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GitHub Acquisition by Microsoft

The unthinkable happened last week: GitHub, a version control application used by developers to host and provide open source code / applications, has been acquired by one of the least open source companies, Microsoft for $7.5 billions in stock. With the acquisition,...

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Ascend Supports Launch of Miami AUG

When we opened our new office in Miami we saw an opportunity to support the launch of a Miami-based Atlassian User Group. This new space has improved our outreach efforts, and with this new AUG we want to be advocates for the use of Atlassian solutions in this vibrant and growing community. Small technology firms are booming in South Beach and we’re excited to be part of it.

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Atlassian DC Team Tour

Meet us there For 2018, Atlassian has set up multiple team tours to various cities around the world showcasing and discussing product functionalities, use cases, and providing partners with the opportunity to feature their services.We will be one of the sponsors for...

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Migrating Your Atlassian Tools to a Cloud IaaS Provider

Recently we’ve been working with our partners migrating the Atlassian Tool Suite (JIRA / Confluence / Bitbucket) from their server based instances to a Cloud Infrastructure Virtual Private Server (VPS) as a Service (IaaS) such as Azure, Amazon EC2, DigitalOcean, and Google Cloud. Based on our experience, we compiled a list of some points to contemplate before deciding to migrate from your physical server:

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Atlassian Summit 2017 Recap

Every year the Atlassian community comes together for a 2 – 4-day long Summit, depending on whether you are a partner, vendor, or a user/developer. This year Ascend Integrated attended the 2017 Summit hosted in San Jose, CA. We wanted to put together some of the cool...

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Jira’s Scalability: What to Expect

As 2017 came to a close our team at Ascend Integrated asked ourselves a simple question: How does the Jira ecosystem exist within a small team? As many project management solutions have gone all-in on Enterprise solutions, Atlassian has maintained that Jira is prime...

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Atlassian Summit 2017

The Atlassian Summit in San Jose is fast approaching! Between the excitement of the keynotes, partner day, bash, and the exhibit floor partners and decision makers, the week will be filled with opportunities for networking and education on agile and the...

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Integrating JIRA and SSO Using CAS

By default, Atlassian JIRA has an internal directory, integrates with LDAP / Active Directory, and integrates with a Single Sign On (SSO) solution: Crowd. However, a growing number of administrators are looking to integrate their Atlassian solutions across their...

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The Right Agile Tool For Your Team

Software development and the processes that guide it have been evolving over the past twenty years. The Waterfall methodology, thought by many to now be obsolete, paved the way for both iterative and agile based software development methodologies. Agile...

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The Atlassian Cloud: To Migrate or not to Migrate?

In recent years, Atlassian has been making an aggressive push for users to go to the cloud instance recently. We have been receiving many questions from clients on the Atlassian-Hosted instances of JIRA and Confluence, and whether to make the migration from the server...

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Drupal 8 Review: Part-3 (Should I upgrade to Drupal 8?)

In the final installment of this 3-part blog discussing Drupal 8, we review what makes Drupal 8 great, areas where it can improve, and some items to seriously consider when deciding to upgrade to Drupal 8 from Drupal 7. Throughout this entry, we will take...

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Drupal 8 Review: Part-2

This is the second in a series of 3 blogs discussing Drupal 8, including its installation & configuration process, first impressions, and the pros and cons of upgrading to Drupal 8. As a recap, we have just installed Drupal 8 on top of the current local...

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Drupal 8 Review: Part-1

Introduction to the Blog Series I wanted to put together a series of blogs covering Drupal 8, including the installation process (mostly for a local machine), our first impressions, and finally the benefits for organizations to upgrade or to just keep...

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Social Media: Not Just “A Place for Friends”

Who didn’t have a “MySpace” account? The hours spent listening to friends' music, viewing profile pictures, creating interesting (and  preposterous) page backgrounds are imprinted on us and our memories. My first social media account, admittedly was not MySpace, but...

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Keep them Coming Back: Brand Loyalty

Brand loyalty may seem to be an arduous and expensive endeavor for a small or mid-sized firm. With the advent of Social Media Marketing, an additional layer of complexity was added to marketing: engaging your clients directly through posts and tweets. While social...

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Do You Really Need SEO?

In order to answer that question you need to ask yourself two things: Do you have a website? Do you want people to find your website? As of February 2016, Google had over 47 billion webpages indexed. Granted, you won’t be competing for the first page against every...

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Social Media: Why Are You Posting?

