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DLS Studios Team Event

Last week was the DLS Studios company outing. We booked a tour with the Chicago Brew Bus and thanks to Tim, our CEO – it was an all expense paid outing.

We toured Haymarket Brewery, Revolution and Moonshine.

Pondering the Selection at Revolution

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bid-on-Equipment Crew

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOW Foods Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

I could go on and on about how great the breweries were but what really made the day fun, was the people I was with, my friends and workmates.

A big thanks to Chicago Brew Bus, the owner Kevin was super knowledgeable and a fun tour guide!

A big shout out to our CEO who helped us have a great time and made us feel appreciated!

For more pictures from the event, check out our Facebook Album!

Thank you Tim!

 

SharePoint Implementation Tips

I was given the task of rolling out SharePoint 2010 for our company.  Our goals for the project included increasing productivity, streamlining our processes and increasing collaboration. Not a small job but I was fortunate to already have buy-in company wide before starting. Without this, a costly and unsuccessful project would have been in my future.

A few important things I learned from our SharePoint implementation.

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The Rise of Mobile Healthcare Management Tools

As a software development company, we are big believers that technology can be used to make life better. We automate and increase efficiency, we make information more accessible, and focus on the goal of saving time and  money.

Our work spans across a variety of verticals. One industry that’s is certainly a hot topic not only in our office, but in society in general at the moment is Healthcare.

Check out this great infographic from AlliedHealthWorld that shows how the use of mobile and wireless devices is being used to improve health outcomes, healthcare services, and health research.
Smartphone = Smart Healthcare?
Courtesy of: Allied Health World

Magento Shows No Signs of Stopping

Magento continues to rock the e-commerce world. As of September 24th, 2012 the company boasts that more than 125,000 businesses worldwide have chosen the open-source e-commerce platform. And, they show no signs of slowing down. They’re adding over 100 new enterprise retailers a month and thousands to Magento Community Edition and Go edition each month.

In a recent post, Magento reports that per recent surveys,

  • A comparison of the over 20 platforms found that “Magento continues its rise and dominance as the industry’s most popular platform” with a 31.4% share of the market across all versions of Magento. (Source: aheadWorks blog post, Sept. 11, 2012)
  • 20% of all eCommerce Sites in the Alexa Top 1 Million Sites Use Magento – that’s more than any other eCommerce platform. (Source: Tom Robertshaw eCommerce Survey, February 21, 2012).

Magento offers great functionality right out of the box and can be customized for specific needs. Talk to us about Magento Development for your e-commerce business!

Software Development Tip: Set up a Server Visual Indicator

One of the benefits of working with DLS Studios for development projects is the combined brainpower behind our team. Our developers come from different backgrounds and create a diverse powerhouse of expertise.  You don’t get one developer’s ideas, you get a team that works together to problem solve and support each other. Here’s a great example of a tip one of our developers recently shared with the team on setting up visual indicators for which server they’re working on.

Have you ever accidentally run a SQL query on the production server? I have (in a past position) and it wasn’t a good thing.  Most peoples management studio around here looks like this:

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Software News: Windows 8 RTM Available

Windows 8 RTM is out and available. As of this morning, MSDN and TechNet subscribers were able to download the program. According to Arstechnica, “Over the next few weeks volume license and Action Pack customers will also be able to download the RTM build, ahead of retail availability on October 26.

The RTM is little different from the Release Preview version released in May. Some icons are updated, the install process has a brief tutorial on the new user interface, new wallpapers have been added, and the final desktop theme is in place.”

 

Arstechnica has also supplied the following important dates:

  • August 15: MSDN and TechNet subscribers get first access to the new software.
  • August 16: Software Assurance customers and Microsoft Partner Network members gain access to the OS
  • August 20: Microsoft Action Pack providers will be given Windows 8.
  • September 1: Volume license customers not using Software Assurance will be able to purchase Windows 8 licenses
  • October 26: Retail copies of Windows 8 and PCs and tablets (including Microsoft’s own Surface tablet) will go on sale.

The final version of Visual Studio 2012 will also be available from August 15.

 

At DLS Studios, we want to provide you with the very best IT solutions for your business. Contact us today to discuss how custom software development  can bring cost-effective, best in class solutions to your organization. While we are located in the Chicago area, we take on projects throughout the country. Any project, anywhere, any time – We’ve got the solution for you.