For such an integral component of IT, enterprise software is relatively underrepresented in online media. Most of the deepest industry knowledge, it seems, is kept under a shroud of secrecy: Nobody wants to show potential clients exactly what’s going on behind the curtain, and the most valuable insights often provide the least mainstream value.
Here at Icreon’s Business Technology Insights blog, we see enterprise IT as a broad community of diverse perspectives. As such, decision-makers need to have a wide knowledge base if they want to implement new technology to its fullest.
While many online sources come in the form of blogs or personal websites that are a bit tougher to find, they can serve as invaluable destinations for news, editorials and reviews alike. Here are 15 of our favorite enterprise software blogs that run the topical gamut, providing some invaluable insights.
eCommerce has Black Friday, gymnasiums have New Year’s resolutions, and non-profit organizations have the holiday season. Between #GivingTuesday, tax deduction deadlines and the general focus on charity, the final weeks of the year drive a dramatic increase in donations. So why not take advantage?
To get ahead of the holiday giving trend, Icreon has put together a handy infographic that shows when, where and most importantly, how these end-of-year donations manifest themselves. By looking into the deeper trends of holiday giving, your organization can get ahead of the season and take full advantage of the giving rush.
As we approach Thanksgiving, it’s part of the American tradition to think back on the pilgrims of the Mayflower, who faced many trials as they tried to develop new settlements. Here at Icreon, we’re always thinking of ways that people’s lives could be made easier through mobile apps, and find ourselves wondering what it might be like to go back in time and hand the early settlers a smartphone or mobile device.
From cooking apps, to health trackers and weather reports, here are 5 apps that would have made the pilgrims’ lives much easier.
A huge thanks to all who attended Icreon’s Nonprofit Roundtable event at NYY Steak! With Mike Benyo of New York Road Runners and Ken Winell of The Robin Hood Foundation leading our discussion, we loved the chance to explore some of the biggest trends that are affecting nonprofit digital strategy in 2014.
Here is an overview of some of the great discussion!
Here at Icreon, we’re always looking out for the latest and greatest ways that apps are getting creative with UX and design to build high-quality apps. Over the past month, we’ve gotten up-close-and-personal with everything from creative iOS 8 keyboard apps, to ambitious new attempts to revolutionize the word processor. So here they are, the eight apps that have given us some great food for thought—and that we hope will inspire some ideas for you as well:
It’s not at all difficult to talk about technology on the internet, but it can be extremely difficult to actually show what technology looks like. Stock photos of tech products can tend to look sterile, especially in a world where our device interactions are becoming increasingly integrated with our daily lives. Sometimes, the biggest challenge can be to find high-quality, free photography that you can use for your own purposes without having to worry about royalty fees.
Here are 10 sites where you can find beautifully-shot photographs of technology—and they’re all absolutely free to use.
Bluhomes is a provider of prefab homes whose work features stunning architecture and high customization options. Ingrained in their style is a heavy focus on integrating the beauty of the outdoors with the serenity of the indoors. Navigate through the website and you’ll see this theme play out as you scroll down the pages. Elements deftly transition into the scene, and high-res images do a great job of evoking outdoor comfort. We love the way that Bluhomes has used Drupal to communicate its company message through cohesive design.
In a world of throwaway digital photographs, Cheeky Little Monkey Photography emphasizes the value of pictures as physical keepsakes, readymade for putting on display in a home setting. They focus on candid images of children in everyday life, and their fantastically-executed Drupal website captures this same childlike playfulness in its design. We love the way CLMP uses color and simple shapes to showcase their work alongside the beauty of childhood.
Coppertino is the LA-based development studio behind VOX, a lightweight music player for Mac whose interface establishes a minimalist, yet full-featured design approach. That same design framework is reflected in their website – a beautifully simplistic interface that still does a great job of showcasing the company’s forward-thinking.
On its surface, Novation is simply a digital agency that creates websites, Facebook apps and mobile applications. But the company differentiates itself by employing a unique design–an approach which is immediately apparent upon a visit to their website. Built on Drupal, their online HQ is heavily (and gorgeously) customized, and does a great job of demonstrating their ability to create engaging digital experiences.
Taboola is the world’s leading content discovery platform, serving publishers that include USA Today, Fox Sports and TIME. Their entire focus is to connect people with content, and their site is a master class in how to communicate big ideas with large audiences. Using Drupal, their site is a seamless and delightful walk through what Taboola does, and how it might fit into a visitor’s overall strategy. We especially love the way they’ve implemented hover states to bring their site to life with useful information.
TOTO is a manufacturer of luxury bathroom fixtures that seeks to elevate the bathroom experience. If that sounds like a hard sell, you might be surprised at how deftly their site showcases objects like baths, faucets and toilets. Using Drupal, the layout features huge, luxurious images and tons of whitespace to add sophistication and minimalist Zen to the company’s products on the web.
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At Icreon, we’re big advocates of the Drupal platform. When it comes to building websites, Drupal is flexible, scalable and creative in ways that lots of other platforms aren’t. That being said, we’re always on the lookout for sites that are using Drupal to its fullest extent.
For those looking for a bit of inspiration, we’ve put together a small showcase of Drupal-built websites that are absolutely stunning in terms of both design and functionality. From beautiful image assets, to creative transitions, to comprehensive design executions, here are six beautiful Drupal websites that are inspiring us this week.
Lately, we’ve been noticing a trend that really seems to be catching on: People are switching up their daily technological routines, and finding out some interesting things about tech—and themselves—in the process. Someone “Liked” everything they saw on Facebook for a few days, only to see his entire profile transform. One reporter replied to every PR email they received, and the results were hilarious. Elsewhere, somebody decided to right-swipe (“Like”) everyone he saw on Tinder—and ended up with 800 compatible matches.
There’s something to be gained from all of these “Tech Diets,” whether it’s a boost to self-esteem, or a deep dive into the inner-workings of your favorite social media platform. In the interest of boosting your own insights—and maybe even bettering yourself in the process—here are seven technological diets that you should try on for size.
A huge thanks to all who attended Icreon’s Nonprofit Roundtable event at the Atlantic Grill! Ken Winell of The Robin Hood Foundation and Mike Benyo of New York Road Runners joined us in our luncheon to discuss the concepts, complexities, and trends that are affecting nonprofit digital strategy in 2014.
Here is an overview of some of the great discussion!