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A Look Back at Our Documentary about Aptera’s Ghost: Tech Club Podcast

May 3, 2016 Dennis Junk

Getting the team behind the documentary about Aptera's ghost back together to share their thoughts after 6 months.
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Why Bigger Data Isn't as Important as Better Data

May 2, 2016 Aaron Crouch

If you put bad data into good analytical tools, you'll never wind up with reliable results.
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Manufacturing Business Intelligence Trends for 2016 and Beyond

Apr 27, 2016 Business Intelligence Aaron Crouch

Here are the ways that business intelligence analytics will shake up manufacturing from 2016 through the end of the decade.
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Have You Been Defining Project Success Incorrectly?

Apr 26, 2016 James Mitchell

In Project Management for Agile development, you have to define "done" or "complete" as successfully meeting the original goals of the engagement.
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The 5 Main Reasons Reporting and Analytics Projects Go Wrong

Apr 26, 2016 Aaron Crouch

Can you get everything data analytics promise? Only if you avoid these Big Data and Business Intelligence pitfalls.
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How DISC Personality Assessments Are Used with Inbound Marketing and Sales: Tech Club Podcast

Apr 25, 2016 Dennis Junk

In this week's Tech Club Podcast, James and I interview Business Development (i.e. Sales) Manager Scott Howard about DISC profiles and Inbound Sales.
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Why B2B Tech Companies & Everyone Else Should Adopt Inbound Sales

Apr 21, 2016 Kristen Baumert

Are you still taking power point presentations to your sales calls? Stop what you're doing right now... and try inbound sales.
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How the Project Management Lifecycle for Custom Software Development Is Like Dating: Tech Club Podcast

Apr 18, 2016 Dennis Junk

There's that first call, which is a lot like a blind date. And then there are all the other parallels between dating and project management.
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3 Ways Businesses Are Using Big Data to Improve Their Marketing

Apr 15, 2016 Aaron Eisberg

Big data isn't easy to master, and it takes a little time to get your analytics fine-tuned to produce a strong ROI.
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How to Create Content for Your Inbound Marketing Campaign: Tech Club Podcast

Apr 12, 2016 Dennis Junk

Inbound Marketing is all about blogs and social media and websites. But the fuel that makes the whole thing run is written content.
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Common Arguments Against Big Data

Apr 11, 2016 Aaron Crouch

Big Data ain't for everybody--but that doesn't mean you can safely ignore it.
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The Top 5 Big Data Analytics Challenges Facing Big Business

Apr 7, 2016 Aaron Crouch

Big data analytics holds so much promise, nearly every company wants to own the technology. But here are some things to consider first.
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Aptera and Redpack Tomatoes Win Website of the Year Award for 2015!

Apr 6, 2016 Dennis Junk

The public has spoken. And Aptera's web development team has won for the second year in a row.
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Customer Satisfaction: Reality or Illusion?

Apr 5, 2016 James Mitchell

How is project management like a magic show? One is making the impossible seemingly real. The other is making the seemingly impossible actually real.
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Why Honest Educational Content Is Just Good Inbound Marketing: Tech Club Podcast

Apr 4, 2016 digital marketing Dennis Junk

For this week's Tech Club podcast, we interview Aptera's marketing director Aaron Eisberg about the Inbound Marketing Methodology.
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Sitefinity vs. Wordpress: Which is Better for Your Business?

Apr 1, 2016 Aaron Eisberg

Sitefinity and Wordpress allow you to run your business's website with a minimum of web skills, but which is the better solution for your business?
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4 Ways a Managed Service Provider Protects Your Network

Mar 31, 2016 Aaron Eisberg

Most businesses can hand network monitoring over to a managed service provider that is trained and informed in the latest threats that are out there.
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4 Tips for Measuring the ROI of an Inbound Marketing Campaign

Mar 30, 2016 Aaron Eisberg

If you're working with an Internet marketing agency to create a robust inbound marketing strategy, you need some way to measure ROI.
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7 Questions to Ask a Potential Managed Services Partner

Mar 29, 2016 Dave Hall

Here are the questions that will get you the information you need to know before choosing an MSP.
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What It's Like Being a Client for Agile Custom Software Development Projects: Tech Club Podcast

Mar 28, 2016 custom software Dennis Junk

In this week's Tech Club Podcast, a Scrum expert tells us what you should expect working with a software development team using an agile methodology.
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How to Determine ROI for Workflow Automation: New E-book

Mar 25, 2016 SharePoint Dennis Junk

Our new e-book walks you step-by-step through calculating the figures to plug into an ROI formula for a process automation tool like Nintex.
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How Managed Services Can Complement Your Cloud Strategy

Mar 23, 2016 Cloud Dave Hall

You don't have to be in the cloud to use managed services. But there are some really good ways to use them together.
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What 1 Trait Separates Inbound Marketing Content from Crap Written by Posers?

