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How to Use IT Outsourcing and Managed Services Strategically

Jan 28, 2016 Dennis Junk

How can you keep your competitive edge through ongoing technical innovation after you've turned your IT over to a Managed Services Provider?
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The 5 Places Dangers May Be Lurking in Your Business IT

Jan 25, 2016 Dennis Junk

Some businesses hire Managed Services Providers to monitor their network and infrastructure. For everyone else, here's what you should keep an eye on.
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WordPress vs Joomla! vs Sitefinity vs Sitecore vs Drupal

Jan 21, 2016 Jonathan Read

What CMS will best serve your business goals? Here's a handy overview to kick off your decision-making process.
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The retrospective is the heartbeat of the project

Jan 21, 2016 custom software Jon Fazzaro

The temptation to skip over the retrospective at the end of each sprint in a custom software project is strong. Should you resist it?
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How We Integrated HubSpot with Sitefinity

Jan 20, 2016 Jonathan Read

A web developer learns the value of marketing automation tools--and integrates HubSpot with Sitefinity in the process.
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How to Create Workflows in Office 365

Jan 14, 2016 SharePoint Scott Walsh

Many of the functions familiar to SharePoint users are available in Office 365. Here's how to set up workflows in the cloud.
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Why IT Outsourcing and Managed Services Are Suddenly All the Rage

Jan 12, 2016 Dennis Junk

Augmenting IT staff with Managed Services Providers has rapidly gained in popularity. What's behind the change?
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15 Things in 2015 That Changed Social Media Forever

Dec 29, 2015 digital marketing Kristen Baumert

Were you hiding under a rock in 2015? That's ok, here is a list of 15 things you missed in 2015 that happened to Social Media.
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Let the RFP Die Already: How to Recruit a Custom Software Vendor

Dec 22, 2015 custom software Dennis Junk

Lists of requirements just don't capture the creative complexity of custom software development projects. What does this mean for RFPs?
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Aptera's Top 6 Blog Posts of 2015

Dec 18, 2015 Dennis Junk

Check out the most popular posts on Aptera's blog from this year!
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Top 5 Social Media Sites for Home Builder Advertising

Dec 15, 2015 digital marketing Laura Larkin

Everyone is on social media these days, even home builders. But if you're one of the late adopters, how do you decide where to begin?
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HubSpot vs Sitefinity Digital Experience Cloud and the Rise of Inbound Marketing

Dec 11, 2015 Dennis Junk

CMSs like Sitefinity are starting to look like Marketing Automation Platforms like HubSpot. What's behind the growing overlap?
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Home Builders: 6 Ways to Use UGC to Improve Your ROI

Dec 10, 2015 digital marketing Kristen Baumert

Are you looking for a way to get more impressions to your website? Use fan content to drive more customers to you!
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The 4 Biggest Mistakes to Avoid in SharePoint Migrations

Dec 4, 2015 SharePoint Dennis Junk

Time to upgrade to a new version? Thinking about moving to the cloud? Watch out for these common SharePoint migration pitfalls.
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Using Instagram on the Job One Build at a Time

Dec 2, 2015 digital marketing Kristen Baumert

You're on the job and you're busy, but these quick Instagram tips will have your followers buzzing about the awesome work you do!
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Should Custom Software Developers Be Generalists or a Specialists?

Nov 23, 2015 custom software Eric Potter

Before you can lay out a path to becoming a better custom software developer, you need to understand the multidimensional nature of your toolkit.
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10 Must-Have Pinterest Boards for Home Builders

Nov 13, 2015 digital marketing Kristen Baumert

What are the top things a Home Builder should be pinning to Pinterest Boards? These boards will help generate more leads, plus gain brand awareness.
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3 Reasons Cloud Migrations Fail

Nov 9, 2015 Cloud Dennis Junk

Somewhere between the horror stories and the hype is the reality--your cloud migration's success depends on how well you plan.
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Enterprise Mobility Suite: A Stepping-Stone into the Microsoft Cloud

Nov 5, 2015 Dennis Junk

With its Enterprise Mobility Suite, Microsoft is hoping to make BYOD easier to manage and secure--so they can get everyone on Office 365.
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A Haunting at 201 West Main Street: An Aptera Video Production

Oct 31, 2015 Dennis Junk

Strange things happen to anyone who stays after dark at Aptera. 3 intrepid employees research the building's history in search of ghostly occupants.
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How Forward-Thinking Businesses Deal with Data Integration

Oct 30, 2015 Dennis Junk

Is Data Integration something you take on separately for each project? You may be setting yourself up for trouble down the road.
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Step One in Sharing Content: Just Snip It!

