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November 4th, 2014
Remember the voice in the movie Field of Dreams, urging Kevin Costner’s character to plow under his cornfield to build a baseball diamond? “If you build it, they will come.” It seems an entire digital industry is working on that same faith these days, especially in Wearables and the Internet of Things (IoT).
Many folks (myself included) have claimed Wearables + IoT to be the technology wave of the future. I believe it will disrupt many existing technologies, devices, and learned behaviors. In actuality, no one knows how long will it take the planet to adopt Google glass, talking wrist watches, and arm-band motion sensors– if ever. Information overload seems to be biggest problem we face these days with all the new stuff being introduced.
October 29th, 2014
These days there is virtually no excuse for failing to stay on top of current events, emails or texts. While this interconnectedness allows us to keep in touch with one another, it has encouraged an addiction to instant technological gratification. We feel as though we are entitled to unlimited information as we please, and this notion is seeping into our everyday social interactions.
August 21st, 2014
Sitecore’s Symposium is held once every 2 years. The symposium brings together several practitioners and interested groups to learn from Sitecore and from each other. This year, the North American conference takes place in Las Vegas while the European conference will be held a week later in Barcelona.
June 24th, 2014
The internet is full of unlimited information, data, and entertainment, which is why we love it so much. But what happens when all of this open data becomes a little too open?
We have all heard it before, the more places, systems and people we are connected with, the more chances there are to be hacked or to have your information taken. As an organization, here are some practices we’ve put in place to make sure that we are not prey to potential vulnerabilities.
June 5th, 2014
Front-end development frameworks make it easy for developers to make sure their code will render properly in responsive frameworks, and on any mobile device or tablet. But frameworks are also great tools to use to:
May 29th, 2014
The technology world is always full of news stories about IT Security. The recent Heartbleed bug, issues with Internet Explorer, the breaches at Target, Neiman Marcus and the University of Maryland are constant reminders that breaches in security could happen to any company, big or small. But with all of the world moving to cloud connectivity, software-as-a-service and social media networking, it seems like an impossible task to stay on top of it.
May 1st, 2014
Smart, informed content decisions will be the definitive success factor in the world of wearable devices and publishing. Having a piece of wearable tech in the publishing world might get you noticed, but the digital market never sleeps and companies now need to find ways to move past the tactics established by the world of the mobile phone and tablet.
April 29th, 2014
It’s common knowledge that the world of user interface design has expanded beyond the computer screen. We interact with digital interfaces on our phones, our tablets, our televisions, our cars, our clothing, our refrigerators, etc. And with each new input device comes the necessity to rethink how we design the interfaces they require. Responsive and touchscreen-based designs are becoming the norm as they allow us to adapt to the environment of the user while acting on natural affordances. As more and more of these technologies are born, the need to accommodate in newer, more creative ways persists. One such new interface making fast headway is virtual reality.
April 22nd, 2014
As Drupal 8 edges ever-nearer to release, excitement continues to grow among site owners and developers alike about many of the new features it will bring. The improvements to user experience alone – including in-place editing and many of the other sleek interface enhancements pioneered in Spark – warrant real enthusiasm as they will go a long way toward rectifying some long-standing frustrations and inconsistencies with the content authoring experience in Drupal. As compelling as these and other related enhancements are, the advances made on the back end are where things really begin to get interesting.
March 18th, 2014
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.
March 4th, 2014
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.
February 4th, 2014
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.
January 2nd, 2014
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.
December 18th, 2013
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.
October 22nd, 2013
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.