The Ever-Changing Consumer Purchase Path

With the growth of the digital, social and mobile age, consumers are seeing more marketing messages than ever. They’re also empowered more than ever to inform themselves through online and word-of-mouth research prior to making purchases, often while using and transitioning between multiple devices. What does this mean for the buyer’s journey? Do consumers still follow a defined purchase path?
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Top 10 Blog Posts of 2015

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Ah, the new year. Time for setting ambitious resolutions you may or may not keep, writing the wrong date on everything and reading through “Best of 2015” lists — including ours! On our blog last year we covered everything from
Nerd culture to tech tips to business strategy. Check out our ten most-read posts of 2015 below.

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What is Drupal 8?

You may have heard of Drupal, one of the top content management systems (CMSs) powering websites on the Internet today. The recent buzz about Drupal is a result of the long anticipated and game-changing release of its latest version. The labor of love to create this ultimate version of Drupal started years ago, but reached its culmination on November 19, 2015, with the release of Drupal 8 (D8). The occasion was marked with many parties around the world. There was cake (see Twitter hashtag #celebr8d8).
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Wearables, Hearables and Nearables: What to Expect in 2016

Should we call 2015 the year of the smartwatch, the year of the fitness wearable, or both? Fitbit is projected to hit $1.7 billion in revenue in 2015, and more than 7 million Apple Watches have been shipped so far this year. But what should we expect to see in 2016?
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Technical Architecture: Building a brighter future

As a business grows, its technology ecosystem often becomes a mix of out-of-the-box and custom solutions that add layer upon layer of complexity to their main operation systems. Businesses expect and need their digital assets, operating systems, add-ons, customer relationship management systems (CRMs) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) software to work together by collecting data, communicating and reporting as one fully functioning technology system.
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Scala Development with IntelliJ IDEA

Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Implicit Conversions

I’ve been writing Java for a long time, but over the last few years, I’ve had the itch to shift my primary language towards one that isn’t afraid to add cool new features, backwards compatibility be damned. And so, buoyed by the enthusiasm of my fellow Nerds, I’ve begun digging into Scala.

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Timeline-Driven Software Design and Development

Do you have the need for speed?

There are many reasons for needing to have a project done quickly. Some of the most common reasons for a timeline-driven software project include fiscal year requirements, marketing campaigns, product pitches and trade shows. Continue reading Timeline-Driven Software Design and Development

Why Bother with Spring Boot?

Right now, Spring is the de-facto standard framework for Java-based development, especially in corporate environments. Usually when we talk about Spring, we’re talking about web development using Spring MVC. While Spring is still hugely popular, in recent years we’ve seen a number of lighter, simpler frameworks *ahem* spring up that can make simple web development much quicker and easier. So, is Spring on its way out?

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The Art of Creative Coding

The goal of nearly all content is to convey a message and spark an emotion. In software, content is brought to life with interaction and animation, which join together to add further meaning to words by the software’s medium: the user interface. Maybe you want your interface to help the content move you when you see it, feel it when you click it, or grok it while you read it. In today’s digital age, software stands as one of our most expressive mediums brought to life for the user. Enter creative coding: a development approach or technique that unifies design and technology to portray your message with great depth.

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The Legacy of Windows XP

Windows XP, as an operating system, has had an interesting life. From the moment of its release, it received a rock-star welcome, with over 17 million sales within two months of launch. In comparison, Lady Gaga’s first album, The Fame, sold 15 million copies.

After Windows XP’s meteoric rise, it put on its suit and tie and swiftly became the de-facto standard for enterprise operations. It brought such wonderful features as group policy – which allows administrators to prescribe how computers should look and behave on the network – USB 2.0 support, remote desktop, increased wi-fi support and much, much more.

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