Rise from the depths: Azure cloud services empower organizations to transform


Oceaneering International’s vessel can generate up to 10 TBs of data every day. Putting that data into the hands of their customers used to take 7 months. Now with the help of Azure cloud services, they can upload data to the cloud in a matter of days. Azure has transformed Oceaneering International for the better. Imagine the savings that you could realize within your own organization by integrating Azure.

The NEW Mi4.com

We launched our updated Mi4.com website this week! Developed in-house, we think it is a big improvement over our old site, but we’re biased. So don’t take our word for it, head over to Mi4.com and tell us what you think.

In my last post I mentioned that you would be seeing more of our new logo and that we had several releases planned in the near future. I was not pulling your leg. These are busy, exciting times at Mi4. Stay tuned.

Redgate Certified Partner

Mi4 is excited to announce that we are now a Redgate Certified Partner.

Redgate makes ingeniously simple software used by over 800,000 IT professionals and is the leading Microsoft SQL Server tools vendor. Redgate’s philosophy is to design highly usable, reliable tools which elegantly solve the problems developers and DBAs face every day.

Mi4 customers have actually been enjoying the benefits of Redgate’s tools for years without realizing it. We employ SQL Compare to rollout updates across all of our customers’ databases and use SQL Monitor to ensure the Productioneer databases are operating at peak performance.

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CockroachDB Test Drive

We do a lot at Mi4. We create turnkey applications, custom software solutions, provide BI and data visualization consulting, software integrations, cloud migrations, cloud to on-premise connectivity, and a bunch of other stuff that is slipping my mind right now. We also write fascinating and insightful blogs.

Because we offer so many IT solutions we keep a pulse on what’s going on in the IT world around us. We stay abreast of updates, changes, and new feature options that are available on the platforms we currently use, but we also keep an eye out for new products and techniques that could benefit our customers.

I came across one of these products called CockroachDB while naviguant sur Internet (French for “doing market research”). CockroachDB is a cloud-native SQL Database; a new breed of solution that is a consistently-replicated, transactional datastore by default. Now the name “CockroachDB” makes more sense doesn’t it?
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Putting on Augusta….

We recently added a putting green to the office for goofing off, gambling, entertaining clients, keeping our skills sharp for the weekend, to relax so we’ll be more productive.

Mi4’s  address is 1502 Augusta Dr Suite 430, Houston, TX 77057….so I’ve played on Augusta.

I feel like there’s also a pun that can be made from being on Augusta DRIVE….if you think of one leave a comment.

Disclaimer: I am neither a photographer or a hand model

The Snapchat UI Change from a Historical Perspective

I’ve been casually following the recent Snapchat UI change that has generated a lot of discussion. I am not an avid Snapchat user so I don’t have much skin in the game but I like to keep track of UI trends and developer/end-user/shareholder relations. I’m a nerd like that….sorry, I mean: “I am a professional like that.”

The UI change has raised questions about whether a company should trust their R&D and stand by their change, if they should listen to a large outcry from it’s user base to roll back some of the change elements, and what impact UI changes can have on stock prices.

I looked at other UI changes that generated similar debate. Facebook, Windows, and iTunes have all had UI changes resulting in loud outcries from their users. Continue reading “The Snapchat UI Change from a Historical Perspective”

Processing Excel Data with Powershell

When a new customer signs up for Productioneer, Mi4 imports their historical data from their previous system into their new Productioneer environment so that they can have a comprehensive view of their assets. Typically our customers are switching from another system like GRT, FieldDirect, Merrick, etc and the data is relatively straightforward for us to import.

Sometimes we have clients that weren’t using a field data capture system at all and were keeping track of their production in Excel. Normally these companies only have 20 or so wells and manually manipulating the Excel spreadsheets into an importable format isn’t too labor intensive.

An exception to this rule was a new client we on-boarded, let’s call them Hakamada Resources because their actual name isn’t really pertinent to the blog post and this Juzo Itami movie I just watched was really good.

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Does It Really Matter Which Browser I Use?

Here at Mi4 Corporation we are currently in the process of rolling out a variety of new web-based features for our applications. One of the biggest challenges faced by web developers is ensuring that your application is compatible with all of the most popular browsers.

The types of applications that are being built for the web in 2018 are getting more and more powerful and, as a result, more and more complicated. As the types of applications on the internet become more complicated, which browser you use to view websites becomes increasingly vital. Using an outdated browser to view the internet in 2018 is like trying to stream HD Game of Thrones episodes on a black and white tube TV. That just wouldn’t be enjoyable at all. The quality of user experience you receive and whether or not the web applications that you are using even function properly are all dependent on the browser that you are using. Luckily, unlike televisions, you don’t have to pay to upgrade your browser; you can download the latest and greatest for free.

So, what can you do to ensure that you have the best user experience possible? Continue reading “Does It Really Matter Which Browser I Use?”