Virtual Entities: Are they a fit for your production environment?

If you were excited about the release of Virtual Entities as part of Microsoft Dynamics 365, you were probably equally puzzled about the limited documentation available. There is virtually (pun intended) no information on integrating Virtual Entities (VE) into a production environment. Many examples online don’t go beyond a “Hello World” integration using the Purdue course API. Fortunately, we have investigated Virtual Entities for a few  of our clients and wanted to share our discoveries as to the limitations and benefits.

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Harness the Power of Web Scraping

Every time you Google something, you’re benefiting from web scraping, the automated process of extracting data from websites. Looking for the best airfare? Cheapest hotel? Yep, many of those price trackers that make your vacation affordable run on web scraping. But Priceline and Kayak don’t let you peer behind the coding curtain.

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Digital Twins: Virtual Life in the Real World

This is not a ‘more of the same’ moment in history. It is a watershed moment. For the first time ever, machines don’t just do work; they can think about how to do that work more efficiently. We’re heading into the Age of the Augmented Human, where physical processes and procedures can be replicated in a digital world running simulations based on real-time data from the real world. Enter the Digital Twin.

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Climbing Your Adoption Everest

Enterprise adoption problems are frustrating – and common. Our Chief Delivery Officer Carrie Schuckle has been overseeing development projects from beginning to end for 20 years. She’s well-acquainted with the usual stumbling blocks. “The technology may present challenges to overcome, but the adoption phase is usually the toughest. It’s what makes or breaks a project,” Carrie warns.

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Preparing Your Global Business for AI

When our Director of Strategic Partnerships Mike Rolfes attended a session last year, he knew AGILE needed to tackle artificial intelligence. He connected WTCI’s Chief Innovation Officer Susan Aplin with our VP of Innovation & Strategy Tim Kulp, and the rest, as they say, is history.

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Inject Intelligence into Your Reporting

Bad News: Businesses are drowning in distributed data. There’s so much to know and – thanks to cloud computing and IoT – it’s so far-flung that a data warehouse could never contain it and static reporting could never convey it. Good News: There are now more tech tools and capabilities than ever before to save our data-saturated souls. Artificial intelligence (AI) is teaming up with business intelligence (BI) to help people manage and effectively use all the data at our disposal.

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