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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Written on Sep, 01, 2015 by in | Leave a comment
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Back in late 2009/2010 before the launch of the first iPad, I did a series of articles on what the design could potentially be (you can find my concepts before the launch here, a feature wishlist, and a discussion on whether the iPad should have a stylus). As a side note, you can also read my scarily accurate prediction of TV which …

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Written on Aug, 26, 2015 by in | 1 Comment.
AWS Lambda

As you may already know, AWS Lambda is an event driven compute service. Great, but what does that mean? Well, Lambda is designed to run a function in response to an event. Essentially, you upload your code to Lambda, and Lambda runs your code for you—when it’s triggered. Currently, there are three ways of running code in the AWS cloud: AWS …

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Written on Aug, 22, 2015 by in | Leave a comment
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With data aggregation becoming easier and faster, professionals have to be able to make decisions rapidly. Problems arise in the analysis and display of data, where some insights can be missed. When visualizing your data, three things should be considered: Less is more: Often the instinct is that once we’ve gathered all the data, it’s important to show ALL of it. …

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