in third party offerings that provide an easy-to-use, secure, and collaborative planning for business end users. You should consider several things, so you can pick the right solution for your planning needs.
When looking at third party software, you’ll want to evaluate which platform will best serve your team (Excel, Web, and/or proprietary), how secure the program is for powerful collaboration, whether the software is positioned within a fully integrated, comprehensive suite of BI tools, and how business user friendly the product is for your colleagues to utilize. In addition, you’ll want to make sure that the tool comes with important functionality, like what-if analytics, modeling, multiple year budgets and rolling forecasts, etc. You have a lot to consider, but budgeting as a corporate task is worth your time, money, and energy to find the premier software that can take your planning processes to the next level. Solver offers an Excel- and Web-based budgeting module stand-alone and as part of the comprehensive suite of BI modules and would be happy to answer questions and generally review BI360’s easy-to-use Planning solution for collaborative, streamlined decision-making capabilities, like what-if analyses and modeling, with Microsoft Dynamics.
By: Matthew Felzke


Affluent Global is urgently looking for Automation Tester (Coded UI)

Affluent Global is urgently looking for Automation Tester (Coded UI )
Automation Testing – Coded UI
Location: Hyderabad
NP: Immediate
Salary negotiable

• C#, Coded UI and API testing skills a must.
• Database Concepts and SQL queries.
• Prior experience on developing, reviewing and maintaining UI and API automation script.
• Solid understanding of manual testing and bug logging.
• Usage of basic troubleshooting tools like event viewer, profiler, fiddler etc.
• Knowledge of designing and refining Automation framework is plus.
• Experience working on Agile methodology or CSM certification is a plus.
• Experience on any source control tool and deployment is a plus.

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Urgently looking for UI / UX developers

Urgently looking for UI / UX developers
– Strong technical expertise on HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript.
– Good Experience in working on the JavaScript Frameworks like AngularJS or KnockoutJS (KnockoutJS is more preferable)
– Good Experience with component-based front end UI libraries (eg. jQuery UI)
Experience: 4+ Yrs
Location: Hyderabad
ECTC: 8-9 LPA max
NP: Immediate

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Seamlessly Migrate Your Application from AWS to Azure in Four Simple Steps

Seamlessly Migrate Your Application from AWS to Azure in Four Simple Steps

Microsoft offers a comprehensive set of integrated solutions spanning Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), on-premises datacenters, and hybrid environments with support for both Windows and Linux. Harnessing this platform has never been easier with the robust migration capabilities of Azure Site Recovery.

Azure is the only public cloud today that seamlessly connects your on-premises data center to the cloud. Azure’s robust capabilities, first class services and integrated tools help you attain new levels of scale and elasticity. Azure has no steep learning curve, so your organization can be productive from day one as you simply use what you already know. If you want to achieve a true hybrid cloud platform, with a seamless integration between your existing on-premises assets and the power of Azure, but feel locked in another public cloud such as AWS, take advantage of Azure Site Recovery’s recently announced migration capabilities. Site Recovery is also available as part of the Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) and is free to try, or leverage for migrations for the first 31 days.

The following video demonstrates how a simple application can be migrated in a matter of hours from AWS to Azure.

The video illustrates the four simple steps required to migrate your applications from AWS to Azure.

They are:

Prepare Azure Resources
In order to prepare for your applications to be migrated into Azure, you need to set up infrastructure components on Azure. You’ll begin with a Site Recovery vault, as this will be the starting point for all of your ASR experiences. Follow the instructions in the Quick Start Wizard to deploy two IaaS VMs viz., configuration server and master target server in Azure. You can follow instructions on setting up protection between on-premises physical servers and Azure to deploy these components on Azure.

Prepare AWS resources
You need to deploy an EC2 instance running the process server component. Keep the guidelines on sizing of the process server in mind when you deploy the process server. The process server needs access to the VMs running your application on AWS which is why it’s recommended that the process server be in the same subnet as the VMs you are migrating. The VMs you are migrating will also need to have security group configuration that allows inbound connections on TCP and UDP ports 135-139, 445 and 1024-65535 to enable communication with the process server. Once you’ve completed this step and registered your process server with the configurations server, you are ready to move to the next step.

Discover and “protect” AWS VMs in Azure
At this point, you can begin discovering your VMs on AWS. Start by creating a protection group and use the “add physical machine” workflow to identify all the EC2 instances that you wish to migrate to Azure. You can use the private IP address of the EC2 instance to discover them, you are also afforded the convenience of having a friendly name that you can refer to later. After this step is complete, all the VMs you identified in the previous step will begin to replicate to Azure. This can be a long running operation depending on the size of the virtual machines, the network capacity and the process server. Once this initial replication is successful you are ready for migration.

Migrate your application with one-click!
At this point you perform an failover action with one-click and migrate your application to Azure. Be sure to delete your EC2 instances and disable protection on ASR since these resources are no longer needed.

Now that you’ve learnt how easy it is to migrate your applications, do try for yourself and take advantage of the truly hybrid hyper-scale public cloud that is Azure. Getting started with Azure Site Recovery is easy and as noted earlier is free to leverage for migrations for the first 31 days. Azure documentation on Migrating Windows virtual machines from Amazon Web Services (AWS) to Azure is available to guide you through this simple process.
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