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12 Steps to Password Recovery for RHEL, CentOS 7 Linux

Forgot your RHEL 7 or CentOS 7 Linux root password? Did you recently inherit one of these systems but do not have a way to log in? If you have access to the console, be it physical or using whatever Hyper-Visor tools, you may be able to perform a root password recovery procedure. Please note that
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Business Transformation

Business Transformation – “Out of Pocket”

Mobile accessibility has transformed business. Not only has the expectations changed for response time and availability after hours, these changes are impacting business models as well. We expect to be able to not just check-in, but to be able to conduct business without a desk. The question has now changed to – what can’t you do when you’re “Out of Pocket”?

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How to Improve Software Testing Through Measurement

Measurement is used for multiple purposes. Typical software testing measurement focuses on managing testing activities and defect resolution during a software project, whether the methodology is Agile, iterative or waterfall. Beyond measuring to manage, measurement should be used to baseline software quality and to drive improvement.

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How to Automate Azure Resource Groups Deployment

This blog shows you how to automate the creation and removal of Azure Resource Groups based on Azure AD Group membership in a Demo Azure subscription. To help you, I developed the following PowerShell script, which is deployed as a Runbook in an Azure Automation account and scheduled to run once a day. As new users
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Why DevOps: Problems the Practice Helps Solve in your Business

Most people in the IT industry have heard of DevOps, yet many are confused on what it really means. In this post, we’ll discuss why DevOps is necessary to improve your IT department and your business. Why DevOps? You might have heard the following statements about DevOps: DevOps is a close collaboration between Development team and Operations. DevOps is using Automation.
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Data truth – revisited

The differences between the phrases “Single Source of Truth”, “Single Version of the Truth”, and “Single Source of Data”, and use of the phrase “Source of Truth” within the context of data streaming.

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Harnessing your BI Powers

Technology has allowed us to have data at our fingertips and we all know that knowledge is power. Let’s harness our power for good! The definition of Business Intelligence (BI) is to support better business decisions. BI should  empower people to make better choices and gain insights into problems so they can be solved easier, faster, and better or discover new opportunities.

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Your One-Star Rated App Needs Compatibility Testing

You check your application’s usage and popularity often, and that’s when it happens. The dreaded one-star review. Your app has compatibility issues. Don’t let a review or social site be the way you discover your app’s incompatible. The safest way to ward off bad software in production – and the damage it can have to your company’s social reputation – is
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SharePoint Virtual Summit Wrap Up

SharePoint Virtual Summit Wrap Up

Microsoft announced in May 2016 its renewed commitment to a maturing SharePoint product – Microsoft would modernize SharePoint for an increasingly mobile and cloud-based user base. At the SharePoint Virtual Summit this year on May 16, Microsoft revived that commitment, delivering on some of their promises from last year as well as making new ones. Let’s review highlights
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Google Cloud Next – The Best Parts!

Google certainly knows how to put on a great conference – like Google Cloud Next, which I attended in March. If you’re looking for a showcase of Google Cloud’s product offerings, this is the place. With so much to learn and digest in three days, this blog post covers the key things I took from the conference. Along
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