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Data Migration: Know Your Route Before You Fly

There’s so much to consider when implementing a new ERP system that data migration sometimes gets pushed aside as an afterthought to be dealt with when the implementation gets underway. Big mistake. An organization’s ERP system is only as effective as the data that drives it. That’s the power of ERP, isn’t it? Data shared throughout the enterprise making connections, improving efficiency, etc. There are several benefits of giving data its fair share of attention when preparing for implementation.

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Implementing Navigation Drawer in Xamarin Forms

Every mobile application which is going to be used as real world app requires navigation solution. On Android platform recommendation for effective navigation is Navigation Drawer. It is a panel that transitions in from the left edge of the screen and displays the app’s main navigation options. More info about Navigation Drawer and it's capabilities you can find on Android developer site.

Other platforms have similar solutions, so if you are developing in Xamarin Forms, it is a good idea to empower this kind of navigation. Plus side for Xamarin Forms it that you would write Navigation Drawer in only one codebase.

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Becoming a Social CIO: Why It Matters

Fifteen years ago, if someone asked if you were social, the question would have meant that you were friendly and outgoing. Today, people use the term to refer to a person’s level of expertise with social media.

Although many business leaders have embraced social media with open arms, some of their peers still view it as a consumer tool without applications for the enterprise. This attitude is out of date. Moreover, it can actually hurt a company.

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Implementing Custom Switch Control in Xamarin Forms on Android

Xamarin.Forms lets developers create native user interfaces on iOS, Android and Windows Phone from a single, shared C# codebase. Since the UI is rendered using the native controls of the target platform, it gives you great flexibility in customizing the controls separately on each platform. Each control is rendered differently on each platform using a Renderer class, which in turn creates a native control, arranges it on the screen and adds the behavior specified in the shared code.

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Keys To Employee Adoption

The best ERP software in the world doesn’t operate by itself. Rather, the value of a software solution depends directly upon how well a company’s employees use the system to efficient and effectively accomplish their jobs. Therefore, the success of a company’s implementation of a new ERP solution depends directly upon how earnestly its employees adopt the system. Here are some ways to ensure that employees embrace the change that comes from moving to a new ERP implementation.

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Mobile Moments: An Opportunity for Engagement and an Obligation for Security

There’s something important going on every time your customer uses a mobile device, and you’re probably unaware of it. It’s called a “mobile moment.” A mobile moment refers to when a person pulls out their mobile device to obtain immediate, contextual information.

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COUNTDOWN: Microsoft Ignite & Merit Solutions Walk Off

Merit Walk Off Countdown

Storage Is Cheap, Dumb Data is Not

With today’s technological advances, computing memory space is cheap, making the storage of massive amounts of data extremely cost-effective. The buzz around big data has been fueled in part because the storage of data can be accomplished on a large scale with very low overhead. But what exactly is the value of all that data?

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Merit Walk Off at Microsoft Ignite - Win a Trip to the Caribbean!

Microsoft Ignite Attendees: Do you know McCormick Place is the nation's largest convention center?

With a combined 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space, 1.2 million square feet all on one level, you can assume that you will be walking A LOT at Microsoft Ignite next week. 

That's why we're holding the Merit Walk Off at Ignite - a competition that measures how far you walk during Ignite 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 Ignite, we're just asking you to track how far you are already walking.

The person who walks the most miles 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 Ignite by competing in the Merit Walk Off!

Simply download the Merit Solutions Mobile application from your device store. (Here are the links to the application in the iPhone, Android, Windows stores.) Once you download the app, you can enter the Walk Off two ways:

  • Prior to Monday, May 4th: Open the Navigation Pane and select App Settings. Enter your contact information, select Enter Walk Off Contest, and click Save.
    Microsoft Ignite Walk Off for a trip to the Caribbean!
    Microsoft Ignite Walk Off for a trip to the Caribbean!
    Microsoft Ignite Walk Off for a trip to the Caribbean!
    Microsoft Ignite Walk Off for a trip to the Caribbean!

  • Beginning on Monday, May 4th: A tile will appear on the homepage of the application that will direct people to the contest landing page. Once registered, this is where you can view the real-time leaderboard!
    Microsoft Ignite Walk Off for a trip to the Caribbean!
    Microsoft Ignite Walk Off for a trip to the Caribbean!

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!

One Microsoft Ignite attendee will win this trip - why can't it be you? Good luck and good walking!

(NOTE: The Merit Solutions Mobile application DOES NOT track or store any geographic location data of contestants.)