Mobile devices are rapidly becoming the go-to choice for internet access for consumers.  Reading takes place on a wide range of devices, from a small smartphone to a large computer monitor. A design that works well on one screen size may not be readable on another. The user’s experience with your mobile app is paramount, and should be the outcome of significant thought, design, investment, testing, and refinement. It’s easy to discuss the need for an interface to be simple, […]

Intranet 101: If your employees still use email to request information that’s on your intranet, your intranet is failing. Maybe it’s too hard to update, so everyone simply assumes the information there is outdated. Maybe the search functionality consistently returns irrelevant results. Maybe it’s not accessible from a smartphone or tablet. Whatever the reason, the result is the same: poor user adoption has doomed your intranet. For over 30 years, we’ve been building complex intranets for businesses and organizations of […]

We’ve recently worked on several mobile app development projects for tablets and phones running iOS, Android and Windows. Thanks to these projects, we’ve identified some key do’s and don’ts for managing your product backlog requirements for mobile application development efforts. Here are some of the common business features and technical requirements/constraints for both consumer-facing apps and corporate internal apps that could show up in the product backlog: Responsive UX Design (screen size, orientation, device features, etc.) – for this you […]

As a UX Designer, I admit that there are parts about Windows 8 that I love…and some I’ve hated. But I recently had the pleasure of training on UX Design for Windows 8.1 apps with two of Microsoft’s talented UX Evangelists and I learned a ton. After listening to users, Microsoft made some pretty important changes to the way we now design apps in Windows 8.1.

2013 was a great year for AIS — we worked on exciting projects for our terrific clients, built some cool apps and won some cool awards. We were honored with the 2013 Microsoft Mid-Atlantic Cloud Practice Award and are among the first Amazon Web Services partners to earn a “SharePoint on AWS” competency. And throughout the year, we wrote and blogged about our passion for cloud computing, SharePoint, going mobile, and doing “more with less” for our government and commercial clients. Here’s […]

How do you keep great clients coming back for more?  Do great work.  And thanks to the great work our team did developing and implementing a new player management system for the NFLPA, we’re now working with the Trust to develop a website, available on multiple platforms, to maintain active engagement with former NFL players.  Read on to learn more, or visit: http://playerstrust.com/. 

The mission was critical, and the task complex: Ushering a print publication like Rolling Stone, a Bondi publication, into the digital age by providing them with a turnkey solution to present their print magazine archives online, for viewing on high resolution-connected devices of all shapes and sizes. Unlike other digital versions of magazines on the market, the new platform would allow the publisher to monetize its own unique brand through the years. The Challenge AIS needed to address multiple technical […]

Given the widespread use of the Android operating system running on today’s mobile platforms, Android development has become an excellent choice for enhancing a developer’s skill set. Fortunately for the seasoned .NET developer, learning Android development is not a huge stretch. While there are several avenues for .NET developers looking to break into the world of Android application development, currently the most popular options are made possible by utilizing any of the following technologies: Xamarin platform PhoneGap framework Native Android […]

Mobile solutions are already transforming the way we do business and interact with customers, partners and colleagues, but many organizations are still struggling to fully embrace the changes and opportunities. Today’s workforce wants mobile technologies that allow them to work when they want, how they want, and from where they want. (And not to mention using whatever device they want.) Here are 10 reasons to rethink your current mobile strategy and fully embrace the concept of enabling a true mobile […]

AIS developed a prototype web application that leverages open standards for real-time data sharing and geospatial processing. It’s highly suggested you read our first two blog posts on this application, part one and part two. In this post, we are going to discuss three areas of improvement for the application. We wanted to improve collaboration, improve management of events by adding a search capability, and improve the edit capabilities.