Mar 22, 2016 digital marketing Dennis Junk

Is your digital marketing content too salesy? You may need a refresher on the inbound marketing basics.
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How to Get the Best Design for Your Website: Tech Club Podcast

Mar 21, 2016 Dennis Junk

An interview with the head of Aptera's graphic design team Joe Beste on how to spot the best web designers and how best to work with them.
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6 Signs It's Time to Partner with A Managed Services Provider

Mar 21, 2016 Dave Hall

Here are the signs that you need a managed services provider in your IT arsenal.
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5 Business Intelligence Mistakes that Are Hurting Your Manufacturing Company

Mar 18, 2016 Business Intelligence Dennis Junk

Manufacturers are finally starting to see the value of Business Intelligence. But why did it take them so long?
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4 Arguments for Outsourcing Department Functions

Mar 16, 2016 Susan Payton

The fact is, outsourcing certain functions has tremendous benefits to an organization.
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Old Guys' Guide to Twitter for Business: Tech Club Podcast

Mar 15, 2016 Dennis Junk

A young social media expert schools two slightly older colleagues on the business case for Twitter in this first episode of our Tech Club Podcast.
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When Managed IT Services Are a Good Idea--and When They're Not

Mar 14, 2016 Aaron Eisberg

In what circumstances might you consider partnering with an MSP? It depends on what your goals are for Managed Services.
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What Happens to Your Current IT Staff when You Sign up for Managed Services?

Mar 11, 2016 Dennis Junk

15 years ago, Managed Services and IT Outsourcing meant layoffs and tech support from guys with thick accents. They mean something quite different today.
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How to Use Retargeting for Your Construction Business

Mar 10, 2016 digital marketing Aaron Eisberg

Creating a retargeting strategy takes effort, but it almost always produces results.
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6 Digital Strategies that will Enhance Your Home Building Company Marketing

Mar 3, 2016 digital marketing Aaron Eisberg

You might not think of construction marketing in terms of digital solutions, but digital strategies have increased sales and improved brand visibility.
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Are these 4 Factors Damaging Your Facebook Ad Performance?

Mar 2, 2016 Jen Booth

You've made the investment in social media marketing, but are you getting as much out of your Facebook ads as you could be?
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Does Using Managed IT Services Really Save Money?

Feb 26, 2016 Dennis Junk

Managed Services Providers can be more efficient doing the types of things every company needs to do, letting you focus on doing what nobody else is doing.
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What Are the Different Levels of Managed Services?

Feb 25, 2016 Dave Hall

Managed services can take over some of the mundane tasks like user support, which takes up a lot of IT's time and energy.
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How Well Do You Know Your Infrastructure?

Feb 18, 2016 Cloud Dave Hall

Is your business at risk of a hardware failure or security breach? Answering these questions will help you see how safe your infrastructure really is.
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What Is Managed Services?

Feb 17, 2016 Dave Hall

Managed Services is basically hiring an outside firm to proactively monitor your IT environment. But there's more to it than that.
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What's New with Nintex?

Feb 12, 2016 SharePoint Grant Harmeyer

Forrester found that the average ROI for Nintex after 3 years is 176%. It works so well Microsoft is phasing out InfoPath. Here's how it's getting better.
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Incorporating Technical Analysis into Business Planning for Nintex Workflow Projects

Feb 9, 2016 Scott Walsh

Scott Walsh walks us through a planning process developed over several Nintex workflow projects to balance technical with business aspects.
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What Is Bimodal IT and What Does It Actually Look like in Practice?

Feb 5, 2016 Cloud Dennis Junk

The cloud is decentralizing business IT, and proliferating tasks makes it harder to focus on innovating. Do you outsource or split your IT in two?
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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