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Flyouts in Windows 10 Apps

The release of Windows 10 operating system and Visual Studio 2015 has paved the way for development of Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps. This is a natural next step that started from WinRT Windows apps and evolved to Universal Windows 8 apps SDKs. The new SDK brings along, the obvious new concept to Windows platform targeted apps development, a new set of features, services and UI controls.

This blog post will provide an introduction to Flyout UI controls. As defined by Microsoft: Flyout is a lightweight contextual popup with the purpose to display UI related to what the user is doing. It includes placement and sizing logic, and can be used to show a menu, reveal a hidden control, show more detail about an item, or ask the user to confirm an action.

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Mobile Application Management Matters. Here’s Why

Mobile device management has gotten its fair share of media coverage and shelf space. That makes sense “ devices are important, and they should be protected and properly managed. However, when it comes to mobile devices, the device itself isn’t the only thing that matters. Applications (as well as their security) are vital to the way an enterprise functions. Read on to learn why it’s crucial to implement a mobile application management (MAM) solution.

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Summit Attendees: Download Our App – You Could Win a Trip to The Caribbean

AXUG, GPUG, NAVUG, CRMUG Summit Attendees:

With a combined half a million square feet of exhibit and meeting space – and the 24 hour Reno nightlife – you can assume that you will be walking A LOT at Summit next month.

That’s why we’re holding the Merit Walk Off at Summit – a competition that measures how far you walk during Summit and lets you compete against other attendees for a 5-night all-inclusive stay for 2 in the Caribbean! We’re not asking you to walk MORE at Summit, we’re just asking you to track how far you are already walking.

The person who walks the most steps each day of the conference will be entered into a drawing for the Grand Prize, a five-night all-inclusive stay for two (2) in a Junior Suite at one of the following hotels (the winner gets to choose!).

  • Hotel RIU Palace Punta Cana (Punta Cana, Dominican Republic)
  • Hotel RIU Palace Cabo San Lucas (Los Cabos, Mexico)
  • Hotel RIU Palace Costa Rica (Guanacaste, Costa Rica)

Reward yourself for all the walking you’ll do at Summit by competing in the Merit Walk Off! One Summit attendee will win this trip – why can’t it be you?

Simply download the Merit Solutions Mobile application from your device store. You can search for Merit Solutions Mobile – or you can click the links below to access the application in your device’s store:

Once you download the app, you can enter the Walk Off by clicking on the Merit Solutions Walk Off at Summit tile, selecting Enter Competition, and completing the registration form.

The app will then track the distance you travel each day and will let you compete with other attendees. The person who walks the most each day will be placed in the Grand Prize drawing. The more days you win – the better your chances are at winning the trip!

Good luck and good walking!

(NOTE: The Merit Solutions Mobile application DOES NOT track or store any geographic location data of contestants. Merit Solutions WILL NOT share contestant contact information with any third parties for any reason. )


Evaluating ERP Solutions: User Experience

In a recent study conducted by Mint Jutras, Ease of use, has surpassed traditional criteria such as fit and functionality to evaluate an ERP solution. The more technically inclined would translate this to mean that user experience has become one of the more important evaluation criteria for enterprise resource planning solutions. User experience, or UX, is commonly associated with web design and became a popular term in business when Google announced that UX played a big role in how they ranked web pages in their results. The idea is that if a page is to be relevant, people have to be able to easily access and use it. This same philosophy should be applied to your criteria when evaluating ERP solutions.

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Going Native or Hybrid? The Case for Each

How can you effectively connect to your customers? One of the most effective tools is a mobile application. Great, you say. All I have to do is create a mobile app, and clients will beat a path to my door! Before you start hunting for a developer, you must decide whether you want to develop a hybrid or native app. Read on to learn about the difference between the two types, and which will be best for your business.

