Nearly 75 Tampa Bay area agile community leaders joined Mercury Partner, Donald Bickel, as he shared his thoughts on how to Build Software Like A Rockstar Consultant Using Agile. The dynamic discussion focused on key challenges inherent in the delivery of software development services as a consultant when compared to internal IT teams within an organization. The well attended Tampa Bay Agile meeting at Kforce had strong representation from leading Bay Area consulting firms and corporations alike.

The evening’s conversation focused on the pragmatic adoption and implementation of agile methodologies for software development. Mr. Bickel’s insights from his 18+ years of software development were well received by participants who engaged with thoughtful contributions of their personal experiences.

Some of the high level takeaways from the evening’s discourse were as follows:

  • Ensure that there’s a clear understanding of the cost/benefit of each user story
  • Clear and consistent Product Owner engagement
  • Clients typically want assistance with ongoing support and maintenance, which can benefit from differing agile frameworks
  • Demo early and often, ensuring that clients understand what demo’ing means
  • Provide technical consistency and avoid technical sprawl.
  • Carefully manage technical debt by implementing pragmatic methods for monitoring and paying it down.
  • Deploying software should consist of two tasks: 1) picking the version and 2) pressing ‘deploy’

Mr. Bickel concluded his presentation with an interesting analysis of Spotify’s slightly unorthodox, yet highly effective application of agile principles within their organization. Through the use of squads, tribes, chapters and guilds Spotify leverages a ‘professor and entrepreneur’ model for delivery excellence.

“As a Partner at Mercury it’s great to see the direct impact these approaches can make. I’ve also had a chance to see the increased agile adoption and maturation within organizations, which is refreshing. It’s fantastic sharing our firm’s experiences and getting input from other agile leaders”, said Donald Bickel.

The 2016 Communicator Awards have been announced by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts. With over 6,000 entries received from across the US and around the world, the Communicator Awards is the largest and most competitive awards program honoring the creative excellence for communications professionals.

“The work entered in the 22nd Annual Communicator Awards serves as a benchmark in gauging the innovative ideas and capabilities of communications and marketing professionals around the world. Each year, our entrants continue to amaze by reinventing the ways we communicate and market in an ever-changing industry.” noted Linda Day, executive director of the Academy Interactive and Visual Arts. She added, “On behalf of the entire Academy, we want to congratulate this year’s Communicator Award Entrants and Winners for their passion and dedication. We are honored to be given the opportunity to recognize such outstanding work.”

Mercury New Media has been recognized with an Award of Distinction for our work on the North American Trailer Dealers Association website. 

For additional information, contact Melissa Miller at (813) 933-9800.  

Susan Howell, Application Developer with Mercury completed the final certification exam and earned the Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) certification in Web Applications.

This certification is a globally recognized standard for developer excellence. The certification requires passing a series of three exams that cover current Visual Studio versions with an emphasis on HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, C#, ASP.NET, Azure, Web Services, and SharePoint.

For additional information, contact Melissa Miller at (813) 933-9800.

The Horizon Interactive Awards, a leading international interactive media awards competition, has announced the 2015 award winners to highlight this year’s “best of the best” in interactive media production.

Mercury New Media was recognized for their excellence with a Bronze award for their work on the FairWarning and Digital Direction websites.

The 14th annual, international competition saw over 1100 entries from 21 countries around world including: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Belgium, Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Martinique, Malaysia, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

An international panel of judges, consisting of industry professionals with diverse backgrounds evaluated categories ranging from online advertising to mobile applications. The 2015 winning entries showcase the industry’s best interactive media solutions including web sites, mobile applications, print media, interactive displays, public exhibits, online advertising, video, email and more.

“The 2015 competition raised the bar for immersive, interactive experiences both online and offline,” Said, Mike Sauce- Founder of the Horizon Interactive Awards. “This year’s competition again saw an emphasis on full screen, immersive user experiences coupled with fully responsive frameworks to allow consistency from desktop to tablet to mobile phones. Brands are finding new ways to connect with customers through multi-channel marketing while providing consistent messages. The stand-outs this year found a way to integrate the online interactive world with real-life scenarios and other offline traditional media. This highlights the power of digital communication and reflects that technology is a part of our lives at just about every turn. We continue to showcase digital media projects which strive for the best blend between top-notch creative imagery with clear, concise content, and well though out user experiences.”