Oct 28, 2015 digital marketing Kristen Baumert

How one tool changed the way you share content the smart way. Find out which tool you need for distribution.
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How Retail Businesses Are Using Business Intelligence

Oct 27, 2015 Business Intelligence Dennis Junk

Want to get a good sense of what Analytics and Reporting technology can do for your sales? Check out how these retail companies are using BI.
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How Real Businesses Are Using SharePoint

Oct 26, 2015 SharePoint Dennis Junk

You could probably be getting a lot more out of your SharePoint investment. Check out what other businesses are doing with theirs.
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Sitefinity Demos: WYSIWYG Content Management

Oct 21, 2015 Dennis Junk

Just learning Sitefinity? Looking to brush up on your skills for editing in the CMS? This video demo on WYSIWYG is a good place to start.
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5 Reasons Inbound Marketing Works for Any Business Niche

Oct 16, 2015 digital marketing Kristen Baumert

No matter what you're selling, Inbound Marketing has distinguished itself to raise ROI 50% and costs a business around 30% less. Find out how!
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How Businesses Are Using BizTalk and Other Integration Technologies

Oct 15, 2015 Dennis Junk

Data integration is a pretty abstract category. Here are some concrete ways real businesses are using tools like BizTalk.
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Demers vs Fishkin: Do Inbound Marketers Need to Know Technical SEO?

Oct 1, 2015 Dennis Junk

The Founder and CEO of AudienceBloom says you don't need to know tech stuff to do SEO. But Moz's Rand Fishkin begs to differ.
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5 “Surprises” That Come Up in Every Custom Software Project

Sep 29, 2015 custom software Dennis Junk

Every custom software development project is different... but maybe not THAT different. Here are some things you can safely expect.
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Pizza as a Service: How Moving to the Cloud Saves You Money [Infographic]

Sep 21, 2015 Cloud Dennis Junk

If you're wondering about the cloud but don't understand all those -aaS acronyms, here's the clearest explanation you're likely to find.
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Big Data vs Traditional Approaches to Enterprise Reporting

Sep 18, 2015 Business Intelligence Dennis Junk

Big Data is all the rage. But how are businesses incorporating it into their overall Business Intelligence strategies?
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How to Choose a Custom Software Development Firm in the Age of Scrum

Sep 4, 2015 custom software Dennis Junk

Many businesses are starting to look at choosing a custom software company less like holding a bidding war and more like hiring a new employee.
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Efficiency vs. Effectiveness in Custom Software Development

Sep 2, 2015 Jon Fazzaro

Developing custom software can be done quickly and on the cheap. But sometimes that ends up costing you more in the long run.
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Success beyond Measurement: Value-Based Software Development

Aug 31, 2015 Matt Noggle

Developing custom software is a complicated task that requires complex procedures. How can you ensure the end product provides the value it should?
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Exchanging Healthcare Claims Digitally with Data Integration Tools

Aug 28, 2015 Dennis Junk

Data Integration tools like Cloverleaf and BizTalk make nearly any information transfer much simplier, including healthcare claims.
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How to Get the Least Value from Your SharePoint Partner

Aug 27, 2015 Dennis Junk

You need to have a close working relationship with your SharePoint experts to get the best ROI. But how can you trust them?
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If Unit Tests Were Seinfeld Characters

Aug 25, 2015 custom software Eric Potter

Quality Assurance works best when it mixes up diverse types of testing... kind of like a TV comedy works best with diverse types of characters.
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Hybrid vs Cloud Infrastructure: Are Your Servers Pets or Cattle?

Aug 24, 2015 Cloud Dennis Junk

Do system admins have irrational attachments to their servers? What would a totally rational choice between hybrid and cloud infrastructures involve?
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The 3 Most Critical Pieces of a SharePoint User Adoption Plan

Aug 17, 2015 Dennis Junk

We've put together in-depth descriptions of how to improve SharePoint user adoption. Here we distill it all into 3 main focus areas.
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Power BI, Tableau, and the Shift to Self-Service Business Intelligence

Aug 12, 2015 Dennis Junk

Do tools like Power BI and Tableau really let you do Business Intelligence without any help from IT?
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Native vs Cross-Platform: It’s Not Just Languages…It’s Ecosystems

Aug 5, 2015 Dennis Junk

Mobile development often looks different depending on whether you're a decision-maker or an actual developer.
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Why the Market for Data Integration Tools Is Exploding Right Now

Jul 31, 2015 Business Intelligence Dennis Junk

Data Integration Tools like BizTalk connect disparate parts of networks, adapt forms like EDIs, and set the stage for reliable Business Intelligence.
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Some New Visual Studio 2015 Features We’re Already Putting to Use

Jul 29, 2015 Eric Potter

Microsoft just released Visual Studio 2015, and our Custom Software team has already started using it.
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Getting Your Arms around a Cost Plan for SharePoint

Jul 29, 2015 Grant Harmeyer

You need to examine a few key factors before coming up with a SharePoint cost plan. An often overlooked one is license enforcement.
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Why Azure Site Recovery Is a Big Deal for Microsoft

Jul 28, 2015 Dennis Junk

Azure Site Recovery backs up not just systems using Hyper-V, but those running on VMware as well. Why is Microsoft playing so well with others?
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Office 365's Latest Security and Privacy Features

Jul 21, 2015 Eric Rupp

Cloud providers are constantly coming up with new cloud security measures. Here are some of the latest for Office 365.
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The Case for Native Development

Jul 17, 2015 Ethan Campbell

Why would anyone go for native mobile development when there are hybrid and cross-platform options? Turns out, there are a few good reasons.
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The New Power BI and How It’s Different from the Old Power BI

Jul 14, 2015 Dennis Junk

Microsoft has announced the new Power BI will be released on July 24th. What do the updates mean for you?
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How Much Does SharePoint Cost?

