The Internet of Things (IoT) and Our Mobile World [Video]

Our world is becoming smarter everyday with the help of mobile and wireless technology. Since the first utter of “IoT,” our teams have kept a close watch on the forecast of IoT, aiming to be the first to provide lean, integrated solutions to our clients. Already, we’ve laid the foundation for devices that traverse traditional boundaries and talk […]

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Creating a Document Rollup Using SharePoint 2013 Search

One of the most powerful (and most overlooked) features in SharePoint 2013 is SharePoint Search. Unfortunately, few people realize just how powerful it can be. I suspect that this is because most people just envision a search box and search results when, in fact, is that there is so much potential with SharePoint Search–huge potential […]

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Hiding SharePoint 2013 Form Fields based on Permissions

In a previous post, I explained how you could use a new feature in SharePoint 2013 called Client Side Rendering (CSR) to color code a list view. Using that same methodology, I’ll be going over how you can easily hide a form field based on SharePoint permissions…another one of those things that I’m always asked […]

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Color Coding a SharePoint 2013 List View the Right Way

In this post, I’ll quickly go over how you can very easily customize an out of the box SharePoint 2013 List View using a lesser-known feature called Client Side Rendering (CSR). CSR basically provides a way of customizing List Views, Forms, Fields, and Search Results using nothing but HTML, JavaScript, and CSS. For this example […]

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5 Valuable Google Analytics Custom Reports

Google Analytics provide a wealth of data and invaluable insight for your website. Users can gain insights from standard reports, however, navigating through all of the data can be a challenge that may take more than a few clicks. Fortunately, custom reports allow you to obtain the specific insights you’re looking for. No matter how […]

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10 Heuristics of User Experience (UX)

An easy-to-use product will win hearts. In our first installment of our MetroStar Minute series, we cover our top 10 heuristics (approaches to quickly achieve immediate goals) for incorporating superb UX into your next product design. By taking a “user first” approach, your team will build a product that your users can’t help but love. For […]

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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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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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Budget 101: Part 1 – Befriending the Budget

It’s downright scary There is a word that causes terror in most people. Even I quiver when I think about it, and I’m considered a seasoned financial professional. However, it’s important in both your professional and personal life.  Have you guessed it yet? That’s right, the word is… BUDGET Why is the word budget so […]

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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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