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January 16th, 2014
January 14th, 2014
The steps below are a guide to help you install Solr versions 4.1 to 4.6. Here, I tested Solr 4.6 installation on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.
January 9th, 2014
Before I answer that question, let’s first look at the difference between these two types of navigation systems.
Task-based navigation typically looks something like this example I took from an insurance website:
January 7th, 2014
I recently attended the MoDevEast conference in McLean; a two-day gathering of mobile web professionals and thought leaders that concentrated on four different tracks – Enterprise Mobile, User Experience Design, Marketing and Monetization, and Mobile Development.
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 31st, 2013
Even for content your organization has published before, a combination of CMS and faceted search can put new life, relevance, and discoverability into that content – to the great delight of your end users.
December 19th, 2013
As busy professionals, many of us are in such a rush to accomplish what we need to during the day that we forget some of the basics that would in fact allow us to be more successful. Since meetings occur so frequently, mastering the art of running a successful meeting is such a simple, but powerful technique that can have tremendous benefit to you and your organization.
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.
December 17th, 2013
The holidays are a busy time of year if you’re a consultant; not only do you have loved one’s presents to think about, but you also need to keep track of each one of your client’s schedules, requests and project wishlist items. Even if you aren’t a consultant or celebrating Christmas this year, here are a few mental stocking stuffers to bring some sanity to your busy schedule this season.
December 11th, 2013
The troubled launch last month of Healthcare.gov is a high-profile example of IT development gone spectacularly wrong. What should have been the crown jewel of the Obama administration’s single most important legislative initiative, has become instead an epic disaster that could tarnish his presidency for years to come. How did this happen?
December 10th, 2013
The increasing importance of User Experience has tremendously benefited the Financial Industry (not all industries have benefited from it) by giving customers the ability to be more in touch with their finances and make transactions on the go. The self-service model has decreased operational costs while yielding more ways to serve and interact with potential and existing customers. The best part for consumers is that functionality and user experience for these institutions are becoming competitive advantages, so they’re tirelessly working to improve online transactions to make things easier and better for us. The result is less time spent with our finances while still feeling very aware of them.
December 3rd, 2013
With the troubled Healthcare.gov roll-out receiving so much press coverage, the importance of software testing is on the minds of many right now. Unit, integration, visual QA and usability testing are all essential tasks when developing software, but often at NavigationArts, we find ourselves competing for work against smaller development shops with “streamlined” processes (read: dramatically reduced testing). The prospective clients reading those proposals often fall into one of two categories: 1) organizations new to digital deployment projects for whom the bare-bones proposals from “garage shops” and freelancers seem very attractive, or 2) organizations who answered the siren’s song in the past and “paid the price” (in frustration, development time and cost, possibly many times over).
November 20th, 2013
Each morning, but particularly on Mondays, I’m treated to a host of mobile-related news goodness courtesy of the many websites and news outlets that track the mobile industry. While browsing this week’s roundup from Mobile Marketer, I found some interesting coverage of a Mercedes Benz executive who really gets the benefits of responsive design. Though I might question his use of the term “personalization” (what he’s talking about is screen “optimization,” with “personalization” meaning something very different to the UX world), it is refreshing to see a car company executive embracing multi-screen technology and understanding the benefits of adaptive, responsive experiences.
November 19th, 2013
Having a responsive site makes for a better user experience by allowing users to find what they need easily and quickly on any device. A responsive site is even preferable to a mobile version since search engines give preference to responsive sites in ranking, they minimize the chance for duplicate content within your web presence, and still allow you to keep all of the important information on your primary website.
November 14th, 2013
I’ve been working in the digital industry – installed software, the web in all its forms, etc. – for longer than I’d care to admit, and in all of that time I’ve seen several iterations of organizations calling themselves “agencies.” In ages past, these focused groups of specialists often served up much-needed infusions of reactivity, ideas and skills to deep-pocketed companies lacking ideas of their own, or the internal will to make them happen unaided.