Tag Archives for Technology

The Traveler’s Technology Toolbox

Written by: Jake Quartuccio Subscribe to this Author's RSS feed

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 […]

What makes a smartphone usable?

Written by: Jake Quartuccio Subscribe to this Author's RSS feed

We all have that friend who LOVES Apple. But it can be difficult to tell whether their love for Apple products is based on a fear of missing out (FOMO), or on a real technical superiority that’s exclusive to Apple. Consider phones. Whether people love or hate their phones can be traced back to their […]

Through the Eyes of the Intern

Written by: Stephanie Wilson Subscribe to this Author's RSS feed

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 […]

Part 1: Mobile-Friendly Doesn’t Mean Mobilegeddon

Written by: Debbie Peterson Subscribe to this Author's RSS feed

Last week Google rolled out their mobile-friendly update. Web chatter leading up to the April 21st roll-out contained headlines with phrases like “wreak havoc on small business” and “Brace Yourselves”. “Mobilegeddon” descended full force – complete with flaming asteroids and mushroom clouds. Before we tackle “Mobilegeddon”, it’s important to understand Google’s Mobile-Friendly Algorithm. Google’s Search […]

Social Media 101: Listening To Your Fans

Written by: Amir Zonozi Subscribe to this Author's RSS feed

Social Media 101 Tips: Business isn’t as usual; consumers have become empowered, and stronger than ever. Customers are on multiple social media platforms, increasingly vocal and being heard. If you proactively listen to what is being said about your brand, you will stay ahead of the curve, increase revenue, and make important connections with your […]

Why Do Some Products Fail?

Written by: Amir Zonozi Subscribe to this Author's RSS feed

Remember the New Coke experiment or Qwikster from Netflix? They are just two of many products that entered the market with such buzz and hype, yet ultimately made a quick exit. The reality is it is inevitable that some products will fail; actually, the majority of new product launches will fail. Failure isn’t a bad […]

Breaking Down Creativity

Written by: Amir Zonozi Subscribe to this Author's RSS feed

Creativity is one of the strongest characteristics valued in our society (and especially at MetroStar); it also is one of the main ingredients in the recipe for success, and it tastes like pink Starbursts. Okay, maybe not the pink ones, but it’s definitely in the same category of awesome, you get my point. In this […]

Jenny’s SharePoint Tip: Rollup items across a site collection by creating a cross list data view web part.

Written by: Ross Beurmann Subscribe to this Author's RSS feed

Applies to:  SharePoint 2007 While working on a client project I had a request to rollup all  calendar items across a single site collection on the home page of the root site.  After reviewing several blogs describing how to create a cross list data view web part (dvwp) I was able to successfully create a […]

Jenny’s SharePoint Tip: How to display “This Month” birthdays in a list using an XSLT filter

Written by: Ross Beurmann Subscribe to this Author's RSS feed

Applies to:  SharePoint 2007 Anyone who has ever worked with SharePoint knows that creating filters on date values is not as straight forward as one would expect.  This example explains how to compile employee birthdays in a custom list that automatically displays only the current month’s birthdays.  With a few calculated columns, a data view, and minor XSLT […]

You Beta Believe It: FCC.gov reimagined and redesigned for Open Government

Written by: Derek Yale Subscribe to this Author's RSS feed

On Tuesday, April 5th, MetroStar Systems announced our support in the successful development and redesign of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) FCC.gov website into a new digital platform: http://beta.fcc.gov!

Beta FCC.gov Screenshot