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  1. Tech skill and Salary analysis - United States and Australia

    Tech job seekers, both active and passive, are willing to make a move for the right offer. But when is the right time to move? Since the technology sector is ever expanding and evolving, it is hard to know when the market is best placed for a strategic relocation into another role. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of tech and computer occupations is expected to grow 12% by 2024, greater than the average for all other occupations. Now more than ever it is important that...
  2. Grow your career by getting involved in user groups

    One of the things that I’ve noticed about successful people in the technology industry is that almost all of them in some way have been or are involved in their local user groups. A user groups is a collection of people that meet on a regular basis to hear lectures and swap information about a particular technology or platform.Not just enthusiasts, but fellow professionalsOne misconception that many people have is that user groups are just enthusiastic amateurs talking about technically simple topics....
  3. Why IT people are ambivalent about recruiters

    When I ask colleagues in the IT industry what they think about recruiters, responses range from studied ambivalence to outright contempt. Everyone seems to have at least one story about recruiters. It could be that they are hounded by unsolicited offers for jobs that have nothing to do with their skillset on LinkedIn, unrealistic position descriptions posted on job search sites, through to bad fit candidates put forward for positions that the recruiter has been asked to fill.Recruiters are in a challenging...
  4. Excel to XML

    You may be wondering, why am I talking about an existing feature in Excel. Yes, we have a feature in Excel, to save the data as a XML file. But, the result may not be in expected format.Let us explore the Save As option to store our data in XML format. I have a small table with employee data as shown below.Select File->Save As and select the XML Data option from the Save as type drop down. This will throw the following warning message about missing XML mapping.Try to use the next available option...
  5. Scheduled SharePoint workflows

    I have created a custom list called Reclamations with a few new columns:The purpose is to send an email to the responsible people 2 days before the expiration date. There are quite a few solutions to accomplish this task. Some of them involve another list with calculated column, custom timer job, SQL Server Agent, Windows Task Scheduler, PowerShell script …But I am a fan of simple solutions. All you need is one-step declarative workflow (created with SharePoint Designer) and a workflow scheduler....
  6. How to embrace Azure and the Cloud

    For the last year, I have been meeting with customers and partners inside and outside the Microsoft ecosystem.I have talked with friends that are involved, at different levels, with IT whether Dev or Ops.I have been trying to explain what the public Cloud is, especially Azure, to many different people.Of course, I have been using the same evolution charts we all seen everywhere to illustrate my speech and explain where I believe we are headed.
  7. I know Kung-Fu

    Almost everyone who has seen the Matrix movie remembers that scene. Neo, played by Keanu Reeves, has just spent the day learning martial arts, by some brain writing sci-fi process. His mentor comes in at the end of one of these "lessons", Neo opens his eyes and says "I know Kung-Fu".Of course, learning is not that easy in real life, it takes a certain amount of time, long hours of work and practice. And it probably never ends. Take my current favorite subject, the cloud. To be precise I should say...
  8. Issue with Autodiscover when using Exchange Online and Cpanel Hosting.

    Suppose the following scenario: a small company that has Exchange Online service and a hosting service that use Cpanel platform. After finally configure all DNS records and successfully connect to Exchange Online, randomly users begun to report two issues:1) Public folder disappears.2) Outlook Error: "Outlook cannot log on". How Outlook works with Exchange Service? the response is Autodiscover service. but how Autodiscover service works?This function has three phases...
  9. What’s your next career milestone?

    Do you know what the next milestone in your career will be?For most of us, it’s a difficult question to answer. Unless you’ve got a great idea of where you are and where you are going, it can be challenging to figure out what the next significant event in your career will be.Milestones are clearer in hindsightWhen thinking about milestones, it’s easier to figure out what the future might hold by looking back at the significant events in your career to date. Events that are significant in our career...
  10. MSMQ Administration

    Editorial Note: I originally posted this article on my blog.In the previous blog post we went over some of the MSMQ bascis. In this blog post we'll touch on how to monitor, troubleshoot and backup MSMQ.I've been using NServiceBus with the MSMQ transport for a while now and have faced some issues. Unfortunately, information about MSMQ is pretty scarce and sometimes outdated. This blog post contains links to resources that I've found useful for understanding some of the best practices around MSMQ administration.
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