Looking Ahead:  Will today’s consumer trends impact your business tomorrow?

consumer trendsLast month, we shared with your our UDig’s 2016 Tech Resolutions, the tech trends IT leaders should be considering for their businesses.  With the Consumer Electrics Show (CES) also taking place last month we thought it would be interesting to highlight a few of the top consumer trends. These may not be impacting your business today, but could be things to watch for as the technology, and consumer behavior, continue to evolve.  Perhaps trends for UDig’s 2017 list?

Connor TromblyLooking Ahead:  Will today’s consumer trends impact your business tomorrow?

UDig Announces Innovation Studio Opening

Richmond-based center designed to provide economical, efficient alternative to project delivery.

Innovation StudioRichmond, VA, February 4, 2016. Today, UDig officially announced the opening of its Innovation Studio located in Richmond, Virginia (see pictures).  As announced last year, the organization has evolved from a history of IT staffing to delivering consulting services focused in the areas of technical strategy, information management and application services.

Amy ThompsonUDig Announces Innovation Studio Opening

Got Mobile?

mobile strategyLike the majority of people, I use my phone for basic communication: phone, E-mail, texting, and internet usage. Aside from the standard practice, utilizing business apps has become an important part of helping companies evolve and connect with their customers wherever they are.  From pre-ordering your Starbucks coffee so it’s sitting on the counter when you get there to ordering a snow shovel last minute on Amazon, having a rock solid and user friendly mobile strategy is important for your business to grow and maximize its profitability.

Greg ValentineGot Mobile?

UDig Named One of the 2016 Best Places to Work in Virginia

best places to work in virginia[Richmond, VA, January 28, 2016] UDig was recently named as one of the 2016 Best Places to Work in Virginia. The annual list of the Best Places to Work in Virginia was created by Virginia Business and Best Companies Group.

The final rankings were announced at an awards luncheon on January 28, 2016 at the Williamsburg Lodge in Williamsburg, VA. Andy Frank, CEO & Founder, and Amy Thompson, VP, Marketing & Strategy, accepted the award on the firms’ behalf.  The firm was ranked 34th in the small business category.

Amy ThompsonUDig Named One of the 2016 Best Places to Work in Virginia

The Rise of Open Source

open sourceOne of the hottest trends over the last few years is the rapid growth of Open Source Technology. There has been a common misconception that open source technology is less reliable and secure than proprietary software. While some of the bigger companies in the world are still relying on big names such as Microsoft and Oracle, there has been a rapid rise of Fortune 500 organizations making the switch to Open Source. In fact, Microsoft announced in 2015 that it will make the source code for the .NET Framework Open Source. This is a far cry from Steve Balmer’s aggressive stance towards Linux in the early 2000’s. With this radical shift in the software landscape there are a few things that point to a continued growth of Open Source.

Rob BrinkleyThe Rise of Open Source

Figuring Out the Recipe for a Connected Kitchen

connected kitchenLate last summer, I wrote an article about the restaurant industry trying to play catch up to many other industries by making use of the latest technologies.  Of course the Internet of Things and smart appliances seems to be continuously in the news.  I recently read multiple articles on some of the latest smart home devices, especially after the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas wrapped up the second week in January.

Joanna CurrenceFiguring Out the Recipe for a Connected Kitchen

Taking a Gamble on IoT?

IoT“Many of the exciting technology products and solutions on display at CES this year indicate that we are on the verge of new era of highly connected consumer experiences, fueled by data and empowered by the Internet of Things” CIO.com.

Each year the Consumer Electronics Show is held in Las Vegas, NV, showcasing over 3,600 organizations and hosting more than 150,000 attendees from over 130 countries. The show includes manufacturers, developers and suppliers of consumer technology hardware, content, technology delivery systems and more. CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. The show serves as a playground for innovators and entrepreneurs.

Shelby KingsleyTaking a Gamble on IoT?

A Look Back at 2015: UDig’s Top Blogs

As we step into 2016, we thought it would be fun to look back at our best performing blogs of 2015. This year the majority of our top posts reflected our passion for technology. We hope you dig our content because we dig what we do!

DevOps - Breaking DownBreaking Down DevOps

This article is the first in a series discussing trends, tools, and processes related to your Software Delivery processes.  We will uncover how taking on a DevOps mindset and making incremental changes can have a tremendous impact and ROI to your organization.

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Amy ThompsonA Look Back at 2015: UDig’s Top Blogs

Fear of Change: What Keeps Companies from Embracing DevOps?

embracing devopsOf all the IT industry trends of the past few years, DevOps has stood out as one that can make a significant impact to an organization.  The results have been documented, as shown by the recent case study at Target.  But a recent survey by IDC shows that while most Fortune 1000 companies are considering or have considered DevOps, they cite “cultural inhibitors” as the biggest risk.  While I might be simplifying things, I believe that can be summed up in one word: Fear.

Earle KilliusFear of Change: What Keeps Companies from Embracing DevOps?

Overcoming a Challenging Interview Question

challenging interview questionA few years ago I was leaving my job as a Mortgage Processor and trying to become a Mortgage Loan Officer. During the interview process, I was asked a series of standard questions that I was prepared for. Then, the manager threw in a cork screw question. I had no answer. I thought and thought and fumbled over my words until he eventually moved forward with the interview seeing I couldn’t give him an answer. I went home that night disappointed in myself for not having an answer.

UDigOvercoming a Challenging Interview Question