Azure Log Analytics & Monitor for monitoring custom apps

In this article I take a quick look at setting up some monitoring for an in-house developed application. Service Manager Scribe is a custom email ingestion service for our Microsoft Service Manager based helpdesk. There are several ways in which you could potentially instrument your application. However, one of the simplest options is simply to …

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Windows Analytics – device health. Become the IT hero

What is Windows Analytics? Windows Analytics is the collective name for a growing number of Azure solutions leveraging Windows Telemetry data to produce insights into your IT estate. For years,Microsoft has been collecting telemetry data to allow them to improve their products, and, more controversially, to monitor the way people use them. Organisations have always …

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Shadow IT and the inherent risks explained

What is Shadow IT? Shadow IT, a wonderfully ominous term, but what does it really mean? Essentially, Shadow IT is considered to be any IT system, service, mechanism, or methodology that has been adopted within your organisation outside of the view, control, oversight, or sanction of the organisation and IT Administration. Classic examples are file …

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Azure Translator Text API saves £60K

Azure does more than you might think Microsoft Azure is a highly capable platform offering a wide range of services and capabilities. These enable business solutions relating to virtual machines, data, analytics, media, monitoring, Internet of Things and many more. One of these key capabilities is Cognitive Services. This set of functions provides artificial intelligence …

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Disaster Recovery optimised with Microsoft Azure

What happens if my applications aren’t available? For most organisations, the delivery of IT services and applications is crucial to the running of the business. So disaster recovery (DR) is critical. Non-availability of these capabilities can affect sales, cause brand damage and legal issues, or even result in job losses. Clearly, then, it is important …

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Azure Services: Presenting IoT Data

This blog post is designed to expand on our previous IoT and Azure Services blogs. Extending the Silversands IoT System and A bespoke IoT system for Silversands. In this article, we will walk through our approach to setting up the telemetry charts found here. These charts are basically displaying the light and temperature levels in …

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