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The Traveler’s Technology Toolbox

The Traveler’s Technology Toolbox When I traveled to Japan, Project Fi connected me to the internet, Google Maps told me where to go, Google Translate filled in the gaps of my Japanese. Not only did tech change the way I traveled, it changed the digital landscape as I traveled. Technology Makes it Easier to Travel […]

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Top 3 Lessons Shared with GMU’s Class of 2016

If you’re not one of the graduates proudly dawning your robe and enjoying the crowning achievement of your college career, you’re probably sitting in the stands teary-eyed and cheering your friends and family as they march. Last week, MetroStar’s CEO and Co-Founder Ali Reza Manouchehri had the opportunity to give the commencement speech at his Alma […]

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The UX Train: Getting Your Clients on Board

You’re on the fast track to building a successful product after having discovered the value of a user-centered approach, but your clients aren’t all on board yet. Project goals, deadlines, and politics are outweighing the needs of the user. As advocates for your users, you must persuade your clients and stakeholders to put the users first. […]

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Part 2: Possible Use Cases for Microsoft Service Fabric

I’m Excited About Service Fabric. Now What? In my last blog, I looked at some of the common pain points Microsoft Service Fabric can help developers with. This week, we’ll take a closer look at some possible use cases. Use Case A possible use case is for a social network where users can send messages […]

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Building Cloud-Scale Enterprise Apps:
Our Take on Microsoft Service Fabric

Microsoft just changed everything about enterprise app development with their announcement that Service Fabric will be released as part of Windows Server 2016. For years, our enterprise customers have requested the features of commercial Software as a Service (SaaS) applications in their enterprise. They want fault tolerance, high availability, resilience, elasticity, and near-zero downtime. In […]

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The Secret to a Great Product: Superb UX

Oh no. It’s happening. You’re sitting in a meeting and one of those horribly awkward moments has arrived when no one knows the answer to an important question: how do we incorporate User Experience (UX) into this project? Your company has heard about UX, realized its importance, and hired all the right people but…now what? […]

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Where are Your Users Looking?

I Love Cognitive Psychology Cognitive psychology taught me that even really smart, capable individuals are susceptible to cognitive biases simply because we’re humans and that’s what humans do.  A few examples of cognitive biases are: Confirmation Bias: Our natural tendency to be drawn to information that reinforces our own views Hindsight Bias: A tendency to […]

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Through the Eyes of the Intern

Finding the Right Fit As a marketing management student about to enter my senior year at Virginia Tech, getting real-world experience as a marketing intern was a top priority for me this summer. I spent several weeks applying to numerous marketing internship programs until I found my perfect match, MetroStar Systems. What drew me to […]

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The Puzzle Challenge Part 3

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The Puzzle Challenge – Part 2

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