If You Think Your Business Doesn't Need Social Media, Think Again According to Forbes Magazine several years back, social media was seen by entrepreneurs and marketers as a “temporary yet passing fad that must be taken advantage of while it’s still in the...

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A Business Christmas Carol?

The novella, and subsequent multitude of film adaptions of Charles Dickens’ classic represent a long time honored pastime for Western civilization during the months leading up to Christmas and the holiday itself. In case you’ve not turned on a television between...

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Your Trusted Advisers (and Investors)

As our “Startup DNA” blog series comes to a close, we would like to touch on a few important factors outside of company culture, employee motivation and the responsibility of the founder/s. In this installment we will discuss the role of the Board of Directors and why...

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Startup Culture: Why it Matters

In our “Startup DNA” series we have previously discussed what separates startups from traditional businesses and why the vision, voice and buy-in are absolutely critical for success. In this installment we will be discussing why culture is an especially important...

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What Startups Do Differently

Welcome to part-two of our “Startup DNA” series where we discuss the key components every startup needs to be successful. If nothing else, you will walk away from these blogs with a deeper understanding of the startup environment, cultural differences and why each...

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HIMSS AsiaPac15: A Look Back

As many of you know, HIMSS AsiaPac15 recently wrapped up in Singapore. There were two main sections of the conference, the courses held in separate rooms and the Exhibit floor. Our blog will focus on the great content we observed at HIMSS. If you have any additional...

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What To See At HIMSS AsiaPac15!

Healthcare IT is continuing to evolve; over the past several years we have seen a shift in healthcare away from several antiquated standards and technology to the adapting of new, lighter, and more usable technologies than ever before. Leading Healthcare IT is the...

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Designing Mobile Solutions for the Enterprise

Probably nothing in this blog is news to anyone. In fact, I plan to get a little techie. At this point, nearly everyone is reading this blog post through their smartphone or tablet. It’s weird that only 5 years ago, the idea of an iPad, while not too farfetched (face...

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Sprinting to the Requirements

It has been a while since posting on this blog. Apologies to my readers, Ascend has been growing at a rapid pace thanks to our Agile project management and software development methodologies. As we continue to pick up steam, it is important for us to remind ourselves...

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MAGFest 2015 Indie Showcase: What do we want to see?

We recently had the pleasure of registering to attend MAGFest 2015. For context, MAGFest is a 4-day event where video games from all generations, including independently (indie) developed video games are exhibited. There’s music, parties, and a great...

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Project Agility and Managing Your Client

I’ve been in several IT projects where the client controlled, or attempted to control every aspect about the project. They are the client, and they deserve a say in the project, especially since they hold the purse strings. However, I’ve often seen times...

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Video Game Engines: A look Back

In 2004, three of the largest and hottest video game titles were released to the general public, all with similar, yet very different next generation engines. Game engines provide a framework for the graphics and overall abilities a video game may be able to handle....

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Video Game Engines: Which Should You Use?

Choosing a Video Game engine is an important step in developing and releasing a new video game. The Video Game engine is a software framework, a collection of development tools and reusable components to put together a working game. Using a gaming engine saves time,...

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Health IT Risk Management: Some Key Pointers

The Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) defines risk as an uncertain event or condition. If it occurs, it may have a positive or negative impact on the project or product being developed. Organizations perceive risk differently, either they are risk adverse...

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Health IT and Project Management Is Not Getting Any Easier

In a lead up to my Health IT and Project Management course, I wanted to dedicate a blog post to Health IT and why these initiatives need competent and passionate Health IT Project Managers. As spending on Healthcare and Health IT continues to grow, so do the number of...

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Agility in Requirements and Design

Many organizations rely on heavy documentation for requirements, architecture, testing, and implementation. Often times these documents go largely unread, forgotten and exist for the sole purpose of creating a legally binding document between the IT department or...

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Enterprise Architecture: After the Executive Buy Off

What is it that an Enterprise Architect (EA) does? Why do we need EA’s? After these questions are presented, answered, elaborated, and elaborated some more, hopefully the executives will give in and say ‘go do your EA’.  Now, what is the first step? The importance of...

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Agile and Associations

Many key differences exist between organizations which fall under the category of a "Non-Profit" or Association, and a For-Profit corporation. Many of these Associations exist to unite a key group of members or employees in a specific industrial or government sector....

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Do Technology Organizations like Agile?

The days of the traditional CEO and organizational hierarchy within technology (and potentially elsewhere) are numbered. I recently received by Certified Scrum Master (CSM) certificate after attending a class where a kind hearted geek spoke on the merits of agility...

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