Porting iOS Application to Xamarin Forms

[fa icon="user"] Patrick Emmons [fa icon="calendar"]  May 23, 2017 12:00:00 PM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

The Client & The Challenge:

Climate Pros, Inc. is a commercial refrigeration, HVAC and construction company serving Chicagoland and central Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Florida, California, and Hawaii. One of its differentiators is its commitment to innovation.

As such, the company had invested heavily into an iOS app, Fieldgetics. It gave the field technicians real-time access to data about customers, equipment, and workflows - and seamless and paperless communication with the billing system.

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What does 99.99 Software Mean to DragonSpears?

[fa icon="user"] Natalie Lopez [fa icon="calendar"]  May 16, 2017 12:00:00 PM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

What does it take to lead the market? The question is not academic. It's a matter of life or death: profit or bankruptcy. Every business leader knows that a competitive advantage is key, but the devil is in the details.

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What You Should Know About Serverless Development

[fa icon="user"] Patrick Emmons [fa icon="calendar"]  May 9, 2017 12:00:00 PM [fa icon="comments-o"] 1 Comment

Just about anywhere you turn, from Stack Overflow to Twitter, you are likely to stumble into a heated debate over serverless computing. This debate is partly fueled by the popularity of AWS Lambda, which grabbed headlines last December after it was heavily promoted with the full might of Amazon's marketing machine at the re:Invent 2016 conference.

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QWerks Builds Quality Monitoring Application

[fa icon="user"] Alexander Sobin [fa icon="calendar"]  Apr 11, 2017 9:00:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

Two Managers from a Chicago based Manufacturer describe their recent journey.

Manufacturers have been at the center of the Midwest’s economy for more than a century. When cheap, available, and reliable electricity reached the industry around the turn of the 20th century, it changed everything. Today, manufacturers are seeing a similar paradigm shift with the advancements made in software. In 2014, creative werks embarked on a journey to address this shift by spinning off a software company called QWerks. This year the QWerks team is releasing their new product, built in partnership with DragonSpears, to help them address the growing need for digital solutions in the industry. I recently caught up with the QWerks team and got them to explain to me some of the insights they’ve gained from this journey.

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Why Unit Testing is Essential to 99.99 Software

[fa icon="user"] Patrick Emmons [fa icon="calendar"]  Feb 21, 2017 9:46:13 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

We're all under intense pressure to deliver applications fast. Agile development plus DevOps speed up the process for getting from code complete to code deployed, sometimes deploying code multiple times a day. The time available for an in-depth QA process is extremely limited.

When development teams focus on unit testing, quality is automatically built in to the development process. But the point isn't to reach 100 percent code coverage. Instead, get your team focused on testing the functionality that matters. Technology can provide support, but you'll only get to 99.99 software if your people and processes emphasize testing.

Here are 4 ways unit testing helps DevOps efforts reach maximum effect.

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