Jul 10, 2015 SharePoint Dennis Junk

SharePoint professionals chime in on how much it costs to implement this widely-used collaboration tool and intranet solution.
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Lync Is Now Skype for Business: Here’s What That Means for You

Jul 8, 2015 Dennis Junk

Skype for Business looks a bit different from Lync. But what else has changed? And what does it mean for the future?
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How to Decide between Off-the-Shelf and Custom Software

Jul 6, 2015 custom software Dennis Junk

Some business leaders are categorically opposed to either packaged or custom software. But you'll probably want to make a more strategic decision.
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Why the Current Obsession with Big Data?

Jul 2, 2015 Aaron Crouch

You hear about Big Data everywhere you go. But are any business actually using it successfully?
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8 Steps To Successful SharePoint User Adoption [Infographic]

Jul 1, 2015 SharePoint Dennis Junk

We get lots of questions about SharePoint user adoption. So we put together an infographic covering the key principles.
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Why Cloud Security Is Such a Big Challenge

Jun 26, 2015 Cloud Dennis Junk

Cloud security may be less of an issue than you think--or it may be more of one. It's important to consider each of the threats individually.
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Windows 10 Upgrade: What’s the Catch and Is It Worth It?

Jun 12, 2015 Dennis Junk

Microsoft is making Windows 10 available on July 29th at no cost. Should you get the upgrade?
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How to Decide whether to Move to the Cloud after Windows Server 2003

May 29, 2015 Cloud Dennis Junk

Still trying to figure out what to do after WS2003? First you'll need to decide whether to keep your infrastructure on-prem or move to the cloud.
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Native or Web App? Integrating Software Applications Across Platforms

May 14, 2015 Bob Bajoras

Building a mobile app? How will you decide between a native and a web application?
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How to Decide on the Killer Features for Your Custom Software Solution

May 13, 2015 custom software Bob Bajoras

You've got a great idea for some custom software with a bunch of awesome features. But which features should you focus on first?
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Power BI Can Now Pull Data from Google Analytics

May 12, 2015 Dennis Junk

The most recent updates to Power BI include a connector to Google Analytics. What does this mean for digital marketers?
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How Digital Asset Management Software Drives the Entertainment Industry

May 8, 2015 Rich Zuris

How do businesses in the entertainment industry store, secure, and share multimedia files? Increasingly, it's with Digital Asset Management software.
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Nintex Announces New Features to Workflow and Mobile Form Tools

May 6, 2015 SharePoint Dennis Junk

You have to see how easy Nintex makes it to create workflows and mobile forms to believe it. And now Nintex is adding even more features.
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Can You Dispense with Documentation on BI and Dev Projects?

Apr 20, 2015 Business Intelligence Kerry Tyler

Looking to cut something from your Business Intelligence project plan? Dropping documentation won't save you as much time and effort as you think.
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Google Apps and Office 365: a Brief Comparison

Apr 17, 2015 Aaron Eisberg

What are Google Apps and Office 365 used for? Which one is the better choice?
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Business Intelligence vs Analytics vs Big Data vs Data Mining

Apr 15, 2015 Business Intelligence Dennis Junk

Business Intelligence is data-driven decision-making. So what is analytics? How does it relate to Big Data? Let's break it down.
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Athena vs. Hercules: Seeing Beyond Preconceptions for Women in Tech

Apr 3, 2015 Jami Delagrange

Part of the reason there are so few women in leadership and tech positions is that we're just not used to seeing them there.
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Does SharePoint Have a Future?

Apr 1, 2015 SharePoint Scott Walsh

Is anyone building on-premises SharePoint solutions these days? Will they be doing it in ten years?
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What’s the Difference between CPM and BI?

Mar 27, 2015 Business Intelligence Dennis Junk

Financial leaders are moving beyond the realm of CPM and starting to get their hands in Business Intelligence. But how are CPM and BI different?
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Is Corporate Intranet Dead?

Mar 24, 2015 SharePoint Dennis Junk

How much longer will companies still be setting up portals to document caches on platforms like SharePoint?
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The Difference between Big Data and Big Hype

Mar 10, 2015 Business Intelligence Alex Jonathan Brown

Does the reality of the Big Data movement really live up to the fanfare, and maybe more importantly, is it worth the money?
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2 Secret Behind-the-Scenes Tricks to Get Everybody Using SharePoint

Mar 4, 2015 SharePoint Dennis Junk

Interfaces on the front-end of SharePoint are beginning to look familiar. What's going on? And how can you use it to improve user adoption?
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How Nintex Simplifies SharePoint Workflows

Mar 3, 2015 SharePoint Dennis Junk

Good SharePoint workflows can really improve the efficiency of business processes. But building them isn't exactly fun. Nintex is designed to help.
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How Do You Get People to Use SharePoint?

Feb 13, 2015 SharePoint Dennis Junk

You won't get any return on your investment in SharePoint if none of your employees actually uses it. So how do you get them to sign on?
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