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Developers Need Spotters

Programming is hard. From time to time all developers will get stuck on a problem and will need some assistance. Sometimes it is a developer early in their career. Sometimes it is an experienced devel...

Using The Wrong Tool Is Painful

  Stack Overflow recently published a blog post where they ran analytics on data they have collected. They ran calculations that showed which programming languages are the least popular with their use...
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Software Rockstars? Really?

Software Developers and Rockstars?  Our industry has a weird fascination with rock stars. Frequently, recruiters will send out spam saying they are looking for "rock star" developers. Developers who w...

Team Learning as Team Building

This past spring, a group of developers from Aptera went to a conference together. Before we went, I knew the trip would be a great opportunity for our team to improve our skill set. As expected, we l...

What Is Managed Services?

Managed Services, like so many tech buzzwords, came on the scene with a lot of fanfare, but less real understanding of what it is and how it fits into the existing IT services available in today's mar...

What's New with Nintex?

Nintex's effectiveness has eclipsed InfoPath's to the point where Microsoft is phasing it out. What used to take weeks or even months of intense development, costing easily into the tens of thousands ...

Aptera's Top 6 Blog Posts of 2015

Last December, we began the tradition of rounding up the most popular posts on our blog for the year. It’s pretty edifying for us to look back over all the topics we covered and see which of our posts...

Do you BOOST?  Facebook Ads 101

Are you ready to grow your business? With over 1 billion users, Facebook is a great place to start building your brand through targeted ads. Whether you are focusing locally or globally, there's a way...

Why SEO isn't enough

There is a plethora of tools that make that make optimizing pages easy: Moz, Raven Tools, and Screaming Frog, or even WordPress plugins. But, though more businesses than I can count have said to me, “...

Google's Antitrust Case and the SEO Game

Most of us take it for granted that when we type some search terms into Google the results that come back are somehow official. Sure, you see some sponsored ads at the top of the page and along the bo...

Who’s Responsible for Your Business’s SEO?

Plenty of business leaders still labor under the assumption that SEO is something web developers do just once to make sites rank at the top of search results pages. Or they think it’s a service you ca...

SSAS Time Aggregations

It is not uncommon to have measures in a multidimensional or tabular model that aggregate a time duration.  For example, you may want to examine total or average production lead times, turnaround time...

Is Corporate Intranet Dead?

The image of everyone in a company sitting at their desks in various branches of the corporate office isn’t exactly quaint just yet. But workers are already spread out and moving around enough to make...

How to Build a Mobile App

The way the process usually goes is someone hears about a cool mobile app and decides it would be great for their company to have. So they either start developing it themselves or they hire an outside...

Aptera 101: Sitefinity

What powers your website? If you've got the ability to update content on the fly, without having to get IT involved, you're probably running a CMS of some sort. Maybe it's Wordpress, Squarespace, Joom...

OData Web API Techniques

In this post, I’m going to show you three techniques to customize your OData service: Define parameters and call them through the query string of the OData service URL Provide defaults values for the ...

Aptera 101: Xamarin

Building a custom app that works well on each of the mobile platforms can seem like a daunting task. Xamarin is a set of development tools designed to solve that problem by helping developers work sma...

Agile Is Not Hard-Coded

Agile. It's right there in the name. And yet, it could be the most overlooked thing in plain sight for your team, sprint after sprint. Both nerds and those charged with herding them look to Agile pres...

Does Scrum Really Work?

It’s hard to escape the topics of Scrum and Agile Development these days (well, unless you don’t know any tech people). And it seems like the conventional thinking has congealed around a single oft-re...

How Does Xamarin Work?

 Mobile technologies are opening the way to countless opportunities for businesses looking to streamline their line-of-business processes or engage with more customers. The mobile market is taking off...

Windows 10 Preview Coming in January

We’ll find out more about the future of Microsoft’s operating system on January 21, when the company holds an event detailing the consumer edition of Windows 10. According to The Verge, press invites ...

How Much Does a Website Cost?

 The best answer to the question, as you’ve already guessed, is “it depends.” It can be anywhere from ten bucks to north of $300,000. If all you want is a personal website that requires practically no...

