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The good, bad and ugly – Introduction to BOT

 

Bots are computer programs that do automated, repetitive, and predefined tasks based on configuration. Some bots required specific inputs to execute the required commands. Some bots run itself automatically. Bots are powered by a mixture of artificial intelligence and natural language processing to engage in a human-like interaction with an end-user.

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2020 Design Forecast

The design world is constantly changing, expanding, and challenging new horizons. Every year brings in new perspectives and technology that inspires designers to try something fresh (or sometimes, breathe new life into something classic).

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Employee Spotlight: Dylan Kesselring

Our August Spotlight features one of our Program Managers, Dylan Kesselring! Learn more about his role, hobbies, and most valuable lesson learned at Exsilio.

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Power BI Data Gateway

Power bi data gateway is used as a bridge between on premise database and cloud services to have up to date data.

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Employee Spotlight: Umesh Prajapati

Our October Spotlight features our IT Director Umesh Prajapati! Learn more about his role, hobbies, and his biggest lesson learned at Exsilio.

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Employee Spotlight – Hyo Lee

The Spotlight shines on Hyo Lee! Learn about his favorite camping spots, background, and the lessons he has learned at Exsilio.

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Employee Spotlight – Michael Gilman

Learn more about Data Warehouse Developer Michael Gilman including his daily tasks and what he believes makes a great Exsilio employee.

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Employee Spotlight – Neetu Kaur

Meet our Orange Studios Office Coordinator, Neetu! Learn about her hobbies, day-to-day work, and the two things she can't live without.

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Employee Spotlight: Mike James

Who is Mike James? Well this Employee Spotlight will answer all your questions about Exsilio's Technical Project Manager.

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Employee Spotlight: Eric Ross

Meet Eric Ross, our IT & Operations Manager, and learn about his favorite hobbies, daily activities, and love for hockey.

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Employee Spotlight: James Burk

Learn more about our Manager of Program Management, James Burk, including his favorite food, experiences, and love of space exploration.

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Cruise Time!

Belinda recalls learning she was joining the company cruise her first day on the job.

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Employee Spotlight- Matt Erickson

Matt is one of our rockstar designers for the Yeti team. He specializes in crisp design, awesome front end dev, and sniffing out the best BBQ in the OC!

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SQL SERVER 2016 – ISJSON Function

In my first post, How to load data into SQL Server using JSON functionality, I discussed one of the key functions of SQL Server 2016 JSON support, which is OPENJSON.

Today we will see another built in function of JSON, which is ISJSON.

ISJSON - This function is used to test whether a string contains valid JSON or not. It returns 1 if the string is valid JSON. If not, it returns 0. It returns null if the expression is null. We will check all of these return values.

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Employee Spotlight: Shawna Proske

 

Many people ask us, “What is the best part of working at Exsilio?”.. The answer is simple, our people! Every month we spotlight one of our awesome employees. These spotlights will highlight their experiences, accomplishments at Exsilio, and fun facts about what makes them great! This month, we're featuring Shawna!
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Employee Spotlight – Sylvia Cortez

Many people ask us, “What is the best part of working at Exsilio?”.. The answer is simple, our people! Every month we spotlight one of our awesome employees. These spotlights will highlight their experiences, accomplishments at Exsilio, and fun facts about what makes them great! This month, we're featuring Sylvia Cortez! MORE

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Switching Tables in a SQL Server Database to a New Filegroup

Sometimes you may find your SQL Server database is performing at suboptimal levels. After a lot of use, especially in a production environment, your database will have endured a high number of transactions, object creation and drops, and these can lead to fragmentation of the data at the disk level. You may also find that your database is quite large, but it has some empty space. However, when you attempt to shrink the database, you cannot do it. In this case, a common culprit is fragmentation.

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Employee Spotlight – Jameson Balingit

Many people ask us, “What is the best part of working at Exsilio?”.. The answer is simple, our people! Every month we will be spotlighting one of our awesome employees. These spotlights will highlight their experiences, accomplishments at Exsilio, and fun facts about what makes them great!

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Configuring Environment Variables for an SSIS Package

For all the devs out there - how do you configure the environment variables for an SSIS Package? Our preference is to create package and using parameters and variables to create two separate environments of the same package. In this post, we'll show you how.

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Got a Niche?

