Are You Ready for the End of V6R1?

Posted by Hannah Gierosky

Oct 17, 2014 9:51:00 AM

The AS/400 is known throughout the industry for its stability and reliability. “It just runs,” is often heard in our office when asked why our iSeries team loves working with the server. But because AS/400 “just runs,” it is easy to forget to keep it updated.

Beyond a general tendency to forget to update, there are plenty of reasons why your company may have not yet upgraded to V7R1: budget and time constraints, the formidable task of updating third party software, and a false perception of no added business value. However, none of these reasons is more daunting than the fact that IBM is withdrawing support for the Operating System V6R1 starting on September 30, 2015.

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Topics: iSeries

The Strategy for Seamlessly Integrating Magento into your ERP

Posted by Bill Onion

Oct 15, 2014 9:14:00 AM

Everyone approaches an eCommerce integration project for different reasons, but regardless of the purpose, the integration strategy is a crucial aspect of the process. When discussing an integration strategy, the technical aspects fall away and the focus is on the business strategy. Who will own what data and which data processes? Answering these questions helps to prevent inefficiencies throughout the project due to miscommunication and logic duplication. The best way to go about planning an integration strategy is to focus on the Golden Rules of Integration: keep the business logic where it belongs, don’t duplicate data unless you know why and use an integration methodology that’s appropriate for the project.

Integrating Magento to an ERP system is not simply a technical exercise; it is about strategy, business logic and the related business processes.

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Topics: JD Edwards, eCommerce, Integration, Magento

Club 2K 2014

Posted by Hannah Gierosky

Oct 13, 2014 9:49:17 AM

Another Club 2K event is in the books! This year’s crew enjoyed a fun day of racing at Lake County Speedway. Those in attendance were Mike Berlin, Rosie Biggs, Mark Kucalaba, Nathan Giri, Matt Wolf, Mike Iaconis, Lavi Miksa, and Prathyusha Takkillapati. Club 2K creator Mike Berlin came up with the racing idea for this year’s event.

“I am always looking for something different than what most people would have access to. I try to make them something that will be very memorable and something that they will talk about for months and years in the future. Kind of like mini-bucket list events.”

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Topics: Culture

Derrik's Zend PHP Certification

Posted by Hannah Gierosky

Oct 8, 2014 12:08:50 PM

Congratulations to Derrik Nyomo on being the most recent Briteskies team member to achieve his Zend PHP Certification! Derrik, a Magento Developer and Network Administrator at Briteskies, adds this accomplishment to his three Magento Certifications: CD, CD+ and Front End Developer.  

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Topics: Announcements, Culture

B2B and Inbound Marketing - How to Make it Work: A SyncShow Guest Blog

Posted by SyncShow

Oct 6, 2014 12:30:00 PM

Today we are sharing a guest post from SyncShow, an inbound marketing agency based right outside of Cleveland, Ohio. They specialize in both B2B and B2C inbound marketing strategies, which includes content marketing, lead generation, and lead nurturing. Contact SyncShow today or check out their blog to learn more about their services.

B2B and Inbound Marketing - How to Make it Work

A million questions need to be answered when starting a marketing initiative at a B2B organization. What mediums do we use? What are our areas of expertise? How much money and resources should we budget? How do we track and measure what’s working? What are our sales and marketing goals? And the list goes on. But the main point is: marketing is difficult for B2B organizations.

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Topics: JD Edwards, eCommerce, Magento, IBM WebSphere Commerce, Guest Blog

Inaugural Cleveland NEOCycle

Posted by Dave Balser

Oct 3, 2014 9:59:00 AM

This past weekend, Bike Cleveland, in cooperation with the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, hosted NEOCycle as a celebration of Cleveland’s bicycle culture. Described as "an urban cycling festival," the weekend-long event was held at Edgewater Park on the shores of Lake Erie. It included competitive races, group rides, food, local brews (are there any other kind?) from Great Lakes and Fat Head’s, and live music. The festival gained national attention, helping Cleveland make Bicycling Magazine’s list of America’s Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities.
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Topics: Culture

The Importance of a Project Charter

Posted by Dave Balser

Oct 2, 2014 10:45:00 AM

At the beginning of every IT project, there is excitement and anticipation. Although everyone involved may be chomping at the bit to start, the first step of any project this involved should be creating a project charter.

A project charter serves as an internal document and contract for the project team. It lays out the scope and objectives of the project, and the roles and responsibilities of the project team members. Going through the process of creating the project charter can often be the most important part of a successful project management process.

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Topics: JD Edwards, eCommerce, Technology

How to Choose an eCommerce Consultant

Posted by Hannah Gierosky

Sep 29, 2014 12:21:00 PM

Do any of the following statements apply to your eCommerce site?

  • Your eCommerce site attracts visitors who are jumping ship before check out.
  • You have a high percentage of non-repeat customers.
  • Your site has a slow page load time or out of date images.
  • The product catalog is difficult to manage.
  • Your site revenue is not meeting business goals.
  • Your back office is overwhelmed and unable to keep up with orders.
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Topics: eCommerce, Magento, IBM WebSphere Commerce

Employee Spotlight: Michelle Kowalski

Posted by Michelle Kowalski

Sep 26, 2014 3:13:00 PM


Get to know our team with our monthly Employee Spotlight. This month's featured Briteskies team member is Michelle Kowalski.

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Topics: Culture

Best Practices in Content Marketing Seminar: A Review

Posted by Hannah Gierosky

Sep 22, 2014 11:57:12 AM

I recently had the opportunity to attend a seminar hosted by NEOSA and COSE. The NEOSA Sales and Marketing SIG: Effective Strategies, Tactics and Best Practices in Content Marketing session was hosted by Erin Provey, the Senior Director of Strategic Communications Management with SiriusDecisions, Inc. She talked about the driving issues and best practices in content marketing today and how we can apply solutions to our companies.

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Topics: Culture


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