The Horizon Interactive Awards holds the competition each year with the winners being announced the following April. For more information visit the Horizon Interactive Awards online.

Interested in seeing more award winning website and web application design and development? Check out our work. Or for additional information, contact Melissa Miller at (813) 933-9800.

Mercury New Media has once again been nominated for the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce’s “Small Business of the Year” award.

Each year, a select group of high-performing small businesses (under 250 employees) is nominated for the Chamber’s coveted Small Business of the Year competition. Nominee firms go through a comprehensive application process in which judges score companies based on their management practices, historical leadership, and innovation, in addition to other business metrics.

“We are honored to once again be named as one of the leading small businesses in the greater Tampa Bay area,” said Chris Karlo, partner at Mercury. “This recognition reflects our company’s commitment to excellence at every level.”

Founded in 1981, the Small Business of the Year program seeks to recognize superior small businesses in the Bay area and is one of the most prestigious business awards in the area.  

For additional information, contact Melissa Miller at (813) 933-9800 ext. 2422.

We are proud to announce that we were recently awarded a WebAward for Outstanding Achievement in Web Development for our work on the n1Health website. n1Health represents a fresh perspective on medicine with physicians who provide personalized healthcare and preventive wellness in locations across the country. 

We developed a fresh corporate website for n1Health as well as a network of sites for each physician in the n1Health family. The n1Health Internet presence includes a scalable CMS solution making it easy for n1Health to roll out physician websites as needed. Site-wide content tagging, categorization and commenting enables n1Health to publish large troves of page content, blog material and healthy recipes in addition to a window into the rich n1University.

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Take a look at the newly designed website at www.n1health.com/

The Web Marketing Association was founded to set a high standard for Internet marketing and development of the best websites on the World Wide Web. Now in its 18th year, the WebAward program is the longest running annual website award competition dedicated to naming the best Web sites in 96 industries while setting the standard of excellence for all website development.

Interested in seeing more award winning website and web application design and development? Check out our work.

For additional information, contact Melissa Miller at (813) 933-9800.

Mercury New Media hosted an engaging and informative discussion with tech experts from across Tampa Bay on Tuesday August 18th at the Microsoft offices in Tampa, FL to build upon and extend topics covered at the recent Microsoft //build/ conference. Nearly 40 software developers, designers and business consultants from leading enterprises from around the Tampa Bay area gathered to get a first-hand look at newly released technologies.

Zach Winnie, Senior Interface Designer with Mercury New Media kicked off the conversation with a comprehensive review of development for Edge, the newly released browser by Microsoft. The browser has been stripped down and re-invented. Key features include improved developer tools, automatic updates, extensions and impressive performance statistics. Zach provided a hands on tour of the new Windows 10 browser and provided valuable tips for developing for Edge. A crowd favorite was seeing the new annotating feature in action.

Graham Morris, Principal Application Developer with Mercury New Media followed exploring ASP.NET vNext in Visual Studio 2015. Visual Studio 2015 comes with a total change in the solution and project structure of web applications. Microsoft has made a number of changes to the project templates to utilize a gamut of popular open source technologies including NPM, Grunt and Bower. Graham gave attendees an enlightening demo of the new features with illustrative coding examples.

Wrapping up the evening was Randy Patterson, Senior Lead Consultant with Catapult Systems. Randy demonstrated how to leverage Windows 10 IoT on your Raspberry PI device. Randy walked attendees through setting up your environments and demonstrated a project in action using motion sensor technology. It is inspiring to see something so small and inexpensive capable of so many creative uses.

When asked about the event Chris Karlo, Partner at Mercury New Media stated, “It’s awesome to see the continued support and interest in the latest Microsoft development stack. We are always pleased to share our experience using the newest tools and technology with the Tampa Bay Tech community and appreciate the interest and engagement.”

To stay updated on future events or to see more from the event visit our website and follow us on Twitter.

Mercury New Media announced it has achieved a Silver Application Integration competency, demonstrating our expertise in implementing integrated solutions that connect critical information resources and enable business agility.  To earn a Microsoft silver competency, partners must successfully demonstrate expertise through rigorous exams, culminating in Microsoft certifications.  To ensure the highest quality of services, Microsoft requires customer references for successful implementation and customer satisfaction.

