16Jul/14

Gateway Technical College Graduate Discusses the Benefits of Building a Native Mobile App Using RPG

Last week I shared with you a candid conversation I had with Jim Buck, Software Development Program instructor at Gateway Technical College, about his Advanced RPG class’s final project. Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to one of Jim’s students, Jeremey Rodriguez. He’s a recent graduate of Gateway and holds an Associate’s Degree in Software Development. Jeremey is responsible for producing the YouTube video that features his team’s final project – a flight reservation mobile app created using LongRange, LANSA’s native mobile app development tool. Continue reading “Gateway Technical College Graduate Discusses the Benefits of Building a Native Mobile App Using RPG” »

9Jul/14

Gateway Technical College Students Plan, Build and Deliver Native Mobile Apps Using Their RPG Skills

If you asked me what I loved about my college experience I’ll tell you “everything.” What I didn't anticipate was the bond I’d establish with my professors and the desire to remain in touch with them post-graduation. Recently I had the opportunity to speak with Jim Buck, instructor at Gateway Technical College, and felt a similar vibe with him as I’d experienced with so many of my professors at St. Ambrose University. He’s funny, honest and has a rolodex of stories to share – all characteristics students are drawn to.

Jim is one of three instructors that make up the Software Developer Program at Gateway and teaches a series of programming classes to students of all ages. Every year Jim requires his Advanced RPG class to complete a final project that involves building a Web or mobile application. To his surprise a team of six students decided to display the fruits of their labor on YouTube. Project leader, Jeremey Rodriguez, developed a video of the mobile application he and his team built using LongRange, LANSA’s native mobile application development tool.

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5Jun/14

EU Regulation 1169/2011 Continued…

Last week  in my blog post entitled EU Regulation 1169/2011 and its Influence on US Manufacturers and Retailers, I provided an overview of the directive and its impact on the supply chain. Today I'll dive into the challenges manufacturers and retailers will face along with how to be EU 1169/2011 compliant.

Upcoming Challenges in Your Supply Chain

Managing and administering product attributes

EU 1169/2011 says that specific nutritional information must be accessible by the consumer prior to being available for purchase online. Nutritional information relating to a product is most commonly consolidated on product packaging. When purchasing a product in store a consumer is able to view this information and make a buying decision based upon that content. In an online environment a consumer does not have access to the same level of information and this law brings the two experiences together. Continue reading “EU Regulation 1169/2011 Continued…” »

30May/14

EU Regulation 1169/2011 and its Influence on US Manufacturers and Retailers

Dubbed the “golden age of supermarkets” the 1960’s were a time of change for the industry. Advancements in store design, the evolution of discounting and the addition of in-store pharmacies enhanced the shopping experience.During this period, approximately 8,000 items lined the shelves of a typical supermarket. Fast forward 50 years and today, stores average 42,000 items in addition to a complete listing of products online.

The explosion in product offerings coupled with the evolution of technology has transformed the decision making processes and buying behavior of consumers. Online retailers, retail websites and mobile apps make accessibility to product information easier than ever before. While consumers are benefiting from the availability of product information and additional shopping choices, manufacturers and retailers are finding it increasingly difficult to accurately manage the sheer volume of product data. Continue reading “EU Regulation 1169/2011 and its Influence on US Manufacturers and Retailers” »

15May/14

Version Control – How did we ever survive without it?

That sinking feeling

It seems that nearly everyone in the IT industry has a story about the day they deleted, or at least nearly deleted, the most important thing in the world. For me, it was the time I arrived at the insurance company I worked for intent on clearing my working file, only to inexplicably enter the command to clear the company’s policy header file …oops.

While such events are relatively rare, they still occur, and as a result, IT departments have become well versed in managing their data assets. In fact, a great deal of effort goes in to ensuring that corporate database tables, source code, images, webserver configuration files, help, documentation and every conceivable bit of data is backed up nightly, weekly and monthly. Disaster recovery plans are implemented that involve large fireproof safes, offsite storage and may even involve replacement hardware running from a semi-trailer.  In addition, everything is checked and double checked to ensure that, should the worst happen, the company can be back in business as soon as possible. Continue reading “Version Control – How did we ever survive without it?” »