Visit Us at Mid-Atlantic Banner User Group, 2018

M&S is proud to be a MABUG (Mid-Atlantic Banner User Group), 2018 sponsor! In addition to helping sponsor the event, we will be presenting on a framework M&S Consulting’s Higher Ed practice has been working to perfect: Using a Common Data Model (CDM) intermediary to integrate diverse campus systems leveraging APIs. Our team that will be attending MABUG, Kate and Tak, have decades of experience in Higher Ed tech and are excited to be in the middle of all the excitement October 14-16 in Fredericksburg, VA. If you’re going to be there we would love for you to come and say hi … Read More

Cloud-First Applications at Harvard Business Publishing

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Harvard Business Publishing is an organization responsible for strong corporate learning programs and prestigious publications such as the Harvard Business Review. M&S Consulting was tasked originally with performing a migration of HBP’s infrastructure from on-prem to the AWS cloud. The initial solution focused on a traditional lift-and-shift migration to get the HBP data and application infrastructure to the AWS cloud. M&S Consulting utilized infrastructure-as-code through AWS CloudFormation to build a repeatable, versioned infrastructure for the migrated applications. Once in the cloud, the solution focused on re-architecting and optimizing existing applications to take advantage of cloud infrastructure capabilities, as well as … Read More

AWS Standard Play Workshop at Bridgewater College

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Bridgewater College took their first step to AWS by taking part in a new AWS program named, Standard Play. In 2018, AWS created the Standard Play program that provides a variety of workshops to help higher education customers take their first steps into the AWS Cloud. Bridgewater, in need of modernizing their website infrastructure, decided to focus on its main public-facing website for the pilot of the technology. As the AWS partner leading the Standard Play, M&S Consulting conducted a multi-day workshop to pilot the migration of Bridgewater’s website to AWS. M&S utilized infrastructure as code principals through CloudFormation to … Read More

Building Dapps with Blockchain and Salesforce

Salesforce is the most popular and widely used CRM solution in the cloud, it has helped numerous companies automate their sales, marketing, and customer service processes to increase efficiency and productivity. Blockchain technology is a revolutionary breakthrough which promises to fill a lot of gaps in security and trust with the current supply chain, customer service, and financial systems space (to name a few). Combining these two technologies together will be a perfect marriage of an incredible end-user facing application which offers numerous options for ease of use across multiple consumption platforms, with a system of records that is impossible to … Read More

Machine Learning Cloud Platform Comparison

Last updated on August 6, 2018. Published on August 6, 2018. Forward-thinking organizations are increasingly including Machine Learning capabilities as part of their overall digital business strategy. When used effectively, Machine Learning can enhance existing products and services with new smart features, or reduce operating and production costs. As organizations proceed from strategy development to implementation, Machine Learning platforms and their services support numerous intelligent applications for lightweight, agile POCs as well as highly scalable production deployments, with all the benefits expected from a cloud-based infrastructure. The top cloud platform providers we evaluated are Amazon, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce, and SAP. … Read More

Recovering Data from a Crashed NAS in Windows with VirtualBox and Ubuntu

Home NAS: Having a Network Attached Storage (NAS) is great and convenient, in that all of your data is typically backed up with 2 or more hard drives in a RAID setup in many modern systems. Such was the case with my home Synology Diskstation DS212. The idea is: one of the 2+ drives fails, you buy a new hard drive to replace the bad one, and the data from the good drive(s) automatically copy onto the newly installed blank hard drive, and you’re back up and running again. The Problem: What happens when both drives fail in a 2-drive … Read More

NLP Cloud Platform Comparison

Last updated on July 24, 2018. Published on July 24, 2018. Choosing the right cloud platform for your business can be tricky and ultimately depends on what specific service-based capabilities you are looking for. To help identify platforms and services to evaluate for your Natural Language Processing (NLP) needs, we have compiled and categorized the related services from several leading cloud platform providers. The cloud platform providers we evaluated are Amazon, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce, and SAP. We looked at the services offered by each and matched up those that provide similar capabilities. Please see the table below. NLP Cloud Platform … Read More

Increasing Code Coverage to Include Catch Blocks [Salesforce]

In Salesforce, it can sometimes be frustrating driving your Apex Class & Trigger Code Coverage up to get beyond the 75%, 80%, or 85%+ marks.  Some of the more difficult parts of that process can be covering all scenarios to achieve this. In particular, this post focuses on code not executed within the try-catch constructs count against the overall Code Coverage calculations. With a simple refactor, we can remedy that without changing the underlying functionality of the core class — just the test class. The try-catch we will start with before our changes have the following format: try { // … Read More