Mercury New Media, is a leading digital application and professional services firm obsessed with web applications, native applications, mobile, websites and everything “data”. Mercury flexes the full breadth and depth of our technical, creative and business acumen to craft finely honed solutions. We seek to build sustained, successful relationships, deliver strategic counsel and forge passionate client relationships.

“Earning the Microsoft Silver Application Integration competency reinforces our expertise in today’s technology market and demonstrates our knowledge and understanding of Microsoft and its products,” said Donald Bickel, Partner.

“By achieving a silver competency, organizations have proven their expertise in specific technology areas, placing them among the top 5 percent of Microsoft partners worldwide,” said Phil Sorgen, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp. “When customers look for an IT partner to meet their business challenges, choosing a company that has attained Microsoft competencies is a smart move. These are highly qualified professionals with access to Microsoft technical support and product teams.”

As a Microsoft Partner with the Application Integration competency we are equipped with exclusive training, the latest software, and support on Microsoft BizTalk Server, Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services and Microsoft .NET, enabling our team to deploy solutions focused on improving employee productivity, enhancing business decision-making and delivering stronger connections.

The Microsoft Partner Network helps partners strengthen their capabilities to showcase leadership in the marketplace on the latest technology, to better serve customers and to easily connect with one of the most active, diverse networks in the world.

For more information, contact Melissa Miller at (813) 933-9800. 

Catch up on what you missed at the Microsoft //build Conference! Join Randy Patterson with Catapult Systems, Donald Bickel with Mercury New Media and others as we take a deep dive into topics covered at the conference.  

This event will be held on Tuesday August 18, 2015 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm EST at the Microsoft offices in Tampa, FL.

For a complete agenda please visit www.mercurynewmedia.com/events.

We hope to see you there!

Mercury New Media thought leaders will be sharing their ideas at this year’s Tampa Code Camp on July 18, 2015. The annual event brings together the Tampa Bay’s best and brightest technology thinkers for the day to share solutions, ideas, insights and other cool things tech. We are particularly excited this year to have Tampa Mayor, Bob Buckhorn, presenting the keynote message.

Mercury New Media team member presentations include the following:

  • Developing Microsoft Office Add-ins with Danielle Ferguson

    With several of the announcements at Microsoft Build being centered around the ever-expanding Microsoft Office integration options, it is an interesting time to look into what options are available now. Danielle’s session will include a hands-on demo of creating a simple outlook add-in and a high-level discussion of the new features coming soon.

  • ASP.NET vNext in Visual Studio 2015 with Graham Morris

    Visual Studio 2015 brings a lot of enhancements in the editor, and ships with ASP.NET v5. It comes with a total change in the solution and project structure of web applications. They have also made a lot of changes to the project templates to utilize a whole bag of popular open source technologies like NPM, Grunt and Bower. Join Graham for a first look.

  • On The Edge of Microsoft Edge: What to Expect with Microsoft’s Upcoming Windows 10 Browser with Zachary Winnie

    Zach’s session will provide an overview of what designers and developers can expect from Microsoft Edge, the new browser that will be released alongside Windows 10 this summer. Zach will provide a high level look at new features, what’s been added for HTML/JavaScript/CSS support, and a hands-on demo showing off what Edge can do. Zach’s session will be geared toward interface designers and front-end developers, but all are welcome.

Donald Bickel, Partner, Mercury New Media shares, “Tampa Code Camp consistently provides an engaging and collaborative environment for the Tampa Bay development community to share innovative and interesting ideas. It’s been fantastic watching the annual event grow in scale and scope through the years. We are pleased to be part of the conversation and are proud of our team members’ ongoing contributions to the Tampa Bay development community.”

Code Camps exist nationally and allow local or regional development community leaders to come together to share ideas. The Tampa Code Camp is a community event where developers learn from fellow developers. Now in its ninth year, Tampa Code Camp has become the “must attend” event for Tampa Bay professional developers focused on the Microsoft Development Stack. This year’s presentations are divided into the following four topical areas of interest: Cloud, Device, Open Source and Miscellaneous.

Follow the day’s action on Twitter at @MercuryNewMedia / #TampaCC

Date: Saturday, July 18, 2015
Doors Open: 7:30 am
Keynote by Mayor Bob Buckhorn: 8:00 am
Sessions: 9:00-5:30 am
Location: 1001 East Palm Avenue, Tampa FL 33605
Website: http://www.tampacodecamp.net/