CITYTECH CQ5 Managed Services

    May 11, 2011 6:37 PM

    We have seen some great interest our CQ5 Managed Services offering recently. There are a number of great factors we see contributing to this increased interest including Adobe's acquisition of the CQ5, marketing & communications divisions demanding higher degree of agility from their service providers, and our timeliness to a proven solution to market can't be overlooked.

    posted by Matt Van Bergen

    User Segmentation and Personalization with Adobe/Day CQ5

    March 27, 2011 6:20 PM

    Introduction We were commissioned by a client recently to develop several proof of concepts around functionality offered in recent versions of Adobe/Day CQ5.  One of such areas that I had the pleasure of working on was the CQ5 user segmentation and personalization functionality.  I thought it might be good to share what I did in hopes that it would save others time when you need to exploit this functionality on your own.

    posted by Matt Van Bergen

    Adobe’s Acquisition of Day Software

    July 29, 2010 2:10 AM

    There has been exciting news rippling through cyberspace today.   Adobe Systems has signed a definitive agreement to launch a public tender offer to acquire Day Software.  I would like to send out a big congratulations to our friends at Day Software. Having been a professional implementation partner of Day since 2006, we have seen the product evolve from CQ3.x to CQ4.x and then to their flagship version, CQ5.

    posted by Matt Van Bergen

    Mobile Apps and Cloud Computing: The Perfect Complement

    June 16, 2010 3:02 AM

    Your organization just completed the development of a mobile application which has been submitted and approved by the Apple app store and Android app store. You wait for your first user to login to the application and you celebrate that someone has installed your app and is using it.  You monitor the backend infrastructure poised to ramp up additional hardware as necessary to support more users.  The number of users double a few times and you reach the point where you have to add an additional server to your backend infrastructure to handle the load.  No problem, you prepared for this growth and have a brand new Dell server stacked with processors and memory just sitting there waiting to be put into production.  Another few days pass by and the number of users has doubled again.  No problem, you prepared for this growth once again and have two more Dell servers stacked with processors and memory just waiting to be put in production.  Then...someone with quite a Twitter following tweets about how awesome your mobile application is.  This tweet is then re-tweeted all over cyberspace, into just about every social networking site known to man including LinkedIn, Facebook, My Space, etc.  Your user base has increased by a factor of 1,000 almost overnight.  This time, it is a problem.  Unfortunately, you are out of available servers and your procurement department can't get 100 more servers ordered in less than 2 weeks and you need them ASAP.  The number of users keeps increasing and before you know it, people are tweeting about how slow and unresponsive your mobile application is. Your call center and email inboxes are overwhelmed with users wanting their money back.

    posted by Matt Van Bergen

    Congrats to Sten Anderson, JavaFX Coding Challenge Winner

    July 13, 2009 8:43 PM

    Our consultants' passion for technology and commitment to innovation is amazing.  I received a call from Sten Anderson last Friday evening informing me that he won the worldwide JavaFX Coding Challenge sponsored by Sun Microsystems with his Music Explorer FX rich internet application (RIA). I was thrilled to hear this news.  Wow, first Music Explorer FX shows up on the Java App Store unveiling on stage at a JavaOne keynote, now it places first in a worldwide coding contest bringing $25,000 in prize money.  Congratulations Sten!

    posted by Matt Van Bergen

    JavaOne 2009

    June 6, 2009 8:17 PM

    I made the trip out to San Francisco this past week to visit a client and also attend JavaOne.  It seemed like an interesting time to attend JavaOne with the looming Oracle acquisition of Sun Microsystems.  I attended most of the key note sessions including the one which featured Scott McNealy and Larry Ellison on stage together.  I thought their interaction on stage was forced and not very genuine, but would I have expected something different?  No, I figured Scott McNealy would be sad and Larry Ellison not showing any feeling at all.  This was the case.   I was surprised that Oracle did not even have a key note slot this year.  Perhaps, this was because of the pending (not yet finalized) acquisition?

    posted by Matt Van Bergen

    Upcoming Events

    March 16, 2009 12:06 AM

    We had a great first two months of the year, participating in our first Virtual Tradeshow with JBoss, pulled off a great Alfresco Code Camp and saw the Chicago Groovy User Group (CGUG) get off to a great start in January with Sten Anderson presenting on a real life case study of how he integrated a Groovy DSL into a Java SE application.

    posted by Matt Van Bergen

    JBoss Reports Record Number of Downloads…Why?

    February 18, 2009 4:48 AM

    I received my monthly JBoss Developer Newsletter the other day.  Not surprising, it referenced a record number of downloads of the JBoss Application Server 5.0 in December.   According to the JBoss AS 5 SourceForge project statistics page, from Oct-2008 to Dec-2008, there was an average of 122,000 downloads per month with a peak of 127,000 in December.  They cited December as being the highest ever download rate in JBoss's history!

    posted by Matt Van Bergen

    Upcoming Events

    January 7, 2009 4:18 PM

    CITYTECH has definitely hit the ground running as we flipped the year from 2008 to 2009.  Here is a quick peek at some upcoming events CITYTECH will be involved in January and February. 1.  Chicago Groovy User Group (CGUG) - Bill Gloff, Jeff Palmer and Bryan Williams all CITYTECH consultants have started a user group dedicated to Groovy and related technologies.  The first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 13th and will feature Sten Anderson a senior consultant with CITYTECH.  Sten will talk about a real world case study on how he has developed a Groovy DSL in a Java SE based enterprise application.

    posted by Matt Van Bergen

    Motorola Enterprise Mobility Partnership

    November 20, 2008 4:53 AM

    CityTech was approved as a Motorola Enterprise Mobility Partner today.  We are excited about having this partnership in place as it will enable us to include Motorola's vast line of mobile devices as a key part of the mobile solutions we develop for our clients.  If you have any questions regarding the partnership or want to talk mobility, drop me a line!

    posted by Matt Van Bergen
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