Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Breathe new life into your freshening up your look.

One unique benefit to mrc's new drag-and-drop m-Painter feature and n-tier flexibility, is that it's easy to quickly change the look, and often breathe new life (as user applications) into old applications.

1) 2)

Above is the exact same application with 3 different looks. (You can click on them to see a larger version.)

    1) The first app, on the top left, helps you drill down to the customer you are looking for by a number of criteria.

    2) The second app also helps you filter by criteria to find the customer you are seeking. There are some navigation changes, and the links are icons. Overall look and feel is different.

    3) The third application includes more intuitive navigation along the left side, and the icon of the m-Power bar links to a maintainance application to allow outside users to update their information in one step.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Enterprise portals: A set of pre-built apps and a place to host them isn't enough.

If you're considering building a portal, this article might be helpful.

One interesting point it makes is: "A portal may provide a nice set of built-in applications that can get you off the ground in a short period of time. In reality though, what often happens is that portals prove to be just the tip of the iceberg, with much more work to customize and integrate the various layers than most customers expect."

The secret, is knowing how to create those customized and integrated portal applications on your own in a fast and efficient way.

If you'd like to get started, but aren't sure how to serve a portal, here's a list of Portal vendors you might want to check out.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Web Design Tips: Navigation

With all you have to do in IT, no one expects you to be a Web designer too.

Or do they?

Here's a new section in our User Forum we've added called Web Design Tips, to give you the basic tenets of Web design to help you keep your applications looking neat, professional...and downright cool.

This week's topic? Best Practices in Navigation.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Tivo for your life? Future data searches may mean total recall.

Have you ever attended a meeting or a class without your required morning cup of coffee, and left looking at your notes wondering what some of them meant?

Or, how about when your spouse asks why you didn't switch the laundry when they asked you to...and as you stare at the molding clothes in their arms, you struggle for recall.

Now, imagine you can do a data search on your handheld "memory banks" and replay what happened. It would be great on one hand...maybe not so great on the other.

In 2021 upgrading your memory is going to mean something completely least according to Gordon Bell, a senior researcher at Microsoft.

Read more here»

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Better to try and fail, than never to try.

If you don't believe how easy it can be to create enterprise-level data-driven Java applications, you should just try it for yourself.

A wide range of users from Java novices/end-users to Java development experts use m-Power to hit the productivity sweet spot in their Web application needs.

Just sign up here to get password access, then follow the quick and easy steps of m-Power's interface to create two Java servlet applications. You'll have a Java servlet in minutes--with no training.

There's nothing to download. Just sign in now to give it a whirl!

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Can't Find a Parking Spot? Get out your cell phone!

Sometimes it's difficult to see beyond our current solutions to the future. You've probably already looked at each Web application ten different ways, trying to make it more user-friendly, faster, better looking, more complex, less complex...but have you really turned it on its side?

Take, for example, a city government. Where would wireless technology possibly apply there?

Well...what if your citizens could pay their parking tickets via their cell phone? Instant revenue. No lag time. What if users could pay for meters that way as well? Think of the labor saved on changing meters, money saved on paper tickets.

That's coming, and so much more. For example, here's what will happen in a few years when you can't find a parking spot.

Data driven Web applications are only beginning to make their mark on how we live our lives. Where can you take yours?

Friday, June 09, 2006

Cool new m-powering things you can do:
The definitive list.

You probably don't know the half of mrc's most recent enhancements to m-Power and the mrc-Productivity Series...mainly because they've been happening so quickly.

This concise, and comprehensive quick reference gives you the highlights.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

The moral of the story is...The right architecture and $1,000 one-time setup can get you $100,000 (in one month)

This is one of my favorite e-business stories...

So, a 2-man IT department at a medical supply distributor wanted to create a B2B Web site to give their hospitals and clinic customers a more convenient way to place orders...and they wanted to build it in Java so they weren't tied to any one platform or vendor. Only they didn't know Java...

But, using m-power, they created a Java-based B2B e-comerce site, running on Linux and served from a PC--and ALSO used m-Power to begin teaching themselves Java as they built it.

The beta-test (launched to just a handful of customers) took in a whopping and unexpected $100,000 in one month of online sales...even though the set up cost was less than $1000. Talk about ROI.

This was possible because of n-tier architecture, which allowed this company to run part of their Java apps on Linux from a PC, while accessing live data from their iSeries.

If you'd like to learn more, fill out this form, or view the case study.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

mrc Movex User Seminar

The Movex User Group in the UK is holding a one-day FIG (Focused Interest Group) event for Movex users to specifically discuss their uses of mrc. Here is an overview of the event.

There are only a handful of spaces left, so if you would like to attend this UK event, please contact Andy Vigrass directly.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Reminder! mrc has moved!

mrc has moved to lovely new offices on Friday, June 2, 2006.

555 Waters Edge, Suite 120
Lombard, IL 60148

p.(630) 916-0662
f.(630) 916-0663

Here's a cool birds' eye view of our new location!

(You can get directions here as well. Maybe if you look close enough, you can see us working away.)

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