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What Do I Do With These Business Cards?

If you do a lot of networking, you end up with a lot of business cards. How often do you set these cards on your desk or in a drawer with the intention of adding them to your contact list or CRM system? How often do you really get them entered into your system within a couple days? If you are like me, many of those cards still haven’t made it into your contact database.

A couple days ago I was meeting with someone to discuss their business needs. I was doing some research to determine what functionality we need to add to our business management application to make it a winner. She mentioned that she has an app on her phone, CamCard, that she uses to scan in the business cards. However, she has no way of getting these cards into her contact management system.

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Walling Info Systems Works with Softdocs

Walling Info Systems had the pleasure of working with Columbia, SC based software development company, Softdocs this year. We were tasked with creating a website updater application to help Softdocs better serve their existing and future clients. The application allows users to quickly update their existing websites by a simple click of a button. This enables Softdocs to continue to provide their clients with exceptional customer service without inconveniencing their day to day business schedules. The client updates their websites whenever is most convenient for them.

The application was written in asp.net and mvc 5. Other technologies used include MSSQL, Kendo, SignalR, and Javascript.

Walling Info Systems Redevelops Mulch Mart of Powdersville’s Website

Walling Info Systems is pleased to announce the completion of the new Mulch Mart of Powdersville website. The new site features a complete image list of all of Mulch Mart’s products, a frequently asked questions page that thoroughly answers many of your most pressing mulch questions, and a Mulch Calculator that allows customers to calculate the exact amount of mulch they will need for their landscaping project.

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Joe Walling to Present at The Columbia Enterprise Developers Guild

Does your website load quickly or do people leave your site because they get impatient? If your website doesn’t display within a couple seconds, you will start losing some of your visitors. By 8 seconds, no one is hanging around waiting for the page to load.

Thursday 9/11/2014, Joe Walling will be showing some simple things you can do to optimize your website. We will take a quick look at all of the potential areas you could improve performance and then spend the majority of the time covering client side optimizations which is where 80% of the time is spent.

The Columbia Enterprise Developers Guild meets in the main auditorium at the Midlands Tech NE Campus located at 151 Powell Rd, Columbia, SC. The event starts at 6:00 pm.

Automated Testing Presented to UWIT

I was privileged to be the only man in a room full of women yesterday. That is because I was giving the presentation at the Upstate Women in Technology monthly meeting. The funny thing is that one of the members tried to kick me out because men weren’t allowed. When she found out I was the speaker, she let me stay. I really enjoyed the opportunity to mingle and talk with many people I didn’t know as well as make contact with some others that I had not seen in quite a while.

I appreciate them giving me the opportunity to do the presentation on “Automated Testing” where I covered some options for budget conscious automated testing and provided information to help justify the cost of these testing tools and manpower. You can download a pdf of the presentation here.

Carolina Code Camp Review

I had a great time at the Code Camp in Charlotte on Saturday and was glad to see a number of developers from Greenville. In addition to giving a presentation “Improving Your Software Development Processes” I went to several interesting presentations. After seeing the Angular presentation, I know I am going to have to try that in a project. The MeteorJS presentation by Kevin Hennessy was pretty cool. While I have no desire to write even more JavaScript, it is cool the way you can use JavaScript on both the server side and the client side.

If you are interested in the pdf of the slides for my presentation, you can find them here.

Joe Walling Presents at The Carolina Code Camp: Saturday, May 3rd

This Saturday, May 3rd, Joe Walling will be presenting at the Carolina Code Camp in Charlotte, NC. His presentation is titled “Improving Your Software Development Processes.” In the presentation he discusses the main causes of software development project failures and what organizations can do to avoid these problems to ensure a successful project.

Drowning in IT Projects? Local Outsourcing Could Save the Day.

As we swim forward in the ocean of technology, forceful currents are pulling at each and every industry – specifically organizational leaders. While legacy product maintenance demands attention, the winds of change yank us to and fro between how much “reasonable” programming investments should cost, delicately balanced against how the life cycle of the product plays out.

Job postings for development staff have increased in the last 18 months with IT unemployment at an all-time low. Developer salaries saw a 7% increase in the past year according to the RHT Salary Survey. What is the going rate? Can your organization compete for the top talent?

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