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June 2014

Business Solutions Case Study: Automated Notification System Ensures Tax Reporting is Timely at a Local Non-Profit

Challenge Our client, a Seattle-based non-profit organization, must align with tax regulations in multiple countries in order to maintain its non-profit status globally. Due to the complexity of juggling multiple tax codes, the organization was missing deadlines even with the use of a standard SharePoint task list. Simply connecting tasks to Outlook wasn’t sufficient for ensuring compliance with the numerous weekly, monthly and quarterly tax requirements.Plaster Group’s Business Solutions team was tasked with developing a notification solution that would provide automated scheduling and sufficient reminders using out of box technology. Consultants needed to develop adequate tools and processes to automate our client’s finance group workflows, reduce the need for managerial oversight, and eliminate the missed deadlines.

Prototype-Driven Agile Development (Part 2)

by Bob Vogt, Plaster Group BI Team This article is the second installment of a two-part article on prototype-driven Agile development. It is strongly recommended that the first installment be read before continuing. Challenge The first version of the enterprise application that you developed using a prototype-driven, Agile development methodology turned out better than you expected.  Deployment to the production environment went off reasonably well and the application is up and running.  The users of the application got what they had expected since they had a hand in developing it.  The application is in production and the release party is over.  Job well done.

Plaster Group is One of Washington’s Best Places to Work!

Pudget Sound Business Journal has announced their finalists for Washington’s Best Places to Work, and we’re very excited to see Plaster Group has made that list! Our wonderful employees make Plaster Group such a great place to work and are the reason why we are a finalist – thank you all very much! We’re looking forward to attending the Awards Ceremony at Safeco Field where they will be unveiling the winner on August 14! Find out about our company culture and career opportunities here, and be sure to read our reviews on Glassdoor!

June 2014 Newsletter for Management Consultants

If you haven’t already, check out Plaster Group’s June 2014 Newsletter! This is a great read for Management Consultants. Articles include an overview of predictive analytics by BI Consultant Jay Gardener and a discussion of what Microsoft Azure is and why you’re ready for cloud computing by Cloud Computing Consultant Scott Arbeit. In addition, this newsletter features our newest Business Intelligence case study: Analytics “From the Grounds Up” at a Specialty Coffee Retailer. Click here to read and download a PDF!

What’s New in Microsoft SQL Server 2014

by Scott Arbeit, Sr. Consultant Microsoft released the latest version of SQL Server – SQL Server 2014 – to the world in April, 2014. As usual, it comes with a lot of new features that are designed to give developers and administrators better performance, security, and manageability. Here, we’re going to focus on just five of the major areas of improvement: in-memory OLTP, improvements to Always On, new Hybrid Cloud features, the new Buffer Pool, and better security through separation of duties between administrators and developers.