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Making Applications Accessible for Everyone

Posted on August 22, 2016|by: Debbie Peterson| No Comments

Making Applications Accessible for Everyone

This blog was drafted by our UX Summer Intern, Chris Caulfield. The growing digital population Today the internet has an estimated 3.4 billion users, this is 46% of world’s population. Within America, usage of mobile technology is only growing – 68% have smartphones and 45% have tablets. People are constantly engaging with applications on these […]

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The UX of Error Messages

Posted on August 19, 2016|by: Li Lu| No Comments

The UX of Error Messages

So you made a mistake. Or wait, did the website you were using make a mistake? via GIPHY Either way, errors can cause great frustration for users–users don’t like them and they will bounce away from their intended path. To err is human, To err is also the computer. A poorly designed error message will […]

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Dynamic SharePoint Graphical Inventory using Visio Viewer

Posted on August 17, 2016|by: Ricardo Palhano| No Comments

SharePoint

Dynamic SharePoint Graphical Inventory using Visio Viewer In this post we will create a Visio diagram with data shapes linked to multiple SharePoint lists.  We will then display the Visio floorplan diagram in a SharePoint inventory dashboard. 1. We start with multiple lists containing various different inventories. In this example we have different lists to manage […]

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Powering Collaboration & Crossing the Divide

Posted on August 16, 2016|by: Lizzie McCreary| No Comments

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I Have an Identity Crisis Really, I do. I’ve struggled with my job title since my love of design has merged into my exploration of markup and coding languages. Most days I split my time between sitting with the designers and sitting with the developers. And I could not be happier. via GIPHY As a […]

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3 Keys to User Onboarding [VIDEO]

Posted on |by: Debbie Peterson| No Comments

3 Keys to User Onboarding

Properly onboarding users to your digital experience is essential to converting lifetime users. Every day, our User Experience (UX) experts on our Digital team work with clients to ensure that they are implementing the best practices and core features of onboarding. Proper onboarding will help ensure that the investment you have made to your website, […]

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A Look Into the Past, Present, and Future of Infrastructure

Posted on August 15, 2016|by: John Belcher| No Comments

A look into the past, present, and future of infrastructure

Server Virtualization Technologies There have seen significant changes in data center infrastructure over the past 15 years. With the advent of server virtualization technologies (particularly the first release of VMWare ESX server in 2001) the trend towards hardware abstraction has only accelerated. Today, virtualization encompasses all layers of data center infrastructure, from virtualized servers to […]

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Dynamic SharePoint List Dashboard using Excel Viewer

Posted on August 11, 2016|by: Ricardo Palhano| No Comments

SharePoint

Dynamic SharePoint List View Dashboard with Excel Viewer This post will cover how to create an Excel Dashboard inside of a SharePoint list or library view, using the Excel Viewer web part and an Excel sheet linked to your list or library.  The Excel sheet will use pivot charts and tables to display the data we want […]

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Agile Melodies Part IV: Follow the Rhythm of Your Teammates

Posted on August 10, 2016|by: Kenneth Foster| No Comments

Agile Melodies Part 4: Follow the Rhythm of Your Teammates

A Little Impromptu Music Jazz musicians who have never played together before are able to seamlessly create because of the genre’s universal set of rules and norms. Take a saxophonist from New York, a pianist from Tokyo, a bassist from Paris, and a drummer from Rio. If you call jazz standard (“Round Midnight, E-flat”), the […]

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Summer in Review – Intern Class of 2016

Posted on August 9, 2016|by: Debbie Peterson| No Comments

5 Reasons to Intern at MetroStar Systems

Summer Internships Each summer MetroStar hosts a class of interns, who are provided with the opportunity to gain real-life experience related to their field of study. Students come from around the country to join our internship program and become an integrated part of MetroStar’s teams, mission, and culture. This summer, our interns got to work […]

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Knowledge Base Dashboard with SharePoint Content Query and Search

Posted on August 3, 2016|by: Ricardo Palhano| No Comments

SharePoint

Initial Setup for a Knowledge Base 1. We start with a set of documents for our Knowledge Base.  They are in a new Content Type and we have added in some fields to make it easier to organize and search. 2. We can create views to try and organize this library, but there are alternatives that can […]

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