iOS 9 Tutorial Series: Accessibility on watchOS 2
In the past I have written about accessibility in iOS (part 1, part 2). With new enhancements released in watchOS 2, it is time to return to accessibility and apply it to the watch. For this tutorial, we will start a new Apple Watch app, which can be found at GitHub. My goal is to demonstrate how easy accessibility for the watch really is and to encourage everyone to use the accessibility features built into watchOS.
CapTech Wins National Award
CapTech and Virginia ABC Recognized for Outstanding Achievement in Web Development
Big Data: Don’t Forget About the Information Architect
There is a lot of pressure on companies today to take advantage of Big Data. For many companies Big Data has become a competitive differentiator. They are making substantial investments in solutions and initiatives to collect and analyze the ever-growing volume of data available in the digital world. This pressure has led many companies to make decisions and buy tools that have hamstrung their ability to mine the data they are collecting. In this short paper we will explain what some of these critical pitfalls are and how to avoid them.
Digital Transformation: Digital Solutions for Real-World Businesses
A concept known as digital transformation has begun to change business in a very real and tangible way. As more and more organizations adapt and evolve into this realm (no less than twenty-six per cent), it is becoming extremely clear why so many are now beginning to embrace the benefits that can be offered. Indeed, these digital leaders are now emerging across every industry and numerous studies have shown that the benefits which arise as a result are undeniable. So, how can a robust digital transformation strategy enable any business to rise to the next level?
Getting Started with Plug And Play Digital Marketing
While recently working on a project to implement a Tag Management System for a Fortune 50 company, I had the opportunity for my mind to be blown all over again that today’s digital marketer can choose from more than 550 distinct vendor-provided tracking scripts and pixels to assemble a powerful and robust digital marketing infrastructure.
UILayoutGuide – Auto Layout’s Invisible Helpers
Like it or not, Auto Layout has become the de facto standard for controlling the position and size of views within an iOS. Auto Layout allows you to specify the relationships between views or the relationship of a view to a constant to determine the size and position of the view.
CapTech strengthens cloud computing offerings for clients with AWS re:Invent attendance
CapTech, a leading edge IT consulting firm, is proud to announce that we are continuing to build upon our existing relationship with Amazon Web Services (AWS) by attending re:Invent 2015.
BE Agile: Don’t just DO Agile
On Thursday, April 19th I attended the Project Management Institute's Central Virginia Chapter's (PMI-CVC) dinner meeting. The keynote speaker, Dr. Ahmed Sidky, addressed the question, "What's the big fuss about agile?" One of Dr. Sidky's points in his address was that Agile is not a process, methodology, or framework; but rather Agile is a mindset. Dr. Sidky's opinion is that a fixed mindset and an agile mindset have the following characteristics:
Managing Information in the Big Data Lake
The build-out architecture of a data lake allows companies to capture and stream massive amounts of big data, and real world visualizations – all in one place. This revolutionizes business by putting critical assets and analytics, the power of numbers at your fingertips in real-time. While companies have gathered the information, there is no standard system to organize or catalog the data to be used. The information in your data lake is only as good as it’s relevance to connect it, govern it and make it accessible to key members of your team that need it and restrict access to protect your company and data against security breaches.
Big Data: How to Start Right and Avoid the Pitfalls
Big Data is the future of business. According to CloudTweaks.com, as much as 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are produced each day, with most of this data being captured by Big Data. With its ability to transfer all data sources all into one centralized place, Big Data provides opportunities, clearer visions, customer conversations and transactions. However, with the dazzling big promise of Big Data comes a potentially huge letdown. If this vast pool of information resources is not accessible or usable, it becomes useless. This paper examines strategies for building the most value into your Big Data system by enabling process controls to effectively mine, access and secure Big Data.
iOS 9 Tutorial Series: Testability By Example - Making Unit Testing Easier in Swift 2.0 and Xcode 7
Swift 2.0 introduces the concept of Testability. Testability allows us to write tests of Swift 2.0 frameworks and apps without having to make all of their internal routines public. Before Testability, testing internal routines and modules (i.e. routines and modules that are out of access control scope) directly in Swift was impossible.