What does StorSimple Do?

We've written a few blogs in the past that discuss what exactly StorSimple is at a high level, but to really get a good understand of everything StorSimple can do, take a look at our most recently vid...

What Is KidoZen?

One of the reasons smart phones are so smart is that a lot of the data processing that makes mobile applications work isn’t actually performed on the phone or tablet itself. The experiences users have...

Our New SharePoint E-Book

SharePoint is a lot of things to a lot of people, so describing what it is and how it works is no easy task. But we've put together answers to some of the most common questions we hear--as well as som...

SSIS and Excel - Let's All Play Nice Now

Anytime I hear the words “SSIS” and “Excel” in the same sentence, my first instinct is to run… run far.  I won’t stop running until I am out of breath.  After I collapse from exhaustion, I will keep c...

Our New Power BI E-Book

You've probably seen some of the awesome demos for Power BI. But what is Microsoft's new suite of business intelligence tools really about? Features like Power Map, which creates dynamic 3-D presentat...

The People’s Microsoft?

In the late 90s, Mark Russinovich worked for a New Hampshire software company, but he spent his spare time picking through the code in Microsoft’s Windows NT operating system. While doing so, he disco...

New OneDrive Basics E-Book

OneDrive is one of those technologies you get used to relying on every day and start to take for granted. You get home at the end of the day and have an idea for a document you were working on at work...

The Primary Value of Software

I chose poorly. My team has been pulling out stops all winter long to build a cutting edge single-page app for a very important client. Suddenly, earlier this month, the SPA framework I picked officia...

The Corner View: What does SEO mean in 2014?

In this edition of the Corner View, TK talks to Marketing Director Aaron Eisberg and Online Marketing Manager Ron Mattocks about how SEO has moved away from a focus on keywords and links toward strate...

Technology Digest: Week ending 2/28/2014

The Technology Digest is our weekly list of articles in the technology world that you should be reading.  One New Achievement: OneDrive Premiers on Xbox One - Microsoft has rolled out OneDrive to Xbox...

Aptera 2013: By the Numbers

2013 was a great year for all of us at Aptera. While we’re taking time to reflect on the last 12 months, we wanted to say thanks to our clients, our partners, and those of you who take the time to rea...

Introducing StorSimple

It is now often cheaper and more reliable to store and access some of your corporate data offsite. Here we will look at one cloud service that many companies are using to reduce storage costs, improve...

Will Hummingbird End the SEO Arms Race?

Many web developers and bloggers characterize SEO (that’s Search Engine Optimization to the uninitiated) as an arms race they’re forced to engage in against Google and other search companies. Google’s...

MERGE Data Toggling

I recently came across an interesting issue related to the T-SQL MERGE statement. The MERGE statement was introduced in SQL Server 2008 and provides a construct for consolidating update, insert, and d...

What is Responsive Design?

Responsive design is taking a single website and allowing it to perform optimally on various browsers and devices. For example, you will have a desktop view you would see on a desktop or laptop. But y...

A lap with Windows 8.1

It’s no secret around the office (and at home for that matter) that I’m a huge fan of Windows 8. Have there been flaws in the implementation? Sure. Have there been flaws in marketing? Without a doubt....

What is Windows Intune?

Eric Rupp is Aptera’s Cloud practice leader. He has 18 years of experience in infrastructure and several Microsoft certifications. I was very lucky to get some time with him to discuss Windows Intune....

May 2013 Announcements

Certifications Eric Rupp and Andy Miller have completed several Microsoft Exchange 2013 exams in the past month to earn Aptera the Microsoft Silver Messaging Competency. Outstanding work guys! 

What is Microsoft .NET?

One of Aptera’s busiest practices is Software Development using Microsoft .NET. I was fortunate enough to catch David Jones, Aptera’s Software Development Practice Leader, for a few minutes to discuss...

Aptera's April Announcements

Employee Highlights & Certifications Chris Woodard, Web Development Practice Lead, has been promoted to MVP status by Telerik. Well done, Chris! Thanks for all of your hard work! Aptera now employs 2 ...