The most important decision to make before creating an advertising campaign is determining the audience you would like to reach - or finding your niche market.

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Entrepreneurship in the New Generation

Recently, I had the honor of participating in Startup Weekend GIRLS (#swgirls) at the Lake Washington Girls Middle School. Together with our Marketing Coordinator, Shawna Proske, I acted as a coach; to help the new generation of entrepreneurs to brainstorm, plan, develop, and pitch their new business ideas for the competition.

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Business Intelligence: How Much Do I Need?

Many business leaders find themselves asking, “How much Business Intelligence do I need” when faced with the task of determining where they stand in the market, where they can improve, and/or how they can cut costs. Of course, if that business had unlimited resources, then the answer is “give me everything you’ve got”. Unfortunately, most of us don’t have those kind of resources, so the question becomes: how much business intelligence (BI) do I need.
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Email Marketing and Social Media Saturation

Recently, noted writer and public speaker, Tim Ferris announced he would be moving more of his marketing to email from major social channels like Facebook and Twitter. The reason he gave is that today's world is a “battlefield of noise” and that with social media saturation, his blog posts were getting lost in the fray.

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4 Behaviors for Project Management Success that you can Implement Today

There are many resources for aspiring or practicing project managers. A cursory internet search turns up a multitude of tools, theories, and certifications. While the inherent rigidity of project management is important, soft skills often play a huge role in determining the outcome of a project. The behaviors outlined below reflect learnings that I’ve accumulated over the years to improve my projects and provide the most amount of value I can to any project owner.

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Thanksgiving at Exsilio

Thanksgiving is a time to rejoice and be grateful for all the good that has happened to us over the past year. At Exsilio it is also a time for employees to gather and stuff our faces with delicious food! We get excited every year to show off our cooking (or buying for us non cooks) skills during the Thanksgiving potluck. Both our Redmond and Irvine offices took part in what is quickly becoming a yearly tradition. Employees battled in the morning to get our work done as the aromas of everyone’s dishes filled the air. MORE

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Big Data & Marketing

As a business intelligence professional, I am always keeping an eye on developing trends in the industry and recently I came across an article on the "Top 8 Big Data Trends That Marketers Should Care About." Being a part of the Redmond office, I have the opportunity to see our marketing team in action and appreciate the work that they do. This article naturally piqued my interest as I see the team work diligently to help clients develop sound marketing strategies to grow their businesses and streamline their day-to-day business operations. MORE

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Javascript Best Practices: Modules

As modern web applications become increasingly client heavy, it’s important to properly organize your client side code. In small applications, organization may not seem necessary, however, as your application grows and more people are involved with the project, proper organization becomes key to keeping the application maintainable. This is where Modules come in.

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Starting with LESS CSS and Bootstrap – Part 2

In part 1, I covered a few important things you should know when starting with LESS CSS. This segment will cover Bootstrap. If you don’t have a decent understanding for LESS, I encourage you to spend some time with it because Bootstrap leverages the technology and this article will make much more sense.
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Google Search versus Google Display

 

 

 

 

Last year, Exsilio’s resident Search Engine Marketing expert Chris Meade released an article making the case for Bing Ads. For this article, we are taking a different approach and focusing on the maximization of the ROI on your ad campaigns by choosing the network that best helps you achieve your end-goal, whether that is more leads for your business, greater awareness of your products and services, or building brand loyalty.

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Parallel Optimization in SSIS 2012

Being able to run multiple stored procedures in parallel can provide a major performance boost when loading a data warehouse. In this post, I’ll describe a process which will take full advantage of server resources by running multiple procedures in parallel.

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Facebook Power Editor 101

Advertising on Facebook has become a powerful tool marketers use to create successful campaigns that can reach a worldwide audience. MORE

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Software Testing Trends

In the past years, the trending of mobile technology, applications and the cloud has grown exponentially. It continues to grow today. Therefore, the demand for testers is growing as well. Security, performance, and usability testing are on top of their list to have a successful product.

