Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Modernizing a 15 year old backend: The challenge

Modernization can be tricky, expensive, and time consuming and even innovators can get hung up when trying to move forward. Here's the story of one company that got the job done cost effectively and productively.

They are delighted by the result. And so are their customers.

Here's how they did it, and how you can do the same»

If you're interested in modernizing your backend, or bringing some legacy applications to the Web, let us know»

Monday, December 29, 2008

Top 7 underreported tech stories of 2008

Looking back on 2008 from an IT standpoint, which stories stick out in your mind? What will 2008 be known for from a tech perspective?

When I think back on the year, I think of themes like green IT, cloud computing, and business intelligence. I think of the iPhone 3G and the slew of “iPhone killers”. Of course, I think about the economic turmoil, which had a big effect on just about every industry, including IT.

But, which stories didn’t receive the coverage they deserved this year? just published a list of the top underreported tech stories of 2008. Can you think of any other stories that didn’t receive the coverage they deserved?

Friday, December 26, 2008

Happy Holidays from your friends at mrc!

All of us here at mrc would like to wish everyone happy holidays and safe travels this season!

Click the image on the left to see mrc's 2008 Holiday Card.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Money-Saving Tip: Revitalize Your Aging ERP

We recently ran across a few companies facing the same problem. They have an aging ERP system which desperately needs replacing, but don't want to pay the extremely high price tag for a new ERP in this struggling economy. I can’t say that I blame them.

What should they do? In this case, the best solution is also the cheapest one. Many of these companies have opted to build new functionality into their old ERP systems with m-Power. It’s cheaper than replacing their current ERP system and provides all the functionality of an up-to-date system.

If you want to see how m-Power can help your aging ERP system, let us know. We’ll build you a free proof-of-concept application in under 24 hours. Fill out this short form to get started!

Monday, December 22, 2008

2008 Salary Survey conducted a great little survey which provides some very valuable information regarding IT jobs and salaries. Are you curious how your salary stacks up to similar jobs in the IT field? Want to learn a few ways to boost your paycheck? Which jobs are hot right now?

Learn all that and more with the 2008 IT Salary Survey.>>

Friday, December 19, 2008

7 ways to save money using web applications

I read it all over the news: Companies are cutting back, Company X has massive layoffs, corporate budgets are frozen, etc...

Everyone wants to save money, but no one has any unique ideas on how to save. It seems like the most common “money-saving” technique these days is layoffs. It’s unfortunate, because I personally believe some of the best money-saving methods are often overlooked.

For example, many of our clients have saved loads of money using web applications. We pulled together 7 of the best ways our customers used web apps to save money and put them in a presentation entitled, “7 Ways to Save Money with Web Applications.” Who knows, you might see a new money-saving technique that your company hasn't tried.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

More spreadsheets, more problems

If I had a dollar for every time I heard about a problem caused by the overuse of spreadsheets, I could retire early. By “overuse of spreadsheets", I’m referring to tasks that spreadsheets were not meant to handle, such as reporting, business intelligence, shipment schedules, etc…

I know many companies are guilty of this, but I doubt that management at those companies know how much time and effort is wasted on spreadsheets. Here’s something to try: If your company uses spreadsheets extensively and you don’t know how long they take to create and manage, find out. You may be surprised.

I wish that a little wasted time was the worst problem associated with spreadsheet overuse, but it’s not. Read this forum post to learn about more potential problems, as well as the solution.

Monday, December 15, 2008

What's Hot, What's Not: IT Skills You'll Need in 2010

You know what I both love and hate about technology? It changes so fast. What’s current today may not be current next week. IT skills that are current today may not be current in a year. Like no other industry, those in IT must find a way to keep their skills up-to-date.

But how can you keep your skills current if you don’t know what the future holds? This might help: has published a report conducted by 3 research groups which predicts the most/least important IT skills in 2010. I hope you find it as interesting as I did.

Friday, December 12, 2008

m-Power's 24-Hour Challenge!

I personally believe that enterprise application development is an unnecessarily expensive and time-consuming process. Enterprise applications, such as business intelligence, executive dashboards, report writing, e-Commerce, customer portals, etc… shouldn’t take months/years to build, and shouldn’t be expensive.

We think enterprise application development should take days instead of months, and we want to prove it. That is why, starting today, we are beginning the m-Power 24-Hour Challenge. You can now challenge us to build a fully functional web application (using your own data) in 24 hours with m-Power. The best part: It's absolutely free!

The process is simple: Tell us what you want, give us some sample data, and challenge us to build your web application in under 24 hours. Click here to get started!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Tips for creating a great shopping cart and order entry system

Have you ever tried to buy a product online, but were dissuaded by the purchasing process? I know I have. For example, sometimes the site doesn’t seem secure, or the process is too difficult or confusing. Whatever the reason, a poorly constructed online order system spells lost profits for the vendor.

If your company utilizes an online order system, it must be easy for your customers to spend money with you. Check out our forum post entitled, “Tips for creating a top-notch shopping cart and order entry system” to learn a few best practices.

Monday, December 08, 2008

10 most important tech stories of 2008

2008 was a big year for technology. We saw the internet play a larger role in a presidential election than ever before. 2008 also brought legitimate competition to Microsoft Windows with the advances and increased popularity of Ubuntu and the unveiling of IBM’s “Microsoft-Free” desktop.

But that’s not all. released a list of the Top 10 IT Stories of 2008. Would you add anything else to the list?

Friday, December 05, 2008

Money-saving tip: Take a hard look at your soft costs

How much money does your company spend printing out forms, mailing invoices, or purchasing toner and paper? How much time do employees spend filing, mailing, or faxing? Be careful: These "soft costs" are hard to track and add up very quickly.

What can you do?

Automate these processes with web applications, such as an online sales portal or a web reporting solution. Instantly email reports, invoices, or forms with just a click of the mouse. You will save money on supplies and save valuable time for your employees.

The best part: These web applications will not only automate your processes, but they are easy to build with m-Power. We’ll even build you a free proof-of-concept application so you can see it for yourself.

Just fill out this short form to get your free proof-of-concept application.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

7 career tips for tough times

I run across a new IT job study seemingly every week, most of which contain conflicting results. Some say that IT workers have nothing to worry about. Others say that the industry is in trouble.

So, is the IT industry safe? I guess it depends on what you read. Regardless, there are always steps you can take to increase job security, and make yourself a more desirable job candidate for future employers. I recently ran across a good article on that gives 7 tips to grow your career. You can read the article here.>>

Monday, December 01, 2008

Why offshoring software development will fail

Is offshore development posing a threat to the IT industry, or is it a passing fad? This article on argues for the latter, and I agree to an extent. I don’t believe it will go away anytime soon, but I do believe that companies who try it will soon find that it’s not as good as promised.

Many companies don't realize that a better way exists. They opt for offshore development instead of giving their current developers the tools to increase productivity. Tools like m-Power reduce development time by 90% and eliminate the need to hire offshore developers for many of our customers

See it for yourself. Try our free online lab and develop two web applications in under an hour.

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