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FluentValidation with Dependency Injection and Inheritance for Xamarin Forms Mobile Application Validation

FluentValidation is a small validation library for .NET that uses a fluent interface and lambda expressions for building validation rules. Since input validation is important part of mobile applications, this library comes really handy as it is easy to setup and use. When developing for multiple platforms using Xamarin Forms it is desirable to have one validation codebase that could be used seamlessly for input validation on each platform.

Fluent validation is available through Nuget. We will add the package to one of our PCL projects.

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Microsoft Dynamics AX Life Sciences Sessions at AXUG Summit

Merit Solutions will be presenting two sessions at AXUG Summit next month related to Microsoft Dynamics AX for Life Sciences companies. If you are attending AXUG Summit – be sure to register for these two sessions.

Project Management Methodologies / Tools for Microsoft Dynamics AX Life Sciences Implementations

Project Management should be a key component of any ERP system implementation or upgrade. However, in highly regulated industries like Life Sciences, it is a critical must-have. During this session we will examine the value of using project management methodologies and tools when implementing a computerized system validation project with Microsoft Dynamics AX. This session will compare multiple Implementation Methodologies (including Sure Step), and discuss the use of SharePoint Project Sites and Microsoft’s LCS platform as tools for Microsoft Dynamics AX implementations.

Document Management for Life Sciences

Join us for this AXUG Life Sciences Session as we describe the importance of Document Management in highly regulated environments and requirements that should be considered within your controlled business processes, such as GxP, Computerized Systems, Standard Operating Procedures, and more. We will examine Document Management workflow processes that may require 21 CFR Part 11 compliance, as well as consider Document Management integration points with Microsoft Dynamics AX.


Microsoft Dynamics AX Rescue Sessions at AXUG Summit

Merit Solutions will be presenting two sessions at AXUG Summit next month related to Microsoft Dynamics AX Rescues. If you are attending AXUG Summit – be sure to register for these two sessions.

Warning – Your Project is At Risk!

Join us for the first part of this AX Rescues series as we discuss the major risks associated with Microsoft Dynamics AX enterprise projects, and how to identify the warning signs that your project is under stress. This session will lead into our next session “ Your AX Project Is At Risk “ Now What?. Enterprise Microsoft Dynamics AX projects face a number of risks and challenges due to the transformational impact they have on companies. Recently we’ve seen an increase in the number of companies who receive limited value from their investment into Microsoft Dynamics AX because the system was not implemented correctly, or hasn’t been implemented at all. Project overruns, over customized systems, undocumented configurations, and inadequate change management threaten your project at every turn!

Your AX Project is At Risk – Now What?

Join us for the second part of this AX Rescues series as we discuss a systematic methodology for stabilizing challenged AX Projects and how to realize the Return On Investment you envisioned when you chose Microsoft Dynamics AX for your company. Be sure to also join us for the first session of this series, Warning “ Your AX Project May Be At Risk!. Analysts like Gartner, Forrester Research, and Nucleus Research have all named Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 as a Leader in their respective ERP research reports. More than 20,000 companies worldwide use Microsoft Dynamics AX, including many global industry leaders. But you’re not convinced; you heard the success stories, saw the sales demos, and ultimately made the decision to implement Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. Since your decision, however, your project hasn’t been smooth and deep down you know something is very wrong. Learn how to turn your project around before it’s too late!


Which Industries Will Benefit the Most from Wearable Technologies?

Wearable technologies such as smart glasses and smart watches have garnered a great deal of attention in recent years. These tiny computers built into items of clothing or accessories record copious amounts of data. Due to their computing power, their potential for changing the way we live and work is enormous. Will there be one industry, or even a few industries, which benefits the most from wearable technologies? Predictions are pointing to a number of clear frontrunners.

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Risks Associated with ERP Implementations

Modern day ERP solutions merge data, technology and business operations.

Implementing these systems are a huge undertaking and because of all the moving parts, there are risks associated with this type of project and if they are ignored – there is a good chance that the implementation will fail. For most, these risks are manageable if they are known ahead of time. Identifying what problems may arise and addressing them early will certainly help mitigate them before they become a point of failure for your project.

But just what are some of the common risks you may encounter?

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