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The sdg Blog is designed to show you who we are and what we're all about. Whether you're looking to read up on the latest technologies, trying to improve your soft skills, or wondering what we've been up to, our blog offers something for everybody.

A Millennial’s Take on the Life of a Software Developer

Why is a so-called millennial’s take on life as a software developer a topic worth thinking about? What is different about my professional career compared to my older *ahem* more experienced colleagues? There must be a reason that my generation is the topic of so much discussion and analysis. The first and obvious reason is that millennials are quickly becoming a key consumer base and the...
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Upgrade Your SharePoint Environment for the Last Time

“To build competitive advantage and cut costs, CIOs and other IT leaders need to constantly adapt their strategies to leverage cloud capabilities.” – David Mitchell Smith, Vice President and Gartner Fellow  Although the migratory patterns of a SharePoint environment have become more refined with each generation, a version-to-version upgrade carries some risk as well as high costs....
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Defining a Digital Brand

In 1899, two lawyers unwittingly jumpstarted one of biggest marketing campaigns in the history of advertising. These lawyers successfully proposed a contract to buy Coca-Cola syrup for bottling at a fixed price - forever. This negotiation would ironically strong-arm Coca-Cola into a 70-year marketing battle to keep a glass of the soda priced at  5¢. With a fixed syrup price, any per drink...
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SVG Icon Management with React.js

During a recent project, we needed to create a solution for managing a large library of icons and implementing them in a flexible and reusable way.    We considered the two primary options for delivering hi-res vector based icons: icon fonts and inline SVGs (scalable vector graphics). The consensus in recent years is that if you don’t need to support older browsers (<IE8),...
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Third Annual Open Source North Conference

The third annual Open Source North (OSN) conference took place last week at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, MN. OSN is a local tech conference that connects Open Source leaders in the Twin Cities community and beyond.  This year's conference had 6 tracks and a total of 36 presentations that focused primarily on Open Source enterprise development. sdg'ers Andrew Gruhn ...
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