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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.

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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How to Have Success and Enjoy Working from Home

I have been lucky enough to be on a project that allows me to consult remotely and work from home for almost 4 years. I enjoy the extra time I have from avoiding a long commute and the flexibility I get while working from home. I find that I am able to be very productive and get a lot of work done. However, it hasn’t always been easy to stay focused and avoid the distractions of...
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