Written on Oct, 19, 2015 by in | Leave a comment
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This book provides practical guidance for adopting a high velocity, continuous delivery process to create reliable, scalable, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions that are designed and built using a microservice architecture, deployed to the Azure cloud, and managed through automation. Microservices, IoT, and Azure offers software developers, architects, and operations engineers’ step-by-step directions for building SaaS applications—applications that are available 24×7, work …

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Written on Oct, 15, 2015 by in | Leave a comment

The software development landscape has changed dramatically over the past decade. Disruptive technologies and design approaches have introduced entirely new types of applications and methods for building them. There is also a deep desire to move away from big bang releases of software products that take many years to design and build and instead move to a cloud hosted Software-as-a-Service …

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Written on Oct, 07, 2015 by in | Leave a comment

As many of you know, Insight recently invested heavily in BlueMetal (you can find the press release here). One of the core reasons cited by Insight’s president for investing in us was design, referring to several award-winning projects we had delivered (including EnerNOC). Our strategy and design team is proportionally small (approx 6% of BlueMetal’s workforce) but the impact the team …

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Written on Sep, 25, 2015 by in | Leave a comment

Microsoft has recently taken a new approach in developing portals for Office 365. They’re called “NextGen Portals”; Microsoft’s Office Product Management GM Julia White says that they are “intelligent, collaborative, mobile and ready to go”. The first NextGen portals to be released are the Video Portal and Delve, a portal that uses machine learning to connect people with content and people …

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Written on Sep, 24, 2015 by in | Leave a comment
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[Reposted from Bob’s blog, The Undocumented API.] Thank you to everyone who attend the BlueMetal Driving IoT Business Value events in Cambridge and New York. Below is a recap of the session. If you are interested in discussing an IoT business scenario with us, do not hesitate to reach out. -Bob Familiar IOT IoT is not new. The ability to connect devices to …

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Written on Sep, 22, 2015 by in | Leave a comment
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Microsites or brochure sites are fast, simple, temporary marketing or product sites that are targeted towards a specific audience in order to generate interest, registration, or word of mouth marketing. They are the pop-up stands of websites. But before you get started on building one, ask yourself the following questions: The Message – is the purpose of building the site …

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Written on Sep, 17, 2015 by in | Leave a comment

BlueMetal’s Content and Collaboration team has been busy building solutions ranging from portals to intranets to structured collaboration with forms and workflow. Here are a few recent articles from our team members that may be useful to you and the greater community. A series of articles on JSLink by Julie Turner JSLink is a powerful new technology that allows you …

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Written on Sep, 15, 2015 by in | Leave a comment
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The Internet of Things is a hot topic right now, with it meaning many things to many people. From a design perspective, the IoT means creating a seamless smooth experience, where products don’t live in bubbles but as part of a connected framework that creates the customer journey. Simple (or binary) examples include Nest, Easybulb and the Apple Watch. More …

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Written on Sep, 08, 2015 by in | Leave a comment
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Many clients ask our design team about ways of inserting design into their product-based companies. Many companies tack on design rather than take a deeper look at how to leverage it. But this isn’t quite the right strategy, and this tactic is often used because they see their competitors doing it. Why do I need design as part of my company DNA? …

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Written on Sep, 02, 2015 by in | Leave a comment
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The wireframe process has wrapped, and the team has gone through about 6 iterations taking in and editing all the small tweaks needed to move on to the visuals. The client has an existing Android application, so along the way, I’ve been taking cues from this version, all while sticking to the native constructs of the Windows 10 platform. Throughout …

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