The popularity of mobile technology and apps are insane. Along with it, the demand for mobile testing continue to trend exponentially every year. Based on the study published by Capgemini, Sogeti and HP in 2013 -2014 around global testing trends, there is an average of a 70% increase in mobile testing practices across industries. MORE

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Work Around For ShellRunas With Office on Windows 8

At Exsilio we do a lot of consulting work.  As a result we often need to use client provided credentials on our Exsilio work stations.  This can be difficult if the credentials provided are active directory based, since most of us are running on an internal active directory domain.  To get around this we use a cool little Explorer extension called ShellRunas which is part of the Sysinternals Suite (a free collection of useful system utilities for Windows). MORE

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Starting with LESS CSS and Bootstrap – Part 1

In the web world, LESS and Bootstrap are major tools in the developer's toolkit. If you haven't heard of them or have not had the chance to use them, I highly recommend it. They will make your web development process extremely easier. But as with anything, there's a learning curve. MORE

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Maps aren’t just for directions!

There’s a good chance that you looked at a map recently. Maybe it was the GPS in your car or on your phone. Or it may have been on an app to help you find a place to eat or fuel up at a gas station. Every time you use one of these maps you are utilizing a Geographic Information System. Until about 5 years ago, if someone said ‘GIS’ they were probably talking about ESRI’s ArcMap. Today, the term GIS is more ambiguous and can be applied to a lot of different solutions that involve a map. MORE

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Best Practices for Social Media Engagement

With new emerging technology and the internet at our fingertips, Social Media is changing the marketing world today and offering a unique way for marketers to engage customers. Not only does it promote news or updates in real time, it also allows interaction between the organization and their customers via comments, Likes, feedback or sharing. MORE

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The Case for Bing Ads

"if you aren’t running campaigns on Bing Ads, you missed 5.6 billion US queries conducted in March, 2014”

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A Weekend of Mammoth Proportions

"The weather was perfect and the sun loosened the snow for better riding conditions. We took full advantage of the great weather and magnificent snow available to us." MORE

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Turkeys in Advertising

I’ve been obsessed with advertising since I was young. I love everything about how ads are created.

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Boo

For me, Halloween is a holiday that is full of memories, maybe even more so than Christmas or my birthday.

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What the Tweet?

If a tweet falls in the woods, does it make a sound? You bet it does. Remember when we used to have to actually watch commercials on TV?

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Practicing Clichés

You can't just execute an idea that worked for someone else and expect it to perform better for you. This is how best practices get people in trouble; an idea, concept, campaign, etc, turns into a practice, diminishing opportunities for innovation and creativity.

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Using Social Media Marketing to Fail Better

Sometimes it’s hard to make the case for a big investment in social media marketing. It can be difficult to scale, time-consuming, and there’s always the risk of - gasp! - negative feedback.

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Mysterious “File Access Denied” in Windows 8

Often times in the past, I try to delete a file or folder only to be presented with a message kindly reminding me that I can’t delete because it has been locked by another application, So I find the program that has the file open and close it. That’s fine with me because I understand the kernel needs to protect the file to maintain stability.

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The Most Efficient Conversion

Conversions are the most sought after end-goal for most online advertisers; it declares that their efforts have worked. These often come at a cost, and require hours of effort and optimization to ensure maximum efficiency.

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SEO Your LinkedIn Profile

If you love what you do, it doesn’t stop after you leave work. I love search, and I’m always looking to try something new. As such, I turned to my LinkedIn profile.

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How to Talk to Strangers

I’ve always felt very comfortable walking up to strangers and starting a conversation. Since I was very little, my CEO father took me to business meetings with him and forced me to walk up to his friends and say hello – most often, I had never met these people before.

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Ad Copy – How to Increase Click Through Rate

You’ve done the hard work, you’ve chosen the keywords, dialed in the targeting, and built the landing pages – Google & Bing are ready to serve your ad, and you’re ready for some new customers.

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Debugging jQuery plugins

We can probably all agree that jQuery is pretty awesome. It makes writing client side code a piece of cake and there are tons of plugins to do what you need or at least to get you started.

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Coming Full Circle

Well, here I am again. I find myself back at Exsilio after a 3 year hiatus to see what else is out there in the professional world of software development. I’m lucky enough to live in Irvine, CA.

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Exsilio Out and About

In our latest venture outside the office and the land of code and Expression Studio, we have teamed with the Irvine Chamber of Commerce to bring "Legends and Leaders" to the Orange County business community. In its second year, Legends and Leaders is an extradordinary event showcasing standouts in corporate Orange County.

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Predictive Analytics

For decades, retailers having been trying to gather their customer’s interest, habits, and behavior to better understand how they should be targeted.

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