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Archive for February 2012

You have to agree that enterprises nowadays are so technology-oriented that most of their operations are dependent on systems. System failures can not only cause loss of valuable time and efforts but when the systems fail at the wrong time, it can cost companies both money and customers. This is the reason there is an increasing trend in the number of organizations who are focused only at providing IT support services. There is a significantly huge market for this kind of work and there are many players as well – and they know that they all play vital roles. Considering this then, what factors would make it easier for companies to decide which is the best IT support service provider?

IT service companies provide a range of support models, from backup and data recovery plans to helpdesk support. Some go deeper into offering support for specific applications used in an organization. Others provide server solutions. But that does not mean you have to hire different IT support service organizations to carry out these different tasks! That would just be ridiculous! Actually there are many providers who serve in many ways, for instance TSG (Technology Service Group) goes to the next level whereby they claim to not only provide IT support, but they bring themselves forward in ensuring that your organization will not experience any functional problems if they’re in the lead.

Like I mentioned that IT support should be provided in various fields as opposed to just one or two services they provide, TSG literally diversifies in four major domains: Microsoft SharePoint, Support in Sage Software, Microsoft Dynamics NAV, CRM Software, amongst others. Without a doubt these IT infrastructures are different and have totally different functionalities; however TSG is able to tap into these and provide credible enterprise solutions at a global level.

There might be other companies out there too, if you’ve had any experience in using IT Support Services then please comments and tell us about your experiences. Which company has worked well for you? Which one were you disappointed with?

Do have a fruitful week!

–          Millie

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The most important thing you can do is adapt.

Our industry is changing. I say our, because it is an inherently collaborative environment. Code is written and tweaked, hacks and adjustments are created to solve Problems in the code, and those hacks are forked and rewritten.

Arguably, one of the mpg influential new techniques of our current web era is responsive design. This was, just as other coding techniques, born of collaboration – born of a collaborator in our environment: Mr. Ethan Marcotte.

Now, this won’t be another “what is responsive design” post or a why is this good/bad/spawnofsatan – I could point you to any number of posts about it. No – this is about adapting. Taking a long and intricate project and rebuilding it 50 percent of the way through to take advantage of a great new technique.

The RevSystems website used to be a representation of our company – a solid design, built and applied to wordpress. Since its launch, we have taken monumental strides in redefining our brand, advancing our way to the edge of modern technology and opened our arms to the phenomenal new techniques that are coming into existence in conjunction with HTML 5 and CSS 3.

Naturally, with these upgrades, our website needed to be recreated to represent those changes. The site you are currently reading this text on, is our new website. We completely redesigned it – we didn’t rework it – we started from scratch, designed comps in fireworks and the browser and pushed our knowledge of current design and progressive enhancement to a new level.

Starting and Restarting

When we started the redesign, back in February, we had only begun to dive into responsive web design. I had taken an expectational amount of my free time to investigate this new technique that had the web buzzing, and decided that it would be a fantastic challenge to apply this technique on our agency website. So we took all of our fireworks & browser mockups and scrapped them. Reread that sentence. We took months of our designs and in-browser comps and trashed them all. We knew that our markup would be bloated if we tried to make it responsive as it currently was. So, we bit the bullet knowing (Lie. We had no idea. ) that it was going to be worth it in a long run.

We had chosen a framework (expect a post on that process in the near future) and redesigned the comps based on it. We then restarted the browser comps on top of the same framework. This was certainly frustrating, as any designer can tell you, but we marched on and started building us a website.

Advanced Web Design With New Techniques

We were already pushing ourselves to our limits with this site. We had never completed a website using the responsive design methodology so, naturally, tackling a complicated one such as this and making everything efficient in our process was borderline impossible. But we soldiered on and made it work. What ensued was an exceptional display of destruction. We took all of our scripts and code and began butchering them – making sticky footers work on a responsive framework, having sliders respond to their containers and adapt touch events for iOS devices, using an almost excessive set of typekit fonts for live text with live masking (we wow’ed ourselves with that one – go ahead, try to highlight the header on this page.) and much much more.

What we ended up with was our original design with a huge set of live text effects and cross-browser functioning scripts, all of which respond from 1600 pixel wide resolutions down to iphone views. We even began serving high resolution assets to the iphone 4’s retina display.

Essentially, this project has shown us that things we generally take the safe route on can be flipped on their heads. Text blocks are no longer images – typekit, css3 (or even simple css margins) lets us create anything we want as long as we put in the time and effort. Markup can be kept simple and adapted for any screen – instead of having 2 sets of everything being serviced to either desktop or mobile.

What’s our goal? Make people think. Stop being comfortable with design and start challenging yourself more. The web is evolving even faster than it has in the past decade – the only way to stay on top is to push your limits and start using these exciting new technologies today.

NJ Web Design

Have you ever experienced a crashed hard disk then discovered you lost all your important files? Mine crashed today and the feeling is awful! If only you backed up the second before you lost all the data! Well I just stumbled onto a website that can be used to store, share and access files online. This guarantees that you don’t lose your files when your hard disk gives up next time because once your files are stored on cloud servers, they are accessible from anywhere, and at anytime.

FilesAnywhere  is the leader in cloud storage features and some of the services they provide are offsite backup storage, access to web folders, direct and online file editing, platform to share photos and stream audios and video content, and much more. This is the perfect solution for me, at least for the moment, must say goodbye to the files I lost and keep safe storage of the ones I’ll create in future! 🙂

There is one thing that would concern anyone about this type of online storage: security. I found out that FilesAnywhere does provide SSL encryption and not only that, they have secured FTP services as well. Their desktop applications are available for both PC and MAC users.

Cloud storage has been around for years, and there are many companies that provide these services. There is no better way of concluding which is the best provider without experiencing using them. I signed up for an account today, let’s see how it goes! Hope you all have a great weekend ahead!

– Millie


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