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Blog Category: Technology

March 18th, 2014

3 Reasons to Choose a Best-of-Breed CMS

by: David Mead

If your organization’s web content constantly changes, you need a Web Content Management System (CMS) of some kind to manage it.  But what does a Best-of-Breed Web CMS have that another CMS doesn’t?  Below are three brief and important answers from my real-world insight I’ve gained from CMS implementations and scenarios for a variety of organizations.  These answers can help you choose between the many CMS vendors available.

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March 4th, 2014

Building Amazing Enterprise Software

by: Chad Van Lier

Technological shifts causing massive disruption in enterprise software have dominated the press.  Much like the VHS cassette, the PC is fading into history.  Cloud storage has put unlimited computing power in the hands of everyone at very low costs with software-as-a-service now a reliable alternative to on-premises software.  And the proliferation of mobile devices is leading the business users to supplement enterprise software with their own cloud-based services. 

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February 4th, 2014

Wearable Tech: Adoption is the Key for Mobile Evolution

by: Dustin Collis

In a recent article, Wired Magazine focused on wearable tech and had Branch Creative come up with a concept design for the magazine. The design was a complimentary smart watch that matched tech-filled glasses – fashion, but not for fashion’s sake.  The concept, which is rather well explained by the Bluetooth headset phenomenon from the mid-2000s, is about adoptability of the item due to its act of appeal to its wearer and the focus (negative or positive) gained by external audiences.  I think for our purposes at NavigationArts, the user experience is the most important part of the adoptability of a device, which includes both the interface and the act of putting it on and going out in public.

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January 2nd, 2014

Success in Sharepoint 2013

by: Lashanda Hodge

I’ve always dreaded working with SharePoint (even for an intranet project),  but with the recent changes in SharePoint 2013, I’ve found its features can be leveraged to produce an extensible and engaging intranet.  SharePoint 2013 has implemented really great features that mimic a typical Content Management System (CMS) but has also positively extended beyond those boundaries.  I recently worked with a client that wanted to enhance their intranet by improving information discovery, making it employee-centric, a collaboration space and an authoritative communication space.  Many of the recommendations we provided were easily implementable with the new features available in SharePoint 2013.

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December 18th, 2013

eCommerce Becomes a “Core” Part of Sitecore

by: Dustin Collis

Sitecore announced in late November that it acquired the remains of Microsoft’s Commerce Server, meaning it is now a a competitive CMS in the eCommerce marketplace.  While Sitecore has had successful partner add-ons for eCommerce (especially Active Commerce) in the past, this will be its first foray into integrating a truly Enterprise commerce system into its core product.

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October 22nd, 2013

Renewed Hope for Native Office Apps

by: Douglas Brashear

I try to stay as plugged into smartphone and tablet news as I can, and that includes press releases about new hardware accessories and software/apps specifically for these devices. I’ve also worked in what are essentially “Windows shops” since I began my career in IT. These two factors merge in my longtime desire to see Microsoft-created, native apps for Microsoft Office. I recently saw this article in InformationWeek, which renewed my hopes for native Office apps.

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October 17th, 2013

Drupaldelphia 2013, as Drupal 8 Nears Alpha 4

by: Ted Slesinski

This year, in addition to sponsoring Philly’s Drupal camp, NavigationArts was a lead contributor. NavArts was responsible for front end and back end development of the new responsive site, and took part in many of the tasks to organize the event. The camp was held for the first time at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Friday, October 11th and was a major success, attracting about 400 attendees and 23 sponsors, our largest year yet!

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October 8th, 2013

Browser Power

by: Erin Moran

While I’m notoriously a risk-averse, late adopter (quite an anomaly around these parts), I find a certain thrill in browser and software updates. The launch of Google Chrome’s most recent updates are particularly exciting. Here’s why —  

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September 26th, 2013

Resurrecting News Outlets with Appropriate Digital Strategy

by: Shivani Aneja

The news world has arguably taken one of the hardest hits from the digital revolution, seeing print publications eclipsed without a clear means to monetize digital channels.  For many other industries, technology and digital innovation have amplified their preexisting businesses or they have been able to use digital as a tool to catapult themselves ahead of the pack.

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September 24th, 2013

iPhone 5S and 5C: Apple at it Again

by: Douglas Brashear

I tend to get pretty excited when Apple releases a new product, particularly a new iPhone or iPad, so the iPhone announcement was very closely watched by “yours truly.” I’m looking forward to a good number of the iPhone 5S features, and recognize a ripe market for the iPhone 5C, but also wanted to comment on the typical reaction following Apple product announcements (and why this one is no different).

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September 17th, 2013

The Power of Connectivity – Sitecore Salesforce Integration

by: David Mead

Connecting information can unlock unimaginable potential.  This usually requires connecting different systems and data that vary in complexity.  Sitecore‘s Content Management System (CMS) is a favorite at NavigationArts in part because of its user friendly interface.  It also facilitates integration with business-critical 3rd party systems, providing a distinct competitive advantage for our clients.

A critically important integration is that between a CMS and a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) tool.  The most valuable aspect of a recent client project involved connecting user data with online behavior in real-time by integrating Sitecore with Salesforce CRM and the ExactTarget email platform (which is now owned by Salesforce).

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July 18th, 2013

Creating a Custom Context Menu Item in Sitecore

by: Corey Burnett

Sitecore is nothing if not customizable; if you can imagine it, you can do it in Sitecore.  Recently I needed to allow a content author to be able to right click on a content item and run a custom application.  I also needed to be able to restrict this to only certain content types,  and  know which content item was selected in the custom application.  Here is how I accomplished this:

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